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Car Rental in Argentina

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mendoza Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$24.86 / per day
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Mendoza Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Onix or similar
Chevrolet Onix
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$25.94 / per day
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Buenos Aires International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$26.47 / per day
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Salta Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$27.02 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Buenos Aires International Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Etios or similar
Toyota Etios
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$28.87 / per day
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Salta Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$28.93 / per day
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Bariloche Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Onix or similar
Chevrolet Onix
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$29.19 / per day
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San Carlos de Bariloche Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Prisma or similar
Chevrolet Prisma
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$29.19 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:05 on 2020-07-12. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
ARS
Country code
54
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$39.54 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 110 km/h
50 - 68 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 70 km/h
25 - 43 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Argentina?

The 8th largest country in the world by land area has a geography that is just begging to be explored. While visiting the cultural hubs of Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Mendoza is certainly worthwhile, it would be a shame to travel to Argentina and not take in its stunning landscapes. With more than 4,000km (or more than 2,500 miles) between the northern corner of the country and the southernmost reaches of it (a drive that would take more than 50 hours), there is a plethora to see if you have a rental car. 

Argentina Car Rental

Top ways to enter Argentina

Any information you may find indicating that Australian, Canadian, and American citizens must pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina for the purposes of tourism are outdated. As of July 2019, this fee has been suspended for all of the listed nationalities. 

Ezeiza International Airport - The main international airport of both Buenos Aires and Argentina is located southwest of the center of the city in the suburb of Ezeiza. Rental cars are readily available from all major international rental companies making it the perfect place to begin and end a road trip through the country. 

Areoparque Jorge Newbery  - If arriving from abroad and your final destination is a city other than Buenos Aires, you are likely to have to make your way to this airport which is the main domestic airport of Buenos Aires. Keep in mind that journey through the city usually takes about an hour but can take even longer if traffic is particularly bad. If you happen to fly to the airport from another city in Argentina and would like to rent a car for your stay in Buenos Aires, major rental companies can be found at the airport.

Airports in other major cities in the country also have flights arriving from the surrounding countries. Major international rental companies offer rentals at all of the major airports. 

Those already in South America may enter Argentina by bus. Given that it is virtually impossible to bring a rental car into Argentina from anywhere other than Chile (and even then, the necessary paperwork is expensive), buses are a good way to get to the country.  Mendoza is the natural entry point when coming from Santiago in Chile. Puerto Iguazu is a great starting point if coming from Brazil. Finally, if coming from Bolivia, starting in the stunning provinces of Salta and Jujuy is a great idea. Rental cars can be picked up in the first major city upon entering the country.

If coming from Uruguay, ferries from the charming town of Colonia are the most popular way to get to Argentina. The ferries leave frequently throughout the day and arrive in Buenos Aires in just a couple of hours. If this is how you plan to arrive, then you can pick up a rental car at the downtown locations of either Sixt or Alamo. Though they aren’t at one of the ports, they are within an easy reach with a taxi. For example, the Buquebus ferry terminal is just two kilometers from these rental companies’ locations

