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Top tips for hiring a car at Charleston Municipal Airport

  • Charleston Airport is about a 15min drive from the city center via I-26E and US-78 E. Bus service from the airport is limited to downtown and the North Charleston areas. Therefore, car rental at Charleston Airport is the easiest and the quickest way to get to your hotel or vacation rental. Although you can book a rental car when you land, if you're traveling from Monday through Thursday during business hours, it is recommended that you make a reservation. This is because airport traffic can be busy during these hours.
  • You can rent a car at the airport from numerous national brand companies. Some car rentals at Charleston Airport are convenient because they are in the terminal, such as Budget and Avis. Look for signs pointing you to the rental car area. Other rental agencies, such as Dollar, Sunnycars, and Thrifty, are offsite. These agencies, however, will shuttle you from the airport to their offices. To catch the shuttle, follow the signs located outside of the baggage claim. Note that Dollar and Thrifty share a shuttle because they are in the same location.
  • Most of the car rentals at Charleston Airport are open seven days a week. They open at around 7 am and close at midnight. If, however, you need to return your car outside of those hours, you can do so. Simply lock the vehicle and leave both your contract and key in dropbox. For agencies with kiosks at the airport, there is a dropbox right by the desk. Dollar and Thrifty, who are offsite, are also open from 7 am until midnight. Although you can return the car after hours, it could be a problem getting back to the airport if the shuttle is not running.
  • Rent a specialty vehicle, such as a sporty convertible or an open-air jeep, to drive during your beach vacation to South Carolina. SUVs or sedans with large trunks are available for travelers who plan to drive to nearby Myrtle Beach for a day of shopping or golfing and need extra space for their bags or sporting equipment. Check out Alamo, Hertz, Dollar, or Budget to rent one of these car types.
  • Book your car hire at Charleston Municipal Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Charleston Municipal Airport

  • Where are the car rental desks at the Charleston Airport?

    The car rentals at Charleston Airport are on Level 1 just past baggage claim. Once you have the keys to your car, you'll walk across the street to the parking lot to pick up your car. It is not a long-distance and it is a pedestrian walkway making it easy to get around with your luggage. This is the same place that you'll return your car. 

  • Are there any gas stations close to the Charleston Airport? 

    Before you return your car, you'll want to make sure that the tank is full. Ideally, you should stop at a gas station that is within a couple of miles of the Charleston Airport car rentals. If you're on I-26, turn on Aviation Avenue to get to Circle K. This is the closest station to the airport. There is also a Speedway and a Sunoco nearby.

  • What documentation will I need for a car rental at Charleston Airport?

    To rent a car at Charleston Airport, you'll need to show a valid driver's license. You must also present a credit card to the agent which has sufficient funds on it. The driver of a car rental at Charleston Airport must be at least 21 years of age. No one under that age can rent a car. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 may be required to pay a surcharge or young driver's fee.

  • What is the best car hire company at Charleston Municipal Airport?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies at Charleston Municipal Airport are Alamo (9,1, 88 reviews), and Hertz (7,8, 68 reviews).

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Charleston Municipal Airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Charleston Municipal Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

Charleston Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

9,1

Wonderful

172 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.7

One location in Charleston Airport

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2383

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4,0 Mediocre

May 2024

KAYAK
Reserved a luxury SUV (Audi Q5 or equivalent was stated). When I arrived I was given the choice of only two SUV’s, both Ford Expedition Max. The vehicle is the biggest SUV Ford makes…6000lbs, 7 passenger and 20’ long. Not a luxury SUV and a gas guzzler averaging 13 mpg. You need a step ladder to climb into the vehicle. Was not a pleasant experience trying to drive and park that thing around Charleston SC.

4,0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
our rental car could not be given to us because the car that we returned in Atlanta the day before had not been registered as returned. We had to make a new rental under different name. Luckily Isaac Mattern the manager helped us with the process. The Atlanta Alamo managers were incompetent.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We were treated so kindly. The young man carried our luggage to the car and even gave us a choice. Most will not do that!

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.

Cons:

If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.

Cons:

The battery died on me the first day, but Alamo roadside assistance was able to fix the problem and all was good the rest of the trip.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great

1 out of 31

Hertz

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.0

2 locations in Charleston Airport

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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 640 3629

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5875 S Aviation

+1 843 640 3629

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8,0 Very Good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
The gentleman at the rental desk was great! The car had a somewhat offensive odor in it which did not subside during the course of our 3 day rental.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
The agents were wonderful!

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car drove fine

Cons:

When I picked up my car the check engine light came on, so they swapped my car out. When they did, they put in the wrong drop-off point (wrong state!), so when I called to change it back to the original drop-off, they said there was nothing they could do. I wasted half my afternoon on the phone with people that “couldn’t help”.

