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Charleston car rentals from ₪248/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Charleston with a pick-up date of 09.06 and drop-off date of 06.07. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Economy₪248/day
Compact₪249/day
Intermediate₪249/day
Standard₪251/day
Full-size₪251/day
Full-size SUV₪455/day
Luxury₪375/day
Pickup truck₪278/day
Intermediate SUV₪277/day
Compact SUV₪308/day
Standard SUV₪315/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Charleston

  • Everyone who loves to explore new places should consider going for a vacation in Charleston. The southern Carolina city boasts outstanding attractions within and far from the city, including the magnificent Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston City Market, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It's important to rent a car if you want to visit as many destinations as possible, especially those outside the city. You can get to Joe Riley Waterfront Park, 60 miles away from the city, in about an hour when traveling with your rental vehicle to witness the mesmerizing walkways and fountains. Or, you can drive to White Point Garden, 90 miles from Charleston city, in less than one and a half hours and witness ancient wartime monuments if you hire a rental vehicle from some of the best car rentals in Charleston.
  • With a good set of wheels, you can visit the vibrant city of Charleston. When you rent a car from the cheap car rentals in Charleston you get to know and explore the city at your own pace. You can drive to Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge 3.7 miles away. View the scenic sites of the bay and the South Carolina Aquarium in less than 15 minutes. You can also explore the beach and the nice selection of restaurants and hotels.
  • The easiest way to find car rentals in Charleston for visitors coming to Charleston is by opting to rent a car at the airports in the city. Some of the airports in this city that have Charleston car rentals include Charleston International Airport, Charleston County Aviation, and Charleston VORTAC CHS 113.5. For instance, Charleston International Airport has a car rental agency behind the Arrivals 3 terminal, featuring car rentals like Hertz, SIXT, and Europcar. You can get car rentals in Charleston with no hassle if you opt to rent a vehicle at the airport rather than looking around for a suitable car rental agency in or outside the city.
  • Collect your car after you land at Charleston International Airport. The airport usually houses different car rentals that best fit your needs. It has several car rental agencies on-site that offer any car type that you might need. The agencies have help desks behind the Arrival Halls of Terminal 3. Always remember to check your preferred agency's operation hours.
  • Driving outside Charleston city on highways such as the King's Highway and Highway 41 is pretty easy because the roads here are wide and in good condition. Driving through the city center can be difficult because streets like King Street and East bay are usually congested and full of pedestrians. Look out for pedestrians while driving through the city center and be cautious of motorists when approaching intersections.
  • You can present a valid license from your home country with your full Government-Approved Name. The license is an eligible permit when driving Charleston car rentals. The license should be in the English language and have your photograph. That way, you will not need a translation. If the license is not in English, you will need to get a translation of your license issued in your home country. The translation can be in the form an International Driver's Permit.
  • Being a busy city, Charleston has plenty of people and vehicles. Some roads in this city, such as Elliot Street, Bedons Alley, Bedons Alley, and Montague streets, are full of traffic, and navigating them can be a huge problem. Traffic is usually at its peak from 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm. Avoid driving on busy streets during rush hours. Drive on the streets before or after rush hours if you must use the busy roads in the city.
  • Book your rental car in Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Charleston are around 25% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Charleston

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Charleston?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (₪248/day), Budget (₪269/day) and Alamo (₪278/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 170 Airport Road 25311 (4 kilometers from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Charleston?

    The average gas price in Charleston is ₪14.29 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪171 and ₪229, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Charleston?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Charleston.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Charleston?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Charleston?

    An Intermediate car rental in Charleston costs ₪262 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Charleston?

    A Mini car rental in Charleston costs ₪442 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Charleston?

    A Standard car rental in Charleston costs ₪367 per day, on average.

  • What car type is recommended for driving in Charleston?

    Different car rentals in Charleston suit different drivers with different driving needs. A compact vehicle, for instance, is suitable for cruising on the wide highways in Charleston. Drivers driving on the city center’s narrow street can go for a smaller vehicle to make it easier for them to navigate through the narrow streets. You can opt for a bigger car if you are traveling in the city as a group or with your family to ensure everyone is comfortable throughout the road trip.

  • Should I rent a car in Charleston, South Carolina?

