Because public transportation is limited and doesn’t go very far, you’ll want to rent a car during your stay in San Juan. A rental car will give you the freedom to explore places on the island, like Cueva Ventana or Arecibo Observatory. Additionally, you’ll be able to better explore much of the nature and picturesque scenery as you drive along the coastal highways. You can also drive through the rainforest – an unforgettable experience.
The San Juan Airport (or Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport) is just a few miles from the center of the city. Once you are off the plane, you’ll simply retrieve your rental car from the parking garage, or you can take a shuttle to the rental car desk. This airport provides many options for car rentals including locally own companies like Charlie Car Rental as well as nationally recognized companies such as Hertz or Enterprise.
The roads in San Juan can be a little bumpy and rough. Additionally, their narrowness can be somewhat intimidating to tourists. So, you’ll need to drive with caution even though you are sightseeing. Motorcycles are also very common in Puerto Rico, and motorcyclists tend to drive quite fast and will cut in front of you; so beware.
During rush hour the traffic can get a little heavy. The morning rush hour typically begins at around 8 a.m. and continues through 9:30 a.m. or so. In the evening, commuters will begin to return home at 4 p.m., which will cause some congestion on the road until around 6 p.m.
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Standard rental cars in San Juan are around 53% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in San Juan
Some car rental companies in San Juan which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Enterprise, Alamo and Europcar
On average a hire car in San Juan costs C$ 42 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise (C$ 130/day) and Thrifty (C$ 144/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise Enterprise At Caribe Hilton 00901 (2 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San Juan are Alamo (9.3, 347 reviews), Enterprise (8.6, 387 reviews), and Hertz (7.6, 91 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in San Juan. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San Juan.
A Compact car rental in San Juan costs C$ 39 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in San Juan costs C$ 45 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in San Juan costs C$ 31 per day, on average.
In San Juan, cars are most frequently rented at Payless Baldorioty De Castro Ave (12 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in San Juan costs C$ 292 per week (C$ 42 per day).
On average a rental car in San Juan costs C$ 1,252 per month (C$ 42 per day).
Old cobblestone roads, numerous hills, and mountain driving make renting a Jeep or SUV while in San Juan a good idea. More importantly, make sure the car has a very good air conditioning system, as it can get quite hot and humid in Puerto Rico.
Speed limits on the island go from 20 to 45 mph in residential areas. Around Old San Juan, the speed limit is 25 mph and, when close to schools, note that the speed limit drops to 15 mph. When on the freeway, you can go up to a maximum speed of 70 mph.
Gas costs about $0.81 per liter or $3.08 per gallon. If you are in the metro area, expect to pay a few cents more at the pump and little bit less on the outskirts of town. The cost of gas in San Juan and all of Puerto Rico is slightly more than other states within the mainland United States.
Old San Juan offers so much in terms of historical and cultural sights. Nonetheless, trying to find parking in this area can be a challenge. There is some “free” street parking as well as metered parking, but you’ll have to get to it early in the day. If you aren’t fortunate enough to get a street spot, don’t fret -- there are plenty of parking garages and lots to choose from. Some options include Old San Juan Cruise Pier Parking and Parking Lot Old San Juan on Calle Marina.