Car Rental in Mexico

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Guadalajara Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$24.01 per day
Mexico Penon de los Banos Car Rental
Compact
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flexways
$28.73 per day
Monterrey Airport Car Rental
Standard
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$30.52 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$30.96 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$34.01 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Full-size
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$48.29 / per day
Mexico Walmart Taxquena Car Rental
Premium
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$48.73 / per day
Monterrey San Pedro Garza Garcia Car Rental
Full-size Elite
Nissan Sentra or similar
Nissan Sentra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$52.44 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:54 on 2023-03-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
MXN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
52
Average car rental price
$37.21 / per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 70 km/h
19 - 43 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h
50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.04%
Rating
9.0
Average gasoline price
$1.26 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.33 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.11 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Mexico?

Mexico is a great country for renting a car. With stunning nature, great cultural variety, and access to two oceans, it is a fun place to explore at your own pace. Travel hotspots like Mexico City, Cancun, and Acapulco are world-famous, but visiting some of the lesser-known parts can be just as rewarding.

Mexico Car Rental

Top ways to enter Mexico

  • Mexico City Airport: Also known as Benito Juarez Airport after the former president, it is by far the busiest in the country and handled more than 50 million passengers in 2020. The airport offers flights to and from a plethora of destinations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • Cancun Airport: Serving the popular vacation destination, Cancun Airport has flights by more than 40 airlines connecting it to destinations all over the world.
  • Guadalajara Airport: Serving the capital of the state of Jalisco and Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara Airport handles about eight million travelers every year. The airport hosts tens of flights to destinations in the rest of Mexico and the United States.
  • Merida Airport: Providing access to another holiday destination in the Yucatan, Merida Airport is fairly small, but offers connections with such destinations as Houston and Miami.
  • Los Cabos Airport: Named after a popular vacation spot at the southern tip of Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos Airport is especially busy during the tourist season when it hosts the flights of more than 20 airlines, many of them connecting the area with cities all across the United States and Canada.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Mexico City. When Spanish colonizers arrived in the area of modern day Mexico City, it had already been a political and religious center for centuries. Nowadays one of the largest cities on the planet, it is rich in both historic Aztec sites, splendid architecture, and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.
  • Cancun. A synonym for partying and beach vacation, Cancun is arguably the most popular travel destination in Mexico. The city offers both of the aforementioned activities in abundance, but also provides access to the caves, nature areas, and islands of the southern state of Quintana Roo.
  • Pacific Coast. The tropical southwest of Mexico is another haven of idyllic beaches and developed resort towns. Some of the most notable spots include Puerto Vallarta in the north and Acapulco in the south, but many travelers prefer the relatively less visited coastal spots in between.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Mexico is the Kia Rio, although many travelers also go for the Chevrolet Aveo and the Hyundai Accent. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and intermediate.

While a smaller car is perfectly good for traveling along the main highways or exploring the cities (and might actually be preferable in some urban areas due to the remaining historic planning), getting a 4x4 might be a necessity if you plan to explore Mexico’s nature or mountainous areas.

Driver's license requirements

  • Mexico recognizes foreign driver’s licenses if they are in Spanish or English. However, some rental car suppliers require you to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Make sure to check the driver’s license requirements of the rental car supplier before booking the vehicle.
  • If your driver’s license is in another language, you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Mexico.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you still need to also provide your valid driver’s license from your country
  • 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 suppliers 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 supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Mexico has land borders with three countries: the United States, Guatemala, and Belize.

There are very few car rental companies that permit one-way rentals between Mexico and one of the neighboring countries. When such deals can be found, typically this will include trips from destinations that are near the border (e.g., from northern Mexico to the United States or the Yucatan to Belize). You can search for car rental companies that permit international one-way rentals by entering your car pick-up and drop-off locations on our search. 

Do keep in mind that each of the countries has its own visa policy, so you may or may not be required to have a visit. Visitors from most Western countries can visit Mexico and all three of its neighbors without a visa, but there are exceptions. If you plan to visit Mexico and one of its neighboring countries on the same trip, make sure to consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance.

