Hilton Head Island car rentals

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Hilton Head Island, SC
Jun 23 — Jun 30
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Hilton Head Island, SC
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Wed 6/30
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Hilton Head Island car rental information

Pick-up locationHilton Head Island
Rental locations11
Airport locations10

Cheap car rentals in Hilton Head Island

$68/dayEconomy
$68/dayCompact
$70/dayIntermediate
$73/dayStandard
$73/dayFull-size
$124/dayFull-size SUV
$75/dayPremium
$57/daySupplier choice
$73/dayIntermediate SUV
$73/dayCompact SUV
$80/dayStandard SUV
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Hilton Head Island car rental reviews and directory

From $40/dayRated #1
Budget
Cheapest deal
Best rated
Most popular
7.6 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Budget
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Road+1 843 689 3737
Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday09:00 - 17:30
Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2021
Pros: Friendly staff and great drop off locationCons: More cars at Hilton Head airport
2.0 MediocreApr 6 2021
Pros: Nothing! Flight was delayed, so I was not able to pick up my car before the rental counter closed. When I went to pick up the car the next day, they would not honor the price I was giving through Kayak, the price changed from $285 to $900. I tried multiple times the day I was supposed to arrive to notify them that I would be late, but the phone was disconnected. When I asked the counter person, they said that the bill wasn't paid, and that's why I could not get through!Cons: Head Hilton rental counter is extremely unprofessional, and I would not consider it a "business setting". Personal at the counter and cleaning/service were not in uniform. Counter said that she was going to call someone about my price change, but was definitely not on the phone long enough to talk with someone. Probably because the phone was still offline, from the bill not being paid!
10.0 ExcellentMar 22 2021
Pros: Customer service was very friendly and helpfulCons: Directions on dropping car off
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2020
Pros: Staff was helpful, quick, and friendly. Probably the best of any car rental counter I've ever used!Cons: Hilton Head Island airport parking lot is free and unattended, but signage isn't great. I took the long way around to exit the lot. Of course, there "the long way around" is an extra 200 feet! :-) That is not the fault of Budget.
10.0 ExcellentOct 21 2020
Pros: drop off was very easy in Charlotte. Someone was waiting to scan my car as I pulled up. I also got a bigger car than I expected because they didn't have any compacts, so that was a nice surprise!
4.8 OkaySep 30 2020
Pros: The car was nice for valueCons: I had made a reservation 3 months prior to our trip when we arrived at the airport the customer service lady said it would be about 5 minutes after 30 minutes of waiting we went to the calendar to see how much longer it would be and the lady at the counter was very rude and then a loud voice stating that this is a small airport and we were going to have to wait it was then another 20 minutes that we finally got our rental car. When we finally got the car and I looked at the paperwork it said the gas gauge was full and there was only three quarters of a tank in the car
8.4 ExcellentSep 22 2020
Pros: yesCons: I couldn't figure out how to open the trunk
3.2 MediocreSep 6 2020
Cons: car was dirty/dented. Logistics to parking lot were vagye
10.0 ExcellentDec 25 2019
Pros: Staff was super kind and patient with me. The pick up and drop off were both seemless.Cons: Kind of hard to improve on a perfect experience
9.6 ExcellentNov 22 2019
Pros: Staff was amazing with the pick up and drop off
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From $47/dayRated #2
Hertz
7.3 Good (30 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Hertz
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Road+1 843 507 8400
Monday09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday09:30 - 16:00
Thursday09:30 - 16:00
Friday09:30 - 16:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 17 2021
Pros: Nothing since they did not have a car for usCons: A car
2.0 MediocreJul 14 2020
Cons: Wring car, didnt care, no discount, then the crappy wrong car had NO GAS in the tank. Took it back next day ans went with Avis. Now i am still being billed for Hertz.
2.0 MediocreJul 6 2020
Cons: I was told there was no car available for me and that I could wait to see if they had anything the next day. Then they were shocked i wanted to cancel the reservation. I had planned a cross country trip and needed to leave early in the morning the next day. So I was left scrambling to find another car from another business. Luckily the Budget counter had something for me and they were able to help me out. Now I know to go to Budget instead of Hertz in the future.
