Washington car rentals

Washington car rentals

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Washington, DC, United States
23 Sep — 30 Sep
Same drop-off
Washington, DC, United States
Thu 23/9
Noon
Thu 30/9
Noon
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Washington car rental information

Pick-up locationWashington
Rental locations37
Airport locations7

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Washington

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (126 reviews)
9 locations in Washington
Enterprise
Locations in Washington
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent15 May 2021
Staff was friendly and car was really clean.The location is not where it says it is so I had to look around for it. Gotta update the address.
8.0 Excellent29 Jan 2021
Instructions for when we return the car. (There was no one present, we never had any proper instruction on how to retrn the car, where to park, leave the keys etc
10.0 Excellent27 Dec 2020
Great car - thank you! Friendly representatives too!
9.2 Excellent22 Oct 2020
Easy to pick it up, drop it off,The "needs maintenance" announcement always turned on when I started the car - very annoying
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Very friendly staff and very easy drop off
6.0 Good30 Sep 2020
Convient location.Tires slid in the rain; staff were not very courteous in addressing my questions; funny smell in the car and cupholders, etc., were a bit dingy; extended time waiting for my vehicle to be ready during pickup time.
8.4 Excellent29 Sep 2020
Both pick up and drop off were very easy.
2.0 Mediocre28 Sep 2020
I never got To rent the car! I expect A full refund.
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2020
I made a reservation to pick up at the Enterprise at 99 H Street which is inside of Union Station. When I arrived, the location was closed. I had to have a car service take me to the airport which was a $20 charge, and an hour and a half of my time that I needed for travel. If the location is closed, I’m confused as to why I could even make a reservation in the first place. This was extremely disappointing!
4.0 Okay9 Sep 2020
Staff were friendly, despite the many issues we had.Our economy car was substituted with a ridiculous, bright red, Chevy Camero. I was told there were no other cars available. While I understand there can be substitutions, this model of car could not have been more terrible given we had a long trip planned. We were constantly followed by police and weren't able to fit the majority of our planned belongings - not to mention the gas millage cost us significantly more fuel. The seats were dropped back and low making it painful for me (a 28 year old athlete) to get in and out, let alone my wife with back issues! Not to mention the wide wheels and low profile made hydroplaning a constant threat even in mild mist. The car had obviously not been cleaned, it was disgusting. There were empty ice cream containers under the seats along with other random trash like receipts, a mask, etc. The trunk was full of some sort of mud or grease and, along with the rest of the car, covered in dirt and dust. The windows, doors, controls were all full of smudges and showed no signs of being disinfected or even wiped with a wet rag. But it gets worse, this model of car has tiny windows and visibility is a nightmare. To make that worse, the car had some kind of dealership writing, "lot #3..." melted into the windshield on the drivers' side resulting in even worse field of vision. Lastly, I was told on pickup, after I noted that the return time was not what I had booked (10am versus 8PM), I could bring the car back anytime. After arriving late at night after 12 hours on the road, I found no dropbox for the keys and no where to park the car (even the sidewalk was cluttered with returned rental cars). I had to take more time off of work to return the car this morning, and I was, of course, charged for an extra day. I can't imagine having a worse experience renting a car. At least if I'd been turned away I could have rented a car from somewhere else.
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Rated no. 2
Avis
7.3 Good (125 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Avis
Locations in Washington
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Aug 2021
The staff was very polite and efficient.
5.9 Okay10 Aug 2021
There was only one car and it was not set up
2.0 Mediocre16 Jun 2021
Nothing. The car was not reserved for where I picked it up.Your site is complete trash. It kept sending me to cars FAR from where I was trying to pick one up. When I finally made a reservation, I somehow missed that it was (again) not at the location where I needed to pick the car up. STOP this and do not offer vehicles in the general city where I need it, just do it for the location where I need it. I ended up double-paying for a car because of this--which was easy to do, since they had abundant cars available that your garbage site apparently could not find. I will never use Kayak again because of how much this experience sucked.
10.0 Excellent16 Jun 2021
Nothing. It was great ! Very friendly, fast and efficient service at the rental counter!
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2021
Great service
10.0 Excellent3 Jun 2021
yes
10.0 Excellent2 Feb 2021
Great service! Friendly staff! Gave me a free upgrade since there was going to be a snow storm and they wanted me to stay safe!
10.0 Excellent8 Jan 2021
Friendly and efficient staff both in Washington and Queens.Nothing.
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2020
I had to wait an hour outside after arriving on time for my pickup. Once I was inside the agent was awful: rude, unaccommodating, eager to stick me with a pickup truck. What is the point of reserving a particular kind of car if I'm just given what's available after the small car I needed and requested is nowhere to be found, nor, as I was told, is a particular kind of car even guaranteed? I drove the SUV I was given as little as possible while I had it because it was nearly impossible to park it in the city.Customer service, wait time, availability, respecting the reservation that i had made.
