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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$46.80 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Compact SUV
Buick Encore or similar
Buick Encore
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$59.14 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Intermediate SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
FOX
$64.70 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Full-size
Nissan Altima or similar
Nissan Altima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$82.36 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Standard SUV
Chevrolet Equinox or similar
Chevrolet Equinox
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$87.13 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$101.75 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$133.95 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport
Mini Van
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$172.04 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:41 on 2024-04-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$93 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 136 km/h or 55 - 85 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$0.81 per liter or $3.07 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.67 per liter or $2.54 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.06 per liter or $4.01 / 1 gallon

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 McAllen - 26 offers from $106.27 per day
  • From Austin to Houston - 26 offers from $106.27 per day
  • From Austin to Chicago - 26 offers from $106.27 per day
  • From Austin to Dallas - 26 offers from $106.27 per day
  • From Austin to Los Angeles - 26 offers from $106.27 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 $103 per day
  • Large cars - from $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $52 per day
  • Vans - from $88 per day
  • Premium cars - from $62 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day
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Top 13 Cities near Austin

  1. 97.2 km / 60.4 miles
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  3. 204.1 km / 126.8 miles
  4. 225.3 km / 140 miles
  5. 270.2 km / 167.9 miles
  6. 306.3 km / 190.3 miles
  7. 342.7 km / 212.9 miles
  8. 450.2 km / 279.7 miles
  9. 473.8 km / 294.4 miles
  10. 477.6 km / 296.8 miles
  11. 549.1 km / 341.2 miles
  12. 674.3 km / 419 miles
  13. 849.5 km / 527.9 miles

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
$54.07
January
$56.50
February
$67.60
March
$86.23
April
$44.10
May
$42.60
June
$48.30
July
$47.91
August
$54.98
September
$56.33
October
$59.00
November
$46.50
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Austin is June (when prices average $42.60 per day). This is 23% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting in April (when prices average $86.23).

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 December, the average renter keeps their car for 11 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Austin
4
January
6
February
4
March
5
April
6
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
5
October
5
November
11
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 April, and the least popular is December.
Monthly searches in Austin by pick-up date relative to the average
52%
January
59%
February
160%
March
205%
April
103%
May
84%
June
62%
July
83%
August
112%
September
166%
October
81%
November
33%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Easirent, FOX, Thrifty, Dollar, Europcar
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars, Medium cars
Lowest price $47 per day
Cheapest supplier Europcar

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
Easirent Chevrolet Tahoe 4 3 SUVs
Easirent Nissan Altima 4 1 Large cars
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Easirent Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
FOX Nissan Altima 4 2 Large cars
FOX Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
FOX Nissan Versa 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

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

United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
April 18, 2024
New Braunfels community theater was really fun. and Torch’s Taco is a must, especially the chips and queso.
Canada
Mazda 3
March 31, 2024
Was on route to Rockport TX to see friends
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Altima
March 31, 2024
It was for business
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Sentra
October 13, 2023
i flew in for a funeral
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
7.9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Easirent
4.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
4
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$93.49
Lowest daily price
$46.80
Total cars available
428

Top 13 Suppliers in Austin in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.9
1 location
$146 - $251
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
1 location
$82 - $247
National
National
Good 7.8
1 location
$146 - $232
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
2 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
5 locations
Budget
Budget
Good 7.6 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$91 - $211
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.6 / 4 reviews
1 location
$47 - $88
Advantage
Advantage
Good 7.5
1 location
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.3 / 10 reviews
1 location
$78 - $177
Dollar
Dollar
Satisfactory 6.9 / 4 reviews
1 location
$81 - $154
FOX
FOX
Satisfactory 6.8 / 16 reviews
1 location
$65 - $103
Easirent
Easirent
Poor 4.2 / 29 reviews
1 location
$59 - $151
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