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St. Petersburg, FL
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St. Petersburg car rental information

Pick-up locationSt. Petersburg
Rental locations14
Airport locations5

Cheap car rentals in St. Petersburg

$56/dayEconomy
$56/dayCompact
$59/dayIntermediate
$67/dayStandard
$62/dayFull-size
$107/dayMinivan
$80/dayFull-size SUV
$77/dayPremium
$102/dayLuxury
$64/dayPickup truck
$75/dayIntermediate SUV
$77/dayStandard SUV
$86/daySupplier choice
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St. Petersburg car rental reviews and directory

From $27/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
7.4 Good (33 reviews)
4 locations in St. Petersburg
Enterprise
Locations in St. Petersburg
313 18th Ave S+1 727 803 0066
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3400 5th Ave S+1 727 323 2144
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3445 34th St N+1 727 202 3833
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4700 34th St N.+1 727 528 9291
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJun 15 2021
Cons: The price doubled since last year!
2.0 MediocreOct 22 2020
Cons: It would have helped to know that the Enterprise agency where we had rented from on-line was closed at noon on Saturday, especially as we didn't arrive until 1:00 p.m.. We were never able to pick up our rental car.
2.0 MediocreOct 18 2020
Pros: Prices and online selection were great...Cons: Actually having a car for me to drive anywhere in 75 miles would have been better
4.4 OkaySep 27 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly but unhelpful when I needed to return the rental after an hour when we realized the mattress we were trying to donate would not fit safely into the truck bed. They would not refund the purchase although fuel unchanged and plenty of inventory on lot indicating we were not tying up any vehicles. Very disappointing.Cons: Staff was friendly but unhelpful when I needed to return the rental after an hour when we realized the mattress we were trying to donate would not fit safely into the truck bed. They would not refund the purchase although fuel unchanged and plenty of inventory on lot indicating we were not tying up any vehicles. Very disappointing
8.8 ExcellentJun 29 2020
Pros: Staff friendly!Cons: Vehicle was not ready upon arrival
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly, process was quick.
2.0 MediocreMar 11 2019
Cons: Got to the place to find out i needed 2 other forms of identification.
8.8 ExcellentMar 3 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, quick pick upCons: Drop off wait.
2.0 MediocreFeb 25 2019
Pros: Poor experience. No cars available despite renting one online. Drove to the location to be told all the cars were rented out.Cons: Have cars available especially after you make a promise to customers.
10.0 ExcellentJan 24 2019
Pros: Pick up and drop off we’re super easy, team was very professional, will absolutely go back.Cons: The parking lot is a little bit confusing.
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From $21/dayRated #2
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7 Good (67 reviews)
3 locations in St. Petersburg
Hertz
Locations in St. Petersburg
14700 Terminal Blvd+1 727 532 4801
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday08:00 - 17:30
2525 34th Street North+1 727 327 1748
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
6190 34th Street North+1 727 528 0557
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.8
  • 7.1
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2021
Pros: We cancelled this vehicle via phone call and on line. We are still being charged for the car.Cons: Accept a cancellation by phone and via online and refund charged fees to the customer in a timely fashion.
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2021
Pros: Pickup experience was a nightmare and I was placed into a dirty car.Cons: Speed at checkout. They should have cleaned the car... esp during Covid. They should have placed me into a different car if they didn’t have time to clean the car they put me into. I also could not get ahold of customer service for the life of me. Awful experience.
2.0 MediocreApr 11 2021
Pros: Drop off at SFB was easy. We had to change our drop-off location mid-trip and this was easy to do over the phone using the “rental extension” phone number on our initial receipt.Cons: Was traveling with an IL driver’s license that had its expiration date extended 6 months by the state of IL due to Covid-19. No issues with TSA in 3 different airports. No issues anywhere except Hertz in St. Petersburg where the store manager would not allow me to pick up the car. In the state of FL, Hertz does not have good options for dealing with toll roads. You can either pay an exorbitant amount of money up-front (for our rental period something like $70, way more than the amount we would pay in tolls), or you can get charged afterwards for the tolls you use + a $10 administrative fee for each. There are several toll roads where you can only “pay by plate” or transponder and there is no option for paying with cash, so if you don’t know the area and your navigation takes you on one of these roads, Hertz has you over a barrel.
