Panama City car rentals

Panama City car rentals

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Panama City, Panama
28 Oct — 4 Nov
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Panama City, Panama
Thu 28/10
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Panama City car rental information

Pick-up locationPanama City
Rental locations68
Airport locations28

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Panama City

Rated no. 1
Thrifty
Best rated
4.7 Okay (49 reviews)
6 locations in Panama City
Thrifty
Locations in Panama City
  • 5.3
  • 5.2
  • 4.5
  • 4.4
  • 3.9
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay2 Jan 2020
Easy drop-offThe insurance cost was outrageous (125% of the rental cost) and was not listed at the time of booking.
2.0 Mediocre10 Dec 2019
The insurance is a gimmick
4.4 Okay1 Dec 2019
Not frendly Was Trying to bill me a lot moreThey don't accept American car insurance companys. That what i was told at the counter. By a ver rude woman. Wich wanted to charge me more 4 times the reservation price. Be careful with the tricks they use.
5.6 Okay9 Aug 2019
The clerk at check out was very friendly and helpful. The return process was very easy.My only complaint is that the price I was originally quoted was $264.00 but the final cost ended up being $927.00. That is quite a difference!!
5.2 Okay28 May 2019
Not really.You offer me a price of 38 usd and I end up paying 262 usd for the same amount of days. Horrible.
4.4 Okay31 Mar 2019
Nothing in particular. They didn’t have a car ready so we waited almost an hour. Then we got the BS bait and switch with insurance. Quote on line did not indicate need for insurance, then agent would not release car unless we purchased insurance. Standard foreigner upcharge.Have car available on time. Not engage in shady insurance push.
2.0 Mediocre5 Mar 2019
Drop of easy Staf nfriendlyA real rip off !!! Booked over kayak and supposed to pay 400 But ended up having to pay 1600!!!! And we needed a car so therewas no other option Read verry wel before you book the hassle is the insurance .... thrifty is not An ok company
6.8 Good2 Mar 2019
The take up and drope off was easyThe price could have been closer to what i book online... I had to negociate a lot to a have a decent price.
8.8 Excellent6 Feb 2019
The staff was kind, informative, and friendly. Pick up and drop off were easy. The car was nice and clean.The insurance costs are outrageous!
10.0 Excellent18 Jan 2019
The staff was very friendly.The cost rental of the vehicle was great, but the insurance was very high. I think that we paid for one week, the insurance of the car for the whole year. In Panama the car insurance is not too high in comparison to USA.
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Rated no. 2
Budget
7 Good (9 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Budget
Locations in Panama City
  • 7.9
  • 7.3
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 5.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Jun 2021
Staff was friendly and helpful. Limited English but we were able to understand each other.
2.0 Mediocre31 Dec 2019
I tried several time to cancel the reservation by website and also by email and I didn't receive any confirmation about that.
3.2 Mediocre26 Nov 2018
Terrible! The car broke down and agency wants to charge me for it!Very poor customer service. Had car 1 day and it left me stranded. Clutch damage seems to be issue and agency wants to charge me for it. They also want to charge me for full rental and gas (which I was unable to fill because car broke down). Terrible customer service upon return. This was a terrible experience overall!
10.0 Excellent23 Sep 2017
Excelente servicioTodo fue muy rápido. Muy buen servicio. El carro era nuevo con poco kilometraje. El servicio de entrega también fue muy rápido. Estoy complacido con el servicio de budget.
4.4 Okay29 Jan 2017
The road and signs are all in Spanish and the counter personal are not fluent in English. We unfortunateyl got lost and the rental agency tried their best to escort us to our hotel. Driving in Panama however was very dangerous and would not rent a car there ever again.
7.6 Good18 Jul 2016
Beware of hidden policies/charges like obligatoryThe price was amazing at first, $4 per day and $9 for insurance.The $9 insurance purchased through kayak was not recognized in Panama by budget and I was forced to buy insurance through Budget as well. The cheapest insurance was $18. It was still a good deal but I felt a little deceived by the price because the obligatory additional insurance was not mentioned as far as I know and the insurance I did by wasn't recognized by budget, so basically a waste of money turning a good deal into an average deal :(
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Rated no. 3
National
6.5 Good (7 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
National
Locations in Panama City
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 5.7
  • 7.1
  • 5.4
Recent reviews
7.2 Good11 Feb 2020
The pickup/drop off could not have been any closer to the business, it was great.Upfront pricing would have been appreciated. The price you get quoted is GREAT...come to find out it is not the case at all. It is actually 3/4 times more expensive (normal price for US rental). The quote is only for the car BUT you have to get insurance, from Panama (no third party insurance companies outside of country are accepted). So, what started off as a $81 total price for 5 days turned into a $240 price tag AND I had to cancel the third party insurance I purchased (still waiting for my reimbursement).
