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Washington car hire

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Washington, DC, United States
28 Jan — 4 Feb
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Washington, DC, United States
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Washington car hire information

Pick-up locationWashington
Car typesCompact, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Luxury, People carrier, Premium
Hire locations38
Airport locations7
Popular agenciesHertz, Budget, Alamo

Cheap car hire in Washington

Compact€49/day
Intermediate€51/day
Full-size€58/day
People carrier€136/day
Full-size SUV€117/day
Premium€95/day
Luxury€57/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Washington car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (128 reviews)
9 locations in Washington
Enterprise
Locations in Washington
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre7 Dec 2021
Location where I made the reservation was permanently closed.
8.0 Excellent15 May 2021
Staff was friendly and car was really clean.The location is not where it says it is so I had to look around for it. Gotta update the address.
8.0 Excellent29 Jan 2021
Instructions for when we return the car. (There was no one present, we never had any proper instruction on how to retrn the car, where to park, leave the keys etc
10.0 Excellent27 Dec 2020
Great car - thank you! Friendly representatives too!
9.2 Excellent22 Oct 2020
Easy to pick it up, drop it off,The "needs maintenance" announcement always turned on when I started the car - very annoying
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Very friendly staff and very easy drop off
6.0 Good30 Sep 2020
Convient location.Tires slid in the rain; staff were not very courteous in addressing my questions; funny smell in the car and cupholders, etc., were a bit dingy; extended time waiting for my vehicle to be ready during pickup time.
8.4 Excellent29 Sep 2020
Both pick up and drop off were very easy.
2.0 Mediocre28 Sep 2020
I never got To rent the car! I expect A full refund.
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2020
I made a reservation to pick up at the Enterprise at 99 H Street which is inside of Union Station. When I arrived, the location was closed. I had to have a car service take me to the airport which was a $20 charge, and an hour and a half of my time that I needed for travel. If the location is closed, I’m confused as to why I could even make a reservation in the first place. This was extremely disappointing!
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From €32/dayRated no. 2
Avis
Cheapest deal
7.2 Good (138 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Avis
Locations in Washington
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre18 Jan 2022
It was the absolute worst. I rented a compact car for one day to run errands. When I got there around 9am they didn't have any cars available and said the wait would be about an hour.They asked for my phone number and said they would call when the car is ready. I walked around Union Station for 45 minutes and then went home. By the time I got home they finally called and so I trekked back. Then they said the only vehicle available is a full-size Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. More than half day was lost and so I could accomplish what I needed to and I had to drive this huge inefficient truck in the city. Avis is the dumps, avoid if possible.
10.0 Excellent11 Jan 2022
Great price. Easy pickup and drop off
8.0 Excellent22 Dec 2021
Better signage for where to drop off car
10.0 Excellent27 Nov 2021
Easy pickup and drop off. Couldn’t have been faster. Car was clean and we got an upgrade due to a lack of the size we ordered.
1.9 Horrible10 Oct 2021
Drop off location was closed during stated business hours.
10.0 Excellent7 Oct 2021
The pick-up, the price, the drop off were are a great experience.
5.9 Okay5 Oct 2021
They offered another vehicle due they haven’t the vehicle I reserved, the problem was that the car was a pickup than use the TRIPLE of gasoline….
1.9 Horrible29 Sep 2021
Did not have any cars available. Was told to wait and they might have something in the next 5 hours. Charged me a fee for not cancelling
1.9 Horrible23 Sep 2021
I did not pick up the rental car. The Avis worker was rude and impatient and unwilling to work with me to get the car so I took my business elsewhere.
10.0 Excellent16 Aug 2021
The staff was very polite and efficient.
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From €37/dayRated no. 3
Budget
7 Good (300 reviews)
5 locations in Washington
Budget
Locations in Washington
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2022
Weiney the clerk was very helpful!!
8.0 Excellent5 Jan 2022
Great price. We had to stand in line in the cold for 1 1/2 hours in the parking deck to get the car due to our train trip being canceled, but otherwise we had a great experience.
10.0 Excellent30 Dec 2021
Everything was fine. The personnel were very courteous. check-in and checkout was easy.
2.0 Mediocre12 Dec 2021
They cancelled my reservation after an hour
2.0 Mediocre6 Dec 2021
I am an incoming academician to the US. When I rented the car, i paid 82$ on the website of KAYAK in addition to 12$. However, Budget charged me $20 more during the renting. I should expect that such an action should be more obvious in your website.
2.0 Mediocre9 Nov 2021
Budget handed us a vehicle that had an issue with its transmission or something, causing the car to breakdown before we even left the city. Instead of giving us a new car so we could drive to the airport for our flight to France, they made us babysit their broken car for 4 hours until it was eventually towed away. Even though this was clearly not our fault, we were charged for the cost of the mechanic who came to jump the vehicle (unsuccessfully) and I'm still fighting for a reimbursement. I will never use Budget again.
4.0 Okay8 Nov 2021
There is no signage at Union Station to inform you where find Budget’s temporary office located in the parking garage since they closed their counter in the building. Although I had reserved a car just hours before, upon arrival they had no small vehicles and informed me that I could wait an indeterminable time in the open air garage at 35 degrees or pay for an upgrade to an suv. Having chosen the SUV so I didn’t have to wait for a car to be returned, cleaned, and brought up, the clerk who walked around to inspect the car completely ignored massive damage on the passenger side where a tire/wheel had clearly rubbed up against and dented/stripped paint on the door. Don’t trust them.
4.0 Okay26 Oct 2021
The car interior had clearly not been cleaned; merely something used to cover the overwhelming smell of cigarette smoke. Found previous renter’s documents and trash in the glove compartment. Almost immediately, an “oil change due” alert popped on.
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2021
Friendly staff. Easy and quick check in and check out. Affordable price.
1.9 Horrible12 Oct 2021
The number of secondary fees / charges that have occurred since my initial rental and payment has been enormous! So far I have had an add of charges up to +$600 in unaccounted for fees. Spanking up to three months beyond the return date in August. I have had to dispute these charges from my bank multiple times as any attempts to resolve the issue from vendor (budget) has not been addressed, specifically recent charge of $450
