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Panama City, FL
Jun 17 — Jun 24
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Panama City car rental information

Pick-up locationPanama City
Car typesCompact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Pickup truck, SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations12
Airport locations7
Popular agenciesHertz, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Panama City

$55/dayEconomy
$55/dayCompact
$58/dayIntermediate
$72/dayStandard
$65/dayFull-size
$158/daySUV
$115/dayMinivan
$52/dayFull-size SUV
$50/dayConvertible
$48/dayPickup truck
$58/daySupplier choice
$69/dayIntermediate SUV
$73/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Panama City car rental reviews and directory

From $67/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (105 reviews)
1 location in Panama City
Alamo
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
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJun 5 2021
Pros: The car was clean and worked great!Cons: The wait was ridiculous! I waited over an hour and a half after I had paid and checked in. I was told I would receive a phone call when my vehicle was ready in approximately 30 minutes but didn't receive a call at all. After an hour I went back in line and when I finally reached the counter was told they couldn't find my order! Terrible service.
10.0 ExcellentMay 23 2021
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 ExcellentApr 25 2021
Pros: This was the first time we used Alamo car rental. The customer service was phenomenal.
4.0 OkayApr 20 2021
Cons: Mini van was filthy. Food caked to back seat . Really bad odor to vehicle. Alamo did compensate part of the rental back
8.0 ExcellentApr 9 2021
Cons: When securing vehicle online there was not transparency that the price did not include all applicable fees. When I picked up car $200 extra in fees were added. I thought the car that we got a Mazda 6 was not worth $650
2.0 MediocreJan 10 2021
Cons: They overbooked cars and didn’t have a car for me, leaving me stranded with my kids after an entire day of flying.
10.0 ExcellentDec 15 2020
Pros: Loved the car! Low mileage and super clean.Cons: Nothing at all. And the staff at Panama City Beach (ECP) was very kind and helpful and efficient.
7.2 GoodOct 20 2020
Pros: Car was the perfect size for our need an got great gas mileage- it was also very clean! Drop-off was quick and easy!Cons: Pick up was terrible. Only one slow-moving employee with five customers in line... picking up took about an hour.
7.2 GoodOct 9 2020
Pros: Staff was greatCons: Truck smelled like SMOKE!!!!
9.6 ExcellentSep 8 2020
Pros: the man at the pickup counter was very friendly and helpful
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From $41/dayRated #2
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (56 reviews)
3 locations in Panama City
Enterprise
Locations in Panama City
1104 W 15th St+1 850 872 9206
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2024 W 23rd St+1 850 747 1110
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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
  • 8.1
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 21 2021
Pros: Fast and friendlyCons: Price
8.8 ExcellentNov 1 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful.Cons: Information on how to drop off
2.0 MediocreOct 31 2020
Cons: Did bot have the car promised 3 times, substitute was not workable due to a seat maintenance problem but they tried to rent it to me anyway
6.4 GoodJun 9 2020
Pros: The staff was great. No issues with pick up and drop box was fairly straight forward.Cons: The car smelled heavily of smoke when we got it. The power steering was making odd noises (may require additional power steering fluid). The right rear tire gave a lower pressure warning after having the car for a few hours. No issues after filling it up so didn't appear to be a structural issue.
8.4 ExcellentFeb 9 2020
Pros: Great location and staff. Especially Jessica Scott. She was wonderful helping set up my rental.Cons: They even offered me a ride after I dropped the car off.... nothing could have been better.
9.6 ExcellentNov 30 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly, drop off very quickCons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentFeb 6 2019
Pros: Edwin was super helpful!! Quick easy checkout and return
10.0 ExcellentDec 7 2018
Pick up and drop off was very quick and easyPros: The car got extremely good gas mileage eco friendly car
4.0 OkayNov 23 2018
Cons: The vehicle I reserved was not available....again Windshield was filthy...could not see out of it.
10.0 ExcellentMar 3 2018
The staff at Enterprise were super fantastic!Pros: They assisted me when I was in a pinch.Cons: Nothing...best service of all!
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From $46/dayRated #3
Budget
7.5 Good (76 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Budget
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 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 3 2021
Pros: Drop off and pick.up was quick and easy.
2.0 MediocreMay 23 2021
Cons: We rented a car for pick up at 12pm on Saturday. They didn’t tells us they close at noon and don’t open until Monday. Scam
10.0 ExcellentMar 21 2021
Cons: The area where the cars are located were out in the open..not good when weather is bad...and sinage was a bit difficult..hard to find the Budget areas..
10.0 ExcellentMar 9 2021
Pros: Staff was very friendly. Drop-off was super easy.Cons: The car wasn't ready when I arrived and I had to wait about 25 minutes before it was & that was frustrating.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 22 2021
Pros: Friendly staff. Easy process.Cons: N/A
4.0 OkayOct 6 2020
Pros: Car was clean and easy to use electronicallyCons: Unscrupulous practices in upselling I have never heard of before. Will NEVER use Budget again.
4.4 OkayJul 21 2020
Pros: Pick up/ drop off was quick and easy.Cons: The car got a flat tire. I called the emergency roadside number and was told it would be at least 3 hours before somebody could get to the car. I put the donut on the car and spent the next 2 hours talking to customer service and getting rerouted to another person/number before I finally just gave up. Drove the car on the interstate with a donut on it over an hour back to the Budget office. Nobody at the desk so just left the keys in the drop box.
4.0 OkayJun 21 2020
Pros: Didn’t really like anything, except the fact that the car didn’t break down.Cons: I had to get three different cars, before I found one that smelled OK. The first two have been smoked in, and when I went back for the third I got some lip from the guy at the desk. I got into the third car, it had been smoked in as well and had not been cleaned. This time they had to use some cherry air freshener, so It smelled like fruity cigarettes. How nice. Also, the car oil change light was on. They did comp my gas, which was nice, but I would rather have paid for my gas and not smelled cherry cigs.
2.0 MediocreDec 31 2019
Pros: I didn’t like anything... Budget refused to honor the reservation.Cons: It would have been nice if they honored the reservation
2.0 MediocreJul 15 2019
