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Cambridge, MA
May 19 — May 26
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Cambridge car rental information

Pick-up locationCambridge
Rental locations10

Cheap car rentals in Cambridge

$32/dayEconomy
$33/dayCompact
$35/dayIntermediate
$39/dayStandard
$38/dayFull-size
$58/dayPremium
$57/dayLuxury
$45/dayIntermediate SUV
$47/dayStandard SUV
$78/dayCompact SUV
$150/daySupplier choice
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Cambridge car rental reviews and directory

From $52/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
Most popular
9 Excellent (86 reviews)
4 locations in Cambridge
Enterprise
Locations in Cambridge
100 Cambridgeside Pl+1 617 299 2134
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1815 Massachusetts Avenue+1 617 547 7400
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25 River Street+1 617 547 7400
Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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26 New St (fresh Pond)+1 617 354 2302
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9
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  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 9
Recent reviews
7.6 GoodSep 28 2020
Cons: I had a special car and got charged extra when I asked for an SUV.
5.6 OkaySep 21 2020
Pros: I was prompted to purchase insurance through your platform, which I did through Allianz for an added fee. However, I was then alerted by the rental facility where I rented the car that this insurance does not function the same way as their insurance and that, if I got in an accident, I would have to contact Allianz and file a separate claim, which would make the process much more difficult and time-consuming. Essentially, I purchased an add on through your platform that did nothing. I would like a full refund for my insurance.Cons: I was prompted to purchase insurance through your platform, which I did through Allianz for an added fee. However, I was then alerted by the rental facility where I rented the car that this insurance does not function the same way as their insurance and that, if I got in an accident, I would have to contact Allianz and file a separate claim, which would make the process much more difficult and time-consuming. Essentially, I purchased an add on through your platform that did nothing. I would like a full refund for my insurance.
10.0 ExcellentAug 17 2020
Cons: Everything went off without a problem would recommend to anyone
8.0 ExcellentAug 7 2020
Pros: Friendly staff, pick up an drop off easy.
8.4 ExcellentApr 25 2020
Pros: Staff were out in a wet snow renting cars !Cons: Consider having the fuel tank filled, as much easier to return to some increment < full, as was asked for with my rental.
7.2 GoodSep 28 2019
Cons: Difficult to find office to pick up car. Didn't realize it was in a mall and there were no directions given. Car smelled like smoke.
9.6 ExcellentSep 7 2019
Pros: The staff was lovely. Dropoff was difficult as the 25 River st address leads to the way out of the parking lot. Couldn't figure out how to get to the entrance.
9.2 ExcellentAug 26 2019
Cons: Front office was understaffed as several customers had complex issues to resolve due to poor website booking integration.
8.8 ExcellentAug 14 2019
Pros: The staff was terrific, especially at drop-off. The person who gave me a lift home was very professional yet still quite friendly. I think you employ really terrific people.Cons: It was a one-way rental and the cost was rather exorbitant. So I can’t say it was a decent value — I basically made the decision to deal with the horrible costs because a bus would have taken way too long after a red-eye...
10.0 ExcellentAug 1 2019
Pros: Yes. Very helpful staff.Cons: It was really hard to find the location in the parking garage.
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From $45/dayRated #2
Budget
7.5 Good (65 reviews)
2 locations in Cambridge
Budget
Locations in Cambridge
1 Bennett Street+1 617 661 0523
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00
350 Massachusetts Avenue+1 617 577 7606
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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  • 7.6
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Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 8 2021
Cons: I would have paid for a car wash. Exterior car not washed at all. Inside dash board dusty. Nobody checked that car. Location for pick up next to Le Meridian hotel. ( Awesome). Rate on car unbeatable. Kia Sol driving good. Will I rent again from Budget, absolutely. I will just require a clean vehicle.
3.2 MediocreJul 11 2020
Pros: interior was not clean, especially charged me $9 a gallon to fill the tank when I returned it low = $123!Cons: most of the experience car was not clean. It could have been actually clean
10.0 ExcellentApr 25 2020
Pros: Very cheerful staff taking care of business during the pandemicCons: more clearly explain ticketing steps for entering / exiting parking garage.
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2020
Pros: Very thankful to staff for providing their professional service during this time.Cons: None
6.8 GoodFeb 17 2020
Pros: The car is pretty cleanCons: Budget desk is in the Charles river hotel which is not difficult to find as long as you ask the hotel employee. However when we returned the car, the lady had a terrible attitude. There's a long line and it's almost closed which is not our fault but she still yelled at us
9.2 ExcellentOct 20 2019
Cons: Knowledge of easy pass toll pay system not conveyed at pick up counter.
9.6 ExcellentJun 23 2019
Pros: The staff was extremely helpful and friendly!
9.6 ExcellentJun 18 2019
Pros: Friendly and courteous staff.Cons: Ability to drop off cars during the times the office is closed. Maybe have a key drop box?
9.6 ExcellentJun 17 2019
Pros: Super easy pick up and drop off process. Car was brand new and clean.
7.2 GoodMay 20 2019
Cons: The LDW was too expensive. There was no way to avoid paying the $4 fee per day for using electronic tolls, since in Massachusetts there is no cash option.
