Car Rentals in the Bahamas

A new driving experience awaits vacationers who opt for rental cars in the Bahamas

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There is much to see and and do in the Bahamas, and while many visitors will never leave the convenient attractions immediately surrounding their hotels or resorts, others are eager to discover a side of the islands that is a little farther from the beaten path. For these independent explorers, rental cars provide the freedom to plan outings around their own schedules and interests.

Renting a Car

Some rental car companies require renters to be at least 25 years old while others will provide vehicles to licensed drivers who are 21 and older. 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 chart below lists the rental agencies located in and around the Bahamas.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location Island
A&P Auto Rentals (242) 367-2655 Don Mackey Boulevard - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Airport Car Rental 345-0090 Exuma International Airport - 7.1 mi. (11.4 km) Northwest of George Town Great Exuma
Aluethera Car Rental (242) 470-0844 North Palmetto Point - Eleuthera Eleuthera
Avis Grand Bahamas International (242) 352-8144 Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Avis Nassau Airport (242) 377-7121 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach New Providence
Brad's Car Rental (242) 352-7930 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) West-Southwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Budget Cars Nassau (242) 377-9000 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach New Providence
D&P Rentals (242) 365-4655 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
D's Car Rental (242) 351-2121 International Bazaar - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Dollar FPO Airport (242) 352-9325 Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Dunmore Rentals (242) 333-2372 Bay and Church Streets - Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Hertz - Red Cap Car Rental (242) 352-9250 Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Hertz NAS (242) 377-5446 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 7.5 mi. (12.1 km) West of Nassau New Providence
Island Jeep & Car Rentals (242) 373-4001 Island Seas Resort - William's Town Beach Grand Bahama Island
Island Road Runner (242) 365-4610 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
KSR Rent A Car (242) 351-5737 Queens Highway - Seahorse Village Grand Bahama Island
Kingsley Sands (242) 332-1619 Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Knowles Rent-a-Car (242) 359-7893 LA Drive Palmetto Point - Eleuthera Eleuthera
Kool Karts (242) 365-4176 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Millie's Car Rental (242) 351-3486 Logwood Rd - Arden Forest Grand Bahama Island
Orange Creek Car Rental (242) 323-4967 West Bay Street - Nassau New Providence
Oyster Rental Cars (242) 332-1531 Eleuthera Eleuthera
Rental Wheels (242) 367-4643 Bay Street - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Sea Side Golf Cart Rentals (242) 477-5497 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Sea Star Car Rentals (242) 367-4887 Marsh Harbour International Airport - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Summer Boyz Golf Cart Rentals (242) 551-3648 Johnsons Grocery Dunmore Street - Dunmore Town Harbour Island
T&A Golf Cart Rentals (242) 365-4259 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Taylor & Taylor Rent-a-Car (242) 332-1665 Banks Road, Palmetto Point - North Palmentton Point Eleuthera
Thompson Car Rental (242) 345-0058 Exuma International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northwest of George Town Great Exuma
Thompson Car Rental (242) 345-0058 George Town Great Exuma

The Cost of Renting a Car

One complaint with the major rental car companies on the islands is that their rates are often high. However, they can be contacted in advance to secure a reservation and their vehicles are generally in fair condition. Local dealers tend to have better rates, but their cars are frequently older, making the poor condition of the island roads more apparent. Expect rates to start at around $60(USD), not including any extras you'd like to add like insurance.

Driving in the Bahamas

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Rules of the road are similar to those most drivers are acquainted with, but U.S. citizens are reminded that vehicles are driven on the left side of the road in the Bahamas. Foreign driver permits will allow drivers to navigate Bahamian streets for up to three months, after which time visitors will need to obtain an International Drivers License (IDL). IDLs may be obtained from AAA offices in the United States or The AA in the United Kingdom. Once in the Bahamas IDLs are available only at the Road Traffic Department in Nassau. Like in the United States, it is illegal for children under the age of five to ride in a vehicle without the proper child safety restraint system in place.

Finding fuel is another aspect to consider when renting an automobile. Gas is expensive in the Bahamas and service stations are not as frequent as many travelers expect. Drivers are encouraged to become familiar with nearby stations to prevent any serious inconveniences.

Be sure to check the table just below which lays out a selection of gas stations in and around the Bahamas.

