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Gainesville, FL, United States
22 May — 29 May
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Gainesville, FL, United States
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Gainesville car rental information

Pick-up locationGainesville
Rental locations15
Airport locations9

Gainesville car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9 Excellent (43 reviews)
4 locations in Gainesville
Enterprise
Locations in Gainesville
3423 Sw Williston Rd+1 352 371 7141
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3880 N E 39th Avenue (suite N)+1 833 679 2053
Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
410 Nw 39th Avenue Suite B+1 352 371 6599
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
730 W University Ave+1 352 336 3390
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent29 Nov 2020
Pros: YesCons: Nothing
5.2 Okay24 Jun 2020
Pros: NoCons: Car had no spare tire, tire blew up were on hold on 4 different phones at same time, nobody answer, stranded in the middle of nowhere. After 5 hours standed had to take a lift from 429 to Gainesville (1hr 45 min) $179.00. Didn't get my deposit back. Spoke to a Manager (he even spelled his name for me) when my husband and son went to give the keys back, nobody knew the Manager. No papaerwork at all, blaming COVID-19 for this.
10.0 Excellent18 Jan 2019
Cons: Nothing! Great experience !
4.8 Okay8 Oct 2018
Pros: Easy to drop off the car at the end of rental periodCons: The car being rented had dirty windows, smelly, and lacked floor mats. The staff wanted me to sign off on the paperwork about the car's condition before I had a chance to inspect the car
6.8 Good2 Jan 2018
Getting tire trouble handled was a messPros: We were fortunately upgraded at pickup to an intermediate SUV, which was helpful because it meant we had a little more room to work with for our trip for the holidays.Cons: We had a slow leak in a tire. I spent an hour on the phone with roadside service trying to find a way to get the tire fixed, and was recommended a tire shop 25 minutes away. I called two places that were closer to me in the next 2 minutes and found that one of them could see me right away and went there. They checked the tire, determined that it needed replaced, but didn't have the replacement in stock. They filled it so that it could carry me for a while longer. I stopped at an off-airport location to see if they could replace the vehicle and was told they couldn't access my rental information because I was renting from an airport location. Why in the world are they on different systems that can't interact? Two days later I called roadside again and the person could not get ahold of the local airport location but could see their inventory and told me that a vehicle should be available if I show up and tell them we tried to call ahead and I needed a vehicle. They did have some SUVs but they were slotted for pickup later in the day, so they sent me off with a mini-van instead. This was an acceptable replacement for me and I was just glad to have the issue finally resolved. The whole experience was quite overwhelming, and I would hope that such a simple issue could be resolved more quickly and easily.
10.0 Excellent5 Nov 2017
Pros: Easy rental .Cons: Nothing
9.2 Excellent4 Jun 2017
Drop Off Location- Receipt'sPros: Friendly StaffCons: The Staff didn't have knowledge in knowing how to close out my rental agreement, and printing a receipt out for me (the customer) when asked to do so. At first, I was told that I would have to call the location that I picked the rental up from to get a receipt, printed or e-mail. After a twenty minute conversation, someone from the Staff was able to produce a printed receipt.
8.0 Excellent26 Apr 2017
Operating Hours are not long enough at Enterprise Gainesville AirportPros: -quick and fast check-inCons: My flight arrived at 11:00 p.m. to Gainesville but the Enterprise counter closes at 11:00 p.m. So, I had to come back the next morning (wasted 2 cab rides and time). Counter should close at 11:30 p.m.
10.0 Excellent23 Jan 2017
Drop offPros: EasyCons: N/a
10.0 Excellent20 Jan 2017
Pros: EZ & fast
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Rated no. 2
Budget
7.7 Good (83 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Budget
Locations in Gainesville
1714 Sw 34th St+1 352 335 0940
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
3400 Northeast 39th Avenue+1 352 373 3959
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent27 Sep 2020
Pros: Pick up and drop off very efficient. Staff was excellent.Cons: Car had smell of smoke
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2020
