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Car Rental in Mexico

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$8.71 per day
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Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$9.98 per day
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Playa Del Carmen Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$11.33 per day
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Playa Del Carmen Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$12.13 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Playa Del Carmen Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$13.75 / per day
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Irapuato Lazaro Cardenas Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$16.28 / per day
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Campeche Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Cavalier or similar
Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$18.42 / per day
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Campeche Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Beat Sedan or similar
Chevrolet Beat Sedan
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$20.05 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:38 on 2021-12-03. 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
8.8

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 $46 per day
  • Station wagons - from $28 per day
  • Large cars - from $35 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $93 per day
  • Premium cars - from $48 per day
  • Small cars - from $31 per day
  • SUVs - from $76 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.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Mexico

  1. Car Rental in Cancun from $77.81 per day
  2. Car Rental in Mexico City from $37.96 per day
  3. Car Rental in Guadalajara from $22.63 per day
  4. Car Rental in Toluca from $66.77 per day
  5. Car Rental in Merida from $45.51 per day
  6. Car Rental in Monterrey from $69.48 per day
  7. Car Rental in Leon from $42.00 per day
  8. Car Rental in Puebla from $63.94 per day
  9. Car Rental in Tijuana from $69.58 per day
  10. Car Rental in Tulum from $51.53 per day
  11. Car Rental in Queretaro from $41.07 per day
  12. Car Rental in Cozumel from $73.82 per day
  13. Car Rental in La Paz from $64.46 per day
  14. Car Rental in Veracruz from $67.93 per day
  15. Car Rental in Acapulco from $69.48 per day
  16. Car Rental in Culiacan from $45.93 per day

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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 find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Mexico
$25.01
January
$28.22
February
$38.20
March
$35.87
April
$30.41
May
$23.85
June
$40.65
July
$40.87
August
$45.10
September
$44.41
October
$65.73
November
$64.33
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Mexico is June — prices start from $23.85 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $65.73 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 the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Mexico?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in September — an average of 10 days. The shortest are in August — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Mexico
6
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
4
August
10
September
8
October
8
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Mexico?

Discover Cars 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 March, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Mexico by Monthly Searches
47%
January
293%
February
410%
March
April
May
June
July
August
88%
September
51%
October
159%
November
151%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
MEX RENT A CAR VW 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
Ace Rent a car VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Chevrolet Aveo Aut. 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Renault Kwid 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Chevrolet Spark 3d 3 2 Small cars
SIXT Chevrolet Aveo 4 2 Medium cars
Flexways VW Gol 5 1 Medium cars
Thrifty Jeep Patriot 5 3 SUVs

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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.

Top 20 Suppliers in Mexico in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+524422102930
Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, Tequisquiapan, 76270 Colon Queretaro, QRO
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
+529982536112 / +529982772624
Avenida Coba Sur 38-B Mza. 036 Tulum Centro,Tulum. QR,MX 77780
Working hours
Mon:07:30-19:00
Tue:07:30-19:00
Wed:07:30-19:00
Thu:07:30-19:00
Fri:07:30-19:00
Sat:07:30-19:00
Sun:07:30-19:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
524422102930
CARR. 200 QRO - TEQUISQUIAPAN, NO 2250 COL. COLON, QUERETARO
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+524499131156
Av de la Convención de 1914
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+524423142083
Carr Queretaro-Tequisquiapan
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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18007095010
Querétaro Intercontinental Airport,Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, 76270 Tequisquiapan, Qro
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
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
4422531493
Carretera Estatal 200
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
528117657072
Carre Estatal 200 Lote 22500 Queretaro Intl Airport
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
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+5218007095010
Aeropuerto Internacional de Querétaro, Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, 76270
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
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
+5218007095010
Aeropuerto Querétaro, Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, 76270 Tequisquiapan, Querétaro
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
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.5
+52018007095010
Cancun Airport. Cancun - Chetumal Km 22, 77565 Cancún, Q.R.
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
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
+524422531493
CARRETERA ESTATAL 200, QRO-TEQISQUIAPAN NO 22500 COL
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+529986886304 / +529988830082 / +529982346038 / +529983661292
Carretera Chetumal – Cancun Mza 03 Lote 03 local 205 Plaza Centralia Cancun Qroo.
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
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+523341708243
Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, Tequisquiapan, 76270 Colón Querétaro, QRO
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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
+524423142050
CARR.ESTATAL 200 QRO-TEQUISQUIAPAN
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+523341708243 / +523346242114
Carretera Estatal 200 Lote 22500, Tequisquiapan, 76270 Colon Queretaro, QRO
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7
2299383700
HERIBERTO JARA CORONA AIRPORT
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