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Wilmington car rentals from $26/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 Wilmington with a pick-up date of 3/7 and drop-off date of 4/4. 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 Wilmington

Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Wilmington

  • Wilmington, DE, is well known as a banking and innovation center and is also considered to be the modern hub of its region. Opting for cheap car rentals in Wilmington will give you the flexibility of moving around easily and visiting the beautiful sceneries in and around Wilmington. Some of the places to visit and sites to see include Virginia Beach, located about 196 mi from Wilmington, or driving for a visit to Coastal Discovery Museum, located about 211 mi from the city center. You can also travel to The Oaks at Point South RV Resort located about 205 mi away or visit the Deep River Campground and RV Park located about 149 mi northwest of Wilmington.
  • Whether you are an experienced driver in Wilmington or not, observing safety while driving Wilmington car rentals is fundamental. Cases such as crowded intersections and roadways have greatly increased the chances of an accident occurring, which would lead to increased traffic snarl-ups and time wastage before the mess is cleared. Some of the roads you should be wary of include college road, which stretches about 4.3 mi between Wilshire Boulevard and Gordon Road. Other roads include the Randall Parkway and the South College Road intersections, Carolina Beach Road, Market and New Centre Drive, U.S. 17, and Highways 11 and 87.
  • There are several car rental locations in Wilmington, DE that will help you move around the city. You can get the Enterprise car rentals at Stonehaven, 100 Philadelphia Pike, and Colonial Heights. The Hertz car rentals are located next to Wawaset Park at 901 North Union Street, while Thrifty car rentals are based at 100 Mlk Junior Blvd. The National car rentals is located at 1000 S French St.
  • When you visit the city of Wilmington either for business or vacation, you'll want to move around the city conveniently. From Philadelphia International airport, there are many attraction sites within 50 miles that you shouldn’t miss. There are public transportation options such as taxis and buses, yet, buses typically have designated routes, and taxis charge by mileage, so you'll probably end up paying more. This inconvenience and inflexibility signal that you might want to consider car rentals in Wilmington. With a rental car, you'll be able to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Arts or the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, located only 9 miles (17min) away.
  • Philadelphia International Airport and Wilmington Airport are the two major airports in Wilmington, and both have several on-site car rental companies in designated places. These companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, and National. Most of these car rentals in Wilmington provide complimentary shuttle and pick-up services. After picking your luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, head over to Zone 9 from the exit terminal and get a shuttle to the offices of your chosen Wilmington car rental company.
  • Wilmington is a city with a high population rate and an even higher influx of vehicles. When driving on Wilmington roadways, be prepared for every form of traffic, human and motor vehicle. Most people in Wilmington love to cycle, and others prefer motorcycles to cars, meaning you’ll be sharing the highways with motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. Some pedestrians tend to jaywalk or text on their phones while walking. Exercise caution while on the road to avoid a catastrophic incident. Also, watch out for other drivers who may be negligent in observing traffic rules, as well as natural weather elements such as snow, mist, or rain that can make driving dangerous.
  • When it comes to traffic gridlocks, especially around rush hour, Wilmington is one of Delaware's most affected cities. Between 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm, most roadways experience traffic congestion. If you can't afford to be stuck in traffic for more than 30min, it’s advisable to use the roads when traffic is lowest, before and after rush hour. Similarly, avoid using Interstate 95 during critical hours and use GPS tracking while driving on unfamiliar roads.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Wilmington for $40 or less
  • Book your rental car in Wilmington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Wilmington are around 67% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Wilmington

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

    Given Wilmington's high influx of vehicles operating on major roadways, we recommend that an economy, a convertible, or any small car for smooth navigation around the city. Go for a minivan or an SUV if you travel as a group of more than five people.

  • What’s the speed limit in Wilmington?

    Wilmington, like most Delaware cities, has a relatively low maximum speed limit. The state recommended speed limit is 65mph. Two-lane state roads have a speed limit of up to 50mph, and two-lane urban roads have a limit of 25mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Wilmington?

    There are several parking spots and garages in Downtown Wilmington where you can park your car any time of the day for as long as you wish. These parking services are provided by the Wilmington Parking Authority, Central Parking System, and Colonial Parking, which has spaces on different streets in Downtown Wilmington, approximately 15 miles from the airport. To use these parking services, you'll need to download the Park Mobile app, which customers use to pay for parking services. Parking costs around $1 per hour and around $12 per day.

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

    On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $51 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 Wilmington found in the last 2 weeks is $29.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Wilmington?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($28/day), Thrifty ($28/day) and Avis ($34/day).

  • How much is gas price in Wilmington?

    The average gas price in Wilmington is $3.48 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Wilmington?

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

  • Which car rental companies are at Philadelphia airport (PHL)?

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

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Philadelphia airport (PHL)?

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

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

    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 Wilmington?

    An Intermediate car rental in Wilmington costs $28 per day, on average.

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

    A Premium car rental in Wilmington costs $30 per day, on average.

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

    A Compact car rental in Wilmington costs $38 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $358 per week ($51 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $1,536 per month ($51 per day).

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

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Wilmington?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 8 car rental agencies in Wilmington.

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

    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 Wilmington?

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

  • Do I need insurance when renting a car in Wilmington, DE?

