Washington car hire

Washington car hire

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Washington, DC, United States
21 Oct — 28 Oct
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Washington, DC, United States
Thu 21/10
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Thu 28/10
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Washington car hire information

Pick-up locationWashington
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, People carrier, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations37
Airport locations7
Popular agenciesHertz, Sixt, Avis, Budget

Cheap car hire in Washington

Economy£58/day
Compact£61/day
Intermediate£107/day
Standard£47/day
Full-size£108/day
People carrier£188/day
Full-size SUV£178/day
Premium£73/day
Luxury£136/day
Intermediate SUV£90/day
Standard SUV£146/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Washington car hire reviews and directory

From £28/dayRated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (126 reviews)
9 locations in Washington
Enterprise
Locations in Washington
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent15 May 2021
Staff was friendly and car was really clean.The location is not where it says it is so I had to look around for it. Gotta update the address.
8.0 Excellent29 Jan 2021
Instructions for when we return the car. (There was no one present, we never had any proper instruction on how to retrn the car, where to park, leave the keys etc
10.0 Excellent27 Dec 2020
Great car - thank you! Friendly representatives too!
9.2 Excellent22 Oct 2020
Easy to pick it up, drop it off,The "needs maintenance" announcement always turned on when I started the car - very annoying
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Very friendly staff and very easy drop off
6.0 Good30 Sep 2020
Convient location.Tires slid in the rain; staff were not very courteous in addressing my questions; funny smell in the car and cupholders, etc., were a bit dingy; extended time waiting for my vehicle to be ready during pickup time.
8.4 Excellent29 Sep 2020
Both pick up and drop off were very easy.
2.0 Mediocre28 Sep 2020
I never got To rent the car! I expect A full refund.
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2020
I made a reservation to pick up at the Enterprise at 99 H Street which is inside of Union Station. When I arrived, the location was closed. I had to have a car service take me to the airport which was a $20 charge, and an hour and a half of my time that I needed for travel. If the location is closed, I’m confused as to why I could even make a reservation in the first place. This was extremely disappointing!
4.0 Okay9 Sep 2020
Staff were friendly, despite the many issues we had.Our economy car was substituted with a ridiculous, bright red, Chevy Camero. I was told there were no other cars available. While I understand there can be substitutions, this model of car could not have been more terrible given we had a long trip planned. We were constantly followed by police and weren't able to fit the majority of our planned belongings - not to mention the gas millage cost us significantly more fuel. The seats were dropped back and low making it painful for me (a 28 year old athlete) to get in and out, let alone my wife with back issues! Not to mention the wide wheels and low profile made hydroplaning a constant threat even in mild mist. The car had obviously not been cleaned, it was disgusting. There were empty ice cream containers under the seats along with other random trash like receipts, a mask, etc. The trunk was full of some sort of mud or grease and, along with the rest of the car, covered in dirt and dust. The windows, doors, controls were all full of smudges and showed no signs of being disinfected or even wiped with a wet rag. But it gets worse, this model of car has tiny windows and visibility is a nightmare. To make that worse, the car had some kind of dealership writing, "lot #3..." melted into the windshield on the drivers' side resulting in even worse field of vision. Lastly, I was told on pickup, after I noted that the return time was not what I had booked (10am versus 8PM), I could bring the car back anytime. After arriving late at night after 12 hours on the road, I found no dropbox for the keys and no where to park the car (even the sidewalk was cluttered with returned rental cars). I had to take more time off of work to return the car this morning, and I was, of course, charged for an extra day. I can't imagine having a worse experience renting a car. At least if I'd been turned away I could have rented a car from somewhere else.
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From £29/dayRated no. 2
Avis
7.2 Good (131 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Avis
Locations in Washington
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible10 Oct 2021
Drop off location was closed during stated business hours.
10.0 Excellent7 Oct 2021
The pick-up, the price, the drop off were are a great experience.
5.9 Okay5 Oct 2021
They offered another vehicle due they haven’t the vehicle I reserved, the problem was that the car was a pickup than use the TRIPLE of gasoline….
1.9 Horrible29 Sep 2021
Did not have any cars available. Was told to wait and they might have something in the next 5 hours. Charged me a fee for not cancelling
1.9 Horrible23 Sep 2021
I did not pick up the rental car. The Avis worker was rude and impatient and unwilling to work with me to get the car so I took my business elsewhere.
10.0 Excellent16 Aug 2021
The staff was very polite and efficient.
5.9 Okay10 Aug 2021
There was only one car and it was not set up
2.0 Mediocre16 Jun 2021
