Seattle car rentals

Seattle car rentals

Compare hundreds of rental car sites at once for car rental deals in Seattle, Washington

Same drop-off
Driver's age: 26-65
Wed 11.10
Noon
Wed 18.10
Noon

Let KAYAK do the searching

Compare hundreds of rental car sites at once for car rental deals in Seattle, Washington

We’re completely free to use – no hidden charges or fees

Filter by car type, free cancellation and more

Cheap car rentals in Seattle

Economy₪115/day
Compact₪116/day
Intermediate₪119/day
Standard₪119/day
Full-size₪119/day
Minivan₪206/day
Full-size SUV₪189/day
Premium₪143/day
Luxury₪171/day
Pickup truck₪168/day
Intermediate SUV₪132/day
Standard SUV₪145/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Seattle

  • Ready to rent a car on your trip to Seattle? Save time and avoid public transport by renting a car that will give you the complete freedom to explore this exciting West Coast city. As it’s flanked by water and is home to mountains, the Cascade and Olympic, as well as lush forests and parkland, Seattle’s unique location and great roads offer its visitors outstanding scenic views as soon as you jump in your car.
  • A good place to pick up your hire car is at the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. If you’re flying into Seattle, the city center is only a 13-mile drive away. Once you land, finding the car hire office is a breeze. You can use the 24-hour shuttle buses or head to the passenger pick-up areas in the main terminal located outside baggage claim at the north or south ends.
  • As a new driver in the city, you need to be aware of Seattle’s often busy and one-way streets. If you’re driving on residential streets, keep your eyes on the road as they often two lanes often merge into one. It’s also good to keep in mind that pedestrians will expect you to stop for them at crosswalks. Fortunately, local drivers tend to be considerate; but, as this is a busy city, you may have to navigate a few tricky situations including narrow streets, hills, and rainy weather.
  • If you’re not in a rush to discover Seattle, you won’t be affected by the slow traffic that can build on some of the busier streets, particularly in the metropolitan areas. The best time to avoid driving around Seattle is later in the week, especially on Fridays. Rush hour can also hit on busier weekend afternoons. Thankfully, Seattle has a few traffic cameras dotted around its roads, helping you keep an eye on the freeway and other congested intersections.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Seattle for ₪173 or less
  • Book your rental car in Seattle at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Seattle are around -24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Seattle

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Seattle?

    If you want to whizz around “Jet City” in the comfort of your own hire car, then you need to understand that a smaller vehicle is ideal for navigating the narrow streets. Seattle’s hills and small side streets also mean that a subcompact car would be the best option for driving and parking in the city.

  • What’s the speed limit in Seattle?

    When you take to the roads in your hire car, you need to make a note of the strict speed limits in place around Seattle. The speed limit on residential streets is 20 mph, with an increase to 25 mph on arterial roads. You will find many signposts warning you of the limits in place and advising you to slow down. If you are driving close to an elementary school, you can expect to go through speed cameras, allowing them to strictly enforce the 20-mph speed limit.

  • Where are the best places to park in Seattle?

    When it comes to parking in Seattle, be prepared to pay. Seattle has a wide range of parking options, from parking lots to street parking. If you want to visit Pioneer Square or Central Waterfront, a good idea is to park downtown on a Sunday, as parking is free on the street. On weekdays after 18:00 there are also discounted parking rates around the city. One thing to remember when you are parking your hire car is to carry cash, as credit card machines are quite rare.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Seattle?

    On average a rental car in Seattle costs ₪207 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Seattle?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget (₪115/day), Thrifty (₪127/day) and Fox (₪145/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 3150 South 160th Street 98188 (17 kilometers from city center).

  • What is the best rental car company in Seattle?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Seattle are Dollar (8.4, 345 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.1, 190 reviews), and E-Z Rent-A-Car (7.4, 58 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Seattle?

    The average gas price in Seattle is ₪15.62 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪187 and ₪250, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Seattle?

    Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Seattle.

  • Which car rental companies are at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport (SEA)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport include Thrifty, Avis, Hertz and Budget.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport (SEA)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Budget, and Sixt.

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

    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 Seattle?

    A Mini car rental in Seattle costs ₪340 per day, on average.

