Pros: Easy drop off and pick upCons: The Bluetooth and USB port to play iPhones didnt work. Had to listen to a spotty radio our entire trip
2.0 MediocreJun 7 2021
Cons: We rented with Dollar but their counter was closed so we were pushed to Hertz. The wait to pick it up was 45 minutes.
6.0 GoodMay 7 2021
Cons: on 2nd day dashboard said tire air pressure low. garage took a nail and some staples out of the right rear tire and said the tread was worn.
8.0 ExcellentApr 19 2021
Pros: I got the Nissan Pathfinder I wanted and it was a good driveCons: When I dropped the car off, luckily I stayed around for the person to examine. She told me I had not filled up the gas - but actually, I did, to just above 1/2, as the the tank was right at 1/2 when I picked it up. She told me this wasn't correct, but after a few minutes of me telling her I definitely left the car with more gas than I started with, she said it was cool - but if I had just left it, I would have been charged extra for refueling.
6.0 GoodMar 22 2021
Pros: Pick-up staff were so-so; drop off-fine. no real encounter thereCons: Vehicle needed maintenance; several signs on the dashboard recommending service; tire light came on; my brother filled 3 out of the 4 tires which were in the 20# range. Only one tire nearly correctly filled.
2.0 MediocreMar 1 2021
Pros: the staff was nice but miss leading on the total price She told me i would not be charged the extra 2 hrs with the upgrade and i was charged the extra and then sum.Cons: Honesty
2.0 MediocreFeb 11 2021
Pros: Staff was horrible. And I didn’t even end up getting the rental and still haven’t received my money back for it.Cons: Everything could have been better.
4.0 OkayJan 5 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly and kind through each stepCons: Car was dirty in multiple areas, smelled like cigarette smoke, needed an oil change 2 minutes into driving it it. Not worth it for the money.
5.2 OkayNov 20 2020
Pros: The lady at the counter was very friendly and knowledgeable, drop off was easy , car got good gas mileageCons: I ordered a Jeep 4 wheel drive and got a super cramped Buick , the car didn’t have a cd or cassette player , I had only driven less than a hundred miles and the change oil light came on and was told to take the car back but I decided to just change the oil myself since I was traveling a long trip
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2020
Pros: Staff was awesome at the MKE airport upon pickup, they really made our honeymoon!Cons: Nothing!
Pros: Drop off was easy but no receipt was givenCons: The person at the counter was very crabby and unfriendly. The car was very dirty outside and it smelled terrible of smoke
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2021
Pros: YesCons: I thought the price was high for the vehicle
8.0 ExcellentMar 19 2021
Cons: I most important thing you could have done better is to have an ice/snow scraper in the car. It amazed me that a car rented in Wisconsin would not have one. I had to brush/ scrape 2 inches of snow and ice using my hands and a credit card. Ridiculous! The outside of the car was filthy with dirt.
7.6 GoodAug 17 2020
Pros: The initial car that we rented from the MKE airport made horrible noises. We were able to go to another location first thing the next morning to switch it out. LUCKILY we were still in the area.Cons: The car could have been cleaner.
5.6 OkayAug 17 2020
Cons: Car had an odor plus I found McDonalds salt packets under the seat.
8.0 ExcellentJul 27 2020
Pros: Drop off was easy. Car was clean and was just what we needed for the weekend.Cons: Pickup took forever. The line was so long and even longer by the time I left. The staff was friendly and was doing their best but they just needed more staff.
9.2 ExcellentFeb 4 2020
Pros: friendly and fast return
10.0 ExcellentJan 25 2020
Pros: Very easy in and outCons: The car did not have all of the snow cleaned off of it
9.2 ExcellentDec 28 2019
Pros: Pick up staff not friendly, but overall, Budget runs a good operation
Pros: when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....Cons: when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....explain it better and given me my options- car was too small .....
2.0 MediocreSep 16 2020
Pros: NoneCons: Our reservation for a speciality van was at noon. We arrived at the location at 12:07 and the location was closed. The sign on the door and the website both said the location was open until 2:00. Avis was very unhelpful, insisting that it was my fault for “missing my appointment.” I told them that there were several steps they could have taken to make the situation a more customer service friendly experience, when the rental office saw they had a specialized reservation at noon, and they closed early, they should have had the courtesy to call us to alert us that our reservation was at closing time. The evening before, I called Avis to confirm the reservation, at that point the agent should have mentioned that the location closes at the time of my reservation. Neither steps were taken. I ended up having to drive to an airport location, and pick up a much smaller car, they didn’t have my specialty van in stock. I now have to pay $400 in shipping to get the remaining items shipped that was intended to go into the van. Avis customer service has been unhelpful, and maintains this is “my fault.” Buyer beware.
