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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Charlottesville

  • If you arrive in the city by train, consider using cheap car rentals in Charlottesville to connect to various destinations. Major Charlottesville car rentals like Avis, Budget, and Enterprise, have their offices located about 10min walk distance from the Charlottesville Amtrak Train Station, which is the city’s main train station. The availability of these offices near the train station offers many travelers enhanced convenience and saves on their budget. This is because train transport is one of the most popular means of transport among travelers arriving in Charlottesville.
  • It is important that you have a glimpse of the traffic interruption when getting cheap car rentals in Charlottesville. During the Virginia Film Festival, which happens during the first week of November every year, the city experiences major interruptions in the traffic with heavy jams on nearly all roads. You can easily be stuck in a traffic jam on many of these roads. Using your rental car during this period is inconvenient and costly. Unless there are unavoidable reasons to come to the city and use Charlottesville car rental during this period, you can visit Charlottesville during the other times of the year.
  • You need to know knowledge of the direction and time taken to drive your cheap car rentals in Charlottesville from the city center to the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport in order to plan your schedule properly. There are two options for drivers from the city center to the airport. The first option is through US-29 S, which is a distance of 6.3 miles. If you choose this direction, it will take about 10min to arrive at the city center from the airport. The second option is via Berkmar Drive, which is a distance of 6.4 miles. In this case, you will take 11min to arrive at the city center from the airport.
  • If you're looking to experience as much as you possibly can from your Charlottesville trip, having a rental car can go a long way. Transportation plays a major role in how well you can enjoy your trip and how much you can do in the amount of time you have. Most cars from car rentals in Charlottesville come equipped with high-tech GPS navigational systems that will help you reach the city’s hidden spots. You won't have to worry about getting there or getting back because everything will be at your own pace. Besides, renting a car is budget-friendly, especially if you're traveling in a group or with children. Even better, you can explore outside the city and enjoy some wine at Cardinal Point Winery, which is about 24 miles away. The Massanutten Indoor Waterpark, situated about 56 miles away from the city, is another popular day excursion.
  • The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport has an on-site rental car counter where you can conveniently pick up your car once you arrive. It's located in the baggage claim lobby. Just follow the "Arrivals" and "Baggage Claim" signs to get there. This is where you'll find Charlottesville car rentals, including National, Budget, and Hertz. The cars are located right outside the baggage claim.
  • Jaywalking violations are no longer enforceable in Virginia, so it is advisable to watch out for pedestrians that may be inattentive when crossing the street, whether on a marked crosswalk or not. Cyclists are also allowed on the road and even though they’re advised to ride as close to the sidewalk as possible, make sure you keep three feet between you and the bike when passing them.
  • You may have to commute early because the morning rush hour starts around 7am and ends around 10am. Interstate 64, in particular, gets congested, and traffic on US 29, especially close to the US 250 bypass, often drags for miles during evening rush hours, which span from 4pm to 6pm. If you can hang out where you are and wait until 7pm, you'll get to your destination much faster. You might experience snow and patches of slippery ice on Charlottesville roads during the winter, so you’ll want to choose the right kind of vehicle for these conditions.
  • Book your rental car in Charlottesville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Charlottesville are around 29% more expensive than other car types, on average

Charlottesville car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Charlottesville 
Verified travelerSep. 2023
Allow enough time to thoughtfully go through the car before you drive off in it. But the staff in Charlottesville was very friendly and kind.
AnemoneJun. 2023
I did not stay in Charlottesville. My SUV broke down in the mountains and I just rented from there.
JameelJun. 2023
Maybe more staff. One person had to do all the work of checking in and out vehicles.

FAQs about renting a car in Charlottesville

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

    Charlottesville is a city well-suited for on-road cars unless you specifically intend to go off-roading on some of the trails around the city. You can choose any car from a premium to an economy or a standard SUV, depending on your needs and budget. If you're bringing kids to the city, a minivan or station wagon is an ideal choice. If you're here on business, consider getting a premium or luxury car from car rentals in Charlottesville.

  • What’s the speed limit in Charlottesville?

    In Charlottesville, VA, the statutory speed limit for all highways is 55mph, and in business or residential areas, you have to adhere to a limit of 25mph. When driving your rented car on unpaved roads, you need to maintain a limit of 35mph, and when cruising around school zones, you have to drive at 25mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Charlottesville?

    On-street parking in the city streets around the mall is free for a maximum of 2h. If you need to park longer, you'll find parking garages in the immediate vicinity of the downtown area. The Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage offer free parking for the first hour, then charge about $1 for every half-hour after that.

  • How much is gas price in Charlottesville?

