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Columbus car rental reviews and directory

From $37/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (435 reviews)
11 locations in Columbus
Enterprise
Locations in Columbus
1026 Goodale Blvd+1 614 297 7353
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1733 W 5th Ave+1 614 488 7996
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2160 W Case Rd+1 614 798 9696
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3161 W Broad St+1 614 279 2577
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3245 Morse Rd+1 614 476 1111
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4233 Eastland Square Dr+1 614 836 2500
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3200
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
475 East Livingston+1 614 621 8899
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5466 North High Street+1 614 781 5400
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
68 Dillmont Dr+1 614 880 1198
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6841 Flags Center Dr+1 614 895 0000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.6
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  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 4 2021
Pros: I booked a car rental for the Columbus Airport. When I arrived at the Enterprise desk, they told me my rental was across town. I asked for help to get across town or get the car to me (no longer an enterprise offering), but the desk clerk basically said "nope, you're on your own". Kayak also provided no additional help. I rented from Avis desk, don't know why I would use Kayak againCons: Having the car available where I landed
9.2 ExcellentNov 1 2020
Pros: The tahoe we reserved was not available. The assistant manager Chris offered us a minivan for much less than the tahoe. It worked great for our trip.Cons: The windshield was not clean. Had smears on it
2.0 MediocreOct 10 2020
Pros: No. I was sent back and forth and one manager openly derided one of his coworkers.Cons: They could work as a single unit. It seemed like I was dealing with two separate companies.
6.4 GoodAug 26 2020
Pros: People were nice, even if not Covid-19 safe.Cons: Had to check at three different rental car checkpoints before finding someone with the Enterprise group that could give us our rental car. Person who got our car wasn’t wearing a Covid-19 mask over her nose, and I had to touch the computer to finish. Lastly, the Ford we rented had a terrible navigation and audio interface, both of which were dangerous to use.
4.0 OkayJul 12 2020
Pros: Car was filthy with a horrible cigarette smell. Could not even drive it.
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2020
Pros: YesCons: Nothing
8.8 ExcellentMay 29 2020
Cons: If they had paid more attention to what I was reserving to rent and had it available as they said it would be
10.0 ExcellentFeb 14 2020
Pros: Friendly staff. Clean car.
6.8 GoodJan 4 2020
Cons: They could have my car cleaned before I head to pick it up. They make me wait for 20 minutes until they cleaned inside and outside. At the end, they just perform a very quick and light clean on the outside and inside. A very bad impresión.
10.0 ExcellentNov 13 2019
Pros: Yes
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From $27/dayRated #2
Alamo
8.6 Excellent (206 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Alamo
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3245
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
  • 8.7
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  • 8.6
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  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMar 9 2021
Pros: Staff did a very nice jobCons: Car had been smoked in The odor became overwhelming during the rental
10.0 ExcellentDec 5 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off were very easy.
6.0 GoodOct 28 2020
Pros: I was not given clear direction to where to go pick up. I was in the garage for over 20min looking. After locating a person he pointed me to a vehicle that didnt have any keys... frustrated at this point i walk back to the booth and demand they get the van and bring it. That took forever.Cons: Have an attendant on hand. It SHOULD NEVER BE THE CUSTOMERS RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND THE VEHICLE
2.0 MediocreSep 29 2020
Cons: The staff refused to rent me a car. My license expired last month because I turned 25. I am unable to renew it because of the corona virus. Prior to renting the car I called the Ohio BMV and double checked with them. The let me know that because of the pandemic everybody’s licenses and registrations that expired since March were automatically extended until December 31, 2020. They assured me I’d have no issue using my ID to do anything including renting a car and buying alcohol. I double checked the BMV website and on the front page it confirms that everything is automatically extended until the end of the year. The woman at the counter said she couldn’t rent me a car because they already did a one time extension for me for having an expired license. I don’t know what she was talking about because I’ve only ever rented a car one other time and that was in July. My license expired August 4 so when I rented the car in July no special extension would have been made for me. I explained this to her and then she said it’s their policy that they can only rent a car to a person with an expired license if it had expired during the pandemic. And according to her it is no longer a pandemic. Clearly we are still in a worldwide pandemic so that makes absolutely no sense. I tried to explain that the law in Ohio extended all ID/registration until the end of the year because we are in fact still in a pandemic. She then brings her manager out and her manager says it is illegal to rent me a car with an expired license. I tell her I understand but I do not have an expired license since the expiration date was extended. She suggests to me I try to renew online and says if I’m able to do that I could show her that and see if that was sufficient enough to prove I don’t have an expired license. Obviously you cannot receive a driver’s license online so I was unable to do that. I’m really disappointed in the entire experience and also the fact that Alamo thinks that the pandemic has magically disappeared when in fact it’s worse now than it was before. Still not sure what “one time extension” was mentioned to me either. Truly a waste of my morning.
