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Sarasota, FL, United States
13 May — 20 May
Same drop-off
Sarasota, FL, United States
Thu 13/5
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Thu 20/5
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Sarasota car rental information

Pick-up locationSarasota
Rental locations18
Airport locations11

Sarasota car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
8.1 Excellent (132 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Hertz
Locations in Sarasota
5225 S Tamiami Trail+1 941 925 8360
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
6000 Airport Circle+1 941 355 8848
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:30
Sunday08:00 - 16:30
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent27 Apr 2021
Pros: It was a good value! It beat the overpriced rates of Enterprise that are taking advantage of the tourists and locals in Venice, Florida. I drove 40 miles to get this Rental, and it was worth it.Cons: Staff was Great, but you need to get a drop box for rental keys for after hours and weekends.
4.0 Okay17 Apr 2021
Pros: Original price was good but the tire went flat and had to call a wrecking service ($65). When he came he found that the spare was flat. Had to take tire to be fixed ($21). Had to take a taxi from airport to rental location and from rental location back to the airport ($35 + tip each way=$80). Extra $165. We lost a day of vacation when tire was flat and 2 1/2 hours waiting for tire to be repaired plus time getting to and from rental location which was approx. 10 miles in the opposite direction of where we were staying when we passed a Hertz location about 5 min. from where we were staying on the way to the place our reservation was made for us. Was told when I made reservation that we could be picked up from the airport.Cons: All of the above was a dislike PLUS the guy who was there was NOT personable or professional.
2.0 Mediocre16 Apr 2021
Pros: NothingCons: They had no cars and would not honor my reservation and left me stranded with no apologies
8.0 Excellent10 Apr 2021
Cons: Would have been better if there was a key drop box rather than having to get the car back before the car rental place closed at 4:30.
4.0 Okay31 Mar 2021
Pros: Drop off fastCons: Better explanation regarding gas fill up
10.0 Excellent26 Mar 2021
Pros: Great staff!! Very helpful!!Cons: Nothing...
8.0 Excellent19 Mar 2021
Pros: The staff was very helpful. There were no cars available to get at the airport so we had to use another location and that was unfortunate but not the fault of Hertz.Cons: It was Spring Break time and I would hope they would have many more cars available than they had but we should have booked earlier as well.
10.0 Excellent19 Mar 2021
Pros: Staff when I returned the car was wonderfulCons: When I picked up the car the staff was not overly helpful or friendly.
10.0 Excellent16 Mar 2021
Pros: The staff was friendly and accommodatingCons: I didn't realize it was so far from the airport but luckily we made it in time. If my time hadn't changed I would not have known that because they called and asked me if I was still coming at noon which brought us to the conversation that they were not at the airport.
6.0 Good23 Feb 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly.Cons: Didn’t get the class of car I reserved. The car was dirty and didn’t run that well. Most importantly, the car didn’t seem to be disinfected, and during this pandemic, that is very concerning.
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Rated no. 2
Dollar
7.9 Good (111 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Dollar
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Circle+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:30
Sunday08:00 - 16:30
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay2 May 2021
Pros: The car was nice and the pick up was fineCons: There was no one there for drop off and then, even though I prepaid through kayak I had an additional charge of $195 and since I couldn’t talk to anyone and didn’t get an emailed receipt, I have NO IDEA why
6.0 Good2 May 2021
Cons: The car was old and the tires were almost bald in addition the brakes were poor ! For what we paid I do not believe it was a good value
6.0 Good19 Apr 2021
Cons: Waited in line over an hour to get to the counter to get our car. There was garbage in our vehicle when we got in and it didn’t appear to have been cleaned.
6.0 Good10 Apr 2021
Cons: Interior windows were filthy. Our “full size” SUV was not full size.
8.0 Excellent26 Mar 2021
Pros: Pick up was easy. Very personable desk agentCons: More secure drop off. No ability to get a receipt without going back in the terminal. I still have not received a receipt from Dollar
6.0 Good7 Dec 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly.Cons: Car was beat up cosmetically and not very clean inside. The counter at pickup was very understaffed with one agent for 3 rental companies which created a wait.
6.4 Good12 Nov 2020
Pros: The rental was for my son. He did have some problems on pickup and delivery. Extra fees.Cons: I won't rent with Dollar again. Too many hidden fees.
10.0 Excellent31 Jan 2020
Pros: Drop-off was very easy. I pulled up, they processed the drop-off during the time it took me to gather my belongings, and I went on my way.
10.0 Excellent17 Dec 2018
Pros: The price was competitive - convienent pickup and easy to modify when I needed to change the drop off point.
4.4 Okay6 Oct 2018
Cons: The car was really basic. No remote buttons for the mirrows. The windows were filthy and was difficult to see driving east and into the sun!
