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Hartford, CT, United States
2 Oct — 9 Oct
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Hartford, CT, United States
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Hartford car rental information

Pick-up locationHartford
Rental locations11
Airport locations3

Hartford car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
7.1 Good (126 reviews)
4 locations in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
  • 7.2
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1.9 Horrible20 Sep 2021
They didn’t actually have a car reserved for me. After making my reservation, I called the day of to confirm. They told me there were not any cars in the area. Their website allows people to overbook. They were not going to reach out and inform me of this either. Their plan was to have me show up and learn the hard way that they didn’t have any cars available for my reservation.
7.9 Good30 Aug 2021
Long wait upon arrival. Car I rented was not available. Tried to offer a smaller car but in the end they ended up giving me a comparable one. Drop off after was easy and the shuttle driver James Smith was super prompt, respectful and helpful (even though he was unfairly harassed by a family of 3 when there were not enough seats for them on the current shuttle).
5.9 Okay25 Aug 2021
Persons at the pickup counter were having side conversations and not very pleasant. There were three ladies at the counter. The person servicing me was aloof, distant, and seemed annoyed with the entire process. My card didn't work at the counter so I had to use a different card. I had been having earlier issues with it as well. I apologized and thanked her for being patient, no response but a head nod. Then she started talking about being hungry and then chatter about where to eat with a gentleman and one of the other ladies at the counter. My payment went thru for the deposit on my debit for the $500. The rental was prepaid already. I have had major issues with Hertz over the years. The customer service is usually sub-par and getting some one on the line is usually a 30 min or more wait. I always have issues with getting my deposit returned to me too. I think this is my last time with Hertz. I took a few years to rent again and now I remember why. Still waiting for my deposit or at the very least some information on where it is since my bank said it's a Hertz issue.
1.9 Horrible24 Aug 2021
Hertz makes things difficult when you rent thru Kayak- had to change my drop off location (30 miles away so not a big deal) and it took me forever to change it as they said I had a fixed contract. Ugh. Better to rent direct.
3.9 Mediocre18 Aug 2021
Too much money for a cheap car.
10.0 Excellent8 Aug 2021
Getting my car the person behind the counter was very friendly and efficient
1.9 Horrible25 Jul 2021
Charged an extra $250 premium for picking up at airport even though they did not reveal that when I made reservation. Hertz informed me I was supposed to pick up car downtown. But that location was closed on day I arrived so they never should have confirmed the price of the 7 day rental online. But they did.
7.9 Good21 Jul 2021
Chevy spark is a very small car for a man that is 6 foot tall. There was not driver side floor mat, which i made aware to the cleaning crew in which they said when it gets too dirty they just throw them out. There was dirt on the back seat, but was not an issue for me. The car has great gas mileage. The key to steering she distance was very close and when using the windshield wipers I kept hitting the keys. Thought I was going to knock them out like I did with my cobalt pre-recall fix.
7.9 Good14 Jul 2021
The car was great. The actual outside area was covered with litter…the stickers that showed the car was clean were strewn all over the ground. Pretty sad. Otherwise. Really good Experience.
10.0 Excellent9 Jul 2021
Airport location very convenient, easy to check in and very easy to check out.
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Rated no. 2
9 Excellent (45 reviews)
2 locations in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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3.9 Mediocre21 Sep 2021
We got a great deal on the rental at an enterprise on “airport road”. Unfortunately, that was NOT the enterprise actually AT the airport. So my wife, my fifteen-month-old, our copious luggage and our carseat were all stranded, the place we had our reservation at had just closed, and we were told we’d have to take an Uber to our hotel, then another Uber the next day to pick up the car from the proper location. Embarrassed, we accepted the expensive mistake, and started looking into getting an Uber that could fit all our bags (probably a minivan? Probably a hundred-dollar ride?) But just as we were reeling from TGAT sticker shock, lo! The enterprise representative had returned with a solution just for us! They had a minivan there we could rent. We were so relieved at avoiding the expensive Uber, we didn’t think to ask the cost of the minivan, and it wasn’t mentioned. As it turns out, that was an EXPENSIVE mistake on my part. After signing the paperwork, our budget reservation (at $70/day) had suddenly turned into a $200/day disaster. I should have said something, but I was too stunned and embarrassed and it was too late—I’d already signed. But MAN! Talk about a bait-and-switch! I know… it’s my fault for mixing where I had to be to pick up the car, and it’s my fault for signing without asking the price first, but that doesn’t stop the whole thing from feeling predatory and kinda gross, not to mention personally pretty traumatizing. Now, to be fair, everything ELSE about the car rental experience was excellent and I have zero complaints. Return was a breeze, the car itself was fantastic, everyone was kind and the lady at the return even offered to drop the car off at the terminal, if that would make things easier with our child, but we declined, partially out of worry that it might include an extra charge of some kind. Nevertheless, the glossed-over, hand-waved cost-tripling was just too traumatic, budget-wise. I’ll be avoiding Enterprise, Alamo, and National in the future.
