Kailua-Kona car rentals

Kailua-Kona car rentals

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Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, HI
May 26 — Jun 2
Same drop-off
Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, HI
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Cheap car rentals in Kailua-Kona

Economy$55/day
Compact$55/day
Intermediate$55/day
Standard$56/day
Full-size$56/day
Full-size SUV$84/day
Premium$68/day
Luxury$72/day
Convertible$68/day
Compact SUV$68/day
Intermediate SUV$68/day
Standard SUV$69/day
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Kailua-Kona car rental reviews and directory

From $90/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.8 Excellent (266 reviews)
1 location in Kailua-Kona
Alamo
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 17 2022
Very good service…fast and friendly. Vehicle seemed almost ready to be laid out to pasture and was not sparkling clean
10.0 ExcellentFeb 5 2022
Service was great. Car was old and rundown.
6.0 GoodJan 23 2022
Rented the car ahead of time through Kayak. Showed up and rented the car. Went outside to find out they did not have enough cars and were waiting on cars to come in. There were probably 15 people also waiting. Thankfully it only ended up being an extra 30 mins, but no one notified us at counter.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2022
The shuttle from the airport to Alamo left a lotto be desired. Every shuttle driver told us to wait at a different spot. Finally after almost an hour we were picked up. Otherwise all was good
10.0 ExcellentDec 23 2021
Keep up the good work.
10.0 ExcellentDec 21 2021
From pickup to dropoff it was a smooth operation. Staff were very friendly and helpful with luggage in the transfer bus. Would definitely rent from Alamo again.
10.0 ExcellentNov 28 2021
Fast efficient service. Great car.
8.0 ExcellentNov 17 2021
Easy and convenient.
5.9 OkaySep 28 2021
I booked Ford Mustang. The car I got was just old: almost 30K miles on odometer. I could never get windows fully closed. Alamo team is nice and responsive. Puck up and drop off were perfect.
10.0 ExcellentSep 10 2021
Shuttle was convenient and driver was very helpful and informative. The car was clean and sufficient for our needs. Overall, it was a smooth and easy getting in and out- exactly what you want when traveling.
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From $67/dayRated #2
Enterprise
8.7 Excellent (143 reviews)
2 locations in Kailua-Kona
Enterprise
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 8.7
  • 9
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 30 2022
I’ve had many different experiences with enterprise locations over the years. This location crew for both the pickup at Enterprise and drop off at Alamo was very efficient, fast, friendly, and professional. Kudos to them and makes me want to rent with Enterprise again! Great job, thanks!
8.0 ExcellentJan 8 2022
Just fine
6.0 GoodDec 9 2021
Understaffed like so many other businesses right now. Workers all seemed really worn out and running their butts off. Car windows wouldn’t close completely and was told it was factory defect, and it rained heavily for days so obviously it did get a little damp inside.
10.0 ExcellentDec 1 2021
Since the rental agency is 7/1/2 miles from the airport, they should offer a free shuttle to and from the rental cars, instead of a costly taxi service
8.0 ExcellentNov 27 2021
Off airport, hard to get to at extra expensive both ways. Cheaper rates from airport site was worth it.
6.0 GoodNov 22 2021
Enterprise facilities in Kona are closed, all transactions are being handled at Alamo. This causes longer wait times to pick up the car and possibly even for a shuttle.
10.0 ExcellentOct 13 2021
The $28 taxi ride with Kona Taxi from the airport to the Enterprise office was well worth it. He picked us up on time right next to the baggage claim and to our car. The Dodge Charger was very comfortable for the two of us. Kona Taxi was waiting for us at the Enterprise office at 6:15AM to take us to the airport for our return flight. Dropped the key in Enterprise's night drop slot. It was easy.
10.0 ExcellentSep 22 2021
Staff was very friendly and accommodating.
1.9 HorribleSep 8 2021
They didn’t have an Fast Pass to offer us then tried to change us $15 per toll that we got charged for. We also got a ticket because their registration stickers weren’t up to date.
10.0 ExcellentAug 23 2021
Pick up was really easy. Hopefully prices will go down more though.
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From $80/dayRated #3
Hertz
7.7 Good (437 reviews)
3 locations in Kailua-Kona
Hertz
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 8 2022
worse line ever is anyone working anymore?
8.0 ExcellentMay 6 2022
The car was good to drive but was not clean enough at pickup
8.0 ExcellentApr 28 2022
Upkeep on the car could have been better. Windshield wiper nr]eeded to be replaced… the car had numerous scratches and dirty spots.. grease spots etc etc. Few times did NOT start. Had to try several times..
8.0 ExcellentApr 25 2022
The car was old (50K miles) and not completely clean on the outside.
8.0 ExcellentApr 24 2022
Car just wasn’t that clean inside at time of pickup
6.0 GoodJan 19 2022
Noted as "off site" from airport. No shuttle. $35 taxi ride to location. This definitely should have been noted
2.0 MediocreJan 13 2022
Super long lines and the representative did not want to resolve the simple issue we had. Almost robotic answers.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2022
In general our rental experience in Hawaii was fine. Pick up was crazy due to the amount of customers and not enough rental agents. However, the agents themselves were very pleasant & professional, despite several disgruntled customers. Our rental was a brand new model, was clean and waiting for us after 90 minutes in line. Would rent via Kayak/Hertz again.
2.0 MediocreJan 11 2022
It was closed when I landed
8.0 ExcellentJan 10 2022
Great employees. The car had bald, damaged tires.
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From $76/dayRated #4
Thrifty
7.4 Good (205 reviews)
2 locations in Kailua-Kona
Thrifty
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 7.5
  • 7.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 7
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayApr 27 2022
Accidentally canceled when I realized I could keep my rental no one could assist because I booked with Orbitz and Orbitz could not help because they can’t access your system. FOOLISHNESS
4.0 OkayFeb 26 2022
Stood in line for over 1 hour :(
6.0 GoodJan 14 2022
Very long wait line for pick up. Tried to scare you into buying more insurance. Only 5 people allowed inside and everyone else has to stand outside. Yet they charged me $50 "Customer Facility Utilization" fee.. Would not recommend if other companies have comparable prices.