2.0 Mediocre4 Dec 2020
Horrible service... additional charges for no obvious reasons. WTH!!!Charge what they said
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From ₹ 6,453/dayRated no. 3
Budget
7.1 Good (289 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Budget
Locations in Washington
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent21 Aug 2021
Everything went perfectly with my rental.
5.9 Okay19 Aug 2021
Tea tap office and car return location are very hard to find as they are located in an underground garage with terribly poor signage.
3.9 Mediocre17 Jul 2021
Compared to Enterprise Car Rental the process and experience was poor. The exterior of the car was dirty. I drove the vehicle for a 200 mile round trip. At this point the car began to have transmission problems, I made it home with the car struggling to shift gears and unable to reverse properly. When I returned the vehicle the next day, the transmission seemed to function, but not well, the engine light remained in the “on” position. When I returned the vehicle the staff seemed un-phased by my story, almost as if they knew this vehicle had an issue. It’s unbelievable that a vehicle would be rented in this condition, it was a late model Chevrolet Malibu with 27K miles. When I choose a rental company I will not use this Budget location and I will be very cautious with this rental brand.
1.9 Horrible12 Jul 2021
The car was filthy and had an odor that was pure B.O. I bought Febreze to mitigate the odor which helped but definitely didn’t solve the problem entirely. Also, the “Maintenance Required - visit dealer” light was on throughout my trip which was a worry. Finally, the car had lost its volume knob so listening to music or even my phone’s navigation was very difficult throughout my lengthy trip. That car shouldn’t have been in service - period.
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2021
Great customer service, very fast check in and out.After hours drop off would be a great addition to this location.
8.0 Excellent13 Jun 2021
Customer service was great when I left a belonging behind! Thank you!
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2021
I wanted to extend the rental but I was forced to get a separate rental agreement. with new pricing and every thing.
6.0 Good3 Jan 2021
Pick up and drop off was not easy especially drop off. It’s in a mall and I have no idea where is car returns. I haven’t given any directions, all I have is the address. No signs whatsoever about car returns. I have to park in the mall and go around asking people. I found there office inside the mall and the lady said I can park anywhere in the mall. The lady wasn’t friendly. I’m not super happy about the drop off part but the price and car were great.Better communication towards pickups and drop off locations and more instructions.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jan 2021
They didn't have any cars, despite me having (and confirming) a reservation.
10.0 Excellent1 Jan 2021
The process at both locations was seamless.
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From ₹ 3,104/dayRated no. 4
Hertz
Cheapest deal
6.8 Good (502 reviews)
6 locations in Washington
Hertz
Locations in Washington
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.7
  • 6.4
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible14 Sep 2021
I never got a car!!! I ubered to the location just to find out they were “out of cars” and offered to put me on a hand written waitlist, as if it were a Starbucks and whenever they call your name you should rush to the pickup location, at any time. I asked to speak to the manager and he was conveniently “on holiday and unreachable”. I was told that alike airlines, HERTZ is allowed to overbook cars. Furthermore, I reserved an economy car and was told that in “a couple of hours” a Jaguar would likely be returned and become available. My experience was surreal and I just decided to take a zipcar instead. Terrible service.
3.9 Mediocre8 Sep 2021
When we arrived they completely ignored us for about 15 minutes then told us our car wasn’t ready and we’d either have to wait or pay for an upgrade to a higher model just to get a car at the time we had scheduled it. Location at union station is not convenient to find or get to.
1.9 Horrible31 Aug 2021
Nothing. Everything
10.0 Excellent29 Aug 2021
Very warm employee welcome. Options of contract were very clearly explained. The whole process was fast.
1.9 Horrible21 Aug 2021
My rental was canceled and I am awaiting my refund. This sucks. It ruined my weekend.
1.9 Horrible16 Aug 2021
I reserved a car online and when I went to the counter to pick it up. she said we don’t have a car for you. I had to go to another agency. We were tired and had been flying all night. This was UNACCEPABLE! you don’t appreciate your clients. Thank you for literally nothing!
1.9 Horrible16 Aug 2021
Unfair cancellation policy
1.9 Horrible4 Aug 2021
We didn’t end up renting with Hertz because when we went to pickup the car they were closed. Our pickup location was the Capital One Center in Washington DC. We even went to the location the previous day to see where it was so we could pickup smoothly. No one was in the office, so I called and spoke to a man named Mike. He said just come to the office. Our pickup time was noon. What we didn’t know was that we needed to pickup before noon because their Saturday hours were shorter. Mike could have stressed that when we spoke. Although this was in the fine print of the email, I didn’t catch it. So we cancelled and went to the airport and rented from Avis. We would have rented with Hertz but their prices at the airport were more than double the price we were quoted for picking up downtown.