2.0 MediocreMar 18 2021
Pros: Agent called an hour before pickup saying no vehicle was available. No alternative given. No help offered. I would never trust hertz again.Cons: Providing the service promised.
2.0 MediocreMar 6 2021
Cons: Made appointment online for same day rental and went to pick up and there's none available. I live in area and saw vans/cars there never move. Also never received a call when one came available.
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2020
Pros: The Hertz rental at that location no longer exists. I took an Uber to and from the location from my home, $18. I waited outside on hold for over 20 minutes while an agent tried to find another location with a car. No such luck. My Christmas plans were ruined.Cons: Update your website to reflect accuracy.
2.0 MediocreDec 1 2020
Pros: They never got a vehicle for me. I called after making the reservation through Kayak and they had nothing in. They promised to call me as soon as they did. I never received a call back.Cons: Everything could have been better.
4.8 OkayJan 1 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly. Drop off was easyCons: better quality vehicles and clean vehicles
9.2 ExcellentJun 1 2019
Pros: Staff were friendly and the checkout/check-in process was easy and quick.Cons: It would be convenient for customers if the office was open until 7 pm. Florida traffic can be terrible and the extra time would be helpful.
6.8 GoodMay 29 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. Pick-up and drop-off went smoothly and efficiently.Cons: I prefer traveling with a spare tire. As I vaguely recall, this vehicle had a spare. Fortunately I did not need it, but to me it is a deal-breaker NOT to have one.
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From $33/dayRated #3
Thrifty
6.1 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in St. Petersburg
Thrifty
Locations in St. Petersburg
3535 Ulmerton Road+1 727 573 1507
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.7
  • 6.2
  • 5.8
  • 5.5
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
4.8 OkayJan 4 2020
Pros: Didn't have the full-size car we requested, but was upgraded to full-size SUV.Cons: Pickup at airport was horrendous. No counter or signs, had to inquire at information booth. They gave me a slip of paper and said I had to call to request a shuttle pickup. They also said, "Don't leave a message, they won't respond. Just keep calling". After trying to reach them for more than 20 minutes (their automated system kept sending me to numbers that were disconnected or mailboxes were full), I finally reached someone. It was then another 10 minutes for the shuttle to get to the airport, 10 minutes to get to the off-site rental location (in the lobby of the Holiday Inn). Wasn't the most pleasant, relaxing start to our vacation. Lots of better options at this airport!
5.6 OkayOct 27 2019
Pros: The staffs were friendly and they treat us good. I had no issues with them except they haven’t mentioned me abou the toll program. But I have handled it in different way.Cons: The inside of the car was vacuumed but still dirty with some foot marks on dash board and all. The out side wasn’t looking that impressive too. First place i been to from pickup was to a quick car wash. But it wasn’t that bad though. However i made a car wash before I dropped it because that may help the next customer.
8.8 ExcellentOct 5 2019
Pros: Staff wasn’t very friendly but they were mildly helpful. The car they gave me at first reeked of cigarettes and had a warped tire so I asked for another car. Staff seemed annoyed that I inspected the vehicle before driving off, but honored my request for another car.
7.2 GoodSep 30 2019
Pros: The staff was accommodating.Cons: The quality of the car was poor. There was an annoying front end rattle and I was not able to pair my phone to the blue tooth system.
10.0 ExcellentJun 11 2019
Pros: I got a free upgrade
4.8 OkayJan 27 2019
Pros: not much, other than the drop-off was conveniently located at airportCons: website advertised pick-up was by shuttle but didn't mention it was off-site, pick-up was located at a Holiday Inn a couple of miles from the airport. The total charge to my credit card was about $32 more than what they said it would be, and there was no SunPass, was told to avoid toll roads!
2.0 MediocreJul 15 2018
They did not carePros: Nothing to like since they never showed up with their shittleCons: There was no shuttle at the airport. The number to call did not answer. Left multiple messages, called headquarters. Got the run-around theough several people. Then was past the closing time of the local office. It was a pathetic show of customer service. I ended up walking to the AVIS counter and had a car in 5 min.