9.6 ExcellentJun 2 2020
Pros: Good car that was clean and hadn't been smoked in before my trip.Cons: I'm not a big fan of the Milwaukee Airport. The signage is awful. I got lost trying to get back to the concourse.
4.0 OkayJan 27 2020
Pros: Never again this was my worst rental experience ever. I would never use Kayak or Thrifty again.Cons: Using any rental company never using Kayak
9.2 ExcellentJan 6 2020
Pros: AffordableCons: Car was dirty inside and out. Customer service rep was rude at the counter. Very short tempered and rude.
2.0 MediocreJan 3 2020
Pros: We ended up having to cancel our reservation and lose 28.00 because the person at the counter ran my credit card and locked them up for 24 hours. I will never choose thrifty again. I ended up using national and they were so much nicer and more accommodating.Cons: The person at the counter should of informed us about the credit issue. She did the same thing with the client before and after us. I also prepayed my rental and she added another 450.00 to the rental tab. Over 700.00 to rent a car for 7 days. National is a much better car rental company. I will never recommend thrifty.
10.0 ExcellentDec 16 2019
Pros: The staff was great. When they couldn't source the car that was rented they got one from a competitor.Cons: It was a seamless transaction.
8.0 ExcellentDec 13 2019
Pros: easy drop offCons: not much
9.2 ExcellentDec 12 2019
Pros: The vehicle was great value for the priceCons: The reception line was incredibly slow
Pros: Car was in great shape. Staff was exemplary in their service.
7.6 GoodJul 3 2020
Pros: Pick up was simple and complete, barring the EZ pass that did not work.Cons: The EZ pass toll system that I was given did not work. Therefore, I had to pay tolls with my personal card, absorbing additional charges, for something that I rented specifically to work.
9.2 ExcellentSep 23 2019
Pros: I was upgraded to a new, larger car. I am usually more interested in fuel efficiency, but it was a good small efficient SUV/sport wagon. When I returned the car within a day + 1 hour, I was charge for this instead of 2 days, I really appreciate that.Cons: I messed up and booked my reservation to the downtown location instead of the airport. I think getting a more obvious notification of this would be really helpful. The drop-off fee for going from one city to another was a little frustrating, but not too large.
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2019
Pros: That y’all took my moneyCons: Stop ripping people off
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2018
Excellent managementPros: Alex was extremely helpful and professional. I was super impressed at how smooth he ran things with so many people in the waiting room.
9.6 ExcellentJul 24 2017
Pros: Very easy. Check-in at the kiosk was quick and pickup of the car was uneventful. The car was nothing special but served its purpose. Dropoff was also quick and easy. All in all a very good experience.Cons: While the car was in good shape, it showed some signs of having a rough life, which I guess is no surprise. There were scratches in the door opening where it looked like someone had to pry the door open in the past to unlock it, and something (soft drink I bet) had been spilled on the center console that wasn't totally cleaned up, as the parking brake handle was a bit sticky. I cleaned that up. None of that had much of an effect on the experience, but might be worth pointing out.
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2017
Will use Enterprise againPros: Pick-up and drop-off procedures very simple and vehicle was in excellent condition (almost new).Cons: I believe the charges for an additional driver are excessive and simply designed to add additional profit to the renting company.
8.0 ExcellentMay 31 2017
MisleadingCons: I reserved the car at the Milwaukee airport through 3rd party or so I thought that I did. When I got to the rental counter they said my reservation was at an off-site location about 20 miles away. Luckily Enterprise had a car available at the airport location and honored the rate. They stated that 3rd party bookings often do this because the rates are cheaper off site but the customer is unaware of the location not being at the airport.
10.0 ExcellentMay 28 2017
Pros: Car was of good quality, pick-up and drop off were smooth and the agents at both ends were friendly, professional, well dressed and efficient.Cons: Nothing wrong with the experience.
10.0 ExcellentApr 30 2017
Better than I had expectedPros: When none of the other rental car agency's could rent the car we were looking for Enterprise did! Pickup to Drop off , the quality of the vehicle and staff were second to none.
Pros: Staff was great and very helpful.Cons: I can’t think of a thing that would have made my experience better.
10.0 ExcellentAug 13 2020
Pros: Check in and out was easy
6.8 GoodJul 25 2020
Cons: The quoted price was $29.95 plus taxes per day with 200 miles per day. Somehow, I wound up being charged $265 for a 4 day rental. That alone is enough to upset me because obviously the quoted price was hiding extra fees or other costs.
8.0 ExcellentJul 12 2020
Pros: Very Friendly staff and smooth pickup and dropoff experience.