Toll roads

Mexico has an extensive system of toll roads due to a government program started in the 1980s to update the country’s road system. The Mexican toll road system is called Cuota. Toll booths are located along the highways at the end of sections of the road, therefore, on a long ride, you can pass through multiple toll booths. While credit cards used to be accepted, drivers can now only pay with either cash or an electronic tag placed on the car’s windshield. The electronic tags may be available from your rental car provider but usually comes with a fee. However, the fee is usually just a one-time fee for the tag, not a daily fee as in other places like many places in the United States. ATMs are few and far between along the highways, so be sure to keep plenty of cash to pay for the tolls. 

Compared to other countries, Mexico’s tolls can seem rather expensive. It is possible, however, to avoid most toll roads as Libre (or free) roads usually go alongside them, though they are much slower to travel on due to going through many villages along the way. This may make for more scenic travel on short trips but would certainly hinder progress on any long trips.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular type of rental car in Mexico is an economy, followed by intermediate and compact.

Top driving routes

  • Jalisco. A large state in central Mexico, Jalisco has a decent stretch of the aforementioned Pacific coastline — but the inland parts can be just as interesting to explore. The state is the birthplace of Mariachi music and Tequila, the location of the country’s historic second city, Guadalajara, and has a number of well-preserved pre-Columbian sites, not least of which is the circular pyramids of Guachimontones. 
  • Baja California. A long and narrow peninsula separated from the rest of Mexico by the Gulf of California, Baja California is distinct from the rest of the country both in terms of culture and nature. The region boasts some of Mexico’s nicest beaches which are dotted with resort towns and surfing hotspots, but it also offers unique desert and volcanic landscapes. 
  • The Yucatán. A large peninsula physically separated from the rest of Mexico, the Yucatán is much more than just the beaches of Cancun. Made up of five states, the region has a wealth of historic Mayan sites, and is also known for national parks, ecotourism, and a thriving indigenous culture.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $45 per day
  • Station wagons - from $27 per day
  • Large cars - from $71 per day
  • Medium cars - from $67 per day
  • Vans - from $211 per day
  • Premium cars - from $103 per day
  • Small cars - from $65 per day
  • SUVs - from $118 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 Mexico:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car as soon in advance as you can
  • 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 Mexico is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 36% cheaper than the yearly average.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our Editorial Policy.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Mexico

  1. Car Rental in Cancun from $36.17 per day
  2. Car Rental in Mexico City from $35.31 per day
  3. Car Rental in Guadalajara from $36.02 per day
  4. Car Rental in Merida from $61.08 per day
  5. Car Rental in Monterrey from $34.28 per day
  6. Car Rental in Puebla from $64.31 per day
  7. Car Rental in Tijuana from $36.02 per day
  8. Car Rental in Leon from $41.02 per day
  9. Car Rental in Queretaro from $37.46 per day
  10. Car Rental in Cozumel from $78.47 per day
  11. Car Rental in Tulum from $45.50 per day
  12. Car Rental in Loreto from $62.69 per day
  13. Car Rental in La Paz from $46.10 per day
  14. Car Rental in Morelia from $48.84 per day
  15. Car Rental in Chetumal from $48.99 per day
  16. Car Rental in Mazatlan from $62.69 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

The cost of renting a car in Mexico depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Mexico
$40.68
January
$36.84
February
$36.31
March
$38.10
April
$31.58
May
$30.92
June
$42.63
July
$40.93
August
$32.16
September
$32.70
October
$38.86
November
$58.24
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Mexico is June — prices start from $30.92 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 19% cheaper than the yearly average and 47% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $58.24 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 how far in advance you book. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Mexico?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 9 days. The shortest are in April — an average of 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Mexico
9
January
9
February
8
March
7
April
8
May
8
June
9
July
8
August
7
September
8
October
8
November
8
December

What's the most popular time of year to rent a car in Mexico?

