Car rental at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport

Car rental at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport

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Knoxville, TN - McGhee Tyson
Aug 18 — Aug 25
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Knoxville, TN - McGhee Tyson
Thu 8/18
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Cheap car rentals in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport

Economy$48/day
Compact$51/day
Intermediate$58/day
Standard$65/day
Full-size$61/day
Minivan$83/day
Full-size SUV$105/day
Luxury$72/day
Pickup truck$54/day
Intermediate SUV$67/day
Standard SUV$72/day
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Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (196 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Alamo
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 21 2021
My rental was simple and (mostly) straightforward. I had to make an itinerary change for the end of my trip, and that introduced a few twists, but the local Alamo manager cleaned it all up fast. Car worked great, dropoff was fast and simple, and my experience was all a-one.
10.0 ExcellentApr 6 2021
Every thing
8.0 ExcellentDec 7 2020
Very nice new car. Lady at the drop off was very friendly and pleasant to work with.Windshield was very streaky and not clean inside. Car had damage when I picked it up, nobody was there to report it to. The one way fees are expensive and I didn't see any indication about fees until you are signing up for the rental.
8.0 ExcellentAug 18 2020
Car smelled of stale cigarette smoke. Nasty
10.0 ExcellentAug 13 2020
Friendly helpful easy good experience.Nothing, good experience, but the bottom line that I rented from Alamo was it was the best price out of all the competition.
5.6 OkayAug 8 2020
The inside of the windshield very dirty
10.0 ExcellentAug 2 2020
From pick up to drop off everything was easy and great. All Alamo representatives were great.Nothing, it was all good. Great easy rental experience.
6.0 GoodFeb 3 2020
Nice car that we picked up at the Knoxville airport TYS.... we had a frriendly staff but they sent us to the parking lot to get car without any staff checking the mini van with us. When we drove 2 hours to drop it off at the Tri Cities airport TRI... we left key with the staff without anyone checking the car again but simply handing them the keys and saying goodbye .I got a call later that evening asking about a dent somewhere on the car.... I explained we had not reviewed the car with the Knoxville staff and we had no incidences in the 3 hours we had the car.... BUT both staffs should have looked and reviewed the car before and after use with me so that all would have been documented and there would have been no questions. Thank you Amy Williams 423-360-7369
10.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2020
Pick up at counter was superb. Staff was great!
8.4 ExcellentDec 31 2019
The staff were great. When I picked up the car, the exterior was NOT clean. When I returned it, I told the rep about my experience and she made it "all right" by giving me an expected credit. That was really a nice touch.
Rated #2
Hertz
7.7 Good (111 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Hertz
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 8
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 24 2022
The van that I had reserved and paid for 3 months in advance was "not available" when we arrived to pick it up. I specifically needed a large vehicle for college graduation and move out and this affected plans and I had to scramble to make new arrangements which cost twice as much. Will never trust Hertz again.
2.0 MediocreMar 7 2022
We had prepaid the Chevy Malibu and the agent said we had a 7 passenger reserved but if we downgraded to a Ford Edge we would save some money. No refund was issued. When returning the vehicle there was no agent to accent the vehicle and poor instructions on how to return it without an agent.
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2021
We reserved a premium car. None were available (I understand) and we were given a Ford Ecosport. The smallest of SUV's. When we asked for a rate adjustment, they refused. Also the two drivers side tires were extremely low on pressure and missing valve stem caps. It is extremely difficult to find a source for airing up tires. When we returned to Sarasota, the pickup return location was chaotic. No one present to help, we didn't receive a final receipt, and the service overall was extremely poor. I guess the public are at the rental car companies mercy these days. Very disappointing.
6.0 GoodDec 29 2021
Was given a "Supplier's Choice" car which meant the smallest, dirtiest car in their inventory. I can only imagine few people want a Ford Fiesta that was not only tiny but also still dirty. Both the mirrors and side windows were obstructed by what looked like water stains and finger prints. My partner and I were too tired and in a hurry to go back and change the vehicle at the time of pickup but should I ever use Hertz in Knoxville again I will be double checking the vehicle quality and size before driving off. Book "Supplier's Choice" at your own risk. The cost was only slightly reduced at the time of booking for the inconvenience that the vehicle provided.
10.0 ExcellentDec 29 2021
Friendly staff
8.0 ExcellentDec 24 2021
The car was ok but was not as clean
2.0 MediocreDec 2 2021
My plane was called back to the gate twice, putting me in Knoxville at 1220 am. The agent said that the deal was canceled because it was after midnight. He then tried to rent me a car for over 7 hundred dollars more than the original price. I got a car at Budget later that morning for less than the price of the original lease.
10.0 ExcellentSep 25 2021
Easy process, friendly staff, just took a while to get through the line.
10.0 ExcellentSep 13 2021
Super easy pick up and drop off. They even upgraded us for free!
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2021
Friendly & fast customer service, great/clean car, very easy to book & return
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Rated #3
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (59 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 8.4
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
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10.0 ExcellentJan 5 2022
Everything was great! Thank you
10.0 ExcellentDec 1 2021
Very smooth rental. Car was excellent
10.0 ExcellentSep 25 2021
The price they wanted was higher than what was quoted on kayak , but we had printed out our paper work and they honored the lower orice.
7.2 GoodJul 7 2020
