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Charleston, SC, United States
29 Jul — 5 Aug
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Charleston, SC, United States
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Charleston car hire information

Pick-up locationCharleston
Hire locations19
Airport locations9

Charleston car hire reviews and directory

From $55/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (139 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
Alamo
Locations in Charleston
5500 International Blvd+1 833 969 2383
Monday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Friday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
  • 9.2
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  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Apr. 2021
Pros: We were treated so kindly. The young man carried our luggage to the car and even gave us a choice. Most will not do that!
10.0 Excellent10 Apr. 2021
Pros: All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.Cons: If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.
8.0 Excellent24 Mar. 2021
Pros: Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.Cons: The battery died on me the first day, but Alamo roadside assistance was able to fix the problem and all was good the rest of the trip.
10.0 Excellent3 Jan. 2021
Pros: It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great
10.0 Excellent9 Jun. 2020
Pros: Staff was super friendly and efficient, pick up was quick
10.0 Excellent27 May 2020
Pros: Very efficient staff. The entire process was painless
10.0 Excellent18 Mar. 2020
Cons: Nice fast check in and great car for rental! Thank You!
10.0 Excellent10 Feb. 2020
Pros: Everything was wonderful
8.0 Excellent28 Jan. 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly but did not listen when running payment so it turned into a mess. They ran my card 3 times charging it 3 times.Cons: Not running my card 3 times and me spending 45 minutes getting it straightened out with bank.
10.0 Excellent27 Jan. 2020
Pros: Easy drop off, friendly staff.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
7.9 Good (113 reviews)
5 locations in Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in Charleston
2004 Savannah Hwy+1 843 556 7889
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
2440 Savannah Hwy+1 843 766 5160
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
398 Meeting Street+1 843 723 6215
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
5500 International Blvd # 114+1 833 969 2385
Monday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Friday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
619 Marina Dr+1 843 800 3074
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
  • 8.1
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  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre12 Jul. 2021
8.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2021
Pros: They had car ready for me when I showed up.Cons: I didn't realize that the pickup was several miles away from airport which was inconvienent and expensive taking an Uber to and from location to pick-up and drop off car.
8.0 Excellent1 Jun. 2021
Pros: Staff was helpfulCons: Price
10.0 Excellent24 May 2021
Pros: Pick up and drop off of the car took less than 5 minutes. Super friendly staff!
2.0 Mediocre16 May 2021
Pros: The location was not at the airport, we didn't know that when booking and then there were no cars available!
2.0 Mediocre5 May 2021
Cons: To have had the car we reserved be at the Charleston airport where we requested instead of an offsite location that we were unaware of and unable to get to because they closed early! Therefore, we had to obtain a car at the Enterprise location at the airport for a far more expensive rate than we had been quoted originally.
4.0 Okay25 Apr. 2021
Cons: Car smelled of cigarette smoke. It was overwhelming
5.2 Okay19 Oct. 2020
Pros: The return staffCons: Not being lied to about price
2.0 Mediocre11 Oct. 2020
Pros: Not at all!! Our plane was late 1 hour and they were closed! Who closes a car rental business at noon on Saturday??? Plus I booked to pick up at Charleston international airport which the paperwork reflects, and we got to the counter they said it was an off site pickup, and they were closed already!!! The counter said they didn’t have any cars available and if they did it would be $908. !!! I ended up having to pay for a hotel that night and rented a car from Avis the next day!! I was out an additional $200 due to all of this! Will ONLY deal directly with the rental companies in the future - will NEVER use your company again to book through or any of the SO CALLED discount companies!! It cost me extra booking with YOUR company!! Who is going to reimburse me for my hotel and rides to and from the airport????? I am sure not your company!!!Cons: The place could stay open after 12 on Saturdays.
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From $51/dayRated no. 3
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.9 Good (354 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Hertz
Locations in Charleston
3025 Ashley Town Center Drive+1 843 573 2147
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
