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Rental locations 24
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Milwaukee car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
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8.0 Excellent (887 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
National
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
+1 414 483 9800
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Rated no. 2
Dollar
6.5 Good (101 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Dollar
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 S Howell Ave
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.0
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 5.8
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
14 Apr 2016
Cons: People in Milwaukee have no control of what coworkers do in Florida
8.4 Excellent
31 Jul 2016
Convenient !
Pros: Attitude Of staffs are very good, compact car was nice n easy to drive.
Cons: Attitude Of staffs are very good, compact car was nice n easy to drive.
6.0 Good
9 Jan 2017
Good rental after returning to the counter 5 times
Pros: That I finally was able to rent the car I I made the reservation for and front counter staff was great with assisting me.
Cons: Having to return to the counter 5 times, because cars were filthy dirty, smoked in, damaged, abused looking, missing things like license plates, loose hanging exhaust or plastic underneath, balding tires (in winter, no winter tires on vehicles). The owner obviously didn't seem to care about any of this and even hired employees i watch crash one rental car into another parked one while putting it in line for being rented. the Manager did nothing after being informed of me reporting this. because the owner is trying to make a few extra bucks, he put the safety of renters and public at risk for his personal gain. Not right at all ! found this Dollar car rental owner also owns Hertz and Thrifty.
2.8 Mediocre
9 Jun 2017
Cons: I had to cancel another trip because I wasn't able to rent the vehicle for the third time in a row due to your employees telling me the wrong final prices on three separate occasions. along with not telling me the right information on the process of it and what is needed.
10.0 Excellent
11 Sep 2017
Great rental experience
Pros: Nice car Great customer service
2.0 Mediocre
19 Jul 2018
Horrible car rental company
Pros: I've rented many cars over the past 20 years and I have never had such a horrible experience. They tried to downgrade my reservation and then I had to wait over an hour to get the vehicle.
Cons: Customer service was awful for pick up and even worse dropping off. Several other people in the line were very unhappy as well!
8.0 Excellent
28 Jul 2018
Pros: We liked the car-- toyota Yaris. The Dollar General staff were very helpful and friendly.
Cons: The 45 minute wait in line to secure the car
3.2 Mediocre
3 Jan 2019
Miserable Customer Servicd
Cons: When I arrived, the woman working at the counter asked if I wanted to upgrade. I said no. I asked to add liability insurance. When she printed the initial copy of my rental record, it had both extensive additional insurance charges and an upgrade fee. I asked her to remove both of those and said clearly that I did not want to upgrade the vehicle. Now that I have returned the vehicle, I reviewed my final charges and see that there is a $90 upgrade fee included. I called the customer assistance line, but they stated they did not have the ability to do anything more than give me 50% back on my card. They were generally unpleasant and unhelpful. While I understand the contractual obligations of a rental agreement, I am deeply frustrated and disappointed with the representative at the Dollar counter in Milwaukee. At worst, she intentionally misled me; at best, she made a careless mistake that is costing me over $100 when you account for taxes and fees. This feels deceptive and I will not rent with them again.
9.2 Excellent
20 Oct 2015
Very good
Pros: Took very lil time to pick up the car and go with people ahead of me. Very easy.
Cons: The car I had gotten was a bit low to the ground and I kinda wish they would of printed out gas stations close by the airport.
2.0 Mediocre
17 Nov 2015
No E-cigs... BS
Cons: I'm a vaper (e-cigs) and own a vape shop traveling on business and pleasure many times using different car rentals. Never had any other car rental charged a cleaning fee because it smells like flavored vape. Dollar = $100. WTF
Rated no. 3
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (43 reviews)
5 locations in Milwaukee
Enterprise
Locations in Milwaukee
310 W Wisconsin Ave Ste 170a
+1 414 223 3720
4377 S 27th St
+1 414 281 8811
5300 S Howell Ave
+1 414 294 5880
5932 N Green Bay Ave
+1 414 540 7100
8205 W Brown Deer Rd
+1 414 365 0800
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
1 Aug 2017
Great overall
Pros: Courteous and timely.
2.0 Mediocre
10 Sep 2019
Cons: Our flight arrived in Helena, Montana a few minutes after noon on Saturday. However, the Enterprise car rental in that city closes at noon on Saturdays so my reservation was useless. 3 of 4 other companies out of cars. I got a car with Hertz for $700 more than what i should have paid with Enterprise
