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Milwaukee, WI, United States
13 May — 20 May
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Milwaukee, WI, United States
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Milwaukee car rental information

Pick-up locationMilwaukee
Rental locations23
Airport locations12

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Milwaukee

Rated no. 1
Dollar
Best rated
7.3 Good (208 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Dollar
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 S Howell Ave+1 866 434 2226
Monday09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday09:00 - 21:00
Thursday09:00 - 21:00
Friday09:00 - 21:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday09:00 - 21:00
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent19 Apr 2021
Pros: I got the Nissan Pathfinder I wanted and it was a good driveCons: When I dropped the car off, luckily I stayed around for the person to examine. She told me I had not filled up the gas - but actually, I did, to just above 1/2, as the the tank was right at 1/2 when I picked it up. She told me this wasn't correct, but after a few minutes of me telling her I definitely left the car with more gas than I started with, she said it was cool - but if I had just left it, I would have been charged extra for refueling.
6.0 Good22 Mar 2021
Pros: Pick-up staff were so-so; drop off-fine. no real encounter thereCons: Vehicle needed maintenance; several signs on the dashboard recommending service; tire light came on; my brother filled 3 out of the 4 tires which were in the 20# range. Only one tire nearly correctly filled.
2.0 Mediocre1 Mar 2021
Pros: the staff was nice but miss leading on the total price She told me i would not be charged the extra 2 hrs with the upgrade and i was charged the extra and then sum.Cons: Honesty
2.0 Mediocre11 Feb 2021
Pros: Staff was horrible. And I didn’t even end up getting the rental and still haven’t received my money back for it.Cons: Everything could have been better.
4.0 Okay5 Jan 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly and kind through each stepCons: Car was dirty in multiple areas, smelled like cigarette smoke, needed an oil change 2 minutes into driving it it. Not worth it for the money.
5.2 Okay20 Nov 2020
Pros: The lady at the counter was very friendly and knowledgeable, drop off was easy , car got good gas mileageCons: I ordered a Jeep 4 wheel drive and got a super cramped Buick , the car didn’t have a cd or cassette player , I had only driven less than a hundred miles and the change oil light came on and was told to take the car back but I decided to just change the oil myself since I was traveling a long trip
10.0 Excellent21 Sep 2020
Pros: Staff was awesome at the MKE airport upon pickup, they really made our honeymoon!Cons: Nothing!
2.0 Mediocre3 Feb 2020
Pros: NothingCons: Do not rent from this company, there was so much wrong on multiple levels, first the credit card machine was faulty and it declined my card despite the fact i called my bank and confirmed that the card is working. The lady at the counter did not let me swipe my card, or enter the information manually as it is against their policy. I tired using different card, and same things happened. Second thing the lady at the counter was especially rude and unhelpful. Third i tried to cancel my reservation to rent from other company they stated that they will charge me a cancellation fee.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jan 2020
Cons: Clerk was very unprofessional, talked to me like I needed to use dollar. Left counter and went to Alamo and had a car in 5 minutes. I will use dollar in the future but not with a clerk that makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m a customer.
6.8 Good31 Dec 2019
Pros: Staff was friendlyCons: At the time of rental was asked if I wanted accident insurance for 9.00 a day I said yes. When we checked the car in everything was good and upon receiving the charge detail from Dollar they charged me extra 349.12 which included 252.43 in insurance charges and 14.97 for satellite radio, which was never turned on, insurance rate of being told would be about 30.00 came to 252.43. This is totally wrong to advise a customer of 1 charge and charge 10 times the amount. How many other people do they scam this way? To not lie to customers would have been better.
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Rated no. 2
Budget
7.3 Good (146 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Budget
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue+1 414 481 2411
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
603 North 4th Street+1 414 276 1634
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent19 Mar 2021
Cons: I most important thing you could have done better is to have an ice/snow scraper in the car. It amazed me that a car rented in Wisconsin would not have one. I had to brush/ scrape 2 inches of snow and ice using my hands and a credit card. Ridiculous! The outside of the car was filthy with dirt.
7.6 Good17 Aug 2020
Pros: The initial car that we rented from the MKE airport made horrible noises. We were able to go to another location first thing the next morning to switch it out. LUCKILY we were still in the area.Cons: The car could have been cleaner.
5.6 Okay17 Aug 2020
Cons: Car had an odor plus I found McDonalds salt packets under the seat.
8.0 Excellent27 Jul 2020
Pros: Drop off was easy. Car was clean and was just what we needed for the weekend.Cons: Pickup took forever. The line was so long and even longer by the time I left. The staff was friendly and was doing their best but they just needed more staff.
