A rental car is the most comfortable, cost-effective way of exploring not only the city of Plano, but also other areas of Dallas, as well as other major attractions in Texas. With a car, you can explore freely Plano’s main points of interest, such as the Heritage Farmstead Museum, as well as embark on longer road trips outside the city. The second biggest canyon in the U.S., the Palo Duro Canyon, is about 270 miles south of Dallas and is the perfect place to visit with a car.
The two airports near Plano are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). At DFW, rental car agencies are situated in the Rental Car Center, which is near the airport’s south entrance and is open 24 hours, with free transfers running every 10-15 minutes from the terminal’s lower level. At DAL, the car rental desks can be found inside the terminal’s lower level, just after the Baggage Claim area, with companies providing a shuttle to the parking lot.
The main thing you have to know about driving in Plano is that drivers are slightly reckless. Always drive with caution and within the speed limits, even if that means being honked at. Drivers typically yield to larger vehicles, especially trucks. The summer weather is quite harsh as temperatures rise exponentially, so always book a car with air conditioning if you’re heading there during that season.
Although traffic is manageable on some side streets in Plano, even during rush hour, the freeways surrounding Dallas tend to get pretty packed during peak hour. Avoid driving between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and then again in the evening between 3:30 pm and 7:30 p.m. if you don’t want to add extra time to your travels. Lots of people commute from Plano to Dallas and vice-versa through the George Bush Turnpike, so expect some traffic jams there.
Book your rental car in Plano at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Supplier choice rental cars in Plano are around 62% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Plano
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (C$ 91/day) and Budget (C$ 147/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 1330 North Central Expressway 75074 (1 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Plano is Enterprise (7.8, 62 reviews).
The average gas price in Plano is C$ 5.81 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 70 and C$ 93, depending on the car size.
Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Plano.
A Supplier choice car rental in Plano costs C$ 37 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Plano costs C$ 42 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Plano costs C$ 43 per day, on average.
If you're just driving around the city or go to downtown Dallas, a compact economy car is a better option as it is easier to maneuver and park. If you’re planning on a road trip around the iconic desert surroundings, a spacious SUV would probably be the best option. When traveling with the entire family, a minivan is recommended.
The speed limit is usually 30 mph in urban areas, with the exception of certain residential areas, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted. Interstate highways typically have a speed limit of 70 mph, but in some cases it may be as high as 80 mph. Other public highways have a speed limit of 55 mph.
Downtown Plano offers several free public parking options, such as the Cox Courtyard Lot and the Haggard Park Lot. You can also leave your car at the DART station and hop on the train to go to other locations. Street parking meters in downtown Dallas are enforced from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday, and rates range between $0.50 and $2.00 per hour.