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

    An Intermediate car rental in Seattle costs ₪208 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Luxury car rental cost in Seattle?

    A Luxury car rental in Seattle costs ₪211 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Seattle?

    In Seattle, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 3150 S 160th Street (18 km from city center ).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Seattle?

    On average a rental car in Seattle costs ₪1,450 per week (₪207 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Seattle?

    On average a rental car in Seattle costs ₪6,214 per month (₪207 per day).

  • Which car rental companies in Seattle have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Some car rental companies in Seattle which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Avis and Hertz

Seattle car rental reviews and directory

Dollar

8.4

Very good

1070 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

7.9

2 locations in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

1900 Boren Ave

+1 206 381 1323

Monday07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday07:00 - 16:00
Thursday07:00 - 16:00
Friday07:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

3150 S 160th St

+1 206 433 5825

Monday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Friday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Sunday05:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
It wasn't entirely Dollar's fault... our flight on Alaska was canceled and we came in the next day. The rebooking they offered was not satisfactory, so we ended up going with Thrifty. The personnel was also not very friendly ... the best rental we've had recently in Seattle was Fox.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off. Reserved a compact car and actually got one!

Cons:

Car had almost 30k miles on it and felt a bit worn plus residual smokey smell

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was fine.

Cons:

I was disappointed that they did not have a location in Spokane where I could drop off - I would have preferred to drive home from Seatrle but not an option with Dollar I suppose

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The rental clerk did a great job and was very professional and courteous.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was easy

Cons:

Vehicle had lot of scratches, looked old

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I like that they didn’t push me to get additional coverage. They were friendly and kind.

1 out of 166

Fox

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.0

One location in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

3150 South 160th Street

+1 206 858 9690

Monday04:00 - 23:59
Tuesday04:00 - 23:59
Wednesday04:00 - 23:59
Thursday04:00 - 23:59
Friday04:00 - 23:59
Saturday04:00 - 23:59
Sunday04:00 - 23:59
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
They dont allow debit cards.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
the local hold fee was not mentioned and is incredibly high. So there was no transaction made.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Dishonest about price. Slow pick-up process as they try to up-sell you on unecessary items using half-truths and scare tactics.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful and kind. Easy process

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

All costs and deposits should be identified prior to booking.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was inconvenient as there had been a bomb scare the night before. This meant that I had to come back the next day to pick up the car, but they were unable to refund me a day of my rental due to a third party being involved in the booking.

Cons:

a newer car with more seating comfort options

1 out of 279

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.1

Very good

449 reviews

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

8.0

8 locations in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

11717 Lake City Way Ne

+1 206 364 3127

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

1601 3rd Ave

+1 844 941 1527

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday07:30 - 18:00
View deals

1605 Boylston Ave

+1 206 323 0109

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

331 Nw 85th St

+1 206 783 5565

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

3711 Rainier Ave S

+1 206 487 4993

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

5715 Roosevelt Way Ne

+1 206 729 4580

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

6313 35th Ave Sw

+1 206 933 1750

Monday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

6520 4th Ave S

+1 206 723 1959

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK
It would be helpful if shuttle service to and from Seattle airport was provided.

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very nice.

Cons:

It could have been cleaned.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

unfortunately , they never contacted me to tell me they did not have cars available for me until I get to the rent a car place and told me they could not call me because they did not have my phone number, NOT TRUE.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The people in the rental office.

Cons:

Nothing

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I didn't get the type of car I paid for. They gave me a compact car when I paid for a mid-size SUV, and they lied to me saying that the one I got was a mid-size SUV

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly. Drop off was easy. Rate was better than at airport and easy to get to.

Cons:

They did not have the type of vehicle we reserved. They upgraded us to a luxury vehicle for an additional $10 per day.

1 out of 74

Alamo

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.6

One location in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

1601 3rd Ave

+1 888 826 6893

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday07:30 - 18:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I have forgotten my notebook in the rental car. Within1 hour of return I went back to rental location and car was rented back. The lady at the counter noted down car, descritipn and my phone number. It has been more than 10 days no one called back. I tried to call back but no response. There is no lost/found mechanism. Even though there is no monetary value to anyone of my notebook; it was important to me. Rental car company needs to have better mechanism

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful. Car delivered as advertised. Easy drop off.