9.2 Excellent4 Feb 2020
Pros: friendly and fast return
10.0 Excellent25 Jan 2020
Pros: Very easy in and outCons: The car did not have all of the snow cleaned off of it
9.2 Excellent28 Dec 2019
Pros: Pick up staff not friendly, but overall, Budget runs a good operation
8.8 Excellent23 Sep 2019
Pros: yes
9.6 Excellent30 Jul 2019
Cons: Faster processing of paperwork at the counter would make my experience a perfect 10.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul 2019
Cons: I think overall the experience was so good that the small things I was going to mention doesn’t really matter
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Rated no. 3
Thrifty
7.1 Good (150 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Thrifty
Locations in Milwaukee
Lc Pending Close Dec 1st+1 877 283 0898
Monday09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday09:00 - 21:00
Thursday09:00 - 21:00
Friday09:00 - 21:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday09:00 - 21:00
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent20 Oct 2020
Cons: Exterior needed a wash.
4.8 Okay7 Oct 2020
Pros: when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....Cons: when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....explain it better and given me my options- car was too small .....
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2020
Pros: NoneCons: Our reservation for a speciality van was at noon. We arrived at the location at 12:07 and the location was closed. The sign on the door and the website both said the location was open until 2:00. Avis was very unhelpful, insisting that it was my fault for “missing my appointment.” I told them that there were several steps they could have taken to make the situation a more customer service friendly experience, when the rental office saw they had a specialized reservation at noon, and they closed early, they should have had the courtesy to call us to alert us that our reservation was at closing time. The evening before, I called Avis to confirm the reservation, at that point the agent should have mentioned that the location closes at the time of my reservation. Neither steps were taken. I ended up having to drive to an airport location, and pick up a much smaller car, they didn’t have my specialty van in stock. I now have to pay $400 in shipping to get the remaining items shipped that was intended to go into the van. Avis customer service has been unhelpful, and maintains this is “my fault.” Buyer beware.
9.6 Excellent2 Jun 2020
Pros: Good car that was clean and hadn't been smoked in before my trip.Cons: I'm not a big fan of the Milwaukee Airport. The signage is awful. I got lost trying to get back to the concourse.
4.0 Okay27 Jan 2020
Pros: Never again this was my worst rental experience ever. I would never use Kayak or Thrifty again.Cons: Using any rental company never using Kayak
9.2 Excellent6 Jan 2020
Pros: AffordableCons: Car was dirty inside and out. Customer service rep was rude at the counter. Very short tempered and rude.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jan 2020
Pros: We ended up having to cancel our reservation and lose 28.00 because the person at the counter ran my credit card and locked them up for 24 hours. I will never choose thrifty again. I ended up using national and they were so much nicer and more accommodating.Cons: The person at the counter should of informed us about the credit issue. She did the same thing with the client before and after us. I also prepayed my rental and she added another 450.00 to the rental tab. Over 700.00 to rent a car for 7 days. National is a much better car rental company. I will never recommend thrifty.
10.0 Excellent16 Dec 2019
Pros: The staff was great. When they couldn't source the car that was rented they got one from a competitor.Cons: It was a seamless transaction.
8.0 Excellent13 Dec 2019
Pros: easy drop offCons: not much
9.2 Excellent12 Dec 2019
Pros: The vehicle was great value for the priceCons: The reception line was incredibly slow
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Rated no. 4
Enterprise
8.9 Excellent (97 reviews)
5 locations in Milwaukee
Enterprise
Locations in Milwaukee
310 W Wisconsin Ave Ste 170a+1 414 223 3720
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4377 S 27th St+1 414 281 8811
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5300 S Howell Ave+1 844 934 1084
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
5932 N Green Bay Ave+1 414 540 7100
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
8205 W Brown Deer Rd+1 414 365 0800
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent20 Aug 2020
Pros: Car was in great shape. Staff was exemplary in their service.
7.6 Good3 Jul 2020
Pros: Pick up was simple and complete, barring the EZ pass that did not work.Cons: The EZ pass toll system that I was given did not work. Therefore, I had to pay tolls with my personal card, absorbing additional charges, for something that I rented specifically to work.
9.2 Excellent23 Sep 2019
Pros: I was upgraded to a new, larger car. I am usually more interested in fuel efficiency, but it was a good small efficient SUV/sport wagon. When I returned the car within a day + 1 hour, I was charge for this instead of 2 days, I really appreciate that.Cons: I messed up and booked my reservation to the downtown location instead of the airport. I think getting a more obvious notification of this would be really helpful. The drop-off fee for going from one city to another was a little frustrating, but not too large.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2019
Pros: That y’all took my moneyCons: Stop ripping people off
