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South Bend, IN
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South Bend car rental information

Pick-up locationSouth Bend
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations12
Airport locations9
Popular agenciesEnterprise, Budget, National

Cheap car rentals in South Bend

Economy$43/day
Compact$41/day
Intermediate$41/day
Standard$41/day
Full-size$41/day
Minivan$69/day
Full-size SUV$56/day
Luxury$80/day
Supplier choice$44/day
Intermediate SUV$53/day
Standard SUV$63/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

South Bend car rental reviews and directory

From $34/dayRated #1
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Best rated
Most popular
7.5 Good (43 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Hertz
Locations in South Bend
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJul 29 2019
We tried to get the van a day earlier... we started that task 4 days before our original pick up date...what a nightmare. So much so that we will never use Hertz again. Unbelievable that no one could get their business together to be able to figure out how we could rent the vehicle a day earlier.
9.2 ExcellentJul 17 2019
Great staff, good value, so easy to get in and out fast.People were obviously vaping in the car. Didn’t do a great job at getting smell out. For a car with only 8,000 miles it smelled.
8.0 ExcellentMay 2 2019
Everything
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2019
Pick Up Staff was helpful and friendly. Pick up and Drop off EasyBeing an elderly person, I wish there was a brief review of car options. I had to go on you tube to figure out how to open trunk and 3rd car door.
8.4 ExcellentOct 9 2018
The car was clean, no smells. It served me well.The parking lot where the cars are parked was disappointing, but this was a small airport.
2.0 MediocreOct 8 2018
Steer Clear!Extremely disappointed as our agreement and payment was to/with Kayak NOT CarRentals.com. When we showed to pick up the rental, we turned away because of not having enough available credit on our major credit card. We were stuck with the $216 fee and NO car!!! At this point we're prepared to spread the word about Kayak car rentals....STAY AWAY and buyer beware. Please, we need our refund!
2.0 MediocreAug 2 2018
Hertz was the only rental place not openLanded in South Bend in the middle of the day on the weekend. Hertz was the only car rental place that was not open -- even though I had a reservation fornthat time. Ended up going to Enterprise and got much better treatment. Will be using them from now on.
10.0 ExcellentJul 2 2018
Free upgradeI was given a free upgrade from a Nissan to an Impala!
10.0 ExcellentDec 12 2017
Color make and model
2.0 MediocreNov 28 2017
poor infoI payed for the reservation on line with a debit card, but Hertz required a credit card at the time of pick up so I was not able to use the reservation.
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From $34/dayRated #2
Budget
5.9 Okay (44 reviews)
2 locations in South Bend
Budget
Locations in South Bend
  • 5.3
  • 6.2
  • 6
  • 5.6
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleAug 30 2021
Got told I should have received a call saying that the van was not going to be ready , never received anything .
1.9 HorribleJul 29 2021
Friendly lady at the counter. Budget never registered the return of the vehicle even though I followed instructions on the drop box. The customer service online never responded. The men on the phone (after the two hour hold) gave me no confirmation that the issue was cleared up and only promised to refund the thousands they charged my card for. I now have a latter saying I am being prosecuted if I don’t return the car (which is returned). I even drove back to the south bend airport where I rented the vehicle, and the man at the counter said it showed my car was turned in, but he couldn’t do anything about the refund. I would NEVER rent from them again. I have spent hours trying to Get this problem fixed, and it is still not fixed.
8.0 ExcellentJun 17 2021
Staff was great! Pickup and drop off easy!The car we had was great except the smell, it had a strong smell that was exasperated by the heat when ever it was closed for a while. Had to air out often. Liked having CarPlay to help get around etc.
4.0 OkayJun 11 2021
YesCar was very dirty and not maintained
8.0 ExcellentMay 30 2021
YesGetting the car Shown on line not another.
8.0 ExcellentApr 22 2021
Wish it had washer fluid. It might have helped during the blizzard we drove through. The back seats were dirty with dog hair and dried slobber.
2.0 MediocreFeb 26 2021
Reserved a convertible weeks in advance that showed on the website was available. It wasn’t!If it isn’t available, the Corp website shouldn’t allow you to reserve one! I wasn’t notified it wouldn’t be available. Not at booking, not a week before booking, not the day before booking. a specialty vehicle order should be a flag that budget should validate and confirm availability when booking or within a day or two. It totally messed up my plans, cuz I called one day in advance just to confirm and assure, and to my surprise, they said No, none on the lot and none will be on the lot. Budget, you have a corporate issue here, that you need to address! You simply can’t say it’s available when the local office tells me no way it’s gonna be there. How can Corp office say one is available to rent? False advertising. I would have been livid had I traveled there only to find the promised reservation not possible to be filled, with budget knowing this well in advance but doing NOTHING about it.
2.0 MediocreNov 17 2020
Desk was not open at 0800 as scheduled, and hadn't even opened by 0830 when we left in a acar from another agency!
10.0 ExcellentJun 27 2020
Very friendly and helpful staff.
2.0 MediocreJun 10 2020
They could have had a vehicle available. No vehicle = stranded at the airport. Thanks Budget and Kayak! (But not really)
