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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in State College

  • Visitors can conveniently rent cheap State College car rentals to tour locations in State College. There's much more than meets the eye in both this city and the surrounding region. Hit the road with a rental car in State College with guaranteed peak flexibility. Take the keys to your rental car and kick start your touring journey in some vibrant new areas. Be sure to travel to Baltimore for an exciting sightseeing excursion. It’s only 124 miles from State College and you can also visit several fascinating sites, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Pittsburgh, about 118 miles distant, is also a stunner. You can also visit PNC Park while you're here. It's among the reasons this city is highly ranked. State College is about 168 miles away from Niagara Falls State Park is and is quite a sight to behold accentuated with nature spots. Set up a picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Visitors touching down at University Park Airport (SCE) can rest assured knowing various State College cheap car rental companies are available and they’re not only comfortable but also highly rated. You can enjoy having access to the car rental companies which are conveniently situated at a close range from the University Park Airport (SCE) it is impossible to miss them. You’re at liberty to pick from an extensive selection of rental car companies located near the airport. Enterprise, Payless, and Alamo are the top pick car rental providers in State College for most vacationers. Other than these, National Car Rental and Hertz are two additional dependable providers you can opt for. All in all, the ball is in your court.
  • Majority of motorists who are visiting in State College opt for compact automobiles since they’re neither too little nor too large. They're good for going around town because of their excellent gas efficiency with not only the ease of parking but also handling. A compact car is practically more spacious than an economy vehicle, therefore, allowing you to travel in greater comfort and convenience.
  • State College is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania and surrounded by beautiful mountains, parks, and other state wildlife reservations. For outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore these areas, a car rental in State College is a great way to ensure access to all attractions. While there are some public transport vehicles within the city, there are few options available to you if you want to explore the greater area. Additionally, a rental car provides you with the freedom to determine your arrival and departure times to whatever site you’re visiting. Need to bring along some equipment? A personal vehicle can also function as a storage locker for your outings.
  • If you’ve booked a State College car rental in advance and are arriving by plane, you can pick up your vehicle at University Park Airport (SCE). There are multiple car rental companies represented here, including Alamo, Avis, Payless, Enterprise, and Hertz, to name a few. To find their service desks, simply exit to the left of the terminal. If you’re looking to book your vehicle for pick-up elsewhere, there is also an Enterprise on Blue Course Dr. and a Hertz on Beaver Ave.
  • State College has a lively downtown area with bars and restaurants, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for pedestrians while driving here. There are several designated crosswalks throughout the areas, but you may find people choosing to cross at unmarked locations—this is especially true during the evenings when the downtown area attracts the college crowd celebrating a night out.
  • As a college town, the typical rush hours don’t impact the city as much as other cities; however, while driving here, you may want to avoid the hours of between about 7am and 8:30am, then again between about 4:30pm and 6pm, as these are typical workday commute times.
  • Book your rental car in State College at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in State College are around 39% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in State College

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in State College?

    For your car rental in State College, you may find that an SUV is a suitable option. With plenty of legroom and cargo space, SUVs present you with the opportunity to bring along a group of friends for outdoor adventures, such as a hiking trip in Rothrock State Forest, about half-an-hour south of State College, or to Susquehannock State Forest, almost 2h to the north.

  • What’s the speed limit in State College?

    State College’s speed limits are consistent with most of the continental US. On urban roads without posted limits, you’ll find that around 35mph is the legal limit, with the limit rising to 55mph on unmarked country roads. Additionally, posted speed limits will often be around 30mph in residential areas. On I-70, also known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs north of State College, the posted speed limit is around 70mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in State College?

    There are several parking garages and parking lots available to drivers throughout State College. For a convenient option in the city center and close to shopping, try the Beaver Ave. Parking Garage on W. Beaver Ave. between S. Fraser St. and S. Burrowes St. On-street parking typically costs about $1.25 per hour, whereas off-street parking, such as in garages, is typically free for the first half-hour, then about $1 per hour after that.

  • How much is gas price in State College?

    The average gas price in State College is C$ 5.24 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 63 and C$ 84, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in State College?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in State College.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in State College?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in State College?

    A Mini car rental in State College costs C$ 184 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in State College?

    A Compact car rental in State College costs C$ 89 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in State College?

    An Intermediate car rental in State College costs C$ 156 per day, on average.

  • Do State College car rentals offer free cancellation?

    Some car rental providers offer free cancellation in State College granted that you cancel within 24 to 48 hours of your initial booking date. Some of these car rentals companies are Payless and Enterprise in State College.

  • Can I find car rentals located in downtown State College?

    Cheap State College car rental providers are not only available near University Park Airport (SCE) but also throughout the town. Within the heart of the town and towards downtown you can access agencies like Enterprise rent and Zipcar. Hertz Car Rental in State College is conveniently situated downtown State College inside the Beaver.

State College car rental reviews and directory

Avis

8.8

Very good

17 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.9

One location in State College

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Locations in State College

2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
Customer service was awesome especially at pick up in state college. I’ve only ever rented from enterprise before this and the customer service and the way they made it so easy makes me only want to use Avis in the future.