10.0 ExcellentNov 7 2018
Pros: Very quick and easy drop off in Hilton Head. Loved the car!
7.6 GoodApr 6 2018
I learned NEVER TO PREPAY for a carPros: Diane from the airport Savannah/Hilton Head was awesome! She helped me figure out an option when I realized that I reserved the rental car through the wrong airport. She helped me remain calm and found us a minivan that would accommodate my large family & our luggage.Cons: Unfortunately, I learned that if you accidentally order a car and pay in advance..and accidentally book the wrong airport (there are 2 Hilton head labeled airports), you cannot transfer any of the prepaid car to the new location. I paid in full for 5 days and Hertz said it's a locked in deal so they wouldn't honor even a discount. So, I had to pay for 2 vehicles on my trip. Completely, not cool.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 13 2018
Pros: Good experience and will make reservations through kayak and hertz in the future.
7.2 GoodNov 6 2017
Hi 2 TPAPros: Price and ease of car.Cons: Car interior was full of stains....was surprised of the condition.
10.0 ExcellentOct 29 2017
Pros: A fantastic experience!
2.0 MediocreAug 8 2017
No car available and poor customer service handling itPros: Nothing.Cons: I was unable to get car because the rep said none were available. He said because I had a debit card he couldn't rent me one even if he had one because they don't except debit as payment without a deposit. When I said I was ok with the deposit he said it didn't matter because the payment couldn't be made using a debit card. When I showed him hertz had already charged my account for the rental he told me to take it up with kayak. I left without a car and called hertz twice explaining the situation and both times I was told I'd receive a refund. The first time I received a credit which was then again debited from my account 2 days later. The second time has resulted in nothing. I get the debit card policy but this was handled poorly from the start and I'm out $65 with no reasonable explanation or response.
8.4 ExcellentJul 28 2017
Buy your car insurance online beforehandPros: Great car, easy check in/check out, good price.Cons: The car insurance was sooooooo expensive, more than the rental car itself. Usually I purchase the insurance before I pick up the rental, but this time I forgot and boy did I pay. Also, I was 45 minutes late with my return so I got charged for another day of insurance. They got me good.
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From $50/dayRated #3
Dollar
9 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Dollar
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Rd+1 843 689 9970
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
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From $47/dayRated #4
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Alamo
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Rd+1 844 378 0639
Monday10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday10:00 - 13:00
Thursday10:00 - 13:00
Friday10:00 - 13:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 20 2017
Cons: First time to the airport so it was a little tough to find.
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2017
TerribleCons: I made a reservation and specifically asked there was a car available on the phone while speaking to a person, not the computer, but when I arrived to pick my car up there was not a car there!!! When I questioned the attendant, he said there was nothing he could do for me. Consequently, I ended up spending over $100.00 more than I should have because another rental (Hertz) said they only had a van. I believe this should be Alamo'so responsibility. I also believe the attendant could have been much more helpful! He at least could have checked with all the other rental companies to see if there was a cheaper option. I would really like a response!!!
7.6 GoodMar 12 2017
Young Driver FeeCons: I am 24 so I accept that I needed to pay an extra fee. However, when I booked, I correctly input my age. I was not charged the fee until I actually picked up the car which I found frustrating. Also, there was no cruise control.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 27 2017
Easy to pick ip, friendly service, great pricePros: The pickup was quick and easy. Nice car. Very easy
4.8 OkayJan 6 2017
HHI Airport rental car nightmare.Cons: Huge line. Booked few hours earlier but they had no record of my booking. Had to wait for clerk to call her manager, leave a voice mail, then wait for him to call back in order to get a car. Didn't get the car I wanted. Didn't get a receipt, temporary registration, or any documentation from Alamo or Kayak. Initially told car had a full tank but was only half full. The clerk also told me the insurance I bought through Allianz didn't cover damage to the car despite that being incorrect, then she charged be for Alamo insurance without my consent which I had to call to get a charge back a few days later to correct. Terrible experience.
