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 Reno 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 Reno.
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 Reno car rental.
Pros: Staff friendly and the drop off and puck up wer super easyCons: Honestly the only issue i have is the cost of the rental. Seemed higher than usual, but i am sure it is due to the current economy and vehicle shortages.
10.0 Excellent1 Jun. 2021
Pros: Ease of pickup and drop off. No issues at all. Very clean car
10.0 Excellent19 Apr. 2021
Pros: Drop off and pick up were easy. Great, clean, new car.Cons: I found the rental a bit expensive.
10.0 Excellent14 Mar. 2021
Pros: Car very close to terminal. Fast and easy pick up. No upselling of insurance productsCons: Cant think of anything
10.0 Excellent9 Feb. 2021
Pros: great customer service. great vehicle, return was fast, efficient. especially at 530 am
2.0 Mediocre21 Dec. 2020
10.0 Excellent10 Dec. 2020
Pros: Staff super fast and efficient!Cons: The high beams on that car only work sporadically, I forgot to mention. Please get them checked!
10.0 Excellent3 Dec. 2020
Pros: Great value for a very nice full-size luxury SUV. Far better than the competition. XM satellite radio activated, unlike some of your competitors that are having problems with XM. Noissues with the car over a 2 week period.Cons: Could have been cleaned better before we picked it up. Some trash from prior renters in the car still.
10.0 Excellent9 Nov. 2020
Pros: Staff at the Reno airport was super friendly and efficient. Car provided was awesome and very clean. The pick-up and drop-off process was very smooth and easy.Cons: Only comment was the temp tag (paper taped on dash) expired three days before car return (no temp plates on the front or rear of vehicle). While we did not encounter any issues, peace of mind on paper tags would have been ~better~, though I acknowledge the 2021 vehicle was brand new and tags may not have been available. Otherwise, seamless rental, 10/10, very pleased!!
10.0 Excellent24 Oct. 2020
Pros: Was given an Cadillac EscaladeCons: Nothing.
Cons: Impossible to get on the phone; no attendant at check-in and check-out. Miserable service. Wrong type vehicle given to me.
10.0 Excellent15 May 2021
Pros: Good car. Easy return.Cons: At pickup, the Hertz computer system was down. They were doing everything by hand. Good people, but it took a very long time to get a car.
10.0 Excellent5 May 2021
Pros: Staff super friendly got me in and out quickCons: The vehicle was an older high mileage vehicle with a few bumps and bruises on it , but did the job.
8.0 Excellent3 May 2021
Pros: Easy check in/out process. Employee was very friendly and helpful.Cons: The A/C did not work. The only reason it was bearable was because we went up the mountain and had the windows down with the cool breeze. But it was very hot /sweaty with the windows up and in Reno without the colder air outside.
10.0 Excellent27 Apr. 2021
Pros: Our rep at the counter was helpful, cheery, and a great experience was had from the start. Loved the proximity to the airport. Pick up and drop off we’re a breeze!Cons: Nothing.
10.0 Excellent21 Mar. 2021
Pros: Easy processCons: Nothing
6.0 Good4 Jan. 2021
Cons: I wasn’t explicitly told I would be paying twice as much since I was a driver under 25. Because of the time of my reservation and when I was made aware of this, I had no other option except to accept the additional charges.
8.0 Excellent20 Dec. 2020
Cons: Open earlier. Process faster.
2.0 Mediocre13 Dec. 2020
Pros: No refunds
10.0 Excellent2 Dec. 2020
Pros: Car Rental was close to terminal, got a small SUV Nissan Rogue for a super reasonable price.Cons: Wish all car rental experiences could be like this. I've had hidden fees that were more than the car rental cost. This one was the price quoted online.
Pros: Nothing to be honest. Line to check out was terribly long and the condition of the car they gave us was disgusting. Don’t waste your money with this rental company.Cons: Condition of the car was disgusting. Brown stains coated the inside of the seats and ceiling. There was a burned hole in the driver’s seat. We tried to talk with someone about getting a different car and they told us there wasn’t anything they could do.
4.0 Okay14 Jun. 2021
Cons: They should’ve had the vehicle I signed up for in advance ready and available for me. Also there were too many add on fees when I arrived to pick up vehicle.
4.0 Okay6 Dec. 2020
Pros: Better mileage than expectedCons: Pick up: disaster. Despite having RESERVED a mini-van class car, there was none available when I arrived. What's the point of a reservation? Instead they "upgraded" me to a CRV, which has half the storage space. Extremely unhappy because I planned to move across the country in the larger car, not a tiny CRV.
6.0 Good5 Dec. 2020
Pros: Everything with the exception of below.Cons: Only two counters open and had to wait 45 minutes just to get to a counter.
2.0 Mediocre28 Sep. 2020
Cons: I tried canceling this booking less than 24 hours after paying, due to the California wildfires. I was told I could cancel since it hadn’t been 24 hours yet, but weeks have gone by and not one worker is willing to help issue a refund...