8.0 Excellent
31 May 2017
Misleading
Cons: I reserved the car at the Milwaukee airport through 3rd party or so I thought that I did. When I got to the rental counter they said my reservation was at an off-site location about 20 miles away. Luckily Enterprise had a car available at the airport location and honored the rate. They stated that 3rd party bookings often do this because the rates are cheaper off site but the customer is unaware of the location not being at the airport.
10.0 Excellent
18 Oct 2018
Excellent management
Pros: Alex was extremely helpful and professional. I was super impressed at how smooth he ran things with so many people in the waiting room.
10.0 Excellent
5 Dec 2016
Service
Pros: Agent was fantastic - was friendly, efficient and exceeded my expectations. Rental was also great.
9.6 Excellent
24 Jul 2017
Pros: Very easy. Check-in at the kiosk was quick and pickup of the car was uneventful. The car was nothing special but served its purpose. Dropoff was also quick and easy. All in all a very good experience.
Cons: While the car was in good shape, it showed some signs of having a rough life, which I guess is no surprise. There were scratches in the door opening where it looked like someone had to pry the door open in the past to unlock it, and something (soft drink I bet) had been spilled on the center console that wasn't totally cleaned up, as the parking brake handle was a bit sticky. I cleaned that up. None of that had much of an effect on the experience, but might be worth pointing out.
2.0 Mediocre
19 Apr 2019
Pros: That y’all took my money
Cons: Stop ripping people off
9.2 Excellent
23 Sep 2019
Pros: I was upgraded to a new, larger car. I am usually more interested in fuel efficiency, but it was a good small efficient SUV/sport wagon. When I returned the car within a day + 1 hour, I was charge for this instead of 2 days, I really appreciate that.
Cons: I messed up and booked my reservation to the downtown location instead of the airport. I think getting a more obvious notification of this would be really helpful. The drop-off fee for going from one city to another was a little frustrating, but not too large.
10.0 Excellent
10 Feb 2017
great price, excellent service
Pros: I got a great price from kayak on a rental car at Enterprise. Enterprise in Milwaukee was fantastic with excellent customer service.
2.0 Mediocre
28 Jul 2016
Lousy customer care
Pros: I liked that I could go online and secure a rental.
Cons: I didn't like that there was an attempt to take money off my card for the rental ahead of time even though the site said that I could pay when I picked up the rental. I didn't get the rental cause I needed a major credit card. The site doesn't tell you this. Had I had enough money in my account for the rental and then couldn't get the rental I don't know how much time it would have taken to get my money back. The agent at Enterprise said that they don't know what is on Kayak or price lines site and could not help me.
Rated no. 4
Alamo
7.6 Good (38 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Alamo
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
+1 414 483 9800
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
18 Oct 2015
easy at milwaukee
Pros: courteous service, good car, fast in and out
8.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Super Happy With my experience
Pros: Easy, clean, good to go!
6.4 Good
7 Nov 2015
Not the kind of car I paid for.
Pros: Car was clean, pickup was pretty fast.
Cons: I thought I was getting a Toyota Corolla (an intermediate). Instead I got a Chevy Cruz (a compact of lower quality).
2.0 Mediocre
28 Nov 2015
Cons: I couldn't rent a car because Alamo wouldn't accept debit cards. If i was flying then they would accept debit cards. I don't have a credit card.
10.0 Excellent
17 Dec 2015
Pros: Brand new car
10.0 Excellent
18 Dec 2015
Pros: Everything was ready. Quick set up and go. Car was clean and no surprises.
7.6 Good
23 Dec 2015
Fine print
Pros: Car was great, man working behind counter was clearly cranky. My biggest surprise was that the car did not have unlimited mileage which luckily we stayed under but only because we motified our trip. We travel all over the world and often for business as well and never had these restrictions. Didn't see any warning upon booking about this restriction either:(
7.2 Good
12 Jan 2016
Pros: Crazy that I can fly across the county for cheaper. Don't exactly understand pricing but car was comfortable.
Cons: Tires in bad weather.
10.0 Excellent
15 Feb 2016
Great service and great price
Pros: The pickup of vehicle was smooth and a great value
10.0 Excellent
1 Mar 2016
Pros: Not much to do- just return a car. -also relatively quick
Rated no. 5
Budget
6.8 Good (68 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Budget
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
+1 414 481 2411
603 North 4th Street
+1 414 276 1634
  • 6.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.0
  • 6.3
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
10 Jan 2019
