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North Charleston, SC
Jun 17 — Jun 24
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North Charleston car rental information

Pick-up locationNorth Charleston
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations10
Airport locations2
Popular agenciesAvis, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget

Cheap car rentals in North Charleston

$61/dayEconomy
$61/dayCompact
$62/dayIntermediate
$94/dayStandard
$61/dayFull-size
$67/dayPremium
$74/dayLuxury
$119/dayConvertible
$69/dayPickup truck
$64/dayCompact SUV
$68/dayIntermediate SUV
$69/dayStandard SUV
$73/daySupplier choice
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

North Charleston car rental reviews and directory

From $40/dayRated #1
Thrifty
Best rated
6.2 Good (349 reviews)
1 location in North Charleston
Thrifty
Locations in North Charleston
5500 International Boulevard+1 843 640 3947
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6
  • 5.5
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 22 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly. Pick up car on site.Cons: Slow check in, 1 car option, no receipt sent and don’t answer phone when call and Vm is full.
4.0 OkayApr 27 2021
Pros: The vehicle was comfortable.Cons: Waited in line for an hour. Only one person working behind the counter until 15 min before my turn. I did not ask for a giant Dodge Ram truck. I signed up for an economy size car. Was told I had the Managers Special. BS. Parking lot very poorly marked it was difficult to get to where the vehicle was, it was too far. Signage unclear as to where to leave the vehicle.
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2021
Pros: Yes and yes!Cons: I was going for a bottle of water from the desk agent
4.0 OkayApr 2 2021
Cons: I had to wait an hour for a car to be available. Then it was a huge car when I had reserved a small one. Gas price was double what I would have paid. No attendant at the return with only a very small sign to tell you where to go with keys.
6.0 GoodFeb 28 2021
Pros: The reservation was there. The drop off after-hours was simple.Cons: The vehicle I reserved was not available and I was given a much larger vehicle (pick-up truck). I waited in line for 30 minutes with only two people in front of me. It took the representative 10-15 minutes per customer. I was not able to do submit the walk-around information because the agent did not answer the phone.
6.0 GoodFeb 14 2021
Pros: I really enjoy using Priceline, but certainly hope I NEVER have to use Thrifty again. Had to wait in line for over an hour waiting to return the keys. Had to wait an hour to pick up the car the previous day.Cons: There needs to be faster service at the check in and check out at the Charleston Airport location. There was one person behind the counter with about 10 guest in line. No other car rental dealer had that many and they did not take that long to process the customer. Need to have more employees and a faster process especially when the customer has a reservation already. The employer behind the desk was working as fast as she could but she needed help!
2.0 MediocreJan 4 2021
Pros: Nothing- terrible experience, did not have car even though we made a reservation.Cons: Made the reservation 3 weeks in advance, showed up and they told us they did not have the van in stock. Almost derailed our entire family trip. Customer service did not really even try to help or make it better, did not offer any solutions. We ended up having to cancel our reservation and paid an extra $150 to book a past minute car with Avis, luckily they had a van in stock. Terrible experience, will not use Thrifty again.
2.0 MediocreNov 29 2020
Pros: Vehicle seemed new.Cons: We paid extra to reserve a mini van for 6 people with Bags. Thrifty said they only have a pickup truck. It was VERY UNSAFE.
4.4 OkayOct 10 2020
Cons: The car was not ready. We had to wait for one. We were given a pickup truck without being told. I requested a small car and did not like driving the truck. Not a good rental experience
4.4 OkayOct 10 2020
Cons: The car was not ready for us. We had to wait. Put in a pick up truck which we did not request, and I found extremely difficult to drive.
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From $39/dayRated #2
Dollar
6 Good (87 reviews)
2 locations in North Charleston
Dollar
Locations in North Charleston
3826 West Montague Avenue+1 843 552 7533
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
5500 International Boulevard+1 843 501 7163
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
  • 6.5
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 5.6
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 8 2021
Cons: Better communication about the $90 "Airport fee" they don't tell you about until you're there at the counter, the first car we got in hadn't been cleaned yet, they called us about getting something refunded & need our card info again but haven't been answering and their voicemail is full...so we definitely will never rent through dollar again.