2.0 MediocreMay 18 2018
Cons: They andwered the phone saying we would be picked up in 10-minutes - they never showed I rented a car from Ace Rental who provided outstanding service Thrifty -never again!
3.2 MediocreApr 29 2018
Pay the fee for airport rental!Cons: Even though my family and I had made arrangements to drop the car off at the "nearby" location to the airport at a specific time, transportation to the terminal wasn't provided because we didn't "schedule" a shuttle. Funny how it was there when we arrived but not available when we left...
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2018
I will never rent from this location againPros: NothingCons: 1 off site 2 picked up in unmarked van 3 employees wearing uniform for a different company 4 no one at rental desk at 8am when I dropped it off 5 Had to have Holiday Inn shuttle take me to airport or else I would have needed to take a cab sign said they would be back in 25 minutes add that to check out time and then having them take me to airport you are looking at having to drop car off 1 hour before you want to get to the airport... I will never rent from this Thrifty location again
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From $29/dayRated #4
Avis
6.8 Good (9 reviews)
1 location in St. Petersburg
Avis
Locations in St. Petersburg
4037 66th Street North+1 727 347 7875
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
  • 6.4
  • 7.3
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
9.2 ExcellentJul 4 2020
Pros: The car was a beautiful brand new 2020 model. The interior was sparkling clean and the exterior only had a few chipped paint spots. The car drove smoothly and fit my wife and I’s need.Cons: The staff at the pickup location was rude. Was not friendly and could’ve made the process of checking in for the car for enjoyable and less stressful.
8.8 ExcellentJul 3 2020
Pros: Staff was abrupt, but during the pandemic that was appreciated.Cons: Not sure how well the car's interior was sanitized .
2.8 MediocreMay 27 2020
Pros: Bad staff, bad cleaning, bad chargeCons: Attention!! The priced supposed to be one but the final charge was 4x more
2.0 MediocreOct 14 2019
Pros: Worst experience with a rental company I have ever had. Was not able to retrieve my rental car because even though I had a reservation they decided to give my car away. Missed my best friends wedding because surrounding car rental companies were too expensive to buy the day of. Could have figured out a different option had I known my reservation would not be honored.Cons: Worst customer service.
8.0 ExcellentMar 28 2019
Pros: staff was friendly , ended up with a great car! great price!Cons: When I showed up my reservation car was not there and the only car available was a minivan, I had reserved a compact car for ease in the city to park etc, I was not happy, but at the last minute someone drove in with a vw beetle turbo so I was saved !
10.0 ExcellentAug 27 2018
Enjoyed itPros: I like the service and the car. I also like the speed
5.6 OkayDec 11 2017
Pros: Car drove welL. No drop-off fee for returning to a different city in FloridaCons: Agent in St Pete was slow as molasses. Car smelled like air freshener was used to mask the smell of cigarettes.
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From $30/dayRated #5
Budget
6.3 Good (24 reviews)
1 location in St. Petersburg
Budget
Locations in St. Petersburg
4037 66th St North+1 727 345 1871
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.3
  • 6.6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreFeb 24 2021
Pros: NothingCons: We Ubered there to pick up the car and there was no one there. We wasted time and money.
5.6 OkayFeb 11 2019
Pros: Staff was nice. They just didn’t have any cars when we got there. Said it would be 3 hours or I could upgrade. We had planned on have a full size. I had to upgrade to an suv that cost $100 more then plan on.Cons: Just having a a car for me or budget making up the difference.
2.0 MediocreOct 21 2018
Cons: Reserved for convertible- was told none was available. This is I spite of reserving it several months in advance. No attempt to try to find another vehicle in surrounding areas. Asked to call central reservation number for budget - they were no help at all. Did not even offer to reduce rates as promised vehicle was not available. Very poor service.
6.0 GoodMar 26 2018
Pros: Got the keys right away, was able to drop the car off after hours.Cons: After getting the keys, was told to remove the sunpass from windshield since I had my own and didn’t want the additional charges. I couldn’t remove it- no one was around to help. I saw a man that worked there and asked for help, then yelled for help but he ignored me and kept walking. Also, if you leave your vehicle there you have to park it across the street.... so walking across 6 lanes of fast moving traffic is a little unsettling.