    The average gas price in Charlottesville is C$ 5.23 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 63 and C$ 84, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Charlottesville?

    Standard (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Charlottesville.

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

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

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Charlottesville?

    A Standard car rental in Charlottesville costs C$ 130 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Charlottesville?

    An Intermediate car rental in Charlottesville costs C$ 63 per day, on average.

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

    A Compact car rental in Charlottesville costs C$ 76 per day, on average.

  • Which places can you visit with Charlottesville car rentals?

    Most Charlottesville car rentals allow drivers to use their cars to visit nearby cities, including Waynesboro, Staunton, and Harrisonburg. This distance from Charlottesville to Waynesboro is 28.5 miles, which you are likely to cover in 33min in light traffic. If you use your rental car from Charlottesville to Staunton, you will take about 44 min, covering a distance of 39.7 miles. The distance from Charlottesville to Harrisonburg is 45.8 miles, which you cover in 54min in light traffic.

  • Where is the best place to rent a car in Charlottesville?

    Major Charlottesville car rentals like Avis, Enterprise, and Dollar have pick-up and return offices in various locations in the city. However, the offices at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport are highly rated among travelers. You can conveniently get your preferred car model from the airport.

Charlottesville car rental reviews and directory

Budget

7.4

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.6

2 locations in Charlottesville

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Locations in Charlottesville

100 Bowen Loop Suite 102

+1 434 973 3079

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
Sunday09:00 - 23:59

325 Rivanna Plaza Drive

+1 434 973 1595

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:30 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
The inside front window needed some cleaning. Otherwise, it was terrific. I loved the car (Toyota Camry), the people were nice, and the whole process was very quick and smooth. Thanks!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff. Free upgrade to a fun to drive car as they had no other vehicle!

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Rented three different cars from Budget over Christmas holiday - all three had major mechanical issues. The battery on the first one died, leaving me stranded.

6.0 Okay

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car interior was clean.

Cons:

Exterior of car showed minor damage that was not mentioned during pick-up, requiring a return trip to the desk to document. Front right tire was 7 psi low, causing warning light on dashboard to illuminate.

4.4 Mediocre

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly!

Cons:

The car conditions

9.2 Wonderful

Aug. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very helpful in difficult circumstances given the power was off at the airport due to a major storm. They still processed my rental and got me on the road quickly.

Cons:

The price. Maybe a fare for renting by the week.

1 out of 9

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very good

24 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.4

3 locations in Charlottesville

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Locations in Charlottesville

100 Bowen Loop

+1 844 934 1096

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

1650 Seminole Trl

+1 434 974 7488

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

392 Pantops Center

+1 434 979 5566

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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2.0 Poor

Dec. 2023

KAYAK
The rental car (pickup truck) that was requested was not available. No other suitable options were available either.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and helpful. It was very easy to get to the car and then return it.

Cons:

This was my first time ever renting a car I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was definitely disappointed. Once I got the keys I went to get the car and got in, I immediately noticed it smelled like smoke. It wasn’t unbearable but I wanted to report it because I didn’t want the company to think I had anything to do with it. I went back to inform the guys at the desk but they were all gone. I waited for about 10 minutes or so but no one came back. Fortunately there was a woman at another rental car company desk right there who took my information and said she would give it to the guys in the morning and to not worry about it. While driving the car around over the weekend I had the AC on and it had a mold smell at different times. I’m assuming the air filter needed changed. I’m kind of surprised This happened. I assumed rental car companies would make sure the car was clean and was maintained with new air filters. But perhaps not and this is just how it is. Also, I was incorrectly charged on my credit card and customer service is going to fix it but could not tell me why that happened.

8.0 Very good

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very much so. They were friendly, professional, and prompt.

Cons:

Pick up and drop off options could have been communicated more clearly.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, quick pickup and drop off. Also, a great car.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Fastest check in and check out ever!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The rep on duty on 9/18 at 9:45 am was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodate my rental request. Through a website I reserved a large SUV. Enterprise was oversold on the vehicle I needed. The rep. came through for me on my request and worked hard to make sure that I had what I requested. That Rep made my trip with my family comfortable and joyful.

Cons:

Get more Large SUVs for the area (Charlottesville, VA) they always sell out on the weekend.

1 out of 5

National

7.9

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.0

One location in Charlottesville

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Locations in Charlottesville

100 Bowen Loop

+1 844 934 1095

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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9.6 Wonderful

Dec. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, super easy pickup, even super easier drop off.

Cons:

provide a chauffeur?

