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Pick-up location Minneapolis
Rental locations 18
Airport locations 10

Minneapolis car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Thrifty
Best rated
6.9 Good (118 reviews)
2 locations in Minneapolis
Thrifty
Locations in Minneapolis
4300 Glumack Drive
+1 612 970 4045
7150 Humphrey Drive
+1 877 283 0898
  • 6.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 6.5
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
9 Mar 2017
Msp
Pros: Agent at desk was great. No pressure additional insurance sale.
10.0 Excellent
6 Jul 2017
Worked with me
Pros: They worked with me when my flight was cancelled & rebooked for about 15 hours later! Convenient in airport & great employees!
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
26 Jul 2017
Easy process
Pros: From beginning at the counter to getting in the car was less than 15 minutes. It was a great and very smooth process. We got to pick up our car, which was very nice. I'd rent from thrifty again.
Cons: No negatives
10.0 Excellent
9 Jan 2018
Pros: It was fast and efficient service upon checking in. All Staffs were very helpful.
8.4 Excellent
16 May 2018
Car was great, the help was halfway
Pros: Fast assistance at the pickup counter (low chat, fast keys, didn't let a long line form), able to choose any car within the class paid for, super clean car interior, only one set of car keys on the key ring
Cons: Summed up in Thrifty not thinking of the rental process from the customer's perspective ... After the pickup counter there was a guide that took us to the cars we could choose from. We had a question regarding looking over the car for scratches & dents because the first car we chose had some of note. The guide was gone, we asked the next two that came by and they didn't speak English. Next, at the departure of the pickup lot there was a backup of cars because someone's credit card wasn't accepted ... but it was accepted inside at the pickup desk? This delayed many people's departures by 5+ min. The last bit was that apparently MSP airport has car rental & dropoff at both Terminal 1 & 2, but we didn't know so we returned to the wrong one and had a 30 min walk + elevator + tram + walk + escalator journey. If dropoff location could've been hinted at that would've made our return much more smooth and convenient.
5.6 Okay
19 Jul 2018
Cons: Desk was closed upon arrival and a sign said to call phone number with questions. Called but no one answered. Sign also said to check at desk in other terminal. Went to the other terminal...no Thrifty agent so the Hertz agent logged into their system to help me out. Service was fine but slow process with her. Took me over 1.5 hours to finally leave the airport in a rental car. Upon returning the car, the agent told me an extremely higher fee than I was expecting. He changed it back to the original fee right away so no problem there, but I was curious how that new fee even happened.
7.2 Good
18 Dec 2018
Cons: I picked up the car. Check out was fine. Within 15 minutes of driving the car a dash light came on stay "key battery was low". I stopped at home to pick up luggage. When I returned the car would not start. Dask light said it did not recognize the key. After leaving car and removing back key I was able to get the car started. I called trifty and spoke to a service representative who told me to not shut off the car and return it to the airport rental agency. This is where it became odd. The trifty representative told me he would only be albe to hold a car for an hour after I told him I could make it back to the airport in an hour and 15 minutes. He then had the audacity to tell me I would be required to fill up the care within 10 miles of the rental agency. That is after he told me not to shut off the car. I believe it is considered unwise to fill up an automobile with the car running. I returned to car and subsquently every thing went well. The staff at the MSP airport were pleasant and helpful. I wish I could say the same about the phone service interaction.
6.0 Good
4 Nov 2015
It wasn't the car I was anticipating
Pros: The car was clean enough.
Cons: The gentleman at the counter told me my car choices, none of which were stated on the original buy in. They were the or equal... Since I would be driving my elderly parents around I was talked into "upgrading" for another $70.00. I went to the lot and it was still a small puddle jumper. Upgrade might mean upgrade to power windows. In the end with all the fees and taxes it was way more than stated. I want to know the out the door price please!
6.0 Good
22 Nov 2016
Very inconvenient
Pros: Fairly quick pick up and drop off
Cons: Flight delayed - needed my car overnight after delay. Thrifty was going to charge me over $300 to keep it overnight. They claimed they couldn't do any better. Ended up being a huge inconvenience to take it back before I was ready.
6.8 Good
14 Jan 2017
Only car on the lot at pickup
Cons: Had no choice. This was it. Wonder what would have happened if it wasn't there...downgraded or upgraded for a fee?
Rated no. 2
Hertz
6.9 Good (123 reviews)
2 locations in Minneapolis
Hertz
Locations in Minneapolis
4300 Glumack Drive
+1 651 698 9585
7150 Humphrey Drive
+1 651 698 9585
  • 6.7
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 6.1
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
8 May 2017
Cons: I'm unsure about the final charges. They may be spot on but this survey comes early and I haven't had a chance to validate. They may be accurate--but I'm uncertain.
4.4 Okay
7 Jul 2017
Poor customer service
Cons: Poor Customer service! Never again!
10.0 Excellent
20 Jul 2017
Pros: MY sales associate was fast pleasant and not pushy about extras. Drop off was just that drop OFF.
10.0 Excellent
31 Jul 2017
Pros: I liked that they let us pick our vehicle out of the lot and had been kept in excellent condition. Pick up and drop off took less than 5 minutes each.
Cons: There wad a little bit of sticky residue in one of the cup holders but the car was overall very clean.
8.0 Excellent
14 Aug 2017
Cons: A little slow at the counter and there was not a line when I got there
9.2 Excellent
7 Jun 2018
Pros: Quick counter service, easy to find vehicle, quick exit procedure from the lot. Clean vehicle, ran great, was just what I needed to guide a bunch of guests around town!
Cons: It's annoying that the counter staff always try to upsell you on stuff you don't want or need. Hard to tell if it's because I'm a woman, or if it's standard procedure. This is true for my experiences across all the rental services I've used, though, so it's not just Hertz. Still can't tell if it's because I'm a woman, though.
