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From $57/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (40 reviews)
1 location in Stamford
Alamo
Locations in Stamford
700 East Main Street Sheraton+1 203 425 9902
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.7
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  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 12 2021
Pros: Customer service at each site.
2.0 MediocreJul 21 2019
Pros: Rental was not availableCons: Rental was closed. We should have received a notification
9.6 ExcellentJun 11 2019
Pros: Alamo is my go-to car rental company now. Very friendly service, and their phone agents are really helpful if there's any problems. Especially when you pick up and drop off a car in different locations, which I often do.Cons: The only problem was picking up and dropping off at locations that are NOT airports. Always call the locations before you go and know their hours of operation. These are not 24/7 satellites. One place closed at 6 pm; another at 2 pm!
4.4 OkayNov 18 2017
Pros: The cost to rent a "premium" car was very reasonable and brought us out to Stamford. Robert, the office manager, was very personable and nice to work with.Cons: The car (a Chrysler 300) had about 30K miles so it was far from new. It was filthy inside and out. The windshield was dirty on the inside which made it hard to see in some conditions. The oil was overdue to be changed and it dinged a reminder every time we started up to go somewhere. Also, it had a badly warped brake rotor. Also, it was, unfortunately, an uncomfortable car for me and not very nice to drive.
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2017
Pros: Very friendly staff!
6.4 GoodAug 29 2017
Worried the car might break downPros: The gentleman at checkout in Stamford was quick and professional.Cons: The car had the wrench symbol (I.e. it was due for servicing) from the get go. The engine did not sound great and rattled such that I was concerned the car was going to break down on me. The car's tank was only 7/8 full and I had to tell the agent, who had marked it as full on my rental agreement. When I called in to change my drop-off location it took forever to get someone on the line.
9.2 ExcellentAug 19 2017
Super simple on both endsPros: Easy fast pick up and drop off. Totally satisfied.
10.0 ExcellentAug 6 2017
Stellar servicePros: Robert the manager was great--one of the most surprisingly accommodating, friendly interactions I have ever had at a car rental agency.
8.8 ExcellentJun 11 2017
Pros: Great service attitude, very upbeat and professionalCons: A little slow in the a.m. pickup
9.6 ExcellentFeb 22 2017
No wait pick upPros: The employee was very helpful in Stamford. No lines, I was on the car 10 minutes after I arrived. The rate was fantastic especially since I dropped off at Newark Airport.Cons: Nothing
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From $36/dayRated #2
Hertz
Most popular
7.5 Good (39 reviews)
2 locations in Stamford
Hertz
Locations in Stamford
465 W Main St+1 203 406 0203
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
One Station Place+1 203 324 3131
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 7.4
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  • 7.4
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2021
Pros: Flight delayed my pickup by 2 hours. At 2 pm the office was closed and no one answered the phone number on the door. I never did get a car - had to Uber the whole weekend. Still awaiting a refund.Cons: DO NOT rent from Hertz at this location!
2.0 MediocreJun 2 2021
Pros: nothingCons: Hertz modified my reservation dates without informing me. Essentially I would have to return the car by Sat noon (Fri 6pm pickup) instead of Monday 6pm, so the entire trip (4h5 drive each way to VT) became pointless and I had to cancel. Worse, because of Memorial Day Weekend all other rental cars were sold out and I wasn't able to travel at all, and lost my downpayment of $272 for lodging.
8.0 ExcellentDec 30 2020
Pros: Drop off easy.Cons: At pickup photos taken of car condition should be offered. Took pictures of minor damage of my own.
2.4 MediocreAug 24 2019
Cons: Customer Service.
4.0 OkayFeb 24 2019
Pros: The drop-off was a pure nightmare - we arrived in the evening but the office was closed and there was no possibility to drop the key. We tried again at 7am in the morning but the office opened at 8am and we had to wait for outside in the cold. Nobody informed us about this hassle.Cons: When I picked up the car, I informed staff that we might be late this day and the person at the desk said that we can keep the return date FOR NOW. When I returned it indeed later, I did not only pay for 1 more day but also had to pay US$ 12 for delayed return and nobody alerted me about this.
6.0 GoodFeb 6 2019
Pros: Checking in was great.
5.2 OkayOct 18 2018
Taking advantage-much too pricey!Pros: Car was new and clean and had decent gas mileage.Cons: The car was way too expensive. They jacked up the prices because I dropped it off in a different state-however the car was originally from New York! They just jacked up the prices because they could! Would not recommend if you can go with another company.
10.0 ExcellentApr 15 2018
Pros: Everything
8.0 ExcellentDec 5 2017
It was goodPros: Ease of doing businessCons: Additional charges