Top cities and places to visit

  • Buenos Aires - The capital of Argentina is famous across the world for its culture and tumultuous history. Tourists flock to the metropolis for its architecture, art scene, theaters, and nightlife. When it comes to dining, Argentinian steakhouses are popular across the world, but best in the city in which they originated. Plan to eat dinner late, though. Many places might not even be open at times when you’re used to eating. And if you wind up in a bar or club and think it must be lame because no one is there, what around. Portenos, as the locals are known, don’t start partying until late - really late. It’s typical to start with drinks with friends around midnight and clubs don’t usually get going until the early morning hours with everything winding down well after sunrise. 
  • Iguazu Falls - Located on the border with Brazil and near the triple border that also includes Paraguay, Iguazu Falls is one of the most visited attractions in South America. The town on the Argentine side of the falls is called Puerto Iguazu, which is a great place to spend the night. The Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Falls differ, and it is worth visiting both sides. On the Argentine side, you get to see them closer up, including being right on top of them. On the Brazilian side, you get to see them in all their glory from farther away. Allow more time on the Argentine side as the many trails can take time to walk. Though it is possible to take a car from Argentina to Brazil with some rental companies, the steep fees for such make it unadvisable unless you plan to go further into Brazil. For just visiting Iguazu Falls, it would be best to cross the border with a bus, taxi, or on a tour. 
  • The Eastern Coast - Though the western part of southern Argentina is often tourists’ focus due to the stunning scenery of the Andes Mountains, the eastern coast of the country is also worth a drive. Ruta Nacional 3 is the primary road along the coast and there are smaller, unpaved roads that often pas right by the ocean. Expect to see all sorts of wildlife including penguins, whales, and ostriches. Make sure not to miss the Valdes Peninsula.
  • Aconcagua - The tallest mountain outside of Asia is 6,961 meters( 22,937 feet) high and is one of the Seven Summits. Though it is not a technical mountain, for the most part, it still deserves all of the respect a mountain of its height should get. Acclimatization is crucial for a mountain of these heights. 
  • Ibera National Park - A decades-long effort by conservationists Kristine and Douglas Tompkins came to fruition in the declaration of this national park in December 2018. The wetlands it protects is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the country. It is now being developed for nature-tourism where visitors can spot wildlife and enjoy the landscapes of the park. 
  • Northwestern Argentina - The provinces of Jujuy and Salta in between Chile and Bolivia provide stunning landscapes to the adventurous traveler. Though they may seem close to Buenos Aires on a map, Salta, for example, is 1,500km (930 miles) from the capital. This is a lesson in the vastness of the country. If you want to travel a little bit without your rental car, head to San Antonio de los Cobres and take the Train to the Clouds to the Plovorilla Viaduct. Stunning canyons and mountain vistas can be found all over these provinces. You could spend a week in just this part of the country. 
  • Patagonia - The region that brings the most tourists to Argentina is the southernmost part of South America which is shared with Chile. It contains the southern reaches of the Andes and Tierra del Fuego, the closest land to Antarctica. The region has long been famous for its natural wonders. While it used to only be popular with those seeking to spend significant time in the wilderness, nowadays it caters to tourists of all types. Highlights include skiing, lakes, and some of the best national parks in the world. Note that to reach Tierra del Fuego, you must pass through Chile. See the Crossing Borders section for more information. 

Driver license requirements

An International Driving Permit is required both to rent a car and drive in Argentina. Even if your rental company does not ask you for it, it is still a good idea to have one as it is legally required and you may need to show it to a police officer at some point. 

Crossing Borders

In general, rentals can be taken from Argentina to Chile, though they must be returned to Argentina.  Avis and Budget allow renters to also take cars to Brazil while Enterprise, Alamo, and Europcar allow renters to also take cars to Brazil and Uruguay.

With all of the companies that allow travel to Chile, you must purchase additional insurance and pay a fee ($80 plus taxes and airport fees with Enterprise and Alamo, for example). The process of obtaining permission differs between companies. 

Budget, Avis, and Sixt require 10-day advance notice which can be done before the rental begins in most cases. Alamo and Enterprise do not allow renters to apply for permission in advance. Instead, they must visit a non-airport rental branch, apply for permission, and then wait 48 hours to pick it up. 

There are restrictions on which types of cars can be taken across the border in southern Argentina. Economy and compact cars are not allowed across the border if rented from El Calafate or anywhere south of it. This is due to the mountain passes that are needed to ascend and descend to get to the border. 

The usual method of avoiding the hassle and fees is to book separate rental cars in each country. This is a perfect strategy if you are planning to travel to the northern part of the country. For example, you can drop off one rental car in Santiago, take a bus to Mendoza, and then pick up another car. 

For travel in Patagonia, though, you may want to be able to cross the border in the rental car. For example, it is impossible to reach the Argentine part of Tierra del Fuego by road from mainland Argentina without crossing into Chile. And if nearby, you certainly don’t want to miss Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Chile is very isolated due to having the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Andean Mountains on the other. This restricts the movement of certain agricultural pests. To keep these pests from infecting Chilean crops and forests, there is a strict quarantine as part of the customs procedure. This means that you must declare any fruits, vegetables, firewood, honey, meat, and so forth upon entering the country. If you fail to declare these goods and are caught with them, expect steep fines. 

One-way rentals are usually possible with advanced notice and an extra fee. However, one-way rentals to or from Ushuaia are not possible. 

Toll roads

If you plan to drive in Argentina, you must be prepared to stop to pay tolls. There are many, many toll roads in the country. Though there is an electronic tag available to pay tolls with, rental cars do not come equipped with it nor is it possible to get one for a rental car. While this means you don’t have to worry about the fees associated with these, you will have the inconvenience of having to stop to pay tolls (and don’t worry, there are always physical booths). Be sure to keep plenty of change and small bills, as credit cards are usually not accepted. 