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From $41/dayRated #3
Alamo
8.9 Excellent (22 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Alamo
Locations in South Bend
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 16 2017
CourteousDesk agent very prompt and friendlyGave us free upgrade
2.0 MediocreApr 22 2017
Didn't have a car for me.Nothing.After arranging for the rental several days in advance and prepaying, I arrived to pick up my rental only to find that they did not have a car available for me. Instead I was offered my pick of dirty vehicles that had not been cleaned or refilled. Ended up going to Hertz and spending more money to rent a car spur of the moment but at least they had cars.
10.0 ExcellentMar 24 2017
Upgrade for freeNothing
9.2 ExcellentMar 20 2017
Price. Bringing the car to the front. Quality of car.
8.8 ExcellentFeb 8 2017
Friendly customer service agents.Too many hidden fees. Just use bottom line pricing when quoting costs.
7.6 GoodFeb 4 2017
very helpful staff!The woman at the counter in South Bend was great! Loved that she offered me a bottle of water for the road - great touch!The car didn't have a CD player - really wish there was a way for that to be indicated in advance. Also the car itself was pretty uncomfortable, hard to maneuver the seats but for the price and short drive it got the job done. The address listed for the Alamo pickup was wrong, it should be more specific in the rental info. Had to ask at another place before finding out about going into the airport. And then still had to get from rental counter to where the car was located. Please put that info in rental stuff up front so people can know that in advance!
10.0 ExcellentDec 22 2016
Needed to rent in one state and drop in another. Alamo was very convenient and accomodatingCar had an odor of smoke when I picked it up so previous renter must have been a smoker
10.0 ExcellentDec 19 2016
Great Deal, Great ExperienceSuper efficient pickup and drop off, best deal we've ever found for the South Bend airport to Chicago O'Hare airport route, gas was very affordable, and they easily reimbursed us for the I-Pass when it didn't work.The I-Pass we paid for was invalid, but they reimbursed us at drop off so everything was resolved.
2.8 MediocreDec 18 2016
The woman at the counter in south bend was friendly and professional. The price was reasonable.There was no washer fluid, and it wa difficult to get the screen clean and was dangerous. The car rattled.
10.0 ExcellentNov 18 2016
Great car with Seamless pickup and drop offIt took maybe 3 minutes to do paperwork for the car and I was in the car and on my way in less than 10 minutes for the whole process. I paid for 1/2 tank of gas (great option over full tank that used to be standard) I used only about 1/4 tank of gas but the convenience of paying 1/2 tank up front was well worth it since I was returning at Ohare airport and am not familiar with that area. Returning was a breeze and I was on my way in only about 1 minute. Price for this one way rental is what convinced me initially to go with Alamo and my previous good experience with the company and their friendly, competent staff - always- was the clincher. Additionally, the shuttle driver was great!What's not to like - everything was perfect! Only one suggestion have person checking in the car confirm keys are on the vehicle and note that on the receipt. I double checked to be sure the keys were in the car when I left it but still second guessed myself several times on the way to the airport on the shuttle - what if some malicious person took them leaving me responsible?
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From $40/dayRated #4
Enterprise
8 Excellent (20 reviews)
3 locations in South Bend
Enterprise
Locations in South Bend
  • 8.2
  • 9.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJun 11 2021
Huge line. One guy working.
4.0 OkayMay 5 2021
Yes, staff was friendly.It was the customer service when trying to call South Bend I was always routed to corporate. No one was at the Enterprise desk in South Bend so no one walked around the car with me. A supervisor on the phone used a phone and/or had a soft spoken voice. I could not hear him.
10.0 ExcellentOct 26 2020
Staff was friendly and efficient. I was in and out quickly. Great experience.Only odd thing about renting in South Bend is there are no assigned spots. You everyone is walking around the lot hitting their car lock fob listening for the noise. It was actually kind of comical. But if the weather was bad or you were in a big hurry I could see how it would be irritating.
9.2 ExcellentSep 18 2020
Drop off in Downtown Falmouth MA. was great, Attendant was helpful and friendly. Pick up in South Bend IN. Airport went well even though I forgot who was supplying the car and the Kayak email confirm was on my PC , not my phone, they found me, I got the car.The Ford Fusion hybrid has a weird feature where the engine turns off when you stop at a light or drive-through. This feature can be turned off by a button on the dashboard.
2.0 MediocreSep 7 2020
Enterprise called me a day before and told me they had to canceled my car as they had high demand for the Holiday and they did not had the car that I reserved many days ago. They told me they couldn’t do anything that put me on a waiting list to see what day they could have a car available.!
10.0 ExcellentMar 12 2020
Staff was excellent. Fast, efficient, friendly. The dropoff was super fast and easy.Nothing. Everything was perfect.
6.8 GoodFeb 15 2020
Everything was easy and drop off was easy too. Car smelled like cigarettes. It was 3° and I had to drive with the window open.No cigarette smell.
9.6 ExcellentJul 28 2019
Staff was great to work with! Check-in and check-out were super easy!
10.0 ExcellentAug 30 2017
Pickup time changed from 4pm to 12 by company, not me. Couldn't find my contract, but agent finally did. Also company had changed my 2 week rental to a one day rental. Again agent fixed all.
