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Asheville car hire

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Asheville car hire information

Pick-up locationAsheville
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Hire locations12
Airport locations3

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Asheville

  • Asheville has plenty to offer, from a vibrant arts scene to historical buildings, and, of course, the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a 1-hour drive from the center. Don’t miss out on any of Asheville’s attractions and rent a car to get the most out of your visit. Many of the outer attractions, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are not available with public transport and a car will give you the most flexibility to explore the city and surroundings in your own time.
  • Asheville Regional Airport features five on-site car hire companies which offer vehicles for all tastes. Follow the signs out of the terminal to their service desks and pick up a car to be in Asheville center in less than half an hour via the I-26 W. The transfer will take almost an hour with public transport, so the most convenient way to start your time is with a hire car directly from the airport. If arriving by train or bus, there are also car hire locations in the city -- for instance, in Tunnel Road or Patton Avenue.
  • Asheville has wonderfully breathtaking scenic routes; however, these routes are also very steep in some places and it is important to shift to a lower gear instead of breaking down on your way. If braking too much, the brakes can overheat and, in the worst case scenario, stop working altogether. Drive slowly through the winding roads in and around Asheville as well, especially in winter, with snow and ice possibly on the streets. Ensure the hire car has winter tires, make sure to adjust your speed, and have some extra snacks and thermos flasks ready in the car in case you get stuck.
  • The I-240 goes right through the heart of Asheville and the I-40 is a major route connecting many places, so these roads can be congested when commuters come into Asheville in the morning between around 7-9am and leave the city between 5-8pm. If going west, the US-23 can be an alternate route, depending on your ultimate goal.
  • Book your rental car in Asheville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Asheville are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

Asheville car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Asheville 
Verified travelerApr 2024
Make sure the offices open on the day that you want your vehicle because even though it says you can pick up from there does not necessarily mean that they’re open. Call do some research and check before that
Verified travelerOct 2023
Call the company to check whether or not they have a car for you.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Call the rental car company directly
Verified travelerAug 2023
No shoulder on any of the roads, be prepared! Beautiful mountains though!
Verified travelerJul 2023
Get the car you ordered and don’t settle
PeterJun 2023
Inspect the car thoroughly before leaving the lot.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Book with a different company or turo

FAQs about renting a car in Asheville

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Asheville?

    If you’re planning to venture out into the mountains, it is recommended to opt for a 4-wheel-drive car, as there are gravel roads that will require additional road grip. A 4-wheel-drive car is also a good choice for winter driving conditions and is a real all-rounder for the area.

  • What’s the speed limit in Asheville?

    It is important to always adapt speed to the prevailing weather and road conditions, but general regulations allow 25 mph in residential areas and only 10 mph around schools or pedestrian areas. Up to 55 mph is permitted on rural roads, and 55-60 mph on most freeways. Keep an eye out for signs that indicate speed limits.

  • Where are the best places to park in Asheville?

    On-street parking is metered in Asheville and costs around $1.50 per hour, but check the sign for details. On Sundays and public holidays, on-street parking is free. There are also parking garages to consider, such as the Civic Center Garage with its daily maximum of about $10, the Wall Street Garage, or the Rankin Avenue Garage.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Asheville?

    The average price of fuel in Asheville is $6.38 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $76 and $102, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Asheville?

    Intermediate (Mazda Mazda5 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Asheville.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Asheville?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Asheville?

    An Intermediate car hire in Asheville costs $72 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Asheville?

    A Standard car hire in Asheville costs $76 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in Asheville?

    A Premium car hire in Asheville costs $78 per day, on average.

Asheville car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

Best rated

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.3

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

61 Terminal Drive

+1 828 687 2513

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00

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2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
The car was not cleaned when we picked it up. The back seat was full of dog hair and there was mud on the floor. We did not realize it until we had passengers sit in the back seat several days later. When I told the agent at drop off that the car wasn’t cleaned I was told I may be charged for cleaning the car since I didn’t take pictures of the problem before we left the airport.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I ordered a compact car , but nothing was available when my date to p/u. Instead I got a mini van.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything went smoothly

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at the airport was uncooperative and when I asked if I could change the drop off location the person at the counter made a point to be short and was not helpful. I also asked about adding another driver and he seemed annoyed at my questions. Because of this I canceled my reservation and booked at the counter next door. He told me that I would still be charged for the day if I switched in a manner that was intended to scare me than in making any effort to be helpful. but once I made the other reservation he was able to refund my money.

Cons:

Better customer service at the counter.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Experience was great.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

They could have had a car. Some car. They did not. There were no cans or Uber's. So I was stranded at the airport. Thanks thrifty! Go fu k yourselves

1 out of 25

Hertz

6.0

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

61 Terminal Drive Ste 15

+1 828 684 6455

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00

891j Patton Avenue

+1 828 225 1828

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

VERY friendly staff. Vehicle upgrade was excellent.

Cons:

Way too expensive.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff in Asheville was terrible. They ended up giving us the wrong car and we only found it out when we dropped it off in Jacksonville. Staff in Jacksonville as almost as bad. The car was also not cleaned before. Someone's old coke can was left in the car.

