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Panama City car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Panama City

  • Car rentals in Panama City will allow greater access to several shorelines, including Bunkers Cove and West Beach Drive along Saint Andrews Bay. Neither of these attractions has many stops from the Bay Town Trolley, the public transit service, and are easier to access with a personal vehicle. Considering you will be surrounded by sunny coastline, your beach trips will be simpler and more convenient with the benefit of a Panama City car rental, instead of trying to carry everything onto a trolley or bus. There are nearly 100 public access points along Panama City Beach that you can reach with a personal vehicle, conveniently located within walking distance of the sand.
  • Panama City is primarily serviced by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), which offers rental cars on-site at the rental car counters located on the main floor of the terminal. As the midpoint between Pensacola and Tallahassee, travelers staying in Panama City might also be flying into Pensacola International Airport (PNS) or Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), both of which offer rental cars at the counters on the main floor of their terminals.
  • Expect plenty of pedestrians as you drive through the city, particularly along beaches. With long, humid summers that make for easy walking weather, watch for jaywalking or careless pedestrians along the shores of Panama City Beach. On weekends and holidays, these areas can become particularly crowded with beachgoers wanting to enjoy the party atmosphere.
  • The heaviest traffic you will encounter in Panama City will generally be on sunny days, especially weekends, as you make your way across the Hathaway Bridge and along Panama City Beach. If you are visiting during hurricane season, from June until November, monitor weather forecasts and use caution if forced to drive during heavy rain or strong winds. When traveling during rainy weather, drive slowly, turn gradually, and give yourself extra space to stop.
  • Book your rental car in Panama City at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Panama City are around 59% cheaper than other car types, on average

Panama City car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who rented a car in Panama City 
Verified travelerMar 2024
Parking is abundant everywhere so having a rental car was convenient and easy. If you're staying at the beach and not going anywhere else, you may be able to get away with renting golf carts as they are plentiful in those areas. If you're planning on seeing several other areas away from where you're staying, go with a rental. Not sure how much uber there is there as we did not use.
JohnNov 2023
Very little traffic this time of year (early November).
Verified travelerOct 2023
Check out a car directly from the airport to save money.
TinaMay 2023
Make sure everything you need done is correct before leaving with the car. Once you drive off it’s set in stone.
AdityaMay 2023
The airport is very convenient. Parking in the beach areas can be a bit challenging at times

FAQs about renting a car in Panama City

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Panama City?

    The recommended car rentals in Panama City are standard or full-size cars. Since you will not be driving through narrow streets, but could still encounter a busy environment along the shores of Panama City Beach, these models will provide a blend of maneuverability and comfort. It will also allow you the storage room to pack materials for a full day of beach enjoyment.

  • What’s the speed limit in Panama City?

    The typical speed limit in Panama City for a residential neighborhood or business district is 25mph. Major roads, such as Highway 98 that connects Panama City and Panama City Beach, have limits of around 45mph. Stay under the limit when you pass Panama City Beach, as the police presence in the area is concentrated to ensure a safe environment for beachgoers.

  • Where are the best places to park in Panama City?

    With nearly 100 public beach access points along the shores of Panama City Beach, you have plenty of options to choose from when looking for a parking spot. The majority of these access points have free public parking, though you should check the beach flag warning system before parking and walking to the beach. These flags indicate the safety of the water at each access point, and the presence of the double-red flag means that you should find another spot on the beach since that access point is closed to the public. In downtown Panama City, you can find over 4,000 spots along the streets and in designated lots. These spots can vary in cost depending on their proximity to the downtown area but typically cost around $1 for an hour. They also have a variety of time limits, with certain spots in the heart of downtown only allowing a maximum of 2h.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Panama City?

    The average price of fuel in Panama City is ₹ 319 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,826 and ₹ 5,102, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Panama City?

    Mini (Fiat 500C or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Panama City.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Panama City?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Panama City?

    A Mini car hire in Panama City costs ₹ 3,033 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Panama City?

    A Standard car hire in Panama City costs ₹ 3,614 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Panama City?

    An Intermediate car hire in Panama City costs ₹ 3,987 per day, on average.

