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South Bend car hire information

Pick-up locationSouth Bend
Car types
Hire locations14
Airport locations11

Cheap car rentals in South Bend

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in South Bend

  • Discover hidden gems and historical attractions in South Bend by renting a car. Getting a rental car in South Bend allows you to explore the many fantastic destinations within the city and on its outskirts conveniently. Take a day trip to the serene Indiana Dunes State Park, which is about an hour away from the city. Adrenalin Junkies can even go as far as Rum Village Park, which will only take you around 10min by car. Car rentals in South Bend will get you to these and more destinations that are not accessible via public transport.
  • The South Bend Airport has multiple car rental agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, and Budget, which you can book through KAYAK. There are several customer service desks located in the baggage claim section. From there, it’ll take you a few minutes to walk to the car pick-up area near the terminal.
  • South Bend city traffic is slow-moving, especially during rush hour. To avoid getting stuck in traffic during weekdays, be sure to leave for your destination before 7am. It can take you around half an hour to drive from most South Bend suburbs to the city center in good traffic, but during rush hour, between 7am-8am, and between 5pm-7pm, it will take at least an hour or more to arrive at your destination. Be extra cautious when passing through the Adams and Dylan intersection, as many drivers fail to adhere to all the traffic rules.
  • You may end up being stuck in traffic for at least an hour or more if you use heavily trafficked roads, like W Lasalle Avenue and W Colfax Avenue during rush hour. In case you intend to travel to the airport on the west side of the city, be sure to leave early before the morning rush hour. If you're in South Bend during winter, keep in mind that the harsh South Bend winters create icy roads, which can bring about serious accidents, so be sure to drive slowly and carefully.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in South Bend for $66 or less
  • Book your rental car in South Bend at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in South Bend are around 65% cheaper than other car types, on average

South Bend car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in South Bend 
Verified travelerNov 2023
Do it! Driving isn’t too bad— just keep an eye out for potholes and check the air pressure in the tires— temp swings make that an issue.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Get a toll box if your going to Chicago and traveling 2 days or less
RenataAug 2023
Just make sure you ask how to return the car....lol

FAQs about renting a car in South Bend

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in South Bend?

    If you’re traveling as a group, a spacious SUV is a comfortable option. A four-wheel-drive SUV is also an excellent choice if you intend to explore other attractions outside the city or if you’re driving in winter weather. In case you are traveling alone and would like to avoid the hustle of squeezing into tight parking spots at the city center, we recommend renting a compact car.

  • What’s the speed limit in South Bend?

    When driving through school zones, be sure to maintain a maximum speed limit of 25mph. You must also maintain a speed limit of 30mph on residential roads and anywhere between 55mph and 70mph on the freeway. There are speed traps and traffic cameras set up near several intersections, with one being on St. Rd. 2 and Quince Road, so be sure to adhere to the recommended traffic rules to avoid getting a ticket.

  • Where are the best places to park in South Bend?

    The charming South Bend city has multiple parking lots, garages, and marked street parking spots. There are several parking lots in Downtown South Bend that offer free parking for 2h each day and more than 2h after 5pm. You can also opt for cheap lots like the N. Main St. Lot, which charges around $4 per day. Walking to the city center from these lots will take you anywhere between 3 to 10min.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in South Bend?

    On average a hire car in South Bend costs $67 per day.

  • How much is the price of fuel in South Bend?

    The average price of fuel in South Bend is $5.64 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $68 and $90, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in South Bend?

    Compact (Nissan Leaf or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in South Bend.

  • Which hire car agencies are at South Bend/Michiana airport (SBN)?

    The only car hire company onsite at South Bend/Michiana airport is Alamo.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at South Bend/Michiana airport (SBN)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from South Bend/Michiana airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

  • How can I find car hires near me in South Bend?

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

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in South Bend?

    A Compact car hire in South Bend costs $54 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in South Bend?

    An Intermediate car hire in South Bend costs $68 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in South Bend?

    An Economy car hire in South Bend costs $69 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in South Bend?

    In South Bend, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo 4637 Progress Dr (6 km from city centre ).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in South Bend?

