The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A rental car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
All the major car rental agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car rental counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
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Compact rental cars in Milwaukee are around 50% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Milwaukee which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Thrifty and Budget
On average a hire car in Milwaukee costs C$ 75 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar (C$ 87/day), Hertz (C$ 95/day) and Avis (C$ 115/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Dollar 5300 S Howell Ave 53207 (10 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Milwaukee are Enterprise (8.6, 493 reviews), Alamo (8.3, 100 reviews), and Dollar (7.3, 238 reviews).
The average gas price in Milwaukee is C$ 4.24 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 51 and C$ 68, depending on the car size.
Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Milwaukee.
A Economy car rental in Milwaukee costs C$ 47 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Milwaukee costs C$ 73 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Milwaukee costs C$ 51 per day, on average.
In Milwaukee, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 5300 S Howell Ave (10 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Milwaukee costs C$ 526 per week (C$ 75 per day).
On average a rental car in Milwaukee costs C$ 2,256 per month (C$ 75 per day).
Single travelers who don't require much space for passengers and luggage and are visiting in the summer should opt for a small convertible to enjoy the Lake Michigan views and the nice weather. Families embarking on a road trip across the area might prefer a small van or a sedan, which will give everyone plenty of space and comfort.
The speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour in the city (with the exception of certain residential areas that demand a lower limit, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted), 35 mph in city limits or uncongested towns, 45 mph on rustic roads, and 65 mph on freeways or expressways.
The average gas prices in Milwaukee are approximately $2.22 per gallon. Lower prices can get as low as $1.99 per gallon. If you're visiting in the summer months when there are more events and hence more tourists in the area, try to fill up the tank early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid waiting in big lines at gas stations.
The closer you get to downtown, the more regulated street parking is. Metered spaces have different time limits depending on their locations, and prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour. Saturdays are free in some areas downtown, and street parking is free on Sundays and public holidays everywhere. You can apply for Temporary Overnight Parking Permission, which will let you park your car for free overnight on any Milwaukee street.