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Bellingham car rentals from $49/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Bellingham with a pick-up date of 7/1 and drop-off date of 7/2. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Bellingham

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Chevrolet Spark car
Chevrolet Spark
or similar SMALL
2
2
4-5
$49/day
Nissan Versa car
Nissan Versa
or similar SMALL
4
2
2/4
$49/day
Toyota Corolla car
Toyota Corolla
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
2/4
$51/day
Chevrolet Cruze car
Chevrolet Cruze
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
4-5
$54/day
Ford Fusion car
Ford Fusion
or similar LARGE
5
2
4-5
$59/day
Buick Regal car
Buick Regal
or similar LARGE
5
5
2/4
$73/day
Nissan Frontier car
Nissan Frontier
or similar PICKUPTRUCK
5
3
2/4
$62/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
5
5
2/4
$49/day
Toyota RAV4 car
Toyota RAV4
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$60/day
Hyundai Santa Fe car
Hyundai Santa Fe
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$72/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Bellingham

  • Two airports serve Bellingham, Bellingham International, and the Abbotsford Airport. In either airport you get to land in, you’ll find cheap car rentals in Bellingham such as Alamo, Budget, and Enterprise ready to provide you with convenient car rental services. In the two airports, the car rental facilities are located near the baggage claim area. There, you will find a wide variety of vehicles for you to choose from, you'll be able to find the ideal vehicle for any trip. If you are after a spacious car that can offer you some extra room or if you require a compact car or a hybrid, look no further than these companies that provide eco-friendly cars available at the airports.
  • If you have some time to spare in your visit to Bellingham, opt for Bellingham cheap car rentals for a faster and more comfortable trip around the area. Visiting the Larrabee State Park will take you 15 minutes to cover the 7-mile journey. Also, getting to the Galbraith Bike Park located 3.2 miles from downtown Bellingham will take you approximately 10 minutes. Whatcom Falls is also located 2.4 miles away, taking you about 8 minutes to make the journey.
  • When using the roads in Bellingham, you are advised to travel earlier than 8 am to not get entangled in the morning traffic. Also, you can make your journey past the traffic hours too to save some time from being stuck. In the evening, the traffic is usually at its peak at around 5 pm when people are rushing back home from work. Avoiding these roads at these times will save you a lot of time when using the cheap car rentals 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 $65 or less
  • Book your rental car in Bellingham at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Bellingham are around 68% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Bellingham

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Bellingham?

    A 4WD SUV is a convenient model to have as a rental car in the region, as it’ll help you to safely navigate poor weather and drive through many of the mountains in the area. Recreational activities are also common in Bellingham, including cycling, hiking, and biking, and this type of car will give you an ample amount of space to store any necessary equipment.

  • What’s the speed limit in Bellingham?

    Many of the streets in business and residential areas have a maximum speed limit of 25mph. If you’re driving in the vicinity of a school, you can plan on the speed limit is 20mph. Some roads that are in more remote areas of the city will have a maximum speed limit of up to 50mph, while state highways usually have a limit of 60mph, although it can be less in certain areas. Police officers are known for patrolling local highways and many of the town’s major intersections have traffic cameras, so make sure to follow speed limits to prevent yourself from being pulled over or receiving a fine.

  • Where are the best places to park in Bellingham?

    While you may be able to find free street parking in Bellingham, it usually fills up quickly. There are many different paid short-term parking options, including parking meters, which start at approximately $0.75 per hour downtown, and $0.25 per hour when further away from the city center. There are also a few parking garages to choose from, such as the Commercial Street Garage and Railroad Pay Station Lot downtown that cost around $0.75 per hour and have a $6 per day maximum.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Bellingham?

    On average a rental car in Bellingham costs $90 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 Bellingham found in the last 2 weeks is $68.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Bellingham?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Thrifty ($49/day), Dollar ($49/day) and Alamo ($62/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Thrifty 4255 Mitchell Way 98226 (3 miles from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Bellingham?

