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Columbus, OH, United States
9 Aug — 16 Aug
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Columbus car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (438 reviews)
11 locations in Columbus
Enterprise
Locations in Columbus
1026 Goodale Blvd+1 614 297 7353
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1733 W 5th Ave+1 614 488 7996
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2160 W Case Rd+1 614 798 9696
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3161 W Broad St+1 614 279 2577
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3245 Morse Rd+1 614 476 1111
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4233 Eastland Square Dr+1 614 836 2500
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3200
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
475 East Livingston+1 614 621 8899
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5466 North High Street+1 614 781 5400
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
68 Dillmont Dr+1 614 880 1198
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6841 Flags Center Dr+1 614 895 0000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.6
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  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre4 May 2021
Pros: I booked a car rental for the Columbus Airport. When I arrived at the Enterprise desk, they told me my rental was across town. I asked for help to get across town or get the car to me (no longer an enterprise offering), but the desk clerk basically said "nope, you're on your own". Kayak also provided no additional help. I rented from Avis desk, don't know why I would use Kayak againCons: Having the car available where I landed
9.2 Excellent1 Nov 2020
Pros: The tahoe we reserved was not available. The assistant manager Chris offered us a minivan for much less than the tahoe. It worked great for our trip.Cons: The windshield was not clean. Had smears on it
2.0 Mediocre10 Oct 2020
Pros: No. I was sent back and forth and one manager openly derided one of his coworkers.Cons: They could work as a single unit. It seemed like I was dealing with two separate companies.
6.4 Good26 Aug 2020
Pros: People were nice, even if not Covid-19 safe.Cons: Had to check at three different rental car checkpoints before finding someone with the Enterprise group that could give us our rental car. Person who got our car wasn’t wearing a Covid-19 mask over her nose, and I had to touch the computer to finish. Lastly, the Ford we rented had a terrible navigation and audio interface, both of which were dangerous to use.
4.0 Okay12 Jul 2020
Pros: Car was filthy with a horrible cigarette smell. Could not even drive it.
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2020
Pros: YesCons: Nothing
8.8 Excellent29 May 2020
Cons: If they had paid more attention to what I was reserving to rent and had it available as they said it would be
10.0 Excellent14 Feb 2020
Pros: Friendly staff. Clean car.
6.8 Good4 Jan 2020
Cons: They could have my car cleaned before I head to pick it up. They make me wait for 20 minutes until they cleaned inside and outside. At the end, they just perform a very quick and light clean on the outside and inside. A very bad impresión.
10.0 Excellent13 Nov 2019
Pros: Yes
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From £32/dayRated no. 2
Alamo
8.6 Excellent (208 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Alamo
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3245
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
  • 8.7
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  • 8.6
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  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent21 Jul 2021
4.0 Okay7 Jun 2021
Cons: We asked for 12 passenger they gave us 15 we had to remove seats for luggage. The vents in the back didn’t work so the driver had to freeze for passengers to be comfortable. There was no plugs of any type other than the dash.
6.0 Good9 Mar 2021
Pros: Staff did a very nice jobCons: Car had been smoked in The odor became overwhelming during the rental
10.0 Excellent5 Dec 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off were very easy.
6.0 Good28 Oct 2020
Pros: I was not given clear direction to where to go pick up. I was in the garage for over 20min looking. After locating a person he pointed me to a vehicle that didnt have any keys... frustrated at this point i walk back to the booth and demand they get the van and bring it. That took forever.Cons: Have an attendant on hand. It SHOULD NEVER BE THE CUSTOMERS RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND THE VEHICLE
2.0 Mediocre29 Sep 2020