5500 International Blvd+1 843 767 4554
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
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay20 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent10 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent26 Jun. 2021
Pros: el proseso fue muy facil y sin contratiempo personal muy atento
10.0 Excellent13 Jun. 2021
Cons: Agent at the airport was a Blessing.
2.0 Mediocre10 Jun. 2021
Cons: There was no rental. After making a reservation I got to the Hertz Rental Office at 3025 Ashley Town Center, Charleston, SC and Dave promptly took my information and said we don’t have any cars to rent. He said he’d call me back and I never even received a phone call. Horrible service!!
10.0 Excellent1 Jun. 2021
Pros: Drop off super easy.Cons: Pick up was a bit far and we had to go with quite a bit of luggage but we made it!
2.0 Mediocre31 May 2021
Pros: I was called a few minutes before my pickup time to be told the car was not availableCons: You tell me as for now, I will never use Hertz again
8.0 Excellent29 May 2021
Pros: Staff at airport corrected the problemCons: I booked a pick up time at a location that was closed. I should not have been allowed to book at that time. Called Hertz and the wouldn’t find me a similar car anywhere near for my family of 6 stranded travelers.
2.0 Mediocre24 May 2021
Cons: They canceled on us with about 90 minutes notice before the reservation started. They said sorry but did nothing to help redress situation (eg % off next time or some token like that)
2.0 Mediocre19 May 2021
Pros: Nothing. There was no car available the entire time we were in Mt Pleasant, Sc from 14 May thru 17 May. I had previously made a confirmed reservation on 4 May and my credit card account had the amount posted already.Cons: Arrangements should have been made when it was evident that no car was available at the appointed time.
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.3 Good (202 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Budget
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard+1 843 573 9144
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 - 14:00
390 Meeting Street+1 843 577 5195
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 - 14:00
5500 International Blvd+1 843 552 1771
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
8.0 Excellent7 Jul. 2021
Cons: The car given to us was not clean. The minivan had not been clean in the back. Also it was still dirty on the outside, it had bugs on it still from the previous driver.
7.9 Good23 Jun. 2021
2.0 Mediocre11 Jun. 2021
Pros: I didn't like anything about my experience with Budget. The people where I picked up the car in Charleston were lame and unhelpful.Cons: This was the worst experience picking up a rental car ever. I had prepaid for the car and she couldn't find my prepaid amount even though she had the reservation and I showed her the confirming email on my phone. She charged me a higher amount and said there wasn't anything she could do. The car was in a very difficult spot to pull out of the lot. I had to back it out for about 100 feet even though she had asked her assistant to pull the car out. The car was dirty and the windshield was dirty. After I left the lot, i discovered the gas tank was less than 1/4 full.
10.0 Excellent7 Jun. 2021
Pros: The woman at the counter at the airport was wonderful to deal with. So friendly and helpful!
8.0 Excellent5 Jun. 2021
Cons: The price was outrageous! I know there was a golf tournament going on but felt $900 for two days of use was absolutely ridiculous and was price gouging. I could have used a taxi twenty times and not spent that much. If it had not been an emergency I would NEVER have rented it.
2.0 Mediocre28 May 2021
Pros: Booked a rental car for my trip to Charleston. Thankfully, I saw the scathingly terrible reviews and decided to call ahead to make sure my reserved car was there. Very rude woman said "no cars here" and when I asked if there was another place that had some (even though I already had a reservation) she just hung up. Terrible experience.Cons: Actually honoring your customers reservations and coming through with a promised vehicle rental. Or, just a thought, do not allow bookings when you know there are not vehicles available!
8.0 Excellent25 May 2021
Cons: The drop off in winter haven, Florida was under staff and unable to send me confirmation that I dropped off my vehicle. It has been about 24 hours later and still no email.
10.0 Excellent13 May 2021
Pros: Glad I got a car. Charleston was out.Cons: All good
6.0 Good3 May 2021
Pros: The staff in Charleston was friendly and courteous.Cons: The car was barely clean. There were spots, smudges, and it was filthy on the doors. The car was also very uncomfortable. It caused a lot of pain from the less than adequate padding on the seats. Additionally, when we turned the car in one (1) day early we did not receive any credit for that one day early. We tried calling and the individual, when we started to explain our concern, hung up on us. This rude behavior, and the fact that the care had not been properly cleaned at the Charleston pickup point, and it was an uncomfortable ride, and we did not get credit for turning the car in one (1) day early adds up to the fact that we will not rent from Budget again and we will tell all of our friends about this poor treatment and give no positive recommendations for Budget rentals.
