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Seattle, WA, United States
24 Sep — 1 Oct
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Seattle, WA, United States
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Seattle car hire information

Pick-up locationSeattle
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, People mover, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations54
Airport locations18
Popular agenciesSixt, Hertz, Budget

Cheap car hire in Seattle

Economy$37/day
Compact$40/day
Intermediate$41/day
Standard$60/day
Full-size$46/day
People mover$82/day
Full-size SUV$85/day
Premium$60/day
Luxury$63/day
Intermediate SUV$50/day
Standard SUV$65/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Seattle car hire reviews and directory

From $52/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (143 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
Alamo
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent14 Aug. 2021
Convenient pickup. Friendly staff.
2.0 Mediocre25 May 2021
I have forgotten my notebook in the rental car. Within1 hour of return I went back to rental location and car was rented back. The lady at the counter noted down car, descritipn and my phone number. It has been more than 10 days no one called back. I tried to call back but no response. There is no lost/found mechanism. Even though there is no monetary value to anyone of my notebook; it was important to me. Rental car company needs to have better mechanism
10.0 Excellent3 Dec. 2020
Staff was friendly and helpful. Car delivered as advertised. Easy drop off.Better instructions on how to find the entrance to the garage when dropping car off.
5.6 Okay18 Oct. 2020
Staff were friendly, efficient, and helpful.After we got on the road I realized that the tires were extremely worn. We were hydroplaning on the rainy freeway and it was quite scary. The car smelled like cigarettes and there was trash from the previous user in the center console.
8.8 Excellent29 Sep. 2020
Friendly helpful staffThe location was hard to find as the signs both at the garage and the lobby unit
8.0 Excellent13 Jul. 2020
The car was sweet.When I was picking up the car they tried to up sell me 3 times. Then they offered me a soccer mom minivan and wanted to charge me $70 more. I finally just had to say I want to car I had rented to I could get out of there.
6.8 Good12 Jun. 2020
The screens inside the car were smudged and not wiped off well. The person who helped us with our rental tried to pressure us into an upgrade and also into buying the insurance even though we were covered already through our own insurance, and we also already declined it when making the online reservation. He was very pushy.
10.0 Excellent7 Jun. 2020
nice staff, easy process
4.4 Okay8 May 2020
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10.0 Excellent28 Apr. 2020
Friendly, helpful, easy, would definitely recommend and rent again.
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Rated no. 2
Dollar
8.3 Excellent (946 reviews)
2 locations in Seattle
Dollar
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent23 Aug. 2021
The price for rental cars this summer is ridiculous but the service and ease of Dollar Rental at Seattle SeaTac Airport was excellent!
10.0 Excellent26 Jul. 2021
Everything was great! Except I feel price wise, rental cars are getting to expensive. I was a little taken aback on how much money I left there.
1.9 Horrible25 Jul. 2021
We booked using kayak link to vip cars. DO NOT USE vip cars. Vipcars precharged me a portion of the rental. After I landed on my flight, I received an email from them telling me they were canceling my reservation with fox. It was 12am and there was nothing I could do. I was stranded with my two young kids. It has been 4 days and they have still not returned my precharged cost. Awful experience. I feel they should compensate me for the time and energy they made me waste.
10.0 Excellent29 Jun. 2021
The person who help us was friendly and helpful.Aside from the price and I did get a great deal. This rental experience was perfect.
10.0 Excellent20 Jun. 2021
Price was the most affordable compared to competitors. Staff was friendly.No complaints.
2.0 Mediocre12 Jun. 2021
The employees were very pushy about me adding insurance and made me very uncomfortable renting a car in Seattle
10.0 Excellent7 Jun. 2021
Easy pick up and dropoff. Quoted price very similar to end of trip charge.The middle seat of the middle row had sand underneath it. Seems like it wasn't removed when cleaning happened.
8.0 Excellent26 May 2021
Easy pick up and drop off. Reserved a compact car and actually got one!Car had almost 30k miles on it and felt a bit worn plus residual smokey smell
6.0 Good18 May 2021
Staff was fine.I was disappointed that they did not have a location in Spokane where I could drop off - I would have preferred to drive home from Seatrle but not an option with Dollar I suppose
8.0 Excellent3 May 2021
The rental clerk did a great job and was very professional and courteous.
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From $61/dayRated no. 3