    Even if you are visiting for pleasure or work, picking up a cheap rental car in Charleston will make things easier for you. You can also view things on your own time and at your own convenience. Visit different attractions and go sightseeing affordably. You can also go for a road trip and see what the area around Charleston has to offer.

  • What is the speed limit in Charleston?

    The speed limit in Charleston depends on where you are driving. Motorists driving on the congested roads in downtown, such as King Street, Bedons Alley, and Rainbow RowCharleston and other public areas, such as near schools and hospitals should maintain a speed limit of around 25 mph. You should maintain a speed limit of between 55 mph and 70 mph while driving on freeways within the city. Drivers driving on highways outside the city can drive at 70 mph.

  • What road trips could I take from Charleston?

    Take a drive of about 55 minutes to Folly Beach County Park, which lies about 12 miles away from Charleston. The city provides beautiful beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Folly River. Visitors enjoy surfing, fishing, swimming, and viewing the marine life. The road trip from Charleston to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will take about 26 minutes to drive about 13 miles away. Here you will get to see the historic house with gardens. On the other hand, a one hour's drive from Charleston to Moris Island is about 15 miles. The city boasts a calm, relaxing beach complete with a lighthouse.  

  • Where are the best places to park in Charleston?

    You should plan to pay for parking in most parts of the city because there are few parking lots, especially in the city center. Luckily there are affordable parking lots in the city, such as Cumberland Street Garage, Marion Square Garage, and Queen Street Parking Garage, which typically cost around $5. You can also park your car in private parking lots like Palmetto Parking Inc. and Palmetto Parking lot, although you will have to pay around $8 to around $10 for parking in most private car parks. Alternatively, you can use public transportation to get to your destination if you predict you won’t get parking space at your destination. Walking can also save you money on parking fees because you won’t need to pay for parking if you walk to a nearby destination from your hotel. 

Charleston car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.2

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.4

Value for money

5.6

4 locations in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

1115 Smith Street

+1 304 344 2600

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1614 2nd Ave

+1 304 343 8403

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

171 Airport Road

+1 304 352 3743

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday11:30 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

5201 Maccorkle Ave Se

+1 304 926 8900

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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1.9 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK
There were NO cars. I did not receive a vehicle.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Enterprise customer service was awful

5.6 Fair

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was nice.

Cons:

They did not have any vehicles available at my pickup time. An hour afterwards they had a smaller than requested vehicle available. The staff did call an hour before pickup to tell me they did not have the car available at the reserved time.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, easy pickup and drop off.

Cons:

Nothing.

9.6 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Courteous staff.

Cons:

The front sensor was broken, so an indicator light was on the whole trip. Not a big deal, but it would've been nice for everything to be working properly.

9.2 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Erin, the girl working the counter was AMAZING!

Cons:

The price of a compact car especially since when you’re under 25 you cannot rent an SUV at a cheaper price.

1 out of 7

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

23 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

169 Airport Road

+1 304 346 0573

Monday10:30 - 20:30
Tuesday10:30 - 20:30
Wednesday10:30 - 20:30
Thursday10:30 - 20:30
Friday10:30 - 20:30
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:30 - 20:30

300 Court Street

+1 304 766 0846

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was easy to work with and helpful. Drop off was a breeze.

Cons:

Offer a bottle of water or assistance with baggage.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

We had a mid-size car and were upgraded to an SUV for a really good rate. Staff was friendly, professional and very helpful.

6.0 Okay

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was great. It was clean. Easy access at pickup.

Cons:

Meetings cut short a day. Rushed back 75 miles to airport for a one day deduction. They would not credit because I prepaid in full for 2 days. Told me to call 800 number. They said same thing. Rules Rules. Rules. lol. Who reads the small print anyway. We just expect large national companies to treat us fair. They also told me at pick up that the 3rd party insurance purcjased from Kayak wold not be accepted and I would have to pay for any damages immediately and get reimbursed. They lost a customer. I asked them to remove me from Gold Rewards program. My new job requires a lot of travel but I will sign up with another rental company program with southern hospitality.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Hertz denied my rental after Kayak.com charged my credit card.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

New truck with plenty of technology perks. Good, efficient service at counter. Easy and quick.