Pros: Honestly, nothingCons: We never even got the car. I reserved it for my workers to pick up. I made sure i put it in one of my guys names and paid for it with my card. When they got there they couldnt get it because i wasnt along! The girl at the desk was not helpful at all. Now im thankful for Uber tho!
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From $39/dayRated #4
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.2 Good (60 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Hertz
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 - 12:00
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
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2021
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.
8.0 ExcellentMay 16 2021
Cons: The sales rep came thru when airlines delays prevented pickup at the scheduled time.
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2021
Cons: System allowed a 12pm pickup. The facility closed at 12pm. NOBODY CALLED FOR MY STATUS OR BETTER YET STAYED UNIL I ARRIVED. I arrived shortly after 12pm and the facility was closed. This was Saturday and we were STRANDED WITH NO CARS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE.
2.0 MediocreOct 24 2020
Cons: Hertz notified me one day in advance that they did NOT have the vehicle I reserved almost one month in advance. They reported that there were none available nearby and there was no upgrade available either! I am still waiting for them to refund my money!
6.0 GoodSep 29 2020
Pros: N/A see note belowCons: We booked through Kayak when we arrived there was no record of our booking. So we rented two days later from Avis. Also I tried to book through AAA they said you had no agency in the airport you do. I picked okay as a rating because I don’t think it was your fault but you lost a sale and I thought you should know because in the past you have been excellent.
6.0 GoodSep 29 2020
Pros: Great fuel economy.Cons: Car smelled badly of smoke at pickup
2.0 MediocreJul 24 2020
Pros: NOTHING.. I FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU GET A CONFIRMATION NUMBER THAT SHOULD BE A DONE DEAL..Cons: I recieved a confirmation number after speaking with a customer repetitive and got there to pick up my rental and was denied.. I made sure to let them know exactly what type of card was being used.. I was told NO PROBLEM EVERYTHING in order ready to go.. I get there with EVERYTHING I was told to have then denied due to credit check .. They were told I had NO CREDIT GOOD OR BAD.. I was told everything was in order NO PROBLEM not having ANY CREDIT..
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2020
Pros: NOTHING!Cons: We were unable to pick up the car due to Hertz wanting more money, even though we had already paid for the reservation in full through Kayak. This was not stated when we booked the car or in subsequent emails from Hertz.
10.0 ExcellentDec 14 2019
Pros: Everything was super easy to deal with.Cons: Nothing, everything was up to par
4.4 OkayJul 3 2019
Cons: we waited almost an hour at the Panama City Airport to get our car. We were second in line for the car, but the attendant only worked with gold members if they were in their line so we had to wait until there was nobody in that line for us to get served
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From $76/dayRated #5
Avis
7.4 Good (27 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Avis
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 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
  • 7.4
  • 8
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 30 2021
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 GoodMay 19 2021
Cons: The car was dirty and had registration that was 6 months overdue.
8.0 ExcellentApr 1 2021
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 OkayMar 23 2021
Pros: easy processCons: 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 ExcellentMar 23 2021
Pros: Nice car,Cons: The tire pressure gauge did not work properly.
2.0 MediocreMar 19 2021
Pros: Nothing! They called me the afternoon prior to my business trip to tell me that they weren’t going to have a car for me.Cons: Everything! The least they could have sone was provide more than 24 hour notice so that we could come up with a backup plan.
4.0 OkayJul 25 2020
Cons: First of all, this was a bait and switch situation. The car I ordered was not available but had another just like it but for 28.00 more a day. Had no choice. But the car smelled like the person before us was smoking pot and cigarettes. Car was not clean! Poor service all around.
7.2 GoodJun 25 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off were smooth and easy. The rental car lot at this location was easy to use. When Avis could not provide the vehicle I had reserved they matched the price for a larger vehicle (after being asked to.)Cons: The desk agents presentation. When she quoted me the price for the company provided insurance policy I declined indicating I was aware my regular auto insurance covered me in this rental car. She responded by asking me in a threatening tone “even in a 12 passenger van?” The answer is yes even in a 12 passenger van as I had stated. Even though I had declined the unnecessary insurance she had tried to sell me she still tried to intimidate me in to purchasing it when I didn’t need it.
9.6 ExcellentJun 17 2020
Pros: Fast and easy pickup and drop offCons: The vehicle could have been a little cleaner
9.6 ExcellentDec 4 2018
Late arriving flightsPros: The staff member was friendly and efficient at pick-up and drop-off. The car was very nice for the size.Cons: I was flying in from Houston and my flight was delayed until 11:30 p.m. arrival, which would cause me to arrive after the closing time for the ECP Avis location. I called the main customer service number for Avis and tried to get a phone number for the Panama City Airport location. Their customer service number was only available until 5 p.m. I called the main number back and asked if the ECP location would wait for me to arrive because I had no way to get from the airport to Defuniak Springs that night. They told me no, so I cancelled the car reservation. Meanwhile, United brought a plane in and was able to get us to the ECP airport before closing. My husband called and got me a new reservation for a car rental at Avis; however, I think I had to pay a few dollars more and received a smaller car. When I picked up the car, the attendant told me that she has to stay at the location until the last flight comes in that night. That would have been so helpful to know that and I would not have been in a panic about being stuck at that small airport in the country.
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From $110/dayRated #6
National
5.5 Okay (4 reviews)
1 location in Panama City
National
Locations in Panama City
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
  • 5
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 6
  • 5.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 18 2021
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’tCons: Maybe you could be a little more organized with your inventory
8.0 ExcellentDec 29 2019
Cons: Truck was dirty but service before and after was great
Sunnycars
1 location in Panama City
Sunnycars
Locations in Panama City
6300 West Bay Pkwy
Recent reviews
328 travelers who rented a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Panama City

