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Tuscaloosa car rentals from $29/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 Tuscaloosa with a pick-up date of 5/3 and drop-off date of 5/10. 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 Tuscaloosa

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Economy$32/day
Compact$37/day
Intermediate$29/day
Standard$33/day
Full-size$38/day
Minivan$52/day
Full-size SUV$81/day
Luxury$51/day
Premium SUV$60/day
Compact SUV$34/day
Intermediate SUV$39/day
Standard SUV$40/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Tuscaloosa

  • Most cheap car rentals in Tuscaloosa will need you to show a credit card or debit card in your own name. However, some rental car companies do not accept debit cards for payment, so when you are making your reservation, ask specifically what kind of cards they except. Another form of documentation you might want to bring with you is a copy of your insurance policy if you do not plan on getting the rental car company's insurance. Some agencies require you to show proof of your own insurance before they will rent you the car without their insurance.
  • When you're renting a car, you can expedite the process of collecting your vehicle if you complete the paperwork online beforehand. When you are looking into Tuscaloosa car rentals, consider which rental companies offer this option. Any steps you can take to reduce your time waiting in line will mean that you can start enjoying your time in Tuscaloosa that much sooner.
  • If you will be driving around Tuscaloosa with an infant or toddler, you will want to add a car seat to your rental, unless you bring your own. If you are unfamiliar with Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area, you might want to consider adding on a navigation device to your rental. Regardless of what add-ons you may need, you should include the add-ons at the time that you make your rental car reservation. Tuscaloosa car rentals usually have a specific number of add-ons such as car seats. If you do not mention that you need a certain add-on until you collect your vehicle, there might not be one available for you.
  • Tuscaloosa is full of great historical sites that can be explored at your leisure with your Tuscaloosa car rental. From the Alabama Museum of Natural History, or the Paul W. Bryant Museum, the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, or the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame. Catch a show at the Bama Theater, a round of golf at the Ol' Colony Golf Complex, or even a game at the Bryant–Denny Stadium, or a night out on the town at the Downtown Tuscaloosa Historic District, like some traditional southern barbeque at the Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Your own set of wheels will give you enough time to pack in all the action, at other historical sites in the surrounding area like the Gorgas House or the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. Be sure to take a tour of the University of Alabama campus while you’re here.
  • Tuscaloosa is served by its own airport, the Tuscaloosa National Airport. The car rental offices are located in the terminal, near the baggage claim. The Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport is also within an hour away from Tuscaloosa and has a large range of flight options. The Rental Car facility at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport is located in section 1B on the ground level of the parking deck just outside the baggage claim area.
  • Tuscaloosa is served by the following major highways: I-20, I-59, and U.S. Route 82. Beware of pedestrians around the Tuscaloosa Strip and Highway 69 and Interstate 59, as they may step onto the road without warning. Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way in Alabama. There is a popular cycling route along with 5th and Main Street down to the Tuscaloosa River Walk where drivers should beware of sharing the road with cyclists. Be sure that you move one lane away from any emergency vehicle you see stopped on the road and slow down to 15mph as you approach the vehicle.
  • Normally, there is no major rush hour time in Tuscaloosa. Occasionally, in the case of bad weather, there may be an incident on the I-65 or the I-459 on the way to Birmingham that will block up traffic more than normal.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Tuscaloosa for $42 or less
  • Book your rental car in Tuscaloosa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Tuscaloosa are around 19% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Luxury rental cars in Tuscaloosa are around -72% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Tuscaloosa

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Tuscaloosa?

    Compact and intermediate cars are by far the most popular car rentals in Tuscaloosa. This makes for easy navigation around the city and helps you save on gas. If you’re looking for a little more space and comfort, try booking a compact or intermediate SUV.

  • What’s the speed limit in Tuscaloosa?

    Speed limits in Alabama depend on the type of road you’re driving along. On major interstates, the speed limit is 70mph and on roadways with four or more lanes, 65mph. On all other roadways, the speed limit is 55mph and on country roadways, the speed limit is 45mph. In residential zones, the speed limit can go down to 35mph. Be sure to watch for sign postings indicating the appropriate speed limit in order to be sure. There are no speed cameras in Tuscaloosa, although police cars will sometimes check for speeding drivers.

  • Where are the best places to park in Tuscaloosa?

    Parking is free and plentiful throughout Tuscaloosa. If you’re looking for a good place to park your car rentals in Tuscaloosa, check out the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility, which locals refer to as the IMF parking deck. This parking deck is located in the middle of the downtown area at the corner of 7th Street and 23rd Ave and you can park your car rental here free of charge.

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

    On average a rental car in Tuscaloosa costs $55 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 Tuscaloosa found in the last 2 weeks is $34.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Tuscaloosa?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($29/day), Dollar ($33/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($37/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 312 Merchants Walk Ste 5a 35406 (2 miles from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Tuscaloosa?

    The average gas price in Tuscaloosa is $3.89 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $47 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Tuscaloosa?

    Luxury (Chrysler 300 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tuscaloosa.

  • Which car rental companies are at Birmingham airport (BHM)?

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

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Birmingham airport (BHM)?

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

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Tuscaloosa?

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

  • How much does a Luxury car rental cost in Tuscaloosa?

    A Luxury car rental in Tuscaloosa costs $107 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Tuscaloosa?

    A Compact car rental in Tuscaloosa costs $33 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car rental cost in Tuscaloosa?

