Car Rental in Jamaica

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sangster International Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
AddCar
$38.45 / per day
Norman Manley International Airport
Mini
Nissan Note or similar
Nissan Note
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Finalrentals
$40.68 / per day
Downtown
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Autounion
$49.74 / per day
Sangster International Airport
Compact Elite
Honda Fit or similar
Honda Fit
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Minute Car Rentals
$60.73 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sangster International Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$64.98 / per day
Norman Manley International Airport
Standard SUV
Suzuki Grand Vitara or similar
Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$101.62 / per day
Downtown
Full-size Van
Toyota Wish or similar
Toyota Wish
  • 7
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flexways
$122.25 / per day
Norman Manley International Airport
Economy Elite
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
United Rent A Car
$123.35 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:42 on 2024-06-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Jamaican Creole
Currency
JMD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$75 per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h or 50 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.6 / 10

Why rent a car in Jamaica?

Notable not just for its beaches, but also culture, distinct cuisine, impressive mountains, and tropical nature areas, Jamaica is a surprisingly diverse travel destination. Getting a rental car is your best bet to travel outside the main tourist areas and visit everything this Caribbean island has to offer. Keep in mind that you drive on the left-hand side of the road in Jamaica

Jamaica

Top ways to enter Jamaica

  • Montego Bay Sangster Airport: Serving flights to and from many destinations in The Americas and Europe, this airport is the main entry point for Northern Jamaica.
  • Kingston Norman Manley Airport: Named after Jamaican statesman, Kingston Airport serves Jamaica’s capital and hosts flights by around 15 airlines.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Montego Bay. Located on the north coast, MoBay, as Montego Bay is often called, is arguably the most visited place on the island. The main draw of this cozy coastal town is undeniably its many scenic beaches and popular resorts, but there’s also plenty of history to explore, plus nearby natural attractions such as the Rockland Bird Sanctuary. The beautiful Martha Brae River is also not far away, and rafting down it is a great way to relax.
  • Kingston. More busy and rough around the edges than MoBay, Kingston is nonetheless the capital and the largest city and as such, has plenty of attractions to generate excitement. There’s well-preserved colonial architecture like the Devon House, the National Gallery of Jamaica, Lime Cay Beach which is only accessible by boat, the Arawak Museum dedicated to the indigenous inhabitants of Jamaica, and Hope Botanical Gardens. That being said, for many visitors, nothing can top seeing the Bob Marley Museum. Just to stay on the safe side, read up on the present security situation in Kingston before your visit to learn about areas to avoid.
  • Negril. Located near the island’s westernmost tip, beautiful Negril is all about its many golden sand beaches, crystal clear water, and impressive coastal cliffs. The region around Negril is known for its water sport opportunities and tours on boats with transparent glass bottoms.
  • Ochioso Rios. This resort town on Jamaica’s northern coast has many attractions here, from Dunn’s River Falls nature area to Dolphin Cove where tourists can interact with the sea animals, and the many trekking tours in the surrounding rainforest. Compared to Montego Bay, it’s just as scenic, but more quiet and relaxed. It’s closer to Kingston, too - 85 km (53 mi) to the north, it can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Jamaica is the Suzuki Dzire, followed by the Mazda Demio and the Toyota Yaris.

Driver's license requirements

  • Jamaica recognizes valid foreign driver’s licenses from around the world if they are printed in a Latin alphabet and if you’re visiting on a trip that’s shorter than 12 months. If you’re residing in the country permanently, you need to obtain a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in another alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you need to also carry your original driver’s license as you might be asked to show both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car providers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Jamaica is an Economy, but Compact and Fullsize are also popular.

Top driving routes

  • The Blue Mountains. A steep and scenic range that reaches heights of 2,250 m (7,400 feet), visiting the Blue Mountains is one of the greatest travel experiences in Jamaica. Recognized as a world heritage site, the region is characterized by forests with ferns, orchids, and other tropical plants; historic coffee estates; and many hiking trails. The mountains are less than a two-hour drive north of Kingston and 3 hours and 30 minutes southeast of Montego Bay.
  • Port Antonio. Located north of the Blue Mountains, Port Antonio is a relatively undiscovered and hassle-free coastal town. Attractions here include the beautiful Blue Lagoon and Cove, the nearby Navy Island which can be reached on a boat trip and has beaches and rainforest to explore, and some of the nicest surfing beaches in all of Jamaica.

