Panama City Car Hire

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Pick-up location Panama City
Hire locations 62
Airport locations 26

Panama City car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Thrifty
Best rated
4,4 Okay (32 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Thrifty
Locations in Panama City
Ave Domingo Diaz, Tocumen
+507 204 9591
Avenida Domingo Diaz
+507 204 9555
Panama Domestic/intl Apo, Pa.
+507 315 0144
Tocumen Intl Apt, Panama
+507 238 4955
Via Espana N0. 100
+507 214 7677
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  • 5.2
  • 4.1
  • 3.4
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 14 2019
No car
Cons: When I arrived at the specified time of pickup, they didn't have a car for me to rent. This was a big problem, in part because the only available car in the airport was from Express Rent a Car and it had a nail in one tire, and a thumb tack in another. The whole experience was bad.
2,0 Mediocre
Nov 7 2016
Walked away
Pros: When we first got to the office we were told they could not honor the Internet rate we got through kayak. So instead of $106 it was $177. Surprised but ok with it for the monthly rate. But then it turns out they cannot or will not accept any other insurance plan but their own, mandatory. Not US insurance which is understandable but also not Amex. Ok then, what s the rental rate with insurance? $1270. Yup. Not a typo. The office could not give us any breakdown and gave us all sorts of numbers which we could not make any sense of. We could not get info on what was the car rate, what different insurance plans there were. It turns out it is the law to have Panama insurance, which is obviously ok, but the rates the rental companies charge are crazy. At the very least there should be such information available when you book online. We decided to not rent the car in those circumstances and they were not very nice about it but we were not charged.
Cons: Not honoring internet rate. Not explaining the various rates and insurance fees.
8,0 Excellent
Jan 7 2017
Pros: The vehicle was good. Personnel were good.
Cons: Their explanation of the insurance caused confusion and anxiety. Insurance for 3 days almost what a monthly payment cost. Once understanding their policies all went well. Also there is no designated return area for returning the vehicle nor were we given any explanation on where or how.
3,2 Mediocre
Jul 18 2017
Watch out for the cost of the insurance!
Cons: Prepare to pay three times more for the cost of insurance. The rent was $87 and the insurance $ 240. And it is mandatory to take, they won´t allow the use of any other insurance, even though you have one. Do not expect the same service you receive in the USA. I booked an SUV and they gave me one of lower level (Creta instead of a Tucson) arguing that they were of the same level. It clearly is not. In Thrifty Panama, there is no policy to give you a better car if they do not have the one you rented, you get a worse car one for the same price, even if you disagree. They do not offer the transfer service to the hotel or airport. You should take a taxi in an area that is not safe. I do not recommend it.
3,6 Mediocre
Sep 8 2017
Low deceiving pricing
Cons: There was a "mandatory" insurance charge which was 3 times what the price of the car was....very disappointing that it wasn't listed when booking
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 2 2018
Cons: Car I had reserved months prior was not available. To go from an suv to a yaris for 4 people with luggage was not good. Staff was not helpful at both ends of the trip. Don't rent from Thrifty at the Allbrook airport.
2,0 Mediocre
Feb 25 2018
Cons: They did not have any cars
2,0 Mediocre
Oct 16 2018
The car wouldn't start & then they charged me to refuel it!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: So several times the keyless start didn't recognize the key was there, until finally the car wouldn't even open. We had to open it using the manual key, but there's NO WAY TO start the car without the car simply 'recognizing' that the key is near the car. We FINALLY and MIRACULOUSLY got the car started and drove it directly to the hotel so we would be safe to have them come get it. They brought ANOTHER key and that didn't work either, so we switched vehicles and they asked me to fuel it up before I brought it back. What the heck? And then they charged me full price to fill it up when I returned the second car. I NEVER make poor reviews but these guys are THE WORST. How the heck am I going to fill up a car I can't start!????????!!! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. I'm so angry I'm beyond more words.
5,6 Okay
Aug 9 2019
Pros: The clerk at check out was very friendly and helpful. The return process was very easy.
Cons: My only complaint is that the price I was originally quoted was $264.00 but the final cost ended up being $927.00. That is quite a difference!!
