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Milwaukee, WI, United States
26 May — 2 Jun
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Milwaukee, WI, United States
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Pick-up locationMilwaukee
Hire locations23
Airport locations12

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Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (105 reviews)
5 locations in Milwaukee
Enterprise
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay14 Dec. 2021
I did not like the car I got! I did not like not having the option to upgrade! Service was basic and nonchalant.
10.0 Excellent14 Dec. 2021
It was great! The staff was extremely busy and I observed them taking care of all who waited professionally and efficiently. They had a couple of tough situations and demands too! Return process was easy and quick too.
10.0 Excellent13 Oct. 2021
Enterprise always does an excellent job.
10.0 Excellent12 Oct. 2021
Great to save money with an off-airport site.
10.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2021
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Drop-off was a breeze.A staff person called me a few hours after picking up the car saying they needed to verify the mileage and it may need to come back and swapped for a different car due to a possible need for an oil change. Tried calling back, but they were closed, and didn’t open until 9:00am the next day. The main Enterprise toll free number we tried had hours that started at 7:00am, but we would have been already long gone. When I picked up the car, the staff said to “call us anytime if you need anything” but the branch’s restrictive hours and the toll free number’s lack of 24-hour service prevents this. In the end, the staff person said don’t worry about it, there’s typically a 1500 mile buffer built in. All turned out well, but we were stressed after getting that initial voicemail because there was no way we could go all the way back to swap out a car, nor divert our course to go to a different Enterprise to do it, as we were on strict time constraints.
10.0 Excellent20 Aug. 2020
Car was in great shape. Staff was exemplary in their service.
7.6 Good3 Jul. 2020
Pick up was simple and complete, barring the EZ pass that did not work.The EZ pass toll system that I was given did not work. Therefore, I had to pay tolls with my personal card, absorbing additional charges, for something that I rented specifically to work.
9.2 Excellent23 Sep. 2019
I was upgraded to a new, larger car. I am usually more interested in fuel efficiency, but it was a good small efficient SUV/sport wagon. When I returned the car within a day + 1 hour, I was charge for this instead of 2 days, I really appreciate that.I messed up and booked my reservation to the downtown location instead of the airport. I think getting a more obvious notification of this would be really helpful. The drop-off fee for going from one city to another was a little frustrating, but not too large.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr. 2019
That y’all took my moneyStop ripping people off
10.0 Excellent18 Oct. 2018
Excellent managementAlex was extremely helpful and professional. I was super impressed at how smooth he ran things with so many people in the waiting room.
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Rated no. 2
Alamo
8.3 Excellent (102 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Alamo
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent4 May 2022
Good price and fast drop off
10.0 Excellent26 Apr. 2022
Even at 10:30pm the pick-up was easy and safe. The women in the garage were especially friendly. The car was very clean and ran well. At drop-off there were several employees to help me and they were all very friendly.
6.0 Good25 Apr. 2022
Understaffed
2.0 Mediocre10 Apr. 2022
Reserved a rental car in Milwaukee and when we went to change the dates, we found the rental company was not even open in Milwaukee anymore. Using Kayak, we had a Priceline and Alamo confirmation number so both of those companies are to blame too. The customer service rep said they could cancel and rebook for double the price and would not admit their terrible mistake, 2 days before a family vacation started. Beware when Kayak reserves or redirects you!
10.0 Excellent12 May 2021
Staff was great and very helpful.I can’t think of a thing that would have made my experience better.
10.0 Excellent13 Aug. 2020
Check in and out was easy
6.8 Good25 Jul. 2020
The quoted price was $29.95 plus taxes per day with 200 miles per day. Somehow, I wound up being charged $265 for a 4 day rental. That alone is enough to upset me because obviously the quoted price was hiding extra fees or other costs.
8.0 Excellent12 Jul. 2020
Very Friendly staff and smooth pickup and dropoff experience.
2.0 Mediocre30 Jun. 2020
The lady that actually worked for National Car rental made me EMAIL her a copy of my flight itinerary ROUNDTRIP and then after doing so, TWICE, denied me a rental due to my flight being a stand by
10.0 Excellent27 Jan. 2020
Ice scrapper, gps screen and phone play through car. Classy looking carI have no recommendations
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Rated no. 3
Dollar
7.2 Good (233 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Dollar
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 6.9
  • 7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.0 Good17 May 2022
Color preference: I do not like white, red or yellow vehicles
8.0 Excellent15 May 2022
Had issues with engine light and help was confusing and slow. Returning the car the person wasn’t interested in the problems we had.
