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Austin, USA - Texas
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$54.65 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$60.11 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$61.04 per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$63.76 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$66.50 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Compact
Jeep Compass or similar
Jeep Compass
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$66.50 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$69.24 / per day
Austin-Bergstrom Airport Car Rental
Standard
Dodge Journey or similar
Dodge Journey
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$72.87 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 22:29 on 2022-01-25. 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
9.0

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 US$ 112.73 per day
  • From Austin to Houston - 26 offers from US$ 112.73 per day
  • From Austin to Chicago - 26 offers from US$ 112.73 per day
  • From Austin to Dallas - 26 offers from US$ 112.73 per day
  • From Austin to Los Angeles - 26 offers from US$ 112.73 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. 

Useful 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 tips

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 a day-trip

  • 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

  • Large cars - from $119 per day
  • Medium cars - from $112 per day
  • Vans - from $162 per day
  • Premium cars - from $150 per day
  • Small cars - from $112 per day
  • SUVs - from $144 per day

Top 9 Cities near Austin

  1. Dallas Car Rentals from $77.55 per day
    306.3 km / 190.3 miles away
  2. Houston Car Rentals from $72.78 per day
    238.0 km / 147.9 miles away
  3. El Paso Car Rentals from $77.41 per day
    849.5 km / 527.9 miles away
  4. Killeen Car Rentals from $78.34 per day
    97.2 km / 60.4 miles away
  5. Corpus Christi Car Rentals from $101.96 per day
    270.2 km / 167.9 miles away
  6. McAllen Car Rentals from $107.62 per day
    450.2 km / 279.7 miles away
  7. Lubbock Car Rentals from $101.96 per day
    549.1 km / 341.2 miles away
  8. Laredo Car Rentals from $107.62 per day
    342.7 km / 213.0 miles away
  9. Brownsville Car Rentals from $107.62 per day
    477.6 km / 296.8 miles away

Top 12 Locations near Austin

  1. 11.2 km / 7.0 miles away
  2. 88.1 km / 54.7 miles away
  3. 233.7 km / 145.2 miles away
  4. 247.4 km / 153.7 miles away
  5. 279.0 km / 173.4 miles away
  6. 298.6 km / 185.6 miles away
  7. 299.7 km / 186.2 miles away
  8. 346.2 km / 215.1 miles away
  9. 457.5 km / 284.3 miles away
  10. 486.4 km / 302.2 miles away
  11. 537.9 km / 334.3 miles away
  12. 840.2 km / 522.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Austin vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Austin
$92.69
January
$27.13
February
$35.04
March
$62.73
April
$31.08
May
June
$58.21
July
$41.45
August
September
$42.11
October
$58.78
November
December
The best month to rent a car in Austin is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $27.13). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $92.69 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Austin?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 11 days in April, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Austin
5
January
5
February
5
March
4
April
5
May
6
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
9
October
11
November
7
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Austin is October, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Austin by Monthly Searches
58%
January
50%
February
63%
March
64%
April
65%
May
67%
June
70%
July
61%
August
43%
September
547%
October
57%
November
55%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
FOX Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
Budget Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Avis Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
FOX Nissan Versa 4 3 Medium cars
Europcar Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
Avis Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
Avis Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Toyota Camry 4 2 Large 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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus 3d
July 15, 2020
Get the car rental at the airport, without taking a shuttle ride. I like that.

Top 12 Suppliers in Austin in 2022

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.6
+15129696922 / +18007775500
3600 Presidential Blvd #107 Austin, TX 78719
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
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
8443662655
3819 PRESIDENTIAL BLVD,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+17374843896
3819 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8
+15125241121
1804 W 35th St
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
5125302277
3600 PRESIDENTAL BLVD
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
+15122568460 / +18002254369
3819 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30
Tue:00:00-00:30
Wed:00:00-00:30
Thu:00:00-00:30
Fri:00:00-00:30
Sat:00:00-00:30
Sun:00:00-00:30
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+15125302277
3600 Presidental Blvd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+15125306811
3600 Presidental Blvd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+15123563510
3819 Presidential Blvd
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+15123563519
3819 Presidential Blvd Austin Bergstrom Intl. Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
8443662656
3819 Presidential Blvd
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7
8443662656
3819 PRESIDENTIAL BLVD,
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