Bait and switch
Pros: Car was fine
Cons: To check in Ahmed ran my paperwork immediately and said my price was double what was quoted. I refused and he said “it was in the system” and he couldn’t change it. I refused so he took another 20 minutes to change my rental from 4days to 3 and promised me an email within an hour. No email ever came and when I returned the car I had a $25 late fee which when Nudget added all their taxes came to almost $100 when my guaranteed total was $72. I took possession of car at 12:26 am and returned on the 4th day at 3:30 pm so didn’t even have it 4 days. Will not book a car this way again.
5.6 Okay
21 Oct 2015
"Fuel Service" Fee is Extortion
Cons: Their "Fuel Service" fee is extortion. It doesn't show up in the quote but you have to pay it to rent the car. I'll never rent from Budget again.
6.0 Good
23 Nov 2015
Cons: They did not have the size car I reserved and offered me a smaller car for no less money. I ended up in a mini-van....yuck!!!
7.2 Good
29 Nov 2015
Pros: Dropping off the car was fast.
Cons: Picking up the car was slow.
5.2 Okay
30 Nov 2015
Cons: Stayed one extra day and was charged full rate for the entire trip. Ridiculous.
8.4 Excellent
30 Nov 2015
Pros: Quickly processed return.
Cons: A little confusion as to where the car was to be dropped off once I entered the parking garage. Signage needs a little improvement.
10.0 Excellent
10 Dec 2015
Pros: friendly helpful staff, exceptional actually
2.0 Mediocre
29 Jan 2016
Worst rental experience ever
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Waited 49 minutes and they stil had no car. Was late to my destination and they were rude and unhelpful. All this with a sign on the counter saying "cars available". I will never use them again
10.0 Excellent
19 Apr 2016
Pros: RAV4 was an excellent choice & came a a great rate - had bluetooth audio and EcoMode to sip gas.
Cons: As with all rental car companies, they try to upsell the non-essentials, so that's annoying
7.6 Good
2 May 2016
Pros: Cleanliness and the choice of cars was awesome! Very friendly service during pick up!
Cons: Very confusing on how to return the truck and the staff was very rude! I won't refer my friends to Budget at all.
Rated no. 6
Thrifty
6.3 Good (80 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Thrifty
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
+1 877 283 0898
  • 5.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 5.8
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
10 Feb 2017
Pros: The car was clean, the pick up was quick since I had pre-ordered online, and the rental agents were friendly. The return was easy, and the return desk agent was friendly. They can print the receipt for you right at the car, no need to walk to a return desk/office to finish the process.
Cons: No one really went out of their way to inform me of expectations, procedures or process. After paying at the registration desk, I was verbally directed to the pick up desk outside, where no one walked me to the car nor reviewed the car to ensure the condition before I took it. I had to do that myself on the form they gave me. I also had to find the car myself, so no one offered to explain to me where things were in the car or how they worked, like another car rental place did for me. I also felt the price was a little high for the time I had the car, when I had recently rented a car from another company for half the price. I would have went back to that other company, but they had no available cars when I needed one. I felt it was bare bones customer service, but the price did not reflect that.
2.0 Mediocre
11 Mar 2017
Cons: I wasnt told of additional charges I didn't know that I had to have a credit card
8.4 Excellent
26 Jul 2018
Money's worth
Pros: I liked the cost. I was willing to try the company due to the low rate. It was worth it. Also, there were last minute travel plan changes and adding additional so days to my rental was hassle free. Drop off was smooth. Bonus the car came with sirus xm so there was no concern about logging into my own account and forgetting to log out.
Cons: The first issue was during pickup. The pickup area is in a lobby with multiple other car rental companies. It took 18 minutes for me get my keys from the moment I got to the counter. The average time at other companies was 6 minutes. The second issue is that a spouse cannot be added as a driver without an additional cost. I understand charging for an additional driver, but there should be an exception for spouses as everything we have is shared including our car insurance that the company need to verify before renting me the car. Last issue was the cleanliness. The floors needed a good vacuum and the surfaces needed to be scrubbed. Also, there were multiple small dents and scratches on the vehicle. But then mins of cleaning and it was up to my standards and the damage was previously noted so there was no concern about me being charged for repairs.
7.2 Good
3 Aug 2018
Billing Issue
Pros: Nice Nissan Maxima.
