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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Merritt Island

  • Driving car rentals in Merritt Island comes with numerous benefits. By opting for car rentals in Merritt Island, individuals gain the advantage of flexibility and convenience, enabling them to freely discover the city and its nearby regions at their preferred speed. Renting a car frequently proves to be a more economical choice when compared to depending on taxis or ride-sharing services for various locations within the city. With Merritt Island car rentals, you can visit places like the Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Cocoa Beach, which may not be easily accessible by public transport.
  • You'll land at Orlando Airport (MCO) when you fly to Merritt Island. Orlando Airport (MCO) has several car rental agencies where you can get car hire services for driving around the town. The on-airport rental car companies are at Terminal A on Level 1, Terminal B on Level 1, and Terminal C on Level 4. Renting a car at the airport is advantageous because you can access many agencies, and it’s more convenient if you are new to Merritt Island and don’t have to use public transport to reach the other car rental centers in the city.
  • When driving car rentals in Merritt Island, it is important to know a few aspects. Merritt Island is located on Florida's east coast and offers a mix of suburban and rural roads. You should expect a blend of residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, and natural surroundings, and therefore be careful when driving around those areas. The area is known for its wildlife, so drivers should be cautious and attentive, particularly at dawn and dusk when animals are more active.
  • Although driving car rentals in Merritt Island is an unforgettable experience, you’ll likely face some challenges. Due to its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center, occasional road closures or traffic diversions may occur during rocket launches or special events. On major highways like Merritt Highway, expect heavy traffic during the morning, around 7:30 am to 9:30 am, and again in the evening, around 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. During peak tourist seasons, increased traffic volume can lead to congestion on major routes, requiring patience and planning for efficient navigation.
  • Book your car hire in Merritt Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Luxury hire cars in Merritt Island are around 65% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Merritt Island

  • How much is the price of fuel in Merritt Island?

    The average price of fuel in Merritt Island is R70,23 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R843 and R1 124, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Merritt Island?

    Luxury (Tesla Model 3 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Merritt Island.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Orlando airport (MCO)?

    The only car hire company onsite at Orlando airport is Avis.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Orlando airport (MCO)?

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

  • How can I find car hires near me in Merritt Island?

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

  • How much does a Luxury car hire cost in Merritt Island?

    A Luxury car hire in Merritt Island costs R1 221 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Merritt Island?

    A Mini car hire in Merritt Island costs R490 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving on Merritt Island?

    For driving on Merritt Island, choosing a car that suits the area's diverse road conditions is recommended. Opting for a versatile vehicle such as a compact SUV or a crossover is ideal. These vehicles offer a good balance of size and maneuverability, allowing easy navigation through suburban neighborhoods and natural areas. Additionally, having a car with sufficient ground clearance can be beneficial for navigating occasional uneven surfaces or unpaved roads within the vicinity. A comfortable and reliable car with good fuel efficiency will enhance the overall driving experience in Merritt Island.

  • What is the speed limit in Merritt Island?

    Merritt Island, Florida, has varied speed limits. Residential roads have a limit of 30 mph, while school zones require drivers to slow down to 20 mph for children's safety. Divided highways allow speeds of up to 65 mph, and rural interstates permit a maximum speed of 70 mph. Adhering to these speed limits is crucial to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and motorists on Merritt Island.

  • Where are the best places to park on Merritt Island?

    Merritt Island offers several convenient parking options for visitors. The Merritt Square Mall provides ample parking space and is a popular choice, especially for shopping or dining outings. For those planning to visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, designated parking areas are available near the visitor center and trailheads. Merritt Island's local parks, such as Kiwanis Island Park and Kelly Park, offer dedicated parking facilities for recreational activities. The average car parking fee in Merritt Island is $2 per hour.  

Merritt Island car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,4

Very Good

26 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Merritt Island

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Locations in Merritt Island

1615 E Merritt Island Causeway

+1 321 338 4690

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1750 W. King St.

