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

Standard
Seat Ateca or similar
Seat Ateca
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$127.19 per day
Full-size
Chevrolet D-Max or similar
Chevrolet D-Max
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$199.18 per day
Full-size
Chevrolet D-Max or similar
Chevrolet D-Max
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$199.52 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:00 on 2022-05-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
CLP
Country code
56
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 60 km/h
25 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.03%
Calama El Loa Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Built around a large copper mine that has now been turned into a tourist attraction, Calama is one of the largest cities of Chile’s remote north. While the city itself is not without merit and has things for a curious traveler to explore (including the aforementioned mine), its main attraction is that it can be used 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 $189 per day
  • SUVs - from $119 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

Shell gas station at Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 238-252 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)

Airport info

Rating
6.4
  • Getting to the airport 5.8
  • Departure and check-in 7.4
  • Terminal facilities 5.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 3.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 4.3
  • Lounge 4.7

Calama El Loa Airport (CJC)

  • IATA: CJC
  • ICAO: SCCF
  • Name: Calama El Loa Airport (CJC)
  • Size: Medium Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 315,725
  • Distance from City: 3.7 miles / 6 km SE of town

Top 11 Locations near Calama El Loa Airport

  1. 186.7 km / 116.0 miles away
  2. 254.2 km / 157.9 miles away
  3. 484.6 km / 301.1 miles away
  4. 854.6 km / 531.0 miles away
  5. 1187.9 km / 738.1 miles away
  6. 1224.3 km / 760.8 miles away
  7. Car Rental at Talca Airport from $39.33 per day
    1454.5 km / 903.8 miles away
  8. Car Rental at Temuco Airport from $39.33 per day
    1859.7 km / 1155.6 miles away
  9. 2140.8 km / 1330.2 miles away
  10. 2583.3 km / 1605.2 miles away
  11. 3395.3 km / 2109.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Calama El Loa Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Calama El Loa Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Calama El Loa Airport
$88.22
January
$61.63
February
$90.52
March
$47.02
April
$105.13
May
$46.49
June
$48.81
July
$41.21
August
$64.87
September
$64.98
October
$56.35
November
$64.50
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Calama El Loa Airport is August when prices for an Economy class start from $41.21. You can see that this is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 61% cheaper than renting a car in May (when rental prices start at $105.13 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Calama El Loa Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in January the average rental period is 5 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
5
January
4
February
5
March
5
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
5
September
5
October
4
November
5
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Calama El Loa Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Calama El Loa Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
133%
January
88%
February
80%
March
101%
April
94%
May
69%
June
97%
July
92%
August
87%
September
126%
October
114%
November
119%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Subaru Forester 4 3 SUVs

Top 6 Suppliers at Calama El Loa Airport in 2022

Keddy
Exceptional 9 / 6 reviews
+56552578170
EL LOA AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:00
Tue:08:30-18:00
Wed:08:30-18:00
Thu:08:30-18:00
Fri:08:30-18:00
Europcar
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+56552578170
EL LOA AIRPORT
$127 - $200
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:00
Tue:08:30-18:00
Wed:08:30-18:00
Thu:08:30-18:00
Fri:08:30-18:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
5655563154
El Loa S/N
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:00
Tue:08:30-20:00
Wed:08:30-20:00
Thu:08:30-20:00
Fri:08:30-20:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.4
5655315762
Apto El Loa
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3
+5627953968
El Loa Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:00
Tue:08:30-20:00
Wed:08:30-20:00
Thu:08:30-20:00
Fri:08:30-20:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+56293999020
Aeropuerto El loa S/N
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-20:00
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