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$57/day

Good deal

$45/day

When to book a rental car in Panama City

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car 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 $45 or less
  • Book your rental car in Panama City at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Panama City are around 29% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Panama City are around 59% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Panama City

  • Some car rental companies in Panama City which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty

  • On average a rental car in Panama City costs $57 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Alamo ($48/day), Enterprise ($50/day) and Hertz ($65/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 2106 W 15th Street 32401 (2 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Panama City are Alamo (8.6, 116 reviews), Enterprise (8.1, 68 reviews), and Budget (7.7, 84 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Panama City is $3.36 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $40 and $54, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Panama City.

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

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

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

  • A Standard car rental in Panama City costs $68 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Panama City costs $67 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Panama City costs $58 per day, on average.

  • In Panama City, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise 2024 W 23rd St (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Panama City costs $401 per week ($57 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Panama City costs $1,721 per month ($57 per day).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • The average price for a gallon of gas in Panama City is approximately $2.25, with cheaper prices typically found at Sam’s Club on West 23rd Street. If you are returning your rental car to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), fill up outside the airport area, as nearby gas stations typically have higher prices. For travelers who are coming from Pensacola or Tallahassee, the gas prices in these cities are around $2.40 and $2.35, respectively, so you will have to pay slightly more when filling up. 

  • 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.

  • 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!).