Cons: The staff refused to rent me a car. My license expired last month because I turned 25. I am unable to renew it because of the corona virus. Prior to renting the car I called the Ohio BMV and double checked with them. The let me know that because of the pandemic everybody’s licenses and registrations that expired since March were automatically extended until December 31, 2020. They assured me I’d have no issue using my ID to do anything including renting a car and buying alcohol. I double checked the BMV website and on the front page it confirms that everything is automatically extended until the end of the year. The woman at the counter said she couldn’t rent me a car because they already did a one time extension for me for having an expired license. I don’t know what she was talking about because I’ve only ever rented a car one other time and that was in July. My license expired August 4 so when I rented the car in July no special extension would have been made for me. I explained this to her and then she said it’s their policy that they can only rent a car to a person with an expired license if it had expired during the pandemic. And according to her it is no longer a pandemic. Clearly we are still in a worldwide pandemic so that makes absolutely no sense. I tried to explain that the law in Ohio extended all ID/registration until the end of the year because we are in fact still in a pandemic. She then brings her manager out and her manager says it is illegal to rent me a car with an expired license. I tell her I understand but I do not have an expired license since the expiration date was extended. She suggests to me I try to renew online and says if I’m able to do that I could show her that and see if that was sufficient enough to prove I don’t have an expired license. Obviously you cannot receive a driver’s license online so I was unable to do that. I’m really disappointed in the entire experience and also the fact that Alamo thinks that the pandemic has magically disappeared when in fact it’s worse now than it was before. Still not sure what “one time extension” was mentioned to me either. Truly a waste of my morning.
6.4 Good10 Sep 2020
Pros: Pick up was easy from Columbus Airport.Cons: Drop off was cumbersome. No one in the garage to check you in. Filled the tank up before returning but the gas gauge didn’t move. Check engine light came on about 20 miles from Huntsville.
9.2 Excellent17 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff were very good and helpful. They gave me choices on vehicles and helped me hook up my phone to the blue tooth which really helped me make calls easier.
9.2 Excellent3 Aug 2020
Cons: Less expensive would be appreciated
2.0 Mediocre23 Jul 2020
Cons: Local hours were changed due to covid and the counter was closed upon my arrival. This left me stranded at 930pm with no car.
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.5 Good (222 reviews)
9 locations in Columbus
Hertz
Locations in Columbus
1090 A South Hamilton Rd+1 614 238 1623
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
1355 W Mound St+1 614 221 3000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
1535 Georgesville Road+1 614 351 1570
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2361 Morse Road+1 614 476 6847
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2455 Billingsley Rd+1 614 793 3100
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2496 Scarborough Blvd+1 614 759 7285
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
4430 Westerville Rd+1 614 476 6847
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
8832 Commerce Loop Drive+1 614 840 1758
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
7.9 Good23 Jun 2021
2.0 Mediocre14 Jun 2021
Cons: I requested a Full sized SUV to carry 6 people blue all their bags on a road trip. When I got there to pick up the car, the cars they tried to give me wouldn’t have fit all of us comfortably with bag as well. I ended up not using Hertz and went with a different company that was able to get me into a van for less money and way better customer service.
10.0 Excellent1 Jun 2021
Cons: Knowiing there insurance policy.
10.0 Excellent1 Jun 2021
Cons: Good customer service fast pick up drop off clean.
8.0 Excellent1 Jun 2021
Cons: Better price for the car I rented.
8.0 Excellent24 May 2021
Pros: The staff tried to upsell usCons: The car wouldn’t let us add iphones to use maps/navigation which was a pain
10.0 Excellent20 May 2021
Cons: Nothing. Johnny at the Columbus return center was very friendly and helpful!
2.0 Mediocre16 May 2021
Cons: The car smelled like sweat and Asian food. 15 minutes in I had a headache and when I got to where I was going my clothes smelled like it.
8.0 Excellent30 Mar 2021
Pros: The staff didn't seem overly friendly but were helpful enough. They failed to mention their return method at this location which caused a little confusion when I returned the car.Cons: I felt that they should have clearly explained their return method (or at least mentioned it).
10.0 Excellent29 Mar 2021
Pros: Ended up getting a very nice upgrade for no additional charge due to limited availability
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From £27/dayRated no. 4
Dollar
7.3 Good (247 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Dollar
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2 Apr 2021
Pros: Staff was not there at the time of my pick up no help on the phone when I called dollar corporate services. Staff was late opening on the second day when I went back to get my car. Not wearing facemask. Very bad experience!Cons: Communications between dollar rental and carrentals.com, through who I made my reservation. More punctual and professional help both at the counter in person as well as online is needed.
2.0 Mediocre1 Apr 2021
Pros: Nothing. They closed before 6 pm, my flight was late. No car to pick up. Rip-off.Cons: They could make provisions for early evening pickup. Ie 6 pm