7.2 Good21 Sep. 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly and the car was fineCons: Allow a customer to cancel a reservation that is no longer needed
2.0 Mediocre16 Jul. 2020
Cons: I booked and paid for this car. Had to change my trip due to COVID and could not change or modify do I lisf th Ed money I put down when I cancelled. In what way was this okay. Will NEVER NEVER NEVER book with Thrifty again. Money mongrels.
10.0 Excellent14 Jul. 2020
Pros: friendly staff, easy pick up
8.0 Excellent21 Mar. 2020
Pros: The staff and car and process was greatCons: I was charged twice. Once at booking and then when I picked up the car
Pros: I can’t rate a company for which I never received a car fromCons: Everything. Starting with being present to provide the car in which I reserved instead of sending me on a wild goose chase to another company to have it fulfilled.
2.0 Mediocre20 Mar. 2021
Pros: They didn’t have an employee at the counter. 50 people didn’t get their cars. Sent to Avis and Budget for cars, or to other vendors. They are involved in a bait and switch.Cons: Avoid them completely.
9.2 Excellent5 Oct. 2019
Pros: Yes very much so!Cons: Place has seen better days...
10.0 Excellent4 Sep. 2019
Pros: Pickup and dropoff were very easyCons: Communication about the location of pickup desk
10.0 Excellent16 Aug. 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, knowledgeableCons: N/a
8.8 Excellent3 Aug. 2019
Cons: my rental car was NOT clean. skum on exterior of windows; inside not thoroughly vacuumed. hey RAC agencies ....those scenters you leave in cars don't overcome a lousy cleaning job
10.0 Excellent10 Jul. 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, fast serviceCons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent1 Jul. 2019
Pros: Excellent price on short notice, plus I was upgraded for no extra charge.Cons: They seemed understaffed.
10.0 Excellent16 Jun. 2019
Pros: Easy in and out. No bullying of extra insurance or their gas!
10.0 Excellent12 May 2019
Pros: The staff was friendly and the car was clean.
Pros: Great serviceCons: Pricing was a bit high for the vehicle we had Car smelled like cigarettes
6.0 Good2 Mar. 2021
Cons: Arrival was awful. Huge line and only one desk person. Then we went to get car and that took 25 minutes. Car arrived filthy as car was was not working. Pretty lousy service for a long time Budget person.
10.0 Excellent5 Feb. 2021
Cons: !27.00 for a compact SUV was a bit pricey in my opinion
9.6 Excellent27 Oct. 2020
Pros: Fast and smoothCons: There was a ding in the windshield when I picked it up. I had to fill out paperwork on that chip when I returned the car.
10.0 Excellent5 Aug. 2020
Pros: Clean car, very comfortable.Cons: Pick up line was a bit long.
Cons: Reminder that a credit card was required, not a debit card.. Also that after hours drop off was available. Rushed there to drop off, had to take an uber back to where we were 5 mins away and costed $20+
1.9 Horrible23 Jun. 2021
4.0 Okay12 Jun. 2021
Cons: Attendant that walked to car for departure, slovenly, unfriendly. Treated me like a prisoner. A slob. A boor.
2.0 Mediocre30 May 2021
Pros: Friendly, but not helpful. Arrived and there were zero rental vehicles available despite the reservation being paid for and reserved over a week in advance. When asked if there were other locations with availability was just told no locations have any without even checking.Cons: Don't offer a product and/or service Hertz can not comply with after charging customers for it. Fraudulent charges are happening to many customers. Poorly run business.
4.0 Okay18 May 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly. Short wait time.Cons: Felt like I was a victim of a "bait and switch" scheme. Signed up for a "manger's special" and when I went to pick up the car i was told the only available "car: was a full size pickup truck - when I balked, miraculously, there was a mid-sized car made available to me for an up charge of over $100. Not an honest way to operate.
8.0 Excellent15 May 2021
Pros: friendly staff, clean large carCons: one way rentals are super expensive. At least 3 to 4 times the weekly rental rates. Seems quite excessive
Pros: Car was goodCons: Need a shuttle to the airport
2.0 Mediocre6 Jun. 2021
Pros: The customer service staff on the phone was extremely helpful in helping me cancel my reservationCons: The booking seemed to be at the Reno airport but upon arrival I was told that the actual location was a couple miles away. The staff was rude and unkind when I asked about any cars at that location.
2.0 Mediocre4 May 2021
Pros: Nothing, I was very upset my reservation was not available, sent to the wrong business, received the wrong car and ended up cancelling my reservation. Very upset about the whole experience.Cons: Due to the reservation screwups, I think an upgrade and a price match for my original reservation should have been made. But it wasn't, and they tried to give me a smaller size vehicle and my daughter is 5"11.
10.0 Excellent9 Feb. 2021
Pros: Staff was very kind, received a free upgrade, car was clean, functioned perfectly, and made the trip enjoyable. Also, I really liked how smooth the pickup and delivery was. No hassles, no hidden fees, no surprises just what I needed.Cons: I think the price was a bit higher than competitors, but I was willing to pay 50 more for better customer service.
