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Bethesda, MD
Jun 17 — Jun 24
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Bethesda car rental information

Pick-up locationBethesda
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations9
Popular agenciesAvis, Enterprise, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Bethesda

$38/dayEconomy
$38/dayCompact
$40/dayIntermediate
$67/dayStandard
$41/dayFull-size
$116/dayMinivan
$68/dayFull-size SUV
$74/dayPremium
$57/dayIntermediate SUV
$65/dayStandard SUV
$98/dayCompact SUV
$114/daySupplier choice
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Bethesda car rental reviews and directory

From $34/dayRated #1
Budget
Cheapest deal
Best rated
7.3 Good (56 reviews)
3 locations in Bethesda
Budget
Locations in Bethesda
4400 Connecticut Avenue Nw+1 202 686 2890
Monday07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday07:00 - 19:00
Thursday07:00 - 19:00
Friday07:00 - 19:00
Saturday07:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
5151 Pooks Hill Road+1 301 828 1126
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
7103 Democracy Boulevard+1 301 469 4707
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 15:00
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2021
Pros: Helpful staff, car was ready, not wait time and car was the size promised and clean.Cons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentJan 1 2021
Pros: The process at both locations was seamless.
9.6 ExcellentSep 9 2020
Cons: The exterior of the car was not completely clean. Budget told me that they were not allowed to use water to wash their cars in DC. This struck me as a bit odd, given that I live in DC and had not heard about such restrictions.
2.8 MediocreJul 22 2020
Pros: We waited over an hour for our rental car, very poorly managed.Cons: After waiting over an hour for our car, the car smelled intensely like smoke and made us question how well it was cleaned for COVID.
8.8 ExcellentApr 27 2020
Pros: Everything was quick and easy.Cons: The car was probably vacuumed, but it was definitely not wiped down. The surfaces were dirty.
2.0 MediocreJan 6 2020
Pros: Location of pick up/drop offCons: I purposely selected a small/the smallest option for a car and was given a larger vehicle. This was very frustrating and it was not a comfortable ride. Also the car was very dirty. And we were not refunded for the 2 hours we were late to pick up the car (we couldn't drop it off 2 hours later because the Budget hours did not allow for it.)
4.8 OkayJan 5 2020
Pros: Fast delivery. Early opening hours.Cons: The car had a tank half full. The car was not in best conditions
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2019
Pros: The staff were amazing, friendly, quick and the car was absolutely clean,the gps screen made it so easy for me to use ,they had the gas filled up and didn’t worry about driving first to the gas station,which is very handy when someone is in a hurry ,it saves a lot of time.Cons: For me everything was great and I’m absolutely going to be renting cars there. I highly recommend them.
4.0 OkayOct 2 2019
Cons: Specifically asked for a luxury mid sized car for a trip to North Carolina. Received a full sized luxury SUV instead which got 10+ less miles per gallon than the model I looked at. I understand that you’re not guaranteed the same car you look at, but what I received was unacceptable.
7.6 GoodSep 10 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly. Drop-off was easy. Pick up was slightly slow and they gave me an SUV when I'd asked for a sedan — not a big deal though.
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From $42/dayRated #2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (12 reviews)
4 locations in Bethesda
Enterprise
Locations in Bethesda
10401 Motor City Dr+1 301 469 6100
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5202 River Rd Ste A-2+1 301 907 7780
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6711 Democracy Blvd+1 301 469 6100
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
7725 Wisconsin Ave+1 301 907 7780
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJan 5 2021
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff!Cons: Car rear right tire was very low on tire pressure -- I was alerted to it halfway through the drive
8.4 ExcellentOct 24 2020
Pros: Counter attendants were nice and pickup and drop off were quick and efficient.Cons: The car was not as clean as expected. There was splashed coffee on the roof of the car and the driver side visor when pulled down.
8.0 ExcellentJul 19 2020
Pros: Staff was efficient and friendly; transfers were easy.Cons: I have no comment on how the experience could have been better, but this was a short, uneventful rental in which the staff did not have to display any extraordinary efforts.
8.0 ExcellentMay 17 2019
Pros: The staff was friendly and efficient.
8.8 ExcellentApr 2 2019
Pros: The customer service provided by John made this rental process seemless.
8.8 ExcellentSep 15 2018
Pros: Manager in Bethesda assisted me. She was very helpfu6l and efficient. I needed a vehicle to drive up to new york and drop off. Although there was a surcharge for doing that it was very useful to be able to. I will definitely use Enterprise again.Cons: There was no Ez pass in the car.
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2016
