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Ithaca car rentals from $41/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Ithaca with a pick-up date of 8/10 and drop-off date of 8/19. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Ithaca

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Ford Fiesta car
Ford Fiesta
or similar SMALL
2
2
4-5
$56/day
Ford Focus car
Ford Focus
or similar SMALL
4
2
4-5
$50/day
Kia Forte car
Kia Forte
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
4-5
$57/day
Hyundai Sonata car
Hyundai Sonata
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
4-5
$58/day
Toyota Camry car
Toyota Camry
or similar LARGE
5
2
2/4
$68/day
Chrysler Pacifica car
Chrysler Pacifica
or similar VAN
5
5
4-5
$108/day
Chevrolet Colorado car
Chevrolet Colorado
or similar PICKUPTRUCK
5
3
2/4
$45/day
Kia Sportage car
Kia Sportage
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$41/day
Chevrolet Equinox car
Chevrolet Equinox
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$54/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Ithaca

  • If you are looking into cheap car rentals in Ithaca, keep in mind that when Cornell University and Ithaca College have major events, car rental availability will run out quickly. Therefore, times of the year when you need to secure cheap car rentals in Ithaca well in advance are mid-August, which is Freshman Week, mid-October, which is homecoming, and mid-May, which is graduation.
  • Ithaca, New York is known for its gloomy weather. The sky is almost always gray, and it is very often raining, sleeting, or slushing down freezing rain. It can also be incredibly windy. Because of these weather conditions, it is important that when you secure a car through KAYAK from one of the Ithaca car rentals you drive with caution. Make sure that you know where the windshield wipers are and how to work them when you get into your rental car. Also, know where the headlights are in case you need to turn them on during the day in inclement weather. In the colder months, make sure you locate the defrost button before you drive off the rental car agency lot.
  • Ithaca is very much a college town, which means that many of the drivers on the road with you will be under the age of 22 and relatively inexperienced. So, once you secure your car from one of the cheap car rentals in Ithaca, make sure you drive with caution. Give a wide berth to cars turning on Ithaca’s narrow city streets, especially when the turn is uphill. Be prepared for impaired drivers from Thursday night (when weekend drinking traditionally starts at Cornell) thru Sunday. Stay well back from other drivers when the roads are slippery.
  • Traveling to a new city can be both exciting and unnerving at the same time. Having to deal with bus schedules or train timetables and fitting them into your itinerary can also present a challenge. You could make your trip easier by renting a car from Ithaca car rentals because modern rental cars come with high-tech navigational systems that’ll help you get exactly where you want to go. You'll have the flexibility and convenience to travel to places like the Northeast Classic Car Museum, about 65 miles away, or drop in at the Pleasant Valley Wine Co, 44 miles away, for some wine tasting, all at your own pace.
  • The Ithaca Tomkins Regional Airport has a designated car rental counter that you will find inside the baggage claim. The cars are located right outside, eliminating any need for airport shuttle transfers. This is the same area where you return the car once your trip is over. From the counter, you'll find several Ithaca car rentals, including Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. You can book a car through KAYAK and pick it up at the airport at your convenience.
  • Jaywalking in Ithaca is quite notorious, to the point that the Ithaca police had considered having a jaywalking patrol. A lot of pedestrians ignore crosswalk signs, so be on the lookout to avoid accidents. Potholes are something else to watch out for on Ithaca roads. Roads like Spencer Street, Cayuga Street, Buffalo Street, Marshal Street, and many more, especially when you venture out to rural areas, can pose a challenge.
  • Morning rush hours in Ithaca spans from 7am-10am, with its heaviest around 9am. Sometimes it stretches to 11am before resuming regular traffic. Route 13 bears most of the congestion, so avoiding it during these times may save you a headache. Keep in mind that there are traffic cameras to catch any unlawful behavior.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Ithaca for $88 or less
  • Book your rental car in Ithaca at least 4 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Ithaca are around 10% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Ithaca are around 64% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Ithaca

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

    When choosing a vehicle from car rentals in Ithaca, opt for a truck or a 4WD if you’d like to explore the wildlife and nature around Cayuga Lake, like Ithaca Falls and Hemlock Gorge. If you plan to go camping at the Robert H. Treman State Park, an SUV would be preferable. If you're here for business endeavors or want to go to places like Gola Osteria in Collegetown, consider renting a luxury car or convertible. You can pick a standard, full-size, or mid-size car depending on your capacity needs.

