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Top tips for hiring a car at Columbia Metropolitan airport

  • A car rental at Colombia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is one of the most convenient ways of traveling from the airport to various destinations around the city. Colombia, the capital city of South Carolina, is rich in both history and culture, making it one of the most visited cities in the South. With its beautiful parks, plenty of great outdoor adventures, and world-class museums, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this historic city. And there is no better way of getting the best of the "Soda City," as Colombia is fondly referred to, than with a car rental at Colombia Metropolitan Airport. Nature lovers can drive over to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden for a refreshing afternoon before cooling off at the EdVenture Children’s Museum for a memorable evening with the little ones.
  • Travelers coming to Colombia for business or leisure can rent a car from Colombia Metropolitan Airport. This is one of South Carolina’s major airports and it serves the cities of Colombia, Lexington, Greenville, and Clemson. The car rental desks are located on the lower level near the baggage claim area. You can find the car rental area next to the terminal building. At Colombia Metropolitan Airport, there are car rentals for pretty much every travel need. Large SUVs are available for families and group travelers. Couples looking for more intimate rides can rent premium sedans and cruise the city at their own pace and pleasure.
  • When you are driving in Colombia for the first time, it is crucial that you plan your route ahead of your trip so you can have a clear idea of where you are going before hitting the road. Planning your route will also help you avoid problematic highways like I-20, I-26, I-85, I-95, and US-17. These highways are ranked among the most dangerous in the country based on the fatalities per mile. Also, depending on the time of year when you will be visiting Colombia, you might want to be aware of the hurricane evacuation routes. After all, the last thing you want to get into while renting a car in Colombia is getting stuck driving in a storm or getting caught up in evacuation traffic.
  • Like with any other city, there are traffic rules to observe when driving your rented car from the airport to the city and beyond. First, the driver as well as all the passengers in the car regardless of age must wear their seat belts. If you have any children under six in the car, be sure to have them in car seats. Always move over to the far lane or slow down when emergency vehicles are approaching. Finally, all overtaking must be to the left.
  • Book your car hire at Columbia Metropolitan airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Columbia Metropolitan airport

  • Do I need insurance for my car rental at Colombia Metropolitan Airport?

    Like with any other state, you will need to hold valid insurance before you can rent and drive a car. Find out if your existing insurance will cover your rental. If it will not, consider purchasing additional insurance through your provider. While most card issuers like Visa and MasterCard provide some coverage, there are usually limitations. For instance, they may not cover luxury cars. Be sure to double-check your credit card company’s policy when booking.

  • How old do I need to be to rent a car in Colombia?

    The minimum car rental age is 21. However, some car rental agencies impose a surcharge on renters who are under 25. Find out if the agency you plan on renting a car from has a surcharge policy.

  • Can I add additional drivers to my car rental contract?

    Most car rental agencies allow additional drivers on a contract. However, each driver will be required to present a valid driver’s license when you are picking up the car. The car rental company may want to run a background check for each driver provided in the contract, and this may shoot up the ultimate cost of renting a car. Do take note of this. Find out the car rental agency’s policy on additional drivers when booking your car.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Columbia Metropolitan airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Columbia Metropolitan airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

9.0

Wonderful

45 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.7

One location in Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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3000 Aviation Way

+1 844 806 3358

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8.0 Very Good

Jun 2024

KAYAK
That Highlander needs a wheel alignment! Pulls to left and tire pressure light is on

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Both gentlemen I worked with were great at drop off and pick up at the Columbia Airport.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Fantastic! They made both transactions so simple.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Very easy

7.6 Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was effective, friendly, helpful and attentive to our needs. Car was great!

Cons:

Interior and exterior could have been cleaner.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth pick up and drop off

Cons:

Automatic back hitch didn’t work so convenience was loss, but overall good car.

1 out of 10

Thrifty

10.0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

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3018 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 2300

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great car! Great value! Kind and helpful employees! Overall a wonderful experience!

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

NOT AT ALL! I couldnt even get my rental car after waiting in line to be helped for an hour!

Cons:

everything. ill be more detailed directly with you, but i will NEVER use Thrifty again

6.0 Okay

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Wasn't informed of the extra fees for roadside have never rented from a car rental company that doesn't include roadside for their vehicles, and also had to pay for a better upgrade class all because the class I reserved wasn't available!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was cheap and service was good.

Cons:

I had to go to the rental counter to return the car keys when dropping off.

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Exactly as expected. The price quoted on the website was exactly what I paid. The car worked fine, was clean and the drop off was hassle free.

Cons:

I didn't know that there would not be an attendant to check me out when I returned the car to the parking space. Luckily, an attendant from a competitor told me there was nobody to check the car and that I should take a picture of the mileage and gas meter so I could show it to the counter attendant at the rental desk who would do the final paperwork.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The only positive I can say about Thrifty is that the lady working the counter really did try her best to find me a car.

Cons:

We rented a minivan for a church trip online through Kayak a few days before our departure. When we arrived to the rental company (passengers and all luggage in tow), the Thrifty employee informed me that the car we'd rented was not available, nor were any other minivans. She said that since you don't pay when you reserve, the reservation is not binding. All she had to offer me was a 15-passenger van, which is not covered by our church insurance policy. I was unfortunately unable to rent from Thrifty and had to find a van from another rental company at the very last second, or we would have been unable to go on our trip. I would not recommend this company to anyone.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.0

Wonderful

10 reviews

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.6

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3000 Aviation Way

+1 833 969 2399

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The agent who helped me at the Columbia,SC was friendly and helpful!

