Whether you’re bouncing between the many golf courses Scottsdale has to offer, venturing into Phoenix situated southwest of the city, or exploring Tonto National Forest, by renting a car you can do all of the above conveniently within your own timeframe. The area is best explored with a car, so enjoy the many great things Scottsdale has to offer by renting a car.
Travelers who arrive in Scottsdale at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will be pleased to know that there are several rental car agencies on the grounds. Start your journey free of stress by renting a car directly at the airport and be in Scottsdale in about twenty minutes via the N Scottsdale Road. The rental car center is located in its own building and there is a shuttle operating between the terminals and the rental center. The bus stops are outside the terminals, past the baggage claim area.
Especially during summer, monsoons can occur regularly in Scottsdale and the whole of Arizona, and they bring heavy rain showers, strong winds, and dust storms – all of which can severely impair visibility. Should you drive into such a monsoon, try to find a safe place to park the car and wait until it has abated. Also do not drive into flooded areas, usually marked with a warning sign, or the car can lose traction and you will need to be towed out of the flooded area.
Rush hours in Scottsdale occur at 6-9 am and 5-7 pm, where traffic, specifically between Scottsdale and Phoenix, can increase dramatically. Try to avoid driving through the city during these times, and especially when heading to the airport, allow plenty of extra time (at least two hours), so you don’t miss your flight.
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Economy rental cars in Scottsdale are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Scottsdale which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Dollar
On average a hire car in Scottsdale costs C$ 47 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz (C$ 70/day), Enterprise (C$ 103/day) and Avis (C$ 103/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 15001 N Hayden Road 85260 (14 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Scottsdale are Enterprise (8.2, 97 reviews), Hertz (7.4, 124 reviews), and Dollar (6.7, 55 reviews).
The average gas price in Scottsdale is C$ 4.23 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 51 and C$ 68, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Scottsdale.
A Intermediate car rental in Scottsdale costs C$ 44 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Scottsdale costs C$ 89 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Scottsdale costs C$ 62 per day, on average.
In Scottsdale, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 6333 North Scottsdale Road (4 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Scottsdale costs C$ 326 per week (C$ 47 per day).
On average a rental car in Scottsdale costs C$ 1,396 per month (C$ 47 per day).
It is always easier to maneuver through an unknown city with a smaller car instead of a large and bulky one. If possible, rent a compact car to be able to navigate through traffic, find parking, and also pay a lower weekly rate in most cases. When planning to drive to the national forest or explore the natural surroundings, opt for a 4-wheel-drive car for the best traction.
It is important to always check posted speed limit signs and follow their listed speed limit. Generally, speed limits are 25 mph in residential areas, 65 mph on divided rural highways, and up to 75 mph on freeways and interstates. On the I-10 into Phoenix there is a Safety Corridor, which are lanes where accidents are more likely to occur and law enforcement is very strict (you could already get fined for going one or two miles over the speed limit).
The average price for a gallon of gas in Scottsdale lies at approximately $2.70, but there are cheaper gas stations like Costco or Mobil which can be up to $0.10 less per gallon. Travelers who are planning trips out of Scottsdale towards the many national and regional parks should refill the tank beforehand.
There are free parking opportunities available in Scottsdale, for example in the 1st Ave Lot or Pepperwood Lot, but keep in mind that parking is restricted to two hours. In the Old Town, there are also plenty of garages and on-street parking spots available, but during the day on-street parking may be hard to find, so opting for the 3rd Ave parking garage, for instance, may be a better option.