Car Rental in Puerto Rico

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Aguadilla Airport
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$26.03 / per day
Aguadilla Airport
Intermediate
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Economy rent a car
$55.18 / per day
Aguadilla Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$58.45 / per day
San Juan Luis Munoz Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$89.88 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

San Juan Luis Munoz Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$92.78 / per day
San Juan Luis Munoz Airport
Luxury SUV
Hyundai Palisade or similar
Hyundai Palisade
  • 6
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$310.14 / per day
Aguadilla Airport
Mini Van
Kia Sedona or similar
Kia Sedona
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$864.64 / per day
San Juan Luis Munoz Airport
Premium SUV
Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar
Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$325.61 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:45 on 2024-06-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, English
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$228 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
24 - 40 km/h or 15 - 25 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 104 km/h or 45 - 65 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.6 / 10
Average gas price
$0.99 per liter or $3.75 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$0.74 per liter or $2.80 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.20 per liter or $4.54 per gallon

Why rent a car in Puerto Rico?

A typically idyllic Caribbean destination, Puerto Rico is famous for its scenic beaches, surfing, and nightlife. A territory belonging to the United States, the island also boasts a long and interesting history, delicious cuisine, and an underexplored, but beautiful, mountainous interior. Getting a rental car is the surest way to explore everything that this magnificent place has to offer.

Why you should rent a car in Puerto Rico - Renting a car in Puerto Rico is the best way to travel the island and see some of the best cities and natural landmarks. A car rental will provide maximum flexibility and freedom, as you can plan your trips however you like without relying on guided tours and public transportation. 

How to plan your trip around Puerto Rico - to plan your trip around Puerto Rico, drive clockwise around the island from San Juan. This way, you can hit the major tourist destinations on the island, like Ponce, Cabo Rojos, and the surfing capital Rincon before arriving in Arecibo and back in San Juan. 

Do I need a visa for Puerto Rico? - If you are arriving in Puerto Rico from the United States, you will not need a visa. However, if you are visiting Puerto Rico from another country, check the requirements for your country ahead of your trip. 

Additionally, US citizens and permanent residents don’t need a passport to visit Puerto Rico as it is a territory of the US. This makes it one of the most appealing destinations in the Caribbean, given a combination of proximity to the United States and lack of required documentation.

 

Puerto Rico

Top ways to enter Puerto Rico

  • San Juan Airport (SJU): Also known as Luis Muñoz Marín Airport and Isle Verde Airport, it is the main port of entry for most visitors of Puerto Rico. The airport hosts tens of flights to destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, and the rest of the Americas. Located on the northeastern coast of the island, the airport is only about a ten-minute drive from San Juan. 
  • Aguadilla Airport: Also known as Aguadilla-Rafael Hernandez (BQN), the other, much smaller international airport of Puerto Rico has flights to and from a number of destinations in the U.S., including New York City, Memphis, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando, as well as the neighboring island country of the Dominican Republic. 
  • By boat: There is a commercial ferry service between Mayagüez on the western coast of Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Rental cars are not permitted on the boat, but you can pick one up after arriving in Puerto Rico. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • San Juan. The largest and oldest city in Puerto Rico, San Juan is naturally one of the island’s main attractions. An old maritime hub, the city has well-preserved colonial architecture, as well as many of Puerto Rico’s most interesting museums and historic sites, including famous Spanish forts. Many of the island’s most popular beaches are also near the capital.
  • Aguadilla. Puerto Rico is all about the beach and one of the best places to enjoy it is the western Porta del Sol region. Its main settlement, Aguadilla, is a surfing and diving paradise with opportunities for everyone from beginners to pros. The drive from San Juan along the island’s northern coast takes only two hours, so Aguadilla can even be visited on a day trip from the capital.
  • Ponce. The second-largest city in Puerto Rico, Ponce is a really interesting place to visit. The city is known for its unique architecture, including the Parque de Bombas fire station, Guadeloupe Cathedral, and Wiechers-Villaronga mansion. The city is also not short on cultural attractions like the Museum of Puerto Rican Museum, the Ponce Art Museum, and the Indigenous Ceremonial Center. Located just a short trip away is the eerie, but fascinating Caja de Muertos (Deadman’s Chest or Coffin Island) with its abandoned lighthouse, snorkeling spots, and hiking trails (though you can't bring a rental car, you can drop it off at the port and pick it up after returning).
  • Mayaguez. Located on the west side of the island, Mayaguez is the food capital of Puerto Rico, known for its sweet bread. Although it’s not a popular stop for tourists visiting Puerto Rico, Mayaguez is the third-largest city on the island that deserves a stop on your Puerto Rico itinerary. Mayaguez boasts the gorgeous Plaza Colon, Tropical Agricultural Research Station, and a historic colonial center where you can spend a leisurely afternoon.
  • Rincon. Located to the north of Mayaguez, Rincon is the surfing capital of the Caribbean, known for colorful sunsets and gorgeous beaches. Another popular activity in Rincon is whale watching, and you can join one of the local tours in winter when the area sees migrating humpback whales.
  • Fajardo. A hidden gem of Puerto Rico, Fajardo is home to more than five marinas, including Puerto del Rey, the largest marina in the Caribbean. Fajardo is also a perfect base for your trips to Isla Culebra and Vieques, the two popular islands to the east of Puerto Rico. The area is home to gorgeous beaches, natural reserves, and ma

