Santa Marta car rentals from $30/day

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Santa Marta car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Marta
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, SUV, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations17
Airport locations10
Popular agenciesAlamo

Cheap car rentals in Santa Marta

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Economy$30/day
Compact$33/day
Intermediate$33/day
SUV$52/day
Supplier choice$40/day
Intermediate SUV$52/day
Compact SUV$52/day
Standard SUV$67/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Santa Marta

  • Having car rentals in Santa Marta provides you with the freedom to explore Santa Marta and its surrounding areas at your own pace. You can customize your trips, visit out-of-the-way destinations, and you can stop and explore places you find interesting. With a rental car, you won't have to rely on public transportation schedules or wait for taxis. Santa Marta is located in close proximity to stunning natural wonders such as Tayrona National Natural Park, Minca, and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
  • If you're looking for Santa Marta car rentals, Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) is a fantastic option. At the airport, you'll find approximately four rental companies, including three well-known global brands. Upon arrival, simply proceed from the baggage claim area to the Arrivals hall, where you'll find the car rental counters conveniently located. The rental vehicles are conveniently parked just outside the terminal building, allowing for easy access and a seamless start to your journey.
  • Use maps or GPS navigation to plan your routes before setting off in car rentals in Santa Marta. Familiarize yourself with the major roads, attractions, and destinations you wish to visit. Consider using navigation apps that provide real-time traffic updates. Some roads outside the city center, especially in rural or mountainous areas, maybe in varying conditions. Drive with caution and be prepared for narrow or winding roads. Avoid driving at night, if possible, as visibility may be reduced and certain areas may be less secure.
  • The roads along the coast, such as the Rodadero area, can experience more traffic during peak vacation seasons, as they are popular destinations for tourists and locals. Weekday mornings, particularly between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, can be busy as locals and commuters head to work or school. Expect increased traffic on main routes like Carrera 1 (Avenida del Ferrocarril), Calle 22 (Avenida Libertador), and Carrera 5. During weekends and holidays, especially if there are local events or festivals, traffic can be heavier than usual, particularly in popular tourist areas, beachfronts, and attractions.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Marta for $43 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Marta at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Santa Marta are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Marta

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

    On average a rental car in Santa Marta costs $50 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 Santa Marta found in the last 2 weeks is $45.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Santa Marta?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Alamo ($30/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Alamo Carrera 4 No 11a 189 Local 4 470006 (3 miles from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Santa Marta?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Santa Marta. 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 Santa Marta?

    The average gas price in Santa Marta is $4.12 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $49 and $66, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Santa Marta?

    Economy (Kia Picanto or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Marta.

  • Which car rental companies are at Simon Bolivar airport (SMR)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Simon Bolivar airport include Alamo, Localiza, National and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Simon Bolivar airport (SMR)?

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

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Santa Marta?

    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 Santa Marta?

    An Economy car rental in Santa Marta costs $49 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Santa Marta?

    A Compact car rental in Santa Marta costs $72 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car rental cost in Santa Marta?

    A Premium car rental in Santa Marta costs $141 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Santa Marta?

    In Santa Marta, cars are most frequently rented at Alamo Carrera 4 No 11a 189 Local 4 (3 miles from city center).

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

    On average a rental car in Santa Marta costs $350 per week ($50 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Santa Marta costs $1,500 per month ($50 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Santa Marta?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Santa Marta?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 11 car rental agencies in Santa Marta.

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

    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 Santa Marta?

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

  • What is a good choice for a rental car type in Santa Marta?

    If you're visiting Santa Marta for its beautiful coastal scenery and beaches, you might consider renting a convertible to fully enjoy the open-air experience along the coastline. If you plan to explore the surrounding areas or venture into the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, an SUV can provide more space, comfort, and versatility. It offers a higher seating position and can handle rougher terrains. A compact car is a popular choice for navigating the streets of Santa Marta. It offers good maneuverability, fuel efficiency, and is easy to park in the city center or crowded areas.

  • What speed limits will I find in Santa Marta?

    The speed limit in most urban areas of Santa Marta is typically 30 km/h (19 mph) for car rentals in Santa Marta. This speed limit is usually indicated by signs and applies to residential areas, city streets, and congested areas where pedestrian and vehicle traffic is high. On rural roads or highways outside the city limits, the speed limit is typically 60 km/h (37 mph). On major highways or roads connecting Santa Marta to other cities or regions, the speed limit is usually 80 km/h (50 mph) or 90 km/h (56 mph).

  • Where are some good places to park in Santa Marta?

