Car rental at Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport

Car rental at Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport

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Washington, D.C., DC - Dulles Intl
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Cheap car rentals in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport

Economy$34/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$37/day
Standard$40/day
Full-size$44/day
Minivan$60/day
Full-size SUV$58/day
Premium$47/day
Luxury$51/day
Pickup truck$48/day
Intermediate SUV$46/day
Standard SUV$51/day
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Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (199 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Alamo
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 7 2022
Everything was seamless and the car was great!
2.0 MediocreJun 1 2022
Car was so dirty
6.0 GoodMar 24 2022
The check in and check out process was great. The customer service reproesen was friendly and made the rental process go smoothly and quickly. The downside was the vehicle was dirty, it had not been washed and it had recently snowed, so there was a lot of sleet on the outside of the vehicle and it wasn't clean on the inside. I had to take the vehicle to be washed after leaving the lot. Also there wasn't a variety of vehicles to choose from.
6.0 GoodMar 22 2022
Car worked once we found one that we could operate. How can you assume that EVERY human on earth can instinctively know how to operate EVERY car on your lot? Instruction sheets are needed in every car, First car we chose immediately flashed a warning light. How inviting is that? Better directions need to be given to agents to give to patrons - perhaps other travelers are accustomed to the system and how it works but those of us who rent once a decade instead of once a month need consideration.
8.0 ExcellentJan 2 2022
Everything was very good
7.9 GoodOct 18 2021
Ovearll, it was great. Easy, fast check in and get out with good customer service. I didn't like being pressured into getting the Alamo insurance when I had declined it for a reason already, and the fact I didn't get my AAA member discount when I asked about. But, I was tired from traveling and it was later in the evening when I picked it up and wanted to get on my way, so I was taken advantage of due to not feeling and being as sharp as I normally am.
10.0 ExcellentAug 4 2021
Clean, efficient, and personable! Alamo, National, and Enterprise are all in the same building. I rented from Alamo and no one was at the counter. A very helpful man, Dawit, from another counter immediately assisted me and was so nice. All the staff I encountered were personable, helpful, and professional. The car and facilities were extremely clean. Masks and social distancing were observed. My SUV ran well and had no problems. TY to all who helped me!
10.0 ExcellentJul 19 2021
I wish the car rental was closer to the terminal.
2.0 MediocreApr 27 2021
Never got it all the rental companies at the airport require a major credit card now so that could’ve been better
4.0 OkayMar 29 2021
I like how you can just pick a car and goSomeone actually working at the rental counter and not making me wait forever
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Rated #2
Hertz
7.7 Good (167 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Hertz
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 7.8
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  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 18 2022
They didn't have the car, even though I called to confirm. Left me high and dry.
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2022
They didn't have any cars ready at Dulles, but I only had to wait like 10 minutes. It wasn't so bad in the cosmic scheme of things.
6.0 GoodMay 25 2022
The price was higher than the competitors. Staff was courteous but slow at times. Mid compact and compact cars were not available so the clerk allowed me to pick any Gold Plus autos, which was a nice perk and speedy alternative.
4.0 OkayMay 19 2022
The terminal pickup and check in process, were both fine. Then we got the car and it was horrible. It smelled like someone smoked 50 cigars in there. Then they tried to cover it up with some flowery spray. I wheezed the entire 3 hour drive, and we had to drive with the windows open. There was snot looking stuff streaked across the two passenger side windows, so bad that once the sun went down it was like looking through wax paper. Maybe somebody traveled with a St Bernard dog? It was so bad that my husband washed the inside and outside windows before driving an hour to return the rental car. The cruise control didn't work and we kept getting a "warning, see owners manual" on the info screen. Thank goodness we only needed this car for one day.
10.0 ExcellentJan 21 2022
It was the most efficient check in and check out i've ever experienced!
8.0 ExcellentDec 4 2021
It was as expected
4.0 OkayNov 11 2021
First car had a bad key fob that wouldn't work so had to have car towed from hotel and had to be taken back to rental place next morning to get another car. It took a look time & lots of trouble to get through to a live customer rep to handle everything.
10.0 ExcellentNov 6 2021
I felt comfortable
6.0 GoodOct 19 2021
Checked in late. Had troubles finding car and no mention of tolls on Dulles toll road. Had to blow through toll booths.
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2021
When we dropped off the car, the staff was extremely helpful and even dropped us off at our nearby hotel.
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Rated #3
Dollar
7.2 Good (250 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Dollar
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJun 4 2022
I don’t like that the man at the pickup desk was very pushing to sell the extra’s.
8.0 ExcellentMay 31 2022
The car could have been cleaner on the inside but everything else was great.
2.0 MediocreMay 26 2022
It took nearly 2 hours to pick up the car once we got to the rental office
4.0 OkayMay 25 2022
The waiting to get key's couid be a little fashester
6.0 GoodMay 23 2022
the staff was very friendly, professional and accomodating. the vehicle was in poor condition. the vehicle had a very bad braking issue where it would shake violently whenever i pressed the brake pedal and was worse the faster the car was travelling.
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2022
Everyone involved courteous .
2.0 MediocreFeb 11 2022
