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Durham car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Durham

  • There’s plenty to explore in Durham, from the Museum of Life and Science in the north to the exciting city center, and it is all best reached by car. Rent a car for your time in Durham to gain an ultimate sense of freedom and to not be tied to public transport. Renting a car will also give you the chance to leave the city limits and discover the beauty of the adjoining Duke Forest or Lake Falls, which is about half an hour away by car.
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport is about 14 miles south of Durham center and hire cars can be picked up from various onsite agencies. There are courtesy shuttle buses between the terminals and the hire car center at Zone 5 (T1) and Zone 18 (T2) and driving to Durham will take about twenty minutes via the I-40 W and NC-147 N.
  • The weather can be contribute to somewhat treacherous conditions in Durham, with regular thunderstorms in the summer and sleet in the winter. Drivers who are surprised by heavy rain showers or face icy roads due to the freezing rain should definitely adjust their speed and probably even stop where it is safe to do so and wait until the worst has passed.
  • Traffic increases in Durham during weekday rush hours. Morning peaks usually occur between 7 and 9 am, when inbound traffic on the I-40 can cause heavy congestions. Outbound traffic can be particularly severe between 5 and 7 pm, also mainly affecting the I-40. Try to avoid driving around during these peak times or take smaller country roads to avoid getting stuck in the interstate traffic.
  • Book your car hire in Durham at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in Durham are around 18% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Durham

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

    A 4-wheel-drive car is a wise choice for your stay in Durham, especially when winter conditions prevail. When exploring the countryside, a 4-wheel-drive car will provide some much-needed traction and offer a smooth and safe driving experience. For a pleasant city driving experience, a compact car is also a good decision to make parking and maneuvering around easier.

  • What’s the speed limit in Durham?

    Within the downtown area, 20 mph is usually the maximum, but always check for posted signs. Within the municipal limits, a maximum of 30 mph is permitted, while 55 mph is allowed on two-lane divided rural roads. Freeways have speed limits of between 55 and 60 mph. It is very important to adjust your speed to prevailing weather conditions as well.

  • Where are the best places to park in Durham?

    Drivers may park their hire cars on the street, but be aware that meters are in place and must be paid for. Most meters apply Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm, and one hour costs around $1.50. Alternatively, there are parking lots and garages in and around downtown where cars can also be parked over a longer period of time, like the Durham Center Parking Deck, which has a daily fee of around $14.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Durham?

    The average price of fuel in Durham is R67,41 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R809 and R1 079, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Durham?

    Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Durham.

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

    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 Durham?

    A Full Size car hire in Durham costs R1 680 per day, on average.

Durham car rental reviews and directory

Avis

7,9

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.5

One location in Durham

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Locations in Durham

1720 Guess Rd Ste 60

+1 919 286 0173

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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8,0 Very Good

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Drop off in Charlotte Airport was awful. Attendants openly hostile and refusing to answer questions. Durham attendant was great.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

It was easy.

Cons:

Being able to get Satellite Radio.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off

Cons:

Nothing

7,6 Good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly.

Cons:

Staff should have considered the delays I incurred in returning the car because of multiple protests in Virginia and NYC, as well as a curfew, all of which were out of my control.

9,2 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were excellent and did a fine job. Avis was wonderful. The Nissan Versa I rented ran great. The only issue was that the seat was uncomfortable (6-hour drive).

Cons:

The vehicle (Nissan Versa) was scratched in several places with minor dents apparent. It didn't bother me and was well documented. I am very pleased with Avis and plan on using them again.

7,6 Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything about the car was great.

Cons:

Customer service was rude. When they saw we had kids they said, "Be sure you clean the car before you return the car.".

1 out of 4

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,5

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.1

4 locations in Durham

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Locations in Durham

1606 Page Road Ext

+1 919 682 8720

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3143 Hillsborough Rd

+1 919 309 1030

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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3648 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd

+1 919 490 6057

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

4504 N Roxboro St Ste A

+1 919 309 1030

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great, the staff at the Durham location were very nice, professional, patient and accommodating.

2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn't have cars available. I was on a wait list but was never contacted either way after that.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing - I showed up to pick up the truck and none was available. Enterprise did not attempt to contact me to let me know there were no vehicles available and did nothing to remedy the situation. I had to cancel me plans and reschedule for the following weekend with Alamo. I will never rent from Enterprise again from your site or any other site.

Cons:

Live up to their obligations and communicate and not leave their customers hanging.

2,8 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was filthy and smelled of smoke even though it was a nine smoking car. The seats were super uncomfortable and there was a terrible squeak. The car needed to be retired as a rental.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Convenient , reliable and most of all comfortable. Easy to pay, friendly calls the day of and before to make sure I was still interested in using them. They wanted to make sure what I needed and to have it available for me. The cost was so much more my size than any of the other place I had tried. The price was cheap and much more for someone's pocket that is on a fixed income.

Cons:

That the person checking up to see if I needed the vehicle did not tell me about having to bring 2 forms to prove of my ability to pay, and live. This was an inconvenience for me, but the person at the desk helped me and my husband out.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I got no car after reserving it. The branch claimed they had no cars at all that morning.

1 out of 5

Budget

7,5

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.4

One location in Durham

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Locations in Durham

1720 Guess Road Suite 60

+1 919 383 8240

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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9,2 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly staff at both locations

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They didn’t have the car we wanted so they upgraded us at no charge

6,0 Okay

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice people, quick and easy pickup and drop off.

Cons:

The car needed alignment. It was shuddering on the highway during the entire 4 hour drive.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

There was no rental car available and we had to cancel our reservation.

4,0 Mediocre

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick check-in

Cons:

Car smelled horrible with cigarette smoke. We tried to switch cars but no other cars were available so we were stuck with a miserable 4 hour drive. There is no way that someone didn't notice this when they were inspecting the car.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
They need more people

1 out of 3

Hertz

6,6

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Durham

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Locations in Durham

225 Kentington Drive

+1 919 897 2137

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00

3601 Hillsborough Road

+1 919 309 0577

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00

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4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2023

KAYAK
I got an EV that was very close to being fully out of battery. I also didn’t want an EV and they should be more specific about the type if cars we would get.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
good.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
I have no complaints. Everyone was very professional and nice. And I will rent from you again thank you.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
They refused to rent to me, purely by prejudice

4,0 Mediocre

Mar 2023

KAYAK
72.00 too much for 1 day of an old Nissan. Drove loud and hard, like a small tank. Was so glad to get my Honda back!

8,0 Very Good

Feb 2023

KAYAK
The office felt under-staffed.

1 out of 3

Thrifty

6,9

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Durham

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Locations in Durham

3601 Hillsborough Road

+1 919 309 0577

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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Dollar

6,8

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Durham

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Locations in Durham

3601 Hillsborough Road

+1 919 309 0577

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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91 travellers who hired a car in Durham gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.9

Car hire locations in or near Durham

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Most popular car type

Full-size

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Durham car hire information

Pick-up locationDurham
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Hire locations11
Airport locations0