About Guam International Airport (GUM)
Address: Guam International Airport, Guam, 96913
Guam Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) is located roughly 2 km (1.2 mi) east of the capital city of Hagatha, and 1.2 mi (1 km) south of the village of Tumon, on the island of Guam. Airport car rentals from Hertz, Sixt, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Avis are situated outside of the terminal and accessed by shuttle bus.
The most efficient way for visitors to explore is to rent a car in Guam Airport from one of the major providers. The road network is based on the U.S. model, and major roads are in fair condition. Many of the rural roads are less than ideal, but most of the main attractions on the island are accessible by the main thoroughfare, Route 1, which cuts through the center of all developed areas, and together with Route 4, makes a loop around the island. Because of its U.S. military presence, Guam is not considered a tourist destination on par with most islands in the South Pacific.
Its beaches aren’t all that nice, and most historic attractions are tied to World War II in some way. The south central heart of the island is home to the traditional villages and relatively remote by Guam’s standards. Meanwhile, a big chunk of the northern region is off-limits to civilian visitors.
Road services and amenities are plentiful throughout Guam, but be advised that many establishments are geared toward military personnel on leave, as well as those who reside permanently on the island. Guam is not a particularly tourist-friendly destination.
Meanwhile, the roads are littered with older vehicles driven by locals who don’t have a lot to lose, so it’s up to the visitor to mitigate the risks by exercising caution and extreme defensive driving tactics. As a U.S. territory, the road rules and signs are in English, using international pictograms for traffic control. Generally speaking, driving in Guam is not much of a challenge, as long as you stick to the main routes.
Choosing your car
Cheap car rentals in Guam are easy to obtain, thanks to an abundance of cars and a lack of demand. You’ll get an even better deal when you book your Guam airport car hire in advance. Choose from Nissan compact and economy sedans, Toyota fullsize sedans, pick-up trucks, and 7-12 seater minivans, Mitsubishi SUVs, Ford convertibles, and Lexus premium and luxury cars.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Guam International Airport
After collecting your gear at baggage claim, you’ll clear customs and walk into the arrivals hall, where an agent from your Guam Airport car rental provider will be holding a sign with your name. They’ll take you to the car rental area via shuttle bus. If no one is there to greet you, pick up one of the courtesy phones for the provider and they’ll send somebody over to escort you.
Your Guam Airport car hire rental usually includes Collision/Loss Damage Waiver, Theft Protection, and Third-Party Liability Insurance.
Take care when driving at night as some of the street lighting in the side streets can be not as good as you would expect.
The social atmosphere of Guam is sort of a conundrum. The local Chamorro people are exceedingly welcoming of visitors, while the military contingent gives off a “don’t bother me” vibe.
It rains almost non-stop from August to March in Guam, which wreaks havoc on those rural routes in the south. May through July is the best time to visit.
Avoid street parking in the urban areas. Paid parking lots are cheap and plentiful.