1.9 Horrible4 Aug 2021
I was charged a substantial add on fee without disclosure for adding my spouse as an additional driver. (BTW, Avis and Budget do not charge for adding a spouse.) In addition, when I called to complain about the added charge, I was told by Hertz that if I was an AAA member, the fee would have have been waived. I told the rep that I am an AAA member and the pick up rep never asked. They just added an extra $108 without saying anything. I’ve since sent proof of AAA membership twice asking for a credit. No response. They have terrible customer service. The car we rented was fine but I will never use Hertz again.
7.9 Good25 Jul 2021
Portland Maine drop off was chaotic - seems like that office is poorly run? DC office was friendly and fast, and car was great.
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From ₹ 3,264/dayRated no. 5
Alamo
Most popular
8.5 Excellent (94 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
Alamo
Locations in Washington
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
6.0 Good22 Mar 2021
Pick up was great. Drop off slow. Car smelled like smoke
6.0 Good4 Jan 2021
The car drove nicely and didn’t have any critical issues. The originally confirmed price (NOT what we were charged in the end) was wonderful.We were hit with a $436.59 ‘’inner city fee’’ despite dropping off where confirmed by our desk agent in Atlanta. At that meeting as well, we waited over two hours as Thrifty, Hertz, and one additional rental company were all required to wait in the same line for two agents. Finally, our windshield wipers did not work on timed settings. During the hours of rain we experienced from Atlanta to New York City, our only option was to hold down the trigger manually.
10.0 Excellent26 Nov 2020
All good.Specific vehicle availability--I requested a SUV but ended up with a minivan.
3.6 Mediocre17 Nov 2020
We booked the car for 8:30am. We got there, the car was not ready. They tried to give us an upgrade of a V8 for a long trip when I booked an economical car. We then had to wait 45 mins for a car to arrive. It had tire pressure issues. They filled with air and said it was fine. We got down the road 5 mins and a warning light came on. We then had to find another Alamo to switch out the car which took another 40 mins as they had to do the paperwork and clean the car. 11am we were finally in the road for a 12 hour trip This is totally unacceptable
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2020
Everything was smooth and easy. Car was very clean.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug 2020
Incredibly friendly staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome.
3.6 Mediocre2 Aug 2020
The car was very cleanSo it had leaky tires, none of the charging ports worked, and the guy working there drove around really fast and freaked me out.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jul 2020
Told me on arrival their computer system had a glitch and they actually had no cars available. They also said they'd call me in the afternoon to let me know when the next car would be available and then never called.Fix your website so people don't waste their time.
10.0 Excellent22 Jun 2020
Staff was greatCar was almost not ready on time
5.2 Okay31 Dec 2019
They didn’t have my reserved car, nor any other car available. This also happened to two other people who were there at the same time.
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Rated no. 6
National
8.8 Excellent (14 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
National
Locations in Washington
  • 9.2
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Jan 2020
Tia was really helpful and easy going.Nothing, again, Tia was fabulous
6.4 Good25 Nov 2018
Offices closedManager at airport location was able to accommodate our reservationWe were called a week in advance that our pick up location inDC would be closed that we needed to go to union station to pick up rental. However, after getting an Uber to union station, that office was closed too. Then we had to get another Uber to the Ronald Reagan airport. So more Uber drives. Very late start to our drive to Virginia.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2016
Great experienceI booked at a place that was off the airport and they worked with me to get the car at the airport. Very nice and professional people.
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2016
Great service, great truck
9.2 Excellent6 Sep 2016
Great Service and Delivered as PromisedI ordered a pickup truck and actually was given my choice of the ones they had on site, not just the one selected for me. Staff was friendly, courtesy and very helpful.National does not pick up or drop off customers before or after rental, so you are responsible for arriving here and getting back on your own accord.
9.2 Excellent16 Jul 2016
Front desk staff was really nice and pleasant.I didn't enjoy the car I drove. But that isn't the fault of Kayak.
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Washington
Sunnycars
Locations in Washington
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Washington
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in Washington
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Washington
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Washington
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Easirent
1 location in Washington
Easirent
Locations in Washington
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Washington
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Washington
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Sixt
1 location in Washington
Sixt
Locations in Washington
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From ₹ 4,211/day
Thrifty
1 location in Washington
Thrifty
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
1150 travellers who rented a car in Washington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car rental locations in or near Washington