4.8 Mediocre

Jul. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly

Cons:

Tires were not inflated, staff dis not check state of the rental with me before leaving lot, and vehicle was not similar to that which i chose (i chose a kia soul or similar and received a nissan frontier pickup truck)

10.0 Wonderful

Jul. 2023

KAYAK
State College rental agent was excellent. Friendly. Efficient. He was great.

2.0 Poor

Jul. 2023

KAYAK
Check engine light was on in the vehicle, when asked to change to a different vehicle was told no we’re not doing that

10.0 Wonderful

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
Simple and easy. They are located right by the luggage area, very convenient. Extremely nice staff.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug. 2022

KAYAK
Smooth process.

1 out of 5

Budget

6.3

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.1

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jul. 2024

KAYAK
Ease of rental at State College airport.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul. 2024

KAYAK
Staff were great in providing info about and options for upgrading our rental. Extremely happy with the outcome.

2.0 Poor

Aug. 2022

KAYAK
The vehicle was not in road-ready condition as I had to fill up the tires with air twice and had to have the oil checked as a warning light was on from the start.

1 out of 1

Alamo

5.9

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.9

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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8.0 Very good

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was ready for pick up in State College and drop off was easy in Kentucky

Cons:

The mileage must have been logged incorrectly at the pick up location because at drop off, it said we had driven over 5,000 miles! Good think we got unlimited miles with the rental!

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I went all the way to the airport so they tell me ‘we are out of cars come back tomorrow, and when i asked what will guarantee that i will find one tomorrow he replies “because am telling you” such an unprofessional treatment.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Called me 30 minutes before I needed the car and said they did not have one available.

7.6 Good

Aug. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent at pickup was very helpful and friendly, even though I had to wait quite a while as he was the only one there. He was very nice.

8.0 Very good

Apr. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

This reservation was cancelled due to the Pandemic.

2.0 Poor

Jun. 2022

KAYAK
You guys forgot to mention all of the hidden fees I’ll have to pay and it ended up being almost double the cost you guys “estimated”. Maybe try getting the actual value of the car next time.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.2

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.7

Value for money

5.1

2 locations in State College

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215 Blue Course Dr

+1 814 238 4450

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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2.0 Poor

Sep. 2023

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car available for my reservation.

2.0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. They wouldn't rent to me and I still had to pay for the insurance.

Cons:

You could have not charged me for insurance on a car I didn't drive.

9.2 Wonderful

Sep. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and informative service.

Cons:

I think customers should charged by the hour, I was late by 1 hour for my 24 hour rental and was told I would be charged an entire extra day for it, I get it, but still.

7.2 Good

Aug. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent but severely understaffed for University move in weekend.

4.4 Mediocre

Aug. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing!

Cons:

Our flight was delayed and when we got to Enterprise they had given our car away along with about 10 others who had contracts. They told me to they'd honor any additional costs. THEY DIDN'T! I will never use Enterprise again!

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

quick and great service, clean vehicle

1 out of 2

Hertz

4.6

Mediocre

10 reviews

Cleanliness

5.4

Comfort

5.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.4

Value for money

4.4

2 locations in State College

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200 W. Beaver Avenue

+1 814 424 3423

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30

2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 1728

Monday09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday09:30 - 17:30
Wednesday09:30 - 17:30
Thursday09:30 - 17:30
Friday09:30 - 17:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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2.0 Poor

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
I booked the car 2 weeks ago and when it got to the day of pick up, I got to the location and that Hertz wasn’t opened. I immediately call the closest Hertz and they also didn’t have cars available, and was saying just because they DO NOT have enough staff so that location wasn’t opened. I needed the car ASAP so I had to call every rental car company to find a car but it was such a hurry and no cars were available. I paid $1200 for concert tickets and couldn’t make it JUST BECAUSE HERTZ DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH STAFFING, AND EVEN WORSE WITHOUT NOTIFYING ME, and KAYAK also have the availability opened online even Hertz does not. I was so angry and disappointed because I just threw $1200 tickets like trash because I couldn’t make it to New Jersey on time without the car. I will never come back to Kayak or Hertz and I will certainly spread out this incident and message to as many people as possible in State College so that they will not experience the same thing as me.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
I completed the reservation, and the rental place called a couple days later to tell me there won’t be a car available for me. All the other rental agencies in town were booked, so I had to upend my wife’s schedule so I could borrow her car.

4.8 Mediocre

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Better price and car could be cleaner.

2.0 Poor

Jul. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing...never was so disappointed in my whole life

Cons:

Booth was closed , sign said somebody would be there to see me , after 45 minutes I left

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff what is friendly and efficient. Pick up and drop off was easy.

Cons:

I rented an SUV and dropped it off with a full tank two days later. It was a simple transaction and went according to plan.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2023

KAYAK
The Hertz kiosk was the only car rental facility closed. We could not pick up our vehicle upon arrival. We had to book another car rental and pay more. Horrible experience!

1 out of 3

Payless

7.3

Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

8.0

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 23:30
Sunday09:00 - 23:30

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National

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00

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No reviews available

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in State College

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Penn State University Park Airport

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

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48 travellers who rented a car in State College gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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