6.4 GoodSep 10 2020
Pros: Pick up was easy from Columbus Airport.Cons: Drop off was cumbersome. No one in the garage to check you in. Filled the tank up before returning but the gas gauge didn’t move. Check engine light came on about 20 miles from Huntsville.
9.2 ExcellentAug 17 2020
Pros: Staff were very good and helpful. They gave me choices on vehicles and helped me hook up my phone to the blue tooth which really helped me make calls easier.
9.2 ExcellentAug 3 2020
Cons: Less expensive would be appreciated
2.0 MediocreJul 23 2020
Cons: Local hours were changed due to covid and the counter was closed upon my arrival. This left me stranded at 930pm with no car.
4.4 OkayJun 25 2020
Cons: Car was dirty/wheels misaligned. As stated, car delivered had wrong mileage and did not have a full tank of gas. Just glad I took a picture of the fuel gauge before departure. Long wait for pickup. Drop off was only positive experience.
8.0 ExcellentApr 13 2020
Pros: Yes and yes
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From $27/dayRated #3
Hertz
7.5 Good (211 reviews)
8 locations in Columbus
Hertz
Locations in Columbus
1090 A South Hamilton Rd+1 614 238 1623
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
1355 W Mound St+1 614 221 3000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
1535 Georgesville Road+1 614 351 1570
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2455 Billingsley Rd+1 614 793 3100
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2496 Scarborough Blvd+1 614 759 7285
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
4430 Westerville Rd+1 614 476 6847
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
8832 Commerce Loop Drive+1 614 840 1758
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMar 30 2021
Pros: The staff didn't seem overly friendly but were helpful enough. They failed to mention their return method at this location which caused a little confusion when I returned the car.Cons: I felt that they should have clearly explained their return method (or at least mentioned it).
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2021
Pros: Ended up getting a very nice upgrade for no additional charge due to limited availability
10.0 ExcellentOct 27 2020
Pros: Very friendly literally in and out very attentive!
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2020
Pros: I want my money back I never rented oneCons: I keep telling you that cancelled it and I never got to rent a car and can’t get refunded because you guys aren’t human.
10.0 ExcellentOct 10 2020
Cons: Satisfied customer.
2.0 MediocreAug 25 2020
Cons: I missed my scheduled meeting because of you guys. After I drove 30 miles, I see the maintenance required sign. I had to drive from Columbus(OH) to Providence(RI). Called the customer, to report and they said another car will be ready at Cleveland airport. But they refused for an exchange. After wasting 2-3 hours - explaining about the situation, I had to reserve another car at Cleveland and take it from there on .
7.2 GoodAug 10 2020
Pros: YesCons: Wash car
2.0 MediocreJul 26 2020
Pros: NothingCons: They wouldn't accept debit cards just credit cards. Would have liked to have known this before I drove all the way to the airport. Not gonna be a slave to the credit card companies to rent a car. You deserve to have them stolen.
10.0 ExcellentJul 22 2020
Pros: Drop off was, Pull up unload and get going. Very easyCons: Have insurance policy collected prior to arrival would be great. I could not find mine and it was frustrating. It was my fault thinking it would be ok to just use company insurance.
2.0 MediocreJun 12 2020
Cons: I didn't know I had to have a credit card in order to rent. The lady was very impractical and not understanding that I didn't know I needed a credit card. She said it's on their website but the reservation said no where I was required to pay with a credit card.
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From $38/dayRated #4
Dollar
Most popular
7.3 Good (247 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Dollar
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 2 2021
Pros: Staff was not there at the time of my pick up no help on the phone when I called dollar corporate services. Staff was late opening on the second day when I went back to get my car. Not wearing facemask. Very bad experience!Cons: Communications between dollar rental and carrentals.com, through who I made my reservation. More punctual and professional help both at the counter in person as well as online is needed.
2.0 MediocreApr 1 2021
Pros: Nothing. They closed before 6 pm, my flight was late. No car to pick up. Rip-off.Cons: They could make provisions for early evening pickup. Ie 6 pm
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2021
Cons: We made a “reservation” for a Suburban. When we got there all they had left was a little 4 door car. We have 7 people in our family so that wouldn’t work. The man working was nice enough, but he told us when you reserve with a lower cost rental company it’s hit or miss. Sometimes you get what you want, and sometimes you don’t. He showed us a long list of people he had to call to tell them they didn’t have any cars available. I would not recommend renting from Dollar because there NO GUARANTEE that you’ll get what you reserve, or any car for that matter!
