Car Rental at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport

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Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport, Eglin, USA - Florida
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$45.59 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$58.78 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$85.29 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$90.16 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$92.23 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Premium
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$68.74 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$89.70 / per day
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$96.71 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:32 on 2024-05-19. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$78 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 112 km/h or 55 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport

Airport Car Rental

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is actually located in Elgin but serves as a gateway to the central part of the Emerald Coast, popularly known as the “Redneck Riviera.”

These days, parts of the Emerald Coast have been developed into luxury resorts and communities. The region is ever-growing in popularity and is visited year-round. It’s both a fisherman’s and sunbather’s dream destination. 

You won’t find as many attractions as you would in Pensacola or Panama City, but you will find plenty of sand to park your beach chair on.  

Be aware that federal regulation currently required wearing a face covering at all times while at the airport. 

Main airlines

The low-cost airlines Allegiant and Southwest serve the most destinations from VPS. Delta, American (and its regional brand American Eagle), and United Express also fly to and from it.

Though it is a smaller regional airport, there are direct flights from as far away as Denver, Chicago, and Boston. Other large cities with direct flights are Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Nashville, Houston, and Dallas.

Terminals

There is only one terminal at VPS, though there are two concourses.

Location

As mentioned above, VPS is located in Elgin on the northern edge of Choctawhatchee Bay. Its location makes it convenient for reaching Fort Walton Beach, Desti, and the barrier islands along the central part of the Emerald Coast.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $128 per day
  • Large cars - from $47 per day
  • Medium cars - from $46 per day
  • Vans - from $102 per day
  • Premium cars - from $69 per day
  • Small cars - from $46 per day
  • SUVs - from $48 per day

Car rental desks

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport being a small airport makes picking up a rental car a breeze. All of the rental car desks are located right across from the baggage claim area. You’ll be in and out in almost no time!

Services and facilities

There are all the usual services and facilities you would expect of an airport of its size. There are convenience shops, restaurants, and such in case you are hungry or want to buy a drink before your flight.

There are 2 ATMs, one near baggage claim and the other in the departures area. Wifi and family restrooms round out the amenities offered.

Nearest gas station

It’s easy to find a gas station when returning to the airport unless you’re coming from the north along State Road 85.

When coming from Fort Walton Beach, there will be a Tom Thumb and a BP station on your right on Elgin Parkway.

When coming from the east, there is both a BP and an Exon station on Jonh Simms Parkway just a few miles from the airport.
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Airport info

Rating
7.4
  • Getting to the airport 8.3
  • Check-in and departures 9.7
  • Terminal facilities 6.7
  • Wi-Fi 8.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.5
  • Lounge 5.5

Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)

  • IATA: VPS
  • ICAO: KVPS
  • Name: Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)
  • Distance from city: 1 miles / 1.6 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
January
$47.79
February
$65.71
March
April
$59.21
May
$57.78
June
July
$39.28
August
$87.78
September
$38.87
October
$93.35
November
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport is October — when rental costs average $38.87 per day. This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 58% cheaper than renting a car in November (when prices average $93.35 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in February the average rental period is 8 days, while in March, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average number of rental days at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
January
8
February
3
March
April
8
May
7
June
July
5
August
7
September
7
October
4
November
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport in June, while they are least likely to rent in in February.
Monthly searches at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
January
57%
February
57%
March
April
114%
May
286%
June
July
57%
August
57%
September
57%
October
114%
November
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Dollar, Hertz, Budget
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars
Lowest price $46 per day
Cheapest supplier Dollar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 2 2 Large cars
Hertz Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Equinox 4 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 2 1 Small cars
Budget Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.4 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Budget
7 / 10
Total rental companies
7
Average daily price
$78.40
Lowest daily price
$45.59
Total cars available
414

Top 7 Suppliers at Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport in 2024

Alamo
Very good 8.4 / 3 reviews
8448417823
STATE ROAD 85,
$84 - $197
Enterprise
Very good 8.1
+18506780210 / +18337401724
1701 FL-85 N, Eglin AFB, FL 32542
$88 - $220
National
National
Good 7.9 / 1 review
+18448417824
1701 FL-85 N, Eglin AFB, FL 32542
$90 - $222
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.9
+18506510612
1701 FL-85 NORTH, Eglin AFB, FL 32542, United States
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Avis
Avis
Good 7.5
+18506510819
1701 State Road 85 North
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.4
+18664342226
1701 STATE ROAD 85 NORTH
$46 - $99
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Budget
Budget
Good 7 / 1 review
+18506513765
Hwy 85 North, Eglin AFB, FL 32542
$59 - $134
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
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