Èverything but pick up was positive. Line to pick up car was long. Waited 45 min to get to the counter. Then had to wait 20 min for the vehicle to be ready.
8.0 ExcellentMay 30 2020
Pick up was good. Drop off no one anywhere so had to leave keys in a box. Would have like a to be checked out and get a receipt.The tumbler when you turned the key stuck sometimes so you had to play with it to get it to turn. New Car strange!
8.8 ExcellentOct 8 2019
Pick-up took a little longer
10.0 ExcellentAug 23 2019
Staff lovely! Car ready, clean, new
5.6 OkayJan 24 2019
Filled up tank prior to drop off, used at most .5 gallons of gasoline and was then charged for 2 gallons despite the “miles remaining” being 40 more than when I picked it up. Also, was told to either pay the deductible for my insurance or purchase $25 waiver not sure if this is a new thing or what.
8.8 ExcellentNov 11 2018
Good ValueNice car at a reasonable price.Staff was a little less than responsive. Sort of “ho hum”. Didn’t explain things very well.
5.6 OkaySep 24 2018
Great price, lousy serviceI can’t think of one positive noteCustomer service was horrible, drop off was especially poor. The representative acted as if doing his job was an inconvenience. I have never seen worse service with any car rental agency.
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Rated #4
Budget
8.1 Excellent (67 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Budget
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJul 9 2022
the car had no navigation even after I ask to make sure
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2022
The attendants were nice. Would have been nice to get the SUV class that I prepaid for and not wait an hour only to get a minivan. No one really talked to us or gave us any instructions or feedback when we returned the car. I feel I should have been given some refund since I paid for a full size SUV and only got a minivan. I prepaid for rental insurance but discovered that it wasn’t through Avis/budget but rather through a third party. The KIA minivan was nice and got decent gas mileage.
2.0 MediocreJun 13 2022
Charged 2.5x the “estimated rate”. It took 1 hour to pick up and 30 mins to drop off.
6.0 GoodApr 18 2022
not sure if it was due to it being a holiday, but the line to "register" in the garage was ridiculous. Took too long, and too many people waiting
10.0 ExcellentNov 30 2021
The men at the counter couldn’t be nicer. They were so friendly and kind. They upgraded our car at no extra charge. I’ll be back again!
10.0 ExcellentNov 20 2021
Easily the best service I had on my whole trip.
10.0 ExcellentNov 19 2021
Easy check out. Awesome car (clean, fast, updated features). Easy car return
10.0 ExcellentOct 20 2021
For a 7.5 hr rental the price could’ve been better.
6.0 GoodMay 29 2021
Easy pick up and drop offOur car was supposed to be smoke free and we could tell there was a smoker in it. It was BAD! We are non smokers and it smelled every day of having it. Very disappointing!!!
10.0 ExcellentMar 2 2021
Drop off was easy even though it was after hours. Pickup was also easy and very fast.
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Rated #5
Dollar
7 Good (61 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Dollar
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 7.1
  • 7.4
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 20 2021
Wonderful car and great customer service
2.0 MediocreJun 10 2020
NothingThe reservation did not work. Terms and conditions applied that more than doubled the price (drop off fee). The agent at the desk was rude and unhelpful. Ended up going to Alamo which offered a decent price on the spot.
2.0 MediocreDec 16 2019
They had canceled our reservation and car not available. Our flight canceled and rescheduled to later in day- not under our control. Sales person not nice and seemed bothered that we were bothering her. Not helpful at all. We rented from budget - they were very helpful and actually less expensive
8.0 ExcellentSep 22 2018
I didn’t go to Alcoa wrong person
2.0 MediocreMar 21 2018
Will never use Dollar againNothingI booked a one-way rental, yet when I arrived at the airport the clerk told me they didn't do one-way rentals from this location. I showed her my reservation and she said too bad, it is not possible. She refused to let me speak with a manager (until the next day). I had to go through another rental company which ended up costing me more since it was last-minute.
6.0 GoodJan 30 2018
Overall it was ok! Great vehicleThe lady wasn't at the desk when we showed up and there were some hidden fees that were unexpected that were not on the email confirmation. Other than that it was good
6.0 GoodDec 7 2017
Price; pick-up clerk was friendly; drop off clerk was friendly.Stains on seats; previous damage - front bumper was slightly separated from car body - previous damage; handed 2 parts of 3 part form to note damage but no one at guard shack to accept noted damages; no cruise control that I could find.
6.8 GoodSep 26 2017
Fine car, contained a mouseCar was fine, was able to get everything set up while I waited for my bagsThere was a mouse in the car. I could hear it running around and saw it sitting on the seat once.
4.0 OkayAug 17 2017
Car unavailable and additional feesOnly trucks were available (at additional cost) and an additional $7 fee would be added based on the region in which the vehicle would be used.
3.2 MediocreJul 30 2017
Slow ServiceNot MuchHad to stand at counter 45 Minutes to pick up car, I have been overcharged by $31,still waiting for the adjustment
Rated #6
Thrifty
6.9 Good (98 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJan 2 2022
My flight got delayed and they did not save my reservation. Thankfully I was able to use Priceline and get a car from Hertz at around the same price.
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2021
Car stunk of cigarettes
10.0 ExcellentOct 31 2021
Relatively seamless. Thanks
1.9 HorribleSep 28 2021
I enjoyed NOTHING about my rental experience. I showed up and they didn't have a single car! Was told there would be a minimum 6 hour wait. No email, no phone call, NOTHING to prepare me. I could have made other reservations or plans if they would have at least tried to let me know the dumpster fire that would be awaiting me upon landing! What's the point of a reservation if they aren't binding or useful? I missed a really important family event because of Thrifty and it's unlikely that I'll use Thrifty or Kayak to rent again.
2.0 MediocreOct 5 2020