Cons: The fact that during the walk-through prior to getting in the car I noted to the agent that the car smelled like smoke. She made note of that comment on her sheet and I went on my way. When I returned the car and received the receipt, they charged me $200 for a smoking cleaning fee! Given that I don't smoke and I noted prior to renting the car that it smelled like smoke, this was obviously an issue.
7.6 Good
26 Oct 2015
MKE Rental
Pros: Car was an upgrade. Good power and good gas mileage.
Cons: Had to wait about a half an hour to get the car, as the local agency ran out of cars.
2.0 Mediocre
26 Dec 2015
Low Rates online, Higher Rates at the counter
Cons: We ended up paying $1,400 on $94 extended rental for two days.
8.8 Excellent
29 Dec 2015
A simple process
Pros: It was so easy to quickly rent the vehicle, which is exactly what I need after a long flight. The car was in good working order, and there where not issues while I drove it. The only real issue I had with the whole process was trying to find out the daily charge for being under 25 and renting a vehicle. I was unable to find it online, so I had to wait until I was at the desk to find out the exact cost.
9.6 Excellent
12 Jan 2016
Nice small car.
Pros: The car was a nice small car and drove very well. The heater worked fine as did the cruise control. The price was great.
Cons: There wasn't much trunk space - but we only had one large suitcase. There also wasn't too much space in the back for passengers, but we only had one person in the back once for a short distance, and that worked fine.
10.0 Excellent
24 Jan 2017
best deal
Pros: Fast service. I got the exact car I wanted. The price was great. The car was clean and ready to go. The only problem was finding the place and the extra service charges.
6.8 Good
30 Jan 2017
Watch out for the insurance Scam!!!
Pros: The vehicle was great, and the price for the vehicle alone was good.
Cons: I paid for insurance through Kayak and when I picked up they said that the insurance I paid for was the incorrect one for the vehicle and said I would need a certain plan to replace it. What I didn't realize was they had charged me for the other insurance on top of the insurance I bought and their insurance was more than the rental cost itself more than doubling my bill. I called the Thrifty number and they said the counter will process the refund when I return since I already had coverage. Thrifty counter manager refused. Now I am stuck with a bill more than double what was expected!!
Rated no. 7
Hertz
5.1 Okay (47 reviews)
4 locations in Milwaukee
Hertz
Locations in Milwaukee
5150 South 27th Street
+1 800 654 3131
5300 S Howell Ave
+1 414 747 5200
804 N Vel R. Phillips Avenue
+1 414 272 8787
8041 North 76th Street
+1 414 365 1291
  • 4.6
  • 5.6
  • 5.7
  • 4.4
  • 5.0
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
10 Feb 2017
Long waits
Pros: Car was nice and clean
Cons: Waiting for 15+ minutes to drop of my car before work
3.2 Mediocre
30 Jul 2018
Disgusting beyond belief
Pros: Nothing
Cons: The car that we were given had stains on the rear seat that were so disgusting we did not put anything in the back. After a 35 minute Lyft ride to get the car we were shocked to see what our only option was. After reaching our final destination we park the car and did not use it for our vacation. Customer service was unable to resolve the issue. Hertz gave us an automobile that should not even be in its fleet.
8.0 Excellent
28 Mar 2016
Untidy car
Pros: Easy pick up
Cons: Difficult to do reservation online. Car not completely cleaned.
2.0 Mediocre
15 Jun 2017
KAYAK
Pros: I didn't use the car!! All car rentals SHOULD be able to be changed or cancelled and I was highly disappointed to learn that my reservation was not able to be changed or cancelled.
Cons: I put MKE into the location to rent the car, only to find out when I got to the rental counter that MY rental was on the NORTH side of Milwaukee, over 30 minutes away. The lady at the rental car counter informed me that Hertz was out of cars. I ended up renting from Enterprise and WASTING almost 150 dollars I had PREPAID for this rental.
6.0 Good
28 Jul 2017
Redirected to pickup location 30 minutes north of the Airport.
Cons: I had to pay for a cab to go and get my rental car, and for another to return it and get to the airport. Worst service ever. I will never use Hertz again.
2.8 Mediocre
30 Jul 2017
Terrible experience, very disappointing
Pros: There was nothing about this experience that was positive.
Cons: The people were horrific. They weren't empathetic to our needs. They were dismissive and rude. We thought we had rented from the Hertz at the airport. The women there was unwilling to help or change the reservation. We then spent $40 to take an Uber to an inconvenient Hertz location. Once we arrived there we were told that our car had been rented because we "missed our appointment". They did not have a car for us and were unwilling to help with options. They were so dismissive continually adding that we hadn't arrived at a stated time so therefore they had no obligation to serve us; mind you we were here for my mother's funeral. The stress, unwillingness to help, and the character of the Hertz represeatives were so awlful that I have vowed never to use them again. I was quite saddened by the poor treatment, rude behavior, and their lack of empathy. it was the worst car renting experience I have ever had.
