Charleston car hires from £31/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Charleston with a pick-up date of 7/3 and drop-off date of 15/3. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car hire in Charleston

Compact£31/day
Intermediate£32/day
Standard£36/day
Full-size£33/day
People carrier£53/day
Full-size SUV£41/day
Luxury£37/day
Convertible£40/day
Premium SUV£50/day
Intermediate SUV£34/day
Standard SUV£36/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Charleston

  • Charleston, like many cities in the US, is truly designed for cars over public transportation. Whether you are visiting Fort Sumter or checking out Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place, you simply would struggle to get around Charleston without a car. If you would like to visit Middleton Place, for instance, you would have no choice but to join a tour if you don’t have a car, as public transport doesn’t serve it.
  • Need to pick up a hire car after landing at Charleston International Airport? In that case, head on over to the hire Car Pavilion located by Baggage Claim at the end of the airport’s main terminal, where you will find all of the airport’s hire agencies conveniently located together.
  • Jaywalking is very common in the historic part of Charleston so drivers should beware. This is partly because much of the pedestrian traffic in downtown Charleston is made up of tourists visiting the city. Another road hazard to look out for in the downtown area is the bikers -- particularly the distracted college students biking with their phones out.
  • Drivers will be happy to hear that while Charleston does experience its share of rush hour traffic, it is by no means severe. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start up at around 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour starts at 4:00 p.m. and finishes up at about 6:30 p.m. I-26 is the main road to avoid during rush hour as it is one of the top highways used by commuters heading to and from work.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Charleston for £47 or less
  • Book your car hire in Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hire in Charleston are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average

Charleston car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Charleston 
JulioJan 2024
Driving on Route 17 was great even with traffic. Obey speed limit, quite a few police cars monitoring speeding.
P.Oct 2023
Driving in Charleston is fine. Pretty easy to navigate.
ValJun 2023
Driving in Charleston was easy, Parking seemed a bit pricey, We stayed in Mount Pleasant. We drove in in the morning and again at night. Have to figure $30-40 a day in Parking fees
Verified travelerMay 2023
Really easy to pick up and drop off. Note that the Enterprise desk is so the far end of the terminal, not -as Google Maps shows it - in the middle

FAQs about car hire in Charleston

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

    Charleston’s streets are well-suited for a wide range of vehicles. Sedans, coupes, SUVs, and large trucks will all be perfectly comfortable on the road, so all vehicle options are a good choice. Additionally, streetside parking spaces are large enough for even the biggest of hire vehicles, making parking a non-issue.

  • What’s the speed limit in Charleston?

    In the center of downtown, drivers can expect speeds of 25 mph and 30 mph while the main roads and avenues features speed limits of 40 mph. On two-lane county roads and streets leading to the peripheral areas of the city, speed limits will get up to 55 mph. Interstates throughout the state of South Carolina have a speed limit of 70 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Charleston?

    Planning on visiting downtown? Parking garages and streetside parallel parking are your best options. Both are widely available and, fortunately, even the private parking options are fairly cheap. However, when a big event is going on downtown, parking spaces can sometimes become hard to come by; in those instances, you may have to park an extra block or two away.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Charleston?

    On average a car hire in Charleston costs £55 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Charleston?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Alamo (£31/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Alamo 5500 International Blvd 29418 (10 miles from the city centre).

  • What is the best car hire company in Charleston?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Charleston are Alamo (9.2, 102 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.6, 85 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Charleston?

    The average price of fuel in Charleston is £2.76 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £33 and £44, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Charleston?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Charleston.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Charleston airport (CHS)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Charleston airport include Budget, Alamo and Avis.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Charleston airport (CHS)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Charleston airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Alamo and Avis.

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

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Charleston?

    An Intermediate car hire in Charleston costs £51 per day, on average.

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

    A Full Size car hire in Charleston costs £65 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Charleston?

    A Standard car hire in Charleston costs £75 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Charleston?

    In Charleston, cars are most frequently hired at Budget 5500 International Blvd (10 miles from city centre).

  • How much does a car hire in Charleston cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Charleston costs £383 per week (£55 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Charleston cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Charleston costs £1,640 per month (£55 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Charleston?

    Most car hire providers in Charleston offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Charleston, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

Charleston car hire reviews and directory

Alamo

9.2

Wonderful

167 reviews

Cleanliness

9.4

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.3

Value for money

8.6

One location in Charleston

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from £49/day

Locations in Charleston

5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2383

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We were treated so kindly. The young man carried our luggage to the car and even gave us a choice. Most will not do that!

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.

Cons:

If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.

Cons:

The battery died on me the first day, but Alamo roadside assistance was able to fix the problem and all was good the rest of the trip.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super friendly and efficient, pick up was quick

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very efficient staff. The entire process was painless

1 out of 30

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.5

6 locations in Charleston

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2004 Savannah Hwy

+1 843 556 7889

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2440 Savannah Hwy

+1 843 766 5160

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398 Meeting Street

+1 843 723 6215

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2385

Monday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
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619 Marina Dr

+1 843 800 3074

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933 Folly Rd

+1 843 556 7889

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Friendly and easy to work with in regards to rental. SUV had a few minor issue's: idling at traffic light it was jumpy & had to shut off vehicle a few times, turn it back on to shift gears!

