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Portland, ME
Jun 23 — Jun 30
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Portland car rental information

Pick-up locationPortland
Rental locations12
Airport locations9

Portland car rental reviews and directory

From $61/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (149 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Alamo
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 370 3979
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59
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  • 8.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2021
Pros: Nothing. I canceled my reservation at the kiosk.Cons: I was given 3 cars to try. The first car wouldn’t turn on and was filthy. The second car had brakes that sounded terrible. The third was filthy. The clerk was rude and short with me. She said those 3 terrible cars were my only options. Yes, including a car that wouldn’t start. I canceled my reservation and went with enterprise.
10.0 ExcellentJan 2 2021
Cons: staff was unhelpful when i told them the car was missing an ez pass
10.0 ExcellentOct 10 2020
Pros: Staff knowledgeable and super friendly. Car clean and newCons: Better lighting in the pickup/drop off area
6.4 GoodSep 29 2020
Pros: customer service was good wait time was goodCons: I reserved a full size car. they gave me a tiny, compact SUV and said "Oh, this is actually one step upgrade for you" It was tiny. not enough room.
2.4 MediocreAug 7 2020
Pros: I was expecting a midsize suv and got a tiny Kia Soul The back did not have ac- the hatch had to be opened manually The return experience in Boston was an absolute nightmareCons: I should’ve been able to rent a bigger vehicle- my children each had to hold luggage because of the tiny car Returning to an under Construction very y’all and dangerous feeling parking deck in Boston was truly the most stressful experience of my trip I was extremely disappointed with the lack of choices for a vehicle upon arrival in Portland- I was expecting at least a Jetta
10.0 ExcellentJun 18 2020
Pros: The car was clean and comfortable.Cons: The drop off parking location for Alamo's cars took a while to find in Bangor
9.6 ExcellentOct 2 2019
Pros: The whole process was quick and easy.Cons: The car had not been washed.
5.2 OkaySep 23 2019
Pros: placing order onlineCons: lady mislead me on pricing options. she advised that to prefuel would be about $10 more. yet when i received the invoice it was $45 more. i felt mislead, and will most likely not use Alamo again
8.0 ExcellentSep 9 2019
Pros: Check in staff very friendly and helpful!
9.6 ExcellentAug 25 2019
Pros: Staff extremely easy to work with, drop off was confusing at first but as soon as an employee reached me (they were busy) it was simple.
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From $49/dayRated #2
Enterprise
8.9 Excellent (159 reviews)
2 locations in Portland
Enterprise
Locations in Portland
1 Marginal Way+1 207 772 0030
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 996 0644
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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  • 8.7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 20 2020
Pros: POOR customer service and response time to callsCons: We had a problem because my husband was exposed and contracted Corvid the whole experience was handled as poorly as posible and lewft us with a huge bill when we informed them immediately. We won't be using Enterprise ever again
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2020
Pros: Very nice, professional and friendly!Cons: Honestly, nothing it was geat!
4.8 OkayOct 20 2020
Pros: I got the last car available and the interior had a strong smell of gas for the entire duration of the trip. I had to drive with the windows rolled down and no one from Enterprise answered the phone while trying to connect with them and ask if I could exchange the car during the trip from Portland to Bar Harbor.Cons: A real person answering the phone and/or calling me back.
5.6 OkayOct 15 2020
Pros: The staff I saw were nice. THere was no one there when I left with the car, and there was a problem. There was something wrong with the driver's side door, and there was no one to talk with about it. I just left because it was late and I was tired.Cons: For $100 per day, give me a car that is perfect. That was way too expensive for a car with a door that sounded like it would break off every time I opened it.
2.0 MediocreAug 3 2020
Cons: The vehicle we rented was old and was uncomfortable
10.0 ExcellentJul 18 2020
Cons: Easy check in, great car in great condition, easy and quick return. Super happy with the experience. Thanks!
10.0 ExcellentJul 17 2020
Pros: Everything as it should be
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2020
Pros: Easy pickup and friendly staff. Easy drop-off in Waterville
10.0 ExcellentJan 22 2020
Pros: FastCons: Nothing
9.6 ExcellentJan 3 2020
Pros: The staff were great, there was no pressure to upgrade.Cons: The car smelled as though someone had smoked in it and spray was used to cover it up.