4,4 Okay
Dec 1 2016
Terrible Experience from Start to Finish
Cons: When I got to the rental car desk, I was surprised to find to out that they refused to accept my existing insurance coverage through my credit card and forced me to sign up for their far more expensive coverage that literally cost 11x the price of the car per day. When I dropped the rental car off, there was literally no one from Thrifty at the lot. Every other rental agency had someone present, but I had to leave the car outside, go talk to an agent inside, check in for my flight, RETURN to the rental desk to finish the check out process, then get back in line for airport security. Awful experience.
Rated no. 2
Budget
6,3 Good (4 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Budget
Locations in Panama City
El Cangrejo, 55th Street
+507 214 6806
Omar Torrijos Avenue
+507 315 0201
Tocumen Int'l Aeropuerto
+507 238 4069
Via Espana,calle Gabriela
+507 263 9190
Via Israel And 77th Street
+507 270 0477
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  • 5.5
  • 4.5
Recent reviews
7,6 Good
Jul 18 2016
Beware of hidden policies/charges like obligatory
Pros: The price was amazing at first, $4 per day and $9 for insurance.
Cons: The $9 insurance purchased through kayak was not recognized in Panama by budget and I was forced to buy insurance through Budget as well. The cheapest insurance was $18. It was still a good deal but I felt a little deceived by the price because the obligatory additional insurance was not mentioned as far as I know and the insurance I did by wasn't recognized by budget, so basically a waste of money turning a good deal into an average deal :(
4,4 Okay
Jan 29 2017
Cons: The road and signs are all in Spanish and the counter personal are not fluent in English. We unfortunateyl got lost and the rental agency tried their best to escort us to our hotel. Driving in Panama however was very dangerous and would not rent a car there ever again.
3,2 Mediocre
Nov 26 2018
Terrible! The car broke down and agency wants to charge me for it!
Cons: Very poor customer service. Had car 1 day and it left me stranded. Clutch damage seems to be issue and agency wants to charge me for it. They also want to charge me for full rental and gas (which I was unable to fill because car broke down). Terrible customer service upon return. This was a terrible experience overall!
10,0 Excellent
Sep 23 2017
Excelente servicio
Pros: Todo fue muy rápido. Muy buen servicio. El carro era nuevo con poco kilometraje. El servicio de entrega también fue muy rápido. Estoy complacido con el servicio de budget.
Rated no. 3
Alamo
5,7 Okay (11 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
Alamo
Locations in Panama City
Ave Diogenes De La Rosa
+507 315 0416
Calle 50 Convia Brasil
+507 275 7158
Tocumen International Airport
+507 238 4142
Via Espana - Hotel Continental
+507 269 8551
Via Ricardo J Alfaro Entrada
+507 236 5752
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  • 5.9
  • 4.6
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
Jul 30 2016
Pros: Very professional. Good car.
10,0 Excellent
Jan 20 2018
Cons: No mention of the fuel policy.
7,6 Good
Mar 23 2018
why do you say 250$ in the reservation and I end with 720$?!?!
Pros: y
Cons: h
5,2 Okay
Oct 21 2016
Considerable price change ^
Pros: I liked the convenience of booking in advance at what seemed like an excellent fare. Too bad it was all wrong.
Cons: The insurance that I was sold online did not meet the local requirements. When I arrived I was told that my 4 day rental would go from <$50 to $180. The required insurance was over $110 and and was not mentioned until arrival at the counter. I was also charged $5 for gas eventhough I returned it with more fuel than it had when I picked it up. Charged for an additional driver and was told that it was standard regardless of how many people would be driving. Generally felt scammed.
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 8 2017
Gave our reservation away
Cons: When we arrived at the airport, we found that Alamo gave our car away so that our reservation was good for nothing. We were left to take an expensive taxi to our hotel and instead of enjoying our night, we had to spend more than three hours trying to find a car. Never going with Alamo again.
5,2 Okay
Apr 21 2019
Pros: They provided me a new car with little to no miles on it but that is the best thing about the service I received.
Cons: They misadvertise their price with my online $85 booking turning into $300 when I arrived at the counter due to a mandatory insurance that they did not include upfront. Also hit me with a $10 charge for having the gas just off the full line.
