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Palm Springs car rental information

Pick-up locationPalm Springs
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Rental locations18
Airport locations15

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Palm Springs

  • You’ll want a hire car while staying in the Palm Springs resort community so that you can take advantage of its award winning golf courses, art galleries, and chic boutiques. With a hire car you can also drive through the desert to Joshua Tree National Park, the Living Desert, or one of its other forests or botanical gardens.
  • Palm Springs International Airport is small, relaxed, and hassle free. Despite its size, many major carriers fly out of this airport. It also offers most of the amenities of any large airport including on-site car hire agencies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, and more. Once you are off the plane, simply go to baggage claim, and retrieve your belongings, and the car hire company is right there.
  • When driving through the desert, make sure to have plenty of petrol since you don’t know how close the next station will be. Additionally, because of heat you should have plenty of drinking water with you in case of car trouble. If it rains when you are driving through the city, be on the alert for street and parking lot floods.
  • Note that in the winter the population increases considerably, resulting in more traffic. Traffic is thickest in Palm Springs between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Commuters returning home from work can also cause traffic backups between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Some of the heaviest traffic is on Hwy 91 and State Route 111.
  • Book your rental car in Palm Springs at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Palm Springs are around -89% cheaper than other car types, on average

Palm Springs car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Palm Springs 
leslieMar 2024
Not in the airport...just to be clear on that and NO shuttle so need to take a cab, Uber or walk. Really not walkable per se, although can be done, but not with luggage But prices are good, the cars are decent, and service was excellent.
LeslieMar 2024
A lot of electric cars in the area so ask about charging and know if your complex has charging stations.
Verified travelerMar 2024
Parking is difficult, but great value.
Verified travelerFeb 2024
I enjoyed driving around Palm Springs. I mostly drove around town and did a day trip to Joshua Tree. The traffic was pretty easy - busiest right around downtown. There is a free underground parking garage near the art museum. It's a convenient place to park if you want to be right in the downtown area.
Verified travelerJan 2024
Use google maps. Couldn’t live without it. Takes all the stress out of driving in new place.
Verified travelerDec 2023
Make sure you rent from the airport location, not the one on the road called “Airport…” that one is close enough to be confused, but it is a $20 Uber ride away.
Verified travelerJan 2024
Cool driving except non respect of speed limitation
Verified travelerOct 2023
Get the SUV if you plan to go anywhere near Joshua Tree
TerrySep 2023
Bring your GPS if not familiar with area.
MarkOct 2023
Rent off site away from the airport.
JeanneMay 2023
Save money by booking car off site from airport- be aware only open until noon on weekends

FAQs about renting a car in Palm Springs

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Palm Springs?

    With all of the shopping outlets, casinos, and parks to visit, you’ll likely be on the road quite bit. Be sure that your car has good air conditioning for those hot summer days in the desert. You’ll also need a car with lots of trunk space to accommodate your sports gear like golf clubs or hiking equipment.

  • What’s the speed limit in Palm Springs?

    No matter what road you are driving on in California, the maximum speed limit is 65 mph; this includes highways. If you are driving in more residential neighborhoods, the typical speed limit is 25 mph. In more built-up areas such as those with stores and malls, you may be able to drive between speeds of 25 mph and 65 mph. Although it may not be noted, around schools the maximum speed is also 25 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Palm Springs?

    The city of Palm Springs now has a new downtown parking garage with plenty of parking. Public parking is offered here for a few hours. There is also plenty of parking around if you are willing to walk a few blocks to the main strip or to Palm Canyon Drive.

  • What is the best rental car company in Palm Springs?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Palm Springs are Alamo (8.4, 94 reviews), Hertz (7.8, 97 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.1, 136 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Palm Springs?

    The average gas price in Palm Springs is ₪14.18 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪170 and ₪227, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Palm Springs?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Palm Springs.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Palm Springs?

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Palm Springs?

    A Mini car rental in Palm Springs costs ₪315 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Palm Springs?

    An Economy car rental in Palm Springs costs ₪175 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Palm Springs?

    A Compact car rental in Palm Springs costs ₪155 per day, on average.

Palm Springs car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.4

Very good

333 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.2

One location in Palm Springs

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Locations in Palm Springs

3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 833 659 1910

Monday05:30 - 23:00
Tuesday05:30 - 23:00
Wednesday05:30 - 23:00
Thursday05:30 - 23:00
Friday05:30 - 23:00
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Sunday05:30 - 23:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Ivan checked me in upon return. He was helpful.