Pros: The staff was very professional and engaging.The car was new and clean and the price was right. They called me the day before my reservation to confirm my trip and the car was ready and waiting when I arrived. The pick-up and return were both smoothly and quickly handled.
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From $36/dayRated #3
Avis
8.2 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in Bethesda
Avis
Locations in Bethesda
4400 Connecticut Avenue Northwest+1 202 686 5149
Monday07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday07:00 - 19:00
Thursday07:00 - 19:00
Friday07:00 - 19:00
Saturday07:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
5151 Pooks Hill Road+1 301 828 1124
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
  • 8.1
  • 8.8
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 8 2021
Pros: Friendly and efficient staff both in Washington and Queens.Cons: Nothing.
9.6 ExcellentJul 31 2020
Pros: The staff was great, and the car ran well.Cons: The EZ-Pass fees were horrendous! Easier to pay cash.
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2020
Cons: Nothing, everything was great, Customer service, car etc, Thanks for ur convenience Avis.
6.0 GoodJun 16 2019
Pros: Location of rental station.Cons: Inside of the car was not clean. Had papers from earlier rentals and other business in the car.
6.0 GoodJun 6 2018
No idea where to drop-off!Pros: Staff member was very nice, office kind of hidden and old.Cons: In my opinion, this is a really difficult spot to find! I could not for the life of me figure out where to drop off the car. Only one sign led to a back street with no additional directional signs at all. It was very confusing. This location needs more signage or at least someone outside directing folks where to go for drop off. I ended up parking in what I think was a hotel parking garage, in front of two parked cars because I drove around for 10 minutes and finally gave up.
8.4 ExcellentNov 28 2016
Bad pickup timePros: Car was fine, all that was goodCons: You gave me a 7pm pickup time, but the rental place closed at 7pm on the minute. I was lucky and someone was still there and willing to help me, had I been a few minutes late, I might have missed them. Don't give pickup times at the same time as when they close!
7.6 GoodAug 25 2016
Difficulty returning car at Union Station in DCPros: Great car, efficient pickupCons: Finding out where to return car/bad phone service. Couldn't get thru to local rental car counter
From $38/dayRated #4
Hertz
Most popular
7.7 Good (17 reviews)
2 locations in Bethesda
Hertz
Locations in Bethesda
6711 Democracy Blvd+1 301 530 0247
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
7335 Wisconsin Avenue+1 301 215 5912
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Pros: Yes! The staff was friendly and helpfulCons: The car needed cleaning, especially on the outside
9.2 ExcellentMar 15 2020
Pros: The staff on site weren’t helpful but my experience was salvaged by a wonderful customer service representative.Cons: They could have answered my initial plea to understand the nature of the situation. Instead I needed to resolve the issue after the fact with customer service.
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2018
Pros: The pickup and dropoff procedures were straightforward and uncomplicated. The car performed well throughout the trip.Cons: The car did not have cruise control, though it was not stipulated in any advertising that it would. And the windshield wipers needed to be replaced.
6.0 GoodJan 16 2018
Pickup nighmare - alter pickup locationPros: ValueCons: Arrived @ Bethesda only to find it closed. Called 800 operater said transferred pickup to 99H St in D. arrived to find he didnt transfer. Second phone call no record of transfer. Wasterd an hour on phone--no result. onsite staff intervened to get car assigned. Dont think call agent was in US. Charged me another day when i returnrd car.
8.0 ExcellentSep 15 2017
Pros: Nice to be able to pick up and drop off somewhere else other than the airport.Cons: Suggestion: for the pick up and drop off locations identify the name of the business attached to the address. For example, my pick up location was in the lobby of a hotel. Instead of just providing the street address, add that it is located in the lobby of x hotel.
10.0 ExcellentSep 10 2017
HIdden locationPros: Once I found the desk, my experience was hassle-free.Cons: Hard to find the Hertz desk hidden in a hotel on the corner. Poor signage.
5.6 OkayMar 7 2017
Ok rentalPros: First time using Hertz. Very Friendly staff.Cons: Car smelled awful, very dirty inside. Was only given one car option.
6.0 GoodFeb 24 2017
Smelled of smoke.Pros: Convenient and good price.Cons: Car smelled like someone had smoked in it. Older car.
10.0 ExcellentJul 20 2016
Pros: Pickup and Drop off were the most impressive.First, I loved getting a good price and not having to go to the airport. And secondly, the pickup and drop off were exceptionally easy. The Ford Focus got us around, but was jerky taking off from stoplights, etc. I should probably get an upgraded car next time.
7.6 GoodJun 20 2016
Pros: Car was comfortable and staff was courteous.Cons: They did not have the size car we reserved at puck up and only had a significantly smaller car available. We had to wait a long time to get a car the size we reserved.
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100 travelers who rented a car in Bethesda gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.6

