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Rapid City, SD
Jun 29 — Jul 6
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Rapid City car rental information

Pick-up locationRapid City
Rental locations11
Airport locations8

Rapid City car rental reviews and directory

From $64/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9 Excellent (54 reviews)
2 locations in Rapid City
Enterprise
Locations in Rapid City
1254 E North St+1 605 399 9939
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
4550 Terminal Rd+1 833 445 1502
Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 7 2021
Pros: Drop off & pick up were very easy. Staff was friendly. Was able to find a small SUV to accommodate our party.Cons: Reservation was for a large 4 door sedan. We were assigned a 2 door car. I explained to the staff member we were a party of 5 and I reserved a 4 door car. He was quickly able to find us a small SUV. It was still tight but certainly better than the 2 door car.
8.0 ExcellentOct 20 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly and helpful.Cons: We had paid for Sirrius radio but it was not available in our car. Enterprise was quick to credit us back the cost quickly upon having it reported to them.
10.0 ExcellentOct 5 2020
Pros: The agent who rented us the vehicle was outstandingCons: Nothing really. Got a tire pressure warning on way back to airport, but had nothing to do with Enterprise
9.2 ExcellentAug 29 2020
Cons: Pick up time was a little slow ... several callers who called AFTER I walked in office were handled while I waited instead of putting them on hold and taking care of me in proper order
5.6 OkayAug 3 2020
Pros: Yes. Drop was easyCons: billing was all messed up.. could not reach pickup location prior to straiten out so wasted an hour at pick up trying to fix! Rental was on 9 days but I was being billed for 2 weeks.
10.0 ExcellentJul 19 2020
Pros: The staff at both the pick-up & drop-off points were very nice, courteous & professional.
3.6 MediocreJun 18 2020
Cons: Try Casey's auto rental instead
5.2 OkayMay 27 2020
Pros: The pick-up staff was really friendly.Cons: I feel like we were set up to pay more for this rental from the start. I clearly marked we would only need it for one day, but by the time we got to the drop-off location, it was closed until the following Tuesday (2 extra days). I could not find any information on how to drop off the car to meet up deadline, and when I called Enterprise, they weren't open. Also, the pick up agent was trying to claim we caused hail damage, but I didn't drive through or have any hail during when I had the car. Thank god I didn't drop it off without someone there, because who knows what else they would've tried to pull on us. Now, I've been charged for 3 days & the damage to the car I didn't do. And I will likely never rent from this company again.
7.6 GoodMay 25 2020
Pros: Staff was nice. Put up was not organized, but car was clean and ready.Cons: Picked enterprise because of Riverwalk location. Day before pickup, I called to confirm, and found out car was at a location that was a $13 Uber from our hotel. Added at least another $26 to rental cost.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 1 2020
Pros: Rented here multiple times in the last year, after leaving another rental company. I've been upgraded too for no extra cost a couple times, just due to the low availability of vehicles. A staff member acknowledges you almost immediately. Very little wait time. Had one management trainee personally clean a vehicle, when he didn't have to, and got me on may way. Front office staff have been absolutely professional each and every time, and enjoy a good conversation. Vehicles have thus far been top notch.Cons: Maybe it's time Enterprise provide this store with a bigger parking lot, more vehicles, but with the exact same staff members.
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From $54/dayRated #2
Alamo
Cheapest deal
8.8 Excellent (79 reviews)
1 location in Rapid City
Alamo
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Rd+1 833 445 1504
Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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9.6 ExcellentOct 12 2020
Pros: all around good deal!Cons: Nissan Rogues are not the most comfortable ride, but not bad overall.
9.2 ExcellentJul 26 2020
Pros: The airport was difficult to find where to drop off. Had to park and go inside to ask questions.
9.6 ExcellentDec 9 2019
Pros: speed at check inCons: Better tires to navigate through the snow
8.4 ExcellentSep 29 2019
Pros: the pick up and drop off was very easy
9.2 ExcellentAug 20 2019
Cons: Car was not clean
5.2 OkayJun 26 2019
Pros: Staff was good, truck was notCons: Truck was well used and could have been cleaner inside. Inside had an odor to it. Alamo must have acquired this truck used and put it into service. I had a new Ford four door pickup rented from Hertz the week before and it was great. I thought I was getting a better deal with Alamo on the trip.
9.6 ExcellentJun 24 2019
Pros: Pick-up and drop-off were both fast, efficient, and friendly.Cons: The directions at the airport for rental car return aren't very clear. There should be a sign for a right turn, just near the rental car parking area. Since there isn't, I drove straight on until I realized I must be in the wrong place.
9.2 ExcellentJun 15 2019
Cons: Great car, great service. To expensive
10.0 ExcellentJun 11 2019
