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Fairbanks, AK, United States
25 Sep — 2 Oct
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Fairbanks, AK, United States
Sat 25/9
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Sat 2/10
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Fairbanks car rental information

Pick-up locationFairbanks
Rental locations11
Airport locations10

Fairbanks car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Avis
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (106 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Avis
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 Sep 2021
My requested mid-size SUV was unavailable so they offered me a full-size Chevy Silverado 4WD pickup (at the same rate, of course). Great vehicle for a week in Alaska!
10.0 Excellent3 Aug 2021
They didn't have the car we reserved but upgraded us for free automatically
10.0 Excellent5 Jul 2021
Ease of checkout
10.0 Excellent3 Jul 2021
The car worked without any issues. Staff was very friendly.Nothing
10.0 Excellent26 Jun 2021
I was in my car in less than five minutes from checking in.
10.0 Excellent2 Jun 2021
Great rental staff - very accommodating/flexible.The cost of the car (and we know it’s driven by shortages) was astronomical.
10.0 Excellent24 May 2021
The staff was very friendly and it was a smooth process for both pickup and drop off.
10.0 Excellent8 May 2021
Very friendly and the pick prices was completely painless.Zero complaints.
4.0 Okay15 Mar 2021
Car was dirty, chip bags and crumbs, clothes in backseat from previous passengers. Was given one price online for insurance and another (higher) at pick up. Pick up and drop off were both quick and easy otherwise
8.0 Excellent20 Feb 2021
Studded tires would've been nice, car slipped a lot on the icy roads
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Rated no. 2
Alamo
8.9 Excellent (36 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Alamo
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 8.7
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 9.2
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent14 Jul 2021
It was expensive but it was very easy to pick up and drop off. The car was in good condition and ran well.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug 2020
Nothing. Customer service was great. Timeka and Scott were awesome!
6.4 Good20 Mar 2020
Rate wound up being much higher than I expected when I made the reservation.
10.0 Excellent7 Sep 2019
Staff was friendly and accomodating.There were no trash cans available at the return, but they said it was ok to leave any garbage in the car.
10.0 Excellent10 Jul 2019
Friendly staff and easy pick up and drop offnothing
10.0 Excellent27 May 2019
It was a top notch experience from start to finish! Would highly recommend.
8.0 Excellent4 Apr 2019
Couldn't figure out how to spray the back window to clean it. Ended up throwing snow on it.
10.0 Excellent17 Oct 2017
Fantastic rate!
10.0 Excellent9 Jun 2017
I like the fact that the car was clean in mint condition. Most of all the sales staff was genuinely nice giving excellent customer service. I don't know how to improve on that. The only thing I disliked was I chose not to fill the tank because I was not the person or organization paying for the rental transportation. Yet upon returning the rental to the airport I was charged and saddled with unexpected cost that I want reimbursed. I had a flight to make so I could not take any time to remedy this mistake. Any help is greatly appreciated. Berthod LarkinsI
5.2 Okay30 May 2017
Disappointed Alamo couldn't downgrade this to a carI won't use pre-pay Alamo again since I couldn't downgrade to a cheaper car (I no longer needed a pickup). It's ridiculous that I ended having to pay for something I didn't need just because I prepaid.
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Rated no. 3
Dollar
8.5 Excellent (34 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Dollar
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.9
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2021
pick up was easy due to Fairbanks being such a small airport, and person at counter was helpful and efficientA visual (e.g. a map posted at the counter) of where Dollar vehicles are in the Rental pick-up lot could make finding the vehicle easier, though it is a small lot and wasn't too difficult.
8.0 Excellent31 May 2021
Received an upgrade, which was great.The windshield was badly cracked that reduced visibility. The pickup representative was quiet and didn’t communicate enough.
10.0 Excellent26 May 2021
First experience renting a vehicle. Had good gas mileage and the staff was very helpfulIt was all great! Break pedals were a little touchy, probably should be checked out
6.0 Good5 Mar 2021
The operational safety of the vehicle could have been better. The vehicle had very poor traction on the icy roads and had a lot of previous damage not noted before driving away from the lot. The alignment of the vehicle was not nearly 100%, but drivable for someone familiar with the roads in Fairbanks during the winter. Overall, I suggest checking the alignment before future rental.
8.0 Excellent2 Dec 2020
Staff is very friendly and quick. The pickup/dropoff is outdoors and Dollar is furthest away, Dropping off with bags can be a pain since you have to go in the terminal to get a cart first, sometimes staff will pull the car up to the curb if they aren't too busy. they did it for me twice.Just the parking situation but being Fairbanks Alaska, most things are rustic which should be expected.