10.0 Excellent3 Feb. 2021
Pros: 2021 Kia Soul w/ 225 miles. Great car. Also, night manager on Friday night really made me feel at home, even arriving 5 mins to close.Cons: Getting shuttle to airport after turning car in. Agent said driver left at 1:30pm, not sure why.
10.0 Excellent22 Dec. 2020
Cons: Let me start by saying, I got a good price for mu rental. The check in and check out process was quick and simple. One of the vans I got was dirty, hadn't been washed. But I was in a hurry so I didn't mind (this time). Overall it was good service. I will rent with them again.
Pros: Friendly, helpful, convenient staff and location. One of the easiest car rental experiences ever! The Reno Crew is phenomenal:)Cons: Nothing. It was exceptional
10.0 Excellent5 Jul. 2019
Pros: Staff was awesome Everything was easy.
8.0 Excellent5 Mar. 2019
Pros: Staff very helpful. GREAT that you could guarantee that the car in that class would be AWD/4WD (this was my most important factor). Very reassuring while driving through light snow.Cons: The interior of the car smelled strongly like fast food when I first got in. Otherwise clean, so was unfortunate that my very first impression was the smell of fast food. This smell seemed to dissipate over the course of my 1-hr trip to Tahoe. Also the owner's manual was not in the car.
10.0 Excellent15 Aug. 2016
Pros: The car was clean and had low mileage.Cons: I HATE Hyundai cruise control. Unfortunately this isn't something that can be controlled by the rental agency.
10.0 Excellent16 Feb. 2016
Quick and easyPros: they knew my name before I stepped out of the car. printed me a receipt and I was done, didn't even have to go into the airport.Cons: the drop off is in the very back of the parking garage and then you have to make your way through the parking garage to the airport, no designated walkways, made me a little nervous.
10.0 Excellent6 Dec. 2015
Great service!Pros: The person at the counter was extremely helpful. We were a little stressed about the weather, so asked for an upgrade and were given one from Alamo for a slight increase in cost. It was money well spent and they were great to work with.Cons: The wait was long, but that was due to a person who was trying to rent without a credit card. The staff handled it well, but he was annoying.
Surrounded by lush parks and forests, Reno is a unique oasis that provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor exploration. Deciding to rent a car during your time in Reno will be a worthwhile decision, opening up the ability to discover the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Truckee River, and the valleys and desert of Nevada. By hiring a car and maximizing your time in town you will be able to explore the amazing natural landscapes and still check out the funky and eclectic nightlife of downtown Reno.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located only 3 miles from the downtown district, meaning you can pick up your hire car and be in the city in no time at all. Survey the best list of hire options available at Reno-Tahoe International Airport using KAYAK and organize your hire before you arrive. Major global hire companies such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget have counters located within the baggage claim area of the airport terminal.
If you plan on traveling to the many mountainous areas surrounding the valley that Reno sits in, keep in mind that the weather at high elevations is unpredictable and thus the road conditions can change quickly. Ensure that you regularly check local weather reports and take extra precautions when driving on snow or ice.
Rush hour is a relative piece of cake in Reno compared to other major cities across the United States. While there is increased congestion on the roads between 7 am and 9 am and between 5 pm and 6:30 pm, most of the city is reachable within 45 minutes -- even if you are coming from the opposite side of town!
25% of our users found a car hire in Reno for $52 or less
Book your car hire in Reno at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate car hires in Reno are around 40% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Reno
Some car hire companies in Reno which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Alamo and Hertz
On average a hire car in Reno costs $54 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Reno are Alamo (9.1, 270 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 220 reviews), and Dollar (8.2, 157 reviews).
The average price of fuel in Reno is $4.78 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $57 and $76, depending on the car size.
A Compact car hire in Reno costs $56 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car hire in Reno costs $50 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car hire in Reno costs $48 per day, on average.
In Reno, cars are most frequently hired at Dollar 2001 East Plumb Lane (5 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Reno costs $381 per week ($54 per day).
On average a car hire in Reno costs $1,635 per month ($54 per day).
There is adequate space on roads and in parking spots throughout the downtown district of Reno, meaning that you do not have to make any sacrifices for space or comfort when choosing your hire car. An all-wheel drive is, however, recommended if you are visiting Reno during the winter months and plan on driving to any of the nearby mountain ranges.
Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on residential roads and within urban areas is 30 mph. Urban freeways have a maximum speed of 65 mph, while primary undivided roads can have a speed limit of between 55-70 mph. On rural divided highways the speed limit can vary from 65 to 75 mph, while rural freeways, such as the I-95 that connects to Arizona, can range between 70-80 mph.
You can expect to pay approximately $3.09 per gallon of petrol in Reno, which is slightly above the American average. If you are required to return your car with a full tank of gas, consider stopping at the Silver State Food Mart on E Plumb Lane, which is only a mile from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
On-street parking is relatively easy to find, even in the city center; however, there is normally a 2-hour limit unless you park after 6pm. Make the most of free on-street parking available throughout the city on Sundays -- this is the perfect day to plan an adventure through the downtown area.