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Dayton, OH
May 17 — May 24
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Dayton car rental information

Pick-up locationDayton
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations12
Airport locations3
Popular agenciesHertz, Enterprise, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Dayton

$48/dayEconomy
$48/dayCompact
$48/dayIntermediate
$62/dayStandard
$49/dayFull-size
$77/dayFull-size SUV
$80/dayLuxury
$64/dayIntermediate SUV
$72/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Dayton car rental reviews and directory

From $35/dayRated #1
Dollar
Most popular
Best rated
7.7 Good (67 reviews)
1 location in Dayton
Dollar
Locations in Dayton
3350 Valet Drive+1 937 898 5806
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  • 7.9
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Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentDec 31 2020
Pros: Pick-up area was easy to find, and overall the staff I interacted with were professional and friendly.Cons: The signage about which drop-off area to use was apparently incorrect, which made things confusing and tiring after my trip.
7.6 GoodMar 25 2020
Cons: It would have been helpful to have the drop off procedures for when an attendant wasn't present explained during the pickup.
5.2 OkayJan 1 2018
Cons: The employees on the phone...both times, at the desk, and at pick up and drop off. Very rude.
2.0 MediocreOct 24 2017
Cons: I had to cancel my rental based on not having a major credit card. I went with Avis whom was more accommodating. I will not be renting with Dollar in the future.
10.0 ExcellentSep 4 2017
Great experiencePros: Customer service was outstanding both picking up the car and in returning. Will rent from dollar again.
4.4 OkayAug 28 2017
A lot of wasted moneyPros: The car was nice, although it smelled pretty weird.Cons: The car cost more than advertised, by about $100, so it was almost double of what I expected. The insurance I bought online with the car (3rd party) I was told was useless, and they were known to not honor the purchase if something were to happen, so that's $30 I won't get back. All in all it was a lot of wasted money.
8.8 ExcellentJul 23 2017
Cons: Tried to charge me for car insurance even though I told the lady that I already bought third party insurance coverage online
8.4 ExcellentJul 18 2017
Pros: Drop off was incredibly fast... in and out in under 5 minutes!Cons: There was a dent on the side of the car that I saw before taking the rental and let the person know and he seemed to think it was no big deal. I did not want to be charged for it so made sure he annotated it but I'm sure I could've been charged if that hadn't happened beforehand
4.4 OkayMay 25 2017
Well I'll never use Dollar again, that's for sure...Pros: They did finally supply me with a car for the amount that this site specified. It was not the car nor was it the class of car as promised by this web sites reservation.Cons: During the reservation, I was asked if I needed insurance. I did so I checked the button for $9.00 per day. When the reservation was completed, the funds for the insurance was charged to my account right away and it stated the rental fee would be secured at time of pick up. No big deal. But when I get to the counter the attendant states that I need to use my personal car insurance OR get insurance directly from Dollar Rental. The insurance for the reservation web site is not recognized as valid insurance. They did not budge and it cost me an extra $186.00 for 6 days of rental. That is more than 6 months of FULL auto insurance out in the rest of the world. What a scam.... Now I need to fight for a refund on the $9/day insurance from the web site that was not allowed.
10.0 ExcellentApr 5 2017
Good car - well pricedPros: Good service. Close to the terminal. Good value. Nice car.
From $35/dayRated #2
Thrifty
7.6 Good (39 reviews)
1 location in Dayton
Thrifty
Locations in Dayton
3350 Valet Drive+1 937 898 5806
Monday07:00 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 1 2020
Pros: The staff was terrible. As I was walking up to rent the vehicle they locked the door, looked at me, and left.Cons: The customer service. I was treated much better at Alamo where I ended up having to rent from because I was not able to get my rental when I needed it from Thrifty.
6.8 GoodSep 27 2020
Pros: Thrifty staff member was very pleasant and helpful. Vehicle was very clean and ready to go.Cons: If you rental agencies would offer something besides those cheap Chrysler products. I realize they practically give them to you (how else could they get rid of them), but they are very uncomfortable and noisy. Luckily I only need a van once in a great while. And thankfully you have better quality vehicles to rent when I need a sedan or coupe.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 19 2020
Pros: Everything went very smooth. I really appreciated it
9.2 ExcellentJan 24 2020
Cons: When the strip would not work on my credit card, the agent said it was impossible to enter it manually! Luckily I had another car, but NOT the one that I wished to use! Gotta be a better way!
2.0 MediocreDec 30 2019
Cons: The car smelt like weed and it was never cleaned out. The windows were filthy.
10.0 ExcellentJul 17 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, super easy pick up and drop off.
6.8 GoodSep 24 2018
Average rental carPros: Car was great on gas. Car was clean.Cons: Car needed an alignment and a tune up. Would pause every time you try to accelerate.
2.0 MediocreSep 13 2018
Cons: They only accept major credit cards and nothing else
9.6 ExcellentSep 11 2018
Good rental experiencePros: Fast checkout and check in. Clean car.
9.6 ExcellentSep 3 2018
Cons: Waited a long time but attendant made it right. Thanks
From $36/dayRated #3
Hertz
8.8 Excellent (14 reviews)
2 locations in Dayton
Hertz
Locations in Dayton
3350 Valet Circle+1 937 898 5806
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8012 Mcewen Rd+1 937 438 0175
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  • 8.8
  • 9.1
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  • 9
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7.6 GoodJul 21 2018
Cons: Office closed when i got there. Had to wait
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2018
Pros: Great service, Professional Staff ( Tim) was very helpful with my questions. Easy to work with .
2.0 MediocreMay 23 2017
Hertz had no record of rentalPros: Nothing. They wouldn't rent me a car.Cons: I had to rent from another agency at a much higher price.
8.8 ExcellentDec 11 2016
Pros: They should check tire pressure
7.2 GoodSep 2 2016
Just like most car rental companiesPros: Easy in, Easy out. Gave us an upgrade at no extra charge, because they didn't have anymore small cars.
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From $36/dayRated #4
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (11 reviews)
4 locations in Dayton
Enterprise
Locations in Dayton
