Cincinnati car rentals

Cincinnati car rentals

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Cincinnati, OH
May 26 — Jun 2
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Cincinnati, OH
Thu 5/26
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Cincinnati car rental information

Pick-up locationCincinnati
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations39
Airport locations5
Popular agenciesHertz, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Cincinnati

Economy$29/day
Compact$29/day
Intermediate$30/day
Standard$33/day
Full-size$33/day
Full-size SUV$66/day
Supplier choice$29/day
Compact SUV$35/day
Intermediate SUV$41/day
Standard SUV$51/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Cincinnati car rental reviews and directory

From $39/dayRated #1
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Best rated
Most popular
6.9 Good (255 reviews)
7 locations in Cincinnati
Hertz
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 9 2022
The car I reserved what available and the car they gave me was dirty and had a quarter tank of gas. Then I was charged when I returned It with a quarter tank of gas. Thankfully I have pictures to prove It only had a quarter tank. I also had to get the windshield wipers replaced, which they paid for but still took time out of my day.
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2022
Service was good. I could’ve gotten a discount for first time customer.
4.0 OkayApr 29 2022
The car they gave me wreaked of smoke smell. Then they gave me another one with little direction. The drop off was a nightmare, no signage, completely unclear about what to do, no outside attendants. The whole experience was confusing.
2.0 MediocreMar 31 2022
the reservation wasn't for the CVG airport and they couldn't move it
2.0 MediocreMar 27 2022
They canceled my car 90 minutes before my pickup. They left a voicemail and did no answer when I called back- just rang forever, I was left stranded.
4.0 OkayMar 25 2022
- car was not clean. sticky residue on control surfaces. - smelled very strongly of cigarettes. - wiper blades were broken. driving through rain was borderline dangerous.
6.0 GoodMar 10 2022
Vehicle had strong annoying smell - like artificial cherry (??) air freshener. Car had 1/16th a tank of gas, and the exterior was not clean, I had to take it first to a gas station and next to a car wash. Car had very noticeable (several inch in size) rusty dent on side upon pick up. Pick up staff was very friendly. Car was in good operating condition.
10.0 ExcellentMar 1 2022
The car was not as comfortable for my wife as hoped but we had no problems and the experience was very positive! Would definitely rent here again!
2.0 MediocreFeb 24 2022
I rented a car but it wasn't there, nor any other car.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 1 2022
The location is easy enough to find, was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. My rental was ready as scheduled and I was in and out in no time. The van I rented was clean and comfortable making my road trip a lot more enjoyable. Would definitely rent from this Hertz location again.
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From $70/dayRated #2
Thrifty
8 Excellent (74 reviews)
1 location in Cincinnati
Thrifty
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentNov 16 2021
The first car they gave me made a grinding sound when I pressed the brakes in the airport garage, but they changed it out for an upgraded car with no fuss.
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2021
All good.
1.9 HorribleAug 12 2021
I flew into the airport at midnight but they closed at 10 pm. Very frustrating. Had to Uber and $88 to get to my hotel. I will never use thrifty or dollar rent a car ever again.
2.0 MediocreMay 7 2021
I was charged twice for the rental. Once when I booked the rental through CarRentals.com, I paid $301.08 and was told I had to pay a remaining $86.01 at pickup. When I picked up the vehicle, I was charged a full $387.99.
2.0 MediocreJan 9 2021
Nothing. There was absolutely nothing I liked about this company or my experience.I booked this rental one week ahead of the day I needed it. I called ahead to be sure that I had every document that I needed and the method of payment would be accepted. I was told that I would be able to use my bank card and it could be run as credit (because it has the master card logo on it); just bring my social security card with me as a second form of identification. I have five credit cards in my name and making enough of a payment on one of them to be able to use it for the rental was well within means. However, I didn't think I needed to do that because I was told that I could use my bank card. I showed up to get my rental on the day I was supposed to. I was to leave town the next day at 5 a.m. I was told that, no, I could not use that card and, since I didn't pay my credit card bill enough to cover the cost of the rental, I had no car to use and no one could do anything for me at all. To be clear, I did not have a flight. I was renting the car local to use to go out of town for three days. I did mention this to the person that I called because I have never rented from near an airport before. They told me on the phone that everything would be absolutely fine. I asked twice, are you sure? I was told yes both times. Since it was noon and I needed the car the next day at 5 a.m., it was impossible for me to go to a different company to find a rental. Everyone needs a 24 hour notice. On top of all of it, I drove 35 minutes one way (this took about an hour and fifteen minutes out of my day) and the lady I spoke with when I went to pick up the car was extremely rude. I could not be more disappointed. Very, very bad communication and very, very bad service.
4.4 OkaySep 28 2020
Thought the price was good until I was told taxes weren’t includedTerribly long line to pickup the car
9.6 ExcellentMar 15 2020
Staff was friendly and the price was amazing.
9.6 ExcellentFeb 11 2020
Quick drop offThe salesman asked if I wanted to upgrade to a Charger for $18 extra a day so I said no. Then he’s looking over my shoulder as he’s filling out my paperwork and says wow they’re really fixing you up today and I turn around to see a very nice Cadillac sedan pull up. So I was like- for real? Is this an upgrade for free for some reason? He then stated no- just an option. This was very deceptive in my opinion. He was nice but I felt disrespected as though he thought I was stupid. I work for high end businesses in the financial district in San Francisco. I know a bad salesman when I see them. He was nice but pretty sly.
8.4 ExcellentDec 31 2019
Needed a corporate rate. Never received one. Was charged for 3 hours over. Would have been cheaper to keep for a 5 th day.
2.0 MediocreAug 25 2019
My flight was delayed 2 hours and the desk closed. No car. No hotel. Stranded.
From $48/dayRated #3
Enterprise
7.9 Good (97 reviews)
16 locations in Cincinnati
Enterprise
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 7 2022
I ended up leaving a bad Google review. Their apparently new policies are not conducive to the way I do business.
10.0 ExcellentDec 1 2021
This Colerain Ave. location had the most polite and cheerful staff I have ever come across at a rental agency. I would go back there just to say hi to them! Plus, I was in and out of there in about 4 minutes, not kidding.
10.0 ExcellentAug 24 2021
Check in and out fast and easy!
7.9 GoodJul 16 2021
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4.0 OkayJun 16 2021