DiscoverCars.com users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Mexico. The most popular month is December, while the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Mexico by Monthly Searches
150%
January
153%
February
148%
March
92%
April
68%
May
60%
June
72%
July
60%
August
55%
September
69%
October
103%
November
170%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 194
Airport locations 55
Popular suppliers MEX RENT A CAR, America Car Rental, Flexways, Economy rent a car, Thrifty
Popular car categories Small cars, Large cars, Medium cars, SUVs
Lowest price $24 per day
Cheapest supplier MEX RENT A CAR

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Vento 4 2 Medium cars
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Economy rent a car VW Gol 4 2 Small cars
Flexways Chevrolet Aveo 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Volkswagen T-Roc 4 2 SUVs
SIXT Chevrolet Aveo Aut. 4 2 Medium cars
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars
Thrifty Renault Stepway 5 3 SUVs
Flexways Chevrolet Aveo 5 2 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an 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, verified, and trustworthy.

Portugal
Volkswagen Golf
March 27, 2023
archeological sites, cities and small villages, beaches. And people: kind and cool
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Kicks
March 18, 2023
Very nice area. Beaches and waterfalls were awesome!
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
March 15, 2023
Loved la Paz and todos Santos, the Mexicans are very friendly and hospitable
United States of America (USA)
Kia Forte
March 12, 2023
Just too hot during early March trip. Temps in the mid 90's which made outdoor activities too difficult.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
March 1, 2023
Definitley rent a car if staying in Tulumm especially if staying in the town center and not the hotel zone. You can then drive to restaurants becasue walking from Alda Zama is hard since is it sooo dark (no street lights). You can also drive to other places. Chicken Itza then Ik Kil Cenote and Casa Tortuga and the canal float out of Muyil are must dos.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Aveo
February 28, 2023
Great boat trip to swim with turtles!!! In Tulum
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
February 26, 2023
Lots of great places to explore, amazing hikes and beaches and saw lots of whales. The rental car debacle was the worst part of the trip, everything else was amazing!
United States of America (USA)
VW Gol
February 26, 2023
Food and activities
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Tucson
February 4, 2023
I am horrified at the environmental destruction of the construction of the Mayan train and all the fat American tourists that go to the golf clubs and all inclusive Disney-esque hotels. We tried to avoid that and experience true Mayan culture and leave-no-trace visits to the biosphere reserves to view nature and wildlife. Mexico shouldn’t try to be like America. It’s awful here. Please protect your wildlife from being exploited.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Gol
January 30, 2023
We used the car for daily needs and a beach trip
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
January 29, 2023
We loved Baja Sur. Definitely need a car for exploring the peninsula.
Australia
Kia Sedona
January 29, 2023
Visited Xcaret, Tulum, Cancun, Cenote Azul and Don Cafeto restaurant.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
January 25, 2023
Must sees: Isla Mujeres; beach; La Isla, xcaret Having a car made it easy
United States of America (USA)
Kia Soul
January 18, 2023
san Miguel was amazingly beautiful and would definitely go again and rent with company hopefully Ill get a discount for becoming a return customer/
United States of America (USA)
Changan Sania
November 28, 2022
We enjoyed being able to get to the beaches, Todos Santos and other locations.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Kicks
November 26, 2022
Drove around the island twice and went into town often to eat
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
November 22, 2022
We drove the PUUC route to see the Mayan ruins there. Get to Uxmal early. We also went to Chichen Itza. Same advice. Both are extraordinary.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
November 20, 2022
Mainly I visited familiy but also tourist attractions that I was able to visit, thanks to the reliable vehicle I drove to het there
Poland
Chevrolet Aveo
November 12, 2022
Me my wife and kid were travelling on Yucatan. Really good trip. Cenotes are dope :) And we've seen a lot of wild life.
Mexico
Volkswagen Jetta
October 17, 2022
Definitely would but not I will go directly with Avis, Hertz or Alamo
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
October 9, 2022
Las Grutas de Tolantongo is a one of a kind place you have to see! Go on weekdays when the crowds aren't crazy. Stop through wine and cheese country between Tequis and Bernal on your way back.
South Africa
VW Polo
October 5, 2022
The car was great and the service once we got to the rental facility was great. No hidden costs. And they upgraded us due to the annoyance of waiting for an hour to be collected. Overall a good experience.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Kicks
August 11, 2022
Fantastic drive along Baja California. Much more interesting then Arizona or New Mexico.
Colombia
Nissan Versa
May 22, 2022
Rental car is a great option for exploring Rivera Maya
Canada
VW Polo
March 15, 2022
visited many of the beaches on the coastal route would suggest to everyone drive the whole island its great fun
Mexico
Chevrolet Beat
March 11, 2022
I used this place on a whim to explore the spots outside of Merida. This place was excellent and I'd use them again for all the outside city trips.
Croatia
VW Jetta
February 27, 2022
Ask for nearest gas station at pick up so when you do drop off you can add petrol to car just before returning (because of trafic in MC we spend to much fuel)
United States of America (USA)
VW Gol
May 28, 2021
It’s easier to get around Tulum with a car. Especially, if you are staying in town.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan March
December 22, 2020
Always purchase the insurance ahead of time, get the best insurance you can if it's at a good rate. In Mexico, they will try to push insurance down your throat, in a way intimate you into getting their insurance. Take a walk around video of the car upon delivery. Do not negotiate on another vehicle, simply say you want the one you paid for and expect to receive it soon. Do not fall for their continuous extortion, keep asking for your vehicle and have a print out ahead of time of your rental, that comes in handy and is very useful to prove them you already have insurance, you paid for it and that's the vehicle you expect to get. The return was a lot easier, no issues there.
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Beat
October 19, 2020
if staying at an all inclusive resort & don't mind making your tour reservations through the resort, a vehicle is not required. But if want to control your time, save money, don't mind driving and using your GPS the car is not needed. It's very hard to get lost since the area has 1 main road.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Soul
September 30, 2020
Best all
United Kingdom
VW Polo
March 9, 2020
Look out for speed bumps in unusual places, they are not painted so you can't see them from a distance - the signs showing there is a bump is not always there
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
February 20, 2020
There’s so much to do in the Mayan Rivera you’re costing yourself time and money not renting a car. A car is everything there, you have to do it or you miss out, period.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
February 16, 2020
Loreto is beautiful
United States of America (USA)
Nissan March
September 29, 2019
The people at the car rental desk were friendly and helpful, the issue we had was that they only had stick shift available. They did end up bringing an automatic transmission in. But it took time. Also the windshield wipers were torn and it started raining about a half hour after we left. Other than those two issues I would say it was a mostly positive experience. Would I rent again? Yes. The convenience of having our own vehicle was wonderful.
United States of America (USA)
VW Vento
August 22, 2019
Love San Jose del Cabo and the freedom having a rental car provides.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.73 / 10
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
5.32 / 10
Total number of reviews
118
Total rental companies
21
Average daily price
$37.21
Lowest daily price
$5.75
Total cars available
8711