Cons:

Whatever you do, make sure you get a PAPER contract when you pick up your car. They said we didn't need one in Asheville and they just emailed it to us, but once we got to Jacksonville, Hertz acted like we should have had one and they treated us as if we were the problem with it not being there.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The lady who worked with us at the 891 Patton Ave location in Asheville was amazing. Very professional and an outstanding representative of your company. She supplied us with the perfect mid sized vehicle for our mountain travels.

Cons:

A 100% great experience

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, pick up and drop off were a breeze.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Could not have been easier all the way around from staff at the counter to the car itself.

Cons:

Not a thing.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff. Car.

1 out of 13

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.4

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.4

4 locations in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

168 Smokey Park Hwy

+1 828 665 2389

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

26 Tunnel Rd

+1 828 333 9823

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

579 Tunnel Rd

+1 828 298 6914

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

954 Patton Ave

+1 828 255 0236

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Everything went great!

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Everything was awesome except the fact that the card we had reserved wasn’t there so when we got ready to leave in the morning, we had to wait a couple of extra hours because they didn’t have the vehicle there. It had to be transported. Other than that. everything was amazing and excellent. The customer service the person who checked us out with it was amazing as well, very friendly knowledgeable.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Complete waste our our time, car was booked 20miles away from Airport, useless!

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
They booked me at the wrong location

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
You show cars available to reserve, but they had no cars

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
They did not have a car available for me, despite the fact that the booking was a few weeks ago. They also did not have my email from Kayak, so they were unable to email me about this. They could only call me, which I had missed. So, I turned up with my suitcase and there was no car. I will not be using Kayak again for booking rental cars.

1 out of 19

Budget

4.9

Mediocre

80 reviews

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

5.2

One location in Asheville

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3 South Tunnel Road

+1 828 299 4191

Monday08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday08:30 - 18:00
Thursday08:30 - 18:00
Friday08:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
It was very difficult to find the office. It turns out it was inside a mall and there is no sign anywhere outside or inside the mall telling you where it is. We had to ask several workers at other shops in the mall - although we weren’t even sure it was even in there! Never had such a frustrating experience trying to rent a car. Once we found the counter everything went smoothly. The woman said they are not permitted to hang signage (!?)

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
When I rented the car I told them I wanted to pick it up at the Ashville Airport. When trying to pick up the vehicle I was told that my car was at a different location. I had to get a taxi which I had to pay $55.00 for. Also the car was dirty and the gas tank was not full. I was told that I could not drop the car off at the airport without paying $250.00 fee. Because of My early flight I was forced to dod this. My experiance with Kayak Sucked Big time. I would never use Kayak again.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and professional staff

Cons:

Additional staff. Had to wait 45 min for car during pickup

6.8 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car smelled like cigarettes

5.6 Fair

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Price

5.6 Fair

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The employee at the airport was able to switch my reservation around so I could get a car from the airport

Cons:

It was not clear from my reservation that the pickup location was not the airport and what time I would need to be there by to get the car.

1 out of 18

Avis

5.9

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

5.9

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

3 South Tunnel Road

+1 828 299 3644

Monday08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday08:30 - 18:00
Thursday08:30 - 18:00
Friday08:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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6.0 Okay

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much, honestly. I specifically rented a small car and was given a larger SUV that I didn't really want to drive. See below. The dropoff in Chesapeake was fine. The rental price was much better than what competitors quoted me.

Cons:

Just about everything. The vehicle was in need of alignment so driving it was a challenge. And despite being told there was half a tank of gas, it was barely 1/4 of a tank. The pickup took forever because there was only one employee and the Asheville location was quite busy. And people pick specific cars during rental for a reason. I was supposed to get a Corolla or similar. Instead I got this EcoSport SUV that was bigger than I wanted, and wasn't really in great shape. Beyond that, the dropoff location is really hard to find. It's in an area with lots of other businesses and there's no sign that's visible from the road. If you happen to turn into the right place, there's a very small sign next to the front door that says "AVIS/Budget Group" but otherwise the building looks like a white house next to a Verizon store.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was absolutely filthy and most of the staff were rude, even on the phone trying to figure out where in the mall they're located. They didn't give me a printout with my total when I picked up the car and it wasn't emailed to me, turns out they overcharged me.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy, convenient location in airport.

Cons:

The car was not ready at the specified time. When it was 1 hour later at the closing time of the Avis branch, it had not been cleaned or vacuumed and smelled like marijuana smoke. Unacceptable during a pandemic.

6.0 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Went to pick up my vehicle at scheduled time and there were no cars available . Also asked for a car and they put me into an suv and charged me for it

5.6 Fair

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop-off staff was helpful

Cons:

Car smelled like smoke. Pick-up was slow and sales rep was distracted. Expensive for what we got

2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not receive the SUV that I rented online.

1 out of 6

Ace

4.3

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

1137 Patton Ave

+1 828 380 9338

Monday10:30 - 18:30
Tuesday10:30 - 18:30
Wednesday10:30 - 18:30
Thursday10:30 - 18:30
Friday10:30 - 18:30
Saturday10:30 - 18:30
Sunday12:30 - 18:30

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Desty-Nation Rentals LLC

No score available yet

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

1137A Patton Ave

+1 828 380 9338

Opening times not available

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Asheville

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Locations in Asheville

61 Terminal Drive

Opening times not available

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350 travellers who rented a car in Asheville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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