Car rental prices

  • Station wagons - from $71 per day
  • Large cars - from $52 per day
  • Medium cars - from $44 per day
  • Vans - from $103 per day
  • Premium cars - from $140 per day
  • Small cars - from $38 per day
  • SUVs - from $75 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Jamaica:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Jamaica is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Edited by Hannah Lukaszewicz, a US citizen who runs the international travel blog Getting Stamped. Hannah and her family have traveled to over 85 countries with a never-ending bucket list! Her travel blog hopes to inspire you to travel the world and help you plan your trip too. She has rented cars all over the world and has driven in over 30 countries. She believes that renting a car gives you such freedom and is the best way to experience a destination.

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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Jamaica?

The cost of renting a car in Jamaica varies by season. The table and graph below can help you find the best time of year to save on a rental car.
Average rental costs per day in Jamaica
$58.43
January
$50.48
February
$58.16
March
$52.45
April
$54.48
May
$62.32
June
$77.79
July
$72.51
August
$61.21
September
$56.37
October
$61.67
November
$79.21
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Jamaica is February — when rental costs average $50.48 per day. This is 19% cheaper than the yearly average and 36% cheaper than renting a car in December (when prices average $79.21 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.

What’s the average rental length in Jamaica?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in September — an average of 11 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in April — an average of 8 days.
Average number of rental days in Jamaica
10
January
9
February
9
March
8
April
9
May
9
June
9
July
9
August
11
September
9
October
8
November
11
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Jamaica?

Based on how many customers search for a car in Jamaica, the most popular month is December, while the least popular is April.
Monthly searches in Jamaica by pick-up date relative to the average
84%
January
95%
February
89%
March
45%
April
81%
May
118%
June
163%
July
113%
August
62%
September
71%
October
72%
November
207%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 12
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Island Car Rentals, Autounion, Minute Car Rentals, Budget, AddCar
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $38 per day
Cheapest supplier AddCar

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Island Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
Island Car Rentals Toyota Yaris 4 1 Medium cars
Island Car Rentals Hyundai Creta 5 2 SUVs
Autounion Toyota Vitz 5 2 Small cars
Minute Car Rentals Toyota Wish 5 3 Vans
Autounion Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
Autounion Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Budget Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
Autounion Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Autounion Nissan March 4 1 Small cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Swift
February 22, 2024
lots of natural beauty. not too many safe night spots to visit. beautiful country
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Vitara
January 12, 2024
Went to Grego’s in St Elizabeth and the food was great!!
United Kingdom
Daihatsu Mira
November 1, 2023
Seven miles beach negril fabulous
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Vitz
October 31, 2023
It was great having a vehicle to get around and see the sites in and around Montego Bay. Took a trip to Falmouth, and one to Negril.
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Canada
Toyota Yaris
October 15, 2023
Site seeing great people great
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Ertiga
August 16, 2023
Blue hole mineral springs Rick’s cafe Mayfield falls So much beauty
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Creta
July 7, 2023
We loved the ocean
United Kingdom
Nissan Sentra
May 16, 2023
All of my trip was fantastic
New Zealand
Toyota Vitz
April 22, 2023
We drove around the island which was great. Inner mobay was chaos with a vehicle. Saw stunning places and people.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Creta
December 28, 2022
My family vacation was very good lots of fun
Canada
Nissan Sentra
April 1, 2020
Only arrived and departed from Montego Bay, did not visit anywhere there. The island is stunningly beautiful
United States of America (USA)
Suzuki Dzire
January 11, 2020
no problem mon:-)
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
October 3, 2019
During my stay, I visited Runaway Bay, Trelawny, Coleyville, Chriistiana, Mandeville. Just stick to the speed limit and watch out for potholes.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
8.1 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Budget
4.8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
18
Total rental companies
19
Average daily price
$75.22
Lowest daily price
$38.45
Total cars available
473

Top 19 suppliers in Jamaica in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.1 / 13 reviews
4 locations
$70 - $162
Island Car Rentals
Island Car Rentals
Very good 8 / 134 reviews
3 locations
$51 - $103
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 8 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$92 - $145
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 8 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$54 - $102
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
2 locations
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7
1 location
National
National
Good 7.7
4 locations
$113 - $268
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.6 / 5 reviews
4 locations
$113 - $201
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
1 location
$45 - $143
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 1 review
5 locations
$89 - $141
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.5 / 11 reviews
3 locations
$61 - $159
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Good 7.5
2 locations
$114 - $154
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 7.4 / 26 reviews
2 locations
$71 - $140
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$41 - $96
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.2 / 12 reviews
1 location
$56 - $179
Minute Car Rentals
Minute Car Rentals
Satisfactory 6.2 / 19 reviews
2 locations
$61 - $186
AddCar
AddCar
Poor 5.9 / 41 reviews
1 location
$38 - $103
Autounion
Autounion
Poor 5.2 / 112 reviews
8 locations
$42 - $668
Budget
Budget
Poor 4.8 / 29 reviews
4 locations
$104 - $229
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