8.8 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

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Disappointed that the location was closed. Just a drop off to a key suppository. Ho hum.

Cons:

Open location during daytime.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
The friendly staff was able to get me into my car a few hours early.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
Super friendly and helpful staff. Awesome experience. Convenient location. I lost my sunglasses in the car and they helped me retrieve them. What a relief!!

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Pick-up at West Columbia airport was excellent! Drop-off in Knoxville/Alcoa was poor. Charged for 2 days even though I only has the car for about 20 HOURS. Refund given for 2d day BUT not for unknown extra charges on days 1 or 2; about $10.00 overcharged after the refund. Contacted Enterprise but rep was unable to do the simple math for the full refund ("our system won't allow me to correct the amount).

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Car at terminal, and the speed getting us on the road could not have been better:-) Staff - both counter and maintenance/car cleaner, were very friendly and professional. Very happy with the service we received. Thank you, Enterprise Columbia SC

1 out of 3

Dollar

7.5

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.1

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3018 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 2300

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great experience with this rental car company!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Great! Very professional

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent customer service at the counter. There were lots of scratches and a few dents on the vehicle that were not annotated.

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The cleanliness of the car and the make and model!

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing about this experience was good.

Cons:

When reserving a specific class of vehicle, try having that type of vehicle available. Completely ruined a trip that I planned a month in advance. I needed a pick up truck, reserved a pick up truck. After calling 10-15 times, to verify the availability, I was able to get someone on the phone. Unfortunately they were not at all helpful, but they did mention that a truck would be due back in on Tuesday.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

We made the reservation online through kayak. Decided to drive well out of our way to pick up from dollar bc the price was much less. Once we arrived, they racked on $95 bc it was a one way trip! This should have been calculated when making our reservation for what was clearly a one way reservation. Explained this to Dollar rep and they could care less. We were so upset... wasted lots of time and money. Will never rent from dollar or use kayak again.

1 out of 5

Avis

6.5

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.1

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3010 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 5100

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car. Attentive staff.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2023

KAYAK
They were closed when I arrived I was not able get a car from them

2.0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
They wouldn’t let me use my debit card so I couldn’t get a car and paid 50.00 for a cab there

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2022

KAYAK
All went well.

8.0 Very Good

Apr 2022

KAYAK
The drop off in Charleston was like a treasure hunt. It was inside am old mall with no signs on the outside

1.9 Poor

Sep 2021

KAYAK
I liked nothing. Everything was terrible. Had Everything set up online. Had the money on hand. But because I didn't have a credit card we were told they wouldn't rent to us and offered no help. They stranded 4 people on the opposite side of the country due to this. Don't allow someone to book something and then back out the day of when it is too late.

1 out of 3

Hertz

5.6

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

5.1

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3000 Aviation Way

+1 803 851 4270

Monday07:30 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Price could have been better.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Customer service was terrible. I’m still getting calls saying the vehicle wasn’t returned, when it was returned almost 2 weeks ago.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Everyone is strapped for cars these days. Luckily Hertz had a car for me (had a reservation via Kayak). Others coming to the counter late at night were not so lucky. The lot was thin. I reserved a sedan, e.g. Chevy Malibu but received a GMC Acadia. Way too much car, but can't be to picky these days. No agent in the return lot, had to take keys to counter, but it was quick.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of driving away in a car

Cons:

Nothing other than lower cost. Great experience

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

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2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I usually select the managers special which was $560 where they choose the car. They had options available but elected to give me a compact for the $560 for 9 days. Really? A compact for 9 days at $560? I cancelled my reservation at that point I usually get good options of a mid size or better, and most of the time a full size truck, hence why I go with the manager special. I explained to them I was carrying 4 people around for a week and they didn't seem to care. I had doubled booked with Enterprise to cover myself. Glad I did. At Enterprise I got a luxury SUV for the same price. I guess Hertz didn't need my $600?

1 out of 5

Budget

4.0

Mediocre

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

8.0

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3010 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 8346

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5.2 Fair

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Return instructions non-existent: Found garage but inside no kiosk or personnel or clear instruction how to proceed. Ended up having to go to counter in terminal. Then they tried to charge me too much.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing.

Cons:

I was apparently an hour late and it cost me twice as much as I was quoted. I learned that budget has independent centers. It was horrendous. I will never choose Budget again. Don’t do it people, they are not kind nor helpful. There are lots of other options.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick check out Very clean car Good handling car Quick check in

Cons:

Nothing

8.4 Very Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Expense

8.0 Very Good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

i think the car needed some transmission work.

8.0 Very Good

Apr 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

The first car I was assigned had a low air in the tire light on and I had to go back to the desk to change cars. And two days into the rental, the same thing happened to the car that I was driving. I filled the tire at the gas station, but that should be taken care of before renting the car

1 out of 0

National

8.8

Very Good

No reviews available

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3260 Airport Blvd Ste 8

+1 844 806 3357

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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Van was clean and ran smoothly – made transporting all of our equipment super easy. Getting the van was great - right outside of the airport and hassle free.

1 out of 0

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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3000 Aviation Way, 3000 Aviation Way, West Columbia, , USA South Carolina

+1 914 368 0091

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99 travellers who hired a car in Columbia Metropolitan Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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