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Cartagena car rental information

Pick-up locationCartagena
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, SUV, Standard SUV
Rental locations29
Airport locations20
Popular agenciesAlamo, Localiza, Budget, National, Rent Arte

Cheap car rentals in Cartagena

Economy$26/day
Compact$23/day
Intermediate$30/day
SUV$88/day
Compact SUV$45/day
Intermediate SUV$52/day
Standard SUV$88/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Cartagena

  • Before getting behind the wheel of cheap car rentals in Cartagena, there are some roads you should know. One of the main roads is the Autopista Cartagena - Barranquilla, which runs along the coast and connects Cartagena with other major cities along the Caribbean coast. The Avenida Pedro de Heredia is another major road that runs through the city and is a popular route for locals and tourists. It connects the historic center of Cartagena with the modern neighborhoods and commercial areas. Additionally, the Carrera 1, also known as Avenida Santander, runs along the coast and is a popular route for jogging, cycling, and sightseeing.
  • Before getting cheap Cartagena car rentals, you should know several traffic laws to ensure a safe and smooth driving experience. First and foremost, wearing seat belts while driving or riding in a vehicle is mandatory. Using a mobile phone while driving is also prohibited, and violators can face fines or penalties. Additionally, there are strict laws against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and violators can face severe consequences. The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit for drivers is 0.05%. This means that driving with a BAC of 0.05% or higher is considered a criminal offense and can result in severe penalties, including fines, license suspension.
  • If you are driving cheap car rentals in Cartagena that are electric, you better know where the EV charging stations are located. Several paid charging stations are located throughout the city, including shopping centers, parking lots, and hotels. The most convenient charging station is at the Plaza Bocagrande Shopping Center, located in the Bocagrande neighborhood, which has multiple charging stations and is easily accessible from the city center. Another option is the charging station at the Hotel Estelar Playa Manzanillo, located in the Manzanillo del Mar area, which offers ocean views and a convenient location near the airport.
  • Perhaps the best reason to rent a car during your time in Cartagena is the fact that they offer the most efficient means of getting from place to place. This is particularly the case if you want to enjoy some time at the beach. For example, Playa Blanca is just 28.7 km (17.8 miles) away from Cartagena and is a quick and simple trip via car.
  • Planning to rent a vehicle during your time in Cartagena? For travelers whose flights are landing at Rafael Núñez International Airport, the rental car desks are located in the National Arrivals Hall.
  • It is very common for pedestrians to jaywalk in Cartagena, especially on smaller urban streets and in residential areas. Drivers should make sure to keep their eyes open for jaywalkers, particularly when traffic is moving slowly or when you are in a popular section of town with many pedestrians around. This applies doubly to the old colonial area, as it is one of the tourism hubs in the city.
  • Rush hour in Cartagena is moderately serious, especially in central areas of the city. Typically, drivers can expect the morning rush hour to go from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. most mornings, and for the afternoon rush hour to start up shortly after 4:00 p.m. and cool down by around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. 90A is one of the main roads to dodge during rush hour, especially around Chino, as it can become quite congested and backed up with traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cartagena for $29 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cartagena at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Cartagena are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average

Cartagena car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Cartagena 
Verified travelerSep 2023
Driving is rough here but I'm use to this style of Driving as I've driven in many countries like this. Im a very experienced driver in 3rd world countries. Not for everyone.
Verified travelerJul 2023
My major recommendation for driving in Cartagena is to be patient! If you take your time and allow the area to guide you on the road and through Old City, you will find a pleasant Automotive sightseeing Journey, without ever having to leave your vehicle. Do not let personal indiscretions interfere with your curiosity to explore Cartagena. Alamo gives you a wonderful opportunity to have a proper fitting car, that is respective to the roadway and navigating throughout Old City. Again I stress, have patience on the roadway and you'll be fine!

FAQs about renting a car in Cartagena

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Cartagena?

    Medium to small cars such as SUVs, sedans, and hatchbacks are all great choices for rental car drivers visiting Cartagena. In general, drivers will find that the streets of Cartagena are moderately wide and are well suited for a wide range of vehicles. Parking spaces are also of adequate size and will comfortably fit all but the largest of vehicles. Additionally, gas is cheap in Cartagena, so if you are driving a less than efficient vehicle it won’t be a financial issue.

