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Pick-up location Gainesville
Rental locations 14
Airport locations 8

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Gainesville

Rated no. 1
National
national
Best rated
8.0 Excellent (882 reviews)
1 location in Gainesville
National
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste G
+1 844 841 7826
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:15
Sunday08:00 - 23:15
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National reviews in Gainesville

Recent reviews

Rated no. 2
Budget
7.0 Good (34 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Budget
Locations in Gainesville
1714 Sw 34th St
+1 352 335 0940
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00
3400 Northeast 39th Avenue
+1 352 373 3959
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
  • 6.9
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
27 Jul 2017
Wrong Location
Cons: Budget at the airport noticed the confirmation of the rental at the wrong address and didnt accommodate me after waiting more than 2 hours on line extremely upset
10.0 Excellent
10 Dec 2015
Pros: The service was excellent, especially when delivered. It was a quick checkup and return.
10.0 Excellent
5 Feb 2016
Pros: Loved the car
2.0 Mediocre
4 Apr 2016
Cons: They didnt have a car available for this booking
8.0 Excellent
9 Jun 2016
Cons: The car was not completed clean. Especificly the door mirrols, the front and rear glass.
9.2 Excellent
27 Sep 2016
Pros: The quick availability of my reserved car.
Cons: I had to go back in to the counter to report damage on the car. That should have already been noted on my reservation form before I rented the car...Or someone should walk us out and go over the car when we rent it.
5.2 Okay
14 Oct 2016
Car had broken AC
Cons: Car had broken AC on a 92 degree day. Long wait in line.
6.4 Good
18 Oct 2016
Pros: The car was in excellent condition, quick check in quick return. Very professional but not very friendly service. The cost for the rental was very high, given that I had the cheapest economy on the lot this was very surprising. The car did not have cruise control or automatic lights which is odd given that almost all new cars have this feature. This was very unpractical when going on a long trip or driving at night. Specially in Florida.
9.6 Excellent
10 Dec 2016
no surprises, which is a good thing!
Pros: everything about the rental experience met my expectations. it was a intermediate car, and the gas mileage was great. like brand new <2K miles Kia.
Cons: My wife said " if that was an intermediate car, I would hate to see you in a compact!"
7.2 Good
1 Feb 2017
Cons: Was not given option to pre-pay for fuel at a reasonable rate, and was unable to locate a gas station near the Tampa airport dropoff point to refuel-- there were not any convenient options that I could find and the agent at dropoff agreed that it's hard to find around there and it "helps to know the area." Um, thanks a lot for sharing that while gouging me for $10/gallon fuel.
Rated no. 3
Enterprise
8.6 Excellent (19 reviews)
4 locations in Gainesville
Enterprise
Locations in Gainesville
3423 Sw Williston Rd
+1 352 371 7141
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3880 N E 39th Avenue (suite N)
+1 352 372 8779
Monday07:30 - 23:00
Tuesday07:30 - 23:00
Wednesday07:30 - 23:00
Thursday07:30 - 23:00
Friday07:30 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 23:00
410 Nw 39th Avenue Suite B
+1 352 371 6599
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
730 W University Ave
+1 352 336 3390
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.3
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
16 Aug 2016
Perfect. Met all my expectations.
Pros: Great counter service. Good price. Clean new car. No problems.
10.0 Excellent
20 Jan 2017
Pros: EZ & fast
9.2 Excellent
18 Jul 2017
Nice
Pros: The service was great and the car was good. Great gas milage. Very basic car, but we didn't need anything fancy.
9.2 Excellent
6 Sep 2017
Beware of the first car they show you!
Pros: The service provided by the Belleville Enterprise Rent-a-Car office was awesome!
Cons: Classic upsell - and I'm the sucker that fell for it. "Your full-sized car is ready". Around the corner comes an old Toyota Camry, with a fresh detail job. Looks great - not renting a new and impressive car. Renting an old car. "Well, we can get you into XYZ car for $15 more per day, or the LMNO SUV for $20 per day." Great salesmanship, just beware of the first car you sign up for. It maybe a Nissan Altima equivalent - but what year?
10.0 Excellent
12 Jun 2018
Great experience
Pros: Pick up was easy, I arrived early and had to wait about 10 mins for them to finish cleaning the vehicle. The staff was friendly. The car fit our needs and traveled well. Drop off was just as easy. Checked the mileage and pronted a receipt.
Cons: I had to ask about the prepay gas option.
8.8 Excellent
3 Jan 2016
Cons: was not clear how to do drop-off before office opened
4.8 Okay
6 Sep 2016
Pros: Nice Car, clean, easy drop off
Cons: When I got there the person told me I had to pay for upgrade and had to leave my car somewhere else other than where I chose to drop it off. The total bill was 2.5 times what it was said on Kayak. I had to argue and talk to manager to get what I was told on Kayak, did not need that hassle.
2.0 Mediocre
21 Nov 2015
The car was not available.
Cons: The car was not available.
10.0 Excellent
5 Feb 2016
Do not Use Trird Party Websites to book on Enterpr
Pros: nothing
Cons: This was the absolute worse Enterprise experience I have ever had. The clerk that greeted me was rude, did not say hello or look up, She only sputtered "license and credit card". She then demanded my boarding pass, which I did not have. I made the reservation through a travel site and the Miami airport was what they sent me to. I called the office to let them know I was running late, but no one picked up the phone. Then I called the 800 Rent A Car number and they only said I need a credit card to rent from there and nothing about a boarding pass. I asked the rude clerk to let me talk to the manager, and he said they do not rent to local people. They had my reservation in the system and they should honor it. I asked to to talk to his boss. A rude guys came out and basically said "too bad". I then said that since Enterprise told me this location was OK, they should give me a ride to the correct location. No dice, even though that is what Enterprise if known for. I said I was going to call the 800 number. He said he would call the police. We were both on the phone. I was telling the 800 number person how the manager was as calling the police. I then hand the phone over to the manager so he could get some tips on customer service from the 800 number person. The call was dropped after a couple of minutes. I left and easliy rented a car from National. On my way to the car I saw the police he called. He had LIED, telling them I was 1) in the way and 2) calling him names. This was the worst experience I have had renting a car. I partially blame your website, since it does not divulge that locals cannot rent cars there. Out of all of the Enterprise locations you sent me to the exact wrong one.
