Des Moines Car Hire

Des Moines Car Hire

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Pick-up location Des Moines
Hire locations 13
Airport locations 11

Des Moines car hire reviews and directory

From £27/day
Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8.7 Excellent (6,567 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Alamo
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 844 816 4385
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (12,877 reviews)
3 locations in Des Moines
Enterprise
Locations in Des Moines
1545 E Euclid Ave
+1 515 262 2222
200 Se 6th St
+1 515 282 8000
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 515 256 5665
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.4 Good (3,863 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Hertz
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5839
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.4 Good (4,176 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Budget
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 287 2612
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Rated no. 5
Dollar
7.3 Good (6,407 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Dollar
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 866 434 2226
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Rated no. 6
Thrifty
7.1 Good (2,753 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Thrifty
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 877 283 0898
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Rated no. 7
Payless
6.6 Good (2,646 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Payless
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5228
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Rated no. 8
National
national
9.9 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
National
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr
+1 844 816 4384
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Rated no. 9
Avis
8.4 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Avis
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive
+1 515 256 5623
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Airport Van
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1 location in Des Moines
Airport Van
Locations in Des Moines
4410 Merle Hay Road
+1 877 826 4680
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Des Moines
Sunnycars
Locations in Des Moines
Fleure Drive & Army Post Road

Car hire locations in Des Moines

Good to know

Most popular agency Alamo
Average price £30/day
Good deal £27/day

When to book a hire car in Des Moines

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for hiring a car in Des Moines

  • The capital city of Iowa is only waiting to be explored by travelers, and what easier and more convenient way is there to do it than with your own four wheels? Rent a car for your time in Des Moines and discover everything from city attractions to more remote places outside the city, such as the Saylorville Lake, which is about half an hour away by car.
  • When flying into the International Airport of Des Moines, pick up a car from their on-site car hire center to be in the city in less than 15 minutes via Fleur Drive. Located inside the terminal close to the Baggage Claim area, travelers will find various agencies available, such as Avis, Alamo, or National, which offer vehicles in all shapes and sizes.
  • If you’re visiting Iowa during the winter, you may have to prepare for slick and slippery roads due to snow and ice. But good preparation is everything, and driving in the winter is no problem when the hire car has winter tires fixed and even snow chains in the trunk (you may have to rent them separately from the agency). When driving in snow, refrain from braking or accelerating too fast, and bring blankets and warm drinks with you, if possible, in case you get stuck. Also bear in mind that the roads will most likely be narrower due to snow piled up on the sides.
  • Don’t drink and drive during your time in Des Moines. Iowa has very strict drinking laws and hefty fines are enforced if a driver is found behind the wheel with more than 0.08% of alcohol in the blood (BAC). Also try to avoid driving in the daily peak times when traffic is heaviest, usually between 7-9am and 4:30-6pm, as roads can be congested and waiting times will occur.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Des Moines for £27 or less
  • Book your car hire in Des Moines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Des Moines

How much does it cost to hire a car in Des Moines?

On average a hire car in Des Moines costs £30 per day.

What is the best hire car agency in Des Moines?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Des Moines are Alamo (8.7, 6567 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12877 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4176 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Des Moines Airport (DSM)?

The only car hire company onsite at Des Moines Airport is Alamo.

Which car hire companies will pick you up at the airport: Des Moines Airport (DSM)?

The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Des Moines Airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

How can I find hire car agencies near me in Des Moines?

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 Des Moines?

A 4-wheel-drive car is definitely a wise choice to make when renting a vehicle for Des Moines, especially in the winter. When venturing out of the city, a 4-wheel-drive will give drivers the essential traction for icy roads or dirt tracks. Talk to your agency about insurance and what is covered, and always check your car beforehand for scratches you did not cause.

What's the speed limit in Des Moines?

In residential areas, 25 mph is permitted and up to 65 mph on rural roads. On highways, the state of Iowa allows drivers to speed up to 70 mph, but remember to always take the weather and street conditions into account and slow down when necessary.

How are gas prices in Des Moines?

When refilling your hire car, make sure to know what kind of petrol it needs. The average price for petrol in Des Moines is around $2.55 per gallon, but some stations are cheaper than others. Casey’s, for instance, also has rates as low as $2.30, so start looking for a petrol station well ahead of time to ensure you can find the cheapest price.

Where are the best places to park in Des Moines?

There is on-street parking available all throughout Des Moines, with charges around $0.25 to $1.25 per hour, depending on how close to the center you are parked. Fees usually apply Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm, and parking is free on Sundays. Parking garages are another alternative, and there are seven garages in and around Downtown, charging an approximate daily limit of $10 or around $1 per hour.