Car Rentals in Port of Spain

Whether or not you rent a car for your stay in Port of Spain is up to you

Most people find that if they are staying in Port of Spain they can get by on public transportation alone.  If you plan on doing sightseeing outside of town, or simply like to be in charge of getting around on your own, renting a car may be the best option for you.

Renting a Car

None of the major international rental chains have locations in Port of Spain, so chances are you'll be dealing with a locally owned operation.  It is rare to have an issue, but you will want to be sure to go over the rental agreement and insurance policy carefully if you're working with a company you've never used before.  Rental agencies are available near the airport and by the ferry dock, but there are a few scattered throughout town as well.  If you're visiting during the Carnival Season, be aware that rentals can be extremely difficult to procure, so the earlier your reserve your vehicle the better. 

If you're visiting Trinidad from the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, or the Bahamas, a valid driver's license from your country of origin will be all you need to drive for up to three months.  Those visiting for longer periods of time and from other countries, however, will need an international driver's permit.  Most agencies will require renters to be over the age of 25 and have at least two years of driving experience. 

Take a look at this table which shows the array of local vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Autocenter Car Rentals (868) 628-4400 Woodbrook
Bacchus Taxi & Car Rentals Co Ltd (868) 622-5588 Woodbrook
Enterprise Rent A Car (868) 800-8080 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Europcar Trinidad & Tobago (868) 621-2159 Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) East-Northeast of Port of Spain
Furness Rentals Limited (868) 627-4959 Downtown Port of Spain
Hertz Golden Grove (868) 669-6239 Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain
Millenium Rentals (868) 633-7363 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Mini Shak Trading Co (868) 640-1425 Trincity Mall - The vicinity of Port of Spain
Sav-A-Lot Rent A Car Ltd (868) 669-2226 Piarco International Airport - The vicinity of Port of Spain
Singh's Auto Rentals (868) 623-0150 7-9 Wrightson Road - Port of Spain
Southern Executive Services Ltd (868) 662-0884 60-B Spring Village - The vicinity of Port of Spain
Tri Star Auto Rental's (868) 767-9797 Cor Kalloo Street & Southern Main Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain

The Cost of Renting a Car

How much you spend on a rental by the day will depend on when you travel, where you rent from, and the type of vehicle you request.  As a general rule, you can expect to spend anywhere from $35 to $100(USD) a day, with unlimited mileage included.  It is highly recommended that you purchase the extra insurance for about $10(USD) a day.  You may also be required to put a hold on your credit card as a deposit, so make sure there is about $500(USD) available for them to do so with. 

Different companies will sometimes charge very different rates so it pays to shop around. The low rates in the tables only apply to the least costly local firms when plenty of cars are on hand. The highest rates are what you should anticipate during the peak season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 58.00 $ 81.00
Mid Size Car $ 59.00 $ 86.00
Standard SUV $ 75.00 $ 121.00
Full Size Car $ 95.00 $ 115.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 345.00 $ 498.00
Mid Size Car $ 350.00 $ 520.00
Standard SUV $ 450.00 $ 730.00
Full Size Car $ 570.00 $ 690.00

Driving in Port of Spain

Although the roads are often congested, especially in Port of Spain, driving on Trindad is fairly easy.  Highways connect the towns, and within them there are usually well-maintained and paved streets. Of course, on occasion you will encounter those that are riddled with pot holes, or not even paved at all. What you will need to be aware of is that traffic moves to the left like in the United Kingdom, locals signal their turns with their hands, and seat belts are to be worn by all passengers in the front seats at all times.  

Gas stations are available on most main streets in the cities, but if you plan to go off exploring in rural areas make sure to fuel up anytime you see a gas station just in case you hit a long stretch of road that doesn't have a place to stop.  Expect to spend about TT5.75 per liter for premium unleaded.  

Be sure to check the listing below that will show you various refueling locations in and around Port of Spain.

Gas Stations
Name Location
NP Audrey Jeffers Audrey Jeffers Highway and Mucurapo Road - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain
NP Beetham Highway Beetham Highway - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Maraval Road Maraval and Tragarete Roads - Woodbrook
NP Morne Coco Morne Coco Road and Diego Martin Main Road - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Port of Spain
NP Park Street Park Street and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Tragarete Road Tragarete Road and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Wrightson Road Wrightson Road and Gatacre Street - Woodbrook
Peakes One Stop Service Station 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain

For some people, renting a car is a necessity and they will do it for the duration of their stay in Port of Spain.  Others will just rent for a day or two of sightseeing.  Whatever your plan, be sure to put your rental on hold in advance of your trip so you don't end up stranded without a back up plan. 


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