Brownsville car rentals

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Brownsville, TX
Sep 29 — Oct 6
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Brownsville, TX
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Brownsville car rental information

Pick-up locationBrownsville
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Passenger van, Pickup truck, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations10
Airport locations8
Popular agenciesEnterprise, Avis, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Brownsville

Full-size SUV$74/day
Passenger van$129/day
Pickup truck$82/day
Intermediate SUV$68/day
Standard SUV$82/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Brownsville car rental reviews and directory

From $43/dayRated #1
Best rated
7.9 Good (30 reviews)
2 locations in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
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  • 7.7
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
7.9 GoodJul 27 2021
Clean car; car wasn’t ready at original pickup time (45 mins late)
2.0 MediocreMar 31 2021
Nothing. I was called the day of my reservation and told that there were no cars available.Everything. I was called the day of my reservation and told that there were no cars available
8.0 ExcellentAug 31 2020
10.0 ExcellentMay 31 2020
Excellent customer service and easy drop off
9.2 ExcellentMay 28 2020
Great staffDue to airport construction the car was a good hike from the counter
8.8 ExcellentMay 26 2020
Awesome customer service and very affordable. Only thing was that vehicle was not clean or sanitized. It was a little uncomfortable driving home. Once I was home I sprayed it with lysol. Other than that it was an awesome experience. Thanks
8.8 ExcellentMar 15 2020
Easy drop off. The pick up was not as smooth, but it seems airport is doing renovations so the lot is not in its usual space.
4.0 OkayFeb 6 2020
The vehicle and promptness in and out service.Long time customer of enterprise for 20 years in dallas location. Overcharged fuel which I saw by looking at details of bill. Was fixed after calling which should not have been necessary.
4.4 OkayDec 12 2019
Staff was friendly but vehicles were not available.Vehicle had dirty windows (inside). Vehicle selected via Kayak was not available.
2.0 MediocreMay 10 2019
After making reservations and arriving at location, Enterprise did not have any vehicles besides a SUV and a large van. I asked why did websites allow rentals to be reserved, and they stated it was out of their hand.
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From $68/dayRated #2
9.3 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
  • 9.1
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  • 9.4
Recent reviews
7.6 GoodFeb 18 2020
Yes, staff friendly.
10.0 ExcellentMay 3 2017
Great experienceFree upgrade, and the customer service rep waited till our plane landed before shutting down the rental counter. Clean, new, and comfortable. Loved the unlimited miles, that saved us so much money while traveling to three different states to visit family.
10.0 ExcellentJan 30 2017
Road tripNew comfortable ride The front window fogged up and we couldn't see often Something was wrong with the front window and defrost Otherwise we had a great time and your people were really nice and even gave us follow up calls
10.0 ExcellentJan 10 2017
Awesome staff, very helpfulJose went above and beyond! Was understanding that we we're going to be late arriving, and forwarded messages to the late shift attendant, who in turn helped us get out of the rental quickly an ⓓ on our way.
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From $30/dayRated #3
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.5 Good (24 reviews)
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
  • 7.8
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  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 29 2020
Staff was friendly and helpful with instructions and drop off super easy
2.0 MediocreMay 4 2019
Your website outomatically changed the pick up location. I will never visit your website
10.0 ExcellentSep 10 2018
Easy in and out
4.4 OkayAug 23 2018
Buyer beware!Decent carKayak quoted me $58 at pick-up and it turned out to be $85! I will not be using kayak again as I can't trust the "Pay at pickup" price
10.0 ExcellentMar 31 2018
Excellent service! Thank you.
4.8 OkayJul 16 2017
Not sure I would use this company againPicking up the car went very smoothly.The car very was dusty inside and did not have windshield wiper fluid. When returning the car to the airport, there were no signs for Dollar Car rental. It was very confusing and stressful trying to return the car. I was never told that I was supposed to leave it in the Hertz rental car spot. It was also annoying providing a receipt showing that I refilled the car within 10 miles of the airport. The company should be able to turn on the car and see that the tank is full.
8.0 ExcellentJun 3 2017
To long a wait at counter.
4.0 OkayMay 12 2017
Deceived paid a lot more then stated by kayakI paid a lot more then what kayak stated,They make you feel your in a used dealership the person will even charge you satellite radio if he can, and be careful with the insurance coverage make sure you read carefully or they'll make up inf. just to sell insurance very disappointed with Dollar rent a car and kayak
10.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2017
Everything as promised
4.4 OkayJan 6 2017
undisclosed charge for early returnI was dinged $25 on a $75 rental for returning the vehicle early. The clerk made no mention of that although she did tell me that "if you come back early you can put the keys here". No more Dollar for me.
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From $38/dayRated #4
7.1 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
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  • 6.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMar 30 2021
Drop off was drop and goUpfront with “managers choice” special the car just ended up being the smallest compact car they had. Also we asked for a ride to the airport and it was a hard no.
8.0 ExcellentMar 2 2021
Staff was very nice. Drop off was fine and it was easier to get to in the early morning hours.The tank was not totally full when I got it. My fault for not noticing or calling in. I still haven’t gotten a receipt via email.
3.6 MediocreFeb 15 2019
Apparently I booked with Hertz in Brownsville instead of at the Brownsville airport. The two behaved like separate entities. Not enough space here to go into detail, but they could've handled this much better.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2018
GreatThey didn’t have a minivan though upgraded me to a suburban for free. My experience in the past is to get the next cheapest option.Drop off
10.0 ExcellentMar 18 2017
Vacation in BrownsvilleThe ocean view in South PadreI did not know it was the beginning of spring break.
From $35/dayRated #5
6.6 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
  • 6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJun 2 2021
Excellent customer service. Pick up and drop up off quick and easyCruise control missing button cover making it difficult to turn on
10.0 ExcellentApr 16 2021
The whole process was so easy and fast!
2.0 MediocreMar 6 2017
ClosedArrived as scheduled to find rental office closed
From $43/dayRated #6
6 Good (9 reviews)
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
  • 6.2
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  • 5.5
  • 5.3
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 24 2021
Good customer servicePrice was over value Need to be cheaper That vehicle wasn’t worth it for that price
4.0 OkayApr 27 2021
The person working the counter on the morning of 04/24/2021, was dishonest and cagey. The entire process was a waste of time he stated that the car would was being washed and would be ready in 30 minutes, after more than hour he was stating the same lies and would just walk away and go outside.If the vehicle is not available just tell me it is not even though I had a reservation. Just wasting time waiting for a car that is not going to be available. Do not lie and expect that a customer would be satisfied. I had to use a different company that had a car available at a lower price and was able to rent without any problems
2.0 MediocreApr 8 2021
Nothing because they canceled my rental the day before I was supposed to get my rentalIt would have been better if they didn’t gave me false hope by letting me book the rental. If they don’t have the car to be rented, they shouldn’t let me book or reserve the car. In allowing me to reserve, they have stopped me from looking for a better alternative
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2021
They didnt have a car
6.0 GoodFeb 4 2021
Staff was fine but pickup took 1 1/2 hours !!They didn’t have our car ready when we had it scheduled
2.0 MediocreFeb 2 2020
No cars available when it was reserved
10.0 ExcellentAug 6 2018
Easy PeazyOnline booking was simple. Staff at pick up location was friendly and professional. Car was in excellent condition. Drop off process was simple.
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
Recent reviews
1 location in Brownsville
Locations in Brownsville
Recent reviews
78 travelers who rented a car in Brownsville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.6

