Calama car rentals

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Calama car rental information

Pick-up location Calama
Rental locations 26
Airport locations 12

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Calama

Rated no. 1
Thrifty
thrifty
Best rated
7.1 Good (2,726 reviews)
1 location in Calama
Thrifty
Locations in Calama
Calle La Torre 1510
+56 5734 0973
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Rated no. 2
National
national
5.8 Okay (2 reviews)
1 location in Calama
National
Locations in Calama
Felix Hojos 2177 Ii Region
+56 5522 8528
Monday08:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 13:00
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Thursday08:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 13:00
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Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
9 Aug 2019
Pros: The staff in Calama (Miguel) was amazing! Very smooth process, great communication and convenient advises. Pick-up process very fast and easy. The blocked amount in my credit card was about 400 USD.
Cons: Everything was just fine!
2.0 Mediocre
5 Jan 2020
Pros: Staff of the main car company (not National) was friendly.
Cons: Literally doesn't exist. No cars available despite confirmation. Subcontracts the location through another company. Forced to get car from another company last minute. Avoid.
Rated no. 3
Europcar
europcar
4.2 Okay (2 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Europcar
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
+56 552 578 170
Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-c
+56 552 578 300
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre
4 Sep 2018
Terrible experience
Cons: My insurance (which I purchased separately from Europcar) was not recognized by the company, and I was forced to leave a $3000 deposit (on my credit card) when picking up the car - and I found out that I was also charged another $700 for a reason I ignore! When I returned the car, they insisted that there were additional scratches (which is completely false) and refused to return my deposit. I am now trying to find a way to get my deposit back (and the additional $700 charge, which I don't understand). Terrible experience. Will never use this company again.
4.8 Okay
24 Apr 2019
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Crappy car
Rated no. 4
Budget
3.8 Mediocre (10 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Budget
Locations in Calama
Balmaceda 1204
+56 952 293 406
Monday09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
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El Loa
+56 5556 3154
Monday08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 20:00
Thursday08:30 - 20:00
Friday08:30 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday14:30 - 20:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
26 Mar 2019
Pros: We did not even get a car. and there is no contact details to make a complaint. I will not be using Kayak again. It has cost me money.
Cons: Do not sell car rentals that are not available.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Aug 2016
Not honest
Pros: The price seemed to be cheap.
Cons: The price wasn't real. I was forced to increase the insurance and pay extra or leave a pledge for the total value of the car. They also made me feel insidiously insecure for the car i was renting so i feel renting a more expensive vehicle. The assistant was not kind from my point of view.
6.0 Good
11 Jan 2017
Pros: The car was ok
Cons: The person at the desk didn't speak any English.
4.4 Okay
8 Apr 2019
Pros: Drop of was easy enough drop keys and parking ticket in a box as no one at the counter again. Refund of our 3,000,000 pesos deposit still pending a day later. Avoid this company like the plague.
Cons: We waited 2.5 hours in Calama airport for someone to appear @ counter. Despite booking a large SUV none were available. We were finally given a manual dual cab pickup. Luggage for 5 people had to go in the open tray. A few days later the brakes failed. Lost 1/2 day awaiting new car with 1/2 tank gas
8.0 Excellent
10 May 2019
Cons: A bit slow picking it up. Thankfully there was no line. The agent was pleasant enough but it took 20 minutes.
5.6 Okay
26 May 2019
Pros: The drop off was easy.
Cons: The pick up was terrible. The whole process took 45 minutes. On top of that, a microphone fell out of the lining of the car ceiling and was very off-putting.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Jun 2019
Pros: They referred me to another company
Cons: The company was able to see my reservation in their computer, but were unwilling to honor it. They said that they only hone reservations made more than 48 hours in advance. I am concerned that I will be double charged, as it required a credit card t secure my reservation
3.6 Mediocre
7 Oct 2019
Cons: Waited for the attendant for over 90 minutes bc no one was at the front desk!
2.0 Mediocre
27 Jan 2020
Pros: They tried to force an insurance purchase over a 7000 USD guarantee in case I didn't get it. I did not get the car with this company.
Cons: There is no chance of getting a car without paying their own insurance (expensive obviously).
2.0 Mediocre
10 Feb 2020
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
Rated no. 5
Avis
avis
3.5 Mediocre (3 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Avis
Locations in Calama
Balmaceda 1204
+56 227 953 963
Monday09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
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El Loa Airport
+56 5579 3968
Monday08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 20:00
Thursday08:30 - 20:00
Friday08:30 - 20:00
Saturday14:30 - 20:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
8 Mar 2019
Cons: Avis was close when arrive to airport so I had to canceled and rent another company
4.0 Okay
7 Jul 2019
Pros: Drop off was horrible. Deposit was ridiculously high
4.4 Okay
6 Feb 2020
Pros: Drop off was easy, although I never received a receipt.
Cons: The staff at the time of rental were rude and unhelpful. It also took over an hour to complete the rental. The car they gave me didn't feel safe -- it was a very high clearance vehicle that fishtailed every time I hit a bump or pothole in the road.
Rated no. 6
Ace
ace
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
2 locations in Calama
Ace
Locations in Calama
Aeropuerto El Loa Local 6
+56 552 311 325
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:30 - 20:30
Sunday08:30 - 23:00
Almirante Juan Jose' Latorre
+56 552 341 076
Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday
keddy by Europcar
keddy
3 locations in Calama
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Calama
2634, Avenida Balmaceda
Calama
Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-C, Calama
+56 552 578 300
Econorent
econorent
2 locations in Calama
Econorent
Locations in Calama
Calama
San Jose Latorre 2507
Hertz
hertz
2 locations in Calama
Hertz
Locations in Calama
Apto El Loa
+56 5531 5762
Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 23:00
Parque Apiac Sitio #3c
+56 552 341 380
Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
Sunday
Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Calama
Sunnycars
Locations in Calama
AV. Granaderos 1416
Barrio Industrial Apiac Lote 1C
A Car Rental
acar
1 location in Calama
A Car Rental
Locations in Calama
2634, Balmaceda
Chilean Rent A Car
chileanrentacar
1 location in Calama
Chilean Rent A Car
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
+56 229 638 760
INTERRENT
interrent
1 location in Calama
INTERRENT
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
Localiza
localiza
1 location in Calama
Localiza
Locations in Calama
Ruta 25, Calle Barrio Indust.
Sixt
sixtrentacar
1 location in Calama
Sixt
Locations in Calama
Aeropuerto El Loa Calama
+56 225 136 000
Monday07:30 - 21:30
Tuesday07:30 - 21:30
Wednesday07:30 - 21:30
Thursday07:30 - 21:30
Friday07:30 - 21:30
Saturday08:00 - 20:30
Sunday08:00 - 20:30
UNITED RENT A CAR
unitedrentacar
1 location in Calama
UNITED RENT A CAR
Locations in Calama
Calama El Loa airport
17 travellers who rented a car in Calama gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.0

