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Saint Paul car rentals

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Saint Paul

  • With possible snow in the forecast from October to May, car rentals in Saint Paul are optimal for getting around the city to ensure you are not impacted by public transit delays. Even without snow on the ground, a rental car provides access to routes that are not provided by public transit, such as a scenic drive along the Mississippi River.
  • There are stations for Saint Paul car rentals at both terminals of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport (MSP). In Terminal 1, they can be found in the Silver Parking Ramp at ground-level, accessible through the entrance under the Prince mural or via underground tram. For Terminal 2, stations are located in the Ground Transportation Center, across from the terminal itself. They are on the ground level of the Purple Ramp.
  • Both Saint Paul and nearby Minneapolis are popular for cyclists, even in the winter. When turning right or merging lanes, double-check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure you are not cutting off or endangering a cyclist. Be mindful of bike lanes and use caution when sharing the road. Drivers are not allowed on the light-rail tracks, unlike in other cities. Train operators will not hesitate to use their horn to inform you of this rule.
  • Winter driving in Saint Paul, particularly from January to March, can be a challenge for inexperienced drivers. Black ice can appear on occasion, which is nearly impossible to spot. During rush hour, from 7:30 to 8:30am and 4:00 to 6:00pm, you might see traffic agents giving signals in busy intersections. Follow these commands instead of the traffic lights and use caution when navigating around them.
  • Book your rental car in Saint Paul at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Saint Paul are around 14% more expensive than other car types, on average

Saint Paul car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Saint Paul 
DavidJun 2024
I'd go with Alamo. They were still there when the flight landed after midnight and I got a great deal, on the spot, with an upgraded car.
Verified travelerJun 2024
Get an SUV. We needed space for luggage.
RobertSep 2023
It was just fine, no thoughts or complaints on this topic.
Verified travelerNov 2023
No it was all fine
Verified travelerJul 2023
I would definitely rent with SIXT directly in the future. Hopefully, I could reach a representative who could answer my ?? and advise me
Verified travelerJun 2023
Rent a car from National/Enterprise since they had cars for people who had reservations, unlike Payless/Budget/Avis.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Book with Sixt. I did not wait in any lines.
Verified travelerJul 2023
The staff made the experience easier and stress free
HeatherAug 2023
Driving around is easy with an app.

FAQs about renting a car in Saint Paul

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Saint Paul?

    An ideal choice for car rentals in Saint Paul is an all-wheel drive midsized vehicle. This will give you more control during winter driving while allowing you the maneuverability to get around busy city streets during heavy traffic. All-wheel drive is easier to use for inexperienced winter drivers than four-wheel drive, as the rotation rate of the tires adjusts to your turns and makes the drive smoother.

  • What’s the speed limit in Saint Paul?

    The speed limit throughout downtown Saint Paul is 25mph. If driving through residential streets, the speed limit drops to 20mph, as the city is pushing a "20 is Plenty" promotional campaign to ensure the streets remain safe for children and families. A majority of city-owned streets have posted limits of 25mph, but if there is not a posted sign, the limit is 20mph. If you are leaving the city via highway, speed limits are 65mph in urban interstate areas and 70mph in rural interstate areas.

  • Where are the best places to park in Saint Paul?

    Parking in downtown Saint Paul ranges from about $0.50 to $2 per hour, depending on location and time of day or week. The majority of parking in the city is street parking, but there is plenty within walking distance of iconic spots, such as Union Depot Lot A near the river walk along the Mississippi River. If you are planning to park overnight in the winter, ensure that you are not parked in a spot marked "Night Plow Route," which indicates that a snowplow needs to clear that area of snow during the night. Failure to move your car might result in your vehicle being towed or covered in so much snow that you will need to shovel your way out.

  • What is the best rental car company in Saint Paul?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Saint Paul are Alamo (8.6, 101 reviews), and Budget (7.1, 97 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Saint Paul?

    The average gas price in Saint Paul is ₪13.76 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪165 and ₪220, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Saint Paul?

    Full-size (Toyota Camry or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Saint Paul.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Saint Paul?

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

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Saint Paul?

    A Full Size car rental in Saint Paul costs ₪296 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Saint Paul?

    An Economy car rental in Saint Paul costs ₪259 per day, on average.

Saint Paul car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.6

Very good

168 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

8.3

One location in Saint Paul

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Locations in Saint Paul

4901 Glumack Dr

+1 833 813 5263

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Everything was great!

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent customer service!

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Price was $50 higher than the reservation.

Cons:

Lower price or a better car.

8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff unable to check whether I could use AARP or AAA discounts at time of check-in. Said I needed a “code.” Or maybe a secret handshake?

Cons:

Rental vehicle did not have a snow brush snd it snowed 2 of the 5 days I rented the vehicle. Come on - it’s Minnesota March weather madness! I was clearing dude windows with my forearms!