Pros: I wish i had something positive to say but i do not.Cons: Well to be perfectly honest it was the worst experiance i have ever had with any rental car company. After booking i called budget rental in gainsville three different times over 3 days only to be transferred to not 1 but 3 different individuals who could barely speak english and were definately not in Gainsville and of next to no help. They confirmed and told me that someone would be at the budget counter when i arrived or that i would be able to get my keys and that someone would contact me withing 24 hours of flying (which never happened). I landed in Gainsville FL at 936 (they close at 10), but nobody was at the desk, i called the budget company 3 different times that night only to be transferred to individuals that lets face it should not be in customer care and their "supervisors" were an absolute joke and even worse help. Turns out that the card i have on file they didn't charge and they cancelled the booking giving me 0 notification of anything and what customer care do you ask i got as a return? "your rental was cancelled cause we are braindead" oops. no respect, no nothing, if i could fire everyone i spoke with, i would start there. In closing i would like to say that budget your company and your customer care is absolute trash and i would rethink your current business plan and staff before bankruptcy. Worst ever go to ENTERPRISE they were amazing and i could actually talk to someone at their local desk when i called #gasp imagine that? budget = pile of hot garbage. so many other things ill keep to myself......... Please, Please budget do not reach out to me unless you intend to give me cash for the hell you put me, all those others who had to hear me rage and go off in the middle of the airport on your phone staff for screwing me and my brother and sister out of our car stranding us with no apology or reconciliation and zero i mean zero customer care.
9.2 Excellent2 Dec 2019
Cons: No one was at the airport counter when I went to pick up the car for about 20 minutes, so it was a bit weird, I only stayed bc the airport employee said someone would be back soon. Otherwise I had an awesome experience, the car was great and affordable.
8.0 Excellent1 Oct 2019
Pros: How quick and easy it was pick up the vehicle.Cons: We really had trouble finding the drop off location when we put the address into the GPS there was no rental agency at that address.
10.0 Excellent12 Nov 2018
Quick and courteous service.Pros: Car was clean and check out was easy.
8.0 Excellent2 Sep 2018
Pros: Again, the counter person was friendly and easy to work with.Cons: I had a one way rental from BOS to GNV. It’s a long drive and I went over the alotted drop off time. I couldn’t contact anyone in the drop off location (GNV) that I would be a late. It worked out, but communication would have save some stress for sure.
2.0 Mediocre1 Aug 2018
Pros: I didn't like anything i paid for a ride 35 miles and was told i cant rent from airport which ive done before, very disappointed, and was in a need of a car and they didn't offer to help in any way at all
2.0 Mediocre26 Jun 2018
They didn’t have the car I reservedPros: NothingCons: The fact that I reserved a VAN and was told at the 11th hour that they didn’t have one and they were giving me an SUV which didn’t work for me. If I wanted an SUV, I would have reserved an SUV. My reservation was for a VAV for a reason. Terrible experience.
9.2 Excellent25 Jun 2018
Cons: Need signs inside hotel for counter location... Don’t expect to find sign on counter-b back in 10 minutes Instead of saying sorry, he wanted to debate! We are not college students, we are retired locals!
2.0 Mediocre18 Mar 2018
Bad experiencePros: NothingCons: They gave my car away because I showed up more than 2 hours after my original reservation. My flight was late and they didn’t seem to care. No other cars were available. I was inconvenient and had to make other arrangements which cost me more money
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.6 Good (42 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Hertz
Locations in Gainesville
3620 N. Main Street+1 352 376 3123
Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste F+1 352 373 8444
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent9 Apr 2021
Cons: Everything was fine except they close at noon on Sat and didn't let us know until I called to confirm. We had high anxiety to get there on time. There were many people that didn't get their car. Thank God I callef.
10.0 Excellent6 Apr 2021
Pros: The staff is amazing! Great bunch! They always make it very hassle free at this location!!!Cons: Absolutely nothing.
4.0 Okay27 Mar 2021
Pros: Overall unhappyCons: The suv we reserved was not available no one called us beforhand paid the price of a suv for a car, car was not cleaned at all customer service was not good
6.0 Good19 Sep 2020
Cons: I almost lost on a car, because I wasn't within the hour, but didn't get a cal. Every other car rental calls as a courtecy.
10.0 Excellent8 Aug 2020
Pros: Quick and easy
4.8 Okay25 Apr 2018
ok.Cons: The car was not very comfortable and it had bird poop on it and the front window was not clean.
2.0 Mediocre21 Feb 2018
Pros: PriceCons: No drop box for keys; lack of communication with office hours
5.6 Okay19 Dec 2017
Crappy car and rude employees, who could ask for more?Cons: I know I got an inexpensive rental, but why does Hertz offer such inferior cars? But the rudeness of employees at pickup and drop off was the most offensive. Where to you find such people. The experience left me not wanting to use Hertz in the future.
