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Clearwater car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Clearwater

  • One of the significant advantages of car rentals in Clearwater, Florida, is the flexibility to arrive and leave at your destination when you want. Whether you are visiting one of the many beaches, the aquarium, or the botanical gardens, renting a car frees visitors to manage their schedule without worrying about public transportation. A valuable perk of having a rental car in Clearwater is the freedom to enjoy the Gulf Boulevard at your own pace. This beautiful drive goes down the coast and connects multiple beaches visitors can enjoy.
  • The primary airport for Clearwater is the St. Pete Clearwater International Airport (PIE). For those interested in Clearwater car rentals, the car rental kiosks are directly adjacent to the baggage claim. Many popular car rental companies are represented inside the car rental center, including Budget, Enterprise, Avis, and Hertz. All of the mentioned companies are located in the car rental center inside the airport terminal. Enterprise and Budget also have other locations in the city.
  • Clearwater is a charming town with beautiful coastal scenery. However, rush hour follows the typical model of being crowded from 7:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday through Friday. The roads that are most affected by traffic are the I-275 and Hillsborough Avenue. If you need to drive during the rush hour times, it would be best to avoid these roads if possible. Visitors should also expect heavy traffic congestion surrounding the coastal roads and beaches on the weekends and during some evenings. Keep this in mind if you are on a schedule or have a flight to catch.
  • Clearwater generally enjoys beautiful weather and excellent driving conditions. However, for those not used to visiting beaches, please be sure to avoid driving on sand. Most beaches will have designated parking. Driving in the sand can quickly get your rental car stuck if it does not have a four-wheel-drive. Also, Florida does experience heavy rains and storms during hurricane season. Travelers should be aware of potential storms and high winds in the months of June through November.
  • Book your car hire in Clearwater at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

Clearwater car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Clearwater 
Verified travelerMay 2024
The process of renting and returning the car to the Clearwater airport could not have been easier. Highly efficient.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Double check vehicle is in proper working condition before leaving the rental site.
DonaldAug 2023
Please put car in the number spot it’s suposed to go in ..it’s a little lot

FAQs about hiring a car in Clearwater

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

    Many travelers like to invest in a full-sized sedan when renting a car in Clearwater. The full-sized sedans provide a little more space and comfort during those long coastal drives. For larger families, a comfortable mini-van or smooth driving SUV are excellent options.

  • What’s the speed limit in Clearwater?

    While driving through the city, expect the speed limit to be posted between 20 and 30mph. On the Interstate, cars may travel up to 70mph and 65mph on other highways. Outside of residential roads, unmarked roads in Florida generally have a speed limit of 55mph. Drivers should be vigilant in looking for marked speed limits in Clearwater to avoid a hefty fine. Speed cameras are installed on traffic lights on Chestnut Street, Belcher Road, and Fort Harrison Avenue.

  • Where are the best places to park in Clearwater?

    Visitors of Clearwater should expect to pay for parking. The city is equipped with parking meters, and most of the beaches have paid parking garages. However, some limited free two-hour parking garages are surrounding certain popular areas, like Clearwater Beach and Madeira Beach. Those interested in Clearwater car rentals should prepare to have their wallets or purses at the beach though. Most parking lots charge roughly $3 for 5h.

  • What is the best car hire company in Clearwater?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Clearwater is Budget (7,7, 89 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Clearwater?

    The average price of fuel in Clearwater is R69,99 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R840 and R1 120, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Clearwater?

    Full-size (Toyota Camry or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Clearwater.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Tampa airport (TPA)?

    The only car hire company onsite at Tampa airport is Dollar.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Tampa airport (TPA)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Tampa airport to off-airport locations is Dollar.

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

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

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Clearwater?

    A Full Size car hire in Clearwater costs R1 026 per day, on average.

Clearwater car rental reviews and directory

Budget

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.6

3 locations in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14700 Terminal Boulevard

+1 727 524 3895

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30

2085 Gulf To Bay Boulevard

+1 727 462 0306

Opening times not available

801 Cleveland Street

+1 727 442 7026

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Budget was under resourced for the amount of reservations they accepted. We waited in line for 30 minutes to check in, then waited another 30 minutes to recieve a car because they had no inventory. I finally accepted a full size Dodge Ram quad cab as my rental car to drive my family to the beach. It was not ideal. I didn't want to wait any longer for my actual rental to be available. They simply oversold their supply. Not a great business strategy. I feel bad for the front line workers that had to deal with that many unhappy vacationers. We were all just sitting around baggage claim staring at each other, waiting for our name to be called in the "Do I Get A Car?" lottery.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
They refused to rent us a car, despite literally confirming by calling Budget earlier in the day, simply because we "made the reservation the same day of the pick up." They had keys for us. Nobody in line behind us. Has taken all our info. But saw it was same day reservation and refused. We walked over the enterprise and rented with them on the spot no issues for the same price. Never use Budget.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Waiting for 2 hours to pick up car caused entire trip to be impacted Completely unacceptable!!