8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

There was a sticky substance below the gas peddle that did not dry. Made it an unpleasant drive as your foot would get stuck frequently.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent staff, easy drop off

Cons:

EXPENSIVE

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to pick up and drop off.

Cons:

The car key was not automatic and it was difficult to work. After opening the door you had to hurry up and start the car before the alarm went off.

1 out of 47

Thrifty

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.1

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5500 International Boulevard

+1 843 640 3947

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2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly. Pick up car on site.

Cons:

Slow check in, 1 car option, no receipt sent and don’t answer phone when call and Vm is full.

4,0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle was comfortable.

Cons:

Waited in line for an hour. Only one person working behind the counter until 15 min before my turn. I did not ask for a giant Dodge Ram truck. I signed up for an economy size car. Was told I had the Managers Special. BS. Parking lot very poorly marked it was difficult to get to where the vehicle was, it was too far. Signage unclear as to where to leave the vehicle.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes and yes!

Cons:

I was going for a bottle of water from the desk agent

4,0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I had to wait an hour for a car to be available. Then it was a huge car when I had reserved a small one. Gas price was double what I would have paid. No attendant at the return with only a very small sign to tell you where to go with keys.

6,0 Okay

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The reservation was there. The drop off after-hours was simple.

Cons:

The vehicle I reserved was not available and I was given a much larger vehicle (pick-up truck). I waited in line for 30 minutes with only two people in front of me. It took the representative 10-15 minutes per customer. I was not able to do submit the walk-around information because the agent did not answer the phone.

6,0 Okay

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I really enjoy using Priceline, but certainly hope I NEVER have to use Thrifty again. Had to wait in line for over an hour waiting to return the keys. Had to wait an hour to pick up the car the previous day.

Cons:

There needs to be faster service at the check in and check out at the Charleston Airport location. There was one person behind the counter with about 10 guest in line. No other car rental dealer had that many and they did not take that long to process the customer. Need to have more employees and a faster process especially when the customer has a reservation already. The employer behind the desk was working as fast as she could but she needed help!

1 out of 66

Budget

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.0

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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 552 1771

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6,0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
The rental car operation at CHS was overwhelmed - I waited an over an hour waiting in lines. They had to pull my vehicle from a remote lot - it wasn’t in the garage. The car was clean on the outside but the interior was not - my wife spent time wiping everything down. The tires were really worn - I wish that I had more time to reject the vehicle - bald spots on all four tires. Returning to Budget at OKC was fast and friendly - that part of the rental was terrific!

2,0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
I prepaid my car in full. When I finally got to the counter after waiting an hour in line they had my reservation but said I didn't pay yet. I had to wait another hour for the manager to call me, who was of no help. I had to pay again and this time had to pay $100 more than I paid originally. Not I have to fight with Budget to get my well deserved money back. Absolutely awful. Will never ever rent from Budget again and will tell everyone in the world to stay away.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Quality and cleanliness of car

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
All good

2,0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The entire experience could not have been worse! 2 1/2 hours in line (in spite of pre paying, and ensuring I was part of the Fast Break program) to be given a 12 passenger van at an offsite lot. I will never use Budget (or Avis) again...

2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
My rental car was a mini-van instead of the medium size SUV I reserved. More importantly, this vehicle when running had the thermostat stuck at 76 degrees and the screen would not turn on for me to neither adjust temperature or change the radio station. Any time I was driving, the dashboard would beep alerting me of ‘maintenance required’. Also since maintenance was required, the blind side alert and backup camera would not work but again car would beep every 15 seconds reminding me of this fact. The thermostat stuck at 76 degrees made for a very uncomfortable ride and with all the issues with the dashboard I also for some reason could not roll down the windows either. It was stifling hot so I always had a headache due to the temperature in the vehicle. My first time using Budget. Would not recommend.

1 out of 44

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9,0

Wonderful

70 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

8.6

One location in Charleston Airport

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2385

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8,0 Very Good

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Easy online selection. The car I requested was actually there (unlike other brands on past). The car seats for the kids were ok. A high back booster option would be nice to have for young kids who are bigger than a toddler seat and too small for just a simple booster. Rental price for kids seats is too much for the value. Those booster seats are old and can be bought for 20$ at Walmart, which I will do instead next time. Slow counter service and the line to leave the garage took almost 10 mins. Overall, good value and nice clean vehicle.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Seamless process!!

4,8 Mediocre

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Paying for a full tank of gas upfront that I didn't use!

8,8 Very Good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was very quick and easy to pick and drop off car. The staff was very nice.

Cons:

I made a reservation online for $53 total which I thought I selected to include the insurance... but it was $81 when I arrived and received the car for my 2 hour rental.

7,6 Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I'm 84 and did not like the long walk to pick up with heavy luggage and even longer walk on return.