2.0 MediocreJun 30 2020
Cons: The lady that actually worked for National Car rental made me EMAIL her a copy of my flight itinerary ROUNDTRIP and then after doing so, TWICE, denied me a rental due to my flight being a stand by
10.0 ExcellentJan 27 2020
Pros: Ice scrapper, gps screen and phone play through car. Classy looking carCons: I have no recommendations
10.0 ExcellentDec 30 2019
Pros: The staff were patient and helpful. You’d think that should be common in customer service but sadly it’s not so it’s great to step up to the counter and receive this great service. Especially during the holidays!Cons: Nothing I can think of
9.2 ExcellentDec 28 2019
Pros: pick up and drop off were smoothCons: maybe a better selection once at the lot there were only two cars in our reserved size
8.0 ExcellentAug 6 2019
Pros: It was easy to get the car since it was located right at the airport.Cons: Didn't realize it was limited mileage until I got there to pick up the vehicle. That was a negative. Drop off the gentleman was having a bad day - overly demonstrative telling us to stop and wait for him.
4.8 OkayJul 26 2019
Pros: Nothing was impressiveCons: The check-in took forever and the line was only a couple people deep. The car was a piece of junk compared to what I usually get with Avis. I didn’t think the transmission would last our whole trip. It was slipping. Seats were uncomfortable. Just not a good vehicle and definitely not a premium SUV.
Pros: NothingCons: I reserved by vehicle for 12pm noon and arrived at 12:05pm to find the location closed. Kayak didn't give me any notification that I would have to arrive earlier than noon if I expected to get a car. It caused a huge logistical headache for my trip and I won't be booking cars through Kayak again.
9.6 ExcellentDec 17 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly and picking up and dropping off the car was quick!Cons: Nothing really
6.8 GoodOct 7 2019
Pros: Drop off was quick.Cons: Quicker pick up. Provide a way for renter to pre-record info so pick up goes much faster.
10.0 ExcellentSep 22 2019
Pros: Great store with friendly employeesCons: Location is ok but not great
10.0 ExcellentAug 1 2019
Pros: Staff was extremely friendly and professional. Picked the car quickly with no issues.
6.0 GoodSep 11 2017
Business Ethics QuestionablePros: Long line upon arrival. Discovered due to "upgrade" of the vehicle so the sales agent could pitch various features for extra charges. I will not use Avis again.
6.8 GoodAug 8 2017
Was it easy to find and pull in.Pros: The whole area they got me right in and got my receipt out quicklyCons: Trying to find where the desk was and how to get back out of the ramp
8.0 ExcellentJul 22 2017
PickupCons: The line at avis was extremely long and initially only one person was working the desk for both Avis and Budget, waited about 30 min to get car
2.0 MediocreJul 4 2017
Pros: I didn't like ANYTHHING about my experience.Cons: First off when I got there no one was at the AVIS car rental counter. It was me and another person standing there, the the lady behind the counter says "there is only one line".. What the hell in another rental agency line.. Mind you there are like 15+ other people standing in line. ONLY 2 people behind the counter who were just rude and not friendly at all.. I had to leave and never got my rental. If I'm spending my hard earn money for negativite expierence your out of your mind..
9.2 ExcellentDec 6 2016
Pros: Gas mileage was great on that new impala.Cons: Even though it was a newer car with about 12K miles, I could tell there was a slight smoke smell covered up with air freshener. It wasn't terrible by any means, I've smelled much worse. Great vehicle overall, great experience driving to Green Bay.
Pros: The staff were helpful and the dropoff was easy.Cons: The location where I was supposed to pick up the car from was closed. I got a confirmation email the day before I was scheduled to pick up the car and it did not tell me that the location was closed. They should have informed me about this so that I could have planned accordingly. I ended up having to pick up the car from a different location. Everything went off well from there but this was certainly an inconvenience.
2.0 MediocreJun 7 2021
Pros: Nothing.Cons: My rental was confirmed for a location a half hour away the day before rental. I took a $40 Uber to the location but that location had been shut down weeks prior. No customer service numbers can be reached because everything is automated. I finally reached another Hertz and was told I should have been notified of the closure- thanks. I was told to come downtown. I got there and the door was locked. I had to search the garage for someone who reluctantly gave me their last car. She was a blessing though in this whole miserable experience. I got a car that reeked of smoke with a less than 3/4 tank of gas, so had to pay for more gas than I used. To top it off, I received a late charge on return even though I had to spend three additional hours fighting incompetence to pick up the car. Worst rental experience of my life.
2.0 MediocreJun 7 2021
Pros: NothingCons: They didn’t have a car for me
4.0 OkayJun 1 2021
Pros: It was a cheap rate for last minute, nothing else..Cons: Nasty. I will stick with Enterprise going forward.
