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Car hires in Panama City, Panama

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Panama City, Panama
12 Mar — 19 Mar
Panama City, Panama
Tue 12/3
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Car hire insight and trends in Panama City

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in Panama City

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Panama City?

The cheapest car hire in Panama City are generally found through Ace. When booking with Ace, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as £5/day. The average price to hire a car in Panama City is £9/day.

What car hire company in Panama City has the most locations?

Thrifty has the most locations of any car hire company in Panama City, with 7 locations.

What car do most people hire in Panama City?

When hiring a car in Panama City, most of our users will opt for the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado at £50/day on average. The second most popular is the Suzuki Jimny car hire for an average of £27/day. Our users have found Toyota Land Cruiser Prado hires in Panama City for as low as £47/day and Suzuki Jimny hires for as low as £22/day.

Best deals found for Panama City, Panama car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Panama City, Panama
Economy£19/day
Compact£19/day
Intermediate£28/day
Full-size£29/day
SUV£36/day
People carrier£72/day
Full-size SUV£74/day
Mini£19/day
Premium SUV£82/day
Compact SUV£27/day
Intermediate SUV£43/day
Standard SUV£54/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about Panama City car hire

Panama’s largest city and capital, Panama City, has various attractions. From the famous waterway Panama Canal to the top-notch historical sites, there's always something for everyone. Top sights include Miraflores Visitor Center, Panamá Viejo, Casco Viejo, Biomuseo, and Avenida Balboa. Visiting these places can be convenient if you consider hired cars in Panama City, as you'll get the freedom to drive and explore the sights at your timing. Some major roads to look out for include the Inter-American highway and the toll highways Corredor Sur and Corredor Norte. Panama City has a few streets with parking spaces, and you can also park vehicles in your hotel's parking area. There are more than 60 car hire locations in Panama City available, giving you a surfeit of choices for your car rental requirements.

Is it worthwhile to rent a car while visiting Panama City?

If you're thinking about rental cars in Panama City, know that you'll get some streets with hourly pay parking meters. Some hotels also offer complimentary parking spaces for guests. Driving can be a bit challenging during morning and afternoon rush hours. We recommend avoiding the Punte de las Americas bridge, Calle 50, and Vía España that are notorious hotspots. Also, some roads can transform into one-way roads to counter traffic during the start or end of holidays, so it's wise to get into the city early on before the holidays kick in. hired cars in Panama City come with the convenience of visiting top attractions, such as Playa Malibú and Cerro Chame, in nearby cities. The city can be fairly walkable but cheap hired cars in Panama City will be an ideal alternative if you want to get the most out of your trip.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in Panama City?

Driving in a large unfamiliar city can be a daunting task, but having the territory's rules of the road in mind can make the process seamless. Traffic travels on the right-hand side, so you should always drive on the right of the road. Panama law requires that all drivers wear a shirt while behind the wheel. It's against the law to use a cellular phone to call or text while driving, and the driver and front-seat passengers must wear seat belts. You don't have to put on a seat belt if you sit in the back of the vehicle. If you're travelling with a child under five years of age, they must be in a special child seat in the back. You'll find yourself with a drunken driving violation if you drive hired cars in Panama City after consuming a small amount of alcohol, as Panama has a zero BAC driving limit. Check with Panama City's motor vehicle department for any recent law developments.

What kind of driving license do you need to hire a car in Panama City?

You should always carry with you your Panama driving license or your country's driving license if you're a visitor. International drivers will also have to showcase an international driver's permit along with foreign licenses. Panama law also stresses that you carry your identification when driving, whether Panama ID (Cedula) or passport for foreigners. It's worth noting that foreign driving licenses are only valid for three months after entry into Panama, after which you must obtain a Panama driving license. The minimum age to drive or rent a vehicle in Panama is 18 years, but suppliers for Panama City car rentals consider those under 25 as novice drivers. You may incur an extra charge for your economy car rental or people carrier rental if you're between 18-24 years old.


