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Tacoma car rentals

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Tacoma

  • Downtown Tacoma is approximately 26 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Driving your rentals from the airport to downtown via the I-5 takes about 30min. Hop on the Airport Expressway once you exit the airport and drive southeast. After about two miles, merge onto the WA-518 E and continue for another mile. Take the exit to I-5 S for just over 20 miles and join I-705 N by taking exit 133, which takes you to the heart of Tacoma.
  • Several roads in Tacoma divide the city streets and addresses into either south and north or east and west. Getting familiar with these roads and navigating around town becomes a breeze. Running from west downtown through Titlow Park and Sprague is the 6th Avenue, while Division Avenue runs between Sprague and Stadium Way through downtown. Division Avenue and 6th Avenue divide the streets and addresses from north and south. A street running from north and south divides the city east and west. On the other hand, Commencement Bay separates the north and northeast of Tacoma, while South Tacoma Way divides the south and southeast sections.
  • The convenient location of Tacoma along Interstate 5 makes it possible to drive cheap car rentals in Tacoma to several cities. Drive around 35 miles south on the I-5 to Seattle, 143 miles north to Portland, or 293 miles west to Spokane. The I-5 also provides drivers a route to downtown when you take the ramp exit 133 and the Old Town when you drive past downtown using the I-705. The I-5 intersects with WA-18 towards Spokane, which gives a route to cities like Auburn, Covington, and Tiger Mountain. The WA-16 roadway provides a route to Gig Harbor. It intersects with the WA-3, linking Tacoma with Bremerton and Gorst.
  • Explore every nook and cranny of Tacoma during your visit and rent a car when you get there. The city has plenty to offer from a casino to a car museum, plus the bay, and the easiest way to tick off everything on your wish list is by having the flexibility of your own four wheels. Travelers who would like to visit Seattle can also reach the city in about half an hour from Tacoma.
  • Located in Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the nearest airport at only half an hour away from Tacoma. The airport operates shuttle buses to a nearby rental car center where agencies like Avis, Budget, and Enterprise offer vehicles for their customers. Pick-up points are either on the north or south end of the main terminal, right after baggage claim.
  • Driving in Tacoma can come with some challenges, as the city has steep hills, narrow roads, and icy roads can also occur in winter. When navigating down a steep hill, it is important to shift into a low gear and consider operating the car manually. If visiting Tacoma in the winter, adapt your speed and maybe even opt for snow chains, depending on how severe the weather conditions are.
  • Especially on the roads to and from Seattle, such as the I-5, Tacoma can face severely increased traffic during the usual weekday rush hours of 6-9 am and 5-8 pm. Traffic during rush hour tends to get worse the closer the week later in the week it is, with Friday often being the worst. For a hassle-free driving experience, choose to leave for trips outside of peak driving times.
  • Book your rental car in Tacoma at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Tacoma are around 56% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Tacoma

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Tacoma?

    As Tacoma has steep hills and narrow roads, a compact car is advised, if possible. Due to these hills and the snowy weather conditions often accompanying the cold months, a 4-wheel-drive car is also a good option. If the weather is very cold, snow chains and an ice scraper should also be in the car.

  • What’s the speed limit in Tacoma?

    Residential areas in Tacoma permit a maximum speed limit of 25 mph, but also look at posted signs, as it may be lower in certain areas. 50 mph is allowed on secondary county roads (though only 40 mph is permitted on Tacoma’s Schuster Parkway), and 60 mph on freeways. As Tacoma often faces precipitation in the shape of snow or rain, it is important to always adjust your speed according to the prevailing weather conditions.

  • Where are the best places to park in Tacoma?

    On-street parking in Tacoma is metered, with rates starting at $1 per hour. Usual time restrictions are between 8 am and 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and public holidays, on-street parking is free. There are also other parking facilities like garages and lots available, such as A Street Garage on South 11th Street or Municipal Garage and Lot on Market Street.

  • How much is gas price in Tacoma?

    The average gas price in Tacoma is C$ 5.23 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 Tacoma?

    Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tacoma.

  • Which car rental companies are at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport (SEA)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport include Europcar, Thrifty, Kyte, Fox, Hertz and Dollar.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport (SEA)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Thrifty, Fox, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sixt, Avis, Alamo and Dollar.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Tacoma?

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

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Tacoma?

    An Economy car rental in Tacoma costs C$ 53 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Tacoma?

    A Special car rental in Tacoma costs C$ 68 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Tacoma?

    A Full Size car rental in Tacoma costs C$ 347 per day, on average.

  • Are car rentals available in downtown Tacoma?

    Yes. Renters will not run out of options when renting vehicles downtown. Cheap car rentals in Tacoma are within easy reach, thanks to the many rental counters downtown. Avis and Budget will meet your travel needs at Broadway Street, where their offices are stationed. On the other hand, renters who prefer Enterprise can find their offices along Market Street.

  • Are there tolls in Tacoma?

    Yes. Tacoma car rentals might use toll roads in the city depending on their travel plans. Tolls on the Narrows Bridge, linking Tacoma to Gig Harbor, apply for anyone coming into Tacoma. However, while exiting Tacoma into Gig Harbor, no tolls are applicable. All vehicles, including carpools and motorcycles, must pay for tolls. Good to Go! pass provides more flexible payment for tolls.