  • What’s the speed limit in Cartagena?

    In residential areas of Cartagena the speed limit is 30 km/h (19 mph), while on urban streets the speed limit goes up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Outside of built-up areas, the speed limits start out at 80 km/h (50 mph) and on highways the speed limit goes up to 100 km/h (62 mph), depending on the size of the highway.

  • Where are the best places to park in Cartagena?

    If you are downtown or in the central business district, then parking garages are the best choice. On-street parking spots are sometimes available, but they fill up quickly in busy areas and shouldn’t be depended on. One of the more unique aspects of Colombian cities, including Cartagena, is that parking garages and private parking lots are very common – even in residential areas – so parking is often very plentiful.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Cartagena?

    On average a rental car in Cartagena costs $35 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Cartagena found in the last 2 weeks is $19.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Cartagena?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($23/day), Alamo ($26/day) and Localiza ($38/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget Aeropuerto Intl Rafael Nunez 130001 (4 miles from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Cartagena?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Cartagena. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Cartagena?

    The average gas price in Cartagena is $3.55 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $43 and $57, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Cartagena?

    Economy (Chevrolet Beat or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cartagena.

  • Which car rental companies are at Rafael Nunez airport (CTG)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Rafael Nunez airport include Localiza, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, National, Europcar, Royal Rent A Car, Royal Rent-A-Car and Rent Arte.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Rafael Nunez airport (CTG)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Rafael Nunez airport to off-airport locations include Localiza, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, National, and Confort Rent A Car.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Cartagena?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Cartagena?

    An Economy car rental in Cartagena costs $24 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Cartagena?

    A Mini car rental in Cartagena costs $30 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Cartagena?

    An Intermediate car rental in Cartagena costs $31 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Cartagena?

    In Cartagena, cars are most frequently rented at Localiza Carrera 3, 70-122, Crespo (4 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Cartagena?

    On average a rental car in Cartagena costs $246 per week ($35 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Cartagena?

    On average a rental car in Cartagena costs $1,055 per month ($35 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Cartagena?

    Most car rental providers in Cartagena offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Cartagena, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Cartagena?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 18 car rental agencies in Cartagena.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Cartagena?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Cartagena?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Cartagena so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What road trips can I take from Cartagena?

    You visit the colonial town of Mompox, located about 3 hours southeast of Cartagena. Mompox is known for its well-preserved architecture and rich history. Another option is to visit the beach town of Tolú, located about 2.5 hours north of Cartagena. Tolú is known for its white sand beaches and calm waters and is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports.

  • Are there any toll roads in Cartagena?

    Before getting behind the wheel of cheap car rentals in Cartagena, know your rental provider’s toll policy for a convenient experience. One of the most significant toll roads is the Autopista del Sol, which connects Cartagena to Barranquilla and Santa Marta. Another toll road is the Autopista Cartagena-Bolívar, which connects Cartagena to Turbaco.

Cartagena car rental reviews and directory

Localiza

9.2

Wonderful

5 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.2

One location in Cartagena

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from $26/day

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Carrera 3, 70-122, Crespo

+57 1 800 0520001

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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8.0 Very good

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Everything was ok

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Everything was perfect, the Price, the car, the assistance. I loved it!

8.0 Very good

May 2022

KAYAK
Relatively smooth pickup process and easy dropoff. I would recommend any travelers be sure to take a picture of the damage sheet and the car because the person receiving your car at the return did not have a copy and thought we put the dent in the passenger door. Once we showed the photo it was all fine, but we would’ve had trouble without that. Overall the Localiza staff were friendly and helpful on both sides. I would rent from them again.

1 out of 1

Alamo

6.7

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.9

2 locations in Cartagena

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from $29/day

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Oficina Aeropuerto

+57 301 7560313

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 13:30
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Oficina Principal Carrerra 2

+57 315 7514050

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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9.6 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice staff, very accommodating.

Cons:

Only open from 8 to noon on Sunday.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent at the rental agency was nice.

