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Asheville car rental information

Pick-up locationAsheville
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Rental locations12
Airport locations3

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Asheville

  • Traffic is a significant factor when renting a car in Asheville, NC. If you decide to drive between all the sites in and around Asheville, you will want to avoid highways unless they are interstate highways. If you choose to drive on secondary roads and/or city streets, then you will be in for hours of frustrating bumper-to-bumper traffic every day of your stay. So, before you put your suitcases in the trunk and begin planning your road trip, check the traffic conditions on Asheville's main highways at the time of your visit.
  • You also need to consider your trip's safety and security considerations. This will help you avoid any safety concerns arising due to the distance between you and the car rental company. For example, in Asheville, a car rental company may require customers to park the vehicle in a designated parking lot, which can add some additional security concerns.
  • Asheville car rentals often have drive-up lanes so you can pull up and pick up your rental car without going inside the car rental company's office. Therefore, it's essential to check the car rental company's rules and regulations regarding where you can pick up the rental car.
  • Asheville has plenty to offer, from a vibrant arts scene to historical buildings, and, of course, the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a 1-hour drive from the center. Don’t miss out on any of Asheville’s attractions and rent a car to get the most out of your visit. Many of the outer attractions, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are not available with public transport and a car will give you the most flexibility to explore the city and surroundings in your own time.
  • Asheville Regional Airport features five on-site car rental companies which offer vehicles for all tastes. Follow the signs out of the terminal to their service desks and pick up a car to be in Asheville center in less than half an hour via the I-26 W. The transfer will take almost an hour with public transport, so the most convenient way to start your time is with a rental car directly from the airport. If arriving by train or bus, there are also car rental locations in the city -- for instance, in Tunnel Road or Patton Avenue.
  • Asheville has wonderfully breathtaking scenic routes; however, these routes are also very steep in some places and it is important to shift to a lower gear instead of breaking down on your way. If braking too much, the brakes can overheat and, in the worst case scenario, stop working altogether. Drive slowly through the winding roads in and around Asheville as well, especially in winter, with snow and ice possibly on the streets. Ensure the rental car has winter tires, make sure to adjust your speed, and have some extra snacks and thermos flasks ready in the car in case you get stuck.
  • The I-240 goes right through the heart of Asheville and the I-40 is a major route connecting many places, so these roads can be congested when commuters come into Asheville in the morning between around 7-9am and leave the city between 5-8pm. If going west, the US-23 can be an alternate route, depending on your ultimate goal.
  • Book your rental car in Asheville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Asheville are around 63% cheaper than other car types, on average

Asheville car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Asheville 
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Call the company to check whether or not they have a car for you.
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Call the rental car company directly
Verified travelerAug. 2023
No shoulder on any of the roads, be prepared! Beautiful mountains though!
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Get the car you ordered and don’t settle
PeterJun. 2023
Inspect the car thoroughly before leaving the lot.
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Book with a different company or turo

FAQs about renting a car in Asheville

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Asheville?

    If you’re planning to venture out into the mountains, it is recommended to opt for a 4-wheel-drive car, as there are gravel roads that will require additional road grip. A 4-wheel-drive car is also a good choice for winter driving conditions and is a real all-rounder for the area.

  • What’s the speed limit in Asheville?

    It is important to always adapt speed to the prevailing weather and road conditions, but general regulations allow 25 mph in residential areas and only 10 mph around schools or pedestrian areas. Up to 55 mph is permitted on rural roads, and 55-60 mph on most freeways. Keep an eye out for signs that indicate speed limits.

  • Where are the best places to park in Asheville?

    On-street parking is metered in Asheville and costs around $1.50 per hour, but check the sign for details. On Sundays and public holidays, on-street parking is free. There are also parking garages to consider, such as the Civic Center Garage with its daily maximum of about $10, the Wall Street Garage, or the Rankin Avenue Garage.

  • How much is gas price in Asheville?

    The average gas price in Asheville is C$ 4.70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 56 and C$ 75, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Asheville?

    Economy (Honda Fit or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Asheville.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Asheville?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Asheville?

    An Economy car rental in Asheville costs C$ 37 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Asheville?

    A Compact car rental in Asheville costs C$ 52 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Asheville?

    A Special car rental in Asheville costs C$ 58 per day, on average.

  • How much does renting a car in Asheville, NC, cost?