2.0 Mediocre23 Jun 2019
I was overcharged on the liability insurance, the disclosures on CarRentals.com the partner stated "PLI wo purchase of CDW- 12.00 USD Per Day" but I was charged 16 per day, I asked to be given the rate I was promised but they kindly refused, contract No 5044014
4.4 Okay23 Apr 2019
I was deceived by the price of the rental and was assured by national that there were no hidden costs. I enended up paying 300 dollars in hidden costs once I got to my destination.
10.0 Excellent25 Feb 2018
Only company to use in PanamaIt was almost like renting in the USAAt Tocumen it took about 20 minutes to drop off the car, a process that takes 2-3 minutes at home (or less)
Rated no. 4
Alamo
6.4 Good (25 reviews)
6 locations in Panama City
Alamo
Locations in Panama City
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 5.9
  • 6.3
  • 5.4
Recent reviews
7.6 Good13 Aug 2020
The staff once in the office were very friendly and efficientThe pick up line was very long. Waited ~60 min outside before seeing an agent The car had sand on the rig like it had just been to a beach.
2.0 Mediocre18 Nov 2019
Staff was friendly but reservation is not available when booked the same day. I was quoted a different price on Kayak and at the counter was 15x higher. Total BS
7.2 Good6 Sep 2019
Took the midsized SUV. Toyota. For going up in the mountains. Had a gutless engine, smaller than the sedan. Had to put it in 1st and redline the tac to go up paved roads.
2.0 Mediocre13 Aug 2019
They have different rules in Panama then they charge you a whole different amount on the rentalIt would have been better if your website wouldn’t false advertise the rental terms and conditions
6.8 Good25 Jun 2019
There was hidden cost not disclosed to us when we reserved the car online. We were only made aware of this hidden cost (mandatory insurance) when we picked up the car at the airport. The price to rent the car more than doubled the price we were quoted at the time we reserved it online.
4.4 Okay27 Apr 2019
We returned the car after one day with a barely noticeable chip in in the paint at the bottom of the front bumper - probably from a small rock that kicked up in the road. They charged us $125 for the “damage we caused”.
2.0 Mediocre27 Apr 2019
NothingI reserved the car online. A few days later I received an email offering insurance with Allianz. I got the insurance. When I was going to pick up the car I was told I had to pay an extra 130 usd. I asked them why and they told me for insurance purposes. I showed them the insurance I bought......
5.2 Okay21 Apr 2019
They provided me a new car with little to no miles on it but that is the best thing about the service I received.They misadvertise their price with my online $85 booking turning into $300 when I arrived at the counter due to a mandatory insurance that they did not include upfront. Also hit me with a $10 charge for having the gas just off the full line.
7.6 Good23 Mar 2018
why do you say 250$ in the reservation and I end with 720$?!?!yh
10.0 Excellent20 Jan 2018
No mention of the fuel policy.
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Rated no. 5
Sixt
5.4 Okay (16 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Sixt
Locations in Panama City
  • 6.2
  • 5.7
  • 5.2
  • 5.3
  • 4.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre24 Dec 2019
It was terrible. I booked and arrived to the location to be told that the car was not available and that they had sent me an email. The email had arrived minutes before the rental time! And the cost of the taxi to the rental location? And the time lost in a vacation? Do not trust the cars the rental agencies indicate are available, same thing happened in Hertz at the Panama Airport, I arrive and they indicated that hopefully a client would return the car at the time I had booked the car, of course it never arrived.
2.0 Mediocre27 Dec 2018
No nos advirtieron del costo del seguro "dicen que obligatorio"que era 8 veces mas que lo wue ibamos a pagar por el alquiler
6.8 Good2 May 2017
Costos adicionalesEl carro es muy nuevo y son excelentes modelosAl hacer el check in y retirar el vehiculo nos dicen que se tiene que pagar seguros y otros costos que deberian de incluirse en la reserva que se hace en Kayak, es molesto porque nunca tienes un precio real de lo que te costara la renta hasta que llegas a retirar el carro, querian hacerme una reserva de $5000 si no agarraba el seguro que ellos querian y eso es ridiculo que se respalden con ese monto cuando las rentadoras tienen sus propios seguros y no deben cargarle ese tipo de costos al cliente
8.4 Excellent5 Mar 2017
Better experience than expectedThe friendliness of the agent at the rental car desk. She was helpful and didn't try to push unnecessary extras. Our three day rental was $33; with the added taxes and fees, the final price was $129. I only went with the mandatory insurance and waived the $7/day fee for tolls. When we returned the car, we paid for the tolls that were charged during our trip (in Panama, the toll booths are automated like smartpass).The wait for pickup was long because there was only one agent working.
10.0 Excellent5 Mar 2017
A great te at car.News card and great service. I will rent again at Sixt
6.0 Good8 Feb 2017
Not as low price as you thinkOlder model cAr, but in good shape, plenty of roomThe extra charges, did not wanted to take my coverage from my platinum credit card or from Amex, forced me to take their own Insurrance or would not rent the car, separate Insurrance for collision, Insurrance for tires, Insurrance for windshield, etc. From 12 dollars a day went up to 65 dollars, not what you expect
