Champaign car hire

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Champaign car hire information

Pick-up locationChampaign
Car types
Hire locations3
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Champaign

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Champaign

  • A great way to get around Champaign and its sister city, Urbana, is in your Champaign car rental. The airport isn’t serviced by public transportation, and it is a 5-mile ride to the University of Illinois campus, and a 6-mile ride to the city center. Once you have your rental, you’re free to explore the city’s museums (such as the Krannert Art Museum), sample the libations at the local vineyards and breweries, and enjoy the city’s parks. You may also want to spend some time in one of the nearby cities: Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are all less than 3h from Champaign by car.
  • When flying into the Willard Airport (CMI), arranging car rentals in Champaign is convenient and easy. The rental car counters are located in the lower level of the airport’s only terminal, near the baggage claim. The cars are parked in the lot closest to the rental car counters. All of the airport and car rental services are within a short walking distance in and around the terminal.
  • Champaign is a college town and as you’d expect, there are a lot of college students walking and biking along the roads, especially when classes are in session in the fall, winter and spring. Drivers should use caution and keep an eye open for pedestrians and cyclists, especially around the University of Illinois campus. Also, a large number of streets throughout Champaign have designated bike routes, with or without special bicycle lane markings, so drivers should be especially vigilant on these streets.
  • As in most cities, motorists should expect traffic to slow a bit in the morning and evening rush hours, but the traffic is not as heavy in Champaign as it is in other major cities of the region. The North Prospect and Neil Shopping District straddling I-74 can be congested in the busy shopping hours after work and on holidays. Although snow is efficiently removed after winter storms, drivers should be prepared for driving in snowy and icy conditions when traveling in the city from December to April.
  • Book your car hire in Champaign at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice car hire in Champaign are around 29% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Champaign

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Champaign?

    Choices for car rentals in Champaign depend on the season and the type of driving you’ll be doing while traveling in and around the city. If you’re planning to spend time driving to one of the nearby cities of Chicago, St. Louis or Indianapolis, you may opt for a comfortable and fuel-efficient sedan to accommodate the longer distances. On the other hand, an SUV or other all-wheel-drive vehicle may be an ideal choice if you’re traveling in the winter months.

  • What’s the speed limit in Champaign?

    The speed limits for I-57 and I-74, the two major interstates crossing through Champaign, are 70mph and 60mph, respectively. Speed limits for roads in the most-congested areas are typically 30mph or 35mph. Most other main roads in the city have speed limits of 45mph, including wide, four-lane roads. Drivers should use caution when driving on these wide-open roads where it often feels like the speed limit should be 55mph, leaving drivers open to getting speeding tickets from awaiting police officers. Another tricky area for drivers is where I-72 enters Champaign and becomes University Ave; here, the speed limit drops quickly from 55mph to 30mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Champaign?

    There is ample parking available in municipal parking lots and on the streets in the busiest areas of Champaign, but most of the parking is metered. Meters cost between $0.25 and $1.50 per hour during the workweek, starting as early as 7am and enforced as late as 6pm. In the hospital district, you should also expect to feed the meter on Saturdays. The most expensive meters are located in the busiest downtown area, and parking gradually gets less expensive as you move farther away from the downtown area.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Champaign?

    The average price of fuel in Champaign is R67,15 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R806 and R1 074, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Champaign?

    Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Champaign.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Champaign?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Champaign?

    A Special car hire in Champaign costs R909 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Champaign?

    A Mini car hire in Champaign costs R1 918 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Champaign?

    A Compact car hire in Champaign costs R698 per day, on average.

Champaign car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

6,5

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.4

2 locations in Champaign

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Locations in Champaign

11 Airport Road

+1 217 359 5413

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00
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707 North Mattis

+1 217 359 3746

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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4,0 Mediocre

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Tried to rip me off on gas And insurance add ons

8,0 Very Good

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Everything was fine. It was quite inconvenient that both spouses had to be present for both to be able to drive the vehicle; I’m sure there’s a good reason, but not everywhere has this requirement, so we’ll probably go back to rental services at CMI airport next time. Had to rearrange our whole afternoon last minute and bring our too-young-to-mask-or-vaccinate child in to the building. Drop off would have been better with a prior heads up or better signage regarding leaving the mileage report in the car; I put the keys in the box, then read that I was supposed to put the paperwork in the (locked) car. The car worked out great. Thanks.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They allowed me to book and didn’t have any cars available. They called me 20 minutes before I was supposed to go pick it up asking me to wait until the next day to MAYBE get a car . I just flown into Champaign and I was left stranded

Cons:

The organization and the staff . It was a terrible experience never again

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful!

Cons:

Hours are somewhat restrictive ... closing at 5p seems early!

