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Car Rental in Tampa

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Tampa Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$23.84 per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Sentra or similar
Nissan Sentra
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$26.68 per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Nissan Altima or similar
Nissan Altima
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$30.89 per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$33.01 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Tampa Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$36.49 / per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Soul or similar
Kia Soul
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$37.82 / per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Santa Fe or similar
Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$42.66 / per day
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Tampa Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$45.29 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:31 on 2021-09-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.1

Why rent a car in Tampa?

Tampa is the largest city and main hun of West Central Florida. It is a bustling metropolis of business and tourism and is visited by millions every year. 

As is usual for American cities, the car is king. While some may only be staying in Downtown Tampa for conventions, most travelers and tourists stay in resorts in the surrounding area. And the overwhelming majority of them rent a car to get around, even if just to drive to eat or shop. 

Of course, with a car, you can explore the Gulf coast beaches, head to Busch Gardens, hit the outlets, and even take trips to destinations further afield. 

One-Way Car Rentals in Tampa

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Tampa and drop off in another city include:

  • From Tampa to Orlando - 48 offers from US$ 72.89 per day
  • From Tampa to Miami - 33 offers from US$ 79.10 per day
  • From Tampa to Fort Myers - 45 offers from US$ 68.59 per day
  • From Tampa to Springfield - 14 offers from US$ 116.27 per day
  • From Tampa to Fort Lauderdale - 47 offers from US$ 72.89 per day

Top ways to enter Tampa

  • Tampa International Airport - The largest airport in West Central Florida is of course its primary entry point. 
  • St. Petersburg Airport - On the other side of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Airport is less than 20 miles from Tampa International Airport. The airport is served by regional and low-cost airlines and is, therefore, an incredibly popular entry point to the Tampa Bay area. It’s easy to fly into the airport and reach any destination in the entire metro area. 
  • Driving from Fort Myers or Orlando - The Tampa Bay area is a popular destination for those vacationing in Orlando as it is only an hour’s drive or so away. I-4 will take you all the way from Downtown Orlando or the Lake Buena Vista area to Downtown Tampa. The drive from Fort Myers to Tampa itself is a little longer (about 2 hours), but St. Petersburg is closer. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Busch Gardens - Likely, Tampa’s most popular attraction, the Busch Gardens is a theme park that people from around the country flock to. Many that visit Disney World or Universal Orlando also make the trip to Tampa just for Busch Gardens. It is north of Downtown Tampa and is an excellent place to spend the day with your family. 
  • Adventure Island - Just next door to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is its water park. You can, and probably should, get combined tickets for both. The park is a great place to have some fun and escape the Florida heat at the same time. It is open from March to November.
  • The Florida Aquarium - Located in the Channel District, this Aquarium is the place to go to learn about the aquatic life of Florida. It has more than 250,000-square-feet of space, so plan to spend some time. The Aquarium is a non-profit dedicated to preservation, conservation, and education and so is certainly worth supporting. 
  • The Riverwalk - The most famous part of Downtown Tampa is the Riverwalk, which is well a pedestrian trail down by the river. But it’s much more than that. It’s the center of life in the city. It has all types of restaurants, places to shop, and host events around the year. A trip to Tampa isn’t complete without wandering around the area for the day (or evening if nightlife is your thing.
  • Sports - Tampa is a great city for sports fans. It is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  winners of Super Bowl LV, the Rays of the MLB, and the Lightening of the NHL, so almost any time of year you can attend a game of one of the major leagues. The Buccaneers and Lightning play in Downtown Tampa, while the Rays play in St. Petersburg. 

Traffic and parking tips

As the Tamp Bay area is a major metropolitan area, traffic can be hectic, particularly during rush hour. As a tourist, it is best to avoid the commuting hours as much as possible. 

Parking in Downton Tampa, for example, if you want to visit the Riverwalk, can be a hassle. While on-street parking is available, using a garage is probably better. The Poe garage on Ashley Dr. is the most convenient. You could also park further away, say in Ybor city, and catch a trolley or the free streetcar. 

The water taxis are a great way to get around Downtown Tampa once you’ve found a good parking spot. You can buy a hop-on-hop-off ticket that is good for an entire day and take the taxis up and down the river to all of the attractions and dining options. 