Panama City, Panama car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Panama City that's right for you

Small cars

£12 - £28

All Car Types

£18 - £38

The average price of a small car hire in Panama City, Panama is £18. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Panama City, Panama is in October. The price is 37% lower than the rest of the year at just £12 per day. A small car rental is typically 27% less expensive than the average rental car in Panama City. The average price of a car hire in Panama City can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Panama City small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Panama City, Panama is £27. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Panama City, Panama is in October. The price is 41% lower than the rest of the year at just £16 per day. A medium car rental is typically 4% more expensive than the average rental car in Panama City. The average price of a car hire in Panama City can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Panama City medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in Panama City, Panama is £41. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Panama City, Panama is in January. The price is 49% lower than the rest of the year at just £21 per day. A large car rental is typically 37% more expensive than the average rental car in Panama City. The average price of a car hire in Panama City can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Panama City large car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV hire in Panama City, Panama is £33. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Panama City, Panama is in May. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just £20 per day. A SUV rental is typically 22% more expensive than the average rental car in Panama City. The average price of a car hire in Panama City can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Panama City SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

Toyota Aygo
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£19/day

2 Apr - 4 Apr
Toyota Aygo
Audi A1
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£19/day

2 Apr - 4 Apr
Audi A1
Hyundai i10
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£24/day

2 Apr - 4 Apr
Hyundai i10

Panama City car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Panama City, Panama

Thrifty

5.9
Fair
38 reviews7 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.4

Overall

5.8

Pick-up/drop-off

5.9

Value

5.6

Budget

8.4
Very Good
15 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.6

Overall

8.4

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.0

Dollar

6.7
Okay
14 reviews7 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.0

Overall

6.5

Pick-up/drop-off

7.1

Value

6.0

National

5.9
Fair
5 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.2

Overall

5.7

Pick-up/drop-off

6.0

Value

5.5

Ace

5.7
Fair
17 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.2

Overall

5.2

Pick-up/drop-off

6.8

Value

5.6

Alamo

5.3
Fair
22 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

5.9

Overall

5.1

Pick-up/drop-off

5.1

Value

4.9

Avis

4.6
Mediocre
15 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.4

Comfort

5.5

Overall

4.5

Pick-up/drop-off

4.4

Value

4.3

Hertz

4.4
Mediocre
6 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.2

Overall

3.8

Pick-up/drop-off

5.2

Value

3.2

Quick facts about car hire in Panama City

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Panama City

Most Popular Agency

Ace

Popular Car Types

SUV, Economy, Compact

Cheapest Hire Car

£13

Most Popular Model

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
The most popular Panama City car hire agency found on momondo this month is Ace. Other top choices for car hire companies are Alamo and Dollar
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in Panama City in the past 72 hours: SUV, Economy, Compact.
The lowest price for a car hire in Panama City is £13/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from £24/day.
The most popular car model to hire in Panama City in the past 7 days is the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Our users also prefer the Suzuki Jimny as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Panama City

Nearby attractions:

Amador Causeway14.7 mi
Soberania National Park18.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

Amador Causeway3.1 mi
Soberania National Park9.8 mi

Nearby attractions:

Amador Causeway3.9 mi
Soberania National Park11.5 mi

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Panama City

Below are the most popular hotels in Panama City
Riu Plaza Panama

Riu Plaza Panama

Calle 50, Urb. Marbella, Panama City, Panama

0.3 mi from city centre

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama

Km 7, Road To Veracruz, Panama City, Panama

7.1 mi from city centre

Plaza Paitilla Inn

Plaza Paitilla Inn

Italy Avenue, Punta Paitilla, Panama City, Panama

1.0 mi from city centre

Megapolis Hotel Panama

Megapolis Hotel Panama

Ave. Balboa al Lado de Multicentro, 63, Panama City, Panama

0.7 mi from city centre

Hilton Panama

Hilton Panama

Balboa Ave. And Aquilino De La Guardia, Panama City, Panama

0.6 mi from city centre

JW Marriott Panama

JW Marriott Panama

Calle Punta Colon, Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama

1.4 mi from city centre

W Panama

W Panama

Calle Aquilino De La Guardia & Calle 50, Panama City, Panama

0.3 mi from city centre

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo - Panama City

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo - Panama City

Calle Primera Oeste, Panama City, Panama

2.3 mi from city centre

Waldorf Astoria Panama

Waldorf Astoria Panama

47th St. & Uruguay Street, Panama City, Panama

0.5 mi from city centre

Hotel Principe

Hotel Principe

El Cangrejo, Via Argentina, Calle Jose Fabregas Frente al Power Club y Diagonal al Restaurante 7 Mares, Panama City, Panama