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Puerto Rico is the Nissan Sentra; many travelers also go for the Nissan Versa and the Hyundai Accent. The most popular rental car types are intermediate, compact, and economy. 

Driver's license requirements

  • Puerto Rico generally recognizes all foreign licenses printed in the Latin alphabet, provided that you are a tourist who stays for less than three months. If you are staying in Puerto Rico longer or reside there permanently, you need to acquire a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g., Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • 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 under the age of 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and car category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing borders

Puerto Rico is an island and therefore has no land borders. The most convenient way to arrive on the island is by flying. You may also take the aforementioned ferry from the Dominican Republic, but it doesn’t permit bringing a vehicle along. If you plan to take the ferry, check to see if you need a visa to enter either the Dominican Republic or the US territory of Puerto Rico (the entrance requirements for  Puerto Rico are the same as that of the rest of the US).

Most popular types of rental car

  • El Yunque National Forest. One of the finest natural attractions on the island, El Yunque is situated near the island’s northeastern coast. Much of the rainforest can be explored by car, making it one of the nicest drives in the country. The forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a unique art gallery known for its organic paintings.
  • Guánica State Forest. Another biosphere reserve, Guánica is at the other end Puerto Rico, located near the island’s southwestern point. A dry forest, it also looks and feels very different from the lushness of El Yunque and is home to many species of birds that cannot be found anywhere else on the island. The forest is roughly between the cities of Mayaguez and Ponce; the trip from San Juan takes two hours.
  • Cabo Rojo. Home to some of the most popular beaches among Puerto Ricans, Cabo Rojo is a municipality in the southwestern part of the island. Here you will find the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most scenic natural areas on the island, that’s home to Playa Sucia, a crescent-shaped beach that’s a local favorite, the historic Los Morillos Lighthouse and Cabo Rojos Salt Flats, one of the most popular spots for taking pictures thanks to its bright pink waters.
  • Cueva del Indio Nature Reserve. One of the highlights of northern Puerto Rico’s coast, this place will make you feel like you are in Hawaii, as you watch the rogue waves break against the dark cliffs. An important historic site that contains pre-Hispanic rock art, this area boasts petroglyphs created by the Taino people who populated the island before it was colonized. This popular place has been featured in numerous movies like The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Treasure Island, and Perfect Getaway. 
  • Cascada Gozalandia. A hidden gem of Puerto Rico, Gozalandia Waterfalls are located near the small town of San Sebastian. Locals and tourists come here to swim in the clear pools of water connected by the river at the foothill of the waterfalls. It’s an easy drive if you stay in Rincon, Aguadilla, or Isabella. The entrance is free.

