As you head toward the exit of Punta Arenas Pres Ibanez Airport, you will see the rental car offices clearly signed near the front doors. Given the size and layout of the airport, essentially, you will not miss them. The car park is directly in front of the airport, so once you have checked in with the office, they will take you to your rental car just across the walkway.
The most important piece of documentation required is, of course, your driver’s license, which needs to be a full valid license that you have had for at least one year. Generally, the minimum age requirement is 21, and additional fees apply to drivers under the age of 25. You may also need to provide a second photo identification like your passport, and you will need to provide a credit card in your name for the costs of your booking as well.
This really comes down to your personal preference, as the roads in Chile are well-maintained and easy driving for travellers from abroad. If you are sticking to the cities or not planning a big amount of driving, a compact or standard vehicle is more than enough, though if you are heading further into nature or traveling in a larger group on long trips, a larger vehicle may offer more space and comfort.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Punta Arenas Pres Ibanez airport to off-airport locations include Advantage, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and keddy by Europcar.
Pros:Muy buena atencion
Cons:The SUV that I ordered was unavailable and I had to settle for a mid size sedan. Not adequate for my needs. Poor form.
Pros:The staff was great and let us pick up our car early and drop it off a little late. In return for taking a car with a chipped and cracked windshield he waived any additional windshield damage which is very likely on the dirt roads.
Cons:We did not get the quoted price for our rental and paid more
8.0 Very good
Cons:We had to wait almost an hour for the agent to arrive to rest us the car. We realize that we thought we would arrive a bit later to the counter.
Pros:Easy pick up and drop off in terminal. No hassle. Friendly staff fluent in English.
Cons:Crappy car with a pitted windshield and no hubcaps ... tires looked like they were all spare tires. Poor alignment. Reserved a mid size and got a Chevy Aveo. Maybe this is midsize/intermediate in Chile but not as advertised. a Pugeot 301
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