Charleston car hire

Charleston car hire

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Charleston, SC, United States
2 Nov — 9 Nov
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Charleston, SC, United States
Tue 2/11
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Tue 9/11
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Charleston car hire information

Pick-up locationCharleston
Car typesCompact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, People carrier, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations19
Airport locations9
Popular agenciesAlamo, Avis, Enterprise

Cheap car hire in Charleston

Economy£100/day
Compact£102/day
Intermediate£103/day
Standard£107/day
Full-size£107/day
People carrier£158/day
Full-size SUV£132/day
Luxury£160/day
Convertible£158/day
Intermediate SUV£145/day
Standard SUV£158/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Charleston car hire reviews and directory

From £32/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (142 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
Alamo
Locations in Charleston
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay21 Sep 2021
Alamo generated inaccurate paperwork at pickup which had to be corrected during the rental period by phone. An unnecessary complication.
10.0 Excellent12 Apr 2021
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 Excellent10 Apr 2021
All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.
8.0 Excellent24 Mar 2021
Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.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 Excellent3 Jan 2021
It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great
10.0 Excellent9 Jun 2020
Staff was super friendly and efficient, pick up was quick
10.0 Excellent27 May 2020
Very efficient staff. The entire process was painless
10.0 Excellent18 Mar 2020
Nice fast check in and great car for rental! Thank You!
10.0 Excellent10 Feb 2020
Everything was wonderful
8.0 Excellent28 Jan 2020
The staff was friendly but did not listen when running payment so it turned into a mess. They ran my card 3 times charging it 3 times.Not running my card 3 times and me spending 45 minutes getting it straightened out with bank.
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From £30/dayRated no. 2
Enterprise
7.9 Good (121 reviews)
5 locations in Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in Charleston
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre25 Oct 2021
Car was not located at airport. Ad lead me to believe that it was. Bad advertising
10.0 Excellent21 Sep 2021
Fast
10.0 Excellent12 Sep 2021
Nice car. Reasonable price. Good service
1.9 Horrible16 Aug 2021
It was clean and cost effective. Kinda off…. There is so many more cons to our experience. There was a good size crack in the front windshield. The brakes on the car are awful. So jerky. One of the seat beaks in the back seat were wrapped around the head rest so tight that we couldn’t get it to unwind. Our entire trip someone was left without a seat belt. And lastly, and so disappointing, it was stated that this was not the location at the airport. What inconvenience. That costed use another $150. We won’t use enterprise again. That’s for sure.
5.9 Okay7 Aug 2021
The first rental was full of dog hair. The second car wasn’t cleaned either. The starter was going out. People we’re friendly.
10.0 Excellent27 Jul 2021
The car rental pickup was 9.7 miles from the Charleston airport, which wasn’t bad! The car was new, comfortable & great gas mileage.
10.0 Excellent24 Jul 2021
Staff was very friendly, car was so nice! Cost was a bit much and it cost $100 to get to and from airport.
1.9 Horrible19 Jul 2021
Got there and they did Not have car of my choice. So, they were putting me in anything that was good for them. Then the price kept going up!! Then they said you need a deposit.!?? I told them I honestly didn't know about the deposit. So, next I had to say , Sorry! I can't rent today. Too expensive....for my budget this week. But I did try. I walked away disappointed.
3.9 Mediocre12 Jul 2021
When we arrived at the Enterprise location we had reserved the car at, they did not have our car available for us. We had to find another Enterprise in the city, taxi 20 minutes to get there, and then obtain a car similar to the one we had originally reserved.
8.0 Excellent14 Jun 2021
They had car ready for me when I showed up.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.
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From £23/dayRated no. 3
Hertz
Cheapest deal
7.8 Good (381 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Hertz
Locations in Charleston
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre25 Oct 2021
Hertz took the reservations and then didn't have a car for us!
2.0 Mediocre23 Oct 2021
They didn't have a car after taking a prepaid reservation and I still haven't gotten my refund after several calls
1.9 Horrible12 Oct 2021
they did not even tell me they are only open until 12 noon, and never got my car as it was closed. would not even honor my place is line and wouldnt give a car even three days later --horrible experience
3.9 Mediocre10 Oct 2021
We had several negative issues, but the one that stands out is: we didn’t know the engine of a Ford Fusion automatically shuts off and restarts when idling (a fuel economy feature.) We thought it was a problem with the car, reached out to Hertz, were assigned a case number, cancelled all our plans for the day.. but Hertz never contacted us **for the remaining 4 days of the rental**. For fear a car problem may arise on a future trip, we will NEVER use Hertz again.