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (404 reviews)
8 locations in Seattle
Enterprise
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible16 Sep. 2021
There was quite a few people waiting in line and the Enterprise clerk in the front desk mentioned a few times they don't have enough cars available so people were antsy. When it was my turn to pick up me keys, the woman that show us the car was in a bit of a hurry, she just said take a look around the car if you see any dents or scratches, then mentioned that the tank is only 3/4 full, so return it at 3/4 full. When I returned the car, they were closed so I dropped the keys in the lock box. Following Monday they sent my e-receipt and charged me 4 gallons of gas at a ridiculous price! We stopped at a Chevron station around the corner to refill to 3/4 full and they said when I called them that it wasn't at the 3/4 mark. How can I be 4 gallons short, they just want to rip off people. NEVER trust this Enterprise location - 6520 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA
10.0 Excellent15 Aug. 2021
Stress free from beginning to the end. Renting in one city and returning in totally different state that what I wanted and Enterprise provided Thanks
7.9 Good6 Aug. 2021
Will use them again
10.0 Excellent3 Aug. 2021
Caleb Cipriano is a true professional! Friendly, knowledgeable, and effective. Thanks for a great experience!
10.0 Excellent29 Jul. 2021
I was just happy to get any car since renting a car is difficult now a days. I was so happy with the smaller midsize. The gas mileage was amazing. About 47-49mpg. Clean and smooth drive. Staff and drop off and pick up were very friendly.
3.9 Mediocre27 Jul. 2021
This location is not convenient to renter. The difficulty begins with locating the facility in a not so clean , downtown parking garage on an upper floor. It took awhile to process and receive the vehicle. Once we completed our rental and found the intake entrance (there are so many one way streets) the process was quick and easy. We chose this location because no vehicles we available at the airport (SEA-TAC). We like working with Enterprise, however this rental was not up to there standard.
1.9 Horrible22 Jul. 2021
We set our pick up date at 3pm . They confirmed the pick-up by phone but the pick up office was closed at 3pm so we were stranded. Enterprise was unable to find us a car at a location that was open and we are forced to spend the night near Hotel at the Airport. They did not compensate us and they didn't seem sorry. In fact the next day when I went to pick up the car they claimed they had rented it because I didn't show up. Then they try to rent me a more expensive car. I will not rent from them again and I hope you don't either. Luther
1.9 Horrible21 Jul. 2021
We had a reservation for a full size SUV 10 day rental from Seattle to Portland for approx. $1500. Upon arrival, we received a phone message that they did not have this SUV available and when we tried to reach them they were closed. They closed at noon and were also closed the next day. No ride. We called the 1-800 number and were told that another Seattle location would honor our reservation. At the airport Enterprise the line was a 3 hour wait. No kidding. A manager tried to help us and told us to return in the evening and he would have a SUV available. We Ubered ($) to our hotel and back in the evening. Another manager was working and said - no deal. We will have to charge you $2500 for the SUV. Very disappointing Enterprise! You are definitely taking advantage of the car shortage, but your customers will remember their treatment and not be using you in the future.
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
Set up for wrong pick up location so unable to get vehicle! Had to scramble to get something!
1.9 Horrible18 Jul. 2021
Several days in on a 6 day car rental, we received a call that the car we had rented was 1,300 miles past due on an oil change. They asked that we return the car immediately, or take the car to a Pep Boys or Firestone auto care for an oil change which would be done for free. We were 170 miles from the rental car location, but were a similar distance from a Pep Boys and did not want to wait for the oil change since we had hotel reservations in another town and wanted to keep moving on our road trip. We informed the Enterprise staff we wanted to return the car and exchange it for another one and they asked that we call 30 minutes ahead the next day so they could have a car ready. The following morning, we called to give them notice that we would be there soon and they said on the phone "we have the car here for you now" but when we arrived we had to wait for the employees to go to pick up another car from another site for us to use. We waited for 40 minutes after we arrived for another car to arrive. In none of this did any member of the staff apologize to us for the inconvenience that they caused, and only after asking did they agree that we would not have to return the car full of gas. We were not given a discount, and had to go out of our way due to their negligence.