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Rated no. 5
Avis
7.2 Good (63 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Avis
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard Space 804+1 843 402 9626
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 - 14:00
390 Meeting Street+1 843 577 9705
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 - 14:00
5500 International Blvd+1 843 767 7030
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7
Recent reviews
6.0 Good18 Jun. 2021
Pros: Stuff niceCons: You suck. You are a monopoly and therefore are breaking all the US anti trust laws. I can’t wait until this company is shredded. Because we all know the little guy doesn’t count for a penny. It’s all about control of wealth. I’m not stupid. You don’t care. That’s why you make people wait omg the phone. Over charge, have no leniency even one minute late. Shame shame shame shame shame.
8.0 Excellent13 Jun. 2021
Pros: The prius hybrid got 55 mile per gallon.Cons: he threatened to charge me a $250 fee because there was pet hair in the car. We were not told no pets. This survey app also is glitchy and sucks
2.0 Mediocre8 Jun. 2021
Pros: The drop-off was easy and efficient.Cons: The car was dirty when I picked it up and the lady at the counter said that cleaning the vehicle was not possible. Additionally, the pressure in the right front tire was low, which made me nervous, and the auxiliary cord did not work. The AVIS representative did not offer to help me with any of these problems. The low tire pressure was particularly disconcerting as I had a 5 hour drive to complete that day.
10.0 Excellent6 Jun. 2021
Cons: The waiting line was way too long. More people to help serve the people faster or have a Express service where all paperwork is already done and you can just verify your ID and payment and Go!!!!!!
6.0 Good3 Jun. 2021
Cons: I had a horrible experience with the lady who was working there when I dropped off the car yesterday. There were many cars blocking access to the lot so I parked at the gate - she yelled at me in front of other people ‘I’m not taking your keys until you park that car’ she wanted me to drive through a gap that I’d already assessed was to narrow for me to get the car safely through - awful experience, actually left me shaken up.
2.0 Mediocre18 May 2021
Pros: should’ve have been more courteous send us an email explaining the company has no vehicles before the date of pickup, I lost a day of work thinking my reservation was good but I was told “Life happens “Cons: Notifications or warnings before the date of pickup
8.0 Excellent6 Sep. 2020
Pros: We received an upgrade car from the one we reserved. Drop off at ATL airport rental car center was quick and convenient.Cons: Pickup at CHS was a little slow. Car had a strong smoker smell, but we didn’t want to delay our trip any further by going back to ask for another one.
6.0 Good10 Jun. 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off was quick and easy.Cons: Car smelled of cigarette smoke.
6.4 Good2 Nov. 2019
Cons: The car was givenTo us with only a quarter of a tank of gas. The clerk said that he would put this in the computer and we would not be charged for a full tank upon return. He did not document this in the computer. Upon pick up, we noticed several ants crawling out of the ventilation system. When trying to phone Avis to tell them about this and for the potential of exchanging the car, the agent was unable to help us in anyway. She would not put us through to any other customer service agent, And she indicated that she was unable to document this in our record. So, in essence we picked up a car that had only a quarter of a tank of gas and was crawling with ants.
9.6 Excellent17 Aug. 2019
Pros: Staff at both pick up and drop off were excellent, very polite and helpful. Drop off location in Charlotte was a little difficult to find/notice due to location and store frontage, but figured it out after calling that office.Cons: Drop off location signage.
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Rated no. 6
National
9.1 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
National
Locations in Charleston
5500 International Blvd+1 833 969 2384
Monday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Friday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:00
  • 10
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  • 9
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent31 May 2020
Pros: Great car cleanCons: Nothing
Sunnycars
2 locations in Charleston
Sunnycars
Locations in Charleston
2039 Savannah Highway
5500 Interbnational Boulevard
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Easirent
1 location in Charleston
Easirent
Locations in Charleston
Charleston International Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Recent reviews
875 travellers who hired a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car hire locations in or near Charleston

