Planning on picking up a rental car for your trip to Guadalajara? If your flight lands at Guadalajara International Airport then you will find the airport’s various car rental desks in the main hall of Terminal 1.
One of the more unique features of parking in Guadalajara is that you are often expected to tip for parking. Specifically, you will commonly see people guiding drivers to parking spaces nearby and, although they are not a professional service, they still expect a tip for their work.
Traffic circles, or glorietas, as they are known as in Mexico, are a key feature of driving in Guadalajara. They are very common and can be quite intimidating for new drivers because traffic may be moving quickly and apparently dangerously through them. However, they are simple enough affairs as long as you drive defensively and know ahead of time where you are going.
Rush hour in Guadalajara, like in many major cities in the world, is no joke. Drivers not wanting to get stuck in traffic are advised to avoid the daily rush hour if possible. In general, the morning rush hour goes from 6:30 a.m. and lasts until 9:30 a.m. or even 10:00 a.m. As for the afternoon and evening peak, it starts at around 5:30 p.m. and finishes up at around 8:00 p.m. One of the main avenues to avoid during rush hour in Guadalajara is the Anillo Periferico, as it is among the worst roads hit by congestion.
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Some car rental companies in Guadalajara which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Alamo and Budget
On average a hire car in Guadalajara costs C$ 7 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at America Car Rental (C$ 20/day), MEXRENTACAR (C$ 25/day) and GREEN MOTION (C$ 37/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at MEXRENTACAR Aeropuerto Intl. de Guadalajara null (16 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Guadalajara. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Guadalajara is C$ 5.17 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 62 and C$ 83, depending on the car size.
Compact (Volkswagen Golf or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Guadalajara.
A Compact car rental in Guadalajara costs C$ 2 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Guadalajara costs C$ 3 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Guadalajara costs C$ 1 per day, on average.
In Guadalajara, cars are most frequently rented at Europcar Carretera Guadalajara (15 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Guadalajara costs C$ 46 per week (C$ 7 per day).
On average a rental car in Guadalajara costs C$ 198 per month (C$ 7 per day).
Fortunately for travelers, all sizes of vehicles are found on the road in Guadalajara. So whether you prefer an SUV or a two-door coupe, you will be comfortable driving here no matter what. However, if you plan on exploring the older corners of the city, it may be worth renting a smaller vehicle as the lanes and alleys can become a bit narrow at times.
Speed limits in Guadalajara, and in Mexico as a whole, usually are 60 km/h (37 mph) on roads with no posted speed limited, 60 to 80 km/h (37 to 50 mph) on larger arterial roads such as beltways and freeways, and 100 to 110 km/h (62 to 68 mph) on major highways,
Gas prices in Guadalajara are around 20.80 MXN ($1.02) per liter of gas, which is 78.73 MXN ($3.84) per gallon of gas. While this is a fair bit more expensive than the prices seen in the U.S., compared to prices in Europe this is still quite affordable.
Private parking garages and lots are certainly the best options for travelers visiting Guadalajara. Though theft and crime are not an issue in most of the city, it still pays to stick to secure parking lots just in case. Additionally, such lots and garages are widely available in the popular districts of the city.