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Rated no. 3
Budget
7.9 Good (164 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Budget
Locations in Sarasota
1120 Rental Car Road+1 941 359 5360
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
7010 South Tamiami Trail+1 941 921 7408
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:30
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre1 May 2021
Cons: Long lines AGAIN at counter.. same as in March, cancelled and called an Uber. Why is there only one person handling rentals?
4.0 Okay8 Apr 2021
Cons: Clerk at Sarasota airport was very run. Had to find a ride from the budget that was not on site. Have never traveled where there was no shuttle. Very poor customer service
10.0 Excellent26 Mar 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly and professional
2.0 Mediocre21 Mar 2021
Cons: We ordered a pickup, but were given a dirty small hundai. The small suv was dirty, stunk, and was only ¾ full of gas.
10.0 Excellent7 Mar 2021
Pros: Very quick and easy pick up. Counter is located in baggage claim. But go to the counter before you get your luggage because line became very long right after we finished at the counter. Drop off is super quick and easy.
2.0 Mediocre1 Mar 2021
Pros: NothingCons: Having one person work the counter on Saturday is simply DUMB. People were in line for longer then their flights. After waiting for 30 minutes we left.
10.0 Excellent16 Feb 2021
Cons: Pick up was off site from airport. Not a big deal. Nice lady let us change drop off to the airport which was a huge deal for us. Usually use Hertz but will use budget moving forward.
10.0 Excellent24 Jan 2021
Cons: I thought the price was a little high
10.0 Excellent11 Jan 2021
Pros: Very easy process great car
2.0 Mediocre2 Jan 2021
Cons: Everything. The car broke down and I was never able to get a replacement
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Rated no. 4
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (90 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Alamo
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Cir+1 833 336 0433
Monday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
  • 8.7
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  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent21 May 2017
Cons: No automatic locks. I had to use a key to open the car door.
8.8 Excellent10 May 2017
Pros: Car was clean and new. Pickup and drop off were easy.Cons: Charged me for 7 gallons of gas after I returned it with a full tank. They refunded the charge after I complained, but I don't see how it was applied in the first place. I had filled up 2 minutes from the drop off location.
9.6 Excellent4 May 2017
Cons: Car was in second lot and hard to find - some specific directions about the space numbers would have been helpful, maybe even a map.
10.0 Excellent1 May 2017
Great service!Pros: We upgraded and extended our rental. The guy at the airport couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Upgraded us to a 2026 Suburban and only charges us for a regular minivan. Being a family of 5 this was very helpful.
5.6 Okay1 May 2017
Watch out for unexpected chargesPros: Car was fine. Very small gas tank, though.Cons: According to Kayak, I was supposed to be charged an agreed-upon amount from March 29 through April 30. However, Alamo charged me for a one-month rental at the rate I had been quoted for the entire period and then tacked on an additional fee for the remaining 2 days.
10.0 Excellent28 Apr 2017
Pros: Very easy drop off.
10.0 Excellent26 Apr 2017
Pros: Great new car. Hybrid with great gas mileage. Easy drop-off and pick up.
9.6 Excellent23 Apr 2017
Pros: Drop off was amazingly easy
10.0 Excellent19 Apr 2017
Pros: They gave us a free up-grade!
8.0 Excellent8 Mar 2017
Pros: Easy drop off with parking lot check out.
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Rated no. 5
Thrifty
7.9 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Thrifty
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Circle+1 877 283 0898
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:30
Sunday08:00 - 16:30
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 May 2021
Pros: Reasonably priced. The Drop off was very quick and easy.Cons: Long wait to pick up the car.
6.0 Good25 Feb 2021
Pros: The pickup was a two hour wait just to get the car. Other than that, it went fine.
10.0 Excellent7 Dec 2020
Pros: yesCons: Sirius didn't work despite it being part of the paid for package
9.6 Excellent11 Feb 2020
Pros: Friendly staff. Easy pick up and drop off.
2.0 Mediocre28 Jan 2020
Cons: The car smelled of so much smoke that it was almost unbearable.
4.0 Okay25 Jan 2020
Pros: Jose at the counter was not very professional.Cons: Service at the counter and drop off at Miami Airport was not much better.
10.0 Excellent5 Nov 2019
Pros: Very helpful when there was a glitch in price and days and hours of rental.Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent3 May 2019
Pros: Drop-off was excellent--very friendly and professional agent took care of me.
10.0 Excellent22 Sep 2018
new truckPros: excellent new ram truckCons: try to sell you unnecessary add ons at pick up
9.2 Excellent7 Aug 2018
EfficientPros: The drop-off location is within sight and walking distance from the airport. The vehicle was checked in within minutes of arriving- very efficient!Cons: No complaints!
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Rated no. 6
Enterprise
7.6 Good (70 reviews)
5 locations in Sarasota
Enterprise
Locations in Sarasota
1003 N Washington Blvd+1 941 365 7228
