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Columbus, GA
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Columbus car rental information

Pick-up locationColumbus
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations12
Airport locations8
Popular agenciesAlamo, Avis, National, Enterprise, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Columbus

$60/dayEconomy
$62/dayCompact
$70/dayIntermediate
$74/dayStandard
$67/dayFull-size
$108/dayMinivan
$140/dayFull-size SUV
$83/dayPremium
$97/dayPickup truck
$91/dayIntermediate SUV
$97/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Columbus car rental reviews and directory

From $48/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (19 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Alamo
Locations in Columbus
3250 W Britt David Rd+1 844 806 3359
Monday10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 8 2021
Pros: The staff was friendly and so accommodating.Cons: The remodeling at the airport makes it different to pick up cars now, but it is understandable and NOT their fault.
10.0 ExcellentAug 20 2019
Pros: staff super friendly at both ends drop off easy everything was perfectCons: Nothing
2.0 MediocreMar 5 2018
Was not able to get carPros: NothingCons: The fact that I was denied my rental. If you accept a debit card and my card clearly says debit on the front of itchy can you not accept it.
7.6 GoodSep 22 2017
Pros: Liked that the car was fast and reliable.Cons: The price. We didn't get the deposit money back.
8.0 ExcellentAug 21 2017
Pros: I liked that they were professional and gave me a free upgrade.Cons: Added fees without prior notification on website.
5.6 OkayJul 19 2017
Pros: value for moneyCons: cleanliness of the vehicle very dirty with spots on the seats plenty of scratches on the outer surface of the vehicle and the vehicle smiled.
10.0 ExcellentJul 9 2017
Pros: Simple drop off
4.4 OkayFeb 16 2017
Cons: The was car dirty and smell with smoke,
8.0 ExcellentNov 9 2016
Good price and good carPros: The car was clean. Drove well and getting the car was done very quick and not a lon wait.Cons: The person that was helping had a little attitude. Was having a personal side conversation while she was helping and it was hard to ask questions because she wasn't paying me much attention.
10.0 ExcellentDec 22 2015
Pros: The car got great gas mileage and we had no issues with it.Cons: I didn't have anything that I didn't like.
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From $37/dayRated #2
Enterprise
8 Excellent (14 reviews)
5 locations in Columbus
Enterprise
Locations in Columbus
1807 S Lumpkin Rd+1 706 689 0896
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3250 W Britt David Rd+1 844 917 0961
Monday10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
3410 Veterans Pkwy+1 706 653 7572
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3450 Macon Rd+1 706 568 3400
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5733b Veterans Pkwy+1 706 660 1090
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2017
Pros: The service was outstanding
4.4 OkayNov 29 2016
Pros: Great gas mileage on the car. Ended up with a Hyundai sonata Drop off was quickCons: Car was dirty. Wait for pick up was about 2 hrs
6.4 GoodNov 25 2016
Service slowPros: Car was great. Location easy to find.Cons: I had scheduled to pick up the car at 8:00 a.m. When I arrived, they said it would be ready in 15 minutes. I did not leave until 8:35. This was a tad annoying.
8.8 ExcellentOct 28 2016
Pros: Pick up went incredibly smooth and fastCons: The rental lot is not nearly as clearly labeled as other locations.
5.2 OkayFeb 16 2016
Cons: Customer Service at the airport was lacking, no one to check in the car or issue a reciept.
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From $43/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
7.1 Good (19 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Hertz
Locations in Columbus
3250 W Britt David Rd Ste 110+1 706 324 2725
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 6 2021
Pros: The staff was rude
4.0 OkayMay 6 2021
Pros: There was a vehicle for me to use.Cons: The reservation although confirmed, was not ready. Staff at pickup were rude and short because my pickup was scheduled for 6pm, and they were ready to leave for the day at 6pm. I was told there was no vehicle like the one I had reserved, but they were willing to place me in a sedan. They handed the keys over, told me the total charge without explaining the break down and sent me on a hunt for the vehicle. It took me 10 minutes to find it only to see that the cleanliness sticker had been left torn from the previous rental trip. The car was not cleaned and it did not have a full tank of gas. There was no use going back to the counter since the staff was out the door before I could collect my baggage and follow. The drop off was smoother although I wasn't able to really talk to anyone about my concerns for billing. They had me drive up and leave the vehicle in a return line.
2.0 MediocreMar 30 2021
Pros: The vehicle was fine.Cons: I dropped the car off on the day it was due. I went inside and handed the keys to the attendant. After three days I started getting calls that my vehicle was overdue and I needed to return it. I was on vacation and was on the phone for a long time. I was informed it would be taken care of. The calls continued for 3 days. I called the company several times during my VACATION. After asking for a supervisor and telling them I was tired of being harassed, the calls finally stopped.
5.2 OkayFeb 1 2020
Pros: Employees were unable to explain about the toll pass, i was never told that dropping off the car at a later time was going to cost me 49 dollars more.
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2018
The Nissan Versa was a very nice car. Cruise control was appreciatedPros: Very comfortable Nice size Cruse control Simple controlsCons: none
4.4 OkayJan 12 2018
Told us we were good to go, that we DID NOT need a credit card..Pros: The car was fine and once I got it 2 hours after I was supposed to all went well. Only cost @ $20 to fill up which was good.Cons: Hertz told us over the phone after we made the reservation we were good to pick up the car at 5 pm and we specifically told them we do not have a credit card and the lady said it would be fine we were good to go. They charged our bank account for the rental. When we got there the guy tells us we can't get the car because we don't have a credit card to put on file. I had to call a family member to come to the airport and bring me one to put on file and I was two hours late leaving. This was a terrible and stressful experience, embarrassing and a bad way to start a business trip. And to top it all off the extremely unhelpful and unwilling to do anything to help us non-customer service Hertz offered was pathetic. The only way I'll ever use this company again is if someone pays me to.