2.0 Mediocre
21 Sep 2018
Charge $13.00 per day for extra driver!
Cons: This extra charge is ridiculous. $13/day for an extra driver? How is this justified? I'm paying the insurance-why should Hertz have to charge me if I want my wife to drive at times? Cancelled rental - went to Enterprise where they don't have an extra driver fee for your spouse.
4.8 Okay
21 Sep 2016
Worst car rental experience ever
Pros: Car was decent, eventually paid less than expected due to earlier return, helpful security guard at the exit from rental facility (unlike Hertz employees).
Cons: Kayak booking was in the system, but somehow Hertz wanted to charge me 2x more than Kayak price. Employees at Hertz Gold Plus Rewards checkin were unpleasant and incredibly incompetent, to the point of not being able to spell correctly "Road" in my address. Hertz wanted to charge 9.99USD / gallon when I forgot to refuel - so had to return to a nearby gas station where petrol costs 2USD/gallon.
3.2 Mediocre
22 Sep 2016
Poor experience
Pros: After they found car, it was decent
Cons: Poor service. Delays. Car smelled fun. Was late to meeting because they couldn't find car. Charged for upgrade.
5.6 Okay
12 Oct 2016
Good Car, Bad Company
Pros: Car was very clean; no issues with the car itself. Drop-off was easy, but didn't allow the opportunity to have any questions answered.
Cons: I ended up being charged almost double what I was quoted, even after turning in my car a day earlier than I was originally scheduled, and I still have no idea why. I wasn't able to ask any questions at drop-off, and when picking up the car they wouldn't let me talk to someone in-person, but rather through a video chat with someone off-site which was a bit awkward, at times difficult to understand, and didn't allow me to ask all the questions I had.
Rated no. 3
Dollar
6.5 Good (100 reviews)
2 locations in Minneapolis
Dollar
Locations in Minneapolis
4300 Glumack Drive
+1 866 434 2226
7150 Humphrey Drive
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.1
  • 7.2
  • 7.0
  • 6.0
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
27 Jul 2016
Pros: Friendly personel
Cons: Confusing term "Generic or similar" What is that?
2.0 Mediocre
10 Nov 2016
Cons: I hate the bate and switch. YOUR website said chose "special rate" and get a minimum 5 people/2 bags car. I chose that. At the Dollar counter only one vehicle available Chev Spark 4P/1B, but "I could upgrade for an additional 243.00". I emailed you, only to be told I didn't understand what the "Special" was. You're correct, the website doesn't say economy, compact, etc., but it DOES say 5P/2B.
9.2 Excellent
26 Mar 2017
Great value - but watch the invoicing
Pros: I got an amazing rate and was upgraded to a luxury car! The only bummer, when I got to the checkout line, I saw I was being invoiced for full price of the upgrade. Luckily I still had the confirmation and customer service honored the invoice.
Cons: There was a heavy sales pitch to take car insurance.
10.0 Excellent
11 Sep 2018
Excellent value!
Pros: The staff were friendly and efficient. I was in and out in a few minutes. The car was also great! Very satisfied overall.
7.2 Good
19 Oct 2015
Pros: Nice car, easy requirements. Great price!
Cons: Unorganized and not well connected between checkout desk and online services. Bad check out time.
6.0 Good
21 Oct 2015
Typical
Cons: The process was typical. There was a lot of pressure to up-sell me on things I didn't need, even after I told the agent "no." I was told I could pick any car in the row, but there was only one car in the row and it was dirty.
8.0 Excellent
3 Nov 2015
Pros: Good basic wheels
Cons: No cruise control, which would be very nice on those looooong streches in Minnesota and Iowa :)
7.2 Good
7 Nov 2015
Pros: When no one showed up at the Dollar rental counter, eventually a woman named Precious (and believe me she is!) at the Hertz counter helped me. Apparently Dollar is owned by Hertz, the difference being that Hertz employees belong to the union and Dollar employees do not. Precious even upgraded my rental car to help compensate for the problem.
Cons: I booked my car for pick-up at 6 a.m. and the Dollar counter was scheduled to open at 6, yet when I arrived at 6 a.m. no one was there! I could not pick up the car because there was no agent at the counter. I waited for 45 minutes and still no one. I had a meeting scheduled and a long drive ahead of me. This is unacceptable!
4.4 Okay
3 Aug 2016
Not what we reserved.
Cons: We reserved a car that was supposed to hold 5 people. There were only 4 of us, but the car was a Chevy Spark. It was not large enough for 4 adults and we had no choice but to upgrade. The upgrade, along with hidden fees was almost $100 more than we were expecting. I will not rent a car through Kayak.
7.6 Good
16 Aug 2016
Cons: The computer system went down shortly before we picked up our car. This caused a 45 minute delay, in part because the manager could not unlock the cabinet with paper contracts.
Rated no. 4
Avis
7.8 Good (19 reviews)
3 locations in Minneapolis
Avis
Locations in Minneapolis
229 South 10th Street
+1 612 332 6322
3355 Hiawatha Avenue South
+1 612 729 0074
7150 Humphrey Drive
+1 612 727 1424
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
7 Jun 2016
Not a bad choice
Pros: The staff
Cons: Wasn't given the car as advertised.
4.0 Okay
10 Aug 2017
Cons: Issues with the first car. upon return of the second car, Avis is trying to charge over 2 times the original rate.
10.0 Excellent
12 Aug 2017
Pros: the car was great, it was like drive something from outerspace. It was a great car.
6.4 Good
20 Aug 2017
Return experience
Cons: I didn't like the time it took to rerurn the car. It was too long
2.0 Mediocre
8 Nov 2017
Cons: Cancelled the reservation because u charge .25 each mile over 1,050. Went to hertz, no extra charge
6.0 Good
16 Dec 2016
Car was fine - when I finally got it.
Pros: Nice, new chevy SUV, very clean and comfortable.
Cons: I suggest Avis review their check-in procedure which was painfully slow with many things to be entered, coworkers to be consulted and two phone calls in the middle of it. Also took 20 minutes to actually produce the car after rental procedure itself. As long as they have been doing this, I'd think things would be more streamlined.
10.0 Excellent
5 Jan 2017
Pros: Very nice car to drive. Well prepared for us. Staff was very courteous. I would rent from Avis again, definitely.