  • What’s the speed limit in Ithaca?

    The maximum speed limit allowed in Ithaca, along any highway or streets within the city, is 30mph. There's a speed limit of 15mph along highways, streets, or within several parks in the city, including Stewart Park, Cass Park, and the Newman Golf Course. Route 89 is exempted from this rule, along Cass Park. While driving through school zones in your rented vehicle, keep in mind that the speed limit is 15mph between 7am and 6pm. Right turns on red signals are prohibited.

  • Where are the best places to park in Ithaca?

    Ithaca offers easy parking options, whether in the streets or garages. On-street parking is enforced between 9am, and 6am Monday-Friday, and charges about $1.50 per hour for 2h, after which you must move the car. Free parking is allowed on the streets between 6pm and 9am and during weekends. If you download the Parkmobile App, you could pay with your smartphone and get a reminder about 15min before expiry. In downtown and Collegetown, you’ll find parking garages that charge $1 per hour. There are four garages conveniently located in Ithaca, all of which feature elevators and fully automated systems. These garages include Green Street Garage, Seneca Street Garage, Dryden Road Garage, and Cayuga Street Garage.

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

    On average a rental car in Ithaca costs $105 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 Ithaca found in the last 2 weeks is $40.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Ithaca?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($66/day), Avis ($66/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($108/day).

  • How much is gas price in Ithaca?

    The average gas price in Ithaca is $3.78 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $45 and $60, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Ithaca?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Ithaca.

  • Which car rental companies are at Tompkins County airport (ITH)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Tompkins County airport include Budget, Hertz and Avis.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Tompkins County airport (ITH)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Tompkins County airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Hertz, and Avis.

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

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Ithaca?

    A Mini car rental in Ithaca costs $186 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Ithaca?

    A Compact car rental in Ithaca costs $107 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Ithaca?

    A Special car rental in Ithaca costs $146 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Ithaca?

    In Ithaca, cars are most frequently rented at National 276 Sing Sing Rd Ste 10 (28 miles from city center).

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

    On average a rental car in Ithaca costs $733 per week ($105 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Ithaca costs $3,141 per month ($105 per day).

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

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Ithaca?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 5 car rental agencies in Ithaca.

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

    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 Ithaca?

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

  • Are there many car rental companies in downtown Ithaca?

    Actually, no, there are not. One of the few cheap car rentals in Ithaca that you will find close to downtown Ithaca is Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Cascadilla Street. If you have trouble finding Ithaca car rentals, you can look for car rentals in Elmira to the southwest, in Johnson City to the southeast, or in Cortland to the northeast.

  • What are the parking rules for the streets of Ithaca?

    When you rent a car in Ithaca, it is important to know Ithaca’s particular parking rules. In Ithaca, you must move your vehicle at least once every 24h if it is parked on the street. The other parking rule you need to keep in mind is the even/odd rules. On even calendar days, you are allowed to park on the side of the street that has even address numbers, and on odd calendar days, you can park on the side of the street with odd address numbers.

Ithaca car rental reviews and directory

Budget

8.7

Very good

51 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.2

One location in Ithaca

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Locations in Ithaca

1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 0441

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Drop off

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent

4.4 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

convenient drop off

Cons:

everything else

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Check in and check out was prompt and easy. Very happy!

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brand new Fusion Hybrid. Great gas mileage for a long trip. Efficient pickup and drop-off

Cons:

Nothing.

