Cheapest car hire in USA

Top tips when hiring a car in USA

  • Drive on the RIGHT-hand side of the road in the USA, the steering wheel is on the left
  • Fuel is cheap in the USA, you should be able to refill an average rental car for under $50
  • Speed limits are posted in MPH, they vary by state with Texas having the highest at a speedy 85mph
  • The minimum age to rent a car in the USA is 21, expect to pay a young driver surcharge if under 25
  • All rental cars in the USA are automatics, one less thing to worry about if driving here for the first time

USA car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in USA

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    30MPH

    Urban speed Limit

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    60MPH

    Rural Speed Limit

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    85MPH

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    USD  0.70/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    0-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    USD $

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 7.8/10)

Murray Spence

USA

6/10
The picking up

The picking up procedure was very smooth which is what you want after a long overseas flight.

20/07/2019
Alan Evans

USA

4/10
I think that it

I think that it should be made clearer the regulations regarding fuel, especially in the US with Dollar. They charge for a full tank and give no refund on any unused fuel, it can be very expensive.

20/07/2019
Mr. Hanks

Scotland

4/10
Didn't really l

Didn't really like Las Vegas, was so over the top and not very relaxing. Not being a gambler didn't help either.

18/07/2019

Compare car rental agents in USA

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
229
8.5/10
90,346
€ 24.18
€ 23.58
€ 24.89
€ 25.38
 National
284
8.5/10
11,088
€ 26.05
€ 26.46
€ 26.61
€ 28.60
 Enterprise
230
8.3/10
31,587
€ 25.52
€ 26.05
€ 27.66
 Sixt
69
8.1/10
9,445
€ 35.78
€ 26.48
€ 26.83
€ 32.59
 Thrifty
111
7.6/10
27,443
€ 22.54
€ 23.73
€ 19.65
 Dollar
137
7.5/10
26,890
€ 22.54
€ 23.73
€ 19.61
 Hertz
1356
7.3/10
222,777
€ 17.68
€ 17.68
€ 20.80
 Avis
1030
7.2/10
105,241
€ 25.37
€ 26.32
€ 28.99
 Budget
782
7.1/10
229,385
€ 23.98
€ 24.65
€ 25.38

Car rental agent statistics in USA

  • 9.7/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • 5.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • 754,202
    Total number of reviews in
    USA
  • 586
    Most Locations in USA:
    HERTZ
  • 17
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 10
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in USA

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in USA

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2020 0.54 0.57
Aug , 2020 0.53 0.57
Jul , 2020 0.56 0.59
Jun , 2020 0.57 0.59
May , 2020 0.58 0.56
Apr , 2020 0.60 0.52
Mar , 2020 0.62 0.57
Feb , 2020 0.70 0.68
Jan , 2020 0.71 0.68
Dec , 2019 0.71 0.69
Nov , 2019 0.72 0.70
Oct , 2019 0.71 0.70

Car rental price statistics in USA

  • € 123.76
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 364.92
    Highest daily price:
    Chevrolet Impala
  • 46,993
    Total cars available
     
  • 3,395
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 576
    Location with most cars:
    San Francisco - Airport (california)
  • € 17.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    HERTZ - Orlando - Central

FAQs about car hire in USA

How much does it cost to hire a car in USA?

Car hire in USA starts from just €17.70 per day for a (compact) class car from Hertz. The average price to hire a car in USA is just €51.40 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in USA is a Chevrolet Impala car for a (fullsize) class from Hertz costing €364.90 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in USA?

We often have special offers on car hire in USA including free additional drivers, for example, Thrifty is offering free additional driver and express check-in at San Diego - Airport for €23.89 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in USA?

Car hire prices in USA are kept low thanks to the 10 car hire companies across the country. With over 1066 car hire locations and 255,237 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in USA.

Who is the best car hire company in USA?

Based on over 754,202 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in USA Is Hertz who score on average 7.3/10 across all locations in USA.

What is the most popular car hire location in USA?

The most popular locations to hire a car in USA is Orlando - Airport (florida) with 10 car hire companies and 576 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in USA?

Current fuel prices in USA are €0.57/ltr for petrol and €0.54/ltr for diesel as of 21 September 2020, it’ll cost on average €23 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €22 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in USA?

