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Car rentals in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, SC
Feb 29 — Mar 7
Charleston, SC
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What is the cheapest rental car agency in Charleston?

The cheapest rental cars in Charleston are generally found through Turo. When booking with Turo, you may be able to find rental car prices for as low as $26/day. The average price to rent a car in Charleston is $40/day.

What car do most people rent in Charleston?

The Ford Escape is the most popular car to rent in Charleston, according to our data. Our users have found prices for Ford Escape rentals for as low as $34/day in Charleston, though on average you can expect prices to be around $73/day. Another popular car to rent in Charleston is the Toyota RAV4 for an average of $79/day, and deals as low as $41/day.

Best deals found for Charleston, South Carolina car rentals

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Charleston, South Carolina
Economy$51/day
Compact$51/day
Intermediate$35/day
Full-size$38/day
Minivan$42/day
Full-size SUV$47/day
Premium$54/day
Luxury$47/day
Convertible$69/day
Pickup truck$57/day
Standard SUV$36/day
Intermediate SUV$37/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

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.

While visiting, is it worthwhile to rent a car while visiting Charleston?

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.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in Charleston?

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.

Will I need a special driver’s license or permit to drive a rental car in Charleston if I’m visiting from another country?

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

$47 - $106

All Car Types

$61 - $121

The average price of a small car rental in Charleston, the United States is $78. The cheapest time to rent a small car in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just $47 per day. A small car rental is typically 16% less expensive than the average rental car 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 car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car rental in Charleston, the United States is $80. The cheapest time to rent a medium car in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 30% lower than the rest of the year at just $56 per day. A medium car rental is typically 14% less expensive than the average rental car 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 car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car rental in Charleston, the United States is $98. The cheapest time to rent a large car in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 26% lower than the rest of the year at just $73 per day. A large car rental is typically 7% more expensive than the average rental car 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 car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV rental in Charleston, the United States is $91. The cheapest time to rent a SUV in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 36% lower than the rest of the year at just $59 per day. A SUV rental is typically 0% less expensive than the average rental car 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 $141. The cheapest time to rent a van in Charleston, the United States is in September. The price is 20% lower than the rest of the year at just $115 per day. A van rental is typically 36% more expensive than the average rental car 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 car rental in Charleston, the United States is $112. The cheapest time to rent a luxury car in Charleston, the United States is in January. The price is 28% lower than the rest of the year at just $82 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 19% more expensive than the average rental car 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 car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a convertible rental in Charleston, the United States is $126. The cheapest time to rent a convertible in Charleston, the United States is in December. The price is 32% lower than the rest of the year at just $87 per day. A convertible rental is typically 28% more expensive than the average rental car 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.

Ford Focus
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$51/day

27 Feb - 2 Apr
Ford Focus
Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$51/day

27 Feb - 2 Apr
Toyota Yaris

Charleston car rental directory

All major car rental suppliers in Charleston, South Carolina

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.8
Good
106 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.2

Overall

7.8

Pick-up/drop-off

7.8

Value

7.5

Budget

6.1
Okay
210 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.8

Overall

6.0

Pick-up/drop-off

6.1

Value

6.2

Alamo

9.2
Wonderful
90 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

9.4

Comfort

9.3

Overall

9.1

Pick-up/drop-off

9.3

Value

8.6

Hertz

7.4
Good
84 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.7

Overall

7.3

Pick-up/drop-off

7.5

Value

6.9

Avis

5.5
Fair
73 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.3

Overall

5.4

Pick-up/drop-off

5.4

Value

5.7

National

8.0
Very good
3 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

9.2

Value

8.4

Easirent

1 location

Sunnycars

2 locations

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

Ace

Popular Car Types

SUV, Intermediate, Compact

Cheapest Rental Car

$34

Most Popular Model

Class Special Car
The most popular Charleston car rental agency found on momondo this month is Ace. Other top choices for car rental companies are Budget and Turo
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Charleston in the past 72 hours: SUV, Intermediate, Compact.
The lowest price for a rental car in Charleston is $34/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $69/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Charleston in the past 7 days is the Class Special Car. Our users also prefer the Ford Escape 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
Gov. William Aiken 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
Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.7 mi from city center

