Car Hire in Barbados

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

City Centre
Economy
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
£ 50.00 / per day
Bridgetown Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 62.32 / per day
Bridgetown Airport
Compact
Toyota Vitz or comparable
Toyota Vitz
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flexways
£ 62.77 / per day
City Centre
Intermediate
Kia Sonet or comparable
Kia Sonet
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
£ 63.48 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Bridgetown Airport
Standard
Chevrolet Cruz or comparable
Chevrolet Cruz
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
£ 77.21 / per day
Bridgetown Airport
Full-size SUV
Toyota Rush or comparable
Toyota Rush
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Stoutes Car Rental
£ 101.43 / per day
City Centre
Intermediate
Kia Cerato or comparable
Kia Cerato
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
£ 56.14 / per day
City Centre
Compact
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
£ 56.14 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 00:45 on 2024-04-08.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
BBD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Dialing code
+1
Average car hire price
£ 66 per day
Average car hire length
11 days
Speed limit within city centre
40 km/h or 25 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
60 - 80 km/h or 37 - 50 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Score
9.5 / 10

Why hire a car in Barbados?

Best known for its splendid beaches, Barbados is one of the most famous destinations in the Caribbean. As if that wasn’t enough reason to visit, the island nation is also home to a diverse culture, cultural monuments, and several splendid protected areas.

Barbados

Top ways to enter Barbados

  • Bridgetown Airport. Located some 13 km (8 miles) from the city centre, Grantley Adams Airport is the entry point for virtually all foreign visitors. In addition to plenty of connections with North America and the rest of the Caribbean, there are also flights to and from such faraway places as the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Germany.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Bridgetown. One of the most historical cities in the Caribbean, Bridgetown punches way above its weight when it comes to landmarks and architecture. The city centre has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, while the Barbados Museum, which has notable exhibitions on the indigenous inhabitants of the island and the slavery era, is the best place to learn about the history behind it all.
  • Bathsheba. An old fishing village, Bathsheba is one of the most popular attractions on the island’s eastern coast. Known for its golden beach and serene atmosphere, it also provides access to the surrounding rainforests and the nearby Andromeda Botanic Gardens.
  • Foul Bay. Its name might not suggest as much — it allegedly originated from the heavy fishing that used to take place in the area — but Foul Bay embodies much of the postcard perfectness that the coast of Barbados is known for abroad. A sandy beach surrounded by palm trees and coastal cliffs, it also offers access to much of the island’s southeast.

Most popular hire car

The most hired car in Barbados is the Nissan Micra, followed by the Toyota Yaris and the Chevrolet Spark. The most popular car types are economy, mini, and intermediate.

Driving licence requirements

  • Barbados recognizes foreign driver’s licenses if they are written in the Latin alphabet and if you’re visiting for tourism purposes. If you’re a permanent resident of Barbados, you need to acquire a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is in another alphabet (e.g., Cyrillic or Arabic), you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • 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 terms and conditions before booking.

Most popular types of hire car

The most hired car in Barbados is the Nissan Micra, followed by the Toyota Yaris and the Chevrolet Spark. The most popular car types are economy, mini, and intermediate.

Top driving routes

  • Inland. Although not as popular as the coasts, the inland parts of Barbados can be just as fun to explore. Many notable attractions are located around the central part of the island, such as the beautiful Flower Forest, Hunte’s Gardens, Harrison’s Cave known for its stalactites, and the lesser-known, but equally interesting Coles Cave.
  • Diving and surfing. Barbados is a world-class destination when it comes to water sports, and the small size of the island means you’re never too far away from the next awesome wave to ride. Most of the diving sites are located along the western coast of the island while the surfing hotspots are in the east (the Soup Bowl) and south (Silver Sands).

Car Hire Prices

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 75 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 142 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 56 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 56 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 106 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 50 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 71 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper car for hire:

  • Compare rates of different car hire supppliers
  • Book your vehicle well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit in the month when the car hire prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Barbados is the cheapest in May when hiring a car is about 21% cheaper than the yearly average and about 37% cheaper than hiring a car in December.
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In which month is car hire in Barbados the most affordable?

Our data shows how prices for hiring a car in Barbados fluctuate depending on the season. This graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Barbados
£ 63.55
January
£ 64.29
February
£ 60.72
March
£ 45.60
April
£ 35.13
May
£ 36.25
June
£ 37.04
July
£ 37.30
August
£ 27.20
September
£ 33.76
October
£ 45.09
November
£ 57.27
December
The best month to hire a car in Barbados is September — when the average price for a hire is £ 27.20 per day. This is 40% less than the yearly average and 58% less than hiring a car in February (when the average price is £ 64.29 per day).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in Barbados?

Car hire lengths can vary according to the time of year. Longer periods of car hire are more common in July with an average of 13 days. Shorter periods of car hire are more common in January with an average of 10 days.
Average number of hire days in Barbados
10
January
10
February
10
March
10
April
10
May
10
June
13
July
10
August
10
September
12
October
11
November
12
December

Which month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Barbados?

