Panama City car rentals

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Panama City, FL, United States
10 Dec — 17 Dec
Panama City, FL, United States
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Pick-up locationPanama City
Rental locations12
Airport locations7

Panama City car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (111 reviews)
1 location in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
  • 8.7
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  • 8.4
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre2021 Jul 11
I waited in line for 40 minutes to pick up the car. There has to be a better way than a single agent taking 5+ minutes for every customer in line.
4.0 Okay2021 Jul 06
Drop off was super easyReserved a mid size SUV months in advance only to be told they didn’t have any. Said there should be some coming in if I wanted to wait a couple hours. Offered me an “upgrade” to a mid size sedan. Since I didn’t feel like sitting in an airport waiting I took it. He then proceeded to try and charge me over double until I produced the email with the reservation and price. I reserved the type of vehicle I did for ease of getting in and out if I wanted a sporty midsize I would’ve reserved it.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jun 12
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 11
Very Friendly Staff and Also no waiting once we arrived. Had everything ready to go for us! It was a very pleasant and Smooth Process!!
4.0 Okay2021 Jun 05
The car was clean and worked great!The wait was ridiculous! I waited over an hour and a half after I had paid and checked in. I was told I would receive a phone call when my vehicle was ready in approximately 30 minutes but didn't receive a call at all. After an hour I went back in line and when I finally reached the counter was told they couldn't find my order! Terrible service.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 23
Reserved a car through Priceline for Panama Beach to be picked up at the airport. Our original flight was cancelled and we arrived 3 hours later than originally planned. The rental company counters were all extremely busy, and I could overhear a lot of people trying to rent cars who had not made reservations, so I was worried they might not have held our reservation for us but they still had our reservation, and the type of vehicle we requested.
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 25
This was the first time we used Alamo car rental. The customer service was phenomenal.
4.0 Okay2021 Apr 20
Mini van was filthy. Food caked to back seat . Really bad odor to vehicle. Alamo did compensate part of the rental back
8.0 Excellent2021 Apr 09
When securing vehicle online there was not transparency that the price did not include all applicable fees. When I picked up car $200 extra in fees were added. I thought the car that we got a Mazda 6 was not worth $650
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jan 10
They overbooked cars and didn’t have a car for me, leaving me stranded with my kids after an entire day of flying.
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Rated #2
8.2 Excellent (60 reviews)
3 locations in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
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  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Sep 18
We appreciated being upgraded to a larger vehicle for our trip. We loved getting to drive the expedition but it smelled so bad like cigarette smoke. My leather bags now smell like smoke after driving in the car for a few days. I know it is hard to get the smell of smoke out of the car but maybe an air freshener could have helped mask the smell somewhat.
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 30
Waited for over an hour just to pick up the car. Car smelled like it has been smoked in a ton, and masked with potpourri. Car looked dirty too…looked like they spent 5 mins cleaning it before handing it off to us. Didn’t want to say anything to the agent because we couldn’t spend another second at the location, after already being there for over an hour. Also received 3 different responses about dropping off at another location and any fee associated with that.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 21
Fast and friendlyPrice
8.8 Excellent2020 Nov 01
Staff was very friendly and helpful.Information on how to drop off
2.0 Mediocre2020 Oct 31
Did bot have the car promised 3 times, substitute was not workable due to a seat maintenance problem but they tried to rent it to me anyway
6.4 Good2020 Jun 09
The staff was great. No issues with pick up and drop box was fairly straight forward.The car smelled heavily of smoke when we got it. The power steering was making odd noises (may require additional power steering fluid). The right rear tire gave a lower pressure warning after having the car for a few hours. No issues after filling it up so didn't appear to be a structural issue.
8.4 Excellent2020 Feb 09
Great location and staff. Especially Jessica Scott. She was wonderful helping set up my rental.They even offered me a ride after I dropped the car off.... nothing could have been better.
9.6 Excellent2019 Nov 30
Staff was friendly, drop off very quickNothing
10.0 Excellent2019 Feb 06
Edwin was super helpful!! Quick easy checkout and return
10.0 Excellent2018 Dec 07
Pick up and drop off was very quick and easyThe car got extremely good gas mileage eco friendly car
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Rated #3
7.5 Good (31 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
  • 7.4
  • 8
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 27
Wish the rental parking lot at ECP was closer to the counters, or a shuttle was available, it was a long walk. Overall great though!
