Basic and all inclusive Bilbao car hire deals here!
We search the top car hire companies at Bilbao Airport to find fantastic deals for our customers. Choose from our two main price options: a budget, basic rate which requires that an excess deposit be left and a zero excess rate which includes the maximum cover direct with the car rental company. Booking at the zero excess rate means that you won't need to leave a hefty excess deposit and you'll enjoy great peace of mind during your Bilbao car hire. With good reason, around 75% of our customers go for the zero excess rate!
It's better when you book with Bravo:
- 100% payment on pick-up
When you make your booking on our website, you won't need to pay anything in advance nor will you need to leave your credit/debit card details. You'll pay in full when you pick-up your vehicle at Bilbao Airport.
- Zero excess rates
If you'd prefer not to have to leave a big deposit (e.g. 1000€ or more), we have zero excess, maximum cover rates with the majority of our suppliers. Giving you great peace of mind, these rates let you just get on and enjoy your holiday!
- Debit cards accepted
If you don't use a credit card, no problem. Our suppliers will accept payment by Visa and MasterCard debit card, normally with the condition that your take out their maximum cover (i.e. book at our zero excess rate).
- Free cancellation
You can cancel you car hire at any time completely free of charge. If you do need to cancel, we do ask that you let us know so that the vehicle can be made available for another customer.
- Our top-notch service
Whether before, during or after your hire, the Bravo team is always here to help and advise. Got a query? Drop us an email.
Frequently asked questions
Visa and MasterCard debit cards (not prepaid) are accepted by all of our suppliers. Visa Electron is normally also fine, but please let us know if you intend to use this type of card so that we can double check with the car hire company in question. Maestro is more problematic and, at present, is only accepted by one of our suppliers (Goldcar). Note that the card used must be nominative, i.e. show the cardholder's name.
Once you have picked up your hire car, extensions are not normally possible. Instead, you will have to return to the office and start a new contract. If you need to extend your booking before you travel, some of our suppliers allow modifications whilst others don't. If they don't, a new booking would be required.
This depends on the car hire company that you book with. However, in general, travel to France and Andorra (and Portugal) is permitted as long as a crossborder surcharge is paid. You can find more information for each of our suppliers on our quote page.
With all but one of our suppliers (Solcar), payment is made 100% on pick-up. When you book your car online, neither a deposit nor your credit card details are required. Easy and safe. No payment in advance, no hassle should you need to cancel!
This varies from one company to another. 21 years old is normally the minimum age permitted, but some companies allow 19 and 20 year old drivers. All drivers under the age of 25 are considered young drivers and a young driver surcharge applies. Bear in mind also that many companies allow young drivers to hire only their smaller vehicles.
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Tips for your Bilbao car hire
If you're travelling to Spain during a peak period (e.g. Easter or peak summer) try to book your car hire as far in advance as possible. By doing so, you will be able to lock in a good deal as prices for peak periods tend to increase closer to the time. And remember that you're always welcome to cancel and rebook if prices drop! If you're going to be hiring during low season, you probably don't need to worry too much about booking far in advance: availability shouldn't be a problem and often good last minute deals are available.
You'll need your passport (or NIE if you are a resident in Spain) and a valid driving licence (held for a minimum of 1 year). Note that the old UK paper licences are no longer accepted. If your licence is written in non-Latin script, you will need an international driving permit (IDP). Don't forget that the main driver will need a credit card (or major debit card) to make payment. Payment in cash is never possible.
Even if you have the maximum cover, it's always a good idea to check your vehicle, inside and out, before driving off. On the inside, check that the vehicle has been properly valeted between hires and that there is nothing obviously missing (e.g. rear luggage tray). If the contract indicates that the car is delivered to you with a full tank of fuel, check that this is indeed the case. On the outside, check that any damage more serious than minor scratches and scuffs is marked on the contract. If you do find anything amiss, it's best to report this to the staff before leaving.
The speed limit on motorways in Spain is 120km/hour. Watch out, though, as some stretches of motorway may have a 100km/hour limit. On main roads between towns and cities, the limit is 90km/hour. In urban areas, the limit is 30km/hour on roads with a single lane in each direction and 50km/hour when there are two or more lanes in each direction.
With last minute packing and the dash to the airport, a quick clean of your hire car isn't always top of the list of things-to-do at the end of a holiday. However, try to return the vehicle as you collected it. Avoid leaving tissues, wrappers and empty water bottles. And if you've been to the beach, be careful not to leave a pile of sand in the boot! Of course, our suppliers clean their vehicles between hires, but anything that requires more than their standard clean can be considered 'special cleaning', for which you could be charged between 50€ and 150€