Panama City Beach car rentals

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Panama City Beach, FL
Aug 5 — Aug 12
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Panama City Beach, FL
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Thu 8/12
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Panama City Beach car rental information

Pick-up locationPanama City Beach
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations6
Airport locations2
Popular agenciesDollar, Avis, Enterprise, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Panama City Beach

$47/dayEconomy
$49/dayCompact
$54/dayIntermediate
$38/dayStandard
$51/dayFull-size
$85/dayMinivan
$82/dayFull-size SUV
$49/dayPremium
$110/dayLuxury
$50/daySupplier choice
$73/dayIntermediate SUV
$76/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Panama City Beach car rental reviews and directory

From $52/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (60 reviews)
4 locations in Panama City Beach
Enterprise
Locations in Panama City Beach
1104 W 15th St+1 850 872 9206
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2024 W 23rd St+1 850 747 1110
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
557 Richard Jackson Blvd+1 850 234 5796
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6300 West Bay Pkwy+1 833 740 1725
Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30
  • 7.9
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 21 2021
Pros: Fast and friendlyCons: Price
8.8 ExcellentNov 1 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful.Cons: Information on how to drop off
2.0 MediocreOct 31 2020
Cons: Did bot have the car promised 3 times, substitute was not workable due to a seat maintenance problem but they tried to rent it to me anyway
6.4 GoodJun 9 2020
Pros: The staff was great. No issues with pick up and drop box was fairly straight forward.Cons: The car smelled heavily of smoke when we got it. The power steering was making odd noises (may require additional power steering fluid). The right rear tire gave a lower pressure warning after having the car for a few hours. No issues after filling it up so didn't appear to be a structural issue.
8.4 ExcellentFeb 9 2020
Pros: Great location and staff. Especially Jessica Scott. She was wonderful helping set up my rental.Cons: They even offered me a ride after I dropped the car off.... nothing could have been better.
9.6 ExcellentNov 30 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly, drop off very quickCons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentFeb 6 2019
Pros: Edwin was super helpful!! Quick easy checkout and return
10.0 ExcellentDec 7 2018
Pick up and drop off was very quick and easyPros: The car got extremely good gas mileage eco friendly car
4.0 OkayNov 23 2018
Cons: The vehicle I reserved was not available....again Windshield was filthy...could not see out of it.
10.0 ExcellentMar 3 2018
The staff at Enterprise were super fantastic!Pros: They assisted me when I was in a pinch.Cons: Nothing...best service of all!
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From $44/dayRated #2
Thrifty
Most popular
8.6 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in Panama City Beach
Thrifty
Locations in Panama City Beach
6300 West Bay Parkway+1 877 283 0898
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday08:00 - 22:30
Sunday08:00 - 22:30
  • 9
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 4 2020
Pros: Yes and Yes
2.0 MediocreMay 17 2019
Cons: I received a notice that my vehicle was reserved, but after driving to the airport to get it, they had none. No one ever got back to me to say they had no vehicle to prevent me from wasting my time driving to the airport and back.
8.4 ExcellentNov 13 2018
Cons: I stood in line at the counter for 40 minutes and only 3 people were ahead of me! The agent was chatting so much and slow.
10.0 ExcellentOct 25 2018
Excellent ServicePros: The agent was very courteous, checked the needs of the customer and upgraded me to a better vehicle for no additional cost. Her instructions were clear and the vehicle was very clean.
9.6 ExcellentAug 7 2018
Pros: Easy car to get around in. Just the right size for 2 people.Cons: The car was difficult to see out the back window when backing up.
9.6 ExcellentJun 3 2017
Pros: Very easy pick up and car was nice.Cons: Car had been smoked in and heavy perfume to try to cover it.
5.6 OkayMar 25 2017
Panama City BeachCons: I reserved the special which was suppose to be a 5 seater. They gave us a Chevy Spark which is only a 4 seater with room to store 2 pieces of luggage. Obviously we all had luggage. So ended up having to upgrade, when I could have reserved a 5 seater for less. Also, the low air pressure light was on.
10.0 ExcellentAug 16 2016
Pros: Awesome
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From $44/dayRated #3
Dollar
8 Excellent (19 reviews)
1 location in Panama City Beach
Dollar
Locations in Panama City Beach
6300 West Bay Parkway+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday08:00 - 22:30
Sunday08:00 - 22:30
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2021
Cons: They charged me for smoking in the car when I did not. Charge was $400. Very unhappy.
8.0 ExcellentMar 22 2021
Cons: Returned a day earlier and no refund for that day.
