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Columbia, SC
Aug 2 — Aug 9
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Columbia car rental information

Pick-up locationColumbia
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Pickup truck, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations18
Airport locations4
Popular agenciesHertz

Cheap car rentals in Columbia

$51/dayEconomy
$51/dayCompact
$54/dayIntermediate
$58/dayFull-size
$80/dayFull-size SUV
$87/dayLuxury
$64/dayPickup truck
$59/dayCompact SUV
$59/daySupplier choice
$68/dayIntermediate SUV
$72/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Columbia car rental reviews and directory

From $42/dayRated #1
Hertz
Best rated
Most popular
6.5 Good (84 reviews)
7 locations in Columbia
Hertz
Locations in Columbia
200 Stonebridge Dr+1 803 252 2561
Monday09:00 - 17:00
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3000 Aviation Way+1 803 822 8341
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4016 Fernandina Road+1 803 213 1078
Monday08:00 - 18:00
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508 Gervais Street+1 803 252 2561
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6615 Two Notch Rd Ste D+1 803 754 1706
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7356 B Garners Ferry Road+1 803 695 0179
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9817 Farrow Rd+1 803 430 9332
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Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleJul 24 2021
1.9 HorribleJul 15 2021
10.0 ExcellentMay 17 2021
Pros: Ease of driving away in a carCons: Nothing other than lower cost. Great experience
4.0 OkayMay 11 2021
Pros: it was a fast check in and check outCons: the car was dirty and it looked like they did not put any effort to clean the outside we were additional charges I had to pay for my husband to drive the car even though we are married and on the same policy
2.0 MediocreMay 4 2021
Pros: I didn’t like anything. They cancelled on me 4 hours before pick up saying they didn’t have the car available.Cons: Actual service from Hertz. Didn’t get the car rental because they cancelled
2.0 MediocreMay 3 2021
Pros: I
4.0 OkayApr 26 2021
Pros: The staff in Columbia were friendly at purchase. However, the car I rented began to have issues about an hour into the drive. I called the initial rental office and they basically said "find another Hertz and exchange it". That is quite difficult today while driving down the interstate in a place you do not know. I had to call back and ask them to please at least look up a place for me to go. They told me the airport. This added an hour to my drive in a car that was having trouble speeding up when I pushed the gas. The airport people were very unfriendly and I was not at all happy with the entire experience. THEN they charged me an "exchange fee and gas cost!!!!"Cons: Employees were only doing the minimum for their jobs. There is no extra help if you have an issue with the car.
10.0 ExcellentMar 30 2021
Cons: No problem
4.0 OkayMar 7 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly. My husband made the reservation in his name when the car was for me. So, we cancelled the reservation in his name and put it in mine; otherwise, we would have to pay extra to add a driver which an increase in price wasn't disclosed until I asked. They honored the original price. However, since it was prepaid, the staff said it would take several weeks for a refund. We will monitor our credit card and dispute the charge if it isn't removed from my husband's account. I just hope we don't have to go to that trouble and the refund will go through as it should.Cons: When we were going over the car, it was dirty. The Hertz staff said she had nowhere to get the car washed. What? So, I am driving a dirty car in a time businesses are stating they are disinfecting and cleaning things better than before. I thought this was unacceptable, but took the car anyway because I needed it and didn't have much if a choice.
2.0 MediocreNov 8 2020
Cons: They could have had the car or any car that I rented.
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From $40/dayRated #2
Enterprise
Cheapest deal
5 Okay (10 reviews)
7 locations in Columbia
Enterprise
Locations in Columbia
10249 Two Notch Rd+1 803 419 4319
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
130 Harbison Blvd+1 803 749 0555
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1307 Assembly St+1 803 748 9214
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2638 Two Notch Rd+1 803 786 6957
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320 Greystone Blvd+1 803 251 2912
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7611 1/2 Garners Ferry Rd+1 803 776 9461
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9724 Two Notch Rd+1 803 865 7464
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Recent reviews
3.6 MediocreOct 19 2020
Cons: returned car a t6:30 pm and was charged for an extra day
2.0 MediocreAug 21 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly and tried to be helpful.Cons: They would not rent me a car without a “credit card” even though my Visa debit card worked just fine for Kayak to make my reservation and charge me $88 for the insurance I ordered for the car. And I requested a refund, but of course that’s a different company, so I have to take it up with them. I emailed the insurance company with no response!
2.0 MediocreJul 20 2020
Pros: Did not get rental, didn't know about 3rd party rental.Cons: Communication between both parties. Paid for insurance on rental I didn't get.
2.0 MediocreMay 21 2020
Pros: I did not get a rental he called me at 2pm which was my reservation time to tell me they didnt have pick ups.Cons: Dont let me reserve something online if its not at the location, online option should say not available.
2.0 MediocreMar 13 2017
fix the site:Pros: I got a great rental at Hertz!Cons: I attempted to book online 2 times (on the Enterprise Site), I got all the way to payment and whack, disconnected. I follow-up with a call, disconnected! I guess you no longer need/want my business.
10.0 ExcellentJan 13 2017
Pros: This particular site was outstanding in providing great and courteous service. They were prompt in delivering the car and were able to satisfy all my needs very well.
5.6 OkaySep 2 2016
Good price, but difficult experiencePros: The staff was very helpful in the Columbia pick-up location. The car we ended up with was comfortable and ran well. When we encountered problems with the pickup (see other section) the staff was happy to assist me in finding a suitable replacement vehicle.Cons: We ran into some difficulties with the pick-up in Columbia. Initially, the gentleman helping me didn't think he had a car in the category I had reserved. He did offer me an upgrade to a pickup, but, as I was driving down the entire East Coast, I didn't want to chance luggage in a pickup. He eventually found a car in my category. When he opened the door, the smell of strawberry air freshener was overwhelming. By the time I got home with the car, I could tell why - there was a definite smell of smoke in the car. I called to get a new car, as I was going to have it for a month and wasn't prepared to drive a car that smelled so strongly. They asked me to drive back in with the car and choose one off their lot. I was offered a smaller car, but my luggage wouldn't fit. He then offered me a car that they were still detailing. We did take that one, but it ended up having had cola or some sticky substance sprayed over much of the interior... Hence my rating on cleanliness.
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Rated #3
Ace
3.6 Mediocre (5 reviews)
1 location in Columbia
Ace
Locations in Columbia
5317 Two Notch Road+1 803 744 9700
Monday09:00 - 17:00
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  • 2.8
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2021
Pros: nothingCons: don’t wait till the day of and say you doesn’t have any cars available so unprofessional
3.6 MediocreOct 27 2020
Cons: The car had to be jumped twice, the tow truck Worker Todd me that I had a bad battery. When I called the company back to let them know about the jump And that I would be late, the customer service received WAS HORRIBLE. The car smelled like smoke and when I was given another option, it had a huge crack in the windshield and low tire pressure.
2.4 MediocreJan 25 2020
Pros: The manager, Ty, was extremely friendly and accomodating. He is the only positive part of our experience. Ty refunded us all but $50 of our rental.Cons: The lady at the desk was rude and terrible to us, especially to my wife. She also charged us for 12 Vehicle License fees instead of what should have been 2. I challenged her on it when I picked it up and she said its normal. Kayak Quoted us $85 and we ended up paying $125 NOT including the deposit. I expected a few dollars more, but not $40 more in hidden fees. When we complained that we were overcharged and that the car was unsafe and smelled of smoke, the lady got belligerent and defensive. We had to cancel our trip and return the car just a few hours after we got it. There was a noise coming from the back end and it felt very unsafe. There was also major damage on the side of the vehicle and it smelled of smoke. When I brought this up to the front desk, the lady said its not their fault because they are also Cash Car? Whatever that is. We felt it should have been an entire refund since we didn't even keep the car for half a day, as I was halfway to my destination and i turned around because of safety. The address on Google Maps also leads you to an Enterprise location. ACE/BEST/Cash Car (whatever they are called) is not located at the address that comes up on google.
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Columbia
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbia
3000 Aviation Way
3260 Airport Boulevard Ste 8
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Easirent
1 location in Columbia
Easirent
Locations in Columbia
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
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Recent reviews
99 travelers who rented a car in Columbia gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