2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The location you gave me for pickup was closed. And not closed for nye, closed on Sunday every Sunday. Massive failure on both kayak and enterprise. Yall cost me both time and money.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Seamless process!!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The didn’t have a car for me, they didn’t even call me back. I had to go to Lowe’s to rent a truck, can you believe that!’

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They had car ready for me when I showed up.

Cons:

I didn't realize that the pickup was several miles away from airport which was inconvienent and expensive taking an Uber to and from location to pick-up and drop off car.

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful

Cons:

Price

1 out of 36

Hertz

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

6.9

4 locations in Charleston

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3025 Ashley Town Center Drive

+1 843 459 2839

Monday07:30 - 18:00
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4565 Gaynor Ave

+1 843 767 4554

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5875 S Aviation

+1 843 640 3629

Monday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
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6060 S Aviation Ave

+1 843 767 4554

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6.0 Okay

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Pick up was great. Drop off was terrible. Awful customer service

2.0 Poor

Oct 2021

KAYAK
They didn't have a car after taking a prepaid reservation and I still haven't gotten my refund after several calls

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I was called a few minutes before my pickup time to be told the car was not available

Cons:

You tell me as for now, I will never use Hertz again

8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at airport corrected the problem

Cons:

I booked a pick up time at a location that was closed. I should not have been allowed to book at that time. Called Hertz and the wouldn’t find me a similar car anywhere near for my family of 6 stranded travelers.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They canceled on us with about 90 minutes notice before the reservation started. They said sorry but did nothing to help redress situation (eg % off next time or some token like that)

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. There was no car available the entire time we were in Mt Pleasant, Sc from 14 May thru 17 May. I had previously made a confirmed reservation on 4 May and my credit card account had the amount posted already.

Cons:

Arrangements should have been made when it was evident that no car was available at the appointed time.

1 out of 28

Budget

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.1

Value for money

6.2

3 locations in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

+1 843 573 9144

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390 Meeting Street

+1 843 577 5195

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 552 1771

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4.0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Car performed well, but smelled from smoke. Very excessive wait time at counter before being able to speak to agent. Pre-registering had almost no effect on the total time required to complete the rental transaction. The rental counter clearly needed more agents on duty, given the long wait time.

4.0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
We had a one way rental starting in CHS an ending in Hilton Head. We prepaid gas. The car tire went flat on the second day. Luckily we were still in Charleston. It took over an hour to trade out the car as the folks receiving it made me go back and forth to the counter. Then they closed out my contract inappropriately. We got an upgraded car which was nice however when we went to turn in the car the prepay was not there and the gent in Hilton Head said the car was supposed to be returned in CHS.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
The staff were friendly and helpful. The rental SUV was clean, well maintained, and easy to navigate.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Twice now I’ve rented with budget CHS. Service is super slow at rental counter with inadequate manpower.

8.0 Very Good

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Over an hour wait to pick up vehicle. Only one agent to complete the registration.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Long line. Staff was not motivated and indifferent. We booked a Toyota Camry or similar but was offered a Kia EV which is not suitable for plan to drive a long distance. When quietiedd about a petrol car, we were offered a Lexus but had to pay $20 per day and no other choice. Just like take it or leave it scenario. Frankly not impressed.

1 out of 70

Avis

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.4

Value for money

5.7

3 locations in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

+1 843 402 9626

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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390 Meeting Street

+1 843 577 9705

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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 767 7030

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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
They did an excellent job.

8.0 Very Good

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Everything was easy and as-planned. The only thing that wasn’t great was that I didn’t have obvious instructions for the drop off procedure for the small airport I was dropping off the car at. I wish Avis would have sent me instructions for the drop off at my specific location.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

should’ve have been more courteous send us an email explaining the company has no vehicles before the date of pickup, I lost a day of work thinking my reservation was good but I was told “Life happens “

Cons:

Notifications or warnings before the date of pickup

8.0 Very Good

Sept 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

We received an upgrade car from the one we reserved. Drop off at ATL airport rental car center was quick and convenient.

Cons:

Pickup at CHS was a little slow. Car had a strong smoker smell, but we didn’t want to delay our trip any further by going back to ask for another one.

6.0 Okay

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was quick and easy.

Cons:

Car smelled of cigarette smoke.

6.4 Okay

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was givenTo us with only a quarter of a tank of gas. The clerk said that he would put this in the computer and we would not be charged for a full tank upon return. He did not document this in the computer. Upon pick up, we noticed several ants crawling out of the ventilation system. When trying to phone Avis to tell them about this and for the potential of exchanging the car, the agent was unable to help us in anyway. She would not put us through to any other customer service agent, And she indicated that she was unable to document this in our record. So, in essence we picked up a car that had only a quarter of a tank of gas and was crawling with ants.

1 out of 25

National

8.0

Very Good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

8.4

One location in Charleston

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2384

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The National agent at the counter in Charleston (Riya) was the most professional, efficient and friendly agent I have encountered in my many years of picking up rental cars. Made for a great experience.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car clean

Cons:

Nothing

2.0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Car was horrible

1 out of 1

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Charleston

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Charleston International Airport

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Charleston

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2039 Savannah Highway

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5500 Interbnational Boulevard

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922 travellers who hired a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

Car hire locations in or near Charleston

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Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

£55/day

Good deal

£47/day

When to book a car hire in Charleston

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Car hire insurance in Charleston

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Charleston car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Charleston.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Charleston car hire.