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Bellingham, WA
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Bellingham car rental information

Pick-up locationBellingham
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations11
Airport locations10
Popular agenciesEnterprise, Dollar, Thrifty

Cheap car rentals in Bellingham

Economy$35/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$37/day
Standard$39/day
Full-size$39/day
Full-size SUV$69/day
Premium$50/day
Intermediate SUV$52/day
Standard SUV$60/day
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Bellingham car rental reviews and directory

From $53/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8.7 Excellent (37 reviews)
2 locations in Bellingham
Enterprise
Locations in Bellingham
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
4.8 OkayAug 10 2020
The mini van was what I had reserved, ran well, was full of fuel.It could have been ready on time ( was 50 minutes late) could have been more thoroughly cleaned (candy wrapper on floor, road dust visible in interior). The Assistant manager said she had personally helped clean the vehicle as it was not ready on time. I’m sure she did. I’m also sure I was given a vehicle that had not been thoroughly readied for pick up, which is quite serious given we are in a Global health crises And that Enterprise promises rigorous cleaning of a car given their responsibility to do all possible to reduce contamination between renters.
8.0 ExcellentOct 13 2019
yessurvey button for excellent not working so I checked good instead
10.0 ExcellentSep 6 2019
Ryan couldn't have been more kind and understanding about a last-minute change due to a family emergency and got us into a larger car at minimum cost.Really no complaints!
10.0 ExcellentJul 26 2019
YESNO COMPLAINTS - construction site made it a bit awkward to enter - but that will pass.
10.0 ExcellentNov 12 2018
Excellent service?The service was excellent. Would return the next time I'm in Bellingham.
10.0 ExcellentNov 5 2018
Great customer service.Staff was friendly and helpful in getting us the car we needed.
8.8 ExcellentOct 14 2018
Nice person at the desk.Drop off in Bellingham WA airport was awkward. Signage is fine until the last 1000 yds., then it becomes virtually invisible in the dark. I circled the airport 3 times. The nice woman at the Enterprise desk (the only person in the entire rental area at 7:15 am BTW) suggested that this invisibility is a common problem; (Fix it, Enterprise, make a new sign) Returning a car is a bit "loose" - park it wherever - but that was fine with me..unless there's a problem later that I don't know about
8.0 ExcellentOct 6 2018
Bellingham employees are superiorThe type of car reserved was available, the car was clean and the employees were pleasant and helpful.There were minor electrical problems with the car. The seatbelt alert was not working, I inadvertently drove off with my elderly aunt no seatbelts in.
2.0 MediocreJul 19 2018
No optionsNothingNo great options for luxury cars.
6.0 GoodNov 29 2017
Inform your employeesThe employees at the Bellingham airport were not helpful. I called on two different days and was told both times that they could not find my reservation. The first time they couldn’t find it using my last name so they used my confirmation number then the second time they couldn’t find it using my confirmation number so they used my last name. My main frustration came with their lack of knowledge on where to drop the car off. We took the car 20 miles south to Anacortes to drop the car off at the ferry landing but didn’t know exactly where to leave it parked. The anacortes enterprise office was already closed so we called the Bellingham office and the employee was of no help. He said he’d never heard of dropping the car off at the ferry landing but I had already been told by the anacortes office that we were able to drop it off there for pick up the next day. After getting nowhere on the phone with the employee from Bellingham we ended up finding the right parking lot on our own, 5 minutes before our ferry came. My point of all this is to inform your enterprise employees of your drop off locations. I know this drop off is a different location than the Bellingham employees might be used to but it’s only 20 miles from them so I feel like they should know. The ferry drop off is very convenient and I can see more people utilizing it as time goes on and they should get specific instructions on where exactly to drop the car off to save them stress later.
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From $73/dayRated #2
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (36 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Alamo
Locations in Bellingham
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 20 2021
I arrived exactly at 5 pm (after spending $35 on a Lyft to get there), which is apparently when they close. I had no way of knowing they closed this early- I didn't get any forewarning at all. The guy was still there at the desk but wouldn't help me even after I told him that I didn't have anywhere to go. He said "we open at 9 am" and then walked away from me and left. Not everyone can afford the $250/night airport hotel... And I was just renting a car for that evening and the following day since my flight was at 5 pm the next day. So there was no point in paying for a rental car for half a day (especially was not going to give my business to them after he was so unhelpful...). So, I was stuck in the airport for 24 hrs because this dude couldn't start the computer back up for me.
8.0 ExcellentApr 1 2021
Helpful staff and easy dropoffRedundant insurance policies between kayak and the actual rental agency, don't offer the kayak one.
2.0 MediocreNov 24 2020
Nothing - because you show up, and no one is at the desk and then you are stuck with no car. This is the 2nd time Alamo does it. Learned my lesson - NEVER RENT WITH THEM!If someone was actually there to give me a car, that would be a plus - so I don’t have to be in a city with NO RENTAL CAR. Showing up for work is a plus in my book guys.
8.0 ExcellentOct 5 2020
Staff was friendly. Pick-up and drop-off were very easy.
3.6 MediocreAug 31 2020
Staff was great, easy pickup and drop offI ordered a Cadillac or similar, they didn't have any, so I got a smokey Mazda SUV that I could barely fit into instead, without a price drop or any other options given.