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From $39/dayRated no. 4
Sixt
8 Excellent (716 reviews)
4 locations in Seattle
Sixt
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible15 Sep. 2021
We were downgraded from intermediate suv to an economy sedan. There was no recourse as Sixt agent blamed Kayak. Calling Kayak at 11pm to clarify didn’t help either as your call centers were closed. Traveling with an infant, wehadno choice but to take it. This is the last time I am using kayak and Sixt
10.0 Excellent30 Aug. 2021
I will be renting from Sixt from now on!
10.0 Excellent28 Aug. 2021
Marzini and Zach were really helpful and kind. My car rental was super easy and convenient.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug. 2021
Great rate to start with and then we got a complimentary upgrade which was awesome! Pick up and drop off were super easy. Will definitely be using Sixt again!
10.0 Excellent17 Aug. 2021
Pick up downtown, drop at airport
10.0 Excellent16 Aug. 2021
The customer service was excellent. We switched drop off locations and added a driver part way into our trip, which made things much easier for us as a traveling family. The price was a little steep, but I think that’s a consequence of Covid and what this past year has done to the car rental industry. Also, our car clearly has someone who had smoked in it at one point. It’s a smell that’s hard to get rid of. I don’t necessarily fault Sixt as people don’t always respect the rules, but we could have done without the smell. Lastly, the only other negative was the drop off garage location in downtown Seattle was a bit tricky/confusing, and the Sixt employee who was washing the cars was outwardly perturbed that we drove in the wrong way. All in all, it was a very good experience.
5.9 Okay16 Aug. 2021
Rented a BMW. When I started the car the flat tire light came on. The service guy said he would just put air in it. I passed and went back to the desk for a different car. Of course that was the only BMW they had clean and the guy didn’t take my word for it about the tire. He had to check it out because someone else burned him. Eventually they gave me an upgrade to a Volvo. The next day I got a damage claim - blamed me for the flat. I’m done with Sixt.
1.9 Horrible9 Aug. 2021
Sixt is awful. I will never use that rental car "company" again.
10.0 Excellent1 Aug. 2021
Excellent customer service, car very clean, pick up/drop off smooth and fast.
10.0 Excellent1 Aug. 2021
Great pick up and drop off!
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From $57/dayRated no. 5
Budget
7.9 Good (259 reviews)
7 locations in Seattle
Budget
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Sep. 2021
You have it. Very nice experience on both ends of trip.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug. 2021
The SUV was comfortable and clean. We plan to join the Budget express club in order to facilitate getting our rental car quicker. By the time we disembarked, picked up luggage, and actually left the parking lot at the rental center, we'd spent an extra hour. Wish the airport rental were actually at the airport, rather than a 10-minute trip down the road.
1.9 Horrible31 Aug. 2021
Pickup took over 2 hours and the process was very confusing. Once I finally got to the vehicle, someone else tried to enter it as they were assigned to the same one. I was also charged several hundred extra dollars for an upgrade that I did not ask for nor agree to and insurance option that I did not want. The drop off process was straightforward, although it’s been over a full business day and I still haven’t received confirmation that my vehicle was actually checked back in.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug. 2021
The agent at the rental office was very helpful.
1.9 Horrible24 Aug. 2021
Dirty, old beat up car. Not want we paid for and their customer service claimed at pickup. Won’t recommend it to anyone.
10.0 Excellent16 Aug. 2021
Quick and efficient! Upgraded to a hybrid and that was so appreciated
10.0 Excellent5 Aug. 2021
They were friendly and helpful.
1.9 Horrible27 Jul. 2021
We reserved a car, specifically at the Seattle airport. When we arrived, we were told the location was somewhere in downtown Seattle, and we could take an Uber there. But then we couldn't because it was 4pm and the office was closed for the day. We never got our car.
10.0 Excellent13 Jul. 2021
Friendly staff in Seattle and nice, new upgraded car. We love Budget.
3.9 Mediocre12 Jul. 2021
They don't have the cars easily accessible. They are parked in a tiny garage that you have to walk through on the roadway through a backdoor.
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From $42/dayRated no. 6
Thrifty
Most popular
7.9 Good (459 reviews)
2 locations in Seattle
Thrifty
Locations in Seattle
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
7.9 Good16 Sep. 2021
Good service and a reasonable price.
1.9 Horrible10 Sep. 2021
Cost was nearly $400 more than advertised. Pickup took over an hour because of lines. The first car they gave us had a maintenance required alarm that popped up immediately. The key was bent and got jammed. I would not use Thrifty again.