They cancelled our reservation the day before pick-up, saying they did not have a car available. It was too late to get a car from another company without paying more than twice as much. If they didn't have cars available, they shouldn't have taken the reservation to begin with. Felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode.
4.0 OkayJun 15 2021
The staff was very friendlyThe gas tank only had a quarter of a tank. So not only did I have to spend more than $1200 to rent a minivan, I had to fill the tank up before getting on the road. Plus the van reeked of cigarette smoke. I turned the van in a day early but because the pick up was closed, I was still charged for the extra day. With the technology available, Enterprise should invest in an automatic check-in/check-out system for times staff is not available.
2.0 MediocreMar 30 2021
Two days before our rental reservation I received a phone call to inform me there were no Vans available . The Enterprise Rental Manager did not do anything to assist us in the inconvenience. I reached out to Enterprise Corporate and never heard a response. Spoke to a Chris both times. He told me the Vans have been out well over 2 weeks so my response was why did you wait 2 days before our trip to inform me . I will never use this website or Enterprise again. I was able to rent a car through another Company and they now have a New Loyal Customer. Enterprise gave poor Custimer Service and your website was misleading.
10.0 ExcellentDec 9 2020
Reminder that I needed insurance. Maybe a sign on the counter saying what things to have ready.
10.0 ExcellentOct 16 2020
Friendly and professional, Genuine people service. Car was clean and very fuel efficient. rental car price was super fair, and much better than the airport. Thank You all.Perfect...
7.6 GoodOct 15 2020
It was enough room for my travelI wish it was a little cheaper
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From $52/dayRated #4
Budget
5.9 Okay (61 reviews)
6 locations in Cincinnati
Budget
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 6
  • 6.2
  • 5.9
  • 6.2
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 16 2022
Reserved a 12 seat truck two months before my wedding. On the day of the wedding they told me that there was no trucks available in the ENTIRE city. 5 hours before my wedding.
2.0 MediocreMay 15 2022
There was nothing I liked about Budget Rental. There was 8 people in front of me when I arrived at 9:50 am for my 10:00 am pickup. There was 1 person behind the counter waiting customers. When she finally got to me, the Economy car I reserved was no longer available. I was told the only vehicle I could get was a TRUCK. I did not reserve a TRUCK, nor have I ever driven one. I am 68 years old and prefer to stick with what I am comfortable with. Furthermore, I was told there was a Kia Sportage available, which turned out to be a Mitsubishi suv. I was charged additional funds for a vehicle I did not want. I returned it one day early because I would rather ride the bus than get screwed with my clothes on.
2.0 MediocreMay 9 2022
I was told our price was for downtown and not airport. The difference was $450 instead of $150. Then, he proceeded to say he could get me down to $350, but the only question he asked was if I wanted to prepay gas and that was a no. He added $200 in insurance which I have never taken. Felt like it was a scam.
10.0 ExcellentApr 25 2022
Everything was great service and thank you
6.0 GoodApr 11 2022
Things started off crazy, but we figured it out.
8.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
Car had a strange smell
10.0 ExcellentMar 21 2022
VW Jetta was just what I needed for a FL trip!
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2022
Company didn’t provide us rented vehicle… They said, they had not any car to rent at that moment available and didn’t even felt themselves guilty for our convenience…
2.0 MediocreFeb 12 2022
The price of the rental was good. However, I thought I was picking up the car at the airport but my reservation turned out to be at a site several miles and a $61 cab ride away. The pick-up site said I did not have a car listed for pick-up in their system and blamed it as a 3rd party reservation issue. She only had one car on the lot, and it was our only option. The car was filthy, reeked with the smell of fresh smoked marijuana, even the trunk stunk. Our cloths were reeking with the smell when we got to our destination. The smell was there for our full rental of the car. I am glad we didn't get pulled over by the police because we would have surely been arrested. It also had a dent on the driver door and the chrome around the door had dings in it. This was the worst rental we ever had.
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2021
I had a reservation and there was no car available for it. They didn’t have the courtesy to call me before I got there.
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From $56/dayRated #5
Avis
6.7 Good (11 reviews)
5 locations in Cincinnati
Avis
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 6.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.5
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 9 2021
The location did not have any cars available. I was forced to make other arrangements.
4.8 OkayOct 28 2020
Drop off was easyCar was not cleaned
2.0 MediocreMar 27 2017
Car selection no available. Dirty car. Long pick up. Bad service.
3.6 MediocreAug 19 2016
Avis don't like third party web sitesI picked up a dirty car in Cincinnati to take it to mbs airport.When I dropped the car off they asked if I had the miles I said no and they said if you don't nee your receipt you are good.I thought I should just get the miles so I did and the girl at the counter printed me a receipt for double what I was told.I asked the girl why and she said it was because I dropped it off early yes early.She told me that's how third party sites get you.I said what does that mean?She said she would of been able refund my money if I would of went straight through Avis never again will I do that...
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From $73/dayRated #6
Sixt
5.5 Okay (4 reviews)
1 location in Cincinnati
Sixt
Locations in Cincinnati
  • 8
  • 6.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2022
Instructions for pick up location delayed my travel plans. And then they kept my $250 deposit. When I called the 888 number to sort it out, they had a message saying no one is available by phone and to use the website or app to make changes.
8.0 ExcellentApr 30 2022
Clearer instructions at drop off. There was No attendant present, so stood around for a while. There was a box that said drop keys in envelope here, but there were no envelopes.
2.0 MediocreApr 18 2022
Desk was closed when arrived despite putting arrival time on order, so they sold a rental despite being closed at the arrival time. Called to customer service, when finally figured out how to talk to human, they said I would have to return the next day. Obviously that wasn't an option, so I rented on site from Enterprise. I'm still trying to get a refund, getting to a human to talk to is difficult to do, put a dispute in via credit card company.
10.0 ExcellentMar 19 2022
Customer service agent Mark D. provided some exceptional customer service. It reminded me of a bygone era of attentiveness and luxury. A great rental experience because of him.
Easirent
2 locations in Cincinnati
Easirent
Locations in Cincinnati
Recent reviews
From $46/day
NextCar
1 location in Cincinnati
NextCar
Locations in Cincinnati
Recent reviews
502 travelers who rented a car in Cincinnati gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

