Rental Cars in Antigua

In Antigua, rental cars may appeal to adventurous and independent travelers

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Travelers who want to explore Antigua at their own speed can choose from more than a dozen car rental locations, most of which are at the airport.

Renting a Car

There are several U.S.-based rental agencies that provide pick up service at the airport, including Avis (tel. 800-331-1212 in the U.S. or 268-462-2840 in Antigua) and Hertz (tel. 800-654-3131 in the U.S. or 268-462-6450 in Antigua). There is also a Dollar Rent A Car that can be reached at 800-800-4000 in the U.S or 268-462-3366 in Antigua. Local agencies include Big's Car Rental & Taxi Service, which is located in English Harbour (tel. 268-562-4901), Tropical Rentals in St. Mary's (tel. 268-562-5180), and Paradise Car Rental (tel. 268-462-9780).

Take a look at the following table for many of the vehicle rental agencies located in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Ats Car Rental (268) 562-1709 Freeman's Village
Avis Antigua (268) 462-2840 Powell's Estate - Redcliffe Quay
Benjie's Car Rental & Taxi Services (268) 461-6826 Redcliffe Quay
Big O Rent-a-Car (268) 723-3957 Falmouth
Big's Car Rental & Taxi Service (268) 562-4901 English Harbour
Budget ANU Airport -- V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Capital Car Rental (268) 462-0863 St. George Street - Redcliffe Quay
Capital Car Rental Airport (268) 463-1010 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Carter's Rent A Car (268) 562-2956 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.6 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Dions Rent A Car & Taxi Service (268) 771-7666 3.6 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Dollar ANU Airport (268) 462-8802 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Dollar Jolly Beach (268) 462-0362 Jolly Beach - Jolly Harbour
Hertz Heritage Quay (268) 481-4400 Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's
Hertz Main Office (268) 481-4440 Sir George Walter Highway - Redcliffe Quay
Hertz Royal Antiguan (268) 481-4457 Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort - Five Islands
Hertz V.C. Bird Aiport (268) 481-4440 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Hertz in Jolly Harbour (268) 481-4456 Jolly Harbour
Ivor’s Car Rental & Taxi Service (268) 460-1241 0.9 mi. (1.5 km) Northwest of Falmouth Harbour
Jonas Rent-A-Car (268) 462-9296 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Matthew's Car Rental (268) 462-8803 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Oakland Rent-A-Car (268) 462-3021 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Paradise Car Rental (268) 462-9780 Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove - Dickenson Bay
Rawlins Supreme Car Rental (268) 729-0140 Fitzroy Road - Redcliffe Quay
Scrubo's Pineapple Rentals (268) 771-9422 Jolly Harbour
Slane Supreme Car Rentals (268) 462-8789 Lower Newgate Street - Redcliffe Quay
Sunshade Rentals (268) 562-5968 Shirley Road - English Harbour
Thrifty V.C. Bird (268) 462-9532 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Titi Rent-a-Car (268) 460-1452 Falmouth Harbour
Tropical Rentals (268) 562-5180 Valley Road - Redcliffe Quay
Vernon's Car Rental (268) 560-5123 Freetown

Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.

The Cost of Renting a Car

Most rental car companies have a variety of cars in stock, including SUVs and four-wheel drive cars for those who want to do some off-road traveling. The rates for renting a car start at $35(USD) per day and at $210(USD) per week, depending on the make and model of the car. Collision-damage waivers can be purchased for about $9(USD) to $11(USD) per day, although you may still be liable for the cost of some vehicle repairs.

As shown below, prices will vary, with the season and vehicle size. The low rates in the tables are typically only available from the least costly agencies during the slowest times of the year. The highest rates are what you can anticipate when demand is at its peak.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 26.00 $ 60.00
Economy Car $ 28.00 $ 50.00
Mid Size Car $ 32.00 $ 60.00
Light SUV $ 36.00 $ 100.00
Standard SUV $ 45.00 $ 120.00
Heavy SUV $ 55.00 $ 120.00
Full Size Car $ 56.00 $ 70.00
Mini Van $ 60.00 $ 86.00
Full Size Van $ 80.00 $ 100.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 240.00 $ 320.00
Compact Car $ 245.00 $ 350.00
Mid Size Car $ 266.00 $ 420.00
Light SUV $ 280.00 $ 632.00
Standard SUV $ 315.00 $ 520.00
Full Size Car $ 330.00 $ 440.00
Heavy SUV $ 385.00 $ 700.00
Full Size Van $ 525.00 $ 550.00

In order to drive on the island of Antigua, you must first purchase a temporary local driver's license, which costs about $20(USD) and requires that you have a valid driver's license from home. You can purchase a temporary license from the Inland Revenue Department, through some car rental agencies, and even at some resort hotels.

Driving on Antigua


Although renting a car is easy, driving around Antigua may not be. Beware that the steep and winding back roads in Antigua are bumpy and riddled with potholes, police rarely enforce the 40 mph speed limit, and traffic control is at a minimum. There are few to no traffic signs, so it would be wise to take a reliable map to avoid getting lost.  Currently, the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) is working from one end of the island to the next replacing and creating directional road signs.  The project may take a year or more, but soon tourists will find it much easier to get around.  On the other hand, many of the main roads are paved and having a car at your disposal may offer you the opportunity to visit parts of Antigua you may not have seen otherwise.

If you are traveling with small children, bear in mind that rental car agencies do not provide car or booster seats for rent. Though it is not illegal to drive without a child safety restraint, the conditions of the roads, among other safety issues, make it a good idea for you bring your own car seat along.

Take a look at the table below that will show you the several gas stations in this general area.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Chandler's Gas Station -- Downtown St. John's
Dee's Service Station -- 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) East of St. John's
Friars Hill Service Station -- St. John's
Golden Grove Service Station -- St. John's
Jolly Harbor Fuel Dock -- Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard - Jolly Harbour
Rubis Percival Gas (268) 462-1464 Fort Road - St. John's

If you keep safety in mind and are not easily intimidated, renting a car can be a fun and independent way to explore Antigua.


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