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Calama car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Calama

  • Plonked amidst the wide, Chilean landscape with no other big cities nearby, it is highly recommended to get a hire car when coming to Calama. This will let you get the most out of your trip and explore the city conveniently on your own four wheels. With a hire car you could also discover the beauty of the Reserva Nacional Alto Loa, which is a 2-hour drive to the north, or roam through the breathtaking beauty of the Atacama Desert.
  • El Loa Airport is about twenty minutes by car from Calama, so it is advised to pick up a hire car directly from there to save the hassle of traveling into the city with alternative transport or expensive cabs – also because there is no public transport going into the city. Head to the agency desks following the signs from the terminal and choose the Avenue Balmaceda for the quickest route to Calama.
  • Driving in Calama should generally cause no problems for most drivers, but bear in mind that road conditions in Calama and the whole of Chile can be poor and riddled with potholes. It is important to inquire whether the hire insurance covers damages to the underside of the car, and it is also important to reduce your speed and approach damaged streets with caution.
  • As Calama is not a big city and is located remotely, there are no painstaking rush hours to worry about. However, December to February is the high season for tourists visiting the Atacama Desert, so tourism can mean increased traffic, but there should be no major delays for drivers in general.
  • Book your car hire in Calama at least 3 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in Calama are around 24% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Calama

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Calama?

    As the streets may be in poor condition and some roads are merely dirt tracks, a truck or SUV is highly recommended. With a city car, passengers could feel sick quickly due to the unsteady roads, and there could even be damages to less robust cars. With an SUV, you gain good road grip without having to maneuver a bulky car.

  • What’s the speed limit in Calama?

    Within city limits, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) and there are some roads that permit 60 km/h (38 mph). Secondary rural roads allow up to 100 km/h (62 mph), but drivers should also take the road conditions into account. Freeways permit 120 km/h (75 mph) unless posted otherwise.

  • Where are the best places to park in Calama?

    Many hotels in Calama have hotels with their own parking lot, so ask your accommodation whether a spot for your hire car is included, as this is the easiest and most convenient way to find a parking space for your car. There are also public parking lots, like the Estacionamiento Progreso Calama, the Estacionamiento Centro, or the Carpe Diem parking lot, that are good options when leaving the hotel for the city.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Calama?

    The average price of fuel in Calama is R97,98 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 176 and R1 568, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Calama?

    Full-size (Class Full-size SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Calama.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Calama?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Calama?

    A Full Size car hire in Calama costs R952 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Calama?

    A Mini car hire in Calama costs R558 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Calama?

    An Economy car hire in Calama costs R380 per day, on average.

Calama car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

10,0

Wonderful

1 review
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Calama

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Locations in Calama

Apto El Loa

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

Parque Apiac Sitio #3c

+56 55 234 1380

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00

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No reviews available

Chilean Rent A Car

6,0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Calama

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El Loa Airport

+56 229 638 760

Opening times not available

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6,0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Pickup and drop off were easy. At pickup, the agent said that they would email a copy of the contract. It never arrived. The car had some problems with starting. At one point, we thought we might be stranded miles from help with no cell service.

1 out of 1

National

5,8

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.0

One location in Calama

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Felix Hojos 2177 Ii Region

+56 5522 8528

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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2,0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff of the main car company (not National) was friendly.

Cons:

Literally doesn't exist. No cars available despite confirmation. Subcontracts the location through another company. Forced to get car from another company last minute. Avoid.

9,6 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff in Calama (Miguel) was amazing! Very smooth process, great communication and convenient advises. Pick-up process very fast and easy. The blocked amount in my credit card was about 400 USD.

Cons:

Everything was just fine!

1 out of 1

Avis

4,8

Mediocre

4 reviews

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.3

Value for money

6.8

3 locations in Calama

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Av Balmaceda 2634

+56 9 8717 7780

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30

El Loa Airport

Monday07:15 - 22:45
Tuesday07:15 - 22:45
Wednesday07:15 - 22:45
Thursday07:15 - 22:45
Friday07:15 - 22:45
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00

Parq Ind Apiac Galp 18-19

+56 2 2795 3963

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30

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2,0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
No one was at the desk on arrival. I was stuck until the next day. I left a note for them to call when they got in the next day to confirm they had my car. I received no communication. I will never use Avis again

4,4 Mediocre

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy, although I never received a receipt.

Cons:

The staff at the time of rental were rude and unhelpful. It also took over an hour to complete the rental. The car they gave me didn't feel safe -- it was a very high clearance vehicle that fishtailed every time I hit a bump or pothole in the road.

2,0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Problem with insurrance. I need to ask Kayak for a reimbursment as we took the insurrance but had no confirmation.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2021

KAYAK
We had to change the car because the rear setas safety belts where not working.

4,0 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was horrible. Deposit was ridiculously high

2,0 Poor

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Avis was close when arrive to airport so I had to canceled and rent another company

1 out of 2

Budget

2,3

Cleanliness

2.8

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.8

3 locations in Calama

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Av Balmaceda 2634

+56 9 8717 7780

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30

El Loa

Monday07:15 - 22:45
Tuesday07:15 - 22:45
Wednesday07:15 - 22:45
Thursday07:15 - 22:45
Friday07:15 - 22:45
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00

Parq Ind Apiac Galp 18-19

+56 9 5229 3406

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30

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2,0 Poor

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Everything

2,0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

They tried to force an insurance purchase over a 7000 USD guarantee in case I didn't get it. I did not get the car with this company.

Cons:

There is no chance of getting a car without paying their own insurance (expensive obviously).

