Jamaica Rental Cars

Rental cars provide Jamaica's visitors with the keys to their own destiny

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Many travel advisers recommend renting a car in Jamaica. Although it is sometimes pricey, driving your own car will enable your island tour to take off in new directions.

Renting a Car

Several companies throughout the island supply cars, but the best selection is generally in the larger cities of Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Local companies may offer better rates, but larger companies provide more service options, including the ability to pick up the car in one city and drop it off in another.

The Jamaica Tourist Board has also gone out of its way to issue one of the most comprehensive maps of Jamaican roads. Look for the map, titled Discover Jamaica, at tourist board offices and car rental agencies. It can be a big help out on the back roads and in crowded cities.

The table below lists the rental agencies in the immediate vicinity of Jamaica.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Apex Car Rental (876) 382-8292 20 Holborn Road - Kingston
Apex Car Rentals (876) 953-4595 1341 Providence - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Aplus Car Rentals (876) 952-2033 Shop 14 St. James Place - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Avis Norman Manley (876) 924-8293 Norman Manley International Airport - 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) South of Kingston
Avis Sangster International Airport (876) 952-0762 Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay
Budget Kingston Airport (876) 924-8762 Norman Manley International Airport - 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) South of Kingston
Budget Main Office (876) 759-1793 53 South Camp Road - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) South-Southeast of Kingston
Budget Montego Bay (876) 952-3838 Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay
Central Rent-A-Car (876) 952-3347 25 Gloucester Avenue - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Chalis Car Rentals & Tours (876) 952-3793 10 Federal Avenue - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Classique Car Rentals (876) 632-5874 1 Sunset Boulevard - Montego Bay
Dhana Car Rental & Tours (876) 953-9555 Montego Bay
EFAY Rent a Car (876) 336-7082 3 Churchill Avenue - Montego Bay
Eastern Car Rental, Ltd. Montego Bay (876) 971-1297 27 Claude Clarke Ave - Montego Bay
Eastern Car Rental, Ltd. Port Antonio (876) 993-3624 26 Harbour Street - Port Antonio
Garmack Car Rentals (876) 920-1119 1 D Norwood Avenue - 0.9 mi. (1.5 km) Southeast of Kingston
Happy World Car & Bike Rental (876) 957-4004 Norman Manley Boulevard - 2.1 mi. (3.5 km) North-Northeast of Negril
Hemisphere Car Rental (876) 962-1921 51 Manchester Road - Mandeville
Island Car Rental (876) 979-2426 Sangster International Airport - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Island Cruiser Rentals (876) 422-2831 Norman Manley Blvd - 0.9 mi. (1.5 km) North-Northeast of Negril
Jaykay's Car Rental (876) 792-9837 Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay
Liberty Car Rental (876) 952-4250 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Metro Car Rentals, Ltd. (876) 978-5468 47F Old Hope Road - 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) East of Kingston
Payless Car Rental (876) 952-1212 26 Sunset Avenue - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Prospective Rent-a-Car (876) 952-3524 Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay
Salem Car Rental (876) 973-4167 Main Street - Runaway Bay
Sun Jam Car Rentals (876) 979-9355 66 Claude Clarke Avenue - Downtown Montego Bay
Thrifty Montego Bay (876) 979-7534 28 Queens Drive - The vicinity of Montego Bay
United Car Rentals (876) 952-3077 49 Gloucester Ave - Downtown Montego Bay
Vernon's Car Rental (876) 957-4354 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) North-Northeast of Negril

The Cost of Renting a Car

Rates for car rentals can be steep in the high season, but they can be half the regular rates in the low season. Expect to pay as much as $120 (USD) per day for your rental, including compulsory collision damage waiver coverage. The extra fee covers potential damage to the car. Low season rates can dip as low as $35 (USD) per day. Weekly rentals are generally in the vicinity of $400 (USD).