2,0 Mediocre
Apr 27 2019
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I reserved the car online. A few days later I received an email offering insurance with Allianz. I got the insurance. When I was going to pick up the car I was told I had to pay an extra 130 usd. I asked them why and they told me for insurance purposes. I showed them the insurance I bought......
6,8 Good
Jun 25 2019
Cons: There was hidden cost not disclosed to us when we reserved the car online. We were only made aware of this hidden cost (mandatory insurance) when we picked up the car at the airport. The price to rent the car more than doubled the price we were quoted at the time we reserved it online.
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 13 2019
Pros: They have different rules in Panama then they charge you a whole different amount on the rental
Cons: It would have been better if your website wouldn’t false advertise the rental terms and conditions
7,2 Good
Sep 6 2019
Cons: Took the midsized SUV. Toyota. For going up in the mountains. Had a gutless engine, smaller than the sedan. Had to put it in 1st and redline the tac to go up paved roads.
Rated no. 4
National
national
5,5 Okay (3 reviews)
5 locations in Panama City
National
Locations in Panama City
Ave Diogenes De La Rosa Y
+507 317 6161
Ave Diogenes De La Rosa
+507 315 0416
Calle 50 Ph Universal 50
+507 265 3333
Calle 55 El Cangrejo
+507 265 5092
Tocumen International Airport
+507 238 4144
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  • 6.0
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  • 4.7
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
Feb 25 2018
Only company to use in Panama
Pros: It was almost like renting in the USA
Cons: At Tocumen it took about 20 minutes to drop off the car, a process that takes 2-3 minutes at home (or less)
4,4 Okay
Apr 23 2019
Cons: I was deceived by the price of the rental and was assured by national that there were no hidden costs. I enended up paying 300 dollars in hidden costs once I got to my destination.
2,0 Mediocre
Jun 23 2019
Cons: I was overcharged on the liability insurance, the disclosures on CarRentals.com the partner stated "PLI wo purchase of CDW- 12.00 USD Per Day" but I was charged 16 per day, I asked to be given the rate I was promised but they kindly refused, contract No 5044014
Rated no. 5
Dollar
4,2 Okay (11 reviews)
8 locations in Panama City
Dollar
Locations in Panama City
Ave Eusebio A Morales
Ave Ricardo J. Alfaro
Ciudad De Santiago De Veragus
+507 270 0355
Panama City Intl Ap
Panama Domestic/intl Apo, Pa.
+507 270 0355
Santa Maria Plaza Mall
+507 279 5721
Via Israel And 74th Street
+507 270 0355
Via Tocumen
+507 236 4955
  • 4.2
  • 6.0
  • 5.8
  • 3.7
  • 3.2
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 23 2016
Cons: Customer service in ocean trum location is terrible . The front desk attendant is rude and inefficient.
4,8 Okay
Sep 12 2016
Did not get what I ordered and the panamapass is o
Pros: I will be complaining directly to Dollar about my experience.
Cons: I ordered a small car - they gave me a Tucson - it was late that evening and I was too tired to fight about it. I get small cars because the required insurance costs less and the gas is less. I was not told about where to park when I returned the car either and the $7/day for the panama pass is outrageous. The tolls equate to less than $10 for the trip to and from the airport. He said we could not use cash and we say lines that allowed cash payment. I will be requesting a credit from Dollar for the upcharge on the insurance and the pass charges. . Our biggest expense when visiting Panama is the car rental.
6,8 Good
Nov 21 2016
Cons: The price was not sincere, I paid before my travel, and when I arrived to tha airport to pick up my car, they say that I have tio pay more.
2,0 Mediocre
Nov 27 2016
Smoking car and prepaid fiasco
Pros: The clerk at the pick up counter was courteous
Cons: No sympathy from the clerk at the drop off counter. Dismissed my issues of giving me a smoking vehicle and only 3/4 of a tank of gas when I prepaid for a full tank. Said it was my fault for not reporting my problems earlier. No help whatsoever.
