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Car Rental at Tampa Airport

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Tampa Airport, Tampa, USA - Florida
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$29.71 per day
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Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$63.02 per day
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Intermediate
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$69.86 per day
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Full-size
Nissan Altima or similar
Nissan Altima
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$72.57 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$75.27 / per day
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Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$82.84 / per day
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Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$61.63 / per day
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Special
Cadillac CT6 or similar
Cadillac CT6
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$105.73 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:03 on 2021-02-22. 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
9.0
Tampa Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Tampa Airport is the main gateway to the Tamp Bay area and serves more than 20 million passengers a year. Given that the area is spread out, you will definitely need a rental car unless planning to only stay in downtown Tampa. 

An interesting fact is that the world’s first commercial passenger flights took place at Tampa Airport. In 1914, a heavier-than-air flying boat made its first scheduled flight from Tampa to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Top international routes

  • Toronto
  • London
  • Frankfurt
  • Havana
  • Zurich
  • Grand Cayman

Main airlines

Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, and Spirit Airlines

Terminals

The single airport terminal is divided into Airsides A, C, E, and F, the latter serving all international departures (except for Airside E, which serves all flights to and from Canada). The check-in counters are split into two groups: red and blue, with separate entrances.

Location

Tampa Airport is about 9 mi (14.4 km) northwest of Tampa. The George J Bean Parkway, FL-60, I-275, and Tampa Street are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $57 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $51 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $95 per day
  • Premium cars - from $63 per day
  • Small cars - from $49 per day
  • SUVs - from $89 per day

Car rental desks

All of our car rental suppliers except Carl’s Van Rentals are located in the airport’s Rental Car Center which can be reached with the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal When returning your car, you can use the remote bag check and not have to carry your luggage with your to the terminal.

Carl’s Van Rentals is located off-airport and provides a shuttle for its customers. Head to the Red or Blue Baggage Claim to catch it.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many shops, including newsstands, gift shops, and convenience stores. Duty-free outlets are located in the international departures areas of Terminals E and F. There are coffee shops and cocktail bars and a variety of places to eat, including fast food outlets, full-service restaurants, and snack bars. You’ll also find ATMs, a currency exchange, a first aid room, baby changing rooms, a children’s play area, an on-site hotel, a spa, a massage salon, a Travelers Aid office (Travelers Aid is an organization that helps travelers in difficult situations), and a chapel. Tampa Airport frequently hosts art exhibits and live music performances. The airport is well equipped for travelers with reduced mobility; special assistance can also be requested, but make sure to contact your airline in advance if you’d like this service.

Nearest gas station

Unfortunately, there are no gas stations at the airport nor on the way if coming from Clearwater or St. Petersburg. You will have to exit the highway before you get to the airport (and not follow the Rental Car Return signs). The best option for those coming from St. Petersburg is probably to exit I-275 onto W. Kenedy Bvd. just after crossing the bay and take a right at the first traffic light. The next major intersection will be Westshore Blvd. which you will want to turn left onto to head toward the airport. There are a couple of gas stations on this road.

For those coming from Clearwater, it is best to not follow the signs to the airport and instead exit onto W. Spruce St. and then take a right when you reach Westshore Blvd. where you will find a Shell station on your right two blocks down.

If approaching the airport from Tampa on I-275 you will likewise want to exit onto Westshore Blvd. and take a right. There will be a Shell station on your left. Continue on Westshore Blvd. afterwards and look at Google Maps to see how to get to the Rental Car Center.

Finally, if you are approaching from Tampa along W. Kennedy Blvd., you will pass multiple gas stations on your way.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Fort Lauderdale (269 mi / 433 km)
  • Orlando (92 mi / 148 km)
  • Miami (285 mi / 458 km)
  • Sarasota (56 mi / 90 km)
  • Fort Myers (130 mi / 209 km)
  • Atlanta (464 mi / 747 km)

Airport info

Rating
8.4
  • Getting to the airport 5.8
  • Departure and check-in 6.8
  • Terminal facilities 6.0
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.2
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.0
  • Lounge 3.8

Tampa Airport (TPA)