Car rental locations in or near Bethesda

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in Bethesda

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Bethesda

  • Car rentals in Bethesda promote convenient trips in and outside the city, allowing you to reach attractions in different areas. You can unwind through a show at Glen Echo Park, a visual and performing arts venue about 3 miles from the town's center. Using a rental vehicle from Bethesda car rentals, you can drive approximately 8.7 miles to Arlington and pay homage to fallen heroes. The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, and John F. Kennedy's gravesite are all within driving distance of one another.
  • Bethesda has several airports nearby, including the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and the Washington Dulles International Airport. The airport closest to Bethesda is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), situated approximately 9.4 miles away. Washington Dulles International (IAD) is about 18.9 miles from central Bethesda, while the Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) is around 27.1 miles away. BWI offers car rentals in Bethesda via NextCar, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Alamo. You can locate the rental facility on New Ridge Road and Stoney Run Road, accessible via the airport's free shuttle service. This bus operates every 10min, and you can find it on the lower-level terminal. IAD features several companies that present car rentals provisions, including Dollar, Sixt, Thrifty, and Budget. Each company has a free shuttle that transports you from the terminal to the pick-up area. You can reach this shuttle at Curb 2D or Curb 2C from the Baggage Claim Level by exiting down the ramp to Doors 2 and 4. DCA also has a rental car center on Terminal Garage A's first floor, consisting of options from Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, and Hertz. To get here, you can take a short walk by following the signs or utilize the Rental Car Shuttle at Door 4 on the Ticketing Level.
  • Multiple streets, such as Wisconsin Avenue and busy highways like Interstate 270, ensure you can conveniently reach your preferred destinations. Additionally, you can modify your rented vehicle by including a GPS to confidently maneuver the interconnected avenues, lanes, streets, drives, and freeways. Be aware of jaywalkers because pedestrians can cross mid-block as long as one of the adjacent intersections lacks traffic signals.
  • Bethesda has morning traffic from around 7:30am while the evening jam starts at about 5pm. Interstate 270 can experience heavy congestion during rush hours as it links to Interstate 95. It is a good idea to stay indoors at these times since the jam extends to other major avenues and streets around the town center. The snowy conditions in winter require you to drive extra carefully to maintain control along the slick pathways.   
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Bethesda for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Bethesda at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Bethesda are around 49% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Bethesda

  • Some car rental companies in Bethesda which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Budget and Enterprise

  • On average a rental car in Bethesda costs $52 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($38/day), Budget ($57/day) and Enterprise ($114/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 5151 Pooks Hill Road 20814 (2 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in Bethesda is $3.36 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $40 and $54, depending on the car size.

  • Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bethesda.

  • The only car rental company onsite at Dulles Intl airport is Hertz.

  • The only car rental company onsite at Reagan-National airport is Hertz.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Dulles Intl airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Advantage, National, and Silvercar.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Reagan-National airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Payless, Advantage, and National.

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

  • A Compact car rental in Bethesda costs $44 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Bethesda costs $50 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Bethesda costs $57 per day, on average.

  • In Bethesda, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 11275- A New Hampshire Avenue (7 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Bethesda costs $361 per week ($52 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Bethesda costs $1,549 per month ($52 per day).

  • You do not have to consider ground clearance when renting a car because Bethesda has developed infrastructure. For this reason, your choice of vehicle depends on your requirements. For example, you can rent a van if you are traveling with family or a group of friends.

  • The six-lane Interstate 270 has a speed limit ranging between around 55mph and 65mph, while along River Road at Interstate 495, the limit is from about 35mph to 45mph. Roads within business districts have a speed limit of approximately 20mph to 30mph. School zones have around a 15mph limit, and residential areas operate from about 15mph to 25mph.   

  • You will find the average gas price to be around $2.90 per gallon. Nevertheless, some providers around central Bethesda have lower offers, like Marathon Gas Station along River Road. Refilling your car at stations close to the airport's drop-off point may be convenient but usually costs more than the other services within the town.   

  • The Elm Garage on Bethesda Avenue operates at an hourly rate of about $1.25, permitting continuous stay for up to 24h. Parking at Bethesda Metro Center offers convenient access to the surrounding restaurants, retail stores, and offices, making it suitable for business meetings or leisure tours. It comes with a maximum daily charge of around $12 per day. You can park at Garage 35 on Woodmont Avenue, which charges about $1 per hour with a 24h maximum stay.

  • 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!).