6.8 Good3 Nov 2020
friendly and accommodating staffthe car's smells really bad..like someone who rented it before smoked a weed inside the car...terrible!!!!
10.0 Excellent21 Aug 2020
6.8 Good6 Aug 2020
The process for both pick-up and drop-off were super quick and easy, despite obvious limitations with covid.They left me in the dark about my refund for my deposit for using a debit card at pick-up. Still unsure if and when I’ll be receiving it back.
9.6 Excellent9 Oct 2018
Our flight wasn't until 7:30 p.m. and the car had to be returned at 11 a.m... We called Andrew at the Hartford location and for 4.$ extra we were able to keep the car until 4. They also allowed us to drop the car at a location closer to the airport. The experiecne made our trip that much more enjoyable. Thank you Enterprise. Your new loyal customers,
10.0 Excellent15 Sep 2018
Incredible serviceStaff was helpful, friendly and acommodating
10.0 Excellent20 Jul 2018
PerfectThe staff was very attentive to my needs.The toll pass I rented was invalid but the manager Alec refunded me and was extremely apologetic.
2.0 Mediocre27 May 2018
No carI received a confirmation but there was no car available.
10.0 Excellent23 Oct 2017
Be sure you get the right shop for airport pickupJake from the Airport Rd. office called to make sure I wanted his (Brainard Airport) office in Hartford, and not them more likely Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, serving the Hartford area. Thay was going above and beyond and saved me a LOT of trouble. The Bradley shop honored the rate (with higher taxes) and were friendly and professional. I have been scammed by the Alamo/National tactics and highly recommend Enterprise over those two chains.Only that the website didn't make the location abundantly clear. The system should know that "Hartford" might mean Bradley and alert the buyer. That may be Kayak's problem, not sure.
10.0 Excellent19 Sep 2017
Great price, fuel efficient carSqueaks and weird sounds in the rear/trunk area but it drove fine.
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Rated no. 3
7.1 Good (25 reviews)
1 location in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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2.0 Mediocre14 Sep 2020
4.8 Okay29 Sep 2019
Decent car and decent drop off experience.Upon pickup in Hartford, the employee was very unwilling to review scratches and damage prior to the trip and there was a lot. Employees were using vulgar raciest language with each other directly in the presence of several customers. Generally, terrible pickup location in an unsafe neighborhood.
2.0 Mediocre10 Jul 2019
Did not pick up car I specifcally explained a Bradley air port area pick up and when I got to Bradley to pick up the car I was told the pick up was in Hartford the rental at the airport cost me $450 dollars more. Very unhappy
9.2 Excellent7 Aug 2018
Good car, clean, well maintained. Friendly, efficient staff.Not enough staff at the Liebert Road site. When I picked the car up there was a thunderstorm coming up, and one poor fellow had to deal with a line of people impatient to get going, another line of people wanting to return, as well as the necessary inspections of outgoing and incoming vehicles. He should never have had to do this alone. That said, he did a great job considering the circumstances.
5.6 Okay11 Oct 2017
Not the bestupgrade for 7/dayThe cat urine smell in the car The cost. I booked the car as a vacation package deal and was not expecting the over 400 charge - I was under the impression the car was a "deal" this did not happen. I will not use a Package deal again.
2.0 Mediocre6 Aug 2017
Horrible customer serviceThe advertised priceI was renting through my company and needed the underage fee to be waived. I called customer service before I arrived at the Budget office to apply my company code, they couldn't assist me and referred me to the nearest office. The rep at the office said an underage charge wouldn't be added, went ahead and swiped my card then realized I was being charged double the price. So I decided not to proceed with the rental, but was still charged an absurd qmount of money.
6.4 Good26 Jul 2017
Budget operationnice enough staff albeit aloof. quick and efficient servicerough crowd renting cars. one couple was fighting in the store. the guy working the counter let them be themselves (probably for his own self preservation). hard location to get to
3.6 Mediocre14 Jun 2017
The car itself was fine, and the attendants at the rental facility were very nice. Talking to representatives on Budget's national call center line to try to make modifications to the rental was a nightmare though.The rental facility was in the middle of nowhere. The facility had a toilet and sink but no toilet paper or hand paper towels. Talk about budget.