Top driving routes

Some of the most scenic roads in the country are unpaved gravel roads which are well-maintained (though many may be unpassable during periods of heavy rain). Note that traveling on these roads usually does not require a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but rental companies may forbid it or tell you that any insurance coverage is void if you use one of these roads without a 4x4 vehicle. 

  • Ruta 40 - Traversing the western side of the country from the border with Bolivia in the north to near Rio Gallegos in the south, Ruta 40 is one of the longest roads in the world - and one of the greatest drives, too. Though most of it is paved, there are some sections you should be wary of if you don’t rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle. You may choose to take a detour along Highways 51 and 68 to avoid the unpaved section of Ruta 40 that passes over Abra del Acay at 4,972 meters. Only high-clearance 4x4 vehicles are suitable for that section of the road. Parts of the road in the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia are also unpaved. One section can be avoided using provincial routes 5 and 7 which also allows access to the Torres del Paine region without having to drive on gravel. It is also possible to use provincial route 5 to reach Rio Gallegos avoiding the southern unpaved part. 
  • The Road of Seven Lakes - This scenic road is located north of Bariloche and is its name suggests, passes beautiful alpine lakes. Though most say the road begins in Villa La Angostura, the road to the village from Bariloche is no less stunning as it hugs the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi. Between Angostura and San Martin de Los Andes, the road snakes along passing through two national parks. Though the route is only 107km (67 miles) long, you could spend the better part of a day making your way leisurely enjoying the lakes, waterfalls, and hiking opportunities. 
  • The Road of 365 Curves  - Some confuse this to be the road that leads to Santiago from Argentina passing near Aconcagua along the way. The title actually refers to the provincial route 52 traveling from Mendoza to Uspallata. The road is paved all the way to the Hotel Villavicencio. The area around the hotel is now a nature reserve that charges a small entrance fee and has trails that you can venture on. From there, you can go back the way you came or take the windy road to the other side of the ridge if you have a suitable vehicle. 

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $52 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $102 per day
  • Premium cars - from $74 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $155 per day

Top 13 Most Popular Cities in Argentina

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Argentina?

The cost of renting a car in Argentina depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Argentina
$56.93
January
$54.87
February
$56.66
March
$36.75
April
$39.30
May
$55.41
June
$53.15
July
$53.52
August
$17.61
September
$46.39
October
$40.44
November
$51.43
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Argentina is September — prices start from $17.61 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 62% cheaper than the yearly average and 69% cheaper than renting a car in the month of January (when prices start at $56.93 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Argentina?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in April — an average of 18 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 8 days.
Average Rental Length in Argentina
9
January
8
February
8
March
18
April
10
May
10
June
12
July
12
August
10
September
9
October
8
November
9
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Argentina?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Argentina. The most popular month is December, while the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Argentina by Monthly Searches
11%
January
38%
February
34%
March
1%
April
1%
May
1%
June
1%
July
1%
August
1%
September
157%
October
1%
November
954%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Localiza Nissan March 5 1 Small cars
Europcar Volkswagen Up 3 2 Small cars
Europcar Toyota Etios 5 2 Medium cars
Europcar Nissan Versa 4 2 Large cars
Alamo Chevrolet Celta 3 2 Small cars
Keddy Toyota Etios 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy VW Up 2 1 Small cars
AddCar Ford Fiesta 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Nissan March 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Renault Logan 1.6 4 2 Large cars

Top 10 Suppliers in Argentina in 2020

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+540291154076615
KEA, Ex Ruta 3 Norte B, B8001 Bahía Blanca
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+541154803460
AVE RAFAEL OBLIGADO S/N, CIUDAD AUTONOMA DE BUENOS AIRE
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+5492914756666
Ex Ruta 3 Norte KM 675
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
542914862727
Bahia Blanca Apo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
542914862727
Bahia Blanca AirportBahia Blanca Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
0291154076615
Ex Ruta 3 Norte B
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Wed:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-22:30
Sun:08:00-22:30
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+541143123010
MEET & GREET AT BQB LINEAS AEREAS
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:59
Tue:08:00-21:59
Wed:08:00-21:59
Thu:08:00-21:59
Fri:08:00-21:59
Sat:08:00-21:59
Sun:08:00-21:59
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.5
+541145039234 / +54911334144042
Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado S/N, Caba
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7.7
+541143123010
Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:59
Tue:08:00-21:59
Wed:08:00-21:59
Thu:08:00-21:59
Fri:08:00-21:59
Sat:08:00-21:59
Sun:08:00-21:59
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7.4
+54297407661 / +540291154076615
RN3, B8000 Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires

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