10.0 Excellent10 Oct 2021
Hertz check out and return was very easy and well managed. The Jetta was very good on gas. Clean and reasonably comfortable, however the drivers seat back would not adjust.
1.9 Horrible6 Oct 2021
Almost $200 in hidden fees!!!!! Be wary.
1.9 Horrible28 Sep 2021
They didn’t have the vehicle
3.9 Mediocre21 Sep 2021
Our car was very clean and comfortable. Drop off was easy. Our experience with the Hertz representative was disappointing. He appeared disinterested in his job and serving us. He had air pods in and did not communicate that we would be charged a $200 security deposit. We felt like we were interrupting his day.
10.0 Excellent9 Sep 2021
I was a bit concerned with the outside condition of the car. It did have several scratches, and didn't know if this was something that I would be charged because no one knew about it.
1.9 Horrible28 Aug 2021
I booked online and received an email confirming the reservation that said “don’t bother call to check the reservation, you are all set”. I got dropped off at the location by someone who was heading out of town. Then the staff member tells me he “doesn’t have the vehicle” even though I can see it in the parking lot. Then tells me actually he can’t rent it to me for the rate I got online. I am stuck now and ask what rate he can rent it to me for… he says he can’t. Worthless! Didn’t offer any help.
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From £27/dayRated no. 4
Budget
Most popular
7.2 Good (209 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Budget
Locations in Charleston
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre21 Oct 2021
I waited 1 1/2 hours to get my rental car inside CHS airport. The workers were very nice and quick once I reached the window, but it took an hour and a half to reach them. Please staff more people if at all possible.
3.9 Mediocre6 Oct 2021
The pick up was seamless. However, I was schedulled to pick up a Ford Edge and I received a Kia.It's not "comparable". This is a long term rental situation for me so I'm likely to change a go with Hertz in the next week or two if I can't get a better vehicle.
1.9 Horrible5 Oct 2021
The worst car rental experience ever.
7.9 Good24 Sep 2021
Pick up at Charleston Airport was terrible, we had to do a bag drag for almost a mile to get to the car.. The car was comfortable and worked well! Turn in was a challenge in a high traffic area in Virginia Beach, Staff were friendly and easy to deal with!
5.9 Okay17 Sep 2021
When we picked up the car the employee was on a phone call the entire time and did not get off of his phone. The car was great. 10 miles in the check engine light and change oil light came on so that was frustrating. The cost of the rental was astronomical. $435 for 48 hour rental is insane, but we did have a reservation and it was there for us so we did appreciate that. The Apple car play did not work and we could not charge our phones w the USB outlets so that was kind of annoying. Loved the 4 Runner though! Very comfortable car!!
1.9 Horrible11 Aug 2021
They gave us a car with a flat and it too two days out of our vacation to deal with this situation. We were stranded in the rain with all our lounge getting soaked to change the tire, which was low too.
1.9 Horrible19 Jul 2021
Needed a car for 6 passengers and Budget was only option when I did my online investigation. Car was almost $700 for a day and a half, which was ridiculously expensive but I had no choice. When I got to the airport , they told me my confirmation did not exist even when I gave them the confirmation number. After five phone calls of being hung up, we went to the airport counter line which took over two hours. Frustrated, We finally just went with another company Which was cheaper and quicker right there at the airport.
8.0 Excellent7 Jul 2021
The car given to us was not clean. The minivan had not been clean in the back. Also it was still dirty on the outside, it had bugs on it still from the previous driver.
7.9 Good23 Jun 2021
It was a quick and easy in-and-out experience. It was not personable but that is okay.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jun 2021
I didn't like anything about my experience with Budget. The people where I picked up the car in Charleston were lame and unhelpful.This was the worst experience picking up a rental car ever. I had prepaid for the car and she couldn't find my prepaid amount even though she had the reservation and I showed her the confirming email on my phone. She charged me a higher amount and said there wasn't anything she could do. The car was in a very difficult spot to pull out of the lot. I had to back it out for about 100 feet even though she had asked her assistant to pull the car out. The car was dirty and the windshield was dirty. After I left the lot, i discovered the gas tank was less than 1/4 full.
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From £27/dayRated no. 5
Avis
7 Good (69 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Avis
Locations in Charleston
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre23 Oct 2021
