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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Wilmington

  • When you visit the city of Wilmington either for business or vacation, you'll want to move around the city conveniently. From Philadelphia International airport, there are many attraction sites within 50 miles that you shouldn’t miss. There are public transportation options such as taxis and buses, yet, buses typically have designated routes, and taxis charge by mileage, so you'll probably end up paying more. This inconvenience and inflexibility signal that you might want to consider car rentals in Wilmington. With a rental car, you'll be able to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Arts or the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, located only 9 miles (17min) away.
  • Philadelphia International Airport and Wilmington Airport are the two major airports in Wilmington, and both have several on-site car rental companies in designated places. These companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, and National. Most of these car rentals in Wilmington provide complimentary shuttle and pick-up services. After picking your luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, head over to Zone 9 from the exit terminal and get a shuttle to the offices of your chosen Wilmington car rental company.
  • Wilmington is a city with a high population rate and an even higher influx of vehicles. When driving on Wilmington roadways, be prepared for every form of traffic, human and motor vehicle. Most people in Wilmington love to cycle, and others prefer motorcycles to cars, meaning you’ll be sharing the highways with motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. Some pedestrians tend to jaywalk or text on their phones while walking. Exercise caution while on the road to avoid a catastrophic incident. Also, watch out for other drivers who may be negligent in observing traffic rules, as well as natural weather elements such as snow, mist, or rain that can make driving dangerous.
  • When it comes to traffic gridlocks, especially around rush hour, Wilmington is one of Delaware's most affected cities. Between 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm, most roadways experience traffic congestion. If you can't afford to be stuck in traffic for more than 30min, it’s advisable to use the roads when traffic is lowest, before and after rush hour. Similarly, avoid using Interstate 95 during critical hours and use GPS tracking while driving on unfamiliar roads.
  • Book your rental car in Wilmington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Wilmington are around 93% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Wilmington

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

    Given Wilmington's high influx of vehicles operating on major roadways, we recommend that an economy, a convertible, or any small car for smooth navigation around the city. Go for a minivan or an SUV if you travel as a group of more than five people.

  • What’s the speed limit in Wilmington?

    Wilmington, like most Delaware cities, has a relatively low maximum speed limit. The state recommended speed limit is 65mph. Two-lane state roads have a speed limit of up to 50mph, and two-lane urban roads have a limit of 25mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Wilmington?

    There are several parking spots and garages in Downtown Wilmington where you can park your car any time of the day for as long as you wish. These parking services are provided by the Wilmington Parking Authority, Central Parking System, and Colonial Parking, which has spaces on different streets in Downtown Wilmington, approximately 15 miles from the airport. To use these parking services, you'll need to download the Park Mobile app, which customers use to pay for parking services. Parking costs around $1 per hour and around $12 per day.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Wilmington?

    The average price of fuel in Wilmington 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 Wilmington?

    Full-size (Chevrolet Suburban or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Wilmington.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Philadelphia airport (PHL)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Philadelphia airport include Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Budget.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Philadelphia airport (PHL)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Philadelphia airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Budget.

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

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

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Wilmington?

    A Full Size car hire in Wilmington costs ₹ 7,923 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Wilmington?

    A Compact car rental in Wilmington costs ₹ 2,251 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Luxury car hire cost in Wilmington?

    A Luxury car hire in Wilmington costs ₹ 9,076 per day, on average.

Wilmington car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.7

Very Good

32 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.8

5 locations in Wilmington

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Locations in Wilmington

100 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 761 4545

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
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Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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100 S French St

+1 302 425 4404

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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2415 Lancaster Ave

+1 302 575 1021

Monday07:30 - 17:30
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3915 Kirkwood Hwy

+1 302 892 3365

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4727 Concord Pike

+1 302 479 7829

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4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was scheduled to have a regular size sedan. However, received a mini van upon arrival. Was suggested that I could wait for a sedan if / when one was going to be returned that same day.

3.6 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was dirty, smelled strongly of weed. As a fix they put 6 air fresheners about the car. The combination of the weed and air fresheners was horrible.

6.8 Okay

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean.