9.6 ExcellentMar 21 2017
Considerate representativeI was in town for my mother's brain surgery. The rental process was fast, easy, and the representative went above and beyond. He even asked how my mother was when I returned the car. I will be renting here again.
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From $44/dayRated #5
Avis
7.7 Good (14 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Avis
Locations in South Bend
  • 7.7
  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 8.4
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodNov 28 2021
Customer service wasn’t so impressive. They don’t seem to have a good system of handing off calls made to the local rental desk when nobody’s there to cover the location. It gets sent off to a distant call center where they don’t have access to all the info. Their explanation: we use two different systems. Yeah, well that’s very uninteresting to the customer. Maybe you should use one system and stop the excuses. Also, include taxes and fees in your initial quote. Also, be more clear about how electronic tolls work. I’m waiting to be hit with all kinds of hidden charges, and the toll highways around chicago don’t allow cash payments.
2.0 MediocreNov 23 2021
When we arrived we were told there was only one clean vehicle available (Toyota Tacoma) and if we wanted anything else it would be dirty. Other than that no real problem in south bend. When I tried to drop it off in Chicago the address given to me was just a hotel (Hotel Loews) and they were unable to accept the car. Apparently they're listed as an Avis location because their guests can reserve a car at the front desk. Instead I found an overnight garage and picked a new Avis location in the morning. Hotel Loews should never have been listed as a drop-off location if they don't accept drop-offs.
10.0 ExcellentAug 26 2021
Ease and efficiency at rental counter. Will use Avis again. Increase Number of Avis spots in parking lot. When returning vehicle I had to park in a National spot as all the Avis spots were taken.
3.9 MediocreAug 21 2021
The car was dirty and smelled like smoke. Not happy with the experience.
10.0 ExcellentJul 4 2021
Everything was excellent
5.6 OkaySep 16 2019
YesYour website is misleading on the vehicle size. I wanted a chevy impala sized vehicle - emailed confirmation stated "chevy impala" . But at desk to pick up car i would have had to pay more for that class.. Clearly a bait and switch tactic. Wont use kayak again.
10.0 ExcellentJul 29 2019
Staff was great, very smooth rental processcar had a slight fragrance smell from cleaning products
3.6 MediocreAug 18 2017
Less than satisfied.Pick up and drop off was very simple and easy.Didn't receive the type of car that I reserved. The vehicle had recently been smoked in and smelled nasty!!!!
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From $35/dayRated #6
Dollar
7.3 Good (29 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Dollar
Locations in South Bend
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2020
I always rent thru Dollar Rental when I go on trips because never once have I had unexpected charges or issues. Every time I get a great deal and it costs exactly what they said it would cost. I can't even tell you how much it is appreciated!There was an after hours key drop that was a little confusing because there was a sign that said charges continue to accrue until the rental place opens again. Fortunately that did not happen and I was charged only for the amount of the rental after dropping the keys off on time.
2.0 MediocreMay 28 2020
Nothing Very unprofessional
10.0 ExcellentJan 22 2020
Staff was great friendly, helpful, I really liked the minivan, It was my first time driving that make and model car and I decided that I may just go bye me one.The instructions of use for the plate pass could of been explained, it's a metal box that is stuck on the windshield. I did.have to travel on the Indiana -Illinois toll way and did not know that the box contained a ez pass. So electronically the box was being picked up and I was pulling over to pay cash Lol. 3 days later I figured out what the metal thing on the windshield was. The staff did compensate me for my trouble with the platepass, and I was very pleased with the way they handled it.
9.6 ExcellentJul 31 2018
Great vehicle for family vacation.Air conditioning does not work well when car switched to alternative power. Works great when driving, but not when stopped.
6.4 GoodJul 26 2018
More staff, please.The SUV.One poor employee was asked to staff all of Dollar and Hertz. I waited more than 20 minutes in line. He was a terrific employee who was asked to do far too much. Not fair to him or to the customers.
10.0 ExcellentJun 4 2018
Car was brand new with only 400 miles!I had a hard time finding the car in the lot. The numbering was difficult to use.
10.0 ExcellentMay 6 2018
Car gets great gas mileage.Restrictions when paying with Debit card.
4.0 OkayApr 10 2018
I was quoted 126 & was charge 176 after all the fees & half a tank of gas. Should have been honest & upfront in the beginning so I knew the true cost
2.0 MediocreJan 1 2018
No carReserved car. When we arrived on time at airport, counter was closed. Other counters open but no cars available. Call to Dollar told us sorry but nothing they could do. THANKS FOR NOTHING!
4.4 OkayAug 28 2017
I was told I would be paying $60 plus $16 for an extension. The bill just came for $105...
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Easirent
1 location in South Bend
Easirent
Locations in South Bend
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From $64/day
National
1 location in South Bend
National
Locations in South Bend
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in South Bend
Sunnycars
Locations in South Bend
Recent reviews
172 travelers who rented a car in South Bend gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car rental locations in or near South Bend

