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Rental locations33
Airport locations10

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in St. John's

  • Car hire in St. Johns offers various benefits compared to public transport options. With a hired car, you can freely and flexibly visit multiple locations in the city at your convenience, as you don't have to follow timetables for public transport. Using a car hire in St. John's allows you to take day trips to the countryside, visit attractions, including Devil's Bridge, and drive along the Fig Tree Drive, conveniently accessible by car. Tourist attractions, including Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard, located in the English Harbour, are more accessible by car than public transport.
  • St. John's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) has several car hires in St. John's, including Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Dollar that you can hire a car from. St. John's car hire counters are landside, on the ground floor of the main terminal. You can easily spot the car hire counters past the baggage claim area in the Arrivals Hall. You must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driving licence and a credit card to hire a car at the airport.
  • Driving in St. John's follows the left-hand side. While main roads in the city are well-maintained, be ready to encounter varied road conditions, with others having potholes. Consider hiring an SUV with good ground clearance. Be on the lookout for animals, including stray dogs and livestock, when driving in St. John's, and slow down when you encounter them. Drinking and driving is prohibited in St. John's, with the legal blood alcohol limit being 0.08%. You will face severe penalties if you exceed the alcohol limit.
  • St. Johns may have some traffic congestion during weekdays in the morning and late afternoons. However, the traffic congestion is mild. Therefore, you can still access various parts of St. John's without delays. Downtown St. John's, particularly in areas close to the cruise ship terminal, may experience increased morning and late afternoon traffic when cruise ship passengers board and re-board the ships. The city may also experience heavy rains between June and November, be cautious when driving around town during such seasons, as roads can be slippery. You can hire a compact SUV from any car hire in St. John's, as the vehicles have high ground clearance for flooded areas and all-season tyres.
  • Book your rental car in St. John's at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in St. John's are around 26% cheaper than other car types, on average

St. John's car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in St. John's 
DaphneDec 2023
The island was British-occupied so you need to drive on the left side of the road (opposite the USA). Many of the roads are rough and some are unpaved so an all wheel drive car can be helpful if you are getting off the main roads. However, roads are also narrow so we appreciated having a smaller car.
Verified travelerDec 2023
it is a must to see everywhere
Verified travelerDec 2023
Driving on Antigua is quite an adventure. Obviously for those not used to driving on the left, as done in Britain, it takes a minute to get used to. Worse than that, turn signals and wiper controls are also reversed from American style so I was constantly turning on the wipers instead of the turn signals. My wife cracked up the whole time! On a serious note, many of the roads are in poor condition, narrow, and have sharp drop offs into a gutter/sewer system with no protection. Be careful! The hardest thing for me to get accustomed to where the roundabouts going in the opposite direction that I am accustomed to. I have driven extensively in Aruba, where there are many roundabouts, and it works very well. However, coming into them from the left and going clockwise was a bit unnerving. Thankfully, most of the vehicles travel fairly slow. Also, I found it very odd that many locals street park but in the opposite direction of traffic. So while driving on the left side of a narrow road, you may have multiple vehicles parked in the street facing you on your side. It was a bit concerning at times and made me wonder if I was on a one-way street or something. The island is small and relatively easy to get completely across it in an hour or so. We stayed near a beach north of St. John’s and drove down to Shirley Heights and that area with no trouble.
JoeMay 2023
Driving was easy. A lot of potholes.
RhianaMay 2023
Pay close attention to driving in Antigua, especially in town. You'll find a lot of cars just left at the side of the road, growing their own eco system after abandonment for a reason – driving in Antigua is a game and a lot of people lose! Almost all vehicles on the road have damage, there are no painted roads or sidewalks for pedestrians, the infrastructure created for flooding includes insane ditches on some roads that you can simply drive right into if not careful, and treacherous poorly paved windy roads. We managed fine (maybe because we're from NYC where we are used to drive 60mph with our sideview 3 inches from the next car) but don't say you weren't warned, haha! Have fun!

FAQs about renting a car in St. John's

  • What is the most popular rental car in St. John's?

    Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in St. John's.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in St. John's?

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  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in St. John's?

    An Economy car rental in St. John's costs ₪164 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in St. John's?

    A Standard car rental in St. John's costs ₪234 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in St. John's?

    A Mini car rental in St. John's costs ₪152 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in St. John's?

    St. John's has narrow roads, particularly in the downtown area and older regions of the city. It is recommended, therefore, to hire a compact car or small SUV for easy manoeuvring on the streets. Parking in St. John's may be limited; therefore, finding a spot may take time and effort. With a compact car, you can easily fit in small parking spaces. The city is small, so using a compact car will enable you to quickly navigate the city streets and reach various destinations.

  • What's the speed limit in St. John?

    The national speed limits in St. John's are 40 km/h (24 mph) in urban areas, including residential streets and downtown roads, and 50 km/h to 80 km/h (31-49 mph) on highways and expressways. Open roads have a speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph). When driving around school zones, the speed limit may lower to a limit lower 40 km/h (24 mph). The city has speed cameras in high-risk zones or areas with the most speed violations; therefore, ensure you maintain the speed limit when driving to avoid potential penalties.