  • IATA: TPA
  • ICAO: KTPA
  • Name: Tampa Airport (TPA)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 19,624,284
  • Distance from City: 6 miles / 9.7 km W of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 20 Locations near Tampa Airport

  1. 16.3 km / 10.1 miles away
  2. 61.9 km / 38.5 miles away
  3. 110.1 km / 68.4 miles away
  4. 116.5 km / 72.4 miles away
  5. 126.5 km / 78.6 miles away
  6. 130.8 km / 81.3 miles away
  7. Car Rental Orlando East from $256.13 per day
    135.5 km / 84.2 miles away
  8. 156.3 km / 97.1 miles away
  9. 175.0 km / 108.7 miles away
  10. 185.6 km / 115.3 miles away
  11. 194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
  12. 198.2 km / 123.1 miles away
  13. 278.7 km / 173.2 miles away
  14. 294.2 km / 182.8 miles away
  15. 304.2 km / 189.0 miles away
  16. Car Rental Pembroke Pines from $28.62 per day
    309.1 km / 192.1 miles away
  17. 314.7 km / 195.6 miles away
  18. 314.8 km / 195.6 miles away
  19. 324.3 km / 201.5 miles away
  20. Car Rental at Miami Airport from $29.71 per day
    326.8 km / 203.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Tampa Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Tampa Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Tampa Airport
$53.93
January
$51.56
February
$66.79
March
$83.30
April
$68.81
May
$83.30
June
$69.29
July
August
$61.57
September
$120.12
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Tampa Airport is February when prices for an Economy class start from $51.56. You can see that this is 30% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting a car in October (when rental prices start at $120.12 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Tampa Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 13 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length
7
January
6
February
6
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
11
September
13
October
12
November
11
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Tampa Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Tampa Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
140%
January
112%
February
120%
March
98%
April
85%
May
90%
June
105%
July
82%
August
64%
September
92%
October
102%
November
111%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
FOX Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
FOX Nissan Versa 4 3 Medium cars
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
FOX Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
FOX Jeep Wrangler Sport 4 3 SUVs
Thrifty Ford Focus 3d 3 2 Medium cars
FOX Jeep Wrangler 2 2 SUVs
FOX Ford Explorer 5+2 4 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars

FAQ

How old do I have to be to rent a car at Tampa Airport?
You must be at least 19 years old to rent a car at Tampa Airport, though if you are 19 or 20, you can only rent from Fox. All other rental companies serving Tampa Airport require drivers to be at least 21 years old.
Is there an additional fee if I am younger than a certain age?
Yes, all rental companies in Tampa charge an additional fee to drivers younger than 25. If you enter your age when searching, the total price shown will include this fee
Are there toll roads around Tampa?
Yes, there are a couple of toll roads in the Tampa Bay area. You will probably want to use the Veteran's Expressway if you are heading north from the airport?
How can I pay for tolls in the Tampa Bay area?
Most of the toll roads in the Tampa area do not accept cash payments. You must either use a SunPass transponder or register with your rental company to have them bill you for the tolls afterward. All rental companies charge an additional fee for this service, and if you fail to opt into their program but incur a toll, they will charge you a hefty service fee.
Can I use my own SunPass transponder?
In Tampa, unlike in Orlando and Miami, you can usually use your own SunPass transponder and opt-out of the rental company's toll package. Be sure to confirm this with the rental company prior to using toll roads, though.
Can I rent a car at Tampa Airport and return it in Orlando or Miami?
Yes, one-way rentals in Florida are quite popular. There is an additional fee for this service which varies based on demand. Enter the location at which you would like to return the car when searching to see the total price including this fee.

Top 15 Suppliers at Tampa Airport in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18443709186
5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa, FL 33607
$75 - $169
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+18887498227
Rental Car Center, 5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa, FL 33607
$74 - $112
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
8443709187
5405 AIRPORT SERVICE RD,
$63 - $326
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+18338929213
5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa, FL 33607
$69 - $155
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
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
$30 - $100
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
Very good 7.3
8136368999 / 8132889129
5002 West Cypress Street
Europcar
Very good 7.2
+18007775500
5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa, FL 33607
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
RightCars
RightCars
Good 6.2
Easirent
Easirent
Acceptable 5.2
+18137347026
5124 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida, 33609
$59 - $84
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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