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Des Moines Car Rental Information

Pick-up Location Des Moines
Car Types Commercial, Compact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, Minivan, Premium, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental Locations 13
Airport Locations 11
Popular Agencies Enterprise, Dollar, Alamo, Thrifty, Surprise Agency

Cheap Car Rentals in Des Moines

Economy $29/day
Compact $29/day
Intermediate $31/day
Standard $33/day
Full-size $33/day
SUV $36/day
Minivan $39/day
Mini $39/day
Premium $33/day
Luxury $45/day
Commercial $31/day
Van $49/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Des Moines enterprise
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Des Moines enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Des Moines payless
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Des Moines enterprise
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Des Moines payless
4 Adults, 2 Bags SUV car in Des Moines enterprise
5 Adults, 5 Bags Minivan car in Des Moines enterprise
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Des Moines thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Des Moines payless
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Des Moines thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Des Moines payless
5 Adults, 3 Bags Van car in Des Moines alamo
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Des Moines car rental reviews and directory

From $55/day
Rated #1
Alamo
Best Rated
8.7 Excellent (6,568 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Alamo
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 844 816 4385
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From $42/day
Rated #2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (12,878 reviews)
3 locations in Des Moines
Enterprise
Locations in Des Moines
1545 E Euclid Ave
+1 515 262 2222
200 Se 6th St
+1 515 282 8000
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 515 256 5665
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From $40/day
Rated #3
Hertz
7.4 Good (3,863 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Hertz
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5839
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From $49/day
Rated #4
Budget
7.4 Good (4,177 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Budget
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 287 2612
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From $36/day
Rated #5
Dollar
Cheapest deal
7.3 Good (6,407 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Dollar
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 866 434 2226
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From $39/day
Rated #6
Thrifty
Most popular
7.1 Good (2,754 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Thrifty
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 877 283 0898
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From $60/day
Rated #7
Payless
6.6 Good (2,647 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Payless
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5228
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From $84/day
Rated #8
National
national
9.9 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
National
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 844 816 4384
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From $40/day
Rated #9
Avis
8.4 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Avis
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5623
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Airport Van
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1 location in Des Moines
Airport Van
Locations in Des Moines
4410 Merle Hay Road
+1 877 826 4680
Sunnycars
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1 location in Des Moines
Sunnycars
Locations in Des Moines
Fleure Drive & Army Post Road

Car Rental Locations in Des Moines

Good to Know

Most Popular Agency Thrifty
Most Popular Car Type Intermediate
Average price $52/day
Good deal $42/day

When to Book a Rental Car in Des Moines

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Top Tips For Renting a Car in Des Moines

  • The capital city of Iowa is only waiting to be explored by travelers, and what easier and more convenient way is there to do it than with your own four wheels? Rent a car for your time in Des Moines and discover everything from city attractions to more remote places outside the city, such as the Saylorville Lake, which is about half an hour away by car.
  • When flying into the International Airport of Des Moines, pick up a car from their on-site car rental center to be in the city in less than 15 minutes via Fleur Drive. Located inside the terminal close to the Baggage Claim area, travelers will find various agencies available, such as Avis, Alamo, or National, which offer vehicles in all shapes and sizes.
  • If you’re visiting Iowa during the winter, you may have to prepare for slick and slippery roads due to snow and ice. But good preparation is everything, and driving in the winter is no problem when the rental car has winter tires fixed and even snow chains in the trunk (you may have to rent them separately from the agency). When driving in snow, refrain from braking or accelerating too fast, and bring blankets and warm drinks with you, if possible, in case you get stuck. Also bear in mind that the roads will most likely be narrower due to snow piled up on the sides.
  • Don’t drink and drive during your time in Des Moines. Iowa has very strict drinking laws and hefty fines are enforced if a driver is found behind the wheel with more than 0.08% of alcohol in the blood (BAC). Also try to avoid driving in the daily peak times when traffic is heaviest, usually between 7-9am and 4:30-6pm, as roads can be congested and waiting times will occur.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Des Moines for $42 or less
  • Book your rental car in Des Moines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Des Moines are around 14% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Des Moines are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs About Renting a Car in Des Moines

How much does it cost to rent a car in Des Moines?

On average a rental car in Des Moines costs $60 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Des Moines?

Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Des Moines.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Des Moines?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise ($29/day), Payless ($31/day) and Thrifty ($39/day).

What is the best rental car company in Des Moines?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Des Moines are Alamo (8.7, 6568 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12878 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4177 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Des Moines Airport (DSM)?

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

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Des Moines Airport (DSM)?

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

What is the cheapest rental car location in Des Moines?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 1545 E Euclid Ave 50313-4725 (3 miles from city center).

How can I find car rentals near me in Des Moines?

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 Des Moines?

A 4-wheel-drive car is definitely a wise choice to make when renting a vehicle for Des Moines, especially in the winter. When venturing out of the city, a 4-wheel-drive will give drivers the essential traction for icy roads or dirt tracks. Talk to your agency about insurance and what is covered, and always check your car beforehand for scratches you did not cause.

What's the speed limit in Des Moines?

In residential areas, 25 mph is permitted and up to 65 mph on rural roads. On highways, the state of Iowa allows drivers to speed up to 70 mph, but remember to always take the weather and street conditions into account and slow down when necessary.

How are gas prices in Des Moines?

When refilling your rental car, make sure to know what kind of gas it needs. The average price for gas in Des Moines is around $2.55 per gallon, but some stations are cheaper than others. Casey’s, for instance, also has rates as low as $2.30, so start looking for a gas station well ahead of time to ensure you can find the cheapest price.

Where are the best places to park in Des Moines?

There is on-street parking available all throughout Des Moines, with charges around $0.25 to $1.25 per hour, depending on how close to the center you are parked. Fees usually apply Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm, and parking is free on Sundays. Parking garages are another alternative, and there are seven garages in and around Downtown, charging an approximate daily limit of $10 or around $1 per hour.