Cheapest car hire in Barbados

Top tips when hiring a car in Barbados

  • Remember to drive on the left and like in the UK, the steering wheel will be on the right-hand side of the car
  • The minimum age to hire a car is 21, expect to pay a surcharge if under 25 and you’ll need a medical certificate if over 70
  • Don’t be alarmed if someone ‘honks’ the horn at you, it’s rarely used in an aggressive manner
  • GPS or sat nav is highly recommended as whilst the road network is generally good, signage is not always great

Barbados car hire reviews

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Laws and rules of the road when driving in Barbados



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    Urban speed Limit



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    Motorway Speed Limit


    BBD  3.31/Ltr

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    No law

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    Front and Rear



    Fixed and Mobile

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    Hands Free Only

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Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.5/10)



Holiday of a li

Holiday of a lifetime, didn't want to come home!!!

Sasha Trefusis


Rented a car fo

Rented a car for a 3 week holiday in Barbados with my boyfriend, we had a fab time and the car was useful as not much public transport and didn't want to be stuck in the hotel all the time.

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Compare car rental agents in Barbados

Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Drive a matic
€ 36.15
€ 43.76
€ 58.96
€ 50.66
€ 34.27
€ 34.34

Car rental agent statistics in Barbados

  • 8.7/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 8.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 69
    Total number of reviews in
  • 4
    Most Locations in Barbados:
  • 16
    Average wait time
  • 6
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Barbados

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Barbados

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2020 1.06 1.35
Aug , 2020 1.01 1.31
Jul , 2020 1.00 1.28
Jun , 2020 1.01 1.23
May , 2020 1.14 1.40
Apr , 2020 1.32 1.63
Mar , 2020 1.28 1.56
Feb , 2020 1.40 1.64
Jan , 2020 1.36 1.60
Dec , 2019 1.34 1.58
Nov , 2019 1.38 1.61
Oct , 2019 1.35 1.63

Car rental price statistics in Barbados

  • € 223.65
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 132.88
    Highest daily price:
    Mercedes C Class
  • 85
    Total cars available
  • 8
    Most popular model:
    Suzuki Swift
  • 34
    Location with most cars:
    Grantley Adams International Airport
  • € 32.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    STOUTES - Grantley Adams International Airport

FAQs about car hire in Barbados

How much does it cost to hire a car in Barbados?

Car hire in Barbados starts from just €32.00 per day for a (economy) class car from Stoutes. The average price to hire a car in Barbados is just €46.20 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Barbados is a Mercedes C Class car for a (fullsize) class from Drive a matic costing €132.90 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Barbados?

We often have special offers on car hire in Barbados including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Barbados?

Car hire prices in Barbados are kept low thanks to the 5 car hire companies across the country. With over 5 car hire locations and 276 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Barbados.

Who is the best car hire company in Barbados?

Based on over 69 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Barbados Is Drive a matic who score on average 8.7/10 across all locations in Barbados.

What is the most popular car hire location in Barbados?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport with 5 car hire companies and 34 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Barbados?

Current fuel prices in Barbados are €1.35/ltr for petrol and €1.06/ltr for diesel as of 21 September 2020, it’ll cost on average €54 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €42 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Barbados?

Speed limits in Barbados are in mph and are generally 20 mph on urban roads, 37 mph on rural roads and 50 mph on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Barbados?

Stoutes is the cheapest car hire company in Barbados offering a (economy) class car such as the Kia Picanto for as little as €224.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Barbados?

The most popular car hire category in Barbados is the Chevrolet Spark available from 3 car hire companies in over 4 locations.

Should you rent a car in Barbados?

Car hire in Barbados is a great way to explore the island and see beyond the confines of the hotel grounds.  All inclusive packages to Barbados are very popular and many tourists miss out on the real Barbados experience.  A rental car in Barbados picked up from Grantley Adams Airport and you can be on your way to the hotel long before the tour bus has left the airport.