2.0 MediocreNov 28 2017
Terrible experience.Pros: nothing!!! Nothing!! Absolutely terrible.Cons: Reserved a minivan, but got a suv instead with little space for luggage. I had to leave some stuff behind for my trip because there’s was no space. The third row seats are useless, they are only good for toddlers. It was a nightmare!! Never again will I rent a ca car from hertz.
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From $82/dayRated #3
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Stamford
National
Locations in Stamford
700 East Main Street Sheraton+1 888 826 6890
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 10
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 19 2016
Great servicePros: They are so accommodating, they will give you an upgrade whenever it's possible. Very porodessional.
From $46/dayRated #4
Dollar
9 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in Stamford
Dollar
Locations in Stamford
26 Mill River Street+1 203 324 9939
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 9
  • 9.1
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  • 9.1
  • 9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentNov 21 2018
Pros: The customer service was great.Cons: The attendant wasn’t there when I first picked up the car. I had to wait until he returned and was given a car with the tank half filled.
10.0 ExcellentMay 3 2018
convenient, priced right, great staffPros: Within walking distance of my work, got a great price and staff was knowledgeable and professional. Will def return.
10.0 ExcellentJan 2 2018
Pros: easy in and out
10.0 ExcellentAug 29 2017
Pros: Excellent customer service - super friendly and helpful and really quick pick up and drop off.
10.0 ExcellentAug 7 2017
Easy!Pros: Great customer service
8.8 ExcellentJun 14 2017
convenient and cleanPros: The location inside the Hampton inn is convenient. The upgrade to a larger car was free, since apparently no small car was available.Cons: Shorter hours at this location on weekends.
2.0 MediocreNov 11 2016
Office Was Closed When I Arrived - Could Not PickPros: It was good that the agent had his phone number and the phone number of Dollar posted on the door of the office so that I could call for assistance.Cons: When I made my reservation, I had a choice of pick up times from morning until night. I picked 4 PM. Because of travel times, I did not arrive until 5:30 PM, and when I came to the office door, I found it locked and the lights off. The office was inside a hotel, and the hotel staff said no keys had been left for me but that I could call the phone numbers on the door for help. Two of the phone calls sent me to voice mail. The third number was for Dollar customer service. I explained my situation, and the agent explained that I had a provisional reservation, since payment was to be upon pick up, and the office closed at 5 PM (which was not clear when I reserved the car, since I was allowed to select any pick up time). I was transferred for help, and the phone call dropped. I ended up asking the hotel for a ride to the local train station so I could rent a car from another rental company.
10.0 ExcellentSep 7 2016
Pros: Quick and easy
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2016
Stephanie Carro-KowalcykPros: The vehicle was clean in-and-out. I felt it was reliable / dependable. The office person was efficient and professional. I have Dollar on speed-dial. ;-) Stephanie May 2016
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From $43/dayRated #5
Avis
8.3 Excellent (17 reviews)
1 location in Stamford
Avis
Locations in Stamford
1 Station Plaza+1 203 964 3200
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 9.1
  • 8.7
  • 8
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  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 4 2019
Pros: Staff was very attentive and accurate which is important when you are in a rushCons: Nothing really, all good things
5.6 OkayOct 9 2017
Cons: Your staff at Stamford train station are rude, lazy, and totally lack the meaning of good service.
8.0 ExcellentSep 5 2017
Pros: The car was super clean and I was able to pick up the car right on time.Cons: You are not able to modify pick up time once you have a reservation.
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2017
Convenient to the Metro NorthPros: Convenient to the Metro North, and therefore a nice cheaper alternative to renting a car in Manhattan.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 28 2017
Pros: Service at the counter was smooth and very nice. Easy pick-up and drop-off. Unlike many other agencies, the cars Were all clean and had a full tank.
4.0 OkayFeb 13 2017
Cons: The first car was extremely dirty and the interior smell of cigarette. I've asked the attendant to change cars. I got another one that was dirt in the outside but at least didn't smell. The attendant at the checkin had an attitude that can not be compared with the other AVIS The person at checkout was great.
6.8 GoodAug 4 2016
Pros: Can was clean and had good pick upCons: Whether by accident or intent I was sold a daily waiver as a single price (no mention fee was per day). Furthermore was sold phone charger that was redundant with car which had usb, is tithe job of employees to know these things? Car had so so gas mileage and an incessantly annoying "time to rest" buzzer. Terrible sight lines
