Car Rentals in Des Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines, IA
Aug 18 — Aug 25
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Des Moines, IA
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Best deals found for Des Moines, Iowa car rentals

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental cars in Des Moines, Iowa
Volkswagen Passat
or similar Premium
Up to 5 passengers

$44/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Volkswagen Passat
Chevrolet Trailblazer
or similar Standard SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$55/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chrysler 200
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$36/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Chrysler 200
Hyundai Avante
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

$36/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Hyundai Avante
Hyundai Elantra
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers

$36/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Hyundai Elantra
Cadillac CT5
or similar Luxury
Up to 5 passengers

$63/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Cadillac CT5
Mazda CX-5
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$47/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Mazda CX-5
Toyota Camry
or similar Full-size
Up to 5 passengers

$36/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Toyota Camry
Ford Focus Sedan
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$43/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Ford Focus Sedan

Important information about Des Moines car rentals

Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa as well as its capital. When visiting, a car will come in handy getting to and from all the sights on your to-do list. You can go from visiting the State Capitol, to the Science Center of Iowa and over to John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. Then, hop in your rental car in Des Moines and see the open-air Living History Farms museum, located around 15 minutes outside of the city. Des Moines is a growing city but getting around downtown and parking is easier than you may think. There are various parking structures as well as metered on-street parking. Car rentals in Des Moines have agencies scattered around the city, making the process accessible and straightforward. There is a total of about 30 car rental locations in Des Moines. However, it may be a bit challenging to find cheap car rentals in Des Moines.

Iowa is known for its scenic routes and beautiful rolling landscapes. You can get an economy car rental and be on your way. The closest scenic drive to Des Moines, the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, is less than a one-hour drive away. On your way, make sure to stop at the charming midwestern town of Winterset, the birthplace of the iconic John Wayne. If you don’t mind driving your Des Moines car rental a bit further, but still under two hours, you’ll reach the Historic Hills Byway known for the numerous Amish and Mennonite folk in the area. Parking in Des Moines is free after hours and all day on the weekends. The main interstate through downtown Des Moines is I-235, so you’ll want to avoid it during rush hours.

Iowa tends to get some snowfall in the winter. If you plan on getting a car rental in Des Moines during that period, you should remember to take the necessary precautions and drive safely. You should always make sure to clear any snow from the top of your vehicle, the windshield and headlights. Iowa state law permits right turns on red as long as you yield to any right-of-way pedestrians and traffic before turning. If you plan on having a drink during your stay in the city, we recommend you don’t drink and drive, and you leave your Des Moines car rental behind. In Iowa, it’s illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.

To be able to pick up your car rental in Des Moines, you have to be 21 years old or older and have a valid driver’s license. You don’t need to present any special permit, like an International Driver’s Permit, when renting a car in Iowa and visiting from out of the country. We do recommend you have one on hand, especially when your country’s document is not in the Latin alphabet.


Des Moines, Iowa car rental deals found on momondo

Find the rental car in Des Moines that's right for you

Small Cars

$50 - $97

All Car Types

$65 - $118

The average price of a Small rental in Des Moines, the United States is $71. The cheapest time to rent a Small in Des Moines, the United States is in October. The price is 31% lower than the rest of the year at just $50 per day. A Small rental is typically 19% less expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium rental in Des Moines, the United States is $67. The cheapest time to rent a Medium in Des Moines, the United States is in January. The price is 39% lower than the rest of the year at just $41 per day. A Medium rental is typically 24% less expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large rental in Des Moines, the United States is $85. The cheapest time to rent a Large in Des Moines, the United States is in September. The price is 16% lower than the rest of the year at just $72 per day. A Large rental is typically 4% less expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines Large rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV rental in Des Moines, the United States is $81. The cheapest time to rent a SUV in Des Moines, the United States is in January. The price is 35% lower than the rest of the year at just $54 per day. A SUV rental is typically 7% less expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Van rental in Des Moines, the United States is $134. The cheapest time to rent a Van in Des Moines, the United States is in December. The price is 30% lower than the rest of the year at just $95 per day. A Van rental is typically 35% more expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines Van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Luxury rental in Des Moines, the United States is $78. The cheapest time to rent a Luxury in Des Moines, the United States is in January. The price is 26% lower than the rest of the year at just $59 per day. A Luxury rental is typically 11% less expensive than the average car rental in Des Moines. The average price of a vehicle rental in Des Moines 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 Des Moines Luxury rentals found on momondo in the past week.