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From $49/dayRated #3
Dollar
Most popular
8.1 Excellent (130 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Dollar
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 5 2021
Pros: The staff was very nice when we went to pick up our car. The car itself was very clean on the inside and out. It was so easy to pick it up and drop it off at the airport.Cons: Nothing- great service through dollar rental!
10.0 ExcellentJan 7 2021
Cons: Nothing, staff in Portland was friendly and responsive when we discovered a problem. I didn't drop off the car, but I'm guessing it went well.
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2020
Pros: Literally no aspect of this was positiveCons: I was told I could cancel, because I couldn’t use my outgoing trip due to a snowstorm. I was not allowed to cancel this trip so I paid around $150 for nothing
10.0 ExcellentAug 27 2020
Pros: the guy in Portland was fantastic - very informative and helpful
6.0 GoodJun 1 2020
Pros: The staff at Boston Logan were excellent.Cons: The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and cleaning supplies.
2.0 MediocreDec 5 2018
Cons: I was not informed at the time of reservation that the company requires a credit card, which I do not have. I paid $35 at the time of booking and was no able to recoup that money, could t rent the car and was stranded at the airport!
6.8 GoodAug 26 2018
Never got my receipt at pick-upPros: Easy pick-up, nice staffCons: I was offered a printed receipt or an emailed one and chose the emailed version. But I never got it. They do have my email though because that's how I got a link to this survey. So... you tell me?
2.8 MediocreJul 31 2018
Bad dealPros: Picked up car and representative did not offer EZPass option. I drove through a toll and the EZPass did not register. I called Dollar and the representative suggested I take unlimited tolls when I returned the car. I continued to use the EZPass. When I returned the car Dollar charged me $12.00 per day for four days. I wound up paying $48.00 for about $15.00 in tolls. To add insult to injury the car was pretty dirty and smelled like an ashtray. Bad service, bad advice - terrible deal. Avoid them!!
8.0 ExcellentJul 30 2018
Pros: Drop off in Portland very fastCons: Car had to be switched due to wet passenger seat
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2018
All goodPros: Good car. Fair price. Good counter people. No complaints.
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From $48/dayRated #4
Budget
Cheapest deal
8.1 Excellent (146 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Budget
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 874 7521
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
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  • 7.9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 30 2021
Pros: Most things easy. staff was ok...kind of rushed through somethings. This was our first time renting so I actually wanted to know what they were saying.Cons: Fairly smooth experience. The only negative thing was the open bottle of alcohol and pistachio shells found in the pocket of a seat, gross! Otherwise we really enjoyed the rental of the ford Transit for a long trip with 7 kids in tow!
10.0 ExcellentApr 26 2021
Cons: Fast, efficient pickup/dropoff, brand new car. I've always been an Enterprise guy, but no more. I will go through Budget from now on.
2.0 MediocreJan 27 2021
Pros: Nothing. I got not the same car I booked online and they think it does not matter. Worse people and nonprofessional.Cons: Giving the same car I booked and not asking what is wrong with other cars if I did not get the same car I booked.
2.0 MediocreJan 21 2021
Pros: NothingCons: The car should have been the same as booked online.
2.0 MediocreNov 30 2020
Cons: It took 3 hours to get my car
10.0 ExcellentOct 13 2020
Pros: Super easy drop off
10.0 ExcellentSep 29 2020
Pros: Staff was great. No hassle. Car was exactly what I was expectingCons: I really had the perfect experience with my car rental. Could not say anything bad about it
7.6 GoodSep 28 2020
Pros: Staff friendly and helpfulCons: Inside of windshield dirty and smeared. Had to clean myself at hotel.
9.6 ExcellentSep 12 2020
Pros: Upgraded at no charge to a larger vehicle. Vehicle was practically brand new with just 1600 miles on it. Drop off was easy.Cons: Cleaning could have been more thorough - for example the interior door panels were not wiped down. This did not give me the confidence I would have liked that cleaning protocols are being taken extra seriously during a pandemic.
4.8 OkaySep 9 2020
Pros: I paid extra for an upgrade but did not receive one.Cons: Provided what I paid for.
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From $49/dayRated #5
Hertz
8 Excellent (143 reviews)
3 locations in Portland
Hertz
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 774 6391
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
202 Warren Ave Ste 300+1 207 797 7156
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