10.0 ExcellentNov 9 2017
Hertz is the bestPros: Compared to the other rental places their vehicles are well maintained and in better condition.Cons: It would be more convenient if they opened earlier than 9.
2.0 MediocreFeb 25 2017
Buyer BewarePros: I liked the Ford Focus Hatch... I think it's by far the best small car money can buy. Prior to this rental I have always been pleased with my experience at Hertz.Cons: My experience at the counter was sub par. The group was either inexperienced or unwilling to help. They threatened to upcharge at every opportunity. The mykey (I blame Ford partially) was locked and I was unable to listen to audiobooks over a week long rental. I called hertz and went to several locations with no resolutions. This weekly rental was saddening because Hertz did not fix it while it lasted. They wanted to charge me more. I tried saving a few bucks and waisted hundreds in efficiency. I pray that you have a better experience with them. Pick up and drop off was a nightmare... the car was washed and the interior was NOT cleaned. They refused to come out to the vehicle to inspect it and didn't have an answer for me about TX tolls via tags
8.8 ExcellentJul 6 2016
Cons: Parking lot is unkempt and confusing
8.0 ExcellentNov 29 2015
Pros: Chrysler was a great car
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From $67/dayRated #4
National
6.6 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
National
Locations in Columbus
3250 W Britt David Rd+1 844 816 4379
Monday10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
  • 7
  • 7.5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 29 2021
Pros: Sadly, this was a business ending experience for us!Cons: We needed an SUV-sized vehicle for our trip to a high school graduation (we were transporting a large item to a family member). My wife made the reservation in MARCH for an SUV to be used at the tail of May. The day before our rental, my wife went to the rental company to ensure we were going to get the size vehicle we reserved. NONE WERE AVAILABLE! We had to scramble and borrow a neighbor’s SUV. We will not go with the company in the future!
6.8 GoodJul 23 2020
Pros: Part of the staff were helpful, the part were terribleCons: When we got there, they didn’t have a premium SUV, the biggest was a 5 passenger, since there were 6 of us that wAsnt going to work. They didn’t offer a solution, told us we would have to take two cars. Finally a van magically appeared. Lots of my time was wasted!!! I will never ever use kayak again
From $38/dayRated #5
Avis
6.3 Good (8 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Avis
Locations in Columbus
3250 West Britt David Road, Suite 112+1 706 322 2539
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.2
  • 6.5
  • 6.2
  • 6.2
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 25 2021
Cons: Everything could've been better. They made me wait hours on a reservation rental! They rented my sports utility and gave me a mini car for the same price. They charged my credit card more than once , taking over$300 for a1 Day rental! Now I'm fighting fort my money back. Worse experience Ever!!! Run Run Run, I left Enterprise but may return seeing that They aren't so bad now after comparing.
2.0 MediocreJan 8 2021
Pros: The staff was TRASH! Careless attitudes and busy in personal phones. I had to return my rental because the oil light came on. No one apologized for holding me up, I was an hour late for an important appointment and they didn’t care, I will never rent from Avis again. Their staff needs more customer service training. A simple “I’m sorry for your inconvenience” would’ve went a long way!
2.0 MediocreJan 5 2021
Cons: I was unable to get a rental from here because I did not have a credit card but debit card although I would have been paying for services upfront. I just went to Enterprise so if they give you a hard time Enterprise got you I had real business to take care of.
8.8 ExcellentNov 20 2017
Pros: Upgrade that was received because the size car we reserved was not available.
From $35/dayRated #6
Budget
Cheapest deal
5.8 Okay (10 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Budget
Locations in Columbus
3250 W Britt David Rd, Ste 111+1 706 327 5501
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5.8
  • 5.8
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 3 2020
Pros: The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rental process and return was super easy. Thanks Budget Columbus Ga Airport!
3.6 MediocreJun 22 2020
Pros: Staff unfriendly, didn't have a clean decent car. Never offered any apologies
2.0 MediocreMay 27 2020
Pros: There was nothing about the experience with budget that was even expectable.Cons: The right car available. Not getting a vehicle that smelt like marijuana and maintenance light not being on.
4.0 OkayJan 27 2020
Pros: Seemingly friendly staffCons: The vehicle was awe full with no Nacional capabilities and very little utility in general. What vehicle doesn’t have the ability to at least connect a personal phone for navigation.
9.2 ExcellentJun 6 2017
Pros: extended and dropped off in killeen.Cons: didnt get my recipt right away
2.0 MediocreOct 18 2016
No car available....Cons: I received a confirmation number for my rental and attempted to call the local office at the airport to confirm. I called the local number and was eventually connected with a call center in some foreign land, I'm guessing. They couldn't give me any further information on my rental. I arrived at the rental booth and was informed by the unconcerned-acting attendant that there were no cars available. I spent $200 in cab fares over the duration of my trip. I'll give another rental company a shot at my business next time and see if they can pull it off.
6.0 GoodAug 29 2016
Pros: The rental car was excellent, the time I had to wait almost 2hrs, they did give me 10%, discount but it threw us off by 2 hours, waiting on a car. We still will continue to rent from budget.
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Easirent
1 location in Columbus
Easirent
Locations in Columbus
Columbus Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Columbus
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbus
3250 West Britt David Road
Recent reviews
74 travelers who rented a car in Columbus gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car rental locations in or near Columbus

