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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$46.31 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$60.09 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Intermediate SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$63.59 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Standard Regular Cab Pickup
Chevrolet Colorado or similar
Chevrolet Colorado
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$69.25 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$74.76 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Premium
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$77.78 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$86.03 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Mini Van
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$73.59 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:37 on 2023-06-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English,
Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$68.93 / per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 136 km/h
55 - 85 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.0
Average gasoline price
$0.88 per liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.07 per liter
Lowest gasoline price
$0.76 per liter

Why rent a car in Austin?

The "Live Music Capital of the World" is Texas' most eclectic city and has long been a marquee tourist destination. Whether you visit for a festival, concert, or just to see the famous city, you will never run out of things to do or sights to see. 

One-Way Car Rentals in Austin

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

  • From Austin to Dallas - 26 offers from $106.68 per day
  • From Austin to Los Angeles - 26 offers from $106.68 per day
  • From Austin to McAllen - 26 offers from $106.68 per day
  • From Austin to Houston - 26 offers from $106.68 per day
  • From Austin to Chicago - 26 offers from $106.68 per day

Top ways to enter Austin

Austin Bergstrom International Airport can be reached via direct flights from almost all major American cities as well as other cities in North America. 

Many reach Austin from other parts of the state via I-35 which connects the city with the Dallas-Forth Worth area in the north and San Antonio in the south. From Houston, take I-10 to Texas Highway 71.

There is also an Amtrak station in Austin. It is served by the Texas Eagle Line which runs from Chicago to San Antonio. 

City facts

Austin is known for its music and festivals. The most famous among them is the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festivals which consist of music, film, and comedy festivals. The festivals take place in mid-March and the 2022 festivals will be the first since the start of the pandemic. Tickets are hard to come by and quite expensive. 

Austin, as its nickname would suggest, has live music all year-round. It is also a hotspot for comedy. Another music institution is Austin City Limits — the longest-running live music show on television. Follow their Twitter account for a chance to score tickets to a taping of the iconic show while you're in town. 

Top destinations and activities

Music - Whether it be as part of SXSW, a taping of Austin City Limits, or just catching a lesser-known band at one of the city's many venues, you shouldn't visit Austin and not have a musical experience of some sort. Sixth street is packed with bars and clubs but may be overcrowded. You can find venues hosting live music all over the city, though. 

Theater - The city has many different theaters and theater companies.

Eat - While Texas is known for BBQ — but know that in Texas BBQ means any meat that is grilled or smoked unlike other parts of the country where it strictly means pulled pork — Austin is a destination for all kinds of food with some of the best budget restaurants in the country.

Traffic and parking

As in many cities, parking is more problematic than driving. You won't run into much trouble driving around Austin if you are used to driving in large cities. Aside from the predictable traffic, there is little else to worry about. 

Parking can be hard to find. And parking regulations are strictly enforced in the city. If planning a quick stop downtown (or going there on the weekend or in the evening), then using a metered spot may suffice if you find one. Otherwise, parking garages are where you should prefer to park. There are both public and private garages and lots. One option is a city lot right off I-35 between 7th and 8th streets.

Toll roads

There are multiple toll roads in the Austin area including State Routes 183 and 130 near the airport (though you can use a toll-free version of 183 that has stoplights and the same with 71). Unfortunately, all tolls in the Austin area are electronic (that means you can not pay with cash or a credit card). Even if you have a TxTag transponder, it can not be removed from your vehicle to be used in another. 

All rental companies have a system for charging you for tolls through your rental agreement, though they have additional fees for this service. If you plan to use toll roads, be sure to ask your rental company about this in advance. 

Ideas for day trips

  • New Braunfels - Roughly 50 miles south of Austin, New Braunfels is a popular city for tourists due to its German heritage. It also has scenic rivers — the Comal and Guadalupe — and a superb waterpark, the Schlitterbahn.
  • Hill Country - Texas' Hill Country is just to the west of Austin. The best way to see this part of Texas is simply to drive and enjoy the hilly scenery. Another option is to take the Hill Country Flyer, a two-hour train ride through it. 
  • San Marcos - Take an hour-and-a-half drive south of Austin for some outlet shopping, visit The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, or tube down the San Marcos River. 

Further destinations

San Antonio -  The city known for the Alamo is less than and a 90-minute drive from Austin and is famous for its role in the Texan Revolution and the soldiers who, though surely outnumbered, defended it from the Mexican Army. The Battle of the Alamo would become a turning point in the war. Many are of course underwhelmed at the site having expected the physical size to match the size of its historical importance. 

San Antonio is not just the Alamo, though. The city is also known for the Riverwalk, a pedestrian area below street level along the San Antonio River. The Riverwalk is packed full of bars, restaurants, and hotels. Boats are available to get around the area. No trip to Texas should leave out San Antonio. 