2.0 Mediocre16 Mar 2021
Cons: We made a “reservation” for a Suburban. When we got there all they had left was a little 4 door car. We have 7 people in our family so that wouldn’t work. The man working was nice enough, but he told us when you reserve with a lower cost rental company it’s hit or miss. Sometimes you get what you want, and sometimes you don’t. He showed us a long list of people he had to call to tell them they didn’t have any cars available. I would not recommend renting from Dollar because there NO GUARANTEE that you’ll get what you reserve, or any car for that matter!
2.0 Mediocre8 Mar 2021
Cons: They should have notified us that they close at 2pm and that, they would not be able to rent us a car. Their sign says go upstairs to the 2nd floor and someone will help you. Then upstairs it says we close at 2pm. So we had to pay double what our original reservation was and book with Hertz there on the spot.
2.0 Mediocre6 Feb 2021
Pros: NothingCons: I booked a car at 7 pm. I reached at 7:30pm. Noone was there .
2.0 Mediocre30 Dec 2020
Pros: didn't pick up car - mom got corona 2 days before christmas and was unable to cancel. thanks priceline, won't be going through you anymore.Cons: not going through priceline
4.8 Okay5 Nov 2020
Pros: Staff was niceCons: Car smelled and was not the one I signed up for
8.8 Excellent26 Oct 2020
Pros: The size of the car was good, and the mileage was excellentCons: Pick up was a little strange when adding a second driver. A little surprised that fee was $13,50 per day for another driver. My most recent experience prior to this rental was with Alamo who allowed the second driver at no additional cost.
8.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Pros: The staff was overwhelmed, but polite. The drop off was super easy.Cons: Add more support staff at Columbus International Airport to assist customers.
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Cons: Nothing.. it was perfect!
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From £32/dayRated no. 5
Thrifty
7.3 Good (134 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Thrifty
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3254
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 7.4
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  • 7.1
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible11 Jul 2021
1.9 Horrible24 Jun 2021
6.0 Good13 Jun 2021
Cons: Allow to change vehicle if dirty or smelly.
10.0 Excellent7 Mar 2021
Pros: Whole process smoothCons: Line at desk to check car out
10.0 Excellent25 Oct 2020
Pros: easiest/fastest rental and return I have ever had!Cons: nothing
2.0 Mediocre12 Oct 2020
Cons: There was no refund on the rental, even though the charge was fraudulent. It caused me to have to manage the situation with my bank.
5.2 Okay17 Sep 2020
Pros: Car was ok----Ford Eco SportCons: The Thrifty location was farthest from terminal. The staff was occupied with one customer. The wait was long. The attendant did not know how to open the back of SUV. Therebwas no one there when the car was returned---not a single person and they were aware fo when I was returning. Thrify is cheap for a reason!
2.0 Mediocre22 Aug 2020
Cons: If I would hv got my car. Putting my money back in my account. Trying to get them back on the phone.
2.0 Mediocre18 Aug 2020
Cons: I never got the rental. I got to the airport and they stated I needed a major credit card. I canceled the rental car and You still kept my money. I want that taken off my debit card asap
2.8 Mediocre17 Aug 2020
Pros: The staff was unfriendly not helpful and kinda terrible . I didnt like anything about this experience and 10/10 do not recommendCons: They could have been more helpful. I was $10.00 short on a hidden deposit I was unaware of until my arrival. Therefore I had to call my grandmother so she could come use her card. Since it was a different card they charged me an extra 50 dollars because she was a driver. Obviously she wasn't a driver she was just helping me out. They didnt care about the dilemma and made no attempt to help me out. The process that should have been 5 mins took an extra hour l after already being on the plane for 8 hours. The staff was unfriendly and unhelpful through the whole process.
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From £24/dayRated no. 6
Budget
Most popular
7 Good (202 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Budget
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue+1 614 737 5400
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday13:00 - 17:00
104 East Long Street+1 614 228 1058
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
1400 Bethel Road+1 614 451 7699
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
240 South Hamilton Road+1 614 863 7500
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0247
Monday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
4621 West Broad Street+1 614 870 2200
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
6060 Busch Boulevard+1 614 431 2025
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.2
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  • 6.9
  • 6.6
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible31 Jul 2021
1.9 Horrible27 Jul 2021
1.9 Horrible26 Jul 2021
1.9 Horrible19 Jul 2021
2.0 Mediocre7 Jul 2021
Pros: NothingCons: They could of refund the 40 insurance FB fee
2.0 Mediocre25 Jun 2021
Pros: Nothing about this experience was good.Cons: Arrived and there was no truck for me. The clerk was busy conducting personal business rather than assisting customers. When I was eventually "helped", the desk clerk said this location has never had a truck to rent and they were giving me a minivan instead, which did not meet my needs. I had to goad the clerk into calling around to see if a truck was available at another location. I waited in an un-airconditioned office for over an hour to find out a truck was being sent. When it arrived, it had to wait on it to be prepped, so I didn't get the vehicle until two hours after my pickup time. On return, the same clerk as only one person working and he was prepping a car for someone else waiting on a vehicle. I waited 45 minutes to complete the return and get my needed receipt. I would have left the keys but the clerk warned me that their emailed receipts often "get lost in the email" and there is no way to get another copy if I didn't receive the initial email. While I was waiting in the (still) un-airconditioned lobby, I spoke with two other customers, both of whom were having similarly bad rental experiences. I will not use Budget/Avis again.
1.9 Horrible24 Jun 2021
6.0 Good31 May 2021
Cons: The car had a bad smell where you could tell previous driver had probably smoked in it. The dash was dirty. I had to clean it with disinfectant wipes and spray the entire car down with Lysol.
2.0 Mediocre10 May 2021
Pros: I could not change my reservation pick up time to the next day. So I had to cancel it and when I tried to reschedule it was not available anymore.Cons: Allow people to push back a pick up or drop off date.
8.0 Excellent10 May 2021
Pros: Friendly staff.Cons: The van smelled like smoke.
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From £23/dayRated no. 7
Avis
Cheapest deal
7.7 Good (47 reviews)
7 locations in Columbus
Avis
Locations in Columbus
1030 West 3rd Avenue+1 614 299 0964
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday13:00 - 17:00
104 East Long Street+1 614 224 4259
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
1400 Bethel Road+1 614 538 0488
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
240 South Hamilton Road (Highway 317)+1 614 577 0657
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0002
Monday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 00:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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4621 West Broad Street+1 614 851 0508
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
6060 Busch Boulevard+1 614 436 3218
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.5
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Jul 2021
10.0 Excellent11 Jul 2021
4.0 Okay13 Jun 2021
Cons: Parking in lot is terrible. They share a lot with a car dealer and there is barely enough room to drive through lot. Almost zero parking when we picked up. Car was not clean - both inside and outside, but we were stuck with the choice. Soon as I drove off the lot, the sensor said there was a flat tire. Sure enough the rear driver tire had a nail in it! Again, we had to have the car and returning it wasn't really an option. Tire Discounters fixed for free. When we returned, it was two hours after they were said to be open, but I still had to wait 45 minutes for someone to show up and unlock the place. When checking out, the guy just printed out the bill and gave it to me without going over it. I stayed until he did. I also tried calling customer service while waiting and the automated answering wasn't helpful at all. All in all, the customer service is not good and I've had better, cleaner rental vehicles elsewhere.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jun 2021
Pros: Car was niceCons: The car hand not been cleaned and Avis had one person working the counter and he had to also go get the cars. It took 1 hour and 50 minutes to get my car!!!!!! Unacceptable.
4.4 Okay21 Oct 2019
Pros: Drop off was easy.Cons: It took a long time to pick up the car (40 minutes) even though there was only one person in front of me in line. The cars weren't ready. I had absolutely no choice, and the car was not what I had ordered. It was really flashy--something I did not want at all as a woman travelling alone.
10.0 Excellent12 Sep 2019
Pros: I made a reservation for a big car but it wasn’t quite large enough for what I needed, when I went back to see if I could upgrade to a bigger one, they changed the paperwork and within a few minutes for no charge, I had a bigger car ready to go! Thanks again!!Cons: Directions into the rental car pickup/dropoff locations in the airport. It was a little confusing and took us a while for figure out
5.6 Okay25 Nov 2018
Watch for added chargesCons: Billled me $50 extra for fuel (I returned it full) and added insurance that I did not buy with the reservation. avis removed fuel charge but only 1/2 of the insurance charge after I complained. Not renting from again
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2018
Cons: I didn’t like that they ended up not even having a car for me that I reserved 3 days in advance. Terrible service. I will never rent a car from Avis again!!! Their solution was for me to do a round trip rental when I needed a one way. Obviously that was not going to work for me.
10.0 Excellent5 Jul 2018
Great servicePros: Professional and courteous.Cons: Nothing
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2017
Cons: Terrible! Avis sales person at the counter kept trying to sell me things and get me to upgrade for big $ when I was checking in. Wouldn't honor my Preferred status. The car was cheap, dirty, and wouldn't start on occasion. Customer service at Avis was terrible. Never did assist when I tried to fix the problems while enroute to my destination. Maybe that's their new sales technique if you just go with a standard car rather than allowing them to "up" your rental agreement at check-in.
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Rated no. 8
National
7.7 Good (16 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
National
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 614 239 3270
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2021
7.9 Good13 Jul 2021
10.0 Excellent21 Jun 2021
Pros: car was great. Hyundai Accent. staff helpful.Cons: its getting pricey to rent a car
4.8 Okay21 Sep 2020
Pros: I waited two hours to pick up a van . They didn’t even appreciate my time saying thank you so much or didn’t even give me discount for it. I didn’t the reservation and still they didn’t have a car ready for me . Not happy with service at all . Please let me know if you want to talk to me . My email address is puspadhital92@gmail.comCons: At least give a customer discount if they waited couple hours . Oh also , car condition was poor . Looks like they didn’t do an alignment in while and brakes were making a wired sound .
2.0 Mediocre6 Aug 2020
Cons: Poorest management and the stuff needs more training
3.2 Mediocre2 Jun 2020
Cons: I reserved a Tahoe or equivalent but they gave me a Tacome truck with less space. The wait to check in and get vehicle was over an hour wait. The truck was dirty: the previous user had a dog in it and there was hair everywhere. The window have finger smudges on all of them and there was fish scales in the tail bed. I was definitely a lack luster experience.
10.0 Excellent2 Dec 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and the drop off super easy
6.0 Good21 Jul 2019
Pros: Staff was definitely friendly and welcoming and made the entire process effortlessCons: The car absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke. When choosing the SUV, I had only a few options, and I entered two different ones, both reeking. I just had to choose one and go with it, clearly keeping the windows down during all three days (despite the heatwave). The smell did not go away!
5.6 Okay1 Apr 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, easy pickup/ drop offCons: Smoky car! Gross.
10.0 Excellent27 Nov 2016
Pros: No wait, clean car, easy access coming and going.
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Payless
5 Okay (10 reviews)
1 location in Columbus
Payless
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway+1 380 867 0978
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Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
4.0 Okay7 Jul 2021
Pros: Easy pick upCons: 1) the car smelled like smoke, 2) the license plate tags were not updated so we were pulled over by Indiana highway patrol, and 3) there were not any Payless representatives or anyone else to receive the car at the final destination without any instructions on how to drop off the car
1.9 Horrible6 Jul 2021
6.0 Good9 Jun 2021
Cons: Clean the vehicle- we found golf tees and smelly food wrappers in the trunk area and under a seat. There were two agents working the counter for 3 different companies, NO AIR and no less than 16 people waiting for their turn.
8.0 Excellent17 May 2021
Pros: The drop off went very smoothly and efficiently.Cons: It was extremely difficult to find the Payless pick up counter. There was no signage for Payless indicating where I should go. I had to ask a family member to do some research while I wandered around. She discovered that Avis bought Budget and Payless so I went to the Avis/Budget counter. There was a small Payless sign behind the Budget counter. Definitely frustrating.
6.8 Good7 Sep 2020
Cons: There was a 2.5 hour wait to pick up my car
6.0 Good18 May 2020
Pros: Staffer was friendly, area was cleanCons: I specifically requested a mini-van and reserved it nearly a week in advance (i.e. Grand Caravan, Odyssey) because we needed the space for a long trip with several people. When I went to pick up my vehicle I was told Payless had "oversold" their mini-vans and didn't have any left and my only other option was a Pathfinder which wouldn't work. So, I cancelled my reservation and gave my business to another rental car company.
2.0 Mediocre29 Dec 2019
Cons: Rental agency overbooked and didn’t have enough cars. Had to wait for a few hours to get a car.
Easirent
1 location in Columbus
Easirent
Locations in Columbus
John Glenn Columbus International Airport
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Sunnycars
1 location in Columbus
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbus
4600 International Gateway
Recent reviews
1524 travellers who hired a car in Columbus gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near Columbus

