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Portland, ME, United States
21 May — 28 May
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Portland, ME, United States
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Portland car rental information

Pick-up locationPortland
Rental locations12
Airport locations9

Portland car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (149 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Alamo
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 370 3979
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59
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  • 8.8
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre15 Mar 2021
Pros: Nothing. I canceled my reservation at the kiosk.Cons: I was given 3 cars to try. The first car wouldn’t turn on and was filthy. The second car had brakes that sounded terrible. The third was filthy. The clerk was rude and short with me. She said those 3 terrible cars were my only options. Yes, including a car that wouldn’t start. I canceled my reservation and went with enterprise.
10.0 Excellent2 Jan 2021
Cons: staff was unhelpful when i told them the car was missing an ez pass
10.0 Excellent10 Oct 2020
Pros: Staff knowledgeable and super friendly. Car clean and newCons: Better lighting in the pickup/drop off area
6.4 Good29 Sep 2020
Pros: customer service was good wait time was goodCons: I reserved a full size car. they gave me a tiny, compact SUV and said "Oh, this is actually one step upgrade for you" It was tiny. not enough room.
2.4 Mediocre7 Aug 2020
Pros: I was expecting a midsize suv and got a tiny Kia Soul The back did not have ac- the hatch had to be opened manually The return experience in Boston was an absolute nightmareCons: I should’ve been able to rent a bigger vehicle- my children each had to hold luggage because of the tiny car Returning to an under Construction very y’all and dangerous feeling parking deck in Boston was truly the most stressful experience of my trip I was extremely disappointed with the lack of choices for a vehicle upon arrival in Portland- I was expecting at least a Jetta
10.0 Excellent18 Jun 2020
Pros: The car was clean and comfortable.Cons: The drop off parking location for Alamo's cars took a while to find in Bangor
9.6 Excellent2 Oct 2019
Pros: The whole process was quick and easy.Cons: The car had not been washed.
5.2 Okay23 Sep 2019
Pros: placing order onlineCons: lady mislead me on pricing options. she advised that to prefuel would be about $10 more. yet when i received the invoice it was $45 more. i felt mislead, and will most likely not use Alamo again
8.0 Excellent9 Sep 2019
Pros: Check in staff very friendly and helpful!
9.6 Excellent25 Aug 2019
Pros: Staff extremely easy to work with, drop off was confusing at first but as soon as an employee reached me (they were busy) it was simple.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.9 Excellent (159 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 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 996 0644
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre20 Dec 2020
Pros: POOR customer service and response time to callsCons: We had a problem because my husband was exposed and contracted Corvid the whole experience was handled as poorly as posible and lewft us with a huge bill when we informed them immediately. We won't be using Enterprise ever again
10.0 Excellent28 Oct 2020
Pros: Very nice, professional and friendly!Cons: Honestly, nothing it was geat!
4.8 Okay20 Oct 2020
Pros: I got the last car available and the interior had a strong smell of gas for the entire duration of the trip. I had to drive with the windows rolled down and no one from Enterprise answered the phone while trying to connect with them and ask if I could exchange the car during the trip from Portland to Bar Harbor.Cons: A real person answering the phone and/or calling me back.
5.6 Okay15 Oct 2020
Pros: The staff I saw were nice. THere was no one there when I left with the car, and there was a problem. There was something wrong with the driver's side door, and there was no one to talk with about it. I just left because it was late and I was tired.Cons: For $100 per day, give me a car that is perfect. That was way too expensive for a car with a door that sounded like it would break off every time I opened it.
2.0 Mediocre3 Aug 2020
Cons: The vehicle we rented was old and was uncomfortable
10.0 Excellent18 Jul 2020
Cons: Easy check in, great car in great condition, easy and quick return. Super happy with the experience. Thanks!
10.0 Excellent17 Jul 2020
Pros: Everything as it should be
10.0 Excellent16 Mar 2020
Pros: Easy pickup and friendly staff. Easy drop-off in Waterville
10.0 Excellent22 Jan 2020
Pros: FastCons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent3 Jan 2020
Pros: The staff were great, there was no pressure to upgrade.Cons: The car smelled as though someone had smoked in it and spray was used to cover it up.