6.8 Okay

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

I got TWO tickets because the inspection sticker had expired and had to exchange the car. The guy didn't even say "Sorry."

1 out of 8

Avis

7.8

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.6

2 locations in Ithaca

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1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 0441

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

276 Sing Sing Road Suite 9

+1 607 739 5689

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Excellent

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly, helpful and professional.

7.2 Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the lady at the court when I dropped off was unbelievably rude! Very disappointing.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very small airport, so there was only one desk and the line was short!

Cons:

The rental car parking area is not covered, which is not great if it is raining and you are lugging your suitcases through puddles to get to the car.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

This was my first time ever renting a car, so I was a little nervous, but Avis was such a great company to go with! The whole process was very easy, I spent no more than 10 minutes picking up my car and even less time dropping it off in the city I traveled to. Thanks Avis!

Cons:

The only issue I had was that my credit card expiration date was entered incorrectly, and I had to call to correct this issue the following week. It took about 20 minutes over the phone to get it resolved but everything else went great!

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

it was fine

Cons:

i had to get a car by 5 pm 12/24, because they were closed after that and the following day. Since i had to pick up earlier than i wanted to, my time was diminished with family for the holiday.

1 out of 6

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.8

Very good

23 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

9.1

3 locations in Ithaca

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2621 Corning Rd

+1 607 796 5300

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

803 Cascadilla St

+1 607 275 9000

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

991 State Route 13

+1 607 758 9000

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great experience. Great car that road like a dream. Really made the trip great.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
They did nothing to help me

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Staff was very helpful, polite and quick in getting me in to my rental car.

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and competent staff at both pickup and drop off. Helpful under difficult circumstances.

Cons:

Initially we were told that no car was available despite our reservation, making me panic. Issue was resolved though.

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The original car smelled of smoke. I asked to change the date of the rental and if that would also change my rental price. I was told no, but later they charged me more and unfortunately there was no way to dispute it since it was my word against theirs.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Really easy to book and great customer service!

1 out of 5

Hertz

7.1

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

6.8

One location in Ithaca

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1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 8677

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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8.0 Very good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Car

Cons:

Customer service

7.2 Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

- Clean car that was in the desired category

Cons:

- Very limited staff availability for pick-up and drop-off

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Read above

Cons:

Read above

5.2 Fair

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The very tight grace period of 30 mins if you are late to drop off the car, will be a reason why I would make sure not to rent a car from them anymore!!!!

7.6 Good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They helped us change drop off locations

Cons:

The windshield washer was either Frozen or broken but we couldn't clean the windshield driving on dirty winter streets which left us feeling a bit inconvenienced and unsafe.

8.0 Very good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything went smoothly with the rental itself. Although I have not yet seen the final charges on my credit card statement, so cannot comment on that as yet.

Cons:

While checking out the car the customer representative asked me to choose among certain rental options in a way that made it appear as if the stated choices were obligatory. For instance, he indicated that when I returned the car I could choose between two options for refueling (both of which incur extra fees). There are, in fact, three options for refueling, the third being refueling the car oneself (in this case the cheapest option). We went back and forth for several minutes discussing the two former refueling options before I saw a sign indicating that I could, in fact, refuel the car myself. Had I not seen this sign I would have been unwittingly led into spending additional money. In a similar vein, I was asked if I would like a particular model of vehicle. I realized that I was, again, being unwittingly guided into spending more money on an upgrade rather than a choice among equally priced cars. My recommendation is that it should be fine to rent a vehicle from the Ithaca Airport Hertz office so long as one comes prepared to avoid the verbal traps that are set; carefully laid traps which are intended to make one unwittingly cough up additional money.

1 out of 3

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

2 locations in Ithaca

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Locations in Ithaca

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

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One location in Ithaca

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

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126 travelers who rented a car in Ithaca gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$105/day

Good deal

$88/day

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