Hilton Head Island car hire

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Hilton Head Island car hire information

Pick-up locationHilton Head Island
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Hilton Head Island

  • You can choose to explore all the amazing attractions of the city and gain maximum convenience and flexibility using car rentals in Hilton Head. You can rent a private vehicle to discover the island of Hilton Head, which boasts over 12 miles of public beaches, generally consisting of mostly free parking. Alternatively, you can visit Daufuskie Island, which is in-between Hilton Head Island and the northern shoreline of Georgia, and includes a 45min ferry ride with the potential to spot frolicking dolphins. Public transportation in Hilton Head is seasonal, making a car rental an ideal choice for maximum independence.
  • The Hilton Head International Airport is located approximately 45 miles south of the island, making car rentals in Hilton Head a convenient choice for anyone planning on visiting the town. The airport has a number of car rental offices on site, including Alamo, Enterprise, National, Thrifty, Budget and Dollar, which can all be found at the baggage claim area. Vehicles can be picked up at the terminal door. There are also shuttle services from the airport to car rental agencies located outside of the airport.
  • There are a number of pathways in the town of Hilton Head that provide miles of trails for both pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, especially during rush hours, as jaywalking is a common occurrence. Visitors can also choose Hilton Head car rentals that provide cars with built-in GPS systems, making it easy to navigate unfamiliar roads.
  • Hilton Head Island sees visitors from all over the country, meaning there will likely be a number of different driving styles mixed into one area. Motorists are advised to drive with caution while touring the city and pay attention to traffic circles, especially at night. Visitors are also advised to tour the island during weekdays as there is usually a lot of traffic on weekends due to arrivals and departures. Rush hour occurs from 7am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 5:30pm, especially around the Hilton Head Bridge. Drivers spend an average of 30min in traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Hilton Head Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Hilton Head Island are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Hilton Head Island

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Hilton Head Island?

    Since the town usually gets a large number of visitors, it is recommended to opt for a small compact vehicle so as to easily navigate the congestion on the roads. Large SUVs can be considered for those planning on touring the city in a large group.

  • What’s the speed limit in Hilton Head Island?

    The speed limit in Hilton Head is set at 45mph on the New Cross Island Parkway, which has a number of stop lights on the way. There are also a few speed traps set up, primarily along Beach City Road, and motorists should be careful to obey traffic laws while driving.

  • Where are the best places to park in Hilton Head Island?

    There are a number of parking options available in Hilton Head with guidelines on where to park and for how long. Some locations also offer free parking. The Hilton Head Airport (HHH) has a parking lot, which provides parking facilities for both arrivals and departures. You can find a number of metered parking spaces on Alder Lane, at Folly Field, and at Burkes Beach, which cost around $0.25 for every 15min. Parking at Driessen Beach costs approximately $0.25 for every 30min. Furthermore, parking at Coligny Beach and Fish Haul Creek Park is free. Customers of the Port Royal Plaza, Marriotts Surf Watch, Marriotts Resort and Spa, and Whole Foods Market are granted parking for 2h at no charge.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Hilton Head Island?

    The average price of fuel in Hilton Head Island is $6.52 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $78 and $104, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Hilton Head Island?

    Standard (Chevrolet Volt or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hilton Head Island.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Hilton Head Island?

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Hilton Head Island?

    A Standard car hire in Hilton Head Island costs $67 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Hilton Head Island?

    An Intermediate car hire in Hilton Head Island costs $68 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Hilton Head Island?

    A Compact car hire in Hilton Head Island costs $71 per day, on average.

Hilton Head Island car rental reviews and directory

Budget

6.8

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.7

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Road

+1 843 689 3737

Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
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2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
they charged me for gas even though i filled the tank. this required an hour of my time to call and get it corrected. they also snuck in a $35 option without telling me. Overall it felt like a scam.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Very easy process to pick up and drop off. Car was very clean and drove nicely.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Kayak posted $82 cost me $142, couldn't argue need the car.

8.0 Very Good

May 2022

KAYAK
I mistakenly booked my rental car for the wrong airport. They were able to accommodate me, thankfully! But it was much more expensive, probably due to the holiday weekend. But I was very appreciative of the accommodations.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff and great drop off location

Cons:

More cars at Hilton Head airport

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing! Flight was delayed, so I was not able to pick up my car before the rental counter closed. When I went to pick up the car the next day, they would not honor the price I was giving through Kayak, the price changed from $285 to $900. I tried multiple times the day I was supposed to arrive to notify them that I would be late, but the phone was disconnected. When I asked the counter person, they said that the bill wasn't paid, and that's why I could not get through!

Cons:

Head Hilton rental counter is extremely unprofessional, and I would not consider it a "business setting". Personal at the counter and cleaning/service were not in uniform. Counter said that she was going to call someone about my price change, but was definitely not on the phone long enough to talk with someone. Probably because the phone was still offline, from the bill not being paid!

1 out of 19

Hertz

4.3

Mediocre

31 reviews

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.5

Value for money

3.7

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Road

+1 843 785 2050

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing since they did not have a car for us

Cons:

A car

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Wring car, didnt care, no discount, then the crappy wrong car had NO GAS in the tank. Took it back next day ans went with Avis. Now i am still being billed for Hertz.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was told there was no car available for me and that I could wait to see if they had anything the next day. Then they were shocked i wanted to cancel the reservation. I had planned a cross country trip and needed to leave early in the morning the next day. So I was left scrambling to find another car from another business. Luckily the Budget counter had something for me and they were able to help me out. Now I know to go to Budget instead of Hertz in the future.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very quick and easy drop off in Hilton Head. Loved the car!

