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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$48.65 / per day
Chicago O'Hare Airport
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$48.68 / per day
Downtown
Standard
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta) or similar
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$56.73 / per day
Collinsville Downtown
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$59.18 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Chicago O'Hare Airport
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$64.56 / per day
Quad City International Airport
Premium Regular Cab Pickup
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$81.81 / per day
Quad City International Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$99.50 / per day
Central Illinois Regional Airport
Mini Van
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$106.11 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 17:35 on 2024-06-15. 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
$71 per day
Average car rental length
6 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%
Rating
9.1 / 10
Average gasoline price
$0.99 per liter or $3.75 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.79 per liter or $2.99 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.44 per liter or $5.45 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Illinois?

Illinois is a great place for renting a car. Chicago, the third-largest city in the US is an ever-popular destination. But the state has a trove of other places that make for a great trip. 

USA - Illinois

One-way Car Rentals in Illinois

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Illinois and drop off in another country:

  • From Illinois to California - 104 offers from $108.98 per day
  • From Illinois to New York - 48 offers from $84.52 per day
  • From Illinois to Florida - 67 offers from $108.11 per day
  • From Illinois to Iowa - 21 offers from $130.89 per day
  • From Illinois to Colorado - 39 offers from $85.54 per day

Top ways to enter Illinois

  • Chicago O’Hare Airport: O’Hare is among the busiest airports in the US and connects Chicago to destinations in all parts of North America and major cities in Europe.
  • Chicago Midway Airport: Located southwest of Central Chicago, Midway Airport has flights to and from destinations all over the US, as well as in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • By land: You can also pick up a rental car in a nearby state and then drive to Illinois. Some large airports near Illinois include St. Louis Airport in Missouri, Detroit Airport in Michigan, and Milwaukee Airport in Wisconsin.

Top cities and places to visit

Chicago: America’s third-largest city is rich in culture and atmosphere, so much so that it ends up being the favorite U.S. destination of many international travelers.

Peoria: Both proud and hospitable, Peoria is famous for its regional museum, botanical gardens, and Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Cahokia Mounds: A World Heritage Site, Cahokia Mounds was was once the center of the Mississippian Culture and still shows traces of pre-Columbian Native American life.

Shawnee National Forest: Located near the state border with Missouri, Shawnee has unique rock formations and great hiking trails.

Galena: This cozy town on the Mississippi experienced its golden age in the 19th Century, and traces of that time can still be seen in its museums and the Old Market House. It makes a great day trip from Chicago.

Most popular rental car

The most often picked rental car in Illinois is the Nissan Rogue, although travelers also like the Toyota Corolla and the Jeep Wrangler a lot.

Crossing Borders

While Illinois doesn't border Canada, the country could be reached through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (or Minnesota). Some rental companies allow their cars to be taken to Canada (some may require extra insurance or roadside assistance to do such). Routes and Sixt are two that certainly don't. 

At the same time, Illinois borders six states. With all rental companies, except Routes, you can drive to each of these states. Note that with Sixt, you are only allowed to drive to certain states in the Midwest (including all of the states neighboring Illinois. 

If renting from Routes, you are not allowed to leave the state with the vehicle without prior permission which will come with an additional fee and limited mileage. 

Toll roads

The Chicago area (stretching into the rest of the northern part of the state) has a few different interstates that are tolled including portions of I-88, I-90, I-294, I-355, and IL-390. In addition, there is a connection between the northwest border of Indiana and the center of Chicago via a bridge known as the Chicago Skyway.

Outside of the northern part of the state, there are no toll roads.

While you may see some old information stating that you can pay with cash at toll booths in Illinois, this is outdated. The state permanently ended the acceptance of cash in 2021 (it started during the covid pandemic).

You must now either have an I-Pass transponder or use the Pay-by-Plate system. This means that if you don't have a transponder and pass through a toll gate, you can go online and use the license plate of the car to pay for the toll (though it will cost more). You must make the payment within 14 days of traveling on the road.

Rental companies offer toll pass packages that include a transponder. However, they usually charge a hefty daily fee for it. While it makes things more convenient, you may be better off not taking it and paying the tolls on your own online.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car types in Illinois are intermediate, fullsize, and special.

Top driving routes

  1. Chicago - Columbus, Ohio (357 mi / 574 km) The nearby Ohio state’s capital and largest city, Columbus is about five and a half hour drive away from Chicago.
  2. Chicago - St. Louis, Missouri (296 mi / 476 km) One of the great cities of U.S. Midwest, St. Louis is just a four and a half hour drive away from Chicago, making it a great next travel stop.
  3. Chicago - Toronto (521 mi / 838 km) Canada’s largest city can be reached in about eight hours, but you can split the route into two or three days if you decide to also visit Detroit that’ll be on the way. Note that if you’re coming from Chicago to Toronto, you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $49 per day
  • Medium cars - from $53 per day
  • Vans - from $64 per day
  • Premium cars - from $51 per day
  • Small cars - from $49 per day
  • SUVs - from $53 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Illinois:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Illinois is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 16% cheaper than the yearly average.
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Illinois?

