|Car types||Compact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV|
|Popular agencies||Budget, Turo, Avis|
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $54 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Columbia found in the last 2 weeks is $34.
The average gas price in Columbia is $3.59 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $43 and $57, depending on the car size.
Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbia.
The only car rental company onsite at Dulles Intl airport is Hertz.
The only car rental company onsite at Baltimore/Washington 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 Baltimore/Washington airport to off-airport locations include NextCar, Payless, Hertz, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, Avis, and National.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Reagan-National airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Hertz, Alamo, Advantage, Thrifty, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and National.
Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.
An Economy car rental in Columbia costs $37 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Columbia costs $49 per day, on average.
A Luxury car rental in Columbia costs $49 per day, on average.
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $378 per week ($54 per day).
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $1,619 per month ($54 per day).
Most car rental providers in Columbia offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Columbia, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.
KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 4 car rental agencies in Columbia.
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KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Columbia so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.
If you are traveling along in Columbia, renting an economy car, which has a smaller capacity and is affordable, will be a good thing to do. However, if you are coming with your family, colleagues or friends to the city, consider renting an intermediate or compact car. The intermediate car has more passenger capacity, being able to accommodate up to 7 adults. It is a suitable car type for travelers coming to Columbia with their kids and having to move around the city with more baggage. If you intend to visit off-road destinations, an intermediate SUV will also be a good option for you.
There are plenty of destinations you can visit in your Columbia car rentals. If you're looking for a beach getaway, Virginia Beach and Ocean City are both around a three-hour drive away from Columbia. Consider incorporating some unique, off-the-beaten-path places and stops to the itinerary.
Stay away from the trouble of Columbia traffic police by adhering to the speed limits when driving in different parts of the city. If you are driving your rental car in the business and residential districts, you have to maintain a speed limit of 25 mph. On other roads, unless indicated otherwise, you have to adhere to the speed limit of between 55 mph and 65 mph. The speed limit is at the highest, 70 mph if you are driving your car on the interstate freeway. Speed cameras are available on all roads that front schools.
Child seat rules in Columbia require children under eight to buckle up in a safety or booster seat that's appropriate for their size. Children under the age of 13 should always ride in the backseat of the vehicle. It is best to double-check manufacturer guidelines when installing the car set in cheap car rentals in Columbia to ensure that all components are safely put.
Columbia has several public and private parking lots, which eliminate any fear of missing a place to park your rental car. From Washington Street, you can park your car conveniently at Parklet, which is about 0.2 miles from the city center. City Parking at The Hub located along Sumter Street and Finlay Park Viewpoint along Laurel Street are other popular places you can park your rental car at a pocket-friendly rate. Additionally, if you are staying at any of the hotels in Columbia, you park your rental car at no cost.
2 locations in Columbia
8.0 Very good
Pros:The staff was fine and courteous.
Cons:The Hyundai Tucson I rented was lacking in overall performance. I think they should consider to use another brand of automobile to rent.
8.0 Very good
Pros:Very friendly and helpful staff member
Cons:Cleanliness. Stained seats. Smoke smell.
4 locations in Columbia
Pros:Willingness to assist when there is an issue with getting the car reserved.
Cons:They canceled my reservation since i did not arrive at 2pm. I would suggest in the furure, an email or call to confirm if i still want the reservation instead of canceling without notice would help for a better experience. Because of this, we were forced to go to another location.
Pros:Good quality but filthy vehicle
Cons:Reeked of cigarettes and cigars after a week of open window, disinfect spray. Major airport and garage security issue. Trunk permanently locked. Renting group didn’t even check at rental! Couldn’t be opened for security check.
Pros:Everything was great. Car staff price was greatm felt safe with my grandkids
Pros:Pickup and drop-off went smoothly The price for the car was reasonable given that it was over the holiday
Cons:Despite the car being "intermediate" it was still pretty small and not the most comfortable (dodge dart) The car did not appear to have been washed inside or out. The worst of which was goo and sprinkles from what I'm guessing was a donut that was smeared on the shift knob and emergency brake.
Cons:PRICE LINE did not honor the contract. They stated that the pick up was at the airport location. However, when I showed up at the airport they said I had to go elsewhere, The phone customer service at ENTERPRISE was very poor. They said they take no responsibility and blamed it on PRICELINE. PRICE LINE reported that they were sorry that they lied, but refused to make it right.
One location in Columbia
8.0 Very good
Pros:The car was great.
Cons:1) Online booking connected me to drop-off point I didn't want - then I was charged $60 to drop car off at my pick-up point. 2) Person showing me to my car did not speak English and knew nothing about the car...so I didn't know how to start it, or where any features. were located. (it was raining - windshield wipers would've been a start!) 3) person found who spoke English went through a 'speed' tutorial on the car. It was a push-button start, etc. I normally drive a diesel 3/4 ton pick-up...I would have appreciated a bit more help. BUT, I took the car, found most of the features I needed, and got it back safely.
8.0 Very good
Cons:Vehicle I was expecting was more sturdy and stable on highway. Kia does not meet that expectation.
Cons:The radio system was hard to work. The blue tooth was the dumbest Eva.
3 locations in Columbia
Pros:Never made it to the front of the line.
Cons:More agents at desk. More attention paid by staff to how many people are in line.