    While car rental prices in Asheville will vary depending on the car model, the season, and the day of the week, they tend to average around $30 per day. To get an idea of what a specific rental car company will charge in Asheville, check out their online pricing and special offers for Asheville.

  • How do you find cheap car rentals in Asheville?

    It's best to search for Asheville cheap car rentals online and compare the rates and services of different companies. Use a search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo and type in "Asheville cheap car rentals," followed by your search criteria. You can also try a site like Expedia or Hotwire to find some cheap Asheville car rental options. You can also contact local car rental companies and ask them if they offer Asheville cheap car rentals or advertise your search online yourself.

Asheville car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

Best rated

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.3

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

61 Terminal Drive

+1 828 687 2513

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
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2.0 Poor

Nov. 2023

KAYAK
The car was not cleaned when we picked it up. The back seat was full of dog hair and there was mud on the floor. We did not realize it until we had passengers sit in the back seat several days later. When I told the agent at drop off that the car wasn’t cleaned I was told I may be charged for cleaning the car since I didn’t take pictures of the problem before we left the airport.

6.0 Okay

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
I ordered a compact car , but nothing was available when my date to p/u. Instead I got a mini van.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything went smoothly

2.0 Poor

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at the airport was uncooperative and when I asked if I could change the drop off location the person at the counter made a point to be short and was not helpful. I also asked about adding another driver and he seemed annoyed at my questions. Because of this I canceled my reservation and booked at the counter next door. He told me that I would still be charged for the day if I switched in a manner that was intended to scare me than in making any effort to be helpful. but once I made the other reservation he was able to refund my money.

Cons:

Better customer service at the counter.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Experience was great.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

They could have had a car. Some car. They did not. There were no cans or Uber's. So I was stranded at the airport. Thanks thrifty! Go fu k yourselves

1 out of 25

Hertz

6.0

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Asheville

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61 Terminal Drive Ste 15

+1 828 684 6455

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
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891j Patton Avenue

+1 828 225 1828

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

VERY friendly staff. Vehicle upgrade was excellent.

Cons:

Way too expensive.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff in Asheville was terrible. They ended up giving us the wrong car and we only found it out when we dropped it off in Jacksonville. Staff in Jacksonville as almost as bad. The car was also not cleaned before. Someone's old coke can was left in the car.

Cons:

Whatever you do, make sure you get a PAPER contract when you pick up your car. They said we didn't need one in Asheville and they just emailed it to us, but once we got to Jacksonville, Hertz acted like we should have had one and they treated us as if we were the problem with it not being there.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Could not have been easier all the way around from staff at the counter to the car itself.

Cons:

Not a thing.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff. Car.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

They had over booked by 35 cars and we were stranded at a small airport with no rental car. They did not help in any way.

Cons:

Had a car for us. I'm very disappointed.

4.8 Mediocre

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Got there and line was 20 people deep and people in front of me had been there for 90 minutes. One person at counter. left after an hour without a car.

Cons:

more people at desk, don’t overextend reservations

1 out of 12

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.4

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

5.4

4 locations in Asheville

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168 Smokey Park Hwy

+1 828 665 2389

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 - 00:00
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26 Tunnel Rd

+1 828 333 9823

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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579 Tunnel Rd

+1 828 298 6914

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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954 Patton Ave

+1 828 255 0236

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Nov. 2023

KAYAK
Complete waste our our time, car was booked 20miles away from Airport, useless!

2.0 Poor

Nov. 2023

KAYAK
They booked me at the wrong location

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
You show cars available to reserve, but they had no cars

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
They did not have a car available for me, despite the fact that the booking was a few weeks ago. They also did not have my email from Kayak, so they were unable to email me about this. They could only call me, which I had missed. So, I turned up with my suitcase and there was no car. I will not be using Kayak again for booking rental cars.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
I expected to pik up my car at the airport but had to take a $60 Cab to get to the rental site on the other side of town.

1.9 Poor

Jun. 2021

KAYAK
Car was not at airport to begin with, was at a satellite location. Took 2 hours to get there. Next, only car available was an abused Mustang. Not what I wanted. Car had exhaust leak, poor alignment, and stunk of pot, and a slow leak in a tire. Returned to satellite office to complain about the smell, they flushed ac with chlorine. Didn't help, the smell was back in 20 minutes. Eventually the tire went flat, no jack in the car. Waited 3 hours for roadside assistance to finally send someone (we were in the center of a small city). Agent on the phone for roadside assistance promised a different car, to be picked up at the airport. Drove half hour to airport next morning with donut tire, was told that I can not exchange there, I have to go to satellite office. Drove another half hour to satellite office with donut tire. Finally got a car closer to what I originally requested. Returning car to pay the bill and was surprised by the amount. Original price was supposed to be just $500. Now the total is $795. Could not stay and complain because we had to get to the airport for our flight. Will not ever rent from enterprise again, and I will advise anybody that mentions renting a car to avoid enterprise like the plague of a shady business that they are.

1 out of 18

Budget

5.0

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

5.3

One location in Asheville

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3 South Tunnel Road

+1 828 299 4191

Monday08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday08:30 - 18:00
Thursday08:30 - 18:00
Friday08:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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6.0 Okay

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
It was very difficult to find the office. It turns out it was inside a mall and there is no sign anywhere outside or inside the mall telling you where it is. We had to ask several workers at other shops in the mall - although we weren’t even sure it was even in there! Never had such a frustrating experience trying to rent a car. Once we found the counter everything went smoothly. The woman said they are not permitted to hang signage (!?)

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
When I rented the car I told them I wanted to pick it up at the Ashville Airport. When trying to pick up the vehicle I was told that my car was at a different location. I had to get a taxi which I had to pay $55.00 for. Also the car was dirty and the gas tank was not full. I was told that I could not drop the car off at the airport without paying $250.00 fee. Because of My early flight I was forced to dod this. My experiance with Kayak Sucked Big time. I would never use Kayak again.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and professional staff

Cons:

Additional staff. Had to wait 45 min for car during pickup

6.8 Okay

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car smelled like cigarettes

5.6 Fair

Jul. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Price

5.6 Fair

Jun. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The employee at the airport was able to switch my reservation around so I could get a car from the airport

Cons:

It was not clear from my reservation that the pickup location was not the airport and what time I would need to be there by to get the car.

1 out of 18

Avis

5.9

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

5.9

One location in Asheville

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3 South Tunnel Road

+1 828 299 3644

Monday08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday08:30 - 18:00
Thursday08:30 - 18:00
Friday08:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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6.0 Okay

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much, honestly. I specifically rented a small car and was given a larger SUV that I didn't really want to drive. See below. The dropoff in Chesapeake was fine. The rental price was much better than what competitors quoted me.

Cons:

Just about everything. The vehicle was in need of alignment so driving it was a challenge. And despite being told there was half a tank of gas, it was barely 1/4 of a tank. The pickup took forever because there was only one employee and the Asheville location was quite busy. And people pick specific cars during rental for a reason. I was supposed to get a Corolla or similar. Instead I got this EcoSport SUV that was bigger than I wanted, and wasn't really in great shape. Beyond that, the dropoff location is really hard to find. It's in an area with lots of other businesses and there's no sign that's visible from the road. If you happen to turn into the right place, there's a very small sign next to the front door that says "AVIS/Budget Group" but otherwise the building looks like a white house next to a Verizon store.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was absolutely filthy and most of the staff were rude, even on the phone trying to figure out where in the mall they're located. They didn't give me a printout with my total when I picked up the car and it wasn't emailed to me, turns out they overcharged me.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy, convenient location in airport.

Cons:

The car was not ready at the specified time. When it was 1 hour later at the closing time of the Avis branch, it had not been cleaned or vacuumed and smelled like marijuana smoke. Unacceptable during a pandemic.

6.0 Okay

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Went to pick up my vehicle at scheduled time and there were no cars available . Also asked for a car and they put me into an suv and charged me for it

5.6 Fair

Jun. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop-off staff was helpful

Cons:

Car smelled like smoke. Pick-up was slow and sales rep was distracted. Expensive for what we got

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not receive the SUV that I rented online.

1 out of 6

Ace

4.2

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

1137 Patton Ave

+1 828 380 9338

Monday10:30 - 18:30
Tuesday10:30 - 18:30
Wednesday10:30 - 18:30
Thursday10:30 - 18:30
Friday10:30 - 18:30
Saturday10:30 - 18:30
Sunday12:30 - 18:30
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Desty-Nation Rentals LLC

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One location in Asheville

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1137A Patton Ave

+1 828 380 9338

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Sunnycars

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One location in Asheville

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61 Terminal Drive

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340 travellers who rented a car in Asheville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

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Economy

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