  • What are the best places to park in St. John's?

    In St. John's, you can go for complimentary or paid parking. Free parking spaces are mostly in residential areas. However, some streets may have parking meters. Therefore, ensure you check before parking. Consider parking at Redcliffe Quay if you want free parking in St. John's. Paid parking costs about 1XCD (0.21 GBP) to 3 XCD (0.62 GBP) per hour and 8 XCD (1.65 GBP) to 20 XCD (4.12 GBP) daily rates. You can park at Heritage Quay Parking and public car parks, which offer paid parking spaces. Ensure you observe all the parking regulations. Do not park in no-parking zones.

St. John's car rental reviews and directory

Ace

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in St. John's

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Suite 373

+1 800 581 8773

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

For some reason there was some confusion in the size of the car rental and Ace Rental corrected the problem the following day ☀️I

Cons:

It took contacting the company in the US and the took no respondaility for the problems.

1 out of 1

Thrifty

7.5

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.4

One location in St. John's

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V.c Bird Intl Ap

+1 268 462 9532

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Great experience and value. Car was a bit old but drove well. Customer service was outstanding with Carolyn. In addition they drove us back to town after the rental.

2.8 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing , complete lie from both kayak and thrifty car rental

Cons:

The car that was booked for us turned out a two door suv with no trunk and barely 4 seats ( the last two foldable) we were five and the booking was for SUV 5 people 5 pieces of luggage . Not sure who is lying kayak or thrifty !! There were also a mandatory license plate fee , temporary drivers license fee , and mandatory insurance 4$/day that we’re not noted in the booking arrangement . The “upgraded” car for higher rate of course was ridiculously small and in a rough shape . They tried to make me pay for stains that was like that when we got the car. That is my second horrible experience with thrifty car rental and definitely the very last one. However I believe kayak has some fault here too for miscommunication and false advertisement so I will refrain using this site for future as well.

5.2 Fair

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I booked through your platform a SUV 4 door, 5 pax, 4 bags. I got the smallest existing 4WD (Suzuki Jimny) 3 pax , 2 bags. I had booked this one a bit more expensive than others offering for the size . very dissapointing . It does not seem to be Thrifty's fault, but Kayak's.

6.4 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

3dr Rav4,Car was rugged and prefect for the narrow, pot hole filled roads of the island. The rental office is in a small building just south of the terminal, don't expect much. Except expect nice people that will get you going and loaded up for your island adventure.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2022

KAYAK
The check in process could use some modernization(no computers for contracts), but the rental agent was wonderful and the car was perfect. We opted for the compact SUV as we had heard that roads in Antigua are not in the best condition. This was definitely true and many of the places we went were not paved. The car was a Jimny, excellent on fuel usage, easy to drive, and perfect for the road conditions. Return was quick and simple.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Very smooth pick up and drop off. Would definitely recommend this company.

1 out of 2

Dollar

6.7

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.5

4 locations in St. John's

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Allegro Resort Hotel

+1 268 462 0362

Monday09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
Thursday09:00 - 16:30
Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:30
Sunday09:00 - 16:30

Jolly Beach Hotel

+1 268 462 0362

Monday09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
Thursday09:00 - 16:30
Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:30
Sunday09:00 - 16:30

Sr Modesta St

+1 268 462 0362

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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V.c Intl Ap

+1 268 462 0362

Monday08:30 - 18:00
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Friday08:30 - 18:00
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5.2 Fair

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was helpful and drop off was good.

3.2 Poor

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The vehicle was outdated and not cleaned. There was no windshield washer fluid to even clean the windshield. I was not impressed with the standard of the vehicle and I washed it prior to using. Whilst driving I also realized the vehicle is in need of shocks and a general service.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

There was no car when I got there. I was forced to get another company and pay more. This seem to be because of the festivities in the island. They knew they could get more then the price I reserved for the car.

2.0 Poor

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Have a new management service on entire revamping of the entire staff unit. They were rude all of them you observe how they speak to other customers. They were no help at all whatever is the issue they do not try to help resolve it at all.

Cons:

Have a new management service on entire revamping of the entire staff unit. They were rude all of them you observe how they speak to other customers. They were no help at all whatever is the issue they do not try to help resolve it at all.

8.0 Very good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The service was stellar! They upgraded us to an SUV due to the car we were meant to be picking up not having been properly cleaned prior to our arrival.

Cons:

The car was very old and appeared to need some engine maintenance.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I’ve rented the car from dollar car rental twice in turks &caicos and had a great service. This time I rented in Antigua and was very pleased. Manley at the register was so helpful! He answered all our questions and gave great recommendations for the beaches to see. Can’t wait to come back

1 out of 3

Avis

5.7

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.2

Value for money

5.5

One location in St. John's

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V.C. Bird Intl Apo

+1 268 462 2840

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Horrible, no car available upon arrival. Left us stranded.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It sucked

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The convenience of picking up the car at the airport was great.

Cons:

Booked a premium 7 seater SUV and received a regular 5 seater. I was told that they don't offer any premium SUVs and was asked to pay more for a 7 seat minivan.