Nothing. The car was not reserved for where I picked it up.Your site is complete trash. It kept sending me to cars FAR from where I was trying to pick one up. When I finally made a reservation, I somehow missed that it was (again) not at the location where I needed to pick the car up. STOP this and do not offer vehicles in the general city where I need it, just do it for the location where I need it. I ended up double-paying for a car because of this--which was easy to do, since they had abundant cars available that your garbage site apparently could not find. I will never use Kayak again because of how much this experience sucked.
10.0 Excellent16 Jun 2021
Nothing. It was great ! Very friendly, fast and efficient service at the rental counter!
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2021
Great service
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From £31/dayRated no. 3
Budget
Most popular
7.1 Good (291 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Budget
Locations in Washington
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2021
Friendly staff. Easy and quick check in and check out. Affordable price.
1.9 Horrible12 Oct 2021
The number of secondary fees / charges that have occurred since my initial rental and payment has been enormous! So far I have had an add of charges up to +$600 in unaccounted for fees. Spanking up to three months beyond the return date in August. I have had to dispute these charges from my bank multiple times as any attempts to resolve the issue from vendor (budget) has not been addressed, specifically recent charge of $450
10.0 Excellent21 Aug 2021
Everything went perfectly with my rental.
5.9 Okay19 Aug 2021
Tea tap office and car return location are very hard to find as they are located in an underground garage with terribly poor signage.
3.9 Mediocre17 Jul 2021
Compared to Enterprise Car Rental the process and experience was poor. The exterior of the car was dirty. I drove the vehicle for a 200 mile round trip. At this point the car began to have transmission problems, I made it home with the car struggling to shift gears and unable to reverse properly. When I returned the vehicle the next day, the transmission seemed to function, but not well, the engine light remained in the “on” position. When I returned the vehicle the staff seemed un-phased by my story, almost as if they knew this vehicle had an issue. It’s unbelievable that a vehicle would be rented in this condition, it was a late model Chevrolet Malibu with 27K miles. When I choose a rental company I will not use this Budget location and I will be very cautious with this rental brand.
1.9 Horrible12 Jul 2021
The car was filthy and had an odor that was pure B.O. I bought Febreze to mitigate the odor which helped but definitely didn’t solve the problem entirely. Also, the “Maintenance Required - visit dealer” light was on throughout my trip which was a worry. Finally, the car had lost its volume knob so listening to music or even my phone’s navigation was very difficult throughout my lengthy trip. That car shouldn’t have been in service - period.
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2021
Great customer service, very fast check in and out.After hours drop off would be a great addition to this location.
8.0 Excellent13 Jun 2021
Customer service was great when I left a belonging behind! Thank you!
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2021
I wanted to extend the rental but I was forced to get a separate rental agreement. with new pricing and every thing.
6.0 Good3 Jan 2021
Pick up and drop off was not easy especially drop off. It’s in a mall and I have no idea where is car returns. I haven’t given any directions, all I have is the address. No signs whatsoever about car returns. I have to park in the mall and go around asking people. I found there office inside the mall and the lady said I can park anywhere in the mall. The lady wasn’t friendly. I’m not super happy about the drop off part but the price and car were great.Better communication towards pickups and drop off locations and more instructions.
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From £24/dayRated no. 4
Hertz
Cheapest deal
6.7 Good (524 reviews)
6 locations in Washington
Hertz
Locations in Washington
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.4
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2021
When we dropped off the car, the staff was extremely helpful and even dropped us off at our nearby hotel.
3.9 Mediocre12 Oct 2021
Had to wait 2.5 hours to get the car!! Even though the car was paid for during reservation.
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
The car wasn't available when we arrived. Some people had been waiting for 2 hours. We had to cancel and still haven't received our money back from Hertz.
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
Avoid Hertz at Union Station at all costs. Arrived early, waiting for more than 30 minutes just to check in. Would have been another hour+ for the car to be ready. Cancelled the reservation.
1.9 Horrible7 Oct 2021
Kayak listed that the rental car was available but Hertz called me a few hours prior to pick-up to let me know that there were no available cars to rent. The website should not have listed the rentals as available.
3.9 Mediocre6 Oct 2021
My only complaint about Hertz is that it's impossible to call them and they have so far failed to send me the paperwork I need to complete filing a claim for damage to one of their vehicles. I have to go there in person each time to ask for their paperwork, and they keep promising to send me the necessary documents by email each time I go, and each time they fail to send me anything. I have submitted all my paperwork to the claims company weeks ago, and am only waiting on Hertz to send me THEIR paperwork. There is no number to call their office directly, and the phone tree for Hertz gives no option to reach anyone regarding an active claim. Apart from that, my experience renting from Hertz was good--but not being able to finalize my claim and submit it is getting pretty frustrating.
