Renting a Car in Cancun

Rental cars enable vacationers to explore the Mexican Caribbean at their leisure

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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.

Renting a Car


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.

Check the following table for contact information.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
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) 848-7600 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
Avis Secrets (998) 848-9400 Blvd Kukulcan Km 14 - 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
City Car Rental Cancun Airport (998) 980-0766 Cancun International Airport - 8.6 mi. (13.8 km) South of Cancun
City Car Rental Downtown Cancun (998) 980-0766 Plaza Universidades Carretera - Downtown Cancun
City Car Rental Hotel Zone (998) 980-0766 Boulevard Kukulkan, Zona Hotelera - 8.4 mi. (13.6 km) Southeast of Cancun
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
Executive Rent a Car Cancun (998) 253-6100 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun
Hertz Cancun Airport (999) 911-8040 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South 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 (998) 176-8117 7.2 mi. (11.6 km) Southeast of Cancun
On Time Car Rental (998) 253-6100 ext. 11 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun
Payless Car Rental (998) 885-2465 Carretera Cancun PuertoMorelos, Km.17 - 7.6 mi. (12.2 km) Southeast of Cancun
Prime Car Rental (998) 892-1158 25 Relampago - Cancun
Thrifty Cancun Airport (998) 886-0333 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun
Thrifty Casa Magna 52 33 31225979 CasaMagna Marriott Resort Cancun - 7.9 mi. (12.8 km) Southeast of Cancun
Thrifty Hotel Presidente (998) 848-8700 InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cancun - Cancun
Thrifty Westin Regina (998) 885-0086 The Westin Regina Resort Cancun - 10.1 mi. (16.2 km) South-Southeast of Cancun
Tropical Car Rental (998) 886-2245 Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue - 8.4 mi. (13.5 km) South of Cancun
Veico Car Rental (998) 887-3176 Cancún Airport, Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio - 8.4 mi. (13.5 km) South 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.

Rental Cars

In Cancun, you'll find rental car agencies at the Cancun International Airport, 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.

The tables below provide a general indication of what rental rates to expect. The lowest rates are only available from the lowest cost firms during the slow season. The highest rates are what you may be quoted during the high season at one of the busier agencies.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
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
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
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.

Because there are a limited number of places that sell gas near Cancun, it is a good idea to check the table just below to gain a better feel for the situation.

Gas Stations
Name Location
Pemex Cancun North Highway 91 North - 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) North of Cancun
Pemex Cancun South Las Torres Avenue - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) South of Cancun
Pemex Gas Station Downtown Cancun
Pemex Hotel Zone 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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