If you rent a car upon your arrival, you can conveniently discover everything St. Louis has to offer from museums, to the Botanical Garden, to the Mississippi River. Rent a car as soon as you land in Missouri and cruise through the city and adjoining areas, like the Mark Twain National Forest, which is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from St. Louis.
Get a rental car upon landing at Lambert International Airport to be in the city in under half an hour. Service desks are located on the lower level of Terminal 1 and shuttle buses bring travelers to the pick-up locations of the cars. Companies include Avis, Alamo, and National. The I-70 E will bring drivers quickly and conveniently to St. Louis and many places of interest like the Busch Stadium, the City Museum, or, of course, your hotel.
St. Louisans have a reputation for not adhering to street regulations like turn signals or yielding, so double check before entering a roundabout or intersection -- especially since drivers here are also known to sometimes run a red light when it has just switched from green. Driving defensively will definitely help and, when adhering to speed limits and paying extra attention, drivers should face no problems.
Winters can bring rain and snow to St. Louis and road conditions are not ideal in the city when the cold weather hits, so make sure the rental car is properly equipped. Adapting speed when it snows or rains is pivotal, and, if possible, driving should be avoided altogether when the weather conditions get too severe. Also note that in St. Louis each district has its own methods to deal with the snow, meaning some roads may be salted while others may be plowed, making the streets narrower.
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Off-airport rental car locations in St. Louis are around 36% more expensive than airport locations on average
Economy rental cars in St. Louis are around 51% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in St. Louis
Some car rental companies in St. Louis 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 Thrifty
On average a hire car in St. Louis costs C$ 51 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz (C$ 64/day) and Enterprise (C$ 95/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 10278 Natural Bridge Rd 63134-3302 (18 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in St. Louis are Alamo (8.5, 301 reviews), Enterprise (8.1, 241 reviews), and Thrifty (8.0, 218 reviews).
The average gas price in St. Louis 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.
Compact (Nissan Versa or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in St. Louis.
A Compact car rental in St. Louis costs C$ 48 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car rental in St. Louis costs C$ 49 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in St. Louis costs C$ 43 per day, on average.
In St. Louis, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 800 Washington Ave (1 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in St. Louis costs C$ 359 per week (C$ 51 per day).
On average a rental car in St. Louis costs C$ 1,538 per month (C$ 51 per day).
When choosing a car for your trip to St. Louis, opt for one with 4-wheel drive to be ready for all weather conditions. You may also want to choose a more compact car, as some streets are narrow, and finding a parking spot becomes much easier with a smaller vehicle.
Generally, 20-25 mph is permitted in school zones and residential areas, unless otherwise indicated. 60 mph is allowed on urban interstates and highways, whereas rural freeways allow drivers to speed up to 70 mph. As usual, posted signs should be followed and speed adapted to road and weather conditions.
The average price for gas in St. Louis is around $2.30 per gallon, but, when looking at gas stations like Phillips 66 or Mobil, drivers can get a refill with lower rates -- around $2.18 per gallon. Watch out for holiday periods as fuel prices will rise.
Street parking in St. Louis is an option and is usually metered, but be aware that the city still has a reputation for car theft and cars should not be parked on the street for a long period of time or overnight. Instead, opt for a hotel with included parking or choose a parking lot or garage downtown, which can cost as little as $6 per day. Such garages include 7th Street Garage, Citi Park, or Central Downtown Garage.