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State College car rentals from $40/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in State College with a pick-up date of 4/27 and drop-off date of 5/12. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in State College

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Economy$47/day
Compact$44/day
Intermediate$45/day
Standard$48/day
Full-size$49/day
Minivan$40/day
Premium$74/day
Pickup truck$59/day
Compact SUV$50/day
Intermediate SUV$53/day
Standard SUV$56/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in State College

  • Visitors can conveniently rent cheap State College car rentals to tour locations in State College. There's much more than meets the eye in both this city and the surrounding region. Hit the road with a rental car in State College with guaranteed peak flexibility. Take the keys to your rental car and kick start your touring journey in some vibrant new areas. Be sure to travel to Baltimore for an exciting sightseeing excursion. It’s only 124 miles from State College and you can also visit several fascinating sites, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Pittsburgh, about 118 miles distant, is also a stunner. You can also visit PNC Park while you're here. It's among the reasons this city is highly ranked. State College is about 168 miles away from Niagara Falls State Park is and is quite a sight to behold accentuated with nature spots. Set up a picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Visitors touching down at University Park Airport (SCE) can rest assured knowing various State College cheap car rental companies are available and they’re not only comfortable but also highly rated. You can enjoy having access to the car rental companies which are conveniently situated at a close range from the University Park Airport (SCE) it is impossible to miss them. You’re at liberty to pick from an extensive selection of rental car companies located near the airport. Enterprise, Payless, and Alamo are the top pick car rental providers in State College for most vacationers. Other than these, National Car Rental and Hertz are two additional dependable providers you can opt for. All in all, the ball is in your court.
  • Majority of motorists who are visiting in State College opt for compact automobiles since they’re neither too little nor too large. They're good for going around town because of their excellent gas efficiency with not only the ease of parking but also handling. A compact car is practically more spacious than an economy vehicle, therefore, allowing you to travel in greater comfort and convenience.
  • State College is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania and surrounded by beautiful mountains, parks, and other state wildlife reservations. For outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore these areas, a car rental in State College is a great way to ensure access to all attractions. While there are some public transport vehicles within the city, there are few options available to you if you want to explore the greater area. Additionally, a rental car provides you with the freedom to determine your arrival and departure times to whatever site you’re visiting. Need to bring along some equipment? A personal vehicle can also function as a storage locker for your outings.
  • If you’ve booked a State College car rental in advance and are arriving by plane, you can pick up your vehicle at University Park Airport (SCE). There are multiple car rental companies represented here, including Alamo, Avis, Payless, Enterprise, and Hertz, to name a few. To find their service desks, simply exit to the left of the terminal. If you’re looking to book your vehicle for pick-up elsewhere, there is also an Enterprise on Blue Course Dr. and a Hertz on Beaver Ave.
  • State College has a lively downtown area with bars and restaurants, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for pedestrians while driving here. There are several designated crosswalks throughout the areas, but you may find people choosing to cross at unmarked locations—this is especially true during the evenings when the downtown area attracts the college crowd celebrating a night out.
  • As a college town, the typical rush hours don’t impact the city as much as other cities; however, while driving here, you may want to avoid the hours of between about 7am and 8:30am, then again between about 4:30pm and 6pm, as these are typical workday commute times.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in State College for $57 or less
  • Book your rental car in State College at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in State College are around 24% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in State College are around 20% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in State College

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in State College?

    For your car rental in State College, you may find that an SUV is a suitable option. With plenty of legroom and cargo space, SUVs present you with the opportunity to bring along a group of friends for outdoor adventures, such as a hiking trip in Rothrock State Forest, about half-an-hour south of State College, or to Susquehannock State Forest, almost 2h to the north.

  • What’s the speed limit in State College?

    State College’s speed limits are consistent with most of the continental US. On urban roads without posted limits, you’ll find that around 35mph is the legal limit, with the limit rising to 55mph on unmarked country roads. Additionally, posted speed limits will often be around 30mph in residential areas. On I-70, also known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs north of State College, the posted speed limit is around 70mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in State College?

    There are several parking garages and parking lots available to drivers throughout State College. For a convenient option in the city center and close to shopping, try the Beaver Ave. Parking Garage on W. Beaver Ave. between S. Fraser St. and S. Burrowes St. On-street parking typically costs about $1.25 per hour, whereas off-street parking, such as in garages, is typically free for the first half-hour, then about $1 per hour after that.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in State College?

    On average a rental car in State College costs $66 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in State College found in the last 2 weeks is $47.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in State College?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($44/day), Alamo ($47/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($50/day).

  • How much is gas price in State College?

    The average gas price in State College is $3.86 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in State College?

    Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in State College.

  • Which car rental companies are at University Park airport (SCE)?

    Car rental companies onsite at University Park airport include Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Hertz, Avis and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at University Park airport (SCE)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from University Park airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, and National.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in State College?

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

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in State College?

    An Economy car rental in State College costs $59 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in State College?

