Considering the cost of taxis these days it’s not a bad idea to rent a car at Lanzarote airport on arrival. On our last visit to the island we found that a return taxi fare to Playa Blanca was about the same price as renting a car for the week. Of course there’s the additional cost of having to fill up with petrol on returning the car but considering the short distances in Lanzarote this cost is negligible. Bear in mind that not only is it much cheaper to rent a car online than waiting until you arrive in Lanzarote but also there may not be any availability on arrival.
We highly recommend Economy Car Hire for your rental from Lanzarote Airport because their service does not include additional charges on arrival. Many companies these days are adding on all kinds of charges when you come to collect your hire car but that isn’t the case with this company. Their rental agreement includes no excess, free additional driver and all airport taxes and surcharges. The only optional extra is an additional top up insurance at £1.50 per rental day which covers the tyres, glass parts and underside of the vehicle. Fuel policy varies according to supplier.
Getting around the island is very straightforward and having a car during your stay gives you the added flexibility of being able to get out and discover some of Lanzarote’s tourist attractions, its secluded beaches and quiet villages in the interior. On top of that you can stock up at your local supermarket and avoid the hassle of carting litres of water (and beer) back to your apartment.
Be warned though … drinking and driving in Lanzarote is a serious offence so if you’re ‘only here for the beer’ you’d be better off booking an airport transfer in advance and let someone else do the driving.