10.0 Excellent
13 Sep 2017
Rented in Bucharest - returned in Oradea
Pros: The service was correct, prompt, nice (with a smile!) at both sides. The car was clean, new, served me well... All was more than OK.
8.0 Excellent
28 Dec 2016
no window washing fluid
Pros: great car; convenient pick-up and drop-off
Cons: I rented in in late Minneapolis and had a long drive. There wasn't any window washing fluid, which made visibility difficult. This is something that should be checked in the winter for every car. Thanks! Luke
10.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2017
Great value
Pros: The price was fantastic. That same rental would have been 4 times the price we paid if we had not reserved the car in advance thru Kayak. Also the agent at Avis upgraded us from economy to a SUV for only an additional 6.00 per day charge. I will definitely use Kayak again for my next car rental.
Rated no. 5
Enterprise
6.2 Good (17 reviews)
3 locations in Minneapolis
Enterprise
Locations in Minneapolis
110 S 10th St
+1 612 824 4433
236 West Lake Street
+1 612 822 3932
5504 Lyndale Ave S
+1 612 824 8088
  • 6.2
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
  • 6.0
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
15 Aug 2016
Not good
Pros: Dropped the booking
Cons: I made a mistake booking and the price more than doubled.
2.0 Mediocre
22 Sep 2016
Would not accept my visa debit credit card
Pros: n/a
Cons: The strict policy about having a major credit card.
5.6 Okay
10 Jul 2017
Cons: They tried to overcharge me and were rude about it
2.8 Mediocre
11 Jul 2017
Cons: they put a phantom charge on my account that temporarily doubled the cost. I was given no notice that I saw that the charge was coming. Almost ruined my whole trip.
10.0 Excellent
2 Nov 2016
Beautiful!
Pros: Was a great car and service was convenient. Helped my wife and I greatly.
2.0 Mediocre
28 Nov 2015
Cons: You had no car and cancelled on me the morning of my pick up
10.0 Excellent
8 Feb 2016
Pros: Quick sign in. Car was ready. Person was professional and freindly but not jabbering.
Cons: Icey walk way- I almost fell.
10.0 Excellent
17 Feb 2016
Pros: Staff was great
9.2 Excellent
4 Sep 2017
Cons: Cloth interior seating stained and appeared dirty.
2.0 Mediocre
15 Nov 2017
Kayak booked me with off airport car
Cons: I booked a car using Kayak supposedly for MSP but when I got to the airport, I was that the car was for an off-airport location some 15 minutes away by taxi...and that I would return the car to the same location...they ended up renting me a car at 2.5x the price I reserved...never again...Kayak or Enterprise
Rated no. 6
Budget
5.6 Okay (15 reviews)
2 locations in Minneapolis
Budget
Locations in Minneapolis
229 South 10th Street
+1 612 332 5218
3355 Hiawatha Avenue South
+1 612 724 1053
  • 4.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.1
  • 4.8
  • 5.3
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
24 Sep 2016
Pros: Nice car. Price ok.
Cons: Cost more than original quote. Pick up location was not the one chosen when booking. Pick up time was different then the time requested at booking.
2.0 Mediocre
8 Aug 2017
Closed.
Cons: Iarrived before closing and their was nobody there
2.0 Mediocre
29 Mar 2018
Cons: In fine print budget included insurance besides damage insurance (which I was told about at the pickup counter and declined) for personal property totaling some $30 per day I would had declined had I been told about like the damage waiver It is true that I had the opportunity to read the contract in its entirety but as a practical matter no one does which I presume is why the Budget rep did NOT make those personal insurance charges known to me. people should be told about these charges so they can opt out of them
10.0 Excellent
2 Jul 2018
Excellent
Pros: Excellent
4.0 Okay
15 Aug 2018
Worst car rental of my life.
Pros: The car was clean, although bigger than we wanted, got so so mileage, and seats were not that comfortable.
Cons: The wait at checkout was over 30 minutes. I got a ticket because the car had expired plates. When I had to extend the rental due to airline issues, the automated system couldn't extend it, the first, second and third actual persons couldn't do it, and the fourth only did after calling someone else. This also took more than 30 minutes. They are trying to charge me more than $300 for the extra day, which is more than the original 5 day rental.
9.6 Excellent
28 Aug 2018
minneapolis review
Pros: Customer service was very professional. I mistakenly made the reservation for downtown Minneapolis instead of the airport. We picked it up there, but they allowed for return to the airport and waived the additional fee which was extremely helpful on our return.
Cons: The car had a perfumey smell that we couldn't get out and it really bothered us. Otherwise everything was absolutely fine. The car was in good shape, no technical difficulties; felt safe.
10.0 Excellent
22 Jan 2019
Pros: Just I want get a monthly round $400 to keep rents for longer month
Cons: Always best
5.2 Okay
11 Jun 2019
Pros: I was able to drop the car off at the airport.
Cons: When communicating by phone I would have liked to talk to someone in Minneapolis or at least the US not someone out of the country. I would have liked to pick up my car at the airport or at least provided with a free shuttle to downtown Minneapolis.
10.0 Excellent
23 Sep 2016
Great service
Pros: When I detected cigarette odor in the car I first picked up, they cheerfully replaced it with a new car that was a grade up!
2.0 Mediocre
21 Jun 2017
Had to get a different car
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I did not realize the pickup site was downtown, but the Budget people at the airport explained that it was and added that the downtown site was closed for the day. I just got a different car at the airport. This reservation was nothing but hassle.
Ace
ace
1 location in Minneapolis
Ace
Locations in Minneapolis
2143 East 77th Street
+1 952 345 4017
Eagle Rent A Car
eaglerac
1 location in Minneapolis
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Minneapolis
350 17th Ave. N.
Sixt
1 location in Minneapolis
Sixt
Locations in Minneapolis
2143 East 77th Street
+1 952 345 4017
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Minneapolis
Sunnycars
Locations in Minneapolis
4650 Glumack Drive
392 travellers who rented a car in Minneapolis gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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When to book a hire car in Minneapolis