10.0 Excellent
1 May 2016
Great Availability
Pros: Dodge Journey was a spacious SUV, with nice handling in highway. Very gas efficient, was very surprised. Drove from Florida to Illinois. Very comfortable.
Cons: Didn't have Bluetooth or car phone accessory. When traveling now in car, hands free options are key.
Rated no. 4
Alamo
8.2 Excellent (9 reviews)
1 location in Gainesville
Alamo
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste G
+1 844 841 7825
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:15
Sunday08:00 - 23:15
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
27 Feb 2017
Pros: The young man who greeted me in Gainesville aiport was very professional and personable, nice way to start a journey.
8.0 Excellent
22 Apr 2017
Pros: Easy to use
10.0 Excellent
11 Jul 2016
Pros: Car was cleaned and gave me good mileage. They treated me with curtesy and service was excellent
9.2 Excellent
30 Aug 2016
Cons: The usb port didn't charge or allow my phone to connect to the stereo.
2.0 Mediocre
16 Sep 2016
Cons: No car available when I got there.
10.0 Excellent
16 Nov 2016
Super
Pros: Best Customer Service. Have not seen a Happy Smile at 8:00a.m. LIKE that in years. Everything was perfecto. Will be using Alamo as my go-to from now on.
Cons: Nothing
6.4 Good
7 Jan 2017
Pros: Loved backup camera
Cons: Counter closed at pickup. Had to go to the sister counter where there was a big line and it took forever. No one seemed to know what was going on and seemed to be in no hurry to get any of us out of there. They were friendly tho. Then drop off at PBI very poorly marked. Plus I thought the rate was high.
10.0 Excellent
8 Jan 2017
Pros: Easy pickup and drop off. Super friendly service. Super nice car.
8.4 Excellent
26 Jan 2017
Pros: Reserved and received the product and service as requested, making me a satisfied customer.
Rated no. 5
Hertz
6.5 Good (20 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Hertz
Locations in Gainesville
3620 N. Main Street
+1 352 376 3123
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste F
+1 352 373 8444
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
  • 6.1
  • 7.4
  • 6.3
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
26 Dec 2016
Nice car!
Pros: Wasn't expecting the infiniti 2017 car for such a reasonable price! Thanks Hertz!
Cons: We have a problem with the cigarette smell, which should have been addressed with seriously by Hertz. Pls. impose the proper penalty to your customers who smoke, and clean, get rid of that smell before you have it rented to other customers.
9.6 Excellent
5 Feb 2017
Pros: Customer service
10.0 Excellent
10 Feb 2017
Pros: Laurie was the attendant and she was awesome!
2.0 Mediocre
21 Feb 2017
Cons: HORRIBLE customer service. Car was not ready on time and unsafe to drive when I got it. Turned it back in and was told there was no replacement vehicle in same size. No effort was made to assist finding a replacement. No response from customer service.
2.0 Mediocre
24 Feb 2017
Cons: To get a car took us for about 2 hours. Different price with a website. When we got a car there was some garbage inside.
10.0 Excellent
28 Feb 2017
Cons: Great
9.6 Excellent
28 Mar 2017
Awesome week special
Pros: Comfort of suv made the trip. Ride was smooth.
Cons: The 3rd row seat. But laid it down for more luggage space and comfort.
2.0 Mediocre
18 Apr 2017
Disappointed
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Surprised about the extra $200 deposit that was needed.
8.8 Excellent
7 Apr 2017
Pros: It was very easy pick up and drop off. The staff was friendly.
6.8 Good
16 May 2017
Pros: Price Cleanliness
Cons: Asked for midsize, got subcompact. Long line at pick-up
Rated no. 6
Avis
5.6 Okay (16 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Avis
Locations in Gainesville
1714 Southwest 34th Street
+1 352 371 2424
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00
3880 Northeast 39th Avenue, Suite E
+1 352 375 4326
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.6
  • 5.8
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
12 Aug 2018
Pros: Fast easy drop off
2.0 Mediocre
15 Aug 2016
Fail
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Book a car that showed 7 seater, plus call their customer service to confirm that. When come to the airport, it is 5 seater. No sorry from the manager. Feel cheated. Really disappointed.
7.2 Good
21 Nov 2016
Pros: The people at the Gainesville airport AVIS were very helpful.
8.0 Excellent
27 Dec 2016
Easy drop off
Pros: I dropped off the car with no hassle.
7.2 Good
30 Jul 2018
Pros: It was easy to find the designated parking.
Cons: I was told drop off was 8 pm, but my confirmation said 8 am. We were almost charged an additional $180. The lady at the counter wasn't willing to help.
6.0 Good
12 Nov 2018
Charge per mile
Pros: All went well, thank you. Why did you charge per mile over 150? Other car rental are unlimited, curious
2.0 Mediocre
14 Nov 2015
Cons: It was a one day rental and they charged me for two days at $60 a day.
2.0 Mediocre
15 Nov 2015
Pick up address was wrong!
Pros: I was not able to pick the car up because I ended up going to the wrong place: the one on the email. It was a nightmare to find another car.
Cons: I was not able to pick the car up because I ended up going to the wrong place: the one on the email. It was a nightmare to find another car.
10.0 Excellent
29 Dec 2015
Great service and learned a tip!
Pros: This agency called me in the morning to let me know I may not have a car at the time I requested it. I ended up getting a car but the overall tip is to never trust the call centers and make sure you talk to someone at the location to ensure they have a car, especially during peak rental periods.
10.0 Excellent
31 Jan 2017
Economy car rental from Gainesville to Jacksonvill
Pros: Everything went fine
Cons: Nothing to not like
Florida Van Rentals
flvanrental
1 location in Gainesville
Florida Van Rentals
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Northeast 39th Avenue
+1 407 438 8010
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Gainesville
Sunnycars
Locations in Gainesville
3400 NE 39th Avenue
98 travellers who rented a car in Gainesville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