Toll roads

If renting a car in Tampa as a tourist, it is unlikely that you will need to use a SunPass transponder that your rental car supplier may offer. There are two toll roads in the area that are electronic only (that is, they don’t accept cash), but most tourists will not need to use either of them (though be sure to check where you will be staying beforehand to be certain).

The Selmon Expressway connects the neighborhood south of Downtown Tamp with the Downtown area and bedroom communities to the east. It is more widely used by commuters rather than tourists.

As a tourist, you may need to use the Veterans Expressway (State Road 589) which connects the airport with the Spring Hill area to the north. If your destination is to the north of the city, this may be useful. But again, this toll road is primarily used by commuters. 

Finally, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the portion of I-275 crossing Tampa Bay between St. Petersburg and Rubonia, is tolled. Cash payments are accepted on it, unlike the previously mentioned toll roads. So if the toll booths at either end of the bridge are the only places you think you will incur a toll, it is best not to use any prepaid toll package offered by your rental supplier.

Ideas for a day-trip

Tarpon Springs - North of Tampa, and along the coast, you will find this quaint town that looks almost as if it were a Greek Island. An excellent place to just visit, but it’s best if you bring your appetite because there are numerous Greek restaurants serving up delicious food. 

Orlando - Yes, Orlando is closed enough to Tampa to visit on a day-trip, though most choose to spend more than a day there, for obvious reasons. Head to Disney World, Universal Orlando, or one of the other theme parks if Busch  Gardens isn’t enough for you! 

Beaches - The real reason most visit Florida is, of course, the beaches. There are many great beaches up and down the Gulf coast. Clearwater Beach is perhaps the closest, but there are many others. Indian Rocks Beach is a notable one. 

Further destinations

Miami - The largest city in Florida is certainly within reach of Tampa. The nightlife is unrivaled, as is the swankiness of Miami Beach. So if this is your big trip to Florida, don’t miss the Latin flair of the city. Simply take I-75 south and across the peninsula.

Fort Myers - South of Tampa is Fort Myers and the rest of Southwest Florida. Quite popular with vacationers and retirees, the area is also worth a trip from Tampa. The main draw being, of course, the excellent weather and beaches.  

Big Cypress National Preserve - If heading to Miami and wanting to take a break in nature along the way, Big Cypress National Preserve is a great place to stop. A great place to camp and to stargaze due to its lack of light pollution, it is also a great place to simply go for a hike. And it’s conveniently right off I-75!

Everglades National Park - A destination in and of itself, Everglades National Park protects the unique landscape of the very southern part of the state. There are three different visitor centers, the nearest one to Tampa being in Everglades City on the Gulf Coast side of the park. There isn’t a whole lot of hiking to do in the park, but you can get an airboat tour to experience it or travel by kayak if you are experienced. 

Car Rental Prices in Tampa

  • Convertibles - from $65 per day
  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $60 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $151 per day
  • Premium cars - from $83 per day
  • Small cars - from $62 per day
  • SUVs - from $91 per day

Top 20 Cities near Tampa

  1. Orlando Car Rentals from $249.62 per day
    128.6 km / 79.9 miles away
  2. Miami Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    325.4 km / 202.2 miles away
  3. Fort Lauderdale Car Rentals from $82.41 per day
    298.4 km / 185.4 miles away
  4. Fort Myers Car Rentals from $23.87 per day
    171.8 km / 106.8 miles away
  5. West Palm Beach Car Rentals from $23.87 per day
    272.2 km / 169.1 miles away
  6. Jacksonville Car Rentals from $23.87 per day
    292.2 km / 181.6 miles away
  7. Sarasota Car Rentals from $68.68 per day
    62.7 km / 39.0 miles away
  8. Sanford Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    150.2 km / 93.3 miles away
  9. Pensacola Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    538.2 km / 334.4 miles away
  10. Clearwater Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    23.6 km / 14.7 miles away
  11. Eglin Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    485.3 km / 301.5 miles away
  12. Daytona Beach Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    192.8 km / 119.8 miles away
  13. 321.3 km / 199.7 miles away
  14. Tallahassee Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    328.4 km / 204.1 miles away
  15. Key West Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    384.0 km / 238.6 miles away
  16. Punta Gorda Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    123.6 km / 76.8 miles away
  17. Melbourne Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
  18. Gainesville Car Rentals from $29.04 per day
    194.0 km / 120.6 miles away
  19. Kissimmee Car Rentals from $58.72 per day
    124.5 km / 77.4 miles away
  20. Panama City Car Rentals from $68.68 per day
    401.8 km / 249.7 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Tampa