987 Westbrook St
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  • 7.8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2021
Pros: Friendly staff, they even offered that I probably got a better price on kayak than I would have using the Hertz website (which they offered is ‘down’ a lot). Car was great—clean—low mileage.Cons: All was good…
8.0 ExcellentJun 3 2021
Pros: The staff at pick up and drop off were especially courteous and efficient.Cons: I was amazed at how very expensive the rental cars were post-pandemic travel. Just one year ago the vehicles rented for a fraction of today’s costs which will make me rethink my travel options in the future.
6.0 GoodMay 28 2021
Cons: I booked my rental weeks in advance, but less than 24 hours before I was to pick up my car I was told the office was closed and to call for next steps. I never reached anyone. I ended up calling the airport site and they honored my booking.
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2021
Pros: Received an excellent vehicle. Check in and Check out could not have been smoother.Cons: Nothing. This was seamless and efficient.
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2020
Cons: “Dealers choice was a Dodge Ram pickup truck, something no one would take going to New York City. I had to pay $60 for a reasonable sedan. It was a straight up scam
5.2 OkayOct 30 2020
Pros: I liked the carCons: The car was very dirty
4.0 OkayOct 19 2020
Pros: Great upgradeCons: The car was super dirty
10.0 ExcellentAug 30 2020
Pros: Yes It was easy and everyone was polite and helpful.
4.0 OkayAug 25 2020
Pros: Sraff was very niceCons: Kayak was not truthful regarding the rental location. You said airport. It was actually a $30.00 Uber ride from the airport.
6.0 GoodApr 7 2020
Pros: Ease of rental.Cons: Car was not cleaned. It had food in it and liquid pills in seats. Missing floormats. Scratched vinyl.
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From $55/dayRated #6
Avis
8.5 Excellent (31 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Avis
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 874 7500
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
  • 8.6
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  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 28 2021
Pros: Didn't take forever like other car rentals, I got my car within 5 minutes of arriving!!
8.4 ExcellentAug 17 2020
Pros: The agent accommodated our change request at the desk efficiently and the upgrade was more than satisfactory.Cons: Off hours drop off needs some work. There were no clear instructions or directions as to where to deposit the keys. I dropped them off at the unmanned desk. I never received a notice that the keys were accounted for.
10.0 ExcellentNov 7 2019
Pros: The staff was very helpful and attentive.
3.6 MediocreAug 8 2019
Pros: I rented the car on Kayak for $135. When it was all said and done, it was $298. Nickel and diming you is not ok.Cons: Charge what we originally ordered!
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2017
efficient.Pros: the computer automatically includes a partial fuel charge and the gentleman that checked in the vehicle had me go inside ant the customer relations person promptly removed that charge.. To me the tis caring about your customers.
10.0 ExcellentJul 30 2017
Pros: Great value and car. Very convinent location at the airport
9.2 ExcellentOct 14 2016
Pros: The gentlemen that checked us in at Cambridge was great. Thanks
9.6 ExcellentSep 30 2016
Pros: Loved the Ford fusion
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2016
Pros: Awesome customer service
10.0 ExcellentAug 29 2016
Pros: easy drop off
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From $66/dayRated #7
National
8.6 Excellent (14 reviews)
1 location in Portland
National
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 370 3978
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59
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  • 8.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2020
Pros: Staff was greatCons: The vehicle smelled like smoke.
6.8 GoodJul 17 2019
Pros: Drop off easy. Staff super helpful.Cons: Rental was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We traveled in Maine over unfamiliar roads GPS often wrong, particularly in Portland Jetport. Often made last minutes changes in turn directions causing us to miss numerous turns and causing way too much backtracking.
10.0 ExcellentMar 19 2018
Pros: EverythingCons: No complaints
10.0 ExcellentSep 14 2016
Pros: Van with price as promisedCons: Everything fine
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2016
Pros: Friendly and Professional
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Easirent
1 location in Portland
Easirent
Locations in Portland
Portland International Jetport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Sunnycars
1 location in Portland
Sunnycars
Locations in Portland
Airport Parking Garage, Lower Level
Recent reviews
772 travelers who rented a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

