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Car hire at Helena Airport

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Top tips for hiring a car at Helena airport

  • The Helena Airport (HLN) has one large terminal with an array of great amenities for passengers to enjoy. This includes the convenience of car rentals from different agencies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National. Although the operating hours for the rental car agencies vary, most are open Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm.
  • Its terminal is open to passengers from 4 am to 12:30 am, however, the rental car agencies don't open until 8 am. If you have a flight at 7 am, you can arrange with certain rental car agencies to pick up your car. This depends on the agency and you'll have to schedule the pick-up directly with an agent at the rental car center. Returning your car outside of standard office hours is easy at this location. Once you park and lock your car, you can return the keys to the dropbox at the car rental center. Don't forget to lock the car, record your mileage and collect your belongings.
  • There is no public transport from Helena Airport. However, you'll have the option of taking a taxi or a private shuttle service to your hotel or air BnB. Compared to public transportation, it can be a little costly. A Helena Airport car rental is not just affordable, it will make it possible to get to downtown Helena (just a 10-minute drive away) and other travel destinations with ease.
  • Once you've landed, you should follow the signs that say "arrival" to get to the rental cars. The rental car center is right across from baggage claim and adjacent to the Smokejumper Station Restaurant. After you've signed your rental car agreement, you can claim your car in the car rental lot just steps from the terminal. When returning your car rental at Helena Airport, simply follow the signs for rental cars which is near the passenger drop-off/pick-up area.
  • Book your car hire at Helena airport at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Helena airport

  • Why a car rental at Helena Airport?

    One benefit of a car rental at Helena Airport is its location. You can get off the plane, in your rental car, and on the road for your Montana vacation and getaway in a short amount of time. Many car rental agencies are all in one place and they offer passenger services like a self-service kiosk, roadside assistance and after-hours returns. When booking your car rental through KAYAK, you can add additional services to your rental car contracts such as GPS, additional drivers, portable XM radio, and a refueling service.

  • How can I pay for my car rental at Helena Airport?

    The rental car agencies at Helena Airport prefer that you pay with a major credit card such as American Express, MasterCard or Visa. However, some will accept debit cards for your rental (although restrictions will apply). A few rental car agencies will even let you pay for your rental car with cash. You should note that they will still likely put a hold on your credit card so you should be prepared.

  • What documentation do I need to enjoy a car rental at Helena Airport?

    You'll need a valid US driver's license in order to rent a car at this location. If you're a foreign driver, you will need to present either an international driver's license or a driver's license from your country. The agent might also ask for a copy of your passport or another photo id. It is important to note that the agency will require to see the credit card that you used to reserve your rental car. This credit card must be in the name of the main driver. You might also be asked to show the return ticket for your flight.

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

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Helena airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National.

Helena Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

5.8

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

5.9

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2850 Mercer Loop

+1 406 442 1765

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5.6 Fair

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff at the rental car counter inside the airport.

Cons:

wished the car I ordered (Toyota RAV4) would have been available. Instead I got a Chevy Equinox that was just okay but did not meet my expectations.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car,

9.2 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly pickup staff person

Cons:

Not having unlimited mileage....promotion was gor 100 free miles....made me conscious of putting too many miles on the vehicle instead of enjoying the journey.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Cancelled immediately after booking, when I found out about the small print (charging 36 cents per mile... but, although I cancelled early, I was still charged the full amount!!!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very easy pick up and drop off, car was very clean and in good condition. Overall exceeded my expectations.

Cons:

The rental lot was difficult to access.

8.0 Very Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

"Gordon" checked us in and we found him to be pleasant / willing to answer any questions that we had. When I got to the car I noticed a rather large "ding" in the front door, passenger side, which was not noted on the initial paperwork. I brought the ding to Gordon's attention and took a photo. Without any fanfare Gordon noted the damage on our paperwork. Gordon also said he would be available during our rental period should any other needs or concerns arise. His attitude was very much appreciated! :)

Cons:

We did not like our experience when we returned the vehicle. The lady just had an attitude that shouted "I don't care!" No greeting.. just, "Picking up or dropping off?" No smile.. no "How was the car?" Just, "Got the keys? Want your paperwork?" So we handed in the mileage / gas tank level and were on our way.

1 out of 5

Hertz

7.6

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.5

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2850 Mercer Loop

+1 406 449 4167

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4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Vehicle was great. It seems like there is not good communication between the local Hertz office and Kayak when it comes to charges and insurance offerings. I also have an injury and was forced to walk a good distance to pickup the car and drop it off. It seems like with three guys standing around one of them could bring the car up to the temporary parking area or have it ready.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

easy process

Cons:

nothing

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was clean & ready - but one tire was seriously low on air. The Hertz employee went above and beyond and had it repaired in short order by a local tire shop. Drop off was a breeze.