10.0 ExcellentDec 27 2021
Waiting in kona to pick up vehicle was awful!
8.0 ExcellentNov 27 2021
The employees were helpful. The car was as expected. The problem was that the rental space was about 20 miles from the airport. It should have been noted in BOLD that we had to travel by cab to get our car.
1.9 HorribleOct 13 2021
I wasn’t able to move my reservation due to a covid related matter. Wont be using kayak again.
10.0 ExcellentSep 24 2021
Good customer service ez dropoff
10.0 ExcellentSep 17 2021
Easy to take the shuttle, no lines, fast service. We did have another renter drive up next to us when we were returning the car that came way to close to fast as we were opening the car door and startled my passenger. Maybe a cone out would have prevented this from happening as it could have been a dangerous situation. Not your fault as it was not your employee but to prevent it in the future is good all around.
7.9 GoodSep 13 2021
It was good - it could've been faster.
3.9 MediocreAug 13 2021
The vehicle (a full sized suv) didn’t have anywhere near enough cargo space for the 6 of us. Also, the car was given to me with half a tank of gas and they wouldn’t allow a second (spouse) driver without additional fees. Not to mention the ~$150 in fees added on after I had been told by Kayak that I was “paid in full”.
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From $65/dayRated #5
Payless
Cheapest deal
7.3 Good (103 reviews)
1 location in Kailua-Kona
Payless
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 7.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 25 2022
They made everything quick and easy. Very good experience.
2.0 MediocreMar 6 2022
It took more than two hours to get my car they had Avis budget and Payless going to one building
10.0 ExcellentMar 4 2022
Good value for the money. The vehicle had minor cosmetic scratches and dents, but mechanically it was fine.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 27 2022
Upgraded to a convertible Chevy Camero for a little more and really made my stay in Hawaii special.
2.0 MediocreFeb 21 2022
It would made a lot of difference if they would only answer their phone calls. I tried multiple times to talk to someone regarding my rental. I was not able to make my flight and pick up my rental due to me being sick. All I wanted was to see if I could transfer the rental agreement paid in advance that I will add, so as to keep the rental. I think it’s highly unlikely I will use kayak or Payless car Rental ever again. Tell me something….. is it fair that you pay money up front to receive service and get none due to an illness??? I’m even willing to atleast get a rental voucher for future use. Not even that!!! Come on!!!! Really!!! Take my money and too bad so sad I couldn’t get my money’s worth. Pathetic! I will surely get to the bottom of this.
2.0 MediocreJan 18 2022
The first car they tried to give me was such a wreck & filthy I refused it. The second one offered was only slightly better. Not a decent car. And I paid way way too much.
7.9 GoodAug 12 2021
Payless employee who handled our rental had his mask under his nose or down on his chin most of the time he was waiting on us. There was no attempt to enforce even a tiny bit of social distancing in the line where we stood for about 40 minutes. I had to fend off the person behind me who thought leaving a foot between us was too much. Your shuttle drivers were extremely courteous and helpful.
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2021
Great staff, convenient pickup and drop off, great value.Nothing, everything was perfect.
8.0 ExcellentJun 18 2021
You bet. The worker was very helpful with advise. The only problem was the pickup vehicle was not marked properly (Payless on a Budget Van in small letters.See above
8.0 ExcellentJun 2 2021
shuttle was easy and convenient and staff was very helpful and friendlya better selection of cares - I had to rent a minivan for ONE PERSON for 10 days
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From $90/dayRated #6
Budget
7.3 Good (134 reviews)
1 location in Kailua-Kona
Budget
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 9 2022
Wrong car was shown on the booking.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 13 2022
Very quick pickup and drop off.
6.0 GoodFeb 6 2022
The car’s alignment was off from the beginning making me constantly correct while driving
10.0 ExcellentJan 30 2022
Nice car. Got us where we needed to go.
10.0 ExcellentJan 29 2022
Car was a bit scratched, tires were balding
6.0 GoodJan 22 2022
Car was filthy—clearly had not been washed. Didn’t love make/model (chrysler) but that’s not a big deal. Staff friendly, shuttle prompt.
6.0 GoodJan 16 2022
Pick up took way too long. Jason took 15 minutes with one customer answering questions that made him seem as if he was a tour guide instead of CSR for Budget. 15 people were waiting as he catered to the one lady. After I completed the paperwork to rent, 20 minutes passed before our car was delivered. Entire process to rent and pick up took almost an hour. Monday 1/10 @5:30 pm
2.0 MediocreJan 5 2022
very slow, disorganized, car was not clean, overpriced, frustrating
2.0 MediocreDec 23 2021
My confirmation said I would get a 4Runner or comparable and they tried to give me a Ford Flex (for two of us!) then I had to pay much more for an AWD. I was thinking clearly from the flight and got tired of ‘negotiating’ so I just paid the extra fee. VERY Disappointing, I feel like I got scammed.
4.0 OkayDec 20 2021
The car we were given did not have functional high beams. The windows were so dirty on the inside that we had to stop on the way to our hotel to clean them at a gas station. The washer fluid to wash the windshield was nothing but water and the wiper blades were significantly worn out. Normally not a big deal but these are all safety issues. Shame on you Budget!
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From $80/dayRated #7
Dollar
Most popular
7.2 Good (292 reviews)
3 locations in Kailua-Kona
Dollar
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMay 15 2022
Pickup agents not friendly. Drop off was fine.
2.0 MediocreMay 15 2022
Never was able to get vehicle. Had to rent a car from a competitor.
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2022
After a 9 hour flight with two small children, we had to wait outside in the sun for more than two hours to get our vehicle. Terrible way to start a vacation.
8.0 ExcellentApr 20 2022
The car was not completely cleaned when received. The size was perfect & rode great. The price of extra drivers was costly. Customer Service was very welcoming though. I would consider using Dollar in the future.
2.0 MediocreMar 27 2022
