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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Detroit Airport
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$57.22 per day
Detroit Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$59.60 per day
Detroit Waldenburg
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$63.75 per day
Detroit Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$81.18 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Detroit Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$84.15 per day
Detroit Airport
Premium Regular Cab Pickup
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$88.06 per day
Detroit Waldenburg
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$120.82 per day
Detroit Airport
Mini Van
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$130.50 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:02 on 2024-07-15. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$86 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h or 25 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h or 45 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
10.0 / 10
Average gas price
$0.92 per liter or $3.48 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$0.77 per liter or $2.91 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.06 per liter or $4.01 per gallon

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 $60.02 per day
  • From Detroit to Grand Rapids - 13 offers from $112.04 per day
  • From Detroit to Chicago - 18 offers from $56.71 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 sights 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 day trips

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

  • Convertibles - from $118 per day
  • Large cars - from $59 per day
  • Medium cars - from $58 per day
  • Vans - from $130 per day
  • Premium cars - from $86 per day
  • Small cars - from $57 per day
  • SUVs - from $65 per day
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Top 11 cities near Detroit

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  5. 159.5 km / 99.1 miles away
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Detroit vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Detroit
$50.53
January
$48.16
February
$80.59
March
$43.81
April
$60.66
May
$68.68
June
$63.69
July
$63.83
August
$58.83
September
$56.39
October
$42.53
November
$38.59
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Detroit is December (when prices average $38.59 per day). This is 32% cheaper than the yearly average and 52% cheaper than renting in March (when prices average $80.59).

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 usual rental length in Detroit?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 12 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Detroit
6
January
12
February
7
March
10
April
7
May
9
June
6
July
7
August
7
September
6
October
12
November
9
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Detroit is July, and the least popular is April.
Monthly searches in Detroit by pick-up date relative to the average
45%
January
45%
February
68%
March
17%
April
23%
May
108%
June
323%
July
283%
August
102%
September
96%
October
40%
November
51%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Budget, National
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Premium cars
Lowest price $57 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

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 Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Mazda CX-5 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Impala 4 4 Premium cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 2 2 Medium cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Jeep Renegade 4 2 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the 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.

United States of America (USA)
Honda CR-V
November 29, 2023
We went to Detroit to meet our 4 month old daughter and spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. It was a very special trip and I am glad I was able to get a car for all of our appointments. I did not want to have to Uber or Lyft everywhere.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Priceless
7.3 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$85.66
Lowest daily price
$57.22
Total cars available
607

Top 11 suppliers in Detroit in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.8 / 12 reviews
1 location
$77 - $189
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8 / 14 reviews
1 location
$59 - $97
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
2 locations
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 1 review
2 locations
$63 - $218
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 2 reviews
1 location
$57 - $97
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7
1 location
$74 - $227
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
$75 - $229
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5
1 location
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Good 7.5
1 location
Priceless
Priceless
Good 7.3
1 location
$65 - $73
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