2.0 MediocreJul 13 2020
Cons: They could not fulfill your booking.
8.8 ExcellentFeb 16 2020
Pros: Easy access to counter. staff was very helpful.Cons: Seats in the Buick Encore were uncomfortable. Adjustments were not adequate.
2.0 MediocreOct 16 2017
Cons: Maintained that my reservation had been cancelled, failed to make any effort to provide me with any alternatives for a rental. Consequently I had to rent from another agency at a much highest fee. Attendants unprofessional and unresponsive at this Panama City, Florida location.
8.0 ExcellentSep 17 2017
Pros: The car was a nice ride, comfortable and economical.Cons: The car advertized that it held 5 LARGE pieces of luggage. Well, that was a misnomer, as it was a tight squeeze with 3. Large was subjective.
9.6 ExcellentJul 13 2017
Great ChoicePros: Customer Service was great during Pickup and Drop Off. I highly recommend Dollar car rental!
10.0 ExcellentMay 16 2017
Pros: Staff helpful and curtious, got free upgrade to a Rav 4 which we loved
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2017
Hassle free rentalPros: Hassle free rental
6.8 GoodMar 21 2017
Cons: They did not have the type of car I requested, resulting in either a long wait at the airport, or going for an upgrade to a type of car ghey did have available. I got the upgrade for an additional $9 per day.
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From $56/dayRated #4
Avis
7 Good (18 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City Beach
Avis
Locations in Panama City Beach
731 North Highway 231+1 850 914 3090
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
8027 Front Beach Road+1 850 235 6945
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2021
6.0 GoodJul 7 2021
Pros: Car was clean, drop off was very quick.Cons: Pick up was terrible. Waited in line for over an hour and with only one customer service rep. Easily took 10 minutes on average with each customer.
9.2 ExcellentOct 6 2020
Pros: Staff great...drop off easy.Cons: I forgot to ask for a nonsmokers car .It was a great car.
2.0 MediocreSep 8 2020
Pros: TerribleCons: The office did not accept my interim license despite the website saying such licenses were accepted. I was stranded in a strange city with no where to go. In my hour of need, I was betrayed and staff were not helpful, if not rude. They take a reservation, but they do not hold a reservation. Seinfeld got it right. These rental companies will be shadows of their former selves because they do not understand something so simple as do not betray your customer. Do not lie to your customer. Do not strand your customer in a strange city with no options
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2017
Pros: Everything--except somehow I booked a car at an in-town location rather than airport. How did that happen?Cons: I'll probably use Vroom Vroom next time. They have a very clear cancellation policy. Avis/kayak--you couldn't find their cancellation policy with a forensics expert. Ergo I assume it sucks. Thank you for reading. Take the rest of the day off.
6.8 GoodMar 31 2017
Make sure the car you reserve is at the airportPros: We did get the car we reserved the next day and they did allow us to drop it off at the airport and waived the $75 feeCons: Cost $55 to get to the correct Avis. We reserved a convertible And it wasn't available yet.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 27 2017
Pros: Agent was very helpful. Outstanding serviceCons: Agent was very helpful. Outstanding service
8.8 ExcellentSep 15 2016
Good customer ServicePros: Didn't have the car requested but received an upgrade.
2.0 MediocreJul 15 2016
Pros: Was charged an extra $17 with no explaination. I topped off the tank 5 miles from the airport so the tank was full..
7.2 GoodApr 14 2016
Pros: 1) Drop-off in FL was pretty quick. Though contract didn't yet seem to be on file (not this office's fault but rather the one in GA), attendant called office in GA where I picked it up and ironed everything out pretty quickly. 2) Attendant let me wait inside until someone came to pick me up.
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From $44/dayRated #5
Hertz
6.6 Good (28 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City Beach
Hertz
Locations in Panama City Beach
2106 W 15th Street+1 850 913 9112
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
9998 Hutchison Blvd+1 850 235 0833
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.7
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.2
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 5 2021
Pros: Andre was awesome! He took great care of us and made the experience fast and easy! Give the guy a raise!
2.0 MediocreJun 20 2021
Cons: Pick up location was not what I had designated
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2021
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful. Car was really nice.Cons: When I rented I could have sworn it said I was renting from the Panama City Airport but not so. We had to take a cab to the Hertz location somewhere in the middle of town. Airport Hertz said there was no way to change it. It was logistically challenging. Kayak or Hertz should do a better job of clarifying that the rental is not at the airport.
8.0 ExcellentMay 16 2021
Cons: The sales rep came thru when airlines delays prevented pickup at the scheduled time.