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$62/day

Good deal

$52/day

When to book a car hire in Charleston

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

Top tips for hiring a car in Charleston

  • Charleston, like many cities in the US, is truly designed for cars over public transportation. Whether you are visiting Fort Sumter or checking out Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place, you simply would struggle to get around Charleston without a car. If you would like to visit Middleton Place, for instance, you would have no choice but to join a tour if you don’t have a car, as public transport doesn’t serve it.
  • Need to pick up a hire car after landing at Charleston International Airport? In that case, head on over to the hire Car Pavilion located by Baggage Claim at the end of the airport’s main terminal, where you will find all of the airport’s hire agencies conveniently located together.
  • Jaywalking is very common in the historic part of Charleston so drivers should beware. This is partly because much of the pedestrian traffic in downtown Charleston is made up of tourists visiting the city. Another road hazard to look out for in the downtown area is the bikers -- particularly the distracted college students biking with their phones out.
  • Drivers will be happy to hear that while Charleston does experience its share of rush hour traffic, it is by no means severe. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start up at around 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour starts at 4:00 p.m. and finishes up at about 6:30 p.m. I-26 is the main road to avoid during rush hour as it is one of the top highways used by commuters heading to and from work.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Charleston for $52 or less
  • Book your car hire in Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Charleston are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Charleston

  • Some car hire companies in Charleston which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz and Alamo

  • On average a hire car in Charleston costs $62 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Charleston are Alamo (8.7, 212 reviews), Enterprise (8.3, 337 reviews), and Hertz (7.9, 391 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Charleston is $4.75 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $57 and $76, depending on the car size.

  • Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Charleston.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Charleston airport include Hertz and Alamo.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Charleston airport to off-airport locations include Hertz and Alamo.

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

  • A Compact car hire in Charleston costs $66 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Charleston costs $42 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Charleston costs $47 per day, on average.

  • In Charleston, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo 5500 International Blvd (16 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Charleston costs $437 per week ($62 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Charleston costs $1,874 per month ($62 per day).

  • Charleston’s streets are well-suited for a wide range of vehicles. Sedans, coupes, SUVs, and large trucks will all be perfectly comfortable on the road, so all vehicle options are a good choice. Additionally, streetside parking spaces are large enough for even the biggest of hire vehicles, making parking a non-issue.

  • In the center of downtown, drivers can expect speeds of 25 mph and 30 mph while the main roads and avenues features speed limits of 40 mph. On two-lane county roads and streets leading to the peripheral areas of the city, speed limits will get up to 55 mph. Interstates throughout the state of South Carolina have a speed limit of 70 mph.

  • Drivers will rejoice to hear that petrol prices in Charleston are fairly cheap, especially in comparison to some of the more expensive cities in the U.S. for gas, such as San Diego and Seattle. On average, petrol prices in Charleston are around $2.20 per gallon of gas.

  • Planning on visiting downtown? Parking garages and streetside parallel parking are your best options. Both are widely available and, fortunately, even the private parking options are fairly cheap. However, when a big event is going on downtown, parking spaces can sometimes become hard to come by; in those instances, you may have to park an extra block or two away.