8.4 Excellent4 Jul 2019
yes staff was a joy to work with.will be using service in the future
10.0 Excellent30 May 2019
Pick up and drop off were smooth, quality, clean vehicles.There were two unreported scratches (one was 12" long) on the vehicle so a few minutes were spent running back into the booth to make sure they knew about them before I drove the car away.
7.2 Good18 May 2019
Broken windshield
7.6 Good19 Mar 2018
Would not recommend a sedan for Fairbanks in the winterThe car was clean and good on gas.The car did not have adequate tires or all-wheel-drive for anything outside a completely clean Road. The car would be perfect in the summer!
10.0 Excellent12 Feb 2018
Great service.
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Rated no. 4
Budget
8.2 Excellent (74 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Budget
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 Aug 2021
Car could have been cleaned a little better but staff was awesome.
1.9 Horrible16 Jul 2021
Budget is terrible. Not sure if all budget locations are like this but I would never recommend Budget in Fairbanks, Alaska. I originally reserved a car for 07/09. I called the day prior that I would be landing at midnight, so I wouldn’t be there to get the car right at 9:00 PM. The person on the phone did not update the reservation so when I showed up at the desk at 12:30 AM, I was told that my car was given away and they didn’t have another car to give me. They basically told me that I was out of luck because the person I told about my reservation change, didn’t change it in the system. I will avoid Budget car rentals in the future.
7.9 Good12 Jul 2021
There was no one at the counter for pick up or drop off i had to take a cab and come back.
1.9 Horrible6 Jul 2021
Did not receive the class of car I reserved, and the vehicle was in poor shape. Budget refused to make things right, once again. I still had to pay for an SUV even though I was downgraded to a smaller vehicle.
1.9 Horrible6 Jul 2021
I reserved a mid-size SUV but when I arrived at the pickup counter, only a compact car was available. Budget refused to adjust the price accordingly, and I was still charged for the SUV. The car I received was dirty, contained garbage (including a used mask!) from the previous user, and had a warning light / notification that I had to look at all week. The tires were also pretty worn out which made driving in the rain precarious. This will be my last time renting with Budget, because I always end up having an issue with my rental, and they are never willing to make things right.
10.0 Excellent9 Jun 2021
Car brand.Lower surcharge for dropping off in different city. And cleaner car
4.0 Okay16 Feb 2021
The staff were not very friendly when we went to drop off the keys. Also the sign posted said all patrons and employees had to wear masks but she was not.
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2021
Cleanliness, ease, customer service, vehicle
10.0 Excellent24 Nov 2020
Very friendly staff.
6.4 Good12 Aug 2020
The drop off was delightful, but the pickup was not great. The car was clean and filled with gas and easy to take off!The person running the counter seemed annoyed to be working and was so brief with us that we didn't exactly know what was needed from us when it came to inspecting the car and how to return it. When I had some questions about what I was signing off on, the lady was brief and laughed that I even had questions. It was frustrating and rude. Everyone working at Anchorage was fantastic!
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Rated no. 5
National
9.5 Excellent (6 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
National
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 9.6
  • 10
  • 9.3
  • 9
  • 9.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 Aug 2021
The staff at Fairbanks AK treated us very good and were excellent to deal with. Would lease a vehicle through National anytime. Thanks
8.4 Excellent22 Mar 2020
They said they don't even stock the car (or even the brand of car) I booked, so they gave me a different one, which other companies were offering for less money. I told them this was a bait and switch and asked if they could give a discount, since I would have gone with their competitors at the lower rate. They required me to prove that the car I booked was what I claimed, since they apparently don't have any record on their side of the car. After I proved the booking and requested a manager, they provided discount, which is fair, but this experience shouldn't happen.
8.8 Excellent27 May 2019
The staff were all great. The airport is small, so it was very easy to locate. I loved not needed a shuttle to get to the car!The check in process was a tad slow. I was behind one person and was very glad there wasn’t a big line to contend with.
10.0 Excellent18 Dec 2017
Pleasant tripThe staff at the checkout counter were very friendly and made a really nice conversation. I couldn't have asked for anything more.There is absolutely nothing I didn't like. This was a great experience and I will use National and kayak again.
10.0 Excellent14 Nov 2016
Everything! I wish I could remember the guys name who helped us. He was there late evening on 11/10 and was so nice in assisting us. Probably easily my best rental car experience!
10.0 Excellent6 Nov 2016
no issues. friendly and helpful service.
Rated no. 6
Enterprise
8.6 Excellent (24 reviews)
2 locations in Fairbanks
Enterprise
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 9