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2018
Excellent managementPros: Alex was extremely helpful and professional. I was super impressed at how smooth he ran things with so many people in the waiting room.
9.6 Excellent24 Jul 2017
Pros: Very easy. Check-in at the kiosk was quick and pickup of the car was uneventful. The car was nothing special but served its purpose. Dropoff was also quick and easy. All in all a very good experience.Cons: While the car was in good shape, it showed some signs of having a rough life, which I guess is no surprise. There were scratches in the door opening where it looked like someone had to pry the door open in the past to unlock it, and something (soft drink I bet) had been spilled on the center console that wasn't totally cleaned up, as the parking brake handle was a bit sticky. I cleaned that up. None of that had much of an effect on the experience, but might be worth pointing out.
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2017
Will use Enterprise againPros: Pick-up and drop-off procedures very simple and vehicle was in excellent condition (almost new).Cons: I believe the charges for an additional driver are excessive and simply designed to add additional profit to the renting company.
8.0 Excellent31 May 2017
MisleadingCons: I reserved the car at the Milwaukee airport through 3rd party or so I thought that I did. When I got to the rental counter they said my reservation was at an off-site location about 20 miles away. Luckily Enterprise had a car available at the airport location and honored the rate. They stated that 3rd party bookings often do this because the rates are cheaper off site but the customer is unaware of the location not being at the airport.
10.0 Excellent28 May 2017
Pros: Car was of good quality, pick-up and drop off were smooth and the agents at both ends were friendly, professional, well dressed and efficient.Cons: Nothing wrong with the experience.
10.0 Excellent30 Apr 2017
Better than I had expectedPros: When none of the other rental car agency's could rent the car we were looking for Enterprise did! Pickup to Drop off , the quality of the vehicle and staff were second to none.
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Rated no. 5
Alamo
8.3 Excellent (92 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Alamo
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue+1 414 483 9800
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Aug 2020
Pros: Check in and out was easy
6.8 Good25 Jul 2020
Cons: The quoted price was $29.95 plus taxes per day with 200 miles per day. Somehow, I wound up being charged $265 for a 4 day rental. That alone is enough to upset me because obviously the quoted price was hiding extra fees or other costs.
8.0 Excellent12 Jul 2020
Pros: Very Friendly staff and smooth pickup and dropoff experience.
2.0 Mediocre30 Jun 2020
Cons: The lady that actually worked for National Car rental made me EMAIL her a copy of my flight itinerary ROUNDTRIP and then after doing so, TWICE, denied me a rental due to my flight being a stand by
10.0 Excellent27 Jan 2020
Pros: Ice scrapper, gps screen and phone play through car. Classy looking carCons: I have no recommendations
10.0 Excellent30 Dec 2019
Pros: The staff were patient and helpful. You’d think that should be common in customer service but sadly it’s not so it’s great to step up to the counter and receive this great service. Especially during the holidays!Cons: Nothing I can think of
9.2 Excellent28 Dec 2019
Pros: pick up and drop off were smoothCons: maybe a better selection once at the lot there were only two cars in our reserved size
8.0 Excellent6 Aug 2019
Pros: It was easy to get the car since it was located right at the airport.Cons: Didn't realize it was limited mileage until I got there to pick up the vehicle. That was a negative. Drop off the gentleman was having a bad day - overly demonstrative telling us to stop and wait for him.
4.8 Okay26 Jul 2019
Pros: Nothing was impressiveCons: The check-in took forever and the line was only a couple people deep. The car was a piece of junk compared to what I usually get with Avis. I didn’t think the transmission would last our whole trip. It was slipping. Seats were uncomfortable. Just not a good vehicle and definitely not a premium SUV.
10.0 Excellent22 May 2019
Pros: Pick up and drop off very easy. Car was ready to go.
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Rated no. 6
Avis
7.9 Good (34 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Avis
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue+1 414 482 8345
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
603 North 4th Street+1 414 276 4122
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent17 Dec 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly and picking up and dropping off the car was quick!Cons: Nothing really
6.8 Good7 Oct 2019
Pros: Drop off was quick.Cons: Quicker pick up. Provide a way for renter to pre-record info so pick up goes much faster.
10.0 Excellent22 Sep 2019
Pros: Great store with friendly employeesCons: Location is ok but not great
10.0 Excellent1 Aug 2019
Pros: Staff was extremely friendly and professional. Picked the car quickly with no issues.
6.0 Good11 Sep 2017
Business Ethics QuestionablePros: Long line upon arrival. Discovered due to "upgrade" of the vehicle so the sales agent could pitch various features for extra charges. I will not use Avis again.
6.8 Good8 Aug 2017
Was it easy to find and pull in.Pros: The whole area they got me right in and got my receipt out quicklyCons: Trying to find where the desk was and how to get back out of the ramp
8.0 Excellent22 Jul 2017
