Nestled on the northwestern side of Jamaica, Montego Bay attracts visitors with its beautiful coastline and various attractions like the Aqua Sol Theme Park. Whether you’re on a family vacation or traveling with friends, gain the flexibility to explore Montego Bay and its surroundings in your own time with a rental car instead of depending on cabs or shuttles. Whether discovering Cockpit Country, which is about a one-hour drive away, or even making a day trip to Kingston, which is 2 and a half hours away, with a rental car there are no limits.
Sangster International Airport is only 4 miles from Montego Bay center and is even closer to the beaches. The best way to start your time in Montego Bay hassle-free is by picking up your rental car directly from the onsite agencies, with are situated in the arrivals hall past the customs zone. Travelers who booked in advance will be on the road especially quickly, reaching their next destination in no time.
Driving in Jamaica can be a challenge and requires patience and good nerves, but experienced drivers will face no problems when following the rules. First of all, pre-map your routes and use a GPS system if possible. Road conditions are not pristine and the infrastructure is lacking in many areas, so drive defensively and attentively, especially if it’s your first time in the city.
If possible, avoid driving during the night, as many streets are not well lit (or lit at all), but after getting around in Montego Bay during the day alright, driving at night can also be attempted. Traffic can be heavy in Montego Bay, especially during the peak season, so bring lots of patience and try to avoid major rush hour times, usually between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 9 pm, when workers return home.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Montego Bay are around 22% cheaper than airport locations on average
Compact rental cars in Montego Bay are around 27% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Montego Bay
Some car rental companies in Montego Bay which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Budget and Sixt
On average a hire car in Montego Bay costs C$ 40 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Thrifty (C$ 37/day), Hertz (C$ 40/day) and Classique Car Rentals (C$ 49/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Classique Car Rentals Round Hill Hotel null (10 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Montego Bay. 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 Montego Bay is C$ 5.45 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 65 and C$ 87, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Montego Bay.
A Compact car rental in Montego Bay costs C$ 38 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Montego Bay costs C$ 42 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Montego Bay costs C$ 39 per day, on average.
In Montego Bay, cars are most frequently rented at Classique Car Rentals 1-3 Sunset Blvd (2 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Montego Bay costs C$ 280 per week (C$ 40 per day).
On average a rental car in Montego Bay costs C$ 1,198 per month (C$ 40 per day).
Opt for a compact car during your stay in Montego Bay to fit into even the smallest of parking spots and to whizz through the city more easily. Make sure to check out the car beforehand, as there have been reports of rental cars missing parts, such as a spare tire. Also take pictures of the car beforehand to ensure any scratches were already there before you rented it.
General regulations permit 50 km/h (31 mph) within city limits and up to 80 km/h (50 mph) on open and rural roads. Within the city, you will regularly have to drive much slower than the maximum speed due to poor roads or traffic, and you should also adjust your speed to weather conditions.
As the metric system prevails in Jamaica, gas is measured in liters. The average price for one liter lies around J$153 (which is $1.19 per liter and approximately $4.76 per gallon). Ensure you know which kind of gas to get for the car and opt for big-name stations to ensure the gas is of good quality.
As there are few parking spots available in the city and many parking lots do not have a pristine reputation, the best option is to choose an accommodation with a parking space included for long-term and overnight parking. There is also metered on-street parking as well, and the Montego Bay Car Park at the harbor.