Car Rental in Guadalajara

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Guadalajara Italia Providencia
Mini
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$10.35 / per day
Guadalajara Airport
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$21.56 / per day
Downtown
Compact
VW Gol or similar
VW Gol
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$26.44 / per day
Guadalajara Airport
Standard
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$32.85 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Guadalajara Hotel Camino Real
Intermediate
Renault Kwid or similar
Renault Kwid
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$33.06 / per day
Downtown
Full-size
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$35.47 / per day
Guadalajara Hotel Camino Real
Premium
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$42.21 / per day
Guadalajara Lázaro Cárdenas
Luxury SUV
Chevrolet Suburban or similar
Chevrolet Suburban
  • 8
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$204.75 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:40 on 2024-04-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, Mayan
Currency
MXN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+52
Average car rental price
$51 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.40 per liter or $5.31 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.32 per liter or $4.99 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.47 per liter or $5.55 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Guadalajara?

One of the largest cities in Mexico, Guadalajara has become an attractive travel destination. With a mix of colonial and independence-era architecture, the city is one of the nicest places in Mexico for sightseeing. The birthplace of Mariachi music and Tequila, it is also one of the best urban areas in the country to experience traditional Mexican culture. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco which is known for its mild weather, Pacific beaches, and delicious cuisine, like the famous tortas ahogadas (drowned sandwiches) and birria tacos (shredded meat).

Guadalajara

One-Way Car Rentals in Guadalajara

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Guadalajara and drop off in another city include:

  • From Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta - 166 offers from $37.04 per day
  • From Guadalajara to Aguascalientes - 48 offers from $31.70 per day
  • From Guadalajara to Tijuana - 47 offers from $93.12 per day
  • From Guadalajara to Mexico City - 148 offers from $40.64 per day
  • From Guadalajara to Cancun - 32 offers from $86.85 per day

Top ways to enter Guadalajara

  • Guadalajara Airport (GDL): Also known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Airport, it handled more than 12 million travelers in 2021, according to Wikipedia The airport is a large hub for the Mexican low-cost airlines VivaAerobús and Volaris and serves many domestic destinations, as well as air routes to the United States and Central America. Located about 18km (12 miles) southeast of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR): Serving the popular resort town of the same name, Puerto Vallarta Airport handles about 2.5 million travelers annually. The airport is served by around 20 airlines, providing flights to destinations across the Americas and even some in Europe. Situated 330km (205 miles) west of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta is about a five-hour drive from Guadalajara.
  • Mexico City Airport (MEX): By far the busiest in the country, Mexico City Airport is the main port of entry for many foreign visitors as it hosts flights to and from destinations from around the globe. The trip from the capital to Guadalajara takes about six hours.

Top destinations and activities

  • Museums. Guadalajara has a long and proud indigenous and colonial past, so it’s no surprise that the city is home to many interesting museums. Some of the highlights include the Regional Museum of Guadalajara (sometimes called the Anthropology Museum), Archaeological Museum of Western Mexico, Ibero-American Library, and the surprisingly diverse Regional Museum with impressive exhibits like a full skeleton of a mammoth. 
  • Hospicio Cabañas. A vast and impressive hospital complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hospice and orphanage of Cabañas is one of Guadalajara’s most visited landmarks. Built in the 18th century, it is notable for its exterior, chapel, and courtyards, as well as the monumental frescoes by the artist José Clemente Orozco,  one of the most famous Mexican artists of all time.
  • Guadalajara Cathedral. Another notable building, Guadalajara Cathedral is one of the most impressive churches in all of Mexico. First built in the 16th century not long after the arrival of the Spanish, it features a mixture of Spanish Renaissance and Neo-Gothic styles. The ornate altars inside the church are as impressive as the facade. It is the most iconic landmark in Guadalajara.

Traffic and parking

Mexico has a program called Angeles Verdes (Green Angels) which provides trucks that patrol the tolled highways to assist drivers of broken down vehicles. The operators of these trucks can fix basic problems or tow your vehicle and will do it for free. You can call the Green Angels toll-free at 01-800-987-8224 or dial 078 in an emergency. Do be sure to keep your receipt from the tolls, as this program is funded through the tolls. 

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. Keep in mind these tolls only accept Mexican pesos and no foreign money.

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. Libre roads are often considered less safe than Couta roads, so opt for the paid roads if you can.