1.9 Horrible7 Sep. 2021
The line to pick up was 2 hours long
1.9 Horrible30 Aug. 2021
The line to get the care 2 hours despite having a reservation.
1.9 Horrible17 Aug. 2021
Our car was given away because we were a day late to pick it up due to a delayed flight and their closure time. We were told the only option was renting a luxury vehicle and paying extra, despite having already paid for our rental in advance for 6 days. It was not until we pointed out this was poor business and spoke with a manager and insisted that we would not be paying for a luxury vehicle we didn’t need, that were given a normal vehicle. We were still charged about $30 more than what kayak stated we’d be charged at pickup. Thrifty said this extra charge was a “hotel fee” for the building in which they were located. We were given no advance notice of this fee.
1.9 Horrible11 Aug. 2021
Booked a full size SUV for 7 pax and 4 suitcases through Kayak. The picture on the Kayak website was a Chevy Tahoe (or similar). Arrived at the Thrifty rental counter and was given a Kia Sorrento. A cheap, undersized vehicle. In order to get the vehicle I needed (and booked), argued with Thrifty for 35 minutes at the counter. Ended up paying an extra $300 to get a Nissan Armada - which is equivalent to a Tahoe. In process of requesting a $300 refund. Not confident. Classic bait and switch by Thrifty. I will not rent from Thrifty again.
7.9 Good11 Aug. 2021
Thrifty rental was at a Hertz rental site, which made it a little confusing to find.
7.9 Good10 Aug. 2021
We paid for a full sized car but got a Nissan Versa which is considered compact or even subcompact. It was a nice car but not what we paid for. The staff was great and no problem getting the car but really disappointed in Thrifty/Hertz for expecting us to not know the difference.
7.9 Good2 Aug. 2021
Liked model of car and comfort. Thrifty not aware cruise control not working so affected my 2500 mile road trip. Ad mentions cleanliness of rental due to covid precautions. Driver area was very dirty. Took 3 cleanliness wipes to clean just the steering wheel alone. Overall a good experience. Thanks!
1.9 Horrible28 Jul. 2021
We booked a vehicle from the luxury SUV category. Description said Land Rover Discovery or similar. We were given a Infiniti QX60, which I guess technically is in the same category. (I wouldn’t place it in the same category, but that’s besides the point) My wife picked up the car a couple days before I got to the location late a night. The pick up process was full of up sell attempts. She got both car seats installed and went on her way. When I met up with her I immediately noticed a smoke smell in the vehicle and dirty surfaces throughout. There was a cigarette burn hole in the ceiling and other ash marks. The panels of the vehicle were gross. I would have taken the vehicle back to thrifty, but we didn’t have time in our day to switch cars. I was severely disappointed with the quality and cleanliness of the vehicle. Among all the other things there was a clear brake/alignment issue as there was very noticeable shake in the vehicle when braking at any speed.
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From $106/dayRated no. 7
Avis
7.3 Good (127 reviews)
6 locations in Seattle
Avis
Locations in Seattle
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 7
Recent reviews
7.9 Good27 Aug. 2021
Odd location. Not particularly clean. Hotel parking garage. A little unnerving late at night. Nice staff.
3.9 Mediocre22 Aug. 2021
The guy at the counter was not nice and not helpful at all. Kayak made my life much easier but the prices were very high for any car, probably a pandemic thing. Still better than anything available walk in.
10.0 Excellent17 Aug. 2021
super friendly and great service!!
10.0 Excellent16 Aug. 2021
when I picked up the car, the person who helped us was friendly and offered advice for local traffic patterns and tolls the only problem I had was the missing rear compartment cover in the Toyota 4Runner - without the cover our luggage was visible which was not ideal
10.0 Excellent1 Aug. 2021
Like: Easy website experience (via Costco). Kudos to the friendly staff at Avia (Kent location). Nice vehicles. Easy pickup and convenient drop box for after hours returns. Can be Better: Make it easier to find the nearby off airport options. The rental rates varied significantly between on-airport and nearby off-airport locations. Had to shop around to find the off airport rate.
5.9 Okay25 Jul. 2021
Office was closed when we returned car. We were never informed that office closed at noon. Had to leave car and put key in door without a proper check-in!
3.9 Mediocre25 Jul. 2021
