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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Columbia

  • Columbia car rentals are undoubtedly the most convenient means of transport for travelers who want to explore different destinations in the city. Although public busses are a cheaper transport option, they suffer one major drawback of fixed routes and departure schedules. Car rentals in Columbia come in handy for travelers who want to move around with their own departure schedule and along the routes that they consider most appropriate. Consider visiting Lake Elkhorn Park with your rental car and have an exciting time outdoors.
  • There are several important roads that are crucial for getting around the city in cheap car rentals in Columbia. They include Columbia Pike (Route 29), which is a major north-south route that passes through Columbia and links the city to other areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Little Patuxent Parkway is a major east-west road that runs through the center of Columbia and is home to several significant businesses and attractions. Broken Land Parkway, which connects several residential neighborhoods of Columbia with a number of shopping complexes and recreational amenities, can get congested during rush hour, so it's advisable to plan ahead and use a GPS or navigation app to avoid the route during these periods.
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the closest airport to Columbia, MD, and the main entry point to the city for the international traveler. All the four car rentals in Columbia, including Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Budget, are located at 7432 New Ridge Rd. Courtesy shuttles are available at the airport to ferry travelers to this car rental location from the Main Terminal of the airport.
  • Maintaining a fully charged and ready electric vehicle is easy in Columbia, MD. With over 100 public charging station ports including Level 2 and Level 3 stations, finding a place to power up is a breeze. The Merriweather District has 40 Level 2 EV charging stations on floors 2 and 3, while the downtown area has 40 charging ports.  Even better, some charging stations are accessible to taxpayers at no cost, so whether you're from Columbia or are just visiting, you can charge up with confidence and take advantage of everything the city has to offer.
  • When you are driving your rental car in Columbia’s city center, you should watch out for pedestrians, who commonly cross the road without checking on oncoming vehicles. Many of them do not pay to restrict themselves to zebra crossing lines. If it is your first time to Columbia, it is good to maintain lower speeds and be careful when navigating intersections. The intersection of Thunder Hill Road, Oakland Mills Road, Tamar Drive, and Dobbin Road is quite challenging to navigate. Consider customizing the GPS app on your rental car to be able to navigate various roads in the city with ease.
  • Columbia, MD has several one-way streets, especially in the downtown area. To avoid getting lost or traveling in the wrong direction, it's crucial to pay strict attention to road signs and markers. These one-way streets include Lake Kittamaqundi Way, which runs along the lake's eastern shore and is one-way in both directions, Banneker Road, which has a section that is only one-way near the Banneker Community Center, and Twin Rivers Road, which has one-way sections close to the intersection with Oakland Mills Road.
  • The convenience of using car rentals in Columbia slowly fades away between 7:30 am, and 9:30 am when the traffic slows down. It is difficult to drive in the city during this time due to the heavy traffic on most of the roads. The same situation replicates in the evening, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, the time when people are leaving work. If possible, avoid using Oakland Mills Road because it experiences the heaviest traffic during this period.
  • Book your rental car in Columbia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Columbia are around 25% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Columbia

  • How much is the price of fuel in Columbia?

    The average price of fuel in Columbia is ₹ 319 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,827 and ₹ 5,103, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Columbia?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Columbia.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Dulles Intl airport (IAD)?

    The only car hire company onsite at Dulles Intl airport is Hertz.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Reagan-National airport (DCA)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Reagan-National airport include Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Dulles Intl airport (IAD)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Dulles Intl airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis and Alamo.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Baltimore/Washington airport (BWI)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Baltimore/Washington airport to off-airport locations include Dollar and Thrifty.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Reagan-National airport (DCA)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Reagan-National airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis and Alamo.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Columbia?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Columbia?

    A Mini car hire in Columbia costs ₹ 8,519 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Columbia?

    An Economy car hire in Columbia costs ₹ 4,934 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Columbia?

    A Special car hire in Columbia costs ₹ 4,501 per day, on average.

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

    If you are traveling along in Columbia, renting an economy car, which has a smaller capacity and is affordable, will be a good thing to do. However, if you are coming with your family, colleagues or friends to the city, consider renting an intermediate or compact car. The intermediate car has more passenger capacity, being able to accommodate up to 7 adults. It is a suitable car type for travelers coming to Columbia with their kids and having to move around the city with more baggage. If you intend to visit off-road destinations, an intermediate SUV will also be a good option for you.

  • What road trips can I take from Columbia, MD?

    There are plenty of destinations you can visit in your Columbia car rentals.  If you're looking for a beach getaway, Virginia Beach and Ocean City are both around a three-hour drive away from Columbia. Consider incorporating some unique, off-the-beaten-path places and stops to the itinerary.

  • What’s the speed limit in Columbia?

    Stay away from the trouble of Columbia traffic police by adhering to the speed limits when driving in different parts of the city. If you are driving your rental car in the business and residential districts, you have to maintain a speed limit of 25 mph. On other roads, unless indicated otherwise, you have to adhere to the speed limit of between 55 mph and 65 mph. The speed limit is at the highest, 70 mph if you are driving your car on the interstate freeway. Speed cameras are available on all roads that front schools.