Didn’t have car requested. Took 1.5 hours to get a car. Tank was 1/2 full which was noted on my papers by the manager. Left car with 3/4 tank and showed papers to return person. She noted such. Later got the bill for extra gas. For $37. Unable to reach the local office or a person at the toll free number. Worse car rental ever.
6.0 GoodMar 17 2022
Long wait to get car.
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2022
Intermediate car that was reserved was not available. Only three cars were available at check in, a Camero and two minivans. Initially chose the Camero but it was too low, limited visibility, and cramped with little trunk space. And the check engine light came on a hour after picking it up. Returned it the following day with essentially the same three vehicles to choose from. Took the black minivan with the black leather interior and liked it better. Better upright seating, visibility, and room. But why did it have heated seats and steering wheel in Hawaii?
6.0 GoodMar 15 2022
quality of car was poor. had to return for another one.
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2022
Great service. Very helpful when we needed to extend our rental.
2.0 MediocreMar 14 2022
After 7 hour flight kept waiting by understaffed office for half hour to 45 minutes.
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From $109/dayRated #8
National
8.7 Excellent (54 reviews)
1 location in Kailua-Kona
National
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 8.6
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2022
Joshua at National was awesome Great service the Best I’ve ever had,Mahalo 😀
10.0 ExcellentMar 23 2022
Easy check-in and drop off. When they didn't have a car in my size ready, they quickly resolved the problem. Other than the higher-than-normal car rental prices being charged across the industry right now, it was a great experience.
10.0 ExcellentJan 16 2022
Thank you for the quick and accurate transaction
10.0 ExcellentDec 30 2021
The gas tank was not completely full when I picked up the car. I did not realize it until I had already left the rental agency. It was probably a couple of gallons short. The agency was so busy last night, there was no way I was going to raise the issue as we had a flight to catch. When I picked up the vehicle, the agents kindly drove it right up to us. The problem being there was no place to actually adjust the seats etc. before I left. Not a big deal, but I would rather have time to familiarize myself with the car before I was expected to drive away.
6.0 GoodDec 13 2021
The experience was fine once I finally got in the car. There was no clearly designated shuttle to National from the airport, and only half as many shuttles in place as needed: the airport was a mob scene of people attempting to secure a space on a shuttle. Once at the rental kiosk their were long lines (40 minutes). Helpful service person upon reaching the counter. Then…another 30 minute wait with a crowd of 50+ people waiting for cars to be cleaned and delivered for rental. A terrible two hour ordeal to start a vacation.
8.0 ExcellentDec 9 2021
Corey was a big help. Good employees and rates
10.0 ExcellentNov 2 2021
There was only one "standard" car available when we arrived, a Nissan Altima, which wouldn't have been our choice of vehicles, but it was OK... very low to the ground
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2021
The staff were all so nice! We found a guy's credit card on the floor board under the driver's seat and another wrapper in the Jeep. We didn't mind. But if someone else found his card, they might have tried to use it. We've shredded it.
1.9 HorribleSep 22 2021
Shuttle is totally inadequate. After waiting in the sun for 45 minutes for the National shuttle we gave up on renting a car and caught a taxi to our hotel. Don't need that level of aggravation on vacation.
5.9 OkaySep 12 2021
We had to return the car twice. Finally the third car worked.
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From $87/dayRated #9
Avis
7.1 Good (30 reviews)
1 location in Kailua-Kona
Avis
Locations in Kailua-Kona
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 2 2021
Wipers were so bad I couldnt drive while it rained
10.0 ExcellentAug 18 2021
Windows were dirty but manageable
5.9 OkayAug 10 2021
Drop off was super easy. Pickup was a nightmare. :( Nice people doing their best but severely understaffed.
5.9 OkayJul 22 2021
While the staffs were fun and helpful, yet: (1) they did not sufficiently inform us that we need to paddle for 3 miles and this was not appropriate/doable with young children. (2) more importantly, they also did not pay attention to one of the kayaks as it got out of control, flipped by the waves, and put the amateur kayakers at serious risk of injury from hitting the cliff rocks. They were fortunate that were not hurt.
8.0 ExcellentJun 6 2021
Staff was helpful
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2019
Fast car checkout and genuinely friendly staff
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2019
Easy to pick up and returnAll was good
4.8 OkayOct 21 2018
I felt cheatedEasy and efficient drop offI paid for insurance when booking through KAYAK and was then told there was no insurance on the car. This was an unpleasant surprise after a flight. Travelling with a baby (after a flight) I didn’t have the luxury of time to go through emails and booking details to find out where the confusion (or dishonesty) was. Turned out I bought separate insurance not linked to Avis and the car through KAYAK. So I ended up paying twice and the overall deal was a lot more expensive than it should have been. The Avis attendant also wouldn’t stop chatting unnecessarily so I couldn’t concentrate on the business of getting the car asap and my family to our accommodation. The car was OK but not clean enough but I guess acceptable for a rental.
2.8 MediocreOct 16 2018
Rates when booked does not match rates when picked upRates when booked does not match rates when picked up
5.6 OkayAug 21 2018
Be sure to conduct walk aroundThe agent was pleasant and we were assigned the correct car. Cost was what we expected.The agent expected us to do our own car walkaround and record the results on a form attached to the key. There were several marks on the car - we took photos of the car in the rental parking lot to be safe. Be sure you do a walkaround before leaving with the car.
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Kailua-Kona
Sunnycars
Locations in Kailua-Kona
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Easirent
1 location in Kailua-Kona
Easirent
Locations in Kailua-Kona
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1664 travelers who rented a car in Kailua-Kona gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car rental locations in or near Kailua-Kona

