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Portland Car Hire

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Pick-up location Portland
Rental locations 11
Airport locations 9

Portland car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.8 Excellent (64 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Alamo
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St
+1 844 370 3979
Monday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 9.2
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
25 Feb 2016
Pros: Really competent, efficient, and kind at the rental desk.
9.2 Excellent
9 Jul 2016
Pros: Front desk at PWM was extremely helpful and nice.
10.0 Excellent
31 May 2017
Excelent
Pros: The entire experience was wonderful from start to finish
10.0 Excellent
21 Oct 2015
Great customer service! Prompt in and out.
Cons: Price was 25% high and all the extra fees which total another 25% are very annoying
10.0 Excellent
4 Apr 2016
Pros: Great cust service.
10.0 Excellent
19 Apr 2016
Pros: Customer service was excellent. Easy to pickup and drop off.
8.4 Excellent
25 Apr 2016
Pros: Car clean which was comfortable and performed well Desk staff was attentive and efficient, explained options to the contract well Good value
Cons: Did not like that the rental site did have the catagory of car I had requested and had been confirmed Although the alternative car drove well, it was unnecessarily larger and traveling the distance I did more expensive.
10.0 Excellent
27 Apr 2016
Fantastic
Pros: The returned my ipad mini that I left in the truck!!! Thank you.
10.0 Excellent
4 Jun 2016
Great service
Pros: The agent "Paul" at PWM recognized me as a regular customer and remembered my preferences. Rented a new Corolla. Excellent car and service.
10.0 Excellent
19 Jun 2016
Great price
Pros: We found a great price for a car rental from Portland, Maine to Manchester, NH. We also LOVED our Elantra - great gas mileage, and the trunk fit all four of our suitcases.
Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.8 Excellent (59 reviews)
2 locations in Portland
Enterprise
Locations in Portland
1 Marginal Way
+1 207 772 0030
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 15:00
Sunday09:00 - 15:00
1001 Westbrook St
+1 844 996 0644
Monday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
  • 8.6
  • 9.0
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
29 Jun 2016
Very professional
Pros: People were very helpful
4.8 Okay
2 Nov 2016
Cons: I feel like bait and switch scam.. The car costs $110 more than what my booking said it would cost (Conf # 1226751128 at $309). Tried giving me a car in the class I ordered, but agent then said that car neeeded maintenance and he would give me a free upgrade. That's when things began to derailed. Agent stated I made reservatoins with their downtown office; even though, I requested aiport (PWM) pickup when making the reservation. The address was 1 Marginal Way on the confirmation. I have no idea where that address is - airport or city? Agent told me I would have to pay the difference ($110) which I agreed to pay as I didn't have time to argue with the agent. I still feel I was taken advantage of and will probably carefully consider before making another Enterprise reservation thru Kayak.
8.8 Excellent
26 Oct 2017
Portland, Maine downtown location
Pros: Friendly and responsive staff. Good price for 2-week rental compared to renting at the airport location. Appreciated the complimentary upgrade. Flexibility to return the car without a drop fee to another local Enterprise location that was closer to our hotel at the end of the rental. Drop-off at the hotel at the end of the rental.
Cons: iPad check-out did not work properly. Agent had to do it on the computer which entailed a delay. Virtually empty gas tank when rented; had to fill up within a mile. This is also a guessing game nuisance near the end of the trip as they want you to bring it back at roughly the same fuel tank level.They offered to fill it up but this would have meant further delays. Also charged a $250 deposit to my credit card on top of the rental price, and a few days later an additional $350 for insurance coverage I had specifically declined. These were eventually reversed but not until after the return. I saw these as minor glitches in an otherwise satisfactory rental experience overall.
10.0 Excellent
30 Jun 2016
Great service!
Pros: They were very personable and matched my price from another company. The car was exactly what we needed and it was in excellent condition. I had never driven an Infinity before, so that was another plus. They introduced us to the type of people we continued to meet in Maine: very friendly and courteous. Would use them again without question.
Cons: I cannot think of anything that was a problem.
8.4 Excellent
17 Sep 2016
Pros: Car was very new with great phone plugin support
Cons: Agent messed up my rate, so I had to renegotiate after dropoff. Also car reeked of Armorall, now my belongings still have the smell!
9.6 Excellent
4 Jan 2017
Easy access at the airport
Pros: The rentals were just across the airport drive and easy to walk to and from, with my suitcases.
8.0 Excellent
8 Jul 2017
Pros: Drop-off at the Boston airport site was excellent. Well organized, quick and the bus shuttle was great!