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - Invalid date
4229 Clark Rd+1 941 925 9943
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
5101 S Tamiami Trl+1 941 923 7595
Monday00:00 - Invalid date
Tuesday00:00 - Invalid date
Wednesday00:00 - Invalid date
Thursday00:00 - Invalid date
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5664 Fruitville Rd+1 941 378 5900
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - Invalid date
6000 Airport Cir+1 833 336 0435
Monday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - Invalid date
06:30 - 23:59
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2021
Cons: Booked a convertible it confirmed. Got there and they didn't have a convertible because on was returned earlier that day with damage. They could have called or emailed before I paid to Uber to the dealership. The woman that was helping was insanely abrasive and rude about it instead of apologetic. I understand things happen but I absolutely should have been notified before my reservation time plus she did not need to be so abrasive about it. Apologetic and calm if the way she should have approached it. I am extremely unsatisfied and will not book again.
2.0 Mediocre11 Apr 2021
Cons: Do not be late! This store closes at 5:00PM. Our daily rental rate increased dramatically when we picked up the next morning.
4.0 Okay10 Feb 2021
Pros: The staff member at the pickup was rude in trying to sell additional collision insurance which was unnecessary as my credit card includes such coverage. He was condescending and aggressive.Cons: After speaking with rental agency customer support for over 45 minutes, no one could tell me what the cost would be to drop the car off early at a different location. They advised me to drop the vehicle and that they would waive any fees if they were charged. No invoice has been received in over 48 hours since dropping off the vehicle.
2.0 Mediocre1 Dec 2020
Pros: The check out process was quick and easy at the airport terminal. Car was comfortable.Cons: It took over an hour to pickup rental even though I had already done all paperwork and just needed to pickup vehicle. There was a lot of chaos, 2 people doing rentals and only 4 people in front of me. They were struggling with order, cleaning and checkout process. Won’t rent from that location again.
7.6 Good18 Nov 2020
Pros: Staff very friendly and helpfulCons: The car was just returned when I picked it up. So they did not have a chance to wash it. I would have waited for them to wash it.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul 2020
Pros: Staff was great. Drop off was a breeze.Cons: Not one thing!
7.2 Good23 Mar 2020
Cons: Really not a problem with enterprise but when I rented I was under the impression pickup was at the airport not downtown and would have to Uber to get there. With delays in our flight we were not going to be able to make it there by closing causing us to change our rental to the airport costing us a lot more and being very inconvenient. Much better communication is needed.
5.2 Okay29 Dec 2019
Pros: The staff was awesome. Answered All my questions.Cons: I was not happy with the quality of the car. Low tire pressure light came on numerous times. Also the car would pull to the left, even with the tires aired up properly.
5.6 Okay25 Dec 2019
Cons: We reserved a standard SUV and recharge received a compact SUV. Then found out they don't differentiate between the 2 sizes.
10.0 Excellent25 Jun 2019
Pros: It was fast, friendly and painless. In and out.Cons: They could have drove me to Orlando. That's a joke!
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Rated no. 7
Avis
7.3 Good (46 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Avis
Locations in Sarasota
6018 Airport Circle+1 941 359 5240
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
7010 South Tamiami Trail Suite B+1 941 927 3220
Monday08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday08:00 - 16:30
Thursday08:00 - 16:30
Friday08:00 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:30
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
6.0 Good7 Apr 2021
Pros: The 2nd car was clean & in good working condition. Try’s car w/ cracked windshield & followed all instructions when I called in & got case #, did follow up before returning car. Simple “incident report” done upon return, easy, 15 min to do paperwork so was impressed they gave outside service, avoiding lines inside terminal.Cons: Initial car had obvious front end or alignment problem that should have never been rented out. Caused me to return next day for replacement. Eating my valuable vacation time.
6.0 Good31 Mar 2021
Pros: Easy pickup and drop off!Cons: Car was not as clean as I expected it to be. Windshield was dirty on the inside and it wasn’t vacuumed very good. Kind of felt funny turning it in in that condition even though I only rented it for 2 days and only drove it on of them.
8.0 Excellent20 Mar 2021
Pros: Staff goodCons: Car not cleaned well. No bathroom at pickup location
3.2 Mediocre12 Mar 2020
Cons: Car was filthy. Pickup was a $30 cab ride from airport, not at airport. Car had damaged windshield and no washer fluid.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb 2020
Pros: yes drop off was easyCons: I picked up the car no service just sign here . The car was not dirity but smell like a horse lived in it after driving with the windows open is when I relised why they were open when I picked up the car
9.2 Excellent14 Nov 2019
Pros: Yes
7.6 Good2 Jul 2019
Pros: Staff was friendly. Had to wait for a few minutes on pickup and drop off.Cons: Overall good experience.
6.0 Good26 Mar 2019