4.0 Okay
4 Aug 2017
Car great, staff not so great
Cons: Each employee I encountered had no regard to customer service, next time I will use Enterprise.
8.0 Excellent
4 Aug 2017
Pros: Fast, friendly
Cons: Location
2.0 Mediocre
1 Oct 2017
Misleading advertising
Cons: I was flying into Mikwaukee, and intended to rent a vehicle at that particular airport. Your advertising should have been clearer that the vehicle was actually located 45 minutes away in a suburban location. I ended up spending twice the value of the "deal" rental. Will NEVER use this site again.
10.0 Excellent
7 Oct 2017
Pros: Very efficient an friendly staff.
Rated no. 8
Avis
7.6 Good (17 reviews)
2 locations in Milwaukee
Avis
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
+1 414 482 8345
603 North 4th Street
+1 414 276 4122
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 6.9
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
7 Mar 2016
Early morning dropoff issues
Cons: I was very confused about how to do the drop off at 5:30am at the airport. No clear instructions or help available.
9.6 Excellent
2 Apr 2016
Really nice brand new van
Pros: The van we rented was brand new, only 77 miles, with the dvd system. It was very nice and well worth the money for use for traveling with two teenagers! This was my first time using Kayak and it was very easy. I will use it again.
4.0 Okay
25 Aug 2016
Fraudulent fuel charge
Pros: Car was nice
Cons: Returned car after filling up with fuel. Later billed approximately $50 fueling fee. Working on contesting, but told needed date and time information of when I filled it up. Warning to others, take a picture of your fuel gauge and odometer when you turn in your car!
9.2 Excellent
28 Aug 2016
Ez to change itinerary
Pros: Return flight cancelled as I left for airport. Called customer service and had drop off switched to ohare. Only $50 fee.
Cons: Longest lines at car rental pickup for combined budget/avis location . Needed to stop at parking garage window to pick up keys .
10.0 Excellent
29 Aug 2016
Great Customer service!
Pros: Everybody was so helpful and friendly!
2.0 Mediocre
5 Sep 2016
Cons: Sad
7.2 Good
5 Sep 2016
Cons: Car had 33K mi on it and a loud whirring sound in back the whole time.
10.0 Excellent
8 Oct 2016
Quick and cheap
Pros: Good gas mileage
9.2 Excellent
6 Dec 2016
Pros: Gas mileage was great on that new impala.
Cons: Even though it was a newer car with about 12K miles, I could tell there was a slight smoke smell covered up with air freshener. It wasn't terrible by any means, I've smelled much worse. Great vehicle overall, great experience driving to Green Bay.
2.0 Mediocre
4 Jul 2017
Pros: I didn't like ANYTHHING about my experience.
Cons: First off when I got there no one was at the AVIS car rental counter. It was me and another person standing there, the the lady behind the counter says "there is only one line".. What the hell in another rental agency line.. Mind you there are like 15+ other people standing in line. ONLY 2 people behind the counter who were just rude and not friendly at all.. I had to leave and never got my rental. If I'm spending my hard earn money for negativite expierence your out of your mind..
Rated no. 9
Ace
7.0 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Milwaukee
Ace
Locations in Milwaukee
6841 W Brown Deer Road
+1 414 354 8600
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.0
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
10 Jun 2017
Cons: Online charged my debit card on a rental car, but at pickup time Ron said I couldn't rent it because I didn't have a credit card. He asked to provide most recent payment bill statement and proof of my vehicle insurance. After I did, I still couldn't rent the car because he said I also need to provide a check stub. I was like really? Omg...I couldn't do anything but left, and asked for a refund, which he didn't help me right away and said he'll do it later.
10.0 Excellent
22 Aug 2017
Great experience.
Pros: Employees were friendly and professional. We received immediate service and the car was clean.
Cons: Nothing.
6.0 Good
12 Nov 2017
bait and switch
Cons: my 30$ a day car was not available but they just happened to have a $50 dollar a day upgrade
10.0 Excellent
9 Apr 2018
Pros: The pickup and drop-off was simple and efficient. The quality of the vehicle was also wonderful.
Eagle Rent A Car
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2 locations in Milwaukee
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Milwaukee
6221 W. Layton Ave
Milwaukee airport
Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Milwaukee
Sunnycars
Locations in Milwaukee
5300 South Howell Avenue
Airport
Easirent
easirent
1 location in Milwaukee
Easirent
Locations in Milwaukee
General Mitchell International Airport
Mayfair
mayfair
1 location in Milwaukee
Mayfair
Locations in Milwaukee
6841 W Brown Deer Road
414.354.8600
398 travellers who rented a car in Milwaukee gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.7

