State College car hire

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State College car hire information

Pick-up locationState College
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Hire locations10
Airport locations9

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in State College

  • State College is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania and surrounded by beautiful mountains, parks, and other state wildlife reservations. For outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore these areas, a car rental in State College is a great way to ensure access to all attractions. While there are some public transport vehicles within the city, there are few options available to you if you want to explore the greater area. Additionally, a rental car provides you with the freedom to determine your arrival and departure times to whatever site you’re visiting. Need to bring along some equipment? A personal vehicle can also function as a storage locker for your outings.
  • If you’ve booked a State College car rental in advance and are arriving by plane, you can pick up your vehicle at University Park Airport (SCE). There are multiple car rental companies represented here, including Alamo, Avis, Payless, Enterprise, and Hertz, to name a few. To find their service desks, simply exit to the left of the terminal. If you’re looking to book your vehicle for pick-up elsewhere, there is also an Enterprise on Blue Course Dr. and a Hertz on Beaver Ave.
  • State College has a lively downtown area with bars and restaurants, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for pedestrians while driving here. There are several designated crosswalks throughout the areas, but you may find people choosing to cross at unmarked locations—this is especially true during the evenings when the downtown area attracts the college crowd celebrating a night out.
  • As a college town, the typical rush hours don’t impact the city as much as other cities; however, while driving here, you may want to avoid the hours of between about 7am and 8:30am, then again between about 4:30pm and 6pm, as these are typical workday commute times.
  • Book your car hire in State College at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in State College are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in State College

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in State College?

    For your car rental in State College, you may find that an SUV is a suitable option. With plenty of legroom and cargo space, SUVs present you with the opportunity to bring along a group of friends for outdoor adventures, such as a hiking trip in Rothrock State Forest, about half-an-hour south of State College, or to Susquehannock State Forest, almost 2h to the north.

  • What’s the speed limit in State College?

    State College’s speed limits are consistent with most of the continental US. On urban roads without posted limits, you’ll find that around 35mph is the legal limit, with the limit rising to 55mph on unmarked country roads. Additionally, posted speed limits will often be around 30mph in residential areas. On I-70, also known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs north of State College, the posted speed limit is around 70mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in State College?

    There are several parking garages and parking lots available to drivers throughout State College. For a convenient option in the city center and close to shopping, try the Beaver Ave. Parking Garage on W. Beaver Ave. between S. Fraser St. and S. Burrowes St. On-street parking typically costs about $1.25 per hour, whereas off-street parking, such as in garages, is typically free for the first half-hour, then about $1 per hour after that.

  • How much is the price of fuel in State College?

    The average price of fuel in State College is R65,92 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R791 and R1 055, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in State College?

    Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in State College.

  • How can I find car hires near me in State College?

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

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in State College?

    An Economy car hire in State College costs R1 010 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in State College?

    An Intermediate car hire in State College costs R1 224 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in State College?

    A Standard car hire in State College costs R1 146 per day, on average.

State College car rental reviews and directory

Avis

8,4

Very Good

34 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.4

One location in State College

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Locations in State College

2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
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10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Customer service was awesome especially at pick up in state college. I’ve only ever rented from enterprise before this and the customer service and the way they made it so easy makes me only want to use Avis in the future.

4,8 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly

Cons:

Tires were not inflated, staff dis not check state of the rental with me before leaving lot, and vehicle was not similar to that which i chose (i chose a kia soul or similar and received a nissan frontier pickup truck)

7,6 Good

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When you get the gas option where they fill up the car, you are required to pay for a full take, even though you only use half or less. A rip off.

8,0 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car, very comfortable

Cons:

It wasn't super clean lots of spots on the seats front in back

2,0 Poor

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn't have a car and didn't try to get me one.

9,2 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything couldn't have worked out better

Cons:

Only issue was a bit of dog hair left on seat next to me which I am a little allergic to which acted up mid way through the drive.

1 out of 7

Alamo

5,9

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.9

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00
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8,0 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was ready for pick up in State College and drop off was easy in Kentucky

Cons:

The mileage must have been logged incorrectly at the pick up location because at drop off, it said we had driven over 5,000 miles! Good think we got unlimited miles with the rental!

2,0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I went all the way to the airport so they tell me ‘we are out of cars come back tomorrow, and when i asked what will guarantee that i will find one tomorrow he replies “because am telling you” such an unprofessional treatment.

2,0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Called me 30 minutes before I needed the car and said they did not have one available.

7,6 Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent at pickup was very helpful and friendly, even though I had to wait quite a while as he was the only one there. He was very nice.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

This reservation was cancelled due to the Pandemic.

6,0 Okay

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the price

Cons:

the service

1 out of 7

Budget

6,3

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.1

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday09:00 - 23:30
Thursday09:00 - 23:30
Friday09:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
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2,0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
The vehicle was not in road-ready condition as I had to fill up the tires with air twice and had to have the oil checked as a warning light was on from the start.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5,8

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.5

2 locations in State College

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215 Blue Course Dr

+1 814 238 4450

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00
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2,0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car available for my reservation.

2,0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. They wouldn't rent to me and I still had to pay for the insurance.

Cons:

You could have not charged me for insurance on a car I didn't drive.

9,2 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and informative service.

Cons:

I think customers should charged by the hour, I was late by 1 hour for my 24 hour rental and was told I would be charged an entire extra day for it, I get it, but still.

7,2 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent but severely understaffed for University move in weekend.

4,4 Mediocre

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing!

Cons:

Our flight was delayed and when we got to Enterprise they had given our car away along with about 10 others who had contracts. They told me to they'd honor any additional costs. THEY DIDN'T! I will never use Enterprise again!

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

quick and great service, clean vehicle

1 out of 4

Hertz

5,5

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

6.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.3

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 1728

Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:30 - 22:30
Wednesday08:30 - 22:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday10:00 - 22:30
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2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I completed the reservation, and the rental place called a couple days later to tell me there won’t be a car available for me. All the other rental agencies in town were booked, so I had to upend my wife’s schedule so I could borrow her car.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing...never was so disappointed in my whole life

Cons:

Booth was closed , sign said somebody would be there to see me , after 45 minutes I left

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff what is friendly and efficient. Pick up and drop off was easy.

Cons:

I rented an SUV and dropped it off with a full tank two days later. It was a simple transaction and went according to plan.

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Service was prompt, courteous

2,0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I showed up for my reservation and they didnt have a car for me.... worse, they couldn't issue a refund at the desk. Instead, I had to call Hertz corporate, which was a nightmare.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was not ready when we showed up, and the car was a smaller size than what we reserved. It was a one-way rental, and I was told at my destination that they had never seen a contract like the one I had been issued. It took 24 hours to resolve it.

1 out of 4

Payless

7,3

Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

8.0

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

+1 814 237 9750

Monday08:30 - 22:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:30 - 22:30
Friday08:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:00 - 23:30
Sunday09:00 - 23:30
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National

8,4

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Rd

+1 814 237 1771

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:00
Sunday12:00 - 23:00
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Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in State College

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Penn State University Park Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in State College

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2493 Fox Hill Road

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126 travellers who hired a car in State College gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4,9

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