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Birmingham, AL, United States
30 Sep — 7 Oct
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Birmingham, AL, United States
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Birmingham car hire information

Pick-up locationBirmingham
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations27
Airport locations11
Popular agenciesAvis, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar

Cheap car hire in Birmingham

Full-size SUV£328/day
Intermediate SUV£113/day
Standard SUV£124/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Birmingham car hire reviews and directory

From £23/dayRated no. 1
Cheapest deal
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (147 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay11 Aug 2021
The National / Alamo service counter was not open inside and there was no sign on the desk to indicate that they were located outside under the parking garage.
10.0 Excellent4 May 2021
Drop off was great - quick and easy and rep was polite.Had to ask the rep at pick up to note the obvious vehicle damage onto my rental contract.
10.0 Excellent1 Feb 2021
Staff both departing and returning were great. Needed Suv and was given as promisedThe only negative was there were no floor mats or paper sheet covers for the interior floorboard. The place I was going was rural and muddy, so I had to constantly lay down towels or garbage bags to keep the interior floor carpet clean.
8.0 Excellent4 Jan 2021
Easy drop offSlight delay at pickup
2.0 Mediocre22 Oct 2020
Car was smoked in
4.4 Okay31 Aug 2020
Dropoff staff were friendlyPickup staff were unaware of time lapse for vehicle waited one and a half hours for vehicle I didn't order
4.0 Okay20 Aug 2020
Drop off was very easyThe executive Synethia at the counter was extremely rude. I was with my 7 month old son and wife. She was hostile, kept on talking to other people and interrupting me when it was my turn. I would have cancelled the reservation right then if we did not need the car for my son.
2.0 Mediocre16 Jan 2019
No cars availableUsed your service to book a car. When I showed up they said they had no cars available. Left me scrambling late at night for an alternative.
6.8 Good7 Jan 2019
Alamo Rental in BirminghamThis is a complicated review, because I have to balance the negative against several positives that occurred. First, I think I got a good deal on line. Second, we had a horrible flight over with several delays and cancellations due to weather. Instead of arriving in the morning, I reached the rental car desk in the BHM garage about 11:30pm. They were gracious and very helpful, and I needed the car to drive another hour south for the holiday. Finally, there was a mix-up in the billing and the information I received from Alamo 800 number. They were accommodating and resolved it to the best of their ability. They were in a tight spot really. I appreciate their cooperativeness. The car was a pleasure to drive.Several negatives occurred with this rental. First, the car was not cleaned thoroughly. A jacket was in the back (I gave that to the desk), and it reeked of cigarette smoke. I mean, it did this for over a week. Like driving in a ash can. But we had no choice: This was the only car they had for me at 11:30pm after a bad day of delayed flights due to weather. I had called earlier in the first day to talk to Alamo and they informed me that a second driver could be added for free, and this was standing policy. The desk thought otherwise and added a $150 charge for my wife. I complained and the desk staff upon return graciously took the charge off, and told me this was not their policy. They were in a bad spot with this conflicting information. I felt bad for them. But then again, I have to check my credit card to see what my charges are at the moment.
10.0 Excellent30 Nov 2018
GreatEasy to pick up
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Rated no. 2
7.6 Good (119 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.9
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Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible8 Sep 2021
The truck smelled like smoke, got to destination the Check engine light came on went to exchange vehicle for another and they tried to downgrade my Yukon to a Ford Explorer needless to say I won’t rent with dollar again.
7.9 Good13 Jul 2021
Car was not well prepped. Smelled like cigarettes. Rear hatch would not open! There are no designated Dollar parking spots in the garage. Difficult to know where to return the car.
10.0 Excellent14 Jun 2021
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Everything went off without a hitch so I can find no negative in my experience. Thank-you very much.
10.0 Excellent3 Jun 2021
Super fast and great customer service. Dollar is combined with Hertz there, so there’s always someone to help.