Tacoma car rental reviews and directory

Budget

8.0

Very good

10 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.8

One location in Tacoma

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Locations in Tacoma

632 Broadway

+1 253 272 2236

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Sep. 2023

KAYAK
I was able to pick up the car fairly easily, smooth process took less than 5 minutes to both pick up the car and return it. Was able to get a fairly new vehicle that ran very smoothly, was cleaned beforehand. Drama free. Front desk staff was very friendly.

8.0 Very good

Sep. 2022

KAYAK
All in the rental was fine, it did have a faint smell of cigarett smoke, in total a good experince.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

the staff was very helpful and nice. The car was very clean and nicer than I expected

4.4 Mediocre

Oct. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

I was told over website that budget,will accept Debit Card, but at location that is not true.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul. 2023

KAYAK
Friendly and efficient staff

2.0 Poor

Jun. 2023

KAYAK
I was able to make a reservation when there were no cars available.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.7

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.9

4 locations in Tacoma

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Locations in Tacoma

2602 Pacific Hwy E

+1 253 926 3950

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3505 S Tacoma Way

+1 253 475 4500

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

9249 Pacific Ave

+1 253 531 4552

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

940 Market Street

+1 253 573 1055

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Dec. 2023

KAYAK
Zoe , the gal that helped me was exceptional....she was busy but was an absolute delight.. she is a keeper....thank you Enterprise

8.0 Very good

Oct. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and helpful

9.2 Wonderful

Jul. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Overall the rental was nice, the only minor issue I had and it was probably due to high volvume, but the inside was not necessarily the cleanest but for what we needed it suffices. I usually get top notch from enterprise so I won’t fault them for this one transgression. I’d use them again

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2022

KAYAK
Quick, easy, and friendly. Love this spot and the staff.

6.0 Okay

Nov. 2021

KAYAK
The car itself was great and clean. There was nothing to complain about the car. My only problem was that when I booked the car online through Kayak, I specifically wanted an 8-seater car and I paid for that selection. Granted it said “8-seat car or something similar” but how is a 7-seater car similar to an 8-seater? It really made our trip difficult… Makes me not want to book through Kayak anymore; enterprise said they couldn’t see the number of seats requested and it only said luxury car.

2.0 Poor

Nov. 2021

KAYAK
Odd weekend hours were not communicated.

1 out of 3

Avis

7.3

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.3

One location in Tacoma

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Locations in Tacoma

632 Broadway

+1 253 272 1093

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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8.0 Very good

Apr. 2023

KAYAK
The process was easy and a positive experience.

3.9 Poor

Sep. 2021

KAYAK
After we picked up the car, we noticed there was a damaged spot on the rear left fender area. I took a photo to record that this damage was there when we rented the car and picked it up. Also we noticed a small ding in the windshield. At first we thought little of it, but when we started on out road trip, it wasn't long before the ding turned into a small crack. after a day or two of driving, the crack grew larger. We were concerned that if it grew larger, we would have to stop on our way, to replace the windshield. Fortunately the crack stopped growing and we were able to finish our ten day trip without interruption. We were given a car that was damaged from the start. I am hoping that we do not get charged for damage that we did not cause. Also the car was quite dirty and we had to wash it before we embarked on our trip. The car ran well and was very gas efficient.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep. 2021

KAYAK
Clean open office, friendly staff, fast and efficient. I was in and out during both pick up and drop off in 5 to 10 minutes.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They had no minivans or SUVsa available and did not let me know till 2hrs before pickup

8.0 Very good

Jul. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Rented a Corolla...lots of pep. Overall, a great experience

8.4 Very good

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

easy to find and get out

Cons:

weren't a lot of stores open on Sunday

1 out of 1

Hertz

6.0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in Tacoma

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1306 26th AVE NW

+1 253 853 7742

Opening times not available

4802 S Tacoma Way

+1 253 474 6150

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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2.0 Poor

Jul. 2024

KAYAK
I took an Uber that cost me $55 and came to pick up the car. They told me they don't have a car available for me and this was a non-refundable booking. And the person helping me wasn't nice about it all. This experience has been both inconvenient and disappointing.

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
Even though I had a confirmation from Hertz, when I arrived at the location they specified, there was no car. The people who worked there were rude, loud, unhelpful. They told me my best option was to take an Uber 40 mins north to another location ($100 Uber ride). So not use this service! And do not if you can help it try to rent a car from Hertz in Tacoma because a reservation means 0.

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
I reserved a car through kayak, made plans dependent on that car, then was told an hour before picking up the car that there were no cars available. Never renting a car through Hertz or Kayak again !

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2023

KAYAK
I made the reservation for 12 noon on 12/16. We got there at 12:05 and the office closed at 12:00. They would not allow us to rent the car. Your website did not mention that the particular location closed at 12 pm. I should not have been able to make the reservation for 12 since they closed at 12. I was left without a car.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not even get to rent at all.

2.0 Poor

Aug. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly yes, helpful.....I guess. He let me know he didn’t have the car I’d reserved or anything available that could accommodate 6 people.

Cons:

Inventory. Place was filthy. Understaffed. Associate wore mask under nose.

1 out of 6

Sixt

7.5

Good

No reviews available

One location in Tacoma

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1201 Pacific Ave, Suite 600

+1 206 454 8256

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00

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Apollo Car Rentals

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One location in Tacoma

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Seattle - Fife Depot

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45 travellers who rented a car in Tacoma gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

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