Car hire at Kansas City Airport

Car hire at Kansas City Airport

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Kansas City, MO, United States - Kansas City
Aug 25 — Sep 1
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Kansas City Airport car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (269 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Alamo
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJul 5 2022
The National Staff were really helpful for pick up and Andrew on the drop off staff was very friendly and helpful too.
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2022
Excellent service. Easy pick up and drop off, with good efficient service.
8.0 ExcellentMar 21 2022
the price was utterly ridiculous! but that obviously isn't an issue with alamo. staff was courteous and professional. the car was fine but didn't ride well - felt like the front end was out of alignment.
10.0 ExcellentMar 8 2022
Prices have gone up. I get it.
6.0 GoodFeb 28 2022
Car itself was good, but the interior smelled like an ashtray.
10.0 ExcellentDec 23 2021
Getting the car was easy, could even pick out what we wanted to drive in the lot! Returning was just as easy, someone came out to us and documented everything for us as we were unloading our bags. Highly recommend!
3.9 MediocreJul 26 2021
I would hardly call the car we rented an SUV…. And they charged us an extra $24.99/day for the “SUV” upgrade. Total cost for four days was iced $600 to rent a car that barely went over 55 mph. Such a racket.
5.9 OkayJul 6 2021
The wait at pickup was much longer than it had to be - there was only 1 person at the counter and one or two people directing people to cars, and the inventory/lot management was inadequate. Alamo didn't have the reserved vehicle (minivan) and had to substitute a full-size SUV, which took 20+ minutes to find - there was a wait at the counter (despite a light crowd) and at the lot (where one poor guy was running all over the lot trying to find cars to match with customers).
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2021
Nice car
10.0 ExcellentJun 8 2021
The friendliness, and politeness of the staff.Nothing
Rated no. 2
Dollar
7.9 Good (141 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Dollar
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJul 18 2022
When I wanted to change the booking they snuck in charging for gas which wasn't the original deal.
10.0 ExcellentJul 8 2022
Wouldn’t change a thing.
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2022
Highly recommend Dollar.
8.0 ExcellentMay 22 2022
Everything was fine but I am still waiting on my emailed receipt two days after turning the car in.
4.0 OkayMay 21 2022
Car wasn’t clean, smelled of smoke and had over 30k miles on it. Additionally, the Dollar pickup counter was closed at pickup and I was sent to the Hertz counter. Upon return I was unable to locate Dollar car rental return lot. I had to call customer service to get an address only to find the signage badly faded, the booth unmanned, and no one to process the return of the vehicle. I took photos of the car and dropped the key into a drop box only to be then charged for an additional day because they said the car was returned two hours later than it actually was. In fact, I was boarding my flight in the terminal when they “say” the car was returned. NEVER AGAIN! I’m going back to dealing directly with the rental company and using only companies who actually staff their own counters/return lots. The “extra” day cost me $177! All because they can’t provide staff to process their own vehicle returns. BS.
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2022
Speed of service was great. Car was in good shape, good quality. Fit what i needed the rental for.
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2022
Car was dirty, dented, scratched, and stained. Didn't have time to wait in line for a new car, so pointed out many of the various issues upon exit. I also didn't notice the dangerously low pressure in one of the tires until I pulled out on the highway. Then they had the nerve to charge my credit card $100 for a cleaning fee. Obviously never again.
10.0 ExcellentMar 28 2022
Super easy reservation and pickup process. The agent who helped us in Kansas Coty was wonderful! Same with drop off process.
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2022
Everything. It was horrible
2.0 MediocreDec 15 2021
Terrible!!! when we arrived at the airport dollar location was closed and we could not pick up our car. We contacted them and they would not refund our money
Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.9 Good (124 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Hertz
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 9 2022
At pickup in Kansas city the Agent was awesome! She was professional, courteous, and extremely nice. When I dropped off in Chicago, there was no one in the office, so young lady just said to leave the keys in the suv and that was it. I wasn’t too sure if I was done or what but overall great experience
10.0 ExcellentJun 23 2022
Nothing
10.0 ExcellentJun 20 2022
It was easy assess and signed well
10.0 ExcellentMay 31 2022
nothing the staff were very great and service was very good would tell people to rent from they people and we will rent from them again
8.0 ExcellentApr 22 2022
I reserved a fullsize car. All the regular fullsize cars we gone. The largest car I could find was a Buick Encore. I could barely fit my wife's transport chair.
10.0 ExcellentJan 25 2022
Had a great talk with Vinod checking out -- and the staff was most helpful when we returned it, and I'd left my wallet at the gas station...!
2.0 MediocreNov 15 2021
It was closed when I showed up. My kayak reservation time was after they closed
8.0 ExcellentOct 26 2021
Car maintenance light was on and tires were out of balance. Made foe a bad ride on the highway.