Visit popular destinations on Barbados island such as St James or Christchurch and get a flavour of this Caribbean Island. Hiring a car in Barbados is the only way to see the beautiful interior of the island without having to brave the hot and crowded conditions of the Barbadian (Bajan) buses. A stunning place to go for lunch is the old plantation house of Fisher Pond which has immaculately kept gardens showcasing Barbados’ most eye catching flora and fauna.

Barbados Mini Guide

Many people wrongly believe that Barbados is part of the Caribbean; the truth is that Barbados is located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean Sea. Barbados is a wholly independent island nation and although it lies within the southern Caribbean is actually part of the Lesser Antilles. In recent years Barbados has come to share an official maritime boundary with Trinidad and Tobago, along with parts of the South American mainland. The entire island of Barbados covers an area of almost 450 square kilometres. Its geography is predominantly flat with a few hilly but not mountainous areas.

Barbados is a successful tourist destination, and much of this success can be attributed to its climate. Although Barbados exhibits a fully Caribbean climate the year round, it tends not to suffer from the hurricanes and storms which plague other islands in the area each year. This is due to the fact that its position in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean falls outside of the primary hurricane zone. However, there have been specific exceptions most notable of which was Hurricane Janet in 1955, which caused extensive and severe damage to Barbados in its entirety.

When it comes to tourism, Barbados is both advanced and quaintly backward, the island is fairly well-developed and there is whole plethora of internationally renowned, world-class hotels constructed upon the island. These often sit shoulder to shoulder with smaller, beach-based chalets and bungalows, a stark contrast from the luxurious hotels which overshadow them. There is also a selection of apartments and there are private villas dotted all over the island, many are available for private rental.

Bridgetown is the island's capital city, although it was formerly known as the Town of St Michael. The city sprawls along the coastline to the South West of Carlisle Bay. Speightstown is the second largest city on Barbados and is located around 12 miles north of Bridgetown Auto Rental. During times of the original settlement of Barbados, around the year 1630, Speightstown was the busiest and most important town on the island, its port was used for birthing ships full of sugar and other rare commodities upon their trip back to Europe.

Of course no mention of Barbados can be made without discussing its reputation as one of the greatest beach holiday destinations in the entire world. This small island contains over 70 square miles of beach. Due to this incredible amount of physical beach space it is still possible to find secluded and private coves, even in the more popular tourist areas. The only real consideration is which side of the island you wish to visit, the beaches along the east and north coast are facing the Atlantic Ocean, so the sea tends to be somewhat rougher and a little cooler than on the south and west coasts. For this reason it is recommended that swimmers and snorkelers stick to the south and west coast.

Why rent a car in Barbados

Car rental in Barbados is your ticket to the holiday of a lifetime and there are too many gorgeous beaches here to see without taking advantage of car rental. Some of the best of them are on the south coast where the water is a wonderful mixture of the calm Caribbean Sea and the vibrant Atlantic Ocean.

Head to the island’s most popular beach at Accra on the south coast where the shady casuarina trees give you shelter from the baking hot sun. If you are hoping to enjoy some body surfing there are often good waves which crash onto the brilliant white sands of Miami Beach in South Point.

Also on the south coast you may wish to visit the Oistins fish market which sells the island’s best fresh fish by day and has some of its best rum shops to frequent at night, all easily accessible with a rental car.

Fuel Prices in Barbados

  • Price of petrol in Barbados in September

    € 1.35/Ltr

    ($ 1.65/Ltr | 3.31/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Barbados in September

    € 1.06/Ltr

    ($ 1.30/Ltr | 2.60/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Barbados in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 54.00  ($ 66.13) | € 42.40  ($ 51.92)
Compact € 54.00  ($ 66.13) | € 42.40  ($ 51.92)
Full Size € 67.50  ($ 82.66) | € 53.00  ($ 64.90)
SUV € 81.00  ($ 99.19) | € 63.60  ($ 77.88)
Carrier € 94.50  ($ 115.72) | € 74.20  ($ 90.86)

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