Cons: When I picked the car up, I thought I was picking it up at the airport, come to find out when I got there, the site I chose was actually in downtown Portland. Had to take an Uber to that site to pick up the car. That was disappointing! It was labeled as (at airport) on the website...that needs to be changed. Otherwise, drop-off in Boston was excellent!
9.2 Excellent
8 Jul 2017
Great prices. Excellent customer service
Pros: Friendly staff was attentive. No wait to pick up the car.
Cons: Location is hard to get to. Both from airport and making left turn to get into the intersection.
10.0 Excellent
1 Aug 2017
These Guys Rock
Pros: This is my fourth year renting with Enterprise on Marginal Way in Portland, Maine. The staff is always friendly and professional, and the customer service is superb! I've never been disappointed with the car they give me--and we keep it for an entire month each time.
Cons: Loved everything about my experience!
6.0 Good
24 Aug 2017
Terrible car
Cons: The automatic transmission needed some serious work. The car wouldn't accelerate very well in the low gears. It would just rev the engine and then jerk into a higher gear.
Rated no. 3
Dollar
7.5 Good (44 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Dollar
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street
+1 866 434 2226
Monday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
5.2 Okay
27 Jul 2016
Car was filthy,
Pros: Prompt pickup and delivery
Cons: Car was filthy, seats stained, gravel on floor, outside hadn't been washed.
8.0 Excellent
22 Sep 2016
Cons: additional driver was a lot more per day
8.0 Excellent
7 Oct 2016
Pros: Car was nice for our trip. Did almost 1000 miles on car and no issues with it mechanically. Gas mileage was great.\ Agent on turnin took my word for low fuel in car, not full tank as paperwork showed.
Cons: The agent did not explain the toll road guizmo behind the rear view mirror. Paid first time cash as didn't know had a ez pass, like fast pass in California. Gas mileage was not correct on form when picked up car.
10.0 Excellent
18 Aug 2017
Pros: The car was in great shape. I loved driving it. The staff was super relaxed, smiling, friendly and helpful. I'll rent again in the future for sure.
2.0 Mediocre
23 Nov 2015
Cons: never had a DOLLAR car to drop off
10.0 Excellent
29 Dec 2015
Pros: I like everything. The service was excelent
7.2 Good
27 Apr 2016
Pros: The car was very nice and clean
Cons: I paid twice as much than the reported price on Kayak
10.0 Excellent
12 Jul 2016
Pros: When I got to the airport in Portland, Maine the Dollar representative was prepared and I was out to my car in no time at all. It was a pleasant experience. I will do it again.
8.0 Excellent
24 Sep 2016
Experience renting from the lowest price bracket
Pros: Affordable, flexible, and available when I needed it. If I needed a car for a couple days, I'd do exactly the same thing again.
Cons: I have no big complaints, returning the car was slightly confusing but not really an issue.
10.0 Excellent
26 Sep 2016
Pros: the customer service agent's helpfulness
Rated no. 4
Hertz
7.2 Good (64 reviews)
2 locations in Portland
Hertz
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street
+1 207 774 6391
Monday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
202 Warren Ave Ste 300
+1 207 797 7156
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday
  • 7.0
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 6.9
  • 7.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
26 Jul 2017
Friendly and Helpful
Pros: Alex picked us up and gave us a ride to Hertz to rent the car. He was so friendly and helpful! The car itself was excellent as well.
5.6 Okay
23 Jun 2016
Good but.....
Pros: I liked how close to terminal Hertz is, easy to pick up and drop off. Car was clean.
Cons: The car needed a tune up. Tried to exchange it twice but other locations were very remote and didnt have cars to give to me
9.2 Excellent
6 Aug 2016
Excellent customer service
Pros: Seth was very helpful and pleasant to work with. I will definitely rent here again on my frequent visits to Maine.
2.0 Mediocre
23 Aug 2016
Pick up location was closed after pick up time
Cons: They never should have allowed the reservation to be made. I requested a 6pm pick-up time and the location closes at 6pm! I had to get a car at another location and go through the hassel of getting a refund on the first car. Not fun!
6.4 Good
29 Aug 2016
I was charged extra above quote on my confirmation
Pros: Car was fine. No problems.
Cons: I was charged above the quoted price that was on my confirmation. The rep told me that this was airport taxes. Apparently, the booking was made for an off-site location rather than the airport, even though I was flying into the airport. I would not get a rental from this site again because of that. They should honor the quoted price.
7.2 Good
6 May 2017
Good value for the $
Pros: Ease of pick up and delivery. Friendly service at the counter
Cons: Hyundai Elantra was one of the most uncomfortable seats I have ever been in.
4.4 Okay
15 May 2017
Pros: Car was clean and what we expected
Cons: I reserved the car online with my credit card, but had planned on my spouse driving. Was told when I got there that the drive had to match the credit card used.
8.0 Excellent
31 May 2017
Pretty good, but please let my spouse also drive!
Pros: Pretty smooth overall. Nice car, too, for the price.