0.3 mi from city centre

Novotel Panama City

Novotel Panama City

Calle Jose I. Fabregas Y Thais De Pons Al Aldo De Casa De Panama 581, Panama City, Panama

0.5 mi from city centre

Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino

Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino

Vía Tocumen Tocumen 0819-09190 PA, Panama City, Panama

10.3 mi from city centre

Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo

Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo

Plaza de la Independencia, Calle 5a Este, Panama City, Panama

2.3 mi from city centre

Ramada Plaza Panama Punta Pacifica

Ramada Plaza Panama Punta Pacifica

Via Israel y Calle 71, San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

1.3 mi from city centre

Marriott Panama Hotel

Marriott Panama Hotel

Albrook Mall, Roosevelt Avenue, Panama City, Panama

2.1 mi from city centre

Decapolis Hotel Panama City

Decapolis Hotel Panama City

08330293 Avenida Balboa-Multicentro, Panama City, Panama City, Panama

0.7 mi from city centre

Hotel Coral Suites

Hotel Coral Suites

Calle D Zona 9, Panama City, Panama

0.2 mi from city centre

Las Americas Golden Tower Panama

Las Americas Golden Tower Panama

Av. Balboa Con Calle 53, Panama City, Panama

0.7 mi from city centre


Driving with a car hire in Panama City - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Panama City so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

How much will it cost to hire a car in Panama City, Panama in April?

To hire a car in Panama City for a weekend in April, we found prices as low as £16 with an average of £16. Deals are a little different for a week-long hire - starting at around £6, with an average price of £9.

Is there a fee to cancel my Panama City, Panama car hire?

In most cases, there is no fee when you cancel your Panama City car hire. You can check to see whether or not your preferred car hire company in Panama City offers free cancellation when booking with momondo.

What is the best type of car to hire in Panama City during April?

A Standard is the ideal car to hire when visiting Panama City in April. On average, Panama City receives 180 mm of precipitation and temperatures hover around 27 °C during the month of April. These conditions are well-suited for a Standard size car, which can easily handle a bit of rain and even hold up well when temperatures fall. Hiring a Standard in Panama City will cost you £40/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Panama City, Panama?

If you are hiring a vehicle in Panama City, then be aware that the current speed limit within city or town limits is 20 mph, unless otherwise posted. Suburban speed limits around Panama City will generally have a speed limit of 65 mph. If you are travelling on a motorway in Panama City, then the speed limit is 75 mph.

What is the weather like in Panama City, Panama in March?

Those looking for a hire car in Panama City during the month of March should expect temperatures to be around 27 °C and should expect around 10 mm of precipitation. This information can be helpful when choosing which car you’d like to rent.

Is the weather in Panama City similar to the rest of Panama?

Those looking to hire a car in Panama City for a road trip to the surrounding areas, please know the weather in Panama during the month of March usually is around 27 °C with 10 mm of possible rain.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Panama City?

Prices for cars in Panama City are updated daily.

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How old do you have to be to hire a car in Panama City?

Age requirements for drivers vary depending on the country, including Panama City. In several EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. Generally, to rent a car overseas, you must be at least 21 years old, and if you're under 25, you may be charged a young driver surcharge. It's recommended that you review the policy of your preferred rental company before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in Panama City?

When renting a car in Panama City, all drivers must present a full valid driving license. An International Driving Permit is required if the driving license is written in a language different to that of the country of rental and may be necessary to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you are renting abroad, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We always recommend checking with the individual rental company you are booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Panama City?

momondo finds and compares thousands of car hire websites to provide you with the best selection of policies and car hire in Panama City. Finding a car hire is quick and free of charge, so using momondo for your booking makes sense.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Panama City?

By the use of filters, momondo makes finding a great car hire in Panama City easier. Whether it is price, car type, amenities or policies, momondo allows you to refine your search with these and more filters to find the best deal for you.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Panama City with free cancellation?

Yes you can filter specifically for car hire companies in Panama City offering free cancellation on momondo.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Panama City on momondo?

momondo specifically allows you to search for car hire in Panama City with fair fuel policies.

Can I find a car hire in Panama City which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, car hire in Panama City with enhanced cleaning options can be searched for on momondo.

Can I search for car hire in Panama City with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Absolutely. You can specifically filter for car hire deals in Panama City with unlimited mileage on momondo.


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