Renting a Car in Aruba

Aruba offers rental cars suitable for visitors from many countries

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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.

Renting a Car

Check the following table if you want more information.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Alamo Reina Beatrix (888) 826-6893 Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
All Drive Car Rental (297) 582-9444 Tanki Leendert 121 K - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) North of Oranjestad
American Car Rental (297) 583-9742 Kamerlingh Onnestraat 72 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Amigo Rent A Car (297) 583-8833 Schotlandstraat 56 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Budget Oranjestad (297) 582-8600 Camacuri # 10 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Budget Reina Beatrix (297) 582-8600 Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Deals On Wheels Rent A Car (297) 583-4042 Wayaka 33-F - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Dollar Reina Beatrix Airport (297) 586-0101 Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Economy Car Rental (297) 582-0009 Bushiri 27 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Enterprise Car Rental (297) 587-3504 Bubali 104 A - Macurima
Hertz Divi Aruba (297) 582-1845 Divi Aruba All Inclusive - Manchebo
Hertz Divi Village (297) 582-1845 Divi Dutch Village - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) West-Northwest of Oranjestad
Hertz Hyatt Regnecy (297) 852-1845 Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino - Palm Beach
Hertz Main Office (297) 582-1845 Sabana Blanco 35 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of 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 Reina Beatrix (297) 588-7570 Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Hertz Renaissance (297) 582-1845 Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Downtown Oranjestad
Hertz Tamarijn Beach Resort (297) 582-1845 41 JE Irausquin Boulevard - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
More 4 Less Jeep & Car Rental (297) 588-7255 Sabana Blanco 61 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Optima Car Rental Aruba (297) 582-4828 Camacuri 8 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Optima Rent A Car (297) 582-4828 Camacuri 7 ZN 1 Aruba - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Smart Rent A Car -- Avendia E. J. Watty Vos - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) East-Southeast of Oranjestad
Speedy Car Rental -- 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North of Oranjestad
Thrifty Aruba Airport (297) 583-4902 Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Thrifty Car Rentals (297) 588-7843 Casa Del Mar Resort - Manchebo
Thrifty Main Office (297) 583-4042 33F Wataca - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of 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
Venus Car Rental (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.

The Cost of Renting a Car

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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.

This set of tables offer an indication of the local rental market. The lowest rates displayed are usually only available from the least costly agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high end of the range is what you may be quoted when demand is at its peak.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
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
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
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

Gas Stations

While you should not have any problems locating gas stations, you should still see the chart that follows for an orientation of where some are located.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Seven Eleven Store (297) 583-6220 Caya G F (Betico) Croes 235 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Star Minimarket (297) 583-8369 Korteweg 2 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
T-Paradise Villas Minimarket (297) 587-1130 L G Smith Boulevard 250 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Texaco (297) 583-0233 Sabana Blanco 69 Aruba - Pimavera
Valero Gas Station -- 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Oranjestad
Valero Palm Beach Gas Station (297) 586-8266 Palm Beach 6 F - Noord
Valero Santa Cruz (297) 585-8321 Santa Cruz 54 - Macurima

Rules of the Road

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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