I paid for and requested a four wheel drive suv and was told that it’s was four wheel drive but it turned out not to be which made a difference as I drove from Washington DC to New York in a snow storm. Also, I paid for ez pass but it was not in the car.
10.0 ExcellentJan 4 2022
I did love it , everything was great !
2.0 MediocreJan 2 2022
Rental desk person provided an incorrect explanation as to why I was initially overcharged by over $60; after insisting on further review it was determined that I picked up the car 70 minutes early but the return time was not adjusted accordingly. Reserved an "L" car but was given an older brown KIA Sorrento which is noisy and most probably have one wheel bearing needing a replacement.
10.0 ExcellentDec 31 2021
Car was ready as promised, though I may have gotten the last car on the lot. Rental office at Dulles was nearly empty; service was prompt and helpful.
Rated #4
Budget
7 Good (221 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Budget
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 6.8
  • 7
  • 6.9
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6.0 GoodJun 25 2022
Not enough agents to handle influx of renters. Spent close to 2 hours to get rental car. Missed my afternoon appointments because of the delay.
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2022
Budget provided amazing customer service from the shuttle to our rental and ease of drop off. Will definitely rent again from budget.
2.0 MediocreMay 5 2022
My poor rating is about Kayak and Priceline. I arrived to find I had no reservation at Budget and it had been canceled. I proceeded to rent another car through Avis/Budget and their agents were very helpful. Kayak/Priceline let me down however.
2.0 MediocreApr 17 2022
Vastly understaffed. Took over an hour to get a reserved car, then the car was not where it was supposed to be. That added another 30 minutes getting on that was parked in it’s assigned spot. Bless the skeleton crew that works that place, but hire more people please! Will look elsewhere next time we fly into Dulles.
8.0 ExcellentApr 16 2022
There was a long line and a wait to get the car at Dulles. Only two people working as fast as they could, but 10 people in line to pick up a car. Drop off in Annapolis was quick and easy.
8.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
Pickup was a bit slow due to limited staff; overall experience was good — very helpful staff
8.0 ExcellentMar 21 2022
Our car was assigned to us and another person. We happened to get to car just before the other person so we didn't have to switch cars but probably not a good experience for the other person. Also, their system was down when we dropped car off so hopefully they will charge us the correct rate!
8.0 ExcellentMar 13 2022
I had no issues while collecting the car. The problem was at BWI when returning the vehicle. I was unaware and was not informed that Budget partnered with Avis at BWI, and the Budget vehicles need to be returned at the Avis counter. There was no sign indicating the return process at the Budget entrance. I looped around twice and ended up going to the main counter to find out where to return it. I wasted probably 15-20 minutes on this step, along with the person that collected me from BWI and more gas. When I pointed out to the person receiving the car he insisted there was a sign and we ended up getting into an argument. Later on I looped again with my friend and saw a sign toppled down on the ground. I am not sure if this is the sign, but it is Budget's responsibility to maintain accurate signage. My suggestion is that when companies partnered up, the customer needs to be informed of vehicle return at pick up time . A simple software could cross the facilities where Budget and Avis partnered and flag these locations during the check out process, automatically notifying the agent and customer. This is a lack of communication between companies and employees. Customer Service needs to look into this to avoid issues, delays and gas consumption.
2.0 MediocreMar 7 2022
I was told the rental agreement would be sent to my email - never received. I was told the closing bill would be sent to my email - never received. I have nothing to show for this car rental. After waiting in line 45 minutes, I was given a vehicle that reeked of smoke and had dents and scratches all over the sides, but nothing was noted - not even when I pointed it out to the agent at the exit gate. I did not have the patience of driving back and waiting another 45 minutes in line to have these written down. Not a good experience.
2.0 MediocreMar 2 2022
Waited 1.5 hours in line to pick up.
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Rated #5
Thrifty
7 Good (157 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 30 2022
Excellent location
10.0 ExcellentDec 19 2021
Quick service, car was what I expected and our mission was accomplished
2.0 MediocreNov 17 2021
The car was old and didn't run well, no basic insurance included. Very bad experience.
3.9 MediocreOct 12 2021
It could have been just a bad start to the day with Southwest Airlines canceling my flight at 2 in the morning but I just had a hard time from the time I walked in the door. I couldn't there was someone there arguing with them loudly that wasn't Thrify's fault but the line was really backed up. Others were more impatient than I but it was just an irritating time. The car was in pretty good shape but the windows looked like they cleaned them with a dirty cloth. I had to stop somewhere to clean them. Like I said it was a bad day for me from the beginning so I was a little more sensitive than usual maybe.
7.9 GoodOct 11 2021
Had trouble picking up. Car reserved was not level we paid for.
7.9 GoodOct 4 2021
The prepay toll service did not work on at least one toll booth, waiting to see if any were paid.
1.9 HorribleSep 16 2021
Car was shit. Service due light one. Scratches and dents everywhere. Dirty car. Overal terrible.
3.9 MediocreSep 13 2021
There was no one to hand over the car to at the destination. I still haven’t received an email confirming it was received, so I am worried I will be overcharged.
1.9 HorribleAug 22 2021
Everything!!
5.9 OkayAug 14 2021
I think they charged way too much. Point in fact: I rented the car for 13 days with two drivers, but the second driver was only going to drive the car for five days and they charged us for the full 13 days.
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Rated #6
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (65 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 3 2022