Cons:

Better instructions on how to find the entrance to the garage when dropping car off.

5.6 Fair

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were friendly, efficient, and helpful.

Cons:

After we got on the road I realized that the tires were extremely worn. We were hydroplaning on the rainy freeway and it was quite scary. The car smelled like cigarettes and there was trash from the previous user in the center console.

8.8 Very good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly helpful staff

Cons:

The location was hard to find as the signs both at the garage and the lobby unit

8.0 Very good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was sweet.

Cons:

When I was picking up the car they tried to up sell me 3 times. Then they offered me a soccer mom minivan and wanted to charge me $70 more. I finally just had to say I want to car I had rented to I could get out of there.

6.8 Okay

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The screens inside the car were smudged and not wiped off well. The person who helped us with our rental tried to pressure us into an upgrade and also into buying the insurance even though we were covered already through our own insurance, and we also already declined it when making the online reservation. He was very pushy.

1 out of 24

E-Z Rent-A-Car

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.2

One location in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

3150 S 160th St

+1 206 444 4974

Monday00:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:00
Friday00:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

8.0 Very good

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was nice.

Cons:

The cars weren’t spotless, but that wasn’t a problem for me. We did get have to exchange cars due to a tire issue. We called ahead and discussed it with E-Z Rent-a-Car. They said they made a note on our profile and there would be no problem coming back and exchanging the car. When we got there, they didn’t seem to know what we were talking about and we spend a little longer than necessary due to some confusion about the exchange. Worked out in the end.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off

Cons:

Car smelled terribly of smoke, super long wait at pickup while the only staff st the desk was chatting with the only customer in front of me, stating “I’m taking my time to see if a car comes in for you”. I had already reserved and paid online, to “save time” the website said.

6.8 Okay

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Vehicle had been smoked in, did not realize until I turned on the air after departing the rental facility.

5.2 Fair

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

They did not have my car available for me when I arrived to pick it up. That is the first time that has ever happened to me in 30 plus years of renting cars. They clearly did not want to upgrade me to a larger vehicle. Eventually my car became available.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off quick and easy.

Cons:

Staff both at check in and return were not rude but not friendly. Acted like overworked or not enjoying their job. I can deal with that but nicer if more conversion.

7.2 Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Check in agent was extremely rude

1 out of 41

Avis

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

7.0

Locations in Seattle

100 4th Avenue North

+1 206 441 5668

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

1011 Pike Street

+1 206 223 3499

Monday07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday07:00 - 16:00
Thursday07:00 - 16:00
Friday07:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

1919 5th Avenue

+1 206 448 1700

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

2724 4th Avenue South

+1 206 682 7029

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

3150 South 160th Street

+1 206 433 5231

Monday00:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:00
Friday00:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

6000 Roosevelt Way Northeast

+1 206 517 5415

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
So easy!!!!

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
I could not pick up the car due to silly rules around technology as I lost my card and the machine wouldn’t accept apple pay

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fine

Cons:

The wait at the counter to actually get a car was over 45 minutes. There were far too few agents working.

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Charged an additional day, despite facility not being open or accepting contactless drop off.

8.0 Very good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was excellent.

Cons:

If they have a well training clerk at the front desk reciving the cars

6.0 Okay

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything on the app went well

Cons:

I had no windshield washer fluid in the car, window had tire shine on it so no matter how much I cleaned it during my travel from Seattle to Spokane I literally couldn’t see and the pass was horrible with snow so that didn’t make my trip any easier I don’t usually comment or leave a negative review ever! Like ever but thought I should say something about it. Sorry if I offended anyone but I use cars pretty often

1 out of 30

Budget

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

7.1

Locations in Seattle

100 4th Avenue North

+1 206 441 5226

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

1011 Pike Street

+1 206 623 5795

Monday07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday07:00 - 16:00
Thursday07:00 - 16:00
Friday07:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

1919 5th Avenue

+1 206 239 9888

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

2724 4th Avenue South

+1 206 682 1239

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

3150 South 160th Street

+1 206 444 7510

Monday00:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:00
Friday00:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
View deals

6000 Roosevelt Way Northeast

+1 206 525 2534

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

801 4th Avenue

+1 206 682 8989

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
TERRIBLE! After landing waited 2 1/2 hours in line to be waited on. Tried to give me a car when rented SUV, finally got it-was dirty inside. Talked in to getting prepaid tolls, never was on a toll road. Told agent where was going and he said should do the toll thing-huge mistake. By time everything was done I was in the rental car place over 3 hours!! Will never rent from budget again!!!!