4.8 Okay2 Feb 2017
Be aware of extra charges at the airportThe smiling faces of the ladies at dropping off the carThe extra charges that are added to the vehicle and with out them you can not get your car. My flight was delayed 45 minutes and it took my luggage longer than usual to get out, I was told they only hold a reservation for 1 hour, and started to add more charges to the rental. Insurrance for tires and windshield, insurance for liability, toll fees, surcharges, etc.. Come to find out that if you go to sixt.com is cheaper.
6.0 Good25 Jan 2017
Took a whileCar was outdated, other than that ok
2.0 Mediocre19 Jul 2016
They gave my car away. I had expected to be there by noon, at 2:15 when I arrived due to delays it was gone. They showed me fine print on their internal contract, but nothing on Kayak or from Sixt in advance of reservation made any mention of this. So, no car.
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Rated no. 6
Dollar
5.3 Okay (17 reviews)
8 locations in Panama City
Dollar
Locations in Panama City
  • 6.3
  • 6.2
  • 5
  • 4.7
  • 4.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Nov 2020
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2.0 Mediocre3 Jan 2020
Mentioning of insurance in total sum. Your service is ridiculous and tricks people into making reservations with this company.
6.8 Good27 Mar 2017
Vacation SUV rentalI secured rental cost but upon my pickup agent stated in Panama I must purchase their insurance coverage to get the vehicle. Very disappointing not reading or finding the fine print anywhere to sign on to their high cost when my insurance has always covered my car rentals in the US.
4.4 Okay18 Mar 2017
Beware of renting cars in PanamaCar was nice.The rental price quadrupled when I went to pick the car up. A bunch of feed not listed on Kayak were added that quadrupled the rate I was quoted.
2.0 Mediocre26 Jan 2017
the initial transition was very pleasantWhile, having mechanical issues with the car, we still had to pay for it. I don't think. I'd use them again.
3.6 Mediocre5 Jan 2017
They want us to buy a them a new windshield.When we returned the car they noticed a very small chip in the windshield and said I would need to pay for a new windshield. My passenger says he noticed the chip when we drove off. When we picked up the car we watched the inspector go around it. He didn't look at the glass, and the chip is very hard to see from the outside. The visa charge is $600 - $700 above the rental but they have not sent me the detail of charges I requested. They haven't responded to my email. The phone number provided by Dollar corporate is out of service and they didn't pick up at the 800 number on the brochure. Dollar US says it isn't their problem because the Panama agency is independent.
2.0 Mediocre30 Dec 2016
Did not honor kayak reservationThe location at Panama City airport did not honor the reservation and I had to pay more than twice the reservation amount
7.6 Good13 Dec 2016
Rental reviewThey were ready to take care of my needsThat one of the agent was easily distracted
4.4 Okay5 Dec 2016
Tried to charge us more than they were suppose to when vehicle was returned
2.0 Mediocre27 Nov 2016
Smoking car and prepaid fiascoThe clerk at the pick up counter was courteousNo sympathy from the clerk at the drop off counter. Dismissed my issues of giving me a smoking vehicle and only 3/4 of a tank of gas when I prepaid for a full tank. Said it was my fault for not reporting my problems earlier. No help whatsoever.
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Rated no. 7
Ace
5.2 Okay (2 reviews)
3 locations in Panama City
Ace
Locations in Panama City
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent23 Jan 2020
Amed, was super helpful, friendly, efficient, professional and went beyond the call of duty.
2.0 Mediocre22 Feb 2017
DON'T RENT FROM THIS COMPANY!!!Nothing!There is no one at the counter. You have to call and after an hour wait, they show up. It gets worse, when we came back to drop off the car, there was no one there! We almost missed our flight. Every other company at that airport terminal told us this was normal for Ace and went on about their inability to provide even the most basic customer service.
Rated no. 8
Avis
5.1 Okay (13 reviews)
4 locations in Panama City
Avis
Locations in Panama City
  • 6.3
  • 5.5
  • 4.7
  • 5
  • 4.4
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Apr 2019
They refused the type of car that we had booked. Then tried to oversell the insurance - told us that the insurance we bought did not meet "mandatory" requirements. And finally proceeded to charge a $10,000.00 deposit on our credit card!Honesty would be helpful.
4.8 Okay7 Apr 2019
Staff nice.Had no idea I would need a 10000 deposit if I used my own insurance coverage- giving a company jn a foreign country 10k wasn’t going to happen so we ended up buying the local insurance which doubled the cost I had planned to use- a huge shocker!!!
2.4 Mediocre29 Mar 2019
Staff at the drop of was friendly.I made a reservation for a 7 passengers vehicle and they didn't have it, they wanted me to take a 4 passengers instead. Finally they ended giving me an old, dirty and not in the best of shape minivan. They told me that I have to call them if I want to ensure to get the right vehicle.
2.0 Mediocre12 Mar 2019
