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Panama City car rentals from $33/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Panama City with a pick-up date of 8/28 and drop-off date of 9/12. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Panama City

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Mitsubishi Mirage car
Mitsubishi Mirage
or similar SMALL
2
2
2/4
$36/day
Nissan Versa car
Nissan Versa
or similar SMALL
4
2
2/4
$37/day
Kia Optima car
Kia Optima
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
4-5
$33/day
Chevrolet Malibu car
Chevrolet Malibu
or similar LARGE
5
2
2/4
$42/day
Chrysler Pacifica car
Chrysler Pacifica
or similar VAN
5
5
4-5
$43/day
Ford Expedition car
Ford Expedition
or similar SUV
5
2
4-5
$55/day
Mercedes-Benz C-Class car
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
or similar LUXURY
5
5
4-5
$48/day
Chevrolet Colorado car
Chevrolet Colorado
or similar PICKUPTRUCK
5
3
2/4
$49/day
Honda Pilot car
Honda Pilot
or similar SUV
5
5
4-5
$46/day
Jeep Cherokee car
Jeep Cherokee
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$40/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
5
5
2/4
$42/day
GMC Terrain car
GMC Terrain
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$47/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Panama City

  • With the cheap car rentals in Panama City, you have a range of destinations to choose from. Some of the top locations that you can visit using the Panama City car rentals include San Jose, Boquete, and Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is the most popular city, about 429 mi and 5h 59min from Panama City. If you choose to travel to Boquete, you should be prepared to cover a distance of around 298 miles, which is on average a 7h drive. Also, a direct drive from San Jose to Panama City is on average 534 miles and should take 10 to 11 hours in normal traffic.
  • The two main toll roads in Panama City are the Sur Corridor and Norte Corridor, which you will use to get to the airport and the other top cities. Each section of the route has varying charges ranging from $0.35-$2.50, and on passing each toll station you will see a display showing the amount of credit left on your Panapass. If your Panapass is not linked to a credit card, there are a number of kiosks throughout Panama City where you can load the card with sufficient funds to take you throughout your trip. Some of these vendors are in the Coronado area and include Metro Rx, and Super 99, in addition to most grocery stores.
  • During November, you are likely to find difficulty moving around the city with your rental car as this is the time when Emerald Coast Cruizin', Panama City Beach's hot rod show and classic car event is held. While you will be thrilled by the massive outdoor showroom for hundreds of speedsters and classic cars, you will not easily cruise around with the Panama City car rentals. Also, the October Oktoberfest is held at Aaron Bessant Park and we advise you to consider using alternative routes to leverage your cheap car rentals in Panama City.
  • Car rentals in Panama City will allow greater access to several shorelines, including Bunkers Cove and West Beach Drive along Saint Andrews Bay. Neither of these attractions has many stops from the Bay Town Trolley, the public transit service, and are easier to access with a personal vehicle. Considering you will be surrounded by sunny coastline, your beach trips will be simpler and more convenient with the benefit of a Panama City car rental, instead of trying to carry everything onto a trolley or bus. There are nearly 100 public access points along Panama City Beach that you can reach with a personal vehicle, conveniently located within walking distance of the sand.
  • Panama City is primarily serviced by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), which offers rental cars on-site at the rental car counters located on the main floor of the terminal. As the midpoint between Pensacola and Tallahassee, travelers staying in Panama City might also be flying into Pensacola International Airport (PNS) or Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), both of which offer rental cars at the counters on the main floor of their terminals.
  • Expect plenty of pedestrians as you drive through the city, particularly along beaches. With long, humid summers that make for easy walking weather, watch for jaywalking or careless pedestrians along the shores of Panama City Beach. On weekends and holidays, these areas can become particularly crowded with beachgoers wanting to enjoy the party atmosphere.
  • The heaviest traffic you will encounter in Panama City will generally be on sunny days, especially weekends, as you make your way across the Hathaway Bridge and along Panama City Beach. If you are visiting during hurricane season, from June until November, monitor weather forecasts and use caution if forced to drive during heavy rain or strong winds. When traveling during rainy weather, drive slowly, turn gradually, and give yourself extra space to stop.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Panama City for $68 or less
  • Book your rental car in Panama City at least 4 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Panama City are around 18% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Panama City are around 20% cheaper than other car types, on average