8,0 Very Good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was about 1/8 below a full tank. And then the car showed that one of the rear tires was very low which I didn’t notice until I was off the lot but it made me a bit nervous while on the highway.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

1 out of 14

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,8

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.2

3 locations in Champaign

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11 Airport Rd

+1 833 516 2248

Monday14:00 - 21:00
Tuesday14:00 - 21:00
Wednesday14:00 - 21:00
Thursday14:00 - 21:00
Friday14:00 - 21:00
Saturday14:00 - 21:00
Sunday14:00 - 21:00
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1212 N Prospect Ave

+1 217 355 1300

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
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1804 South Neil Street

+1 217 351 1400

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
My experience using Enterprise was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. They also noticed a screw in the tire during the vehicle pre-inspection. This saved me many troubles on the trip had I experienced the flat during the trip, and it also led to a free upgrade to a nicer vehicle since they didn't have another comparable vehicle on the lot.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
They did not have the car we reserved available. We had reserved it for $81. They wanted to rent us an SUV for $450. Said they could not negotiate the price, we canceled the reservation. Did not rent the car, had to find one somewhere else because we could not pay $450.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

EVERYTHING! Rented car through Kayak/Priceline, but the location rented from in Savoy had ZERO cars available - at all - and could NOT honor reservation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8,4 Very Good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

A great value for the money!

3,6 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly

Cons:

Had the vehicle that we reserved. Didn’t have the minivan so had to settle for a SUV that didn’t have the room we needed. The vehicle also was filthy and smelled

9,6 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were very friendly and professional. I had to wait a bit, but they were very courteous. I didn’t especially care for the fact that when I got my rental, it had only about 1/4 tank of gas. I forgot that and filled it up before I dropped it off.

Cons:

Nothing besides gas fill up.

1 out of 5

National

2,0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Champaign

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Locations in Champaign

11 Airport Rd

+1 833 516 2246

Monday14:00 - 21:00
Tuesday14:00 - 21:00
Wednesday14:00 - 21:00
Thursday14:00 - 21:00
Friday14:00 - 21:00
Saturday14:00 - 21:00
Sunday14:00 - 21:00
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2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff didn't do anything bad.

Cons:

The staff didn't do anything bad because no one was there. So no staff, no car, no rental.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
There wasn't any experience.

1 out of 1

Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Champaign

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Locations in Champaign

University of Illinois Willard Airport

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Alamo

No score available yet

One location in Champaign

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11 Airport Rd

+1 833 516 2247

Monday14:00 - 21:00
Tuesday14:00 - 21:00
Wednesday14:00 - 21:00
Thursday14:00 - 21:00
Friday14:00 - 21:00
Saturday14:00 - 21:00
Sunday14:00 - 21:00
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2,0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Our confirmed reservations were not honored. After driving for over an hour to location to pickup car we were told there were not available. Confirmed reservation were worthless.

Cons:

If we had gotten a car per our reservations.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

It was great, there wasn't a line i was in and out. The gentleman upgraded me at no extra cost, some the best customer service I've had in a while

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the older woman was helpful and i was pleasantly surprised to get a bigger car even though i had requested a kia or similar. since all she had on the lot was an Equinox i got that at the price i had planned to pay. Thank you

Cons:

nothing. very happy with the service

10,0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and efficient service. Friendly staff. Excellent choice and condition of vehicles. The pick up location had a choice of vehicles we could take and when we indicated we have lots of luggage, the staff correctly suggested the Ford Explorer. Kudos to the staff.

Cons:

Perhaps there could be a small map with arrows indicating the exact drop-off location. Sometimes Google maps will not bring you to the exact location but somewhere there and in a city like Chicago, you have to figure out the exact spot by going around in circles

4,0 Mediocre

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

No one told us that 21 cannot rent a minivan. We wasted our time to rent this car. And i didn’t find how to cancel to reservation after the lady at the drop off location told us we can’t rent.

9,6 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff, easy to find.

Cons:

Instructions for after-hours key drop-off should be better.

1 out of 3

Budget

No score available yet

One location in Champaign

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11 Airport Way

+1 217 378 8584

Monday11:00 - 14:00
Tuesday11:00 - 14:00
Wednesday11:00 - 14:00
Thursday11:00 - 14:00
Friday11:00 - 14:00
Saturday11:00 - 14:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
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2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Car was NOT available!!!

4,0 Mediocre

May 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Customer service was absolutely terrible. I will NEVER rent from this company again

2,0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

There were no cars left - I took a taxi to get to a location with no cars and then had to pay for a taxi to go to another car rental location where I just made it before they closed.

9,2 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The price, the ease of pick up and drop off, the efficiency and value of the whole thing.

Cons:

The brakes on the Kia rental were so tight, they nearly threw me through the windshield each time i used them, til i got used to them

2,0 Poor

Dec 2022

KAYAK
Employee Megan was rude and made comments offensive to my demographic. She forced me to sign for the condition of the car without seeing it. Car was not clean or filled up with gas when I received it. Cleaner was on premises and announced it wasn’t his responsibility and assistant I formed me Megan’s comments and demeanor are « just the way she is. ». I have never been treated like this by a car hire company in any country I’ve rented in. When I called Budget they « made a note » and that was it.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Quick and easy pickup. Clean car in good condition.

1 out of 3

Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Champaign

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Airport Rd 11

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144 travellers who hired a car in Champaign gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4,7

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