Car rental locations in or near Gainesville

When to book a rental car in Gainesville

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Top tips for renting a car in Gainesville

  • Whether you’ve come to see a game of the Florida Gators in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, to visit the many golf courses dotting the city, or to check out museums and art, with a rental car you can easily reach any destination stress-free and on your own terms. Gainesville is also a great base for day trips to Newnans Lake or the Paynes Prairie Preserve, which are 10 and 15 minutes away by car, respectively.
  • Travelers arriving at Gainesville Regional Airport can rent a car directly from the airport facilities. Internationally renowned agencies like Avis, Alamo, and Hertz have onsite service desks and make it easy to start your time in Gainesville stress-free. When leaving the airport, head to NE State Road 24 to reach the city center in less than 10 minutes.
  • Drunk driving is an absolute no-go in Florida and the state has one of the toughest drunk driving controls and enforcements in the US. The legal alcohol limit lies at 0.08 BAC, so it is important to always make sure you don’t drink over the limit and drive. Also be aware that many intersections have red light cameras and hefty fines can be issued if you run a red light.
  • In order to experience a hassle-free driving experience in Gainesville, it is worth avoiding the roads at certain times of the day. During weekdays, rush hours increase traffic between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 8 pm. If there is a football game on the weekend, traffic can also dramatically increase around the Ben Griffin Stadium.
  • Book your rental car in Gainesville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Gainesville

What is the best rental car company in Gainesville?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Gainesville are Alamo (8.7, 6533 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12858 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2272 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Gainesville?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Gainesville?

As Florida is the sun-kissed state, travelers who want to make the most of their time should consider renting a convertible. A compact car is also a wise choice to make when driving through the city, as finding a parking spot or maneuvering through the unfamiliar streets becomes invariably easier.

What's the speed limit in Gainesville?

Do not go faster than 30 mph within the city limits of Gainesville unless otherwise posted. Outside the city, the usual regulated speed limit is 50 mph and 70 mph on freeways. It is important to check ground markings and posted speed limit signs and to adapt your speed to traffic, weather, and road conditions.

How are gas prices in Gainesville?

On average, drivers will have to pay around $2.20 per gallon in Gainesville, although there are even cheaper rates available at gas stations like Sam’s Club or Mobil, starting at $2 per gallon. The fact that gas is comparably cheap in Gainesville makes for another good reason to rent a car during your time in this city as well as for road trips.

Where are the best places to park in Gainesville?

There are various options for finding parking spaces in Gainesville. There is some free on-street parking which is time restricted as well as metered on-street parking. Parking garages like the SW Downton garage are plonked amidst many attractions and cost about $1 per hour, and long-term parking is also available. Parking lots like the lot on 2nd Avenue or on Main Street are other good alternatives with hourly rates from $0.25 upwards.

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