2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Didn't like a single thing. Was given an electric car was supposed to have a gas car was the biggest headache I've ever seen. Recieved the car with 20%battery what a joke.

4,0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
The van we rented was dirty at pick up - also had a lot of nicks and dents - we told the rep I called he said he knew but we didn’t do a walk around together - told him about it being dirty said u should have called me but I had to go pick up my daughter- he didn’t even say we will give you 19 percent off - or a discount on future rentals or any kind of regret -

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Great

1 out of 28

Alamo

8,9

Very Good

66 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.6

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14700 Terminal Blvd

+1 844 806 3352

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Super fast and easy. Customer service was excellent and staff were very accommodating. will absolutely use Alamo again!

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Car was very nice. Only bad thing was that there was a mixup between the airline package and car rental and I had to pay for the whole car rental from you guys and then get my money back from Allegiant.

8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was good, walk back to terminal was a bit much...

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and made me feel welcome. Everything was quick and smooth, while also being sure I knew the details and options available to me.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to pick up easy to drop off

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Great experience

1 out of 11

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,4

Very Good

87 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.5

5 locations in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

1200 Court St

+1 727 446 1125

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

14700 Terminal Blvd

+1 833 789 0756

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

17335 Us Highway 19 N

+1 727 531 2747

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2085 Gulf To Bay Blvd

+1 727 446 1125

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

24141 Us Highway 19 N

+1 727 796 3442

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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6,0 Okay

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Try putting some tires that aren't BALD on your cars. Super dangerous. And maybe not paying 550 bucks to rent a car for 4 days. What a waste

2,0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much.

Cons:

They didn’t have the vehicle I reserved online. They forced me into a car I didn’t want because of my need for a vehicle.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of drop off and pick up

6,4 Okay

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Kiosk at the airport was unmanned and had to use Alamo for picking up the Enterprise reserved vehicle. The line was long and moved slowly and took about 30 minutes. Very disappointed with that portion of the process, otherwise was a fine experience.

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

yes

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They were vpvery busy but they did their best to expedite the drop off. It was the last day before a two-day New Year’s closing of the store so a lot of people were there

Cons:

Nothing, it was fine.

1 out of 12

Avis

6,6

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

5.9

3 locations in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14700 Terminal Boulevard

+1 727 530 1407

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30

2085 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard

+1 727 447 1295

Opening times not available

801 Cleveland Street

+1 727 442 4119

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30

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6,0 Okay

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The rental was dirty. Under the stowaway seats was filthy. I didn’t know how to operate the key fob, didn’t know you had to touch the fob to the start button. No one on the lot to help. The vehicle had minor damage on the passenger side that should have noted. Had to go back to the desk to have it noted. The desk personnel were friendly and helpful.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They could have a car I reserved, or since they didn't have it they could apologize and offer me some compensation

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The prices were waaaaaay to high. Otherwise polite staff, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes...good experience

Cons:

Daily rates were ridiculously high.

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly abd helpful

Cons:

Priced way too high.

8,8 Very Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not have to wait long to pick up my rental in Clearwater. The price was very good for a three day rental in a tourist area during peak season also.

Cons:

We had reserved a compact car, but when we got to the counter, the guy told me all they had was a pickup truck. It was nice and drove well, but was a little difficult to put our luggage in the back seat. We would not have had any room if we had a third or fourth person with us.

1 out of 11

National

8,4

Very Good

10 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

8.2

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14700 Terminal Blvd

+1 844 806 3351

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

None

7,2 Good

May 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Cars were located far from terminal and had to take luggage on a long hike to locate them. Very lucky that it was good weather.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2021

KAYAK
The whole thing was a very pleasant experience.. Thanks

6,0 Okay

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Poor information about car, how to operate, (where are various switches, controls, etc)... There should be an information sheet, car specific

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Cheaper

2,0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I didn't like anything about this experience!

Cons:

the entire experience could have been better!