Cons: I didn't like that Hertz requires you to be part of their free membership to let a spouse become a driver for free. We were using Hertz for the first time and no mention was made of how we could sign up for the membership plan now so that my spouse could also drive the car for no extra charge. This should be offered regardless of membership. Please change your policy, Hertz.
10.0 Excellent
15 Jun 2017
Super rental
Pros: Ease of rental, clean car, ease of return
Cons: Distance from bus stop.
6.0 Good
30 Jun 2017
Pros: The "upgrade" I was given was a pretty old Rogue - drove and felt like a cheap car.
Rated no. 5
National
9.2 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Portland
National
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St
+1 844 370 3978
Monday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
06:00 - 23:59
  • 9.0
  • 10.0
  • 9.5
  • 9.0
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
6 Jun 2016
Pros: Friendly and Professional
10.0 Excellent
19 Mar 2018
Pros: Everything
Cons: No complaints
10.0 Excellent
14 Sep 2016
Pros: Van with price as promised
Cons: Everything fine
6.8 Good
17 Jul 2019
Pros: Drop off easy. Staff super helpful.
Cons: Rental was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We traveled in Maine over unfamiliar roads GPS often wrong, particularly in Portland Jetport. Often made last minutes changes in turn directions causing us to miss numerous turns and causing way too much backtracking.
Rated no. 6
Avis
8.5 Excellent (11 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Avis
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street
+1 207 874 7500
Monday07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday07:00 - 20:00
Thursday07:00 - 20:00
Friday07:00 - 20:00
Saturday07:00 - 20:00
Sunday07:00 - 20:00
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
12 Oct 2017
efficient.
Pros: the computer automatically includes a partial fuel charge and the gentleman that checked in the vehicle had me go inside ant the customer relations person promptly removed that charge.. To me the tis caring about your customers.
10.0 Excellent
7 Nov 2019
Pros: The staff was very helpful and attentive.
8.8 Excellent
18 Oct 2015
Great deal
Pros: Super good deal.
Cons: The car had some undisclosed damage upon check-out, the ez pay toll transponder didn't work and the rear window had a distortion, making it tough to see through.
2.0 Mediocre
9 Mar 2016
Cons: Never arrived
10.0 Excellent
24 Apr 2016
Pros: As it was a drop off, comfort, cleanliness, and value do not apply.
10.0 Excellent
29 Aug 2016
Pros: easy drop off
10.0 Excellent
31 Aug 2016
Pros: Awesome customer service
9.6 Excellent
30 Sep 2016
Pros: Loved the Ford fusion
9.2 Excellent
14 Oct 2016
Pros: The gentlemen that checked us in at Cambridge was great. Thanks
10.0 Excellent
30 Jul 2017
Pros: Great value and car. Very convinent location at the airport
Rated no. 7
Budget
budget
7.5 Good (11 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Budget
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street
+1 207 874 7521
Monday07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday07:00 - 20:00
Thursday07:00 - 20:00
Friday07:00 - 20:00
Saturday07:00 - 20:00
Sunday07:00 - 20:00
  • 7.1
  • 7.8
  • 8.0
  • 7.8
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
4.4 Okay
3 Apr 2019
Pros: Changing my reservation was a nightmare with conflicting price quotes and unexpected charges. I actually ended up returning the car to the Budget office at the Philadelphia Airport, and that was a straight up nightmare. It took 40 minutes, partly due to mistakes,and no one knew what they were doing.
Cons: Transparent honest pricing. If anything goes wrong, you have to call corporate customer support. Don't expect any help from the local office.
10.0 Excellent
14 Jun 2019
Pros: Pick up and Drop off were both incredibly easy. Staff was friendly and helpful.
3.2 Mediocre
16 Jun 2019
Pros: The pickup staff member was friendly and competent.
Cons: The first car that they provided had an overwhelming smell of smoke. When I returned the car, the computer registered the fuel tank as half full rather than full.
8.0 Excellent
21 Jun 2019
Pros: Drop off was very early and we had a lot of baggage. Staffer gave us a ride to the terminal.
10.0 Excellent
27 Jun 2019
Cons: You could improve nothing. Everything was perfect.
6.0 Good
14 Jul 2019
Pros: There was a car
Cons: No unnecessary and unexpected charges
6.4 Good
20 Jul 2019
Pros: The counter staff were very helpful.
Cons: The car I rented was not clean, with food wrappers and plastic bottles left in the door panels, sand on the floor and stains on the pax seat.
8.0 Excellent
25 Jul 2019
Cons: Car was very basic model. Done light even had to be operated by hand
9.2 Excellent
1 Aug 2019
Pros: Price
Cons: I reserved a “compact, 5 person seater”. At the counter, I was told it would be a “VW beetle”. That didn’t make sense, because it only seats 4. If I reserved a “5 seater or equivalent” don’t tell me I reserved a 4 seater. I had to pay the upgrade fee.
9.6 Excellent
1 Oct 2019
Pros: Everything went well, Staff was efficient, courteous and there was no pressure.
Easirent
easirent
1 location in Portland
Easirent
Locations in Portland
Portland International Jetport
Monday00:01 - 23:59
Tuesday00:01 - 23:59
Wednesday00:01 - 23:59
Thursday00:01 - 23:59
Friday00:01 - 23:59
Saturday00:01 - 23:59
Sunday
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Portland
Sunnycars
Locations in Portland
Airport Parking Garage, Lower Level
257 travellers who rented a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Portland

