Cambridge car rentals

Cambridge car rentals

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Cambridge, MA
May 23 — May 30
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Cambridge, MA
Mon 5/23
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Mon 5/30
Noon

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Cheap car rentals in Cambridge

Economy$55/day
Compact$57/day
Intermediate$59/day
Standard$62/day
Full-size$62/day
Premium$83/day
Luxury$83/day
Supplier choice$54/day
Standard SUV$68/day
Intermediate SUV$69/day
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Cambridge car rental reviews and directory

From $60/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9 Excellent (88 reviews)
4 locations in Cambridge
Enterprise
Locations in Cambridge
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 10 2022
Arrived home safely. However, 6 hours into cross country trip from Boston to Scottsdale vehicle conked out. Waited 5 hours in rest stop in early evening and no-one came to help. Called Enterprise 25 times and were continuously looped through to different enterprise employees. They do not have on call service in case of breakdown of vehicle. Finally decided to drive vehicle - which we believed to be unsafe - to destination 2 hours away. Next morning drove to DC airport Enterprise for replacement vehicle. We had to take van - not the premium luxury SUV we rented - they had nothing similar. Then resumed trip only to find ourselves in snowstorm as we entered OK. White knuckled driving to our next stop because the van was sliding and skidding through the snow/ice. After arriving in Scottsdale discovered we needed to call numerous times to find similar vehicle. We never did. Albuquerque Enterprise branch was the only helpful branch - we were able to get SUV but it was not premium that we had initially rented. Upon our return the original branch reduced our rate and apologized.
7.6 GoodSep 28 2020
I had a special car and got charged extra when I asked for an SUV.
5.6 OkaySep 21 2020
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.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
Everything went off without a problem would recommend to anyone
8.0 ExcellentAug 7 2020
Friendly staff, pick up an drop off easy.
8.4 ExcellentApr 25 2020
Staff were out in a wet snow renting cars !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
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
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
Front office was understaffed as several customers had complex issues to resolve due to poor website booking integration.
8.8 ExcellentAug 14 2019
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.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...
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From $63/dayRated #2
Avis
7.6 Good (78 reviews)
2 locations in Cambridge
Avis
Locations in Cambridge
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 2 2021
When returning the car to the overflow parking on the 6th floor there were no specifically designated spaces, so I wasn’t sure I was parking in the correct area. Otherwise a good experience and I would rent from them again!
10.0 ExcellentAug 17 2021
Convenient location, easy process, friendly staff!
10.0 ExcellentJun 3 2021
All was excellent
6.4 GoodOct 13 2020
Pickup was relatively easy, although they forgot to give me an exit ticket to leave the garage.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
The staff was helpful and friendly. The pickup experience was easy.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
Staff was friendly and helpful.
4.8 OkayJun 30 2020
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
Kind staff at pick upExtension too pricey
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2020
Great value for price and with very professional, cheerful, helpful staff.Nothing in my perspective.
6.4 GoodOct 20 2019
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From $59/dayRated #3
Budget
7.5 Good (67 reviews)
2 locations in Cambridge
Budget
Locations in Cambridge
  • 7.6
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 8 2021
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
interior was not clean, especially charged me $9 a gallon to fill the tank when I returned it low = $123!most of the experience car was not clean. It could have been actually clean
10.0 ExcellentApr 25 2020
Very cheerful staff taking care of business during the pandemicmore clearly explain ticketing steps for entering / exiting parking garage.
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2020
Very thankful to staff for providing their professional service during this time.None
6.8 GoodFeb 17 2020
The car is pretty cleanBudget 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
Knowledge of easy pass toll pay system not conveyed at pick up counter.
9.6 ExcellentJun 23 2019
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly!
9.6 ExcellentJun 18 2019
Friendly and courteous staff.Ability to drop off cars during the times the office is closed. Maybe have a key drop box?
9.6 ExcellentJun 17 2019
Super easy pick up and drop off process. Car was brand new and clean.
7.2 GoodMay 20 2019
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 $50/dayRated #4
Hertz
Cheapest deal
7.4 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Cambridge
Hertz
Locations in Cambridge
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
6.4 GoodApr 26 2019
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
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 $50/dayRated #5
Thrifty
Most popular
6.4 Good (18 reviews)
1 location in Cambridge
Thrifty
Locations in Cambridge
  • 6.5
  • 6.5
  • 6.4
  • 6.3
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 11 2022
We provided with a wrong car rental pickup location. We had to rent another car from a different company. We lost an hour for getting different car. We requested full refund from the credit card company. We are very disappointed.
2.0 MediocreApr 9 2022
Booked the car online in advance and got the order number. But when I went to pick up the car the office was closed and there was no staff, but the address was confirmed correct, almost 60 minutes back and forth to the hotel for this. unacceptable!
9.2 ExcellentFeb 24 2018
Thrify car rental convenient to Logan airportit 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 ServiceThey 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 serviceCar and service was as expected.Separation of collision and liability insurance was a surprise, but it turns out that's common.
3.2 MediocreOct 21 2016
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
Cleanliness, comfortWhy 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
Never used. They sent me to a different company
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256 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

Kyte

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$69/day

Good deal

$54/day

When to book a rental car in Cambridge

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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 $54 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cambridge at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Cambridge are around 25% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cambridge