Car rental locations in or near Columbia

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$54/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in Columbia

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

Top tips for renting a car in Columbia

  • A historical city, Columbia has many cultural attractions and landmarks for tourists to visit. Having a rental car will let you tour these sights at your convenience. Additionally, you can drive to the ACE Basin or the nearby town of Beaufort with its Southern charm and historical architecture.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport is one of the major airports in South Carolina. It serves the cities of Columbia, Greenville, Lexington, and Clemson. Travelers flying out of this airport can enjoy a number of amenities including easy access to car rental agencies. Located close to baggage claim, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Thrifty all operate out of this facility.
  • In Columbia you should always be on the lookout for animals that might suddenly run out into the road. This is especially a problem in the fall during deer hunting season. These animals can cause substantial damage to your rental car. Additionally, by law, if you are driving on the highway and see a tow truck loading a vehicle, you must move over to the other lane for safety reasons.
  • During your stay in Columbia, you might want to limit your driving during peak travel hours. This includes morning rush hour from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic is especially busy on highways like Interstate 26 and Highway 17, which lead into and out of the downtown district.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Columbia for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Columbia are around 15% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Columbia are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Columbia

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

  • On average a rental car in Columbia costs $54 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($58/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 508 Gervais Street 29204 (1 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Columbia is Hertz (6.6, 94 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Columbia 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.

  • Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbia.

  • The only car rental company onsite at Metropolitan airport is Hertz.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Metropolitan airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, Avis, National, and Budget.

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

  • A Supplier choice car rental in Columbia costs $47 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Columbia costs $52 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Columbia costs $56 per day, on average.

  • In Columbia, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 3018 Aviation Way (6 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Columbia costs $378 per week ($54 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Columbia costs $1,618 per month ($54 per day).

  • You’ll find a wide variety of vehicles to choose from when renting a car in Columbia. Select from compact, luxury, or a sports utility vehicle (ideal if you plan to drive through the ACE Basin). Also, if you are traveling to Columbia in the summer months, be sure that the air conditioning system in your rental car works well because there can be many hot days.

  • Because it is a big city, Columbia has many highways. When traveling on city freeways, you can travel at maximum speeds of 60 mph and on major roads around shopping districts the speed limit is 50 mph. However, on the interstate you can increase your speed to 70 mph. Inside residential neighborhoods, the maximum speed allowed is 30 mph.

  • Gasoline in Columbia is very economical. On average you will pay just over $2.00 for a gallon of regular gasoline. Premium gasoline will cost about $0.60 more and diesel almost $2.80 for a gallon of fuel. This is lower than in other cities and states within the United States.

  • The City of Columbia has numerous metered parking spaces downtown. Street parking in Columbia is always free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. But, if you are willing to walk, drive down some nearby side roads to find non-metered parking spaces. Additionally there is the option of parking in a garage or lot. Note that some of these facilities are city-owned while others are privately owned and operated.

  • 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!).