It doesn’t make sense to rent a car in Marbella. So book it with pickup/return in Malaga airport.
But it is a jungle with regards to prices. What is the final/total price?
On top of the usual rental price be aware of the following add-ons:
– Full insurance coverage (usually the most expensive add-on) if you want to avoid 1000euro risk/EXCESS
– Extra for full to full tank or paying primium for an empty tank
– Out-of-hours (typically if you arrive later than 23.00) could be 40-80 euros extra
– Service fee (some have it some don’t) 30 to 30 euros
REMEMBER TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE CAR when you pick it up as documentation for scratches before/after. Best if the agency sign for the scratches that are already there.

There are two systems in the airport:
1. Car rental companies in Malaga airport at Level -1 in the basement
2. Car rental outside the airport with free bus pickup

1. Car rental companies in Malaga airport
If it is first time in Malaga airport most people prefer the concept of just getting the car from the airport. Sounds and feels faster and safer. But usually it is about the same time from pickup your luggage until you are driving away from the airport. It always is approx 1 hour out of high season and weekend peak. Car rental companies in the airport offer tend to have a long waiting line unless you have paid extra for priority.
These companies are (with links for their sites):
AVIS
Enterprise
Europcar
Goldcar
Hertz
RecordGo
Sixt

Our experience is that RecordGo is the cheapest option.


2. Car rental companies outside the airport with pickup busses
Once you have picked up your luggage you go to the exit. All car rental companies have a representative just outside standing with branded signs. A few of them ask you to call when you are landed. They arrange a bus within 5 min just 3 min extra walk outside at a joint pickup place. The bus will take you to the car rental where you sign in and pay. The total time is about the same as above – but maybe feels longer.
Their prices are sometimes more competitive.
These companies are (with links for their sites):
Delpaso
MalagaCar
Marbesol
HelleHollis
AurigaCrown
Autolink
Cargest
Centauro
FirstCarGroup
GlobalCarHire
NizaCars
PepeCar
TonysCarRental
TopCars
YellowCar

We recommend Delpaso and MalagaCar.

There are most likely more….