Like so many cities in the U.S., Memphis requires visitors to have a vehicle at their disposal. Without a rental car at hand, you would simply struggle to get around the city as there is very little in the way of public transportation in the city. The main option is taking the public bus that, compared to a rental car, is quite slow and, especially when traveling with a group of people, would be even more expensive than renting in some cases.
Planning on picking up a rental car after your flight to Memphis lands? For travelers with flights to Memphis International Airport you will find the rental car counters in the Ground Transportation Center in Terminal B, one level below Baggage Claim.
Visitors to Memphis should note that GPS devices will often say that drivers can drive on Memphis’ famed Beale Street, but in actuality the street is blocked off for pedestrian use most hours of the day. Beale Street is one of the most popular attractions in Memphis and, while originally cars could drive on it at all hours, nowadays it is mostly reserved for pedestrian traffic except in the early hours.
No two words are dreaded more by drivers than rush hour. Fortunately for visiting drivers to Memphis, the city actually has fairly mild rush hour traffic. The morning rush hour normally lasts from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon it starts up around 4:00 p.m. and finishes shortly after 6:00 p.m.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Memphis are around 32% cheaper than airport locations on average
Supplier choice rental cars in Memphis are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Memphis
Some car rental companies in Memphis which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise
On average a hire car in Memphis costs C$ 70 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz (C$ 73/day), Dollar (C$ 95/day) and Enterprise (C$ 96/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 2491 Winchester Road 38116 (13 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Memphis are Alamo (8.5, 184 reviews), Enterprise (7.7, 185 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 81 reviews).
The average gas price in Memphis is C$ 4.08 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 49 and C$ 65, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Memphis.
A Intermediate car rental in Memphis costs C$ 71 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Memphis costs C$ 48 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Memphis costs C$ 65 per day, on average.
In Memphis, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 2491 Winchester Road (13 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Memphis costs C$ 487 per week (C$ 70 per day).
On average a rental car in Memphis costs C$ 2,086 per month (C$ 70 per day).
Like any city in the United States, Memphis is comfortable for all sizes of vehicles. In fact, larger trucks and SUVs are fairly common even in the central downtown areas of the city. However, if Memphis is just the first stop on a longer road trip, then it may be worth considering a more fuel efficient vehicle such as a sedan or a compact rather than a large SUV.
Residential streets in Memphis feature a speed limit of 30 mph, while city streets and rural roads typically range from 35 mph to 55 mph. Freeways and interstates (both urban and rural) in Memphis have a speed limit of 70 mph, while divided highways have a speed limit of 65 mph.
Gas prices in Memphis average around $1.90 per gallon. This is on the lower end of prices in the U.S., with many cities like Tampa (with its average price of $2.00) and Philadelphia (with its average price of $2.40) being more expensive to buy gas in than Memphis.
Streetside parking and parking at venues is the most common form of parking throughout Memphis and, in general, is a breeze to find. In the central business district, parking garages are a better option as streetside spaces outside popular places can fill up fast.