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Car Rental in South America: How Much?

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, car rental service can make your trip a little easier. Renting a car for your trip may be essential, but depending on your destination, it may be very expensive.

Take a look at our research to get an idea of how expensive, or how cheap, it is to rent a car in South America.

South America includes twelve sovereign states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela), a part of France (French Guiana), and a non-sovereign area (the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory though this is disputed by Argentina). In addition to this, the ABC islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama may also be considered part of South America.

We used metasearch engine Rentalcars.com to search for car hire prices from main airports in capital cities. When data was not available from Rentalcars.com, we also used car rental Kayak. We searched for mid-size cars to hire from 21st March 2020 – 27th March 2020 for a driver aged 30 or over. 

THE CHEAPEST COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA TO HIRE A CAR: Brazil
Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, features the cheapest car hire with one week costing just $102.74. You can rent a car in Rio de Janeiro even cheaper -$95.14 a week!

THE MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA TO HIRE A CAR: At the other end of the scale, Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago cost a whopping $489.57 a week for KIA Rio or similar.

Argentina, Buenos Aires International Airport
$223.89
Bolivia, Alcantarí Airport
$425.11
Bolivia, Alcantarí Airport
$425.11
Brazil, Brasilia Airport
$102.74
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro International Airport
$95.14
Chile, Santiago Airport
$146.36
Colombia, Bogota Airport
$117.14
Ecuador, Quito Airport
$219.99
Guyana, Cheddi Jagan International Airport
$325
Paraguay, Asuncion Airport
$142.48
Peru, Lima International Airport
$156.11
Suriname, Paramaribo Airport
$207.90
Uruguay, Montevideo Airport
$206.90
French Guiana, Cayenne Airport
$336.54
Trinidad and Tobago, Piarco Airport
$489.57
Panama, Panama City – Pacifico International Airpor
$245.18

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Iuliia Tore