Cheapest car hire in Jamaica

Top tips when hiring a car in Jamaica

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Jamaica
  • There are toll roads in Jamaica, so keep some cash on your or you can pay by credit / debit card
  • Fuel is more expensive in Jamaica than in the USA, expect to pay around $40 to fill the tank of a small rental car
  • The Toyota Yaris is the most rented car in Jamaica thanks to its cheap daily rate
  • Island are the highest rated car hire agent in Jamaica with a score of 8.6/10

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Jamaica

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    50km/h

    Urban speed Limit

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    80km/h

    Rural Speed Limit

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    110km/h

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    JMD  152.95/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    35mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    JMD

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.7/10)

Willy

USA

8/10
Didn't have the

Didn't have the car I paid for, after a little discussion we settled on a suitable alternative not the one they tried to fob me off with.

13/03/2020
Mel

Canada

8/10
Great little ca

Great little car me and my boyfriend for our holiday, cost a lot less than we budget for so upgraded to a Jeep.

26/02/2020
James

UK

8/10
No problem as o

No problem as only needed the car for a day, but was a bit tatty. cheap enough though.

16/02/2020

Compare car rental agents in Jamaica

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Island
3
8.3/10
48
€ 41.52
€ 78.21
€ 81.27
 Addcar
1
5.3/10
7
€ 54.54
€ 60.35

Car rental agent statistics in Jamaica

  • 8.3/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ISLAND
  • 5.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    ADDCAR
  • 55
    Total number of reviews in
    Jamaica
  • 4
    Most Locations in Jamaica:
    BUDGET
  • 18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 9
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Jamaica

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

Fuel prices in Jamaica

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2020 0.84 0.87
May , 2020 0.83 0.91
Apr , 2020 0.89 0.93
Mar , 2020 0.99 1.02
Feb , 2020 1.02 1.03
Jan , 2020 1.03 0.99
Dec , 2019 1.09 1.06
Nov , 2019 1.06 1.01
Oct , 2019 1.08 1.03
Sep , 2019 1.13 1.10
Aug , 2019 1.04 1.04
Jul , 2019 1.05 1.08

Car rental price statistics in Jamaica

  • € 285.25
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 214.87
    Highest daily price:
    Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 119
    Total cars available
     
  • 19
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Yaris
  • 44
    Location with most cars:
    Sangster International Airport
  • € 40.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ISLAND - Kingston - Central

FAQs about car hire in Jamaica

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

Car hire in Jamaica starts from just €40.80 per day for a (economy) class car from Island. The average price to hire a car in Jamaica is just €91.30 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Jamaica is a Mitsubishi Pajero car for a (standard) class from Budget costing €214.90 per day.

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

We often have special offers on car hire in Jamaica 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 Jamaica?

Car hire prices in Jamaica are kept low thanks to the 8 car hire companies across the country. With over 6 car hire locations and 655 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Jamaica.

Who is the best car hire company in Jamaica?

Based on over 55 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Jamaica Is Island who score on average 8.3/10 across all locations in Jamaica.

What is the most popular car hire location in Jamaica?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Jamaica is Sangster International Airport with 8 car hire companies and 44 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Jamaica?

Current fuel prices in Jamaica are €1/ltr for petrol and €1/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €40 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €40 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Jamaica?

Speed limits in Jamaica are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 80 km/h on rural roads and 110 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Jamaica?

Island is the cheapest car hire company in Jamaica offering a (economy) class car such as the Suzuki Swift for as little as €285.60 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Jamaica?

The most popular car hire category in Jamaica is the Toyota Yaris available from 7 car hire companies in over 6 locations.

Renting a car in Jamaica

There's no better way to explore all this wonderful island has to offer than from the comfort of your own rental car. No matter where on the island you arrive or want to visit, getting around is easy with low traffic and quiet roads when out of the towns and cities. Some of the worlds biggest car rental brands have a presence in Jamaica, including Alamo, Europcar, National and Budget. Island Car Rentals are also a very popular local supplier.

Most people collect car hire in Jamaica from;

Most Popular Rental Cars in Jamaica;

Rental Agent
Make / Model
Seats
Luggage
Type
Europcar
Toyota Yaris
5
2
Economy
Island
Suzuki Swift
4
2
Mini
Alamo
Honda Fit
5
2
Economy
Alamo
Honda Civic
5
3
Compact
National
Suzuki Grand Vitara
5
3
SUV
Europcar
Honda Accord
5
3
Full Size
Island
Hyundai H1
8
4
People Carrier
Budget
Toyota Hiace
15
4
Minibus

Is it safe to rent a car in Jamaica?