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Top tips for renting a car in Minneapolis

  • Rent a car at the Minneapolis airport upon your arrival to get to your destination fast. It only takes a 20-minute drive into the city center and you can explore one of the “Twin Cities” of Minnesota at your own pace. If you want to explore surrounding areas like the Fort Snelling State Park, which is about 10 miles from the city center, or St. Paul, Minnesota’s capital, a hire car will get you out and about most efficiently.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has various car hire companies at your disposal. Travelers arriving at Terminal 1 Lindbergh should proceed to the second or third levels for car hire service desks. If landing at Terminal 2 Humphrey, go to the ground floor, where you will find the Ground Transport Center. Both terminals feature the same companies, including Hertz, National, and Avis.
  • Congestion and traffic jams are a regular issue in Minneapolis, especially during peak times (around 7-9 AM and 4-7 PM). To ease the congestion a little, traffic control agents are in place and it is pivotal to follow their orders and to only cross an intersection if you can make it all the way across without blocking the road. Also note that many streets in Minneapolis are one way, so be careful and watch out for the signs to avoid going in the wrong direction.
  • Winters in Minnesota can bring lots of snow, sleet, and ice, so be aware of that when traveling to Minneapolis during the colder months. The city is also known to be best equipped for dire weather conditions, but streets can still become narrower due to snow ploughs pushing the snow to both sides. At intersections, it may also be harder to see other vehicles around the corner when the snow is piled high, so proceed with caution at intersections.
  • Book your rental car in Minneapolis at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Minneapolis

