Tips and advice when looking for a rental car in Iceland
Here we have put together some tips on what to consider when looking for a rental car in Iceland and regions/states such as Capital, Northeast, South, Southern Peninsula, West, East, Northwest and Westfjords.
Book as early as possible
Book as early as possible, it will usually be more expensive if you wait. In large cities such as Reykjavik, Kopavogur, Hafnarfjordur, Akureyri, Akranes, Sauðarkrokur and Þórshöfn, prices often rise the later you book. It can also be difficult to find cars at major airports such as Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport, Reykjavik Airport, Akureyri Airport, Vestmannaeyjar Airport, Ísafjörður Airport, Sauðárkrókur Airport, Egilsstaðir Airport, Hornafjörður Airport, Patreksfjordur Airport and Vopnafjörður Airport, if you wait too long.
Do a quick inspection upon pickup
Inspect and examine the rental car when you pick it up. Check that all damages, scratches and dents are included in the condition report. Check how big the deductible is! What often differentiates between smaller, cheaper companies in Iceland and larger global companies is the amount of the deductible. Also read the conditions carefully when it comes to how the car is to be returned. Smaller local companies may have an administrative fee if the car is to be returned with an empty tank. Any fee is stated in our terms and conditions when you apply.
Compare prices from several companies and book the rental car on the Internet
Searching and booking car rental on the Internet becomes cheaper and it is easier and takes less time. Compare many companies and sites to find the best price. Autoprio.com compares several companies at the same time in a single search via Cartrawler. We do not own any cars but only compare prices from different companies such as e.g. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, Thrifty, National, Enterprise, Alamo and Dollar, etc.
Are there several of you who will drive the car? Where are you going?
Extra driver? If more than one person is driving the car, this must be stated at the time of booking or at the company upon arrival. Remember that there may be restrictions on driving the car to other countries and taking the car from or to islands such as Flatey, .
Review the contract & terms carefully
Review and read the rental conditions before booking the rental car. Autoprio.com offers rental cars from several different rental car companies and the conditions differ between the different companies. Smaller companies may have administrative fees to be paid on site that relate to refueling after return. Any fees are stated during the booking. Review and read the contract when you pick up your rental car. Autoprio.com offers cheap rental cars from several different rental car companies in Iceland and the contract differs between the different companies. If there is something you do not understand in the contract, ask someone from the company on site or contact us directly.
Refuel the car before returning it
Different companies have different fuel conditions. If the car is to be refueled before return, do so to avoid extra fees from the rental car company. Some smaller companies have an administrative fee for refueling the car if it is to be left empty, which is stated in the conditions but not always in the total price. Look extra carefully at the refueling regulations! If the company has 'Pick up full, drop off empty' then there may be an administrative fee for refueling. Any fee is stated during the booking. It is often the cheaper companies that have 'Pick up full, drop off empty'.
Is free mileage / free miles included?
Check that free mileage is included in the rent. If free mileage is not included, check that the number of kilometers in the contract is sufficient. All major companies have unlimited mileage, but less expensive companies may have a maximum mileage per day.
Frequently asked questions about car rental & renting a car in Iceland
How can I find car rentals near me in Iceland?
Do a search for the city, island or airport closest to you in Iceland. A search for country or e.g. island in Iceland lists the largest airports like Ísafjörður Airport, Akureyri Airport, Reykjavik Airport, Vestmannaeyjar Airport, Hornafjörður Airport, Egilsstaðir Airport, Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport, Sauðárkrókur Airport, Vopnafjörður Airport and Patreksfjordur Airport. Then take a look at our map of cheap car hire companies to find the best rental cars near you.
What is the best rental car company in Iceland?
Based on ratings and reviews on autoprio.com, the best car rental companies in Iceland are Hertz, National, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget. You can find these car hire companies in cities like Kopavogur, Þórshöfn, Reykjavik, Akranes, Hafnarfjordur, Sauðarkrokur and Akureyri.
Do I need an international driver’s licence in Iceland?