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
I had to wait in line for 1.5 hours to pick up my car. They ran out of the car I reserved so I had to accept a larger vehicle and spend more on gas.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
2 and 1/2 hours in line to pick up the car. Impossibly long. Unacceptable.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
My only annoyance was a "change oil required" message on the dashboard. As it turned out the car had been recently serviced but the computer not reset. Unfortunately, we couldn't find this out over the phone so had to waste half a day of our holiday going to the nearest Budget location. Otherwise, we were very happy with the car. Message to Budget: make sure the car's computer is reset after servicing!

2.0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
The downtown location was horrible. The guy working the counter was great. But they made me walk up the ramp to the 4th floor, walk through a bunch of cars that were parked in the driveway that were very close to each other. Then my car was so tight to the next car I don't know how I even squeezed my body into it. Hurt my back doing so. My paperwork said the car was full but it was 2/3 tank Then I had to drive the wrong way down the ramp to leave the garage. Drop off was very confusing once I got to where they were in the garage. They just had you leave the keys on dash and walk away.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, pick up and drop off were easy

1 out of 68

Thrifty

Most popular

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

6.9

Locations in Seattle

1501 8th Avenue

+1 206 903 6260

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

3150 S 160th Street

+1 877 283 0898

Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
We had a prepaid, confirmed car rented. They did not have a car for us. They refused to provide us compensation or another car. Very little in the way of explanation, and no apology. They didn’t even want to give us a refund on the spot. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Put our entire vacation in jeopardy. Never again.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly, and got a great rate by not renting from the airport. Drop off was easy.

Cons:

The pickup/drop off location left something to be desired. 6th floor of a dark, old, parking garage that wasn’t especially well-lit. The main entrance was closed due to COVID and we had to use the back door to the elevator lobby. I could see someone, such as a young female alone, feeling quite uneasy about the location.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We were upgraded to a larger car at a decent price which we very much appreciated as we were traveling in a group. Staff at check in and check out were very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

We were given a car that made a terrible grinding noise when the brakes were applied. It was very worrisome given that we were driving through mountainous regions and the terrain was very steep. We tried getting ahold of Thrifty for 3 days to complain about the car, sometimes waiting on hold for an hour and a half at a time, before we were finally able to reach a representative who could help us. During those 3 days, we estimated that we spent collectively 7-8 hours on hold trying to reach someone who could help. It was a non-stop barrage of automated systems, transfers and holds. Very frustrating to deal with when you are on vacation. They ended up bringing us a new car which was much appreciated but we would have preferred not to waste so much time on our trip worrying about whether the brakes in our rental were going to give out.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Classic “bait and switch” - booked the largest sized Land Rover- 7 Seater Discovery - well in advance. Put me in the dirtiest “beat up” Chevy Tahoe. Told me it was the same “class”. So much for ‘Covid Clean’ - it wouldn’t meet anyone’s standards of minimally clean. Don’t expect anything but LESS than you book!

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The big suv

Cons:

The car could have not smelled like smoke

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff didn't have the car we ordered and I had to purchase an upgrade. My credit card was charge 4 separate amounts totaling over $1200 for a $500 original rental. Thrifty is crooked.

Cons:

Using another car rental service.

