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Charleston Car Rentals in 2023

Most popular companyBUDGET
Price of gas per gallon$3.75
Average price per day$72
Cheapest price per day$35

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Charleston?

January

$68

February

$85

March

$107

April

$117

May

$116

June

$126

July

$115

August

$109

September

$98

October

$105

November

$94

December

$82

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Charleston is January. The most expensive time to rent a car is June. 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.

Popular Car Types in Charleston

In Charleston, there are 19 active rental locations from 8 car rental companies. Small is the cheapest car type to rent in Charleston in the past week - currently priced from $39/day. View deals for 7 car types available to rent in this destination:

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Small Cars

$62 - $128

All Car Types

$76 - $157

To rent a Small car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $97/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Small car in Charleston, the United States (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$128/day). In fact, January is about 37% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Small rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Small car saves you 22% 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 Charleston Small rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Medium car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $104/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Medium car in Charleston, the United States (~$60/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$143/day). In fact, January is about 43% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Medium rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Medium car saves you 16% 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 Charleston Medium rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Large car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $116/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Large car in Charleston, the United States (~$68/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$168/day). In fact, January is about 42% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Large rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Large car saves you 5% 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 Charleston Large rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $111/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a SUV car in Charleston, the United States (~$79/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is July (~$152/day). In fact, January is about 30% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a SUV car saves you 9% 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 Charleston SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Van car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $158/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Van car in Charleston, the United States (~$114/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is March (~$199/day). In fact, January is about 29% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Van rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Van car is 23% 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 Charleston Van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Luxury car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $124/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a Luxury car in Charleston, the United States (~$89/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$183/day). In fact, September is about 29% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Luxury rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Luxury car is 2% 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 Charleston Luxury rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Convertible car in Charleston, the United States, you would pay an average price of $150/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Convertible car in Charleston, the United States (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$234/day). In fact, January is about 59% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Convertible rental for Charleston. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Charleston, renting a Convertible car is 18% 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.

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Top rental agencies in Charleston

All major car rental suppliers in Charleston

Alamo

9.2
Wonderful
84 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.3

Overall

9.1

Pick-up/drop-off

9.3

Value

8.8

Enterprise

7.9
Good
97 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.5

Overall

7.8

Pick-up/drop-off

7.7

Value

7.7

Hertz

6.2
Okay
84 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.6

Overall

6.1

Pick-up/drop-off

5.9

Value

6.3

Budget

6.2
Okay
75 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.7

Overall

6.1

Pick-up/drop-off

6.2

Value

6.0

Avis

5.4
Fair
39 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.4

Comfort

5.8

Overall

5.2

Pick-up/drop-off

5.4

Value

5.2

National

10.0
Wonderful
1 review1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

10.0

Sunnycars

2 locations

Easirent

1 location

Best Charleston Car Rental Deals Found

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Car Rental FAQs

What are the requirements to rent a car in Charleston?

To get car rentals in Charleston, you will have to present a valid driver’s license along with a credit card matching the name of the driver. If this license is from a different country and not in English, they may ask for an International Driver’s Permit as well to pick up rental cars in Charleston.

What are the rules for driving in Charleston?

When driving your Charleston car rentals, remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road. It’s also mandatory for all passengers to wear a fastened seatbelt while in a moving vehicle, even those in the backseats of a passenger van rental. It’s illegal for drivers to have more than 0.08% of blood alcohol content. It’s also a good idea to check out the department of motor vehicles to make sure there aren’t any new updates.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Charleston?

Charleston can get quite busy during rush hour, especially in the downtown area. When picking out a cheap car rental in Charleston, if you are planning on exploring the city you may want to opt for an electric car rental or a compact vehicle. This South Carolina city is also known for its beaches. If this is your plan for your time visiting the city, look for car rentals in Charleston that have extra cargo space like an SUV, especially for those coming with children. The car rental locations in Charleston offer a wide variety of categories to suit your needs.

What are the best places to park in Charleston?

There are various places to park your rental cars in Charleston. The city has both on-street and off-street parking areas. If you find an on-street parking spot for your Charleston car rentals, the parking is metered during the day except on Sundays. There are about 15 parking garages across the city, as well as a few metered and non-metered parking lots. This can be a good place to park your cheap car rental in Charleston, especially during peak hours or on the weekends. In the more residential areas surrounding Charleston, you may find free spots. Just keep an eye out for any signs restricting car parking.

What is the cheapest rental car found in Charleston?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $72/day when booking a rental car in Charleston. The best deal a user found was for $35/day from Turo, booked on Jan. 29.

What car rental company is typically the cheapest in Charleston?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in Charleston from the following companies over the past two weeks: Avis ($39/day), Enterprise ($41/day), and Budget ($48/day).

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Charleston?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, National (10.0 rating), Alamo (9.2 rating) and Enterprise (7.9 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in Charleston.

What are gas prices like in Charleston?

The average gas price in Charleston is $3.75/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $45 and $64 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Charleston for a week from Budget?

Budget is one of the most popular car rental companies in Charleston, offering car rentals for around $551 per week on average.

How far in advance should I rent a car in Charleston for the best price?

Our data suggests that booking early can save you up to 2% on a rental car in Charleston. Take advantage of a below-average prices by booking at least 90 days prior to your desired date.

Can I rent a car for a month in Charleston?

Yes, renting a vehicle in Charleston for a month is certainly possible.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Charleston for a month?

We’ve recently found that Turo offers you prices that are 70% cheaper than the average rate available for a long-term rental. The average cost of a car rental in Charleston for a month is $2,360. Check Cheapflights to compare pricing and options for your rental car.

How much is a car rental in Charleston for a weekend?

For a weekend car rental in Charleston, you can expect the average price to be around $80. Usually a Compact rental in Charleston is your cheapest weekend car rental option, though you should always check Cheapflights to see if there are other deals on alternative car rental types. If you do opt for renting a Compact for March, it will cost approximately $69 per day.

What car do most people rent in Charleston?

Dodge Dart, which is a Intermediate vehicle, is the most popular to rent at Charleston according to Cheapflights users.

Luxury Car Rentals in Charleston

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Van Rentals in Charleston

Some people need a little more room to get around comfortably on vacation. Find deals like the ones below for Charleston van rentals.

Car type options available for Charleston

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