    On average a car hire in South Bend costs $469 per week ($67 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in South Bend?

    On average a car hire in South Bend costs $2,011 per month ($67 per day).

South Bend car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

8.0

Very Good

43 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.6

One location in South Bend

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Locations in South Bend

4639 Progress Drive

+1 574 234 3712

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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6.0 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

We tried to get the van a day earlier... we started that task 4 days before our original pick up date...what a nightmare. So much so that we will never use Hertz again. Unbelievable that no one could get their business together to be able to figure out how we could rent the vehicle a day earlier.

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff, good value, so easy to get in and out fast.

Cons:

People were obviously vaping in the car. Didn’t do a great job at getting smell out. For a car with only 8,000 miles it smelled.

8.0 Very Good

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick Up Staff was helpful and friendly. Pick up and Drop off Easy

Cons:

Being an elderly person, I wish there was a brief review of car options. I had to go on you tube to figure out how to open trunk and 3rd car door.

8.4 Very Good

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was clean, no smells. It served me well.

Cons:

The parking lot where the cars are parked was disappointing, but this was a small airport.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Extremely disappointed as our agreement and payment was to/with Kayak NOT CarRentals.com. When we showed to pick up the rental, we turned away because of not having enough available credit on our major credit card. We were stuck with the $216 fee and NO car!!! At this point we're prepared to spread the word about Kayak car rentals....STAY AWAY and buyer beware. Please, we need our refund!

1 out of 7

Budget

5.9

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in South Bend

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23134 Lincoln Way West

+1 574 232 1273

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
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4643 Progress Drive

+1 574 234 4259

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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8.0 Very Good

Nov 2023

KAYAK
While it would be nice if there was more than one employee to handle the counter when flights arrive, everyone was friendly and the entire process was pretty smooth from beginning to end. Car was great, too!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Good!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Budget cancelled my reservation at the last minute and left me without a car.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
You guys cancelled my confirmation and left me stranded at the airport. You can see my satisfaction on my google review. Then Budget was rude and hung up on me. Pitiful!!!

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Rental company had no cars available for me. Sent me to another location and they had no cars available there either.

8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Getting the car Shown on line not another.

1 out of 14

Alamo

8.3

Very Good

26 reviews
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.3

One location in South Bend

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from $66/day

Locations in South Bend

4637 Progress Dr

+1 844 914 1555

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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8.0 Very Good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
All went well, The car has a problem with re-fueling, The vent system is restricted somewhere.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Desk agent very prompt and friendly

Cons:

Gave us free upgrade

2.0 Poor

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

After arranging for the rental several days in advance and prepaying, I arrived to pick up my rental only to find that they did not have a car available for me. Instead I was offered my pick of dirty vehicles that had not been cleaned or refilled. Ended up going to Hertz and spending more money to rent a car spur of the moment but at least they had cars.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgrade for free

Cons:

Nothing

9.2 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Price. Bringing the car to the front. Quality of car.

8.8 Very Good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly customer service agents.

Cons:

Too many hidden fees. Just use bottom line pricing when quoting costs.

1 out of 5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.5

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in South Bend

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1420 S Michigan St

+1 574 289 1294

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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4647 Progress Dr

+1 844 914 1554

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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52200 Indiana State Route 933

+1 574 273 0444

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
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Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, staff was friendly.

Cons:

It was the customer service when trying to call South Bend I was always routed to corporate. No one was at the Enterprise desk in South Bend so no one walked around the car with me. A supervisor on the phone used a phone and/or had a soft spoken voice. I could not hear him.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and efficient. I was in and out quickly. Great experience.

Cons:

Only odd thing about renting in South Bend is there are no assigned spots. You everyone is walking around the lot hitting their car lock fob listening for the noise. It was actually kind of comical. But if the weather was bad or you were in a big hurry I could see how it would be irritating.

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off in Downtown Falmouth MA. was great, Attendant was helpful and friendly. Pick up in South Bend IN. Airport went well even though I forgot who was supplying the car and the Kayak email confirm was on my PC , not my phone, they found me, I got the car.

