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Portland car hire

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Portland car hire information

Pick-up locationPortland
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Hire locations14
Airport locations9

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Portland

  • There is so much to see and do on your visit to Portland, Maine. With a hire car you’ll be able to take scenic tours along the coast or drive from Portland to Freeport to admire the foliage and sandy beaches along the way. Additionally, with a hire car you can explore charming nearby towns around New England like Camden or New Port, Rhode Island.
  • Portland, ME provides easy access to many New England towns. At the Portland International Jetport, the hire car station is conveniently located next to the main terminal. You’ll simply have to walk a short distance to pick up your hire. Some hire agencies at this airport include Enterprise, Hertz, and Budget.
  • Driving in New England can be difficult to navigate because of its many islands. Consequently, you will need a strong GPS system to get around. When traveling in the winter months, note that snow and ice can slow down your travel considerably so give yourself plenty of extra travel time.
  • Rush hour in Portland peaks between about 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning. Afternoons are a little less predictable, with rush hour starting at about 3:30 p.m. and continuing through to 6 p.m. Because traffic can be so sporadic, you might want to check it on the internet or on your smartphone before leaving the hotel.
  • Book your car hire in Portland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard car hire in Portland are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average

Portland car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Portland 
beckyApr 2024
Be sure to get the access to tolls. They are everywhere. I drove from Maine to Ohio and it made it so easy to go through the toll plaza without hassle.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Traffic wasn’t bad. Make sure to go see the lighthouses.
KristinSep 2023
We didn’t drive while in Portland. Easy to walk around and Uber if needed. Parking is at a premium. We drove up the coast to Acadia.
Verified travelerSep 2023
Portland is fine to drive in. Just pay attention to the 1 way streets.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Make sure you have your own gps!
Verified travelerAug 2023
Inspect the cars better upon return.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Rental pickup and drop off are at the same place in the airport.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Late in day rental worked well for us.

FAQs about hiring a car in Portland

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

    If visiting here in the winter, you might want to consider a car with four-wheel drive to help you to better maneuver in the snow. Other times of the year, a convertible like a Jeep or Mazda Miata are ideal for cruising the beach. Better yet, with a sporty convertible you can better see the sights and enjoy the fresh breezes.

  • What’s the speed limit in Portland?

    When you’re on the highway driving to other cities in Maine, you can travel up to speeds of 75 miles per hour. However, when you are driving around the city, the maximum allowed speed limit is 55 mph on main roads and 25 mph in residential neighborhoods. Be sure to slow down to 15 mph when you are close to a school zone.

  • Where are the best places to park in Portland?

    On-street, paid parking is pretty easily found all around the city, including downtown. However, it is important to note that metered parking is regularly enforced (there is a 2 hour maximum on spots). The city also owns a few parking garages and lots. A couple are in the center of town and close to tourist attractions like the Victoria Mansion or the Portland Museum of Art.

  • What is the best car hire company in Portland?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Portland are Alamo (8,6, 61 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,2, 78 reviews), and Budget (8,1, 103 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Portland?

    The average price of fuel in Portland is R73,37 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R880 and R1 174, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Portland?

    Standard (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Portland.

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

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Portland?

    A Standard car hire in Portland costs R932 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Portland?

    An Economy car hire in Portland costs R2 032 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Luxury car hire cost in Portland?

    A Luxury car hire in Portland costs R3 536 per day, on average.

Portland car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8,7

Very Good

178 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

7.9

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 370 3979

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
They’ve made renting a car simple.

6,0 Okay

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Pickup at PWM unsatisfactory. I asked for local plates. Agent lied about it. I chose not to walk back to the counter to change it out.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Our car was nicer than we expected. Service was friendly and quick.

2,0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. I canceled my reservation at the kiosk.

Cons:

I was given 3 cars to try. The first car wouldn’t turn on and was filthy. The second car had brakes that sounded terrible. The third was filthy. The clerk was rude and short with me. She said those 3 terrible cars were my only options. Yes, including a car that wouldn’t start. I canceled my reservation and went with enterprise.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

staff was unhelpful when i told them the car was missing an ez pass

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff knowledgeable and super friendly. Car clean and new

Cons:

Better lighting in the pickup/drop off area

1 out of 30

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,2

Very Good

204 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.8

2 locations in Portland

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1 Marginal Way

+1 207 772 0030

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 996 0644

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
When I needed a bit of extra care, the team was 100% devoted to helping me. Went out of they're way to do so.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The staff was so friendly, helpful, and accommodating in Portland, especially the manager. I would definitely recommend renting from them.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

POOR customer service and response time to calls

Cons:

We had a problem because my husband was exposed and contracted Corvid the whole experience was handled as poorly as posible and lewft us with a huge bill when we informed them immediately. We won't be using Enterprise ever again

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice, professional and friendly!

Cons:

Honestly, nothing it was geat!