Speed limits in USA are in MPH and are generally 30 MPH on urban roads, 60 MPH on rural roads and 85 MPH on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in USA?

Hertz is the cheapest car hire company in USA offering a (compact) class car such as the Nissan Versa for as little as €123.90 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in USA?

The most popular car hire category in USA is the Chevrolet Impala available from 4 car hire companies in over 935 locations.

Most popular US states to hire a car

Most popular airports for car hire in the USA

Most popular types of rental car in the USA

Do you need to hire a car in the USA?

Because the USA covers such a vast area we have a huge fleet of vehicles to suit all your needs and requirements when booking your car hire in the USA. Your chosen vehicle can be collected from a huge selection of locations including the capital cities of New York, Washington D.C, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Chicago and many, many more.

Age requirements for car hire in the USA

The minimum age to hire a car in the USA is 21, however some rental agencies will require drivers to be aged 25 or over. If you are under 25 and wishing to hire a car in the USA, a young driver surcharge is commonly added. This surcharge varies by rental agent, see below for current charges from the most popular rental agents.
Car hire supplier
Alamo
Budget
Dollar
Hertz
National
Thrifty
Minimum age
21
21
21
20
21
21

Young driver supplement/day
(under 25)

$27
$27
$27
$27
$25
$25

USA Mini Guide

Covering almost four million square miles, the USA (United States of America) is the third largest country in the world in total area, land area and population. The USA is a federal constitutional republic made up 50 member states and a single federal district. The USA land mass is defined by the borders of Canada in the North, Alaska to the North West and Mexico to the south. The East coast is defined by the Atlantic Ocean and the West Coast by the Pacific Ocean. Although the USA is predominantly one single land mass there are a few exceptions such as the islands of Hawaii and the islands which make up the Caribbean.

Although the USA has a fairly short history, much has happened since it was founded on 4th July 1776. Originally settled by the 13 colonies of Great Britain, independence was proclaimed following the American Revolutionary War. In 1787 the current United States Constitution defined the USA as a single republic of the central governing body. The Constitution was further amended in 1791 with the introduction of the Bill of Rights, which introduced 10 constitutional amendments designed to provide citizens with more freedom and greater civil rights.

The USA is a truly diverse mixture of cultures, there is no real definition of "American", instead a whole variety of cultural influences are melded together to form what we term "American culture". Depending upon which region of the USA you are visiting you will find a whole myriad of influencing cultures including Scottish, German, Irish, Dutch, English, African, Hispanic and a whole host of other minor influences.

The USA is such a vast nation it is impossible to give a detailed description of every part of the country within such a short article, instead you will find below details of some of the major cities and areas to be found in United States, along with useful local information, travel tips and advice.

USA Factfile

  • The USA is made up from fifty states and a federal district. Alaska is the largest state
  • Approximately 327.2 million people live in the USA
  • Obesity rates are among the highest in the world and are still rising
  • The country's flag is nicknamed the "Stars and Stripes" and the fifty stars on the flag represents each of the states
  • Popular sports in the USA include baseball, American Football, basketball and ice hockey

Can I hire a car in the USA with UK driving licence?

Visitors from the UK can hire a car in the USA with their UK issued driving licence. There is no need for an international driving permit in the USA for UK licence holders. Thanks to a bi-lateral agreement between the 2 countries UK visitors to the USA can hire cars and drive legally with their domestic licence and vice versa for US visitors to the UK.

A credit card in the main drivers name, passport and visa (ESTA) are still required.

 

Fuel Prices in USA

  • Price of petrol in USA in September

    € 0.57/Ltr

    ($ 0.70/Ltr | 0.70/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in USA in September

    € 0.54/Ltr

    ($ 0.66/Ltr | 0.66/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in USA in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 22.80  ($ 27.92) | € 21.60  ($ 26.45)
Compact € 22.80  ($ 27.92) | € 21.60  ($ 26.45)
Full Size € 28.50  ($ 34.90) | € 27.00  ($ 33.06)
SUV € 34.20  ($ 41.88) | € 32.40  ($ 39.68)
Carrier € 39.90  ($ 48.86) | € 37.80  ($ 46.29)

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