    If you are planning to get cheap car rentals in Wilmington, DE, you will first need to have a valid driver’s license from your state of origin or country of origin. If you only possess an instructional permit or a learner’s permit, you cannot rent a car in Wilmington.

  • How do I pay to use the toll roads in Wilmington, DE?

    If you are renting a car in Wilmington, DE, you should be aware that the city has toll roads with e-tolls and/or cash. The different car rental companies in the city such as Hertz, offer e-toll services for increased convenience when using the roads. The e-toll service sends the toll charge to the rental car company which then bills your credit card. These charges are normally higher since they carry a service charge. You can however opt for cash payments.

Wilmington car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6

Very good

32 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.7

5 locations in Wilmington

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Locations in Wilmington

100 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 761 4545

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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100 S French St

+1 302 425 4404

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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2415 Lancaster Ave

+1 302 575 1021

Monday07:30 - 17:30
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3915 Kirkwood Hwy

+1 302 892 3365

Monday07:30 - 17:30
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Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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4727 Concord Pike

+1 302 479 7829

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4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was scheduled to have a regular size sedan. However, received a mini van upon arrival. Was suggested that I could wait for a sedan if / when one was going to be returned that same day.

3.6 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was dirty, smelled strongly of weed. As a fix they put 6 air fresheners about the car. The combination of the weed and air fresheners was horrible.

6.8 Okay

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean.

Cons:

They didn’t have the car that I reserved.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff

Cons:

If I could only afford such an awesome car!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice helpful.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

No marking or instructions with how to dropoff

1 out of 7

Hertz

5.3

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

5.3

2 locations in Wilmington

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100 Martin Luther King Blvd

+1 302 428 0637

Monday09:00 - 13:00
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901 North Union Street

+1 302 203 6259

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent was professional and thorough. Good mileage.

Cons:

The car was not clean. There were bits of food in the console and the inside of the windshield was smeared. There was cleaning spray residue everywhere. I had alcohol wipes and cleaned for 1000 mile trip. Pick up time was long because of 1 agent and line. I reserved a Mazda "or similar". Learned belatedly Mazdas are never available. Manual was missing so never figured out how to set cruise control.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothiny

Cons:

Poor customer service car was not ready when promised had to wait over an hour and the staff was rude. Tried to change drop off because it was so bad and they wanted me to pay an additional $300 to change

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They did not let me pick up my car

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely horrible.

Cons:

They left me high and dry, didn’t have a car for me even though I booked over a week beforehand and wouldn’t even help me get my money back! Just gave me a number to call the corporate billing office to get my money back for THEIR MISTAKE AND LACK OF PROPER PLANNING.

8.8 Very good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff helpful; friendly

Cons:

Would have liked to pay less for such a short, low mileage rental.

1 out of 10

National

10.0

Wonderful

1 review
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Wilmington

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100 S French St

+1 302 425 4404

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Budget

6.0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Wilmington

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100 South French Street

+1 302 652 0629

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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702 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 762 4824

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The site had very few cars left. Only full car was full of smoke smell. They rented one of few SUVs instead. Great service

Cons:

Nothing

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Off the train, through the rental counter, in my car and on the road. The process couldn't be easier and the staff couldn't be friendlier.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2023

KAYAK
First car smelled like strong chemicals. Made me nauseated. Called the local place they claimed their system was down at 9a and couldn't switch out the car until 1p. Had to drive 45 minutes to switch out. When I did they gave me the worst car on the lot. Philadelphia Airport is worst. Rude workers, Dirty car, car making noises, scratches and a dent. Horrible.

1 out of 1

Avis

5.5

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

5.5

2 locations in Wilmington

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100 South French Street

+1 302 654 8044

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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702 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 762 3825

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

They never said I needed social security if I use debit card, even If I called them twice before, it's unbelievable, never again with this company, also is not the first time the girls from the front desk where so rude and I don't think they finish high school

8.0 Very good

May 2023

KAYAK
I just was upset that a $200 deposit wasn’t mentioned beforehand it was a surprise to me but thankfully I had that some people won’t and that can mess up their plans

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Car had a heavy dose of Febreeze, but tobacco smoke was still noticeable. I had reserved a Kia Soul and was given a Toyota Tacoma. So much for good gas economy on a long trip. There was trash in the bed of the pickup when I took it. No assistance, just, here's the keys, the parking lot is two blocks away. Good luck. Probably never using them again, TBH.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2021

KAYAK

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2.0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They should ban the practice of requiring a zero balanced electric bill and not accepting chime credit cards, keeps a lot of minorities from renting vehicles any longer, I was unable to rent a vehicle.

1 out of 2

Thrifty

5.9

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Wilmington

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100 Mlk Junior Boulevard

+1 302 428 0637

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
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Friday09:00 - 13:00

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Alamo

No score available yet

One location in Wilmington

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100 S French St Unit 115a

+1 302 425 4404

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100 S French St Unit 115A, Wilmington, , USA Delaware

+1 914 368 0091

Monday07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday07:00 - 19:00
Thursday07:00 - 19:00
Friday07:00 - 19:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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89 travelers who rented a car in Wilmington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.9

Car rental locations in or near Wilmington

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$51/day

Good deal

$40/day

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