10.0 Excellent9 May 2021
Competent staff.Price has gone up substantially in the past year.
10.0 Excellent3 May 2021
They need to stay open later for late flight arrivals. Otherwise, great experience!
10.0 Excellent2 May 2021
The staff was friendly and courteous. Drop off was super easy.I didn't get the car quoted, but I had a very good substitution. I realize what one wants is not always available at the time.
2.0 Mediocre2 May 2021
Not enough staff working. Waited an hour in line for a rental I had reserved several weeks in advance. Additionally, I was double charge. I am currently working on how to correct this.Better speed on processing customers. Better billing system.
8.0 Excellent12 Jan 2021
Pick up and drop off was easy and the staff was friendly and helpfulWe scheduled our pick up but when we got the it was closed for the night so we had to find a ride to our hotel and a return ride to pick it up the next day. Also the car had been smoked in.
8.0 Excellent8 Dec 2020
Nice carWas over charged and drop off was not clear
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Rated no. 3
7.7 Good (38 reviews)
10 locations in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Jul 2021
Excellent communication, service and way of dealing with customers.
6.0 Good29 Mar 2021
They over charged me at the counter than actuall deal which was online very disappointed
2.0 Mediocre7 Oct 2020
5.6 Okay9 Aug 2020
Car wasn’t ready at expected time. Delayed by 45+ minutes waiting for car to be cleaned.
4.8 Okay7 Jul 2020
staff was friendlycar had been smoked in, gas tank was not on full
7.6 Good17 Mar 2020
Easy to deal with, fast and courteous. I had to switch out a car that I had rented in CA but the power steering failed. No hassle.The car had bald tires which I didn't realize until I had to drive through a snowstorm and heavy rain.
8.0 Excellent3 Nov 2019
Staff was very friendly and helpful! I will definitely rent a car again
9.6 Excellent25 Sep 2019
Very friendly and a very quick processWas surprised by the $200 deposit and the fact that my 3rd party insurance was nothing
2.0 Mediocre2 Jun 2019
My plane was delayed, when I landed the office was closed! at the minute of opening I called them and had already given my car away the day before...
10.0 Excellent30 May 2019
staff was friendly, pick was quick, and return was super easy.
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Rated no. 4
7.3 Good (43 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 6.7
  • 7.7
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1.9 Horrible20 Sep 2021
Wouldn't rent me the car.
7.9 Good8 Sep 2021
Good value for price; pick up was straightforward.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2021
Newer car and cleanThe Payless was closed and Avis had many issues with the Initial rental
8.4 Excellent23 Dec 2019
Pickup counter was a challenge, drop-off was easyBetter integration with Avis
8.8 Excellent20 May 2019
Car was clean, new, and a good price.There aren’t Payless parking spots at BHM airport, so I parked it in an Enterprise spot upon returning. When I returned the keys to the Payless desk, the employee asked why I didn’t park it in the Avis section. Like wtf, get your own parking spaces or tell me to return to an Avis spot when I pick up
9.2 Excellent30 Apr 2019
The woman who checked us in was very nice. The car was pretty scratched up and the inside was dirty. She gave us a different car which served the purpose.Better quality vehicle.
6.8 Good20 Feb 2018
No frillsGood price and at the airport.Interior of car smelled a little like smoke. Not bad but noticeable. They did not tell me that the return was self park and it was not clearly noted until I found a space. Going back to the counter was an extra step but worth the cost savings.
6.0 Good28 Dec 2017
Holiday TimeEveryone was busy, the staff were friendly and tried their best to accommodate our needs. Inventory was not available for the reservation. Had to take a smaller vehicle. My family was happy with the service.
5.2 Okay22 May 2017
Description is accurateThis was the least expensive rental option on Kayak. You get what you pay for.Car was dirty and smelled bad, however, there no mechanical problems. It got us where we needed to go, but my family will not allow me to rent from them again.
5.6 Okay4 Mar 2017
Price was good and the car ran well.I rented a "mid-size car" that turned out to be a two-door. The car stank and the upholstery was stained.
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Rated no. 5
7.3 Good (56 reviews)
4 locations in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible26 Jul 2021
