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Top tips for renting a car in Aruba
The northern coastal region of Aruba is generally off the beaten track, and the best spots are accessible only by rough, unpaved roads. For this reason, it might be a good idea to get a 4x4 or off-road vehicle if you wish to tackle the terrain. However, if you’re spending most of your time in and around Oranjestad, then the standard rental car will be better.
Families traveling with young children will be happy to know that many of the car rental agencies in Aruba provide child seats, many of them free of charge. This means that you won’t need to pack your own along with your luggage. You should, however, check to see that it is properly functioning and ready for use before you leave the rental lot.
While it is free to park at the beach, there are very specific parking laws in Oranjestad due to the lack of adequate spaces. Regular parking spaces are designated by a white stripe and are individually numbered, while spaces with yellow stripes are for people with permits or for employees. Best of all, you can purchase a Smartcard or use US coins to pay for parking.
In most cases, all you need to rent a car in Aruba is a valid driver’s license from your home country or state of residence, so there is no need to obtain an international driver’s permit. Some agencies require you to return your car to an "off-site" location; so, if you rent a car from Oranjestad Airport, choose a rental agency that allows you to drop it off there before you fly.
FAQs about renting a car in Aruba
On average a rental car in Aruba costs ₪236 per day.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Aruba.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (₪86/day), Sixt (₪107/day) and Alamo (₪120/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Aruba are Budget (7.9, 132 reviews), and Thrifty (6.8, 101 reviews).
On average a rental car in Aruba costs ₪1,028 per week (₪147 per day).
On average a rental car in Aruba costs ₪4,406 per month (₪147 per day).
If you are renting a car in Aruba, then be sure to drive on the right side of the road. Additionally, there are many roundabouts in Aruba, so you should be aware of the driving etiquette when using them. Fortunately, there are attendants at most petrol stations in the country, so you likely won’t need to get out of your car while filling up.
You must be at least 25 years of age to rent a car in Aruba and not older than 65. There are fees for young drivers between 21 and 24 that average between $25 and $50 per day, and there might also be special conditions that apply to drivers older than 65. You should shop around for the best deals to suit your circumstances.
Visitors to Aruba should know that average petrol prices in the country are about 7.50 AWG (4.17 USD) per gallon. If you happen to rent a diesel car while in Aruba, you’ll have to pay an average of 7 AWG (3.89 USD) per liter.
The speed you can drive in Aruba depends on the area you are driving through. For example, the speed limit in and around cities is 30 km/h (18 mph), and in rural districts you can do about 60 km/h (37 mph), while on highways it goes up to 80 km/h (50 mph). All road signs and speedometers in the country are in kilometers, so keep that in mind when you’re on the road.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.