Renting a car is something most tourists consider as they begin planning their vacation. Some people will find it absolutely necessary to do so, others are certain they don't need to rent, and others are on the fence. It can be helpful to take some time to learn about the service in Cancun and how it differs from your home town, how much you'll spend, and even what it is like driving in the area. Knowing these facts may sway you one way or the other.
Having a rental car for your stay in Cancun is certainly convenient, but it can be expensive for those who won't be using a vehicle extensively. Tourists who will be staying in all-inclusive resorts will especially want to consider how necessary a rental is for them when everything they need is within arm's reach.
The type of vehicle you choose to rent will depend on your planned excursions. For most people staying in Cancun, an economy model will be fine. If Cancun will be your home base as you head out to explore the Mexican countryside. In which case, you may want to consider a sports utility vehicle, which is better equipped to handle the sometimes rugged roadways.
There is also the option for tourists to rent a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle for a day of exploring. Many local have these on hand for their guests to use either free of charge or for a low rate, but if not you'll able to find several rental spots along the . These two-wheeled options are great for zipping around town, but do know that the congested traffic can make them difficult to manage. Always make sure to wear a helmet and follow regular rules of the road if this is the route you choose.
Regardless of the type of vehicle you choose, requirements and restrictions in Cancun will vary by rental agency. There is no set minimum age restriction, and some agencies will ask that you have an International Driver's License, while other places are perfectly happy accepting your license from back home. The best thing to do is to call and find out directly from a representative of the agency you're considering renting with.
The table below shows the rental agencies in and around Cancun.
|Adocar Rentals||(998) 849-4233||4.4 mi. (7.1 km) East of Cancun|
|Avicar Car Rental||(998) 887-0142||Downtown Cancun|
|Avis Cancun International Airport||(998) 886-0221||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|Avis Hotel Dreams||(998) 883-1500||Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa - Cancun Beach Hotel Zone|
|Avis La Isla||(998) 883-1500||Blvd Kukulcan KM 12.5 - 7.2 mi. (11.7 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|Avis Plaza Royal||(998) 883-1500||Blvd. Kukulkan KM 16.5 - 8.2 mi. (13.2 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|(998) 886-2950||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|Blueway Downtown Cancun||(998) 884-6955||231 Tulum Avenue - Downtown Cancun|
|Blueway Mayafield||(998) 883-2612||Kukulkan Boulevard - Cancun|
|Budget Car Rental||(998) 883-2612||LT 93 MZ 12 SM 25 - Downtown Cancun|
|Budget Car Rental||(998) 883-2612||Cancun Beach Hotel Zone|
|Easy Way Cancun||(998) 886-2464||Airport Road - Cancun|
|Europcar Car Rental||(998) 885-0483||7.5 mi. (12.1 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|Europcar Car Rental||(998) 885-0483||Downtown Cancun|
|Executive Car Rental||(998) 887-4788||Yaxchilan Avenue - Downtown Cancun|
|(998) 281-0264||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|Executive Cars La Isla||(998) 176-8122||La Isla Shopping Village - 7.8 mi. (12.6 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|Hertz La Isla||(998) 176-8077||La Isla Shopping Village - 7.3 mi. (11.7 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|Hertz Xcaret||(998) 883-0573||Avenida Xcaret - Downtown Cancun|
|Low Price Car Rental||(998) 886-2227||Cancun|
|Monaco Rental CUN||(987) 886-0239||Airport Boulevard - Cancun|
|Monaco Rentals Downtown Cancun||(987) 884-6540||Yaxchilan Avenue - Downtown Cancun|
|National CUN||(998) 881-8760||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|National Cancun Hotels||(998) 176-8117||7.2 mi. (11.6 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|(998) 253-6100 ext. 11||Boulevard Luis Donando Colosio - Cancun|
|Payless Car Rental||(998) 885-2465||Carretera Cancun PuertoMorelos, Km.17 - 7.6 mi. (12.2 km) Southeast of Cancun|
|Platinum Exotic Car Rental||(998) 883-5555||Cancun|
|Prime Car Rental||(998) 892-1158||25 Relampago - Cancun|
|(998) 886-2245||Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue - Cancun|
|Zipp Car Rental||(866) 406-5601||4.7 mi. (7.6 km) East-Southeast of Cancun|
One thing is certain: in order to drive in Cancun, you must purchase Mexican auto insurance and even if it weren't required it would definitely be recommended. If you get into an accident and are found to be at fault, not only would you be responsible for the cost of the damage and the medical care of anyone who is injured, but for the cost of living for any dependents of the injuries parties. Make sure your coverage includes claims adjusters as well as an attorney, otherwise you will be responsible for these expenses should an unfortunate incident occur.
In Cancun, you'll find rental car agencies at the , in the shopping zone, and at most . As you decide who to rent with, keep in mind that resorts typically charge the most, so you'll find it easiest to save money if you pick up your rental elsewhere. Other than this caveat, rental prices will vary depending on the size of the vehicle, who you rent with, and the time of year you rent. You can expect to pay between $20 and $105(USD) a day for a car, SUV, or van, while if you're looking to rent a motorcycle it is $150(USD) a day to start.
As can be seen below, prices will vary, depending on the season and vehicle popularity. The lowest rates are usually only available from the least expensive agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high rates are what you can expect at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 20.00||$ 30.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 35.00||$ 40.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 40.00||$ 52.00|
|Light SUV||$ 45.00||$ 70.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 50.00||$ 130.00|
|Mini Van||$ 60.00||$ 105.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 120.00||$ 210.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 210.00||$ 240.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 240.00||$ 315.00|
|Light SUV||$ 270.00||$ 420.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 300.00||$ 780.00|
|Mini Van||$ 360.00||$ 630.00|
The roadways in Mexico vary greatly depending on where you are. The main highways that snake their way through the country are well-developed and maintained; however, some of the side roads through smaller towns can be riddled with pot holes and tough to drive on. The roads in Cancun specifically are kept up well because of the need to impress tourists, but parking can be hard to come by and police officers are quick to ticket you for minor offenses.
The difficult thing about driving in this country is that road names, numbers, and signs rarely match up to maps. The best thing to do is to ask a local how to get to where you're going and follow their directions.
Gas stations are plentiful, yet gas is not. For this reason, it is recommended that any time you see a gas station once you get below half a tank, you will up. Sometimes you'll come across a gas station with no gas, or you'll go miles and miles before one appears, and you don't want to end up running out of gas when there is no human life to be found for miles.
Take a look at the chart that follows which displays a few fueling options in and around Cancun.
|Highway 91 North - 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) North of Cancun|
|Las Torres Avenue - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) South of Cancun|
|Kukilkan Boulevard - 7.8 mi. (12.6 km) Southeast of Cancun|
Renting a car may not be for everyone, so take the time to really look over your options and see if it is the right choice for you. Fortunately, the roads in Cancun are well-maintained and the prices of rentals are low, making it easy for many tourists to say "Yes!" to renting a car.
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