Car rental at Rapid City Airport

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Top tips for renting a car at Rapid City airport

  • Rapid City Airport (RAP) is situated just a short drive from the 44 highway which runs direct to Rapid City. As RAP is a small and fairly remote airport, passengers relying on public transport may face long waits between shuttles. With easy road access to the city, car hire at Rapid City Airport is an ideal option for anyone who wants to get on the move as soon as they land. If you are leaving the airport heading north on the 44, you can also connect with the 16 and then make your way onto Interstate 90. This connects you to nearby rural areas, such as the Black Forest National Park. Perfect, if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • RAP is a small domestic terminal and is generally popular with business travellers. This means that Rapid City Airport is often busy during peak weekday times, such as the morning and afternoon rush hours. To skip queues at the car hire counters, it is a good idea to pick up your vehicle during the day, either in the late morning or early afternoon. Midweek days are also generally quieter than Mondays and Fridays, as this is when many air commuters will need to travel.
  • If you’re looking to rent a car on a budget, Rapid City Airport car hire branches can offer you some great low-cost deals. Car rental branches, such as Alamo and Avis, offer a range of economy vehicles to help you save money when you travel. You can also opt for a low-price model when you book with Budget Car Hire.
  • When it comes to returning your car hire at Rapid City Airport, you should be aware that different rental branches on the premises have various opening times. Familiarise yourself with these when you rent a car so you can return it at a time when the desk is open. Most of the car hire branches are open from the early morning until the late evening, but some close at midnight, while others close shortly before. Most branches at RAP airport are not open overnight.
  • Book your rental car at Rapid City airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Rapid City airport

  • Where can I find car rental desks at Rapid City Airport?

    Some of the car hire desks at RAP are located in the main Arrivals terminal. You will find branches such as Budget Car Hire, Avis and Hertz inside Arrivals. Budget Car Hire is situated on the east side of the Arrivals Hall, near the American Airlines gate, whereas Avis and Hertz are located to the far west. Easirent car hire is situated in the north end of the terminal, past the Mount Rushmore Memories Store. There are also some car hire branches located outside the airport. For example, Enterprise is situated just across Terminal Road, outside the main Arrivals exit. Hertz’ pick-up lot is also situated here.

  • Which special services are available with Rapid City Airport car rental?

    Car hire branches at Rapid City Airport have a host of special services to help you personalise your rental and find a car hire deal to suit your needs. If you’re travelling with family, most car hire firms give you an option to rent infant car seats with your booking. You can also hire extras, such as GPS or an additional driver option, with companies like Avis, to ensure that you have everything you need along the way.

  • Which documents do I need to collect my car at RAP?

    When you arrive to collect your vehicle at Rapid City Airport, you must have your driving licence and also the credit or debit card that you used to make your online payment. It is also advisable to carry photographic ID when you go to pick up your vehicle.

  • Which car hire companies are easy to use at RAP?

    When you hire a car with Alamo at RAP, you can take advantage of their accelerated check-in option. This service allows you to enter your details online before you arrive, which speeds up your journey from the runway to your vehicle. Using accelerated check-in options will help you bypass queues and get you on your way. There is also an advance check-in option available with Enterprise.

  • What is the best rental car company at Rapid City airport?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company at Rapid City airport is Hertz (8.6, 55 reviews).

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Rapid City airport?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Rapid City airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, and National.

Rapid City Airport car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

8.6

Very good

105 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.1

One location in Rapid City Airport

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4550 Terminal Road

+1 605 393 0160

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
The price of rental..I should have picked a different car for trip that didn't have low profile tires for trip to Badlands..not able to drive on seinic roads

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Everything was awesome, the car was super clean and the whole process was completely easy and painless

8.0 Very good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Service was courteous and expedient.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick check in and check out.

Cons:

I returned the car a day early but I was still charged for that day.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The ease of pick up.

Cons:

I rented a car two weeks ago to see my elderly mother in the hospital. A week later I had to return for her funeral as she passed away. The price of the rental was three times higher than it was when I rented from them the week before. The car was also dirty, and was definitely not cleaned to COVID standards. I had arrived late at night, so I did not have time to see the inside of the car until the next morning. I called the Hertz 1-800 number and they told me it was a Hertz Licensee Rental location and I would have to call the local number. I called and they told me the rates had gone up in the last week (almost 60%!?). Hertz also said they did not have a bereavement policy. On the call, I told the employee about the car being dirty and he said they would check into it. I never received a call back from Hertz. When I returned the car on April 17 two employees were behind the counter. They told me the same thing about the price increase, and when I told them about the interior of the car being dirty they both said "oh I know who that was". Evidently, there had been several complaints recently regarding the cleanliness of their cars, and all the complaints had been cleaned by the same employee. I continued my check out and left to catch my flight home. I would like to thank the two employees who checked me out as they both told me their condolences. They were also helpful in making notes in the computer regarding my complaint. I do realize there was nothing they could do, as neither was the owner.

9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Short line even without standing in Gold line. Low mileage modern car as upgrade when compact sedan not available. Simple return process too.

Cons:

Chevy Malibu upgrade when compact sedan not available was acceptable (no other sedans available). Just not my preferred brand/model.

1 out of 17

Alamo

9.3

Wonderful

85 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.5

Value for money

8.9

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4550 Terminal Rd

+1 833 445 1504

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9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

all around good deal!

Cons:

Nissan Rogues are not the most comfortable ride, but not bad overall.

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The airport was difficult to find where to drop off. Had to park and go inside to ask questions.

