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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Rochester

  • By having access to car rentals in Rochester, you will be able to easily explore not only the city, but also the larger region and neighboring towns. Although Rochester does have some public transportation, like local bus lines, the most convenient way to travel between locations is by driving. Rochester car rentals will allow you to visit places that are a bit removed from the city center, such as the Quarry Hill Nature Center that is around a 12min drive from downtown. There is also the Chester Woods Park, which can be reached by car in just under 25min.
  • Cheap car rentals in Rochester, MN, offer you an excellent opportunity to visit the shores of the world-famous Mississippi River. You can drive 45 minutes to the northeast along Route 63 to Lake City or you can drive east along Route 14 for about an hour to the city of Winona. Both Lake City and Winona offer breathtaking views of the Mississippi.
  • If you will be flying to the area, it can be convenient to pick up your car rentals in Rochester directly from Rochester International Airport (RST). The rental car ticket counters at Rochester International Airport can be found directly inside of the main terminal, with the fleets being stored just outside of this building. Some of the major rental car companies that you can find in the rental center include Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.
  • If you are flying into Minnesota in order to visit Rochester, you might fly into the smaller Rochester International Airport (RST), but if you are arriving from out of state, it is much more likely that you will fly into the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSY), just 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Rochester. If you land at Terminal 1, you can take the underground tram to the rental car counters at the Silver Parking Ramp. If you land at Terminal 2, you will find the rental car counters at the Ground Transportation Center at the Purple Ramp, across from Terminal 2. Some agencies represented at MSY include Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, SIXT, and others.
  • When driving car rentals in Rochester, it’s important to read up on local laws and driving tips to prevent getting involved in a collision. For example, any passenger that is under the age of eight is legally required to be in an appropriately sized safety seat. If you are traveling at a speed that is higher than the maximum speed limit, you legally lose your right of way. Using a mobile device while driving is forbidden, unless you are using a hands-free kit.
  • Expect to be driving in snow and ice in cheap rental cars in Rochester in the winter. In your rental car, for safety and convenience, you need to have a snow brush and an ice scraper in order to clear your windshield. Most Rochester car rentals provide them, but make sure you check that your car has them before you leave the rental lot. Without them, your visibility will be dangerously hindered.
  • If you don’t want to get caught in a traffic jam, it’s best to avoid being on the road during rush hour. In general rush hour falls between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Some of the roads in the city that are known for being particularly congested during rush hour include Interstates 14, 52, and 63. The region is also known for having quite a lot of snow and rain during the winter months, so make sure to drive particularly carefully during this season.
  • Book your car hire in Rochester at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in Rochester are around 39% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about car hire in Rochester

  • How much is the price of fuel in Rochester?

    The average price of fuel in Rochester is £2.95 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £35 and £47, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Rochester?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Rochester.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Rochester?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Rochester?

    A Mini car hire in Rochester costs £102 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Rochester?

    A Standard car hire in Rochester costs £55 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Rochester?

    An Intermediate car hire in Rochester costs £70 per day, on average.

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Rochester?

    Most car hire providers in Rochester offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Rochester, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Rochester?

    Visitors that don’t plan on doing much driving during their time in Rochester may want to opt for an economy vehicle, as it is a budget-friendly choice that is particularly easy to navigate throughout the crowded city center. If you will be traveling with a group or plan on embarking on a longer road trip, a spacious SUV may come in handy, as it will provide you with extra space for both passengers and luggage.

  • Do Rochester car rentals provide snow chains in the winter?

    Most Rochester car rentals do not provide or allow you to put snow chains on the tires of the rental car. It is unwise to take the initiative to attempt to put snow chains on the car yourself if the car rental company has said not to. You can cause damage to the car that you will have to pay for if you put them on incorrectly, if they slip, or if they are the wrong size. Opt instead to drive with caution and avoid the worst of the snow when you can.

  • What’s the speed limit in Rochester?