Panama City car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Panama City 
Verified travelerJul 2024
Better way to drop off key and friendlier staff at the counter.
Verified travelerMar 2024
Parking is abundant everywhere so having a rental car was convenient and easy. If you're staying at the beach and not going anywhere else, you may be able to get away with renting golf carts as they are plentiful in those areas. If you're planning on seeing several other areas away from where you're staying, go with a rental. Not sure how much uber there is there as we did not use.
JohnNov 2023
Very little traffic this time of year (early November).
Verified travelerOct 2023
Check out a car directly from the airport to save money.
TinaMay 2023
Make sure everything you need done is correct before leaving with the car. Once you drive off it’s set in stone.
AdityaMay 2023
The airport is very convenient. Parking in the beach areas can be a bit challenging at times

FAQs about renting a car in Panama City

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Panama City?

    The recommended car rentals in Panama City are standard or full-size cars. Since you will not be driving through narrow streets, but could still encounter a busy environment along the shores of Panama City Beach, these models will provide a blend of maneuverability and comfort. It will also allow you the storage room to pack materials for a full day of beach enjoyment.

  • What’s the speed limit in Panama City?

    The typical speed limit in Panama City for a residential neighborhood or business district is 25mph. Major roads, such as Highway 98 that connects Panama City and Panama City Beach, have limits of around 45mph. Stay under the limit when you pass Panama City Beach, as the police presence in the area is concentrated to ensure a safe environment for beachgoers.

  • Where are the best places to park in Panama City?

    With nearly 100 public beach access points along the shores of Panama City Beach, you have plenty of options to choose from when looking for a parking spot. The majority of these access points have free public parking, though you should check the beach flag warning system before parking and walking to the beach. These flags indicate the safety of the water at each access point, and the presence of the double-red flag means that you should find another spot on the beach since that access point is closed to the public. In downtown Panama City, you can find over 4,000 spots along the streets and in designated lots. These spots can vary in cost depending on their proximity to the downtown area but typically cost around $1 for an hour. They also have a variety of time limits, with certain spots in the heart of downtown only allowing a maximum of 2h.

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

    On average a rental car in Panama City costs $85 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 Panama City found in the last 2 weeks is $57.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Panama City?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($36/day), Hertz ($42/day) and Alamo ($49/day).

  • How much is gas price in Panama City?

    The average gas price in Panama City is $3.82 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $61, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Panama City?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Panama City.

  • Which car rental companies are at NW Florida Beaches airport (ECP)?

    Car rental companies onsite at NW Florida Beaches airport include Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Avis and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at NW Florida Beaches airport (ECP)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from NW Florida Beaches airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Avis, and National.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Panama City?

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Panama City?

    An Intermediate car rental in Panama City costs $53 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Panama City?

    A Standard car rental in Panama City costs $35 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Panama City?

    A Compact car rental in Panama City costs $46 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Panama City costs $593 per week ($85 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Panama City costs $2,544 per month ($85 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Panama City?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Panama City?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 7 car rental agencies in Panama City.

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

    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 Panama City?

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

  • Can I go to go to Costa Rica with the Panama City car rentals?

    If you are a non-resident, you are not allowed to go to Costa Rica by car through the regular frontier. However, you can bypass this by going through the necessary paperwork which you will need to complete while still at the rental office.

  • Where do I pay for a traffic ticket in Panama City?

    You can pay for a traffic ticket at any Sertracen or ATTT offices within the city. Mostly, you will find the offices within the same locations.