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From €33/dayRated no. 4
Hertz
Most popular
6.6 Good (565 reviews)
6 locations in Washington
Hertz
Locations in Washington
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay16 Jan 2022
I would like them to clean those cars. They gave me a dirty car. customer service services are lousy
8.0 Excellent6 Jan 2022
buen precio, servicio mediocre por el personal que hace entrega del vehículo. excelente ejecución en la recepción del vehículo al momento de finalizar la renta.
8.0 Excellent4 Jan 2022
I'd read some nightmarish stories on social media and was worried that they wouldn't provide the size car I ordered (a mini-van to accommodate four large suitcases, a baby stroller, seats for four people), but they provided me with what I asked for and the car was in good condition. The Hertz pick-up location in DC was in a hotel and there were no signs indicating where the office was, and that was mildly annoying and it's a problem that could be easily solved. I was also annoyed because I haven't been in the U.S. in many years and did not know that many toll locations on I-95 no longer accept cash and demand EZ-Pass. Hertz did not present me with an option to equip the car with an EZ Pass, and I don't think it came with it. So I'm concerned now that I'm going to face additional charges and penalties for driving on that road without an EZ Pass.
4.0 Okay31 Dec 2021
The quality of the automobile was lacking given the cost of the reservation. Our car was also given to us with less than 1/4 tank of fuel, and we had to immediately locate a gas station before doing anything else.
8.0 Excellent28 Dec 2021
The outside of the car was very dirty. The side mirrors were hard to see out of even.
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2021
I went to counter to pick up car I reserved with Kayak and they had cancelled it. I won't ever use again!
2.0 Mediocre26 Dec 2021
No cars were available and I was told to return the next day
8.0 Excellent25 Dec 2021
I love hertz
2.0 Mediocre23 Dec 2021
Booked the car online, when it came to pick it up, got a text 5 mins before arriving saying that car could not be reserved for the reservation. A complete waste of time and effort. Had to drive 50 mins back home without the rental.
2.0 Mediocre21 Dec 2021
They didn’t allow debit cards for one way rental.
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From €38/dayRated no. 5
Alamo
8.5 Excellent (96 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
Alamo
Locations in Washington
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Oct 2021
It was difficult to find the office in Washington, D.C. o
6.0 Good22 Mar 2021
Pick up was great. Drop off slow. Car smelled like smoke
6.0 Good4 Jan 2021
The car drove nicely and didn’t have any critical issues. The originally confirmed price (NOT what we were charged in the end) was wonderful.We were hit with a $436.59 ‘’inner city fee’’ despite dropping off where confirmed by our desk agent in Atlanta. At that meeting as well, we waited over two hours as Thrifty, Hertz, and one additional rental company were all required to wait in the same line for two agents. Finally, our windshield wipers did not work on timed settings. During the hours of rain we experienced from Atlanta to New York City, our only option was to hold down the trigger manually.
10.0 Excellent26 Nov 2020
All good.Specific vehicle availability--I requested a SUV but ended up with a minivan.
3.6 Mediocre17 Nov 2020
We booked the car for 8:30am. We got there, the car was not ready. They tried to give us an upgrade of a V8 for a long trip when I booked an economical car. We then had to wait 45 mins for a car to arrive. It had tire pressure issues. They filled with air and said it was fine. We got down the road 5 mins and a warning light came on. We then had to find another Alamo to switch out the car which took another 40 mins as they had to do the paperwork and clean the car. 11am we were finally in the road for a 12 hour trip This is totally unacceptable
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2020
Everything was smooth and easy. Car was very clean.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug 2020
Incredibly friendly staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome.
3.6 Mediocre2 Aug 2020
The car was very cleanSo it had leaky tires, none of the charging ports worked, and the guy working there drove around really fast and freaked me out.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jul 2020
Told me on arrival their computer system had a glitch and they actually had no cars available. They also said they'd call me in the afternoon to let me know when the next car would be available and then never called.Fix your website so people don't waste their time.
10.0 Excellent22 Jun 2020
Staff was greatCar was almost not ready on time
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From €60/dayRated no. 6
National
8.8 Excellent (14 reviews)
2 locations in Washington
National
Locations in Washington
  • 9.2
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Jan 2020
Tia was really helpful and easy going.Nothing, again, Tia was fabulous
6.4 Good25 Nov 2018
Offices closedManager at airport location was able to accommodate our reservationWe were called a week in advance that our pick up location inDC would be closed that we needed to go to union station to pick up rental. However, after getting an Uber to union station, that office was closed too. Then we had to get another Uber to the Ronald Reagan airport. So more Uber drives. Very late start to our drive to Virginia.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2016
Great experienceI booked at a place that was off the airport and they worked with me to get the car at the airport. Very nice and professional people.
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2016
Great service, great truck
9.2 Excellent6 Sep 2016
Great Service and Delivered as PromisedI ordered a pickup truck and actually was given my choice of the ones they had on site, not just the one selected for me. Staff was friendly, courtesy and very helpful.National does not pick up or drop off customers before or after rental, so you are responsible for arriving here and getting back on your own accord.
9.2 Excellent16 Jul 2016
Front desk staff was really nice and pleasant.I didn't enjoy the car I drove. But that isn't the fault of Kayak.
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Washington
Sunnycars
Locations in Washington
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Washington
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in Washington
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Washington
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Washington
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Easirent
1 location in Washington
Easirent
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
Free2Move
1 location in Washington
Free2Move
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
keddy by Europcar
1 location in Washington
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Washington
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Sixt
1 location in Washington
Sixt
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
From €34/day
Thrifty
1 location in Washington
Thrifty
Locations in Washington
Recent reviews
1241 travellers who hired a car in Washington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