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$41/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

  • Though public transport is offered in the city, enjoying a sense of wonder as you adventure at your own pace in Columbus and its surroundings with a rental car can’t be compared to anything else. Using car rentals in Columbus gives you the freedom and comfort you need to move to any place at any time. Maneuvering through the city and arriving at your desired destination won’t be a problem, considering most Columbus car rentals have a GPS navigation system. Even if it’s your first time in the city, with a navigation system you can drive to Hocking Hills, which is about an hour’s drive from Columbus city center. Whether you’re planning a business trip or a romantic getaway, booking a rental car in Columbus will save you time and make your trip more enjoyable.
  • Most car rentals in Columbus are either within the CMH airport’s premises or a short walk away. Companies such as Enterprise, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Budget, and Dollar are located at the airport, while others such as Thrifty and National offer shuttle and pick-up services from the airport.
  • Although the city roads are well maintained, you should be cautious while driving a rental car in Columbus, especially when it is raining. Watch out for speed limits, other motorists, and rid yourself of all distractions. If it’s your first time in Columbus, set all your rental car’s controls before leaving the parking lot. Adjusting your GPS device or other control knobs while driving might take your eyes off the road, and increase your chances of causing an accident.
  • Columbus is a big and busy city with hundreds of cars on the road at nearly any given time. To dodge wasting time in traffic jams, avoid moving around during rush hour, which is around 6am-8am, 3:30pm-4pm, and 6pm-7pm on weekdays. If you have to drive during rush hour, the roads to avoid are Interstate 70-71 downtown, state Route 315, and the I-270 outer belt, which are hugely trafficked. If you’re on a schedule or trying to catch a flight, keep these times in mind when planning your route.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Columbus for $41 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbus at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Columbus are around 38% 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 Hertz, Enterprise and Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $52 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($62/day), Alamo ($74/day) and Enterprise ($91/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 3250 West Britt David Road, Suite 112 31909 (5 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in Columbus 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.

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

  • Car rental companies onsite at Hartsfield-Jackson airport include Thrifty, Routes Car & Truck Rentals, Dollar, Payless and E-Z Rent-A-Car.

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

  • 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 $49 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Columbus costs $47 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Columbus costs $55 per day, on average.

  • In Columbus, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 3250 W Britt David Rd Ste 110 (5 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $366 per week ($52 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Columbus costs $1,570 per month ($52 per day).

  • A compact car is suitable for driving through the city as it occupies less space and fits into the various parking lots easily. You can choose between a fuel-efficient mid-range car, a minivan, a sedan, or a sports car. It all depends on your budget and preference. However, if you’re traveling with four to seven people, taking a ride with an eight-seater SUV could be a better alternative.

  • While driving on highways, 65mph and 70mph are permitted, which stretches to the rural interstates. The speed limit for other areas varies depending on where you are driving to. For instance, while approaching school zones, you should drive at a speed not exceeding 25mph. Be conscious of the speed limit signs that are in place. Keep in mind that the roads are monitored with a video surveillance system on major highways.

  • The average gas price in Columbus is around $2.42 per gallon. Murphy gas Station is known to provide gas at cheaper prices. Around the John Glenn Columbus Airport, there are numerous gas stations, but they are a bit more expensive.

  • Like any other big city that is packed with cars, finding a parking spot can be a big hassle. The parking lot fees vary across the city. For instance, a parking lot in Downtown Columbus, such as the Bicentennial Public Parking Lot, will cost you about $10-$20 on weekdays, whereas about $5-$10 on the weekends. A maximum stay is restricted to a few hours downtown and up to about 12h on Columbus's outskirts.

  • 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!).