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From $60/dayRated #3
Avis
7.4 Good (72 reviews)
2 locations in Cambridge
Avis
Locations in Cambridge
1 Bennett Street+1 617 534 1430
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
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350 Massachusetts Avenue+1 617 621 0413
Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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  • 7.8
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  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.4 GoodOct 13 2020
Pros: Pickup was relatively easy, although they forgot to give me an exit ticket to leave the garage.Cons: The car had a cigarette smell in it. I also had a random $35 "Miscellaneous Fees" charge which I couldn't get dropped.
8.0 ExcellentOct 6 2020
Pros: The staff was helpful and friendly. The pickup experience was easy.Cons: It wasn't possible to adjust driver sit horizontal position - the control for that was just absent and sit was locked. Luckily it was locked in a position that suit me well. The drop-off was a bit confusing - all places were occupied and sign was directing to 7th floor, but there were no designated parking places on the 7th floor, so I was confused whether I should just leave the care wherever, or maybe I missed designated places.
10.0 ExcellentAug 3 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful.
4.8 OkayJun 30 2020
Cons: I was given a car that had the left rear tire pressure very low: 25. The other three were at their correct pressure of 40. Before releasing a car to a customer, the avis should have taken the corrective measures so as not to give me a car with the warning light on in the display.
10.0 ExcellentMar 20 2020
Pros: Kind staff at pick upCons: Extension too pricey
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2020
Pros: Great value for price and with very professional, cheerful, helpful staff.Cons: Nothing in my perspective.
6.4 GoodOct 20 2019
Pros: carCons: express drop off
9.2 ExcellentSep 7 2019
Pros: Pickup was quick and seamlessCons: There was some trash in car door, Starbucks bag crumpled up
4.0 OkaySep 5 2019
Cons: There was a miscommunication that resulted in me paying extra. The person I worked on my return was incredibly rude
4.8 OkaySep 2 2019
Cons: Long delay in pick-up due to understaffed agency.
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From $40/dayRated #4
Hertz
Cheapest deal
7.4 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Cambridge
Hertz
Locations in Cambridge
24 Eliot St+1 617 338 1520
Monday07:30 - 16:00
Tuesday07:30 - 16:00
Wednesday07:30 - 16:00
Thursday07:30 - 16:00
Friday07:30 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
6.4 GoodApr 26 2019
Cons: Our car wasn't ready on time, which is unacceptable. If we to order the car after the given time, we would pay extra.
2.0 MediocreOct 25 2016
Cons: I had to wait 30 minutes to pick the car up and the lady was not kind to me..she did not ask me the fuel options, did not explain much, just wanted me to sign and leave. I returned the car early with quick return but have not received my invoice yet, as it explained on the box. I should not have any extras but l am not sure whether they would charge me anthing extra
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From $54/dayRated #5
Thrifty
7 Good (16 reviews)
1 location in Cambridge
Thrifty
Locations in Cambridge
110 Mt Auburn Street+1 617 876 2758
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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  • 7.1
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  • 6.8
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Recent reviews
9.2 ExcellentFeb 24 2018
Thrify car rental convenient to Logan airportPros: it was very straightforward to take public transit to this Thrifty location from Logan, for no charge and it took perhaps a half-hour which I thought fast. My car performed well and was both new and clean on the inside.
2.0 MediocreMar 7 2017
Poor Customer ServiceCons: They don't have any information. Their policies are waste. Their toll charges are compulsory if you don't take it they put fine on you. Thier insurance charges are ao high. Just having car charges low as compared to other companies doesn't matter overall thrifty is super expensive including all insurance toll and other services. They don't have decent cars too.
8.4 ExcellentNov 30 2016
Small office, but decent servicePros: Car and service was as expected.Cons: Separation of collision and liability insurance was a surprise, but it turns out that's common.
3.2 MediocreOct 21 2016
Cons: I had booked my car rental 4 months in advance to ensure I would get the car I wanted for a road trip through New England. However, when I got to Thrifty they said they could not find the keys for the car I had requested. I had wanted a small car to save on gas mileage and the elevation I would be driving on. Instead they gave me a mid size car that went through a lot of gas. Also, the car reeked of cigarette smoke. The smell was so strong we had to invest in air freshners which did very little for the smell. I had tried spraying perfume as well which was only a momentary fix. We kept the windows down for most of the drive. When we would turn on the AC, a very sour smell would come through the vents. Also, we had been told rolls would be covered; however, before leaving we told the car had not been registered to EZ Pass so we would be responsible for all tolls, which added up. Long story short, do not rent from this company.
6.4 GoodOct 18 2016
Pros: Cleanliness, comfortCons: Why pick up at Thrifty Cambridge instead of BOS airport as agree at booking which we have to take Uber for another $62 for round trip to airport !
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2016
Pros: Never used. They sent me to a different company
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244 travelers who rented a car in Cambridge gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near Cambridge