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 21
The entire process was poor. I admit that initially booking the vehicle was easy, but I was not able To change drivers name during booking process so when my daughter went to pick up vehicle they would not rent it to her and instead we had to cancel and book another rental vehicle at more than twice the daily rate. Three day rental went from $180 to $380. Will never use Kayak again.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 15
Easy to pick up and very affordable
4.0 Okay2021 May 30
Nice leather good price. Good gas mileage.One ac vent broke couldn’t adjust, smell terrible like smoke, burns and peeling on plastic pieces in dash and looks like someone spilled milk in the ac vents
6.0 Good2021 May 19
The car was dirty and had registration that was 6 months overdue.
8.0 Excellent2021 Apr 01
Staff was friendly and helpful.I would have chosen differently had I known that I would have a beetle instead of the Kia. Changing was painless however.
4.0 Okay2021 Mar 23
easy processI was talked into an upgrade and it made it sound like it was of no extra charge. I was then charged for the upgrade making my price way higher than I was comfortable with.
8.0 Excellent2021 Mar 23
Nice car,The tire pressure gauge did not work properly.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Mar 19
Nothing! They called me the afternoon prior to my business trip to tell me that they weren’t going to have a car for me.Everything! The least they could have sone was provide more than 24 hour notice so that we could come up with a backup plan.
4.0 Okay2020 Jul 25
First of all, this was a bait and switch situation. The car I ordered was not available but had another just like it but for 28.00 more a day. Had no choice. But the car smelled like the person before us was smoking pot and cigarettes. Car was not clean! Poor service all around.
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Rated #4
7.4 Good (81 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
  • 7.6
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  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 13
Easy booking But They could not chang pick up time 12pm instead 9am So I canceled day before I rental. They shold little more flexible!
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 10
Try to Charge me $450 cleaning for excessive garbage via letter in the mail to me. When I called the service number they would only take off half …$225!! I asked for proof and they said there was pitchers they had of some wrappers in the back seat and a coffee cup in the cup holder and some Cheerios my son spilled on the back seat … I am declining this charge. Sounds reasonable… This is standard to clean this up with any rental company, and the interior had no damage or stains.
4.0 Okay2021 Jul 08
The car they gave me looked dirty inside and the low tire pressure warning light came on as soon as we loaded up and tried to leave. We had to unload and go back to get another car. We were up sold and paid more than we had planned.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 03
Drop off and pick.up was quick and easy.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 23
We rented a car for pick up at 12pm on Saturday. They didn’t tells us they close at noon and don’t open until Monday. Scam
10.0 Excellent2021 Mar 21
The area where the cars are located were out in the open..not good when weather is bad...and sinage was a bit difficult..hard to find the Budget areas..
10.0 Excellent2021 Mar 09
Staff was very friendly. Drop-off was super easy.The car wasn't ready when I arrived and I had to wait about 25 minutes before it was & that was frustrating.
10.0 Excellent2021 Feb 22
Friendly staff. Easy process.N/A
4.0 Okay2020 Oct 06
Car was clean and easy to use electronicallyUnscrupulous practices in upselling I have never heard of before. Will NEVER use Budget again.
4.4 Okay2020 Jul 21
Pick up/ drop off was quick and easy.The car got a flat tire. I called the emergency roadside number and was told it would be at least 3 hours before somebody could get to the car. I put the donut on the car and spent the next 2 hours talking to customer service and getting rerouted to another person/number before I finally just gave up. Drove the car on the interstate with a donut on it over an hour back to the Budget office. Nobody at the desk so just left the keys in the drop box.
