Calama car rentals

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Calama car rental information

Pick-up location Calama
Rental locations 25
Airport locations 11

Calama car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Thrifty
thrifty
Best rated
7.1 Good (2,725 reviews)
1 location in Calama
Thrifty
Locations in Calama
Calle La Torre 1510
+56 5734 0973
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Thrifty reviews in Calama

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Rated no. 2
National
national
9.6 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Calama
National
Locations in Calama
Felix Hojos 2177 Ii Region
+56 5522 8528
Monday08:30 - 13:00
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Tuesday08:30 - 13:00
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Wednesday08:30 - 13:00
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Saturday09:00 - 14:00
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Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
9 Aug 2019
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!
Rated no. 3
Budget
4.2 Okay (8 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Budget
Locations in Calama
Balmaceda 1204
+56 952 293 406
Monday09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
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Friday09:00 - 18:00
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El Loa
+56 5556 3154
Monday08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 20:00
Thursday08:30 - 20:00
Friday08:30 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday14:30 - 20:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
26 Mar 2019
Pros: We did not even get a car. and there is no contact details to make a complaint. I will not be using Kayak again. It has cost me money.
Cons: Do not sell car rentals that are not available.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Aug 2016
Not honest
Pros: The price seemed to be cheap.
Cons: The price wasn't real. I was forced to increase the insurance and pay extra or leave a pledge for the total value of the car. They also made me feel insidiously insecure for the car i was renting so i feel renting a more expensive vehicle. The assistant was not kind from my point of view.
6.0 Good
11 Jan 2017
Pros: The car was ok
Cons: The person at the desk didn't speak any English.
4.4 Okay
8 Apr 2019
Pros: Drop of was easy enough drop keys and parking ticket in a box as no one at the counter again. Refund of our 3,000,000 pesos deposit still pending a day later. Avoid this company like the plague.
Cons: We waited 2.5 hours in Calama airport for someone to appear @ counter. Despite booking a large SUV none were available. We were finally given a manual dual cab pickup. Luggage for 5 people had to go in the open tray. A few days later the brakes failed. Lost 1/2 day awaiting new car with 1/2 tank gas
8.0 Excellent
10 May 2019
Cons: A bit slow picking it up. Thankfully there was no line. The agent was pleasant enough but it took 20 minutes.
5.6 Okay
26 May 2019
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.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Jun 2019
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
3.6 Mediocre
7 Oct 2019
Cons: Waited for the attendant for over 90 minutes bc no one was at the front desk!
Rated no. 4
Europcar
europcar
4.2 Okay (2 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Europcar
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
+56 552 578 170
Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-c
+56 552 578 300
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre
4 Sep 2018
Terrible experience
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.
4.8 Okay
24 Apr 2019
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Crappy car
Rated no. 5
Avis
avis
3.0 Mediocre (2 reviews)
2 locations in Calama
Avis
Locations in Calama
Balmaceda 1204
+56 227 953 963
Monday09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
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El Loa Airport
+56 5579 3968
Monday08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 20:00
Thursday08:30 - 20:00
Friday08:30 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday14:30 - 20:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
8 Mar 2019
Cons: Avis was close when arrive to airport so I had to canceled and rent another company
4.0 Okay
7 Jul 2019
Pros: Drop off was horrible. Deposit was ridiculously high
Rated no. 6
Advantage
advantage
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Calama
Advantage
Locations in Calama
Calama - Europcar El Loa Airport
+56 552 578 170
Monday06:00 - 14:00
Tuesday06:00 - 14:00
Wednesday06:00 - 14:00
Thursday06:00 - 14:00
Friday06:00 - 14:00
Saturday06:00 - 14:00
Sunday06:00 - 14:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
22 May 2018
The reservation didn't exist and your contact staff sucks
Pros: Nothing
Cons: The rental places said they never got a booking and when I tried to get a refund for my insurance your staff was unhelpful kayak
Rated no. 7
Ace
ace
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
2 locations in Calama
Ace
Locations in Calama
Aeropuerto El Loa Local 6
+56 552 311 325
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:30 - 20:30
Sunday08:30 - 23:00
Almirante Juan Jose' Latorre
+56 552 341 076
Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30
Friday08:30 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday
Econorent
econorent
2 locations in Calama
Econorent
Locations in Calama
Calama
San Jose Latorre 2507
Hertz
hertz
2 locations in Calama
Hertz
Locations in Calama
Apto El Loa
+56 5531 5762
Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 23:00
Parque Apiac Sitio #3c
+56 552 341 380
Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
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keddy by Europcar
keddy
2 locations in Calama
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Calama
Calama
Parque Industrial Apiac Sitio 1-C, Calama
+56 552 578 300
Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Calama
Sunnycars
Locations in Calama
AV. Granaderos 1416
Barrio Industrial Apiac Lote 1C
A Car Rental
acar
1 location in Calama
A Car Rental
Locations in Calama
2634, Balmaceda
Alamo
alamo
1 location in Calama
Alamo
Locations in Calama
Felix Hojos 2177 I Region
+56 552 594 149
Monday08:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:30
Wednesday08:30 - 13:00
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Thursday08:30 - 13:00
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Friday08:30 - 13:00
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Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Chilean Rent A Car
chileanrentacar
1 location in Calama
Chilean Rent A Car
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
+56 229 638 760
INTERRENT
interrent
1 location in Calama
INTERRENT
Locations in Calama
El Loa Airport
Localiza
localiza
1 location in Calama
Localiza
Locations in Calama
Ruta 25, Calle Barrio Indust.
14 travellers who hired a car in Calama gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.3

Car rental locations in or near Calama

When to book a rental car in Calama

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Top tips for renting 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 rental car in Calama at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Calama

What is the cheapest car rental company in Calama?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Chilean Rent A Car (RM 114/day), A Car Rental (RM 155/day) and keddy by Europcar (RM 189/day).

What is the best rental car company in Calama?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Calama are Budget (7.4, 4191 reviews), Thrifty (7.1, 2725 reviews), and rentalcars.com (6.9, 1425 reviews).

What is the cheapest car hire location in Calama?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Chilean Rent A Car El Loa Airport null (5 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Calama?

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

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.

How are gas prices in Calama?

One liter of petrol in Calama costs around CH$800 ($1.17 USD, which is about $4.68 per US gallon). If you plan trips to one of the surrounding national parks, the Atacama Desert, or the geysers, make sure to fill up the tank beforehand, as petrol stations are a rare sight outside the city limits and you would not want to increase the risk of running out of petrol in the middle of nowhere.

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.

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