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The cheapest (and most expensive) cities to rent a car in 2020

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Montenegro’s capital Podgorica is the cheapest city in the world for car hire, at $40.85 to rent a mid-size vehicle for a week. Serbia’s capital city Belgrade and the Croatian capital Zagreb follow in second and third costing $56.66 and $73.91 for a week’s driving.

It’s followed by Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Athens (Greece), Brasilia (Brazil), and Vilnius (Lithuania) in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, costing $77.93, $107.99, $118.8, $124.23, and $129.16 respectively.

The Bulgarian capital Sofia ($137.71) and the Danish capital Copenhagen ($138.62) complete the top ten cheapest cities to rent a car in 2020.

In America, you’ll pay a fair bit more. Placed in 57th for cheapness, a week’s car rental in Washington DC will cost you $368.14.

The cheapest cities to rent a car in 2020

RankCityCountryWeekly Car Rental (USD)
1PodgoricaMontenegro40.85
2BelgradeSerbia56.66
3ZagrebCroatia73.91
4SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina77.93
5Guatemala CityGuatemala107.99
6AthensGreece118.8
7BrasiliaBrazil124.23
8VilniusLithuania129.16
9SofiaBulgaria137.71
10CopenhagenDenmark138.62
11LisbonPortugal139.64
12Cape TownSouth Africa161.09
13RigaLatvia173.39
14TallinnEstonia181.74
15RomeItaly190.85
16BangkokThailand193.07
17NicosiaCyprus197.57
18Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates199.03
19BratislavaSlovakia203.39
20LjubljanaSlovenia211.76
21New DelhiIndia213.06
22ParisFrance214.21
23DublinIreland221.71
24LimaPeru222.13
25BucharestRomania224.35
26San SalvadorEl Salvador227.68
27TiranaAlbania228.08
28SkopjeNorth Macedonia229.78
29RabatMorocco231.27
30AmsterdamNetherlands243.38
31MadridSpain246.23
32RiyadhSaudi Arabia253.21
33OttawaCanada272.49
34BeirutLebanon275.2
35Saint JohnsAntigua and Barbuda276.02
36WindhoekNamibia286.2
37HelsinkiFinland292.08
38Kuwait CityKuwait294.29
39OsloNorway301.07
40LondonUnited Kingdom307.92
41TunisTunisia308.85
42YerevanArmenia311.02
43BeijingChina321.4
44MaseruLesotho321.66
45CairoEgypt321.7
46BernSwitzerland322.14
47BrusselsBelgium322.73
48ManamaBahrain322.99
49MuscatOman324.27
50WarsawPoland324.32
51Buenos AiresArgentina329.88
52KyivUkraine330.02
53BerlinGermany344.87
54AmmanJordan347.78
55DohaQatar356.01
56Mexico CityMexico361.53
57Washington DCUnited States368.14
58BogotaColombia376.01
59Santo DomingoDominican Republic376.54
60ReykjavikIceland383.43
61ViennaAustria386.19
62QuitoEcuador390.1
63SeoulSouth Korea392.25
64MinskBelarus395.82
65BakuAzerbaijan409.75
66Kuala LumpurMalaysia418.55
67TokyoJapan426.4
68ManaguaNicaragua427.4
69MoscowRussia435.84
70StockholmSweden453.31
71PragueCzech Republic458.55
72SantiagoChile463.66
73ManilaPhilippines487.43
74CanberraAustralia492.36
75SingaporeSingapore528.89
76Saint George'sGrenada543.41
77MaputoMozambique548.99
78SuvaFiji553.03
79DjiboutiDjibouti560.05
80TripoliLibya587.4
81TegucigalpaHonduras594.45
82San JoseCosta Rica596.84
83BridgetownBarabados612.29
84AnkaraTurkey651.61
85LuxembourgLuxembourg655.67
86BudapestHungary655.8
87TbilisiGeorgia676.83
88Hong KongHong Kong690.18
89LibrevilleGabon706.15
90GaboroneBotswana709.11
91WellingtonNew Zealand715.06
92NairobiKenya779.05
93LusakaZambia817.41
94HarareZimbabwe839.61
95Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea866.59
96LuandaAngola887.71
97OuagadougouBurkina Faso1103.23
98Porto-NovoBenin1123.35
99AccraGhana1190.94
100Phnom PenhCambodia1192.96

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By contrast, Phnom Penh in Cambodia is the world’s most expensive city for car hire, at $1,192.96 to rent a mid-size vehicle for a week. Accra in Ghana and Benin’s Porto-Novo follow in second and third costing $1,190.94 and $1,123.35 for a week’s driving.

It’s followed by Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Luanda (Angola), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Harare (Zimbabwe), and Lusaka (Zambia) in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, costing $1,103.23, $887.71, $866.59, $839.61, and $817.41 respectively.

To assemble and rank this list of the cheapest (and most expensive) cities to rent a car in 2020, CEOWORLD magazine consulted numerous roundups from a wide range of online publications, including car hire companies Avis, Sixt, and Hertz, as well as numerous city-specific car rental companies. We searched for mid-size cars to hire from March 1, 2020 – March 8, 2020, for a driver aged between 30 and 70. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final choice of cities was judged editorially, as was their position on the list.

Kenyan capital city Nairobi (779.05) and the capital city of New Zealand Wellington N ($138.62) complete the top ten most expensive cities to rent a car in 2020.



Anna Papadopoulos
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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