Gas Stations
Name Location Island
Careys Gas Station Tarpum Bay Eleuthera
Cherokee Shell Station Cherokee Sound Great Abaco
Diamond 7 Gas Station The Abaco Islands
Esso On The Run 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) South of Nassau New Providence
Esso Prince Charles Prince Charles Drive - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Nassau New Providence
Esso Service Station 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Esso Soldier Road Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Esso Wulff and Mackey Wulff Road and Mackey Street - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Fox Town Shell Little Abaco Island Little Abaco Island
Gas Queen's Highway and Fishing Hole Queen's Highway and Fishing Hole - 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Gas Station Yellow Pine and Queen's Highway Yellow Pine and Queen's Highway - 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) Northwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Gas Station Airport Road 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Gas Station Balfour Avenue Balfour Avenue - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Carter Street Carter Street - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station East West Highway East West Highway - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Fox Hill Road Fox Hill Road - 3.4 mi. (5.4 km) East of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Harrold Road Harrold Road - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Mackey and Madeira Mackey Street and Madeira Street - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Madeira and Montrose Madeira Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Montrose and Rosetta Rosetta Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Poinciana Avenue Poinciana Avenue - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Portago and Thompson Portago and Thompson Boulevard - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Prince Charles and Treetop Close Treetop Close and Prince Charles Drive - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) East of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Queen Sports Center Thompson Boulevard - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Robinson and Old Trail Old Trail and Robinson Roads - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Sears Road Sears Road - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Shirley Street and John Evans Shirley Street and John Evans Road - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Shirley and Albury Shirley Street and Albury Lane - 3.0 mi. (4.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Wulff and Minnie Wulff Road and Minnie Street - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Wulff and Montrose Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue - 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station Wulff and Soldier Roads Wulff and Soldier Roads - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Gas Station at Sea Spray Resort 2.3 mi. (3.6 km) South West of Hopetown Elbow Cay
Gas by Beach Drive and Britania Boulevard Beach Drive - 0.6 mi. (0.9 km) South West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Gas near Explorer's Way and Mall Drive Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Gibson & Delancy Gas Miami Street - Nassau New Providence
Governors Harbour Gas Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Gregory Town Gas Gregory Town Eleuthera
Hawksbill Gas West Sunrise Highway and Gran Bahamian Way - 3.6 mi. (5.8 km) West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Jet Wash Gas East Mall and Settler's Way - Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Kinkys Gas Station 6.0 mi. (9.7 km) North of Rock Sound Eleuthera
Lighthouse Marina Fuel Dock Hopetown Elbow Cay
Market Place Gas Rock Sound Eleuthera
Murray's Service Station Coopers Town Great Abaco
On the Run Farrington Road and Thompson Boulevard - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Paradise Gas Station 4.4 mi. (7.1 km) Southeast of Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Petrol Pump Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Petrol Pump Sunrise Park Grand Bahama Island
Sandyport Marina Gas St Olde Town Sandyport New Providence
Shell 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) East of Cable Beach New Providence
Shell Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Shell Lyford Cay Service Station 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) West-Southwest of Cable Beach New Providence
Shell Marathon Road Marathon Road - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Texaco 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Texaco 3.1 mi. (4.9 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Texaco Baillou Hill Road Baillou Hill Road - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North-Northwest of Nassau New Providence
Texaco Gas Station North Eleuthera Eleuthera Eleuthera
Texaco Prince Charles Prince Charles Drive - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) East of Nassau New Providence
Texaco Soldier Road Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Texaco StarPort Fox Town Little Abaco Island

While rental cars do provide some advantages, travelers should not assume that driving is always the best form of transportation in the Bahamas. Rental agencies can be difficult to locate and many vacationers may find that driving in the Bahamas is more taxing than they would like.

Drivers who value the freedom of the open road will find that exploring the Bahamas from a rental car can be very rewarding. Experiencing the most fascinating areas of the islands at your own leisure can mean a more enjoyable vacation that is tailored to your own interests.

Additional Information

As you can imagine, rental car policies,prices, and quality can vary from island to island in the Bahamas. Check out one of our more specific guides to local areas for more narrow information.

Rental Car Agencies in Specific Areas
Guide to Abaco Rental Cars
Guide to Acklins Rental Cars
Guide to Andros Rental Cars
Guide to Eleuthera Rental Cars
Guide to Governors Harbour Rental Cars
Guide to Grand Bahama Rental Cars
Guide to Great Exuma Rental Cars
Guide to Green Turtle Cay Rental Cars
Guide to Harbour Island Rental Cars
Guide to Inagua Rental Cars
Guide to Long Island Rental Cars
Guide to Marsh Harbour Rental Cars
Guide to Nassau Rental Cars
Guide to New Providence Island Rental Cars
Guide to Rock Sound Rental Cars
Guide to the Berry Islands Rental Cars
Guide to Treasure Cay Rental Cars
 

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