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Rated no. 3
Budget
8.1 Excellent (145 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Budget
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 874 7521
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent30 Apr 2021
Pros: Most things easy. staff was ok...kind of rushed through somethings. This was our first time renting so I actually wanted to know what they were saying.Cons: Fairly smooth experience. The only negative thing was the open bottle of alcohol and pistachio shells found in the pocket of a seat, gross! Otherwise we really enjoyed the rental of the ford Transit for a long trip with 7 kids in tow!
10.0 Excellent26 Apr 2021
Cons: Fast, efficient pickup/dropoff, brand new car. I've always been an Enterprise guy, but no more. I will go through Budget from now on.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jan 2021
Pros: Nothing. I got not the same car I booked online and they think it does not matter. Worse people and nonprofessional.Cons: Giving the same car I booked and not asking what is wrong with other cars if I did not get the same car I booked.
2.0 Mediocre21 Jan 2021
Pros: NothingCons: The car should have been the same as booked online.
2.0 Mediocre30 Nov 2020
Cons: It took 3 hours to get my car
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2020
Pros: Super easy drop off
10.0 Excellent29 Sep 2020
Pros: Staff was great. No hassle. Car was exactly what I was expectingCons: I really had the perfect experience with my car rental. Could not say anything bad about it
7.6 Good28 Sep 2020
Pros: Staff friendly and helpfulCons: Inside of windshield dirty and smeared. Had to clean myself at hotel.
9.6 Excellent12 Sep 2020
Pros: Upgraded at no charge to a larger vehicle. Vehicle was practically brand new with just 1600 miles on it. Drop off was easy.Cons: Cleaning could have been more thorough - for example the interior door panels were not wiped down. This did not give me the confidence I would have liked that cleaning protocols are being taken extra seriously during a pandemic.
4.8 Okay9 Sep 2020
Pros: I paid extra for an upgrade but did not receive one.Cons: Provided what I paid for.
Rated no. 4
Dollar
8 Excellent (128 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Dollar
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent5 Apr 2021
Pros: The staff was very nice when we went to pick up our car. The car itself was very clean on the inside and out. It was so easy to pick it up and drop it off at the airport.Cons: Nothing- great service through dollar rental!
10.0 Excellent7 Jan 2021
Cons: Nothing, staff in Portland was friendly and responsive when we discovered a problem. I didn't drop off the car, but I'm guessing it went well.
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2020
Pros: Literally no aspect of this was positiveCons: I was told I could cancel, because I couldn’t use my outgoing trip due to a snowstorm. I was not allowed to cancel this trip so I paid around $150 for nothing
10.0 Excellent27 Aug 2020
Pros: the guy in Portland was fantastic - very informative and helpful
6.0 Good1 Jun 2020
Pros: The staff at Boston Logan were excellent.Cons: The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and cleaning supplies.
2.0 Mediocre5 Dec 2018
Cons: I was not informed at the time of reservation that the company requires a credit card, which I do not have. I paid $35 at the time of booking and was no able to recoup that money, could t rent the car and was stranded at the airport!
6.8 Good26 Aug 2018
Never got my receipt at pick-upPros: Easy pick-up, nice staffCons: I was offered a printed receipt or an emailed one and chose the emailed version. But I never got it. They do have my email though because that's how I got a link to this survey. So... you tell me?
2.8 Mediocre31 Jul 2018
Bad dealPros: Picked up car and representative did not offer EZPass option. I drove through a toll and the EZPass did not register. I called Dollar and the representative suggested I take unlimited tolls when I returned the car. I continued to use the EZPass. When I returned the car Dollar charged me $12.00 per day for four days. I wound up paying $48.00 for about $15.00 in tolls. To add insult to injury the car was pretty dirty and smelled like an ashtray. Bad service, bad advice - terrible deal. Avoid them!!