6.8 GoodAug 19 2020
Staff was friendly but didn't know what options the car had.Staff should have available to them all of the options available on any car. Also the interior front window was not clean
10.0 ExcellentJul 22 2020
Very friendly staff
10.0 ExcellentJun 24 2020
Service person was super friendly and accomodating. The car rental was perfect for my needs. Thank you!
9.6 ExcellentDec 29 2019
Staff was friendly and helpful. Explained options well but not pushy. Overall very nice.Van we rented could have been closer to airport. Not a big deal though.
10.0 ExcellentNov 14 2018
Return was quick and easyThe Alamo staff at BLI was very friendly and helpful. Super quick.
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Rated #3
Dollar
10 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Dollar
Locations in Bellingham
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 14 2021
A really smooth process overall!
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From $92/dayRated #4
National
9.8 Excellent (6 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
National
Locations in Bellingham
  • 9.3
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
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From $62/dayRated #5
Avis
9.7 Excellent (8 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Avis
Locations in Bellingham
  • 9.5
  • 10
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 2 2019
We reserved an economy car, however none was available, so we were given a larger SUV with no extra charge. Very comfortable ride!Nothing, it was a positive experience all around. The car was nice and clean!!
10.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2017
When I got to the counter the associate was very friendly, even found me a better deal and put me in a way nicer car.
8.8 ExcellentJun 3 2016
Nice car to drive around the Northwestern area ofThe care was in very good condition and fun to drive.The check-out process was a bit slow. I am beginning to realize this is standard for the entire car rental industry. It would be nice to get some more help behind the check-out counters.
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From $64/dayRated #6
Budget
8.6 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Budget
Locations in Bellingham
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 13 2021
Budget called last minute to let us know that the vehicle we had reserved for the morning was unavailable. They were unwilling to find us another rental car as we were dependent on it to get to our flight (1.5 hours away) in the morning. Their customer service was terrible, basically telling us that it was our problem and not theirs. We expected more from a trusted company :(
10.0 ExcellentJul 28 2020
Everything was good
2.0 MediocreFeb 14 2019
They overcharged me $250 this company is terrible will never use Budget again.Honesty
10.0 ExcellentDec 26 2018
Easy pick up and drop off.It was all good.
10.0 ExcellentOct 26 2017
Excellent serviceYour employee was very polite and helpful, if she were my employee I would give her a raise :-)
5.6 OkayAug 23 2017
OverchargedRepresentative was pleasant, but not helpful.I pointed out the contract from Sacramento was wrong and was told I'd need to contact them to correct.
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From $63/dayRated #7
Hertz
8.1 Excellent (28 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Hertz
Locations in Bellingham
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJun 12 2021
Staff was friendly. Drop off was super easy.Very difficult to make an extension on the phone since I didn't have access to internet while traveling.
10.0 ExcellentApr 28 2021
The check out staff was very friendly. We did not see anyone when we dropped off the car.We probably paid too much for paying for a half tank of gas before taking car. I’m sure we didn’t use that much.
10.0 ExcellentAug 28 2018
Great staffBrian and Brent were great to work with!Inside of the windshield could have been cleaner.
10.0 ExcellentApr 16 2018
Everything perfectCar, care
2.0 MediocreJan 8 2018
I paid for a rental car on line with my debit card. I arrived to pickup the car only to find out that I couldn't because you don't accept debit cards. I want my money returned to my debit account. You accept credit cards only, so why accept payment via debit card?
8.4 ExcellentJan 1 2018
Car was smallVery convenient to pick up and drop off the car.I ordered a compact, but the car seemed more like an economy
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2017
No cars availableAbsolutely nothing.We reserved a car but there were no cars. I expected to pay $78 but had to spend $210 to rake an uber to the airport rather than the rental car. The person at the desk said they were out of cars and asked corporate to stop allowing cars to be rented but there was no response.
8.0 ExcellentOct 27 2017
Good rate, good serviceCar available immediately, reasonably fast service. All good.Small car not available so given a larger vehicle but it was a gas guzzler. Staff tried to charge for the upgrade but when we declined they gave it to us becaus3 it was the only car available. Not cool.
10.0 ExcellentJul 21 2017
Great easyGood customer service
6.0 GoodJun 27 2017
typicalCar was clean and as promised.They really try to up sell you on the expensive add-ons like insurance and a more expensive car. The guy checking me in was clearly irritated when I wouldn't agree to pay for more options. Not very professional!
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Rated #8
Thrifty
7.5 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Bellingham
Thrifty
Locations in Bellingham
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.9
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleJul 11 2021
The car was never reserved. I will never use Kayak again.
8.0 ExcellentApr 16 2021
Told me to bring it back full
10.0 ExcellentSep 15 2020
Pick up and drop offFreee gas..... Haha
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Easirent
1 location in Bellingham
Easirent
Locations in Bellingham
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Bellingham
Sunnycars
Locations in Bellingham
Recent reviews
137 travelers who rented a car in Bellingham gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.6

