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Traverse City, MI
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Traverse City car rental information

Pick-up locationTraverse City
Rental locations11
Airport locations8

Traverse City car rental reviews and directory

From $35/dayRated #1
Budget
Best rated
Cheapest deal
8.6 Excellent (64 reviews)
1 location in Traverse City
Budget
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Don't Drive+1 231 947 3883
Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:30 - 22:30
Wednesday08:30 - 22:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
  • 8.4
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  • 8.6
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  • 8.2
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJun 7 2021
Pros: Upgraded to a SUVCons: It smelled heavily of cigarette smoke
8.0 ExcellentApr 20 2021
Cons: The car was not cleaned out at all when I picked it up
8.0 ExcellentApr 20 2021
Cons: The car was not cleaned out at all, dusty, hair, dead bug
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2021
Pros: Very friendly staff!
7.2 GoodSep 8 2020
Pros: The car was great. People were great.Cons: The price I paid was way more that I was expecting. I’m they should tell you the cost of things when your in person. They didn’t tell me how much the insurance was. When I made the booking it was 395. They billed be $541..
8.0 ExcellentNov 12 2019
Cons: Gas tank was not full when I picked it up, but agent asked me to return full. I did not have time to go in at pick up and ask them to verify that tank was not full. When I told her this upon return, she was surprised. I pointed out I was not asking for a refund, but that the cars are not as ready to be rented as they may be led to believe.
10.0 ExcellentAug 27 2019
Pros: Great deal! Easy to pick up and drop off. No hidden fees.Cons: Nothing, it was great.
9.6 ExcellentAug 18 2019
Cons: Had a good experience.
8.0 ExcellentJul 29 2019
Cons: Front tires had marginal tread depth.
10.0 ExcellentJul 8 2019
Pros: Nice people, nice car, great gas mileage.Cons: nothing
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From $41/dayRated #2
Hertz
Most popular
7.6 Good (45 reviews)
1 location in Traverse City
Hertz
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Don't Drive+1 231 946 7051
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMar 13 2021
Pros: the gentleman I spoke eith on the phone thursday evening at the Travers City airoort location was very rude . I had made a reservation online and had a confirmation number - I just called to check and make sure it would be available for sure at 8 am and he proceeded to tell me that there was no guarantees and it may not be available. He said a reservation is NOT a guaranteed car!! Which i then asked why and he said that is just a fact- very rude!!
10.0 ExcellentMar 1 2021
Cons: Was as easy as possible. On site, walkable, location within steps of terminal. Very economical Toyota Corolla.
6.0 GoodOct 18 2020
Pros: Minivan not available, despite prepaid reservation. Very disappointed. Substitute was okay, but felt response to situation was limited. Did not have to return on full tank, not really a square deal.Cons: Cleaner vehicle, COVID sticker on door was difficult to remove, left residue, interior was not as clean as should have been, very poor counter work. Blamed difficulties on busy season. NOT my problem, take care of your business! Fall colors happen every year, deal with it.
6.0 GoodOct 12 2020
Pros: I got to the counter an they said your rental reservation has been changed to Enterprise so just go there. They have older cars and not nearly as good as Hertz.Cons: To make sure the reservation stays with the company you reserved with.
2.0 MediocreOct 12 2020
Pros: Nothing traverse city is awful for anyone younger than 55Cons: They had no cars anywhere in the city. Would be nice if they got some of those
6.4 GoodAug 24 2020
Pros: The staff member at checkout was not friendly at all.Cons: It was a brand new Jeep Wrangler but man was it an uncomfortable ride. We had a 6 hour each way trip. That vehicle is very utilitarian. You feel every bump in the road. Definitely not a vehicle I would like again.
8.8 ExcellentJul 6 2020
Pros: Because of the location it was easy peezy. Car was ready to go and clean. No issues.Cons: Nothing
2.0 MediocreJan 2 2020
Pros: The car smelt like smoke and I didn't feel comfortable having my kids in the car with us. When dropping off the car in TC the employee was rude. It was a terrible experience overall.Cons: Overall service and experience using hertz. Car smelt like smoke and it wasn't as clean as I'd hoped.
9.6 ExcellentSep 2 2019
Pros: Fast pick up and drop off. Pushed additional insurance, but know (through experience) that it is not needed.
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2019
Cons: Nothing. As good as it gets.
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From $40/dayRated #3
Alamo
9.2 Excellent (8 reviews)
1 location in Traverse City
Alamo
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Dont Dr+1 844 370 9797
Monday09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00
Thursday09:30 - 18:00
Friday09:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
8.4 ExcellentJul 23 2017
large SUVPros: Car was the right size and comfort. We needed it. Drop off was easy. Location was perfect.Cons: We arrived earlier that the reservation time and the rental desk would not give us a car. That made part of the group sit in the airport terminal for two hours. In the future we will check the pick up time carefully or if not acceptable will find another way to rent a car. The rating for the pickup/dropoff was downgraded due to this issue. It was a pretty expensive rental at over $1100/week.
10.0 ExcellentDec 31 2016
Friendly servicePros: The return process on my one way rental was easy and quick. Happy with their service.
5.6 OkayDec 28 2016