4,8 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I got the last car available and the interior had a strong smell of gas for the entire duration of the trip. I had to drive with the windows rolled down and no one from Enterprise answered the phone while trying to connect with them and ask if I could exchange the car during the trip from Portland to Bar Harbor.

Cons:

A real person answering the phone and/or calling me back.

5,6 Fair

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff I saw were nice. THere was no one there when I left with the car, and there was a problem. There was something wrong with the driver's side door, and there was no one to talk with about it. I just left because it was late and I was tired.

Cons:

For $100 per day, give me a car that is perfect. That was way too expensive for a car with a door that sounded like it would break off every time I opened it.

1 out of 34

Dollar

8,2

Very Good

147 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.0

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 866 434 2226

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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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very nice when we went to pick up our car. The car itself was very clean on the inside and out. It was so easy to pick it up and drop it off at the airport.

Cons:

Nothing- great service through dollar rental!

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing, staff in Portland was friendly and responsive when we discovered a problem. I didn't drop off the car, but I'm guessing it went well.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Literally no aspect of this was positive

Cons:

I was told I could cancel, because I couldn’t use my outgoing trip due to a snowstorm. I was not allowed to cancel this trip so I paid around $150 for nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

the guy in Portland was fantastic - very informative and helpful

6,0 Okay

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at Boston Logan were excellent.

Cons:

The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and cleaning supplies.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I was not informed at the time of reservation that the company requires a credit card, which I do not have. I paid $35 at the time of booking and was no able to recoup that money, could t rent the car and was stranded at the airport!

1 out of 21

Budget

8,1

Very Good

103 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.8

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 207 874 7521

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Super friendly agents at pick up and drop off. Van was immaculate and everything went smoothly. Great experience.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Congenial crew. Quick service.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Everyone was extra nice and knowledgeable. No problems. Auto was clean and very nice, you have a customer!!!

2,0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Car was all wet on floors and reeked of smells including mold. Wait time was long and ridiculously packed with lines of people.

2,0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The truck was fine. I just didn't reserve one: I reserved a mid-size car. Then the staff tried to "upsell" me a luxury car where they should have given me one at the same price because it was their fault to begin with. So I took the truck. Horrible business model.

6,0 Okay

Sep 2022

KAYAK
I reserved a standard SUV and what I got was a 4 wheel drive off road 4 Runner. 13,000 miles but it looked like it had 50,000 off road miles on it.

1 out of 20

Avis

7,6

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.0

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 207 874 7500

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Good customer service. Ease of delivery and pickup

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn't take forever like other car rentals, I got my car within 5 minutes of arriving!!

8,4 Very Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent accommodated our change request at the desk efficiently and the upgrade was more than satisfactory.

Cons:

Off hours drop off needs some work. There were no clear instructions or directions as to where to deposit the keys. I dropped them off at the unmanned desk. I never received a notice that the keys were accounted for.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very helpful and attentive.

3,6 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I rented the car on Kayak for $135. When it was all said and done, it was $298. Nickel and diming you is not ok.

Cons:

Charge what we originally ordered!

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

the computer automatically includes a partial fuel charge and the gentleman that checked in the vehicle had me go inside ant the customer relations person promptly removed that charge.. To me the tis caring about your customers.

1 out of 12

National

7,7

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

6.6

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 370 3978

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59

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2,0 Poor

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great

Cons:

The vehicle smelled like smoke.

6,8 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off easy. Staff super helpful.

Cons:

Rental was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We traveled in Maine over unfamiliar roads GPS often wrong, particularly in Portland Jetport. Often made last minutes changes in turn directions causing us to miss numerous turns and causing way too much backtracking.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything

Cons:

No complaints

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Van with price as promised

Cons:

Everything fine

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and Professional

2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
In spite of Kayak or Hotwire sending me a reservation number when I got to the Portland airport National could not find my reservation and would not rent me a car. I have already sent a blistering email to one of you sucky third parties about this awful experience and I am astonished you keep asking me about it. Truly one of the WORST experiences I have ever had while traveling. Do not contact me again for any reason!!!!!

1 out of 3

Hertz

7,2

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Portland

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202 Warren Ave Ste 300

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

987 Westbrook St

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4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Confusing, stressful and costly experience. Unable to speak directly to rental office when calling for information. Always have to speak with foreign person who does not understand English or convey information to customer that is not accurate or confusing. Customer unable to secure need agreement for car rental. Information passed on to customer was not correct and caused customer much anxiety.

1 out of 1

Thrifty

5,8

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Portland

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202 Warren Avenue

(207) 797-7156

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Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Portland

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Portland International Jetport

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Free2Move

No score available yet

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

Transportation Center, 100 Thompson's Point Road

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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Sunnycars

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One location in Portland

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Airport Parking Garage, Lower Level

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VIPCars Recommendation

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1001 Westbrook St, Portland, , USA Maine

+1 914 368 0091

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717 travellers who hired a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.7

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