4.0 OkayMar 5 2018
Pros: The auto was clean and economicalCons: We were informed that we could pick up the rental at the st. Pertersburg/Clearwater airport. At the Budget counter, we were informed that at the car had to be picked up at the Budget office 16 miles away in city. We wasted a couple of hours scrambling to find transportation in an unfamiliar city. The agent at the city Budget office was rude and inconsiderate The whole experience was awful. We will not use Budget to rent an auto again.
2.0 MediocreDec 30 2017
Did not have a car for usPros: The price...I guessCons: We reserved a van for our family vacation far in advance. When I arrived on the morning g of the reservation, I was informed there were no vehicles. They didn’t bother to call me so I could make other arrangements. It was right after a holiday weekend so we couldn’t find any other vehicles and had to take multiple cars on our trip. Very disappointed.
8.4 ExcellentJul 4 2017
Pros: Clean and quickCons: A little pushy to join their online services
6.0 GoodMar 18 2017
Car smelled like vomitPros: The employeesCons: Puke odor does not make for a pleasant ride : /
10.0 ExcellentMar 3 2017
Pros: The car was very nice. The check in and check out was efficient and prompt. Good team which works there.
6.4 GoodFeb 20 2017
Cons: Got a ride local friends from airport to car rental. It took 30+ minutes to go 10 miles. We missed the 2 PM closing by 10 minutes. We had no idea the place closed at 2 PM on the weekend. This was not mentioned on any correspondence. I switched the drop off to the airport for over half the cost of a week's rental. I call that excessive!
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From $26/dayRated #6
Dollar
6.2 Good (20 reviews)
1 location in St. Petersburg
Dollar
Locations in St. Petersburg
3535 Ulmerton Rd+1 727 573 1507
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
  • 5.4
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 16 2019
Cons: Car rental was not at airport, was offsite at an old hotel which was very strange. Shuttle was broken down upon arrival and not running for our departure. We had to take an Uber to the airport which was very inconvenient because we were traveling with a car seat and a small child. This location should not be included as an airport location.
10.0 ExcellentNov 16 2019
Pros: Everything was seamless and price was lowest anywhere .Cons: I can’t say anything that could have gone better .
9.2 ExcellentDec 18 2018
Pros: Clean and comfortable
10.0 ExcellentDec 2 2018
Pros: Our plane was late getting into the airport and they still had a nice car for us.Cons: The car didn't have mats in it and we hated getting sand i it.
6.0 GoodFeb 19 2018
Pros: The free upgrade.Cons: Long wait for the van at the airport, cultural preference playing music for preferred culture loudly in the van, no one at the desk to return the car, one was driving one was washing cars. The car I ordered was unavailable. The next car was dirty, and the trunk would not open. The last car I was offered was wonderful.
5.6 OkayJul 6 2017
Cons: Drop off was at a desk tucked away in the side of the lobby of a holiday inn and required waiting on a shuttle to drive us the mile to the airport terminal.
5.6 OkayJul 2 2017
Pros: Good price.Cons: Drop off is off-site. Pick up van was a normal Chrysler Pacifica with minimal seating. Very slow to pick up at PIE Airport.
2.0 MediocreApr 24 2017
Never rent from DollarPros: Dollar lists themselves as "being at the airport". They are not at the airport and there was no shuttle, no counter, no phone. When we called the LOCAL phone number to have them bring us a car or shuttle us to their location, NO ONE ANSWERED THE PHONE. We called again and again, but as you can imagine, you can only stand around the airport for so long before you give up and rent a car from one of the counters at the airport.Cons: Terrible service and zero help from the 1800 phone number. No one answered the phone at the local office. We landed at 8:00 pm - so after business hours - but certainly not the middle of the night. There is no excuse for Dollar Rental Car leaving us high and dry. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT RENT FROM THEM! TERRIBLE BUSINESS OWNERS
2.0 MediocreApr 23 2017
Miss leadingPros: NothingCons: Miss led they were located in airport, they are not
8.0 ExcellentMar 22 2017
Pros: Everything went well
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Exotic Luxury Rental
1 location in St. Petersburg
Exotic Luxury Rental
Locations in St. Petersburg
200 2nd Ave So+1 813 444 8188
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in St. Petersburg
Sunnycars
Locations in St. Petersburg
14700 Terminal Boulevard
Recent reviews
218 travelers who rented a car in St. Petersburg gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.6