Nothing!!!!!Arrived at the airport early/on time Went to the rental desk and gave the gentleman my name , he just laughed out loud at me and said they did not have any cars left , when asked how that could be correct as I had reservations and had prepaid he just laughed again ( out loud) and said ya... crazy isn’t it and refused to talk to me any more about it Thank goodness national/enterprise was open and they more then helpful with me to get me in a car I will not use Triffty car rental ever again and I’m on the fence about price line ( I will have to see how getting my money back goes first ) awful experience was so upset , thank goodness for National/enterprise....... I mad it to my only sons wedding
9.6 ExcellentJul 19 2020
The car was good, cleanThe car rental place was good but pickup and return we had to approach them. they never came to us.
2.0 MediocreJun 1 2020
RudeWould not rent to me due to my license would not swipe in the card reader. Was stuck without a rental car for multiple hours. Finalyy had luck with Avis. No license swipe required.
8.8 ExcellentJul 4 2018
Thrifty car rentalCar as expected, friendly person at the counterDisappointed that I had to pay extra to add a second driver (my spouse).
2.0 MediocreJun 26 2018
Had a reservation for 12:00. When I arrived, they informed me that they would not have any cars until 2:30.
8.4 ExcellentApr 24 2018
An "okay" rental this time...The staff was very friendly, and the rate was inexpensive.The ad said that I would be getting a Chevy Malibu or similar, only to be given a Jeep Renegade 4x4. Just not the type of vehicle to drive on a long road trip.
Rated #7
Payless
6.7 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Payless
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJul 6 2022
Service was good. Car ran well. There was an awful smell in the car like someone had smoked weed in the car and tried to cover it up with some deodorant spray or something. It was pretty bad and did impact our enjoyment of the car for the week.
4.0 OkayJun 28 2022
Car was fine but finding Payless in TYS (Knoxville) airport was almost impossible. They was no desk in the rental car area, I had to go to the parking lot to find them and even then the only signage that said “Payless” was one small (8”X11”) piece of paper that said Avis, Budget, Payless.
2.0 MediocreJun 17 2022
My reservation was for a last minute trip and the purpose for the trip was canceled the next day. When i called to cancel the reservation I was informed my fee was non refundable. It would be good customer service to have a pop up message to the non refundable matter before I submit my final reservation.
5.9 OkaySep 27 2021
Knowing ahead of time that Payless was handled by Avis would have been helpful. Also having to drive a pickup truck or upgrade and pay more was a surprise and something that they should have done without a charge. We did not want a pickup truck!
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2021
Smooth process. Pickup was simple, the car (a RAV4) was brand new and clean, the drop off was seamless. I can't understand why anybody would go to one of those other pricey car rentals when this one was as perfect as it gets!Honestly....nothing could have been improved. I bet I didn't spend more than 5 minutes TOTAL at the rental car counter and that includes pickup and drop off! Price was great, car was great, customer service was great. Seriously...nothing could have been improved.
10.0 ExcellentApr 16 2021
Nice car, easy drop off procedure.I arrived after 9:00pm because of a late flight which meant the booth was closed but thankfully the lady from Avis in the same booth managed to get me the car I had booked. Otherwise I'd have had to get a taxi and come back in the morning.
9.2 ExcellentJun 30 2019
Drop off was very easyCar wasn’t ready even though we had a reservation.
5.6 OkayJun 23 2019
Drop off was easyI was told I would only be charged a certain amount and I’m the end I was charged more with no explanation
8.0 ExcellentMar 19 2019
Customer service with those I interacted with was excellent.I didn't get the size vehicle I had signed up for but it worked out just fine.
4.0 OkayNov 8 2018
Took a long time to get a car
Rated #8
National
9 Excellent (9 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
National
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 26 2020
Easy to pick up the car and to return it before they opened.
10.0 ExcellentSep 8 2020
Becca at the Knoxville Airport was extremely helpful and very professional.
10.0 ExcellentJul 23 2019
The pickup and drop off process was very quick and easy. We were also given the option for an SUV, which I was thrilled to accept!
10.0 ExcellentDec 17 2016
Excellent service and carNo deposit in advance as well as no credit. However, they have a perfect customer service in general. Furthermore, I like the way of charging for the full tank in advance. Thus make me not to worry about gas when I return the car.N/A
Rated #9
Avis
8.6 Excellent (22 reviews)
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Avis
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 22 2021
Vehicle selection excellent. Worked to make sure I got the vehicle I wanted.
10.0 ExcellentSep 26 2021
I was not given the vehicle I rented.
10.0 ExcellentAug 24 2021
No complaints!!!
7.6 GoodSep 16 2018
There were no problems, with the exception of having to wait to get my car.A little expensive and I had to wait 30 minutes to get my car. A very poor system in place in Konxville.
5.2 OkayAug 1 2018
Tired vehicleReturning vehicle1) Car had 46K miles and bad wheel bearing or out of balance tire (thud, thud, thud sound). 2) Took forever to get through counter person and then car wasn’t even available in garage so had to wait some more 3) As I drove car away I started noticing sound and decided to “live with it” versus going back through slow process.
3.2 MediocreJul 25 2018
Car was a piece of junk
8.4 ExcellentDec 1 2016
There was a problem(and it was fixed)Very good service and fixed the problem right away after I askedThe car smelled like smoke and it looked it was not cleaned at all. I returned back to the airport and they quickly gave me another vehicle. New vehicle was clean but I had to pump air into tires since a few of them had very low pressure. Overall, I was happy with the service but I believe these should be taken are of beforehand.
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Easirent
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Easirent
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
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Sunnycars
1 location in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
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688 travelers who rented a car in Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car rental locations at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$88/day