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

speed at check in

Cons:

Better tires to navigate through the snow

8.4 Very good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the pick up and drop off was very easy

9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was not clean

5.2 Fair

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was good, truck was not

Cons:

Truck was well used and could have been cleaner inside. Inside had an odor to it. Alamo must have acquired this truck used and put it into service. I had a new Ford four door pickup rented from Hertz the week before and it was great. I thought I was getting a better deal with Alamo on the trip.

1 out of 13

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.2

Wonderful

56 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.9

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4550 Terminal Rd

+1 833 445 1502

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8.0 Very good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and helpful.

Cons:

We had paid for Sirrius radio but it was not available in our car. Enterprise was quick to credit us back the cost quickly upon having it reported to them.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent who rented us the vehicle was outstanding

Cons:

Nothing really. Got a tire pressure warning on way back to airport, but had nothing to do with Enterprise

9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Pick up time was a little slow ... several callers who called AFTER I walked in office were handled while I waited instead of putting them on hold and taking care of me in proper order

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at both the pick-up & drop-off points were very nice, courteous & professional.

5.2 Fair

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick-up staff was really friendly.

Cons:

I feel like we were set up to pay more for this rental from the start. I clearly marked we would only need it for one day, but by the time we got to the drop-off location, it was closed until the following Tuesday (2 extra days). I could not find any information on how to drop off the car to meet up deadline, and when I called Enterprise, they weren't open. Also, the pick up agent was trying to claim we caused hail damage, but I didn't drive through or have any hail during when I had the car. Thank god I didn't drop it off without someone there, because who knows what else they would've tried to pull on us. Now, I've been charged for 3 days & the damage to the car I didn't do. And I will likely never rent from this company again.

7.6 Good

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was nice. Put up was not organized, but car was clean and ready.

Cons:

Picked enterprise because of Riverwalk location. Day before pickup, I called to confirm, and found out car was at a location that was a $13 Uber from our hotel. Added at least another $26 to rental cost.

1 out of 9

Budget

8.4

Very good

14 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

7.9

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4550 Terminal Road, Suite 116

+1 605 393 0488

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1.9 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Vehicle was filthy when I picked it up, I never got a receipt when I checked out and very disorganized process for renting. Keys lying all over the counter and staff acts like it’s their first day on the job trying to find your records and navigate the computer. Also pricing was not what was quoted on website.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The whole experience far exceeded my expectations ....From pick-up to drop-off

9.2 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very helpful and friendly.

Cons:

Price could have been lower.

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at Rapid City, SD was friendly and cars were right out the airport exit doors.

Cons:

Staff could of been more familiar with the additional insurance sold on the web site. They told me it didn't cover an additional driver, which is why I purchased it through you rather then budget.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was a very smooth ride and drove very well. Was very handy to have the two extra seats in the back that made it comfortable for 6.

Cons:

They were not very good at explaining all the extra charges associated with the insurance and gas options which cause my rental to wind up being almost double the original quoted price.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Last minute rental decision made simple!

Cons:

Counter person requiring a SSN!

1 out of 2

National

7.4

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.4

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4550 Terminal Rd

+1 833 445 1503

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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Staff at sign in was fantastic and made picking up the car a positive experience.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
I didn’t like anything. I asked for a full size car. I was given a mustang convertible. I asked about why that car. I was told that’s what my manager told me to give you. Why would people in their 70’s want a two door convertible? It was so small we had to put two suitcases in the back seat. The car sat extremely low and we had a hard time getting in and out of the vehicle. The back tires should have been replaced. We prayed every morning that the tires would make the trip from Rapid City, SD to Fresno, CA. Also at traffic lights when stopped the car kept wanting to stall out. I feel like there was no need for a convertible in South Dakota and the manager wanted to get rid of it. I feel like National should be paying me the $4700.00 I paid National for me moving the car for them. Never again. Going to use Hertz next time.

7.9 Good

Jul 2021

KAYAK
They could have done a lot better job of cleaning the windshield on the inside, Also I was told that their was a shortage on rental cars an that was why I had to pay the price I did. That was Bs As the lot was full of cars an their was more on the lot down below.

1 out of 1

Avis

7.3

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

6.6

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4550 Terminal Road Suite 107

+1 605 393 0740

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6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
1st car we got smelled very bad of cigarettes, 2nd car was good though.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car I booked on line didn’t exist. Showed up at the counter. No one was there called the number. Lady identifies herself as the owner tells me she doesn’t even own a car like that in her business.

8.4 Very good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Every aspect of pickup and drop-off was very easy and smooth.

Cons:

I was supposed to get a Chevrolet Impala or equal, but got a Hyundai Sonata, which I do not consider as equal.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was great! Very friendly and quick. Explained everything.

Cons:

The price for the car for one weekend was a bit high, and the car was small and not very powerful. Only 2 suitcases fit in the trunk. But it got us where we wanted to go.

7.2 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful and drop off was easy

Cons:

Would have liked a smaller vehicle, like what we requested.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

There was a mileage limit that was so low that I would not be able to complete my planned activities. They were quite willing to sell me a higher mileage rate, but the original mileage restriction was not advertised (to my recollection), so I did not have an option but to add this fee. If I had this knowledge sooner I may have reserved with a different company.

1 out of 5

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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4550 Terminal Road

+1 605 393 0160

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4550 Terminal Rd, Rapid City, , USA South Dakota

+1 914 368 0091

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290 travelers who rented a car in Rapid City Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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