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Car was clean. But person at added expensive add ons without explanation. Costing me an extra $100.00!

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at the counter was very friendly and helpful, they just didn’t have very many people working so the line moved a bit slowly.

Cons:

Vehicle had no upgrades whatsoever (no moonroof, no push to start).

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very efficient desk staff and return process

Cons:

Vehicle was not ready for pickup; waited 40 minutes for it

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The reservation agent charged me two extra hours (almost a full day's rate, three hours would have been a full day's rate). I was unaware I was a little more than an hour early, I had made the reservation a month and a half ago. When I noticed the total amount was more than what was on my reservation paperwork I was told it was because I was early. When I said I could go have lunch and come back in an hour the agent replied she's already opened the reservation and couldn't change it now. She said she could only cancel the reservation and that I'd be free to make a new one. This was during the covid car shortage and they were turning away people due to the shortage of cars and the cars that were available were renting at a premium. I know canceling a reservation is not the only option unless it is a new company top down policy.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was an upgrade from what I reserved due to unavailability, and it was a nice car.

Cons:

Someone had smoked in the car and it needs to be cleaned better.

1 out of 51

Hertz

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

7.5

One location in Palm Springs

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Locations in Palm Springs

3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 760 778 5100

Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Short line-up compared to other companies, good person at the front desk and fast and easy return, Price is my only complaint but that is with all rental companies.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The customer service rep was very helpful and knowledgeable.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
We couldn’t have had a more perfect experience. I will always go back with Hertz.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Very good but the global cost all inclusive is very difficult to predict.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
After reserving my vehicle with a debit card via the pay later option when I tried to pick up my car at Palm Springs airport the Hertz employee told me because I didn’t have the CREDIT card I used to make the reservations I could not pick up the car and I could not get a refund. I had to have a friend reserve the car under his name and pay an additional fee to add me as a driver even though I was the one that reserved for and paid for the car. Again, I made the reservation with a debit card, but it hurts. Employee refused to accept the card that I used to make the reservation even though that is the policy.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I arrived to only be told that I would be charged an additional 800 dollars on top of what I already paid online. I felt like I was being scammed for more money. I ended up paying 450 usd more than my quoted priced online when booking and paying. I feel very taken advantage of. Will never book again through Kayak or through this company. Disgraceful service and they should be ashamed.

1 out of 33

Dollar

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.6

One location in Palm Springs

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Locations in Palm Springs

3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
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8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very friendly and professional. The pick up and drop off were both very quick and easy.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were fine, drop off easy

Cons:

We did not get the car we asked for--the alternative was too small for our needs. And, I felt ripped off by all the extra fees, etc. Based on the "advertised" Kayak price, we should have paid much less buying making an advance deposit. The fees drove up the total significantly. Net, most likely will not use a third party again for car rental.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great experience!

Cons:

N/A

8.0 Very good

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The process was pretty smooth and quick.

Cons:

They didn’t have the type of car we reserved (suv) and gave us a 4 door chevy. It fit us fine but wasn’t the size we’d reserved. Also, the car had a big dent and scratch along the back side which looked a little crappy driving it around Palm Springs.

8.0 Very good

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful

8.4 Very good

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Counter agent in Palm Springs could have honored the original terms in the reservation from the beginning. The first contract he generated had the price at almost $900, the reservation price was about $398.00. It was corrected when I pointed it out to the guy.

1 out of 21

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

7.2

2 locations in Palm Springs

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3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 833 445 1511

Monday05:30 - 23:00
Tuesday05:30 - 23:00
Wednesday05:30 - 23:00
Thursday05:30 - 23:00
Friday05:30 - 23:00
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Sunday05:30 - 23:00

4041 Airport Center Dr

+1 760 327 2699

Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
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Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
I am very surprised and satisfied with the servis and the car. Everything was very professional and I will recommend to everyone to use Enterprise Rent a Car from now on.

8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The address is misleading as the office located on Airport Drive but the office is about half a mile or so from the actual airport, and there is no shuttle. It wasn’t a big deal for me, but might be for some. Once I arrived the staff was friendly, efficient, and courteous. The prices were good.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
No shuttle, should be clearly mentioned to is is off site location and no shuttle available- before booking.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Outstanding customer service! Maria was super nice, personable and professional. I was visiting from out of town. At drop off I asked about an Uber cost and she gracefully offered to arrange a ride back to my rental 5 miles away. Brook drove me back. She was too was very sweet and a pleasure to talk with on the ride. Best experience with a rental Company.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
The time to pick up defaults to noon which is when they close. I would have gone I. Earlier had I know but that was the time it said I was supposed to pick up my car. Luckily I got there at 1157 but I saw multiple people get turned down for cars they already reserved at 1202 because they were “closed” at noon. The employee and manager who were there could have easily waited the ten minutes it takes to get a car but decided to leave their customers agendas without renting the car they had already reserved

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Wonderful and helpful team of employees. The venue was clean and we were offered cold water after stepping in from the heat of Papm Springs! The vehicle was clean and we had no issues for our 5 day stay.