    The average gas price in Bellingham is $3.74 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $45 and $60, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Bellingham?

    Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bellingham.

  • Which car rental companies are at Bellingham airport (BLI)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Bellingham airport include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Budget, National and Avis.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Bellingham airport (BLI)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Bellingham airport to off-airport locations include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, National, and Avis.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Bellingham?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Bellingham?

    An Economy car rental in Bellingham costs $35 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Bellingham?

    A Special car rental in Bellingham costs $35 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Bellingham?

    A Compact car rental in Bellingham costs $36 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Bellingham?

    In Bellingham, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 4255 Mitchell Way (3 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Bellingham?

    On average a rental car in Bellingham costs $628 per week ($90 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Bellingham?

    On average a rental car in Bellingham costs $2,693 per month ($90 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Bellingham?

    Most car rental providers in Bellingham offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Bellingham, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Bellingham?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 10 car rental agencies in Bellingham.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Bellingham?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Bellingham?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Bellingham so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • Are there car rental offices in Bellingham city center?

    Yes. There is a car rental office in downtown Bellingham, which will make it convenient for those who do not wish to go all the way back to the airport to drop off their car. This location is closer to the natural parks and attractions of Bellingham.

  • Are there any toll roads in Bellingham?

    There are currently a couple of toll facilities on Bellingham roads, which include Tacoma Bridge, 167 HOT Lanes, I-405 Express Lanes, 99 tunnel, and 520 bridge. When using toll roads as compared with using other routes, they can save you a lot of time when traveling. They're also smooth and well-maintained, making them an ideal alternative to back-road routes.

Bellingham car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.5

Very good

42 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

8.4

2 locations in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

1302 Iowa St

+1 360 733 4363

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

4255 Mitchell Way

+1 833 823 5643

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Overall very happy. Car was clean, available when I arrived a little early and staff was courteous. Check-in and check-out were simple and quick.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The Enterprise on Iowa St doesn't have shuttles running to and from Bellingham airport. That is the only reason for the 4 (not 5 stars). They are different from the Enterprise that is located at the airport. However, there is a significant difference in the cost of rental. I saved a considerable amount by renting from the one on Iowa St (6 miles from airport). Only had to schedule/locate taxi and Uber services myself. It is not their fault for not having a shuttle service to the airport. There is some kind of agreement that prevents them from servicing the airport. Other than that, they are excellent.

4.8 Mediocre

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The mini van was what I had reserved, ran well, was full of fuel.

Cons:

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 Very good

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

yes

Cons:

survey button for excellent not working so I checked good instead

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

Cons:

Really no complaints!

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

YES

Cons:

NO COMPLAINTS - construction site made it a bit awkward to enter - but that will pass.

1 out of 8

Hertz

8.5

Very good

31 reviews

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.2

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

4255 Mitchell Way #6

+1 360 733 8336

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:0018:30 - 22:00
Friday18:30 - 22:0008:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 15:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The check out staff was very friendly. We did not see anyone when we dropped off the car.

Cons:

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 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Brian and Brent were great to work with!

Cons:

Inside of the windshield could have been cleaner.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car, care

2.0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Very good

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very convenient to pick up and drop off the car.

Cons:

I ordered a compact, but the car seemed more like an economy

2.0 Poor

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing.

Cons:

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.

1 out of 5

Dollar

8.8

Very good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.0

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

4255 Mitchell Way

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 17:0019:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:0019:30 - 22:30
Friday19:30 - 22:3008:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 15:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Friendly, helpful staff, offered but didn't try to push extras, were clear about expectations and prices. I switched to a smaller car halfway through and was able to get an EV for not much more. I loved that you have EVs for reasonable prices and look forward to renting them in the future.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
There's nothing to improve. Everyone was super-professional and friendly, the service was very convenient, and the car was great.

2.0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
Closed

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
A really smooth process overall!