Cons:

An excellent experience with great caring staff. What more could I ask for? All rental car agencies charge a significant premium for full size SUV's - so it was quite pricey.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful. Everything worked great

7.6 Good

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Fine small car-wouldn’t rent this in Montana if the weather got bad though

Cons:

Kind of an expensive rate for a small car-

8.4 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Mpg

Cons:

Drivers seat just ok

1 out of 5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.0

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.0

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2850 Mercer Loop

+1 406 442 1765

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3015 Prospect Ave

+1 406 449 3400

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Have ALWAYS had god service with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.6 Good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Automatic upgrade on rental, customer service was very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

It took about 20 minutes after calling them to get picked up at the airport.

1 out of 1

Budget

6.6

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.4

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2850 Skyway Drive

+1 406 442 6241

Monday09:00 - 23:59
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4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was in a hurry to get me out of there. No one was there when I dropped it off.

Cons:

Better customer service

4.4 Mediocre

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was available

Cons:

Car was not clean, tires out of balance making 1400 mile trip like driving on washboard, no washer fluid, found in bad weather, windows and mirrors badly stained in hard water spots, difficult to use in night driving. This was second car, first car issued had bald tires...refused for safety.

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Our vehicle was available even though we arrived late. The process for pick-up was easy and the staff person, helpful.

Cons:

Details in cleaning were missed, a few papers from previous renters still in the car..no windshield fluid was in the vehicle. This made for a few extra stops to clean the windshield due to the bugs!

6.0 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I was charged for an extra day when the receipt came.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Seamless experience.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
I showed up to get my car after reserving online and they didn’t have a car available for me. They made no attempt to contact me prior to showing up.

1 out of 3

Avis

5.7

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.4

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2850 Skyway Drive

+1 406 442 4440

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Turned in my car and accidentally left my $300 sunglasses on the console. Walked down the stairs and realized I left them in the car so turned around and walked back up the stairs to the return staging area. Upon which the car had already been taken "off the lot" the attendant said and it is not possible to get my sunglasses back. She told me that I had to file a report with the desk inside the airport in order to get them back. Went inside the airport and then waited for 15 minutes in line to talk to an attendant about my lost sunglasses. He then told me to fill out a form and that I would get a call when they found them and that they would have to ship them to me at my expense. And is expected it's been four days and I have not received a call and have tried to call Avis about my sunglasses with zero success. Basically, the attendant or whoever cleans the cars after rentals, stole my sunglasses and Avis will not take accountability. Custom service at its finest!!!

6.0 Okay

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful.

Cons:

When I got my car, one of the tires was very underinflated and I needed to go to get air immediately after pick up.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick-up and drop off was quick and easy.

8.8 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff...easy pickup and drop off.

8.4 Very Good

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car condition was fine and acquiring went smoothly.

Cons:

Because we only drove locally and as a means to get ourselves to the airport while our daughter at work, we used less than 75 miles. We were then charged a $15 fee for low mileage. Ridiculous as we spared the car and company wear and tear as a result so why be penalized?

6.4 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The folks behind the counter were incredibly kind and easy to work with. When the car I reserved wasn't available, they asked what my needs were for renting and made sure I had an alternate available.

Cons:

Sadly the car type I reserved wasn't available. I ended up in a larger car which wasnt terribly inconvenient but I felt like I wasn't getting what I expected.

1 out of 3

National

2.0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

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2850 Mercer Loop

+1 406 442 8620

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2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Cahill and Silas found me a good rate and cleaned the car before giving it to me. My Ford Explorer had Sirius/XM, which was fun as I drove across the country.

Cons:

On a car with fewer than 2,000 miles, I was astonished to get a flat tire. Even worse, it turned out that my rental had no spare tire! No full-size, no "doughnut" size either! Roadside assistance was courteous, but it was estimated to be 4-5 hours before a new vehicle could be delivered. Instead, I drove to a nearby Sears Tire store. Still, the flat delayed my trip by 3.5 hours.

6.4 Okay

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved an intermediate car and got a Nissan Sentra. Is that really an intermediate car? It seemed overpriced for the size and features (no satellite radio, etc). It was late at night and the parking lot was kind of far from the desk so I really didn't have an incentive to complain to the desk clerk. He told me it was a Nissan Sentra, but I'm not really familiar with many makes and models. Surprised when I get NYC area prices in Helena, MT.

5.6 Fair

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was fine. Slight smell of smoke :-(

Cons:

I waited at the counter at Helena Airport for almost half an hour before anyone showed up. I called the number on te sign at the counter No answer. I called the 800 number, spoke to a person, put on hold, disconnected by rating message. The attendant at the Avis counter went to look for the attendant, no luck. I called the 800 message again, waited, and finally the attendant showed up.

1 out of 1

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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Sunnycars

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2850 Skyway Dr, Helena, , USA Montana

+1 914 368 0091

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94 travellers who hired a car in Helena Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.7

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