Car hire locations in Milwaukee

When to book a hire car in Milwaukee

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Top tips for renting a car in Milwaukee

  • The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A hire car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
  • All the major car hire agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car hire counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
  • Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
  • Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
  • Book your rental car in Milwaukee at least 4 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Milwaukee

What is the best rental car company in Milwaukee?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Milwaukee are Alamo (8.7, 6552 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13114 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4316 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Milwaukee?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Milwaukee?

Single travelers who don't require much space for passengers and luggage and are visiting in the summer should opt for a small convertible to enjoy the Lake Michigan views and the nice weather. Families embarking on a road trip across the area might prefer a small van or a sedan, which will give everyone plenty of space and comfort.

What's the speed limit in Milwaukee?

The speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour in the city (with the exception of certain residential areas that demand a lower limit, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted), 35 mph in city limits or uncongested towns, 45 mph on rustic roads, and 65 mph on freeways or expressways.

How are gas prices in Milwaukee?

The average petrol prices in Milwaukee are approximately $2.22 per gallon. Lower prices can get as low as $1.99 per gallon. If you're visiting in the summer months when there are more events and hence more tourists in the area, try to fill up the tank early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid waiting in big lines at petrol stations.

Where are the best places to park in Milwaukee?

The closer you get to downtown, the more regulated street parking is. Metered spaces have different time limits depending on their locations, and prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour. Saturdays are free in some areas downtown, and street parking is free on Sundays and public holidays everywhere. You can apply for Temporary Overnight Parking Permission, which will let you park your car for free overnight on any Milwaukee street.