4.0 Okay16 Feb. 2022
I used a Petal Visa (secured) card to reserve this car. When I picked it up I was rudely chastised for the use of my Petal card; told I cannot use it, I need a name credit card. I don’t have a name credit card. I have an 824 credit score and plenty $ in the bank. Luckily I have a debit card of which if she told me once she told me 5 time $500 would be charged to that card to be returned upon drop off pending damage to the car. Thru all this there are many others in line to pick up their car. Awful!! I know for fact other auto rentals take debit cards just fine. Frankly I’ll think twice b/4 using Dollar again.
10.0 Excellent4 Dec. 2021
Easy pick up and drop off right at the airport. Don’t even have to take a bus. You just walk right over from terminal.
7.9 Good1 Oct. 2021
It was easy to move through check-in. The car was in good condition. All staff were kind and professional.
5.9 Okay28 Sep. 2021
Easy pick up and drop off but not thorough. The car had paint damage all over and has a severe wobble in the rear when at highway speed. The touch screen for the infotainment system is also damaged at the top by water or something so it was going haywire the entire time.
10.0 Excellent23 Aug. 2021
We were expecting an economy car and they gave us a much nicer one! Check in was very quick and easy and the customer service person was friendly
5.9 Okay18 Aug. 2021
cleaner inside car. Found previous used face masks tucked by seat.. it wasn't even under the seat! Yuck! Need to answer the phone please when people are trying to contact your company.
7.9 Good18 Aug. 2021
Everything was easy.
1.9 Horrible4 Aug. 2021
We paid in advance for a “full size SUV”. This was refused at the counter. A full size car was delivered. I was told I would have to pay $60/day extra to get the vehicle I had reserved. We were told that the office would be open until after the last plane landed. The adjacent car rental shop said that “never happens with Hertz or Dollar.” We had to spend the night in the baggage department of the airport since we could not drive to our reserved hotel an hour and a half away.
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.1 Good (167 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Budget
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 7
  • 6.9
  • 7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent14 May 2022
Dropping off car at BWI, the Budget area is closed, and the car had to be left with Avis. There was no proper sign at the Budget area which said this. After I circled for 10 minutes I noticed a piece of paper taped to a stop sign with instructions saying to go to Avis. I had to get out of my car in the rain to read it because there was no lighting. I wasted 15 minutes trying to figure out how to turn the car in.
2.0 Mediocre31 Mar. 2022
Garbage customer service and awful Experience at Milwaukee airport, rude and unprofessional approach! Agent seemed bothered and was not helpful at all, price she quoted versus what I had from doing my search and finalized, meaning using Budget so far from each other! Disgusted! I will never ever use Budget again. I will however tell everyone I know NEVER TO use them. False advertising! Garbage, entitled service.
6.0 Good28 Mar. 2022
The rental car smelled terrible. I think someone smoked in it then they dumped a ton of cleaner today sanitize. We had headaches all week.
10.0 Excellent20 Mar. 2022
Everything went very well. The representative at the check-in desk was very courteous and helpful, and the car itself was new, clean, and comfortable. The only downside was that the vehicles are a slightly long walk from the rental desk, but that's a minor concern.
8.0 Excellent10 Jan. 2022
Car rental at MKE is a plus in that rentals are on site. Budget can have long lines but we were lucky in that the line was short and the customer service person was efficient.
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec. 2021
The Milwaukee hub just closed, people in line and customers still in the air. The worst customer service I’ve ever seen.
8.0 Excellent27 Dec. 2021
Smooth experience.
2.0 Mediocre24 Dec. 2021
I never got a receipt for my trip
2.0 Mediocre25 Nov. 2021
The customer service person was not customer satisfaction oriented. They tried to put me in a smaller vehicle. I had to ask to speak to management and she said they did have the right vehicle I reserved. But I had to wait extra time and when I got the car it wasn’t even washed (I took pics). The garage person said he did not know why they didn’t wash it. As I started driving it had a bad odor that persisted the entire time.
1.9 Horrible11 Oct. 2021
I had to wait in line (standing the whole time) TWO AND A HALF HOURS to pick up my car. The Budget staff were great and were clearly doing their best in a bad situation, but there weren’t enough people to move things along quickly. Other rental companies in the same location did not have this problem, so it was clear something was wrong with Budget.