10.0 Excellent12 Dec 2017
Pros: The whole process was hassle free.Cons: I did not find anything negative to complain for.
5.6 Okay5 Dec 2017
Sort of mehPros: Parking was easy. Newer car, so it was pretty clean and low mileage. One guy who worked there was super charismatic but wasnt the one to check me in or out.Cons: No trunk space, not super comfortable to drive, couldnt hook phone up to stereo. Shitty gas mileage. Rental building itself was small, with no parking lot space for customers, and a little run down looking. Price roundtrip wasnt bad but price one way was horribly high when the car wasnt registered to florida.
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Rated no. 4
Avis
6.9 Good (35 reviews)
2 locations in Gainesville
Avis
Locations in Gainesville
1714 Southwest 34th Street+1 352 371 2424
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
3880 Northeast 39th Avenue, Suite E+1 352 375 4326
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
  • 7
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay30 Apr 2021
Cons: Long line to rent, car smelled like pee
6.4 Good8 Jan 2020
Pros: Staff was unfriendly at drop off. She was so unwelcoming it makes me not want to rent from you allCons: The rate for adding on days at the counter
6.0 Good12 Nov 2018
Charge per milePros: All went well, thank you. Why did you charge per mile over 150? Other car rental are unlimited, curious
10.0 Excellent12 Aug 2018
Pros: Fast easy drop off
7.2 Good30 Jul 2018
Pros: It was easy to find the designated parking.Cons: I was told drop off was 8 pm, but my confirmation said 8 am. We were almost charged an additional $180. The lady at the counter wasn't willing to help.
2.0 Mediocre27 Nov 2017
Cons: They charged the wrong price. Different than what I agreed to
8.0 Excellent17 Aug 2017
enjoyed our chevy cruzePros: The car was affordable. The gentleman we picked the car up from, while not outgoing, got the job done. The back seat was a little cramped, but it wasn't considered a "luxury car," so I guess that was to be expected.Cons: There was a faint odor of cigarettes in the car.
2.0 Mediocre6 Aug 2017
Cons: I was not informed that Avis does not accept debit cards, so I got no car and therefore almost lost my flight to Brazil.
2.0 Mediocre17 Jun 2017
No cars availablePros: Reserved through Kayak but there were no cars available when I got to the location. Person behind the desk said it was the darn internet's fault.Cons: See above
9.6 Excellent9 Jun 2017
Cons: One tire was at 28 lbs..not in the 40's...gas tank was not on full but it all worked out & the orlando team was excellent
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Rated no. 5
Alamo
8.1 Excellent (14 reviews)
1 location in Gainesville
Alamo
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste G+1 844 841 7825
Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent22 Apr 2017
Pros: Easy to use
10.0 Excellent27 Feb 2017
Pros: The young man who greeted me in Gainesville aiport was very professional and personable, nice way to start a journey.
8.4 Excellent26 Jan 2017
Pros: Reserved and received the product and service as requested, making me a satisfied customer.
10.0 Excellent8 Jan 2017
Pros: Easy pickup and drop off. Super friendly service. Super nice car.
6.4 Good7 Jan 2017
Pros: Loved backup cameraCons: Counter closed at pickup. Had to go to the sister counter where there was a big line and it took forever. No one seemed to know what was going on and seemed to be in no hurry to get any of us out of there. They were friendly tho. Then drop off at PBI very poorly marked. Plus I thought the rate was high.
10.0 Excellent16 Nov 2016
SuperPros: Best Customer Service. Have not seen a Happy Smile at 8:00a.m. LIKE that in years. Everything was perfecto. Will be using Alamo as my go-to from now on.Cons: Nothing
2.0 Mediocre16 Sep 2016
Cons: No car available when I got there.
9.2 Excellent30 Aug 2016
Cons: The usb port didn't charge or allow my phone to connect to the stereo.
10.0 Excellent11 Jul 2016
Pros: Car was cleaned and gave me good mileage. They treated me with curtesy and service was excellent
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Rated no. 6
Dollar
5.7 Okay (3 reviews)
1 location in Gainesville
Dollar
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Northeast 39th Avenue+1 866 434 2226
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.6
  • 6
  • 5.3
  • 4.6
  • 6
Recent reviews
Florida Van Rentals
1 location in Gainesville
Florida Van Rentals
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Northeast 39th Avenue+1 407 438 8010
Recent reviews
National
1 location in Gainesville
National
Locations in Gainesville
3880 Ne 39th Ave Ste G+1 844 841 7826
Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Gainesville
Sunnycars
Locations in Gainesville
3400 NE 39th Avenue
Recent reviews
220 travellers who rented a car in Gainesville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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When to book a rental car in Gainesville