Pros: good avis quality car .Cons: Better more accurate quotes on your web site , was charged double .
2.8 Mediocre29 Jan 2019
Pros: The guy who checked us out originally was cool and things were relatively smooth. They didn't have a great selection of cars, but we were in a hurry so we chose a 4 Runner.Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE. The car was dirty, they SEVERELY overcharged me for a dirty car, and they couldn't care less about our experience. We have a habit of documenting everything on video, so we have a recording of the dirty car, and their rude and disrespectful behavior. Avoid, that place sucks....
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2018
Pros: Convenient , quick and courteous
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Rated no. 8
Payless
7.2 Good (60 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Payless
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Circle+1 941 749 2900
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
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay15 Mar 2021
Pros: I really liked the upgrade to the minivan.Cons: We waited one hour and 45 minutes in line at SRQ for the rental car. Only one attendant there. I also got a ticket for an expired tag that I had no control over.
8.0 Excellent18 Feb 2021
Pros: YesCons: Clean vehicle Somebody available to do a walk around with prior to exiting facility
9.2 Excellent2 Jun 2020
Pros: easy drop off, nice clean carCons: Only one agent working for 3 different rental car companies at the time of pick-up and caused very long lines
10.0 Excellent1 Apr 2020
Pros: Everyone was efficient and friendly, the car was fine and the price was right.Cons: Nothing, we will definitely consider Kayak again.
4.4 Okay16 Feb 2020
Pros: That eventually I got a small car.Cons: Had reserved a small car -- but only a truck was available. Was told to come back the next day, when there would be plenty of cars, and swap it out for a small car. Did that -- told us that no cars were available (all cars reserved -- tho of course my car was reserved too). Told to come back the next day between 8-10am -- when there would surely be plenty of cars. Did...and after 30 minutes (first saying there were no cars) they found a small car. Incidentally, had tried to call ahead each time but the main office didn't know the local car situation and no one answered the phone at the local office. Local office told me that they don't have anyone available to answer the phone. This isn't a problem that can be solved without people driving all the way to the airport to find out if there are cars available?
9.2 Excellent5 Nov 2019
Pros: Staff very friendly but had to cover three different rental agencies with two people and a long line. I felt very bad for them as some of the crowd were nasty and it was not their fault.Cons: More staffing at the pickup counter.
6.0 Good27 Oct 2019
Pros: price was decentCons: no one available at drop off
6.8 Good14 Oct 2019
Pros: No lines, even though only one employee covering several companies, he worked hard and got to everyone as fast as possible.Cons: No cars in the size I reserved and really very little inventory. Asked if I would mind taking a 4 door pick up truck. A bit hard for me as I was visiting an elderly relative, but wanted to help him out as he really didn’t have any cars. Didn’t realize when I agreed that the gas cost would be so much more with a vehicle that size. Probably cost me an extra 10-15 dollars and I was the one inconvenienced. Would have been nice to have been offered a credit for that.
8.8 Excellent30 Sep 2019
Pros: Very easy and fast pick up/drop off.Cons: Vehicle had a strong cigarette smoke smell. Might need ozone treatment.
5.2 Okay10 Jun 2019
Pros: FriendlinessCons: Car hd many many dents and scratches and was not clean.
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Rated no. 9
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Sarasota
National
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Cir+1 833 336 0434
Monday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - Invalid date
06:00 - 23:59
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  • 10
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent17 Jan 2017
Pros: Bill was extremely helpful in adjusting the amount overcharged. Paul was also a pleasure. Everything about our encounter was very very nice. The drop off process was very easy. if I was not overcharged I would have been out of there in 5 minutes.Cons: When i dropped off the car I was overcharged. Had I not looked at my receipt I would not have known. I had to go inside and go to the counter to have the charge adjusted.
Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Sarasota
8009 15th Street E+1 727 643 5427
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr 2017
Pros: The car was nice.Cons: I called to let them know I needed the car two days earlier. Had to leave a voice mail and got no return call. Didn't know where to find the shuttle. Took forever to process paper work. When we went to return the car, there was no one there. We had to call two different numbers to get someone there to check the car in and give us a ride to the airport. HORRIBLE!!!! And it wasn't cheap either.
10.0 Excellent21 Apr 2017
Was great! Would def use you again!Pros: Service was great!Cons: That the rental was not at the airport. It it wasn't terribly inconvenient :)
Sunnycars
1 location in Sarasota
Sunnycars
Locations in Sarasota
6000 Airport Circle
Recent reviews
742 travellers who rented a car in Sarasota gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

