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

Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$48.90 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$63.50 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$102.32 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$108.18 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$114.78 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Premium
Chevrolet Impala or similar
Chevrolet Impala
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$52.96 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Luxury
Lincoln Continental or similar
Lincoln Continental
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$64.56 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$112.65 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:33 on 2024-06-12. 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
$83 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%
Average gasoline price
$1.15 per liter or $4.35 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.92 per liter or $3.48 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.35 per liter or $5.11 / 1 gallon
Chicago Airport Midway

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. 

The airport doesn't only serve the city, but also many places worth visiting around Chicago.

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, about 95% of passengers using Midway fly with Southwest. Delta uses the airport for connections to Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Internationally, besides Southwest Airlines serving Cancun and destinations in the Caribbean, Porter Airlines serves Toronto and Volaris, a Mexican low-cost airline, serves a few Mexican cities.

Terminals

There is one terminal at Midway that is divided into three concourses: A, B, and C.

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 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 $50 per day
  • Medium cars - from $49 per day
  • Premium cars - from $53 per day
  • Small cars - from $49 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 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.
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Airport info

Rating
7.6
  • Getting to the airport 8.0
  • Check-in and departures 8.5
  • Terminal facilities 7.7
  • Wi-Fi 7.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.2
  • Lounge 7.2

Chicago Midway Airport MDW

  • IATA: MDW
  • ICAO: KMDW
  • Name: Chicago Airport Midway (MDW)
  • Distance from city: 9 miles / 14.5 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

The cost of renting a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW 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 Chicago Midway Airport MDW
January
$96.06
February
$52.76
March
$53.69
April
$74.07
May
$47.44
June
$59.69
July
$77.42
August
$46.51
September
$50.33
October
$61.22
November
$44.36
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW is December — when rental costs average $44.36 per day. This is 26% cheaper than the yearly average and 54% cheaper than renting a car in February (when prices average $96.06 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 Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in September the average rental period is 16 days, while in November, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average number of rental days at Chicago Midway Airport MDW
January
5
February
5
March
11
April
7
May
10
June
6
July
7
August
16
September
5
October
3
November
5
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Chicago Midway Airport MDW, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Chicago Midway Airport MDW in July, while they are least likely to rent in in March.
Monthly searches at Chicago Midway Airport MDW by pick-up date relative to the average
January
93%
February
35%
March
58%
April
58%
May
208%
June
278%
July
174%
August
93%
September
35%
October
35%
November
35%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Dollar, Rent a Wreck, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo
Popular car categories Large cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $49 per day
Cheapest supplier Dollar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Pathfinder 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Chevrolet Equinox 4 3 SUVs
Rent a Wreck Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 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
Hertz
7.8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Dollar
7.4 / 10
Total rental companies
7
Average daily price
$83.48
Lowest daily price
$48.90
Total cars available
489

Top 7 Suppliers at Chicago Midway Airport MDW in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
+18449170959
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$100 - $179
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
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8 / 1 review
+17737357272
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638, United States
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
Good 7.8
+17739487002
5150 West 55Th Street
$64 - $158
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Enterprise
Good 7.8
+18449170960
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$105 - $205
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
Good 7.7
+17739487001
5150 West 55Th Street
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
National
Good 7.7
+18449170958
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
$107 - $207
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
Dollar
Good 7.4 / 12 reviews
7735856142
5150 W 55Th Street
$49 - $99
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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