2.0 MediocreJun 5 2021
Pros: Staff was courteous and helpful.Cons: If a client wanted to extend a rental for another day, I don’t believe they should be charged more of the same airport fees. There could be some, but not all of them that are charged for one day. I was forced to walk all the way back to the terminal to return the keys and check the mileage because there wasn’t any representative at the booth to drop off the car. I do realize it was rather cheap to rent from your company, but a representative should be there to check in and check out guests by the cars.
10.0 ExcellentJun 2 2021
Pros: Staff was very friendly, and took great care of us with an UPGRADE! Yay. Also... the check-in line for Dollar at the Charleston Airport was so much shorter than the others, so we zipped in and out.Cons: Nothing really.
2.0 MediocreMay 31 2021
Cons: Requested large SUV. Kayak said that the reservation was for a Nissan Armada. On arrival , no armadas or similarly sized vehicles were ever available at location. FIX THIS
8.0 ExcellentMay 27 2021
Pros: Fast and easy service
6.0 GoodMay 26 2021
Cons: No cars at the airport. No shuttle to the offsite lot, had to take a taxi at my own cost and the same at drop off. Vehicle was fine, very poor customer service
4.0 OkayMay 24 2021
Cons: You can never reach anyone at the desk by phone. They rarely pickup and you can’t leave any messages because the mailbox is full. There’s also no one manning the pickup or drop off kiosk.
4.0 OkayMay 23 2021
Cons: The manager wasted time with two other customers and we could hear all of their conversation. Very unpleasant for us while waiting. When it was our turn, she insisted there was a block on my debit card which I checked before making the trip which was okay for the rental company to use. She said if we didn't want the car we could go to another car rental. We produced another card and suddenly it was okay and cost us extra. I checked with my bank the next morning and said there was not any block on my card. This lasted with her for a half hour. Very unprofessional for a manager as she stated she was. Makes me think twice about wanting to rent again from them.
2.0 MediocreApr 21 2021
Pros: Yes, staff was friendlyCons: They could have had a car available for us. We just put in a 14 hour day of travel. We are sorry we have no cars available, just does not cut it. We will not rent a car from Dollar/Thrifty again. Unreliable.
8.0 ExcellentApr 15 2021
Pros: The rental was quick. The car was better than expected.Cons: Employees did not go out of their way to do anything. They did their job. At times I felt a nuisance to them. It was quite inconvenient that the rental place was not at the airport or did not provide a shuttle.
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From $35/dayRated #3
Enterprise
Cheapest deal
8.5 Excellent (8 reviews)
3 locations in North Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in North Charleston
5757 Rivers Ave. @ Jones Ford+1 843 566 7805
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
7291 Cross County Rd+1 843 552 2150
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
8734 Rivers Ave+1 843 572 8807
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 1 2020
Cons: They let me reserve a pickup truck that none of the local offices had in stock.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 13 2020
Pros: Good service as usual.Cons: Did not have a compact for me as requested. Had to drive a family van
9.2 ExcellentSep 23 2018
Headache-free RentalPros: Pick up location.Cons: After purchasing the 3rd party protection insursnce, the Enterprise agents said it wasnt the best idea to go that route. They offered (wanted me to purchase) their in-store insurance, which I did. They advised to cancel the 3rd party I insurance. Of course all of this is happening as I'm dealing with everthing else and i never got around to calling the 3rd party to cancel. So basically I paid for two sets of coverage. My point here is if you are going to purchase the additional insurance, wait until at the counter; it was basically the same price.
8.0 ExcellentOct 26 2016
Cons: I reserved a sedan and when I went to pick up all they had was an SUV. I end up paying about $100 more in gas for my road trip as a result.
10.0 ExcellentOct 25 2016
Living up to the longstanding reputationPros: The staff at Enterprise are always so good at staying positive and handling things quickly and efficiently. The crew at this location were no different! I had to put my car in the shop unexpectedly and I needed a vehicle capable of handling the duties of my small business for several days (delivery of small goods to several locations). Chuck and Ray were on point with their customer service and made everything a breeze, from picking me up before my rental to dropping me off after, I couldn't have asked for better service.Cons: Not applicable!
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From $39/dayRated #4
Hertz
Most popular
7.2 Good (16 reviews)
2 locations in North Charleston
Hertz
Locations in North Charleston
2821 Azalea Dr+1 843 480 4311