1 out of 2

Hertz

6,6

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

7.0

2 locations in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14525 Airport Parkway

+1 727 723 8661

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

21154 Us Hwy 19

+1 727 723 8661

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00

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2,0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Tried 3 times to rent via Kayak with Hertz……ikept getting notices that what you advertised vs what they showed via emil was twice the price ?.. then I got a cancellation notice ??? Bait and switch. Not good. Never again and I will tell everyone

4,0 Mediocre

Jan 2022

KAYAK
I canceled this reservation 12 hours after making it and Hertz procedures for doing that were circular, frustrating and dishonest

4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Car was smell like someone smoked inside

2,0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
I wasn't able to get the car . I'm waiting for a credit for payment & deposit

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
It was fast and easy

8,0 Very Good

Aug 2022

KAYAK
All good, no complaints.

1 out of 3

Easirent

4,2

Mediocre

9 reviews

Cleanliness

4.4

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.3

Value for money

4.6

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

Sleep Inn Hotel, 3939 Ulmerton Rd

+1 727 371 8449

Opening times not available

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6,0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
car was fine, the windows were very dirty inside and out. when i told the agent, he laughed and said but its nice car though, and continued to fix his plate for breakfast. agent also was very nosey, we were in Florida for a funeral not to have some car rental agent try to be my friend

2,0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I paid for a car reservation months in advance. When I went to pick up the car, I was informed that my car was given to someone else because I did not pick it up in time. They also refused to give me a refund until I booked another car. There were no other cars available that day in the entire city at there location or elsewhere. I am asking for a refund for a car that I never got, and they are refusing! Scammers!!! Do not use this off brand company

2,0 Poor

Aug 2023

KAYAK
The location no longer exists.

4,0 Mediocre

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Failed to disclose up front that vehicle could not be taken out of state

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Car was pretty clean, (inside windshield was very dirty,) turn-in was a little confusing since no one was available at desk. Good price overall!

4,0 Mediocre

Jun 2023

KAYAK
The car was clean and comfortable. The pickup/drop off arrangement is odd. They have a single person with a desk at a nearby hotel. The shuttle is the hotel shuttle. You have to call the desk to get the shuttle, but if that person is away from the desk or helping someone else, it may take awhile to get a shuttle. We had to call 3 times to get someone on the phone and ultimately waited 30 minutes to get the shuttle. The arrangements are very confusing because you will get preliminary emails from two different companies. The price was excellent, if you are willing to wait and take the risk of a not-name-brand rental company.

1 out of 3

Economy Rent a Car

5,6

One location in Clearwater

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4707 140Th Avenue North

+1 727 321 9599

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5,6 Fair

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle was fine.

Cons:

The customer service was terrible. I would avoid this company in the future.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

Perhaps the worst customer service ever. Tried some scam to force me to take out extra insurance.....

5,2 Fair

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Broken gas cap cover. Drivers seat belt broken, safety issue.

6,0 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I like the van that they gave us. It was nice and clean.

Cons:

So, my flight was delayed and I tried calling to let them know that but the number that they gave me in the email was disconnected. I had to call priceline to get to them. When I called to let them know I will be late they just said to call them when I get to the airport. So when I arrived at the office there was no one in the front. I waited a while until they finally came out and then when I told her who I was and what I was renting the lady said that it would be good to let them know that I was going to be late and I told her I did call to let them know. Seem like they don't have any good communication. Also we had to gas up right away because the gas tank was full.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Speed, accuracy.

Cons:

n/a

6,4 Okay

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Economy stayed open late when my flight was delayed. Other car rental companies didn't.

Cons:

The radio was on mute. I couldn't figure out how to unmute. I called Economy and they couldn't help then. They said they would find out and call me back. They never called back.

1 out of 6

Thrifty

5,9

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

21154 Us Highway 19 North

+1 727 723 8661

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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NextCar

4,3

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

27365 Us 19n

+1 727 724 0444

Opening times not available

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Exotic Luxury Rental

No score available yet

3 locations in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

10 Pier 60

+1 813 444 8188

Opening times not available

14700 Terminal Pkwy #221, Clearwater, FL

+1 813 444 8188

Opening times not available

3118 Gulf to Bay Blvd #117

+1 813 444 8188

Opening times not available

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No reviews available

Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Clearwater

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Locations in Clearwater

14700 Terminal Blvd

Opening times not available

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410 travellers who hired a car in Clearwater gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.8

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Pick-up locationClearwater
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Airport locations10