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Car rental insurance in Brownsville

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Brownsville car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Brownsville.


Keep in mind that car rental insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Brownsville car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Brownsville

  • Car rentals in Brownsville are a convenient way to explore the interesting attractions both in the city and the surrounding region, including the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Having access to your own vehicle also makes it easy to travel to popular nearby cities, like Harlingen and Rio Bravo. Head to sights that are removed from the city center, such as the Boca Chica State Park, which is known for having great swimming opportunities and is around a 20min drive from the city’s downtown.
  • Those that are interested in Brownsville car rentals can pick them up directly from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. The airport’s car rental center can be conveniently found just near the Arrivals Terminal, after the baggage claim. It is within walking distance, so you don’t need to take a taxi or shuttle to arrive here. There are a few different on-site companies to choose between, and some options include Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.
  • Brownsville is known for having many small streets that are winding, particularly along the waterfront, which can be confusing to navigate if you’re not familiar with the region. To help prevent yourself from getting lost, you can add a GPS to car rentals in Brownsville. The city also has many cyclists, so keep your eyes open for them when driving to prevent getting in a collision. 
  • Highways 4, 48, and 83 generally have a high amount of traffic during rush hour, as these are the main roads in and out of the city. If you want to avoid getting stuck in a traffic jam, it’s recommended to not drive on these highways between the hours of 8-9:30am and 5-6:30pm. Although the city’s climate is normally warm and temperature, it rains quite often, which generally makes the roads particularly slippery. If you find yourself driving in a storm, decrease your speed limit and drive with extra caution.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Brownsville for $37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Brownsville at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Brownsville are around 25% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Brownsville are around 0% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Brownsville

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

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

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise ($53/day), Avis ($56/day) and Hertz ($68/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 700 South Amelia Earhart Drive 78521 (4 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in Brownsville is $3.52 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Brownsville.

  • Car rental companies onsite at South Padre Is. Intl airport include Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, National and Avis.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from South Padre Is. Intl airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, National, and Avis.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Brownsville costs $55 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Brownsville costs $44 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in Brownsville costs $84 per day, on average.

  • In Brownsville, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 500 Amelia Earhart Drive (4 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Brownsville costs $364 per week ($52 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Brownsville costs $1,561 per month ($52 per day).

  • An SUV is a convenient model to choose for a rental car in the region, as it will provide you with stability when driving in the rain. Since this type of vehicle is spacious, it’ll also provide you with extra comfort when embarking on longer road trips to some of the many state parks in the surrounding region. Recreational activities are common, including biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing, and an SUV will have enough room for you to store any necessary equipment.

  • Residential and business streets will usually have a maximum speed limit of 30mph. If you’re driving near a school, you can plan on following a speed limit of 20mph instead. Streets that are in more remote areas of town may have limits up to 40mph, while highways usually have a limit of 65mph. The city has traffic cameras at many of its main intersections, so it’s important to follow speed limits to prevent receiving a ticket or fine.

  • On average, a gallon of gas in Brownsville will cost you around $2.35. To fill up your tank at a particularly affordable station, try to find a Sam’s Club or Love’s. You’ll find that several stations are surrounding Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, including Conoco, but their prices are normally higher than average. 

  • The city offers a substantial amount of free parking and street spaces. There is the Parking Lot on Van Buren street, which is both free and centrally located. If you’re unable to find free parking, you can always choose to park in one of the several paid parking garages that are offered, such as the La Plaza Parking Garage that is located in the heart of downtown. The airport is also known for having several large paid parking lots to choose from, both short-term and long-term parking options. 

  • 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!).