If your licence is not printed in the Roman alphabet (i.e. Arabic, Greek, Russian or Chinese) you will need to bring an international driving licence and your domestic licence in Iceland. If you are renting abroad (outside your country of residence, or outside where your license was issued), an international drivers licence is usually required regardless of the alphabet. International driver’s licences must be accompanied by the original domestic licence of the driver.
What are the most popular car rental locations in Iceland?
Based on searches on autoprio.com, the most popular cities to rent a car in Iceland are Kopavogur, Þórshöfn, Reykjavik, Akranes, Hafnarfjordur, Sauðarkrokur and Akureyri. The most popular airports are Vestmannaeyjar Airport, Akureyri Airport, Sauðárkrókur Airport, Ísafjörður Airport, Reykjavik Airport and Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport.
What is the cheapest car rental company in Iceland?
In the past 14 days, the cheapest rental cars were found on Autoprio.com at Orange Car Rental, Geysir, RAS, Fit Car Rental, Route1, Procar, Faircar and Ice Rental Cars in cities like Kopavogur, Þórshöfn, Reykjavik, Akranes, Hafnarfjordur, Sauðarkrokur and Akureyri, etc and at airports like Vestmannaeyjar Airport, Akureyri Airport, Sauðárkrókur Airport, Ísafjörður Airport, Reykjavik Airport and Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport, etc.
Are there any cross-border charges if you want to leave Iceland?
The car rental agents like Hertz, National, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget may choose to charge you for cross-border travel. Any fees will need to be paid at the rental desk in Iceland in local currency. We will state whether cross-border travel is allowed and in which countries at the time of booking under rental conditions at Autoprio.com.
Are there extra charges for drop-off at a different location in Iceland?
Yes, in most cases the car rental agents like Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Sixt and Budget will charge an extra fee if you wish to return the vehicle at a different location in Iceland. We will clearly state whether the one-way fee is included in the rental price or what additional cost may arise at the time of booking at Autoprio.com.
How much do you charge for excess in Iceland?
The excess amount depends on the car hire company and the rented vehicle and it will be refunded within 10-28 days after the rental if there has been no damage. Cartrawler offer damage refund insurance in association with Autoprio.com insurance partners, which will allow you to claim for reimbursement in the event that you have been charged for collision damage or theft. This damage refund insurance can be purchased at the time of booking.
Can I book without a credit card in Iceland?
Yes. You can make a booking without a credit card with Autoprio.com in Iceland. Note that, even if you choose to pay by debit card, you will have to provide a valid credit card in the driver’s name at the time of pick-up since the rental agent requires a credit card from which to take the rental deposit. Credit cards accepted for pick-up are MasterCard, Visa, and in some cases American Express.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Iceland?
Most car hire companies have a minimum age limit of 21 years for rentals. However, requirements may vary depending on the car rental company and destination country. Please note that there may be additional charges if the main driver is under 25 or over 75 years old to cover the extra insurance cost. Any additional fee will be mentioned at the time of booking under summary of charges before you confirm the reservation at Autoprio.com.
Which costs are included in the rental price in Iceland?
In the majority of cases the rental price includes breakdown assistance, airport fee, tax, third party liability protection, unlimited mileage and collision damage waiver. Please note that the costs included may vary depending on the car rental company and destination. The car hire company may also choose to ask you for a deposit or excess at the rental desk in Iceland. Make sure to check the rental conditions at the time of booking at Autoprio.com.
Car rental where every cost is included, no hidden fees and free cancellations/amendments up to 24-48 hours before you are supposed to pick up the car. An easy and safe booking of rental cars online. Autoprio.com can offer rental cars in cities, ferry terminals, travel centers and airports in Iceland.
At our website, you can compare prices on rental cars and car rental from several companies in all cities in Iceland. Find the best prices for rental cars online. Search for and book a cheap car in cities such as, Reykjavik, Kopavogur, Hafnarfjordur, Akureyri, Garðabaer, Mosfellsbaer, Akranes, Selfoss, Seltjarnarnes, Vestmannaeyjar, Grindavik, Isafjordur, Sauðarkrokur. We only list prices of rental cars from companies that are safe and quality assured so that there will not be any problems when you arrive.
