Wausau car rentals from $44/day

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Economy$48/day
Intermediate$50/day
Full-size$52/day
Minivan$46/day
Full-size SUV$94/day
Premium$79/day
Pickup truck$58/day
Premium SUV$113/day
Intermediate SUV$44/day
Supplier choice$48/day
Compact SUV$58/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Wausau

  • Renting a car in Wausau is a great decision as it allows travelers to explore the city and its surroundings fully. With a rental car, you can explore all the parts of the city and the countryside. There are unlimited sights to see, lakes to enjoy, and campgrounds that you would otherwise be excluded from if you only relied on public transportation or walking. Travelers passionate about nature can visit Iron Mountain about 97 miles northeast of Wausau with hiking trails where they can hike and enjoy the forest environment. Campers can cruise to campgrounds including Deer Lake SF Campground, Peavy Pond Site 27-WEPCO, and Summer Breeze Campground, all located about 100 miles northeast of Wausau.
  • There are several airports where travelers can access Wausau car rentals, and onsite and offsite counters are available. If you land through Green Bay Austin-Straubel Airport, find the onsite car rental center in Terminal 2. If you land at Appleton Outagamie County Airport, the best location to pick up a rental car is in the rental car center directly beside the main Terminal. At Eau Claire Airport, you will find onsite and offsite counters for car rentals in Wausau. Wausau Central Wisconsin Airport has its car rental counters in the terminal lobby.
  • Driving in Wausau is simple; look for street signs and follow them around the city to avoid fines and traffic violations. In Wausau, several bicyclists and people using electric personal assistive mobility devices are allowed to use the same travel lane as vehicles. Give them plenty of space and ensure they have a full view of oncoming traffic when overtaking. Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing between parked cars or stopped vehicles at a crosswalk or intersection where there is no traffic control signal.
  • With car rentals in Wausau, expect to encounter heavy traffic during rush hours. The morning rush hour starts from 6:00 – 9:00 am and the afternoon rush hour starts from 4:00 – 6:30 pm During these times, traffic is usually very congested and busy. Some roads take sharp turns from one lane to the other, making it hard to maneuver your vehicle through the streets. Some of these roads are located in the downtown area including Wisconsin Street, Lincoln Street, Division Street, and Grant Street which are very narrow and busy during rush hours and on weekends due to their location near Wausau Riverwalk Trail & Central Waterfront Business District.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Wausau for $68 or less
  • Book your rental car in Wausau at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Wausau are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Wausau

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

    On average a rental car in Wausau costs $79 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 Wausau found in the last 2 weeks is $49.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Wausau?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($48/day).

  • How much is gas price in Wausau?

    The average gas price in Wausau 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 Wausau?

    Intermediate (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Wausau.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Central Wisconsin airport (CWA)?

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

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

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Wausau?

    An Intermediate car rental in Wausau costs $68 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Wausau?

    A Mini car rental in Wausau costs $109 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Wausau?

    A Special car rental in Wausau costs $68 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Wausau costs $550 per week ($79 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Wausau costs $2,359 per month ($79 per day).

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

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Wausau?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 2 car rental agencies in Wausau.

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

    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 Wausau?

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

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

    Standard is the most popular car offered at car rentals in Wausau. Standard is recommended for travelers since it has several advantageous features including a small engine that is fuel efficient, a roomy interior, and a smooth ride. They also provide extra comfort, safety, convenience, and an anti-lock braking system which is great for emergency braking when you have to stop abruptly.

  • What’s the speed limit in Wausau?

    In Wisconsin State, the maximum speed that any driver traveling its roadways must follow is demarcated by the traffic laws and applicable everywhere including Wausau. When driving around school zones, public parks, and children's play areas, maintain a speed limit of 15 mph. A speed limit of 25 mph is designated for business districts and service roads. When you take highways labeled rustic roads, go up to 45 mph. Interstates and rural freeways have a speed of 70 mph while urban freeways and divided roads have a speed limit of 65 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Wausau?

    In Wausau, parking is provided by the city’s public parking facilities with minimal charges including Wausau Parking Department on 407 Grant St. in City Hall Park. In addition to the city’s parking lots, you can use private parking facilities such as Lot 7 on 144 Washington St. and Lot 18 on 200 US-51 BUS in Third Street Lifestyle Center.  

Wausau car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.4

Wonderful

14 reviews
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Wausau

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Locations in Wausau

100 Cwa Dr

+1 715 693 1240

Monday11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday11:00 - 22:00
Thursday11:00 - 22:00
Friday11:00 - 22:00
Saturday12:00 - 19:00
Sunday11:00 - 22:00

2210 Sherman Street

+1 715 848 8799

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Sean at the Wauasau, WI airport was so helpful. We had car trouble on our way home from my Dad's funeral and he was very professional, showed compassion and got us back on the road with a rental. Really impressed.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

good service

Cons:

nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Christine was a pleasure to deal with, even going out in pouring rain to bring the car close and help locate gas tank, essentials i.e. lights, wipers.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Pretty expensive I think

6.0 Okay

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car selection was terrible. The agent did not walk the car with us in Mosinee WI. She was polite. When we arrived in Milwaukee at the airport. The enterprise representative went on about the bump on the passenger door. I said they told us it was documented in the rental record. He went on about well they have to fix it. We can’t rent this again. I said I’m not paying for this. He explained that we would not be charged etc. why even bring this up to the client? This is an agency concern. With all the trouble I had finding a rental. I am not happy.

