Car Rental at Calama El Loa Airport

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Calama El Loa Airport, Calama, Chile
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Calama El Loa Airport
Compact
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Street Rent A Car
$36.06 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Standard SUV
Seat Ateca or similar
Seat Ateca
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$72.79 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Intermediate SUV
Jetour X70 or similar
Jetour X70
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$84.44 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Full-size SUV
Chery Tiggo 5+2 or similar
Chery Tiggo 5+2
  • 7
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Street Rent A Car
$43.42 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Calama El Loa Airport
Economy
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Street Rent A Car
$46.09 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Intermediate
Fiat Pulse or similar
Fiat Pulse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Street Rent A Car
$48.98 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Full-size SUV
Citroen C5 Aircross or similar
Citroen C5 Aircross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Street Rent A Car
$66.57 / per day
Calama El Loa Airport
Full-size Extended Cab Pickup
Volkswagen Amarok or similar
Volkswagen Amarok
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Street Rent A Car
$75.03 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:31 on 2024-06-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish
Currency
CLP
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+56
Average car rental price
$59 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h or 62 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.03%
Rating
10.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.55 per liter or $5.88 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.50 per liter or $5.68 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.61 per liter or $6.09 / 1 gallon
Calama El Loa Airport

Airport Car Rental

Calama is the gateway to Chile’s remote north and one of the most popular attractions in the country, the Atacama Desert.  The town’s largest tourist attraction is the large copper mine that the city is built around, but predominantly, most travelers will use Calama as a hub for exploring the fascinating nature of the surrounding region. With that in mind, these are three of the most interesting attractions in and around Calama:

  • Chuquicamata Mine. Although inhabited since pre-Columbian times, the modern history of Calama is inextricably linked with the mining industry. Visiting the neighboring Chuquicamata mine, at one point the largest copper mine in the world, is an otherworldly experience and something you shouldn’t miss when visiting the area. You can only visit on a guided bus tour — you can book it by either sending an email to visitas@codelco.cl, calling the number +56 552322122, or visiting the tourist information center at El Loa Park in Calama.
  • Chiu Chiu. Located just a 30-minute drive northeast of Calama, the oasis village of San Francisco de Chiu Chiu is one of the most popular (and the most accessible) day trips in the area. The area is known for its crater-like lagoons and the nearby Lasana Canyon, as well as the oldest church in Chile which dates back to the early 17th century and was built with an indigenous technique using mud and cactus wood. 
  • San Pedro de Atacama. Located about an 80-minute drive southeast of Calama is the town of San Pedro, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chile. From the Moon Valley and the geysers of El Tatio to ancient petroglyphs and some of the best stargazing tours on the planet, the area is absolutely rich in awe-inspiring experiences to have. Keep in mind that while having a rental car is a great help in exploring the region, there are obstacles such as rugged mountain roads, an elevation of up to 4,700 m (15,420 feet), temperatures that get as low as -15 C (5 F), and extremely low population density. Prepare well, plan accordingly, and consider hiring a guide. 

Top international routes

  • Santiago
  • La Serena
  • Concepción

Main airlines

Sky Airline, LATAM Chile, and JetSmart

Terminals

The single airport terminal serves all departures and arrivals.

Location

Calama Airport is about 6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Calama and 215 km (133 mi) northeast of Antofagasta. Av. Circunvalación / Ruta 25, Av. Balmaceda, and Av. Chorrillos are the main roads connecting the airport to Calama.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $49 per day
  • Medium cars - from $36 per day
  • Small cars - from $46 per day
  • SUVs - from $43 per day

Car rental desks

Most are inside the airport terminal. The exact location of your car rental provider's desk will be listed on your Confirmation Voucher.

Services and facilities

Although Calama Airport is really small, you’ll find a few coffee shops and eateries serving both Chilean and international food, as well as a jewelry shop, a local handicrafts shop, and a newsstand. There are also ATMs, a lounge, a first aid station, and two nearby hotels. The airport offers assistance to travelers with reduced mobility, but be sure to contact your airline in advance if you’d like this service.

Nearest gas station

A shell gas station at Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 234 can be reached in about six minutes. There are many other gas stations in and around Calama.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Arica (605 km / 376 mi)
  • Antofagasta (215 km / 133 mi)
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Airport info

Rating
5.7
  • Getting to the airport 6.9
  • Check-in and departures 7.9
  • Terminal facilities 6.0
  • Wi-Fi 3.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 4.8
  • Lounge 4.8

Calama El Loa Airport (CJC)

  • IATA: CJC
  • ICAO: SCCF
  • Name: Calama El Loa Airport (CJC)
  • Distance from city: 3.7 miles / 6 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Calama El Loa Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Calama El Loa Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Calama El Loa Airport
$77.40
January
$77.21
February
$73.32
March
$45.54
April
$62.23
May
$61.67
June
July
$84.84
August
$99.34
September
$69.89
October
$84.38
November
$77.31
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Calama El Loa Airport is April — when rental costs average $45.54 per day. This is 38% cheaper than the yearly average and 54% cheaper than renting a car in September (when prices average $99.34 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Calama El Loa Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in April the average rental period is 12 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average number of rental days at Calama El Loa Airport
4
January
4
February
4
March
12
April
4
May
4
June
July
5
August
4
September
4
October
5
November
7
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Calama El Loa Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Calama El Loa Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Calama El Loa Airport in May, while they are least likely to rent in in June.
Monthly searches at Calama El Loa Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
192%
January
105%
February
70%
March
70%
April
210%
May
17%
June
July
52%
August
70%
September
105%
October
122%
November
87%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Keddy, Europcar, Routes Car Rental
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $36 per day
Cheapest supplier Street Rent A Car

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Jetour X70 5 3 SUVs
Europcar Seat Ateca 5 3 SUVs
Europcar Chevrolet D-Max 4 3 Large cars
Europcar Jetour X70 5 3 SUVs
Keddy Seat Ateca 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla Cross 5 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Seat Ateca 5 2 SUVs

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Keddy
9.1 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.3 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
6
Average daily price
$59.17
Lowest daily price
$36.06
Total cars available
11

Top 6 Suppliers at Calama El Loa Airport in 2024

Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.1 / 11 reviews
+56552578170
EL LOA AIRPORT
$73
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-21:10
Sat:08:30-13:30; 14:30-18:00
Sun:08:30-13:30; 14:30-18:00
Europcar
Very good 8.1 / 5 reviews
+56552578170
EL LOA AIRPORT
$84 - $127
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-21:10
Sat:08:30-13:30; 14:30-18:00
Sun:08:30-13:30; 14:30-18:00
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7
+5627953968
El Loa Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:15-22:45
Tue:07:15-22:45
Wed:07:15-22:45
Thu:07:15-22:45
Fri:07:15-22:45
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7
5655563154
El Loa S/N
Working hours
Mon:07:15-22:45
Tue:07:15-22:45
Wed:07:15-22:45
Thu:07:15-22:45
Fri:07:15-22:45
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Street Rent A Car
Street Rent A Car
Good 7.5
+56229380832
Avenida Aeropuerto, Provincia De El Loa
$36 - $75
Working hours
Mon:09:00-22:30
Tue:07:30-22:30
Wed:07:30-22:30
Thu:07:30-22:30
Fri:07:30-22:30
Sat:08:30-14:00
Sun:08:30-14:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.3 / 1 review
+562578170
El Loa Airport,Calama,1390000, Chile
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:08:30-18:30
Sun:09:00-18:30
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