2.0 MediocreMar 8 2021
Cons: They should have notified us that they close at 2pm and that, they would not be able to rent us a car. Their sign says go upstairs to the 2nd floor and someone will help you. Then upstairs it says we close at 2pm. So we had to pay double what our original reservation was and book with Hertz there on the spot.
2.0 MediocreFeb 6 2021
Pros: NothingCons: I booked a car at 7 pm. I reached at 7:30pm. Noone was there .
2.0 MediocreDec 30 2020
Pros: didn't pick up car - mom got corona 2 days before christmas and was unable to cancel. thanks priceline, won't be going through you anymore.Cons: not going through priceline
4.8 OkayNov 5 2020
Pros: Staff was niceCons: Car smelled and was not the one I signed up for
8.8 ExcellentOct 26 2020
Pros: The size of the car was good, and the mileage was excellentCons: Pick up was a little strange when adding a second driver. A little surprised that fee was $13,50 per day for another driver. My most recent experience prior to this rental was with Alamo who allowed the second driver at no additional cost.
8.0 ExcellentOct 12 2020
Pros: The staff was overwhelmed, but polite. The drop off was super easy.Cons: Add more support staff at Columbus International Airport to assist customers.
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2020
Cons: Nothing.. it was perfect!
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From $39/dayRated #5
Thrifty
7.3 Good (129 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Thrifty
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 7.4
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  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 7 2021
Pros: Whole process smoothCons: Line at desk to check car out
10.0 ExcellentOct 25 2020
Pros: easiest/fastest rental and return I have ever had!Cons: nothing
2.0 MediocreOct 12 2020
Cons: There was no refund on the rental, even though the charge was fraudulent. It caused me to have to manage the situation with my bank.
5.2 OkaySep 17 2020
Pros: Car was ok----Ford Eco SportCons: The Thrifty location was farthest from terminal. The staff was occupied with one customer. The wait was long. The attendant did not know how to open the back of SUV. Therebwas no one there when the car was returned---not a single person and they were aware fo when I was returning. Thrify is cheap for a reason!
2.0 MediocreAug 22 2020
Cons: If I would hv got my car. Putting my money back in my account. Trying to get them back on the phone.
2.0 MediocreAug 18 2020
Cons: I never got the rental. I got to the airport and they stated I needed a major credit card. I canceled the rental car and You still kept my money. I want that taken off my debit card asap
2.8 MediocreAug 17 2020
Pros: The staff was unfriendly not helpful and kinda terrible . I didnt like anything about this experience and 10/10 do not recommendCons: They could have been more helpful. I was $10.00 short on a hidden deposit I was unaware of until my arrival. Therefore I had to call my grandmother so she could come use her card. Since it was a different card they charged me an extra 50 dollars because she was a driver. Obviously she wasn't a driver she was just helping me out. They didnt care about the dilemma and made no attempt to help me out. The process that should have been 5 mins took an extra hour l after already being on the plane for 8 hours. The staff was unfriendly and unhelpful through the whole process.
4.0 OkayJul 13 2020
Pros: The car i got after not getting the car bracket i chape was niceCons: The type of car i got was a compact suv not mid size like i chose . I ended up trading for a car instead. The price was crazy plus i got charged an extra $120 for being 24
2.8 MediocreJan 30 2020
Pros: Got a replacement car easilyCons: The car I was given had a corroded battery. I left the airport and once I got to the next destination, the car died. I was on a time schedule and could not wait there for AAA so I had to Uber to my destination that was an hour away. Costing me over $120. Then when I Uber we back to the vehicle, I had to wait for AAA at 11 pm by myself in the cold. Then I had to take the car back to the rental and get a new car. Extremely inconvenient as I was in town for my grandmothers funeral and was almost late. Why was the battery not part of the vehicle inspection?!? The corrosion was leaking all over the battery. If someone had just lifted up the hood they would have seen it.
10.0 ExcellentDec 30 2019
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff.Cons: All was well.
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From $32/dayRated #6
Budget
7.2 Good (190 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Budget
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue+1 614 737 5400
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday13:00 - 17:00
104 East Long Street+1 614 228 1058
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
1400 Bethel Road+1 614 451 7699
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
240 South Hamilton Road+1 614 863 7500
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0247
Monday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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4621 West Broad Street+1 614 870 2200
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
6060 Busch Boulevard+1 614 431 2025
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 10 2021
Pros: I could not change my reservation pick up time to the next day. So I had to cancel it and when I tried to reschedule it was not available anymore.Cons: Allow people to push back a pick up or drop off date.
8.0 ExcellentMay 10 2021