Pros: Great experience
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Pros: Easy check-in and checkout! Car was clean and gas tank full. Offered an upgrade on arrival, and that was perfect for planned 15 day rental! Return of car at Spokane airport was exceptional with everything completed in a few minutes by the attendant in the lot at 6:00AM in the morning. No need to go inside and stand in line waiting at a counter!
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From $60/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
8.6 Excellent (80 reviews)
1 location in Rapid City
Hertz
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Road+1 605 393 0160
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 11 2021
Pros: Very helpfulCons: Charges were extreme. Insurance offered at booking a misrepresentatiom.
10.0 ExcellentJun 7 2021
Cons: All good
2.0 MediocreApr 23 2021
Pros: Quick check in and check out.Cons: I returned the car a day early but I was still charged for that day.
4.0 OkayApr 18 2021
Pros: The ease of pick up.Cons: I rented a car two weeks ago to see my elderly mother in the hospital. A week later I had to return for her funeral as she passed away. The price of the rental was three times higher than it was when I rented from them the week before. The car was also dirty, and was definitely not cleaned to COVID standards. I had arrived late at night, so I did not have time to see the inside of the car until the next morning. I called the Hertz 1-800 number and they told me it was a Hertz Licensee Rental location and I would have to call the local number. I called and they told me the rates had gone up in the last week (almost 60%!?). Hertz also said they did not have a bereavement policy. On the call, I told the employee about the car being dirty and he said they would check into it. I never received a call back from Hertz. When I returned the car on April 17 two employees were behind the counter. They told me the same thing about the price increase, and when I told them about the interior of the car being dirty they both said "oh I know who that was". Evidently, there had been several complaints recently regarding the cleanliness of their cars, and all the complaints had been cleaned by the same employee. I continued my check out and left to catch my flight home. I would like to thank the two employees who checked me out as they both told me their condolences. They were also helpful in making notes in the computer regarding my complaint. I do realize there was nothing they could do, as neither was the owner.
9.2 ExcellentAug 23 2020
Pros: Short line even without standing in Gold line. Low mileage modern car as upgrade when compact sedan not available. Simple return process too.Cons: Chevy Malibu upgrade when compact sedan not available was acceptable (no other sedans available). Just not my preferred brand/model.
10.0 ExcellentAug 7 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly and the pick up was quick and easy. When we got to the car we found they gave us an upgrade for no extra cost. Must have been what they had available at the time.Cons: Everything went smoothly. The price was higher than we would have preferred, but that was because we picked up in Rapid City and dropped off in Sioux Falls. The price was lower through Kayak than directly with Hertz. It couldn't have been easier though at both ends.
9.6 ExcellentAug 2 2020
Pros: Great car great staffCons: Nothing
9.6 ExcellentJul 26 2020
Pros: Kale, the RAP airport, was awesome!
10.0 ExcellentNov 20 2019
Cons: The signage in the airport parking instructing renters where to drop off rental vehicles could be better placed. It was difficult to know what to do as Rapid City is a smaller airport and rental agencies do not have staff in the lots to direct customers returning vehicles. Providing drop off instructions at pick-up time might be helpful.
10.0 ExcellentOct 2 2019
Pros: Drop off was very easy and quick. The gas refill price was excellent.
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From $77/dayRated #4
National
8.3 Excellent (16 reviews)
1 location in Rapid City
National
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Rd+1 833 445 1503
Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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Recent reviews
6.4 GoodOct 4 2020
Cons: The car was filthy when I picked it up. Someone had sprayed pop on the inside and the windshield was covered and hard to see out of. There were greasy fingerprints all over the cockpit panels, the seat was stained, and it wasn't vacuumed out after the last customer. It was very obvious that nothing had been cleaned after the last customer.
5.6 OkayJun 18 2020
Cons: There were A LOT of hidden costs!!!.. I booked online and prepaid. I had an emergency so I called them directly to add 1 more day, that day alone was over $200.00 (at the same $46.00 rate)...for ONE DAY!! There was no way to book the same car through priceline, so I had to suck it up. Perhaps details of the total fees before the car is rented would be helpful
6.4 GoodJun 30 2019
Cons: Give me the car I rented instead of one with 5 less seats. Change oil or reset warning. Clean car. Instruct us on hot spot or turn it off.
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2018
Pros: Very easy pick up and drop off- very nice people
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2018
