Gainesville car rentals from $35/day

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Cheap car rentals in Gainesville

Economy$38/day
Compact$39/day
Intermediate$35/day
Standard$43/day
Full-size$41/day
Minivan$54/day
Luxury$44/day
Pickup truck$46/day
Intermediate SUV$38/day
Supplier choice$42/day
Standard SUV$43/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Gainesville

  • Car rentals are the best choice for travelers who need to visit iconic places in Gainesville. Most Gainesville car rentals agencies allow you to rent the car for several days. However, read the terms and conditions of the rental vehicle company if you need to make changes to your rental period. Failure to stick to the terms and conditions could lead to hefty penalties. Nonetheless, you can request for extension of your car rental to make more memories in the city. Some places to visit using cheap car rentals in Gainesville include Magic Kingdom Park, located 99 miles (159km) and takes two hours from the city.
  • Gainesville has several traffic laws to ensure the safety of all drivers. Therefore, familiarize yourself with all traffic laws to avoid consequences when driving your rental car. Traffic violations include driving under the influence (DUI), unpaid traffic tickets, and overspeeding. However, most rental car agencies help you understand the traffic rules to prevent legal issues that can cost you a lot. Most rental car companies have minimal coverage on their rental vehicles. In addition, you can have your own insurance on a rental car depending on the purpose of renting, including personal or adventure purposes. However, talk to your rental car agency to understand traffic laws, safety, and insurance policy.
  • Cheap car rentals in Gainesville are located near Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV/KGNV). These affordable rental vehicles range from SUVs to luxury cars to convertible cars. Travelers can choose the rental car type, model and size depending on their budget, weather conditions, and if traveling alone or in a group. Car rental companies have their offices placed strategically in the airport for ease of customers picking up and dropping off their rental vehicles. However, you can talk to the agents if you need to pick up and drop off the rental car away from the airport.
  • Whether you’ve come to see a game of the Florida Gators in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, to visit the many golf courses dotting the city, or to check out museums and art, with a rental car you can easily reach any destination stress-free and on your own terms. Gainesville is also a great base for day trips to Newnans Lake or the Paynes Prairie Preserve, which are 10 and 15 minutes away by car, respectively.
  • Travelers arriving at Gainesville Regional Airport can rent a car directly from the airport facilities. Internationally renowned agencies like Avis, Alamo, and Hertz have onsite service desks and make it easy to start your time in Gainesville stress-free. When leaving the airport, head to NE State Road 24 to reach the city center in less than 10 minutes.
  • Drunk driving is an absolute no-go in Florida and the state has one of the toughest drunk driving controls and enforcements in the US. The legal alcohol limit lies at 0.08 BAC, so it is important to always make sure you don’t drink over the limit and drive. Also be aware that many intersections have red light cameras and hefty fines can be issued if you run a red light.
  • In order to experience a hassle-free driving experience in Gainesville, it is worth avoiding the roads at certain times of the day. During weekdays, rush hours increase traffic between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 8 pm. If there is a football game on the weekend, traffic can also dramatically increase around the Ben Griffin Stadium.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Gainesville for $45 or less
  • Book your rental car in Gainesville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Gainesville are around 9% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Gainesville are around -7% cheaper than other car types, on average

Gainesville car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Gainesville 
Verified travelerAug 2023
Rent a car in the airport is the best option
Verified travelerAug 2023
It’s a small airport so you don’t have to stress
JuanAug 2023
The airport location has the most variety of vehicles

FAQs about renting a car in Gainesville

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

    As Florida is the sun-kissed state, travelers who want to make the most of their time should consider renting a convertible. A compact car is also a wise choice to make when driving through the city, as finding a parking spot or maneuvering through the unfamiliar streets becomes invariably easier.

  • What’s the speed limit in Gainesville?

    Do not go faster than 30 mph within the city limits of Gainesville unless otherwise posted. Outside the city, the usual regulated speed limit is 50 mph and 70 mph on freeways. It is important to check ground markings and posted speed limit signs and to adapt your speed to traffic, weather, and road conditions.

  • Where are the best places to park in Gainesville?

    There are various options for finding parking spaces in Gainesville. There is some free on-street parking which is time restricted as well as metered on-street parking. Parking garages like the SW Downton garage are plonked amidst many attractions and cost about $1 per hour, and long-term parking is also available. Parking lots like the lot on 2nd Avenue or on Main Street are other good alternatives with hourly rates from $0.25 upwards.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Gainesville?

    On average a rental car in Gainesville costs $55 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 Gainesville found in the last 2 weeks is $38.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Gainesville?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($35/day), Dollar ($38/day) and Budget ($39/day).

