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Car Rental at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

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Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, USA - North Carolina
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Chevrolet Spark 3d or similar
Chevrolet Spark 3d
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$30.63 per day
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$101.96 per day
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$103.96 per day
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$114.41 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$191.97 / per day
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$120.08 / per day
Premium
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$123.48 / per day
Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$171.06 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:03 on 2022-01-24. 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%
Rating
10.0
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the largest airport in the state of North Carolina. It also serves the northern part of South Carolina. Given its size and the ability to find cheaper or direct flights, many from even farther away use the airport and it is also a convenient place to begin a trip to other destinations with a rental car. Located almost equidistant between the beach and the mountains, you can begin a road trip to either easily from Charlotte.  

Top international routes

  • Cancun
  • Toronto
  • Montego Bay
  • London
  • Punta Cana
  • Nassau

Main airlines

The airport is a large hub for American Airlines, and the airport relies heavily on the airline (9 in 10 passengers at the airport fly on American). With the lack of competition from other carriers on many routes, good deals on airfares can be hard to find at times.

Delta and United along with the low-cost airlines Southwest and Frontier also provide some flights to and from CLT. Destinations include Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston.

The only international airlines that fly to the airport are Air Canada, connecting the city with Toronto, and Luthsfansa, providing connections to Munich and Frankfurt. American Airlines flies to and from many international destinations, particularly destinations in the Carribean and Mexico.

Terminals

Charlotte Douglas has just one terminal, though that terminal has five different concourses with a total of 115 gates. The international concourse is Concourse D. Most domestic airlines operate out of Concourse A. Concourses B and C are used by American Airlines while Concourse E is used for its regional brand American Eagle.

Location

Charlotte Douglas is located roughly 7 miles west of downtown Charlotte, a drive that takes about 15 minutes if there is light traffic. The airport is located near the interchange of I85 and I-485, making it convenient to reach all of the surrounding areas including the northern part of South Carolina.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $310 per day
  • Large cars - from $121 per day
  • Medium cars - from $108 per day
  • Vans - from $174 per day
  • Premium cars - from $125 per day
  • Small cars - from $107 per day
  • SUVs - from $129 per day

Car rental desks

Charlotte Douglas recently built a new parking garage and Rental Car Facility located across from the terminal. All you have to do to reach the rental desks is to leave the baggage claim area and cross the road to Level 2 of the facility. Returning your rental car is likewise very simple. Follow the signs for the car rental return when entering the airport and follow the signs for your specific rental company when entering the facility. After you finish the drop off procedure, make your way back to Level 2 and from there back to the terminal. It’s just a short walk and not shuttles are required.

Services and facilities

CLT is a modern, major airport with all of the facilities and services a traveler would expect of such and more.

Ther airport has many different services for passengers. These include free wifi throughout the terminal, pet relief areas, a mother’s room for nursing mothers, a chapel, multiple ATMs, and currency exchanges, though you are, as always, better off taking out money out of an ATM or bringing it from your home country. The most unique service offered at the airport is the CLT Canine Crew. These trained therapy dogs are available for any passenger to pet and you can spot them by their “Pet Me” vest.

The airport has a crew of volunteers to assist travelers with any questions they have at the airport. These volunteers are known what the “Yellow Shirts” as the wear, you guessed it, yellow shirts. These friendly people can help you find your gate, find where to eat, or anything else related to your time at the airport.

Finally, you won’t go hungry or thirsty at CLT. There are various dining options in both the Atrium and the concourses. The options range from fast food to table-service restaurants. Coffee shops and the Carolina Beer Co. are there to greet thirsty travelers. If you want a lounge to relax in, there a two American Airlines Admirals Clubs.

Nearest gas station

If returning to the airport along I-85, there are two gas stations that are the most convenient for filling up your rental car before dropping it off. These are a Mobil and an Airport Express. Of these, the Mobil station is probably preferable both for convenience and level of service. The Airport Express station is more convenient if approaching the airport from I-485.

Finally, if traveling to the airport along Billy Graham Parkway, there is another Mobil station just north of the exit to the airport. From the station, Old Dowd Road (State Route 1191) leads back to the airport, though the route to the rental car return may be confusing without a map.

Airport info

Rating
7.8
  • Getting to the airport 5.9
  • Departure and check-in 6.4
  • Terminal facilities 6.9
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.0
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.8
  • Lounge 4.6

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)

  • IATA: CLT
  • ICAO: KCLT
  • Name: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 45,909,899
  • Distance from City: 4 miles / 6.4 km W of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 8 Locations near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

  1. 127.0 km / 78.9 miles away
  2. 164.6 km / 102.3 miles away
  3. 170.3 km / 105.8 miles away
  4. 193.8 km / 120.4 miles away
  5. 278.0 km / 172.7 miles away
  6. 309.6 km / 192.4 miles away
  7. 337.4 km / 209.6 miles away
  8. 527.8 km / 328.0 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport 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 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
$40.13
January
February
$33.91
March
April
$73.47
May
$41.26
June
$50.87
July
$26.00
August
$47.47
September
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is August when prices for an Economy class start from $26.00. You can see that this is 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 65% cheaper than renting a car in May (when rental prices start at $73.47 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 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 15 days, while in May, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
4
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
13
September
11
October
12
November
15
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
83%
January
73%
February
84%
March
107%
April
105%
May
120%
June
129%
July
115%
August
93%
September
109%
October
99%
November
82%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Avis Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
Avis Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Budget Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Avis Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars
Avis Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Nissan Sentra 4 1 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Kia Rio 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars

Top 10 Suppliers at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in 2022

National
Exceptional 9.2
+18443668843
5489 R C, Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
$113 - $380
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
8443668844
5489 R C JOSH BIRMINGHAM PKWY,
$102 - $368
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+17049108334
5253 Old Dowd Rd UNIT 6
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+17043959983 / +18007775500
5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-21:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
$103 - $114
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
$114 - $127
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
Excellent 8.5
+17043595700
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+17043595701
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway Charlotte Airport
$130 - $253
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
8443668844
5489 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 04:00-23:59
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+18772199192 / +18778223872
4901 C Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte , NC, 28208
$31 - $97
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
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