I bought online and did not realize that the pick up was offsite not at the airport. I waited in line for about an hour to find this out. The attendant was helpful and did get me a car but it was several hundred more. For some reason Avis and Budget had a huge line where the others did not. If I knew that I had to go outside the airport it would have been a better trip. You should be more prominent in displaying pick up address or address of car rental.
10.0 Excellent22 Oct 2021
Fast and easy
2.0 Mediocre19 Oct 2021
booking was made, and confirmation received, however when we arrived to collect the car, there was no car. KAYAK and AVIS were not helpful in resolving this issue at all. Very stressful, and upsetting.
5.9 Okay17 Sep 2021
The car was really beat up. Stains on the carpet, seats and ceiling. Broken pieces hanging. And it was also pretty dirty, with smears on the consol and steering wheel
5.9 Okay13 Sep 2021
No cruise control or could not get it to work.
1.9 Horrible1 Aug 2021
Interaction with any and all staff at both pick-up and drop off was absolutely terrible. They are so understaffed that the line is huge and at the drop off almost every checkin person had an issue with their scanner. The last time I will rent from Avis.
6.0 Good18 Jun 2021
Stuff niceYou suck. You are a monopoly and therefore are breaking all the US anti trust laws. I can’t wait until this company is shredded. Because we all know the little guy doesn’t count for a penny. It’s all about control of wealth. I’m not stupid. You don’t care. That’s why you make people wait omg the phone. Over charge, have no leniency even one minute late. Shame shame shame shame shame.
8.0 Excellent13 Jun 2021
The prius hybrid got 55 mile per gallon.he threatened to charge me a $250 fee because there was pet hair in the car. We were not told no pets. This survey app also is glitchy and sucks
2.0 Mediocre8 Jun 2021
The drop-off was easy and efficient.The car was dirty when I picked it up and the lady at the counter said that cleaning the vehicle was not possible. Additionally, the pressure in the right front tire was low, which made me nervous, and the auxiliary cord did not work. The AVIS representative did not offer to help me with any of these problems. The low tire pressure was particularly disconcerting as I had a 5 hour drive to complete that day.
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2021
The waiting line was way too long. More people to help serve the people faster or have a Express service where all paperwork is already done and you can just verify your ID and payment and Go!!!!!!
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From £30/dayRated no. 6
National
9.1 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
National
Locations in Charleston
  • 10
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent31 May 2020
Great car cleanNothing
Sunnycars
2 locations in Charleston
Sunnycars
Locations in Charleston
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Charleston
Easirent
Locations in Charleston
Recent reviews
926 travellers who hired a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near Charleston

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

£34/day

Good deal

£28/day

When to book a car hire in Charleston

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Charleston

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

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 Charleston 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 Charleston.

Deductible

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 Charleston car rental.

Top tips for renting 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 £28 or less
  • Book your car hire in Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact car hires in Charleston are around -6% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Charleston

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

  • On average a hire car in Charleston costs £34 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Alamo (£74/day), Avis (£96/day) and Enterprise (£119/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).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Charleston are Alamo (8.7, 215 reviews), Enterprise (8.3, 347 reviews), and Hertz (7.8, 417 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Charleston is £2.67 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £32 and £43, depending on the car size.

  • Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Charleston.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Charleston airport include Budget, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, National and Enterprise.

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

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

  • A Compact car hire in Charleston costs £40 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Charleston costs £39 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car hire in Charleston costs £35 per day, on average.

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

  • On average hiring a car in Charleston costs £236 per week (£34 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Charleston costs £1,010 per month (£34 per day).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Drivers will rejoice to hear that petrol prices in Charleston are fairly cheap, especially in comparison to some of the more expensive cities in the U.S. for gas, such as San Diego and Seattle. On average, petrol prices in Charleston are around $2.20 per gallon of gas.

  • 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.