Ideas for day trips

  • Chapala. Popular with locals, expats, and tourists, Chapala is one of the most visited destinations around Guadalajara. Located on the north shore of the lake of the same name, this cozy town is notable for its beaches, restaurants, and even an art gallery inside an old train station. Located some 50km (31 miles) south of Guadalajara, Chapala can be reached in about one hour.
  • The Guachimontones. Like the rest of Mexico, the state of Jalisco is home to a number of pre-Columbian sites. Having already been abandoned for about 1,000 years before the Spanish arrived, Los Guachimontones nonetheless offers a fascinating insight into the lives of some of Mexico’s earliest cultures. The main attractions are the many circular pyramids, but ancient pieces of art are also on display. Located about 65km (40 miles) west of Guadalajara, the Guachimontones can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Tequila. Sometimes called the most famous small town in Mexico, Tequila is known as the birthplace of the national Mexican drink. A number of local distilleries offer tours that are fascinating to visit even if you are driving and cannot try the beverage. Should you like to taste some tequila, though, there are a number of hotels and guest houses in and around the town, so you can stay for the night. Located about 68km (42 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, Tequila can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Tlaquepaque. Located only about 8km (5 miles) from downtown Guadalajara, most visitors will also check out the small town of Tlaquepaque while in town. It is known as an artistic town, with many cool art shops and lots of great street art. Tlaquepaque is one of the Mexico pueblos magicos, or magic towns. 

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Guadalajara is the Renault Kwid, followed by the Hyundai Creta and the Volkswagen Vento. The most popular rental car types are compact, mini, and intermediate.

Car Rental Prices in Guadalajara

  • Large cars - from $13 per day
  • Medium cars - from $12 per day
  • Vans - from $80 per day
  • Premium cars - from $37 per day
  • Small cars - from $10 per day
  • SUVs - from $34 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your rental car:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Guadalajara is the cheapest in May when renting a car is a whole 80% cheaper than the yearly average.  However, May is also the hottest month of the year, and often rainy, so with lower prices, you may also experience less-than-ideal weather.
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Article reviewed and updated by Shelley, a former Miami travel magazine editor who ditched the office for the world. She settled down in Mexico in 2018, and now helps travelers plan the Mexico trip of their dreams through her various Mexico websites: Travel Mexico Solo, Travel To Merida, Travel To Oaxaca and Tulum Travel Secrets, and coaches travel bloggers on her Travel Blogging 101 site.

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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Guadalajara vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Guadalajara
$25.10
January
$22.60
February
$30.16
March
$22.97
April
$28.68
May
$32.56
June
$36.02
July
$33.44
August
$24.63
September
$22.32
October
$25.65
November
$32.28
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Guadalajara is October (when prices average $22.32 per day). This is 20% cheaper than the yearly average and 38% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $36.02).

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 usual rental length in Guadalajara?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in April, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in February, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Guadalajara
7
January
6
February
7
March
9
April
9
May
9
June
9
July
7
August
8
September
7
October
7
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Guadalajara is December, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Guadalajara by pick-up date relative to the average
91%
January
85%
February
52%
March
82%
April
103%
May
126%
June
139%
July
69%
August
69%
September
106%
October
119%
November
159%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 10
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers MEX RENT A CAR, Economy rent a car, Avis, Dollar, Keddy
Popular car categories Large cars, Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars
Lowest price $10 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 Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR MG 5 5 2 Large cars
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Economy rent a car Volkswagen Vento 4 2 Large cars
Economy rent a car Renault Logan 4 1 Small cars
Dollar Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
MEX RENT A CAR Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
Avis Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

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Mexico
Chevrolet Aveo
March 1, 2024
Educating ourselves in preparation for relocating within Mexico
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
December 2, 2018
hello if you need to save headaches and time wasting go to this professional Alamo car rental company, they made our trip to Mexico extremely pleasant and making it possible due to their excellent service first i was skeptical about the whole situation , cause our last bad experience same night reservation, but they did an excellent job getting us a nice car and short period of time. both of my kids and myself are very grateful of your excellent service.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
3.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
6
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$50.84
Lowest daily price
$10.35
Total cars available
514

Top 17 Suppliers in Guadalajara in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 2 reviews
3 locations
$52 - $205
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.5 / 7 reviews
3 locations
$30 - $187
National
National
Good 7.5
4 locations
$50 - $143
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.4 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$44 - $177
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
1 location
Avis
Avis
Good 7.3 / 7 reviews
3 locations
$31 - $338
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6.6 / 1 review
2 locations
Budget
Budget
Satisfactory 6.5 / 4 reviews
1 location
$33 - $48
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Satisfactory 6.5
1 location
$22 - $177
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.3 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$31 - $142
Flexways
Flexways
Satisfactory 6.2 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$42 - $51
Keddy
Keddy
Satisfactory 6.1 / 5 reviews
3 locations
$23 - $128
Dollar
Dollar
Poor 5.8 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $172
Hertz
Hertz
Poor 5.6 / 8 reviews
3 locations
$46 - $187
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Poor 5.1 / 166 reviews
3 locations
$10 - $75
Thrifty
Thrifty
Poor 4.2 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $138
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Poor 3.7 / 46 reviews
1 location
$112
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