  1. Tampa Airport Car Rentals from $23.84 per day
    8.4 km / 5.2 miles away
  2. 23.6 km / 14.7 miles away
  3. 62.7 km / 39.0 miles away
  4. 103.3 km / 64.2 miles away
  5. 109.8 km / 68.2 miles away
  6. 123.6 km / 76.8 miles away
  7. 123.9 km / 77.0 miles away
  8. Orlando East Car Rentals from $249.62 per day
    128.6 km / 79.9 miles away
  9. 150.2 km / 93.3 miles away
  10. 171.8 km / 106.8 miles away
  11. 178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
  12. 192.8 km / 119.8 miles away
  13. 194.0 km / 120.6 miles away
  14. 272.2 km / 169.1 miles away
  15. 292.2 km / 181.6 miles away
  16. 298.4 km / 185.4 miles away
  17. Pembroke Pines Car Rentals from $27.89 per day
    303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
  18. 309.1 km / 192.1 miles away
  19. 309.1 km / 192.1 miles away
  20. 321.7 km / 199.9 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Tampa?

Car rental prices in Tampa vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Tampa
$61.96
January
$50.08
February
$64.88
March
$80.91
April
$66.84
May
$80.91
June
$67.30
July
August
$59.80
September
$116.67
October
November
December
The best month to rent a car in Tampa is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $50.08). This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in October (when rental prices start at $116.67 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Tampa?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 40 days in August, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Tampa
11
January
6
February
6
March
10
April
7
May
9
June
7
July
5
August
9
September
12
October
40
November
10
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Tampa?

While travelers visit Tampa year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is August.
Popularity of Car Rental in Tampa by Monthly Searches
50%
January
292%
February
351%
March
4%
April
3%
May
4%
June
4%
July
3%
August
43%
September
63%
October
201%
November
182%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Toyota Yaris 5 Small cars
FOX Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
Easirent Nissan Sentra 4 2 Medium cars
FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
Easirent Nissan Altima 4 1 Large cars
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Easirent Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
Budget Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 3d 3 2 Medium cars
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Range Rover Evoque
May 19, 2021
I had the best experience my first car smelled like cigarettes so I was quickly given an alternative and even nicer Jaguar for my trip which was so much fun to drive!
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
October 22, 2019
I would recommend trying other rental dealers if you dont like waiting
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
May 21, 2019
We found the road system rather disconcerting after the roads in the United Kingdom but did get the hang of it. We travelled to Indian Rocks Beach and loved the area - would definitely recommend it. Tampa has grown a great deal since we were last there, 30 years ago.

Top 15 Suppliers in Tampa in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18132544221 / +18132231539
608 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+18136668608
5105 W Cypress St
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
8132613246
608 N NEBRASKA AVE,
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
8132231428
608 N Nebraska Ave,
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
5405 AIRPORT SERVICE ROAD
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
+18133370950 / +18002254369
5405 Airport Service Road, Airport Car rental Center, Suite C-403, Tampa.
Working hours
Mon:05:00-00:30
Tue:05:00-00:30
Wed:05:00-00:30
Thu:05:00-00:30
Fri:05:00-00:30
Sat:05:00-00:30
Sun:05:00-00:30
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+18443709187
5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa, FL 33607
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
5405 Airport Service Road
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18772830898
5405 Airport Service Road
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+18133963500
5409 Airport Service Rd Tampa International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+18133963126
5409 Airport Service Rd Tampa International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.3
8136368999
5002 West Cypress Street
Working hours
Mon:09:00-15:30
Tue:09:00-15:00
Wed:09:00-15:00
Thu:09:00-15:00
Fri:09:00-15:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7.2
+18132880475
5012 W LAUREL ST
RightCars
RightCars
Good 6.2
Easirent
Easirent
Acceptable 5.2
+18137347026
5124 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida, 33609
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
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