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

₹ 6,652/day

Good deal

₹ 4,388/day

When to book a rental car in Washington

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for hiring a car in Washington

  • Travelers flying into Washington, D.C. will want to consider renting a car, as cars offer the best access to many of the popular sites and day trips around D.C. For instance, FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins, takes over an hour to get to on public transportation, but only takes 30 minutes in a car. Popular tourist spots such as Shenandoah National Park and Mount Vernon are also easily reached in a rental car.
  • Fortunately for would-be rental car drivers with flights to Washington, D.C., all of the airports in the greater metropolitan area have easily accessible rental car centers. In Washington Dulles Airport, shuttles outside of the Baggage Claim Area will take travelers to the rental lot, while at Reagan National Airport, travelers will find the rental shuttle outside of Door 4 on the ticketing level.
  • Rush hour is no joke in Washington, D.C. and travelers should plan accordingly. Morning rush hour lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and evening rush hour lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During those times, Key Bridge, Southeast Freeway, Chain Bridge, and New York Avenue should all be avoided as they number among the most congested spots in D.C.
  • Visitors to Washington, D.C. should be prepared to deal with the city’s famed traffic circles. Traffic circles such as Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Thomas Circle are notoriously difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, but with a bit of pre-planning and appropriate route planning, they should be no problem.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Washington for ₹ 4,388 or less
  • Book your rental car in Washington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Washington are around 7% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Washington

  • Some car rental companies in Washington which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Hertz and Budget

  • On average a hire car in Washington costs ₹ 6,652 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Washington are Enterprise (8.5, 218 reviews), Alamo (8.2, 164 reviews), and Avis (7.3, 183 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Washington is ₹ 258 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between ₹ 3,096 and ₹ 4,127, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Washington.

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

  • The only car hire company onsite at Reagan-National airport is Hertz.

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

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

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

  • A Economy car rental in Washington costs ₹ 3,828 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Washington costs ₹ 4,055 per day, on average.

  • In Washington, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo 23430 Autopilot Dr (36 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Washington costs ₹ 46,565 per week (₹ 6,652 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Washington costs ₹ 199,564 per month (₹ 6,652 per day).

  • Fortunately for visitors to D.C. with rental cars, the streets in general are fairly wide and easily accessible for a range of vehicle sizes. However, if you are going to be spending plenty of time downtown, parallel parking will be much easier to find with a smaller vehicle. Some of the smaller streets are easier to navigate in a small-to-midsize vehicle as well.

  • Travelers should note that the speed limits in Washington, D.C. tend to be much lower than other American cities. For instance, unless otherwise noted, the maximum speed limit is 25 mph, though many of the larger roads range from 25 mph up to 55 mph. In the immediate area surrounding D.C., the speed limit on highways and freeways is only 55 mph.

  • Gas prices in Washington, D.C. are luckily quite low compared to many of the other metropolitan areas in the United States. Visitors to the city will find the average gas price ranges from about $2 dollars to $2.50 per gallon.

  • Street parking and garage parking are the two main options available for parkers in Washington, D.C. For garage parking, travelers should keep in mind that many commuters to D.C. make use of the garages so the best locations can fill up fast, especially when an event is taking place nearby.