Pros: NothingCons: They are scam artist behind the counter at LFT. They literally had the audacity to try to charge me for a broken windshield that I did not break. They have no cameras around the rental car area yet claimed it was my fault. Absolute trash employees and trash company, I will never rent from hertz ever again.
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2021
Cons: This was one of the best hertz rental experience I have ever had. Great price, ease in extending my rental, excellent service.
2.0 MediocreJan 31 2021
Pros: NothingCons: The vehicle being available. Pickup location said the vehicle wasn’t available and that the online reservation doesn’t care if anything is available that they get paid no matter what. The pick up locations wasn’t accommodating or tried to locate a vehicle at another location in the area.
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2020
Pros: Staff was very helpful! Kelly and NeShawnde were very helpful and very nice!!
2.0 MediocreAug 1 2019
Pros: I was given a full refund in 7 - 10 days.Cons: My car rental location was not at the airport where I landed. I had asked for Lafayette LA airport and was given an off-site location that was closed when I landed. Hertz managers did not help and left me stranded without a car and unable to get to my hotel an 1:45 mins away. Very disappointed.
8.4 ExcellentJul 26 2019
Cons: A/C did not seem to work with in the car. This is pretty unacceptable in Louisiana.
10.0 ExcellentMay 17 2019
Pros: No waiting. Car was clean and handled well.
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2019
Pros: We noticed tire pressure reducing on our second day with the car. We filled the tire with air, and reported the issue to Hertz as soon as we got back to our room. I expected them to send someone out to, perhaps, change the tire. But no, we were told to take the back to the airport. Then...Cons: We were exhausted but took the car in. The worker said we’d have to trade cars out and did we fill up the tank! I said no...then she states I will most likely be charged for a new tire! I was shocked. I called the next day to check on this, and she said I wouldn’t know till Monday (weekend). still ?
5.6 OkayApr 25 2019
Cons: We had a change of plans, added a night and they made us drive back and check out and then back in with the same car.
7.6 GoodMar 25 2019
Pros: Nice car, late model Kia Soul.Cons: Hertz did not have a mid-size car "ready" for me on time, but they offered to upcharge me into a a lg SUV, which I declined. Within a reasonable amount of time got me the Kia. However, when it came time to pass papers, they did not automatically accept my Kayak contract, or my Allianz insurance.
Pros: Staff was very prompt and professional with both pick up and delivery to and from the airport. For the price I paid, the car was excellent. The only thing wrong with it was the driver side door handle was a bit broken but totally a minor complaint.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 16 2021
Pros: YesCons: Very nice ride and comfortable. Fuel efficient
No carPros: NothingCons: Upon arriving at the Alamo counterat Lafayette regional there was a sign that said 'no cars available'. I waited for the clerk to surface thinking since I had a reservation they would have one left. She told me that all cars were gone. I asked her what the purpose of. Reservation was if there was. no car upon my arrival. She said I could take a cab and request reimbursement I then had to rent a Ford Focus for $63/ per day from a competitor
10.0 ExcellentFeb 9 2017
Great rental experience with Alamo at Lafayette, LPros: The customer service associates were polite, fun and very helpful. The Infiniti Q50 was a pleasure to drive. I may buy one !! Thanks Alamo !
8.0 ExcellentOct 17 2016
Pros: I experienced total loss with the flood in Louisiana, including 2 cars. Insurance is moving along incredibly slowly and apparently there was not rental included in our coverage. Therefore, I have to pay for everything myself. As a Realtor, a care us essential! While I will eventually be able to write it on taxes as a business expense I STILL have to pay for it. Not sure why no one seems to get that part! The affordability of the car and it's overall good condition is the KEY to my survival as a mom if busy children and an REALTOR trying to provide for my family.
Pros: The staff was friendly and helpful. Pick up and drop off was easy.Cons: I thought it was pricey but it was the cheapest option, so could just be that I don’t rent card very often.
2.0 MediocreMay 15 2021
Cons: They need to make it explicitly clear (online and at rental kiosk) that they do not accept Debit cards so we don’t wait an hour in line at the airport only to find out that I can’t rent a car when I finally speak to the employee.
6.0 GoodApr 24 2021
Cons: Drop off experience was not smooth. No one available to ask questions. Drop off in Kenner was somewhat of a nightmare. Next time I’ll allow at least an hour extra time
8.4 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
Cons: Having certain rental cars that you can smoke in for a long trip
6.8 GoodNov 19 2019
Pros: Easy pick up process, friendly staff.Cons: Incorrect billing, that I only found out about after checking with my bank - no receipt at drop-off, no reason for extra charge. The company fixed the problem, but I had to call in and inquire and wait for a refund.
10.0 ExcellentNov 18 2019
Pros: Service was very fast and easy
10.0 ExcellentJul 18 2019
Cons: Very nice and roomie
4.4 OkayFeb 25 2018
Price quote vs actual cost - UntrustworthyPros: Car was goodCons: Price quote was not accurate by over 50%.
