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Portland, ME, United States
Nov 1 — Nov 8
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Portland, ME, United States
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Portland car hire information

Pick-up locationPortland
Hire locations12
Airport locations9

Portland car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (163 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Alamo
Locations in Portland
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2021
The cost was cheaper than the big guys but still 3x what I would expect to pay. The check in process was very slow.
7.9 GoodSep 30 2021
Everything about Alamo and the rental car was great, except for one thing. We picked up the car very late, 11:15 pm, due to a flight delay. There was only one agent at the desk, and in working with him to check out the car, I asked if the car has a toll road transponder (having done my homework and knowing that many of the freeways back east are tolled). He said yes, that it did. However, he did not mention how to use the transponder, and provided no additional information on the transponder. Having never driven a rental car on the east coast before, I was unaware that the transponder had to be "opened" in order to be read by the cameras. It wasn't until we hit a toll road with a gate that that gatekeeper informed us that we needed to swing the transponder open for it to work. Unfortunately this was about two weeks into our trip, when we had driven through at least a dozen toll booths in the "EZ Pass" lanes, thinking we were good to go because "we had a transponder"! I come from Washington State, where our HOV transponders are always "on", and the only thing we have to change it to indicate if we are YES to HOV or NO to HOV. We don't have to "open" anything for the transponder to be read. So please make sure that your rental agents always tell people about having to "open" the transponders.
1.9 HorribleSep 29 2021
Car was poorly cleaned. Agent was missinv from booth and two other rental car agents went to find ours. Then he started pushing upcharges. When I inspected the car snd found dents and paint chips he was again nowhere to br found to report them. I have used Enterprise for years but this was not a good experience. We did get nice and efficient service at thr drop off in Providence.
5.9 OkaySep 27 2021
A Toyota Corolla is too small for a 6 ft. tall man.
10.0 ExcellentSep 26 2021
I preregistered so picking up the car was a breeze. Car was clean and ready to go. Be prepared as inventory is low and rates are spendy.
7.9 GoodSep 16 2021
Vehicle was pretty new, clean and with a full tank of gas - it handles well. Sounds basic, but I have had issues with these factors at Alamo and elsewhere. Initial rental transaction at Portland ME took a while, and I would have appreciated an earlier alert that I should wait in a different line. Return at Bangor rental counter was fine (though I had assumed they'd have someone with handheld devices in the parking lot. As the car was great, my experience was very positive.
10.0 ExcellentSep 1 2021
My daughter reserved this car for us several weeks in advance, fearing the rental shortage caused by COVID. The car was advertised as a Maserati and was available for a month for about $1,700. She jumped on that smoking deal. Neither of us fully expected to get a Maserati when we arrived at the Alamo counter and we were not surprised. We did get, however, a very nice Nissan which worked beautifully for our month and we were very pleased with the car. We loved Paul, the service guy who checked us in, and we dropped off the car so early in the day that no one was there. It was a totally great experience and we joked for a month about driving our "Maserati" around mid-coast Maine.
10.0 ExcellentAug 10 2021
Ouch, expensive!
5.9 OkayJul 10 2021
That we had a car was great. There were many travelers who we know didn’t get cars at all. It was a pretty basic car though. Not all the safety features we would expect from a car in 2021. No front collision warning. No proximity warning for parking either in back or front. And no sensors keeping the correct distance behind other cars when using cruise control.
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2021
Nothing. I canceled my reservation at the kiosk.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.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.8 Excellent (170 reviews)
2 locations in Portland
Enterprise
Locations in Portland
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 8.7
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 14 2021
Only a compliment. We had booked a car from the downtown Enterprise and then our flight schedule was pushed back to a time after the downtown office was to be closed. I called the office the morning of our travel day and Martha was very helpful and was able to get us a car to use from the airport office. Our trip could have turned out very differently had she not been as helpful as she was.
1.9 HorribleOct 6 2021
High cost of days beyond weekly rate not ok
1.9 HorribleSep 30 2021
Watch out for add-ons! I specifically told the clerk that I'd return the call filled with gas but he charged me for a fill on delivery instead. They didn't let me know that the return address had changed during Covid and their phone system is the worst I've experienced.
7.9 GoodSep 19 2021
Senior discount?
10.0 ExcellentAug 28 2021
Got a great upgrade! Great car quick service in and out. Overall a5 star rental.
5.9 OkayAug 17 2021
My reservation was through Priceline for the airport location. It was transferred without my consent to the downtown location. Major inconvenience. If I had not had family, we would have had to get an Uber to pick up our rental car. Enterprise blames Priceline. IDK...