Very nice rep person that helped us. Very fast and easy
9.2 ExcellentOct 30 2020
Staff at IAD was awesome!USB port in vehicle was missing making phone charging a challenge.
6.8 GoodSep 29 2020
Friendly staff.The vehicle REEKED of cigarette smoke. It also made some sort of odd sound when accelerating or slowing down. Finally, when picking up, I waited five minutes in line, at 10pm, just for a counter person to arrive.
10.0 ExcellentSep 13 2020
The car was clean and the pick up and drop off process easyI don’t understand why Enterprise won’t let you use a debit card unless you have a booked flight. How does it make sense that a credit card is better than a debit card? I did not have a credit card on me and had to book a flight on the spot just to be able to get my rental
2.0 MediocreAug 10 2020
It was the worst, they said they are not honoring same day reservations and made me go back and forth twice
8.0 ExcellentMay 16 2020
Drop off was super easy.
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2020
Drop off was consolidated for various companies operating at the Savannah airport. It was very quick and easyNothing
2.0 MediocreJul 10 2019
no
7.2 GoodApr 28 2019
Staff was friendlyThe car had a problem with the collision detection system
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2019
The staff was very fast and courteous.
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Rated #7
Avis
7.1 Good (90 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Avis
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 24 2022
Did not receive the type of vehicle I ordered after a 90 minute wait
2.0 MediocreJun 22 2022
We waited in the Avis line for 2 hours at Dulles...complete debacle! Drop off at Reagan was a breeze.
2.0 MediocreMay 29 2022
The car that I rented had slightly less than a full tank of gas (roughly 7/8). I mentioned this to the attendant (person who checks the contract before letting the driver leave the car lot) who agreed and told me to take pics of the gas gauge before leaving the lot. She assured me that it would be ok (i.e., that I won’t need to pay a gas surcharge) so long as I return the vehicle with the same amount of gas. She also said she would leave a note in the system and to tell the person who will check in the vehicle (after being returned) about the issue. Lo and behold when I returned the vehicle the person who checked me in said there were no notes in the system and that the car was not returned with a full tank of gas! As a result, I was charged a gas surcharge of roughly $20. The return agent said she can’t help me, that I need to call the customer service number for Avis! This is a classic example of bad customer service! Even though the gas surcharge Avis charged was only $20, I feel that I have to speak with Avis about it, if anything to call attention to the bad and conflicting statements by Avis reps.
10.0 ExcellentMar 17 2022
The car was ready when I arrived. It was clean and in an excellent condition. The process was smooth and easy. Thank you!
2.0 MediocreMar 4 2022
Grey man at pickup location lied to me and give vehicle with over 40k mile and very bad smelling vehicle. Also I asked ezpass and paid for around 25$ but vehicle doesn't have ezpass device. It is took my time at toll both. Totally bad dishonest service! Never book again from them
10.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2022
The agent who helped us get a van after our flights were cancelled couldn’t have been better, even called after we were on our way to follow up on something. Best customer service we could have asked for.
4.0 OkayFeb 17 2022
Sticky on drivers seat. Really slow pickup/long line.
2.0 MediocreJan 31 2022
Better customer services
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2021
Really disorganised and slow service. Waited an hour and a half to pick up the car. Did not receive a document showing where marks were on car. On drop or no one looked at the car either.
2.0 MediocreDec 15 2021
They charged me extra without any explanation, bill, or invoice while ignoring my information requests.
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Rated #8
National
8.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
National
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
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  • 10
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  • 10
  • 8
Recent reviews
7.2 GoodAug 28 2016
Not your usual national rental.Car comfort was good with good features.Car was not thoughourily cleaned inside. Some misc wrappers,trash and someone's iPad case was left in my car rental. My biggest beaf with all national rental in Dulles is their car wash leave the car looking unclean. Either it uses way too much soap or the rinse doesn't work. must say this my first tainted experience with national.
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Rated #9
Silvercar
7.8 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Silvercar
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 8
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9.2 ExcellentOct 24 2019
The staff were absolutely terrific.The instructions on using the app to get picked up were insufficient. The app didn't recognize my reservation
2.0 MediocreJul 3 2018
overchargednice carThey got the charges wrong, repeatedly promised me they would fix it, and nothing happened. I will have to initiate a chargeback with my credit card.
Rated #10
Sixt
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Sixt
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
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  • 2
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Advance Car And Truck Rental
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Easirent
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Easirent
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Elita Rent A Car
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Elita Rent A Car
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Flight Car
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Flight Car
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
keddy by Europcar
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Sunnycars
1 location in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport
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1156 travelers who rented a car in Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations at Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$76/day