Car rental locations in or near Portland

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$51/day

When to book a rental car in Portland

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

Top tips for renting a car in Portland

  • There is so much to see and do on your visit to Portland, Maine. With a rental car you’ll be able to take scenic tours along the coast or drive from Portland to Freeport to admire the foliage and sandy beaches along the way. Additionally, with a rental car you can explore charming nearby towns around New England like Camden or New Port, Rhode Island.
  • Portland, ME provides easy access to many New England towns. At the Portland International Jetport, the rental car station is conveniently located next to the main terminal. You’ll simply have to walk a short distance to pick up your rental. Some rental agencies at this airport include Enterprise, Hertz, and Budget.
  • Driving in New England can be difficult to navigate because of its many islands. Consequently, you will need a strong GPS system to get around. When traveling in the winter months, note that snow and ice can slow down your travel considerably so give yourself plenty of extra travel time.
  • Rush hour in Portland peaks between about 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning. Afternoons are a little less predictable, with rush hour starting at about 3:30 p.m. and continuing through to 6 p.m. Because traffic can be so sporadic, you might want to check it on the internet or on your smartphone before leaving the hotel.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Portland for $51 or less
  • Book your rental car in Portland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium rental cars in Portland are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Portland

  • Some car rental companies in Portland 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 Budget

  • On average a rental car in Portland costs $66 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Portland are Alamo (9.1, 175 reviews), Enterprise (9.0, 175 reviews), and Budget (8.1, 156 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Portland 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.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Portland.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Logan Intl airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Advantage, E-Z Rent-A-Car and Payless.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Logan Intl airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Advantage, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and Payless.

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

  • A Standard car rental in Portland costs $61 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Portland costs $65 per day, on average.

  • A Supplier choice car rental in Portland costs $57 per day, on average.

  • In Portland, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 1001 Westbrook Street (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Portland costs $460 per week ($66 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Portland costs $1,970 per month ($66 per day).

  • If visiting here in the winter, you might want to consider a car with four-wheel drive to help you to better maneuver in the snow. Other times of the year, a convertible like a Jeep or Mazda Miata are ideal for cruising the beach. Better yet, with a sporty convertible you can better see the sights and enjoy the fresh breezes.

  • When you’re on the highway driving to other cities in Maine, you can travel up to speeds of 75 miles per hour. However, when you are driving around the city, the maximum allowed speed limit is 55 mph on main roads and 25 mph in residential neighborhoods. Be sure to slow down to 15 mph when you are close to a school zone.

  • Gas prices in Portland are usually about $2.80 for a gallon, which is lower than the national average in the United States. However, during the summer holidays (especially the 4th of July and Labor Day), gas prices tend to increase all around Maine and throughout New England. If your travels are taking place during the holidays, plan your gas station stops accordingly.

  • On-street, paid parking is pretty easily found all around the city, including downtown. However, it is important to note that metered parking is regularly enforced (there is a 2 hour maximum on spots). The city also owns a few parking garages and lots. A couple are in the center of town and close to tourist attractions like the Victoria Mansion or the Portland Museum of Art.

  • 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!).