Crypto payments aren't exotic anymore: you can spend your Bitcoins on coffee, shopping, professional services and, of course, travel. If you are a real crypto enthusiast, you might want to pay for all parts of your trip in crypto – car rental included. In this post, we'll present 5 rental agencies and marketplaces that offer Bitcoin as a payment method.
1) Sitngo (Montenegro)
Sitngo is a local car rental agency based in Tivat, Montenegro. This small Mediterranean country is a favorite with European tourists thanks to its medieval towns, beaches, and amazing mountain landscapes. It's also a perfect destination for a road trip: you can cross all of Montenegro by car in circa 3 hours.
Sitngo's rental rates start from 9 euro ($10) per day for a Nissan Micra. No deposit is required, and the car can be dropped off at almost any city in Montenegro for an additional fee. The company offers a range of free extras, including a child seat, GPS, and hotel delivery in Tivat. Importantly, customers can also request a free Green Card to take their rental car to the neighboring countries: Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Albania.
Unlike most companies on our list, Sitngo is a direct service provider and now an aggregator. Overall, when price is a priority, contacting local agencies directly yields better results than searching on an aggregator website.
2) E-Z Rent a car (US + 8 international destinations)
E-Z specializes in rentals across the US, but it also covers a range of tourist destinations, including Canada, Mexico, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados. It's not a rental company per se, but an aggregator, meaning that E-Z works with many providers.
Rental rates aren't exactly cheap: for example, a Toyota Yaris in Orlando will cost you $53 a day, plus $13 for a child seat and $18 for a GPS. Apart from Bitcoins, you can pay with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, etc.
E-Z also has an interesting loyalty program called E-Z Money, where you collect points and then redeem them for rental credits – or Bitcoins.
When dealing with car rental aggregators, one should always remember that they are intermediaries. An aggregator may not be able to help you if something goes wrong upon your arrival – for example, if your car is not delivered.
3) Lurento (Europe & UAE)
Lurento caters to a wealthy, status-conscious clientele. This car rental marketplace offers only luxury cars of all types – sports, executive, SUVs, and vans. Represented brands include Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari, as well as Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
Rental rates vary widely depending on the brand. For example, when renting in Dubai you'll pay $107 per day for a 'simple' Audi A3 – and $1945 for a Lamborghini Urus. Most cars come with a limited mileage
Since Lurento is a marketplace, it doesn't have a fleet of its own. Instead, new luxury car rental companies can join directly on the website.
Apart from Bitcoin, you can pay with a card or a bank transfer (wire/SEPA).
4) Cheapair (worldwide)
Cheapair is the largest travel aggregator that accepts crypto. It's based in the US and has been serving customers since 1989. As follows from the name, Cheapair specializes in finding low cost airfares, but you can use it to book cars, too.
Cheapair offers car rentals with providers across the globe, but it mostly works with chains like Avis and Hertz. A useful search feature is the ability to see if the car will be delivered directly to the pick-up point (airport) or if a shuttle ride is required to reach the car.
Sometimes Cheapair manages to find an incredibly cheap car rental offer. In such cases, before completing the booking, you are advised to look for customer reviews of the car rental office in question – for example, AVIS in Malta. Some chains operate as franchises, and often a particular office will systemically scam or overcharge customers.
5) Moto4Fun (Tenerife, Spain)
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands – and one of the most dramatic, with its volcanic peak of Teide and windswept black cliffs. It's also manageable: driving around the island on a motorbike takes 4 to 5 hours. In one long day, you can see all the highlights of Tenerife – even on a scooter.
Interestingly, the prices for renting motorbikes are higher than for renting a car. A simple 125cc bike will cost 40 euro a day, while proper tourers start from 85 euro. The price includes not only helmets but also jackets, gloves, a phone mount. Delivery to a hotel in the south of the island is also free.
Late-night pick-up and drop-off are not available, and on Sundays the working hours are reduced.
The company also offers motorbikes on the island of La Gomera
Renting a car or motorbike with Bitcoin isn't difficult – as long as you know where to look. On the other hand, among thousands of car rental companies in the world there are still a precious few that accept Bitcoin.
Will crypto become a standard way to pay for your car rental – just like a credit card? Perhaps, but it will take years. For now, those agencies and aggregators that already accept Bitcoin remain far ahead of their competition.