Nissan Versa
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$35/day

1 Sep - 3 Oct
Nissan Versa

Des Moines car rental directory

All major car rental suppliers in Des Moines, Iowa
8.6
Excellent
40 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

8.6
7.1
Good
51 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Overall

7.1

Pick-up/drop-off

7.0

Value

6.7
6.7
Good
30 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.7

Pick-up/drop-off

7.1

Value

6.7
7.4
Good
16 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Overall

7.5

Pick-up/drop-off

7.5

Value

7.9
4.8
Okay
23 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

4.7

Comfort

5.7

Overall

4.7

Pick-up/drop-off

5.4

Value

4.6
4.7
Okay
11 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

4.3

Comfort

4.7

Overall

4.7

Pick-up/drop-off

4.7

Value

5.5
2.0
Mediocre
1 review1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

2.0

Overall

2.0

Pick-up/drop-off

2.0

Value

2.0
0.0
Horrible
18 reviews2 locations

Quick facts about car rentals in Des Moines

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

Most Popular Agency

Thrifty

Popular Car Types

Full-size, Intermediate, SUV

Cheapest Rental Car

$33

Most Popular Model

Nissan Versa
The most popular Des Moines car rental agency found on momondo this month is Thrifty. Other top choices for car rental companies are Dollar and Enterprise
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Des Moines in the past 72 hours: Full-size, Intermediate, SUV.
The lowest price for a rental car in Des Moines is $33/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $72/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Des Moines in the past 7 days is the Nissan Versa. Our users also prefer the Hyundai Santa Fe as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your rental car pick-up

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

Nearby attractions:

Blank Park Zoo2.2 mi
Gray's Lake Park2.4 mi
Salisbury House2.8 mi
Des Moines Art Center3.3 mi
Pappajohn Sculpture Park3.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

Iowa States Fair Ground88.8 mi
Wells Fargo Arena91.4 mi
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center91.4 mi
Hy Vee Hall91.5 mi
Walnut Street Bridge91.5 mi

Nearby attractions:

Des Moines Art Center71.8 mi
Salisbury House72.2 mi
Hoyt Sherman Place72.3 mi
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center72.3 mi
Wells Fargo Arena72.4 mi

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Driving with a rental car in Des Moines - FAQs

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

To rent a car in Des Moines for a weekend in September, we found prices as low as $41 with an average of $103. For a one-week car rental, Des Moines prices in September average $75 with the best deals starting at $31.

You can expect to get the best deals from Thrifty when you visit Des Moines. With average rates of $51/day available at their 2 locations, Thrifty is a great company to rent from.

Rental cars in Des Moines from popular agencies such as Alamo, Enterprise, and Thrifty will generally offer free cancellation. While momondo does not have any control over cancellation policies for rental cars in Des Moines, we can help you find the cheapest car to rent for your upcoming trip.

A Standard car is the ideal car to rent when visiting Des Moines in September. On average, Des Moines receives 2.6″ of precipitation and temperatures hover around 53.6 °F during the month of September. These conditions are well-suited for a standard, which can easily handle a bit of rain and even hold up well when temperatures fall. Renting a Standard in Des Moines will cost you $148/day on average.

Enterprise has the most locations in Des Moines, IA with 3 locations. At those locations, momondo users can typically find car rental rates of $74/day.

Des Moines’s speed limit is 25 mph when you are driving in the city. This speed limit might also apply to surrounding towns and neighborhoods. The suburban speed limit in Des Moines is 75 mph and the speed limit for highways is 75 mph. However, be sure to look for posted signage as these speeds may vary.

During the month of August the average temperature in Des Moines is 75.2 °F and the expected precipitation is 4.1″. This information is useful for travelers looking for a car rental in Des Moines.

Those looking to rent a car in Des Moines for a road trip to the surrounding areas, please know the weather in Iowa during the month of August usually is around 71.6 °F with 4.1″ of possible rain.


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