Good deal

$61/day

Top tips for renting a car at Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl Airport

  • While there are plenty of transportation options to get you from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to your destination, there are drawbacks to all of them. The cost of taxis and rideshare services can be quite steep. The time associated with taking public transportation that may include several transfers can make that a less than desirable choice as well. When you choose a car rental at Washington Dulles International Airport, you can head straight to your destination in an economical way.
  • Picking up your car rental at Washington Dulles International Airport is quite easy. Once you leave the baggage claim area head down the ramp to either Door 2 or Door 4. There are rental car shuttle buses that pick up at both Curbs 2C and 2D. It is important to remember that some brands do share a shuttle bus, so make sure you check the branding on the bus before you board to pick up your rental car.
  • Returning your car rental at Washington Dulles International Airport is just about as easy as when you picked it up. When you are driving to the airport, follow the signage that directs you to the rental car return area. All the lots for the rental car companies are on Autopilot Drive. From there, simply follow the signage for your company's lot, return your car, and then hop on the convenient shuttle bus to take you to the terminal buildings.
  • Just as you might expect when driving in any major city, there are times that are busier at this airport, and that not only means the time it will take to get your Washington Dulles International Airport car rental will be longer, but the time it will take to leave the airport could be longer as well. You should expect these longer wait times on weekday mornings and Sunday mornings.
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