  • How much is gas price in Gainesville?

    The average gas price in Gainesville 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 Gainesville?

    Full-size (Dodge Durango or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Gainesville.

  • Which car rental companies are at Gainesville Regional airport (GNV)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Gainesville Regional airport include Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dollar, Alamo and Avis.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Gainesville Regional airport (GNV)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gainesville Regional airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, and Avis.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Gainesville?

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

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

    A Full Size car rental in Gainesville costs $68 per day, on average.

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

    A Luxury car rental in Gainesville costs $63 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Gainesville costs $385 per week ($55 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Gainesville costs $1,648 per month ($55 per day).

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

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Gainesville?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 12 car rental agencies in Gainesville.

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

    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 Gainesville?

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

  • What are the age requirements for renting a car in Gainesville?

    You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car. However, most car rental companies have policies when renting cars to young renters. Thus, research car rental age policies for various companies before settling for a particular agency.

  • Do I need to refuel the rental vehicle before returning it?

    This depends on the car rental agency. Some agents prefer you to return it refueled, which must show as full. Other companies require renters to pre-pay for the fuel before picking up the vehicle.

Gainesville car rental reviews and directory

Budget

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

1714 Sw 34th St

+1 352 335 0940

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00

3400 Northeast 39th Avenue

+1 352 373 3959

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Everything was fine!

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Very friendly customer service at pickup- car had a maintenance light on & cruise control didn’t work

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Ok, no problem

8.8 Very good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off very efficient. Staff was excellent.

Cons:

Car had smell of smoke

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I wish i had something positive to say but i do not.

Cons:

Well to be perfectly honest it was the worst experiance i have ever had with any rental car company. After booking i called budget rental in gainsville three different times over 3 days only to be transferred to not 1 but 3 different individuals who could barely speak english and were definately not in Gainsville and of next to no help. They confirmed and told me that someone would be at the budget counter when i arrived or that i would be able to get my keys and that someone would contact me withing 24 hours of flying (which never happened). I landed in Gainsville FL at 936 (they close at 10), but nobody was at the desk, i called the budget company 3 different times that night only to be transferred to individuals that lets face it should not be in customer care and their "supervisors" were an absolute joke and even worse help. Turns out that the card i have on file they didn't charge and they cancelled the booking giving me 0 notification of anything and what customer care do you ask i got as a return? "your rental was cancelled cause we are braindead" oops. no respect, no nothing, if i could fire everyone i spoke with, i would start there. In closing i would like to say that budget your company and your customer care is absolute trash and i would rethink your current business plan and staff before bankruptcy. Worst ever go to ENTERPRISE they were amazing and i could actually talk to someone at their local desk when i called #gasp imagine that? budget = pile of hot garbage. so many other things ill keep to myself......... Please, Please budget do not reach out to me unless you intend to give me cash for the hell you put me, all those others who had to hear me rage and go off in the middle of the airport on your phone staff for screwing me and my brother and sister out of our car stranding us with no apology or reconciliation and zero i mean zero customer care.

9.2 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

No one was at the airport counter when I went to pick up the car for about 20 minutes, so it was a bit weird, I only stayed bc the airport employee said someone would be back soon. Otherwise I had an awesome experience, the car was great and affordable.

1 out of 20

Hertz

8.7

Very good

57 reviews
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.4

2 locations in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3620 N. Main Street

+1 352 376 3123

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00

3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste F

+1 352 373 8444

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
No issues. Did a pick up and drop off with two different locations 5 hours apart. Very smooth and Hertz has always been easy. Defiantly check the off airport sites for cheaper rates

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything was fine except they close at noon on Sat and didn't let us know until I called to confirm. We had high anxiety to get there on time. There were many people that didn't get their car. Thank God I callef.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff is amazing! Great bunch! They always make it very hassle free at this location!!!

Cons:

Absolutely nothing.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Overall unhappy

Cons:

The suv we reserved was not available no one called us beforhand paid the price of a suv for a car, car was not cleaned at all customer service was not good

6.0 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I almost lost on a car, because I wasn't within the hour, but didn't get a cal. Every other car rental calls as a courtecy.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick and easy

1 out of 11

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.3

Very good

51 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.3

4 locations in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3423 Sw Williston Rd

+1 352 371 7141

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3880 N E 39th Avenue

+1 833 679 2053

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00

410 Nw 39th Avenue Suite B

+1 352 371 6599

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

730 W University Ave

+1 352 336 3390

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing! Great experience !