+1 321 633 7070

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Enjoyed driving the van. It was very comfortable and easy to drive. It accommodated all of us nicely.

8,0 Very Good

Feb 2024

KAYAK
They need a few more people to answer the phone.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Enterprise refused to rent me the vehicle in FL because I am renting a car in RI through an insurance company, due to my personal car is being serviced/repaired at the Porsche Dealership. (Enterprise is the only company at the Porsche Dealership). Very poor company policy for business travelers in multiple states that two cars cannot be rented at same time.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Great price. Friendly staff.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Just wish The price was a little lower Oh, everything else was excellent

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

I was very satisfied. I wish they still delivered to the house and picked up.

1 out of 7

Budget

6,5

One location in Merritt Island

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Locations in Merritt Island

777 E Merritt Island Causeway

+1 321 459 2678

Monday11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday11:00 - 16:00
Thursday11:00 - 16:00
Friday11:00 - 16:00
Saturday11:00 - 16:00

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4,4 Mediocre

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not like it very much! When I went to get the car on Merrit Island the seller made me use another card, different from what I had used in the app, and paid for it. With this he must have created another reservation, resulting in a duplicate payment upon the return of the vehicle. How do I g

Cons:

I paid twice for the rent. One when I applied for the app, already cashed in my Debit card, and another when I returned the car. Besides the fact that when I went to get the car on Merritt Island the seller did not want to accept the same card that I made the payment in the Kaiak app.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy to book.

Cons:

Contacted support and all is ready, we go to the lot, person advises us that they have no cars available, once we tell him that we need it just for a few hours within the city limits then he finds us something, however problems hit when registering cards, no debit maestro accepted and it didnt specify on the siten my friend gives a card and accepted but then her DL was required, then he advises us that i cannot rent as i am 23 and only over 25 can rent a car, while on the website it says that it is possible to rent it just is more costly which is fine. Stupidly on the website my card was accepted and i brought cash for incidentals and offered to pay full in cash but did not accept it. So we never got our car and it ruined our day, not to mention walking in rain afer all that... stupid.

1 out of 1

Dollar

No score available yet

One location in Merritt Island

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6799 N Atlantic Ave

+1 321 799 2945

Monday07:30 - 15:30
Thursday07:30 - 15:30
Friday07:30 - 15:30
Saturday07:30 - 15:30
Sunday07:30 - 15:30

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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Front desk was very quick and helpful. Couldn't have been better

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

We went on a cruise and were picked up immediately by a shuttle that took us to pick up our car. The gentleman that picked us up helped with our bags and was friendly. Our reservation was suppose to be at 12 but we were able to get our car a few hours early. It was convenient, accommodating, the car was in nice condition, staff was friendly, and the price was very affordable. Will definitely be doing business with them again.

Cons:

I have nothing that I was not happy with my experience

3,2 Poor

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car return was easy and quick

Cons:

Our rental pickup was from (N ATLANTIC AVE, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL), we were supposed to be picked up from port Canaveral which is 3 miles away from this office. They have only 1 shuttle, we waited for 2 hours for a pickup. The rental office never pick up the phone .we tried to call the headquarters numbers, even the managers couldn't get hold of them or do anything for us . SO IGNORANT

6,8 Okay

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent, Hash, who served us was awesome. Calm, patient. He apologized for our wait, upgraded us to a nicer vehicle & said we wouldn’t have to refill car.

Cons:

Between Thrifty & Dollar, they accepted more reservations than they had vehicles for. We stood in line for nearly an hour before we were waited on.

2,0 Poor

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I made a reservation to pick up 10 am lined for at 9:30 am and finally got the car at 12:30 pm. No enough cars staff are not friendly at all except shuttle drivers.

Cons:

Do not take reservation more that what you have in the stock

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The office was closed and afterhours drop off instructions were confusing, complicated, and bizarre. The only available parking spot when we arrived was handicapped, which I parked in anyway, and by the time we left two more cars had pulled in with no place to park. Felt uncomfortable dropping the car keys into a mail chute but that was the instruction. It was all just weird.