    Speed limits will vary depending on where exactly you are driving in the city. When driving in a residential or school area, you can expect the speed limit to be a maximum of 25 mph. Busy roads downtown also typically have a speed limit of 25 mph. Other streets within the city may have a speed limit of 30 mph instead. Expressways generally have a speed limit of 65 mph, which interstates often have a speed limit of 75 mph instead.

  • In Minnesota, can I rent a car when I am 18?

    No, you cannot. The minimum age for renting a car in Minnesota is 21. In America, 18-year-olds can rent cars in Michigan and New York only. Though you can rent a car at 21 in Minnesota, there will most likely be certain kinds of cars you cannot rent unless you are at least 25. For example, Young Renters (ages 21 through 24) are usually not allowed to rent sports cars or luxury vehicles.  

  • Where are the best places to park in Rochester?

    Parking ramps can be found all throughout the city, and they offer free parking on weekdays after 5:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. and on weekends from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. Some ramps that are conveniently located within the city include the Center Street Ramp, Civic Center Ramp, and 1st Street Ramp. There are also eight city operated parking lots throughout downtown Rochester and they offer both hourly and daily rates. These lots are usually controlled by large yellow pay boxes.

Rochester car hire reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6

Very Good

33 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.4

2 locations in Rochester

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Locations in Rochester

7701 Helgerson Drive Sw

+1 844 378 0637

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

838 38th St Nw

+1 507 282 9190

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly representative, clean car in good condition.

Cons:

Every rental car (from any company) should come with a paper inside telling where to find the gas filler cap release. ; )

6.0 Okay

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The base rental price was cheap and staff was friendly enough (at the National desk, there is no dedicated Enterprise desk.)

Cons:

Fear tactics used to try and sell all manner of additional insurance, as well as guess how much fuel you'll use and prepay for more than this. The Nissan Sentra was junky compared to similar Toyota, Hyundai, Mazda cars. Apple Carplay was super flaky, even tested with multiple phones and cables.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They were helpful and immediately available to take care of us.

Cons:

It seems like everyone on our flight rented from Enterprise. Maybe the other rental agencies could lower their prices.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

super Helpful staff.

Cons:

YOU booked my car pickup in MSP and drop off in Rochester, MN!! And the rate in their system did NOT match what they first wanted to charge me but relented when I showed them the daily rate your emailed me.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was VERY comfortable and had all the bells and whistles. Made the ride feel quite a bit shorter.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent customer service

1 out of 6

National

10.0

Wonderful

4 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Rochester

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7701 Helgerson Drive Sw

+1 844 378 0637

Monday09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday09:00 - 22:00
Thursday09:00 - 22:00
Friday09:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The personnel at both pick-up and drop-off were polite and helpful. The vehicle was clean and worked well. The price was very reasonable.

1 out of 1

Avis

9.0

Wonderful

12 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.0

3 locations in Rochester

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20 Southwest 2nd Avenue

+1 507 288 5222

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

5335 Highway 52 N Ste E

+1 507 216 4553

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

7600 Helgerson Drive Southwest

+1 507 288 5655

Monday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Tuesday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 22:15
Wednesday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Thursday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Friday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Saturday11:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 18:0022:00 - 22:15

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Had to walk around to find car because it was not near a avis parking spot. Other than that the experience was perfect.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff are OK

Cons:

Check your cars before give it to customers( technical issues) I want to charge my Garmin but the lighter charge not working...and there is some warning light was there.....

9.2 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Kind and helpful staff! Great car and very easy to pick up!

Cons:

The only thing was the drivers side seat was stuck in a slightly reclined position...made it uncomfortable to drive :)

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.0

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Rochester

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5335 Highway 52 North

+1 507 289 6640

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00

7600 Helgerson Drive Sw

+1 507 288 2244

Monday11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday11:00 - 18:00
Thursday11:00 - 18:00
Friday11:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 18:00

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6.0 Okay

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was clean. Pick up was a bummer. Drop off was easy.