4.8 Mediocre

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to drop off the car at the end of rental period

Cons:

The car being rented had dirty windows, smelly, and lacked floor mats. The staff wanted me to sign off on the paperwork about the car's condition before I had a chance to inspect the car

6.8 Okay

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

We were fortunately upgraded at pickup to an intermediate SUV, which was helpful because it meant we had a little more room to work with for our trip for the holidays.

Cons:

We had a slow leak in a tire. I spent an hour on the phone with roadside service trying to find a way to get the tire fixed, and was recommended a tire shop 25 minutes away. I called two places that were closer to me in the next 2 minutes and found that one of them could see me right away and went there. They checked the tire, determined that it needed replaced, but didn't have the replacement in stock. They filled it so that it could carry me for a while longer. I stopped at an off-airport location to see if they could replace the vehicle and was told they couldn't access my rental information because I was renting from an airport location. Why in the world are they on different systems that can't interact? Two days later I called roadside again and the person could not get ahold of the local airport location but could see their inventory and told me that a vehicle should be available if I show up and tell them we tried to call ahead and I needed a vehicle. They did have some SUVs but they were slotted for pickup later in the day, so they sent me off with a mini-van instead. This was an acceptable replacement for me and I was just glad to have the issue finally resolved. The whole experience was quite overwhelming, and I would hope that such a simple issue could be resolved more quickly and easily.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy rental .

Cons:

Nothing

9.2 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly Staff

Cons:

The Staff didn't have knowledge in knowing how to close out my rental agreement, and printing a receipt out for me (the customer) when asked to do so. At first, I was told that I would have to call the location that I picked the rental up from to get a receipt, printed or e-mail. After a twenty minute conversation, someone from the Staff was able to produce a printed receipt.

1 out of 7

Avis

6.1

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

5.7

2 locations in Gainesville

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1714 Sw 34th St

+1 352 371 2424

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00

3880 N.E. 39th Avenue Suite E

+1 352 375 4326

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Good price and car was clean and efficient in gas consumption

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Long line to rent, car smelled like pee

6.4 Okay

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was unfriendly at drop off. She was so unwelcoming it makes me not want to rent from you all

Cons:

The rate for adding on days at the counter

6.0 Okay

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

All went well, thank you. Why did you charge per mile over 150? Other car rental are unlimited, curious

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast easy drop off

7.2 Good

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was easy to find the designated parking.

Cons:

I was told drop off was 8 pm, but my confirmation said 8 am. We were almost charged an additional $180. The lady at the counter wasn't willing to help.

1 out of 10

Alamo

7.9

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.9

One location in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste G

+1 844 841 7825

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00

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8.0 Very good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to use

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The young man who greeted me in Gainesville aiport was very professional and personable, nice way to start a journey.

8.4 Very good

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Reserved and received the product and service as requested, making me a satisfied customer.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pickup and drop off. Super friendly service. Super nice car.

6.4 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Loved backup camera

Cons:

Counter closed at pickup. Had to go to the sister counter where there was a big line and it took forever. No one seemed to know what was going on and seemed to be in no hurry to get any of us out of there. They were friendly tho. Then drop off at PBI very poorly marked. Plus I thought the rate was high.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Best Customer Service. Have not seen a Happy Smile at 8:00a.m. LIKE that in years. Everything was perfecto. Will be using Alamo as my go-to from now on.

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 3

Dollar

5.1

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.2

2 locations in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3620 N. Main Street

+1 352 376 3123

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00

3880 Northeast 39th Avenue

+1 866 434 2226

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Staff are accommodating and very helpful

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2023

KAYAK
They need to be more accurate when stating the fuel amount in vehicle. Car had a quarter tank when picked up and now they are charging me for a full tank. I took photos of reading at pick up and drop off and matter remains unresolved.

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
Those robots are the worst. Why can’t I just call a human. Also adding a day is the dumbest possible system.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

No one was working at the counter even though I had a reservation. After waiting 20 minutes I went to enterprise and rented a vehicle from them

1 out of 2

National

3.8

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

One location in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3880 Ne 39th Ave

+1 844 841 7826

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00

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Thrifty

5.9

Fair

No reviews available

2 locations in Gainesville

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Locations in Gainesville

3620 North Main Street

(352) 376-3123

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603 Southwest 10th Street,suite 107

(352) 622-9980

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AutoEurope

No score available yet

One location in Gainesville

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Gainesville Regional Airport

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Florida Van Rentals

No score available yet

One location in Gainesville

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3880 Northeast 39th Avenue

+1 407 438 8010

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Gainesville

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3400 NE 39th Avenue

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3880 Ne 39Th Ave Ste G, Gainesville, , USA Florida

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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287 travelers who rented a car in Gainesville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.0

Car rental locations in or near Gainesville

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$45/day

When to book a rental car in Gainesville

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