Town & Country Inn and Suites

Town & Country Inn and Suites

2008 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC, United States

5.7 mi from city center

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

560 King Street, Charleston, SC, United States

1.3 mi from city center

Mills House Charleston Curio Collection by Hilton

Mills House Charleston Curio Collection by Hilton

115 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.1 mi from city center

Andrew Pinckney Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn

40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.4 mi from city center

Tru By Hilton Charleston Ashley Phosphate, SC

Tru By Hilton Charleston Ashley Phosphate, SC

2475 Prospect Drive, Charleston, SC, United States

12.8 mi from city center

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

250 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Charleston, SC, United States

2.7 mi from city center

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charleston Riverview

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charleston Riverview

11 Ashley Pointe Drive, Charleston, SC, United States

1.8 mi from city center

The Iris

The Iris

84 Line Street, Charleston, SC, United States

1.5 mi from city center

Hyatt House Charleston Historic District

Hyatt House Charleston Historic District

560 King Street, Charleston, SC, United States

1.3 mi from city center

Emeline

Emeline

181 Church Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.4 mi from city center

Comfort Suites Charleston West Ashley

Comfort Suites Charleston West Ashley

2080 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC, United States

6.0 mi from city center

The Charleston Place

The Charleston Place

205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.3 mi from city center

Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston

Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston

144 Bee Street, Charleston, SC, United States

1.5 mi from city center

Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview

Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview

301 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC, United States

2.0 mi from city center

The Ryder Hotel

The Ryder Hotel

237 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.4 mi from city center

Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

345 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, United States

0.9 mi from city center

The Vendue

The Vendue

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC, United States

0.3 mi from city center


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

How much will it cost to rent a car in Charleston, South Carolina in March?

To rent a car for a weekend in Charleston in March, the average price was $88 with cheaper deals starting around $29. For a one-week car rental, Charleston prices in March average $72 with the best deals starting at $28.

Is there a fee to cancel my Charleston, South Carolina car rental?

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.

What is the best type of car to rent in Charleston during March?

When temperatures average 64.4 °F and precipitation is 2.9″, your best car rental option for the month of March is a Convertible. Renting a Convertible in Charleston is an exciting way to see the area without having to worry about the weather being uncooperative. However, it is always a good idea to check the forecast before you travel and make any adjustments to your car rental plans. Renting a Convertible in Charleston will cost you $118/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Charleston, South Carolina?

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.

What car rental company has the Nissan Murano in Charleston?

What is the weather like in Charleston, SC in February?

Those looking for a rental car in Charleston during the month of February should expect temperatures to be around 51.8 °F and should expect around 3″ of precipitation. This information can be helpful when choosing which car you’d like to rent.

Is the weather in Charleston similar to the rest of South Carolina?

If you’re looking for a Charleston rental car for a road trip to the surrounding areas during the month of February it’s important to know that the rest of South Carolina typically has a temperature of 46.4 °F and will usually expect 3.6″ of precipitation.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Charleston?

Prices for cars in Charleston refresh daily.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Charleston?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Charleston?

Among different countries, including Charleston, the minimum age for drivers varies. In numerous EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. To hire a car overseas, you'll generally need to be at least 21, and if you're under 25, a young driver surcharge may be imposed. It's recommended that you review the policy of the rental company you're considering before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in Charleston?

All drivers must have a valid full driving license when renting a car in Charleston. If the license is written in a different language from the country of rental, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're renting a car overseas, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. It is always advisable to check with the individual rental company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car rental in Charleston?

momondo finds and compares thousands of car rental websites to provide you with the best selection of policies and car rentals in Charleston. Finding a rental car is quick and free of charge, so using momondo for your booking makes sense.

How does momondo help me find the best car rental deal in Charleston?

Filtering is how momondo helps you find a great rental car in Charleston. Narrow your search using price and map features as well as filtering by fuel or mileage policies amongst many other filters available.

Does momondo show car rental deals in Charleston with free cancellation?

Yes, momondo allows you to filter specifically for car rental companies in Charleston offering free cancellation.

Can I rent a car with a fair fuel policy in Charleston on momondo?

Absolutely! momondo offers this feature when searching for a rental car in Charleston.

Can I find a car rental in Charleston which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, rental cars in Charleston with enhanced cleaning options can be searched for on momondo.

Can I search for rental cars in Charleston with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Unlimited mileage is indeed an option momondo offers on rental cars in Charleston.


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