Car rental locations in or near St. Petersburg

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$34/day

Good deal

$26/day

When to book a rental car in St. Petersburg

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Top tips for renting a car in St. Petersburg

  • As a tourist in Saint Petersburg, the best way to see this exciting city is by car. Within the comfort of your own car, rather than taking the time-consuming public transport, you can visit all the sights at your own pace. From exploring the coast of Tampa Bay to the Museum of Fine Arts, you can easily access all the sights with the luxury of a rental car.
  • Looking forward to renting a car on your trip to Saint Petersburg? When you fly into Tampa International Airport, the on-site car rental desks can be located using the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal. If you have booked an off-site car rental company, you can use the courtesy vehicle service in the Red and Blue Baggage Claim areas. It is really easy to find a rental car in the terminal.
  • Driving around Saint Petersburg is a very laid back, thanks to its navigable roads. When you are in your car, it’s good to know that cyclists have the same rights to the roadways as other vehicles, so they must obey the same traffic laws. Throughout Florida, drivers must always keep headlights on and may turn right at a red light unless a “no turn on red” sign is posted.
  • In Saint Petersburg, the rush hour begins in the morning between 7:30 am and 9:30 am and again in the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. During these peak times, it’s best to avoid the popular I-275 exits and Hillsborough Avenue as well as the Veterans Expressway. It’s a good idea to steer clear of driving during rush hour on Monday mornings and Friday evenings, along with national holidays.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in St. Petersburg for $26 or less
  • Book your rental car in St. Petersburg at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in St. Petersburg are around 39% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in St. Petersburg

  • Some car rental companies in St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg costs $34 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($60/day), Budget ($64/day) and Avis ($77/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 4037 66th Street North 33709 (6 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in St. Petersburg are Enterprise (7.9, 50 reviews), and Hertz (7.2, 101 reviews).

  • The average gas price in St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Tampa airport include Executive Car Rental, Alamo, Hertz, Fox, Sixt, Thrifty, Enterprise, Ace, Dollar and Budget.

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

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

  • A Standard car rental in St. Petersburg costs $32 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in St. Petersburg costs $32 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in St. Petersburg costs $31 per day, on average.

  • In St. Petersburg, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 6190 34th Street North (5 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in St. Petersburg costs $235 per week ($34 per day).

  • On average a rental car in St. Petersburg costs $1,005 per month ($34 per day).

  • Blessed with predominantly large roads which are ideal for a wide range of vehicle sizes, Saint Petersburg is a great place to rent all types of car. If you are planning to visit Tampa Bay or the beach, you shouldn’t have any trouble driving around in an SUV or a compact car.

  • In Saint Petersburg and throughout the state of Florida, the maximum speed limit on highways is 55 mph, unless otherwise posted. In urban and residential areas, the speed limit is 30 mph, whilst on rural interstate highways the speed limits are 70 mph. If you are driving in school zones, the speed limit is 20 mph.

  • Compared to gas prices of $3.06 per gallon across the US, the cost of gas in Florida is around $2.27 per gallon. In Saint Petersburg, the price of gas is a lot cheaper where you can expect to pay around $2.03 per gallon on average.

  • Saint Petersburg has a variety of parking options, both in the city center and on its beaches. There are several public parking garages open seven days a week, as well as on-street metered parking in downtown. Metered parking spaces are free of charge in the evening and on weekends.

  • 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!).