Given the number of customers searching for a car in Barbados, the month in which the highest number of people search for a hire car is March, while April is the month that sees the lowest demand for them.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in Barbados Compared to the Yearly Average
118%
January
74%
February
142%
March
62%
April
83%
May
63%
June
99%
July
136%
August
118%
September
106%
October
114%
November
84%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 8
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drive-A-Matic, GO Rent A Car, Stoutes Car Rental, Autounion, Europcar
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Station wagons, Medium cars
Lowest price £ 50 per day
Cheapest supplier Keddy

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Drive-A-Matic Chevrolet Spark 4 1 Small cars
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki Ertiga 5 2 Station wagons
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
GO Rent A Car Chevrolet Spark 5 1 Small cars
Drive-A-Matic Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki Jimny 2 1 SUVs
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki Vitara 5 2 SUVs
Drive-A-Matic Toyota Rush 5 2 SUVs
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki Ciaz 4 2 Large cars
Drive-A-Matic Suzuki APV 5 2 People Carriers

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.

United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
8 March 2024
Driving to west coast attractions & restaurants
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
5 February 2024
For a funeral so not a holiday
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
31 January 2024
We had a great journey down the East Coast on one day and had some gorgeous beaches almost completely to ourselves.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
25 January 2024
The weather obviously, great food, again quite expensive 12% service charge then they expect a tip, more like America
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
16 November 2023
We stayed at Tamarind which was really good. They are closing next year for refurbishment so will need to find another hotel. The Tides restaurant was excellent, good service and very good food. Would also recommend Baia Peruvian restaurant.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
21 October 2023
Travelled all over the island of Barbados in the car: beaches; botanical gardens, wildlife reserve, snorkelling, capital city and local shopping/eating. Couldn’t have done all that without the hire car. It gave us total freedom.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Ertiga
14 October 2023
Anything to do with nature, as most of the prices on the island have now gone up - a lot
United Kingdom
Suzuki Jimny Cabrio
3 August 2023
Our 5th time in Barbados and we are still discovering new gems. Surfside in Holetown remains a favourite, as does Lone Star. We all had great fun at The Boatyard too. We've taken a trip on Calabaza every time we have been to Barbados and it is always a highlight. This trip was no exception.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Jimny
19 June 2023
Spending time with family, picnics, driving out into the country, spending time at the beach, going various places to eat. Had a blast, and the Jimny was a great lil run around to do that with!
United Kingdom
Suzuki Ciaz
1 June 2023
A car was essential for us for our discovery of the island 🏝️
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
20 May 2023
Only 5 days on the island busy planning our daughters wedding here next year. Eldest daughter was married here last year….. now the middle daughter has just got engaged…. Watch this space!!
Australia
Suzuki Vitara
30 April 2023
Freedom to explore all of Barbados!
United Kingdom
Hyundai Accent
22 February 2023
Great weather,good restaurants with excellent food and service.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
2 January 2023
Renting the car made it easier to visit variuos parts of the island, Holetown, speightown, Bashiba, North point, Oistons to name just a few during our 7 day stay.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Vitara
20 October 2022
Historical building still pop up every time I'm there on holiday,great food allows available.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
1 August 2022
Travel around the island. Recommend Harrison’s cave and the rum tours.
United Kingdom
Suzuki APV Van
8 May 2022
Getting around us easy but roads are challenging.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Dzire
20 April 2022
Friendly and relaxed staff. Always felt at ease
United Kingdom
Suzuki Ertiga
3 February 2022
All good no complaints at all
United Kingdom
Suzuki Jimny
1 February 2022
It was a great experience visiting Barbados…We were lucky , The English cricket team were visiting so we visited the famous Kensington Oval to watch WI vs England…( Great Ambiance)Had lunch at the Champers with its amazing view of the Ocean …And a visit to the Animal flower cave with its window to the Ocean was simply priceless….
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
5 January 2022
Would defiantly use again service outstanding
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
1 December 2021
A nice experience with a car rental company - something that is rare!
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris Sedan
24 November 2021
I mostly stayed on the South Coast and Bridgetown. We also made one longer trip to Bathsheba (Soup Bowl and St. Aidens Church) and I had to drive with care going down and then up the steep hills. Overall, the car performed OK.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
7 October 2021
Really easy to drive in Barbados if you’re from the U.K. would recommend the caves, north point, Bridgetown and go to the blue water sports near the Hilton
United Kingdom
Suzuki Vitara
4 August 2021
Overall a happy customers
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris Sedan
1 January 2021
Parking rules/regs in Bridgetown are unfathomable to a tourist. We picked up a ticket despite spending an hour trying to work out where was legal to park and believed that we had got it right. We obviously didn't get it right. We liked Bridgetown but the ticket felt like an anti-tourist measure. We didn't go back a second time to Bridgetown to visit the museum because of the parking issues. We don't object to parking restrictions and are happy to pay to park, but couldn't the authorities make it easier to understand.

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Stoutes Car Rental
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Autounion
7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
68
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
£ 66.19
Lowest daily price
£ 50.00
Total cars available
279

Top 12 Suppliers in Barbados in 2024

Stoutes Car Rental
Stoutes Car Rental
Exceptional 9.2 / 239 reviews
1 location
£ 63 - £ 106
GO Rent A Car
GO Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.1 / 66 reviews
1 location
£ 83 - £ 170
Drive-A-Matic
Drive-A-Matic
Very good 8.8 / 421 review
3 locations
£ 93 - £ 468
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.8 / 1 review
2 locations
£ 66 - £ 131
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.8
2 locations
£ 60 - £ 112
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
1 location
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.6 / 13 reviews
2 locations
£ 57 - £ 102
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.6 / 3 reviews
2 locations
£ 50 - £ 90
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
£ 59 - £ 75
Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals
Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals
Good 7.6
1 location
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 7.5 / 37 reviews
1 location
£ 110 - £ 135
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7 / 32 reviews
4 locations
£ 87 - £ 185
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