4.0 OkayMay 14 2021
Pros: Staff tried to accomodate but had NO cars!Cons: Seems the contract is only one sided. No car available! No message ahead of time to alert the customer of the situation. Even a Phone call would have been nice. Car was prepaid....I was the one left hanging. Told me to be in line at the door the next morning and for sure I would get a car. Next day 1.5 hours later I was driving away (13.5 hours after they reservation called for), How would you rate that? I would like to give a higher rating...but honestly can not. Was told to never use a third party to reserve in the future.
2.0 MediocreMay 11 2021
Cons: Location was not as represented. Satellite location closed at five, website said eight. Management would not stay past 5 o’clock for any reason. As my flight information dictated I was arriving at airport at 4:30, had to pick up bags and get to satellite location within 18 minutes. Just not reasonable
4.0 OkayMay 11 2021
Pros: The car was fine and the price point was decent.Cons: Terrible rental experience when I went to get the car. I arrived with my reservation and they told me they didn’t have any cars available at all. I told them I had a reservation but it didn’t matter. None of the nearby Hertz had cars either. I had to wait over an hour for them to have someone return a car that I could use. They say they regularly overbook people, which means I can make a reservation and they still won’t have a car for me. I was very late for my plans because of their poor business model. Terrible experience
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Pros: Cordial staff, convenient urban location and priceCons: Nothing really. The transaction went Flawlessly
10.0 ExcellentMar 31 2021
Pros: The staff was very friendly relaxed and informative. Theyre manager was especial helpful when it came to my concerns and was able to have peace of mind.Cons: Nothing all was great
4.0 OkayDec 2 2020
Pros: Very bad customer service did not get what I was expected was a smaller car than what I was looking for
Pros: Pick up and drop off was really quick and easy. Amazing car for price!!! Lost and Found was very quick and easy for the item I left behind.Cons: Communication at drop off was a little rushed and I wasn't sure of procedure. I ended up leaving something in the car because I didn't have enough time to go through everything thoroughly.
5.6 OkayJul 26 2019
Pros: Well, it was ENTERPRISE. The car ran well.Cons: The clerk takes his job very seriously and was a complete tool. Very aggressive on the upsell and verging on disrespectful. Plus, they hide the fact that they add 11% tax due to proximity to airport, so the final bill is far higher than the quote.
10.0 ExcellentJul 16 2019
Pros: Friendly staff; easy drop-off
10.0 ExcellentJul 9 2019
Cons: It was near perfect!
10.0 ExcellentJul 2 2019
Pros: Picking up was quick, dropping off was easy, car was great.Cons: Nothing
6.8 GoodMar 15 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: Rented a premium vehicle, received a different vehicle type
The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A rental car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
All the major car rental agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car rental counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
25% of our users found rental cars in Milwaukee for $38 or less
Book your rental car in Milwaukee at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport rental car locations in Milwaukee are around 16% cheaper than airport locations on average
Compact rental cars in Milwaukee are around 43% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Milwaukee
Some car rental companies in Milwaukee which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz
On average a rental car in Milwaukee costs $49 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($42/day), Dollar ($54/day) and Avis ($59/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 804 N Vel R. Phillips Avenue 53203-0000 (1 miles from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Milwaukee are Enterprise (8.6, 492 reviews), Alamo (8.3, 100 reviews), and Dollar (7.3, 237 reviews).
The average gas price in Milwaukee is $3.36 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $40 and $54, depending on the car size.
Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Milwaukee.
A Economy car rental in Milwaukee costs $57 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Milwaukee costs $54 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Milwaukee costs $55 per day, on average.
In Milwaukee, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 8041 North 76th Street (10 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Milwaukee costs $344 per week ($49 per day).
On average a rental car in Milwaukee costs $1,473 per month ($49 per day).
Single travelers who don't require much space for passengers and luggage and are visiting in the summer should opt for a small convertible to enjoy the Lake Michigan views and the nice weather. Families embarking on a road trip across the area might prefer a small van or a sedan, which will give everyone plenty of space and comfort.
The speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour in the city (with the exception of certain residential areas that demand a lower limit, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted), 35 mph in city limits or uncongested towns, 45 mph on rustic roads, and 65 mph on freeways or expressways.
The average gas prices in Milwaukee are approximately $2.22 per gallon. Lower prices can get as low as $1.99 per gallon. If you're visiting in the summer months when there are more events and hence more tourists in the area, try to fill up the tank early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid waiting in big lines at gas stations.
The closer you get to downtown, the more regulated street parking is. Metered spaces have different time limits depending on their locations, and prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour. Saturdays are free in some areas downtown, and street parking is free on Sundays and public holidays everywhere. You can apply for Temporary Overnight Parking Permission, which will let you park your car for free overnight on any Milwaukee street.
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!).