Charleston Car Hire

Charleston Car Hire

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Charleston car hire information

Pick-up location Charleston
Car types 4x4, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, People carrier, Premium, Standard, Van
Hire locations 17
Airport locations 6
Popular agencies Budget, Hertz, Avis, Alamo, National

Cheap Car Hire in Charleston

Economy £25/day
Compact £26/day
Intermediate £27/day
Standard £29/day
Full-size £30/day
4x4 £35/day
People carrier £38/day
Mini £29/day
Premium £42/day
Luxury £42/day
Convertible £53/day
Commercial £44/day
Van £67/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Charleston budget
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags 4x4 car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 5 Bags People carrier car in Charleston budget
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Charleston national
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Charleston enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 2 Bags Van car in Charleston avis
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 24 hours.

Charleston car hire reviews and directory

From £32/day
Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (6,604 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Alamo
Locations in Charleston
2039 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 556 1255
5500 International Blvd
+1 843 556 1255
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Alamo reviews in Charleston

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From £34/day
Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (13,010 reviews)
5 locations in Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in Charleston
2004 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 556 7889
2440 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 766 5160
398 Meeting Street
+1 843 723 6215
5500 International Blvd # 114
+1 843 767 1109
619 Marina Dr
+1 843 800 3074
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Enterprise reviews in Charleston

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From £38/day
Rated no. 3
Avis
7.6 Good (2,286 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Avis
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Space 804
+1 843 402 9626
390 Meeting Street
+1 843 577 9705
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From £24/day
Rated no. 4
Budget
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.4 Good (4,315 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Budget
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
+1 843 573 9144
390 Meeting Street
+1 843 577 5195
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From £32/day
Rated no. 5
Hertz
7.4 Good (4,134 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Hertz
Locations in Charleston
3025 Ashley Town Center Drive
+1 843 573 2147
5500 International Blvd
+1 843 767 4554
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From £31/day
Rated no. 6
National
national
8.0 Excellent (895 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
National
Locations in Charleston
5500 International Blvd # 119
+1 843 767 3078
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Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Charleston
Sunnycars
Locations in Charleston
2039 Savannah Highway
5500 Interbnational Boulevard

Car hire locations in Charleston

Good to know

Most popular agency Budget
Most popular car type Full-size
Average price £42/day
Good deal £31/day

When to book a hire car in Charleston

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches
-1 day
-2 days

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 £31 or less
  • Book your car hire in Charleston at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Charleston are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Charleston

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

On average a hire car in Charleston costs £43 per day.

What is the most popular hire car in Charleston?

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

What is the cheapest hire car agency in Charleston?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest hire cars were found at Hertz (£25/day), Budget (£29/day) and National (£29/day).

What is the best hire car agency in Charleston?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Charleston are Alamo (8.7, 6604 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13010 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2286 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: AFB-Municipal Airport (CHS)?

Car hire companies onsite at AFB-Municipal Airport include Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise and National.

Which car hire companies will pick you up at the airport: AFB-Municipal Airport (CHS)?

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

What is the cheapest car hire location in Charleston?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 3025 Ashley Town Center Drive 29414-5661 (6 miles from the city centre).

How can I find hire car agencies near me in Charleston?

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

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.

How are gas prices in Charleston?

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.

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.