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay6 Sep 2021
The enterprise desk is closed so we had to check in at the desk for Alamo and National. There was only one person working so it took over 30 minutes to get the car. She did the best she could by herself.
10.0 Excellent1 Jul 2021
Staff was efficient and accommodating! Easy to talk with a staff member!Will use them again!
10.0 Excellent16 Jun 2020
Easy, nice vehicle, no issues.Nothing. I suppose if I had encountered a problem, that would have put Enterprise to the test, seeing how they handled it.
10.0 Excellent2 Feb 2018
Superb experience from Fairbanks EnterpriseFast, easy, great customer service. No cars available in the class I had reserved. Free upgrade to 4x4 truck which gave great peace of mind going to and from Chena as well as our remote rental cabin. Simple pick up and drop off. Came with extension cord for block heater. Life saver in cold winter temps. 10/10 would rent again.
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2017
Great Fast ServiceThe customer service agent was friendly polite and efficient at his job. He got me a car quickly and I was in my car within minutes .Don’t change a thing. You guys were awesome!
10.0 Excellent5 Jun 2017
Easy access to z good rideAirport location is easy to use. The Honda Tucson was just right for our day trips. Easy return. Good value.
10.0 Excellent26 May 2017
FabulousGreat customer service. Clean cars
2.0 Mediocre19 May 2017
The counter closes at midnight!Arrived late to find the counter closed. There was a 4 people who had paid for the rental through a third party and had no way to pick up the car. The employees at the other car rental agency's informed us this happens every night. Had to rent a car from another company. I am letting my place of employment work out the issue with paying for a car that was not available for pick up. They knew the plane was late the counter is located in a small airport with two baggage claims. The ticket counter is located by the baggage claim. Someone could have waited the 15 extra minutes to help costumers who had pre paid for a car.
9.6 Excellent10 Sep 2016
Very friendly, helpful service!There was confusion about how to pick up the car from Fairbanks airport (Enterprise doesn't have a desk at the airport yet), but it sounds like that will be changed soon.
10.0 Excellent20 Jul 2016
Great customer service!THis location had super friendly staff and very helpful.
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Rated no. 7
Thrifty
7.3 Good (10 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Thrifty
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 7
  • 7.8
  • 6.8
  • 7.8
  • 8
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent10 Jun 2021
Staff was great, All went very well.On board navigation in our rental was not available. That would have made our trip a bit easier.
10.0 Excellent18 Dec 2019
As it was 6 degrees outside, the staff started vehicle and brought to the door for me. Great service. Rental process was smooth and convenient
10.0 Excellent1 Mar 2019
All went great!! Perfect rental!!
2.0 Mediocre10 Nov 2018
Poor Communication and LiedLied that it was a 4 wheel drive, lied that it was weatherize, gave us a cord to plug it in and then there was no plug installed on the car. Argued with me on the phone about it and eventually tried to blame me that I booked the wrong thing but I had my reservation to show otherwise.
6.4 Good25 Sep 2017
Overall a fair experience.The process of picking it up and dropping off. The price / value. Simplicity.The cars condition (a lot of dents and scratches). And the interieur had the most unpleasant smell I’ve ever experienced.
6.8 Good10 Sep 2017
my friend left a gift for his wife in the console (a gold necklace) when we returned the car. I went back 40 minutes after turning it in - it was already being cleaned and that guy said he didn't find anything. Really? In todays world?
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Rated no. 8
Hertz
6.8 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Fairbanks
Hertz
Locations in Fairbanks
  • 7.6
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Jan 2021
Very friendly and helpful staff.
2.0 Mediocre22 Nov 2020
The lady at the counter was friendly and polite. And very apologetic.My reservation did not work. Hertz did not have any cars available even though Kayak decided they would book my reservation anyway and make me think I had a car. I had planned for 22/day which was the rate I was given. Instead I was forced to use the only car agency that had a car available and it cost me 5x as much. $110. I will never use kayak again and I will strongly recommend others use a different site to compare rates or book. Since kayak is useless if it can’t actually book my reservation properly. It’s -20F in Alaska , that’s where I am. And I was forced to overpay for a rental, in any other situation I would have walked but sadly my hands were tied in this situation. 0/5 very poor quality site and poor quality service. I recommend people do not use this site any chance I can now. Which is often since I work in Customer Service and Tourism.
10.0 Excellent31 Oct 2020
The weather:) Thank you!!
Easirent
1 location in Fairbanks
Easirent
Locations in Fairbanks
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Sunnycars
1 location in Fairbanks
Sunnycars
Locations in Fairbanks
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295 travellers who rented a car in Fairbanks gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

