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Colombia Car Rental Information

Hiring a Car in Colombia: Your Comprehensive Guide from Rhinocarhire

From its lush rainforests and stunning Andean peaks to its beautiful Caribbean coastline, Colombia offers a variety of attractions for every kind of traveler. If you’re thinking about exploring this South American gem via road, here’s what you need to know.

1. Benefits of Hiring a Car in Colombia:

  • Flexibility: Create your itinerary and explore at your own pace.

  • Diverse Landscapes: Experience a variety of terrains, from tropical beaches to mountainous regions, without the restrictions of public transport.

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: Access remote places and lesser-known attractions.

  • Comfort and Convenience: Enjoy the amenities of a private vehicle, especially in regions where public transportation might be less comfortable or reliable.

2. Prerequisites & Considerations:

  • Driving License: An International Driving Permit (IDP) along with your home country’s driving license is recommended. While many car rental agencies accept foreign licenses, having an IDP can make things smoother, especially during police checkpoints.

  • Age Restrictions: Typically, you need to be at least 23-25 to rent a car, though this can vary between rental companies.

  • Insurance: Always opt for comprehensive insurance. Colombian roads and driving conditions can be unpredictable.

  • Traffic & Driving Behavior: Colombian driving can be aggressive compared to North American or European standards. City traffic, especially in Bogotá and Medellín, can be congested.

3. Key Routes & Recommendations:

  • Bogotá to Medellín: Witness the changing landscapes of the Andean region. The journey is approximately 420 km and takes around 8 hours, not accounting for stops.

  • Caribbean Coast Drive: Explore the coast, starting from Cartagena, heading to the beautiful beaches of Tayrona National Park, and finishing in the desert of La Guajira.

  • Coffee Triangle: Navigate between Armenia, Pereira, and Manizales, immersing yourself in Colombia's coffee culture.

4. Road Conditions & Safety:

  • Mountainous Terrain: Many of Colombia's roads traverse mountainous regions, so be prepared for winding routes and frequent elevation changes.

  • Road Quality: While main highways, such as those connecting major cities, are well-maintained, secondary and rural roads can be in varying conditions.

  • Safety: Avoid driving at night, especially in rural or less-traveled areas, due to reduced visibility and potential security concerns.

  • Police Checkpoints: These are common. Always carry your driving license, IDP, passport, and car rental documents.

5. Additional Tips:

  • Fuel: Gas stations are plentiful in urban areas but can be sparse in rural regions. It's advisable to refuel when half the tank is empty.

  • Parking: In major cities, always park in designated areas or secure car parks to avoid potential theft or fines.

  • Tolls: Toll booths are frequent on Colombian highways. Ensure you have enough cash (Colombian pesos) as they do not accept credit cards.

In Conclusion:

Renting a car in Colombia can be a rewarding way to explore the diverse landscapes and rich culture of the country. With proper preparation, understanding of local driving customs, and the right precautions, your Colombian road trip can be a memorable adventure. 


Cheapest car hire in Colombia

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.40 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 219.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.40 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 219.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.70 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 284.90 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Logan

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.60 EUR/day
Renault Logan

7 Days rental at 263.26 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Sail

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 38.81 EUR/day
Chevrolet Sail

7 Days rental at 271.73 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.64 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 298.49 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.91 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.42 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.91 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.42 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.69 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 263.85 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda BT50

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 67.41 EUR/day
Mazda BT50

7 Days rental at 471.90 EUR from 20/07/2020

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 58.44 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 409.08 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 58.44 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 409.08 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 58.44 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 409.08 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Colombia

  • Drive on the right side of the road in Colombia, the steering wheel will always be on the left

  • Colombian drivers are renowned for aggressive driving, particularly in cities and during rush hour, defensive driving is recommended
  • Avoid driving at night where possible, wildlife and cattle often cross roads and present a real hazard
  • Learn some basic Spanish phrases that will come in handy if you need help when driving
  • Keep all car rental documents, driving license and passport in the car as you may need at checkpoints
 

Popular car hire destinations in Colombia

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Colombia

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    COP  3341.59/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    40mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    COP

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    16

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Colombia

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
11
7.7/10
498
€ 40.70
€ 44.03
€ 81.01
€ 93.16

Car rental agent statistics in Colombia

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    7.7/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    249
    Total number of reviews in
    Colombia
  • Most Locations Icon
    21
    Most Locations in Colombia:
    LOCALIZA
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    13
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Colombia

ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 69
March€ 66
April€ 67
May€ 56
June€ 59
July€ 66
August€ 74
September€ 72
October€ 62
November€ 70
December€ 76
ItemPercent
January€ 42
February€ 42
March€ 44
April€ 45
May€ 40
June€ 46
July€ 43
August€ 45
September€ 44
October€ 40
November€ 49
December€ 51
ItemPercent
January€ 102
February€ 97
March€ 105
April€ 105
May€ 103
June€ 97
July€ 70
August€ 102
September€ 102
October€ 102
November€ 99
December€ 118
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 82
March€ 91
April€ 89
May€ 83
June€ 81
July€ 80
August€ 101
September€ 95
October€ 89
November€ 98
December€ 96
ItemPercent
January€ 133
February€ 126
March€ 127
April€ 133
May€ 164
June€ 166
July€ 183
August€ 178
September€ 164
October€ 137
November€ 153
December€ 170
ItemPercent
January€ 53
February€ 50
March€ 34
April€ 41
May€ 30
June€ 27
July€ 38
August€ 44
September€ 45
October€ 37
November€ 43
December€ 45
ItemPercent
January€ 108
February€ 106
March€ 128
April€ 113
May€ 104
June€ 109
July€ 112
August€ 142
September€ 130
October€ 114
November€ 132
December€ 126
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 94
March€ 87
April€ 99
May€ 83
June€ 83
July€ 94
August€ 103
September€ 98
October€ 87
November€ 90
December€ 110

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Fuel prices in Colombia

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 0.48

€ 0.57

Apr , 2023

€ 0.48

€ 0.59

May , 2023

€ 0.49

€ 0.63

Jun , 2023

€ 0.52

€ 0.70

Jul , 2023

€ 0.52

€ 0.75

Aug , 2023

€ 0.54

€ 0.81

Sep , 2023

€ 0.57

€ 0.89

Oct , 2023

€ 0.55

€ 0.85

Nov , 2023

€ 0.55

€ 0.88

Dec , 2023

€ 0.56

€ 0.90

Jan , 2024

€ 0.56

€ 0.94

Feb , 2024

€ 0.57

€ 0.95

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 0.57 0.95
Jan , 2024 0.56 0.94
Dec , 2023 0.56 0.90
Nov , 2023 0.55 0.88
Oct , 2023 0.55 0.85
Sep , 2023 0.57 0.89
Aug , 2023 0.54 0.81
Jul , 2023 0.52 0.75
Jun , 2023 0.52 0.70
May , 2023 0.49 0.63
Apr , 2023 0.48 0.59
Mar , 2023 0.48 0.57

Car rental price statistics in Colombia

  • Average Price Icon
    € 219.80
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 182.56
    Highest daily price:
    Kia Sorento
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    936
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    126
    Most popular model:
    Kia Picanto
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    116
    Location with most cars:
    Bogota - El Dorado Intl. Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 31.4 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    CONFORT RENT A CAR - Medellin Olaya Herrera - Airport
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Bogota
€30.8
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €40.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €37.7 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €30.8 per day
El Dorado Int. Airport
€30.8
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €40.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €37.7 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €30.8 per day
Medellin
€34.0
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €34.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €40.8 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €40.8 per day