1 out of 96

Payless

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

7.1

One location in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

3150 S 160th Street

+1 206 496 1174

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Process was easy, great service & the counter, good value.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Once you check in at the counter, you then have to go downstairs to get in yet another line so a car can be given to you. That's an extra step could be avoided to speed up the exit.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything, I never got the car I rented, I had to rent from Avis. Payless didn’t have any personal working. Could not pick up the vehicle, had to scramble to get to a meeting and rent another vehicle. When I tried to call Payless and remedy the problem, the wait time was over an hour to talk, I have yet to talk to a person to remedy the problem.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The desk agent was friendly and helpful and provided a clean, new car.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff

Cons:

Signed up for a pick up truck to help load up things for my brothers wedding for the weekend. To my disappointment, they said they did not have any available. When we walked to the car, we saw so many pick up trucks that were in the parking garage. I then had another incident where I locked the keys in my car. I called the number to contact their roadside assistance. It rang for 2 minutes and then hung up. I’d drop doing business with these guys if I were you

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Perfect

Cons:

Perfect

1 out of 109

Sixt

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.6

Locations in Seattle

1521 2nd Avenue, Unit R2

+1 888 749 8227

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

808 Howell St

+1 888 749 8227

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The staff in Seattle (pick up location) didn’t honor the reservation. We book a bmw suv, but he was going to give me a 4 doors sedan, a much smaller car. His excuse was that they didn’t have the suv I booked. He said I either get a smaller car or he would cancel my reservation. I asked him if I could talk to his manager but he was rude and waked away. He walked back 5 minutes later and said he checked but there was still no suv. He sternly said if I didn’t like the smaller car, he would cancel my reservation and stated I had no other options. I once again said if he didn’t give me the suv I booked I would report him to kayak since he wouldn’t let me talk to his manager. He then realized I wouldn’t give in so he finally gave me the suv I booked. His excuse was that the car wasn’t available earlier. However, he also gave me the option earlier if I wanted the suv, I would have to pay more. The car was obviously there the entire time but he didn’t want to honor my reservation. It was the worse experience I ever had with a rental car company. I couldn’t pick up the car until 45 minutes later than my reservation

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
customer service was excellent

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Our agent experience was very good. Quick and smooth. Our agent was a very nice young lady. Attentive

8.0 Very good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
My pick up was made for Sea Tac but when I got there with 2 children and 6 bags, I was told that my reservation was for downtown Seattle, and I would have to take the train, that was not an option, the young lady at the counter took her time to help me and got the reservation transferred to sea tac, was so very grateful. Thank you

2.0 Poor

Jul 2022

KAYAK
My reservation was for 10 am but car wasn’t ready for 2 hours. Then you all forgot to change the reservation since I couldn’t pick up at original time and charged me for an extra day. Very disappointed

8.0 Very good

Jun 2022

KAYAK
To find The way to The pick up point was veert difficult

1 out of 27

Hertz

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.5

Locations in Seattle

14333 Aurora Ave N. Ste 3

+1 206 361 5767

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

14500 1st Avenue South

+1 206 243 2026

Monday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
View deals

14500 1st Avenue South

+1 206 243 2026

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
View deals

1501 8th Avenue

+1 206 903 6260

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

3150 S 160th Street, Suite 510

+1 206 277 2300

Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 02:0006:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
View deals

3711 Rainier Avenue South

+1 206 725 0444

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
View deals

6987 Perimeter Rd S Suite 104

+1 206 763 0995

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

6987 Perimeter Road

+1 206 763 0995

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
View deals

925 Westlake Ave North

+1 206 213 8572

Monday08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday08:30 - 16:00
Thursday08:30 - 16:00
Friday08:30 - 16:00
View deals

Filters

Show reviews that mention

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Smooth easy experience and we loved the van! Was f

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
The car did not match reservation request. Needed not electric car and we’re up charged.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
I couldn't rent a car

4.0 Mediocre

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Unfortunately Hertz overbooked and it was a nightmare getting a rental it took over 2 hours for us to be given a car.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
they maxed out my credit card double charging me, told me if I put $1500 on my debit card I could rent a car FOR ONE DAY I will always warn people about Hertz

2.0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The store wasn’t open. Therefore, we could not pick up our car.

1 out of 218

National

9.4

Wonderful

23 reviews

Cleanliness

9.8

Comfort

9.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.8

Value for money

9.0

One location in Seattle

Show locations

Locations in Seattle

1601 3rd Ave

+1 888 826 6890

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday07:30 - 18:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Smooth checkin and pick up.

8.8 Very good

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up in Seattle Downtown, car was available and ready for me when I arrived. Car was in proper condition with full tank of gas. Price paid was price quoted online.

