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Charleston Car Rental Information

Pick-up Location Charleston
Car Types Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Minivan, Premium, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental Locations 17
Airport Locations 6
Popular Agencies Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Alamo

Cheap Car Rentals in Charleston

Economy C$ 64/day
Compact C$ 63/day
Intermediate C$ 63/day
Standard C$ 67/day
Full-size C$ 72/day
SUV C$ 65/day
Minivan C$ 124/day
Premium C$ 79/day
Van C$ 296/day
Luxury C$ 81/day
Convertible C$ 82/day
Commercial C$ 75/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Charleston thrifty
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Charleston dollar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Charleston thrifty
4 Adults, 2 Bags SUV car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags Minivan car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags Van car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Charleston thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Charleston budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Charleston hertz
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Charleston car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best Rated
8.7 Excellent (6,609 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Alamo
Locations in Charleston
2039 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 556 1255
5500 International Blvd
+1 843 556 1255
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Rated #2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (13,011 reviews)
5 locations in Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in Charleston
2004 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 556 7889
2440 Savannah Hwy
+1 843 766 5160
398 Meeting Street
+1 843 723 6215
5500 International Blvd # 114
+1 843 767 1109
619 Marina Dr
+1 843 800 3074
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Rated #3
Avis
7.6 Good (2,286 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Avis
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Space 804
+1 843 402 9626
390 Meeting Street
+1 843 577 9705
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From C$ 53/day
Rated #4
Budget
Cheapest deal
7.4 Good (4,318 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Budget
Locations in Charleston
2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
+1 843 573 9144
390 Meeting Street
+1 843 577 5195
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From C$ 67/day
Rated #5
Hertz
Most popular
7.4 Good (4,136 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Hertz
Locations in Charleston
3025 Ashley Town Center Drive
+1 843 573 2147
5500 International Blvd
+1 843 767 4554
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Rated #6
National
national
8.0 Excellent (896 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
National
Locations in Charleston
5500 International Blvd # 119
+1 843 767 3078
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Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Charleston
Sunnycars
Locations in Charleston
2039 Savannah Highway
5500 Interbnational Boulevard

Car Rental Locations in Charleston

Good to Know

Most Popular Agency Hertz
Average price C$ 73/day
Good deal C$ 62/day

When to Book a Rental Car in Charleston

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for renting a car in Charleston

  • Charleston, like many cities in the US, is truly designed for cars over public transportation. Whether you are visiting Fort Sumter or checking out Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place, you simply would struggle to get around Charleston without a car. If you would like to visit Middleton Place, for instance, you would have no choice but to join a tour if you don’t have a car, as public transport doesn’t serve it.
  • Need to pick up a rental car after landing at Charleston International Airport? In that case, head on over to the Rental Car Pavilion located by Baggage Claim at the end of the airport’s main terminal, where you will find all of the airport’s rental agencies conveniently located together.
  • Jaywalking is very common in the historic part of Charleston so drivers should beware. This is partly because much of the pedestrian traffic in downtown Charleston is made up of tourists visiting the city. Another road hazard to look out for in the downtown area is the bikers -- particularly the distracted college students biking with their phones out.
  • Drivers will be happy to hear that while Charleston does experience its share of rush hour traffic, it is by no means severe. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start up at around 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour starts at 4:00 p.m. and finishes up at about 6:30 p.m. I-26 is the main road to avoid during rush hour as it is one of the top highways used by commuters heading to and from work.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Charleston for C$ 62 or less
  • Book your rental car in Charleston at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs About Renting a Car in Charleston

How much does it cost to rent a car in Charleston?

On average a hire car in Charleston costs C$ 71 per day.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Charleston?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget (C$ 37/day), Alamo (C$ 54/day) and Dollar (C$ 152/day).

What is the best rental car company in Charleston?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Charleston are Alamo (8.7, 6609 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13011 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2286 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: AFB-Municipal Airport (CHS)?

The only car rental company onsite at AFB-Municipal Airport is Hertz.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: AFB-Municipal Airport (CHS)?

Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from AFB-Municipal Airport to off-airport locations include Hertz and Budget.

What is the cheapest rental car location in Charleston?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 5501 Porsche Blvd Building 300 29418 (16 kilometers from city center).

How can I find car rentals near me in Charleston?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Charleston?

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

What's the speed limit in Charleston?

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

How are gas prices in Charleston?

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

Where are the best places to park in Charleston?

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