Monday10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday10:00 - 14:00
Thursday10:00 - 14:00
Friday10:00 - 14:00
8510 Rivers Ave Ste O+1 843 863 8239
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 28 2021
Pros: I mean, I would call a Kia Sorrento a full-size SUV. We moved our luggage from a RAV-4 and it barely fit in the Kia. Moving from a crossover to a full size SUV, you expect a little bit more room. Maybe you should clear up with your partners what is considered a full-size SUV. When your site says a Nissan Pathfinder OR COMPARABLE, no one expects to show up and have to drive a Kia Sorrento.Cons: Stop lying to us about the cars available. I could have gotten way cheaper rates for a Kia Dorrento booking direct or using another service. Massively disappointing.
8.0 ExcellentAug 12 2020
Pros: Nice and efficient staff.Cons: It was clean, but not sure if it was disinfected. COVID days!
9.2 ExcellentMar 14 2020
Pros: Drop off was really easy. Car met my expectations.Cons: Pick up location took longer than expected.
7.2 GoodMar 13 2018
Car must have been smoked in prior because it smelled of smokePros: otherwise it was great! gas milage was excellent!Cons: seat of car wasn't comfortable and not able to adjust it.
4.0 OkayDec 31 2017
Cons: I didn't like the change of price . In the end I had to make the people from hutz take a look on the price because they was tryin to charge me more than the price
2.0 MediocreJul 10 2017
Cons: no car! It was a third party rental , as we found out at the counter and for just $600 they would rent us a car after having already paid for a car.. We were unable to reconcile the account and went to a friendly competitor to rent a car
4.0 OkayJun 6 2017
Pros: Pickup was fastCons: There was an ant infestation in the car
10.0 ExcellentApr 21 2017
Easy experience.Pros: It was quick and easy to receive the car.
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From $42/dayRated #5
Avis
6 Good (7 reviews)
1 location in North Charleston
Avis
Locations in North Charleston
7685 Northwoods Boulevard+1 843 572 3190
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 6
  • 6.2
  • 6.2
  • 5.7
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 14 2021
Pros: Nothing because they bailed on the reservation.Cons: The staff texted me 3 days after the rental reservation and two days before I needed the car to tell me they were overbooked and they wouldn't have anything available for me. I had to contact Priceline to get my insurance deposit back again. Definitely wasn't helpful to have the car pulled out via a non official text message on Saturday when I needed the car Monday. I ended up renting from Hertz directly from their website instead of using Kayak or Priceline.
2.0 MediocreMar 30 2021
Pros: The staff was rude and unfriendly. I think the owner is racist.Cons: New management and someone who has had customer service training.
2.0 MediocreDec 14 2018
Cons: Extremely rude and unhelpful. The Avis rental car location in North Charleston, SC is not where you want to go. The owner actually raised his voice to customers complaining of his bad day as if it was their fault. Left shaking without renting a car.
6.8 GoodAug 15 2017
One thing after anotherPros: Car was clean. Attendants were polite and accommodating.Cons: Actual rate was higher than kayak posted rate. Reservation was not made at location selected on kayak. Car wheel well was falling off. Not sure if location and rate are kayak issues or Avis.
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From $35/dayRated #6
Budget
5.5 Okay (8 reviews)
1 location in North Charleston
Budget
Locations in North Charleston
7685 Northwoods Boulevard+1 843 553 5660
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 5.5
  • 5.7
  • 5.5
  • 5
  • 5.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 26 2019
Pros: Didn’t have car I ordered so upgraded but kept the same cost!
9.2 ExcellentOct 15 2018
Pros: The inside of the car was clean.Cons: The car should have been washed better on the outside.
2.0 MediocreJan 28 2018
DisappointedCons: When I reserved the car, the web site mentioned that they also accepted debit cards. When I went to pick up the car, the clerk told me that without a major credit card that they had to run a credit check on me. That was not mentioned in my confirmation email. I know that my credit rating is not very good. I realize I had to put a deposit and had the funds in my account to cover it. It was a big inconvenience for me to not be able to rent the car.
2.0 MediocreOct 2 2017
Cons: There were no cars available and they did not notify us. We were unable to get a rental car period. They were rude and told us we should not have booked through anyone but them.
2.0 MediocreNov 18 2016
TerriblePros: NOT one thingCons: made a reservation..when i got there they said they needed a credit card.. didnt have one on me so i was unable to get a car. Terribke customer service
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475 travelers who rented a car in North Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