Car rental prices

  • Convertibles - from $148 per day
  • Large cars - from $31 per day
  • Medium cars - from $26 per day
  • Vans - from $177 per day
  • Small cars - from $27 per day
  • SUVs - from $64 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper 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 Puerto Rico is the cheapest in November when renting a car is about 73% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 90% cheaper than renting a car in July.
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Puerto Rico?

The cost of renting a car in Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico
$42.80
January
$45.28
February
$55.33
March
$83.96
April
$46.38
May
$61.37
June
$72.94
July
$49.68
August
$38.02
September
$32.11
October
$53.23
November
$114.53
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Puerto Rico is October — when rental costs average $32.11 per day. This is 45% cheaper than the yearly average and 72% cheaper than renting a car in December (when prices average $114.53 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 Puerto Rico?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in October — an average of 8 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in September — an average of 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Puerto Rico
7
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
5
September
8
October
6
November
6
December

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

Based on how many customers search for a car in Puerto Rico, the most popular month is February, while the least popular is September.
Monthly searches in Puerto Rico by pick-up date relative to the average
112%
January
195%
February
105%
March
75%
April
89%
May
96%
June
112%
July
124%
August
35%
September
55%
October
57%
November
146%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Economy rent a car, Ace Rent a car, Routes Car Rental, SIXT, GreenMotion
Popular car categories Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs, Small cars
Lowest price $26 per day
Cheapest supplier SIXT

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Economy rent a car Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Routes Car Rental Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Economy rent a car Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Hyundai Accent 4 1 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
SIXT Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
SIXT Nissan Versa 4 2 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Nissan Versa Note 5 2 Medium 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)
Nissan Versa
April 29, 2024
I enjoyed both sides of the island including the bioluminescent bay. I saw many great beaches and the jungle plus great food.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
January 23, 2024
The trip was amazing. Puerto Rico was amazing. I just don't like The above information I stated. Biobay, el yunque, cliff jumping, caves, waterfalls.
Canada
Toyota Corolla
November 27, 2023
Good for city driving, not perfectly fabulous for mountain roads.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
October 20, 2023
Puerto Rico had much to offer. Most of the Island was restored and fully operational with the tourist sites well maintained and now protected. A lot of restoration and renovation continues. There are a lot of food places and bars. Was hoping to find meals other than sandwiches and breakfast. Not too easy to find and choices are very limited. Generally safe all over the island.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
March 12, 2023
With our car, we were able to explore all over the island of Puerto Rico! It was an amazing experience and the car was perfect for the job! It was very clean, had great gas mileage and the staff was very friendly. We traveled from the west coast to the east coast. We visited lots of beaches, the lighthouse in Cabo Rojo, the city of San Juan, lots of waterfalls, and the El Yunque rainforest!
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
February 23, 2023
We drove through the beautiful mountains to Ponce then to Luquillo thru Fajardo back to San Juan
United States of America (USA)
Ford Explorer
July 30, 2022
Went to places that we haven't see before
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
January 20, 2022
When surfing in aguadilla it’s very easy to rent a decent board at surfers zone and it was important to have a car even though we only traveled between surfers beach and wilderness or to get food .
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
January 8, 2019
Beautiful and fun. Had a great time
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Economy rent a car
8.6 / 10
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Lowest-rated company
Routes Car Rental
5.3 / 10
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Total number of reviews
9
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$227.84
Lowest daily price
$26.03
Total cars available
125

Top 17 suppliers in Puerto Rico in 2024

Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Very good 8.6 / 36 reviews
2 locations
$52 - $6110
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
1 location
$179 - $268
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
1 location
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.7
2 locations
$87 - $148
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7
1 location
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
1 location
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7
2 locations
National
National
Good 7.7
2 locations
$86 - $150
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7
1 location
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6
1 location
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.5 / 37 reviews
3 locations
$26 - $95
U-Save
U-Save
Good 7.5
1 location
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 7.4 / 58 reviews
3 locations
$120 - $167
Zezgo
Zezgo
Good 7.3
1 location
$101 - $261
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Satisfactory 6.2 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$58 - $430
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.1 / 16 reviews
2 locations
$207 - $337
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Poor 5.3 / 197 reviews
3 locations
$87 - $908
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