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South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jun 24 — Jul 1
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Pick-up locationSouth Lake Tahoe
Rental locations4
Airport locations2

South Lake Tahoe car rental reviews and directory

From $54/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.6 Excellent (9 reviews)
2 locations in South Lake Tahoe
Enterprise
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
1287 Hwy 395+1 775 782 7752
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2281 Lake Tahoe Blvd+1 530 544 8844
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 9.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 27 2020
Pros: When I got to the South Lake Tahoe rental location they had a small car for me. Monday morning and lots of cars to go out. I asked for different, larger car and they were very happy to find me and my wife another vehicle. It was cleaned and ready to go in a matter of 15 minutes and we were very happy.Cons: They did great and we recommend Enterprise to all our friends.
10.0 ExcellentMar 24 2019
Pros: Very easy to do business with!
From $51/dayRated #2
Avis
8 Excellent (6 reviews)
1 location in South Lake Tahoe
Avis
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
50 Highway 50+1 530 544 5289
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
  • 8
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 8
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 18 2017
Pros: Friendly staff, easy processCons: Hard to locate, was in a hotel but wasn't listed on the reservation.
From $62/dayRated #3
Budget
7.7 Good (17 reviews)
1 location in South Lake Tahoe
Budget
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
50 Highway 50+1 530 544 3439
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.4 MediocreMay 31 2018
Budget discriminated against me because I have a service dog.Pros: The ladies at pick up were wonderful, helpful, and apologietic about the car not being the best for such a long journey.Cons: The car has nearly 40k miles on it and is worse for the wear. It rattled and had stains on the back seat. Upon drop off, the woman at the desk informed me that I would have to pay a $259 cleaning fee because “she was not cleaning that up”. I had just had her car cleaned. I left, went to CVS, got a lint roller, and rolled someone else’s dog’s hair out of the car (the hair was short, my service dog does not shed). She made me feel awful, repeatedly, until my husband finally showed up and informed her that my dog is a licensed and registered service dog, at which point she said she “supposed she’d waive the fee, even though the car wasn’t in great shape”. This car was in better shape than when we received it. She is doing serious damage to the Budget brand just because she doesn’t want to do her job and clean cars.
10.0 ExcellentJan 16 2018
Pros: Was her name Monique? At the Tahoe branch, she was professional and also very personable, with clear communication upon picking up my car. She made it a great experience.
6.8 GoodMar 1 2017
FriendlyPros: The car was in nice condition.Cons: Service was good. Staff was friendly and efficient.
6.8 GoodJan 31 2017
Pros: The lady working at the desk was very efficient and fast. She was also apologetic about the lack of car availability.Cons: 1) There were zero cars available when I arrived at the time of my reservation. I had to wait over an hour for a car to show up. 2) It was quite difficult to find the rental store's location, as there were no signs anywhere. 3) The cost seemed excessive ($130 for a 4-hour drive to the Bay area).
2.0 MediocreFeb 16 2016
No carCons: Wasted our time going to pick up a reservation that was made an hour earlier. Customer service representative made no effort to fix the situation and was visibly annoyed and walked away as I was asking her if she knows of other options because I took a cab to get there assuming that I had a car because of the confirmed reservation.
10.0 ExcellentNov 19 2015
Awesome servicePros: Monique was very understanding and very helpful!
From $45/day
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
3 locations in South Lake Tahoe
Hertz
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
1138 Airport Rd Ste 3+1 775 841 8002
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
18 Highway 50+1 775 586 0041
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
1901 Airport Road+1 530 542 1452
Monday08:30 - 13:30
Tuesday08:30 - 13:30
Wednesday08:30 - 13:30
Thursday08:30 - 13:30
Friday08:30 - 13:30
Saturday08:30 - 13:30
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Recent reviews
Easirent
2 locations in South Lake Tahoe
Easirent
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Airport
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Minden-Tahoe Airport
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Recent reviews
Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in South Lake Tahoe
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in South Lake Tahoe
1001 Heavenly Village Way
Recent reviews
32 travelers who rented a car in South Lake Tahoe gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