1 out of 8

Hertz

No score available yet

3 locations in Merritt Island

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1360 West King St

+1 321 617 7443

Monday09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday09:00 - 14:00
Thursday09:00 - 14:00
Friday09:00 - 14:00

2800 W King Street

+1 321 203 5269

Monday09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday09:00 - 14:00
Thursday09:00 - 14:00
Friday09:00 - 14:00

445 E Merrit Island Cswy

+1 321 617 7443

Monday07:30 - 15:30
Tuesday07:30 - 15:30
Wednesday07:30 - 15:30
Thursday07:30 - 15:30
Friday07:30 - 15:30

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8,0 Very Good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Hard to find the office. The address on the office didn’t work great with google maps. The address from google itself worked. Also, there’s still too much nonsense paperwork even if you reserve and pay online, but the whole rental car industry is guilty of this.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They wanted to do a credit check because i was using a debit card..... no way

1 out of 1

Avis

No score available yet

One location in Merritt Island

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6650 North Atlantic Avenue

+1 321 783 3643

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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6,0 Okay

Dec 2023

KAYAK
It was extremely busy however every person on line was “priority@ except me. So every time they called someone new it was “priority”. I ended up getting passed by a lot of people and waiting for longer than I felt necessary for my car. So that felt like an insult because I am not priority because I never travel because I am a teacher. So how about we start prioritizing teachers and stop prioritizing business people. Thanks

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Everything went perfectly.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful. Drop off was easy.

Cons:

Bigger waiting area. We had to wait almost 4 hours due to the time I had requested the start of my rental. One family took the whole air conditioned area and stayed there

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick up and drop off were excellent.

Cons:

The shuttle from the cruise ship was extremely delayed. Had to take an Lyft ride. The car I had reserved was not available.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice vehicle!

Cons:

Nothing comes to mind--it was a great experience all around. Will rent with Avis again. Thank you very much!

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Very comfortable vehicle with excellent acceleration

Cons:

Bumped my head on low clearance roof while getting in

1 out of 6

Thrifty

No score available yet

One location in Merritt Island

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6799 N Atlantic Ave

+1 321 783 2600

Monday07:30 - 15:30
Thursday07:30 - 15:30
Friday07:30 - 15:30
Saturday07:30 - 15:30
Sunday07:30 - 15:30

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3,6 Poor

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Dropoff

Cons:

Only one person working at pickup point. Very long wait

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easiest check in pick up and drop off I have ever had

Cons:

Shuttle from cruise ship didn’t run very often so we just took an Uber to the office, no big deal but would have been nice to have the free shuttle from port Canaveral more conveniently running.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Should have paid more, for any other company besides Thrifty/Dollar.

Cons:

Understaffed and slow, exceedingly long wait for shuttle and again at office for staff to process rentals.

6,8 Okay

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The return at airport was smooth

Cons:

The bust to pick us at the Carnival port never arrived and the Budget driver took us to Thrifty. Upon arriving there was no attendant so we had to wait for him to arrive.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Dropped off the car and was immediately taken to the port for our ship. He was VERY HELPFUL. I'm sorry I did not get his name but he seemed to be the only on there. Besides checking us in, he drove the shuttle to the port.

Cons:

Nothing!!!

7,6 Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean. Once we got to the Cape Canaveral office things went well.

Cons:

We waited for about an hour for a pickup at Port Canaveral. We watched as every other passenger that had disembarked the ship with us got picked up by multiple trips of all of the other rental car vendors' shuttle buses. Then it was just us Thrifty folks waiting in line and wondering if they would ever come. Repeated phone calls to the Thrifty office in Cape Canaveral went unanswered. Eventually we were picked up. But I will certainly never rent from Thrifty again at this location.

1 out of 3

121 travellers who hired a car in Merritt Island gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

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