Car Rental Cartagena

Car Rental Cartagena

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Cartagena car hire information

Pick-up location Cartagena
Rental locations 24
Airport locations 16

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Cartagena

Rated no. 1
Hertz
hertz
Best rated
7.4 Good (3,829 reviews)
1 location in Cartagena
Hertz
Locations in Cartagena
Carrera 3 #70-122
+57 5643 1894
Rated no. 2
National
national
8.0 Excellent (878 reviews)
2 locations in Cartagena
Rated no. 3
Alamo
6.4 Good (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cartagena
Alamo
Locations in Cartagena
Oficina Aeropuerto
+57 5656 4225
Oficina Principal Carrerra 2
+57 5655 1215
  • 6.7
  • 6.0
  • 7.3
  • 4.7
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
16 Nov 2016
very good..
Pros: Price exelent!!!
Cons: Some times delivery service is nesecesary and comfortabble to drop off.. gasoline must be refaund i live extra gasoline and i didnt get any money back!!
2.0 Mediocre
2 Dec 2016
Don't rent from Alamo in Cartagena, Colombia!
Pros: The agent at the rental agency was nice.
Cons: When we got off the plane in Cartagena we couldn't find an Alamo Rental agency! So we took a taxi. When we got to the rental agency, they said that they never received a notification of our rental & had no vehicles available. They got on the telephone but couldn't get any resolution. We got a taxi & he was able to find us a rental but the price was very high & the insurance we had purchased was useless.
9.6 Excellent
15 Feb 2017
Good experience, limited hours on Sunday
Pros: Nice staff, very accommodating.
Cons: Only open from 8 to noon on Sunday.
Rated no. 4
Avis
4.0 Okay (6 reviews)
2 locations in Cartagena
Avis
Locations in Cartagena
Crespo Calle 70, National Arrivals
+57 1629 1222
Domestic flights, Local L01-09
+57 1629 1722
  • 4.9
  • 6.0
  • 5.1
  • 4.0
  • 4.3
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
28 Jul 2017
Drop-off Nightmare
Cons: No one at the Cartagena office informed me that there was no office or personnel at the specified drop-off location at the Santa Marta airport.
2.0 Mediocre
18 Nov 2016
Reservation was not available despite confiration
Pros: N/A
Cons: I arrived to collect my rental car but the agency had received different dates than the ones I booked on Kayak. We both looked and confirmed that my booking with Kayak was correct, but the rental company had been given different information and did not have the availability described on Kayak. I had taken a taxi with my bags to collect a car but they had nothing available. I had to drag all my bags around to find another agency which had a vehicle available.
5.6 Okay
3 Apr 2017
Avis Cartagena
Pros: The rep was very helpful and explained everything we needed to know. Including where the traffic cameras were located.
Cons: The vehicle was provided with no wind shield wiper fluid. There is also a restriction on vehicle usage in Colombia biased on you tag number. So there was one day that we were not able to use the rental so in essence we paid for a day that we were not able to us the car. Returning the car was a very slow process almost as long as picking it up. They inspected the car with a fine tooth comb, over kill if you ask me.
2.0 Mediocre
12 May 2017
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I was not charged what I was told I would be charged when booking the car.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Aug 2017
Poor service
Pros: They stayed open we arrive late (8.58pm when they close at 9pm) due to flight delay.
Cons: The car was a wreck with big scratches all over and it was lacking features which are now common on most cars even the cheapest. Tank wasn't full either. We thought about returning it several times but since it still took us from point A to point B, we preferred spending our time discovering the country instead. However, the drop-off was a nightmare. The employee at Santa Marta came up with new (tiny) scratches in the most random places and made us call the Cartagena office to explain it wasn't our fault. They said they will review all pictures of the car to determine whether it was caused by us with no apologies for the inconvenience. This whole thing took close to an hour, making us rush for our plane. We had substantially better service with Localiza for our rental between Bogota and Medellin, even though they are not international players. Avoid Avis.
5.6 Okay
11 Mar 2018
Disappointed
Pros: Service at the pick up location was courteous and very professional.
Cons: The car was not what we expected as it did not match what we had seen on the internet site. It had no power steering which made it difficult to drive especially in Columbia where everyone drives really aggressively and without obeying any basic rules. Car was over priced.
Rated no. 5
Budget
3.3 Mediocre (8 reviews)
1 location in Cartagena
Budget
Locations in Cartagena
Aeropuerto Intl Rafael Nunez
+57 317 865 4208
  • 2.8
  • 4.3
  • 3.3
  • 3.3
  • 3.0
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay
1 Aug 2019
Cons: When at the car pickup counter in the early morning (7 was the pickup time), the guy wouldn’t show up until 8 AM. Returning was easy tho. 2 week’s after my credit card was charged with an additional 150 bucks and I still don’t know what for because they don’t reply to my emails. Tourist ripoff
2.0 Mediocre
18 Jul 2016
Cons: I arrived at the airport to pick-up the car, the store was closed at 10 pm.
2.0 Mediocre
12 Sep 2016
No car, no regund
Pros: Online booking process was easy.
Cons: Flight was delayed to Cartageña, Budget gave away my booked car and had no ther cars when I arrived. I have purchased insurance through the website which was non-refundable and cost me a lot of money. So basically I booked the car and turned up at the airport with nothing but an insurance bill and no car. Customer service was terrible.
9.2 Excellent
28 Nov 2016
Renting a Budget compact car in Cartagena, Colombi
Pros: Fairly simple, friendly check-in process. No line (when we checked in). Car was clean, filled with fuel, got out of the airport parking lot with no problems. Rental return was also simple process. No hidden surprises or costs.
Cons: Car's engine needed a tune-up. Took 15-20 minutes to warm up. The engine responded to the accelerator only after 1-2 seconds. I could have asked for another car, but would have required walking back to the office from the parking lot and probably redoing paperwork, so I took a chance. Worked out okay. I signed a credit card blank in case of "any fines" obtained while driving the car. The person checking us in might have explained better to foreigners that cameras are set up occasionally on the roads to photograph speeders (even 1 km/hr over the speed limit, apparently), and these are billed up to 4 weeks later. Just a warning would be appreciated.
2.0 Mediocre
22 Feb 2017
Cons: There were no cars available without circulation restrictions during the return date
3.2 Mediocre
18 May 2019
Cons: Car with no gas, lots of dents, took way too long check in and check out. overall one of the worst car rental experiences I have ever had.
2.0 Mediocre
14 Aug 2019
Pros: Nothing
Cons: They gave us the most beat up worst car they had. It broke down on us and we had to call Budget to get car towed. No replacement car given nor they refund us the two days not used. As per their agent, the car broke down at noon so it’s considered a rental day if past 12pm. Never rent from them!!!
2.0 Mediocre
21 Aug 2019
Pros: N/A because they didn’t have my car upon arrival
Cons: Budget didn’t have my car available upon arrival to the Cartagena airport so we had to find another rental company that cost $300 US dollars instead of the $130 we were expecting to pay. It was a horrible experience.
Confort Rent A Car
confortrentacar
2 locations in Cartagena
Confort Rent A Car
Locations in Cartagena
Calle 70 N 4 75
Cartagena Rafael Nunez airport
+57 321 415 3291
Enterprise
enterprise
2 locations in Cartagena
Enterprise
Locations in Cartagena
Oficina Aeropuerto
+57 5656 4225
Oficina Ciudad Carrerra 2
+57 5655 1215
Royal Rent A Car
royal
2 locations in Cartagena
Royal Rent A Car
Locations in Cartagena
4-69, Carrera 3
Muelle Nacional Local 101
Royal Rent-A-Car
royalrentacar
2 locations in Cartagena
Royal Rent-A-Car
Locations in Cartagena
67-145, Carrera 5
Cartagena Rafael Nunez airport
+57 5691 1874
Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Cartagena
Sunnycars
Locations in Cartagena
Bocagrande-avenida San Martin
Rafael Nunes International Airport
Universal Rent A Car
universalcar
2 locations in Cartagena
Universal Rent A Car
Locations in Cartagena
Bocagrande Avenida San Martin # 10-60
+57 300 463 6407
Cartagena Airport
Europcar
europcar
1 location in Cartagena
Europcar
Locations in Cartagena
Rafael Nunes Airport Cra. 3 70-122
Localiza
localiza
1 location in Cartagena
Localiza
Locations in Cartagena
Carrera 3-70-122
MEXRENTACAR
mexrentacar
1 location in Cartagena
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Cartagena
Cartagena International Airport
+57 334 170 8243
Renta facil
rentafacil
1 location in Cartagena
Renta facil
Locations in Cartagena
Aeropuerto Rafael Núñez
17 travellers who rented a car in Cartagena gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.1