Car rental locations in or near Cincinnati

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$69/day

Good deal

$51/day

When to book a rental car in Cincinnati

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Top tips for renting a car in Cincinnati

  • A city that sprawls along the Ohio River and connects to the apex of the Licking River, Cincinnati is best discovered with a rental car. Cincinnati buzzes with an eclectic rustic vibe and is home to many fantastic restaurants and art venues. Whether you plan to escape the city to the world renowned Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden or explore the diverse landscapes the Ohio River has to offer, a rental car will help you maximize your time in town.
  • Cincinnati International Airport, commonly referred to as Northern Kentucky International Airport, is located 13 miles south from the downtown district and takes approximately 20 minutes to drive. A shuttle bus takes you directly from the baggage claim area to the car rental facility, where you will find the counters of many major rental companies such as Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, and Avis.
  • The hills that bless Cincinnati with glorious views also mean that you will experience some unique driving conditions around town. When coming up to any considerable incline, remember to approach at a steady pace and with significant momentum. The mountainous terrain provides an ideal challenge for enthusiastic cyclists, so be cautious of your blind spots and always provide an adequate amount of space.
  • Cincinnati roads become congested between 7 am and 9 am as commuters make their way to work, as well as between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. It is advisable to avoid driving during these peak periods of the day and instead enjoy the beautiful riverfront or the long list of activities the city has to offer. Redirecting your driving route to avoid the Brent Spence Bridge, I-75, and I-71 will save you time, especially during the evening rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cincinnati for $51 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cincinnati at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Cincinnati are around -91% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cincinnati