Horrible customer service, just unacceptable. Ended up using Uber from the airport to the hotel, and the next day when I called them, Budget’s response was “oh, the person in charge forgot to leave the key for you. But you can come pick your car up now.” And that was after I called them few days in advance, and then once again on the day of arrival, specially mentioning I am traveling with 2 little kids. “Well, we can void the contact if you don’t need the car anymore.” - that was their response to my statement about Budget’s bad customer service. So that’s what I did - I asked them to cancel. If this is how they run business, I don’t think I want to be part of it.
5.9 Okay23 Jun 2021
Picked up a Camry initially, but we knew within a few minutes we would have to return it. Strong tire vibration left us feeling unsafe for our upcoming road trip. Dealt with tired employees and a lot of back & forth before finally finding a good replacement. It took about 2 hours off our journey so we were off to a late start. Replacement car was just fine, but windshield wipers were so loud. Both cars could've been cleaned better. Drop off was okay but felt bad for stressed and overworked employee who handled it.
2.0 Mediocre30 May 2021
Waited over an hour for a car that smelled like cigarettes had holes in the seeds and was absolutely disgusting. Do you have one person working the counter and 12 people in line.
10.0 Excellent15 Apr 2021
Staff was awesome. Easy pickup and a nice, low milage, nice car
6.8 Good22 Oct 2019
I liked the fact that I received a hybrid vehicle for my long trip. The gas savings were great.Both at pick up and drop off the door had a sign that the attendant would return in a few minutes. The car, when received was externally very dirty and had what looked like tape residue on some of the windows. This made inspection difficult, so much so that I missed a chip in the windshield thinking it was a dead bug. Luckily, it had already been reported. Additionally, I had reserved a mid-size car and received a compact. Since it was a hybrid and I was going on a long trip, I didn't complain, but I'm pretty sure that I over paid for a compact car.
7.2 Good12 Sep 2019
It was not clear to me that there was an offsite Budget, who I actually rented from, and a onsite at the airport Budget. The man in charge was very helpful to honor what I had and made clear that it would be $5 more per day. Which was fine.
10.0 Excellent24 Aug 2019
Good car. Easy pickup and return. Good priceNothing
5.6 Okay15 Aug 2019
Returning the rental was easyThe cleaning of the car was a joke. This is the third car from budget that I’ve had where the staff just ran it through the car wash while the inside looked messy. Also, the billing is wrong. The bill was more at the end than what was quoted.
4.0 Okay21 May 2019
Budget had a car in Birmingham. No reservation for me. The customer in front of me had issues picking up his car. They had to call around to find my reservationKyak said I had a reservation; somebody needed to tell Budget, they had no idea. When I returned the car to Louisville airport, they didn't have it in system, couldn't produce a receipt and said a receipt would be emailed to me. 2 days after drop off I do not have a receipt or proof I dropped the
8.0 Excellent6 Mar 2019
Staff was friendly. Vehicle was in good condition.Finding the Budget Rent a Car pick up location (actually inside the public parking structure at Birmingham AL airport) was a hassle. Directions to the booth in the parking garage were poor. Additionally, the return address for vehicle drop off took me to the off-airport office.
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From £34/dayRated no. 6
Most popular
7.1 Good (54 reviews)
2 locations in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.6
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  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay17 Oct 2020
10.0 Excellent29 Jun 2020
10.0 Excellent14 Mar 2020
staff was very friendly and helpful - even to recommend a place to have lunch
9.6 Excellent23 Dec 2019
Staff was very helpful.Reduce the different location drop off fee.
10.0 Excellent4 Apr 2019
i need info from the first week rental through Kayak for insurance reimbursement and I can not get someone to email me back from kayak.
8.0 Excellent22 Oct 2018
Funky entertainment system was too difficult to navigate.
6.0 Good7 Aug 2018
Upon our return ... no one was at the booth.. we waited 5 minutes and finally a security guard walked over to advise us to go in side. No one at the counter waited 15 minutes. asked all other counters if they knew where someone was... nothing! then finally she came in, she says nothing, takes our contract and proceeds to say our final bill is 166.dollars and I said "no.. it is 65.81 bill is. and she says "no ma'm you're late and this is what the bill is now be cause you're late" I am not happy and my husband said we can't help no one was at the booth and you certainly were not here for quite a while. I then became upset and said I wanted to see her manager. she then said, well I could have adjusted it but because of your STANK ATTITUDE, I am not. The bill is 166.23. She kept repeating my bill is what it is because of mt STANK ATTITUTDE. She said this 3 times. I recorded her conversation and am going to follow up with Corporate. I will never rent from Thrifty again. Was I upset..., YES don't almost triple my charges and expect me, the consumer to be happy about it when I was 4 minutes late because they were not at the booth! The young man on our pick up was very personable and courteous.