Pros: The counter is very easy to get to in the Rapid City airport and the agent was quick and helpful. We were on our way in no time!
8.0 ExcellentOct 23 2016
National Rapid city sdPros: Free upgradeCons: Inside door jambs & rear hatch area was filthy
5.6 OkayJul 20 2016
no issues, except vehicle interior was FILTHY on pPros: price was fair. in-terminal was convenient. processing was fastCons: vehicle had not been cleaned. there was tar all over the carpet and seats. There was ink pen, or marker, on the rear-most seat. There was debris between the back seats that was not vacuumed. Pulling out of the parking lot, I hit the breaks to have a vitamin water bottle (full) roll out from under the seat at my feet. I went back inside to point all of this out. It was noted on my paperwork.
10.0 ExcellentJun 3 2016
National Car Employees at Rapid City Airport are GPros: I travel a great deal around the US and the World. I always fly/drive and my experience with the guys at National Car Rental at the Rapid City Airport was awesome. The guys I worked with both at check out and check in were very helpful and accommodating. I rented a 2016 Buick Lacrosse and it was a great ride. Thanks so much for a very pleasurable experience with National.
3.2 MediocreMay 29 2016
Pros: Located in terminalCons: Don't understand why I have to give all my flight info to use a debit card but, credit cards get a fast pass. Sill had to pay in full before the keys were handed over. Not the best customer service.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 12 2016
One way car rentalPros: Easy pickup and drop off, great price and service.
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From $70/dayRated #5
Budget
8.3 Excellent (13 reviews)
1 location in Rapid City
Budget
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Road, Suite 116+1 605 393 0488
Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 7.6
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10.0 ExcellentMay 30 2020
Cons: The whole experience far exceeded my expectations ....From pick-up to drop-off
9.2 ExcellentOct 1 2019
Pros: Staff very helpful and friendly.Cons: Price could have been lower.
9.2 ExcellentJul 23 2019
Pros: Staff at Rapid City, SD was friendly and cars were right out the airport exit doors.Cons: Staff could of been more familiar with the additional insurance sold on the web site. They told me it didn't cover an additional driver, which is why I purchased it through you rather then budget.
8.0 ExcellentSep 11 2018
Great car but they need to do better at explaining optionsPros: The car was a very smooth ride and drove very well. Was very handy to have the two extra seats in the back that made it comfortable for 6.Cons: They were not very good at explaining all the extra charges associated with the insurance and gas options which cause my rental to wind up being almost double the original quoted price.
10.0 ExcellentAug 23 2018
Quick, easy rentalPros: Last minute rental decision made simple!Cons: Counter person requiring a SSN!
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From $61/dayRated #6
Avis
7.9 Good (13 reviews)
1 location in Rapid City
Avis
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Road, Suite 107+1 605 393 0740
Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 31 2020
Cons: The car I booked on line didn’t exist. Showed up at the counter. No one was there called the number. Lady identifies herself as the owner tells me she doesn’t even own a car like that in her business.
8.4 ExcellentSep 5 2019
Pros: Every aspect of pickup and drop-off was very easy and smooth.Cons: I was supposed to get a Chevrolet Impala or equal, but got a Hyundai Sonata, which I do not consider as equal.
8.0 ExcellentSep 3 2019
Pros: The staff was great! Very friendly and quick. Explained everything.Cons: The price for the car for one weekend was a bit high, and the car was small and not very powerful. Only 2 suitcases fit in the trunk. But it got us where we wanted to go.
7.2 GoodAug 8 2019
Pros: Staff was helpful and drop off was easyCons: Would have liked a smaller vehicle, like what we requested.
8.0 ExcellentSep 17 2018
Unadvertised feeCons: There was a mileage limit that was so low that I would not be able to complete my planned activities. They were quite willing to sell me a higher mileage rate, but the original mileage restriction was not advertised (to my recollection), so I did not have an option but to add this fee. If I had this knowledge sooner I may have reserved with a different company.
10.0 ExcellentJul 2 2018
Pros: Received the type vehicle requested.
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Rapid City
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Rapid City
2820 Harley Dr
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Easirent
1 location in Rapid City
Easirent
Locations in Rapid City
Rapid City Regional Airport
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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Rent-A-Wreck
1 location in Rapid City
Rent-A-Wreck
Locations in Rapid City
1600 South Dakota 44+1 605 348 3050
Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
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Sunnycars
1 location in Rapid City
Sunnycars
Locations in Rapid City
4550 Terminal Road
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255 travelers who rented a car in Rapid City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car rental locations in or near Rapid City

