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

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$37.24 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$49.88 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$58.02 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Standard
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta) or similar
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$75.69 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$90.55 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$92.62 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$105.13 per day
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Premium Elite SUV
BMW X3 or similar
BMW X3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$107.15 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:59 on 2024-07-12. 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
$77 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
56 km/h or 35 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 112 km/h or 55 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gas price
$0.86 per liter or $3.26 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$0.77 per liter or $2.91 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.11 per liter or $4.20 per gallon
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

Airport travel guide

One of the main cities of the Piedmont region and all of North Carolina, Charlotte is a great place to visit. The city is well known for its diverse neighborhoods and lively cultural institutions, and also provides access to a number of destinations worth a day trip to visit. Here are three of the best attractions in and around it:

  • Discovery Place. A science and innovation center, Discovery Place has sometimes been called one of the best children’s museums in all of the United States. Its interactive and accessible exhibitions include a butterfly pavilion, an IMAX dome theater, a planetarium, and the Thinker Space Lab. Nowadays, Discovery Place is made up of three separate museums – the main center, Discovery Place Science, is in Uptown Charlotte, while Discovery Place Nature is in the southern Freedom Park neighborhood, and Discovery Place Kids has branches in nearby Huntersville (a 20-minute drive to the north) and Rockingham (a 75-minute drive to the east). Visit the Discovery Place website to learn more. 
  • Levine Museum of the New South. One of the most notable southern-themed museums in the U.S., this is another landmark not to miss if you’re in Charlotte. The museum’s main exhibition is called "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South” and includes recreations of such historical sites as a one-room farmhouse and African American hospital. In addition, the museum frequently hosts various rotating exhibitions and events. Centrally located on 7th Street, it is near other notable landmarks such as the aforementioned Discovery Place and Charlotte Convention Center. Visit its website to learn more. 
  • Schiele Museum of Natural History. If you and your family enjoyed Discovery Place, it is worth also going on a day trip to the Schiele Museum. It has a planetarium, an aviary, and plenty of exhibitions to keep you excited. The museum is a 25-minute drive west in the town of Gastonia where you can also visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and neighboring nature like that of the US National Whitewater Center and Crowders Mountain State Park.

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 $103 per day
  • Large cars - from $40 per day
  • Medium cars - from $37 per day
  • Vans - from $111 per day
  • Premium cars - from $86 per day
  • Small cars - from $39 per day
  • SUVs - from $79 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.
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Airport info

Rating
8.0
  • Getting to the airport 7.9
  • Check-in and departures 8.1
  • Terminal facilities 7.9
  • Wi-Fi 7.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 8.0
  • Lounge 8.0

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)

  • IATA: CLT
  • ICAO: KCLT
  • Name: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Distance from city: 4 miles / 6.4 km

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

The cost of renting a car at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport varies by season. The table and graph below can help you find the best time of year to save on a rental car.
Average rental costs per day at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
$45.59
January
$48.43
February
$54.03
March
$77.07
April
$50.41
May
$65.67
June
$43.51
July
$44.59
August
$46.51
September
$47.49
October
$51.26
November
$53.36
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is July — when rental costs average $43.51 per day. This is 17% cheaper than the yearly average and 44% cheaper than renting a car in April (when prices average $77.07 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 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in July the average rental period is 8 days, while in November, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average number of rental days at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
7
January
5
February
7
March
5
April
7
May
5
June
8
July
7
August
6
September
5
October
4
November
6
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car in October, while they are least likely to rent in in April.
Monthly searches at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
72%
January
57%
February
42%
March
23%
April
34%
May
40%
June
144%
July
159%
August
154%
September
243%
October
148%
November
85%
December

Car rental information

Popular suppliers Easirent, Ace Rent a car, Dollar, NUCarrentals, SIXT
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars, Medium cars
Lowest price $37 per day
Cheapest supplier NUCarrentals

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Toyota Yaris 5 0 Small cars
Easirent Nissan Sentra 4 2 Medium cars
Easirent Buick Encore 5 3 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Easirent Nissan Altima 4 1 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Hyundai Accent 4 1 Medium cars
Easirent Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
NUCarrentals Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars

FAQ

Can I take a car rented at CLT to South Carolina?
Yes, all rental companies allow their cars to be taken to South Carolina.
Are there any toll roads in North Carolina?
There are two toll roads in the state, one in the Research Triangle Area and the other, the Monroe Expressway, southeast of Charlotte.
How can I pay for the toll roads?
You can either use an NC Quick Pass transponder or pay online after a camera captures the license plate of your car. It may be more convenient to use the rental company's toll package if you don't have your own transponder, but you are not forced to if you pay the tolls online in a timely manner.
How old do I have to be to rent a car in North Carolina?
You need to be at least 21 years old, though if you are under 25, you will be charged a Young Driver's Fee.

Our customers' reviews

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United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
October 22, 2023
Great visit to the historic 4th Ward of Charlotte and the Mint Museum. Enjoyed days out on the Blu Ridge Parkway and at a botanic garden not too far from Charlotte.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
May 14, 2023
Went to blowing rock area. If you love Mountain View’s hiking and great food and relax this is a great spot.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Sentra
January 31, 2023
I flew from Texas to Charlotte to attend my grandson’s graduation from Army boot camp in Ft. Jackson.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
January 21, 2023
Just visited family
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Santa Fe
November 15, 2022
Great vehicle for trip
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Sentra
June 22, 2022
Easirent was a very small, but reputable business. Pick-up and drop-off for the Charlotte airport were perfect and easy to accomplish. Returning the car was a breeze as they are super close to the airport. I plan to use them again when I travel to Charlotte in the future.
Belgium
Nissan Rogue
May 9, 2022
I was here for business so did not drive a lot.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Dollar
8.1 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Easirent
4.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
8
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
$77.03
Lowest daily price
$37.24
Total cars available
544

Top 12 suppliers at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in 2024

Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 14 reviews
+18664342226
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28208
$58 - $219
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
SIXT
Good 7.9 / 4 reviews
+18887498227
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway Charlotte, NC 28208
$75 - $141
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
Alamo
Good 7.9 / 3 reviews
8443668844
5489 R C JOSH BIRMINGHAM PKWY,
$91 - $214
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
+17043595701
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
$67 - $131
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
+17043590114
5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7 / 1 review
+18333360426
5489 R C JOSH BIRMINGHAM PKWY, CHARLOTTE, 28214
$95 - $240
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
National
National
Good 7.7 / 1 review
+18443668843
5489 R C, Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
$96 - $242
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:45; 04:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 1 review
+17043595700
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 05:00-23:59
Advantage
Advantage
Good 7.5
8007775500
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Working hours
Mon:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-22:00; 00:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-01:00; 00:00-23:59
Ace Rent a car
Poor 5.4 / 38 reviews
+18772199192
4901 C Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte , NC, 28208
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Poor 5.4 / 12 reviews
+18886567383
4121 South Stream Boulevard
$37 - $336
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:09:00-17:00
Easirent
Poor 4.5 / 117 reviews
+17048004288
2230 Boyer Street
$50 - $56
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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