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Car Rental in Ecuador

Rent a car in Ecuador with Sixt for a premium service and affordable car rental deals. Our diverse fleet in Ecuador is made up of top car brands and our rental categories cover a wide array of mobility needs. See our branch menu below to find out more about our location at Guayaquil International Airport and read on to find out more about our service and tips for your vacation in Ecuador.

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A car rental in Ecuador is an ideal way to get to see this diverse landscape on South America's west coast. At Sixt we offer a reliable car rental experience in Ecuador that gives you a streamline online booking service and the ability to customize your rental with excellent add ons. On this page we bring you our Top 4 architectural and natural sights as well as driving tips for navigating the country.

Our Service

Our large fleet in Ecuador consists of compact city cars, sedans, SUVs and passenger vans. With our diverse range of car rental deals in Ecuador you can easily find a rental vehicle that suits the needs of your vacation. During the online booking process you can choose from a range of optional features that offer practical ways to customize your car rental in Ecuador. Our excellent add ons include additional drivers, extra protection coverage, GPS and child seats among others.

Which vehicle class is right for my Ecuador trip?

  • Compact cars are perfect for city breaks
  • Sedans are ideal for comfortable travel, especially if undertaking for longer drives
  • Station wagons and SUVs offer ample leg and luggage room and are great for family vacations
  • Minivans and passenger vans are a good solution for large group trips

Driver's license

Please remember to bring to bring your driving license and ID card or passport with you when you come to pick up your rental vehicle.

Age restrictions

To rent a car in Ecuador a minimum age of 19 is required for all rental vehicle groups.

Payment Methods

At Sixt we accept all major credit cards such as American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Diners Club. We do not accept debit cards such as Visa Electron.


In the event of an emergency in Ecuador you can dial 101 for the police, 131 for the ambulance and 102 for the fire service. If you are traveling in the cities Quito, Guayaquil or Cuenca you can use the emergency number 911.


What is included in the price?

Can I rent a specific car model?

What documents do I need to rent a car?

Can I pick up a car and return it somewhere else?

Do I have to pay a deposit?

TIP: It is generally cheaper to rent a car at least three months before any high season. Free cancellation up to 24 hours before collection is almost always possible, but is dependent on the chosen tariff.

Driving Tips

With a vastly improved road network and the ability to get to out of reach places, a car rental in Ecuador is a great way to travel. It is also relatively compact compared to other South American countries. Due to weather conditions (especially in the rainy season!) it is good to plan your route before you travel. You are advised to not drive your car rental on dirt or gravel roads. Highway 45 is to the east of the highlands and runs from the north to the south, to the west highway 35 connects the major cities of Quito and Guayaqil.

Additional driving tips

  • Speed limits are posted in kilometers and are generally: 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h out of built up areas and on straight roads its 100 km/h
  • Drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Gas stations are generally open 8am until 8pm

Places of Interest

Top 4 Architectural Sights

  • Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito
  • Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, Quito
  • Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
  • New Cathedral, Cuenca

The whole historic center of Quito is formidable and one of the key buildings is the Basilica del Voto Nacional. It is the largest neo-gothic cathedral in the Americas and features grotesques of native Ecuadorian wildlife such as iguanas and armadillos. Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus is a Jesuit church and famous for its show stopping central nave that is intricately carved and caped in gold leaf. The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is a 30 meter tall monument to the Equator from which Ecuador takes its name. In the grounds you can also visit the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo or Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth, which features exhibits about the indigenous people of the country. The New Cathedral in Cuenca is another of Ecuador%u2019s stunning religious buildings. Though the architecture is predominantly Romanesque Revival there is an infusion of styles and the three giant domes have become an iconic symbol of Cuenca.

Top 4 Natural Sights

  • Banos thermal hot springs
  • Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve
  • Podocarpus National Park
  • Las Penas Beach, Esmeraladas

Banos hot springs is a popular destination where you can soak up the healing properties of the warm waters. The springs range from 64 to 131 degrees Farenheit and the locals tend to favor the Termas de la Virgin. Just north of Quito the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve and cloud forest offer visitors all kinds of outdoor activities. Its special features include its range of over 200 species of orchids and the fact it is home to over 350 species of birds, so have your binoculars ready! Podocarpus National Parkis situated in south east Ecuador offering 7 trails through its natural wonders. The park is said to have the highest plant and animal diversity in the world, and 40% of its plant species is endemic so you won't see it anywhere else in the world. Near Esmeraldas is the beautiful Las Penas Beach , a perfect place for some rest and relaxation.

Crossing Borders

Crossing borders with your Sixt car rental in Ecuador is not permitted.


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Your benefits with Sixt

  • Sixt Best Price Guarantee
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival
  • Miles & More - Earn miles
  • No hidden costs
  • Germany's largest and best car rental company
  • No credit card fees
  • Excellent 24/7 customer service