10.0 ExcellentNov 11 2016
Fast easy transactionPros: Very pleasant experience.
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From $41/dayRated #5
Avis
7.9 Good (7 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Avis
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Road+1 843 681 4216
Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday09:00 - 17:30
Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30
  • 7.7
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJan 5 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly, drop off easy. The SUV we had reserved was not available and there were limited other options available.Cons: Getting the type of car we had reserved and expected.
8.8 ExcellentApr 4 2018
Cons: Gas tank couldn’t be operated. Needed instructions . Very specialized .
10.0 ExcellentOct 23 2016
Easy, convenient drop offPros: ConvenienceCons: Nothing
8.8 ExcellentApr 28 2016
Pros: Quick check in/ out. Nice car !Cons: Needed a wash , bugs all over winshield
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2016
Never Use ThemPros: NothingCons: Failed to have my reserved vehicle causing me to rent a car from another company at 10 times the original rental rate. Not $10. Orders of magnitude. Then demonstrated no concern over not having vehicle. Should be sued by the attorney general.
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From $52/dayRated #6
Enterprise
7.7 Good (8 reviews)
2 locations in Hilton Head Island
Enterprise
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Rd+1 843 681 7368
Monday10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday10:00 - 13:00
Thursday10:00 - 13:00
Friday10:00 - 13:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
140-a Beach City Rd+1 843 689 9910
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 11 2017
No Cars AvailablePros: They had no cars available all day when I arrived which left me stranded.Cons: They had no cars available all day when I arrived which left me stranded.
8.8 ExcellentApr 3 2017
QuickPros: How quick the drop off process was.Cons: The person at the front desk was quick and cordial if not a bit under enthusiastic to be working compared to his counterparts in Charleston.
2.8 MediocreMar 22 2017
Oversold on cars. No car givenPros: The company didn't have a car for me.Cons: The company didn't have a car for me.
10.0 ExcellentJan 9 2017
Easy breezy transactionPros: Enjoyed the easy transaction from beginning to end!
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From $66/dayRated #7
National
5.6 Okay (2 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
National
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Rd+1 844 378 0638
Monday10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday10:00 - 13:00
Thursday10:00 - 13:00
Friday10:00 - 13:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 8
  • 5
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From $44/dayRated #8
Thrifty
5.4 Okay (7 reviews)
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Thrifty
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Rd+1 843 689 9990
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
  • 5.4
  • 5.4
  • 5.4
  • 5.4
  • 5.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2017
FAIL!Pros: Nothing.Cons: The Thrifty agent was not there, so I was stuck without a car and I was trying to make a flight at a different airport. I had to rent a more expensive car at Hertz in order to make the flight. This was awful, and I am going to contact Thrifty reimburse me.
4.0 OkayApr 7 2017
Not happy with carPros: Car ready when I arrive. Quick return.Cons: There was no cruise control. This was not stated to me at check-in. Yet the agent asked where I am going. I was traveling over 800 miles in 2 days. The agent asked me about other things. The brakes pulled a little. Gas mileage on an small car was not great. There was a refundable $200 deposit that was never told to me before I booked the car. They had my credit card. Why do they hold $200. I am not a new driver. Had better experience with other car rental companies in the past.
8.0 ExcellentMar 20 2017
Pros: Nice car. Pick up and return easy.Cons: The price.
10.0 ExcellentMar 8 2017
Pros: All good.
2.0 MediocreSep 21 2016
Hilton Head, SCPros: NothingCons: There was no car available at the location or on the whole island.
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Sunnycars
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Sunnycars
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Road
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Target Car Rental
1 location in Hilton Head Island
Target Car Rental
Locations in Hilton Head Island
120 Beach City Road Hilton Head, SC+1 843 681 7604
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
Recent reviews
136 travelers who rented a car in Hilton Head Island gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.6