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Rated no. 5
Thrifty
7.1 Good (150 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Thrifty
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 7
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent20 Oct. 2020
Exterior needed a wash.
4.8 Okay7 Oct. 2020
when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....explain it better and given me my options- car was too small .....
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep. 2020
NoneOur reservation for a speciality van was at noon. We arrived at the location at 12:07 and the location was closed. The sign on the door and the website both said the location was open until 2:00. Avis was very unhelpful, insisting that it was my fault for “missing my appointment.” I told them that there were several steps they could have taken to make the situation a more customer service friendly experience, when the rental office saw they had a specialized reservation at noon, and they closed early, they should have had the courtesy to call us to alert us that our reservation was at closing time. The evening before, I called Avis to confirm the reservation, at that point the agent should have mentioned that the location closes at the time of my reservation. Neither steps were taken. I ended up having to drive to an airport location, and pick up a much smaller car, they didn’t have my specialty van in stock. I now have to pay $400 in shipping to get the remaining items shipped that was intended to go into the van. Avis customer service has been unhelpful, and maintains this is “my fault.” Buyer beware.
9.6 Excellent2 Jun. 2020
Good car that was clean and hadn't been smoked in before my trip.I'm not a big fan of the Milwaukee Airport. The signage is awful. I got lost trying to get back to the concourse.
4.0 Okay27 Jan. 2020
Never again this was my worst rental experience ever. I would never use Kayak or Thrifty again.Using any rental company never using Kayak
9.2 Excellent6 Jan. 2020
AffordableCar was dirty inside and out. Customer service rep was rude at the counter. Very short tempered and rude.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jan. 2020
We ended up having to cancel our reservation and lose 28.00 because the person at the counter ran my credit card and locked them up for 24 hours. I will never choose thrifty again. I ended up using national and they were so much nicer and more accommodating.The person at the counter should of informed us about the credit issue. She did the same thing with the client before and after us. I also prepayed my rental and she added another 450.00 to the rental tab. Over 700.00 to rent a car for 7 days. National is a much better car rental company. I will never recommend thrifty.
10.0 Excellent16 Dec. 2019
The staff was great. When they couldn't source the car that was rented they got one from a competitor.It was a seamless transaction.
8.0 Excellent13 Dec. 2019
easy drop offnot much
9.2 Excellent12 Dec. 2019
The vehicle was great value for the priceThe reception line was incredibly slow
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From $47/dayRated no. 6
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
6 Good (107 reviews)
4 locations in Milwaukee
Hertz
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 5.8
  • 5.5
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre22 Nov. 2021
The reservation wasn't even for Hertz at the Airport. It was for the downtown location that closed 15 minutes after my flight had landed. I take responsibility for not realizing the location, but I had plugged in my flight and would have thought my arrival time would have created a red flag in the system.
1.9 Horrible8 Sep. 2021
Car was not at the location it was supposed to be and had to Uber both ways costing me another $100. Took 6 hours to pick up the car after my flight landed. Worst experience ever. I will never use Hertz again and probably not kayak.
3.9 Mediocre7 Sep. 2021
when I arrived they no cars available and I had to wait for them to get a car
1.9 Horrible6 Sep. 2021
The pick up location we booked has been closed for several months and we had to find another location to pick up a vehicle.
7.9 Good21 Aug. 2021
mix up on pick up location. Cindy at MKE fixed it; Jeremy in downtown Milwaukee Hertz solved rest of problem. I rent from Hertz because they give service even though they are a bit more expensive.
1.9 Horrible23 Jul. 2021
Typed in to get the rental picked up at airport and somehow the rental was made downtown. Had to spend 75$ to Uber to and from downtown to get the rental picked up/dropped off. Very inconvenient.
1.9 Horrible13 Jul. 2021
Hertz Milwaukee canceled my rental with no phone call or text message warning based on a policy that was neither communicated at the time of rental nor recognized by Hertz national. Will never rent from Hertz again.
7.9 Good11 Jul. 2021
Short staffed at pick up but desk attendant was very nice
1.9 Horrible24 Jun. 2021
They ran out of rentals and were supposed to call me back in 2 hours to find out if they could find another one and never called. I called multiple times and got ahold of no one. I still have heard nothing from them.
