There are many advantages of renting a car in Ecuador. First, public transportation outside major cities isn’t very reliable. Secondly, a car can take you to the remote areas of the country that are mostly accessed by private vehicles only, such as the mountains and the volcanic area of the Cotopaxi National Park, an 85 km (52 mi) drive south of Quito; or secluded beach spots, like Canoa on the coast.
The driver and anyone traveling in the front seat of your rental car are required to wear seatbelts in Ecuador. There are no laws about children traveling in car seats; however, you will have the opportunity to rent a car seat or booster seat from your car hire agency for about $5.58 per day.
When choosing your rental car in Ecuador, you must consider the type of terrain that you will be traveling on. Even though Ecuador is a small country, its geography is very diverse and ranges from steep hills and dirt tracks to curvy roads. You want to make sure that you pick the right type of vehicle for your vacation, so if you know you are doing a lot of rural roads in the countryside, an SUV or four-wheel drive would be best. If you are sticking to the highways, then a comfortable saloon is better suited.
As road signs are rare in Ecuador and you may find it hard to find a good map, it is a good idea to invest in a SatNav when you rent a car here. Renting a GPS device from companies like Sixt will aid you in navigating this vast country.
On average a car hire in Ecuador costs £51 per day.
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Ecuador.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Sixt (£18/day) and Hertz (£49/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Ecuador are rentalcars.com (8.4, 2 reviews), Avis (7.6, 2311 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4206 reviews).
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On average hiring a car in Ecuador costs £235 per week (£34 per day).
On average a car hire in Ecuador costs £1008 per month (£34 per day).
Driving in Ecuador is pleasant, thanks to its well-maintained roads. The following rules apply: you must always drive on the right-hand side of the road and wear your seatbelt. When you rent a car in Ecuador, you will always need to carry a valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance documents. You will find that the Pan-American Highway, which extends through 14 countries including Ecuador, is a toll road. Typical toll fees are as little as $1.
Drivers need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Ecuador. You must also hold a valid driver’s license from your home country. Any drivers under the age of 25 years old may incur a young drivers surcharge. You do not need an international driving license, just your domestic license and passport, to rent a car in the country. You will be able to drive for up to 30 days after your arrival in the country.
When you fill up your tank in Ecuador, you can expect to pay around $0.49 per liter of petrol and $1.85 per gallon. Plus, you can pay in US dollars. Petrol stations can be found all over the country and are normally open during the hours between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
The national speed limit in Ecuador is 90 km/h (56 mph), which applies predominantly on perimeter roads. If you are driving in urban areas, you cannot travel above 50 km/h (31 mph), and on curvy roads, the maximum speed you can drive is 60 km/h (37 mph). On straight roads—mainly highways—the speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Hires are subject to change and may not be available on all hire cars listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the hire cars providers' sites.