4,4 Okay
Dec 5 2016
Cons: Tried to charge us more than they were suppose to when vehicle was returned
7,6 Good
Dec 13 2016
Rental review
Pros: They were ready to take care of my needs
Cons: That one of the agent was easily distracted
2,0 Mediocre
Dec 30 2016
Did not honor kayak reservation
Cons: The location at Panama City airport did not honor the reservation and I had to pay more than twice the reservation amount
3,6 Mediocre
Jan 5 2017
They want us to buy a them a new windshield.
Cons: When we returned the car they noticed a very small chip in the windshield and said I would need to pay for a new windshield. My passenger says he noticed the chip when we drove off. When we picked up the car we watched the inspector go around it. He didn't look at the glass, and the chip is very hard to see from the outside. The visa charge is $600 - $700 above the rental but they have not sent me the detail of charges I requested. They haven't responded to my email. The phone number provided by Dollar corporate is out of service and they didn't pick up at the 800 number on the brochure. Dollar US says it isn't their problem because the Panama agency is independent.
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 26 2017
Pros: the initial transition was very pleasant
Cons: While, having mechanical issues with the car, we still had to pay for it. I don't think. I'd use them again.
4,4 Okay
Mar 18 2017
Beware of renting cars in Panama
Pros: Car was nice.
Cons: The rental price quadrupled when I went to pick the car up. A bunch of feed not listed on Kayak were added that quadrupled the rate I was quoted.
Rated no. 6
Avis
4,0 Okay (9 reviews)
6 locations in Panama City
Avis
Locations in Panama City
Ave De La Rotonda
+507 278 9444
Avenida Balboa
+507 398 0360
Avenida Domingo Diaz
+507 238 4056
Calle D, El Cangrejo
+507 213 0555
Edif Distribuidora.David
+507 278 9455
Marcos A Gelabert Airport Albrook Field
+507 315 0434
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  • 4.9
  • 4.4
  • 4.0
  • 3.3
Recent reviews
3,6 Mediocre
Dec 31 2016
Reservation and Insurance not honored.
Cons: I arrived 3 in the morning. Presented the reservation and international insurance policy. The receptionist said she couldn't honor the reservation because the insurance company wasn't recognized by Avis Panama. Instead of $75.00 (I also had paid $90.00 for Allinaz Insurance) I was charged $333.10 for the rental. Make sure you have insurance honored by Avis or else you will be stung.
8,0 Excellent
Jan 20 2017
Pros: Great customer service at the counter and outside at the rental parking lot.
Cons: The first couple of parking stalls in Line 1 are difficult to get out of. Would recommend backing the cars in if possible. Panapass toll didn't work on part of the Panama/colon expressway toll. Luckily there was no traffic behind and was able to move over to toll agent booth.
4,4 Okay
Feb 14 2019
Pros: Mediocre
Cons: The car you show in the reservation doesn't have in Panama.They give to me smallest car and refuse to honored the real size of rent for upgrade. Is my first and the last time I will rent with AVIS.
2,0 Mediocre
Mar 12 2019
Cons: Your cars in panama or un rentable the two insurance fees are very high and they reluctantly wanted to honor the reservation the USA and requested a hold on my AMX card for $10,000.00 just because I have my own insurance coverage you may need to address that problem sometimes people do not Compla
2,4 Mediocre
Mar 29 2019
Pros: Staff at the drop of was friendly.
Cons: I made a reservation for a 7 passengers vehicle and they didn't have it, they wanted me to take a 4 passengers instead. Finally they ended giving me an old, dirty and not in the best of shape minivan. They told me that I have to call them if I want to ensure to get the right vehicle.
4,8 Okay
Apr 7 2019
Pros: Staff nice.
Cons: Had no idea I would need a 10000 deposit if I used my own insurance coverage- giving a company jn a foreign country 10k wasn’t going to happen so we ended up buying the local insurance which doubled the cost I had planned to use- a huge shocker!!!
4,0 Okay
Apr 22 2019
Pros: They refused the type of car that we had booked. Then tried to oversell the insurance - told us that the insurance we bought did not meet "mandatory" requirements. And finally proceeded to charge a $10,000.00 deposit on our credit card!
Cons: Honesty would be helpful.
2,0 Mediocre
Mar 5 2017
Rental was not available
Cons: Went to pick up the rental and was told it was not available, highly disappointed!
4,8 Okay
Jan 8 2017
Kayak deal NOT honoured
Pros: Rather than being charged 35$ for 5 days as indicated by Kayak we were charged 25$ per day plus insurance. Our total, after we got out of all of the unecessary insurance ($400) was $240 to cover third party and collision, including the $125 for the car. The Avis agent was not adequately answering my questions. The tire began leaking air the moment we got the car (surprsiginly someone else we had met on our trip that rented with Avis also had the same tire Issue) and the tires were balding already. Either Avis is responsible and ripping off customers or Kayaks so called 'deals' are entirely false. We will not reserve a car through either organization again.
Rated no. 7
Ace
ace
2,0 Mediocre (1 review)
3 locations in Panama City
Ace
Locations in Panama City
Ave. Mulvehill
+507 7263 1030
Calle 50
+507 378 9090
Marcos a Gelabert Intl Arpt
+507 315 0385
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Feb 22 2017
DON'T RENT FROM THIS COMPANY!!!
Pros: Nothing!
Cons: There is no one at the counter. You have to call and after an hour wait, they show up. It gets worse, when we came back to drop off the car, there was no one there! We almost missed our flight. Every other company at that airport terminal told us this was normal for Ace and went on about their inability to provide even the most basic customer service.
Rated no. 8
Hertz
hertz
2,0 Mediocre (1 review)
4 locations in Panama City
Hertz
Locations in Panama City
Aeropuerto Marcos A Gelabert
+507 321 8308
Apto. Intl De Tocumen
+507 260 0000
Av. Belisario Porras
+507 321 8301
Calle Eusebio A Morales
+507 301 2699
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 3.0
  • 2.0
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 31 2017
Pros: Kayak quoted 130 dollars, when I got to hertz the charge was over 500 dollars. I was in Panama as a volunteer translator for a small ngo, I was going to pick up the rental, buyback once the price hike occurred, I told the ngo that they would have to pay for the rental. They agreed. If the difference was fifty/sixty dollars, no problem, but the difference in price was over 400 dollars. Very upset and disappointed in that
Sixt
5 locations in Panama City
Sixt
Locations in Panama City
Avenida Mulvehill
+507 321 6349
Calle 50 y 67 San Francisco
+507 321 6340
Calle Elvira Mendez 52
+507 269 7498
Calle Eusebio A. Morales
+507 321 6303
Via Tocumen 1
+507 321 6350
Sunnycars
sunnycars
5 locations in Panama City
Sunnycars
Locations in Panama City
Avenida Belisario Porras
Calle 50
Calle Eusebio A. Morales
Ricardo J. Alfaro Avenue
Via España and Ricardo Arias Street
Firefly
firefly
4 locations in Panama City
Firefly
Locations in Panama City
Marcos A Gelabert Albrook Apt
+507 279 5777
Metro Mail, Ave Domingo Diaz
+507 321 8383
Tocumen Intl Airport
+507 270 0355
Via Tocumen Hotel Crowne Plaza
+507 321 8383
MEXRENTACAR
mexrentacar
3 locations in Panama City
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Panama City
Panama Pacifico Airport
Tocumen International Airport
Via Veneto, Calle Augusto Samuel Boyd
ACO Rent A Car
aco
1 location in Panama City
ACO Rent A Car
Locations in Panama City
El Cangrejo Calle D Edf
+507 397 5116
Economy Rent a Car
economy
1 location in Panama City
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Panama City
Hotel Riande Airport, Ave. Domingo Diaz, Tocumen
+507 266 1557
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in Panama City
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Panama City
Tocumen Office Storage- Galera No12 Via Panamerica
72 travellers who hired a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4,6

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What is the cheapest car hire agency in Panama City?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Dollar (R199/day), Sixt (R270/day) and Alamo (R526/day).

What is the best car hire agency in Panama City?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Panama City are Alamo (8,7, 6499 reviews), Avis (7,6, 2264 reviews), and Sixt (7,4, 1095 reviews).

What is the cheapest car hire location in Panama City?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Dollar Panama City Intl Ap null (18 kilometres from the city centre).

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