6.0 Okay

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

That it was right at airport

Cons:

We were at Avis counter for 1 1/2 hrs trying to just get our car And I had a reservation This is unacceptable

4.0 Mediocre

May 2023

KAYAK
Old vehicle that was not in good condition. Not clean and doors did not lock with suspension issues.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Our handler, Mona Lisa, at the Antigua airport Avis was knowledgeable, easy to work with and helpful. Both the pick up and drop off process was made easy. Thank you!

1 out of 3

Budget

5.1

Cleanliness

4.7

Comfort

5.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.8

Value for money

5.0

3 locations in St. John's

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Airport Boulevard

+1 268 561 6399

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00

High Street

+1 268 736 6401

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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V. C. Bird Intl Airport

+1 268 736 6400

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was awesome!!! Very friendly.

Cons:

Maybe a map around Antigua and better tires on the car we rented. For the type of terrain we were driving in the tires were weak. It was scary to think we could have gotten a flat at any moment not really knowing where things were located. But overall adventurous and great little car for our trip!

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

First car offered had over 150,000 Km and was filthy inside. Both the AC and the power windows didn’t work. They agreed to give us another car which we accepted, but that one too had a broken passengers side power mirror whose motor was constantly running.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

This place is a small parking lot owned by local mechanic. All cars are old and in terrible condition. I’ve had to return two cars as both had mechanical issues. Second car tire got flat over night after one day use. Don’t expect to see any real Budget quality I went to other rental Thrifty and got a perfect car for the rest of my trip. STAY AWAY from Budget on Antigua island!!!

2.0 Poor

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

We booked a rental car with Budget, when going to pick up the car they told us they didnt have any car for us. they had our reservation, but no car! We were told that this do happen and that they in those cases handed us over to Hertz instead. At Hertz we had to argue that we would have the same deal, as their cheapest car was gonna be $10 more expensive than the deal we had confirmed with Budget. This is absolutely ridiculous. We book a car, had a confirmation, then they dont actually have the car, ship us over to someone else and we have to pay a much more expensive price! At Hertz we told them that the confirmation we had stated $25 per day, so the lady was going to clear it with the manager as this was lower than what their standard prices. The representative came back after a few minutes and told us that they could do the $25 for us, as she had cleared it with her manager. Foolishly of us, we did not double check this! They had a holding of $500 on our card, and when we asked what the total was we were told that it would be deducted from the $500 and the rest was going to be released again. We asked twice about the total and she did not tell us. We later realised that she had put $35 per day, instead of the $25 as verbally agreed, so obviously this was the reason why she didnt tell us the total! We feel very cheated by the behavior of both Budget who didn't uphold the confirmation that they had a car for us and by the representative at Hertz who fully knew what she was doing!!

3.2 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brought the car to the hotel, is about all the positive I could write about.

Cons:

Just about everything else, currently in communication with budget, regarding how dangerous, dirty and scary to drive the vehicle provided was.

3.2 Poor

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly.

Cons:

The car was dented all over, bumper coming off, rubber seal on the passenger side rear door falling off made door almost impossible to latch, water came through floorboard when it rains, and trunk could not be closed by my wife because she lacked the slamming force to make it latch. And more.....

1 out of 8

Hertz

3.6

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

4.6

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.0

6 locations in St. John's

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Carlisle Estate Ap Road

+1 268 481 4440

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00

Coolidge

+1 268 462 4440

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Cruise Ship Pier Duty Free Are

+1 268 481 4440

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Deep Bay

+1 268 481 4457

Monday09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
Thursday09:00 - 16:30
Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:30
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Heritage Quay

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
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Jolly Harbour Hotel

+1 268 481 4456

Monday09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
Thursday09:00 - 16:30
Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:30
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GREEN MOTION

4.2

Mediocre

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One location in St. John's

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V. C. Bird Intl Airport

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FlexWays

2.0

Poor

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Potters Village

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Drive A Matic

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6 locations in St. John's

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Hotel Delivery, Antigua

Opening times not available

Sir George Walter Highway, P.O.Box 180, Suite 373

+1 268 562 8900

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St. John's - Sir George Walter Highway, St. John’s

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Tropical Adventures, Redcliffe Quay

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V.C. Bird International Airport - Meet & Greet, Burma Rd, Osbourn

+1 268 562 8900

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Woods Mall, Friars Hill Road

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Sunnycars

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3 locations in St. John's

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Carlisle Estate Airport Road

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Cruise Ship Pier Duty Free Area

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V C Bird International Airport

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Down West Car Rentals

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Blue Waters, Saint Johns Antigua

+1 268 764 9344

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Saint Johns Airport

+1 268 764 9344

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Final Rentals

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Potters Village - Main Road

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V.C Bird International Airport [ANU] - Representative will meet outside arrivals area.

+1 268 726 4066

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Friday08:00 - 22:00
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Chase Car Rental

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One location in St. John's

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18 Shipyard Drive

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Empire Rent A Car

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Belmont Clinic Complex, All Saints Road, St. John’s, Antigua

+1 268 720 1654

Monday09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
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60 travelers who rented a car in St. John's gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.3

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Economy

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