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Top tips for hiring a car in Sarasota

  • As a tourist in Sarasota, there’s lots to discover with the help of a car. Rather than relying on public transport, embrace the comfort of a hire a car to explore Sarasota Bay and beyond in your own time. From the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Siesta Key Beach, you’ll have the freedom take in all of Sarasota’s sights.
  • Ready to rent a car on your vacation in Sarasota? If you are landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, you will find that the main terminal offers several on-site car hire facilities. Conveniently, the hire car counters can be found in the baggage claim wing just after you leave the Arrivals Hall.
  • Travelers new to Sarasota must remember to keep headlights on from dusk to dawn, as well as in rain or fog, as this is a requirement across the whole state. When you stop at a red light, you may turn right unless a sign indicating “no right on red” is posted. You are likely to encounter several toll roads on the outskirts of Sarasota, so always carry cash in your car.
  • Morning rush hour in Sarasota begins at 7:00 am and lasts until 9:00 am, and in the afternoon it goes from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Try to avoid US 41 and I-75 highways during these peak times. During the summer months, Sarasota’s roads are practically traffic free, but come winter when everyone is escaping colder climates, the roads can become congested.
  • Book your rental car in Sarasota at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Sarasota

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Sarasota are Alamo (8.9, 312 reviews), Enterprise (8.2, 160 reviews), and Hertz (8.0, 143 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Sarasota is $4.47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $54 and $72, depending on the car size.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Tampa airport include Sixt, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Tampa airport to off-airport locations include Sixt, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.

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

  • Sarasota mainly features large streets and highways that are suitable for a wide range of vehicle sizes. If you are planning to visit the coast and all that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer, you shouldn’t have any issues renting an SUV or minivan. If you decide to drive around and park in the city center, then it may be worth renting a smaller car.

  • Generally, across Florida, the legal speed limit is 55 mph. On rural interstate highways the speed limits is 70 mph, while on four-lane highways the limit is 65 mph. Driving on other state highways means a maximum speed of 60 mph. In urban areas of Sarasota, the speed limit is 30 mph, with just 10-20 mph allowed in school zones.

  • Across the US, petrol prices are, on average, $3.06 per gallon, whereas the cost of petrol is around $2.27 per gallon in Florida. Buying petrol in Sarasota is reasonably cheap, compared to the rest of the state, with petrol priced at $2.23 per gallon.

  • Parking in Sarasota is easy as the city boasts over 3000 public parking spaces in its downtown area, as well as curbside parking, parking lots, and parking garages. Street parking is free while parking lots and garages charge from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you’re heading to the coast, both Siesta and Lido Beaches have a free public parking lot.