Cons:

N/A

8.0 Very good

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

KIA Optima was pretty small for a "full-sized" car.

1 out of 4

National

10.0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Charleston

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171 Airport Rd

+1 304 344 2563

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday11:30 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Exceptional staff at Yeager Airport!

Cons:

Total experience was awesome

1 out of 1

Avis

9.5

Wonderful

13 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

9.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.0

One location in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

170 Airport Road

+1 304 343 9453

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Can't think of anything all went well and the staff was great

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, fast & easy

Cons:

all good

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
helpful worker at desk, quick and efficient

10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Usually the cars are clean, but maybe due to staff isuues, the car was not clean.

8.0 Very good

Dec 2021

KAYAK
everything was fine and went smoothly

8.0 Very good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Was an easy experience to

1 out of 2

Alamo

9.1

Wonderful

7 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.0

One location in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

171 Airport Rd

+1 304 344 2563

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday11:30 - 23:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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8.8 Very good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice person working at the Charleston, WV airport. A great representative for your company.

Cons:

The GPS was hard to use. I almost missed my flight home because of the lack of clarity from the GPS led me astray. Frightening experience as I found myself in the dark in a deserted industrial area of town.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Whole process was made simple

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle was clean and gas efficient

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Both key fobs needed the batteries changed and the car was in need of an oil change/service. I know this because the warnings popped up the first (and every) time I turned on the engine. They had to be cleared by pressing the “ok” button each time for each warning. Should have been taken care of before me renting it. Would have been extremely annoying to get stuck out on the road broken down or locked out. Otherwise the counter help was super efficient and very nice.

1 out of 2

Budget

8.8

Very good

20 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.3

One location in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

170 Airport Road

+1 304 343 4381

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Vehicle was filthy. Had to clean all the major touch-points inside plus clean out the cup holders once I reached my destination. Very disappointing.

6.8 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was satisfactory.

Cons:

The signage directing you were to return your call could've been better. You just park your car wherever you want, make note of the mileage and fuel. And take an elevator or stairs to the first floor and return your keys. There is nobody around.

6.4 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Scarcity of vehicles caused upgrade. Quick check in.

Cons:

Long long slow slow line. Slow computer system. Multiple people in training.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
You can't beat the price or the car. It did take a while to get checked in but it was crowded so it's understandable

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
The salesperson in both Charleston West Virginia,and Charleston South Carolina were both exceptionallly friendly and efficient at their jobs. Nice work on this rental experience Budget.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Nice car. Only issue was a strong fragrance smell.

1 out of 4

Dollar

8.2

Very good

14 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.2

One location in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

169 Airport Road

+1 866 434 2226

Monday10:30 - 20:30
Tuesday10:30 - 20:30
Wednesday10:30 - 20:30
Thursday10:30 - 20:30
Friday10:30 - 20:30
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:30 - 20:30

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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They were closed at our pick up time for reservation. I was stranded at the air port for a few hours trying to figure out a ride. The customer service was absolutely terrible with everyone we were contacted with. I will never go through this company again and will definitely spread word on my awful experience.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff

Cons:

Kayak has charged me for 14 days of rental, which, because of COVID19 issues I only used the car for 6 days. I have been told there are no exceptions by CS. Awful policies. Not wonderful telephone service. Dollar and their staff are amazing. If this cant be resolved I will never use KAYAK or PRICELINE again. period. Thank you. Ash

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff! Everything was quick and easy!

Cons:

Communicate that depending on drop off time (ours was early) no one will be present at the desk and we can just drop off the keys.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly.

Cons:

Reserved a full size. They only had a economy available. This is unsatisfactory.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and quickly took care to get me my car.

Cons:

More clear how to utilize toll roads. There was a sticker in the car about a box that didn’t seem to exist nor was I sure how they worked in that area or how to potentially pay for it in a rental. It may come back to bite me later going through one, but that’s on me. I just wasn’t sure on policy, but it seemed like there was one I should have known.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

No

1 out of 4

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Charleston

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Locations in Charleston

Yeager Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Charleston

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181 Airport Rd, Yeager County APT

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171 Airport Rd, Yeager County Arpt, Charleston, , USA West Virginia

+1 914 368 0091

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111 travelers who rented a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.7

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