The tables below offer a good sense of what the cost of renting a car will be. The lowest rates in each table are usually only available from the least expensive agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high end of the range is what you can anticipate during the busiest time of year.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 23.00 $ 80.00
Compact Car $ 25.00 $ 81.00
Mid Size Car $ 28.00 $ 96.00
Full Size Car $ 38.00 $ 143.00
Light SUV $ 50.00 $ 125.00
Standard SUV $ 60.00 $ 210.00
Heavy SUV $ 64.00 $ 120.00
Full Size Van $ 75.00 $ 135.00
Pickup Truck $ 75.00 $ 130.00
Mini Van $ 80.00 $ 138.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 138.00 $ 470.00
Compact Car $ 148.00 $ 480.00
Mid Size Car $ 176.00 $ 600.00
Full Size Car $ 230.00 $ 790.00
Light SUV $ 320.00 $ 705.00
Standard SUV $ 380.00 $ 1400.00
Heavy SUV $ 385.00 $ 805.00
Full Size Van $ 435.00 $ 790.00
Mini Van $ 450.00 $ 770.00
Pickup Truck $ 485.00 $ 975.00

Travelers should also make sure taxes, fees and surcharges are included in the price they expect to pay, or they should find out what those extra costs are. This will help avoid unwelcome surprises when it comes time to pay for the rental. Speaking of unwelcome surprises, it is not uncommon for rental agencies to run out of vehicles. If you plan to rent a car, make sure to reserve it months in advance.

In order to rent a car in Jamaica, you must be 25-years-of-age or older, have a valid driver's license from your home country, and have a valid credit card.

If you are traveling with a young child, bring his or her safety seat from home, unless you plan on buying a brand new one on the island. Rental companies do not provide child safety seats to customers.

Driving in Jamaica

The road conditions throughout Jamaica vary depending on the type of area you are in. Rural areas have bumpier, less frequently maintained roads that may be difficult to navigate, and are often crowded with livestock. Roads in larger cities and tourist areas are fair to good. You can expect traffic to be manageable no matter where you are driving on the island

It is important to note that Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road, as opposed to the right side like in America, and gas stations only accept cash as payment.

Spots to refuel your car in and around Jamaica are luckily quite available. Check the chart that follows to see locations. the list