Self drive car rental locations in Cartagena

When to book a hire car in Cartagena

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Top tips for renting a car in Cartagena

  • Perhaps the best reason to rent a car during your time in Cartagena is the fact that they offer the most efficient means of getting from place to place. This is particularly the case if you want to enjoy some time at the beach. For example, Playa Blanca is just 28.7 km (17.8 miles) away from Cartagena and is a quick and simple trip via car.
  • Planning to rent a vehicle during your time in Cartagena? For travelers whose flights are landing at Rafael Núñez International Airport, the rental car desks are located in the National Arrivals Hall.
  • It is very common for pedestrians to jaywalk in Cartagena, especially on smaller urban streets and in residential areas. Drivers should make sure to keep their eyes open for jaywalkers, particularly when traffic is moving slowly or when you are in a popular section of town with many pedestrians around. This applies doubly to the old colonial area, as it is one of the tourism hubs in the city.
  • Rush hour in Cartagena is moderately serious, especially in central areas of the city. Typically, drivers can expect the morning rush hour to go from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. most mornings, and for the afternoon rush hour to start up shortly after 4:00 p.m. and cool down by around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. 90A is one of the main roads to dodge during rush hour, especially around Chino, as it can become quite congested and backed up with traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Cartagena at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Cartagena

What is the best rental car company in Cartagena?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cartagena are Avis (7.6, 2254 reviews), Budget (7.4, 4193 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3829 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Cartagena?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Cartagena?

Medium to small cars such as SUVs, sedans, and hatchbacks are all great choices for rental car drivers visiting Cartagena. In general, drivers will find that the streets of Cartagena are moderately wide and are well suited for a wide range of vehicles. Parking spaces are also of adequate size and will comfortably fit all but the largest of vehicles. Additionally, gas is cheap in Cartagena, so if you are driving a less than efficient vehicle it won’t be a financial issue.

What's the speed limit in Cartagena?

In residential areas of Cartagena the speed limit is 30 km/h (19 mph), while on urban streets the speed limit goes up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Outside of built-up areas, the speed limits start out at 80 km/h (50 mph) and on highways the speed limit goes up to 100 km/h (62 mph), depending on the size of the highway.

How are gas prices in Cartagena?

The average price of gas in Cartagena is around COL$2,361 ($0.71 USD) per liter, which is roughly equivalent to COL$8936 ($2.75 USD) per gallon.

Where are the best places to park in Cartagena?

If you are downtown or in the central business district, then parking garages are the best choice. On-street parking spots are sometimes available, but they fill up quickly in busy areas and shouldn’t be depended on. One of the more unique aspects of Colombian cities, including Cartagena, is that parking garages and private parking lots are very common – even in residential areas – so parking is often very plentiful.