8.0 Very good

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy. Pickup we were in a line of about 30 people. Men working hard & fast to get cars, but very backed up.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was a breeze

1 out of 29

Budget

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.7

4 locations in Saint Paul

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1413 Hunting Valley Road

+1 651 644 9413

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

166 East 7th Street

+1 651 222 8562

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

2967 Hudson Road Suite B

+1 612 351 2776

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

4901 Glumack Dr

+1 612 726 5237

Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Wonderful customer service. Everyone was friendly. Vehicle was clean and ran well. Super easy pick up and drop off. Great experience.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Agent was rude and take it or leave it-

2.0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
No one answers the phones at Budget. The same voice menu prompts all take you to lost and found. Upon finally getting someone to confirm that Budget staff will be at the airport despite a late arriving flight, security told us they left 15 mins before I walked in (i.e. after the flight had actually landed). Really frustrated with Budget and will not rent from them again.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Just fine….!

8.0 Very good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The car was out of winshield washing fluid. Dangerous driving conditions for us.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Avoid this place! At counter I was told they didn’t have the pickup truck I reserved. Attitude was kind of like “oh well, sucks for you “ I persisted and was given an upgrade type of pickup but it took a very long time with lots of confusion. My daughter rented from her 2 weeks earlier, exact same experience. Waste of money!

1 out of 38

Payless

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

5.9

One location in Saint Paul

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4901 Glumack Drive

+1 612 866 4918

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Overall Experience was great. I also called their customer care to confirm a few things and it was a pleasant experience with all the information that I needed provided. Check out was quick and easy. Return was quick and easy as well. The only thing was one of the cabin boxes was not cleared and had some candy and plastic water bottles from previous renters. Everything else was great.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
It took over an hour to get a vehicle and it was a large truck with mpg half what I paid for since I booked a compact vehicle. They ran out of vehicles despite knowing these vehicles were paid for and reserved. The people that left when I arrived had waited 1.5 hours. Others were still having major delays later in the day. Exiting with the vehicle both the person in front of me and myself could not leave because we were not provided with the information needed for the automated and only toll lane. We caused a line that was only resolved by staff manually operating the booth.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
No cars available, despite booking in advance. Will not use this company again.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I got a letter 3 weeks after the return that claimed I smoked in the car and there was excessive smoke smell. I did not smoke, never have smoked in my life. They are charging me $450 and I have petitioned their customer service multiple times. They keep escalating it to another bureaucratic level of the business to hand off the problem to the next customer service representative. I will be reporting them to the Better Business Bureau and I will be filing a consumer fraud report to the Attorney General's Office of Illinois. This company has absolutely committed fraud and is trying to find a way to book extra revenue. I will never do business with the Avis Budget group (the company that owns Payless) ever again.

8.0 Very good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing in particular

Cons:

nothing in particular

7.6 Good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and professional at both pick-up and drop-off

Cons:

At pick-up they switched to a different vehicle which was an "upgrade" to a mid-sized SUV for the same price. Appreciated that, but once I left MSP I realized that the vehicle had not been washed or re-filled with gas, and so the Fuel light went on almost immediately (36 miles left). So I had to immediately gas up. The net of this was that I returned the vehicle with 150 miles left, and therefore bought more gas than I actually used. I documented the issue on the day of pickup and took a photo of my gas purchase...so at least I didn't get hit with a fuel surcharge. But it would have been better for things to have been done right from the start.

1 out of 96

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6

Very good

54 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

8.5

3 locations in Saint Paul

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1161 University Ave W

+1 651 228 0088

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

395 East 7th Street

+1 651 225 9766

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

4901 Glumack Dr

+1 833 807 1735

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
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8.0 Very good

Jul 2024

KAYAK
Very nice person at desk. The actual car pickup was understaffed. We stood and waited ten minutes before even seeing a person. When that person spotted us, he was very helpful and courteous.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Fantastic! Super fast!

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
I waited forever and was still not rented a car because I didn't have a credit card on me. The guys at the desk were friendly enough but useless. Overall bad experience that will lead me away from enterprise in the future.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were super friendly and efficient. Pick up and drop off was easy. Super flexible letting us pick up early.

Cons:

Blind spot warning on mirrors was not working.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff is always very friendly and make every effort to serve me.

Cons:

not a thing

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car, the extremely helpful and friendly service.

Cons:

I am completely satisfied with everything the Saint Paul-University Enterprise site does and provides.

1 out of 9

Sixt

8.4

Very good

35 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.5

One location in Saint Paul

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4300 Glumack Drive

+1 888 749 8227

Monday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
The car was nice and new. The return was very easy.

8.0 Very good

Nov 2022

KAYAK
I had rented a jeep, and was told upon pickup that there was no guarantee it was all wheel drive, so I had to upgrade to a much more expensive car because the weather was really bad. My rental went from $499.00 to $1020.00! This should be noted on your site when booking. The agent was very good and just doing her job, so no complaints on the customer service!!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Rule for paying $100 if cancel before the day before was not obvious.