Good deal

$76/day

Top tips for renting a car at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport

  • Currently, there's no public transit that serves Knoxville McGhee Airport (TYS). Ground transportation available includes charter companies, taxis, ridesharing, and car rentals. Of the four, a car rental at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport is a convenient way of getting around Knoxville, TN. The most obvious advantage is that you can move about the city per your schedule. You'll also get to save a lot of money in the long run compared to taking public transit or taxi rides when in town.
  • Booking a car rental in Knoxville McGhee Airport is quite an easy process as you'll find car rental agencies right at the airport's terminal. The terminal building has two levels, and you'll find rental car counters on the lower level. Once you disembark from your plane, head over to the lower level to collect your luggage, and you'll see various car rental counters across the baggage claim area. We recommend that you pre-book your car reservation to ensure that you get transportation once you arrive at the airport.
  • To return your Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport car rental, companies often require that you return the vehicle to your car rental pick-up location. You'll approach the airport via the I-40 W and US-129 S if you're coming from downtown. As you enter the airport road, follow the Rental Car Return signs and look out for the dedicated car return lanes. Go to the company counter and drop off your keys and contract to complete the process. Ensure that you have fulfilled your fuel return obligations beforehand.
  • If you want to avoid the struggle of getting into or out of Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport, we advise that you schedule your airport arrival or vehicle drop-off time right. Peak working hours at the airport usually coincide with rush hour traffic on roads leading to the city center. You'll want to avoid morning and afternoon traffic when people are commuting to and from work. Generally, the morning traffic builds up as you head towards the airport, while the afternoon rush hour develops as you head over to downtown.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport for $83 or less
  • Book your rental car at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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