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Rated #5
6.8 Good (71 reviews)
2 locations in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
  • 6.8
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  • 6.6
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 14
Hertz online booking needs some work. We booked a one-way, once we arrived they said the could not provide a car. They seem to be the only rental car provider that wasn’t able to block one-way booking on their website or through other booking options, i.e. kayak, Priceline. Their customer service was not helpful in resolving the issue. Hours wasted driving to and from their location. I will not be using Hertz in the future
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 06
Literally ANY rental company over this hertz location. Jessica was trying to help me get into the standard SUV(equinox or equal size) I ordered but her boss (who claimed to own hertz) told her that the compact SUV was all they had for me “you either take this or leave”. In no way was she helpful, never offered an upgrade or a discount for the smaller vehicle, her customer service was AWFUL. I was on vacation with my 2 year old twins (car seats, baggage, pack and plays, all the things it takes to travel with children and she wanted to tell me take this small compact car when I absolutely ordered something bigger, had the nerve to tell me take it or go and still wanted to charge me for the bigger vehicle. She was an absolute troll and after leaving to go get a better vehicle at budget for less money I looked up that location and it was nothing but bad reviews. Makes sense - poor management.
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 31
got there and no car, no effort to honor reservation, no return phone call, no more hertz
7.9 Good2021 Aug 02
Car was great. Drop-off was great. Picking up the car took forever. There was one person operating the desk and a line that took just under an hour to get through when I personally was up there for less than 5 minutes. If people are making changes, they need to move to the back of the bus or there needs to be another line for people that have there stuff together.
7.9 Good2021 Jul 16
cars was a little old.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 05
Andre was awesome! He took great care of us and made the experience fast and easy! Give the guy a raise!
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 20
Pick up location was not what I had designated
10.0 Excellent2021 May 24
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Car was really nice.When I rented I could have sworn it said I was renting from the Panama City Airport but not so. We had to take a cab to the Hertz location somewhere in the middle of town. Airport Hertz said there was no way to change it. It was logistically challenging. Kayak or Hertz should do a better job of clarifying that the rental is not at the airport.
8.0 Excellent2021 May 16
The sales rep came thru when airlines delays prevented pickup at the scheduled time.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 02
System allowed a 12pm pickup. The facility closed at 12pm. NOBODY CALLED FOR MY STATUS OR BETTER YET STAYED UNIL I ARRIVED. I arrived shortly after 12pm and the facility was closed. This was Saturday and we were STRANDED WITH NO CARS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE.
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Rated #6
5.5 Okay (4 reviews)
1 location in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
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  • 5.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Mar 18
After I booked the car the agent from national in Panama City airport called me and told me they were sold out so I was on my way to the airport thinking I had a car but I didn’tMaybe you could be a little more organized with your inventory
8.0 Excellent2019 Dec 29
Truck was dirty but service before and after was great
1 location in Panama City
Locations in Panama City
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358 travelers who rented a car in Panama City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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Top tips for renting a car in Panama City

  • Car rentals in Panama City will allow greater access to several shorelines, including Bunkers Cove and West Beach Drive along Saint Andrews Bay. Neither of these attractions has many stops from the Bay Town Trolley, the public transit service, and are easier to access with a personal vehicle. Considering you will be surrounded by sunny coastline, your beach trips will be simpler and more convenient with the benefit of a Panama City car rental, instead of trying to carry everything onto a trolley or bus. There are nearly 100 public access points along Panama City Beach that you can reach with a personal vehicle, conveniently located within walking distance of the sand.
  • Panama City is primarily serviced by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), which offers rental cars on-site at the rental car counters located on the main floor of the terminal. As the midpoint between Pensacola and Tallahassee, travelers staying in Panama City might also be flying into Pensacola International Airport (PNS) or Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), both of which offer rental cars at the counters on the main floor of their terminals.
  • Expect plenty of pedestrians as you drive through the city, particularly along beaches. With long, humid summers that make for easy walking weather, watch for jaywalking or careless pedestrians along the shores of Panama City Beach. On weekends and holidays, these areas can become particularly crowded with beachgoers wanting to enjoy the party atmosphere.
  • The heaviest traffic you will encounter in Panama City will generally be on sunny days, especially weekends, as you make your way across the Hathaway Bridge and along Panama City Beach. If you are visiting during hurricane season, from June until November, monitor weather forecasts and use caution if forced to drive during heavy rain or strong winds. When traveling during rainy weather, drive slowly, turn gradually, and give yourself extra space to stop.
  • Book your rental car in Panama City at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice rental cars in Panama City are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

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