1 out of 41

Budget

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Palm Springs

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3400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 760 778 1956

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

650 South Eugene Road

+1 760 325 1584

Monday08:00 - 23:00
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Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Poor follow through on 2nd month and 3rd month of rental. Kept having to fix Budget errors in not renewing my lease until spending an hour waiting and then speaking on the phone to clear up Budget mistakes. Also overcharged by $100 on overall fee.

8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The vehicle was not washed and was not cleaned on the interior.

6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
There was a very long line at the counter and I had to wait for 35 minutes for the vehicle to be ready. This was frustrating to all involved. The employees were very kind and patient and were working as fast as they could.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Staff was great, rental was great, price was great.

4.0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
When I arrived just after 11pm to get my car, no one was manning the Avis/Budget desk at the Palm Springs airport. This despite their open hours being until midnight. I had to rideshare to my destination and return to the airport the next day to get my rental car. It took 90 minutes of waiting in line and at the desk for them to get me a car. They said they had run out of cars the night before. There was no communication about this nor was there any signage at the desk. A rep from another rental company told a couple of other parties and me that they had all gone home.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
took 3 hours of waiting in a line to pick up a car

1 out of 68

Avis

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Palm Springs

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3400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 760 778 6300

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

650 South Eugene Road

+1 760 778 6090

Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
Friday08:00 - 23:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Extremely long pickup line on arrival Efficient drop-off

6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The pick up desk at PSP is a disaster, so many people wanting cars and too few employees helping them. Very aggravated customers in the very long lineup to pick up vehicles. Express drop off, on the other hand, worked very well.

6.0 Okay

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Got to the desk and was shocked to see a line of people that probably would have taken over an hour to get a car. So went to the preferred desk when there was a budget and avis guy with nothing to do. I couldn't remember my number, but the guy looked it up. However, he gave me a Ford 150 truck -- a bit much. Soi, mixed bag, but appreciated the help

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
terrible experience. Airport staff said car was off site, didn't know that. Went next day together car and car rental facility was closed, no on showed. It was a HUGE hassle and will never use again!

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Quick and easy for pick up and drop off

8.0 Very good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Initial vehicle assigned was not conducive to a bedroom with two bad knees, and a wife with a bad hip to climb into such a large vehicle

1 out of 47

Thrifty

7.7

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.9

One location in Palm Springs

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Locations in Palm Springs

3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday08:00 - 23:00
Thursday08:00 - 23:00
Friday08:00 - 23:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Everything was great

2.0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
A large amount of unreasonable and undeclared surcharges. Would never rent again with Thrifty.

2.8 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was ok but your policy lies.

Cons:

Keep it real when it says a rule in the policy they should stick to it

2.0 Poor

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Your information was inaccurate. Was not able to take the car promised to me for not having a major credit care. Then was charged 10 dollars for penalty fee. Incredibly disappointed in customer service and buisness practices. I will never use your services again.

Cons:

Not charging me 10 dollars on a promise of a vehicle you couldnt provide me with.

4.8 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Why is the price that you pay always more than what is quoted when you book? Seriously why.... Its just so annoying.

Cons:

The price that I was quoted was what I paid. That would be normal...

5.2 Fair

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff but my reservation was screwed and my rate was changed for no reason

Cons:

Should have gotten the reservation correct

1 out of 13

National

8.4

Very good

2 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

8.2

One location in Palm Springs

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3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way Ste

+1 833 659 1909

Monday05:30 - 23:00
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Airport Van

4.9

Mediocre

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One location in Palm Springs

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3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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One location in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs International Airport

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Advance Van Rental

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One location in Palm Springs

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3400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 877 826 4680

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Eagle Rent A Car

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One location in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Palm Springs

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3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

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VIPCars Recommendation

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One location in Palm Springs

Locations in Palm Springs

3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way Ste 5, Palm Springs, , USA California

+1 914 368 0091

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Zeeba Rent-A-Van

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One location in Palm Springs

Locations in Palm Springs

3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

+1 800 940 9332

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1474 travelers who rented a car in Palm Springs gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

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