1 out of 2

Alamo

7.6

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.4

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

4255 Mitchell Way

+1 360 714 0243

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Pick up was a disaster - My debit card was not acceptable, only a credit card could be used which had not been made clear. I was stranded at a provincial airport and no effort was made to help sort out the situation. My daughter in law had to leave work and travel some 45 minutes out of her way, rent the card on her credit card, name me as an additional driver - more expense, no sympathy or penitence from Alamo. Drop off, completely different - when asked if everything had gone smoothly I mentioned the difficulties I had and the Alamo guys could not have been nicer. they were apologetic, clear, waived the additional charges and allowed me to pay with my debit card anyway. Jesse was my first contact - thank you for making it all better.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff and easy dropoff

Cons:

Redundant insurance policies between kayak and the actual rental agency, don't offer the kayak one.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

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!

Cons:

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 Very good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly. Pick-up and drop-off were very easy.

3.6 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great, easy pickup and drop off

Cons:

I 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 Okay

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly but didn't know what options the car had.

Cons:

Staff should have available to them all of the options available on any car. Also the interior front window was not clean

1 out of 4

Avis

7.6

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.7

One location in Bellingham

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4255 Mitchell Way Suite 6

+1 360 676 8840

Monday20:00 - 21:3009:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday20:00 - 21:3009:00 - 22:00
Friday20:00 - 21:3009:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

We reserved an economy car, however none was available, so we were given a larger SUV with no extra charge. Very comfortable ride!

Cons:

Nothing, it was a positive experience all around. The car was nice and clean!!

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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 Very good

Jun 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The care was in very good condition and fun to drive.

Cons:

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.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Our flight was late getting in, and instead of someone staying, several of us were left stranded, and the one hotel near by was sold out. This was the worst experience. We had to pay for a 3 hr Uber since all hotels were sold out within all surrounding cities due to a Taylor Swift concert.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Avis did have any cars when I arrived, and the agent worked with Enterprise Car Rental to get me a car for the same rate. That was very thoughtful of them. Thanks

2.0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
we showed up and got rerouted to Bellingham specifically to rent a car and drive to mercer Island (100 miles) but we got there only to be told they didn't have any cars! even with confirmation and had to take $200 Uber ride!

1 out of 2

Budget

7.5

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.5

One location in Bellingham

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4255 Mitchell Way Number 4

+1 360 671 3800

Monday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 21:30
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 21:30
Friday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 21:30
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Amazing from check in to drop off!

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
I did not receive the car. They told me the reservation was cancelled one Day before pick up date. All service was terrible and nobody helped me, i had a kid a oke year old baby with me. I talked to priceline and they just told me the reservation was still open but they didnt do anything either. It was frustrating not getting any type of support from anyone. They just told me to go rent somewhere else.

8.0 Very good

Oct 2022

KAYAK
People were great Car was clean and drive fine but had horrible blind spots for me

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything was good

2.0 Poor

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They overcharged me $250 this company is terrible will never use Budget again.

Cons:

Honesty

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off.

Cons:

It was all good.

1 out of 4

Thrifty

7.3

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.0

One location in Bellingham

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4255 Mitchell Way

+1 877 283 0898

Monday19:30 - 22:3008:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday19:30 - 22:3008:00 - 17:00
Friday19:30 - 22:3008:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 15:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Let me rerent car from the phone. Did not care for the gal on the phone

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Told me to bring it back full

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off

Cons:

Freee gas..... Haha

2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Offer a refund if you don’t need the rental.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The extra charges on my statement after I turned the car back in.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
They’re trying to charge me 400$ on top of what I already paid!!!

1 out of 3

National

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

4255 Mitchell Way

+1 360 714 0243

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

Bellingham International Airport

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Bellingham

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Locations in Bellingham

4255 Mitchell Way

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147 travelers who rented a car in Bellingham gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.7

Car rental locations in or near Bellingham

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$90/day

Good deal

$65/day

When to book a rental car in Bellingham

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Bellingham car rental information

Pick-up locationBellingham
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations11
Airport locations10
Popular agenciesDollar, Thrifty, Alamo