Ithaca car rentals

Ithaca car rentals

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Ithaca, NY
Jan 26 — Feb 2
Same drop-off
Ithaca, NY
Wed 1/26
Noon
Wed 2/2
Noon

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Ithaca car rental information

Pick-up locationIthaca
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations5
Airport locations4
Popular agenciesEnterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Ithaca

Economy$37/day
Compact$37/day
Intermediate$37/day
Standard$38/day
Full-size$40/day
Minivan$81/day
Full-size SUV$58/day
Luxury$66/day
Intermediate SUV$43/day
Standard SUV$45/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Ithaca car rental reviews and directory

From $66/dayRated #1
Budget
Most popular
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (90 reviews)
2 locations in Ithaca
Budget
Locations in Ithaca
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 1 2021
Easy pickup, great gas mileage, really easy dropoff. Thanks!
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2021
Budget office in Corning ELM could not have been more efficient and helpful. Great experience.
8.0 ExcellentMay 3 2021
Drop off
10.0 ExcellentOct 25 2020
Staff was excellent
10.0 ExcellentAug 16 2020
Nothing it was great!
6.8 GoodJul 17 2020
Outrageous over charge for drop off after hours even though we were On time
4.4 OkayDec 8 2019
convenient drop offeverything else
6.0 GoodSep 4 2019
Price, pick-upUSB connection to radio and for charging cell phones wasn’t operational.
10.0 ExcellentSep 4 2019
Check in and check out was prompt and easy. Very happy!
10.0 ExcellentJul 12 2019
Brand new Fusion Hybrid. Great gas mileage for a long trip. Efficient pickup and drop-offNothing.
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From $57/dayRated #2
Enterprise
Cheapest deal
8.7 Excellent (16 reviews)
3 locations in Ithaca
Enterprise
Locations in Ithaca
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 9
  • 8.3
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
9.2 ExcellentSep 1 2020
Very friendly and competent staff at both pickup and drop off. Helpful under difficult circumstances.Initially we were told that no car was available despite our reservation, making me panic. Issue was resolved though.
4.0 OkayJun 19 2020
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 ExcellentDec 11 2019
Really easy to book and great customer service!
10.0 ExcellentOct 29 2018
Great serviceFast and easyNothing
10.0 ExcellentJan 17 2017
Friendly service, great price!
10.0 ExcellentSep 7 2016
Great customer service, speedy check-out process, received a clean and gas efficient car...I have no complaints!
9.2 ExcellentSep 4 2016
All insurances are bought, why young driver charge is still needed?
2.0 MediocreAug 23 2016
First they didn't lift a finger to help my wife with a minor mistake she made on our original reservation (snippy, essentially "It's your mistake so it's your problem"). Okay, I made a second reservation to correct the problem with the first (simply wanted an earlier pickup time), I arrived to find they had NO CAR AT ALL. "We're sold out." A car came in early as I was speaking to them. They refused to rent it to me even though I HAD A RESERVATION. Thanks for nothing! Horrible, frustrating, expensive (ended up renting from Avis at the airport) experience. I recommend that you stay away from Enterprise in Ithaca.
10.0 ExcellentJul 14 2016
Great ServiceThe staff was friendly and courteous. They greeted us promptly and assisted us in our reservation. They didn't have anymore cars so they have us a free upgrade. They dropped us off at the airport.They were able to drop us off at the airport, however they were not able to pick us up from there because they had an enterprise in the airport. Also after realizing that, they would allow us to transfer the reservation without paying extra, so we had to take a 17.00 cab to the other enterprise.
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From $68/dayRated #3
Hertz
8 Excellent (17 reviews)
1 location in Ithaca
Hertz
Locations in Ithaca
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 20 2021
You idiots! The rental was cancelled 5 minutes after it was made. There was no rental event. Why don't you know that? You have no back-feed from Hertz to your system?? I got notices from you that my car was ready, which was totally wrong and made me have to contact Hertz again. So much for using cheapflights again.Cheapflights could have done their job and understood the situation.
8.0 ExcellentSep 3 2019
CarCustomer service
7.2 GoodJun 3 2019
- Clean car that was in the desired category- Very limited staff availability for pick-up and drop-off
10.0 ExcellentApr 11 2018
Read aboveRead above
5.2 OkayMar 11 2018
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 GoodDec 29 2017
Decent but somewhat unsafe carThey helped us change drop off locationsThe 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 ExcellentNov 25 2017
Generally positive, but deceptive customer serviceEverything 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.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.
10.0 ExcellentMar 7 2017
Excellent service overallPick up and drop off was fast and easy.
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From $65/dayRated #4
Avis
7.6 Good (25 reviews)
2 locations in Ithaca
Avis
Locations in Ithaca
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2021
We had no issues with the car nor with the rental. Everything was seamless. Most importantly, when United canceled our flight out of Ithaca, it was absolutely as easy as it could be to get the car to be dropped off in Rochester instead. There was a nominal fee charged, but in a pinch, I'm grateful for how easy it was to get the car dropped off in an alternate location.
10.0 ExcellentMay 11 2021
The staff was friendly, helpful and professional.
7.2 GoodJun 30 2019
the lady at the court when I dropped off was unbelievably rude! Very disappointing.
10.0 ExcellentJun 3 2019
Very small airport, so there was only one desk and the line was short!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 ExcellentJan 3 2019
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!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 OkayDec 27 2018
it was finei 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.
2.0 MediocreMar 23 2018
Horrible customer serviceThey did not have the car ready on time. The customer representative was rude.
4.8 OkayDec 21 2017
Car interior was not clean. I was given poor directions to get to the car in the parking lot.
8.0 ExcellentApr 9 2017
Great car, nice customer servuceNice car, good customer serviceI needed directions to return one way rental to Logan Airport bur could not get through Avis phone system to talk with a person at Logan. I was only able to talk with some who read to follow car rental return signs.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 11 2017
the car was to small for me .i am 6ft i banged my head when i got in .
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Easirent
2 locations in Ithaca
Easirent
Locations in Ithaca
Recent reviews
148 travelers who rented a car in Ithaca gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Ithaca

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$52/day

When to book a rental car in Ithaca

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Top tips for renting a car in Ithaca

  • 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 $52 or less
  • Book your rental car in Ithaca at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Ithaca are around 12% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Ithaca are around 23% cheaper than other car types, on average

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