Pros: Friendly staff.Cons: The van smelled like smoke.
8.0 ExcellentMay 8 2021
Pros: staff was excellent. She replaced the class of vehicle I was supposed to receive due to the fact that Budget overbooked.
2.0 MediocreMar 29 2021
Pros: The car started and drove. The car did it's job. Everything else was terrible.Cons: Long wait lines, charged an unexpected fee. I will not be using budget in the future.
6.0 GoodMar 29 2021
Cons: Pickup and drop off took way too long because there was only 1 person behind the counter. Car was clean, no issues there, but it was expensive overall with poor service due to staffing.
10.0 ExcellentMar 23 2021
Pros: Nothing specificCons: Giving me the sized car I reserved. Bigger car than I reserved
8.0 ExcellentMar 20 2021
Cons: Slow line at pickup. A Subaru is NOT an SUV which is what I paid for.
10.0 ExcellentMar 11 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly, making the experience fast and seamlessly easy.Cons: Check the inside of vehicle for loose trash. Only a couple pieces of wrapped candy were in the back seat that needed disposed of.
8.0 ExcellentMar 5 2021
Cons: The cost was higher than would have liked for the 1 day but, miles I didn't put on my personal car.
2.0 MediocreJan 7 2021
Pros: They tried to remedy the mistakes they madeCons: Understaffed and overwhelmed location. Car was not ready till half an hour after the pick up time. Agent made 3 mistake on my rental contract: wrong check out time, wrong fuel level and wrong check in time.
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From $41/dayRated #7
Avis
7.9 Good (42 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Avis
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue+1 614 299 0964
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday13:00 - 17:00
104 East Long Street+1 614 224 4259
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
1400 Bethel Road+1 614 538 0488
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
240 South Hamilton Road (Highway 317)+1 614 577 0657
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0002
Monday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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4621 West Broad Street+1 614 851 0508
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
6060 Busch Boulevard+1 614 436 3218
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.8
  • 8
  • 7.9
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  • 7.7
Recent reviews
4.4 OkayOct 21 2019
Pros: Drop off was easy.Cons: It took a long time to pick up the car (40 minutes) even though there was only one person in front of me in line. The cars weren't ready. I had absolutely no choice, and the car was not what I had ordered. It was really flashy--something I did not want at all as a woman travelling alone.
10.0 ExcellentSep 12 2019
Pros: I made a reservation for a big car but it wasn’t quite large enough for what I needed, when I went back to see if I could upgrade to a bigger one, they changed the paperwork and within a few minutes for no charge, I had a bigger car ready to go! Thanks again!!Cons: Directions into the rental car pickup/dropoff locations in the airport. It was a little confusing and took us a while for figure out
5.6 OkayNov 25 2018
Watch for added chargesCons: Billled me $50 extra for fuel (I returned it full) and added insurance that I did not buy with the reservation. avis removed fuel charge but only 1/2 of the insurance charge after I complained. Not renting from again
2.0 MediocreSep 16 2018
Cons: I didn’t like that they ended up not even having a car for me that I reserved 3 days in advance. Terrible service. I will never rent a car from Avis again!!! Their solution was for me to do a round trip rental when I needed a one way. Obviously that was not going to work for me.
10.0 ExcellentJul 5 2018
Great servicePros: Professional and courteous.Cons: Nothing
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2017
Cons: Terrible! Avis sales person at the counter kept trying to sell me things and get me to upgrade for big $ when I was checking in. Wouldn't honor my Preferred status. The car was cheap, dirty, and wouldn't start on occasion. Customer service at Avis was terrible. Never did assist when I tried to fix the problems while enroute to my destination. Maybe that's their new sales technique if you just go with a standard car rather than allowing them to "up" your rental agreement at check-in.
4.4 OkayOct 16 2017
Bad carPros: The car was old, high mileage, bad electronics--crappy.
6.8 GoodSep 5 2017
Pros: The pick up and return process is pretty simple.Cons: The price was $391 at the rental counter. The price on Kayak was $152. The rep corrected it. Still waiting for the charge to post to my credit card so I can verify the correct price was charged.
2.0 MediocreJul 13 2017
Avis was terrible!!Cons: My reservation time was 3pm for a mini van. I did not get my SUV until 5:30pm. Apparently reservation means nothing to Avis I not only got the wrong kind of vehicle I got it 2 1/2 hrs late! As for Kayak the contract was not very clear on the LIMITED millage and apparently do not really partner with Avis on the insurance, which is also not clear when booking!
8.0 ExcellentJun 10 2017
Good rentalPros: The car was newer and ran smooth.Cons: The car was not cleaned on the inside or outside. The customer service representative just pointed the direction to look for the vehicle at pick up.
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From $44/dayRated #8
National
7.3 Good (12 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
National
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3270
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
  • 7
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.8 OkaySep 21 2020