Cons:

Rental was one of the lowest I could find, but still was over $100/day for 2 days.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

We were given a free upgrade at the initiation of the agent.

Cons:

It was a little confusing to get to the garage where the cars were located.

8.8 Very good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The procedure is very easy and staff who helped me is very friendly. And I drop the car off after hour with no staff on site, it’s very convenient.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Rep gave an upgrade while picking up vehicle.

Cons:

Off site dropoff for airport but that is not the fault of National.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

All of the staff seemed to enjoy working there and were very thoughtful of the needs of the customers, pointing out where I could find a bathroom and a good place to wait for my ride.

1 out of 5

CarWiz

9.0

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

17801 International Blvd

+1 206 737 0293

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

Filters

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Communication and ease of picking up and dropping off.

Silvercar

9.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

4701 11th Ave NE

+1 855 359 2227

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00

Filters

No reviews available

Kyte

8.4

Very good

No reviews available

4 locations in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

1520 7th Ave

Opening times not available

2918 S 176th St

Opening times not available

4818 Martin Luther King Jr Way S

Opening times not available

7th Ave

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Goldcar Rental SP

5.2

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

3150 South 160th Street / (on Airport) Seattle Wa

+1 206 858 9690

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Elita Rent A Car

4.0

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Seattle Airport Seattle/tacoma International SEA

+1 206 444 4974

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

keddy by Europcar

5.9

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

3150 S.160th Street, Seattle

+1 206 444 4974

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Rhodium

5.6

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Seattle Airport. On-airport. Seattle-Tacoma International. 3150 160th Street

+1 206 858 9690

Monday00:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:00
Friday00:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00

Filters

No reviews available

Europcar

No score available yet

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Please Go To Fox Counter

+1 206 858 9690

Opening times not available

Filters

Reviews

5.2 Fair

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast pick up and drop off.

Cons:

I was charged extra $122 in taxes and fees even though my rental agreement with Eurocar said "due at the counter 0" Dropped off car 20 days ago and still didn't get my deposit as well as 1 day refund as I returned the car earlier

Eagle Rent A Car

No score available yet

3 locations in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

13809 1st Avenue South

Opening times not available

2100 Alaskan Way

Opening times not available

Seattle airport

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

1601 3rd Avenue

Opening times not available

3150 S 160th Street Ste 507

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Flight Car

No score available yet

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Seattle airport

+1 844 435 8227

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

Fox Autorent

No score available yet

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

Seattle Airport Seattle/tacoma International SEA

+1 206 858 9690

Opening times not available

Filters

No reviews available

VIPCars Recommendation

No score available yet

One location in Seattle

Locations in Seattle

1601 3Rd Ave, Seattle, , USA Washington

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:00
Wednesday00:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:00
Friday00:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:00

Filters

No reviews available

5674 travelers who rented a car in Seattle gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.9

Car rental locations in or near Seattle

Good to know

Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

₪207/day

Good deal

₪173/day

Renting a car and driving in Seattle

How to rent a car and see more of Seattle

It’s possible to make it out to the alluring mountains and famous wineries just outside Seattle without your own car, but not easy. Renting a car in Seattle unlocks the freedom to operate on your own schedule, see the unspoiled forests just outside the city, and visit small neighborhoods within it.

Naomi Tomky
2023, June 02

Renting a car in Seattle is quite easy: Most major agencies have “airport” locations (all require a short shuttle) and many have Downtown locations. While driving within the city can be a nuisance, thanks to Seattle’s unpredictable traffic, apps like Google Maps and Waze can help you plan around rush hours or accidents. And once you get out of the city, the car allows you to find your own private trail in the Cascade Foothills, take a day trip to Mt. Rainier, or hop a ferry to the small towns or national park on the Olympic Peninsula.

What you need to rent a car in Seattle

By law, you can use a valid driver’s license from any country to rent a car in Seattle, though if it is in a foreign language, you may need a translation or International Driver’s Permit as well. Individual rental companies may have more restrictive policies, though, so it’s best to check ahead of time.

The law also requires renters to be at least 21 years of age, though some agencies require renters to be 25 or charge an extra fee for those under 25.