Iceland (Republic of Iceland) is a country with approximately 309,000 inhabitants and is located in Europe. Total surface/area 103,000 km² / 39,769 mi². It is the 42th largest country on Europe when it comes to inhabitants and the 16th largest regarding its surface. The capital is Reykjavik which has 118,900 inhabitants. It consists of eight regions/states/counties and the largest are Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Northeast, Suðurland, Southern Peninsula, Austurland, Vesturland, Northwest and Westfjords. Iceland is the 180th largest country on when it comes to inhabitants and the 109th largest regarding the surface. Other names for this country is Lýðveldið Ísland, Republic of Iceland, Islande, Ísland, Islanda. The five largest communities are Reykjavik (c. 118900 pop), Kopavogur (c. 31700 pop), Hafnarfjordur (c. 26800 pop), Akureyri (c. 17700 pop), Garðabaer (c. 11400 pop). To make a call, you use the country code +354. Krona (ISK) is the currency used to make payments within the country. German, English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic are official languages spoken and written in the country. Websites mostly have the top domain .is. Top five highest mountains are Hvannadalshnúkur (2119 m / 6,952 ft), Snæfell (1833 m / 6,014 ft), Herðubreið (1682 m / 5,518 ft), Kerling (1538 m / 5,046 ft) and Vatnafjöll (1235 m / 4,052 ft). See the weather reports and find maps of Iceland. We give tips and recommendations on attractions, museums, experiences, and destinations which you can visit during your stay in the country.
Tourist attractions & activities in Iceland
Experience an amusement park, water park or theme park, then there are these options, Smáratívolí, Sports Center, Árbæjarlaug, Sports Center Sandgerðis, Family og Animal Park, Golfvöllur, Sports Center Garði, Breiðholtslaug, Salalaug, Amusement park and Swimming pool Grindavíkur. Do you travel with your children? Family og Animal Park and Landnámsdýrin are tropicarium, tropical house, animal parks, aquarium, zoos and terrarium in Iceland. Looking at exotic animals?
Cheap car rental with unlimited mileage in Iceland
There are many different models and sizes of cars to choose from. Fleet list in Iceland: Large truck-lorry (Large truck), Luxury elite, 9 seater minivan / Minibus (9 seat minivan), Minivan, Standard cars (Standard), Intermediate elite, Special cars (Special), Luxury cars (Luxury), 7 seater minivan (7 seat minivan), Fullsize elite, Mini elite, 5 seater minivan (5 seat minivan), Premium cars (Premium), Economy cars (Economy), Convertible, Fullsize cars (Fullsize), Electric cars, Cargo van, Economy elite, Intermediate, Small-medium truck-lorry (Small-medium truck), Estate, Medium SUV, Compact elite, Exotic cars (Exotic), Compact cars (Compact), Mini cars (Mini), Moped, Hybrid cars, Small SUV, SUV / Jeep (SUV). Big cities and popular destinations have more car types to choose from. If you want to rent a luxury car then search at the major airports and the most popular destinations in the major regions such as Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Northeast, Suðurland, Southern Peninsula, Austurland, Vesturland, Northwest and Westfjords etc. It can also be harder to find and book special cars during peak season, if you do not search well in advance, before you need your rental car.
