Harrisburg car hire

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Harrisburg, PA, United States
3 Nov — 10 Nov
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Harrisburg, PA, United States
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Pick-up locationHarrisburg
Hire locations9
Airport locations4

Harrisburg car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
7.6 Good (64 reviews)
3 locations in Harrisburg
Locations in Harrisburg
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Oct 2021
I arrived after a full day of flying across country and was exhausted. The woman handling my rental had already chosen a car which would not have been my preference. I arrived at the counter by wheelchair and explained that I needed a car with a more upright seat. She disregarded my comments and said to check the car and come back to the counter if I wanted to switch. At this point, handling my bags and walking with a crutch, this was an unrealistic expectation on her part. I managed to use the car, but found it painful getting in and out of it.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2021
There was tape or the adhesive from old stickers on the windshield, would have been nice to not have to look at this while driving.
7.9 Good29 Sep 2021
They made me pay extra 20$/d for being 4 months short of 25 years !! Everything else was good enough! I booked a Chevy Spark or similar car, they slightly upgraded my booking and gave me a Buick Encore at no additional expense. Can't complain!!
10.0 Excellent28 Sep 2021
The car stunk of mildew or flood damage, I had to buy febreze fabric air refresher to be able to tolerate it. The car looked clean, ran great. The staff was professional. Just a smelly car.
3.9 Mediocre12 Aug 2021
More information sent to my email about my purchase. Was told I would get $200 back after I return the van. The money was released but not in my account. Hertz said to call my bank, and the bank asked for a reservation or invoice number but all that is in my email is a confirmation #. So maybe email the full receipt and not just a confirmation email.
2.0 Mediocre5 Jul 2021
This was my first rental with Hertz. Their rates are usually higher than other companies, so I go with the cheaper rates. This time their rate was best so I tried it. Never again. I thought they could charge the higher rates because they had amazing service, not so. I arrived to pick up my car at BWI and the agent asked where am I returning and I told her Hershey PA. She said "I don't think so, that office is closed." I showed her my confirmation showing a Hershey drop off. She said she couldn't do anything about it. I ended up having to return it to Harrisburg, miles away and creating some logistical problems. When I went to Harrisburg to pick up another rental for my return back to BWI, I explained to this agent what happened on my pick up at BWI, asked if she could do anything for me for the inconvenience on my previous rental and she said "Well, if you had returned it to the Paxton office, we could have given you a courtesy ride to Hershey. " No mention of upgrading my car on the return, or offering to pay for the gas or even I'm sorry that happened. The agent at BWI never mentioned anything about a courtesy ride. To top it all off when we got into our car it smelled of weed and my 13 year old pointed out wet blood smears on the visor. It was all pretty disappointing.
2.0 Mediocre2 Jun 2021
N/aThey didn’t have any cars left even though I had a reservation.
8.0 Excellent1 May 2021
Price was good and the car was nice and clean.When I dropped off at JFK Airport, I was in dire need of a restroom after driving across New York and getting stuck in traffic. The woman at the desk didn’t want to give the code to use the restroom. I guess that will teach me not to have White Privilege.
8.0 Excellent21 Apr 2021
Great car, very clean
10.0 Excellent27 Feb 2021
Staff was great, convenient location, price was reasonable
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Rated no. 2
8.3 Excellent (21 reviews)
5 locations in Harrisburg
Locations in Harrisburg
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent20 Oct 2020
The service,and the vehicle.The price
9.2 Excellent24 Jun 2020
Easy and staff friendlyKia driver’s seat is so uncomfortable !
8.8 Excellent22 Apr 2020
Courteous staff. Great car for the price. Car could have been cleaner inside and out, but overall a nice rental experience.
10.0 Excellent4 Nov 2019
The staff were friendly, and the car we got was a great car (I'm not into cars at all, so it is rare for me to say that). We were going to return our rental about an hour past the time we picked it up. Technically that counts as a third day, but the staff member said she would save us some money and charge us for only two days — we certainly appreciated that.The wait time was a bit long, but I think they were especially busy that day because of a storm the day before that had damaged a number of cars in the area. But they were staying cool and friendly under pressure, so not much for me to complain about.
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2018
No carsI reserved online... walked over there and they had NO cars! I was verrrrry disappointed to say the least!!!
10.0 Excellent19 Apr 2017
BEAMED UP TO THE ENTERPRISE FOR STELLAR SERVICEThe service was excellent. The staff was an incredible team. Antoine is amazing. He is so friendly, yet professional, taking care of multiple customers, yet, not one of them could feel neglected. He used teamwork, asking others to finish customer' service he had set up in computer. I looked up his name, online; it means; "from Latin Antonius) that could mean beyond praise or highly praise-worthy. " I regret, I did not get the name, of the gentleman who took me to my car, and finished my contract. He to was friendly and efficient. Then, when I returned my car, Enterprise hooked me up, with a ride home. Mr. Caesar was very nice to converse with, on the way home. Thanks Enterprise!
10.0 Excellent2 Mar 2017
Great deal, great rental experienceGreat experience with Paxton and Cameron St. Harrisburg branch manager. Very nice, fair and accommodating.
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2016
Easy and quickN/A
6.0 Good15 Sep 2016
CleanlinessWindows inside and out and the upholstery needed cleaned.
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Rated no. 3
7.2 Good (21 reviews)
2 locations in Harrisburg
Locations in Harrisburg
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent23 Oct 2021
I was told the gas was on full at pickup and would need to return it full. However, after I left, I realized the tank was only a quarter full. I took a picture and they honored it when I returned. I actually had the tank full when I returned it and they gave me a credit for gas.
1.9 Horrible28 Sep 2021
canceled early. Never Again will I use this site.
5.9 Okay26 Jul 2021
$300 deposit on top of the cost of the car rental if you use a debit card and it takes 7-14 days to come back on your card; and also the insurance you buy on kayak does t go toward additional insurance you may want to buy when you pick the car up.
8.0 Excellent15 Jun 2021
I really like that my rental was ready to go when I arrived. Check in and out was very efficient.The communication and cleanliness of the vehicle. My rental was changed and price changed with no notice. There was an additional hold on my card that was also not communicated. The vehicle was dirty inside, windows were spotty and smudged, back seats had lots of crumbs.
6.0 Good15 Jun 2021
Selected airport pickup. Went in and was told the pick-up was at a satellite location that closed 30 minutes before my scheduled pick-up time. The ‘only available car in my size range was triple the rental price for a BMW. I had no choice so I took it. I will not use this site again.
8.0 Excellent27 May 2021
Staff friendly & helpful; Pick-up & Drop-off very easy.Clarifications about insurance options with online booking.
10.0 Excellent11 May 2021
Car was ready when promised, staff was great. Great experience.
6.4 Good10 Oct 2017
More expensive than plannedThe car was really nice, clean and well equipped.I didn't know that the vehicle was not at the airport so I had to pay $40 for a cab to take me to the rental car place. had to change my reservation to drop off at the airport and was then told that I had limited miles so I got charged a lot more than I was expecting. I also couldn't figure out the push button start on the car!
8.0 Excellent5 Aug 2017
excellent rateThe rental and dropoff process was fast. Very nice customer service.none
10.0 Excellent14 Jun 2017
Great experienceNo hassle, car ready at the time promised, fast return!
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2 locations in Harrisburg
Locations in Harrisburg
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1 location in Harrisburg
Locations in Harrisburg
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106 travellers who hired a car in Harrisburg gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

