Washington, D.C. car rentals

Washington, D.C. car rentals

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Washington, D.C., DC
May 26 — Jun 2
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Washington, D.C., DC
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Cheap car rentals in Washington, D.C.

Economy$33/day
Compact$33/day
Intermediate$41/day
Standard$38/day
Full-size$38/day
Minivan$63/day
Full-size SUV$44/day
Luxury$46/day
Premium SUV$61/day
Supplier choice$31/day
Standard SUV$40/day
Intermediate SUV$46/day
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Washington, D.C. car rental reviews and directory

From $63/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (128 reviews)
9 locations in Washington, D.C.
Enterprise
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 7 2021
Location where I made the reservation was permanently closed.
8.0 ExcellentMay 15 2021
Staff was friendly and car was really clean.The location is not where it says it is so I had to look around for it. Gotta update the address.
8.0 ExcellentJan 29 2021
Instructions for when we return the car. (There was no one present, we never had any proper instruction on how to retrn the car, where to park, leave the keys etc
10.0 ExcellentDec 27 2020
Great car - thank you! Friendly representatives too!
9.2 ExcellentOct 22 2020
Easy to pick it up, drop it off,The "needs maintenance" announcement always turned on when I started the car - very annoying
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2020
Very friendly staff and very easy drop off
6.0 GoodSep 30 2020
Convient location.Tires slid in the rain; staff were not very courteous in addressing my questions; funny smell in the car and cupholders, etc., were a bit dingy; extended time waiting for my vehicle to be ready during pickup time.
8.4 ExcellentSep 29 2020
Both pick up and drop off were very easy.
2.0 MediocreSep 28 2020
I never got To rent the car! I expect A full refund.
2.0 MediocreSep 16 2020
I made a reservation to pick up at the Enterprise at 99 H Street which is inside of Union Station. When I arrived, the location was closed. I had to have a car service take me to the airport which was a $20 charge, and an hour and a half of my time that I needed for travel. If the location is closed, I’m confused as to why I could even make a reservation in the first place. This was extremely disappointing!
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From $58/dayRated #2
Avis
7.2 Good (144 reviews)
5 locations in Washington, D.C.
Avis
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 7.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMar 28 2022
The car was very beat up and had scratches all over it when I received it. We marked everything down, so I wouldn't get blamed for any of it, but still, the car was not in a good condition. Also, when I dropped the car off, I never received a receipt or anything to my email, so I don't have any record that my car was dropped at BWI Airport. It was a strange overall rental car experience.
2.0 MediocreJan 18 2022
It was the absolute worst. I rented a compact car for one day to run errands. When I got there around 9am they didn't have any cars available and said the wait would be about an hour.They asked for my phone number and said they would call when the car is ready. I walked around Union Station for 45 minutes and then went home. By the time I got home they finally called and so I trekked back. Then they said the only vehicle available is a full-size Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. More than half day was lost and so I could accomplish what I needed to and I had to drive this huge inefficient truck in the city. Avis is the dumps, avoid if possible.
10.0 ExcellentJan 11 2022
Great price. Easy pickup and drop off
8.0 ExcellentDec 22 2021
Better signage for where to drop off car
10.0 ExcellentNov 27 2021
Easy pickup and drop off. Couldn’t have been faster. Car was clean and we got an upgrade due to a lack of the size we ordered.
1.9 HorribleOct 10 2021
Drop off location was closed during stated business hours.
10.0 ExcellentOct 7 2021
The pick-up, the price, the drop off were are a great experience.
5.9 OkayOct 5 2021
They offered another vehicle due they haven’t the vehicle I reserved, the problem was that the car was a pickup than use the TRIPLE of gasoline….
1.9 HorribleSep 29 2021
Did not have any cars available. Was told to wait and they might have something in the next 5 hours. Charged me a fee for not cancelling
1.9 HorribleSep 23 2021
I did not pick up the rental car. The Avis worker was rude and impatient and unwilling to work with me to get the car so I took my business elsewhere.
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From $60/dayRated #3
Budget
7 Good (307 reviews)
5 locations in Washington, D.C.
Budget
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 1 2022
I reserved a noon pickup time but stood in line for 2 hours before I could get to the agent. There was only one agent and the first one was taking about 30-45 min to process each rental. That agent was replaced by someone who was quicker and moved me through in about 10 min. Car was scratched up but ran fine.
4.0 OkayApr 25 2022
Car was clean and nice. I had to wait an hour to get the car even though I had a pre scheduled pick up time and I was even a few minutes early for the pick up time. I changed drop off locations mid drive due to extreme traffic and budget was helpful with changing the location. However, the address for the drop off location took me to a closed garage door with little instruction on how to get to the open drop off garage. It took me an extra 15 minutes to drive around searching for the correct entrance.
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2022
The employee at the budget/avis local store is washington dc was very rude yelling at everyone to wear their mask before entry, and only allowed 1 person inside even though it was cold and raining. Car had very bad falling apart wiper blades.
2.0 MediocreFeb 16 2022
Charged me extra when I dropped off. Never emailed the receipt as they said they would
10.0 ExcellentJan 13 2022
Weiney the clerk was very helpful!!
8.0 ExcellentJan 5 2022
Great price. We had to stand in line in the cold for 1 1/2 hours in the parking deck to get the car due to our train trip being canceled, but otherwise we had a great experience.
10.0 ExcellentDec 30 2021
Everything was fine. The personnel were very courteous. check-in and checkout was easy.
2.0 MediocreDec 12 2021
They cancelled my reservation after an hour
2.0 MediocreDec 6 2021
I am an incoming academician to the US. When I rented the car, i paid 82$ on the website of KAYAK in addition to 12$. However, Budget charged me $20 more during the renting. I should expect that such an action should be more obvious in your website.
2.0 MediocreNov 9 2021
Budget handed us a vehicle that had an issue with its transmission or something, causing the car to breakdown before we even left the city. Instead of giving us a new car so we could drive to the airport for our flight to France, they made us babysit their broken car for 4 hours until it was eventually towed away. Even though this was clearly not our fault, we were charged for the cost of the mechanic who came to jump the vehicle (unsuccessfully) and I'm still fighting for a reimbursement. I will never use Budget again.
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From $51/dayRated #4
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
6.5 Good (597 reviews)
6 locations in Washington, D.C.
Hertz
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 6.9