8.0 ExcellentDec 31 2017
Pros: Ease of pickup and drop offCons: Too expensive.
Pros: NothingCons: Flight arrived after rental car office was closed. No refund and reservation was cancelled because I wasn't there on time. Booked through Travelocity. Will never do that again.
4.4 OkayNov 14 2020
Cons: Car was dirty with food on steering wheel and center counsel windows were so dirty I had to pull over and wife a circle so I could see out of it. Vehicle was supposed to be Covid-19 safety sanitized with a sticker and no such thing. Also I reserved a SUV and ended up in an Nissan Altima and told “oh well it’s all we have”
8.0 ExcellentOct 28 2020
Pros: staff was super helpful
10.0 ExcellentFeb 3 2020
Pros: Price was good
10.0 ExcellentApr 3 2019
Pros: The staff was super friendly and timely. Thank you!
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2017
Nothing but trouble...Pros: I didn't like any part of it!Cons: The lady at the Dollar/Hertz rental was very rude! I didn't get the car I reserved and missed out on the entire Thanksgiving Holiday with my Father and sisters. I got charged $45.00 for insurance that I didn't get to use! I am beyond pissed off!
10.0 ExcellentOct 24 2017
Pros: Quick pickup and drop off and an excellent value.
8.0 ExcellentOct 15 2017
Pros: The car and program was fineCons: The agent in Lafayette kept us quite a long time trying to sell upgrades and insurance. Due to this sales approach the other people ahead of us delayed us by close to an hour, which caused us to miss a function that we were supposed to attend. We arranged the car in advance in order to avoid delay in pick up because we knew time was short to get to our destination. Also the deposit of over $100 was not given as expected at car return because my husband left the keys in the car instead of bringing them to the desk, and we were asked to go to the gate instead of retrieving the keys. I can only hope that this will be corrected and our refund processed. Thank you. Everything else about the car was fine.
10.0 ExcellentJul 5 2017
Pros: Everything was great
10.0 ExcellentJun 20 2017
Cons: Rental car parking area is too far for a walk espeacially in summers. Recommend having a golf cart
Pros: I really liked Neshanda (maybe I misspelled her name). Very helpful. Helped me get another vehicle since the mini van I reserved was not there.Cons: I hate not getting the vehicle I reserved on line. You showed a mini van but that is not what I got. Why do you ALWAYS bait and switch? I do not think I have ever gotten the exact vehicle I have reserved. Why?????
5.2 OkayApr 10 2017
Dirty car- scratches all over - needed brake job and 40k miles.Pros: Not much of anything about the rental.Cons: Car was dirty in inside. Scratches all over outside of car. Brakes made noise because of a needed brake job, and the car had 40k miles on it. Worse rental I had in years.
6.8 GoodFeb 14 2016
Didn't get what I reservedPros: People were friendlyCons: I booked a Suburban or similar. Was called the day before and was asked if a mini van would be ok. I said yes. When we got there we got a Cheverolet Traverse. Not at all big enough for the people and luggage we had. Very disappointed!
It was amazingPros: Very friendly quick and convenient definitely will be renting again.
2.0 MediocreOct 14 2018
Scheduling oversitePros: Appreciated the confirmation call.Cons: My pickup was scheduled and confirmed for 2:00 on a Saturday. I arrived at 1:55 and the business was closed for the day. I took a cab back to the airport and rented from a different agency.
10.0 ExcellentApr 12 2018
Loved the chevy crusePros: I've rented cars several times from several locations, my best experience ever. In and out very quickly.Cons: Location is very hard to get in and out of, traffic in Lafayette is horrible, but it was worth it.
3.2 MediocreFeb 22 2018
Cons: I couldn’t because they give it away, not a phone call, NOTHING.
6.0 GoodAug 17 2017
MehPros: Because my flight was late they had to move my reservation to the airport branch instead of the off the airport branch and I ended up having to pay about $50 more bucks. The counter clerk was nice, he tried to get me some discounts. But their drop off location is in a weird lot that has you walk through the side of the airport and there is no one there to hand the keys to. So you go to the same counter you got the car from and of course they ask what your mileage was, like I know?
2.0 MediocreFeb 13 2017
Enterprise did not have the van in its fleet.Pros: I made the reservation to only have to cancel it cause Enterprise did not have the van I requested. They did not help me much for my inconivince.Cons: Same
4.0 OkayFeb 12 2017
Pros: Courteous agentCons: Enterprise only had one car to offer me for one-way. This 2016 Corolla with 23k miles was disgustingly dirty inside (upholstery, dash, windows) and smelled of pets and cigarettes. Under no condition should this car should not be in their rental fleet!
10.0 ExcellentJan 14 2017
Helpful staff, flexible returnPros: Enterprise staff could not have been more helpful. Our return flight was cancelled due to snow, so we had to return the car to New Orleans rather than Lafayette. They changed the return and did not charge a one-way fee. Great car, excellent service, no nickel-and-dimeing. That's a winning combination.