4.0 Okay21 Jun. 2021
drop-off was easy. other then thst... it was a total nutemare!! yes nitemare. my reservation was wrong. I had to take a taxi from the airport hertz center to the downtown hert, center. some one had put pick up as downtown Milwaukee. now who in their right mind after getting off a plane retrieving their luggage would Walston the gertz counter to stand in line and be told my car was waiting downtown.milwaukee. I did not know there even was a hertz center downtown!!!! your customer service representative behind the counter was less than helpful. actually very rude. would not call downtown to see if there was a car there or try to strengthen this mess out. I was told to leave. I had to take a taxi downtown Milwaukee which cost me an additional 36.88. now who is going to give that back to me as a credit on my bill or issue a check to me. i.gave a Gmail receipt from taxi driver. oh and the car that was waiting for me, quess what there was no car. I sat an additional 2 hours in the office downtown until a car was provided. ask me if I will ever use kayak or hertz again. to make matters worst I am a 100 percent disabled female veteran. I received no help with.my bag, or opening door etcetera. the car was dirty. I do nit care they put a yellow clean sticker in it. I had 3 different people on their cell phones take pictures and I had to stop and put pressure in the tires as all 4 were low. SOMEBODY OWES ME BUG TIME
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Rated no. 7
Avis
7.4 Good (46 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Avis
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
6.0 Good14 Apr. 2022
Had to make an hour of calls to the delivery spot from downtown to switch to the airport. Tried signing up with the app, and didn't see any in-person options for rescheduling/switching airports. Would have preferred to be able to see the various alternatives
4.0 Okay30 Jan. 2022
We arrived from our flight early so we picked up our rental early by 30 minutes and they tried to asses us an additional $75 … Avis should be more understanding with situations like thi
10.0 Excellent20 Dec. 2021
Pickup and drop off were easy. Rental facility is at the airport, so there was no need to ride a shuttle.
1.9 Horrible18 Oct. 2021
They ran out of cars. Will not be renting from them again.
1.9 Horrible5 Oct. 2021
I canceled my reservation because there was a line of 30 people trying to get cars at the same time
1.9 Horrible4 Oct. 2021
Stood in line for over an hour to get a car. Car was not clean on the outside. Inflation pressure warning was on. Return was easy.
2.0 Mediocre13 May 2021
NothingI reserved by vehicle for 12pm noon and arrived at 12:05pm to find the location closed. Kayak didn't give me any notification that I would have to arrive earlier than noon if I expected to get a car. It caused a huge logistical headache for my trip and I won't be booking cars through Kayak again.
9.6 Excellent17 Dec. 2019
Staff was friendly and picking up and dropping off the car was quick!Nothing really
6.8 Good7 Oct. 2019
Drop off was quick.Quicker pick up. Provide a way for renter to pre-record info so pick up goes much faster.
10.0 Excellent22 Sep. 2019
Great store with friendly employeesLocation is ok but not great
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Rated no. 8
National
8.9 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
National
Locations in Milwaukee
  • 8.8
  • 9.4
  • 8.8
  • 9.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent19 Feb. 2020
Pick up and drop off was really quick and easy. Amazing car for price!!! Lost and Found was very quick and easy for the item I left behind.Communication at drop off was a little rushed and I wasn't sure of procedure. I ended up leaving something in the car because I didn't have enough time to go through everything thoroughly.
5.6 Okay26 Jul. 2019
Well, it was ENTERPRISE. The car ran well.The clerk takes his job very seriously and was a complete tool. Very aggressive on the upsell and verging on disrespectful. Plus, they hide the fact that they add 11% tax due to proximity to airport, so the final bill is far higher than the quote.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul. 2019
Friendly staff; easy drop-off
10.0 Excellent9 Jul. 2019
It was near perfect!
10.0 Excellent2 Jul. 2019
Picking up was quick, dropping off was easy, car was great.Nothing
6.8 Good15 Mar. 2019
Friendly staffRented a premium vehicle, received a different vehicle type
Eagle Rent A Car
2 locations in Milwaukee
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Milwaukee
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Milwaukee
Sunnycars
Locations in Milwaukee
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Easirent
1 location in Milwaukee
Easirent
Locations in Milwaukee
Recent reviews
Mayfair
1 location in Milwaukee
Mayfair
Locations in Milwaukee
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920 travellers who hired a car in Milwaukee gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

Car hire locations in or near Milwaukee

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$47/day

When to book a car hire in Milwaukee

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Top tips for hiring a car in Milwaukee

  • The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A hire car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
  • All the major car hire agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car hire counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
  • Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
  • Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Milwaukee for $47 or less
  • Book your car hire in Milwaukee at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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