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Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$95/day

Good deal

$76/day

When to book a rental car in Kailua-Kona

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Top tips for renting a car in Kailua-Kona

  • Renting a car certainly adds another dimension to any trip to Hawaii. With a car you can get around the island cheaply and quickly. This is particularly so for visitors to Kailua Kona, as from the town you can go by car to both Rainbow Falls State Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You could also take the chance to drive up the summit of Mauna Kea.
  • Is picking up the rental car step one of your trip to Hawaii? Well, if your flight lands at Kona International Airport, you will find all rental car facilities are actually located off-site, and you will need to take a shuttle to them. However, this will not be a big problem, thanks to the continuous shuttle pick up and drop off; no matter when your plane lands, the wait shouldn’t be more than a minute or two.
  • If you are looking to drive down Saddle Road on the Big Island, one thing to keep in mind is that, at times, the radio options can become quite limited and even occasionally non-existent. Thus, it is highly advised to bring a few CDs or other means of music just to keep yourself and your passengers as you loop around the island.
  • While Kailua-Kona may not have full-on rush hour, the town does occasionally experience varying degrees of traffic and congestion. In particular, Highway 11 and Henry Street can become backed up and bogged down during peak hours from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Kailua-Kona for $76 or less
  • Book your rental car in Kailua-Kona at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Kailua-Kona are around -35% cheaper than other car types, on average

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