10.0 Excellent29 May 2017
Very comfortable, smooth ride and not that bad on gasI tried to keep the car for another 2 days and it would of been about half of what i paid for 10 days
2.0 Mediocre22 May 2017
Poor svcNothing. Check-in took 50 minutes with only two customers ahead of me.Everything
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Rated no. 4
6.6 Good (10 reviews)
1 location in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible27 Jul 2021
No one was at the building, no one was available to call about our pickup appointment, just a automated phone tree. Canceled appointment and rebooked with Hertz
1.9 Horrible25 Jun 2021
I couldn't reach support. No live people. They messed up my booking and when I went to cancel it online they tried to charge me 400. So I had to call my credit card company to dispute. They someone called me from the company to confirm I was taking the car two days prior to the booking and was a complete dock saying it was my fault. Do not do business with this company
2.0 Mediocre25 May 2021
Nothing at all after checking my reservation it stated that sixt will be closing at 3pm and we gave them a call to let them know that our flight will be getting in at 2:15 pm and once we got there we was told that someone else took the car that we reserved for weeks ago. This facility rather more money over customer service I will not be booking with this company ever again even if it's my last resort. I will take a lyfe or Uber first before stepping into this establishment again
10.0 Excellent23 Feb 2021
Staff was friendly and prompt with explaining rental details.
9.6 Excellent4 Dec 2019
Not much
10.0 Excellent17 Jan 2017
Excellent customer service good vehicles i would definitely do business with them again
Rated no. 5
6.2 Good (11 reviews)
1 location in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible20 Sep 2021
They were way overbooked on cars and gave me the wrong size car with a bent rim amd it smelled like cigarretes
1.9 Horrible25 Aug 2021
For some reason I was not in the AVIS system. What I found on Kayak and THOUGHT i booked for approx $700 ended up a standard rental that I had to book at the last moment at the counter for $1297. I have no idea why this Kayak reservation did not go through. I suspect I never received any confirmation other than a mobile text when I booked it. I see the airline ticket and hotel were done around 6/7. Any way I can be credited some of this EXPENSIVE rental?
10.0 Excellent9 Aug 2021
Avis was fantastic, staff were friendly and helpful. Easy shuttle to and from terminal.
2.0 Mediocre26 May 2021
Terribly understaffed, one agent with more than 20 customers waiting more than an hour. Confusion about cars, cars missing keys, awful service.Everything.
2.0 Mediocre14 May 2021
Very friendly and helpful! My problem is with Priceline. They scheduled this at a downtown location, which after I got off the airplane had no way to get to before closing. System shouldn’t have allowed. I selected BDL airport and couldn’t have known what street the car rental places are. Avis worked with me but airport fees made the care over $100 more. I won’t be ordering from Priceline again. I will order from Avis directly. They are great.See above.
8.0 Excellent22 Jan 2021
Drop off was easy.Friendlier staff
3.6 Mediocre7 Oct 2020
The convenience and service I received at the time of pick-up and drop-off. Easy and seamless.I have never rented from Avis before but I have rented a car with other companies prior to this experience. I expected the Avis employee to walk with me to the vehicle and inspect the vehicle prior to me leaving with the vehicle. That did not happen. I was handed the keys and told I was all set. I walked to the car and noticed that it was dirty inside, leftover papers in the trunk and wrappers in the back door. About half way through my 750 mile commute I received a maintenance required notification on the dashboard for the rear seatbelts. I didn’t use the rear seat belts at all during my trip. The notification continued to prompt every time I would start the car. Just didn’t make me feel safe that all services/recalls weren’t serviced prior to letting a customer take the vehicle as a rental, especially with my lengthy trip.
10.0 Excellent21 Dec 2019
Super easy drop off and pick up!
9.6 Excellent16 Oct 2017
A tale of two locationsSo I mistakenly thought I booked the car for the Avis location close to the airport. Took the Avis shuttle from airport to their facility, and when the agreement screen popped up, the price showed as being close to $600!! I showed the clerk my reservation, with the price I agreed to as being $136, and the clerk said “Oh, I see the problem. Your booking is with the downtown Avis location, not the airport location.” So I used a rideshare app to go the 20 minutes to the proper facility, and got the price I was promised. But - are you freaking KIDDING ME? It costs 4 times as much for the same car, with the same company, if you rent it from the airport location instead? price gouging, anyone??? On the plus side, once I was at the proper location, the transaction was very smooth and the clerk very helpful
9.6 Excellent13 Nov 2016
Better signage needed to get to drop-off location.
1 location in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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1 location in Hartford
Locations in Hartford
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Car hire excess insurance in Hartford