What is the best rental car company in Minneapolis?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Minneapolis are Alamo (8.7, 6472 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12855 reviews), and Sixt (7.8, 1375 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Minneapolis?

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 Minneapolis?

Especially in the winter, it is advisable to opt for a 4-wheel drive car for optimal road traction and safety. An SUV or minivan, depending on how many people are being transported, will provide great support and ensure a smooth drive.

What's the speed limit in Minneapolis?

Always adhere to the posted speed limits when driving in Minneapolis. Unless otherwise indicated, general speed limits are 10 mph in alleys and 30 mph in residential areas. In non-residential areas, drivers can go up to 55 mph and 65 mph on expressways. The maximum on rural interstates is 70 mph.

How are gas prices in Minneapolis?

Minnesota is known as one of the most expensive states when it comes to gas. In Minneapolis you can get your tank refilled for approximately $2.80 on average, but, depending on the petrol station, it can go as low as $2.50 -- for example at Smart Stop or Tesoro.

Where are the best places to park in Minneapolis?

On-street parking in Minneapolis is usually metered and varies in time restrictions and price, so always check the signs. Debit and credit cards are usually accepted, making payment hassle-free. For longer stays, a parking garage or public lot are good options if the hotel does not provide a parking space. Ramp garages include the 11th & Harmon Ramp, Ramp A-C, LaSalle at 10th, or Vineland Place, which range from $5 to $18 for 12 hours.