    Santa Marta has designated street parking areas throughout the city. Look for marked parking spaces along the streets, and pay attention to any parking signs or restrictions. There are several parking lots and garages in Santa Marta where you can safely park your vehicle. The cost for these lots is usually around 4000 COL (roughly 1 USD) for 2h of parking. Some popular parking lots in Santa Marta include the Rodadero Parking Lot and the Santa Marta Marina Parking Lot. Many shopping centers and malls in Santa Marta have their own parking facilities for visitors. Some notable shopping centers with parking facilities include Buenavista Mall, Zazue Plaza, and Viva Barranquilla Mall.

Santa Marta car rental reviews and directory

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

13 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

Calle 14 No 4-25 Local 2a

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

Simon Bolivar Intl Apo

+57 1 6291722

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00

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3.2 Poor

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car broke after 2 hours of use. Left indicator didnt work, drivers dook didnt look. We rang up and the team was unhelpful - we had to make an arranged time to change the car, miles from where we were! A nightmare, basically. Never using Avis again. + Service at collection was slow, rude, rubbish

Cons:

Everything

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

How easy it was to arrange for the online rental. We will try to avoid using Avis again. They need to streamline the checkout process.

Cons:

Twice we rented Avis Cars in International Airports in Colombia. What a mistake Santa Marta & Bogota- very long check out process, especially when compared to our Colombian experience with Localiza Santa Marta - The Nissan March car we were given was substandard to other rental cars that we have had. (After market radio, lots of dings, missing hubcap, made a squeaky noise- we feared it might break down. Santa Marta - At check out we had to defend that it was being returned exactly as we received it. Apparently there were traffic cones missing.- Bogota -1 hr. 45 min. time period between checking in at reservation time at the Avis Counter and actually driving the car from the lot Bogota - tacky paint, and no wet paint signs, at the Avis counter. I got paint on my shirt sleeve. Bogota - Bad check-int instructions were given at Check-out, so it made check out longer and more complicated.

6.0 Okay

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The employees were amiable

Cons:

the difficulty in getting to rental company from airport. trying to coordinate the drop-off with no airport Avis office there being up charged for the rental

4.8 Mediocre

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

There is no AVIS station at the Santa Marta Airport. I had to drive to the city to pick up my car. No explanation, no word of excuse. The dropoff was set to be the airport. The AVIS employee showed up with 1 hour delay.

4.8 Mediocre

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I booked the car through kayak, when we came to pick it up the adress given was wrong and the Avis shop was not in santa Marta but in rodadero, 30 min away. when we came to Pick it up they said we had to call first to confirm the car and didn't have a car for us. I had a booking confirmation via email and no way of knowing that we had to call as well to confirm. After about 45 min discussion they all of a sudden had a car but only if we could bring it back the next morning at 10am. The car was fine to drive during the day but at night the shaded windows were so dark that you could barely see the road, I was very scared driving like that. Also the control panel (where you see how fast u drive) was so blinding that I had to cover it with a book to be able to drive.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2017

KAYAK

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. 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 4

Localiza

7.3

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

. Calle 24, 03-04, Bella Vista

+57 1 800 0520001

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

Avenida Aeropuerto Km 80 Lo-11, 012a, Sal. Nacionales

+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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National

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Carrera 4 No 11a 189 Local 4

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Simon Bolivar Intl Airport

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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2.0 Poor

Jan 2022

KAYAK
This was the worse experience.. I will never use Kayak again. I rented a car from National in Santa Marta; Colombia. What they did not tell me is Santa Marta has restrictions based on the last digit of the license plate so I could not drive the car on the third day I was there which was the day I had to return the car to airport. And they had only one car so I had to come back a day early and use taxis on final day.

1 out of 1

Alamo

6.6

Okay

No reviews available

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.4

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Carrera 4 No 11a 189 Local 4

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Via Cienaga Troncal Del Caribe

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Carrera 4 No 11a-189 Local 4

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Simon Bolivar Intl Airport

+57 301 7560308

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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Hertz

6.7

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

Calle 24, #4-15

+57 350 7439106

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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Royal Rent-A-Car

2.5

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

Simón Bolívar International Airport

Opening times not available

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No reviews available

Confort Rent A Car

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Santa Marta

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Entrega a domicilio por acordar

Opening times not available

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Renta facil

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

Simón Bolívar International Airport

Opening times not available

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No reviews available

FlexWays

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Santa Marta

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Locations in Santa Marta

Cl. 41 #31-17, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Opening times not available

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Santa Marta

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Carrera 4A NO 11 - A -189

Opening times not available

Via Sienagatronical del Caribe

Opening times not available

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16 travelers who rented a car in Santa Marta gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.0

Car rental locations in or near Santa Marta

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$50/day

Good deal

$43/day

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