Most rental car companies will not accept cash payment, and require either a credit or debit card, on which they may put a security hold – if you are tight on funds, make sure you know how much they might freeze. You do not need to have personal auto insurance to rent a car, but if you don’t have it, make sure to purchase adequate insurance from the rental agency to protect you in case of an accident.

What kind of car to rent in Seattle

With Seattle’s bad traffic and difficult parking, a small car is best for in-city driving. However, if you plan to head into the mountains, you will want something bigger and heavier to get to hiking trailheads, campsites, or ski areas. In winter, you will need to either carry chains (and know how to install them) or have a four-wheel-drive vehicle to drive over any of the mountain passes east of the city. Most rental car agencies carry many smaller cars and only a few larger ones, so make sure to reserve and confirm if you need anything bigger than standard size.

Where to rent a car in Seattle

Most major rental car agencies have an office just outside Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). To get to them, you follow signs to rental car shuttles, which pick up frequently between the main airport building and the parking garage. If you’ll need a car throughout your trip or are staying somewhere with affordable parking, renting at the airport would be the easiest way.

If you are staying at a Downtown or Capitol Hill hotel, where parking can be as expensive (or more) as the daily car rental fee, you may want to wait and rent from a rental agency Downtown just for the time you really need a car.

Taking a rental car out of Seattle

If you plan to head into the mountains or across the border to Canada, make sure to double-check with your rental car company. Most permit cars to cross the border, but some may require extra paperwork. Few rental cars allow for off-road driving, so if you plan to get out into the wilds of Mt. Rainier National Park or onto the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, make sure you know where you can or can’t go.

What you should know about driving in Seattle

Seattle drivers mostly take heat from outsiders for their passive (and sometimes passive-aggressive) driving: They rarely use their horns, will almost always let someone in, and sometimes forget to take their turn at a four-way stop.

That makes it pretty easy for a newcomer to make their way around the city, especially since they will likely need to rely on that kindness when the one-way streets and random left-hand exits from the freeway trip them up. A friendly wave always helps, though.

Washington has very strict safety laws, including that every passenger wear a seatbelt, and that driving a car with a minor not belted has particularly severe consequences for the driver. Children under 4’9” are required to use a booster-style car seat and children under age two must be in a rear-facing car seat.

The speed limit on city streets, unless otherwise posted, is 25 mph. Watch out for school zones, which bring it down to 20 mph and are often monitored by a camera that automatically sends hefty tickets – and yes, the rental car company will pass that cost on to you. All local toll booths are also operated by camera, so expect to receive a bill for those from the rental car company.

What to know about parking in Seattle

In outer neighborhoods, parking tends to be easy to find and mostly free. However, in Downtown, Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, the Chinatown-International District, and other popular destination neighborhoods, parking is very limited. If you can find street parking, it may be limited to an hour or two and cost $1 to $5 per hour. You can either pay at the kiosks on each street or by using the PayByPhone app and entering the location number. Private lots in most busy areas charge slightly more than street parking but are generally easier to park in and don’t have time limits. Hotels generally charge $20-50 for parking, depending on location, season, and if they are valet or self-park.

How to get gas in Seattle

To get gas, get out of there

The further you are from Downtown, the cheaper the gas will be, so if you plan to leave the city, wait until you get to the suburbs or beyond to fill up.

Gas stations dot nearly every neighborhood, though they are scarcer in dense neighborhoods, like Downtown. All gas stations are self-serve, and you can either pay with a credit card right at the pump or go inside to pay cash. Outside the city, freeway exits with gas stations are usually well-marked. Make sure to fill the tank before returning the car to avoid paying a huge markup to the rental agency.

Seasonal driving tips for Seattle

Seattle in the snow is a dreamscape – unless you try to drive somewhere, then it’s a nightmare.

It rarely snows in the city, but if it does, do not try to drive. The freeze-thaw cycle of snow in a marine climate combined with the steep roads turns Seattle into a downhill ice-skating rink – only cars don’t have razor-sharp blades. The city pretty much shuts down with significant snowfall, so you won’t have anywhere to go anyway. Even if you consider yourself an expert snow driver from your winter on Canada’s Ice Road, you do not want to be on Seattle streets in the snow because nobody else out there will be.

When to book a rental car in Seattle

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches