Let Sixt rent a car make your stay in this vibrant country run more smoothly, with our easy to book car hire deals in Panama. We have a diverse fleet of vehicles for you to browse through, from family saloons, to sporty saloons and spacious minibuses. This Central American country is a fascinating destination, so let us enable you to explore it in luxury with one of our bespoke car hire packages. Read on for more details about driving, tips on places to see and advice on the rules of the road.
We have three offices where you can pick up your car rental in Panama, one in Tocumen International Airport and two in Panama City itself, one in the centre of town and one in the banking district. Choose which is most convenient for your needs whilst you are here, then arrange your rental car online in minutes. We understand that plans change, so even after you have completed a booking you can amend or cancel it, and there is usually no charge. You can use this guide as a planning tool for your trip, along with the map which highlights many of the country's most incredible locations, all of which are easily reachable when you rent a car in Panama.
Take your pick from a range of premium vehicles and even specify if you would feel more comfortable with an automatic, as we have those too. For your peace of mind we can offer road side assistance, navigation systems and additional driver cover where necessary. Just click through to the bookings area to take your pick from our useful add-ons.
When you book car hire in Panama, we will always give you plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a class of vehicle.
To hire a car in Panama, both the driver and the person arranging the rental must have a current driving license. If your license is printed in any language other than the Roman alphabet, for example, Cyrillic, Arabic or Japanese, you'll also need to present a valid international driving license. When you pick up your car, please remember to also bring a passport and another form of ID.
The minimum age for drivers in Panama is 21, for some classes of vehicle you will need to have held the license for a year, for others it's two years. You can check these requirements in the booking area of our website, where we have also created a menu showing models of car and the age requirements for each. If you are unsure, please feel free to give us a call for up to date information on restrictions. People under 25 are considered young drivers, and a daily surcharge will apply if they will be using a rental vehicle.
You can pay for car hire deals in Panama using most major international credit cards, these are: MasterCard, Visa, Eurocard and American Express. You can also pay using cash, or a Sixt Car Express Service card, along with a credit card. For each of these payment options, the driver must be a named account holder and the card should be brought to the vehicle pick-up location.
Sometimes accidents happen, and if you are involved in any kind of collision during your car hire in Panama, it's important to inform the tourist police, on 511 9260. You can also give our team a ring on 507 269-7498 for further support and assistance.
Most people find it easy to drive in the countryside or cities here, but here are a few tips that can get you off to a great start when you rent a car in Panama:
Traffic jams in urban areas can be avoided by travelling outside of the usual rush hour times. Parking in the city centre is difficult at busy times, but there are paid parking areas where your vehicle will be monitored. In the countryside, people tend to park on verges or other spaces, and there are rarely any charges.
There are a number of toll roads, both in the countryside and in Panama City most are now automated, so you won't need change. Unlimited toll usage is available as part of your car rental in Panama for a small daily charge.
Located in one of most charismatic districts of town, the Catedral Metropolitana, in the ciudad de Panamá, boasts Spanish-style architecture surrounded by pretty parkland that was once a bullring. Fuerte de San Lorenzo in the provincia de Colón is a charming abandoned village, packed with historical detail, it has superb ocean vistas and is ideal for spotting some of South America's more elusive wildlife. In the Castillo de San Jerónimo, at Portobelo, you can view an incredible example of military architecture dating back to the 1600s, whilst at the Palacio de las Garzas, in the ciudad de Panamá, you can stroll around the grand gardens in the company of the famous free range herons.
Packed with beautiful trails that criss cross the Río Caldera, Los Quetzales in the Parque Nacional, is ideal for a day's hike. Volcán Barú at the Parque Nacional Darién (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a dormant volcano, surrounded by lush green woodland with extensive views over the Caribbean Sea on a clear day. Set in the crater of an extinct volcano, Valle de Antón is a tropical paradise in the cloud forest, with many trails and an abundance of wildlife. A short drive from the city is La Laguna de San Carlos, a quiet spot that's popular with the locals and perfect for an evening barbeque.
Ciudad de Panamá is featured as the temporary home of Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious 4(2009), and in the crime drama, Escobar; Paradise Lost(2014), the picturesque western coastal destination of Chiriquí is used as a backdrop. Connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, the famous 48 mile Canal de Panamá is a national landmark and is used in the 2012 US action film, Contraband.
Cross border travel is not allowed as part of our car hire in Panama service.