  • 7
  • 6.4
  • 6.1
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2022
Great customer service at this location!
2.0 MediocreMay 17 2022
There is not enough space in this block for me to tell anyone why they should never rent from Hertz. This has been a nightmare in which I am being penalized for being an ethical person.
2.0 MediocreApr 29 2022
No one was there when I got there, couldn't get the car, complete swindle.
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2022
Arrived on time and was told there would be at least a 90 minute wait. She suggested trying another agency. We had prepaid and the agent was unable to process a refund. She told us we would need to work with our credit card company. She suggested never prepaying bc there is no benefit
2.0 MediocreApr 25 2022
They didn’t have a car for me again!
4.0 OkayApr 23 2022
Returned car 1 day early and Hertz would not credit the day back to credit card. Car had stickers on windshield that could not be removed.
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2022
I need a credit card to rent the car AFTER they told me that I could use a debit card.
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2022
Very helpful staff but product was very poor. Car pickup was slow—agent was alone and very busy. Car was filthy, outside and in. Car had been smoked in. Car was old at 48,400 miles, and tired. Driver’s floor mat was worn out and ripped. Exit from hotel failed because the tickets supplied did not work causing a 30 minute delay. A dreadful experience with Hertz and the Washington Hilton
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2022
Needed to make a change could not get anyone on the phone that could answer a specific question could not get any on on the phone that could direct me to somebody who could. Finally turned the car in rented another to get where I needed to go and ask the clerk how to call Hertz at the airport he even admitted it was impossible. So don't ever expect to get anyone on the phone that will help you won't be using hertz again
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2022
The pick-up location listed on the booking was incorrect. So picking up the car was a complete hassle. The car was absolutely filthy — covered in dog hair and smelled like a wet dog. It was disgusting. The drop off was hectic. The entire experience with Hertz was awful and I’ll never get a car from them again. Not to mention the cost was exorbitant.
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From $64/dayRated #5
Alamo
8.5 Excellent (96 reviews)
2 locations in Washington, D.C.
Alamo
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2021
It was difficult to find the office in Washington, D.C. o
6.0 GoodMar 22 2021
Pick up was great. Drop off slow. Car smelled like smoke
6.0 GoodJan 4 2021
The car drove nicely and didn’t have any critical issues. The originally confirmed price (NOT what we were charged in the end) was wonderful.We were hit with a $436.59 ‘’inner city fee’’ despite dropping off where confirmed by our desk agent in Atlanta. At that meeting as well, we waited over two hours as Thrifty, Hertz, and one additional rental company were all required to wait in the same line for two agents. Finally, our windshield wipers did not work on timed settings. During the hours of rain we experienced from Atlanta to New York City, our only option was to hold down the trigger manually.
10.0 ExcellentNov 26 2020
All good.Specific vehicle availability--I requested a SUV but ended up with a minivan.
3.6 MediocreNov 17 2020
We booked the car for 8:30am. We got there, the car was not ready. They tried to give us an upgrade of a V8 for a long trip when I booked an economical car. We then had to wait 45 mins for a car to arrive. It had tire pressure issues. They filled with air and said it was fine. We got down the road 5 mins and a warning light came on. We then had to find another Alamo to switch out the car which took another 40 mins as they had to do the paperwork and clean the car. 11am we were finally in the road for a 12 hour trip This is totally unacceptable
10.0 ExcellentSep 13 2020
Everything was smooth and easy. Car was very clean.
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2020
Incredibly friendly staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome.
3.6 MediocreAug 2 2020
The car was very cleanSo it had leaky tires, none of the charging ports worked, and the guy working there drove around really fast and freaked me out.
2.0 MediocreJul 11 2020
Told me on arrival their computer system had a glitch and they actually had no cars available. They also said they'd call me in the afternoon to let me know when the next car would be available and then never called.Fix your website so people don't waste their time.
10.0 ExcellentJun 22 2020
Staff was greatCar was almost not ready on time
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From $103/dayRated #6
National
8.7 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in Washington, D.C.
National
Locations in Washington, D.C.
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 27 2020
Tia was really helpful and easy going.Nothing, again, Tia was fabulous
6.4 GoodNov 25 2018
Offices closedManager at airport location was able to accommodate our reservationWe were called a week in advance that our pick up location inDC would be closed that we needed to go to union station to pick up rental. However, after getting an Uber to union station, that office was closed too. Then we had to get another Uber to the Ronald Reagan airport. So more Uber drives. Very late start to our drive to Virginia.
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2016
Great experienceI booked at a place that was off the airport and they worked with me to get the car at the airport. Very nice and professional people.
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2016
Great service, great truck
9.2 ExcellentSep 6 2016
Great Service and Delivered as PromisedI ordered a pickup truck and actually was given my choice of the ones they had on site, not just the one selected for me. Staff was friendly, courtesy and very helpful.National does not pick up or drop off customers before or after rental, so you are responsible for arriving here and getting back on your own accord.
9.2 ExcellentJul 16 2016
Front desk staff was really nice and pleasant.I didn't enjoy the car I drove. But that isn't the fault of Kayak.
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Sunnycars
3 locations in Washington, D.C.
Sunnycars
Locations in Washington, D.C.
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Elita Rent A Car
2 locations in Washington, D.C.
Elita Rent A Car
Locations in Washington, D.C.
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in Washington, D.C.
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Washington, D.C.
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Easirent
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Easirent
Locations in Washington, D.C.
Recent reviews
Free2Move
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Free2Move
Locations in Washington, D.C.
Recent reviews
keddy by Europcar
1 location in Washington, D.C.
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Washington, D.C.
Recent reviews
From $67/day
Sixt
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Sixt
Locations in Washington, D.C.
Recent reviews
From $59/day
Thrifty
1 location in Washington, D.C.
Thrifty
Locations in Washington, D.C.
Recent reviews
1287 travelers who rented a car in Washington, D.C. gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

