Car rental at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport

Car rental at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport

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Tampa, FL, United States - St. Petersburg
19 Aug — 26 Aug
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Tampa, FL, United States - St. Petersburg
Fri 19/8
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Fri 26/8
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Tampa St. Petersburg Airport car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Budget
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (104 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Budget
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
6.0 Good26 Jul 2022
a little mixed up on arriving to get car, but she was kind.
10.0 Excellent10 Jul 2022
About the price if it could be down a little bit, l think it should be great. Thanks
2.0 Mediocre11 Apr 2022
My rental was scheduled for pick up at 12noon, I showed up at 9:30am hoping I could get the car since I was returning it at 5:30am the next day. No car of my selection was available per the rep , was told I could wait in case someone brought back a car early. Waited til 10:30am , still no car. The rep said come back at 12noon the reservation time . Come back at 11:45am and there are 40+ people in line with one rep behind the counter. Eventually help came around 12:45pm. Ended up picking my car at 1:30pm. Not Good !
2.0 Mediocre4 Apr 2022
We waited 4.5 hours to get a rental car and I missed an important work event. Never renting with Budget again. A full refund would be appreciated.
4.0 Okay27 Mar 2022
Drop off and pick up, the staff was fantastic. Also no extra charges for spouses to drive as an additional driver which was a great perk. But our SUV itself was really rough. Lots of dents and scratches, and a nail in the tire which we refilled with air every few days as we didn’t have time to go swap out the vehicle. Our last few days there was also a warning sign that would pop up to check the owners manual but no error code or anything about what was wrong, and then it would just disappear. Yikes.
8.0 Excellent24 Mar 2022
Cost. Could of been better
8.0 Excellent22 Mar 2022
Booked convertible mustang. Was not there/ready for my pickup. Was offered Jeep Wrangler or Dodge Hemi instead. Was very appreciative of the potential upgrade; but went with the Jeep. However; was really looking forward to having the mustang. I gave a time for my pick up based on my flight getting in. Not sure why the car just wasn’t avail.
2.0 Mediocre21 Feb 2022
Waited over an hour in line for vehicle. Did not have the class of vehicle I reserved.
8.0 Excellent22 Jan 2022
We were in and out of the office. The man was very friendly. There was someone close to our vehicle who told us if we had any question about the car to ask.
10.0 Excellent22 Jan 2022
Easy pick up and drop off. Everything went smoothly.
Rated no. 2
Alamo
8.9 Excellent (59 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Alamo
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre22 Jun 2022
Combining check-in and -out at exit may save them money but presented me with an embarrassment and much aggravation.
10.0 Excellent8 Apr 2022
Our flight was canceled due to weather and the Alamo was very helpful and easy to work with to enable us to cancel our reservation.
4.0 Okay10 Dec 2021
too expensive for what it was. got charged for extra stuff i did not want
5.9 Okay6 Sep 2021
Long line to get car over 30minutes
8.0 Excellent17 May 2021
Drop off was good, walk back to terminal was a bit much...
10.0 Excellent19 Jan 2021
Staff was very friendly and made me feel welcome. Everything was quick and smooth, while also being sure I knew the details and options available to me.
10.0 Excellent15 Nov 2020
Easy to pick up easy to drop off
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2020
Great experience
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2020
YesNothing
10.0 Excellent5 Jul 2020
Quick check in amd check out
Rated no. 3
Avis
8.4 Excellent (31 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Avis
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 8.9
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 May 2022
Took awhile to get car. Had 2 guys working but they did what they could.
2.0 Mediocre5 Apr 2022
The pickup line was hours long. My time is worth money. Everybody wants to save, but when it takes half a day to get your rental, I’d rather pay more.
10.0 Excellent14 Apr 2021
The prices were waaaaaay to high. Otherwise polite staff, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful
8.0 Excellent30 Mar 2021
Yes...good experienceDaily rates were ridiculously high.
8.0 Excellent17 Mar 2021
Staff was very friendly abd helpfulPriced way too high.
7.6 Good13 Nov 2018
Attendant was very helpful.Set up was confusing due to traffic pattern and construction
3.6 Mediocre5 Jul 2018
The vehicle was dirty and smelled like someone threw up in it,I had to clean and spray it to drive it
10.0 Excellent2 Jul 2018
Good car, very nice guy in St Pete, easy drop off in nyc
5.6 Okay3 Apr 2018
MediocreQuick check in and a clean vehicleHad issues with turning on the automatic Sun Pass (toll road) and it tried charging toward the Sun Pass every time we went through the toll. I was told it could be turned off and on but it could not be. The charges for using the pass are ridiculous ($4/day if u use it or not once its activated plus toles). Also, the taxes and fees were over $100 for a $350 weekly rental.