Cons:

When we got off the plane in Cartagena we couldn't find an Alamo Rental agency! So we took a taxi. When we got to the rental agency, they said that they never received a notification of our rental & had no vehicles available. They got on the telephone but couldn't get any resolution. We got a taxi & he was able to find us a rental but the price was very high & the insurance we had purchased was useless.

7.6 Good

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Price exelent!!!

Cons:

Some times delivery service is nesecesary and comfortabble to drop off.. gasoline must be refaund i live extra gasoline and i didnt get any money back!!

8.0 Very good

Feb 2023

KAYAK
They need better signing at the airport, it took a while to find the office. The car had a broken tail light when I got it. They should fix the cars before they rent them again. And the car didn’t have any windshield liquid so I had to clean it manually.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The people, the service, was excellent.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Very good service

1 out of 3

National

6.6

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.6

2 locations in Cartagena

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from $48/day

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Oficina Aeropuerto

+57 301 7560313

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 13:30
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Oficina Ciudad Carrerra 2

+57 315 7514050

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2022

KAYAK
good service,

8.0 Very good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
All was good…🤠

1 out of 1

Hertz

6.0

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Cartagena

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Carrera 3 #70-122

+57 5 6431894

Monday08:00 - 13:30
Tuesday08:00 - 13:30
Wednesday08:00 - 13:30
Thursday08:00 - 13:30
Friday08:00 - 13:30
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Avis

5.7

Cleanliness

5.8

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.8

2 locations in Cartagena

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Domestic Flights, Local L01-09

+57 1 6291722

Monday08:00 - 13:30
Tuesday08:00 - 13:30
Wednesday08:00 - 13:30
Thursday08:00 - 13:30
Friday08:00 - 13:30
Saturday08:00 - 13:30
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
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Parqueadero De La Costa

+57 316 3431435

Monday08:00 - 13:30
Tuesday08:00 - 13:30
Wednesday08:00 - 13:30
Thursday08:00 - 13:30
Friday08:00 - 13:30
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
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4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes the staff was friendly however, they had no solution to provide a better vehicle which I had contracted for and I was charged for a lower class vehicle at the same rate I contracted for....the air conditioner did not work most of the time, the windshield wipers were all worn out, the rear seats were broken, etc etc etc. Extremely disappointed that a rental company such as AVIS doesn't have a quality control standard in place at their dealers to provide quality vehicles.

Cons:

The entire experience.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

There was not reservation the hire company did not even have my booking even though I had reference number

6.0 Okay

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The pic of the car should be the same that we r going to get

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not like anything. I could not rent the car, and you took 40 dollars from my card, and you have not returned it yet, even though the company sent a message that there were not available cars. Therefore, I want my money back.

Cons:

Do not book a car where there is not available one.

5.6 Fair

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Service at the pick up location was courteous and very professional.

Cons:

The car was not what we expected as it did not match what we had seen on the internet site. It had no power steering which made it difficult to drive especially in Columbia where everyone drives really aggressively and without obeying any basic rules. Car was over priced.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They stayed open we arrive late (8.58pm when they close at 9pm) due to flight delay.

Cons:

The car was a wreck with big scratches all over and it was lacking features which are now common on most cars even the cheapest. Tank wasn't full either. We thought about returning it several times but since it still took us from point A to point B, we preferred spending our time discovering the country instead. However, the drop-off was a nightmare. The employee at Santa Marta came up with new (tiny) scratches in the most random places and made us call the Cartagena office to explain it wasn't our fault. They said they will review all pictures of the car to determine whether it was caused by us with no apologies for the inconvenience. This whole thing took close to an hour, making us rush for our plane. We had substantially better service with Localiza for our rental between Bogota and Medellin, even though they are not international players. Avoid Avis.

