|Car types||Compact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Premium SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice|
|Popular agencies||Turo, Avis, Hertz|
Depending on the number of people you’re traveling with or any cargo you’re bringing along, like golf clubs to have fun at the University Golf Course, a van or an SUV can be a good choice when traveling to Athens. However, if you intend to stay within the city, feel free to rent any standard-sized vehicle that’ll suit your taste and budget from car rentals in Athens.
The speed limits in Georgia apply in Athens, where you’ll find driving on rural highways and interstate require a 70mph speed limit. While driving on urban freeways, the maximum speed limit sits at 65mph, which also applies to divided roadways. Undivided roadways get 55mph while residential neighborhood speed limits are reduced to 35mph, and unpaved rural roads get 35mph. You’ll find that some residential districts set their own speed limits and may have a maximum of 25mph, so watch out for signs. Speed limits are bound to be even lower around construction zones, schools, and hospitals.
In Downtown Athens, you’ll find parking meters enforced Monday through Saturday from 8am to 10pm at a rate of about $1.25 per hour. You can only park on the streets for a maximum of 2h although after 6pm you can purchase more time. You’ll also find several parking decks like the college Ave and Washington Street decks that offer free parking for the past half an hour and charge around $1 per hour after that.
On average a rental car in Athens costs $59 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Athens found in the last 2 weeks is $40.
The average gas price in Athens is $4.16 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $50 and $67, depending on the car size.
Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Athens.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Hartsfield-Jackson airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Dollar, Sixt, Avis, Thrifty, Alamo, Ace, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and Budget.
Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.
An Economy car rental in Athens costs $50 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Athens costs $99 per day, on average.
A Full Size car rental in Athens costs $62 per day, on average.
On average a rental car in Athens costs $410 per week ($59 per day).
On average a rental car in Athens costs $1,756 per month ($59 per day).
Most car rental providers in Athens offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Athens, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.
KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 5 car rental agencies in Athens.
Some car rental companies in Athens which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Avis and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).
KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Athens so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.
Athens hosts events throughout the year, some of which call for road closures that lead to traffic build-ups. As you drive your vehicle from Athens car rentals, be on the lookout for congestion as the Wild Rumpus takes place in October. The Athens Twilight, a cycling event in April, may also feature road closures.
During your trip to the city of Athens, you may not find any toll roads. However, Georgia charges a toll on some of its interstate highways. If you drive on the express lanes of I-85 when traveling in or out of Athens, you may incur a small amount as you pass through their toll booths.
3 locations in Athens
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Pros:Staff was friendly. Everything went smoothly with pickup and turn in.
Cons:I was given the run around during pick up!!!!! Didn’t even get to get the vehicle, because of some discriminatory practices it seems!! I will NEVER attempt to use Hertz again!!!!!
Pros:Yes,staff was very nice,both at pick up and drop off.Thank you.
Cons:I think maybe the price.Every thing else was good.
Cons:My dad works for the company and he told me I wouldn’t need to have the $200 hold on my bank account. But they refused to wave the fee. Iv been renting cars for a while with other companies and not had this issue. I’m an actress, comedian and was going to A set. My fiancé and I only have one vehicle. We where trying to make sure he could do what he needed for his job so I could do what I needed for mine. And I wasn’t willing to have $200 held. Although Iv been in the entertainment business my whole life I stepped away for a little while for my other career (Holistic practitioner, Ayurvedic practitioner, life coach, medical massage). Now back Iv been making a strong name for myself in entertainment. Iv been casted in a major film project as well as commercials, modeling gigs and will even be at performing at an award ceremony next year. Iv never had any car rental company charge my card due to damages or whatever. I even asked if they spoke to my dad who works with Hertz, ( hesworked for hertz for 7 years) and got his card for the security. They wouldnt help. Nor suggest a solution. It was ether let them hold my money For unforeseen incidences or figure something else out. So I cancelled my rental and had to cancelthe insurance I purchased just for that one day. You guys need to figure out a better way to rent out vehicles to people who chose not to have a credit card. Maybe another type of insurance that's $30 to cover those types of cases. Something to help people like me who are trust worthy, no credit card, not wanting a $200 hold that won't fall off for 18 days....... And yes it is held for that long. I know cause IV had to do it before. Have a happy holiday and stay blessed. Lauren PS. I won't ever try to use your rentals again nor will I suggest it to my network of people. I just want to rent from you guys cause my dad works there and wanted to stay in the family. But I won't make that mistake again.
Pros:The make and model of the car
Cons:The car smelled like a joke and wasn't cleaned out properly. There were old rental agreements in the glovebox
One location in Athens
Cons:The car was in the worst condition of any rental car I’ve ever had. It was dented, scratched, and dirty. I’m sure this didn’t have anything to do with Kayak, but perhaps Budget. The lot where I picked up it was very disorganized as well. I will not use Budget again unless they are the absolute only option.
Pros:staff was great. car worked out great too. much more efficient than my normal car.
Pros:Drop off staff was excellent!
Cons:Upon arriving to pick up my vehicle, there were none available and I was told that it was possible I wouldn’t get a car which could have resulted in a disaster for my trip. Luckily enough cars were returned on time for me to get mine.
Pros:The car drove and was appointed well.
Cons:It reeked horribly of smoke.
Cons:In both locations you were poorly staffed, one person to be exact. We were constantly interrupted by that person having to answer the phone while trying to wait on me. It made picking up and dropping off a real chore! I felt sorry for both employees as it was clearly not THEIR fault.
Pros:Great customer service at the Budget Rental in Athens, GA!
4 locations in Athens
Pros:Very friendly and helped make out pickup and drop off simple and easy! We also had to extend by one day and that process was effortless. One phone call was all that was required!
Cons:Not a thing.
Cons:They rented me a car that was dirty and the front sensor was defective I kept getting malfunction warnings and the cruise wouldn’t work Called to check on exchanging and after several phone calls they finally found me another car in another city Added two hours to my already long trip but in the end they did exchange cars for me
Pros:Great staff. Fine car. Great way to go
Cons:One location has weird hours and was closed when I went to pick up outgoing car. No options to upgrade. Other location said come 15 min before close. Couldn’t guarantee car even tho other location was closed and no cars on lot anyway.
Cons:Despite the fact i had a reservation & a confirmation number, they did NOT have a car for me. I was left with no rental at all, and enterprise did not help me find another vehicle. When I called corporate enterprise, the rep told me they oversell their cars ( much the same way the airline oversell seats). I barely even got a "sorry" for my inconvenience. Not professional or reliable.
One location in Athens
Pros:The agent expedited my drop-off and was friendly. He got me out so quickly I forgot to take my grandson’s car seat out of the car! The agent was super helpful, got the car seat for my daughter and had it ready for her to pick up. He recognized that this car seat was not an Avis standard car seat and had planned to remove it before the car was returned to Atlanta. We appreciated his care for the customer!
Cons:Nothing bad. Great experience!
Pros:The man that runs the Athens, GA Avis is absolutely amazing.
Cons:Couldn't get the car because didn't have a credit card. Just stupid of the company.
Pros:Easy drop-off and pick-up. A much better deal than the shuttle option I used on the incoming fllight.
Pros:Car got good mileage.
Cons:Car had mechanical issues. Gear transitions were slow. Had to flood the engine frequently to change gear uphill.