10.0 Excellent13 Apr 2017
reasonableliked that I could walk to pick up in town rental. very reasonable when booked online. No drop charge for one way rental to airport.liked everything
Rated no. 4
Enterprise
8.4 Excellent (47 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent24 Apr 2022
Enterprise made everything easy, from checking in, picking up the car and dropping it off. I went through Priceline and chose Enterprise. I saved a lot of money doing that. Also, we picked up our car at a local airport, even though we were not flying anywhere. That brought the price down as well. Enterprise is always my preferred rental car company.
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2020
Ease of drop off and pick up
6.4 Good9 Nov 2020
Kiosk at the airport was unmanned and had to use Alamo for picking up the Enterprise reserved vehicle. The line was long and moved slowly and took about 30 minutes. Very disappointed with that portion of the process, otherwise was a fine experience.
10.0 Excellent12 Mar 2018
Beyond ExpectationsPicking up a vehicle from Enterprise at St. Petersburg airport could have not been easier. Tyler at the counter could not have been more friendly or helpful.
9.6 Excellent19 Jan 2018
Good car...excellent gas mileage. Clean.Pick up process to lengthy. Too much chatter from Person that processed pick up.
8.8 Excellent2 May 2017
Car was not 'really' clean -- esp. around the inner door frames where you touch getting in and out. I cleaned the inside windshield. I picked up the car with just about an empty tank but left it with 3/4 tank. The lady in St. Pete didn't know if I could be reimbursed for the difference.
10.0 Excellent24 Apr 2017
All goodQuick processing, replaced the booked car as it did not have luggage compartment cover in hatchback. Also rental was extremely cheap, which is a seasonal thing(i guess), still adds to overall positive impression. Last day of the 9 day rental received a courtesy call, also very pleasant touch
10.0 Excellent11 Apr 2017
Great customer serviceWish the van had USB charging
10.0 Excellent6 Mar 2017
Friendly ReceptionEasy return and friendly faces there to help. Piece of cake!
8.0 Excellent14 Feb 2017
Size of car,and cleanlinessThe rate was outrageous
Rated no. 5
Thrifty
6.1 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 6.7
  • 6.2
  • 5.8
  • 5.5
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
4.8 Okay4 Jan 2020
Didn't have the full-size car we requested, but was upgraded to full-size SUV.Pickup at airport was horrendous. No counter or signs, had to inquire at information booth. They gave me a slip of paper and said I had to call to request a shuttle pickup. They also said, "Don't leave a message, they won't respond. Just keep calling". After trying to reach them for more than 20 minutes (their automated system kept sending me to numbers that were disconnected or mailboxes were full), I finally reached someone. It was then another 10 minutes for the shuttle to get to the airport, 10 minutes to get to the off-site rental location (in the lobby of the Holiday Inn). Wasn't the most pleasant, relaxing start to our vacation. Lots of better options at this airport!
5.6 Okay27 Oct 2019
The staffs were friendly and they treat us good. I had no issues with them except they haven’t mentioned me abou the toll program. But I have handled it in different way.The inside of the car was vacuumed but still dirty with some foot marks on dash board and all. The out side wasn’t looking that impressive too. First place i been to from pickup was to a quick car wash. But it wasn’t that bad though. However i made a car wash before I dropped it because that may help the next customer.
8.8 Excellent5 Oct 2019
Staff wasn’t very friendly but they were mildly helpful. The car they gave me at first reeked of cigarettes and had a warped tire so I asked for another car. Staff seemed annoyed that I inspected the vehicle before driving off, but honored my request for another car.
7.2 Good30 Sep 2019
The staff was accommodating.The quality of the car was poor. There was an annoying front end rattle and I was not able to pair my phone to the blue tooth system.
10.0 Excellent11 Jun 2019
I got a free upgrade
4.8 Okay27 Jan 2019
not much, other than the drop-off was conveniently located at airportwebsite advertised pick-up was by shuttle but didn't mention it was off-site, pick-up was located at a Holiday Inn a couple of miles from the airport. The total charge to my credit card was about $32 more than what they said it would be, and there was no SunPass, was told to avoid toll roads!
2.0 Mediocre15 Jul 2018
They did not careNothing to like since they never showed up with their shittleThere was no shuttle at the airport. The number to call did not answer. Left multiple messages, called headquarters. Got the run-around theough several people. Then was past the closing time of the local office. It was a pathetic show of customer service. I ended up walking to the AVIS counter and had a car in 5 min.
2.0 Mediocre18 May 2018
They andwered the phone saying we would be picked up in 10-minutes - they never showed I rented a car from Ace Rental who provided outstanding service Thrifty -never again!