Your cars in panama or un rentable the two insurance fees are very high and they reluctantly wanted to honor the reservation the USA and requested a hold on my AMX card for $10,000.00 just because I have my own insurance coverage you may need to address that problem sometimes people do not Compla
4.4 Okay14 Feb 2019
MediocreThe car you show in the reservation doesn't have in Panama.They give to me smallest car and refuse to honored the real size of rent for upgrade. Is my first and the last time I will rent with AVIS.
2.0 Mediocre5 Mar 2017
Rental was not availableWent to pick up the rental and was told it was not available, highly disappointed!
8.0 Excellent20 Jan 2017
Great customer service at the counter and outside at the rental parking lot.The first couple of parking stalls in Line 1 are difficult to get out of. Would recommend backing the cars in if possible. Panapass toll didn't work on part of the Panama/colon expressway toll. Luckily there was no traffic behind and was able to move over to toll agent booth.
4.8 Okay8 Jan 2017
Kayak deal NOT honouredRather than being charged 35$ for 5 days as indicated by Kayak we were charged 25$ per day plus insurance. Our total, after we got out of all of the unecessary insurance ($400) was $240 to cover third party and collision, including the $125 for the car. The Avis agent was not adequately answering my questions. The tire began leaking air the moment we got the car (surprsiginly someone else we had met on our trip that rented with Avis also had the same tire Issue) and the tires were balding already. Either Avis is responsible and ripping off customers or Kayaks so called 'deals' are entirely false. We will not reserve a car through either organization again.
3.6 Mediocre31 Dec 2016
Reservation and Insurance not honored.I arrived 3 in the morning. Presented the reservation and international insurance policy. The receptionist said she couldn't honor the reservation because the insurance company wasn't recognized by Avis Panama. Instead of $75.00 (I also had paid $90.00 for Allinaz Insurance) I was charged $333.10 for the rental. Make sure you have insurance honored by Avis or else you will be stung.
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Rated no. 9
Enterprise
3.9 Mediocre (2 reviews)
1 location in Panama City
Enterprise
Locations in Panama City
  • 3.9
  • 3.9
  • 3.9
  • 4.9
  • 3.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible21 Jul 2021
Réservation non conforme et annulée à l’arrivée par le prestataire
6.0 Good22 May 2021
Professional Staff. Car was ready on arrival. Easy pick up and drop off. Clean vehicle.Mechanical issues with vehicle. For some bizarre reason the outside of the windshield remained fogged up on humid and rainy days. Always had to have the windshield wipers on. Electrical issues with the infotainment center and fuel gage. After fill up gage would show about 85% full, after driving through about a quarter tank of gas the gauge would show full. 25% markup on tolls using the E-pass. Wanted to charge me Collision Insurance, but I declined because I was covered by my credit card, so they applied a different insurance that costs the same.
Rated no. 10
Hertz
3.4 Mediocre (6 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Hertz
Locations in Panama City
  • 5
  • 4
  • 2.3
  • 4
  • 2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre23 Dec 2019
They did not have a single car to honor my reservationSynchronize the Kayak reservations with the internal system. So that they don’t offer for lease what they don’t have
5.6 Okay22 Dec 2019
The mendetory insurance was added at the airport and we not listed when we reserved the car. We ended up paying +100%
2.0 Mediocre31 Jan 2017
Kayak quoted 130 dollars, when I got to hertz the charge was over 500 dollars. I was in Panama as a volunteer translator for a small ngo, I was going to pick up the rental, buyback once the price hike occurred, I told the ngo that they would have to pay for the rental. They agreed. If the difference was fifty/sixty dollars, no problem, but the difference in price was over 400 dollars. Very upset and disappointed in that
Rated no. 11
Europcar
1.9 Horrible (4 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Europcar
Locations in Panama City
  • 1.9
  • 1.9
  • 1.9
  • 1.9
  • 1.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible24 Aug 2021
Not helpful at all, they also said we had to get mandatory insurance for $1100 which was absurd. So we went with another rental company.
2.0 Mediocre22 May 2021
NothingThey dont have cars at the airport and dont pick up at the location. No buses, no transportation. We had take an Uber to get to the site but by the time we came - our car was not even ready. There is no cancellation policy or any service at all. 0 attention to a client.
Sunnycars
5 locations in Panama City
Sunnycars
Locations in Panama City
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Firefly
4 locations in Panama City
Firefly
Locations in Panama City
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keddy by Europcar
3 locations in Panama City
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Panama City
Recent reviews
MEXRENTACAR
3 locations in Panama City
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Panama City
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ACO Rent A Car
1 location in Panama City
ACO Rent A Car
Locations in Panama City
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Economy Rent a Car
1 location in Panama City
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Panama City
Recent reviews
150 travellers who rented a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