1 out of 2

Budget

7.6

One location in Wausau

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2505 Stewart Avenue

+1 715 843 4050

Monday08:00 - 17:3013:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:3013:30 - 17:00
Wednesday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 17:30
Thursday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:3013:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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4.0 Mediocre

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle was very clean and well maintained.

Cons:

The price I reserved the car for online ($151.37) was not the price presented to me when I was picking up the car at the kiosk at the airport ($303.00). Although the attendant adjusted the bill to ($193), but at the end of the week when I returned the car back, the bill had jumped back to $211.51. There was no explanations for these process variance.

6.0 Okay

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I rented a car for the Wausau (Wis.) Airport and when I got there they said Budget has two locations and I had to pay the extra fees because my rental was elsewhere. Cost me an extra $100 or so. Otherwise, the counter people were nice and the car was good.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

No pressure to add extras. Met my needs and expectations in terms of cost, service, and quality.

1 out of 1

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Wausau

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Wausau Municipal Airport

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Alamo

No score available yet

One location in Wausau

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151 Cwa Dr

+1 715 693 3430

Monday11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday11:00 - 22:00
Thursday11:00 - 22:00
Friday11:00 - 22:00
Saturday12:00 - 19:00
Sunday11:00 - 22:00

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9.6 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very helpful and friendly and yes, pick up/drop off was great. It’s nice that they were open after the last flight came in and that the desk was at the airport vs offsite

Cons:

I haven’t received my receipt by email yet. It’s been 24 hours since drop off. I really need my recipes so I can turn it in for reimbursement for work. With AVIS, they email my receipt immediately so it doesn’t slow down me getting paid. But I was happy with everything else

7.6 Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Kiosk was closed when we arrived to pick up car. Kiosk hours should be provided when reservation is made so travelers can plan accordingly.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very helpful

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly staff. Easy drop off process.

Cons:

None.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2021

KAYAK
Courteous, easy, quick. Nice, clean car.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Always fast and friendly service and clean vehicles at CWA. Thank you!

1 out of 2

Avis

No score available yet

One location in Wausau

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151 Cwa Drive Suite 120

+1 715 693 3025

Monday10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday10:00 - 21:0020:00 - 21:00
Thursday10:00 - 21:00
Friday10:00 - 21:00
Saturday10:30 - 16:00
Sunday20:00 - 21:0010:30 - 16:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
The women helping me at the desk, pickup and return were both super friendly and helpful.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was mostly clean.

Cons:

Any and all. The rental associate sounded like a used car salesman trying to nickel and dime you. I got inaudible sounds and shoulder shrugs when I didn’t take the “bumper to bumper” coverage, an extra $68/day. The first car I spend 10 minutes packing and installing a car seat sounded like I was dragging a bumper when I applied the brakes. The same associate told me it was because it sat for a week. I told her I’m not trusting my family to a car that has brakes that sound that bad. Car was changed and again she couldn’t help herself, “you could upgrade for another $258”. This was hands down the worst rental car experience. I felt like I was being set up and robbed all at the same time.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2023

KAYAK
the counter was closed from 4-5 pm and I was not notified. I set up to pick up at 4 arrived a little late and no one was there. The girl at the counter was not polite but rather kept trying to blame that I should have checked Avis times of operation. This should have been listed when I booked it AND should not have allowed me to pick up at 4 if they were closed at 4. Her attitude did not help.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2022

KAYAK
Great car, but she would not give me the extra hour that I was used to. Albert

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Flight was over 3 hours late. Agent called and verified that we were on the way. She stayed after hours to get us in vehicle. Very pleasant.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was okay

Cons:

Better service and honesty

1 out of 2

Hertz

No score available yet

One location in Wausau

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151 Cwa Dr. Suite 117

+1 715 693 0017

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday08:00 - 17:30

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2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The CWA hertz location has different hours then what is posted delaying the pickup. The pickup over all had be to canceled because contrary to hertz website and offical agreement i read over, this location would not rent to me because at this location the minimum rent age is 21. It is not posted anywhere:(. Never again.....

2.0 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

be more accommodating in helping to adjust a reservation.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Counter person is great. Got our car fast, no pressure. Just excellent service

Cons:

Nothing.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to pick up and drop off

Cons:

Additional fees

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything went as planned. Vehicle, service, and price was exactly as I expected. Everything worked out perfect.

1 out of 2

National

No score available yet

One location in Wausau

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151 Cwa Dr

+1 715 693 3430

Monday11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday11:00 - 22:00
Thursday11:00 - 22:00
Friday11:00 - 22:00
Saturday12:00 - 19:00
Sunday11:00 - 22:00

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Wausau

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100 CWA Drive 112

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VIPCars Recommendation

No score available yet

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Mosinee Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) Airport location - 151 Cwa Dr 113 Mosinee, WI US

+1 914 368 0091

Monday11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday14:00 - 21:30
Wednesday14:00 - 21:30
Thursday11:00 - 22:00
Friday11:00 - 22:00
Saturday14:00 - 21:30
Sunday14:00 - 21:30

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59 travelers who rented a car in Wausau gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

Car rental locations in or near Wausau

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$79/day

Good deal

$68/day

When to book a rental car in Wausau

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