Cons:

They didn’t have the car that I reserved.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff

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If I could only afford such an awesome car!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice helpful.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

No marking or instructions with how to dropoff

1 out of 7

Hertz

5.3

Cleanliness

5.1

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

5.4

2 locations in Wilmington

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100 Martin Luther King Blvd

+1 302 428 0637

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901 North Union Street

+1 302 203 6259

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4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Car smelled like smoke and couldnt exchange it

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent was professional and thorough. Good mileage.

Cons:

The car was not clean. There were bits of food in the console and the inside of the windshield was smeared. There was cleaning spray residue everywhere. I had alcohol wipes and cleaned for 1000 mile trip. Pick up time was long because of 1 agent and line. I reserved a Mazda "or similar". Learned belatedly Mazdas are never available. Manual was missing so never figured out how to set cruise control.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothiny

Cons:

Poor customer service car was not ready when promised had to wait over an hour and the staff was rude. Tried to change drop off because it was so bad and they wanted me to pay an additional $300 to change

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They did not let me pick up my car

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely horrible.

Cons:

They left me high and dry, didn’t have a car for me even though I booked over a week beforehand and wouldn’t even help me get my money back! Just gave me a number to call the corporate billing office to get my money back for THEIR MISTAKE AND LACK OF PROPER PLANNING.

1 out of 10

National

10.0

Wonderful

1 review
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Wilmington

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100 S French St

+1 302 425 4404

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Avis

5.5

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

5.5

2 locations in Wilmington

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100 South French Street

+1 302 654 8044

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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702 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 762 3825

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2.0 Poor

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

They never said I needed social security if I use debit card, even If I called them twice before, it's unbelievable, never again with this company, also is not the first time the girls from the front desk where so rude and I don't think they finish high school

8.0 Very Good

May 2023

KAYAK
I just was upset that a $200 deposit wasn’t mentioned beforehand it was a surprise to me but thankfully I had that some people won’t and that can mess up their plans

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Car had a heavy dose of Febreeze, but tobacco smoke was still noticeable. I had reserved a Kia Soul and was given a Toyota Tacoma. So much for good gas economy on a long trip. There was trash in the bed of the pickup when I took it. No assistance, just, here's the keys, the parking lot is two blocks away. Good luck. Probably never using them again, TBH.

8.0 Very Good

Jul 2021

KAYAK

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2.0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They should ban the practice of requiring a zero balanced electric bill and not accepting chime credit cards, keeps a lot of minorities from renting vehicles any longer, I was unable to rent a vehicle.

1 out of 2

Budget

4.6

Mediocre

5 reviews

Cleanliness

4.6

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

4.6

2 locations in Wilmington

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Locations in Wilmington

100 South French Street

+1 302 652 0629

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

702 Philadelphia Pike

+1 302 762 4824

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
I didn't know I couldn't pay with a debit card, no where stated that. Couldn't rent the truck and all plans for the day had to be canceled.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The site had very few cars left. Only full car was full of smoke smell. They rented one of few SUVs instead. Great service

Cons:

Nothing

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Off the train, through the rental counter, in my car and on the road. The process couldn't be easier and the staff couldn't be friendlier.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2023

KAYAK
First car smelled like strong chemicals. Made me nauseated. Called the local place they claimed their system was down at 9a and couldn't switch out the car until 1p. Had to drive 45 minutes to switch out. When I did they gave me the worst car on the lot. Philadelphia Airport is worst. Rude workers, Dirty car, car making noises, scratches and a dent. Horrible.

1 out of 2

Thrifty

5.7

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Wilmington

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100 Mlk Junior Boulevard

+1 302 428 0637

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Alamo

No score available yet

One location in Wilmington

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100 S French St Unit 115a

+1 302 425 4404

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One location in Wilmington

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100 S French St Unit 115A, Wilmington, , USA Delaware

+1 914 368 0091

Monday07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday07:00 - 19:00
Thursday07:00 - 19:00
Friday07:00 - 19:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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91 travellers who rented a car in Wilmington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.7

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Pick-up locationWilmington
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Hire locations15
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