9.6 ExcellentApr 19 2016
Pros: The pick-up in Stamford, CT was very simple and quick.Cons: The drop-off location at a mall in Jersey City, NJ was difficult to find and then because it had closed I had to go to another drop-off location at Newark airport which would have been fine except there were not enough service representatives so the line was very long.
9.2 ExcellentApr 19 2016
Cons: No cruise control.
6.4 GoodApr 13 2016
Charged $70 more than quotedPros: Car was clean and newCons: Returned car early and was charged $70 over quoted price
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From $51/dayRated #6
Enterprise
8 Excellent (10 reviews)
2 locations in Stamford
Enterprise
Locations in Stamford
2701 Summer St+1 203 353 0103
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
745 East Main St+1 203 327 6500
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
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 31 2020
Pros: Car was as promised & ckeanCons: I never received any paperwork or receipt by email
6.0 GoodJul 8 2020
Pros: Staff was friendlyCons: The Price
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2018
Night drop offPros: Night drop off was quick and easyCons: No complaints
2.0 MediocreOct 9 2018
Poor Customer ServicePros: Car was okCons: Did not answer my questions about drop off correctly in case charges extra. Manager was super rude because my passenger had left an item in the car after we turned in the keys which he considered “lost” even though they were exactly where I said they were. He then stated I was trying to rewrite their “lost and found” policy. Would never rent again from this location or enterprise because they also were no help in any of this.
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Pros: Very helpful drop off site. Provided a ride to train station so they went the extra mile for us.Cons: NA
4.0 OkayJan 2 2017
Cons: The car wasn't cleaned before re-rented, they didn't have the model we reserved, and the hold they put on our card was 300% of the rental, which is not typical.
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2016
Outstanding valuePros: The price was very reasonable. The ease of pick up and drop off was also excellent.Cons: I can't think of any negatives.
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From $49/dayRated #7
Thrifty
7.6 Good (1 review)
1 location in Stamford
Thrifty
Locations in Stamford
26 Mill River Street+1 203 316 8722
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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Recent reviews
7.6 GoodMar 18 2018
The car was an upgradePros: It was nice to get an upgrade without having to pay for it.Cons: The car smelled a little weird and I had to drive with the windows open for a couple of hours to air it out. The seats could use a deep clean. They are tan and fabric, so they showed wear. Also the car was a bit bigger than I could handle and it was a gas guzzler unfortunately.
From $33/dayRated #8
Budget
Cheapest deal
6.6 Good (18 reviews)
1 location in Stamford
Budget
Locations in Stamford
1 Station Plaza+1 203 325 1535
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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  • 6.4
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 5 2021
Pros: The drop off location at TF Green airport is very confusing. Not budgets fault though.Cons: I was 37 minute late and they tried to charge me $109 in late fees. I argued it down to 28 dollars, but the additional charge - almost a full day's fee! - was completely ridiculous.
4.0 OkayDec 28 2020
Cons: Lied to me about price
2.0 MediocreAug 24 2020
Pros: Be aware of Their seamer ...
6.0 GoodMay 31 2017
**MEDIOCRE**Pros: Location.Cons: Bad customer service. Abandoned counter, the employee was sitting in the back room. Didn't come out until I get out the car and call him.
6.0 GoodMay 3 2017
Friendly professional staff neutralized by unclear after hours policyPros: Friendly staff, clean car, good ratesCons: Even though the budget guy said I had the option of dropping off the car after hours (if I were a day early) when I arrived the place was locked up like fort knox and I had to make an additional 3 hour round trip to bring the car back *during my work day.* This was extremely frustrating and the fact that it was avoidable given proper signage or instruction, made it downright maddening.
5.2 OkayFeb 13 2017
Pickup could be faster, annoying key chain, no snoPros: Overall was ok carCons: Pickup process can be better streamlined and faster. Car was filthy on outside (weather was terrible outside so somewhat forgivable) No snow brush in the car Key chain had two keys attached to it which is useless and annoying. If we cannot split up the keys no point in having two, and takes up too much room in pockets
2.0 MediocreJan 6 2016
Run, run fast run far from Budget. RUNCons: Didn't have car when I showed up. Came back day later and put me in a pick up truck. Had to go back 3 rd day to get car I reserved. Never use Budget. Absolute dumpster fire of a company
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Sunnycars
1 location in Stamford
Sunnycars
Locations in Stamford
700 Main Street
Recent reviews
138 travelers who rented a car in Stamford gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Stamford

