Car Rental in Detroit

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Detroit Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$68.27 per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$68.82 per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$69.33 per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$74.79 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Detroit Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$74.79 / per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$75.83 / per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$76.45 / per day
Detroit Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$77.01 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:45 on 2022-12-07. 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
$46.40 / per day
Average car rental length
2 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%

Why rent a car in Detroit?

Detroit is a major city in the United States and was once an industrial powerhouse of car manufacturing. It is a tourist gem with much to see and do, and despite its reputation, is perfectly safe and worth the visit. 

As with many American city, you'll probably want to drive to see everything and get out of the city, so renting a car is definitely a good decision. 

One-Way Car Rentals in Detroit

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Detroit and drop off in another city include:

  • From Detroit to Cleveland - 18 offers from $57.88 per day
  • From Detroit to Chicago - 18 offers from $54.69 per day
  • From Detroit to Grand Rapids - 13 offers from $108.04 per day

Top ways to enter Detroit

Detroit Metropolitan Airport - Detroit's airport is a major international airport. It can be reached via direct flights from most states and 30 different countries, so it's by far the best way to reach the city.

You might fly to a city close by, like Flint, or even Toledo, Ohio. You can pick up a rental car at these and drive to Detroit, but you're likely only to pay more for your flight. 

By road - You can reach Detroit via I-75 from Ohio or northern Michicgan. I-94 connects the city with western Michigan and the Chicago area.

Via Canada - You can reach Detroit from Canada 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 mao Canada with the car. You can also take the bus through the tunnel and pick up a rental car in Detroit.

Amtrak trains from Chicago call at Detroit Station. To reach the city from Washington D.C. or New York, you'll have to switch to a bus in Toledo. 

City facts

Detroit is known as the Motor City (and Motown for music). Its dominance as the primary place cars are made in America has long been declining. However, there is much to visit and learn about concerning the auto industry.

Detroit is perhaps the city most known for urban blight and decay. However, it has experienced renewal in certain areas, particularly downtown. 

Detroit has a reputation as being dangerous. And while crime has fallen precipitously in recent years, certain areas are still dangerous. Avoid surface streets, particularly in areas you don't know. Downtown is safe, as is any sporting event. 

The city is also one of the only major cities to have legal casinos. There are three major resorts in the city if you would like to gamble. 

Top destinations and activities

Buildings - Downtown and Midtown have many buildings worth seeing. These include modern skyscrapers and Art Deco buildings from the previous century. There's also plenty for urban explorers to enjoy (unsurprisingly).

Museums - There is a plethora of museums in Detroit for the curious traveler. There an African American history museum, an institute of arts, a museum dedicated to the Motown music era, a contemporary art museum and more. 

Belle Island - An island in the Detroit River just north of the border, Belle Island is a lovely, large state park. It can be reached via a bridge. In addition to just strolling around, you can visit the Belle Isle Conservatory, Aquarium, or Nature Center. You can also rented a kayak or canoe and enjoy some time on the water. 

Traffic and parking

Traffic is not as bad in Detroit as it is in other major American cities. AS usual, rush hour sees more traffic, so avoid it if you can.

Parking is the same as in other large cities. Due to safety concerns, you may want to park in garages or secured lots instead of on the street. Make sure your preferred hotel has parking and how much it costs before you book it. 

Toll roads

While there are no toll roads in the Detroit area, you do have to pay to cross the Ambassador Bridge or drive through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. You can pay the toll for either with a credit card and though you maybe be able to still pay the toll on the Ambassador Bridge in cash, that may no longer be an option soon. 

Ideas for a day-trip

Windsor - Just across the river in Canada, Windsor is the perfect place to visit Canada for the day. You can either take a bus through the tunnel or take your rental car. Almost all companies let you take their cars to Canada without purchasing any extra insurance (as long as your insurance covers it). Be sure to ask in advance, though. 

Ann Arbor - Just west of Detroit, Ann Arbor is the location of the University of Michigan. It's a nice university town with lots of culture and a lovely downtown area. 

Dearborn - Although it's now famous for its immigrants, Dearborn was first home to Ford and his automotive empire. Visit the Henry Ford Museum and the Automotive Hall of Fame to take it all in. 

Further destinations

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 a boat whether it be a kayak, motor boat, or sailboat. 

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. 

Car Rental Prices in Detroit

  • Large cars - from $108 per day
  • Medium cars - from $85 per day
  • Vans - from $201 per day
  • Premium cars - from $105 per day
  • Small cars - from $84 per day
  • SUVs - from $116 per day

Top 11 Cities near Detroit

  1. Grand Rapids Car Rentals from $79.04 per day
    192.6 km / 119.7 miles away
  2. Flint Car Rentals from $79.37 per day
    89.6 km / 55.7 miles away
  3. Kalamazoo Car Rentals from $79.37 per day
    181.0 km / 112.5 miles away
  4. Ann Arbor Car Rentals from $66.68 per day
    33.3 km / 20.7 miles away
  5. Traverse City Car Rentals from $79.37 per day
    333.8 km / 207.4 miles away
  6. Saginaw Car Rentals from $79.37 per day
    159.5 km / 99.1 miles away
  7. Houghton Car Rentals from $90.10 per day
    684.1 km / 425.1 miles away
  8. 14.2 km / 8.8 miles away
  9. Muskegon Car Rentals from $127.98 per day
    258.4 km / 160.5 miles away
  10. Lansing Car Rentals from $90.10 per day
    119.1 km / 74.0 miles away
  11. Escanaba Car Rentals from $90.10 per day
    491.8 km / 305.6 miles away

Top 9 Locations near Detroit

  1. Detroit Airport Car Rentals from $68.27 per day
    41.2 km / 25.6 miles away
  2. 78.8 km / 48.9 miles away
  3. 145.2 km / 90.2 miles away
  4. 208.6 km / 129.6 miles away
  5. 209.5 km / 130.2 miles away
  6. 272.3 km / 169.2 miles away
  7. 323.8 km / 201.2 miles away
  8. 484.1 km / 300.8 miles away
  9. 674.9 km / 419.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Detroit vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Detroit
$49.01
January
$36.23
February
$53.56
March
$121.83
April
$51.99
May
$74.91
June
$72.47
July
August
$73.52
September
October
November
December
The best month to rent a car in Detroit is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $36.23). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $121.83 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Detroit?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 21 days in September, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Detroit
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
8
October
21
November
7
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Detroit is July, and the least popular is February.
Popularity of Car Rental in Detroit by Monthly Searches
67%
January
54%
February
73%
March
91%
April
115%
May
170%
June
174%
July
136%
August
81%
September
90%
October
78%
November
72%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Alamo Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Alamo Ford F-150 4 4 Premium cars
Alamo Nissan Altima 4 3 Large cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.99 / 10
Lowest rated company
Payless
8.33 / 10
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$46.40
Lowest daily price
$32.58
Total cars available
88

Top 9 Suppliers in Detroit in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 8 reviews
8449341086
338 LUCAS DR,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8449341085
330 LUCAS DR
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
National
National
Excellent 8.5
+18449341087
338 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
+17349413632
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, 287 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, 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
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
+17349414747
289B Lucas Drive
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 8.4
8664342226
289 Lucas Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Excellent 8.4
+15867727711
23830 Groesbeck Highway
Working hours
Mon:07:30-18:00
Tue:07:30-18:00
Wed:07:30-18:00
Thu:07:30-18:00
Fri:07:30-18:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.4 / 2 reviews
+17349423450
295 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, United States
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
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.3
7349410719
Building 287 Lucas Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
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