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What is the cheapest time to rent a car in The Big Island?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in The Big Island and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on February 22, 2024.

January

$58

February

$67

March

$77

April

$68

May

$62

June

$68

July

$74

August

$60

September

$53

October

$56

November

$53

December

$71

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in The Big Island is September. The most expensive time to rent a car is March. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Compare available car types for rental in The Big Island

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for rental in The Big Island to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on February 22, 2024.

Small cars

$54 - $72

All Car Types

$63 - $104

To rent a small car in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $65/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a small car in The Big Island (~$54/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$72/day). In fact, September is about 17% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a small car saves you 13% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island small car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a medium car in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $66/day. April is the cheapest month to rent a medium car in The Big Island (~$57/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$95/day). In fact, April is about 14% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a medium car saves you 11% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island medium car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a large car in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $82/day. March is the cheapest month to rent a large car in The Big Island (~$68/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$119/day). In fact, March is about 18% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a large car is 10% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island large car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $74/day. April is the cheapest month to rent a SUV in The Big Island (~$57/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$113/day). In fact, April is about 23% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a SUV is 0% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a van in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $93/day. March is the cheapest month to rent a van in The Big Island (~$71/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$143/day). In fact, March is about 24% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a van is 21% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a pickup truck in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $79/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a pickup truck in The Big Island (~$45/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$182/day). In fact, January is about 44% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a pickup truck is 8% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island pickup truck rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a luxury car in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $106/day. August is the cheapest month to rent a luxury car in The Big Island (~$82/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$163/day). In fact, August is about 23% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a luxury car is 31% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a convertible in The Big Island, you would pay an average price of $88/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a convertible in The Big Island (~$72/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$110/day). In fact, September is about 20% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a convertible rental for The Big Island. When comparing with other car types available for rental in The Big Island, renting a convertible is 17% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best The Big Island convertible rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

Kia Picanto$35/day
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Nissan Sentra$35/day
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Kia Soul$38/day
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Tips for renting a car in The Big Island

Browse helpful tips for renting a car in The Big Island including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on February 22, 2024.
  • If you are getting a Big Island car rental and you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to be aware of the child seat laws in this area before setting out. Children under 2 years old should be in a rear-facing child seat. Kids between the ages of 2 and 4 need to be in a forward-facing child seat with a harness. Kids between 4 and 10 years old, except for those over the height of 4’9”, must be in a safety or booster seat. If you need a child car seat, be sure to request one from your rental agency in advance.
  • Those driving Big Island car rentals will also need to be aware of the level of gas in their tanks at all times. This is because gas is more expensive in Hawaii than in other states in the US. In addition, there are some areas on Big Island where gas stations are scarce, and it’s not unheard of to run out of gas with no gas station in sight. As a result, fill up whenever you can, and it’s not a bad idea to keep some extra gas with you in the car in case of emergency.
  • One major road to be aware of while driving car rentals on Big Island is Saddle Road, or Hawaii State Highway 200. This road is 54 miles long and reaches high elevations at times. Although it is one of the most scenic drives on the island, you need to be aware of hazards on this road. The island experiences unpredictable weather that can be difficult to navigate on the rough terrain of this road, and some stretches don’t have any cell phone service. Drive cautiously on Saddle Road, especially after dark.

Top rental agencies in The Big Island

Explore the leading car rental agencies in The Big Island known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car rental companies in The Big Island. Reviews were last updated on February 22, 2024.

Alamo

8.9
Very good
153 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.1

Overall

8.9

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

8.5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6
Very good
105 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.9

Overall

8.5

Pick-up/drop-off

8.5

Value

8.3

Hertz

7.9
Good
352 reviews8 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.2

Overall

7.8

Pick-up/drop-off

7.9

Value

7.6

Budget

7.6
Good
122 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.7

Overall

7.5

Pick-up/drop-off

7.7

Value

7.1

Thrifty

7.0
Good
140 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.5

Overall

7.0

Pick-up/drop-off

6.7

Value

6.8

Dollar

6.6
Okay
269 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.5

Pick-up/drop-off

6.6

Value

6.4

National

8.8
Very good
45 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

9.0

Overall

8.8

Pick-up/drop-off

8.7

Value

8.1

Payless

7.9
Good
89 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.0

Overall

7.9

Pick-up/drop-off

7.9

Value

7.8

Best The Big Island car rental deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car rental deals in The Big Island. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect rental option for your needs. There are currently 8 rental car agencies in The Big Island with an average daily rate of $52. Data was last updated on February 22, 2024.
Ford Fusion$33/day
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Ford Fusion
Nissan Sentra$33/day
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Nissan Sentra
Kia Picanto$35/day
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Kia Picanto

Car rental FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car rentals in The Big Island, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on February 22, 2024.

Should I rent a car on the Big Island?

Renting a car in Big Island will give you a huge advantage when it comes to exploring the island. There are many remote spots that are unreachable without a personal vehicle. In addition, there are plenty of scenic drives to take that are more comfortable and enjoyable in a Big Island car rental. For example, you can drive the Mauna Loa Road scenic drive or the Coffee country/South Kona scenic drive, and there are plenty of other options, as well. Renting a car in Big Island will allow you to explore the island freely and on your own schedule.

What is driving like on the Big Island?

Driving in Big Island is fairly straightforward most of the time. In the cities, the roads are in good condition and the highways throughout the island are paved. However, you do need to be cautious on Saddle Road and on other rural roads in remote areas. These may not be paved and may have hazards such as potholes and wildlife crossings. However, the local drivers are generally friendly and follow the rules of the road. You may also need to watch out for pedestrian traffic near beaches in and within cities.

How old do you have to be to rent a car on Big Island?

In order to obtain car rentals in Big Island, you must be at least 18 years old. However, some car rental agencies may restrict car rentals to those 21 and up. Moreover, some car rental categories, such as luxury or vans, may only be available to those 25 and up. Check with your chosen car rental agency in advance about any age restrictions or underage driver fees before making your reservation to avoid surprises. You will also need to show your valid driver’s license and a major credit card. Foreign renters will need a passport.

What is the cheapest rental car found in The Big Island?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $64/day when booking a rental car in The Big Island. The best deal a user found was for $34/day from Surprise Agency, booked on Feb. 18.

What car rental company is typically the cheapest in The Big Island?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in The Big Island from the following companies over the past two weeks: Dollar ($40/day), Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($44/day), and Thrifty ($51/day).

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in The Big Island?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Alamo (8.9 rating), National (8.7 rating) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.6 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in The Big Island.

How much does it cost to rent a car in The Big Island for a week from Alamo?

Renting a car in The Big Island for a week can be a great option for travel. Alamo, the most popular car rental company for this area, offers rental cars for around $424/week on average.

How far in advance should I rent a car in The Big Island for the best price?

Booking in advance not only ensures a better chance of getting the vehicle of choice, it can save you up to 17% on your car rental. For a below average price in The Big Island, Cheapflights recommends booking your car rental at least 23 days in advance.

Can I rent a car for a month in The Big Island?

Typically how long you can rent a car for depends on the inventory of the supplier. For The Big Island however, it is certainly possible to rent a car for an entire month.

How much does it cost to rent a car in The Big Island for a month?

We’ve recently found that Surprise Agency offers you prices that are 55% cheaper than the average rate available for a long-term rental. The average cost of a car rental in The Big Island for a month is $1,819. Check Cheapflights to compare pricing and options for your rental car.

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