It seems all businesses blame mediocre service on Covid when in reality they have grossly cut down on employees and its services. Ads generally offer more than they can deliver, especially when it comes to really clean from last customer to the next. This was true for our vacation experience with almost all hotels and car rentals. We rented in from Avis in downtown Seattle and wanted to return at the airport. This was impossible on-line without doubling the rental fee. However, Avis in Seattle was able to do it for an additional fee of about $200 plus $75.00 fee for the agency to return it to Seattle (about 25 minute run). Considering our time restraint and the cost of an uber it was a "deal". We had to wait almost an hour at time of rental. The car was quickly washed but I doubt any cleaning (except possibly vacuuming) was done, so bring lots of wipes. The Avis agent was very nice and did her best with so many customers in line. Upon return at airport, Avis garage agent would not give us a receipt and when I inquired about the total cost it was $400 higher than our rental contract! Had to go to Avis airport rental office stand in line and then haggle with agent who finally agreed to honor the original contract and I got a receipt. Luckily we were not in a hurry to catch a plane.
7.9 Good13 Jul. 2021
The downtown location at Avis was great. When I did not realized that I booked it for downtown, I went to the airport location. The staff person there was not that helpful and seemed irritated that came to the wrong place by accident
10.0 Excellent12 Jul. 2021
Our reservation got messed up with Avis, so we walked over to Fox & we were so glad we did! The friendliest agent Kate, totally helped us out & got us all set up in a great car & in minutes we were on our way! Best experience! Well definitely go to Fox Car rentals first in the future! Thank you!
1.9 Horrible11 Jul. 2021
Pick-up time for our car was 4:00 pm in downtown Seattle. We arrived at 4:40 pm. The place was deserted. The big Avis sign was off. There was a little sign still up on the sign. We were left wondering if the place was closed down for good (many car rental offices in downtown Seattle are closed down for good). No one was in the vicinity with no information about after-hours pick-up and no number to call for help. We were left stranded in downtown Seattle without a car or anyway to get one. Everyone else had no cars available. I contacted the Priceline number but was put on hold for a very long time “because of high volume,” and eventually gave up with both their online chat and phone options. It was stressful. Then we were charged a $50 non-pick-up fee by Avis for the horrible experience.
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Rated no. 8
E-Z Rent-A-Car
7.3 Good (243 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in Seattle
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent4 Jan. 2020
Staff was nice.The cars weren’t spotless, but that wasn’t a problem for me. We did get have to exchange cars due to a tire issue. We called ahead and discussed it with E-Z Rent-a-Car. They said they made a note on our profile and there would be no problem coming back and exchanging the car. When we got there, they didn’t seem to know what we were talking about and we spend a little longer than necessary due to some confusion about the exchange. Worked out in the end.
4.0 Okay29 Dec. 2019
Easy drop offCar smelled terribly of smoke, super long wait at pickup while the only staff st the desk was chatting with the only customer in front of me, stating “I’m taking my time to see if a car comes in for you”. I had already reserved and paid online, to “save time” the website said.
6.8 Good28 Dec. 2019
Vehicle had been smoked in, did not realize until I turned on the air after departing the rental facility.
5.2 Okay26 Sep. 2019
They did not have my car available for me when I arrived to pick it up. That is the first time that has ever happened to me in 30 plus years of renting cars. They clearly did not want to upgrade me to a larger vehicle. Eventually my car became available.
10.0 Excellent18 Sep. 2019
Drop off quick and easy.Staff both at check in and return were not rude but not friendly. Acted like overworked or not enjoying their job. I can deal with that but nicer if more conversion.
7.2 Good17 Sep. 2019
Check in agent was extremely rude
10.0 Excellent18 Aug. 2019
It was great experienceThe car was nice, clean, and nothing wrong with it. The pick up and drop off processes were very quick.Nothing
4.8 Okay15 Aug. 2019
Nothing after getting the wrong carI chose EZ particularly because they showed and offered a Toyota RAV4 which is the car i use at home and it accommodates my injured hip and knee. Instead, i was given a Subaru something which is a brand well suited to littler people but which will not let get the seat back far enough to drive safely
2.0 Mediocre9 Aug. 2019
Staff was nice enough, he didn't have any cars to rent people...Two hours after my reservation they still didn't have a car for me. Isn't the point of a reservation to hold the car? I had to Uber and pay twice as much as i wanted to spend on travel. I was hesitant about renting from a name like EZ car and I should've trusted my gut
10.0 Excellent8 Aug. 2019
Fast check-in, check-out and the car was great. The experience met my expectations of a reliable rental car company.
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Rated no. 9
Payless