6.0 GoodOct 26 2016
I am most baffled.....read on....Pros: I thought I loved the price. But actually I have no idea what the cost will be. I was supposed to get an email from Enterprise. I was supposed to get a phone call from the office I rented from in Lafayette, LA. I got neither.Cons: The awful communications process. The unfulfilled promises.
6.8 GoodOct 1 2016
Pros: Service was great. The staff were pleasant and quick to take care of me when I walked in.Cons: Windshield was dirty and wipers were worn. I had to stop at gas station to clean. Smelled like smoke.
Pros: No we waited in line for an hour to find out they did not have our reservationCons: Notify people ahead of time the vehicles may not be available
10.0 ExcellentMay 6 2021
Pros: The staff was very friendly and went out of his way for me to find it quickly and easily in parking lot.Cons: I couldn’t find the manuel
4.0 OkayApr 13 2021
Cons: Car was smelling like cigarette but
2.0 MediocreNov 1 2020
Cons: I reserved a convertible because we needed a parade car for my daughter. They confirmed the car in advance, but once I got there, NO CONVERTIBLE. The person working the counter was not the friendliest and acted as if it was not their problem. Very Disappointed with the whole experience.
2.0 MediocreMar 22 2018
They gave away my carPros: nothingCons: they gave away my car and did not have a car to give me, I had to go else wher
Car rentals in Lafayette have affordable rates, which make renting more convenient than taking a taxi from the airport to your preferred hotel. From the Lafayette Airport, you can visit the nearby attraction sites, such as the Lafayette Natural History Museum, the Zoo of Acadiana, which is approximately 8.5 miles away, or the closer Vermilionville Historical Center. Lafayette car rentals make your move within and around the city much more flexible and convenient.
Several car rental companies are available at the Lafayette Regional Airport, all located at 200 Terminal Drive. They include Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, Enterprise, and Dollar. Complimentary airport shuttles are available to get you to these rental offices, and the roughly 0.6-mile trip shouldn't take more than 5min.
Typically, most streets and highways in Lafayette are full of bicycle traffic. When driving in Lafayette, it is essential to always be on the lookout for cyclists that share the same roadways with motorists. Always respect bike lanes in streets with sections specifically designated for cyclists. As a driver, you are advised to play your part and yield to pedestrians and cyclists at intersections and crosswalks as well. This can help mitigate a dangerous situation.
Traffic in Lafayette is one of the most congested in Louisiana. The high population and influx of vehicles can cause quite a frustrating gridlock on most roadways, especially during morning and evening rush hours. Expect to be stuck for a few extra minutes around 6am to 10am and 5pm to 8pm. The most congested is the I-10, along Bayou South Road. However, if you want to go to Johnson from Lafayette, you can take Congress Street to Rue du Belier to Duhon then Touchet through Broussard. It's one of the least congested routes out of Lafayette.
25% of our users found rental cars in Lafayette for $38 or less
Book your rental car in Lafayette at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate rental cars in Lafayette are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Lafayette
Some car rental companies in Lafayette which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty
On average a rental car in Lafayette costs $49 per day.
The average gas price in Lafayette 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.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Lafayette.
A Intermediate car rental in Lafayette costs $50 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Lafayette costs $45 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car rental in Lafayette costs $41 per day, on average.
In Lafayette, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise 1800 West Pinhook Road (2 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Lafayette costs $342 per week ($49 per day).
On average a rental car in Lafayette costs $1,466 per month ($49 per day).
Most roadways in Lafayette are medium in size; therefore, a small or medium sized car is ideal for driving on most Lafayette streets. For instance, you can opt for a compact or intermediate car for five adults and space for three luggage. This is a better option than a full size or intermediate SUV with the same passenger and luggage capacity.
The average speed limit that is deemed acceptable in Louisiana and, by extension, Lafayette is 75mph. That's a long 154 miles of Interstate 49. On other interstates, it's a maximum of 70mph and 65mph along multi lanes or divided highways with limited or partial access control. Urban interstates and freeways have a speed limit of 60mph, and undivided two-lane roads go for a maximum of 55mph. Therefore, the maximum speed limit is 75mph, and the minimum is 55mph. Always bear in mind that most roadways in Lafayette have speed cameras, especially along the I-10. You should always pay attention to your driving speed to ensure it's within the stipulated limit.
Gas prices in Lafayette are relatively low. Gas stations, such as Sam's Club, Murphy Express and Sunoco at Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, charge as low as around $2.00 per gallon. Several other gas stations are available within and around Lafayette Regional Airport, where you can stop for a quick refill before returning the car to the agency. However, the prices in stations near the airport can be slightly higher than the average gas station.
There are several places around and within Lafayette where you can safely park your car. These include Cajun Field near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Girard Park Circle parking garage. These safe parking spots cost about $5 for 2h of parking and an extra $1 per additional hour. Here you can leave your car and hop onto a transit bus to the nearby Vermilionville Historical Center or drop in at a nearby restaurant for a quick bite. Alternatively, you can park at the Lafayette Regional Airport parking lot, which offers free parking for 30min and no more than $5 per consecutive hour.
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!).