Cars you can rent in Iceland are e.g. Cargo van: e.g. Volkswagen Caddy Combo Van, Mercedes Atego Koffer 7.49T, Ford Transit SWB Van, etc. Standard cars: e.g. Volkswagen Caddy Campervan (Sleeps 2), Honda Civic Sedan, Audi A4, Medium SUV, etc. Fullsize cars: e.g. BMW 3 Series, etc. Compact cars: e.g. Hyundai i30, Ford Focus, Opel Astra, etc. Small-medium truck-lorry: e.g. Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab, etc. Premium cars: e.g. Mercedes E Class, Electric cars, Moped, etc. 5 seater minivan: e.g. Opel Meriva, Renault Scenic, Citroen Berlingo, etc. Economy cars: e.g. Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Panda, Luxury elite, Large truck-lorry, Fullsize elite, Convertible, etc. 9 seater minivan / Minibus: e.g. Renault Trafic, Ford Transit, Mercedes Vito Diesel, Ford Tourneo, Mercedes Vito Traveliner, etc. Mini cars: e.g. Fiat 500, Kia Picanto, Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo, Volkswagen Up, etc. Intermediate: e.g. Toyota C-HR Hybrid, Ford Mondeo, Toyota Hilux, etc. Luxury cars: e.g. Hummer H2, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Porsche Cayenne, Hybrid cars, etc. 7 seater minivan: e.g. Volkswagen Sharan, Ford Galaxy, Renault Espace, Volkswagen Caddy, Volkswagen Touran, etc. Estate: e.g. Renault Clio Estate, Toyota Auris Estate, Toyota Avensis Estate, etc. SUV / Jeep: e.g. Renault Koleos, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque, Special cars, Exotic cars, Intermediate elite, Mini elite, etc. Small SUV: e.g. Suzuki Jimmy, Economy elite, etc. Minivan: e.g. Mercedes Viano, Ford Econoline, Mercedes Sprinter, Compact elite, etc. However, in smaller cities and on islands like Flatey, Vigur, Vestur Hvanneyjarsker, Tvísker, Trésnefur, Tóptarhólmi, Tögl, Þingey, Svartnes, Streitisfles, Stórhólmi, Stapaey, Staðarey, Slúttnes, Skrúður, Skógey, Skipshólmi, Skinney, Skinnalónsey, Setusker, Seley, Sauðey, Sandey, Rótarhólmi, Papey, Ósland, Ósfles, Nýjaland, Nauþolt, Náð, Mikley, Mikley and Málmey etc, the range is smaller.
Traffic and parking regulations
Renting and driving a car is usually easy and effortless, but as in all countries there are many traffic regulations in Iceland you must follow. If you are going to visit and drive in large cities such as Reykjavik, Kopavogur, Hafnarfjordur, Akureyri, Garðabaer, Mosfellsbaer, Akranes, Selfoss, Seltjarnarnes, Vestmannaeyjar, Grindavik, Isafjordur, Sauðarkrokur, prepare yourself for a lot of traffic, especially in rush hour and that it is sometimes difficult to find parking. Try to memorize the most common parking and traffic regulations before you leave to ensure that your car trip is safe, and to avoid trouble with the police.
What to consider when looking for rental cars in Iceland?
If you already have decided to rent a car in Iceland before you leave and want to part as little as possible, you ought to book a car before you leave. First of all, you should try booking your car online. It is often the cheapest, easiest way to look for and compare, and it saves you time. If your car is supposed to be collected at an airport such as Keflavík Reykjavík International Airport, Reykjavik Airport, Akureyri Airport, Vestmannaeyjar Westman Islands Airport, Ísafjörður Airport, Sauðárkrókur Airport, Egilsstaðir Airport and Hornafjordur Airport, you should book before you leave. One search shows many options. When you are looking for a rental car in Iceland, autoprio.com compares, for example, these companies: Fit Car Rental, Ice Rental Cars, National, Firefly, InterRent, Enterprise, Alamo, RAS, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Global, Payless, Sixt, Geysir, Faircar, Procar, Mex, Goldcar, Green Motion, Europcar, Route1, Dollar, Orange Car Rental, Budget, Rhodium, Flizzr.
Destinations in Iceland
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Car rental companies we compare in Iceland
To find the best price for a car, autoprio.com compares, among others, the following companies; Route1, Ice Rental Cars, Budget, Goldcar, Mex, National, Thrifty, Flizzr, Avis, Fit Car Rental, Global, Green Motion, Europcar, Firefly, Orange Car Rental, Procar, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt, Dollar, Payless, Geysir, Faircar, Rhodium, Enterprise, Alamo and RAS in Iceland.
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