3.2 Mediocre29 Apr 2018
Pay the fee for airport rental!Even though my family and I had made arrangements to drop the car off at the "nearby" location to the airport at a specific time, transportation to the terminal wasn't provided because we didn't "schedule" a shuttle. Funny how it was there when we arrived but not available when we left...
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2018
I will never rent from this location againNothing1 off site 2 picked up in unmarked van 3 employees wearing uniform for a different company 4 no one at rental desk at 8am when I dropped it off 5 Had to have Holiday Inn shuttle take me to airport or else I would have needed to take a cab sign said they would be back in 25 minutes add that to check out time and then having them take me to airport you are looking at having to drop car off 1 hour before you want to get to the airport... I will never rent from this Thrifty location again
Rated no. 6
National
8.3 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
National
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 8.1
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent24 Aug 2021
The whole thing was a very pleasant experience.. Thanks
6.0 Good13 Jun 2021
Poor information about car, how to operate, (where are various switches, controls, etc)... There should be an information sheet, car specific
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2021
YesCheaper
2.0 Mediocre9 Jun 2021
I didn't like anything about this experience!the entire experience could have been better!
10.0 Excellent4 May 2021
None
7.2 Good28 May 2019
Cars were located far from terminal and had to take luggage on a long hike to locate them. Very lucky that it was good weather.
Rated no. 7
Hertz
7.9 Good (23 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Hertz
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 7.8
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Feb 2019
Great staffQuicker access to car
10.0 Excellent14 Dec 2018
100% great lady at the desk100% great lady at the desk . helped me figure out the gas options
9.2 Excellent29 Oct 2018
Helpful Hertz teamI arrived at St Petersburg Clearwater airport in a party of 4 with 5 suitcases. The counter team upgraded our vehicle to a larger vehicle to help us.
6.4 Good21 Oct 2018
Drop and flyEasy parking and no hassleNothing here
10.0 Excellent17 Apr 2018
Hertz employees were very friendly and informative.
6.0 Good18 Feb 2018
Model was good value. Hertz representatives were very pleasantThe car smelled of smoke. There were ink stains on the seats
2.0 Mediocre15 Feb 2018
Would not accept insurance pre purchase They told me they wouldn’t aThe entire 3rd party purchase experience
5.2 Okay26 Mar 2017
The vehicle was excellentTheir were way to many hidden fees. After I saved the vehicle and paid for it on my credit card the there was an addition $75 for taxes and fees and then I got an addition $30 charge for tolls. It needs to be stated before leaving that there is not an easy pass in the vehicle and that I would be charged for the tolls a week later
10.0 Excellent15 Mar 2017
Happy with vehicle, smooth transition at deskeverything fine
10.0 Excellent1 Mar 2017
EasyEasy access...friendly clerk. Counter directly across from baggage. Couldn't be easier.
Rated no. 8
Economy Rent a Car
7.8 Good (18 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
5.6 Okay25 Nov 2017
The vehicle was fine.The customer service was terrible. I would avoid this company in the future.
2.0 Mediocre14 Nov 2017
Don't. Just don't....Nothing.Perhaps the worst customer service ever. Tried some scam to force me to take out extra insurance.....
5.2 Okay16 Oct 2017
Broken gas cap cover. Drivers seat belt broken, safety issue.
6.0 Good6 Aug 2017
I like the van that they gave us. It was nice and clean.So, my flight was delayed and I tried calling to let them know that but the number that they gave me in the email was disconnected. I had to call priceline to get to them. When I called to let them know I will be late they just said to call them when I get to the airport. So when I arrived at the office there was no one in the front. I waited a while until they finally came out and then when I told her who I was and what I was renting the lady said that it would be good to let them know that I was going to be late and I told her I did call to let them know. Seem like they don't have any good communication. Also we had to gas up right away because the gas tank was full.
10.0 Excellent31 Jul 2017
Nice, met all our needs !Speed, accuracy.n/a
6.4 Good21 Jun 2017
Appreciate staying open late but no music.Economy stayed open late when my flight was delayed. Other car rental companies didn't.The radio was on mute. I couldn't figure out how to unmute. I called Economy and they couldn't help then. They said they would find out and call me back. They never called back.
10.0 Excellent24 May 2017
Actually got the SUV I ordered!Economy had a van that picked us up at the airport in less than five minutes. It only took another 10 minutes and we were in our SUV heading to the beach !I would have liked to have known to call economy because they did not have a kiosk at the airport. Luckily I had by rental papers and the number was on it.
4.0 Okay22 May 2017
The manager was kind and helpful when I contacted her.They gave me a compact car when I paid for a mid-size car, and insisted that a Ford Focus was mid-size. They also charged me more than was agreed upon. Eventually I called the manager from my Hotel room and she refunded the difference, however I ended up with a car I did not have enough room in that had a distinct odor.
