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Top tips for hiring 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 $17 or less
  • Book your rental car in Panama at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Panama are around 33% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Panama

  • What is the most popular car hire in Panama?

    Economy (Kia Sportage or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Panama.

  • What is the best car hire company in Panama?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Panama is Budget (8.2, 62 reviews).

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

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

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

    On average a car hire in Panama costs $129 per week ($18 per day).

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

    On average a car hire in Panama costs $555 per month ($18 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

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    Dollar car hire locations in Panama

    15 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Panama

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  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Panama

    14 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Panama

    12 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in Panama

    12 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Panama

    11 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Panama

    11 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Panama

    9 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Panama

    8 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Panama

    8 Locations

  • ace

    Ace car hire locations in Panama

    7 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Panama

    7 Locations

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars 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 hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.