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Car Rental in Nicaragua

Rent a car in Nicaragua with Sixt for a premium yet affordable car rental deals and excellent customer service. Check out our affordable offers in Nicaragua and make a reservation using our online booking service. Have a look at the branch menu below to find out more about our car rental locations at four major cities in Nicaragua. With Sixt you can choose a car rental category that suits your vacation and mobility needs.

Our Service | FAQs | Driving Tips | Places of Interest | Crossing Borders

Read on to find out more about our service, with a car rental in Nicaragua with Sixt you can customize your vehicle with a wide range of optional add ons designed to make your rental experience more convenient. We also provide an overview of our favourite architectural and natural sights, along with driving tips to help you navigate your way around the country. These insights and sightseeing destinations can help you get the most out of both your rental car experience and your vacation.

Our Service

Our car rental deals in Nicaragua are split into categories to help you choose the right vehicle for your trip. Whichever car rental category in Nicaragua you choose, rest assured your vehicle will be from a premium car brand.

Which vehicle class is ideal for my vacation?

  • Compact city cars a great choice for vacations in densely populated cities
  • Sedans are more spacious providing extra legroom for your family or a small group for comfortable long distance travel
  • Station wagons and SUVs are more robust and offer even more leg and luggage room
  • When traveling with a large group we have up to minivans and passenger vans for up to 12 passengers

Driver's license

When you rent a car with Sixt in Nicaragua please bring your valid driving license and an ID card or passport. Driving licenses in a non-Roman alphabet such as Chinese must be accompanied by an international driving license.

Age restrictions

To rent a car in Nicaragua the minimum age is 21. For drivers between 21 and 25 a daily surcharge is also required. The maximum driving age is 75.

Payment Methods

Payment for your rental vehicle in Nicaragua must be made with a credit card. Sixt accepts all major credit cards, and cash payments must also be accompanied by a credit card for guarantee purposes. We do not accept debit card payments such as Visa Electron.


In Nicaragua you can reach the emergency services on 118


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

In Nicaragua most places are relatively close making it an ideal destination for a car rental road trip. Longer distances such as the route across the northern highlands to the Caribbean also offer jaw-dropping scenery to keep you entertained. Although traffic congestion is not a huge problem in Nicaragua you will still run into some problems during rush hour in major cities. Of all the impressive scenic drives you can take with a car rental in Nicaragua, the short drive from Managua to Mayasa Volcano is one of the best. It is only around 14 miles so in 30 minutes from Managua via the Carretera a Mayasa you can park up right next to the crater of the volcano!

Here are some useful tips for driving in Nicaragua

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Roads are also used by pedestrians, animals and carts so take extra caution
  • Remember that all speed signs will be signposted in kilometres
  • The drink limit is only 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, so we recommend not drinking at all

General speed limits in Nicaragua

  • In urban areas the speed limit is generally 45 km/h
  • In rural areas the speed limit is 60 km/h
  • On highways the speed limit is 100 km/h

Places of Interest

Top 4 Architectural Sights

  • Our Lady of Grace Cathedral, León
  • Iglesia La Merced, Granada
  • Old Cathedral of Managua, Managua
  • Christ of the Mercy, San Juan del Sur

The eclectic architecture of the Our Lady of Grace Cathedral in León adds to its iconic status as a cultural and historical landmark. The interior is staggering, and many important Nicaraguan figures are buried here. Another impressive religious building is the Iglesia La Merced in Granada. The church was built in the 1500s and you get a staggering view from the bell tower at sunset. In contrast the Old Cathedral of Managua is actually not very old, built in the 1930s in a neoclassical style it is definitely worth a visit. The Christ of the Mercy in San Juan del Sur is another architectural feat. This figure of Jesus Christ stands at 134m at the top of a cliff, overlooking the bay.

Top 4 Natural Sights

  • Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve
  • Telica Volcano
  • Masaya Volcano National Park
  • Tisey Estanzuela Waterfall

The Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve is home to the incredible Laguna de Apoyo. Tourists flock here for the lakes beautiful beaches, wildlife and the range of water sports. Nicaragua's ever-growing popularity as a tourist destination owes much to its abundance of lakes and volcanoes, many of which are still active. Telica Volcano is one of the most active and with its proximity to Leon, many take the strenuous hike to its summit. The tours generally take you through the town of San Jacinto along the way, known for its bubbling mud pits. Masaya Volcano National Park is only 30 minutes from Managua and we highly recommend a visit to the volcano itself, easily accessible with your rental car. The Tisey Estanzuela Nature Reserve in northern Nicaragua is a mountain rainforest and home to the pictaresque Tisey Estanzuela Waterfall. You can park up in Estelli and hike there, it gets hot hiking here put you can cool down in the pond beneath the waterfall on arrival!

Crossing Borders

Cross border travels with your Sixt car rental in Nicaragua is not allowed.


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Your benefits with Sixt

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  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival
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