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The tropical island of Barbados sits on the eastern edge of the balmy Caribbean and is a prime spot for some sunshine in 2024. Exploring its pristine coastlines and vibrant towns by car is the perfect way to soak up the exotic scenery and culture, and hiring a car for all or part of your Barbados trip couldn’t be easier from Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). 

Language: English | Currency: Bajan dollar (BBD) | Avg. Flight time: 8 hrs 45 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Barbados?

You typically need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in Barbados, although terms can vary according to each car hire company. You also need to have held your licence for at least one year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Barbados?

In order to hire a car in Barbados you will need a personal ID, such as a passport, a valid driving licence, an International Driving Permit, and a local driving permit. The required permit can be obtained from all authorised car hire companies. You will also need a credit card to provide security for the booking.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Barbados?

Taking out car hire excess insurance can provide valuable peace of mind when hiring a car, but it’s not a legal requirement in Barbados. That’s because your hire car will have a level of insurance already included in the price. However, you’re still liable to pay the excess if you have to make a claim – and this can be expensive. Optional excess insurance can be purchased from your car hire operator or more cheaply from a third-party policy provider.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Barbados?

Many car hire companies in Barbados require you to book by credit card. If you wish to pay by debit card, you may still be required to provide credit card details as security. Always check with the hire car company in advance if you wish to pay with a debit card.

Which rental companies are available at Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport?

You can rent a vehicle from both international car hire operators and local providers at Bridgetown Airport. Ace, Alamo, Bajan Car Rentals, Courtesy Rent-A-Car, Direct Car Rental, Drive-A-Matic, Europcar, Sixt and Stoutes Car Rental all provide hire car services at the island’s airport.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Barbados?

It can work out cheaper to rent a car off site, as this avoids a premium being applied at the airport. Prices fluctuate according to demand across the year – peak time rentals are likely to be more costly.

Can you rent a car in one Bajan city and drop it off in another?

Yes, it’s possible to pick up a car in one town or city in Barbados and drop it off in another, although a relocation fee typically applies. Car hire companies will not allow you to take a vehicle off the island.

Can you rent a car the same day in Barbados?

Yes, you can find same-day rentals in Barbados. However, you may end up paying a higher rental fee, particularly at peak times. Also, you may have a more limited choice of vehicles.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Barbados?

Yes. You can hire a car at 21 years of age in Barbados providing you have held your licence for a minimum of one year. Some operators may apply a ‘young driver fee’ to customers under 25.

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