Compact (Class Compact SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Texas.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Texas are Enterprise Rent-A-Car (6.8, 62 reviews), Avis (6.6, 74 reviews), and Hertz (6.0, 79 reviews).
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Driving a hire car when visiting any city in Texas comes with a number of advantages. For instance, you’ll have the flexibility to move around the CBD or between Texan cities while conducting your businesses with convenience and privacy, without having to depend on public transportation that follows a particular route and rigid schedule. Visiting places like San Antonio's River Walk, Big Bend National Park or The Texas State Capitol in Austin becomes a seamless expedition with a Texas hire car. With a hire car, you’ll have the freedom to take a road trip along the scenic US Highway 281 from Mineral Wells to Marble Falls or along the Dallas Loop via Belt Line Road.
Texas has both urban and rural driving as you go further away from the central business districts of major cities. In both categories, the roads are extensive, well-networked and well maintained, which has facilities for a smooth ride in the region. Whether driving along freeways or streets, Texans tend to drive under the allowed speed limits. As such, visitors are advised to be vigilant with speed limit signposts. To enjoy low-traffic rides around the cities, roads such as Interstate 35, Plano Road and LBJ Freeway E, among other roadways, are known to have traffic congestion during the morning and evening rush hours— from around 07:00 to 09:45 and from around 16:30 to 19:30. To avoid the snarl-ups, you are advised to drive your hire car outside these hours. If that’s not possible, avoid the aforementioned roads and major intersections and driving around busy downtown areas such as Galleria Mall, between US-59 and IH-10 roadways. If you are caught by the traffic, follow all rules of the road, be vigilant, avoid tailgating, stay in your lane and be courteous to other motorists.
To drive a hire car in Texas, you must be at least 21 years old and be an experienced driver, with either a local driving licence or an international driving permit. However, if you are below 25 years, you will likely be required to pay a few more dollars per day as a young driver surcharge.