Car rental locations in or near North Charleston

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in North Charleston

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in North Charleston

  • Getting assistance from North Charleston car rentals facilitates navigation around the city, making business and leisure trips more comfortable. You can visit several areas close to the town, such as the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. These lush grounds are about 12.8 miles from central North Charleston and include a zoo, making it suitable for trips with kids or friends. You can appreciate the area’s history by driving about 16 miles to the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in Summerville city. Conversely, you can go to the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center on International Boulevard within the city center for a shorter ride.
  • You arrive in North Charleston via the Charleston International Airport, situated approximately 3 miles from the town’s center. This airport conveniently incorporates a Rental Car Pavilion, which you can find past the baggage claim at the end of the terminal area, opposite the bus stop. Some of the car rentals in North Charleston’s city center include Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, National, Budget, and Avis. You can also find services from Dollar and Thrifty, which offer a direct and free airport shuttle to their pick-up location. You can follow the shuttle signs in the terminal and board immediately outside the baggage claim across the street.
  • North Charleston ensures you can move through the town and nearby cities and states using the well-developed and connected roads, like Rivers Avenue and the I-526 and I-26 that link to Charleston and Mount Pleasant. To prevent getting lost along the streets, you can opt to integrate a navigation system into your vehicle. You will want to keep a lookout for pedestrians throughout your drive in North Charleston because many residents travel by foot and commonly use the sidewalks and roadways.
  • You will most likely find congested roads during the morning and evening commute hours along the main streets, including International Boulevard, Montague Avenue, and I-526. International Boulevard also services the airport, so you generally want to stay off the roads from around 6:30am to 9:30am and from about 5pm to 7pm. You can safely drive during the cold season since North Charleston usually experiences mild winters.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in North Charleston for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in North Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in North Charleston are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in North Charleston

  • Some car rental companies in North Charleston which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty

  • On average a rental car in North Charleston costs $49 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($61/day) and Enterprise ($73/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 8510 Rivers Ave Ste O 29406 (8 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in North Charleston are Budget (7.4, 101 reviews), and Thrifty (6.0, 93 reviews).

  • The average gas price in North Charleston 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 North Charleston.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Charleston airport include Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Avis and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Charleston airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar, Avis, and National.

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

  • A Economy car rental in North Charleston costs $47 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in North Charleston costs $48 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in North Charleston costs $39 per day, on average.

  • In North Charleston, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 5500 International Boulevard (4 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in North Charleston costs $341 per week ($49 per day).

  • On average a rental car in North Charleston costs $1,463 per month ($49 per day).

  • You can comfortably rent any model from car rentals in North Charleston since the city has a quality infrastructure system. However, the few parking lots within the town can make finding spaces challenging. We recommend renting a compact vehicle to navigate the tight spaces with ease.

  • Most roads in this city have a speed limit of approximately 35mph. Streets in residential, school zones, and business areas typically post a 25mph limit. The speed along the interstate roads is around 70mph outside the urban core. On the Charleston peninsula, these interstate highways have limitations ranging from approximately 40mph to about 55mph.

  • In North Charleston, the average cost of gas is about $2.40 per gallon. Some gas stations in the city have cheaper rates, which is ideal if you have a busy schedule—check out the Ace Market or Shell gas stations on Rivers Avenue. You can also find well-known providers, such as Sunoco, along International Boulevard, allowing convenient refilling before returning your car to the airport. Keep in mind that gas prices are higher closer to the airport.

  • You can conveniently park in the Park & Go garage at the Charleston International Airport, which charges around $10 per day on the surface lot. The 5-tier space has an approximately $17 daily rate, while the 3-level lot closest to the terminal offers a maximum of around $15 a day. You can use the North Charleston Marriott Car Park on 4770 Goer Drive or the parking spaces available at 4821 Chateau Avenue for free services.

  • 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!).