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2021
Cons: System allowed a 12pm pickup. The facility closed at 12pm. NOBODY CALLED FOR MY STATUS OR BETTER YET STAYED UNIL I ARRIVED. I arrived shortly after 12pm and the facility was closed. This was Saturday and we were STRANDED WITH NO CARS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE.
2.0 MediocreOct 24 2020
Cons: Hertz notified me one day in advance that they did NOT have the vehicle I reserved almost one month in advance. They reported that there were none available nearby and there was no upgrade available either! I am still waiting for them to refund my money!
6.0 GoodSep 29 2020
Pros: N/A see note belowCons: We booked through Kayak when we arrived there was no record of our booking. So we rented two days later from Avis. Also I tried to book through AAA they said you had no agency in the airport you do. I picked okay as a rating because I don’t think it was your fault but you lost a sale and I thought you should know because in the past you have been excellent.
2.0 MediocreJul 24 2020
Pros: NOTHING.. I FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU GET A CONFIRMATION NUMBER THAT SHOULD BE A DONE DEAL..Cons: I recieved a confirmation number after speaking with a customer repetitive and got there to pick up my rental and was denied.. I made sure to let them know exactly what type of card was being used.. I was told NO PROBLEM EVERYTHING in order ready to go.. I get there with EVERYTHING I was told to have then denied due to credit check .. They were told I had NO CREDIT GOOD OR BAD.. I was told everything was in order NO PROBLEM not having ANY CREDIT..
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2020
Pros: NOTHING!Cons: We were unable to pick up the car due to Hertz wanting more money, even though we had already paid for the reservation in full through Kayak. This was not stated when we booked the car or in subsequent emails from Hertz.
2.0 MediocreMay 5 2019
Pros: They did not have a car!!! We had to get a friend to drive us!Cons: They could have honored our reservation!! I the call saying they couldn’t honor your reservation the day of the rental! I had to get a friend to drive to the location... then I had to cancel on him!!!
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From $43/dayRated #6
Budget
Cheapest deal
5.6 Okay (17 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City Beach
Budget
Locations in Panama City Beach
731 North Highway 231+1 850 769 2449
Monday08:00 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 22:30
Wednesday08:00 - 22:30
Thursday08:00 - 22:30
Friday08:00 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
8027 Front Beach Road+1 850 234 3551
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.2
  • 5.6
  • 5.2
  • 6.1
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 5 2021
Pros: Staff are hard to reach, not very knowledgable, and not very professional. They like to argue and leave you feeling like they have no intention of helping you. They need to be re-trained, other rental companies have much better staff. By a long shot.Cons: Your computer system is horrible for keeping track of reservation information. Your staff needs a huge attitude adjustment, they are rude! Your reservations are too inflexible to allow me to make necessary changes. Your reservations does not keep track of the request to drop off at a different location. Your phone system is inadequately staffed, and the staff in my pick up location never answers their phone. They do not like to work.
2.0 MediocreJul 2 2020
Cons: The car we reserved was not available. We were told it would arrive the next day and it didn’t. This delayed our trip and ultimately forced us to make a reservation with a different company at a much higher cost.
2.0 MediocreJul 11 2019
Cons: Will never rent from them again. Reserved a car online, pickup on July 4th. Site closed early. Customer service could not find my reservation and was less than helpful. I could barely understand him and he kept insisting that my rental was for a different city on a different date. Use Enterprise !!
9.2 ExcellentJan 5 2018
EasyPros: The process was quick. No pressure sales or upgrades.Cons: Cleanliness of the location
6.0 GoodSep 11 2017
Better Clarification NeededCons: The stand was inside a Sears Auto Care and I had to call a number to get someone to come to the stand. The gentleman didn't specify that I'd be charged for a whole new day if not returning to Tampa exactly at 24 hrs. When I returned, it was explained why it was double what I was expecting but I could've planned differently had I known it wasn't prorated for an hour or two over. Also didn't have cruise control on the car which is a big feature when driving longer distances.
6.4 GoodApr 11 2017
Pros: Good on gasCons: It had over 20000 miles on it.was expecting a new model car
6.8 GoodNov 30 2016
Pros: Overall was excellent, system would not let me rate it as I wanted
2.8 MediocreJul 18 2016
I got charged for an extra day because BUDGET WASCons: The whole experience.
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154 travelers who rented a car in Panama City Beach gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations in or near Panama City Beach