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Hartford car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Hartford.


Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Hartford car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Hartford

  • Rent a car for your trip to Hartford and enjoy the benefits of maximum freedom. The city includes sights like the Mark Twain House & Museum and various golf courses nestled in the surroundings – both are best reached with your own four wheels. Another reason why a hire car is a good idea upon coming to Hartford is that travelers can easily explore the surrounding areas as well, such as Providence, which is one and a half hours from Hartford; New Haven at the coast (40 minutes by car); or New York, which is a 2-hour car ride away.
  • When you fly into Connecticut and land at Bradley International Airport, picking up a hire car is a convenient move, as Hartford is about 25 miles from the airport and easily reached via the I-91 S in just over twenty minutes. The airport has agencies like Avis, Alamo, or Hertz onsite and all agencies offer complimentary shuttle services from the terminal to their respective service desks.
  • Hartford is a lovely and car-friendly city with broad and well-maintained roads in most places. However, winter can bring lots of snow and ice to the area and it is imperative to be properly prepared. Make sure the hire car has winter tires and even snow chains in the trunk – especially if you want to venture out into the countryside. Adjust your speed when there is snow and refrain from sudden braking or accelerating. Also bear in mind that, due to piled up snow on the sides of the road, streets may be narrower and cars harder to see at intersections.
  • Hartford also has a rush hour during weekdays when driving, if possible, should be avoided. In the mornings, rush hour usually starts at 7:30 am and ends at 9 am. In the afternoon, it is between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, so always plan ahead of time, especially when going to the airport.
  • Book your rental car in Hartford at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Hartford are around 0% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Hartford

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Hartford are Enterprise (8.9, 57 reviews), Dollar (7.5, 79 reviews), and Hertz (7.2, 144 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Hartford is $5.00 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $60 and $80, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hartford.

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

  • A Intermediate car rental in Hartford costs $92 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Hartford costs $87 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Hartford costs $94 per day, on average.

  • Especially when visiting during the winter, opting for a 4-wheel-drive car is a wise choice, as it provides the necessary traction for the weather conditions. An SUV will equip travelers with the essential stability on the road without being too bulky. If you’re driving with family and need more space, a minivan is also a good option.

  • Speed limits are strictly enforced in Hartford, so always check for posted signs on the side of the road. General regulations permit 25 mph in school zones and 40 mph on arterial roadways. Interstates around the city allow 55 mph and rural interstates up to 65 mph. Always remember to adapt your speed to the given weather and road conditions.

  • For a petrol refill, expect to pay around $2.80 per gallon in Hartford. Try to find petrol stations like Mobil or Exxon, where the rates can drop to $2.60. Remember which kind of petrol is needed in your hire car and make sure to return it with a full tank. Also bear in mind that stations around the airport tend to be more expensive.

  • On-street parking in Hartford is metered in most places and can vary in price and time restrictions, so always check the signs. There are also parking lots around, like the one on Main Street or Chapel Street. MAT Garage is also an alternative that costs a maximum of approximately $18 per day and from where the Dash bus goes into the city for free.