6.9 Good (439 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
Payless
Locations in Seattle
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.7
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Aug. 2021
Puck up and drop off was Seemless and simple!
3.9 Mediocre26 Jul. 2021
Dirty Camry with 60,000 miles on it and a faint cigarette smell at $260 per day. No thanks.
2.0 Mediocre15 May 2021
Everything, I never got the car I rented, I had to rent from Avis. Payless didn’t have any personal working. Could not pick up the vehicle, had to scramble to get to a meeting and rent another vehicle. When I tried to call Payless and remedy the problem, the wait time was over an hour to talk, I have yet to talk to a person to remedy the problem.
10.0 Excellent25 Apr. 2021
The desk agent was friendly and helpful and provided a clean, new car.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr. 2021
StaffSigned up for a pick up truck to help load up things for my brothers wedding for the weekend. To my disappointment, they said they did not have any available. When we walked to the car, we saw so many pick up trucks that were in the parking garage. I then had another incident where I locked the keys in my car. I called the number to contact their roadside assistance. It rang for 2 minutes and then hung up. I’d drop doing business with these guys if I were you
10.0 Excellent6 Apr. 2021
PerfectPerfect
10.0 Excellent2 Apr. 2021
Pick up and drop off staff were excellent!
10.0 Excellent22 Mar. 2021
very friendly, courteous staff who did not give a hard sell for extras. Pleasant. Easy return.
8.0 Excellent16 Mar. 2021
Simple processGetting the vehicle I originally rent.
10.0 Excellent9 Mar. 2021
Very ProfessionalEverything was great.
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From $32/dayRated no. 10
Fox
Cheapest deal
6 Good (988 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
Fox
Locations in Seattle
  • 6.5
  • 6.4
  • 5.8
  • 5.7
  • 6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Sep. 2021
Car was not washed but everything else was seamless! Friendly staff!
5.9 Okay15 Sep. 2021
Be aware for extra charges
3.9 Mediocre14 Sep. 2021
The car, which was the ugliest thing I’ve ever rented, had mechanical problems before I ever got from the airport to my hotel. I had to call three times before I got a response, but the problem finally seems to have resolved itself. The bill was far more than expected and hard to read.
1.9 Horrible12 Sep. 2021
Terrible customer service
10.0 Excellent12 Sep. 2021
The only complaint was the windshield wipers. They were in very bad shape and was very difficult to see after use. Would suggest routine inspections.
7.9 Good7 Sep. 2021
It was a long wait to pick up; very long, and the sales pitch was a bit lengthy too. Drop off was a breeze! Shuttle to and from was easy-peasy
5.9 Okay3 Sep. 2021
Now a little bit ok. Coz the 1st time time we rented it’s not good. When we call Customer Service ,Your agent was so RUDE AND NOT HELPFUL. Car was so filthy not dirty.coz was not vacuum well inside underneath the rug/mat, Smell cigarette. That’s why we returned it right away without saying anything . Coz we are disappointed with the service.
3.9 Mediocre31 Aug. 2021
The rental car pick up says everything it is open 24 hour but it actually closes at 1am! We got there at 1:30 because of a delayed flight and couldn’t get our car u till the next day. Really sucked. At least if they listed that somewhere we would have known and prepared for it!
3.9 Mediocre30 Aug. 2021
have to wait over 45 minutes to pick up the vehicle.
3.9 Mediocre23 Aug. 2021
Had a full tank, but charged me 16 dollars at 8.99/gallon to top it off even more! Have never run into this problem with any other rental company before. Not good look to rip off customers.
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From $44/dayRated no. 11
Hertz
6 Good (674 reviews)
8 locations in Seattle
Hertz
Locations in Seattle
  • 6.5
  • 6.4
  • 5.9
  • 5.6
  • 5.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible16 Sep. 2021
This booking was a total cluster. Upon booking I received a phone call from agent that they didn’t hv any cars. This mistake by hertz cost me money as I had to make alternative plan
1.9 Horrible15 Sep. 2021
1) Location was terrible. It cost me 2 x $80 to get to/from the airport. 2) Pickup was extremely slow die to local disorganized team. It took me 45 minutes to get to the location and another 45 minutes picking up the car. 3) The car was returned from another customer without being cleaned. It was both dirty and unsanitary. 4) The low cost of the rental was offset by the $160 in Uber cost getting to the location. 5) The vehicle quality was poor. Steering was rattling violently, the USB port wasn’t working and there were dents and scratches throughout. All-in-all a very poor experience. I will not be booking from this location again.
10.0 Excellent14 Sep. 2021
The Auburn location was awesome! The manager actually waited for me to pick up the car because my flight had been delayed. This was on Saturday. Definitely recommend this place!
3.9 Mediocre14 Sep. 2021
