The Big Island car rentals

Tue 3/5
Tue 3/12

Search hundreds of rental car sites at once for car rental deals in The Big Island

Here is why travelers choose KAYAK

Save up to 33%Compare multiple travel sites with one search.

Free to useThere are no hidden charges or fees.

Filter your dealsFilter by car type, brand and more. Instantly customise your results.

Book with flexibilityUse our "free cancellation" filter for maximum flexibility at no extra cost.

Cheap car rentals in The Big Island

Economy$42/day
Compact$35/day
Intermediate$33/day
Standard$32/day
Full-size$43/day
Minivan$52/day
Full-size SUV$57/day
Premium$136/day
Luxury$96/day
Convertible$57/day
Premium SUV$54/day
Supplier choice$40/day
Intermediate SUV$45/day
Open air all terrain$50/day
Standard SUV$51/day
Compact SUV$58/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in The Big Island

  • Driving on the Big Island of Hawaii can be both exciting and exotic. Visitors to the island will likely want to consider a tough four-wheel drive for exploring the volcano national park or Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. Or perhaps a convertible might seem like a good idea for cruising the streets of Hilo or Kailua-Kona. What rental drivers might not realize, however, is that gasoline is priced quite differently in Hawaii than it is on the mainland. Therefore, when choosing your rental vehicle for the Big Island, be sure to consider gas mileage along with utility.
  • The maximum speed limit on interstate highways and rural freeways in Hawaii is 60 mph; however, the limit is only 25 mph in residential areas. Therefore, it is always important to watch for posted speed limits as these may change depending on road type. While drivers may use their mobile phones in hands-free mode, it is against the law to text while driving on any roadway in Hawaii. Children under one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds must be secured in rear-facing car seats. Between the ages of one and four years, children may ride in forward-facing car seats, after which time they may transition to booster seats.
  • Your Big Island adventure will only be made more fun and exciting with a vehicle rental. However, there are some things to keep in mind about driving in Hawaii, which may be a little different from other states. For example, when driving in the parks or reserves, it’s important to use caution before going off-road. The reserves on the Big Island contain beautiful forest and jungle landscapes, which will often include protected or poisonous species of flowers or other plants and should be avoided. Likewise, driving off-road in the volcano national park carries obvious risks as well. Have fun in Hawaii, but always stay safe.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in The Big Island for $55 or less
  • Book your rental car in The Big Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in The Big Island are around 47% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in The Big Island are around -85% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in The Big Island

  • Should I rent a car in The Big Island?

    Renting a car on the Big Island means having the freedom to go anywhere and explore all that this incredible paradise has to offer. When you rent a car, you bypass the need to rely on public transportation, which isn’t always available, or even taxis or private rideshares, which can be very expensive in Hawaii. With your rental vehicle, you can attend a meeting in downtown Hilo, then cruise over to the beach in Captain Cook and watch the sun slip into the Pacific, all on your schedule.

  • What is driving like in The Big Island?

    Driving on the Big Island can be generally summed up in one word: beautiful. There are many roads on the island with breathtaking views of both the land and the sea. For the most part, the roads on this island are well-maintained and convenient, whether you’re in downtown Hawaii or uptown Hilo, or just circling the coastline in your fancy rented convertible. Signage may be a little sparse at times, and traffic can sometimes form in the cities, but wherever your Hawaiian adventure takes you on the Big Island, you’re sure to enjoy every moment and every mile.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in The Big Island?

    In the state of Hawaii, including on the Big Island, you must be at least seventeen years old to hold an unrestricted driver’s license. After that, you may rent a car beginning at age eighteen. Generally, car rental agencies will apply a surcharge to your rental agreement if you are under the age of twenty five. This additional fee may be applied on a daily basis or can be assessed as part of the overall rental price. All drivers, regardless of age, will need to present a valid driver’s license, in addition to certain other documents, at the time of rental agreement signing.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in The Big Island?

    On average a rental car in The Big Island costs $64 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in The Big Island?

    Intermediate (Jeep Wrangler or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in The Big Island.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in The Big Island?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar ($32/day), Thrifty ($35/day) and Alamo ($40/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in The Big Island?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in The Big Island are Alamo (9.1, 130 reviews), National (8.9, 57 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.5, 88 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in The Big Island?

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

  • Where should I rent a car in The Big Island?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in The Big Island are Kailua-Kona (88% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in The Big Island), Hilo (11%) and Waikoloa Village (1%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in The Big Island?

    On average a rental car in The Big Island costs $467 per week ($67 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in The Big Island costs $2,002 per month ($67 per day).

Car rental directory

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in The Big Island

    9 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in The Big Island

    5 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in The Big Island

    5 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in The Big Island

    5 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in The Big Island

    3 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in The Big Island

    3 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in The Big Island

    3 Locations

  • vipcarsrec

    VIPCars Recommendation car rental locations in The Big Island

    3 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in The Big Island

    2 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in The Big Island

    2 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car rental locations in The Big Island

    2 Locations

  • payless

    Payless car rental locations in The Big Island

    2 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$67/day

Good deal

$55/day

When to book a rental car in The Big Island

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches