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Car Rental in Mexico

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Guadalajara Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
VW Vento or similar
VW Vento
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$5.50 per day
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Guadalajara Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$7.34 per day
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Guadalajara Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Vento or similar
VW Vento
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$7.34 per day
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Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$9.10 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Puerto Vallarta Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$10.08 / per day
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Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$10.61 / per day
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Playa Del Carmen Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$12.04 / per day
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Playa Del Carmen Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$12.90 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:53 on 2021-04-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
MXN
Country code
52
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h
50 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 70 km/h
19 - 43 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.04%
Rating
8.7

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 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 $49 per day
  • Station wagons - from $30 per day
  • Large cars - from $37 per day
  • Medium cars - from $34 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $99 per day
  • Premium cars - from $51 per day
  • Small cars - from $33 per day
  • SUVs - from $81 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.

Map of Car Rental Locations

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
Firefly Chevrolet Aveo 4 1 Medium cars
Thrifty VW Jetta 4 2 Large cars
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Vento 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Renault Kwid 4 1 Small cars
Hertz Jeep Patriot 5 3 SUVs
Thrifty Nissan X-Trail 5 3 SUVs
Firefly Nissan March 3 2 Small cars
Thrifty Jeep Patriot 5 3 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

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)
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)
VW Vento
August 22, 2019
Love San Jose del Cabo and the freedom having a rental car provides.

Top 21 Suppliers in Mexico in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+526646838483
Carretera Aeropuerto, Meza de Otay S/N, Nueva Tijuana, 22435 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
+526241465543 / +529982772624
Bodega Puerto Logistico N2 L7A, Las Veredas, San Jose Del Cabos
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
526646838483
ABELARDO L RODRIGUEZ, CTRA AEROPUERTO-MEZA OTAY S/N
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+526646832905
Ave Padre Kino 10298
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+526646838586
Intl Apo Abelardo Rodriguez
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+526646838537
Carretera Aeropuerto S/n Tijuana International Airport
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:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
6646838084
Boulevard Cuauhtemoc
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+5218007095010
Aeropuerto S/N, Nueva Tijuana, 22435 Tijuana
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18007095000
International Airport of Aguascalientes,Carr. Panamericana Km. 22, 20340 Buenavista de Peñuelas, Ags
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+5216242153021
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 43.5 Nave 2, local 7A
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
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.5
+52018007095010
Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Cabos, Carr. Transpeninsular Km 43.5, 23420 San José del Cabo
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.2
+526241800222 / +523320010601 / +523312947525
Carr. Transpeninsular Km 43.5, Interior Puerto Logistico, Nave 1, Local 3 ,Col Las Veredas CP 23420,San José del Cabo, B.C.S.
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:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8
6646838084
BOULEVARD CUAUHTEMOC, NORTE 12902 AEROPUERTO
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+528681277728
Calle Pedro Cardenas, #5001 col. Expofiesta Norte, Interior Hotel Holiday Inn C.P 87396 Matamoros ,Tamaulipas
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-15:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+523341708243
Aeropuerto 3308, Aeropuerto, 22404 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+34965233425 / 523331224758
On-airport. Zona de Arrendadoras en Centro de Instalaciones fox
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
+523341703525
Cobá Sur SN Centro
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / 523331224758
On-airport. Zona de Arrendadoras en Centro de Instalaciones fox
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
+526646829275
GRAL ABELARDO L.RODRIGUEZ AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+523341708243
BLVD. AEROPUERTO 3308;
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7
+52855256205 / +529982536114 / +529982536110
Puerto Logistico N2L7, Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Cabos, 23400 San Jose del Cabo
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
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