The spread out nature of Tucson means that it is ideal for car travel. When you’re visiting, rent a car to discover the Sonoran Desert and beyond rather than relying on the limited public transportation. With the comfort of a car, you can explore the city’s historic center or drive as far as the Santa Catalinas mountain range.
Planning to rent a car on your Tucson vacation? When you fly into Tucson International Airport you will have two options for renting your car. There are on-site car rental counters in the Rental Car Center on the lower level of the main Terminal. You can also take a courtesy shuttle from outside the center to an off-site location.
Driving around Arizona, you need to be aware that many of the major highways have HOV or "high occupancy vehicle" lanes, which means you can drive in these lanes as long as there are more than two people in your car. During monsoon season, visibility on the roads does worsen, so do not attempt to drive during heavy rain and winds or dust storms.
Tucson’s morning rush hour is usually from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, while the evening rush hour can begin at 3:00 pm and finish at 7:00 pm. Roads will also be more congested as the weekend approaches, so expect extra traffic from Thursday. It’s best to avoid driving downton and throughout central Tucson, as traffic can be heavy during the morning and evening rush hours.
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Standard rental cars in Tucson are around 40% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Tucson which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty
On average a hire car in Tucson costs C$ 45 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise (C$ 94/day), Avis (C$ 137/day) and Alamo (C$ 142/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 5285 E 22nd St 85711-5003 (8 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Tucson are Alamo (8.8, 241 reviews), Enterprise (8.1, 288 reviews), and Dollar (7.9, 252 reviews).
The average gas price in Tucson is C$ 4.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 50 and C$ 66, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tucson.
A Intermediate car rental in Tucson costs C$ 48 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Tucson costs C$ 43 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Tucson costs C$ 87 per day, on average.
In Tucson, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 2340 E Elvira Rd (12 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Tucson costs C$ 318 per week (C$ 45 per day).
On average a rental car in Tucson costs C$ 1,363 per month (C$ 45 per day).
As there is no freeway system within Tucson, you will be driving on mainly arterial streets and residential routes, so it will require a smaller car. An economy or compact car would suit the narrow streets and be convenient for city center parking. If you want to visit one of the four surrounding mountain ranges, then an SUV would be great for navigating the more challenging rural routes.
The maximum speed limit in Tucson is 55 mph. Across the city and Arizona as a whole, the standard speed limit on main interstates is 55 mph, and for roads passing through major cities and in business or residential areas the limit is 65 mph. The maximum speed limit on Interstate Highways is 75 mph.
Tucson has moderately low fuel costs compared to the rest of the USA. When you fill up in Tucson you can expect to pay an average of $2.63 per gallon, which is slightly cheaper than in much of the state of Arizona, where the average price of gas is $2.87 per gallon.
The best places to park in Tucson are in the greater downtown area and around the University of Arizona, where you will find a variety of parking lots and garages. If you prefer to park on the street, then you will find some in downtown and business districts in the Sun Link Streetcar corridor. You can expect to pay $1.00 an hour at parking meters or can park for free after 5:00 pm on weekdays and throughout the weekend.