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$50/day

When to book a rental car in Cambridge

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Cambridge

  • Be flexible when visiting the city of major universities and rent a car to explore Harvard, MIT, or Boston center, which is east of Cambridge. Benefit from a rental car and become the creator of your own travel itinerary without having to rely on public transport or expensive cabs.
  • Boston Logan International Airport is the best option to choose when flying into Boston. The airport features various onsite car rental agencies, which provide customers with vehicles of all shapes and sizes for every taste. Shuttle buses from the terminal operate to and from the car rental center, so look for the white-and-blue buses that leave from every terminal.
  • Driving in Cambridge and Boston can be a challenge at first, with many cyclists and pedestrians teeming on the sidewalks and streets. Jaywalking is a regular sight and it is advised to always double-check attentively before entering an intersection to ensure there are no pedestrians or cyclists crossing a red light. Traffic signs, in general, are often not adhered to by drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, so driving defensively is important.
  • Congestion in Cambridge can be severe, especially during peak times at 7-9 am and 5-8 pm on weekdays. If there is a Harvard football game, traffic can also increase around the entire campus, so check traffic conditions and possible events in advance to avoid getting stuck in traffic jams. Winters can be harsh in and around Cambridge with lots of snow, and it is important to weather-proof the vehicle when driving during the cold months.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cambridge for $50 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cambridge at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Cambridge are around 27% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cambridge

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

  • On average a rental car in Cambridge costs $66 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($39/day), Avis ($45/day) and Enterprise ($78/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 350 Massachusetts Avenue 02139 (1 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cambridge are Enterprise (8.9, 123 reviews), Budget (7.6, 79 reviews), and Avis (7.4, 75 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Cambridge is $3.25 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $52, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cambridge.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Logan Intl airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Advantage, E-Z Rent-A-Car and Payless.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Logan Intl airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Advantage, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and Payless.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Cambridge costs $66 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Cambridge costs $64 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Cambridge costs $65 per day, on average.

  • In Cambridge, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 200 Hanscom Drive (11 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Cambridge costs $461 per week ($66 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Cambridge costs $1,975 per month ($66 per day).

  • Unless it is winter, there is no need for a 4-wheel-drive car, but a compact car is a wise decision to make in either case. Travelers who do not need too much luggage space or have many people with them will benefit from the mobility of a smaller car. With traffic conditions sometimes getting extreme in the city, a smaller car is easier to navigate and maneuver around.

  • Do not drive over 25 mph within the city limits of Cambridge, and slow down in narrower parts of the city. Outside Cambridge, drivers are permitted to go as fast as 50 mph, but check the posted speed limit signs, as regulations can change from street to street (usually between 45 and up to 65 mph is possible). Freeways permit drivers to drive up to 65 mph.

  • Gas in Cambridge is surely not the cheapest, with an average price of $2.90 per gallon; however, there are cheaper gas stations like Speedway or Mobil, which often have lower prices per gallon. When renting the car, familiarize yourself with which kind of gas to get and refill well in advance so you can choose the best gas station.

  • Finding parking in Cambridge can require some patience and time, but it becomes considerably easier when knowing where it is possible. The coveted on-street parking spaces are metered, so have quarters ready to feed the machine accordingly. Time restrictions usually apply from 8 am to 8 pm. There are also parking lots and garages available, which are certainly the best choice if parking overnight, but also quite pricey with an average rate of $20-30 per night.

  • 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!).