Charged more money upon pickup then quotedPros: It was a nice, clean rental vehicle.Cons: Since my sons vehicle broke down on his way home from college for Christmas we had to find a rental car so he could make the 6 hour journey back. We were quoted $37 online plus $18 insurance but had to pay $53 plus the $18 insurance for the extra charges that wasn't included in the quote. Since he is 21 we were charged extra and since I was paying for the car they had to add me as an additional driver which resulted with an additional charge (even though I wasn't driving it).
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From $42/dayRated #4
Avis
8.2 Excellent (22 reviews)
1 location in Traverse City
Avis
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Dont Drive+1 231 946 1223
Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:30 - 22:30
Wednesday08:30 - 22:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJun 12 2021
Pros: Yrs
4.0 OkayJun 8 2021
Cons: The rental car agency needs to stay open when flights are scheduled to arrive later. Ridiculous that the agency closes at 10:00 and there’s no way to get the rental car until the next morning.
2.0 MediocreAug 17 2020
Cons: As a person using a cane, to be required to park my car in n the airport lot (without notice) and then walk back to the Avis lot (without curb cuts for part of the walk) is quite an inconvenience!! In addition, the car did NOT have a radio. Each rental should require an attendance to explain the features or lack there of to the renter.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 25 2019
Pros: Cars were readily available. Service was quick and easy. The car was new and clean and the price was just right.Cons: The prices online differ from that at the desk. If you don't make a reservation then it is usually more expensive. I would let people know that.
10.0 ExcellentNov 27 2017
Helpful person at desk, convenient pick up and drop off of carPros: Friendly and helpful person at the desk, No problems with the car, Car close to baggage claim. Easy to return.Cons: Nothing
5.6 OkayNov 14 2017
It's a compromise I guess, this reviews both locationsPros: Car was new and cleanCons: I reserved a full size sedan because I'm 6'8 and that's what fits, but got a mini SUV that was way too small. Also, it was a rav 4 with very annoying options and a console that dug into my right knee for the entire 7 hour drive. Oh, and the cruise control didnt work And the check engine light was on And the fuel cap was missing, I assume that was the reason for the engine light. None of these seemed to throw a flag when I mentioned it to their employees, but it was a cheap rental.....I guess they don't care too much about their vehicles, next time I'll have to make that 400 mile drive in second gear
9.6 ExcellentJun 29 2017
Cons: I didn't like that there wasn't an Avis representative on the receiving end. I just had to put my keys in a drop box and hope that they didn't charge me for any extras.
8.4 ExcellentJul 6 2016
Ease of getting out degenerate planes are fullPros: Nice agent. Easy to rent.
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From $44/dayRated #5
Enterprise
7.6 Good (10 reviews)
3 locations in Traverse City
Enterprise
Locations in Traverse City
1789 Garfield Avenue South+1 231 933 7000
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3464 N Us Highway 31 S+1 231 941 6657
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
727 Fly Dont Dr+1 844 996 0645
Monday09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00
Thursday09:30 - 18:00
Friday09:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 18:00
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  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2017
Great customer servicePros: I forgot my tablet under the back seat and they called right away to let me know. Thanks for going above and beyond!
7.2 GoodNov 15 2016
service at rental spotPros: the car was clean and perfectly sized for what we needed.Cons: the two people working at the enterprise pick up center were unfriendly, and short.
2.0 MediocreSep 17 2016
I felt scammedPros: Seemed straightforward with a notice the night before from Enterprise for my Lic# and Enterprise# to expedite the rental process - presumably affirming my confirmation made a couple weeks earlier.Cons: I arrive 90 min after the 1pm registered time due to a flight delay and was told they rented my assigned car and had nothing they could give me since the few remaining cars were claimed. When I asked why they said it was "policy" to not hold a confirmation after 60 min. They said they called my cell - they did not as there was no missed call registered on my phone. With a big smile they said "sorry". They said Enterprise all around was out and I should call other rental car places. Clearly they rented my car to a walk in for a higher rate and blew my reservation away. The perfunctory and impassioned response was most irritating. I called customer service - same thing.
10.0 ExcellentSep 2 2016
Pros: Loved the car. Staff was wonderful. Kept the car a day longer than planned, and they were good with that too. Will be going back there.
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Easirent
1 location in Traverse City
Easirent
Locations in Traverse City
Cherry Capital Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
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From $46/day
National
1 location in Traverse City
National
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Dont Dr+1 844 370 9796
Monday09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00
Thursday09:30 - 18:00
Friday09:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 18:00
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Sunnycars
1 location in Traverse City
Sunnycars
Locations in Traverse City
727 Fly Don`t Drive
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From $95/day
Thrifty
1 location in Traverse City
Thrifty
Locations in Traverse City
1655 South Garfield Avenue+1 231 946 2371
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Recent reviews
149 travelers who rented a car in Traverse City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car rental locations in or near Traverse City