1.9 HorribleJul 10 2021
The reservation system allowed a 5pm pick-up but the place closed at 5pm. If you don't pick up within the hour, the reservation is cancelled so we were out of luck.
2.0 MediocreDec 20 2020
POOR customer service and response time to callsWe 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 ExcellentOct 28 2020
Very nice, professional and friendly!Honestly, nothing it was geat!
4.8 OkayOct 20 2020
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.A real person answering the phone and/or calling me back.
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Rated no. 3
Budget
8.1 Excellent (158 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Budget
Locations in Portland
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentOct 20 2021
Car pulled to the left needed realignment of front end and advised personnel at drop off location. Great Gas mileage!
5.9 OkaySep 28 2021
The initial rental expense looked attractive, by the time everything was settled it was much too expensive. The car received was basic and not what was suggested as a possible vehicle.
7.9 GoodSep 21 2021
Service was excellent, car was great very comfy for the long hours spent in it. The maintenance needed light was on from the start of the vehicle and It smelled horribly like pot.
1.9 HorribleSep 14 2021
Would not honor my reservation.
10.0 ExcellentAug 28 2021
Excellent rental would use again
10.0 ExcellentJun 30 2021
Fast and efficient at the Portland Airport. Helpful that they weren’t busy today
8.0 ExcellentApr 30 2021
Most things easy. staff was ok...kind of rushed through somethings. This was our first time renting so I actually wanted to know what they were saying.Fairly smooth experience. The only negative thing was the open bottle of alcohol and pistachio shells found in the pocket of a seat, gross! Otherwise we really enjoyed the rental of the ford Transit for a long trip with 7 kids in tow!
10.0 ExcellentApr 26 2021
Fast, efficient pickup/dropoff, brand new car. I've always been an Enterprise guy, but no more. I will go through Budget from now on.
2.0 MediocreJan 27 2021
Nothing. I got not the same car I booked online and they think it does not matter. Worse people and nonprofessional.Giving the same car I booked and not asking what is wrong with other cars if I did not get the same car I booked.
2.0 MediocreJan 21 2021
NothingThe car should have been the same as booked online.
Rated no. 4
Dollar
8 Excellent (138 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Dollar
Locations in Portland
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
5.9 OkayAug 2 2021
2 hour wait on line to pick up car in Portland
3.9 MediocreJul 27 2021
A Versatile is not a full size car. Thank You
7.9 GoodJul 16 2021
Sirius radio was good The seatbelt took so long to get on and off it was it was a joke The car had no power but the mileage was good
10.0 ExcellentApr 5 2021
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.Nothing- great service through dollar rental!
10.0 ExcellentJan 7 2021
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 MediocreDec 28 2020
Literally no aspect of this was positiveI 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 ExcellentAug 27 2020
the guy in Portland was fantastic - very informative and helpful
6.0 GoodJun 1 2020
The staff at Boston Logan were excellent.The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and cleaning supplies.
2.0 MediocreDec 5 2018
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!
6.8 GoodAug 26 2018
Never got my receipt at pick-upEasy pick-up, nice staffI was offered a printed receipt or an emailed one and chose the emailed version. But I never got it. They do have my email though because that's how I got a link to this survey. So... you tell me?
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Rated no. 5
Hertz
7.9 Good (171 reviews)
3 locations in Portland
Hertz
Locations in Portland
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreSep 27 2021
Super long wait to pick-up car.
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2021
Have Pick up at the airport
1.9 HorribleSep 15 2021
When I arrived at Hertz they told me my card wouldn’t process (even though my money was already taken out of my account?) and I would have to contact Priceline direct. Priceline’s customer service number was an automated and kept forwarding me to Hertz who told me they couldn’t help me since reservation was booked through Priceline. So the agent at the hertz location told me I had to pay AGAIN if I wanted the car. Stuck in another state with no options and no help from either company I paid again for a rental car. Agent at Hertz location couldn’t care less. I will never use Priceline or Hertz again.
10.0 ExcellentSep 14 2021
Friendly staff, very accommodating.
7.9 GoodSep 14 2021
Drop off at the airport was beyond easy. The associate at pick up was all alone and doing many things at once. He did not explain everything. No one told use about the $200 hold that was placed one our card. That was explained at drop off when I asked
5.9 OkaySep 10 2021
Car smelled like cigarettes, some trash left in car upon pickup.
10.0 ExcellentSep 6 2021
Everything went well in Portland. The car had pretty high mileage, but it worked okay. Also, not the fault of the Portland staff.
1.9 HorribleSep 3 2021
Unable to contact local rental office with question on hours of operation and flight delay. 888 Telephone operator would not connect me and gave wrong information; it’s ridiculously hard to reach a live person, ever, when dealing with hertz. Agent at pick up provided mediocre service. Impossible to pick up or drop off car without speaking to agent. Overall a frustrating process.