Car rental locations in or near South Lake Tahoe

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$70/day

Good deal

$50/day

When to book a rental car in South Lake Tahoe

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

Top tips for renting a car in South Lake Tahoe

  • Renting a car in South Lake Tahoe provides a comfortable and convenient way of getting around the city. South Lake Tahoe car rentals also give you the freedom to explore the city by visiting places such as Rubicon Trail, Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and the Gondola at Heavenly. Most public transport options have larger vehicles that are only limited to city roads. A ride from car rentals in South Lake Tahoe allows you to maneuver through mountain roads to get to you even to a remote destination quickly.
  • Visitors flying to South Lake Tahoe arrive at the Lake Tahoe Airport, located about 3 miles from the city center. No car rentals in South Lake Tahoe agencies have offices at the airport, but the flight hub partners with various reputable companies to deliver your rental car at the Airport's FBO, Mountain West Aviation for pickup. Easirent, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and Avis car rentals operate in the region.
  • South Lake Tahoe residents love to ski and snowboard, and most of them drive to ski destinations on the weekends during the winter months. The traffic heading and within the main roads can be a little bit congested, especially on I-80 and Highway 50. These roads are typically busy in the afternoon and Friday evenings. At this time, children leave school, and it is critical to be watchful as they tend to be playful even along the roads.
  • In a resort city like South Lake Tahoe, highways have bends as they wind through the mountainous region, and you must maintain safe speeds. Winter weather in the city can make the road slippery. You are advised to inspect your vehicle's condition before driving. Some roads might have 10'-17' snow cover, and snowplows often clear the ice, especially on main and feeder roads. Ensure you keep behind the snow removal machine for road safety. It is also advisable to travel before or after rush hours (around 7am to 8am, and 5:30pm to 7pm).
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in South Lake Tahoe for $50 or less
  • Book your rental car in South Lake Tahoe at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in South Lake Tahoe are around 46% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in South Lake Tahoe

  • Some car rental companies in South Lake Tahoe 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 Budget

  • On average a rental car in South Lake Tahoe costs $70 per day.

  • The average gas price in South Lake Tahoe 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.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in South Lake Tahoe.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Reno airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Payless, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Rent-A-Wreck, Avis and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Reno airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Payless, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Rent-A-Wreck, Avis, and National.

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

  • A Economy car rental in South Lake Tahoe costs $62 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in South Lake Tahoe costs $86 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in South Lake Tahoe costs $78 per day, on average.

  • In South Lake Tahoe, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 18 Highway 50 (5 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in South Lake Tahoe costs $490 per week ($70 per day).

  • On average a rental car in South Lake Tahoe costs $2,098 per month ($70 per day).

  • Snow and ice are inconstant weather conditions in South Lake Tahoe, and driving may need a powerful off-road rental vehicle. Choose a compact 4x4 SUV if you’re traveling as a family/group or a winter-ready truck if you’re hauling your snow toys. An AWD car provides the required traction for stability on the road and comfort on off-road tracks. It also alleviates the need to mount chains on tires. During warm seasons, you can opt for a compact or mid-sized car for easy navigation and parking in the streets.

  • It is critical to adhere to South Lake Tahoe's speed limits to ensure safety and stay on the safe side of the law. On Highway 50, motorists must maintain 35mph to 40mph. In summer, the speed limit of the passing lane at Tahoe Ski Resort is 55mph, as the lane heads downhill. If you drive on Highway 89 between the Y intersection of H-50 and Camp Richardson, you must not exceed 35mph. Drivers using Highway 50 (as it approaches Meyers) must quickly lower their speeds to 40mph because it is a downhill drive. Before this section, the limit is above 55mph.

  • The average gas price in South Lake Tahoe is about $3.29 to $3.37 per gallon. Filling your tank at a gas station within the city center provides opportunities for saving on gas prices. Lake Tahoe Blvd has four gas stations, including Fox Gasoline and Car Wash. It has a cheaper regular gas price of about $3.29.

  • The city of South Lake Tahoe manages the Heavenly Village Parking Lot at 1 Bellamy Court. With a ride from South Lake Tahoe car rentals, parking will cost you about $1.25/20min, $3.75/h, and about $25 per day. The facility has an online charging system that bills drivers using their license plates and phone numbers.

  • 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!).