  • What is the age limit to rent a car in Columbia, MD?

    Child seat rules in Columbia require children under eight to buckle up in a safety or booster seat that's appropriate for their size. Children under the age of 13 should always ride in the backseat of the vehicle. It is best to double-check manufacturer guidelines when installing the car set in cheap car rentals in Columbia to ensure that all components are safely put.  

  • Where are the best places to park in Columbia?

    Columbia has several public and private parking lots, which eliminate any fear of missing a place to park your rental car. From Washington Street, you can park your car conveniently at Parklet, which is about 0.2 miles from the city center. City Parking at The Hub located along Sumter Street and Finlay Park Viewpoint along Laurel Street are other popular places you can park your rental car at a pocket-friendly rate. Additionally, if you are staying at any of the hotels in Columbia, you park your rental car at no cost.

Columbia car rental reviews and directory

Avis

6.6

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.6

2 locations in Columbia

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Locations in Columbia

10020 Baltimore Natl Pike

+1 410 461 3127

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

7290 Cradlerock Way Suite A

+1 443 259 0219

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was fine and courteous.

Cons:

The Hyundai Tucson I rented was lacking in overall performance. I think they should consider to use another brand of automobile to rent.

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and helpful staff member

Cons:

Cleanliness. Stained seats. Smoke smell.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
They didn’t have any pickup trucks but still took my reservation, causing me wasted time and forcing me to have to find another option.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Excellent service

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

2.0

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

8.0

4 locations in Columbia

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10270 Baltimore National Pike

+1 410 480 9664

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

12186 Clarksville Pike

+1 443 535 0067

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

7351 Assateague Dr Ste 50

+1 410 799 0975

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

8916 Mcgaw Ct Ste 1a

+1 410 290 7355

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
We had reservations for 8:00 am and arrived at Enterprise at 7:30 am. We were told there was a recall on the minivans we rented and they had to bring 2 more from another site. When I asked " If you knew about the recall, why didn't you get the new vans the here last night "? I was told "We found out about the recall at 4:30 the previous night". Then they said our reservations were for 8:30 am. We told them it was for 8:00 am and we confirmed the time the previous day. They had no answer. We didn't get on the road until about 9:00. It was a stressful time because we were 4 families traveling to Arkansas to see my wife's terminally sick father.

7.6 Good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Willingness to assist when there is an issue with getting the car reserved.

Cons:

They canceled my reservation since i did not arrive at 2pm. I would suggest in the furure, an email or call to confirm if i still want the reservation instead of canceling without notice would help for a better experience. Because of this, we were forced to go to another location.

2.8 Poor

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Good quality but filthy vehicle

Cons:

Reeked of cigarettes and cigars after a week of open window, disinfect spray. Major airport and garage security issue. Trunk permanently locked. Renting group didn’t even check at rental! Couldn’t be opened for security check.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was great. Car staff price was greatm felt safe with my grandkids

6.4 Okay

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup and drop-off went smoothly The price for the car was reasonable given that it was over the holiday

Cons:

Despite the car being "intermediate" it was still pretty small and not the most comfortable (dodge dart) The car did not appear to have been washed inside or out. The worst of which was goo and sprinkles from what I'm guessing was a donut that was smeared on the shift knob and emergency brake.

7.2 Good

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

PRICE LINE did not honor the contract. They stated that the pick up was at the airport location. However, when I showed up at the airport they said I had to go elsewhere, The phone customer service at ENTERPRISE was very poor. They said they take no responsibility and blamed it on PRICELINE. PRICE LINE reported that they were sorry that they lied, but refused to make it right.

1 out of 3

Hertz

6.4

One location in Columbia

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6440 Dobbin Center Way

+1 410 740 7263

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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8.0 Very Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was great.

Cons:

1) Online booking connected me to drop-off point I didn't want - then I was charged $60 to drop car off at my pick-up point. 2) Person showing me to my car did not speak English and knew nothing about the car...so I didn't know how to start it, or where any features. were located. (it was raining - windshield wipers would've been a start!) 3) person found who spoke English went through a 'speed' tutorial on the car. It was a push-button start, etc. I normally drive a diesel 3/4 ton pick-up...I would have appreciated a bit more help. BUT, I took the car, found most of the features I needed, and got it back safely.

8.0 Very Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Vehicle I was expecting was more sturdy and stable on highway. Kia does not meet that expectation.

5.6 Fair

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Accerlation

Cons:

The radio system was hard to work. The blue tooth was the dumbest Eva.

1 out of 1

Budget

No score available yet

3 locations in Columbia

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Locations in Columbia

10020 Baltimore Natl Pike

+1 410 461 2760

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

6475 Washington Boulevard

+1 443 492 6462

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00

7290 Cradlerock Way Suite A

+1 410 312 5198

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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4.4 Mediocre

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Never made it to the front of the line.

Cons:

More agents at desk. More attention paid by staff to how many people are in line.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Great service. Very personable employee.

1 out of 1

34 travellers who rented a car in Columbia gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.4

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Pick-up locationColumbia
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