3.2 Mediocre27 Jul 2018
Not a good experirenceThe rate I was quoted onlineThe rate that i was charged when I got to the counter was nearly double what I was given online. The car was not clean. someone water bottle was in the cup holder. Front windows were greasy like they haven't been cleaned in months. The drop off was not staffed and disorganized, car lined up and no one checking them in. I waited and no one showed up and I walked away and dropped the keys at the counter.
5.2 Okay25 Jul 2018
BlahDrop off was smooth. That was the best part. LolCar seats were filthy and there was a computer issue during pickup which created a 30 minute delay to my road trip. Also cars are hard to find. An employee should escort customer to vehicle. I spent 10 minutes walking in circles looking for it.
6.0 Good11 Jul 2018
Rude customer serviceCar was great. 39 mpg. Held all of us well.Getting the car was a bear. Local phone was inoperative. Can't designate spouse as an authorized driver.
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From £35/dayRated no. 7
5.8 Okay (62 reviews)
3 locations in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 6.3
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  • 5.5
  • 5.8
  • 5.6
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre17 Sep 2021
There was over 15 people waiting for their cars because they didn't have enough cars there! I was told it would be about 1.5 hour wait before I get the minivan I reserved! The young man there did a great job by giving me a large suv at no extra cost. He was working alone because 2 people called in that morning. This was the Airport location!
5.9 Okay29 Aug 2021
Office worker in Birmingham was good. Pickup was fairly easy. The car seemed nice, but had a few issues along the drive. The customer rep at the roadside assistance was of no help. He was clearly an offshore resource who didn’t understand the car and the issues I described: (1) The key fob battery died so I couldn’t restart my car. I was stranded in the middle of nowhere in Virginia. Customer service agent didn’t understand the issue and so he pretended he wasn’t roadside assistance and put me on hold indefinitely. Luckily I had cell service so I googled the issue and found that I could press the key fob to the start/stop button to restart the car. (2) the tire low air pressure signal came on during my drive. (3) The A/C worked well for the first 60 minutes each time I restarted the car, but then became significantly less effective/powerful.
7.9 Good23 Aug 2021
No one to take the return, had to leave for our flight. There were multiple cars but no workers!
3.9 Mediocre25 Jul 2021
Pick up at the airport took forever (it was 10 pm and I was the only customer). I reserved an SUV and they only wanted to give me a small car that could only seat 5. We were going on vacation for over a month in another state than the pickup state. The car didn't have enough storage space for the trip. I was told it was unlimited mileage but found out at drop off they were charging for the miles used. I had to prepay the insurance, pickup tried to bill me again which I had to argue to get removed. Found out after drop off they recharged me the insurance. I can't reach anyone by phone so I submitted a question about the charges I'm still waiting for a response. I'll never use Hertz again.
2.0 Mediocre30 May 2021
NothingThe wait for a car would have been 2 hours. There were no cars available, I had a reservation but that did not matter. Employees not truthful! I completed the initial paper work that included paying A security deposit if 500 dollars. I CANCELLED MY RESERVATION AND WENT TO AVIS THAT WAS 10 STEPS TO THE LEFT OF HERTZ FRONT COUNTER. Berminham Airport. You have morons working for you. This is your review and do not contact me, if you do I will expose you on social media and start a campaign of ni or using Hertz
10.0 Excellent27 May 2021
Price and servicePick up service from airport
2.0 Mediocre13 Apr 2021
Staff was exhaustingly slow. Car wasn’t full of gas. Check engine light came on during trip, tire pressure came on during trip, the USB port had been ripped out, car didn’t appear to have been cleaned. AwfulAll of the above.
6.0 Good29 Mar 2021
Eventually getting a carOverbooked cars. Did not have one when promised.