8.0 Excellent30 Jul 2018
Pros: Drop off in Portland very fastCons: Car had to be switched due to wet passenger seat
10.0 Excellent1 May 2018
All goodPros: Good car. Fair price. Good counter people. No complaints.
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Rated no. 5
Hertz
8 Excellent (138 reviews)
3 locations in Portland
Hertz
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 774 6391
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
202 Warren Ave Ste 300+1 207 797 7156
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
987 Westbrook St
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent15 Mar 2021
Pros: Received an excellent vehicle. Check in and Check out could not have been smoother.Cons: Nothing. This was seamless and efficient.
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2020
Cons: “Dealers choice was a Dodge Ram pickup truck, something no one would take going to New York City. I had to pay $60 for a reasonable sedan. It was a straight up scam
5.2 Okay30 Oct 2020
Pros: I liked the carCons: The car was very dirty
4.0 Okay19 Oct 2020
Pros: Great upgradeCons: The car was super dirty
10.0 Excellent30 Aug 2020
Pros: Yes It was easy and everyone was polite and helpful.
4.0 Okay25 Aug 2020
Pros: Sraff was very niceCons: Kayak was not truthful regarding the rental location. You said airport. It was actually a $30.00 Uber ride from the airport.
6.0 Good7 Apr 2020
Pros: Ease of rental.Cons: Car was not cleaned. It had food in it and liquid pills in seats. Missing floormats. Scratched vinyl.
10.0 Excellent30 Sep 2019
Pros: Great car and smooth process!Cons: Truly nothing!
7.6 Good3 Sep 2019
Cons: Don't give people Dodge Chargers!
10.0 Excellent20 Jul 2019
Pros: Great staff, simple streamlined experience, realistic rates.Cons: Phenomenal would rent here again when I return to Maine
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Rated no. 6
Avis
8.4 Excellent (30 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Avis
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook Street+1 207 874 7500
Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent17 Aug 2020
Pros: The agent accommodated our change request at the desk efficiently and the upgrade was more than satisfactory.Cons: Off hours drop off needs some work. There were no clear instructions or directions as to where to deposit the keys. I dropped them off at the unmanned desk. I never received a notice that the keys were accounted for.
10.0 Excellent7 Nov 2019
Pros: The staff was very helpful and attentive.
3.6 Mediocre8 Aug 2019
Pros: I rented the car on Kayak for $135. When it was all said and done, it was $298. Nickel and diming you is not ok.Cons: Charge what we originally ordered!
10.0 Excellent12 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 Excellent30 Jul 2017
Pros: Great value and car. Very convinent location at the airport
9.2 Excellent14 Oct 2016
Pros: The gentlemen that checked us in at Cambridge was great. Thanks
9.6 Excellent30 Sep 2016
Pros: Loved the Ford fusion
10.0 Excellent31 Aug 2016
Pros: Awesome customer service
10.0 Excellent29 Aug 2016
Pros: easy drop off
10.0 Excellent24 Apr 2016
Pros: As it was a drop off, comfort, cleanliness, and value do not apply.
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Rated no. 7
National
8.6 Excellent (14 reviews)
1 location in Portland
National
Locations in Portland
1001 Westbrook St+1 844 370 3978
Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre16 Mar 2020
Pros: Staff was greatCons: The vehicle smelled like smoke.
6.8 Good17 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.
10.0 Excellent19 Mar 2018
Pros: EverythingCons: No complaints
10.0 Excellent14 Sep 2016
Pros: Van with price as promisedCons: Everything fine
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2016
Pros: Friendly and Professional
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Easirent
1 location in Portland
Easirent
Locations in Portland
Portland International Jetport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Sunnycars
1 location in Portland
Sunnycars
Locations in Portland
Airport Parking Garage, Lower Level
Recent reviews
763 travellers who rented a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

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Top tips for hiring 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 hiring a car in Portland

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Portland are Alamo (9.1, 175 reviews), Enterprise (9.0, 175 reviews), and Budget (8.1, 155 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Portland is $4.54 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $54 and $73, depending on the car size.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Logan Intl airport include Dollar, Thrifty and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Logan Intl airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Thrifty and Hertz.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.