    A Premium car rental in Tuscaloosa costs $82 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Tuscaloosa costs $387 per week ($55 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Tuscaloosa costs $1,658 per month ($55 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Tuscaloosa?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Tuscaloosa?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 6 car rental agencies in Tuscaloosa.

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

    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 Tuscaloosa?

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

  • Can I rent a car in Tuscaloosa if I'm 21?

    Yes, but you need to show a driver's license that has been valid and in good standing for over a year. The minimum age to rent a car in Alabama is 19. However, at most cheap car rentals in Tuscaloosa, you will have to pay a daily fee for being a Young Driver if you are under 25.

  • If I pick up my rental car in Tuscaloosa, can I drop it off at another location?

    Yes, you will probably be able to arrange it, depending on where you want to drop off and when. Cheap car rentals in Tuscaloosa such as Avis, Budget, and Enterprise allow drop-offs in different cities, such as Birmingham, Mobile, New York, Los Angeles, and many others. Since different car rental companies have different rules and availability, make sure you are clear and specific about where and when you need to both pick up and drop off your car when you are making your reservation.

Tuscaloosa car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

4.3

Mediocre

35 reviews
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

4.8

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.2

Value for money

4.2

One location in Tuscaloosa

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Locations in Tuscaloosa

312 Merchants Walk Ste 5a

+1 205 349 6144

Monday08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday08:30 - 17:00
Thursday08:30 - 17:00
Friday08:30 - 17:00

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2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Did not get rental car because when I went to pick it up, I was told I would be charged double the price stated on Kayak because this location does not allow after hours drop off and would be required to keep it until Monday at my expense. The Hertz agent blamed Kayak.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car for me. You should have checked.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
The Tuscaloosa, AL location is based solely on customer returns, meaning if other people don’t return their vehicle on time there is not one available for you. This happened to me and multiple other customers before the holidays, and I ended up unable to go on my vacation because despite a reservation I was never given a car. I’m still in a financial battle with Hertz to get my money back. They only have an unhelpful website, and claim a 5% fee to talk to an actual human being on the phone. Utterly ridiculous.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

Everything

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They could have had the rental available. Did not get a rental fr them

8.0 Very good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of walkin and drive out.

Cons:

Would have enjoyed one or two more options to select which vehicle I could have driven out. There was only one choice provided.

1 out of 10

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.0

2 locations in Tuscaloosa

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Locations in Tuscaloosa

1104 McFarland Boulevard

+1 205 330 0077

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00

7601 R Cardinal Airport Rd

+1 205 345 3333

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.9

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

5.2

3 locations in Tuscaloosa

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1840 Mcfarland Blvd

+1 205 330 4363

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

210 Skyland Blvd

+1 205 349 4446

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00

6102 University Blvd E

+1 205 562 7911

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

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6.0 Okay

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was OK it could have been better.

Cons:

Hey just picked up the car had a little problem with it before I went out of town had to fix flat, had a screw inside the tire . I called back to Enterprise they wanted to put me in a van I said I wanted something like the size car that I rented and paid for . They said they didn't have anything and I ask if I could drive to Birmingham , he said that it is Father's Day weekend and then they said they didn't know if they would even have one at that location. It didn't sound like they want to really take care of my problem so I didn't like the manager He seem to have an attitude that I was calling about the rental and I am a company

2.0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I never made it.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and expeditious. Return was just as quick and painless.

Cons:

It was raining.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much

Cons:

The car I reserved was not ready. Employee was rude and stopped helping me to eat a biscuit. Had to get manager who was not much help. Upgraded to a Cadillac with broken touch screen dash. Only allowed Spanish language. Bad experience

6.0 Okay

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

It was very helpful that we could pick up the car in a non-airport location and drop it off at the airport we were flying out of.

Cons:

We had a reservation but had to wait for the car to be cleaned when we arrived at Enterprise. The cleanliness of the car was fair, but not great.

1 out of 2

Budget

4.2

Mediocre

11 reviews

Cleanliness

4.4

Comfort

3.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

3.9

2 locations in Tuscaloosa

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1104 Mcfarland Boulevard

+1 205 330 0077

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00

7601 R Cardinal Airport Rd

+1 205 345 3334

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
My experience was bad I tried to get a rental saturday and my birthday was sunday and the lady said i couldn’t get it also I tried to get my refund on my $26 it wasn’t letting me

2.0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Booked the car but when I went to pickup the car the place was close

6.0 Okay

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The rental price.

Cons:

Credit report refused me to be able to rent car. Since reservation was made on line over the weekend it left me scrambling to get a rental. I would have been willing to pay a double deposit to secure car. On a side note, when you are dealing with an emergency, this is not how you want to be handled.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I wanted to be charged from my debit card but they charged me from my credit. Why I was forced this

7.9 Good

Jul 2021

KAYAK
It was very easy to rent ,car was in good condition no problems !!

1 out of 2

Dollar

6.6

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Tuscaloosa

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Locations in Tuscaloosa

312 Merchants Walk

+1 205 349 6144

Monday08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday08:30 - 17:00
Thursday08:30 - 17:00
Friday08:30 - 17:00

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Easirent

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One location in Tuscaloosa

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Locations in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport

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59 travelers who rented a car in Tuscaloosa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.1

Car rental locations in or near Tuscaloosa

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Luxury

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$42/day

When to book a rental car in Tuscaloosa

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