Car Rentals in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, SC
Aug 16 — Aug 23
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Charleston, SC
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Best deals found for Charleston, South Carolina car rentals

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental cars in Charleston, South Carolina
Chevrolet Trailblazer
or similar Standard SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$61/day

21 Aug - 23 Oct
Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chrysler 200
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$58/day

29 Aug - 30 Sep
Chrysler 200
Hyundai Avante
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

$55/day

21 Aug - 23 Oct
Hyundai Avante
Toyota Tacoma
or similar Pickup truck
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$62/day

1 Oct - 31 Oct
Toyota Tacoma
Cadillac CT5
or similar Luxury
Up to 5 passengers

$72/day

1 Oct - 31 Oct
Cadillac CT5
Mazda CX-5
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$58/day

21 Aug - 23 Oct
Mazda CX-5
Toyota Camry
or similar Full-size
Up to 5 passengers

$53/day

1 Oct - 31 Oct
Toyota Camry
Ford Focus Sedan
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$54/day

30 Sep - 31 Oct
Ford Focus Sedan
Nissan Versa
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$50/day

1 Oct - 31 Oct
Nissan Versa

Important information about Charleston car rentals

It is no surprise that Travel and Leisure Magazine listed Charleston, SC, in the top 25 cities overall, worldwide, and as one of the top U.S. cities. History surrounds you in Charleston, from its luxurious hotels and antebellum homes to its Civil War remnants. Many attractions are walkable once you make the short trip from the airport to downtown, such as art galleries and museums, myriad churches, shops, and top restaurants. Parking rental cars in Charleston’s historic district can be pricey, but more moderately priced garage and lot parking as well as metered parking are plentiful if a moderate walk to downtown fits into your plans. Hop back in the car for a quick ride to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, to catch a Morris Island Boat Tour or to enjoy an after-dinner show at Charleston Music Hall or the vintage jazz club, The Commodore.

When you fly into Charleston International Airport, you’ll find car rentals in Charleston are available from all of the major car rental agencies. While downtown is quite walkable, to make the most of all the area has to offer, you’ll want at least a cheap car rental in Charleston. Enjoy a tranquil drive in your luxury car rental or economy car rental along the Falling Waters Scenic Byway, visit beachfront areas or take a day trip to the city of Beaufort or Hilton Head Island. If you are staying in town and want to park economically, supplement any parking you do just outside the city center with public transit, taxi, and rideshare services.

If you are from the U.S. and licensed to drive in any of the 50 states, that license is perfectly acceptable for Charleston car rentals and driving throughout South Carolina. Seatbelts are mandatory and neither drinking and driving nor texting and driving are permitted. But keep in mind that no one in your vehicle may be drinking, not just the driver. Also, note for car rentals in Charleston that South Carolina is a state that requires that you turn on your headlights whenever you use your windshield wipers. Fun fact: while driving barefoot is not recommended, if you feel the urge to do so, that’s okay in this state. As regulations are subject to change, make it a point to check in with the Charleston Department of Motor Vehicles before your trip.

If you are visiting Charleston from another country, we highly recommend that you get an International Driving Permit. Obtain the permit before you travel, so you can produce it for car rentals in Charleston or, if necessary, at a traffic stop. While some rental car agencies will accept temporary licenses, not all do, so it is important to check with the agency of your choice prior to your trip if you have a temporary license.


Charleston, South Carolina car rental deals found on momondo

Find the rental car in Charleston that's right for you

Small Cars

$49 - $173

All Car Types

$72 - $185

The average price of a Small rental in Charleston, the United States is $105. The cheapest time to rent a Small in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 54% lower than the rest of the year at just $49 per day. A Small rental is typically 15% less expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium rental in Charleston, the United States is $102. The cheapest time to rent a Medium in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 51% lower than the rest of the year at just $50 per day. A Medium rental is typically 18% less expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large rental in Charleston, the United States is $114. The cheapest time to rent a Large in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 39% lower than the rest of the year at just $71 per day. A Large rental is typically 8% less expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Large rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV rental in Charleston, the United States is $118. The cheapest time to rent a SUV in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 50% lower than the rest of the year at just $60 per day. A SUV rental is typically 5% less expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Van rental in Charleston, the United States is $167. The cheapest time to rent a Van in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 42% lower than the rest of the year at just $99 per day. A Van rental is typically 27% more expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Luxury rental in Charleston, the United States is $115. The cheapest time to rent a Luxury in Charleston, the United States is in September. The price is 41% lower than the rest of the year at just $68 per day. A Luxury rental is typically 8% less expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Luxury rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Convertible rental in Charleston, the United States is $150. The cheapest time to rent a Convertible in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 43% lower than the rest of the year at just $87 per day. A Convertible rental is typically 18% more expensive than the average car rental in Charleston. The average price of a vehicle rental in Charleston can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Charleston Convertible rentals found on momondo in the past week.