9.6 Wonderful

Aug. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very quick and easy process

10.0 Wonderful

Jun. 2023

KAYAK
Good experience. Easy drop off. Customer service with actual human beings is fantastic! Thank you for putting people first!

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2022

KAYAK
Had to cancel the rental and change travel plans because National does not accept debit for one-way rentals. Extremely inconvenient. Could have been avoided if the website would have made this policy clear when booking. Had no trouble booking a one-way with Avis instead. Thank goodness for them.

6.0 Okay

Mar. 2022

KAYAK
Strong smell of smoke in a partially cleaned car. No mechanism to report existing damage. Thankfully none major. Despite airport mask mandate, clerk did not wear one. Important to me traveling with family with lung disease. Will not use same company again if reasonable option exists.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent was especially helpful!

1 out of 2

Dollar

7.3

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.3

One location in Charlottesville

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Locations in Charlottesville

100 Bowen Loop

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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2.0 Poor

Jun. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Information given at time of booking was incorrect and was not able to rent car.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick service at counter on both ends of the trip. Car was a short walk from terminal. Very clean. Nice man took care of us. Not one issue. Great experience.

5.6 Fair

Jun. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Reserved large SUV, got open bed smaller pickup. Open bed resulted in problems due to three days of rain and I was transporting supplies for wedding and four passengers

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was smooth sailing.

6.0 Okay

Jul. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off

Cons:

Car was dirty, maintenance light was on for oil change and filter when we picked it up. Tires were bare causing us to hydroplane during rain storms. Rear view mirror kept falling off.

6.8 Okay

Jun. 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Dropping off in Charlottesville was not good. Their drop off area was completely full and cars were half-hazardly parked and a few people weren’t sure where to leave the cars. We all ended up just parking in the middle of a row.

1 out of 1

Avis

7.0

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.6

2 locations in Charlottesville

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Locations in Charlottesville

100 Bowen Loop Suite 102

+1 434 973 6000

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
Sunday09:00 - 23:59

325 Rivanna Plaza Drive

+1 434 973 1563

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:30 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 23:59

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8.0 Very good

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly

Cons:

Car was in terrible condition, but it was replaced with a normal car

4.0 Mediocre

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was great. Drop off was convenient.

Cons:

When I got to the desk to pickup they had already closed. I had to ask a police officer to call the manager to come in.

2.8 Poor

Nov. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Horrible experience in Virginia. Pick up service was late and gave us a damaged car.

Cons:

They need to pay more attention to your other branches.

8.0 Very good

Jun. 2023

KAYAK
Overall good because it was a small airport. Unfortunately they did not have a SUV which is what I had rented and gave me a minivan.

8.0 Very good

Oct. 2021

KAYAK
First car at pickup reeked with cigarette smoke so bad I couldn’t use it. They did replace with same type vehicle. Was very displeased that the same car rental fee around $25 less per day at their 8 min away location. I couldn’t use them because my flight got in at 3:30 and they closed at 4:00 on Saturdays and they would not leave car for me like Enterprise rental does

7.9 Good

Sep. 2021

KAYAK
Cars need to have some sort of navigational system

1 out of 2

Hertz

7.0

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.9

2 locations in Charlottesville

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100 Bowen Loop #200

+1 434 297 4288

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

104 Meade Ave

+1 434 978 4433

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
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Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 23:59

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2.0 Poor

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car - any car! Had to wait an extra 1.5-2 hours and ride to a local body shop to get the not-cleaned car.

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2021

KAYAK
Under staffed, car was filthy,1/4 tank of gas. Paid up front and had to wait a hr to pick up cat

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was tedious because the computers were down.

Cons:

The car was very dirty and the windshield so smeared on the interior that I had to clean it myself.

6.0 Okay

Apr. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was amazing and so friendly.

Cons:

The car was dirty when we picked it up. Sanitized- but not really cleaned.

6.0 Okay

Apr. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The Car worked okay and got great mileage and the staff really tried to help - they were just understaffed for the amount # of cars going out and coming in.

Cons:

The 7 passenger Van was 2.5 hours late in getting to my pickup location. I did not receive a call until I arrived in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. to pick it up. I had to return and I actually picked it up at about 11:30 a.m. and spent a about 30-45 minutes waiting as they were totally understaffed. The care worked fine, but was smaller than what was advertised - it was definitely not an equal to the model advertised which was a Nissan Pathfinder.

2.0 Poor

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Actually having my rental car. They did not have any available rentals even after I had made my reservation days before. Associate who called me was very rude

1 out of 6

Alamo

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Charlottesville

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100 Bowen Loop

+1 844 934 1095

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
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Saturday08:00 - 23:59
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Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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Sunnycars

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

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