it was very difficult to cancel
3.9 Mediocre13 Sep. 2021
No drop off directions. No envelop provided to drop the key off. The shop was closed. They had a 7 seater that’s seat was stuck and wouldn’t go up. They didn’t have the back up car ready and cleaned. They tried to charge me extra for time when I reserved it for. Sep 10-12 8am pick up and 5pm drop off. They changed the drop off time on my receipt.
1.9 Horrible8 Sep. 2021
Total false advertising- requested airport rental was redirected to an offsite rental— very shady business practices—also, my rental was reserved for 2 pm and the office at 1501 8th Avenue, Seattle closes at 2pm on Saturday. Even the agent at Hertz Seattle counter said I’d been scammed . Shame in you
7.9 Good7 Sep. 2021
There was no drop off instructions and it was closed for Labor Day so an email to clarify would have been helpful where to drop keys specifically. The box said to use an envelope to set keys in but there were no envelopes.
1.9 Horrible6 Sep. 2021
When I reserved my rental car, I put in the airport I was traveling to. Kayak reserved me a car at a different location 20 miles away. I was traveling on a Sunday and the location Kayak booked me at was CLOSED on Sundays so I couldn’t even get my reservation. It was a mess.
1.9 Horrible6 Sep. 2021
They never honored the agreement and sold me a new contract. Worst services
1.9 Horrible6 Sep. 2021
Hertz cancelled our reservation, made 3 months in advance, with very little notice, and without providing us any assistance. They claimed to not have any cars available, but we booked this months in advance. This made if very difficult and expensive to find a replacement car with another rental provider and almost derailed our vacation.
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From $82/dayRated no. 12
National
8.6 Excellent (16 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
National
Locations in Seattle
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7.9 Good23 Aug. 2021
Good: When our flight time was moved up unexpectedly, National was flexible in allowing us to return the car at another location. We appreciated this so much! Bad: Pick up was tedious as the location we originally rented from was small and seemingly understaffed. One guy had to take care of everyone in line - it took well over an hour.
8.8 Excellent11 Jul. 2018
Rental went very smoothlyEasy pick up in Seattle Downtown, car was available and ready for me when I arrived. Car was in proper condition with full tank of gas. Price paid was price quoted online.Rental was one of the lowest I could find, but still was over $100/day for 2 days.
9.6 Excellent30 Jun. 2018
We were given a free upgrade at the initiation of the agent.It was a little confusing to get to the garage where the cars were located.
8.8 Excellent20 Dec. 2017
The procedure is very easy and staff who helped me is very friendly. And I drop the car off after hour with no staff on site, it’s very convenient.
10.0 Excellent3 Aug. 2017
Rep gave an upgrade while picking up vehicle.Off site dropoff for airport but that is not the fault of National.
10.0 Excellent17 Jul. 2016
All of the staff seemed to enjoy working there and were very thoughtful of the needs of the customers, pointing out where I could find a bathroom and a good place to wait for my ride.
6.8 Good25 Dec. 2015
The car was excellent but not at the airport where I expected it to be. I had to pay for a cab ($40) to get downtown and get stuck in horrible Seattle traffic leaving the rental center. The people at National were great and helpful but the entire experience should have been better
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From $66/dayRated no. 13
Europcar
6.8 Good (2 reviews)
1 location in Seattle
Europcar
Locations in Seattle
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5.2 Okay4 Jan. 2017
Deposit still not returned, charged extra on car pFast pick up and drop off.I was charged extra $122 in taxes and fees even though my rental agreement with Eurocar said "due at the counter 0" Dropped off car 20 days ago and still didn't get my deposit as well as 1 day refund as I returned the car earlier
Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in Seattle
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Seattle
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Seattle
Sunnycars
Locations in Seattle
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Easirent
1 location in Seattle
Easirent
Locations in Seattle
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Flight Car
1 location in Seattle
Flight Car
Locations in Seattle
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in Seattle
Goldcar Rental SP
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Seattle
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Rhodium
1 location in Seattle
Rhodium
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Silvercar
1 location in Seattle
Silvercar
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5417 travellers who hired a car in Seattle gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car hire locations in or near Seattle