Nissan Versa
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$50/day

1 Oct - 31 Oct
Nissan Versa
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

$51/day

30 Sep - 31 Oct
Kia Rio

Charleston car rental directory

All major car rental suppliers in Charleston, South Carolina
4.8
Okay
161 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

5.9

Overall

4.7

Pick-up/drop-off

4.9

Value

5.0
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Excellent
82 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

9.7

Comfort

9.7

Overall

8.9

Pick-up/drop-off

9.1

Value

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Good
85 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.6

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.9

Value

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Okay
84 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.2

Overall

4.5

Pick-up/drop-off

4.4

Value

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60 reviews3 locations
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Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.8

Overall

4.5

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4.5

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Quick facts about car rentals in Charleston

Get the overview on great rental deals, popular car rental companies, and best car types for your visit in Charleston

Most Popular Agency

Budget

Popular Car Types

SUV, Intermediate, Full-size

Cheapest Rental Car

$37

Most Popular Model

Kia Rio
The most popular Charleston car rental agency found on momondo this month is Budget. Other top choices for car rental companies are Enterprise and Turo
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Charleston in the past 72 hours: SUV, Intermediate, Full-size.
The lowest price for a rental car in Charleston is $37/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $106/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Charleston in the past 7 days is the Kia Rio. Our users also prefer the Hyundai Accent as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your rental car pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular rental car locations in Charleston

Nearby attractions:

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens3.2 mi
West Ashley Park5.2 mi
Middleton Place5.7 mi
Charlestowne Landing6.7 mi
Hampton Park8.1 mi

Nearby attractions:

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge84.1 mi
South Carolina Aquarium84.5 mi
Fort Sumter National Monument84.5 mi
Aiken-Rhett House84.9 mi
Charleston Museum84.9 mi

Nearby attractions:

Middleton Place81.8 mi
Splash Zone Waterpark82.1 mi
West Ashley Park82.1 mi
James Island County Park82.6 mi
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens82.9 mi

Rent a car near one of these popular hotels in Charleston

Below are the most popular hotels in Charleston

Driving with a rental car in Charleston - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about renting a car in Charleston so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

To rent a car for a weekend in Charleston in September, the average price was $122 with cheaper deals starting around $39. For a one-week car rental, Charleston prices in September average $92 with the best deals starting at $24.

The cheapest provider in Charleston is Avis, with an average daily rental rate of $112 from its 3 locations in Charleston. The absolute cheapest deal momondo users have found at Avis in Charleston is $22.

When renting a car, you can expect to find that a majority of the rental car agencies in Charleston do not have a cancellation fee. Keep in mind that momondo does not set these cancellation policies, but we can help you find great deals on rental cars in Charleston. Be sure to look for the Cancellation Policy when you conduct your search.

With temperatures averaging 66.2 °F and precipitation usually 3.8″ during September, you should consider renting a Standard car when traveling to Charleston. A Standard car can handle the fluctuations in temperature and rainfall during the month of September and is a popular choice for travelers heading to Charleston. Renting a Standard in Charleston will cost you $137/day on average.

Enterprise has 5 locations. momondo users can expect to pay $97/day on average when renting from these locations.

The speed limit in Charleston is 25 mph, unless otherwise stated on road signs. Charleston also has a suburban speed limit of 75 mph which is strictly enforced. If you find yourself on a highway in Charleston, be aware that the speed limit is generally 75 mph.

Those looking for a rental car in Charleston during the month of August should expect temperatures to be around 80.6 °F and should expect around 7.2″ of precipitation. This information can be helpful when choosing which car you’d like to rent.

If you’re looking for a Charleston rental car for a road trip to the surrounding areas during the month of August it’s important to know that the rest of South Carolina typically has a temperature of 78.8 °F and will usually expect 5.8″ of precipitation.


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