1 out of 5

Budget

4.3

Mediocre

23 reviews

Cleanliness

4.8

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.3

Value for money

4.3

One location in Cartagena

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Aeropuerto Intl Rafael Nunez

+57 317 8654208

Monday07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday07:00 - 21:00
Thursday07:00 - 21:00
Friday07:00 - 21:00
Saturday07:00 - 21:00
Sunday07:00 - 21:00
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2.4 Poor

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

We called to say We were on the way and they said they didn't have a car for us until 4 o'clock in the afternoon and it was 8 o'clock in the morning Our reservation for pick up That hour

Cons:

They Not have your car as scheduled

4.8 Mediocre

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They cargue you fo cleaning. I left there 150000 pesos which i never saw back! Never leave cash deposit there!

2.0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

N/A

Cons:

you can start by being consistent in your internaional offers, and services you provide.

2.4 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

First they require a $1000 dollar deposit for your rentalnwhichbisnt stipulated anywhere on the site or after making reservation. 2nd...the car initially had AC and after about an hour after driving off, the air turned off and never turned back on. I was already in route to Barranchila and couldn't turn back. This truly ruined our drive as we had to endure the heat for our extended ride. I returned the car 1 day early and explained to the budget rep the situation and he refused to refund the money for the extra day that I chose to not keep the car. Shady business practices and they forced me to buy the local insurance although I explained to them that my AMEX Platinum covered the insurance. I would never go back to Budget Cartagena. Never ever.

Cons:

Get rid of this budget rental office. They run it like a extortionist renegade franchise. Truly making my experience with budget one to never want to rent a car again from. They should redund the day I didn't use the car.

6.0 Okay

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The price

Cons:

Getting a car took 2 hours and the tank only had a 1/8 of a tank of gas.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

N/A because they didn’t have my car upon arrival

Cons:

Budget didn’t have my car available upon arrival to the Cartagena airport so we had to find another rental company that cost $300 US dollars instead of the $130 we were expecting to pay. It was a horrible experience.

1 out of 5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

2 locations in Cartagena

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Oficina Aeropuerto

+57 301 7560313

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 13:30
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Oficina Ciudad Carrerra 2

+57 315 7514050

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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Rent Arte

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Cartagena

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Calle 70 # 1D 124, Cartagena, Colombia 2||+57 3229017010

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Europcar

4.9

Mediocre

No reviews available

Cleanliness

4.9

Comfort

4.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

5.2

One location in Cartagena

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RAFAEL NUNES AIRPORT Cl 71 N 03 89

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Royal Rent-A-Car

2.6

Poor

No reviews available

2 locations in Cartagena

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Cartagena Rafael Nunez airport

+57 5691 1874

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Cl. 70 #5-7, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Monday08:00 - 13:30
Tuesday08:00 - 13:30
Wednesday08:00 - 13:30
Thursday08:00 - 13:30
Friday08:00 - 13:30
Saturday21:00 - 23:5908:00 - 13:30
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Confort Rent A Car

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

4 locations in Cartagena

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Aeropuerto Internacional Rafael Núñez, Crespo Calle 70, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

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Calle 70 N 4 75

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Cartagena Downtown

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Cartagena Rafael Nunez airport

+57 321 415 3291

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Renta facil

2.0

Poor

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Aeropuerto Rafael Núñez

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keddy by Europcar

6.4

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Cartagena

Locations in Cartagena

Rafael Nunes Airport Cra. 3 70-122

+57 322 3045674

Monday08:00 - 13:30
Tuesday08:00 - 13:30
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MEXRENTACAR

4.4

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Cartagena

Locations in Cartagena

Cartagena International Airport

+57 334 170 8243

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Universal Rent A Car

No score available yet

3 locations in Cartagena

Locations in Cartagena

Bocagrande Avenida San Martin # 10-60

+57 300 463 6407

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Cartagena Airport

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Cartagena Downtown

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Royal Rent A Car

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2 locations in Cartagena

from $26/day

Locations in Cartagena

4-69, Carrera 3

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Muelle Nacional Local 101

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FlexWays

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One location in Cartagena

Locations in Cartagena

Tv. 54 #24-236, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

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Sunnycars

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One location in Cartagena

Locations in Cartagena

Rafael Nunes International Airport

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63 travelers who rented a car in Cartagena gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.7

Car rental locations in or near Cartagena

Good to know

Most popular agency

Localiza

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$35/day

Good deal

$29/day

When to book a rental car in Cartagena

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