    A Standard car rental in State College costs $60 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in State College?

    A Mini car rental in State College costs $96 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in State College?

    On average a rental car in State College costs $459 per week ($66 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in State College?

    On average a rental car in State College costs $1,969 per month ($66 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in State College?

    Most car rental providers in State College offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in State College, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in State College?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 9 car rental agencies in State College.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in State College?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in State College?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in State College so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • Do State College car rentals offer free cancellation?

    Some car rental providers offer free cancellation in State College granted that you cancel within 24 to 48 hours of your initial booking date. Some of these car rentals companies are Payless and Enterprise in State College.

  • Can I find car rentals located in downtown State College?

    Cheap State College car rental providers are not only available near University Park Airport (SCE) but also throughout the town. Within the heart of the town and towards downtown you can access agencies like Enterprise rent and Zipcar. Hertz Car Rental in State College is conveniently situated downtown State College inside the Beaver.

State College car rental reviews and directory

Avis

8.4

Very good

34 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.5

One location in State College

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Locations in State College

2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Customer service was awesome especially at pick up in state college. I’ve only ever rented from enterprise before this and the customer service and the way they made it so easy makes me only want to use Avis in the future.

4.8 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly

Cons:

Tires were not inflated, staff dis not check state of the rental with me before leaving lot, and vehicle was not similar to that which i chose (i chose a kia soul or similar and received a nissan frontier pickup truck)

7.6 Good

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When you get the gas option where they fill up the car, you are required to pay for a full take, even though you only use half or less. A rip off.

8.0 Very good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car, very comfortable

Cons:

It wasn't super clean lots of spots on the seats front in back

2.0 Poor

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn't have a car and didn't try to get me one.

9.2 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything couldn't have worked out better

Cons:

Only issue was a bit of dog hair left on seat next to me which I am a little allergic to which acted up mid way through the drive.

1 out of 7

Alamo

5.9

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.9

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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8.0 Very good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was ready for pick up in State College and drop off was easy in Kentucky

Cons:

The mileage must have been logged incorrectly at the pick up location because at drop off, it said we had driven over 5,000 miles! Good think we got unlimited miles with the rental!

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I went all the way to the airport so they tell me ‘we are out of cars come back tomorrow, and when i asked what will guarantee that i will find one tomorrow he replies “because am telling you” such an unprofessional treatment.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Called me 30 minutes before I needed the car and said they did not have one available.

7.6 Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent at pickup was very helpful and friendly, even though I had to wait quite a while as he was the only one there. He was very nice.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

This reservation was cancelled due to the Pandemic.

6.0 Okay

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the price

Cons:

the service

1 out of 7

Budget

6.3

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.1

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30

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2.0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
The vehicle was not in road-ready condition as I had to fill up the tires with air twice and had to have the oil checked as a warning light was on from the start.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.6

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

5.4

2 locations in State College

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215 Blue Course Dr

+1 814 238 4450

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car available for my reservation.

2.0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. They wouldn't rent to me and I still had to pay for the insurance.

Cons:

You could have not charged me for insurance on a car I didn't drive.

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and informative service.

Cons:

I think customers should charged by the hour, I was late by 1 hour for my 24 hour rental and was told I would be charged an entire extra day for it, I get it, but still.

7.2 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent but severely understaffed for University move in weekend.

4.4 Mediocre

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing!

Cons:

Our flight was delayed and when we got to Enterprise they had given our car away along with about 10 others who had contracts. They told me to they'd honor any additional costs. THEY DIDN'T! I will never use Enterprise again!

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

quick and great service, clean vehicle

1 out of 4

Hertz

5.1

Cleanliness

5.8

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

4.9

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 1728

Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:30 - 22:30
Wednesday08:30 - 22:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday10:00 - 22:30

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I completed the reservation, and the rental place called a couple days later to tell me there won’t be a car available for me. All the other rental agencies in town were booked, so I had to upend my wife’s schedule so I could borrow her car.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing...never was so disappointed in my whole life

Cons:

Booth was closed , sign said somebody would be there to see me , after 45 minutes I left

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff what is friendly and efficient. Pick up and drop off was easy.

Cons:

I rented an SUV and dropped it off with a full tank two days later. It was a simple transaction and went according to plan.

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Service was prompt, courteous

2.0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I showed up for my reservation and they didnt have a car for me.... worse, they couldn't issue a refund at the desk. Instead, I had to call Hertz corporate, which was a nightmare.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was not ready when we showed up, and the car was a smaller size than what we reserved. It was a one-way rental, and I was told at my destination that they had never seen a contract like the one I had been issued. It took 24 hours to resolve it.

1 out of 4

Payless

7.3

Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

8.0

One location in State College

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Locations in State College

2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 23:30
Sunday09:00 - 23:30

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National

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

Best rated

One location in State College

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Locations in State College

2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

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Penn State University Park Airport

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

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126 travelers who rented a car in State College gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

Car rental locations in or near State College

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Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$57/day

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