The choice about whether or not to rent a car when you are in Kauai really depends on what you plan on doing when you are there. There is a public bus service that will take you from the cities of Kekaha and Hanalei back to Lihue. Therefore, if you plan on staying in one town and not moving around very much, you can get away without renting a car. That said, if you plan on doing any exploring of this beautiful island, you will most certainly need a good rental car to get around. It is also important to think about what you will be doing on your trip, how many people you'll be taking, and how much stuff you will need to bring with you to help you determine the proper type of vehicle to rent.
Driving in Kauai is much like driving in any other state in the United States. Drivers will drive on the right side of the road, distances will be in miles, and speeds will be in miles per hour. Because there are only two major highways on the island, you will find that driving is relatively easy but it goes at a much slower pace than you may be accustomed to if you're coming from a large metropolitan city. Because this is such a beautiful location, there is no need to rush to get anywhere but rather, you should enjoy all of the amazing scenery as you drive.
Most of the rental car companies in Kauai will expect you to be at least twenty one years old to rent a car. There may be certain exceptions to this rule, such as if you want to rent a luxury vehicle. In this case, they may expect you to be at least twenty five years old. If you plan on using a debit card to rent a car, you may need to be twenty five years old as well. Some rental car companies may let anyone eighteen years or older rent a car, but in this case, it will probably be a very basic vehicle, such as a compact or an economy car.
On average a rental car in Kaua'i costs $47 per day.
Full-size (Subaru Outback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kaua'i.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Sixt ($36/day), Avis ($42/day) and Hertz ($42/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Kaua'i are Alamo (9.2, 119 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (9.1, 53 reviews), and Thrifty (7.5, 90 reviews).
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On average a rental car in Kaua'i costs $391 per week ($56 per day).
On average a rental car in Kaua'i costs $1,677 per month ($56 per day).