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£31/day

Good deal

£26/day

When to book a car hire in Columbus

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Top tips for renting a car in Columbus

  • Make the most out of your trip to Columbus and rent a car to explore everything from Lincoln Village in the west of the city to Blacklick Woods Metro Park or Pickerington Ponds Metro Park in the east. Columbus has a lot on offer and, with a car, you can conveniently reach all your destinations within your own timeframe.
  • For travelers landing at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, rent a car directly from the on-site car hire center to be in the city in less than 15 minutes. The airport sports eight agencies, including Alamo, Avis, and Hertz, who can be found on the ground level of the parking garage where the cars are also parked. Posted signs help drivers out of the airport to the I-670, which directly leads into the heart of Columbus.
  • Columbus is definitely not as challenging to drive in as Boston, for example, but hire car drivers should double-check before venturing into an intersection, as right of way is not always followed. Also, Columbus drivers tend to drive slower on the left lane, which is nonetheless discouraged. When it rains, make sure to adapt the speed, as full downpours commonly happen in Columbus.
  • The winters in Ohio can be harsh and cold, so winter travelers should ensure the hire car is properly equipped for the cold season. If parked overnight, make sure the tank is always half-full or more; otherwise, the risk of a frozen petrol line increases. Also bear in mind that the posted speed limits are intended for dry roads, so, when snow and sleet are coating the streets, speed must be reduced and adapted to the road conditions.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Columbus for £26 or less
  • Book your car hire in Columbus at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about car rentals in Columbus

  • Some car hire companies in Columbus 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 Dollar

  • On average a hire car in Columbus costs £31 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Columbus are Alamo (8.6, 216 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 507 reviews), and Avis (7.7, 52 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Columbus is £2.53 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £30 and £40, depending on the car size.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Columbus airport include Budget, Alamo, Dollar, Avis and Thrifty.

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

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

  • A Economy car hire in Columbus costs £26 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Columbus costs £28 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Columbus costs £33 per day, on average.

  • In Columbus, cars are most frequently hired at Budget 4600 International Gateway (6 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Columbus costs £218 per week (£31 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Columbus costs £935 per month (£31 per day).

  • With regular rain and ice on the streets, a 4-wheel drive car is certainly a wise choice to make in Columbus. Depending on how much storage is needed, a smaller SUV or minivan are an appropriate choice which provide essential road grip while still being small enough to navigate through the city without problems.

  • Adhering to the posted speed limit is paramount when driving through Columbus. If there is no sign posted, the general speed limits are as follows: 15 mph in alleys, 20 mph in school areas, 25 mph in residential areas, up to 65 mph on interstates, and up to 70 mph on rural freeways. Don’t forget to adapt the speed to the weather and road conditions.

  • The average petrol price in Columbus lies around $2.60 per gallon, but petrol stations like Sam’s Club or Costco are usually on the slightly cheaper side at around $2.20 per gallon. Petrolstations around the airport and the highway are often more expensive than stations inside the city, so bear that in mind before refueling the tank.

  • Street parking as well as garages and public parking lots are available in Columbus. Street parking, especially in the downtown area, is usually metered, so check the time and weekday restrictions at the posted sign. Parking garages such as Lot 005 or LeVeque Tower Garage, for example, offer daily or even monthly parking opportunities for a reasonable charge and are centrally located.