Car rental locations in or near Hilton Head Island

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$58/day

Good deal

$45/day

When to book a rental car in Hilton Head Island

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Hilton Head Island

  • You can choose to explore all the amazing attractions of the city and gain maximum convenience and flexibility using car rentals in Hilton Head. You can rent a private vehicle to discover the island of Hilton Head, which boasts over 12 miles of public beaches, generally consisting of mostly free parking. Alternatively, you can visit Daufuskie Island, which is in-between Hilton Head Island and the northern shoreline of Georgia, and includes a 45min ferry ride with the potential to spot frolicking dolphins. Public transportation in Hilton Head is seasonal, making a car rental an ideal choice for maximum independence.
  • The Hilton Head International Airport is located approximately 45 miles south of the island, making car rentals in Hilton Head a convenient choice for anyone planning on visiting the town. The airport has a number of car rental offices on site, including Alamo, Enterprise, National, Thrifty, Budget and Dollar, which can all be found at the baggage claim area. Vehicles can be picked up at the terminal door. There are also shuttle services from the airport to car rental agencies located outside of the airport.
  • There are a number of pathways in the town of Hilton Head that provide miles of trails for both pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, especially during rush hours, as jaywalking is a common occurrence. Visitors can also choose Hilton Head car rentals that provide cars with built-in GPS systems, making it easy to navigate unfamiliar roads.
  • Hilton Head Island sees visitors from all over the country, meaning there will likely be a number of different driving styles mixed into one area. Motorists are advised to drive with caution while touring the city and pay attention to traffic circles, especially at night. Visitors are also advised to tour the island during weekdays as there is usually a lot of traffic on weekends due to arrivals and departures. Rush hour occurs from 7am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 5:30pm, especially around the Hilton Head Bridge. Drivers spend an average of 30min in traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Hilton Head Island for $45 or less
  • Book your rental car in Hilton Head Island at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice rental cars in Hilton Head Island are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Hilton Head Island

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

  • On average a rental car in Hilton Head Island costs $58 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise ($73/day), Budget ($91/day) and Avis ($92/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 140-a Beach City Rd 29926-2704 (3 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Hilton Head Island are Alamo (8.5, 57 reviews), Budget (7.6, 68 reviews), and Thrifty (7.1, 51 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Hilton Head Island is $3.40 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $41 and $54, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car rental companies onsite at Hilton Head airport include Budget, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Dollar and National.

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

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

  • A Standard car rental in Hilton Head Island costs $60 per day, on average.

  • A Supplier choice car rental in Hilton Head Island costs $43 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Hilton Head Island costs $58 per day, on average.

  • In Hilton Head Island, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 440 Airways Ave (28 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Hilton Head Island costs $408 per week ($58 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Hilton Head Island costs $1,749 per month ($58 per day).

  • Since the town usually gets a large number of visitors, it is recommended to opt for a small compact vehicle so as to easily navigate the congestion on the roads. Large SUVs can be considered for those planning on touring the city in a large group.

  • The speed limit in Hilton Head is set at 45mph on the New Cross Island Parkway, which has a number of stop lights on the way. There are also a few speed traps set up, primarily along Beach City Road, and motorists should be careful to obey traffic laws while driving.

  • The average gas price ranges from about $2.15 to $2.50 per gallon at multiple gas stations, including Murphy Express, Exxon, Shell and CITGO. Gas prices around Bluffton Town and Beaufort are typically much lower compared to gas prices in the main town of Hilton Head.

  • There are a number of parking options available in Hilton Head with guidelines on where to park and for how long. Some locations also offer free parking. The Hilton Head Airport (HHH) has a parking lot, which provides parking facilities for both arrivals and departures. You can find a number of metered parking spaces on Alder Lane, at Folly Field, and at Burkes Beach, which cost around $0.25 for every 15min. Parking at Driessen Beach costs approximately $0.25 for every 30min. Furthermore, parking at Coligny Beach and Fish Haul Creek Park is free. Customers of the Port Royal Plaza, Marriotts Surf Watch, Marriotts Resort and Spa, and Whole Foods Market are granted parking for 2h at no charge.

  • 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!).