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$61/day

Good deal

$43/day

When to book a rental car in Stamford

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

Top tips for renting a car in Stamford

  • Whether you are visiting Stamford for business or leisure, renting a car is a recommended way to visit the city at your convenience. As a visitor, moving around Stamford using public transport can be costly, time-consuming, and confusing. To start with, you might miss out on appropriate bus connections and end up wasting precious time. Fortunately, car rentals in Stamford, such as Alamo, Hertz, National, Dollar, and Avis can help you cruise this beautiful coastal city comfortably and conveniently. With the help of these rides, you can also explore the fresh seafood, the nightlife, and other local attractions.
  • You can access Stamford car rentals from any airport in the city. At John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), companies like Hertz, Alamo, National, and Enterprise, among others, offer reliable vehicles to venture into the city at convenient pickups and return locations. The companies also operate in Newark Airport (EWR), which provides shuttle and pickup services, making your movements to the pickup location convenient.
  • Stamford is a great place to drive around, provided you are aware of the basic guidelines for safe driving. Under Connecticut law, every driver should avoid any activity not involved in the vehicle operation when driving. Texting or talking to someone with a handheld device is an offense punishable by law. However, drivers over the age of 18 years can use hands-free gadgets, provided it doesn’t cause any distraction. Be cautious while driving late at night and very early in the morning, as some motorists tend to be in a rush or driving recklessly. If you’re a first-timer to Stamford, note that you risk a fine of approximately $150 if caught driving while distracted.
  • After picking up your car in one of the car rentals in Stamford, remember to plan accordingly so that you are not caught in traffic. Rush hour in the city's central district and near airports is from around 6am to 8am and from about 4pm to 7pm. If you have to drive during these busy hours, ensure you stay in your lane, follow with caution, avoid driving next to large cargo trucks and adhere to all traffic rules. Traffic in Stamford can be congested, and you don't want to be caught on the wrong side of the law.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Stamford for $43 or less
  • Book your rental car in Stamford at least 8 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Stamford are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Stamford

  • Some car rental companies in Stamford 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 Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Stamford costs $61 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Alamo ($42/day), Avis ($64/day) and Budget ($82/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 1 Station Plaza 06902 (1 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Stamford is Alamo (9.0, 67 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Stamford 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 Stamford.

  • Car rental companies onsite at John F Kennedy Intl airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Advantage, Enterprise, Avis, Sixt and National.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Newark airport include Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, Advantage, Enterprise, Alamo, Rent-A-Wreck, Economy Rent a Car, Budget and Avis.

  • Car rental companies onsite at LaGuardia airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, Advantage, Enterprise, Avis, National and Payless.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from John F Kennedy Intl airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Advantage, Enterprise, Avis, National, and Payless.

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

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from LaGuardia airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Advantage, Enterprise, Avis, National, 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 Stamford costs $63 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Stamford costs $65 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Stamford costs $53 per day, on average.

  • In Stamford, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz One Station Place (1 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Stamford costs $425 per week ($61 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Stamford costs $1,820 per month ($61 per day).

  • Like most coastal towns, Stamford has fairly flat land, and a midsize fuel-efficient sedan, coupe, sports car, or van from car rentals in Stamford will smoothly take you from your hotel to any part of the town. However, if you’re planning to drive further out of the city and take an off-road trip to places such as Mianus River Park or Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, a 4-wheel drive SUV will be a suitable choice.

  • In Stamford, the speeding limit is 25mph on any residential road. For the main roads, the speed limits vary. Some roads can vary from 45mph, 40mph, and others, 30mph. Speed limits in some areas vary with time. For instance, along Route 7 surrounding Wilton High School, the speed limit is usually 50mph, but drops to 30mph between 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 4pm.

  • Finding gas stations in Stamford isn’t difficult. The prices range from about $2.37 to about $2.54 per gallon. You can refill the gas at CITGO, Gulf, Shell, Global Minimart, among other places around the city. A & P CITGO gas and Shell station, especially those located near Chelsea Piers, usually sell gas at a lower price.

  • Finding a place to park your car in Stamford is relatively easy. You can search your phone or use a map to find some free space. Some popular places to park at affordable prices include Garage -Bell Bedford & Park Square, located downtown. Parking charges may be hourly, daily, or even monthly. For example, the daily parking fee at Stamford train station is about $8 per day.

  • 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!).