2.0 Mediocre29 Mar 2021
The staff called me before I travelled to their offices to let me know they would not have a car for me.They could have provided a vehicle for me per my prepaid reservation.
2.0 Mediocre23 Mar 2021
We were not able to get a rental and we made this reservation 1 month prior. Worst ever!
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Rated no. 8
8 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
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10.0 Excellent12 Sep 2017
10.0 Excellent19 Oct 2015
Good Car --- No Hassles!It was an quick and easy pick-up in Pensacola and drop-off in Birmingham. The car was ready to go and got great gas mileage!
Rated no. 9
7.4 Good (29 reviews)
2 locations in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
  • 6.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
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1.9 Horrible19 Jul 2021
Do not rent from Avis! They will likely not have a car for you. Go anywhere else.
6.0 Good15 Jun 2021
How fast the registration and return was.Car still had trash in from the last rental. So that made me think how clean is this car for real???
2.0 Mediocre26 May 2021
Drop off was quick but it looked like both the workers at the booth wanted to be anywhere other then there.It took awhile to pick up the car because the front desk was understaffed. The vehicle smelled heavily of smoke the interior driver and passenger side doors where cut up and the seats were stained and filthy. The front windshield had two big chips in it and there were scratches all over the vehicle. Lastly, someone took the floor mats out of the vehicle and never returned them. I will NEVER RENT FROM AVIS AGAIN and I strongly suggest you don’t either.
10.0 Excellent30 Apr 2021
The only issue I had was finding your office. Once I found it - the service was fast and helpful.
4.0 Okay13 Apr 2021
Clean. Easy pickup and great service in BHM.Problem with steering. Canceled part of trip. “No replacements anywhere.” Called multiple times. Incredible wait time with service. Spoke with manager at drop off. Also sent email with details. Still charged full price. Will leave bad review on Yelp and Google if not fixed.
10.0 Excellent16 Mar 2021
Everything was fine.
10.0 Excellent1 Jan 2021
Staff was friendly and helpful process was smooth.There was some kind of film or something on the glass near the odometer and it made it hard to see sometimes but overall the car was clean.
6.0 Good21 Sep 2020
Drop-off was easyCar is never ready when I book from this location. Have to wait for car to be cleaned.
4.0 Okay8 Sep 2020
Drop off was easyThey ran out of cars so I had to get a minivan. Minivan wasn’t all the way clean. The minivan had no amenities. My phone couldn’t connect to the radio. The passenger seat was broken.
8.4 Excellent2 Aug 2020
The staff was very friendly. Drop off was quick and easy.
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1 location in Birmingham
Locations in Birmingham
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1 location in Birmingham
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552 travellers who hired a car in Birmingham gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

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Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Birmingham car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Birmingham.


Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Birmingham car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Birmingham

  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Birmingham for £32 or less
  • Book your car hire in Birmingham at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about car rentals in Birmingham

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

  • On average a hire car in Birmingham costs £37 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis (£76/day), Alamo (£101/day) and Enterprise (£160/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Alamo 5900 Messer Airport Hwy 35212 (4 miles from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Birmingham are Alamo (8.4, 155 reviews), Enterprise (8.3, 121 reviews), and Dollar (7.7, 125 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Birmingham is £2.58 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £31 and £41, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Birmingham.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Birmingham airport include Thrifty, Hertz and Alamo.

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

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

  • A Economy car hire in Birmingham costs £27 per day, on average.

  • On average hiring a car in Birmingham costs £261 per week (£37 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Birmingham costs £1,119 per month (£37 per day).