Columbus car rentals from $32/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Columbus with a pick-up date of 3/8 and drop-off date of 3/17. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Columbus

Economy$32/day
Compact$55/day
Intermediate$33/day
Full-size$36/day
Minivan$41/day
Full-size SUV$41/day
Luxury$39/day
Pickup truck$44/day
Premium SUV$67/day
Standard SUV$37/day
Compact SUV$39/day
Intermediate SUV$49/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Columbus

  • Travelers visiting Columbus should consider renting from one of the car rentals in Columbus as it is the best means of transportation for exploring the city. This is also a good option if they plan to take short-term trips requiring a car. Columbus is an attractive city with tourist options including Lakeside Village Motel and Campground, found approximately 150 miles north of Columbus with hiking trails and a museum. There is also the Apple Orchard Primitive – Lost Bridge West SRA about 150 miles from northwest of Columbus ideal for those wishing to enjoy an outdoor adventure. If you are touring Columbus with your family do not miss Watters Smith State Park, about 148 miles east of Columbus ideal for children.
  • Car rentals in Columbus are available at the airports serving the city which travelers can rent upon landing at the airports. If you are arriving through Indianapolis Airport, find the counters at the rental car counters in the baggage claim area of the airport near Gate 103. Travelers at Cincinnati Cinci./N. Kentucky Airport should head to the onsite car rental counters at the corner of the baggage claim area. Travelers at Indianapolis Airport should head directly to the car rental counters in the baggage claim area. Rental car counters at the Cincinnati Airport are found on level 3 of the airport departures concourse near Gate 76. Louisville Standiford Field Airport has its counters at the main passenger terminal.
  • When driving Columbus car rentals, drivers must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing a crosswalk or intersection. When you notice a school bus flashing red lights do not drive around the bus in a hurry and stop for school buses when they stop on the roadway or engaged in the conduct. When an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind, drivers must yield and pull to the right and stop until the emergency vehicle goes past.
  • Heavy traffic is among the challenges facing Columbus. The morning rush hours begin at around 6:30 am, last until about 9:00 am, and then in the afternoon from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The evening rush hour takes place from about 4 pm to 7 pm. Hence, you should avoid driving in these hours within the city and some intersections such as Cleveland Av & Morse Rd, Hamilton Rd & Livingston Ave and Karl Rd & Morse Rd. since they tend to get congested during rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Columbus for $54 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbus at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Columbus are around -3% 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 $66 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 Columbus found in the last 2 weeks is $34.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Columbus?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($55/day).

  • How much is gas price in Columbus?

    The average gas price in Columbus is $3.48 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Columbus?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbus.

  • Which car rental companies are at Indianapolis airport (IND)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Indianapolis airport include Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Thrifty, Payless, Avis and Airport Van.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Indianapolis airport (IND)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Indianapolis airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Thrifty, Ace, Payless, and Avis.

  • 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.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Columbus?

    A Mini car rental in Columbus costs $87 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Luxury car rental cost in Columbus?

    A Luxury car rental in Columbus costs $57 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Columbus?

    A Full Size car rental in Columbus costs $138 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Columbus?

    In Columbus, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise Rent-A-Car 2021 25th Street (2 miles from city center).

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

    On average a rental car in Columbus costs $462 per week ($66 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Columbus?

    On average a rental car in Columbus costs $1,980 per month ($66 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Columbus?

    Most car rental providers in Columbus offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Columbus, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Columbus?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 3 car rental agencies in Columbus.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Columbus?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Columbus?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Columbus so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Columbus?

    Most car rentals in Columbus offer Standard cars since it is the recommended car type to use in Columbus. This is because Standard vehicles are suitable for driving in most places in the city and typically provide a good driving experience. They also have essential features such as air conditioning, cruise control and power steering.

  • What’s the speed limit in Columbus?

    Indiana speed limit applied in all the cities in the state must be followed by all drivers and are defined by traffic laws. In the city, Residential areas have a speed limit of 30 mph while the speed limit in the school zones varies from 20-25 mph. When driving on interstate and rural freeways, you can rise to a speed limit of 70 mph. The maximum speed limit for divided roads is 60 mph, whereas for undivided roads it is 55 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Columbus?

    Parking spaces in Columbus accessible consist of surface lots, parking garages and street parking which are safe and efficient. You can choose to park in the Columbus Commons Main Parking on 55 E Rich St, Huntington Center Garage on 41 S High St or Columbus Commons Underground parking on 191 S 3rd St. Other parking garages open 24 hours include SP+ FIFTH THIRD GARAGE on 21 E State St and Chestnut ST. Garage on 44 E Chestnut St.

Columbus car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

9.4

Wonderful

14 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.6

Value for money

9.2

Locations in Columbus

1643 Central Avenue

+1 812 314 8283

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
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695 S.state Rd 135

+1 317 883 2954

Monday09:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff made a last-minute change easy.

6.8 Okay

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I booked with a third party online and it never mentioned about the 25 and younger fee so I was thinking we got that waived and didn’t have that charged

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Loved how easy it was to pick up and drop off! Car was very clean and drove perfectly. Nothing bad to say at all!

8.0 Very good

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy, convenient drop off

8.0 Very good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

the turning and the gas conservation

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

The Prius was the best car I could have received! Loved it! It had a bluetooth stereo system, which provided me to play my own music, so the solo 6 hour road trip was that much better. The pick up/drop off were smooth and seamless. Thanks!

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very good

9 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

7.5

Locations in Columbus

1628 East State Road 44

+1 317 398 9898

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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2021 25th Street

+1 812 375 1198

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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2128 N. Middle Dr.

+1 812 933 5700

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2770 N Morton St

+1 317 738 9307

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702 East Tipton

+1 812 524 0178

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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801 S U.s Hwy 31

+1 317 889 1264

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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8.0 Very good

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was brand new and very comfortable.

Cons:

Enterprise did not replace the car when we noticed a crack on the Car's windshield. The Crack kept growing but they were adamant that it was very normal and did not need the car to be replaced for that.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, they took me back home also, which was nice. The kid who took me was friendly.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

From the beginning to the end of this process Enterprise representatives are excellent!

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service was great, car was clean and in good condition.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Everything was perfect. Everyone was helpful, and we had an awesome experience.

8.0 Very good

Feb 2023

KAYAK
The patience and the feeling of concern for me! I consider this company over any other car rental company. Allan Duncan is an excellent worker.

1 out of 2

Budget

7.3

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.6

One location in Columbus

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from $46/day

Locations in Columbus

735 Whitfield Drive

+1 812 376 7697

Monday10:00 - 14:00
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9.6 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pickup of the car. Friendly staff member. Car was fueled, clean, and ready to go.

Cons:

The vehicle smelled like covered-up smoke. However I'm pretty sure when I reserved it, it was supposed to be a non-smoking vehicle.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2022

KAYAK
I had booked a minivan and was in constant contact with them to ensure i get a minivan; However at the end on the day of travel I was told that a minivan isnt available and that made me change my travel plans i.e. number of people travelling and number of bags ...

1 out of 1

Avis

6.0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Columbus

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from $63/day

Locations in Columbus

735 Whitfield Drive

+1 812 378 2674

Monday10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday10:00 - 14:00
Thursday10:00 - 14:00
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2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Terrible!

10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Quick and easy both checking in and checking out

1 out of 1

30 travelers who rented a car in Columbus gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Columbus

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$54/day

When to book a rental car in Columbus

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