1.9 Horrible4 Oct 2021
The vehicle was dirty. The key FOB did not work. Every time we open the door the horn starts honking. Terrible experience
10.0 Excellent30 Sep 2021
The car had a sanitized sticker, but was somewhat dirty inside and the windshield was very dirty, inside and out. Service from Timothy at check in was great.
1.9 Horrible28 Sep 2021
They did NOT have my car! They simply said we don’t have a car to give you! I called their reservations number and they found another car at another location exactly like the one I paid for but for a price 6 times higher than what I had paid for in advance! They completely ruined my weekend family vacation, absolutely the worst! Inexcusable!
10.0 Excellent28 Sep 2021
Excellent
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From £32/dayRated no. 5
Alamo
8.5 Excellent (95 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
Alamo
Locations in Washington
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Oct 2021
It was difficult to find the office in Washington, D.C. o
6.0 Good22 Mar 2021
Pick up was great. Drop off slow. Car smelled like smoke
6.0 Good4 Jan 2021
The car drove nicely and didn’t have any critical issues. The originally confirmed price (NOT what we were charged in the end) was wonderful.We were hit with a $436.59 ‘’inner city fee’’ despite dropping off where confirmed by our desk agent in Atlanta. At that meeting as well, we waited over two hours as Thrifty, Hertz, and one additional rental company were all required to wait in the same line for two agents. Finally, our windshield wipers did not work on timed settings. During the hours of rain we experienced from Atlanta to New York City, our only option was to hold down the trigger manually.
10.0 Excellent26 Nov 2020
All good.Specific vehicle availability--I requested a SUV but ended up with a minivan.
3.6 Mediocre17 Nov 2020
We booked the car for 8:30am. We got there, the car was not ready. They tried to give us an upgrade of a V8 for a long trip when I booked an economical car. We then had to wait 45 mins for a car to arrive. It had tire pressure issues. They filled with air and said it was fine. We got down the road 5 mins and a warning light came on. We then had to find another Alamo to switch out the car which took another 40 mins as they had to do the paperwork and clean the car. 11am we were finally in the road for a 12 hour trip This is totally unacceptable
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2020
Everything was smooth and easy. Car was very clean.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug 2020
Incredibly friendly staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome.
3.6 Mediocre2 Aug 2020
The car was very cleanSo it had leaky tires, none of the charging ports worked, and the guy working there drove around really fast and freaked me out.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jul 2020
Told me on arrival their computer system had a glitch and they actually had no cars available. They also said they'd call me in the afternoon to let me know when the next car would be available and then never called.Fix your website so people don't waste their time.
10.0 Excellent22 Jun 2020
Staff was greatCar was almost not ready on time
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From £42/dayRated no. 6
National
8.8 Excellent (14 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
National
Locations in Washington
  • 9.2
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Jan 2020
Tia was really helpful and easy going.Nothing, again, Tia was fabulous
6.4 Good25 Nov 2018
Offices closedManager at airport location was able to accommodate our reservationWe were called a week in advance that our pick up location inDC would be closed that we needed to go to union station to pick up rental. However, after getting an Uber to union station, that office was closed too. Then we had to get another Uber to the Ronald Reagan airport. So more Uber drives. Very late start to our drive to Virginia.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2016
Great experienceI booked at a place that was off the airport and they worked with me to get the car at the airport. Very nice and professional people.
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2016
Great service, great truck
9.2 Excellent6 Sep 2016
Great Service and Delivered as PromisedI ordered a pickup truck and actually was given my choice of the ones they had on site, not just the one selected for me. Staff was friendly, courtesy and very helpful.National does not pick up or drop off customers before or after rental, so you are responsible for arriving here and getting back on your own accord.
9.2 Excellent16 Jul 2016
Front desk staff was really nice and pleasant.I didn't enjoy the car I drove. But that isn't the fault of Kayak.
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Washington
Sunnycars
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Washington
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Washington
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Washington
Easirent
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
keddy by Europcar
1 location in Washington
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
Sixt
1 location in Washington
Sixt
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
From £27/day
Thrifty
1 location in Washington
Thrifty
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
1181 travellers who hired a car in Washington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.2