5.9 OkaySep 2 2021
I didn’t like being charged for calling hertz to talk to a person to inform them that my flight had been changed and couldn’t pick up my rental til next day because the location I needed to get my car from closed at 4 pm
10.0 ExcellentSep 1 2021
Whole process was easy.
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Rated no. 6
Avis
8.2 Excellent (44 reviews)
1 location in Portland
Avis
Locations in Portland
  • 8
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 24 2021
We were told, and I even called the day before to double check what the procedure for dropping the car off after hours and was told " just drop the key in the box at the counter and we will take care of everything". We after we rented another car in another city we found out we had to fill out this form and put that around the key and then drop it in the box. When we got the bill for the first car they added $129 fuel cost to our bill. At the time we dropped off the car we didn't know about the form to fill out so we were changed for an entire tank of gas(it was full). After a phone call and some 15 minutes on the phone it was resolved but this all could have been avoided if the rep on the phone gave us the correct procedure for dropping off the car.
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2021
I will use the Kayak site again since it locked me in to a sure deal!
10.0 ExcellentOct 7 2021
Avis rental pick up and drop off is at the terminal with a very easy process. The staff is courteous, friendly and very professional. The Avis desk serves both Avis and Budget. My car was clean and easy to get in and out. I recommend Avis car rental at Portland Jetport in Maine. Thanks
10.0 ExcellentSep 29 2021
Nice car! Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Good price ( I reserved early) and easy drop-off
10.0 ExcellentAug 7 2021
Pricing is outragous. I didn't see a 'shortage' that should have resulted in the spike. The car also smelled like pot. But the process of retrieving and dropping off was very easy and the staff was courteous.
7.9 GoodJul 27 2021
The vehicle wasn’t cleaned. You could tell it was quickly vacuumed but wasn’t washed on the inside or outside at all. Therefore there wasn’t any way they even wiped it down for COVID cleaning!! The check-in agent was friendly and professional and fast and the drop-off process was quick as well.
10.0 ExcellentJul 20 2021
We waited over 10 mins before being asked if we were in line for budget or avis. The agent was very kind and informative. Unfortunately there was an old PPE facemask that someone left in the visor. It fell into my wife’s lap while we were driving. Not sure how this happens in the middle of a pandemic. It was disgusting.
1.9 HorribleJul 14 2021
Avis in Portland Maine was way too expensive, understaffed -leading to a 2-hr wait at check-in and then did not have the vehicle type I had reserved. I cancelled and went with another agency at the same location.
4.0 OkayJun 29 2021
The car was very adequate. Checkout was fast, but not without consequences (see below).1. The price is nothing short of a gouge! Covid, blah blah, I know. 2. The car smelled like smoke. They really need an objective way to test for smoking and penalize people. 3. Check in was a long line and 1of3 clerks were humping it to serve customers. 4. My friend is fighting upwards of $5000 in charges, with Avis claiming he never returned the car, then that he kept it 3 extra days. Good grief. We returned and flew back home together.
2.0 MediocreJun 27 2021
Picking up the car took nearly 2.5 hours. It was a horrible experience.
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Rated no. 7
National
8.7 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Portland
National
Locations in Portland
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.9
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 16 2020
Staff was greatThe vehicle smelled like smoke.
6.8 GoodJul 17 2019
Drop off easy. Staff super helpful.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 ExcellentMar 19 2018
EverythingNo complaints
10.0 ExcellentSep 14 2016
Van with price as promisedEverything fine
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2016
Friendly and Professional
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Easirent
1 location in Portland
Easirent
Locations in Portland
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Portland
Sunnycars
Locations in Portland
Recent reviews
859 travellers who hired a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8,4

Car hire locations in or near Portland

Good to know

Most popular car type

Intermediate

When to book a car hire in Portland

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Portland

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Portland car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Portland.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Portland car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Portland

  • Book your car hire in Portland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Portland are around 7% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Portland

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Portland are Alamo (9,0, 189 reviews), Enterprise (8,8, 186 reviews), and Budget (8,1, 168 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Portland is R53,74 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R645 and R860, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Portland.

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

  • A Intermediate car hire in Portland costs R873 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Portland costs R991 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Portland costs R839 per day, on average.