Pros: I waited two hours to pick up a van . They didn’t even appreciate my time saying thank you so much or didn’t even give me discount for it. I didn’t the reservation and still they didn’t have a car ready for me . Not happy with service at all . Please let me know if you want to talk to me . My email address is puspadhital92@gmail.comCons: At least give a customer discount if they waited couple hours . Oh also , car condition was poor . Looks like they didn’t do an alignment in while and brakes were making a wired sound .
2.0 MediocreAug 6 2020
Cons: Poorest management and the stuff needs more training
3.2 MediocreJun 2 2020
Cons: I reserved a Tahoe or equivalent but they gave me a Tacome truck with less space. The wait to check in and get vehicle was over an hour wait. The truck was dirty: the previous user had a dog in it and there was hair everywhere. The window have finger smudges on all of them and there was fish scales in the tail bed. I was definitely a lack luster experience.
10.0 ExcellentDec 2 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and the drop off super easy
6.0 GoodJul 21 2019
Pros: Staff was definitely friendly and welcoming and made the entire process effortlessCons: The car absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke. When choosing the SUV, I had only a few options, and I entered two different ones, both reeking. I just had to choose one and go with it, clearly keeping the windows down during all three days (despite the heatwave). The smell did not go away!
5.6 OkayApr 1 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, easy pickup/ drop offCons: Smoky car! Gross.
10.0 ExcellentNov 27 2016
Pros: No wait, clean car, easy access coming and going.
10.0 ExcellentAug 4 2016
Great deal, no troublesPros: I got a great deal through Kayak for a bigger size then I'd ever normally rent (standard) and was able to go from CMH to drop off at CLE which was really convenient and didn't get hit with exorbitant fees. I had a very early AM flight and the after hours drop off worked perfectly.Cons: Really all went smoothly-nothing to complain about.
8.8 ExcellentJun 26 2016
Very quick pick up and drop offPros: I liked the efficiency of the customer service. Great experience. I would definitely use this company again.Cons: The car did have an odor on the inside that was not enjoyable. I understand they check them quickly and probably would not notice it at that time.
8.0 ExcellentJan 26 2016
A lot of this could have been done ahead of time.Pros: Super easy drop off!Cons: Picking up the car was an ordeal. Flight got in late at night and I stood at the counter for 20 minutes while someone typed in all my info by hand... then I had to go to another counter on another floor to actually get the car. Took way too long, especially when I easily could have completed all this online earlier.
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From $26/dayRated #9
Payless
Cheapest deal
4.9 Okay (3 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Payless
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0978
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 6
  • 6
  • 3.3
  • 2.6
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
6.8 GoodSep 7 2020
Cons: There was a 2.5 hour wait to pick up my car
6.0 GoodMay 18 2020
Pros: Staffer was friendly, area was cleanCons: I specifically requested a mini-van and reserved it nearly a week in advance (i.e. Grand Caravan, Odyssey) because we needed the space for a long trip with several people. When I went to pick up my vehicle I was told Payless had "oversold" their mini-vans and didn't have any left and my only other option was a Pathfinder which wouldn't work. So, I cancelled my reservation and gave my business to another rental car company.
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2019
Cons: Rental agency overbooked and didn’t have enough cars. Had to wait for a few hours to get a car.
Easirent
1 location in Columbus
Easirent
Locations in Columbus
John Glenn Columbus International Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Sunnycars
1 location in Columbus
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
Recent reviews
1475 travelers who rented a car in Columbus gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Columbus

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$46/day

Good deal

$33/day

When to book a rental car in Columbus

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

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 $33 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbus at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Columbus are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Columbus

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

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $46 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Columbus are Alamo (8.6, 213 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 504 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 250 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Columbus is $3.25 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $52, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbus.

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

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

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

  • A Standard car rental in Columbus costs $45 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Columbus costs $48 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Columbus costs $35 per day, on average.

  • In Columbus, cars are most frequently rented at Alamo 4600 International Gateway (6 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $321 per week ($46 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $1,376 per month ($46 per day).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!).