Visitors to Aruba can rent cars without a problem. Roads conditions are good, and traffic, while heavy in downtown Oranjestad, is not as difficult to navigate as it is in other island getaways.
Travelers may find that renting a car is unnecessary. But for some activities, having your own wheels is crucial. If you would like to explore the center of Aruba or its northern windward coast, you will almost definitely need a car. On the other hand, if you intend to spend your vacation in and around your hotel, with occasional visits to restaurants and other sights, using taxis and buses can save you money. Those who intend to spend a few days exploring the island may consider renting a car for three days, as rental agencies often have 3-day specials.
Check the following table for the rental centers in this area.
|All Drive Car Rental||(297) 582-9444||Tanki Leendert 121 K - Oranjestad|
|(297) 583-9742||Kamerlingh Onnestraat 72 - Oranjestad|
|Amigo Rent A Car||(297) 583-8833||Schotlandstraat 56 - Oranjestad|
|Budget Oranjestad||(297) 582-8600||Camacuri # 10 - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Budget Reina Beatrix||(297) 582-8600||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Deals On Wheels Rent A Car||(297) 583-4042||Wayaka 33-F - Oranjestad|
|Dollar Reina Beatrix Airport||(297) 586-0101||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Economy Car Rental||(297) 582-0009||Bushiri 27 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-3504||Bubali 104 A - Macurima|
|Hertz Divi Aruba||(297) 582-1845||Divi Aruba Beach Resort - Manchebo|
|Hertz Divi Village||(297) 582-1845||Divi Dutch Village - Oranjestad|
|Hertz Hyatt Regnecy||(297) 852-1845||Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino - Palm Beach|
|Hertz Main Office||(297) 582-1845||Sabana Blanco 35 - Oranjestad|
|Hertz Marriott Ocean Club||(297) 582-1845||Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|Hertz Marriott and Stellaris||(297) 582-1845||Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|Hertz Radission||(297) 582-1845||Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino - Palm Beach|
|Hertz Reina Beatrix||(297) 588-7570||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Renaissance||(297) 582-1845||Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Downtown Oranjestad|
|Hertz Tamarijn Beach Resort||(297) 582-1845||Divi Tamarijn Aruba - Oranjestad|
|Hertz Westin||(297) 582-1845||Westin Resort & Casino - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|More 4 Less Jeep & Car Rental||(297) 588-7255||Sabana Blanco 61 - Oranjestad|
|Optima Rent A Car||(297) 582-4828||Camacuri 7 ZN 1 Aruba - Oranjestad|
|Payless Car Rental||(297) 582-4828||Camacuri 8 - Oranjestad|
|Smart Rent A Car||--||Avendia E. J. Watty Vos - 2.1 mi. (3.5 km) East-Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Aruba Airport||(297) 583-4902||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Main Office||(297) 583-4042||33F Wataca - Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Mill Resort||(297) 586-4151||Mill Resort & Suites - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|Value Car Rental||(297) 586-1709||Koyari 30 C - Sabana Lider|
|(297) 583-9666||Pos Abao 17 - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
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.
Visitors will most often be able to rent either smaller, compact cars, or the larger 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Suzukis, Toyotas, Chryslers, Fords, Volkswagens and Jeeps are widely available. Visitors should keep in mind that gas is expensive compared to North America's prices.
Four-wheel-drive Jeeps and Suzukis are excellent for taking trips off-road. However, always remember to carry a spare tire, and make sure it's full of air before you set off on your journey. If you have a sunroof, wear sunblock to avoid burning under the Aruban sun. Jeeps are often used in sightseeing day trips. To travel with air conditioning and on the main roads, other cars are available. Rental cars can often pick you up from your hotel, or you can pick one up at the airport.
High season rates are generally between $40 and $65 per day for a compact car or $75 to $80 per day for a four-wheel-drive vehicle. In the low season, drivers can expect to pay $30 to $45 for a compact car or $60 to $85 for a four-wheel-drive auto. Budget-conscious travelers may want to check into renting a car online for deals, or look into reputable local agencies.
Various companies sometimes charge very different rates so it can be worth your time to get multiple quotes. The lowest rates shown are typically only available from the lowest cost firms during the slowest times of the year. The high rates are what you might need to pay at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 30.00||$ 75.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 30.00||$ 75.00|
|Compact Car||$ 33.00||$ 86.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 35.00||$ 97.00|
|Light SUV||$ 55.00||$ 95.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 60.00||$ 89.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 72.00||$ 205.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 110.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 85.00||$ 150.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 185.00||$ 291.00|
|Compact Car||$ 185.00||$ 354.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 200.00||$ 411.00|
|Light SUV||$ 280.00||$ 485.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 290.00||$ 419.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 365.00||$ 490.00|
|Mini Van||$ 450.00||$ 485.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 450.00||$ 490.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 475.00||$ 775.00|
While you should not have any problems finding places to refuel, you still may want to check out the listing right below for an idea where some are located.
|(297) 583-6220||Caya G F (Betico) Croes 235 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 583-8369||Korteweg 2 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-1130||L G Smith Boulevard 250 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 583-0233||Sabana Blanco 69 Aruba - Pimavera|
|(297) 586-8266||Palm Beach 6 F - Noord|
|(297) 585-8321||Santa Cruz 54 - Macurima|
Aruba has a few rules for drivers to keep in mind:
Drive on the right-hand side of the road, like in the United States.
Generally minimum and maximum rental ages are 21-25 and 65-70 years old.
International driving licenses held for more than two years are accepted.
Deposit (usually $500USD) or credit card are required.
Insurance is recommended but does not cover charges of driving while intoxicated.
Windsurf racks, towing and pick-up services are often available upon request.
Watch for traffic signs. Outside Oranjestad they may be rare.
Beware of goats and iguanas, both of which make unusual driving hazards.
Speed limits are rarely posted, but are usually 40 kmph (25 mph) in town, 60 kmph (37 mph) outside town, and 80 kmph (50 mph) in the countryside.
Aruba's drivers, though cautious, often speed.
In Oranjestad streets are often one-way.
It is illegal to drive with children under the age of five if they are not properly restrained in a child safety seat.
With plenty of options, travelers are sure to find the perfect rental transportation on Aruba. Whether car or Jeep, travel is easy on this island.
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