4,0 Mediocre

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Overall the rental was a good experience but the price was a big difference from what I was quoted. Basically double.

1 out of 14

Avis

5,5

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.4

One location in Charleston Airport

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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 767 7030

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Did not tell us in any email that I needed $200 deposit so I did not come prepared and then they were mean and unhelpful when I was trying to find a solution

8,0 Very Good

May 2024

KAYAK
The customer service agent was efficient, friendly and helpful.

8,0 Very Good

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Everything was easy and as-planned. The only thing that wasn’t great was that I didn’t have obvious instructions for the drop off procedure for the small airport I was dropping off the car at. I wish Avis would have sent me instructions for the drop off at my specific location.

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

We received an upgrade car from the one we reserved. Drop off at ATL airport rental car center was quick and convenient.

Cons:

Pickup at CHS was a little slow. Car had a strong smoker smell, but we didn’t want to delay our trip any further by going back to ask for another one.

9,6 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at both pick up and drop off were excellent, very polite and helpful. Drop off location in Charlotte was a little difficult to find/notice due to location and store frontage, but figured it out after calling that office.

Cons:

Drop off location signage.

6,8 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in process fairly quick.

Cons:

Chose to return car with gas full with gas I bought. In the check in process in rental return they added $15.88 for gas. He could not remove it in the lot. Had to go inside and wait in line. She said that because I drove less than 74 miles, it adds that charge no matter. This is not right.

1 out of 11

Dollar

5,5

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

5.8

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5500 International Boulevard

+1 843 501 7163

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2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Requested large SUV. Kayak said that the reservation was for a Nissan Armada. On arrival , no armadas or similarly sized vehicles were ever available at location. FIX THIS

8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and easy service

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

You can never reach anyone at the desk by phone. They rarely pickup and you can’t leave any messages because the mailbox is full. There’s also no one manning the pickup or drop off kiosk.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The manager wasted time with two other customers and we could hear all of their conversation. Very unpleasant for us while waiting. When it was our turn, she insisted there was a block on my debit card which I checked before making the trip which was okay for the rental company to use. She said if we didn't want the car we could go to another car rental. We produced another card and suddenly it was okay and cost us extra. I checked with my bank the next morning and said there was not any block on my card. This lasted with her for a half hour. Very unprofessional for a manager as she stated she was. Makes me think twice about wanting to rent again from them.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, staff was friendly

Cons:

They could have had a car available for us. We just put in a 14 hour day of travel. We are sorry we have no cars available, just does not cut it. We will not rent a car from Dollar/Thrifty again. Unreliable.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The rental was quick. The car was better than expected.

Cons:

Employees did not go out of their way to do anything. They did their job. At times I felt a nuisance to them. It was quite inconvenient that the rental place was not at the airport or did not provide a shuttle.

1 out of 22

Ace

3,8

Cleanliness

4.5

Comfort

4.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.9

Value for money

4.7

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3632 Cheatham Street

+1 877 219 9192

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
We had to wait 55 minutes to be picked up from the airport. It was 89 degrees and we had a 4 month old with us. I won't be using them again.

2,0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Car stunk of marijuana Took over an hour to get our car Giant hole in the bumper of the car Worst rental car experience I have ever had. EVER!

2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Sad but this company must be avoided. Car that was rented to me and my wife and baby was not prepared to be used for any type of driving. Issues with doors, the tires needed pressure and overall not the vehicle I was expecting. Awful and unprofessional customer service with surprise fees. Avoid at all costs.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Would use them again

2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
LIKED NÓTHING. I RESERVED A MIDSIZED SUV. THEY GAVE ME A KIA. WOULD NEVER USE THEM AGAIN. .

2,0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
DID NOT LIKE ANYTHING. RESERVED SUV. THEY GAVE ME A KIA SOUL. HORRIBLE CHEAP CAR. AFTER GETTING GAS, THE KEY FOR CAR WOULD NOT TURN. SO RHE CAR COULDN'T START. THAT TOOK 1 1/2 HOURS TO RESOLVE. WILL NEVER RENT FROM ACE AGAIN.

1 out of 9

National

8,0

Very Good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.5

Value for money

8.5

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2384

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10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The National agent at the counter in Charleston (Riya) was the most professional, efficient and friendly agent I have encountered in my many years of picking up rental cars. Made for a great experience.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car clean

Cons:

Nothing

2,0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Car was horrible

1 out of 1

Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

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Charleston International Airport

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Charleston Airport

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5500 Interbnational Boulevard

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Ace Rental Cars

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One location in Charleston Airport

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3632 Cheatham Street

+1 843 203 5350

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AutoEurope

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One location in Charleston Airport

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Charleston International Airport

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Locations in Charleston Airport

2039 Savannah Hwy, Charleston

+1 914 368 0091

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1192 travellers who hired a car in Charleston Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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Economy