Cons:

The Ford Fusion hybrid has a weird feature where the engine turns off when you stop at a light or drive-through. This feature can be turned off by a button on the dashboard.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Enterprise called me a day before and told me they had to canceled my car as they had high demand for the Holiday and they did not had the car that I reserved many days ago. They told me they couldn’t do anything that put me on a waiting list to see what day they could have a car available.!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent. Fast, efficient, friendly. The dropoff was super fast and easy.

Cons:

Nothing. Everything was perfect.

6.8 Okay

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was easy and drop off was easy too. Car smelled like cigarettes. It was 3° and I had to drive with the window open.

Cons:

No cigarette smell.

1 out of 5

Avis

7.2

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

6.5

One location in South Bend

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Locations in South Bend

4643 Progress Drive

+1 574 234 1024

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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5.6 Fair

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Your website is misleading on the vehicle size. I wanted a chevy impala sized vehicle - emailed confirmation stated "chevy impala" . But at desk to pick up car i would have had to pay more for that class.. Clearly a bait and switch tactic. Wont use kayak again.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great, very smooth rental process

Cons:

car had a slight fragrance smell from cleaning products

3.6 Poor

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was very simple and easy.

Cons:

Didn't receive the type of car that I reserved. The vehicle had recently been smoked in and smelled nasty!!!!

2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Did not have the vehicle reserved in stock. Did not contact prior to arriving to pick up rental.

6.0 Okay

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Customer service wasn’t so impressive. They don’t seem to have a good system of handing off calls made to the local rental desk when nobody’s there to cover the location. It gets sent off to a distant call center where they don’t have access to all the info. Their explanation: we use two different systems. Yeah, well that’s very uninteresting to the customer. Maybe you should use one system and stop the excuses. Also, include taxes and fees in your initial quote. Also, be more clear about how electronic tolls work. I’m waiting to be hit with all kinds of hidden charges, and the toll highways around chicago don’t allow cash payments.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
When we arrived we were told there was only one clean vehicle available (Toyota Tacoma) and if we wanted anything else it would be dirty. Other than that no real problem in south bend. When I tried to drop it off in Chicago the address given to me was just a hotel (Hotel Loews) and they were unable to accept the car. Apparently they're listed as an Avis location because their guests can reserve a car at the front desk. Instead I found an overnight garage and picked a new Avis location in the morning. Hotel Loews should never have been listed as a drop-off location if they don't accept drop-offs.

1 out of 3

Dollar

6.8

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

7.0

One location in South Bend

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4639 Progress Drive

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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2.0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing Very unprofessional

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great friendly, helpful, I really liked the minivan, It was my first time driving that make and model car and I decided that I may just go bye me one.

Cons:

The instructions of use for the plate pass could of been explained, it's a metal box that is stuck on the windshield. I did.have to travel on the Indiana -Illinois toll way and did not know that the box contained a ez pass. So electronically the box was being picked up and I was pulling over to pay cash Lol. 3 days later I figured out what the metal thing on the windshield was. The staff did compensate me for my trouble with the platepass, and I was very pleased with the way they handled it.

9.6 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Great vehicle for family vacation.

Cons:

Air conditioning does not work well when car switched to alternative power. Works great when driving, but not when stopped.

6.4 Okay

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The SUV.

Cons:

One poor employee was asked to staff all of Dollar and Hertz. I waited more than 20 minutes in line. He was a terrific employee who was asked to do far too much. Not fair to him or to the customers.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was brand new with only 400 miles!

Cons:

I had a hard time finding the car in the lot. The numbering was difficult to use.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car gets great gas mileage.

Cons:

Restrictions when paying with Debit card.

1 out of 4

National

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in South Bend

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4637 Progress Dr

+1 844 914 1556

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in South Bend

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South Bend International Airport

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AutoEurope

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One location in South Bend

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South Bend International Airport

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Sunnycars

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4637 Progress Drive

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4637 Progress Dr, South Bend, , USA Indiana

+1 914 368 0091

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208 travellers who rented a car in South Bend gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

Car hire locations in or near South Bend

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$67/day

Good deal

$66/day

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