Car rental locations in or near Calama

Good to know

Most popular car type

Luxury

When to book a rental car in Calama

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches
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Top tips for renting a car in Calama

  • Plonked amidst the wide, Chilean landscape with no other big cities nearby, it is highly recommended to get a rental car when coming to Calama. This will let you get the most out of your trip and explore the city conveniently on your own four wheels. With a rental car you could also discover the beauty of the Reserva Nacional Alto Loa, which is a 2-hour drive to the north, or roam through the breathtaking beauty of the Atacama Desert.
  • El Loa Airport is about twenty minutes by car from Calama, so it is advised to pick up a rental car directly from there to save the hassle of traveling into the city with alternative transport or expensive cabs – also because there is no public transport going into the city. Head to the agency desks following the signs from the terminal and choose the Avenue Balmaceda for the quickest route to Calama.
  • Driving in Calama should generally cause no problems for most drivers, but bear in mind that road conditions in Calama and the whole of Chile can be poor and riddled with potholes. It is important to inquire whether the rental insurance covers damages to the underside of the car, and it is also important to reduce your speed and approach damaged streets with caution.
  • As Calama is not a big city and is located remotely, there are no painstaking rush hours to worry about. However, December to February is the high season for tourists visiting the Atacama Desert, so tourism can mean increased traffic, but there should be no major delays for drivers in general.
  • Book your rental car in Calama at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Luxury rental cars in Calama are around 53% cheaper than other car types, on average

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