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Top tips for hiring a car in Gainesville

  • Whether you’ve come to see a game of the Florida Gators in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, to visit the many golf courses dotting the city, or to check out museums and art, with a hire car you can easily reach any destination stress-free and on your own terms. Gainesville is also a great base for day trips to Newnans Lake or the Paynes Prairie Preserve, which are 10 and 15 minutes away by car, respectively.
  • Travelers arriving at Gainesville Regional Airport can rent a car directly from the airport facilities. Internationally renowned agencies like Avis, Alamo, and Hertz have onsite service desks and make it easy to start your time in Gainesville stress-free. When leaving the airport, head to NE State Road 24 to reach the city center in less than 10 minutes.
  • Drunk driving is an absolute no-go in Florida and the state has one of the toughest drunk driving controls and enforcements in the US. The legal alcohol limit lies at 0.08 BAC, so it is important to always make sure you don’t drink over the limit and drive. Also be aware that many intersections have red light cameras and hefty fines can be issued if you run a red light.
  • In order to experience a hassle-free driving experience in Gainesville, it is worth avoiding the roads at certain times of the day. During weekdays, rush hours increase traffic between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 8 pm. If there is a football game on the weekend, traffic can also dramatically increase around the Ben Griffin Stadium.
  • Book your rental car in Gainesville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Gainesville

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Gainesville are Enterprise (8.6, 67 reviews), Alamo (8.2, 88 reviews), and Hertz (7.8, 66 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Gainesville is $4.51 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $54 and $72, depending on the car size.

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

  • As Florida is the sun-kissed state, travelers who want to make the most of their time should consider renting a convertible. A compact car is also a wise choice to make when driving through the city, as finding a parking spot or maneuvering through the unfamiliar streets becomes invariably easier.

  • Do not go faster than 30 mph within the city limits of Gainesville unless otherwise posted. Outside the city, the usual regulated speed limit is 50 mph and 70 mph on freeways. It is important to check ground markings and posted speed limit signs and to adapt your speed to traffic, weather, and road conditions.

  • On average, drivers will have to pay around $2.20 per gallon in Gainesville, although there are even cheaper rates available at petrol stations like Sam’s Club or Mobil, starting at $2 per gallon. The fact that petrol is comparably cheap in Gainesville makes for another good reason to rent a car during your time in this city as well as for road trips.

  • There are various options for finding parking spaces in Gainesville. There is some free on-street parking which is time restricted as well as metered on-street parking. Parking garages like the SW Downton garage are plonked amidst many attractions and cost about $1 per hour, and long-term parking is also available. Parking lots like the lot on 2nd Avenue or on Main Street are other good alternatives with hourly rates from $0.25 upwards.