PickupCons: The line at avis was extremely long and initially only one person was working the desk for both Avis and Budget, waited about 30 min to get car
2.0 Mediocre4 Jul 2017
Pros: I didn't like ANYTHHING about my experience.Cons: First off when I got there no one was at the AVIS car rental counter. It was me and another person standing there, the the lady behind the counter says "there is only one line".. What the hell in another rental agency line.. Mind you there are like 15+ other people standing in line. ONLY 2 people behind the counter who were just rude and not friendly at all.. I had to leave and never got my rental. If I'm spending my hard earn money for negativite expierence your out of your mind..
9.2 Excellent6 Dec 2016
Pros: Gas mileage was great on that new impala.Cons: Even though it was a newer car with about 12K miles, I could tell there was a slight smoke smell covered up with air freshener. It wasn't terrible by any means, I've smelled much worse. Great vehicle overall, great experience driving to Green Bay.
10.0 Excellent20 Oct 2016
one way rentalPros: Very clean, well kept vehicleCons: The service at the rental counter in Milwaukee was horrible. I was in line for 1:15 waiting to check out
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Rated no. 7
Hertz
6.3 Good (81 reviews)
4 locations in Milwaukee
Hertz
Locations in Milwaukee
5150 South 27th Street+1 800 654 3131
Monday09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday09:00 - 21:00
Thursday09:00 - 21:00
Friday09:00 - 21:00
5300 S Howell Ave+1 414 747 5200
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
804 N Vel R. Phillips Avenue+1 414 272 8787
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
8041 North 76th Street+1 414 365 1291
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 21:00
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6
  • 5.8
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent4 May 2021
Pros: Cordial staff, convenient urban location and priceCons: Nothing really. The transaction went Flawlessly
10.0 Excellent31 Mar 2021
Pros: The staff was very friendly relaxed and informative. Theyre manager was especial helpful when it came to my concerns and was able to have peace of mind.Cons: Nothing all was great
4.0 Okay2 Dec 2020
Pros: Very bad customer service did not get what I was expected was a smaller car than what I was looking for
2.0 Mediocre30 Nov 2020
Pros: NothingCons: Hertz did not have access to a pick up truck that I had reserved. Offered a different car that did not fit my needs. Ended up walking out with no vehicle.
7.2 Good4 Nov 2020
Pros: staff friendly and helpfulCons: the car had sunvisors that did not extend & no cd player so that was a pain but overall was okay
4.4 Okay12 Oct 2020
Pros: Really friendly staffCons: the inside of the car smelled and was dirty. I'm most frustrated that I search for an airport pickup and ended up with a location 20 miles north
8.8 Excellent22 Sep 2020
Pros: The staff was incredibly helpful and kind.
4.0 Okay18 Sep 2020
Pros: Drop off was easy and fast.Cons: The car reeked of smoke, it was almost unbearable to drive. I had to have the windows open at all times and bought febreeze to try to lessen the intense smell to no avail.
2.0 Mediocre7 Sep 2020
Pros: Staff was very unhelpful. I ended up cancelling car and renting from AvisCons: Courteous and helpful counter staff . Less punitive change policy
10.0 Excellent27 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful
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Rated no. 8
National
8.9 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
National
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue+1 414 483 9800
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 20:00
Sunday08:00 - 20:00
  • 8.8
  • 9.4
  • 8.8
  • 9.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent19 Feb 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off was really quick and easy. Amazing car for price!!! Lost and Found was very quick and easy for the item I left behind.Cons: Communication at drop off was a little rushed and I wasn't sure of procedure. I ended up leaving something in the car because I didn't have enough time to go through everything thoroughly.
5.6 Okay26 Jul 2019
Pros: Well, it was ENTERPRISE. The car ran well.Cons: The clerk takes his job very seriously and was a complete tool. Very aggressive on the upsell and verging on disrespectful. Plus, they hide the fact that they add 11% tax due to proximity to airport, so the final bill is far higher than the quote.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul 2019
Pros: Friendly staff; easy drop-off
10.0 Excellent9 Jul 2019
Cons: It was near perfect!
10.0 Excellent2 Jul 2019
Pros: Picking up was quick, dropping off was easy, car was great.Cons: Nothing
6.8 Good15 Mar 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: Rented a premium vehicle, received a different vehicle type
Eagle Rent A Car
2 locations in Milwaukee
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Milwaukee
6221 W. Layton Ave
Milwaukee airport
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Milwaukee
Sunnycars
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
Airport
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Milwaukee
Easirent
Locations in Milwaukee
General Mitchell International Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
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Mayfair
1 location in Milwaukee
Mayfair
Locations in Milwaukee
6841 W Brown Deer Road414.354.8600
Recent reviews
818 travellers who rented a car in Milwaukee gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations in or near Milwaukee

