Washington car rentals

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Cheap car hire in Washington

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Top tips for hiring a car in Washington

  • If you are traveling with children, it is important to check with your rental company about whether they will provide a car seat or you should bring your own, as Washington State has many child passenger restraint laws. Children under the age of two must be in a rear-facing car seat. Children between two and four years old must be in a car seat with a harness, and children four and older must ride in a booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Even then, children under the age of thirteen must ride in the backseat when practical. There are also “click it or ticket” laws in place, so make sure to buckle up whether you’re a child or an adult.
  • The weather varies greatly between the east and west sides of Washington State. The west side is more mild throughout the year, whereas the east side can experience both extreme heat in the summer and snowy winters. Keep this in mind as you plan your trip, as having a car with either air conditioning or all-wheel/four-wheel-drive can be incredibly important. Also, if you’ll be traversing between east and west sides during the winter months, make sure to check the mountain passes ahead of time, as they can be closed due to snow and poor conditions.
  • Because Washington State is bordered by Canada as well as two different states, depending on which part of the state you are renting from, make sure to check the rental policy about crossing state and country borders. Overall, it is fairly easy to drive a rental car from the US to Canada, but there are some things to look out for. You may need to let the rental company know ahead of time, and you may be required to have a Canadian non-resident insurance card, which is free to apply for. There may also be a more limited choice in cars, but these all vary by provider, so check ahead of time.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Washington for $97 or less
  • Book your rental car in Washington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Washington are around -16% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Washington

  • Should I hire a car in Washington?

    Renting a car in Washington State will be very beneficial, as the state is very large, but there is lots to see. There is not always good public transportation within or between cities, so renting a car will allow easy transport. A large draw of Washington State is the nature and mountains outside the cities, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, and Olympic National Park, all of which are a couple hours’ drive from the city of Seattle. Even if you plan on staying within the city, renting a car can be useful because it’s a more efficient option than public transportation.

  • What is driving like in Washington?

    Speed limits in Washington State are typically slow within city limits, with 25 mph being the default speed unless otherwise posted. However, even state highways only reach 60 mph. Only on interstates will you be able to drive more quickly. Also be aware that Washington State has some of the worst road conditions in the US. Keep an eye out for potholes and be prepared for lots of traffic while driving on the west side of the state.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Washington?

    The minimum age to rent a car in Washington State is twenty one; however, drivers under the age of twenty five will incur a “young renter” fee. This surcharge can vary by company, so make sure to shop around if you are a young renter, and keep in mind that you may also be unable to rent certain classes of vehicles, such as SUVs or luxury vehicles. Other requirements for anyone renting a vehicle include insurance coverage and a valid driver’s license. If you are a foreign national, you will need to provide an international driver’s permit as well as another form of identification, such as a passport.

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

    On average a car hire in Washington costs $66 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Washington?

    Compact (Class Compact Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Washington.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Washington?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Dollar ($52/day) and Thrifty ($70/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Washington?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Washington are Dollar (8.4, 337 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.1, 317 reviews), and Alamo (7.9, 75 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Washington?

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Washington?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Washington are Seattle (78% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Washington), Pasco (6%) and Bellingham (2%).

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

    On average a car hire in Washington costs $719 per week ($103 per day).

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

    On average a car hire in Washington costs $3,082 per month ($103 per day).

Car rental directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Washington

    45 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Washington

    29 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Washington

    19 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Washington

    17 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in Washington

    7 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Washington

    6 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Washington

    5 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Washington

    5 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Washington

    5 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Washington

    4 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Washington

    4 Locations

  • kyte

    Kyte car hire locations in Washington

    4 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$106/day

Good deal

$97/day

When to book a rental car in Washington

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