Car rental locations in or near Washington, D.C.

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$68/day

Good deal

$53/day

When to book a rental car in Washington, D.C.

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Top tips for renting a car in Washington, D.C.

  • Travelers flying into Washington, D.C. will want to consider renting a car, as cars offer the best access to many of the popular sites and day trips around D.C. For instance, FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins, takes over an hour to get to on public transportation, but only takes 30 minutes in a car. Popular tourist spots such as Shenandoah National Park and Mount Vernon are also easily reached in a rental car.
  • Fortunately for would-be rental car drivers with flights to Washington, D.C., all of the airports in the greater metropolitan area have easily accessible rental car centers. In Washington Dulles Airport, shuttles outside of the Baggage Claim Area will take travelers to the rental lot, while at Reagan National Airport, travelers will find the rental shuttle outside of Door 4 on the ticketing level.
  • Rush hour is no joke in Washington, D.C. and travelers should plan accordingly. Morning rush hour lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and evening rush hour lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During those times, Key Bridge, Southeast Freeway, Chain Bridge, and New York Avenue should all be avoided as they number among the most congested spots in D.C.
  • Visitors to Washington, D.C. should be prepared to deal with the city’s famed traffic circles. Traffic circles such as Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Thomas Circle are notoriously difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, but with a bit of pre-planning and appropriate route planning, they should be no problem.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Washington, D.C. for $53 or less
  • Book your rental car in Washington, D.C. at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Washington, D.C. are around 37% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Washington, D.C. are around 66% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Washington, D.C.