Good to know

Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$60/day

Good deal

$48/day

When to book a car hire in Seattle

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

Top tips for hiring a car in Seattle

  • Ready to rent a car on your trip to Seattle? Save time and avoid public transport by renting a car that will give you the complete freedom to explore this exciting West Coast city. As it’s flanked by water and is home to mountains, the Cascade and Olympic, as well as lush forests and parkland, Seattle’s unique location and great roads offer its visitors outstanding scenic views as soon as you jump in your car.
  • A good place to pick up your hire car is at the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. If you’re flying into Seattle, the city center is only a 13-mile drive away. Once you land, finding the car hire office is a breeze. You can use the 24-hour shuttle buses or head to the passenger pick-up areas in the main terminal located outside baggage claim at the north or south ends.
  • As a new driver in the city, you need to be aware of Seattle’s often busy and one-way streets. If you’re driving on residential streets, keep your eyes on the road as they often two lanes often merge into one. It’s also good to keep in mind that pedestrians will expect you to stop for them at crosswalks. Fortunately, local drivers tend to be considerate; but, as this is a busy city, you may have to navigate a few tricky situations including narrow streets, hills, and rainy weather.
  • If you’re not in a rush to discover Seattle, you won’t be affected by the slow traffic that can build on some of the busier streets, particularly in the metropolitan areas. The best time to avoid driving around Seattle is later in the week, especially on Fridays. Rush hour can also hit on busier weekend afternoons. Thankfully, Seattle has a few traffic cameras dotted around its roads, helping you keep an eye on the freeway and other congested intersections.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Seattle for $48 or less
  • Book your car hire in Seattle at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Seattle are around 10% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate car hires in Seattle are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Seattle

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

  • On average a hire car in Seattle costs $60 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Budget ($62/day), Hertz ($63/day) and Sixt ($116/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 6987 Perimeter Road 98108 (9 kilometres from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Seattle are Alamo (8.6, 167 reviews), Dollar (8.3, 1067 reviews), and Enterprise (8.3, 652 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Seattle is $4.80 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $58 and $77, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car hire companies onsite at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport include Thrifty, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Fox, Europcar and Avis.

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

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

  • A Intermediate car hire in Seattle costs $50 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Seattle costs $125 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Seattle costs $68 per day, on average.

  • In Seattle, cars are most frequently hired at Fox 3150 South 160th Street (17 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Seattle costs $423 per week ($60 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Seattle costs $1,814 per month ($60 per day).

  • If you want to whizz around “Jet City” in the comfort of your own hire car, then you need to understand that a smaller vehicle is ideal for navigating the narrow streets. Seattle’s hills and small side streets also mean that a subcompact car would be the best option for driving and parking in the city.

  • When you take to the roads in your hire car, you need to make a note of the strict speed limits in place around Seattle. The speed limit on residential streets is 20 mph, with an increase to 25 mph on arterial roads. You will find many signposts warning you of the limits in place and advising you to slow down. If you are driving close to an elementary school, you can expect to go through speed cameras, allowing them to strictly enforce the 20-mph speed limit.

  • Washington State has pretty high petrol prices compared with the rest of the United States. On average, you can anticipate paying around $3.35 for a gallon of regular petrol in Seattle. As a tourist to Seattle, it’s good to know that you will be expected to pay for your petrol first, then fill up. Most fuel pumps accept credit cards as well as cash, so you can fill up with ease.

  • When it comes to parking in Seattle, be prepared to pay. Seattle has a wide range of parking options, from parking lots to street parking. If you want to visit Pioneer Square or Central Waterfront, a good idea is to park downtown on a Sunday, as parking is free on the street. On weekdays after 18:00 there are also discounted parking rates around the city. One thing to remember when you are parking your hire car is to carry cash, as credit card machines are quite rare.