Highways in Texas and its environs have a designated maximum speed limit of 70 mph (112 kph). Driving along residential streets, you are not supposed to exceed 30 mph (48 kph), while speed limits along alleys are 15 mph (24 kph). When cruising along county roads with no visible speed signs, do not exceed 60 mph (96 kph) or 30 mph (48 kph) when using paved subdivision roads. Also, remember to drive under 20 mph (32 kph) when nearing an active school zone.
To save a few dollars, you are advised to fuel up away from the airports and central business districts. For example, you can use the service stations along Jack Kultgen Freeway, Warrior Way, 6614 Gulf Freeway and Phillips 66 to save a few dollars on fuel. Likewise, avoiding fuel pumps in major central business districts such as those around Galleria Mall US-59 will save you a few dollars.
If you are parking your hire car for just a few minutes, on-street parking spaces in metered areas might be an ideal alternative. Usually from 8 am to 6 pm, parking in most Texan cities is about $2 (A$ 2.90) per hour. From 6 pm to 3 am, you might have to pay about $5 (A$ 7.30) per hour to park your hire car. To pay for the parking, you can do it at the station using cash or a credit card. Alternatively, you can pay via a phone using a mobile payment app or via an online portal.
25% of our users found rental cars in Texas for ₹ 4,328 or less
Book your rental car in Texas at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport rental car locations in Texas are around 21% more expensive than airport locations on average
Full-size rental cars in Texas are around -5% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Texas
On average a car hire in Texas costs ₹ 9,371 per day.
Intermediate (Jeep Compass or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Texas.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis (₹ 7,345/day) and Alamo (₹ 7,734/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Texas are Enterprise (7.5, 89 reviews), Avis (6.5, 73 reviews), and Hertz (6.2, 85 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Texas are Plano (60% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Texas), Texas City (20%) and Arlington (20%).
On average a car hire in Texas costs ₹ 38,506 per week (₹ 5,501 per day).
On average a car hire in Texas costs ₹ 165,025 per month (₹ 5,501 per day).
Driving a hire car when visiting any city in Texas comes with a number of advantages. For instance, you’ll have the flexibility to move around the CBD or between Texan cities while conducting your businesses with convenience and privacy, without having to depend on public transportation that follows a particular route and rigid schedule. Visiting places like San Antonio's River Walk, Big Bend National Park or The Texas State Capitol in Austin becomes a seamless expedition with a Texas hire car. With a hire car, you’ll have the freedom to take a road trip along the scenic US Highway 281 from Mineral Wells to Marble Falls or along the Dallas Loop via Belt Line Road.
Texas has both urban and rural driving as you go further away from the central business districts of major cities. In both categories, the roads are extensive, well-networked and well maintained, which has facilities for a smooth ride in the region. Whether driving along freeways or streets, Texans tend to drive under the allowed speed limits. As such, visitors are advised to be vigilant with speed limit signposts. To enjoy low-traffic rides around the cities, roads such as Interstate 35, Plano Road and LBJ Freeway E, among other roadways, are known to have traffic congestion during the morning and evening rush hours— from around 07:00 to 09:45 and from around 16:30 to 19:30. To avoid the snarl-ups, you are advised to drive your hire car outside these hours. If that’s not possible, avoid the aforementioned roads and major intersections and driving around busy downtown areas such as Galleria Mall, between US-59 and IH-10 roadways. If you are caught by the traffic, follow all rules of the road, be vigilant, avoid tailgating, stay in your lane and be courteous to other motorists.
To drive a hire car in Texas, you must be at least 21 years old and be an experienced driver, with either a local driving licence or an international driving permit. However, if you are below 25 years, you will likely be required to pay a few more dollars per day as a young driver surcharge.