3,6 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Waited for the attendant for over 90 minutes bc no one was at the front desk!

2,0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
would have been better if they had the car reserved and reimbursed the charge for insurance that wasn't needed because the car wasn't there to begin with. could not have been a bigger waste of time or more of a buzzkill

2,0 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They referred me to another company

Cons:

The company was able to see my reservation in their computer, but were unwilling to honor it. They said that they only hone reservations made more than 48 hours in advance. I am concerned that I will be double charged, as it required a credit card t secure my reservation

5,6 Fair

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The drop off was easy.

Cons:

The pick up was terrible. The whole process took 45 minutes. On top of that, a microphone fell out of the lining of the car ceiling and was very off-putting.

1 out of 2

Europcar

5,0

Fair

No reviews available

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

4.0

2 locations in Calama

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Locations in Calama

El Loa Airport

+56 55 257 8170

Opening times not available

Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-c

+56 55 257 8300

Opening times not available

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4,8 Mediocre

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Crappy car

3,6 Poor

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

My insurance (which I purchased separately from Europcar) was not recognized by the company, and I was forced to leave a $3000 deposit (on my credit card) when picking up the car - and I found out that I was also charged another $700 for a reason I ignore! When I returned the car, they insisted that there were additional scratches (which is completely false) and refused to return my deposit. I am now trying to find a way to get my deposit back (and the additional $700 charge, which I don't understand). Terrible experience. Will never use this company again.

1 out of 0

Sixt

7,3

Good

No reviews available

One location in Calama

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Aeropuerto El Loa Calama

+56 2 2513 6000

Monday07:30 - 21:30
Tuesday07:30 - 21:30
Wednesday07:30 - 21:30
Thursday07:30 - 21:30
Friday07:30 - 21:30
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

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Ace

2,0

Poor

No reviews available

2 locations in Calama

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Aeropuerto El Loa Local 6

+56 55 231 1325

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 19:00

Almirante Juan Jose' Latorre

+56 55 234 1076

Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 19:00

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keddy by Europcar

7,9

Good

No reviews available

4 locations in Calama

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Locations in Calama

2634, Avenida Balmaceda

Opening times not available

Calama

Opening times not available

Calama Downtown

Opening times not available

Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-C, Calama

+56 552 578 300

Monday08:30 - 18:3014:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:3014:30 - 18:30
Wednesday14:30 - 18:3008:30 - 18:30
Thursday14:30 - 18:3008:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:3014:30 - 18:30

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Mitta Rent a Car

7,3

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Calama

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Locations in Calama

Calama Airport

Opening times not available

Parque Apiac sitio 3C, Calama, Región de Antofagasta.

Opening times not available

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Econorent

6,4

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Calama

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Calama

+56 55 221 1325

Monday07:30 - 21:30
Tuesday07:30 - 21:30
Wednesday07:30 - 21:30
Thursday07:30 - 21:30
Friday07:30 - 21:30
Saturday07:30 - 21:30

San Jose Latorre 2507

Opening times not available

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Fox

2,0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Calama

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Europcar, Aeropuerto El Loa

+56 55 257 8170

Opening times not available

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1First Car Rental

8,9

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Calama El Loa airport

Opening times not available

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Localiza

7,9

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Calama

Locations in Calama

Aeropuerto El Loa Calama, ., Calama

+56 5818 6097

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00

Ruta 25, Calle Barrio Indust.

Opening times not available

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INTERRENT

6,2

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

El Loa Airport

Opening times not available

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

4,9

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

El Loa Airport

Monday09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday09:00 - 19:00
Thursday09:00 - 19:00
Friday09:00 - 19:00
Saturday08:30 - 18:30
Sunday09:00 - 19:00

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No reviews available

Euro Rent a Car

No score available yet

3 locations in Calama

Locations in Calama

Av. Balmaceda 2634

Opening times not available

Avenida La Paz 1675, Calama, Chile

Opening times not available

Calama El Loa airport

Opening times not available

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A Car Rental

No score available yet

2 locations in Calama

Locations in Calama

Aeropuerto El Loa

Opening times not available

Avenida La Paz 1675

Opening times not available

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Euro Rent

No score available yet

2 locations in Calama

Locations in Calama

El Aeropuerto El Loa​

+56 9 9207 9205

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00

Hotel Diego de Almagro, Av, La Paz 1675, Calama

+56 9 9207 9205

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00

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First Rent A Car

No score available yet

2 locations in Calama

Locations in Calama

Aeropuerto El Loa

Opening times not available

Antofagasta 2268

Opening times not available

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Alamo

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Felix Hojos 2177 I Region

+56 552 594 149

Monday14:00 - 18:3008:30 - 18:30
Tuesday14:00 - 18:3008:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:3014:00 - 18:30
Thursday14:00 - 18:3008:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:3014:00 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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No reviews available

Gama Rent

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Aeropuerto El Loa

Opening times not available

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

El Loa Airport

+86 10 6064 1387

Opening times not available

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Street Rent a Car

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Anibal Pinto 1632, Calama, Antofagasta, Chile

Opening times not available

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No reviews available

Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Parque Industrial Apiac

Opening times not available

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Thrifty

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Calle La Torre 1510

+56 5734 0973

Opening times not available

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United

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Aeropuerto El Loa

Opening times not available

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UNITED RENT A CAR

No score available yet

One location in Calama

Locations in Calama

Calama El Loa airport

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12 travellers who hired a car in Calama gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.1

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Most popular car type

Full-size

When to book a car hire in Calama

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Calama car hire information

Pick-up locationCalama
Car types
Hire locations47
Airport locations25