North Charleston car hire

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North Charleston car hire information

Pick-up locationNorth Charleston
Car types
Hire locations15
Airport locations7

Cheap car hire in North Charleston

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
People carrier
Passenger van
SUV
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in North Charleston

  • Getting assistance from North Charleston car rentals facilitates navigation around the city, making business and leisure trips more comfortable. You can visit several areas close to the town, such as the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. These lush grounds are about 12.8 miles from central North Charleston and include a zoo, making it suitable for trips with kids or friends. You can appreciate the area’s history by driving about 16 miles to the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in Summerville city. Conversely, you can go to the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center on International Boulevard within the city center for a shorter ride.
  • You arrive in North Charleston via the Charleston International Airport, situated approximately 3 miles from the town’s center. This airport conveniently incorporates a Rental Car Pavilion, which you can find past the baggage claim at the end of the terminal area, opposite the bus stop. Some of the car rentals in North Charleston’s city center include Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, National, Budget, and Avis. You can also find services from Dollar and Thrifty, which offer a direct and free airport shuttle to their pick-up location. You can follow the shuttle signs in the terminal and board immediately outside the baggage claim across the street.
  • North Charleston ensures you can move through the town and nearby cities and states using the well-developed and connected roads, like Rivers Avenue and the I-526 and I-26 that link to Charleston and Mount Pleasant. To prevent getting lost along the streets, you can opt to integrate a navigation system into your vehicle. You will want to keep a lookout for pedestrians throughout your drive in North Charleston because many residents travel by foot and commonly use the sidewalks and roadways.
  • You will most likely find congested roads during the morning and evening commute hours along the main streets, including International Boulevard, Montague Avenue, and I-526. International Boulevard also services the airport, so you generally want to stay off the roads from around 6:30am to 9:30am and from about 5pm to 7pm. You can safely drive during the cold season since North Charleston usually experiences mild winters.
  • Book your car hire in North Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hire in North Charleston are around -63% cheaper than other car types, on average

North Charleston car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in North Charleston 
Verified travelerJun 2023
Use Uber — much more reliable.
CassandraJul 2023
The driving was fine in North Charleston.
LisaMay 2023
no problems . Parking rates much cheaper in Charleston garages than where I am from so that was nice. Liked that they had bathrooms in some of the parking garages .
LisaMay 2023
no problems . Parking rates much cheaper in Charleston garages than where I am from so that was nice. Liked that they had bathrooms in some of the parking garages .
DarleneMay 2023
We parked in a garage on Cumberland street. It was reasonable and everything was in walking distance
TanyaMay 2023
It was good I had no problem at all.

FAQs about hiring a car in North Charleston

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in North Charleston?

    You can comfortably rent any model from car rentals in North Charleston since the city has a quality infrastructure system. However, the few parking lots within the town can make finding spaces challenging. We recommend renting a compact vehicle to navigate the tight spaces with ease.

  • What’s the speed limit in North Charleston?

    Most roads in this city have a speed limit of approximately 35mph. Streets in residential, school zones, and business areas typically post a 25mph limit. The speed along the interstate roads is around 70mph outside the urban core. On the Charleston peninsula, these interstate highways have limitations ranging from approximately 40mph to about 55mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in North Charleston?

    You can conveniently park in the Park & Go garage at the Charleston International Airport, which charges around $10 per day on the surface lot. The 5-tier space has an approximately $17 daily rate, while the 3-level lot closest to the terminal offers a maximum of around $15 a day. You can use the North Charleston Marriott Car Park on 4770 Goer Drive or the parking spaces available at 4821 Chateau Avenue for free services.

  • What is the best car hire company in North Charleston?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in North Charleston are Hertz (7,7, 88 reviews), and Thrifty (6,1, 114 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in North Charleston?

    The average price of fuel in North Charleston is R65,70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R788 and R1 051, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in North Charleston?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in North Charleston.

  • How can I find car hires near me in North Charleston?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in North Charleston?

    A Mini car hire in North Charleston costs R2 588 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in North Charleston?

    An Intermediate car hire in North Charleston costs R1 295 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in North Charleston?

    A Premium car hire in North Charleston costs R1 293 per day, on average.

North Charleston car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

Best rated

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

6.3

One location in North Charleston

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Locations in North Charleston

5500 International Boulevard

+1 843 640 3947

Monday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Sunday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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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

Hertz

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

5.8

3 locations in North Charleston

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2821 Azalea Dr

+1 843 480 4311

Monday10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday10:00 - 14:00
Thursday10:00 - 14:00
Friday10:00 - 14:00
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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 640 3629

Monday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Wednesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Thursday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Friday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
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8510 Rivers Avenue Ste O

+1 843 793 2235

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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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 51

Dollar

5,5

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in North Charleston

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3826 West Montague Avenue

+1 843 552 7533

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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5500 International Boulevard

+1 843 501 7163

Monday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Thursday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Sunday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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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

4.3

Comfort

4.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

4.6

One location in North Charleston

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3632 Cheatham Street

+1 877 219 9192

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

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Fast airport pickup. Still waiting for the return of my deposit

4,0 Mediocre

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Ace is a no frills setup, which allows customers to rent cars far below the cost of your typical car rental business. However, similar to super budget airlines (like Spirit), you will get what you pay for. The staff isn't particularly friendly (that's not universal - a few are wonderful) and there appears to be a bit of a culture of "customer is always wrong," which creates a bit of a hostile environment, we noticed.