Car rental locations in or near Panama City

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Economy

When to book a rental car in Panama City

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Car hire excess insurance in Panama City

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Panama City car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Panama City.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Panama City car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Panama City

  • One of the main advantages to having a car during your time in Panama City is that it opens up the countryside for easy exploration. There are a number of spectacular spots that are just perfect as day trips from Panama City. Some of these spots include Cajones de Chame, which is 90 km (56 miles) away from the city, and Laguna de San Carlos, which is 110 km (68 miles) away.
  • If you’re flying in, you’ll probably want to pick up your rental car from the airport so you can start your vacation right away. If your flight is arriving at Tocumen International Airport, then you will find the rental car offices in the airport’s Arrivals Hall.
  • It is worth remembering that cell phone use is strictly forbidden when driving in Panama. This is important to remember because many tourists use their phones to navigate Panama City. So stay on the safe side of the law by having a passenger be the guide during your time in Panama City.
  • Rush hour doesn’t last overly long in Panama City, but nonetheless it is definitely worth avoiding. Generally, drivers can expect the morning rush hour to begin shortly after 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m. The afternoon rush hour begins around 4:00 p.m. and winds down at around 6:00 p.m. during the work week. Calle 50 and Via España are two roads worth avoiding during rush hour, as they both can become quite bogged down.
  • Economy rental cars in Panama City are around 54% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Panama City

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in Panama City is Alamo (6.1, 51 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Panama City is ₹ 257 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between ₹ 3,089 and ₹ 4,119, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Panama City.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Panama City costs ₹ 755 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Panama City costs ₹ 1,396 per day, on average.

  • A Premium car rental in Panama City costs ₹ 4,084 per day, on average.

  • Fortunately for travelers, all sizes of vehicles will be comfortable to drive on the roads of Panama City. SUVs, coupes, compacts, and sedans can all be found on the road here so travelers really have their pick. However, if you plan on exploring the older parts of the city by car, it may be worth renting a smaller vehicle as the streets can become a bit narrow at times.

  • The speed limit in built-up areas and urban zones in Panama City typically ranges from 30 km/h (19 mph) to 50 km/h (31 mph). In towns and on local roads the speed limit goes up to 60 km/h (37 mph), while on highways the speed limit goes from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 120 km/h (75 mph).

  • Gas in Panama City costs on average 0.78 PAB ($0.78) per liter of gas, which comes out to about 2.95 PAB ($2.95) per gallon of gas in Panama City.

  • Private parking garages and lots are reliable options for drivers who are sticking to the busier parts of town. In calmer areas such as residential districts, streetside parking is a more popular option. Drivers should note, though, that many businesses will have private parking lots and garages for their customers to use.