3 Mackoil Ave+1 937 252 7798
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455 Miamisburg-centerville Rd+1 937 291 6370
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4806 N Main St+1 937 274 4477
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500 N Main St+1 937 228 4555
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  • 8.3
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8.0 ExcellentFeb 4 2021
Pros: Friendly staff. Nice carCons: A friendly call if they find your property left in a vehicle instead of just trashing it.
2.0 MediocreSep 25 2020
Pros: Location was convenient.Cons: Service. It was terrible. Staff never called back about availability of a car. No reply. Nada. Zip.
6.4 GoodSep 6 2020
Pros: The staff is great, very nice people. There was some candy between the seat and console and a stick of old spice deodorant ( I guess a 90 year old man rented the car before me because who the hell uses old spice anymore!!!) Anyway one of the candy came out in thew floor board and I ended up stepping on it and crushing into the carpet which was a real pain to clean up but I did get it cleaned.Cons: Honestly the car could have been a little less expensive, almost $700 for a month is pretty high and as long as you are charging that much I mean would it be too much to ask for the car to actually be clean?
10.0 ExcellentNov 5 2019
Pros: VERY friendly. Picked me up at home. Already made my next reservation with them.
6.8 GoodApr 9 2017
Horrible customer servicePros: The car was great for the price, clean, gas efficient and got us around.Cons: Customer service was horrible. The car was released and was forced to find another location. The location I originally rented at decided they would release the car because I was 1.5 hrs late. She told me she called once and since I "didnt answer" she "assumed" we "weren't coming." Then instead of helping me out with getting another car, she simply stated, "I'm sorry there is nothing I can do," which is plain old lie. She could have called the nearest location and see if they had anything available. We were forced to call ourselves and do the leg work and pray I didn't have to take an Uber back to the hotel. We get to the second location and had an issue with the business card, we couldn't just switch the reservation to my name because the card didn't have my my name on it, only the CEO's name, IT's A COMPANY CARD, DUH! then the tax exempt "didn't have the CEO name on it only the companies name". Just issue after issue for lack of knowledge and or professionalism. Finally we got the car.
10.0 ExcellentOct 20 2016
Pros: Not pushy, they offered and explained options, such as insurance, road side assistance, fuel options, and GPS. Quick, easy and reasonably priced.
8.8 ExcellentOct 12 2016
Kayak needs to get its act togetherCons: Online I requested a rental car to be available at Dayton International Airport. I selected a vehicle on kayak. When I ride to the airport I found out The rental facility was 30 minutes away from the airport. I was never informed during the process that the rental was not on the property at the airport but 30 minutes away. Luckily Enterprise took my reservation at the airport if not I would have been in very bad shape to get to an important meeting. Come on kayak as usual the time get your act together on rentals.
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2016
The rental was easy. The guys at the Enterprise oPros: They were very helpful letting me know where the CVG airport drop off was. Otherwise it would have been a bear.Cons: Nothing really
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From $36/dayRated #5
Avis
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Dayton
Avis
Locations in Dayton
1323 Wilmington Avenue+1 937 294 5129
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33 East 1st Street+1 937 222 6705
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 28 2021
Pros: Staff was super helpful, and really helped make the experience worthwhile.
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2017
Pros: the car, assistance with the car and politeness of the clerkCons: I'm disappointed that they're requiring credit cards now instead of allowing debit, I've used them multiple times in the past because of the convenience and quickness....I don't carry credit cards for a the fact of staying away from the debt and crooked banks of today.
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From $33/dayRated #6
Budget
Cheapest deal
7.5 Good (21 reviews)
2 locations in Dayton
Budget
Locations in Dayton
1323 Wilmington Avenue+1 937 294 8238
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33 East 1st Street+1 937 220 9206
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  • 7.4
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 28 2021
Pros: Wow, ballsy to ask about my experience when you took my reservation but failed to provide me a car.Cons: See above
6.0 GoodDec 28 2020
Pros: Quick and easy process at drop off and pick up. Rented a Yukon and it was great!Cons: Was not cleaned well if at all and smelled like smoke.
10.0 ExcellentSep 10 2020
Pros: Easy pickup and drop off
9.6 ExcellentAug 31 2020
Pros: yes
6.8 GoodMay 4 2019
Cons: A reliable car
2.0 MediocreDec 26 2017
Getting a reservation means absolutely nothingPros: Literally nothing good about this, see the bad feedback.Cons: I was called 30 minutes before I was going to go pick up my reservation, to be told there were no cars for me, and he would “try to get us out that day”. And since he was a franchise he had no requirement to help us get a car at another budget: when we called budget corporate, they said if someone comes in physically to get a car they have to give it to them, so YPUR RESERVATION DOESN’T MEAN A THING. I booked this a month in advance. Complete BS.
7.6 GoodJun 8 2017
Pros: Car was comfortable and nice to drive.Cons: Dirty Windshield, overall cleanliness of inside of car could have been better. Guy I dealt with was pretty rude when picking up. Rush you in rush you out kind of mentality. Not my style.
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2017
Great experience and GREAT carPros: the chevy cruz i rented was awesome! amazing gas mileage; its actually making me consider buying one!
9.6 ExcellentApr 20 2017
day trip in DaytonPros: we had some unfortunate vehicle issues which caused the vehicle to break down but the team at Budget responded quicklyCons: Why should at airport costs be twice those of off site costs?
2.0 MediocreMar 5 2017
Kayak was horriblePros: We booked a car to be picked up at the airport in Dayton. When we arrived to pick up the car they had booked us a car in downtown Dayton. After 30 minutes of trying to get a rental at airport I booked through Travelocity at a great price and we were done in 10'minutes. Will never book with Kayak again
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156 travelers who rented a car in Dayton gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car rental locations in or near Dayton