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$51/day

Good deal

$40/day

When to book a rental car in Traverse City

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Traverse City

  • People travel to Traverse City to explore the architectural treasure at the Grand Traverse Commons and to check out the annual Cherry Festival in the spring. This former medical institution has impressive castle-like buildings, which have been converted into restaurants, galleries, and boutiques as well as office spaces, and has easy access to parking. Traverse City car rentals will allow you to take a scenic drive along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and take in the Traverse City Beaches located on West Grand Traverse Bay. Although there is a bus system in Traverse City called Bay Area Transportation Authority, it is limited to five city loops within miles of the downtown area. If you have your sights set on exploring more of the city and the surrounding area, a car rental in Traverse City will come in handy.
  • Traverse City is served by the Cherry Capital Airport located a few miles east of the city center of Traverse City. The car rental offices of companies like Hertz, Alamo, and Budget and their rental car parking lot can be found just off the exit from the baggage claim at the Cherry Capital Airport terminal.
  • Driving in Traverse City is pleasant with plenty of scenic options. The main highways serving Traverse City include the US 31, which takes you to Mackinaw City, the M-22, which is a scenic route around Lake Michigan, the M-37 that heads south to the Manistee National Forest or north to the Grand Traverse Bay, and the M-72, which connects the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with Lake Huron.
  • South Airport Road and 14th Street, particularly in the summer, are the most likely to get congested, particularly during peak hours in the morning, 7am to 9am when commuters head downtown for work. Traverse City averages about 80 inches of snowfall a year. If you’re here during the winter months, practice safe snow driving techniques by driving slowly, alertly, and defensively. Allow for extra time on your trips and turn your low-beam headlights on.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Traverse City for $40 or less
  • Book your rental car in Traverse City at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Traverse City are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Traverse City

  • Some car rental companies in Traverse City which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Budget and Enterprise

  • On average a rental car in Traverse City costs $51 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Traverse City are Budget (8.6, 69 reviews), and Enterprise (7.7, 56 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Traverse City 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 Traverse City.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Cherry Capital airport include Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cherry Capital airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, and National.

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

  • A Standard car rental in Traverse City costs $59 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Traverse City costs $54 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Traverse City costs $59 per day, on average.

  • In Traverse City, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 727 Fly Don't Drive (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Traverse City costs $357 per week ($51 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Traverse City costs $1,528 per month ($51 per day).

  • We recommend an economy or compact car for city driving so that you can find parking easily wherever you want to go. Alternatively, if you know you will be spending a lot of time on Traverse City’s scenic routes, you could opt for a car rental in Traverse City that is a standard or intermediate SUV for more legroom, more amenities, and more space for your luggage.

  • In Traverse City, expect 55mph speed limits on most state and county highways, and then reduce your speed to the 25mph speed limits when driving in business and residential areas. Speed cameras are not allowed in Michigan and speeding is controlled by the local Traverse City police officers on duty.

  • Gas prices in Traverse City are currently around $2.20 a gallon. Gas stations are easy to find around the city. Be sure to fill up in Traverse City before returning your car to the airport, as gas can be more expensive here.

  • Wherever your destination in Traverse City, parking is plentiful. You’ll find meters for up to 2h and up to 10h parking throughout both the downtown and lakeside area. Parking meters accept coin payment, however, the easiest is to download ParkMobile on your smartphone for easy payment. Most meters offer the first 30min for free to make your quick errands even easier. If you need to make a stay even longer, simply head to the parking lots on Larry C. Hardy or in Old Town. Parking is free in Traverse City on the weekends and weeknights after 6pm. Check around Old Deck for free parking options.

  • 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!).