Dallas- The city is only the third-largest on its own, but the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metro area in the state and fourth-largest in the country. Dallas is known for its upscale hotels and fine dining, but it also offers some tourist attractions, the most notable of which are Dealey Plazza, the site where President John F. Kennedy was murdered, and the Sixth-Floor Museum which covers the murder; JFK Memorial Plaza; and the Dallas Museum of Art, a world-class art museum. Dallas is about a three-hour drive from Austin.

Houston - The fourth-largest city in the country is also the most populous city in Texas and a 180-minute drive from Austin. Though it is a sprawling city, most of the sites of interest to tourists are located in or near Downtown. These included museums, an aquarium, and art galleries. One notable destination that isn’t located downtown is the Space Center. Houston has been home to the Johnson Space Center since 1961 which included the Mission Control Center for all subsequent space missions. The Space Center Houston serves as the visitor’s center and offers educational programs and a museum. It is located about 25 miles southeast of Downtown Houston.

Car Rental Prices in Austin

  • Convertibles - from $110 per day
  • Large cars - from $52 per day
  • Medium cars - from $48 per day
  • Vans - from $74 per day
  • Premium cars - from $78 per day
  • Small cars - from $46 per day
  • SUVs - from $62 per day
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Top 13 Cities near Austin

  1. Killeen Car Rentals from $67.67 per day
    97.2 km / 60.4 miles away
  2. San Antonio Car Rentals from $56.01 per day
    107.1 km / 66.5 miles away
  3. Houston Car Rentals from $44.31 per day
    225.3 km / 140.0 miles away
  4. Corpus Christi Car Rentals from $67.67 per day
    270.2 km / 167.9 miles away
  5. Dallas Car Rentals from $45.72 per day
    306.3 km / 190.3 miles away
  6. Laredo Car Rentals from $69.59 per day
    342.7 km / 212.9 miles away
  7. Harlingen Car Rentals from $69.59 per day
    442.2 km / 274.8 miles away
  8. McAllen Car Rentals from $69.59 per day
    450.2 km / 279.7 miles away
  9. Midland Car Rentals from $62.33 per day
    473.8 km / 294.4 miles away
  10. Brownsville Car Rentals from $69.59 per day
    477.6 km / 296.8 miles away
  11. Lubbock Car Rentals from $62.33 per day
    549.1 km / 341.2 miles away
  12. Amarillo Car Rentals from $75.07 per day
    674.3 km / 419.0 miles away
  13. El Paso Car Rentals from $54.62 per day
    849.5 km / 527.9 miles away

Top 13 Locations near Austin

  1. 97.2 km / 60.4 miles away
  2. 225.3 km / 140.0 miles away
  3. 238.0 km / 147.9 miles away
  4. 270.2 km / 167.9 miles away
  5. 278.8 km / 173.2 miles away
  6. 304.7 km / 189.3 miles away
  7. 306.3 km / 190.3 miles away
  8. 450.2 km / 279.7 miles away
  9. 473.8 km / 294.4 miles away
  10. 477.6 km / 296.8 miles away
  11. 549.1 km / 341.2 miles away
  12. 849.5 km / 527.9 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Austin 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 Austin
$44.84
January
$53.85
February
$59.39
March
$54.93
April
$44.24
May
$68.34
June
$57.10
July
$75.12
August
$81.57
September
$99.15
October
$74.36
November
$60.70
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Austin is May (when prices average $44.24 per day). This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 55% cheaper than renting in October (when prices average $99.15).

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 Austin?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 13 days, and in April, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average rental length in Austin
7
January
13
February
8
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
9
July
7
August
9
September
6
October
7
November
8
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Austin is May, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Austin by pick-up date relative to the average
60%
January
27%
February
93%
March
197%
April
329%
May
148%
June
66%
July
104%
August
33%
September
82%
October
16%
November
44%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 1
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Thrifty, Easirent, Europcar, Dollar, Enterprise
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars, Medium cars
Lowest price $46 per day
Cheapest supplier Easirent

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Toyota Yaris 5 Small cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Easirent Nissan Sentra 4 2 Medium cars
Easirent Nissan Altima 4 1 Large cars
Easirent Buick Encore 5 3 SUVs
Thrifty Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Easirent Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
Enterprise Dodge Challenger 4 1 Large cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.6 / 10
Lowest rated company
Easirent
7.5 / 10
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$68.93
Lowest daily price
$46.31
Total cars available
118

Top 13 Suppliers in Austin in 2023

Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
1 location
$62 - $161
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
1 location
$64 - $163
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
1 location
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
1 location
$62 - $74
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
1 location
National
National
Excellent 8.5
1 location
$66 - $165
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
1 location
$71 - $193
Advantage
Advantage
Excellent 8.4
1 location
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.4
1 location
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.2 / 5 reviews
1 location
$169 - $213
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.2 / 7 reviews
1 location
$60 - $130
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 7.8 / 2 reviews
1 location
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.5 / 3 reviews
1 location
$46 - $189
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