7.6 Good

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Diane from the airport Savannah/Hilton Head was awesome! She helped me figure out an option when I realized that I reserved the rental car through the wrong airport. She helped me remain calm and found us a minivan that would accommodate my large family & our luggage.

Cons:

Unfortunately, I learned that if you accidentally order a car and pay in advance..and accidentally book the wrong airport (there are 2 Hilton head labeled airports), you cannot transfer any of the prepaid car to the new location. I paid in full for 5 days and Hertz said it's a locked in deal so they wouldn't honor even a discount. So, I had to pay for 2 vehicles on my trip. Completely, not cool.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Good experience and will make reservations through kayak and hertz in the future.

1 out of 5

National

8.9

Very Good

2 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

7.9

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Rd

+1 844 378 0638

Monday10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
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Alamo

8.8

Very Good

17 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.4

One location in Hilton Head Island

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120 Beach City Rd

+1 844 378 0639

Monday10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

First time to the airport so it was a little tough to find.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I made a reservation and specifically asked there was a car available on the phone while speaking to a person, not the computer, but when I arrived to pick my car up there was not a car there!!! When I questioned the attendant, he said there was nothing he could do for me. Consequently, I ended up spending over $100.00 more than I should have because another rental (Hertz) said they only had a van. I believe this should be Alamo'so responsibility. I also believe the attendant could have been much more helpful! He at least could have checked with all the other rental companies to see if there was a cheaper option. I would really like a response!!!

7.6 Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I am 24 so I accept that I needed to pay an extra fee. However, when I booked, I correctly input my age. I was not charged the fee until I actually picked up the car which I found frustrating. Also, there was no cruise control.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The pickup was quick and easy. Nice car. Very easy

4.8 Mediocre

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Huge line. Booked few hours earlier but they had no record of my booking. Had to wait for clerk to call her manager, leave a voice mail, then wait for him to call back in order to get a car. Didn't get the car I wanted. Didn't get a receipt, temporary registration, or any documentation from Alamo or Kayak. Initially told car had a full tank but was only half full. The clerk also told me the insurance I bought through Allianz didn't cover damage to the car despite that being incorrect, then she charged be for Alamo insurance without my consent which I had to call to get a charge back a few days later to correct. Terrible experience.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Very pleasant experience.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.8

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

8.2

2 locations in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Rd

+1 843 681 7368

Monday10:00 - 18:00
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140-a Beach City Rd

+1 843 689 9910

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They had no cars available all day when I arrived which left me stranded.

Cons:

They had no cars available all day when I arrived which left me stranded.

8.8 Very Good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

How quick the drop off process was.

Cons:

The person at the front desk was quick and cordial if not a bit under enthusiastic to be working compared to his counterparts in Charleston.

2.8 Poor

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The company didn't have a car for me.

Cons:

The company didn't have a car for me.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Enjoyed the easy transaction from beginning to end!

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Thank you

1.9 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Extra fees added without informing me

1 out of 3

Thrifty

7.6

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.2

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Rd

+1 843 689 9990

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I ordered small fuel efficient car and was told that only car available was orange over powered gas hog

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

My plane was delayed for a couple hours. When I realized this I called the rental office (it took quite some time for them to answer) and told them I would be delayed. They assured me that there would be someone there when I arrived. When I got there the office was closed and I had to wait until the next day to pick up my rental car. The next day they offered no apologies or explanation and still charged me the original amount for the full rental.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

The Thrifty agent was not there, so I was stuck without a car and I was trying to make a flight at a different airport. I had to rent a more expensive car at Hertz in order to make the flight. This was awful, and I am going to contact Thrifty reimburse me.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car ready when I arrive. Quick return.

Cons:

There was no cruise control. This was not stated to me at check-in. Yet the agent asked where I am going. I was traveling over 800 miles in 2 days. The agent asked me about other things. The brakes pulled a little. Gas mileage on an small car was not great. There was a refundable $200 deposit that was never told to me before I booked the car. They had my credit card. Why do they hold $200. I am not a new driver. Had better experience with other car rental companies in the past.

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car. Pick up and return easy.

Cons:

The price.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

All good.

1 out of 3

Dollar

7.0

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.5

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Rd

+1 843 689 9970

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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1.9 Poor

Sep 2021

KAYAK
I travelled 80 miles round trip to pick up a vehicle @ 9 PM that hadn't been returned and there were no other vehicles available for the type I needed. I would have appreciated being contacted before making an unnecessary trip. However, the rep at the counter was very courteous.

1 out of 1

Avis

6.4

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.9

One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Road

+1 843 681 4216

Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday09:00 - 17:30
Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Drop off was fast and easy

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Great

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2024

KAYAK
was forced to upgrade my car from the one I reserved because they didn't have any economy sized cars left

6.0 Okay

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly, drop off easy. The SUV we had reserved was not available and there were limited other options available.

Cons:

Getting the type of car we had reserved and expected.

8.8 Very Good

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Gas tank couldn’t be operated. Needed instructions . Very specialized .

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Convenience

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 6

Sunnycars

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One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Road

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Target Car Rental

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One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Road Hilton Head, SC

+1 843 681 7604

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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One location in Hilton Head Island

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Locations in Hilton Head Island

120 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head, , USA South Carolina

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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192 travellers who rented a car in Hilton Head Island gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

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