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$45/day

Good deal

$34/day

When to book a rental car in Dayton

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

Top tips for renting a car in Dayton

  • Dayton is like the majority of cities in the U.S. in that it was designed for automobiles. Public transportation in the city is severely lacking, especially during evenings and on weekends. If you want to make the most out of your time in the city, it is highly recommended that you rent a vehicle. For instance, if you would like to visit the National Museum of the US Air Force, it is just an 11-minute drive from downtown Dayton. However, on public transport, it would take up to 30 minutes to get there.
  • For travelers looking to pick up a rental car after landing at Dayton International Airport, you can find the rental car desk in the airport’s Baggage Claim Area.
  • Though most don’t associate Dayton with wintery weather, it certainly has its fair share of snowstorms in the winter. Travelers visiting the city in winter should make sure to keep the rough weather in mind when planning any itineraries, especially if you aren’t from a snowy climate. However, with a bit of planning and caution, the snow is no hazard and it may even add a nice touch to your trip.
  • Rush hour traffic is a mixed bag in Dayton, especially if you plan on heading to Cincinnati or other neighboring cities. Morning rush hour traffic can start as early as 6:30 a.m. some mornings and slows down by around 9:00 a.m. on a typical day. The afternoon and evening peak usually goes from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Dayton for $34 or less
  • Book your rental car in Dayton at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Dayton are around 43% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Dayton are around 46% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Dayton

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

  • On average a rental car in Dayton costs $45 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($49/day), Enterprise ($62/day) and Budget ($80/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 8012 Mcewen Rd 45458 (9 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Dayton are Hertz (7.9, 54 reviews), and Dollar (7.8, 70 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Dayton 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.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Dayton.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Dayton airport include Dollar, Thrifty and Hertz.

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

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

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

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

  • A Mini car rental in Dayton costs $83 per day, on average.

  • In Dayton, cars are most frequently rented at Alamo 3600 Terminal Rd (10 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Dayton costs $316 per week ($45 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Dayton costs $1,353 per month ($45 per day).

  • Like most cities in the U.S., Dayton is perfectly suited for all sizes of vehicles. In fact, larger cars are some of the most popular vehicles on the road in Dayton. As such, visitors looking to rent a vehicle during their time in the city are recommended to choose their vehicle with their group in mind. This is partly because the city’s streets really are large enough to accomodate any vehicle so whether you choose a minivan, coupe, or anything in between, the vehicle will have no problems on the road in Dayton.

  • On the bottom end, Dayton’s speed limits start out as low as 25 to 30 mph in residential areas. From there, they range from 30 to 50 mph on urban roads and roads in built-up areas. In rural areas, though, the speed limit goes from 45 to 70 mph, while on highways and interstates the speed limit is 70 mph.

  • Drivers in Dayton can expect to pay an average of around $1.95 per gallon of gas. This is on the lower end of gas prices in the U.S., especially in comparison to some of the West Coast cities like Bakersfield, where gas costs around $2.90 per gallon.

  • If you heading downtown, the best option for parking, aside from parking at the actual businesses themselves, is to park at one of the many garages. There are plenty of parking garages and private parking lots in Dayton and many are conveniently located right by points of interest. Parking rates typically start as low as $3 per hour and go up to $10 in the most popular garages.

  • 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!).