Car rental locations in or near Bellingham

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$75/day

Good deal

$62/day

When to book a rental car in Bellingham

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Top tips for renting a car in Bellingham

  • Car rentals in Bellingham provide you with the flexibility to explore the city’s many interesting sights, including Whatcom Museum and the scenic Lake Padden. Head to some of the popular cities in the surrounding region, whether it be Ferndale or Burlington. Bellingham car rentals are also a great way to head to attractions that are off the beaten path, like the Fragrance Lake Trail, which is around a 20min drive from the city center.
  • If you’re considering booking car rentals in Bellingham, keep in mind that you can make your reservation for Bellingham International Airport. The airport’s car rental center is placed directly near the Arrivals Terminal and the baggage claim, meaning that you don’t have to worry about grabbing a taxi, bus, or shuttle to travel there. There are a few different car rental companies to choose from, including Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.
  • Bellingham is known for having many cyclists, and they always have the right of way, even when they are not in a crosswalk bike lane. Keep your eyes open for them, especially when driving in busy areas. The state of Washington is also known for having many HOV lanes on its freeways, which are specifically designed for cars with at least two passengers. They usually are less busy than normal lanes, so use these when available to save time.
  • Highways 5 and 542 become particularly busy during rush hour, as these are the two main roads that people use to travel to work in and out of the city. Avoid getting caught in congestion by not taking these highways during the hours of 8-9am and 5-6:30pm. Bellingham frequently has rain and snow, which can cause traffic and make the roads slippery. If you find yourself driving during this weather, try to drive more slowly than normal and make sure that your vehicle has the proper winter equipment.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Bellingham for $62 or less
  • Book your rental car in Bellingham at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Bellingham are around 18% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Bellingham are around 23% cheaper than other car types, on average

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