Car Hire at Gibraltar International Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
This is the little Spanish slice of Britain that sits in the Mediterranean sea, and it’s so small that road trips around The Rock can be squeezed into just a few days! Here are 6 other places to check out on the Costa del Sol.
Where to hire a car in Gibraltar International Airport
Avis and Autos Aguirre both have branches in Gibraltar Airport. You can find the offices for these opposite the check in desk, but the cars are located within the car park parallel to the terminal building.
Petrol stations close to Gibraltar International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are only 2 petrol stations on Gibraltar, one in the town and one on the Rock. The closest is the one in town in Morrisons. When exiting the airport, turn right southbound on Winston Churchill Avenue and take the first exit on the next two roundabouts to stay on this road. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit to stay on Waterboat Road. Turn right after Varyll Gibb Estate and you’ll find yourself in Gibraltar – take the third exit at the next roundabout to find suitable parking for the petrol station.
Driving around Gibraltar International Airport
Gibraltar Airport runs parallel to the Spanish border, and it’s only 2km away from the town centre of Gibraltar. The road Winston Churchill Avenue crosses the runway, and is opened and closed during planes going through taxi. Although Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, they drive on the right (as they share a road with Spain).
Popular destinations to drive to from Gibraltar International Airport
Being in Gibraltar really isn’t too far away from being in Blighty – just expect fresher fish and chips and better weather. Gibraltar town has some very narrow roads, so be wary if it’s your first time driving here.
The airport is a ten-minute drive away from the town centre. Turn left onto Winston Churchill Avenue, then continue straight across the roundabout to reach Line Wall Road. Continue driving down this road for the museum and the library, as well as the marina. There are car parks available in Gibraltar, as well as on street parking.
This limestone cliff face is Gibraltar’s most well known landmark – you’ll probably have seen it on postcards before. This is also the route to follow if you’re staying by one of the beaches on the eastern side of Gibraltar.
It takes 4 minutes to reach Gibraltar’s most famous landmark from the airport – just head south on Winston Churchill Avenue, and take the last exit at the roundabout. Continue along this road and you’ll see the signs and parking for The Rock of Gibraltar.
Mosque of Two Holy Custodians
This mosque perches on the very end of Gibraltar’s peninsula, along with the lighthouse and the Europa Pool. There are plenty of parking spaces down this end of the coast too.
It’s only a 5km drive to the end of Gibraltar, from the airport. You can either head down the west coast or the east coast, but the east coast tends to be much less crowded, as you don’t have to drive through any towns. Just head left onto Winston Churchill Avenue, take the last exit on the roundabout and continue to drive down to the south of Gibraltar.
Bay of Gibraltar
You can easily cross the border to visit Spain from Gibraltar Airport. The CA34 and the E15 cross through many smaller Andalucian coastal towns, beaches and inland parks.