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Full-size

When to book a rental car in Milwaukee

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Top tips for hiring a car in Milwaukee

  • The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A rental car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
  • All the major car rental agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car rental counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
  • Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
  • Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
  • Book your rental car in Milwaukee at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Milwaukee

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Milwaukee are Enterprise (8.6, 491 reviews), Alamo (8.3, 99 reviews), and Dollar (7.3, 233 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Milwaukee is ₹ 238 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between ₹ 2,851 and ₹ 3,801, depending on the car size.

  • Full-size (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Milwaukee.

  • Car hire companies onsite at O'Hare Intl airport include Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Payless, Dollar, Sixt, Avis, Enterprise and Thrifty.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from O'Hare Intl airport to off-airport locations include Routes Car & Truck Rentals, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Payless, Airport Van, Dollar, Avis, Enterprise and Thrifty.

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

  • A Full-size car rental in Milwaukee costs ₹ 2,718 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Milwaukee costs ₹ 2,792 per day, on average.

  • Single travelers who don't require much space for passengers and luggage and are visiting in the summer should opt for a small convertible to enjoy the Lake Michigan views and the nice weather. Families embarking on a road trip across the area might prefer a small van or a sedan, which will give everyone plenty of space and comfort.

  • The speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour in the city (with the exception of certain residential areas that demand a lower limit, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted), 35 mph in city limits or uncongested towns, 45 mph on rustic roads, and 65 mph on freeways or expressways.

  • The average gas prices in Milwaukee are approximately $2.22 per gallon. Lower prices can get as low as $1.99 per gallon. If you're visiting in the summer months when there are more events and hence more tourists in the area, try to fill up the tank early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid waiting in big lines at gas stations.

  • The closer you get to downtown, the more regulated street parking is. Metered spaces have different time limits depending on their locations, and prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour. Saturdays are free in some areas downtown, and street parking is free on Sundays and public holidays everywhere. You can apply for Temporary Overnight Parking Permission, which will let you park your car for free overnight on any Milwaukee street.