Good to know

Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$56/day

Good deal

$45/day

When to book a rental car in Panama City Beach

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Panama City Beach

  • Nestled along the Florida panhandle, Panama City Beach is a long, narrow strip that stretches over 13 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Having a vehicle during your visit gives you greater access to key areas, autonomy, and reduced commuting time. While the city does operate the Bay Town Trolley, the trolley has either limited or no service on holidays and doesn’t operate on Sundays or late at night. Panama City Beach car rentals ensure that you’re not restricted by public transportation and that you have the flexibility to travel on your schedule.
  • If you’ve secured a car rental in Panama City Beach, you can collect it at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (PFN). At the airport, there are several rental car companies present, including Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis, to name a few. Desks for the rental companies can be found on the right and left of the terminal as you exit the building. The parking garage is directly outside across the West Bay Parkway.
  • When heeding navigation guidance in Panama City Beach from your rental car’s GPS, you’ll want to have a clear sense of the major expressways. Two primary roads run along the coast of Panama City Beach: Old State Route 30, which is also known as Front Beach Road, and US Highway 98, which is also known as the Panama City Beach Parkway and sometimes referred to as State Road 30-A. Both Front Beach Road and the Panama City Beach Parkway run east and west across the island area and both connect Panama City Beach with Panama City. Take care to yield to pedestrians along the Front Beach Road, as it’s an active crossing for beachgoers. 
  • Since car rentals in Panama City Beach are a great way to access various parts of the beach-side town, rentals tend to be a popular option. There are only two major roadways and the streets can become quite congested, particularly around rush hours, between 6:30 am and 8:30 am, and 4 pm and 6pm. During peak vacation times, like holidays and Spring Break, if you’re visiting spots in Panama City Beach, you may want to aim to get to your destination earlier in the day, before the traffic gets too heavy and parking spots fill up. During off-peak seasons, like mid-autumn, you’ll find less crowding.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Panama City Beach for $45 or less
  • Book your rental car in Panama City Beach at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Panama City Beach are around 30% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Panama City Beach are around 37% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Panama City Beach

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

  • On average a rental car in Panama City Beach costs $56 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise ($49/day), Avis ($54/day) and Dollar ($73/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Dollar 6300 West Bay Parkway 32409 (12 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in Panama City Beach is $3.52 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Panama City Beach.

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

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

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

  • A Intermediate car rental in Panama City Beach costs $57 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Panama City Beach costs $58 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Panama City Beach costs $45 per day, on average.

  • In Panama City Beach, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 6300 West Bay Parkway (12 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Panama City Beach costs $389 per week ($56 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Panama City Beach costs $1,665 per month ($56 per day).

  • Since Panama City Beach is tailor-designed for outdoor adventure and sun, you may find that SUVs are suitable for your trip, since they tend to offer additional cargo space and legroom. However, if a convertible is an available option, you may want to rent one to soak up some more sun along with your drives.

  • Across the United States, drivers can expect residential areas to have speed limits anywhere around 25mph to 35mph, and the same is true in Panama City Beach. You can expect Front Beach Road to have an average speed limit of about 40mph and, because Panama City Beach Parkway is a highway, you can expect the speed limit to be between about 55mph and 65mph.

  • The average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Panama City Beach is roughly over $2, with some gas stations offering rates on the lower end, and others offering rates closer to $2.50 per gallon. If you’ve rented a sedan, it can cost between $40 to $45 to fill your tank. It may cost between $55 and $60 to fill the gas tank of an average SUV. Consider filling up at the Chevron on Front Beach Road where prices tend to be on the lower end.

  • There are several parking lots along Front Beach Road that provide direct access to the beaches. The variant lots offer various levels of accommodations—on the far east of Panama City Beach, you’ll find smaller lots that have free parking, but no restrooms. For more amenities, try close to Shalimar Beach, where you’ll find larger parking lots with well-maintained restrooms, or by public beach access #64, where you’ll find wooden steps and walkways available to improve accessibility. These spots are also free.

  • 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!).