1 out of 8

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,8

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

7.7

3 locations in North Charleston

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5757 Rivers Ave. @ Jones Ford

+1 843 566 7805

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
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7291 Cross County Rd

+1 843 552 2150

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
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8734 Rivers Ave

+1 843 572 8807

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They let me reserve a pickup truck that none of the local offices had in stock.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Good service as usual.

Cons:

Did not have a compact for me as requested. Had to drive a family van

9,2 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up location.

Cons:

After purchasing the 3rd party protection insursnce, the Enterprise agents said it wasnt the best idea to go that route. They offered (wanted me to purchase) their in-store insurance, which I did. They advised to cancel the 3rd party I insurance. Of course all of this is happening as I'm dealing with everthing else and i never got around to calling the 3rd party to cancel. So basically I paid for two sets of coverage. My point here is if you are going to purchase the additional insurance, wait until at the counter; it was basically the same price.

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved a sedan and when I went to pick up all they had was an SUV. I end up paying about $100 more in gas for my road trip as a result.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at Enterprise are always so good at staying positive and handling things quickly and efficiently. The crew at this location were no different! I had to put my car in the shop unexpectedly and I needed a vehicle capable of handling the duties of my small business for several days (delivery of small goods to several locations). Chuck and Ray were on point with their customer service and made everything a breeze, from picking me up before my rental to dropping me off after, I couldn't have asked for better service.

Cons:

Not applicable!

2,0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
When we got to the counter we were told they had no car just a pick up truck available. I had prepaid for the car so I don’t understand why they released it. My husband and I had to taxi to the hotel and try to find another car for our stay in Charleston. Was very disappointed that they couldn’t do anything but apologize.

1 out of 3

Avis

6,0

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.1

One location in North Charleston

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6258 Rivers Ave

+1 843 572 3190

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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6,0 Okay

Jun 2023

KAYAK
3 hours before I was scheduled to pick up my car I got a text from North Charleston AVIS saying that they could only provide me with a pick up truck, NOT the SUV I had ordered. I was moving boxes and required a secure interior space in the vehicle, greater than the interior space of a pick up. Loading the boxes in the truck bed was not acceptable because at my hotel stops I would have to move all the boxes into he hotel and back... All the AVIS agent could offer me were some other local AVIS company phone numbers to call to see if I might get lucky and find an SUV available int he area. Terrible. I made a reservation and AVIS North Charleston did NOT honor my reservation. Now - lucky for me, there WAS an SUV available that same morning at the Charleston Airport. I reserved that one, drove it to Michigan and then dropped it off. The SUV worked well for me but AVIS NOT honoring my initial reservation - - what!??

2,0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing because they bailed on the reservation.

Cons:

The staff texted me 3 days after the rental reservation and two days before I needed the car to tell me they were overbooked and they wouldn't have anything available for me. I had to contact Priceline to get my insurance deposit back again. Definitely wasn't helpful to have the car pulled out via a non official text message on Saturday when I needed the car Monday. I ended up renting from Hertz directly from their website instead of using Kayak or Priceline.

2,0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was rude and unfriendly. I think the owner is racist.

Cons:

New management and someone who has had customer service training.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Extremely rude and unhelpful. The Avis rental car location in North Charleston, SC is not where you want to go. The owner actually raised his voice to customers complaining of his bad day as if it was their fault. Left shaking without renting a car.

6,8 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean. Attendants were polite and accommodating.

Cons:

Actual rate was higher than kayak posted rate. Reservation was not made at location selected on kayak. Car wheel well was falling off. Not sure if location and rate are kayak issues or Avis.

1 out of 2

Budget

5,6

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.1

One location in North Charleston

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Locations in North Charleston

6258 Rivers Ave

+1 843 553 5660

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
They did not have the vehicle u tried to rent

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn’t have car I ordered so upgraded but kept the same cost!

9,2 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The inside of the car was clean.

Cons:

The car should have been washed better on the outside.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

When I reserved the car, the web site mentioned that they also accepted debit cards. When I went to pick up the car, the clerk told me that without a major credit card that they had to run a credit check on me. That was not mentioned in my confirmation email. I know that my credit rating is not very good. I realize I had to put a deposit and had the funds in my account to cover it. It was a big inconvenience for me to not be able to rent the car.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

There were no cars available and they did not notify us. We were unable to get a rental car period. They were rude and told us we should not have booked through anyone but them.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

NOT one thing

Cons:

made a reservation..when i got there they said they needed a credit card.. didnt have one on me so i was unable to get a car. Terribke customer service

1 out of 3

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2 locations in North Charleston

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Locations in North Charleston

2039 Savannah Hwy, Charleston

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 01:00
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3000 Aviation Way, 3000 Aviation Way, West Columbia, , USA South Carolina

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 01:00
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One location in North Charleston

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Locations in North Charleston

3632 Cheatham Street

+1 843 203 5350

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723 travellers who hired a car in North Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5,7

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Most popular car type

Mini

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