4.0 Mediocre

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Car was okay, clean. pickup and drop-off was fine. BUT WATCH OUT FOR ADDITIONAL CHARGES! Upon arrival, they offered an upgrade for $30 more per day which i accepted. I booked for $533 for my rental, I was expecting to pay $653 with the upgrade, but they charged me almost $1000.00 They said I would get my invoice upon delivery of the vehicle, when I did deliver it, they then said I would get my invoice via email. then I noticed the charge. I immediately called them to dispute the transaction, they said it was because I said my wife "might" drive the vehicle so they added more insurance for her. - they did not declare that to me. (I ended up driving the whole time anyway) They said they would get back to me in 24-48 hours with my dispute/complaint. that didn't happen either. Now I am having to dispute the charge with my bank, and I still have not received an invoice from them. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THESE GUYS. GET IT IN WRITING, GET A COPY BEFORE YOU AGREE TO ANYTHING.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Price was higher than Sixt website.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Long lines at the counter. Poor customer service. Hidden fees. I will stick with the other national carriers.

1 out of 8

Avis

7.2

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

6.9

4 locations in Saint Paul

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166 East 7th Street

+1 651 917 9955

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

2967 Hudson Road Suite B

+1 612 351 2626

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

4901 Glumack Dr

+1 612 726 5220

Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:5906:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 23:59

515 Eaton Street

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2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
I had the front desk women try and fight me because I asked for an e receipt!! I recorded her and her manager was just as worst!! I’ve asked for a regional manager to call me!! This is ridiculous and uncalled for!!! Avis is the worst!!!

6.0 Okay

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Customer service need to get better

9.6 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly staff, super easy to pick up and drop off.

Cons:

The car was a little messy. Found bits of food trapped in the cup holders and gear box.

9.6 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, free upgrade when reserved vehicle was unavailable.

Cons:

Need to be able to contact Avis MSP directly for Lost and Found. Need option for reporting items left at Avis office. Young son forgot blue backpack with tablet computer, gift books, and art supplies. It has not yet been found. Lost and Found ID 12359969.

8.4 Very good

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, the staff was very friendly and helpful. I think that the wait in line was longer than it needed to be. But overall the experience was pleasant given that I wasn't in a hurry.

Cons:

I think that the pricing should be more upfront and transparent. And after all of the fees nearly $400 was a little steep for only two days with the car. Finally, the pick up area was a valet and it wasn't well marked where I should wait. Given that the temperature was in the teens, that was an important point.

5.2 Fair

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When I got there they didn't have the cat I reserved. They ended up getting me something that could work but it was $250 more. Also if you're coming to the airport to rent a car but you didnt fly in it's a nightmare to get there.

1 out of 11

Hertz

5.6

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.7

3 locations in Saint Paul

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1420 Davern Street

+1 651 228 7762

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00

240 E.kellog Blvd Suite 90

+1 651 228 7762

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00

3900 Highway 61 North

+1 651 426 9038

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
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1.9 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK
I made a mistake and ordered the cat a week early. Rental would have been 185 dollars. They charged me 100 bucks for a car I never even got. Cancelled reservations more than 24 hours in advance. Hertz charged me more than half 100 bucks. Hertz - rip off artists. Hertz - rip off artists.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The process was very simple and fast. I was able to extend my reservation with one quick phone call as well.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Over charge for everything, even for things that I don ask for, I filled the car I they charge me

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful. Pick up process was fast and pretty easy.

Cons:

Sensor issue with passenger seat so seat belt alarm kept going off.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I was charged an extra $107.00 for something. I still have no idea what it was for and the receipt, which was emailed to me, does not disclose the reason for the charge. I will have to contact Hertz for an explanation. It might have been done in error but it did not apply to any extra that I agreed to pay. I am very disappointed and was quite surprised to see the amount on the emailed receipt.

4.8 Mediocre

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great both pick up an return

Cons:

The car was worn and didn’t start well

1 out of 20

National

9.7

Wonderful

6 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.7

One location in Saint Paul

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4901 Glumack Dr

+1 833 813 5262

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
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2.4 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes they were ,but mis informed me and costed me a lot of money when I turned in the car.

Cons:

Better information up front

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
All the people we worked with were excellent from the time we signed a contract to picked up the car and drop it off

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Fast easy great service and price

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2021

KAYAK
I was in to the rental center and out with my vehicle in less than 20 minutes. The staff were nice and helpful, too.

1 out of 2

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Saint Paul

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Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport

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Amazing Car Rental Inc.

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One location in Saint Paul

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461, Wilder St N

+1 612 701 9006

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1040 travelers who rented a car in Saint Paul gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.1

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