Top 21 Suppliers in Mexico in 2023

Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7 / 12 reviews
36 locations
$57 - $380
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.7 / 60 reviews
79 locations
$70 - $515
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.4 / 117 reviews
70 locations
$45 - $316
Goldcar
Goldcar
Excellent 8.3
1 location
National
National
Excellent 8.2 / 81 reviews
70 locations
$54 - $579
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8 / 217 reviews
27 locations
$33 - $256
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8 / 143 reviews
75 locations
$32 - $499
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 7.9 / 15 reviews
3 locations
$31 - $80
City Car Rental
City Car Rental
Very good 7.9 / 10 reviews
1 location
$40 - $329
Budget
Budget
Very good 7.7 / 78 reviews
33 locations
$48 - $117
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7 / 105 reviews
13 locations
$31 - $218
Flexways
Flexways
Very good 7 / 323 reviews
11 locations
$29 - $193
Hertz
Hertz
Good 6.9 / 187 reviews
97 locations
$50 - $496
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Good 6.8 / 1794 reviews
26 locations
$24 - $364
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 6.7 / 305 reviews
67 locations
$36 - $496
Dollar
Dollar
Good 6.5 / 171 reviews
69 locations
$35 - $531
Firefly
Firefly
Good 6.3 / 289 reviews
33 locations
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 6.1 / 53 reviews
36 locations
$46 - $229
America Car Rental
America Car Rental
Good 6 / 866 reviews
20 locations
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Acceptable 5.8 / 236 reviews
17 locations
$36 - $304
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Acceptable 5.3 / 125 reviews
5 locations
$43 - $137
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