The cost of renting a car in Illinois 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 in Illinois
$36.64
January
$40.20
February
$40.82
March
$51.28
April
$54.49
May
$57.16
June
$60.82
July
$61.84
August
$48.33
September
$50.81
October
$47.26
November
$48.55
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Illinois is January — when rental costs average $36.64 per day. This is 26% cheaper than the yearly average and 41% cheaper than renting a car in August (when prices average $61.84 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.

What’s the average rental length in Illinois?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in June — an average of 8 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in February — an average of 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Illinois
6
January
5
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
8
June
7
July
7
August
6
September
5
October
5
November
5
December

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

Based on how many customers search for a car in Illinois, the most popular month is July, while the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Illinois by pick-up date relative to the average
29%
January
61%
February
77%
March
106%
April
84%
May
88%
June
201%
July
187%
August
126%
September
86%
October
84%
November
70%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 87
Airport locations 10
Popular suppliers Routes Car Rental, Dollar, FOX, Thrifty, Europcar
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars, Medium cars
Lowest price $49 per day
Cheapest supplier Dollar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Ford F-150 4 7 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Dodge Durango 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Kia Seltos 5 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Dodge RAM 1500 4 3 Premium cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Kia Sorento 5 3 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Kia Forte
September 19, 2023
While my main reason to go to Chicago was for a music festival, I also explored the city. I went to multiple museums/parks/zoos, explored multiple restaurants, and was easily able to get to a music festival that was a dream come true for me
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Spark
July 17, 2023
It was very relaxing.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Gladiator
June 30, 2023
My trip was great. Visited family.
Ecuador
Kia Sorento
January 4, 2023
Ok
Spain
Chevrolet Colorado
March 3, 2022
I went to Appleton, Wisconsin and the roads are very well.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
March 2, 2022
I’m coming back soon!
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Durango
January 25, 2022
Chicago is an active city and having a vehicle is a beneficial tool, as ubers can become costly. This service allows you to get a vehicle for a decent price.
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Durango
April 22, 2021
If you are about saving a few dollars on rental and spending it on piece of mind this is a great place to rent from.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
September 30, 2020
As always be alert and safe I live in New Your so I was used to Chicago traffic plus I visit often just never had to rent a car due to the fact that I always use my dad’s car when I visited
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Caravan
February 18, 2020
Rented a Dodge Caravan for 4 adults with large baggage to attend Great Lakes Navy Academy graduation. Vehicle rental was cheaper than round trip and extra travel for entertainment using the cheapest transportation. Booked through Travelocity.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
November 1, 2019
My only complaint is the other drivers in that area. Tailgating, using phones while driving, this is really stupid and also unsafe. At high speeds an accident is serious, could result in your death or serious injury or someone else's. Is it really worth the risk? Try this instead: keep the left lane open for passing. If you want to drive fast, then don't tailgate, just use the left lane to pass. Calm down and drive at safe distances, and absolutely do NOT use your phone while driving!
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
September 30, 2019
Crickets in Wisconsin sing sweeter than the ones in Chicago and The Korner House, 2736 E.Higgins Rd, Elk Grove Village make the best egg and bacon sandwiches!
Bolivia
Hyundai Sonata
May 21, 2019
Great City
Ireland
Toyota Yaris Advance
February 28, 2019
There are tolls everywhere that don't actually say how much they are. You have to take a shuttle to the Multi-Modal garage. It takes a while between waiting for shuttle, then waiting for car. Get the GPS.
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
February 25, 2019
This was a business trip.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
February 2, 2019
Great City!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
November 12, 2018
Love Chicago.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
October 12, 2018
Well, I'm originally from here. Visiting family. People should visit my family! They are a hoot!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
July 30, 2018
cost effective and friendly service
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
July 24, 2018
Easy driving
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
June 25, 2018
I wait about 45 minutes for pick up shuttle. That's what I have. other than that no question.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Europcar
6.1 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
25
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$70.65
Lowest daily price
$48.65
Total cars available
4128

Top 17 Suppliers in Illinois in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.2 / 16 reviews
8 locations
$66 - $187
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 10 reviews
4 locations
$56 - $136
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 7.9 / 10 reviews
1 location
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.9 / 4 reviews
32 locations
$69 - $209
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 18 reviews
42 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8 / 5 reviews
36 locations
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
41 locations
$56 - $162
National
National
Good 7.7 / 2 reviews
11 locations
$70 - $211
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Good 7.5 / 4 reviews
1 location
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5 / 2 reviews
1 location
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.5
1 location
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.4 / 56 reviews
3 locations
$49 - $155
NextCar
NextCar
Good 7.3
1 location
$162 - $277
FOX
FOX
Good 7 / 18 reviews
1 location
$125 - $159
Thrifty
Thrifty
Satisfactory 6.6 / 34 reviews
2 locations
$49 - $156
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.4 / 887 reviews
1 location
$120 - $185
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6.1 / 60 reviews
1 location
$60 - $110
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