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$77/day

Good deal

$60/day

When to book a rental car in Rapid City

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

Top tips for renting a car in Rapid City

  • There is plenty to discover in and around Rapid City and the best way to ensure you get to see everything is by renting a car during your stay. The city has various places of interest like the Dinosaur Park, Skyline Wilderness Park, or Watiki Waterpark, but, being nestled next to various major national parks, it is also the perfect base for extended walks and hikes. With their own rental car, travelers are guaranteed maximum freedom to explore everything on their wish list.
  • There is a regional airport (RAP) east of the city and it features various onsite car rental agencies, so the easiest way to start your time in Rapid City is by picking up a car right there. Internationally acclaimed agencies like Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise offer their vehicles for travelers, and with a car you will be in Rapid City in approximately twenty minutes via the SD-44 W.
  • Driving in and around Rapid City during the winter can be adventurous, as the cold season can bring plenty of snow to the mountainous region. It is imperative to prepare for driving on snowy and icy roads when visiting in winter. First of all, ensure there are the appropriate tires on your rental car and consider renting additional snow chains if weather conditions are severe. Adjusting your speed and slowing down are important aspects when driving in wintery conditions, and remember to switch on your headlights so other cars can see you better.
  • Like every city, Rapid City has certain times in which traffic increases and main arterial roads can be clogged up. If possible, avoid driving through the city during the morning rush hour between 7 and 9 am and the evening rush hour from 5 to 8pm. Especially the I-190 and I-90 can face severe traffic increase during these times, with commuters coming in and out of Rapid City.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Rapid City for $60 or less
  • Book your rental car in Rapid City at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Rapid City are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Rapid City

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

  • On average a rental car in Rapid City costs $77 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Rapid City are Enterprise (9.1, 63 reviews), Alamo (8.9, 84 reviews), and Hertz (8.6, 80 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Rapid City is $3.40 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $41 and $54, depending on the car size.

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

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

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Rapid City airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, 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 Rapid City costs $95 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Rapid City costs $69 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Rapid City costs $74 per day, on average.

  • In Rapid City, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise 1254 E North St (2 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Rapid City costs $539 per week ($77 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Rapid City costs $2,309 per month ($77 per day).

  • A 4-wheel-drive car is certainly a wise option when visiting Rapid City, especially when planning to venture out into the National Forest. Good traction is required when driving up winding roads, or when driving on snow or ice. For the winter, check whether there is an ice scraper in the car, as you may need it.

  • Depending on the area, the speed limit within city limits is between 20 mph and 40 mph. Always check the posted signs and street markings. On rural roads drivers can go up to 65 mph, provided the weather conditions permit it, and 80 mph can be driven on most freeways and interstates, but there are exceptions close to urban areas.

  • The average price for a gallon of gas is about $2.55 in Rapid City. Lower rates may be available at gas stations like Mobil or Sam’s Club. It is very important to always refill the tank completely before leaving the city limits for the remote mountainous areas, as there are few gas stations in the remote corners.

  • Parking in Rapid City is a pleasant experience, as many city lots are free after 4 pm on weekdays and are entirely free on weekends. On-street parking is often without any charge for the first few hours, like parking on Main Street, for example. Metered parking is also available and costs around $0.50 per hour and is enforced Monday through Friday.

  • 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!).