Car rental locations in or near Fairbanks

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When to book a rental car in Fairbanks

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Top tips for hiring a car in Fairbanks

  • Like many cities in the United States, Fairbanks was designed with the automobile in mind. Visitors to the city find they have a much easier time navigating the city via personal vehicle than with public transport. Say, for example, you would like to visit the Museum of the North during your time in Fairbanks: what would be a simple 6-mile drive of 15 minutes requires 30 or 40 minutes on the bus.
  • Are you planning on picking up your hire car upon arriving in Fairbanks? Travelers with flights landing at Fairbanks International Airport will find the hire car desks in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall.
  • Visiting Fairbanks in the winter? If so, you should definitely be prepared for snowy weather. Fairbanks can experience some serious powder during the peak of the winter season -- and drivers will want to be mindful of this when visiting the city. When inclimate weather hits, just make sure to drive a bit slower and remember that cars take longer to slow down in snow.
  • Fairbanks, luckily for visitors and commuters, does not experience severe congestion. In general, the morning rush hour picks up shortly after 7:00 a.m. and cools down by around 9:00 a.m., while in the afternoon the rush hour starts up again at around 4:00 p.m. and clears out by around 6:00 p.m. In terms of roads to avoid during rush hour traffic, University Avenue and Geist Road are two that get the busiest and most congested during peak driving hours.
  • Book your rental car in Fairbanks at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Fairbanks are around 61% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Fairbanks

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Fairbanks are Avis (8.2, 112 reviews), and Budget (8.2, 74 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Fairbanks is $4.98 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $60 and $80, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Fairbanks.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Fairbanks costs $34 per day, on average.

  • A Supplier choice car rental in Fairbanks costs $36 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Fairbanks costs $41 per day, on average.

  • Fairbanks has wide open roads and large avenues that are perfect for all sizes of vehicles. In other words, renters with a wide range of preferences will have no issues, whether it be fitting into parking spaces or navigating narrow streets during their time in Fairbanks. However, if you are visiting during the winter it may be worth renting a larger car with more clearance so that you have an easier time with the snow.

  • Drivers can expect to see speed limits starting at 20 to 25 mph in residential areas in Fairbanks. On rural roads the speed limit ranges from 40 mph on undivided roads to up to 65 mph on divided rural roads. Freeways and interstates around Fairbanks, on the other hand, have a maximum speed limit of 65 mph.

  • Though Fairbanks is in one of the major oil producing states - Alaska - it still has slightly above average petrol prices at $3.00 per gallon.

  • If you plan on visiting the downtown area of Fairbanks, your best bet for finding parking is at one of the various parking garages that dot the downtown area. Streetside parking is also an option, but it can fill up quickly in the more popular areas so if you don’t get there early all the spots may be gone. As for paid parking, it costs on average around $3.00 per hour in most garages.