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Cheap Rental Cars in Iceland

Renting a cheap compact car allows you to drive the Ring Road of Iceland and see the best natural attractions near Route 1. They're perfect for the budget traveler and let you enjoy flexibility.
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Suzuki Vitara 2018
3.9
348 reviews

Suzuki Vitara 2018

Category
Standard car
People
Seats 5 people
Large bags
3 bags
Transmission
Automatic
Toyota Aygo 2022 - 2024
4.4
884 reviews

Toyota Aygo 2022 - 2024

Category
Small car
People
Seats 5 people
Large bags
1 bag
Transmission
Manual
Toyota Aygo 2022
4.5
208 reviews

Toyota Aygo 2022

Category
Small car
People
Seats 4 people
Large bags
2 bags
Transmission
Manual

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Aina Suharny Abdul Rahman

Aina Suharny Abdul Rahman

Amazing!
15/06/2024, 07:58
Review of Golden Circle Car Rental

Amazing service. Very personalised and you felt so welcomed. A great way to start your Iceland adventure

Chris Walton

Chris Walton

Amazing!
14/06/2024, 13:57
Review of Project Car Rental

Great car and great service. aside from finding the car from the airport (my mistake for not reviewing the detailed information Project provided) it was easy and frictionless to get the keys and check out in the self service process. Car was new and in great shape and no issues aside from gas cap (will go into more details in a bit). turning car back in was just as easy and completely self service which was fast and easy. Short walk to and from terminal if you know where it is located (read info they provide with map and pictures) and would recommend to anyone renting a car in Iceland!. Gas cap - apparently a known issue with the Dusters, but due gas cap will not open with the release so you must have 2 people with one pulling lever and 2nd at gas cover with a credit card to slide at same time - with this method it opens easily, but we did have to call the help line (posted on the dash of the car) to figure it out. Not any knock on Project as a car issue, but may be good to pre-notify renters of this car type in case they experience this same issue. overall great car and great experience with Project Car rental!

Susan Chen Jackson

Susan Chen Jackson

Amazing!
13/06/2024, 05:09
Review of MYCAR

The car is fairly new, runs well ! MyCar staff met us inside airport terminal and drove us to offsite car lot to pick up the car. The trunk is smaller than expected, we have to fold down one back row seat to fit 2 large and 1 medium luggage. Other than that, the car runs very well and fuel efficient !

Mark Kubiak

Mark Kubiak

Amazing!
12/06/2024, 01:17
Review of MYCAR

Extremely easy and smooth experience with a free airport shuttle and pre-travel coordination via email. The car we received was brand new with 3km on the odometer.

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Renting Small & Cheap Cars in Iceland

Experience the stunning landscapes of Iceland with the convenience of small & cheap car rentals. Discover the land of fire and ice at your own pace, navigating through picturesque fjords, rugged mountains, and otherworldly landscapes. 

Our fleet of compact and affordable cars ensures that you have the freedom to explore this Nordic gem without breaking the bank.

Whether you're a solo traveler seeking solitude or a couple embarking on a romantic adventure, our small & cheap car rentals provide the perfect solution for budget-conscious explorers.

Maneuver through Iceland's diverse terrain with ease, as our fuel-efficient vehicles guarantee an economical journey. From the vibrant capital of Reykjavik to the remote corners of the island, these cars offer reliability and efficiency, making your road trip an unforgettable experience.

Embrace the flexibility to stop at enchanting waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, and charming villages along the way. 

Our small & cheap car rentals not only provide an affordable means of transportation but also an opportunity to create lasting memories against the backdrop of Iceland's natural wonders.

Choose convenience, affordability, and freedom. Embark on your Icelandic adventure with our small & cheap car rentals.

Frequently asked questions

What sort of cars are small and cheap cars in Iceland?

Small and cheap cars are categorized by their size and price, as well as whether or not they are three years or older. Rental vehicles in this category are generally priced lower than larger or newer models. You can find cars such as Toyota Aygo, Volkswagen Golf, and Ford Fiesta within this section.

What are the most popular small and cheap cars to rent in Iceland?

Among the most popular types of small and cheap cars to rent for driving around the Reykjavik area and the Ring Road are the Hyundai i10, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, and Volkswagen Polo. Try one of these vehicles if you're looking for the cheapest car rental price.

Can I pick up my small and cheap car at the airport in Iceland?

Yes, there are many rental providers at Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik airport, where you can pick up your auto rental.

Can I sleep in my small and cheap car?

No, the vehicles in this category are not designed for sleeping. We recommend you rent a camper van if you want accommodation on wheels.

Are these cars suitable for all seasons in Iceland?

These vehicles are best suited to driving around Reykjavik city and the paved roads between Iceland’s towns but may be unsuitable for rural driving in poor weather. Because of this, these cars are not ideal for traveling around Iceland in the winter months. However, they are perfectly suitable for all travel on asphalt roads in the summer months. For further information, check out our guide on rental car sizes in Iceland.

What sort of tires does my small and cheap car in Iceland have?

That depends on the season. After November 1st, all rental cars are provided with winter tires with better grip during snowy conditions. However, your rental vehicles will have regular tires during the spring and summer.

Are small and cheap cars suitable for self-drive tours?

Yes, cars in the small & cheap category are suitable for most summer self-drive tours when there's no snow on the roads and conditions are good. Many of our self-drive tours are along the Ring Road or other paved roads in Iceland's countryside. These roads are suitable for small and cheap cars.
However, most of our winter self-drive tours require a vehicle that can better handle Iceland's winter weather conditions, such as a 4WD car.

Can I go into the Highlands of Iceland with a small and cheap car?

Unfortunately, no. The rental vehicles in this category are not suitable for traveling on unpaved roads such as gravel roads, dirt tracks, or F-roads.
Travelers should be aware that driving one of these vehicles on unsuitable roads will void any insurance and make you liable to pay for any potential damage to the suspension or undercarriage. If you plan to travel on mountain roads (known as F roads) in the Highlands, we recommend renting a 4x4 vehicle.

Are 2WD cars suitable for Icelandic winter road conditions?

Two-wheel-drive vehicles are only suitable on the main roads in Iceland, and a four-wheel-drive is highly recommended for your safety. It can handle the harsh winter conditions in Iceland, such as icy roads, much better than a smaller and lighter car.

What is included with my small and cheap rental car in Iceland?

Rental vehicle inclusions depend on the rental provider, requiring travelers to pay special attention to the ‘included’ section of the rental contract. For instance, some rental agencies provide their vehicles with GPS devices or might have additional rental insurance. Thankfully, all Iceland rentals come with CDW insurance and unlimited mileage. Read our guide on renting a car in Iceland for further information.
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