It is safe to drive in Jamaica and renting a car for your trip is a great way to get around and see all the island has to offer. As when travelling to any foreign country, it's wise to check local road laws before you travel and to avoid certain areas, particularly at night.

Is it worth renting a car in Jamaica?

Renting a car in Jamaica is very worthwhile, you can see so much of this wonderful island with indepedent transport like a rental car, whether you hire for a day or a week, it's a great option.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Jamaica?

Car rental in Jamaica starts from around $40 per day for an economy / compact class car.

Can Americans rent cars in Jamaica?

Over 1.5 million Americans visited Jamaica in 2018 and most rented cars. You'll find the car rental experience in Jamaica very similar to domestic rentals in the USA, just check your insurance terms and conditions as these may vary.

Jamaica Mini Guide

Jamaica is one of the most atmospheric places you will ever visit and this large Caribbean island has everything a visitor could possibly want. Whether you head there to soak up the sun at an all inclusive beach resort, go to a cricket match or watch a reggae concert you will find the Jamaican people incredibly friendly and helpful.  That said, there are some no-go areas on the island and the crime rate is quite high, but as long as you take the proper precautions you will have an unforgettable experience.

Whichever part of the island you are heading to you are spoilt for choice as Jamaica  has many airports. They are Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which is named after a Jamaican prime minister, and the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay which both receive hundreds of international flights every day. There are also smaller airports in Negril and Ocho Rios and Kingston which are mostly accessed by light aircraft.

Driving in Jamaican is part of the adrenaline rush. Jamaica’s roads can be bumpy and badly maintained and its drivers erratic and foolhardy. But this is the best way to experience Jamaica’s stunning interior and the Blue Mountains. Just be warned that you will encounter some very windy roads which may even give you motion sickness, so it might be worth carrying appropriate medication for this. Driving is on the left, and don’t be surprised if other drivers use their horns frequently.

An attraction in Jamaica not to be missed is the Bob Marley museum which has memorabilia from the island’s most famous son and world renowned reggae artist who wrote and sang such timeless songs.

One place which is recommended to stay in is the Stony Hill Hotel. Though the staff have a laid back pace which could seem infuriating to those expecting a European standard of service, Stony Hill is incredibly charming and certainly a place to experience authentic Jamaica. Try their fine breakfast of eggs and bacon with toast of coffee followed by Caribbean fruit while you enjoy the gentle breeze and sweeping views of Kingston Bay.

Definitely don’t leave without eating the world famous Jamaican food while you are there, such as jerk chicken, rice and peas, ackee and saltfish. The local red stripe beer is an excellent accompaniment to this, as is the rum which is made from Jamaican sugar cane.

Facts about Jamaica

  • Jamaica used to be owned by the Spanish and called Santiago, however in 1655 it became an English and then later a British colony called Jamaica.
  • The official language of Jamaica is English, however many Jamaicans speak an English-African language called Jamaican Patois.
  • Many famous music artists have originated from Jamaica including Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Shabba Ranks and Sean Paul.
  • Ian Fleming who created James Bond lived in Jamaica and often used the island as a setting for the novels.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Jamaica

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Fuel Prices in Jamaica

  • Price of petrol in Jamaica in April

    € 1.00/Ltr

    ($ 1.22/Ltr | 152.95/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Jamaica in April

    € 1.00/Ltr

    ($ 1.22/Ltr | 152.95/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Jamaica in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 40.00  ($ 48.98) | € 40.00  ($ 48.98)
Compact € 40.00  ($ 48.98) | € 40.00  ($ 48.98)
Full Size € 50.00  ($ 61.23) | € 50.00  ($ 61.23)
SUV € 60.00  ($ 73.47) | € 60.00  ($ 73.47)
Carrier € 70.00  ($ 85.72) | € 70.00  ($ 85.72)

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    Emancipation Day - Public Holiday

 

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What is the best car rental agent in Jamaica?

Based on real customer feedback over the last 6 months, we can reveal the best car rental agents in Jamaica currently are;
  • Sixt - 7.5/10 (100+ reviews)
  • Island Car Rentals - 7.4/10 (250+ reviews)
  • National - 7.2/10 (100+ reviews)
  • Avis - 7.1/10 (50+ reviews)
  • Budget - 6.6/10 (100+ reviews)