Visitors to El Paso, whether they are there for business or pleasure, are highly advised to rent a car as they will find that there really is no other way of getting around town. Although there is a public bus and a trolley in the downtown area, the city is simply a car town. It can easily take upwards of an hour to get across town via bus when in a car it would be just a short drive.
Ready to get started on your trip to El Paso? Step one is likely to pick up your rental car. Travelers landing at El Paso International Airport will find the rental car counters located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport.
Red light cameras are legal in Texas and are found at many intersections in El Paso and across Texas. What this means for drivers is that, if you by go through a stale yellow light as it turns red -- or just roll through a red light -- you may be on the hook for a fine. This is because red light cameras take pictures of any drivers who fail to stop for a red light.
El Paso experiences its share of rush hour like many cities in the U.S. that rely upon private transportation. However, the congestion is not nearly as severe as it is in other major cities in Texas such as Dallas or Houston. El Paso’s rush hour runs primarily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mesa Street is one road to avoid during rush hour, though, as it can get quite bogged down.
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Compact rental cars in El Paso are around 56% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in El Paso which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Hertz and Dollar
On average a hire car in El Paso costs C$ 58 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in El Paso are Alamo (8.9, 120 reviews), Enterprise (8.2, 94 reviews), and Thrifty (8.1, 59 reviews).
The average gas price in El Paso is C$ 4.14 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 50 and C$ 66, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in El Paso.
A Intermediate car rental in El Paso costs C$ 53 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in El Paso costs C$ 90 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in El Paso costs C$ 81 per day, on average.
In El Paso, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 6701 Convair Road (10 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in El Paso costs C$ 407 per week (C$ 58 per day).
On average a rental car in El Paso costs C$ 1,744 per month (C$ 58 per day).
Like any Texan city, El Paso is well suited for a wide range of vehicles due to the city’s large streets and wide avenues. Fortunately for car renters, this means that trucks, SUVs, sedans, and compacts will all find navigating El Paso to be an easy affair. Also, the parking spaces in the city are adequately sized for even the largest of cars.
El Paso’s residential areas feature speed limits of 25 mph to 35 mph, while roads and streets in urban areas go from 25 mph to 50 mph. On the highway, the speed limits start out at 70 mph but go as high as 75 or even 80 mph on the largest of highways.
The average price of gas in El Paso is just about $2.00 per gallon which is right around the average of other Texan cities such as Houston, where gas is $1.90 per gallon, and in Dallas, where gas is $1.85 per gallon.
For the most part, streetside parallel parking should suit your needs for most parts of El Paso; this includes the downtown area as well. However, if you prefer, there are plenty of parking garages and private lots to choose from and, in some cases, they may be a better bet for finding a free space during peak hours.