8.0 Excellent21 Feb 2017
First time to St. Pete AirportCourteous and worked extremely hard to keep their customers happy.Off airport rental company is very difficult to find. Poor signage. But really worked hard to please.
10.0 Excellent11 Feb 2017
Being a hybrid the mpg was awesome
Rated no. 9
Dollar
6.2 Good (20 reviews)
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Dollar
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
  • 5.4
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre16 Dec 2019
Car rental was not at airport, was offsite at an old hotel which was very strange. Shuttle was broken down upon arrival and not running for our departure. We had to take an Uber to the airport which was very inconvenient because we were traveling with a car seat and a small child. This location should not be included as an airport location.
10.0 Excellent16 Nov 2019
Everything was seamless and price was lowest anywhere .I can’t say anything that could have gone better .
9.2 Excellent18 Dec 2018
Clean and comfortable
10.0 Excellent2 Dec 2018
Our plane was late getting into the airport and they still had a nice car for us.The car didn't have mats in it and we hated getting sand i it.
6.0 Good19 Feb 2018
The free upgrade.Long wait for the van at the airport, cultural preference playing music for preferred culture loudly in the van, no one at the desk to return the car, one was driving one was washing cars. The car I ordered was unavailable. The next car was dirty, and the trunk would not open. The last car I was offered was wonderful.
5.6 Okay6 Jul 2017
Drop off was at a desk tucked away in the side of the lobby of a holiday inn and required waiting on a shuttle to drive us the mile to the airport terminal.
5.6 Okay2 Jul 2017
Good price.Drop off is off-site. Pick up van was a normal Chrysler Pacifica with minimal seating. Very slow to pick up at PIE Airport.
2.0 Mediocre24 Apr 2017
Never rent from DollarDollar lists themselves as "being at the airport". They are not at the airport and there was no shuttle, no counter, no phone. When we called the LOCAL phone number to have them bring us a car or shuttle us to their location, NO ONE ANSWERED THE PHONE. We called again and again, but as you can imagine, you can only stand around the airport for so long before you give up and rent a car from one of the counters at the airport.Terrible service and zero help from the 1800 phone number. No one answered the phone at the local office. We landed at 8:00 pm - so after business hours - but certainly not the middle of the night. There is no excuse for Dollar Rental Car leaving us high and dry. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT RENT FROM THEM! TERRIBLE BUSINESS OWNERS
2.0 Mediocre23 Apr 2017
Miss leadingNothingMiss led they were located in airport, they are not
8.0 Excellent22 Mar 2017
Everything went well
Sunnycars
2 locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
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AZ Car Rental
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
AZ Car Rental
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
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Easirent
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Easirent
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
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Exotic Luxury Rental
1 location in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
Exotic Luxury Rental
Locations in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport
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377 travellers who rented a car in Tampa St. Petersburg Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport

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Mini

Top tips for renting a car at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport

  • With no public transit option available at the Tampa Airport (PIE), a car ride is convenient for traveling from PIE Airport to the Tampa Bay Area. Renting a vehicle will get you to downtown St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa in about 14-18min. Driving will also give you the freedom and chance to explore all that the cities have to offer. When you rent a vehicle, you’ll travel whenever you want without the inconvenience of having to wait for a ride.
  • While rideshare, taxi, and shuttle transportation are available, a car rental at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport will be the more advantageous in comparison. Unlike taxis, you won’t have to deal with the possibility and inconvenience of hidden fees. Taxis and private shuttles may also charge higher prices, and so you might want to rent a vehicle if you’re on a budget (especially if you’ll stay in town for an extended period). Renting a car also gives you a more flexible travel option than the other transportation means, whereby you can make as many stops as you want with no additional fees.
  • Renting a vehicle at PIE Airport is a simple procedure due to on-site car hire companies. Note that the operating hours of these companies vary per the airline flight schedules, with companies adjusting hours and staying open about 30min following the last flight to arrive. Some agencies may not modify their systems to accommodate late-night flights. Therefore, we recommend that you input your flight number and choose the latest car reservation time, especially if your flight will arrive after regular working hours.
  • Returning your Tampa St. Petersburg Airport car rental will be an easy task, with the drop-off location being the same as pick-up. Ensure that you fulfill your fuel obligations before returning the vehicle. When ready, drive towards the airport and watch out for the rental car return signs. Follow the pointers, and you’ll arrive at the point you picked up your vehicle. You can then head over to the rental agency’s counter and drop off the car keys. On-site rental agencies also offer an after-hours return service that allows you to drop off the keys and contract in the drop boxes at the return area.
  • Book your rental car at Tampa St. Petersburg Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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