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Alicia's Petcom Service Station (876) 964-4298 Savoy Cres - Mandeville
Annotto Bay Texaco Service Center (876) 996-9395 Top Bay - Annotto Bay
Balaclava Full Service Station & Convenience Store (876) 963-2345 Main Street - Balaclava
Bird George Shell Service Station (876) 962-2754 Corner Main Street & Caledonia Road - Mandeville
Bo-Mc Ltd Shell Service Station (876) 974-5340 Dacosta Drive - Ocho Rios
Braeton Texaco -- 4.4 mi. (7.0 km) Southeast of Spanish Town
Braham's Texaco (876) 993-2706 15 Harbour Street - Port Antonio
Brown's Epping Service Station (876) 996-1493 Browns Plaza - Portland Parish
Buff Bay Texaco Service Center (876) 996-1485 9 Thompson Avenue - Portland Parish
Chung Pat Texaco Service Station (876) 974-2368 26 Main Street - Ocho Rios
Cool Oasis Gas Station -- Montego Bay
Coore's Texaco Service Station & Star Mart (876) 984-5164 2 Young Street - Spanish Town
Coral Gardens Shell Service Station (876) 953-2205 Rose Hall Main Road - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Daniel's Esso Service Center (876) 982-9811 Golden Grove
Esso Gas Station -- Downtown Montego Bay
Foster's Shell Service Station (876) 962-3200 25 Main Street - Mandeville
Fraser's Shell Service Station Lucea (876) 956-2907 Church Street - Lucea
G & D Texaco (876) 610-0442 Albert Town
Graham's Service Station (876) 987-8026 Spaldings
Greg Chung Texaco (876) 795-4088 White River - Ocho Rios
Gutters Texaco (876) 607-5524 Peppers - Saint Ann Parish
Haber's Shell Service Station (876) 992-9632 Main Street - Highgate
Hacker's Service Station (876) 957-1177 Struie
Heaven's Texaco Service Station (876) 625-1942 2 Manchester Road - Mandeville
Henry's Texaco (876) 975-8746 St. Marys
Hopewell Shell Service Station (876) 956-5543 Orchard
Hudson's Texaco Service Station (876) 975-8021 Gayle
Jampet Service Station (876) 981-4062 25 Willowdene Park - St. Johns
Junction Texaco Service Station (876) 607-9682 Junction
K & W Service Station (876) 953-8746 669 Half Moon Street - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Kingsland Petcom Service Station (876) 964-6060 Kingsland Spur Tree - Mandeville
Kinkead's Texaco Service Station 965-0490-1 Pedro Cross - Treasure Beach
Lee Sins Shell Service Station (876) 975-2327 Main Street - Browns Town
Mac's Texaco Service Station (876) 963-4079 Williamsfield
Maragh Petro-Central Service Station (876) 986-0714 Main Road - Hayes
Marco Service Station (876) 981-2144 36 Featherbed Lane - St. Johns
Marsh's Epping Service Station (876) 994-2349 Trinity
May Pen Shell (876) 786-4345 57 Main Street - May Pen
Mclean's Shell Service Station (876) 617-2189 8 Cornwall Street - Falmouth
Melan Esso Service Station (876) 984-9227 Spanish Town
Mohan's Texaco Service Station (876) 902-1559 15 Manchester Avenue - May Pen
Morant Bay Esso Service (876) 982-2316 2 Red Hills Road - Morant Bay
Multipet Service Station 708-5364-5 9b Church Pen Nightingale Grove - Saint Catherine Parish
Negril Texaco (876) 957-3024 White Hall
New Hope Service Center (876) 955-7946 New Hope
Newleigh Texaco Service Station (876) 962-2045 Manchester Road - Mandeville
Old Harbour Service Station (876) 983-2220 12 West Street - Old Harbour
Olive's Shell Service Station (876) 982-2315 12 Church Street - Morant Bay
Oracabessa Shell Service Station (876) 726-4263 Oracabessa
Persad's Texaco Station (876) 904-1141 Main Street - Saint Ann Parish
Petcom Service Station (876) 974-9357 Coconut Grove - Ocho Rios
Petrol Gas Station -- Montego Bay
Phillips Artie Shell Service Station (876) 962-2615 Caledonia Road - Mandeville
Port Maria Shell Service Station (876) 725-0007 Port Maria
Pottinger's Texaco Service Station (876) 972-2530 23 Main Street - St. Ann's Bay
Pryce Texaco Service Station (876) 945-8266 Red Hills Square Red Hills Road Top - Portmore
Robbies Gas & Service (876) 953-4041 Green Pond - The vicinity of Montego Bay
Robinson's Gas Station -- Linstead
Rory King Texaco Gas Station -- 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) North of Kingston
Rory's Service Station (876) 905-1116 141 1/2 C Spring Road - Portmore
Russells Esso Service Station (876) 785-0678 Summerfield
Sanford Esso Service Station (876) 984-6260 Spanish Town
Scott's Texaco Service Station (876) 973-9721 Main Street - Discovery Bay
Shell Gas Sation Ocho Rios (876) 974-7874 Ocho Rios
Shell Gas Station -- 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) West of Spanish Town
Shell Gas Station (876) 979-7269 Howard Cooke Boulevard - Downtown Montego Bay
Shell Gas Station -- Tharpe Street - Falmouth
Shell Service Station 941-8454-5 211 C Spring Road - Portmore
Shell Station Negril -- Sheffield Road - Negril
Shell Station Runaway Bay -- Main Road - Runaway Bay
Simmonds Texaco Service Station (876) 942-2979 Long Lane - Stony Hill
Texaco -- 0.7 mi. (1.1 km) East-Southeast of Kingston
Texaco -- 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) West-Southwest of Kingston
Texaco -- 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) North-Northwest of Kingston
Texaco Gas Station -- Black River
Texaco Station -- Mandeville
Thompson's Texaco Service center (876) 926-6200 54 H W T Road - Portmore
Three Miles Texaco (876) 758-9271 178a Spanish Town Road - Portmore
Total Gas Station -- 4.1 mi. (6.5 km) Southeast of Spanish Town
Total Gas Station -- 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) West of Spanish Town
Total Gas Station -- 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) West of Morant Bay
Total Gas Station -- 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) South-Southeast of Kingston
Total Gas Station 904-2901-2 May Pen
Total Gas Station (876) 601-5200 Tucker Granville - 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) Southeast of Montego Bay
Total Gas Station -- Harbour Lane - Falmouth
Total Liguanea Service Station (876) 977-4039 117 Old Hope Road - Portmore

Requirements and restrictions regarding renting a vehicle in Jamaica 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.

Jamaica is larger than most Caribbean islands, and the prices, demand, and polcies surrounding rental cars can vary from coast to coast. If you want to learn more about a specific area, read one of the guides below.

Rental Car Agencies in Specific Areas
Guide to Blue Mountains Rental Cars
Guide to Falmouth Rental Cars
Guide to Kingston Rental Cars
Guide to Mandeville Rental Cars
Guide to Montego Bay Rental Cars
Guide to Negril Rental Cars
Guide to Ocho Rios Rental Cars
Guide to Port Antonio Rental Cars
Guide to Rose Hall Rental Cars
Guide to Runaway Bay Rental Cars
Guide to Treasure Beach Rental Cars
 

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