Panama City car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.7

Very Good

124 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

8.3

One location in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 844 370 3972

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Desk agents in Panama City and Gainesville were very knowledgeable and kind

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Great rental experience. Fast and easy pickup and drop off. Very friendly and helpful customer service.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Reserved a car through Priceline for Panama Beach to be picked up at the airport. Our original flight was cancelled and we arrived 3 hours later than originally planned. The rental company counters were all extremely busy, and I could overhear a lot of people trying to rent cars who had not made reservations, so I was worried they might not have held our reservation for us but they still had our reservation, and the type of vehicle we requested.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

This was the first time we used Alamo car rental. The customer service was phenomenal.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Mini van was filthy. Food caked to back seat . Really bad odor to vehicle. Alamo did compensate part of the rental back

2.0 Poor

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They overbooked cars and didn’t have a car for me, leaving me stranded with my kids after an entire day of flying.

1 out of 20

Budget

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.9

2 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 763 0108

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

731 North Highway 231

+1 850 769 2449

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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8.0 Very Good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Handling of Jeep

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The car was easy to pick up but had pressure to upgrade. The car smelled like smoke which was a definite turn off.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Service at the pickup desk in the airport was friendly and helpful. The line was not long. Access to the vehicles was convenient, and we did upgrade for a small fee to a larger and new SUV which made the trip more enjoyable.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Like everything else, rental car prices have become high. Car had a faint tobacco smell. Everything else was perfect.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I was rented an excellent car, with very few miles on it. It was a great experience. It was the cheapest price I could find, but it could have been cheaper.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
When we arrived at the Budget counter there was 21 people in front of us. Would have been over an hour to get waited on. Had no choice but to cancel and book with Hertz. No wait and excellent service.

1 out of 17

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.5

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.1

3 locations in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

1104 W 15th St

+1 850 872 9206

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2024 W 23rd St

+1 850 747 1110

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 833 740 1725

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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6.0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
The staff was very friendly and prompt but the car was very dated, smelled and pulled right when driving.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Checking and checking out was a breeze! I would use Enterprise again.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent and efficient drop-off.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and friendly

Cons:

Price

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and efficient

Cons:

No issues

8.8 Very Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Information on how to drop off

1 out of 14

Avis

7.3

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in Panama City

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6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 769 1411

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

731 North Highway 231

+1 850 914 3090

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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6.0 Okay

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The price doubled in about a month since my last rental

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice leather good price. Good gas mileage.

Cons:

One ac vent broke couldn’t adjust, smell terrible like smoke, burns and peeling on plastic pieces in dash and looks like someone spilled milk in the ac vents

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was dirty and had registration that was 6 months overdue.

8.0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful.

Cons:

I would have chosen differently had I known that I would have a beetle instead of the Kia. Changing was painless however.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

easy process

Cons:

I was talked into an upgrade and it made it sound like it was of no extra charge. I was then charged for the upgrade making my price way higher than I was comfortable with.

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car,

Cons:

The tire pressure gauge did not work properly.

1 out of 10

Hertz

6.1

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.2

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in Panama City

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2106 W 15th Street

+1 850 913 9112

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

6401 West Bay Parkway

+1 850 235 2201

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Hertz operates different businesses under the same name. I accidentally made the reservation at a hertz location not at the airport. At the airport counter the hertz rep could find my reservation but said it was with a different hertz organization and he couldn’t transfer it or help to rent me a minivan. It was 8:30 at night, and the other store was closed. I have my family of 7 (5kids) at an airport with no transportation. I will never rent from hertz again. Period.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Always great with Star!! She takes such great care of us

6.0 Okay

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Having to pay a one way fee when the company has offices in both locations

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Person behind the counter on Christmas Day was excellent.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Customer service was outstanding! They made renting a car enjoyable. Great price, great car, great service. I was very happy with the experience.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Car was really nice.

Cons:

When I rented I could have sworn it said I was renting from the Panama City Airport but not so. We had to take a cab to the Hertz location somewhere in the middle of town. Airport Hertz said there was no way to change it. It was logistically challenging. Kayak or Hertz should do a better job of clarifying that the rental is not at the airport.

1 out of 18

National

5.0

Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.0

One location in Panama City

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Locations in Panama City

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 844 370 3973

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

After I booked the car the agent from national in Panama City airport called me and told me they were sold out so I was on my way to the airport thinking I had a car but I didn’t

Cons:

Maybe you could be a little more organized with your inventory

8.0 Very Good

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Truck was dirty but service before and after was great

1 out of 1

Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Panama City

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6300 West Bay Pkwy

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439 travellers who rented a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car hire locations in or near Panama City

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Panama City car hire information

Pick-up locationPanama City
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