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Panama Car Rental : Mini Guide

Driving in Panama offers a convenient way to explore this Central American country, but it's essential to be aware of the road conditions, safety measures, and recommended vehicles. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Road Safety: Panama has a well-maintained road network, especially in major urban areas. However, road conditions can vary, and you may encounter potholes and uneven surfaces in some places. Defensive driving is advisable, and always follow local traffic rules.

  2. Terrain: Panama's terrain is diverse, with coastal areas, mountainous regions, and dense rainforests. Some rural areas may have narrower roads and limited signage, so it's essential to drive cautiously, especially in remote locations.

  3. Main Cities: Panama City is the capital and largest city in Panama, offering vibrant urban life and historic sites. Other major cities include David, Colon, and Chitre, each with its unique attractions and culture.

  4. Airport Distance: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City is the country's main international gateway. It's located approximately 24 kilometers (15 miles) east of the city center, making it easily accessible by car.

  5. Best Type of Vehicle: A versatile vehicle, such as a compact SUV or 4x4, is often recommended for exploring Panama. These vehicles can handle various road conditions, including unpaved roads in more remote areas. Be sure to choose a rental car that suits your travel plans.

Panama's diverse landscapes and cultural experiences make it an exciting destination for road trips. Whether you're visiting the bustling capital or venturing into the countryside, driving in Panama can be an enjoyable way to discover the country's natural beauty and rich history. Just remember to drive safely, follow local regulations, and be prepared for various road conditions.


Cheapest car hire in Panama

Hyundai Grand i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.70 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 151.95 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.70 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 151.95 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.70 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 151.95 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.08 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 161.58 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.08 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 161.58 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.08 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 161.58 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 148.21 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 1037.49 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.97 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 489.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.79 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 544.57 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio Sedan

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.10 EUR/day
Kia Rio Sedan

7 Days rental at 189.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio Sedan

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.10 EUR/day
Kia Rio Sedan

7 Days rental at 189.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 28.72 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 201.09 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Panama

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Panama
  • There are no motorways in Panama, the maximum speed limit if 80km/h
  • Fuel is cheap in Panama, expect to pay around $30 USD to refill an average rental car
  • Mex Rent a Car are the highest ranked car hire company in Panama offering low prices and a wide range of cars
 

Popular car hire destinations in Panama

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Panama

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    n/akph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    USD  1.05/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    PAB/USD $

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    16

    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

Compare car rental agents in Panama

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Dollar
12
8.4/10
153
€ 21.76
€ 23.97
€ 28.72
€ 43.86
 National
5
7.9/10
105
€ 35.27
€ 40.96
€ 45.33

Car rental agent statistics in Panama

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    8.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.9/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    NATIONAL
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    258
    Total number of reviews in
    Panama
  • Most Locations Icon
    12
    Most Locations in Panama:
    DOLLAR
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    17
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    10
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Panama

ItemPercent
January€ 45
February€ 44
March€ 41
April€ 41
May€ 41
June€ 46
July€ 42
August€ 43
September€ 44
October€ 49
November€ 51
December€ 50
ItemPercent
January€ 40
February€ 35
March€ 36
April€ 35
May€ 33
June€ 39
July€ 36
August€ 37
September€ 36
October€ 38
November€ 42
December€ 42
ItemPercent
January€ 82
February€ 73
March€ 75
April€ 70
May€ 60
June€ 72
July€ 76
August€ 76
September€ 69
October€ 74
November€ 93
December€ 91
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 63
March€ 57
April€ 55
May€ 54
June€ 60
July€ 54
August€ 53
September€ 57
October€ 67
November€ 72
December€ 68
ItemPercent
January€ 113
February€ 105
March€ 102
April€ 99
May€ 112
June€ 114
July€ 106
August€ 101
September€ 104
October€ 105
November€ 122
December€ 120
ItemPercent
January€ 32
February€ 28
March€ 28
April€ 27
May€ 28
June€ 32
July€ 32
August€ 32
September€ 30
October€ 31
November€ 36
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 73
February€ 65
March€ 64
April€ 64
May€ 64
June€ 74
July€ 72
August€ 66
September€ 68
October€ 71
November€ 77
December€ 79
ItemPercent
January€ 46
February€ 46
March€ 40
April€ 41
May€ 42
June€ 48
July€ 43
August€ 43
September€ 46
October€ 51
November€ 53
December€ 50

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

Fuel prices in Panama

DieselUnleaded
Feb , 2023

€ 1.03

€ 1.01

Mar , 2023

€ 0.93

€ 1.01

Apr , 2023

€ 0.86

€ 0.96

May , 2023

€ 0.79

€ 0.98

Jun , 2023

€ 0.79

€ 0.98

Jul , 2023

€ 0.79

€ 0.96

Aug , 2023

€ 0.84

€ 1.03

Sep , 2023

€ 1.00

€ 1.09

Oct , 2023

€ 1.05

€ 1.11

Nov , 2023

€ 0.92

€ 0.89

Dec , 2023

€ 0.86

€ 0.88

Jan , 2024

€ 0.82

€ 0.86

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2024 0.82 0.86
Dec , 2023 0.86 0.88
Nov , 2023 0.92 0.89
Oct , 2023 1.05 1.11
Sep , 2023 1.00 1.09
Aug , 2023 0.84 1.03
Jul , 2023 0.79 0.96
Jun , 2023 0.79 0.98
May , 2023 0.79 0.98
Apr , 2023 0.86 0.96
Mar , 2023 0.93 1.01
Feb , 2023 1.03 1.01

Car rental price statistics in Panama

  • Average Price Icon
    € 151.90
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 320.29
    Highest daily price:
    Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    383
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    29
    Most popular model:
    Kia Picanto
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    52
    Location with most cars:
    Panama City - Tocumen Intl. Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 21.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ALAMO - Panama City - Campo Alegre
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Tocumen Airport
€16.9
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €16.9 per day
Compact 5 5 2 from €24.9 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €23.9 per day