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Cheap car rentals in Panama

Full-size SUV$36/day
Passenger van$39/day
Pickup truck$26/day
Premium SUV$39/day
Compact SUV$6/day
Supplier choice$7/day
Intermediate SUV$9/day
Standard SUV$14/day
Supplier choice SUV$17/day
Luxury SUV$42/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Panama

  • In Panama, seatbelts must be worn at all times. The driver and all passengers must be in a seatbelt, and fines are regularly handed out for this infringement. Kids below 5 must be secured in a child safety seat on the car's rear seat.
  • There are some major roads you should know about in Panama. The Pan American Highway is the main artery, cutting across the country from the Costa Rican border to Panama City. The country has two toll roads, Corredor Sur and Corredor Norte, and tolls are paid electronically, and your rental provider should equip you with a toll pass.
  • The type of car you choose to explore Panama will depend on your needs. If you are driving around urban spaces, a compact car will get you through fast. If you’re heading out into the vast Panamanian countryside beyond the pavement, a 4X4 will do well, while a convertible is best if you’re close to the beach.
  • Getting a rental car in Panama goes a long way in making your trip successful. With a rental car, you can explore all the gems and wonders that Panama has to offer without the hassle of planning your trip around rigid public transportation schedules. Say goodbye to towing your luggage all over, as car rentals offer you the storage space, comfort, and convenience you need when exploring this country. With your own set of wheels, the hiking trails of Volcán Barú and the reefs of Bocas del Toro are just a short drive away.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Panama for $7 or less
  • Book your rental car in Panama at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Panama are around 25% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Panama are around -136% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Panama

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

    On average a rental car in Panama costs $20 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Panama?

    Intermediate (Ford Fusion or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Panama.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Panama?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Thrifty ($5/day), Avis ($5/day) and Hertz ($5/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Panama?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Panama is Budget (7.9, 51 reviews).

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

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

  • Where should I rent a car in Panama?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Panama are Panama City (83% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Panama), David (12%) and Tocumen (1%).

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

    On average a rental car in Panama costs $78 per week ($11 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Panama costs $336 per month ($11 per day).

  • What is driving like in Panama?

    Before you hit the road in one of the Panama car rentals, here are some rules you should know. Driving is on the right, similar to the US, and you should stick to the right except when overtaking. Drivers must have their license, insurance paperwork, and car rental documentation when driving in Panama. Drunk driving is a serious offense, and you should avoid getting behind the wheel with a BAC higher than 24 micrograms. Always yield to pedestrians even when crossing at undesignated areas, and emergency vehicles with flashing lights have the right of way at all times.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in in Panama?

    In Panama, the minimum age for driving is 18. You will find a few local car rental providers allowing drivers as young as 19 to rent with them, but most car rental providers will require you to be at least 23 to get a rental car. The maximum age for renting a car is 70, and drivers below 25 are considered young drivers, and there is a daily surcharge on their rentals. Moreover, these drivers will be restricted to renting only certain vehicle classes. To rent a car in Panama, you will need your driver’s license and a credit card with your name for payment.

  • How are gas prices in Panama?

    You should not have any trouble getting gas in Panama, as the country has many gas stations. Major cities, like Panama City, have many gas stations, and even on major roads and highways, you'll still find plenty. Get a full tank when heading out on rural roads, as gas stations are fewer there. The price of gas per liter is around $1.1 and per gallon it is about $4.3, and most gas stations accept credit cards, since panama also uses the USD.

  • What are the speed limits in Panama?

    Speed limits in Panama are in place to ensure safe usage of the road. As such, ensure that you are driving within the stipulated speed limits. Driving around the capital and urban areas, you should maintain a speed of 30 km/h (20 mph) and below. Driving on the city's outskirts, you can go as fast as 50 km/h (30 mph), and on the highways, the maximum speed limit is 96 km/h (60 mph). The speed limits are posted on major roads, but most rural roads don’t have the speed limits posted, so pace yourself accordingly on these roads.

Car rental directory

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Panama

    15 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in Panama

    14 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Panama

    13 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Panama

    12 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Panama

    10 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in Panama

    10 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in Panama

    10 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Panama

    8 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Panama

    7 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car rental locations in Panama

    7 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Panama

    7 Locations

  • ace

    Ace car rental locations in Panama

    6 Locations

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.