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Nicaragua car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
Thu 25/7
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Top tips for hiring a car in Nicaragua

  • Booking car hire in Nicaragua will give you more freedom to explore the country at your own pace. Whether you plan to use the highways to get between cities quickly, or you want to explore beyond the big cities, having your own vehicle will often be faster and more convenient than public transport. Driving is a great way to explore the country's coastline and beaches, as you can easily pack your beach gear and make stops along the way.
  • Many travellers choose to use public transport or taxis in big cities, such as Granada and Managua, and save their hire car for day trips. If you do choose to drive in Granada, consider adding a GPS to your booking, as the roads can be confusing, and some areas are restricted. This mostly affects the city centre, which restricts access to most private cars. You may be able to get permission to enter the area if you have a hotel reservation in the city centre.
  • If you plan to take your car across the border into Costa Rica or Honduras, let your Nicaragua car hire company know ahead of time. You'll often need extra paperwork and may need to pay an extra fee, especially if you want to book one-way car hire. Some companies may not allow you to take the vehicle across the border, but they may be able to arrange for you to drop your Nicaragua hire car at the border and pick up a new one over the border.
  • If you'll be driving with children in Nicaragua, make sure you have the correct safety equipment. Children under seven must be in a well-fitted booster seat or child restraint, appropriate for their height and weight. Children under 12 aren't allowed to sit in the front seat of the car. Most companies offering car hire in Nicaragua can also provide child seats and restraints. You can also consider bringing your own. If you're flying in, just check whether your airline counts it as additional luggage.
  • Book your car hire in Nicaragua at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in Nicaragua are around 67% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Nicaragua

  • What is the most popular car hire in Nicaragua?

    Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Nicaragua.

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

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

  • What is driving like in Nicaragua?

    Cars in Nicaragua drive on the right-hand side of the road. The roads in the cities and on highways are generally well-maintained, but you may encounter potholes and unsealed roads in rural areas. If you plan on doing a lot of driving outside cities or on beaches, you might want to consider hiring a 4WD. Additionally, you'll likely find yourself sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians, so be prepared to take it slow when necessary. It's not uncommon for drivers not to use their turn signals, and they may signal with their hands instead. You can expect to encounter police checkpoints relatively frequently, so make sure you have all the necessary documentation on hand.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Nicaragua?

    Most companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old before they can book car hire in Nicaragua. Most will also charge a young driver's fee to anyone under 25. Sometimes, certain vehicles may be restricted to drivers under 25 as well. You'll also need to present your driving licence, an International Driving Licence and your passport.

  • How are gas prices in Nicaragua?

    Petrol in Nicaragua costs roughly NIO 50 (about GBP 1.10) per litre and around NIO 185 (GBP 3.90) for a gallon. You'll generally pay by cash, but you can often find ATMs at petrol stations. You can generally find petrol stations pretty easily but make sure to fuel up when you can if you're taking long rural road trips.

  • What are the speed limits in Nicargua?

    The speed limit in built-up areas of Nicaragua is generally 45 km/h (roughly 28 mph). On rural roads, the limit is usually 60 km/h, unless otherwise stated. When you're on the highway, the limit is most often 100 km/h (about 62 mph). Bear in mind that these are usually the maximum limits and the posted speed limits can be lower in certain areas, so always keep a close eye out for signs.

Car hire directory

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Nicaragua

    13 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Nicaragua

    12 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Nicaragua

    9 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Nicaragua

    8 Locations

  • payless

    Payless car hire locations in Nicaragua

    7 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Nicaragua

    7 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Nicaragua

    6 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Nicaragua

    5 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Nicaragua

    5 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Nicaragua

    5 Locations

  • easyrentacar

    Easy Rent a Car car hire locations in Nicaragua

    4 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Nicaragua

    3 Locations

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Car hire locations in Nicaragua

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.