When to book a rental car in Portland

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Top tips for renting a car in Portland

  • There is so much to see and do on your visit to Portland, Maine. With a hire car you’ll be able to take scenic tours along the coast or drive from Portland to Freeport to admire the foliage and sandy beaches along the way. Additionally, with a hire car you can explore charming nearby towns around New England like Camden or New Port, Rhode Island.
  • Portland, ME provides easy access to many New England towns. At the Portland International Jetport, the hire car station is conveniently located next to the main terminal. You’ll simply have to walk a short distance to pick up your hire. Some hire agencies at this airport include Enterprise, Hertz, and Budget.
  • Driving in New England can be difficult to navigate because of its many islands. Consequently, you will need a strong GPS system to get around. When traveling in the winter months, note that snow and ice can slow down your travel considerably so give yourself plenty of extra travel time.
  • Rush hour in Portland peaks between about 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning. Afternoons are a little less predictable, with rush hour starting at about 3:30 p.m. and continuing through to 6 p.m. Because traffic can be so sporadic, you might want to check it on the internet or on your smartphone before leaving the hotel.
  • Book your rental car in Portland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Portland

What is the best rental car company in Portland?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Portland are Alamo (8.7, 6623 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12948 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2268 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Portland?

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 Portland?

If visiting here in the winter, you might want to consider a car with four-wheel drive to help you to better maneuver in the snow. Other times of the year, a convertible like a Jeep or Mazda Miata are ideal for cruising the beach. Better yet, with a sporty convertible you can better see the sights and enjoy the fresh breezes.

What's the speed limit in Portland?

When you’re on the highway driving to other cities in Maine, you can travel up to speeds of 75 miles per hour. However, when you are driving around the city, the maximum allowed speed limit is 55 mph on main roads and 25 mph in residential neighborhoods. Be sure to slow down to 15 mph when you are close to a school zone.

How are gas prices in Portland?

Petrol prices in Portland are usually about $2.80 for a gallon, which is lower than the national average in the United States. However, during the summer holidays (especially the 4th of July and Labor Day), petrol prices tend to increase all around Maine and throughout New England. If your travels are taking place during the holidays, plan your petrol station stops accordingly.

Where are the best places to park in Portland?

On-street, paid parking is pretty easily found all around the city, including downtown. However, it is important to note that metered parking is regularly enforced (there is a 2 hour maximum on spots). The city also owns a few parking garages and lots. A couple are in the center of town and close to tourist attractions like the Victoria Mansion or the Portland Museum of Art.