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in South Bend

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Top tips for renting a car in South Bend

  • Discover hidden gems and historical attractions in South Bend by renting a car. Getting a rental car in South Bend allows you to explore the many fantastic destinations within the city and on its outskirts conveniently. Take a day trip to the serene Indiana Dunes State Park, which is about an hour away from the city. Adrenalin Junkies can even go as far as Rum Village Park, which will only take you around 10min by car. Car rentals in South Bend will get you to these and more destinations that are not accessible via public transport.
  • The South Bend Airport has multiple car rental agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, and Budget, which you can book through KAYAK. There are several customer service desks located in the baggage claim section. From there, it’ll take you a few minutes to walk to the car pick-up area near the terminal.
  • South Bend city traffic is slow-moving, especially during rush hour. To avoid getting stuck in traffic during weekdays, be sure to leave for your destination before 7am. It can take you around half an hour to drive from most South Bend suburbs to the city center in good traffic, but during rush hour, between 7am-8am, and between 5pm-7pm, it will take at least an hour or more to arrive at your destination. Be extra cautious when passing through the Adams and Dylan intersection, as many drivers fail to adhere to all the traffic rules.
  • You may end up being stuck in traffic for at least an hour or more if you use heavily trafficked roads, like W Lasalle Avenue and W Colfax Avenue during rush hour. In case you intend to travel to the airport on the west side of the city, be sure to leave early before the morning rush hour. If you're in South Bend during winter, keep in mind that the harsh South Bend winters create icy roads, which can bring about serious accidents, so be sure to drive slowly and carefully.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in South Bend for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in South Bend at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in South Bend are around 3% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Supplier choice rental cars in South Bend are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

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