Car hire locations in or near Washington

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

€43/day

Good deal

€36/day

When to book a car hire in Washington

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire insurance in Washington

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Washington car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver in the rental price, but not all of them do. We recommend to always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in in Washington.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car rental insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Washington car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Washington

  • Travelers flying into Washington, D.C. will want to consider renting a car, as cars offer the best access to many of the popular sites and day trips around D.C. For instance, FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins, takes over an hour to get to on public transportation, but only takes 30 minutes in a car. Popular tourist spots such as Shenandoah National Park and Mount Vernon are also easily reached in a hire car.
  • Fortunately for would-be hire car drivers with flights to Washington, D.C., all of the airports in the greater metropolitan area have easily accessible hire car centers. In Washington Dulles Airport, shuttles outside of the Baggage Claim Area will take travelers to the hire lot, while at Reagan National Airport, travelers will find the hire shuttle outside of Door 4 on the ticketing level.
  • Rush hour is no joke in Washington, D.C. and travelers should plan accordingly. Morning rush hour lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and evening rush hour lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During those times, Key Bridge, Southeast Freeway, Chain Bridge, and New York Avenue should all be avoided as they number among the most congested spots in D.C.
  • Visitors to Washington, D.C. should be prepared to deal with the city’s famed traffic circles. Traffic circles such as Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Thomas Circle are notoriously difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, but with a bit of pre-planning and appropriate route planning, they should be no problem.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Washington for €36 or less
  • Book your car hire in Washington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Washington are around 20% cheaper than airport locations on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Washington