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Car hire excess insurance in Harrisburg

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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg.


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 Harrisburg car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Harrisburg

  • Harrisburg is like many U.S. cities in that it was designed and planned for automobiles. Public transportation in the city is quite lacking and their service is slow and inefficient. If you want to get around town efficiently, a personal vehicle is definitely the best option. For example, the 5-minute drive that it takes to get from downtown Harrisburg to the State Museum of Pennsylvania quickly turns into a 25-minute ride on public transport.
  • Those arriving at Harrisburg International Airport who are looking to rent a vehicle right after landing will find that the hire car desks are conveniently located in the Ground Floor Transportation Center of the airport’s main terminal.
  • Though Harrisburg is not that far north, it still experiences the occasional winter storms. Ice and snow can quickly blanket roads and drivers should be prepared for wintery weather if they visit during the colder months of the year. Drivers not confident in their ability to handle the snow and ice should make sure to drive extra carefully and to check the weather regularly so that a storm doesn’t catch them by surprise.
  • Drivers can expect the morning rush hour in Harrisburg to pick up at around 6:30 a.m. during the workweek and to finish up by around 9:00 a.m. As for the afternoon rush hour, it is a bit less severe and starts at about 4:00 p.m. and quiets down shortly after 6:00 p.m. The Capital Beltway is one of the more bogged-down avenues in Harrisburg, particularly as it crosses the Susquehanna River.
  • Book your car hire in Harrisburg at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Harrisburg are around 19% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Harrisburg

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in Harrisburg is Hertz (7.9, 79 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Harrisburg 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.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Harrisburg.

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

  • A Economy car hire in Harrisburg costs £32 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Harrisburg costs £32 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Harrisburg costs £38 per day, on average.

  • Fortunately for those who prefer large cars, Harrisburg’s wide streets are well-suited for all sizes of vehicles. Whether you are driving an SUV or a compact, you should have no problem navigating the streets of Harrisburg. However, drivers should note that in the downtown area the on-street parking spaces can be limited in size, making a smaller vehicle easier to park. Additionally, if you plan on embarking on long drives across the state or are concerned about your carbon footprint, it may be worth choosing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

  • Speed limits in Harrisburg start at a low of 25 to 35 mph on residential roads. Next up after that are urban roads, which range from 35 to 50 mph, depending on their size and location. Rural roads, on the other hand, range from 40 to 55 mph, while interstates and highways have speed limits as high as 70 mph.

  • Drivers can expect to pay, on average, $2.35 per gallon of petrol in Harrisburg. This is a fairly average price that is well below the $3.00+ prices seen on the West Coast, but also a bit above the sub-$2.00 prices seen in Texas.

  • Parking garages are plentifully available in Harrisburg and drivers should have no issue finding spots in them. Additionally, parallel on-street parking is amply available on many of the city streets, aside from the largest urban roads. In general, drivers will find that streetside parking is predominantly popular in the less dense urban areas and peripheral residential areas in Harrisburg. As for paid parking, rates start as low as $1.50 per hour in many garages.