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Columbus Car Rental Information

Pick-up Location Columbus
Car Types Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, Minivan, Premium, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental Locations 38
Airport Locations 10
Popular Agencies Surprise Agency, Thrifty, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise

Cheap Car Rentals in Columbus

Economy $18/day
Compact $18/day
Intermediate $19/day
Standard $20/day
Full-size $20/day
SUV $20/day
Minivan $35/day
Mini $24/day
Premium $33/day
Luxury $36/day
Convertible $63/day
Commercial $26/day
Van $26/day
Box truck $65/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Columbus alamo
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Columbus alamo
4 Adults, 2 Bags SUV car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 5 Bags Minivan car in Columbus thrifty
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Columbus thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Columbus opaquecar
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Columbus thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Columbus budget
5 Adults, 5 Bags Commercial car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Van car in Columbus alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Box truck car in Columbus hertz
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Columbus car rental reviews and directory

From $26/day
Rated #1
Alamo
Best Rated
Cheapest deal
8.7 Excellent (6,641 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Alamo
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
+1 614 239 3245
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From $33/day
Rated #2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (13,219 reviews)
10 locations in Columbus
Enterprise
Locations in Columbus
1026 Goodale Blvd
+1 614 297 7353
1733 W 5th Ave
+1 614 488 7996
2160 W Case Rd
+1 614 798 9696
3161 W Broad St
+1 614 279 2577
3245 Morse Rd
+1 614 476 1111
4600 International Gateway
+1 614 239 3200
475 East Livingston
+1 614 621 8899
5466 North High Street
+1 614 781 5400
68 Dillmont Dr
+1 614 880 1198
6841 Flags Center Dr
+1 614 895 0000
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From $34/day
Rated #3
Avis
7.6 Good (2,275 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Avis
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue
+1 614 299 0964
104 East Long Street
+1 614 224 4259
1400 Bethel Road
+1 614 538 0488
240 South Hamilton Road (Highway 317)
+1 614 577 0657
4600 International Gateway
+1 380 867 0002
4621 West Broad Street
+1 614 851 0508
6060 Busch Boulevard
+1 614 436 3218
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From $33/day
Rated #4
Budget
7.4 Good (4,321 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Budget
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue
+1 614 737 5400
104 East Long Street
+1 614 228 1058
1400 Bethel Road
+1 614 451 7699
240 South Hamilton Road
+1 614 863 7500
4600 International Gateway
+1 380 867 0247
4621 West Broad Street
+1 614 870 2200
6060 Busch Boulevard
+1 614 431 2025
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From $26/day
Rated #5
Hertz
Most popular
7.4 Good (4,013 reviews)
8 locations in Columbus
Hertz
Locations in Columbus
1090-a South Hamilton Rd
+1 614 238 1623
1355 W Mound St
+1 614 221 3000
1380 Auto Mall Drive
+1 614 465 4533
2455 Billingsley Rd
+1 614 793 3100
2496 Scarborough Blvd
+1 614 759 7285
4430 Westerville Rd
+1 614 476 6847
4600 International Gateway
+1 614 239 3254
8832 Commerce Loop Drive
+1 614 840 1758
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From $28/day
Rated #6
Dollar
7.3 Good (6,572 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Dollar
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
+1 866 434 2226
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From $34/day
Rated #7
Thrifty
7.1 Good (2,838 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Thrifty
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
+1 877 283 0898
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From $34/day
Rated #8
National
8.9 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
National
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
+1 614 239 3270
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From $27/day
Payless
payless
1 location in Columbus
Payless
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
+1 380 867 0978
Sunnycars
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1 location in Columbus
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway

Car Rental Locations in Columbus

Good to Know

Most Popular Agency Hertz
Most Popular Car Type Economy
Average price $40/day
Good deal $29/day

When to Book a Rental Car in Columbus

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Top Tips For Renting a Car in Columbus

  • Make the most out of your trip to Columbus and rent a car to explore everything from Lincoln Village in the west of the city to Blacklick Woods Metro Park or Pickerington Ponds Metro Park in the east. Columbus has a lot on offer and, with a car, you can conveniently reach all your destinations within your own timeframe.
  • For travelers landing at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, rent a car directly from the on-site car rental center to be in the city in less than 15 minutes. The airport sports eight agencies, including Alamo, Avis, and Hertz, who can be found on the ground level of the parking garage where the cars are also parked. Posted signs help drivers out of the airport to the I-670, which directly leads into the heart of Columbus.
  • Columbus is definitely not as challenging to drive in as Boston, for example, but rental car drivers should double-check before venturing into an intersection, as right of way is not always followed. Also, Columbus drivers tend to drive slower on the left lane, which is nonetheless discouraged. When it rains, make sure to adapt the speed, as full downpours commonly happen in Columbus.
  • The winters in Ohio can be harsh and cold, so winter travelers should ensure the rental car is properly equipped for the cold season. If parked overnight, make sure the tank is always half-full or more; otherwise, the risk of a frozen gas line increases. Also bear in mind that the posted speed limits are intended for dry roads, so, when snow and sleet are coating the streets, speed must be reduced and adapted to the road conditions.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Columbus for $29 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbus at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Columbus are around 3% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Columbus are around 49% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs About Renting a Car in Columbus

How much does it cost to rent a car in Columbus?

On average a rental car in Columbus costs $42 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Columbus?

Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbus.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Columbus?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Alamo ($18/day), Thrifty ($24/day) and Dollar ($31/day).

What is the best rental car company in Columbus?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Columbus are Alamo (8.7, 6641 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13219 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2275 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Columbus Airport (CMH)?

Car rental companies onsite at Columbus Airport include Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, Avis, National and Payless.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Columbus Airport (CMH)?

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

What is the cheapest rental car location in Columbus?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Alamo 4600 International Gateway 43219 (6 miles from city center).

How can I find car rentals near me in Columbus?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Columbus?

With regular rain and ice on the streets, a 4-wheel drive car is certainly a wise choice to make in Columbus. Depending on how much storage is needed, a smaller SUV or minivan are an appropriate choice which provide essential road grip while still being small enough to navigate through the city without problems.

What's the speed limit in Columbus?

Adhering to the posted speed limit is paramount when driving through Columbus. If there is no sign posted, the general speed limits are as follows: 15 mph in alleys, 20 mph in school areas, 25 mph in residential areas, up to 65 mph on interstates, and up to 70 mph on rural freeways. Don’t forget to adapt the speed to the weather and road conditions.

How are gas prices in Columbus?

The average gas price in Columbus lies around $2.60 per gallon, but gas stations like Sam’s Club or Costco are usually on the slightly cheaper side at around $2.20 per gallon. Gas stations around the airport and the highway are often more expensive than stations inside the city, so bear that in mind before refueling the tank.

Where are the best places to park in Columbus?

Street parking as well as garages and public parking lots are available in Columbus. Street parking, especially in the downtown area, is usually metered, so check the time and weekday restrictions at the posted sign. Parking garages such as Lot 005 or LeVeque Tower Garage, for example, offer daily or even monthly parking opportunities for a reasonable charge and are centrally located.