Car hire locations in or near Washington

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£38/day

Good deal

£29/day

When to book a car hire in Washington

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Washington

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 Washington 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 Washington.

Deductible

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 Washington car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Washington

  • Travelers flying into Washington, D.C. will want to consider renting a car, as cars offer the best access to many of the popular sites and day trips around D.C. For instance, FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins, takes over an hour to get to on public transportation, but only takes 30 minutes in a car. Popular tourist spots such as Shenandoah National Park and Mount Vernon are also easily reached in a hire car.
  • Fortunately for would-be hire car drivers with flights to Washington, D.C., all of the airports in the greater metropolitan area have easily accessible hire car centers. In Washington Dulles Airport, shuttles outside of the Baggage Claim Area will take travelers to the hire lot, while at Reagan National Airport, travelers will find the hire shuttle outside of Door 4 on the ticketing level.
  • Rush hour is no joke in Washington, D.C. and travelers should plan accordingly. Morning rush hour lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and evening rush hour lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During those times, Key Bridge, Southeast Freeway, Chain Bridge, and New York Avenue should all be avoided as they number among the most congested spots in D.C.
  • Visitors to Washington, D.C. should be prepared to deal with the city’s famed traffic circles. Traffic circles such as Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Thomas Circle are notoriously difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, but with a bit of pre-planning and appropriate route planning, they should be no problem.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Washington for £29 or less
  • Book your car hire in Washington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Washington are around 4% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Economy car hires in Washington are around 4% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Washington

  • Some car hire companies in Washington 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 Washington costs £38 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Budget (£75/day), Sixt (£79/day) and Avis (£107/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 1919 Connecticut Ave Nw 20009 (1 miles from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Washington are Enterprise (8.5, 218 reviews), Alamo (8.2, 165 reviews), and Thrifty (7.2, 192 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Washington is £2.61 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £31 and £42, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Washington.

  • The only car hire company onsite at Dulles Intl airport is Hertz.

  • The only car hire company onsite at Reagan-National airport is Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Dulles Intl airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Alamo, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, National, Enterprise and Europcar.

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

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

  • A Economy car hire in Washington costs £39 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Washington costs £37 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car hire in Washington costs £35 per day, on average.

  • In Washington, cars are most frequently hired at Dollar 1 Aviation Circle (3 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Washington costs £266 per week (£38 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Washington costs £1,139 per month (£38 per day).

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Washington, D.C.?Fortunately for visitors to D.C. with hire cars, the streets in general are fairly wide and easily accessible for a range of vehicle sizes. However, if you are going to be spending plenty of time downtown, parallel parking will be much easier to find with a smaller vehicle. Some of the smaller streets are easier to navigate in a small-to-midsize vehicle as well.

  • Travelers should note that the speed limits in Washington, D.C. tend to be much lower than other American cities. For instance, unless otherwise noted, the maximum speed limit is 25 mph, though many of the larger roads range from 25 mph up to 55 mph. In the immediate area surrounding D.C., the speed limit on highways and freeways is only 55 mph.

  • Petrol prices in Washington, D.C. are luckily quite low compared to many of the other metropolitan areas in the United States. Visitors to the city will find the average petrol price ranges from about $2 dollars to $2.50 per gallon.

  • Street parking and garage parking are the two main options available for parkers in Washington, D.C. For garage parking, travelers should keep in mind that many commuters to D.C. make use of the garages so the best locations can fill up fast, especially when an event is taking place nearby.