Panama City car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.7

Very good

45 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

8.2

One location in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 844 370 3972

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2024

KAYAK
Easy to pick up.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Desk agents in Panama City and Gainesville were very knowledgeable and kind

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Great rental experience. Fast and easy pickup and drop off. Very friendly and helpful customer service.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Reserved a car through Priceline for Panama Beach to be picked up at the airport. Our original flight was cancelled and we arrived 3 hours later than originally planned. The rental company counters were all extremely busy, and I could overhear a lot of people trying to rent cars who had not made reservations, so I was worried they might not have held our reservation for us but they still had our reservation, and the type of vehicle we requested.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

This was the first time we used Alamo car rental. The customer service was phenomenal.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Mini van was filthy. Food caked to back seat . Really bad odor to vehicle. Alamo did compensate part of the rental back

1 out of 9

Avis

7.3

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 769 1411

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

731 North Highway 231

+1 850 914 3090

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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6.0 Okay

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The price doubled in about a month since my last rental

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice leather good price. Good gas mileage.

Cons:

One ac vent broke couldn’t adjust, smell terrible like smoke, burns and peeling on plastic pieces in dash and looks like someone spilled milk in the ac vents

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was dirty and had registration that was 6 months overdue.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful.

Cons:

I would have chosen differently had I known that I would have a beetle instead of the Kia. Changing was painless however.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

easy process

Cons:

I was talked into an upgrade and it made it sound like it was of no extra charge. I was then charged for the upgrade making my price way higher than I was comfortable with.

8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car,

Cons:

The tire pressure gauge did not work properly.

1 out of 8

Budget

7.2

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 763 0108

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

731 North Highway 231

+1 850 769 2449

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Handling of Jeep

8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The car was easy to pick up but had pressure to upgrade. The car smelled like smoke which was a definite turn off.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Service at the pickup desk in the airport was friendly and helpful. The line was not long. Access to the vehicles was convenient, and we did upgrade for a small fee to a larger and new SUV which made the trip more enjoyable.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Like everything else, rental car prices have become high. Car had a faint tobacco smell. Everything else was perfect.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I was rented an excellent car, with very few miles on it. It was a great experience. It was the cheapest price I could find, but it could have been cheaper.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
When we arrived at the Budget counter there was 21 people in front of us. Would have been over an hour to get waited on. Had no choice but to cancel and book with Hertz. No wait and excellent service.

1 out of 9

Hertz

6.1

Most popular

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

2106 W 15th Street

+1 850 913 9112

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

6401 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 235 2201

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Hertz operates different businesses under the same name. I accidentally made the reservation at a hertz location not at the airport. At the airport counter the hertz rep could find my reservation but said it was with a different hertz organization and he couldn’t transfer it or help to rent me a minivan. It was 8:30 at night, and the other store was closed. I have my family of 7 (5kids) at an airport with no transportation. I will never rent from hertz again. Period.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Always great with Star!! She takes such great care of us

6.0 Okay

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Having to pay a one way fee when the company has offices in both locations

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Person behind the counter on Christmas Day was excellent.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Customer service was outstanding! They made renting a car enjoyable. Great price, great car, great service. I was very happy with the experience.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Car was really nice.

Cons:

When I rented I could have sworn it said I was renting from the Panama City Airport but not so. We had to take a cab to the Hertz location somewhere in the middle of town. Airport Hertz said there was no way to change it. It was logistically challenging. Kayak or Hertz should do a better job of clarifying that the rental is not at the airport.

1 out of 10

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.6

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.2

3 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

1104 W 15th St

+1 850 872 9206

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2024 W 23rd St

+1 850 747 1110

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 833 740 1725

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
I like how enterprise location at the airport was still able to accommodate me even though I had picked a location near the airport.

6.0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
The staff was very friendly and prompt but the car was very dated, smelled and pulled right when driving.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Checking and checking out was a breeze! I would use Enterprise again.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent and efficient drop-off.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and friendly

Cons:

Price

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and efficient

Cons:

No issues

1 out of 6

National

5.0

Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.0

One location in Panama City

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6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 844 370 3973

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

After I booked the car the agent from national in Panama City airport called me and told me they were sold out so I was on my way to the airport thinking I had a car but I didn’t

Cons:

Maybe you could be a little more organized with your inventory

8.0 Very good

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Truck was dirty but service before and after was great

1 out of 1

Sunnycars

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One location in Panama City

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6300 West Bay Pkwy

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193 travelers who rented a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

Car rental locations in or near Panama City

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Most popular agency

Turo

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$85/day

Good deal

$68/day

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