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Car Rental in Michigan

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Houghton County Memorial Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$75.61 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$79.60 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Kia Soul or similar
Kia Soul
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$82.20 per day
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Houghton County Memorial Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$84.20 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Houghton County Memorial Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$84.58 / per day
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Houghton County Memorial Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Ford Fusion or similar
Ford Fusion
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$88.59 / per day
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Detroit Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$101.35 / per day
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Gerald R. Ford Int. Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$101.35 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:21 on 2022-01-21. 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%

Why rent a car in Michigan?

The large midwestern state of Michigan is an ever-popular tourist destination. The state's largest city, Detroit, is a major city and destination for those interested in history. The rest of the state is full of forests, the shoreline of three of the Great Lakes, and inland lakes and rivers. 

One-way Car Rentals in Michigan

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

  • From Michigan to Ohio - 18 offers from US$ 62.30 per day
  • From Michigan to Illinois - 18 offers from US$ 58.86 per day

Top ways to enter Michigan

Detroit Metro Airport - The most popular way to enter Michigan is through Detroit's Airport — a major international airport. It can be reached via direct flights from most states and 30 different countries. 

Gerald R. Ford Int. Airport - Grand Rapids' airport is the second busiest in the state and is served by flights from many large and regional cities. 

Bishop International Airport - The airport serving Flint is also a popular way to reach Michigan being served by flights from surrounding states. 

Cherry Capital (Traverse City) Airport - Traverse City is in the northern part of the state and a popular tourist destination in the summer for its beaches and cherries. 

By road - Michigan can be reached from Ohio via I-75, from Indiana via I-69, from Chicago and Gary Indiana via I-94. You can reach the Northern Penisula of the state from Wisconsin via multiple US Highways. 

Via Canada - There are multiple places where you can cross the border from Ontario, Canada into Michigan. The most popular is via the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel between Windsor and Detroit. Many (but certainly not all) car rental companies allow you to take a vehicle from Canada to the United State, but make sure before you do so. 

Via ferry - From mid-May to mid-October, ferries cross Lake Michigan from Manitowoc and Milwaukee in Wisconsin to Ludington and Muskegon, respectively. You can book a spot for your car, but you are almost certainly not allowed to take a rental car via a ferry (due to the car rental companies' restrictions).  

Top cities and places to visit

Detroit - The Motor City (or Motown) is probably the place one thinks of when thinking of urban decay that has happened throughout the Rust Belt. However, downtown Detroit has seen revitalization efforts that have restored some of its former charm. Many parts of the city are still dangerous, but you are unlikely to want to visit them anyway. Stick to the major tourist attractions, and you'll have as pleasant a time as anywhere. 

Mackinaw Island - The resort island in the Straights of Mackinaw is mostly a state park. There is an old fort on the island along with a Victorian-era feeling. Personal cars are not allowed on the island, which can be reached either by ferry or a small airplane. 

Isle Royal National Park - If you seek more secluded nature than a resort experience, then this national park in Lake Superior is for you. It can be reached by ferry from Copper Harbour (or via a commercial flight). Once there, you will have to get around either by hiking or some form of boat whether it be a kayak, motor boat, or sailboat. 

 

Driver license requirements

Michigan is one of two states in the US (the other being New York) that mandate that rental companies must rent to drivers that are at least 18 years old. As elsewhere, though, drivers that are under 25 are usually charged an additional fee. 

 

 

Crossing Borders

There are multiple border crossings between Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Most rental companies in Michigan allow their vehicles to be driven to Canada (though, you must return them in Michigan). Some smaller rental companies in Canada do not allow their vehicles to be taken to the United States, though. 

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Michigan. There are, however, several bridges with tolls. One example is the Blue Water Bridge which connects Port Huron with Point Edward and Sarnia in Ontario, Canada. Another is the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnell is also tolled. 

Tolls can usually be paid in cash. Some take credit and debit cards. While many bridges have their own prepaid toll passes, none of these are required as in other states. So don't worry when picking up a rental car; there are no toll packages that you have to purchase. 

Top driving routes

The Upper Penisula - Cross the Mackinaw Bridge and get ready to explore the rugged northern part of the state. From hiking trails to ski hills, the peninsula is the crown jewel of Michigan for those that love the outdoors. Any route taken through the peninsula will take you through state and national forests and past great beaches. 

River Road Scenic Byway  - Travel from Lake Huron through the Huron-Manistee National Forests along this scenic road. There are all kinds of outdoor opportunities along the way. You'll also stumble across multiple outlooks along the road from which you can take in all the gorgeous scenery no matter what season it is. 

M-22 - The entire western coast of Michigan is worth a visit, but of particular note is the northern section of it. Michigan Highway 22 takes you right along the coast through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore. It routinely makes lists of the most scenic drives in the country, particularly for driving in the fall. You can plan your drive along it using the information at M-22 Michigan.

 

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $115 per day
  • Medium cars - from $102 per day
  • Vans - from $159 per day
  • Premium cars - from $174 per day
  • Small cars - from $107 per day
  • SUVs - from $166 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

The cost of renting a car in Michigan depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Michigan
$52.95
January
$39.14
February
$57.86
March
$131.60
April
$56.16
May
$80.92
June
$78.28
July
August
$79.41
September
October
November
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Michigan is February — prices start from $39.14 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of April (when prices start at $131.60 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Michigan?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in September — an average of 7 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Michigan
5
January
4
February
6
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
5
July
5
August
7
September
4
October
6
November
6
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Michigan?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Michigan. The most popular month is January, while the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Michigan by Monthly Searches
274%
January
134%
February
215%
March
2%
April
2%
May
5%
June
5%
July
4%
August
77%
September
86%
October
224%
November
172%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Avis Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Avis Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
Budget Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Budget Ford Expedition 4 1 SUVs
Hertz Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars

Top 9 Suppliers in Michigan in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.6
8448272605
G 3425 WEST BRISTOL ROAD,
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
7344840396
2068 E ST,
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+17344033355
29111 Wick Rd
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
3425 W Bristol Rd, Flint, MI 48507
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
3425 W Bristol Rd
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:30
Tue:08:30-20:30
Wed:08:30-20:30
Thu:08:30-20:30
Fri:08:30-20:30
Sat:09:00-15:00
Sun:09:00-15:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18772830898
3425 W Bristol Rd
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:30
Tue:08:30-20:30
Wed:08:30-20:30
Thu:08:30-20:30
Fri:08:30-18:00
Sat:09:00-15:00
Sun:09:00-15:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+18102347855
3425 West Bristol Road
Working hours
Mon:09:00-23:00
Tue:09:00-23:00
Wed:09:00-23:00
Thu:09:00-23:00
Fri:09:00-23:00
Sat:09:00-23:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+18102388300
3425 West Bristol Road Bishop International Airport
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
8448272605
G 3425 West Bristol Road
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-15:00
Sun:09:00-15:00
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