Car Rental at Chicago Midway Airport MDW

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Chicago Airport Midway, Chicago, USA - Illinois
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$66.92 per day
Compact
Kia Soul or similar
Kia Soul
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$94.14 per day
Standard
Chevrolet Colorado or similar
Chevrolet Colorado
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$155.17 per day
Premium
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$166.61 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$175.38 / per day
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$67.94 / per day
Luxury
Cadillac XTS or similar
Cadillac XTS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$178.55 / per day
Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$186.61 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:01 on 2022-07-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
1
Economy car rental price
$101.06 / per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Chicago Airport Midway Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is Chicago’s, and the state of Illinois’s, second-busiest airport. Located about 10 miles from downtown Chicago, the airport primarily has service to domestic destinations along with some destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. The airport is much smaller and slightly closer to downtown than Chicago’s other major airport, O’Hare. 

Southwest Airlines comprises the overwhelming majority of commercial airline traffic at the airport with connections to destinations across the country. 

Rental Cars from all major companies are available at the Rental Car Center just north of the airport. 

Top international routes

  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Morellia, Mexico
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Main airlines

Southwest Airlines has by far the most traffic at Chicago Midway with the airport being its largest focus city. In fact, more than 95% of passengers using Midway fly with Southwest. Delta uses the airport for connects to Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Internationally, besides Southwest Airlines serving Cancun and destinations in the Carribean, Porter Airlines serves Toronto and Volaris, a Mexican low-cost airline, serves a few Mexican cities.

Terminals

The top rental companies for domestic customers are Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty. International renters can rent from National. Shuttles to the rental car center leave from the door 2 of the Lower Level about every 15 minutes all hours of the day and every day of the week.

Location

Midway is roughly 10 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The most direct route between the two is I-55. The time it takes to make the drive depending on traffic. At non-peak times, it can take only 20 minutes. During rush hour, it can take an hour or more. Plan your return to the airport accordingly.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $143 per day
  • Medium cars - from $124 per day
  • Vans - from $190 per day
  • Premium cars - from $175 per day
  • Small cars - from $118 per day
  • SUVs - from $178 per day

Car rental desks

The airport has a rental car facility located at 5150 W. 55th Street which is just north of the airport. Shuttles to the rental car center leave from door 2 of the Lower Level about every 15 minutes all hours of the day and every day of the week.

Services and facilities

Midway Airport has most of the services and facilities one would expect from a large domestic airport. The most notable benefit of the airport is that it is significantly smaller than O’Hare and can take less time to get through. Just after the security checkpoint, there is the Central Market which has cafes, restaurants, and shops, some of which are open 24 hours. There are more cafes and restaurants in both concourses. There are no lounges at the airport, though. As usual, there are hotels just outside of the airport with free shuttle services in case you have an early morning flight and would like to return your car the previous evening.

Nearest gas station

There are multiple gas stations along S Cicero Avenue between I-55 and the airport. They are, however, overpriced. Unless you are just topping up before returning your rental car, it is best to fill up elsewhere. One alternative is a Mobil station just a half-mile past the rental center on W 55th St. Another option is to exit onto South Central Ave. where multiple stations with competitive prices can be found. From there it is easy to get to the Rental Car Center. If coming from the south, you can stop at any station before you reach the airport.

Airport info

Rating
7.5
  • Getting to the airport 6.0
  • Departure and check-in 6.2
  • Terminal facilities 5.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 4.2
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.3
  • Lounge 3.4

Chicago Airport Midway (MDW)

  • IATA: MDW
  • ICAO: KMDW
  • Name: Chicago Airport Midway (MDW)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Distance from City: 9 miles / 14.5 km SW of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 5 Locations near Chicago Midway Airport MDW

  1. 21.9 km / 13.6 miles away
  2. 25.1 km / 15.6 miles away
  3. 125.8 km / 78.2 miles away
  4. 219.3 km / 136.3 miles away
  5. 243.7 km / 151.4 miles away

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When are car rental prices cheapest at Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

The cost of renting a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW 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 Chicago Midway Airport MDW
$44.16
January
February
$28.60
March
April
$30.11
May
June
$39.14
July
$28.10
August
$46.17
September
$37.64
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Chicago Midway Airport MDW is August when prices for an Economy class start from $28.10. You can see that this is 23% cheaper than the yearly average and 39% cheaper than renting a car in September (when rental prices start at $46.17 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 Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 14 days, while in September, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
6
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
14
October
9
November
6
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
69%
January
62%
February
75%
March
89%
April
117%
May
152%
June
162%
July
133%
August
91%
September
95%
October
80%
November
74%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Rent a Wreck Kia Sorento 4 2 SUVs
Rent a Wreck Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Rent a Wreck Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Jeep Wrangler 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Equinox 4 3 SUVs
Dollar Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Dollar Nissan Pathfinder 4 2 Large cars
Alamo Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars

FAQ

Will I have to take a shuttle to get my rental car?
Yes, the Rental Car Center is located just north of the airport. You'll have to take a shuttle from door 2 of the Lower Level to reach it.
Can I take my rental car to Wisconsin or other states?
Most of the time, you are allowed to travel with the vehicle to the surrounding states. Some suppliers don't allow their cars to be taken out of state, though. Check the rental conditions before you book to be sure.
How old do I have to be to rent a car at Midway Airport?
You have to be at least 21, as in most of the rest of the country. If you are under 25, you'll have to pay a Young Driver Fee.
Can I return the car to O'Hare Airport?
It is possible to return the car to O'Hare Airport if you are flying out of it after your trip. You need to enter that as your drop-off location when searching, though — when you do this, any one-way fee will be included in the total costs. In no case should you try to return the car to a different airport than listed on your rental contract without contacting the supplier before doing so.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.65 / 10
Lowest rated company
Dollar
8.33 / 10
Total rental companies
8
Average daily price
$100.89
Lowest daily price
$31.13
Total cars available
65

Top 8 Suppliers at Chicago Midway Airport MDW in 2022

Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 1 reviews
+18449170959
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$155 - $246
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+18449170960
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$160 - $192
National
Excellent 8.5
+18449170958
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$165 - $256
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
7737357272
5150 W 55Th Street
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
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+17739487002
5150 West 55Th Street
$93 - $173
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Excellent 8.4 / 4 reviews
+17089249776
5225 West 79Th Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3
+17739487001
5150 West 55Th Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Dollar
Excellent 8.3 / 1 reviews
7735856142
5150 W 55Th Street
$67 - $95
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
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