Cons:

I booked a full size car. They didn’t have a full size. They tried to give me an upgrade . . . Twice, but their computer system wouldn’t allow it. So, I got a downgrade. Then, they couldn’t honor the price that Kayak quoted. So I got downgraded and was charged more than I expected. I’ll never use Hertz or Kayak again.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, low pressure on pick-up and drop-off. Fast service.

8.0 Very Good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up. Staff made it simple

Cons:

Car was a little weird. Dirty, seats had a funny fiber on them that made clothes stick to the seats

2.8 Poor

Sept 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Hertz failed to hold our reserved vehicle, forcing us to shift from full-size to compact equipment. We were flying from Florida which was in the midst of recovery from hurricane Irma. In addition, we experienced delays in Ohare, unable to notify Hertz. I worked for IBM for 33 years, rented Hertz vehicles dozens of times, and will NEVER rent from Hertz again!

1 out of 2

Budget

6.3

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

5.6

3 locations in Rochester

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Locations in Rochester

20 2nd Avenue Southwest

+1 507 424 3377

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

5335 Highway 52 N Ste E

+1 507 216 4662

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

7600 Helgerson Drive Southwest

+1 507 252 5055

Monday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 22:15
Tuesday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 22:15
Wednesday09:00 - 22:0020:00 - 22:15
Thursday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Friday20:00 - 22:1509:00 - 22:00
Saturday11:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 18:0022:00 - 22:15

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6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The first car we were assigned should have been taken out of rotation due to the very strong smoky odor. The Rep quickly apologized and swapped it with a more appropriate vehicle.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Wayne is courteous friendly and attentive to my needs

Cons:

Nothing

8.8 Very Good

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Patrick in Rochester was perfect Customer Service Rep. He was very gracious & patient. As the vehicle was parked in a difficult to describe location, he walked me there & made sure I felt comfortable w/the vehicle given it was very different than what I’m used to driving.

Cons:

It iwas exceedingly difficult to find a rental car in MN. I had to bus to Rochester to get a car!!

7.6 Good

Oct 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup and dropoff were easy, the car was clean and well maintained.

Cons:

When I picked up the car, the agent didn't mention their "EZ Fill" fee to me, so I thought it was optional - turns out it's not. If the car is driven fewer than 75 miles, and you are gracious enough to fill up the tank but don't keep the receipt, you get hit with a $13 fee. That's pretty shady.

2.0 Poor

Sept 2023

KAYAK
Horrible experience! The manager was having a stinky attitude! I’m not going to elaborate anymore. Just a simple horrible experience!!!!

6.0 Okay

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Vehicle dirty, smelled of smoke and marijuana. When I arrived for picked(scheduled 7am) arrived at 7:30 the vehicle wasn’t ready. Staff asked if I would come back and they’d call when ready. They called 30 minutes later. Staff was great, friendly and nice. Just the process was the greatest.

1 out of 3

Dollar

6.0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Rochester

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Locations in Rochester

7600 Helgerson Drive Southwest

+1 866 434 2226

Monday11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday11:00 - 18:00
Thursday11:00 - 18:00
Friday11:00 - 18:00
Sunday11:00 - 18:00

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Friendly staff, upgraded to pickup truck for no cost , which was exactly what I needed after all.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

The site indicated rental cars were available when in fact they were not.

8.8 Very Good

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to pick up and drop off

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The ease of getting in and out of the airport for drop off. Employees were very helpful.

8.4 Very Good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean. No roadside problems.

Cons:

Some confusion as to dropoff location.

6.0 Okay

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean vehicle

Cons:

Being told at the counter that it's 10 dollars more per day because my wife is driving and I was paying with my credit card. My wife doesn't have a credit card.

1 out of 3

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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One location in Rochester

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Rochester, Rochester International Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Rochester

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7701 Helgerson Drive SW

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7701 Helgerson Drive Sw, Rochester, , USA Minnesota

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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88 travellers who hired a car in Rochester gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.6

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Most popular car type

Mini

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Car hire insurance in Rochester

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Rochester car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Rochester.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Rochester car hire.

Rochester car hire information

Pick-up locationRochester
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Hire locations15
Airport locations9