1.9 HorribleSep 29 2021
The pick up desk was closed when we arrived at our correct time of 9:00 pm. With a note we could get our car the next morning.
1.9 HorribleAug 23 2021
It was my first time renting a car, and nothing was explained to me. The process was confusing, I was not told how to choose a car and to only choose a car that had a sticker seal on the door. I had to figure it out myself. The Kansas City location at the airport did not document pre-existing damage to the car I chose and the Houston location tried to make me pay for the damage even though I had my own pictures to prove it. The Houston location also made me pay extra to detail the car due to THREE dog hairs on the floor that transferred from my luggage. The Houston staff member that checked me out was unfriendly, pushy and unprofessional. I will never, I repeat never, use Hertz again. I will be warning everyone I know about my experience.
Rated no. 4
Avis
8.4 Excellent (86 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Avis
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayAug 16 2022
So expensive. Ended up being 150 more dollars then originally priced.
10.0 ExcellentJul 7 2022
The process was great! The only thing that could have been better is the communication between the receiving airport rental place and the Avis app. I dropped the car off through the app, however, the app did not tell me that I had to go inside the airport location to finish the drop off process. Besides that issue, I would highly recommend this service!
10.0 ExcellentJun 21 2022
The staff at the KC airport pick up was really good. Friendly.
10.0 ExcellentJun 7 2022
Very nice car and our gal at the desk in KC was exceptional
2.0 MediocreJun 7 2022
Rented a truck - which was not available.
6.0 GoodMay 23 2022
Additional charging I hadn’t been made aware of
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2022
It was the easiest car rental we have ever had!
6.0 GoodMar 29 2022
The price I agreed to and had a confirmation email for was not the price I was charged when picking up the car. It was eventually honored, but only after a 10-minute delay as the manager had to override the system.
10.0 ExcellentOct 29 2021
Everything went very smooth. We purchased 'Avis choice', and they gave us many choices!
1.9 HorribleSep 20 2021
Rented me a car with worn out tires. Noisy bearings and steering shake at 65 mph. Tried to charge me for gas. I showed agent my tank indicator and receipt.. claimed her computer was down and could not fix. Still waiting on resolution.
Rated no. 5
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (32 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJan 30 2022
Armada did not provide enough cargo space and smelled of cigarette smoke.
10.0 ExcellentJan 4 2022
Easy pick up and return, and especially friendly staff interactions during pick up.
10.0 ExcellentNov 10 2021
If you get a 15 passenger Ford Van from Enterprise, you may want to have a step stool. Anyone who has slight mobility issues, will find entry/exit to the van a bit of a challenge without the extra step. No "running boards" on the van.
8.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
Reservation process went smooth. Rental car company counter was closed and had long lines at partner company.
10.0 ExcellentJul 27 2021
I like the fact that they compensated me for another ride because they didn’t have the one I originally reserved. Great customer service!!
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2021
The staff was incredible; friendly and cooperative (our flight was very late, the time was 11:45pm)The check-in and check-out went like "clockwork". I truly can not think of how it could have gone smoother.
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2021
The pick up was super simple, the person at the counter was friendly and efficient. Vehicle was waiting for us and the guy in the lot was great. Very friendly helped answer questions about the area and gave us some recommendations. Drop was also simple, they were crazy busy and didn’t miss a beat.The only thing I can think of is letting people know they need 3 forms of ID.
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2017
Best Service Ever!They upgraded my rental car to any vehicle I wanted on the lot for a bit more money and waived the gas.
10.0 ExcellentMar 5 2017
T-B, BDay BBQ Tour KC-SprinfieldWonderful People.Maintenance on the first car was incomplete. Easy exchange the next morning. Improve signage and directions for easier return would be a plus.
7.6 GoodFeb 22 2017
My mothers wheelchair did not fit in the back without turning down the seats. So. No extra passengers.
Rated no. 6
Thrifty
7.7 Good (74 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 7.7
  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 12 2020
Showed up after a 30 minute delayed flight, no one at the counter to assist. Actually have a clerk at the counter that can assist during later hours. Or, if you're going to partner with another rental agency and defer your customers to their desk, make sure that desk is staffed. Avis did and was able to match your rate and earn my future business.
2.0 MediocreJul 7 2020
Was not able to travel.
6.8 GoodJun 6 2020
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Pick up and drop off simple and quick.The car was dirty. Nothing gross just dusty some dirt inside and out.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 19 2020
When we dropped off the car the guy told us they could drive us to the terminal at no charge. Given that we had a lot of luggage this was awesome!
9.2 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
The staff was friendly and helpful, even though my flight got in late and I think they would usually have closed the counter by that time.It was very snowy/icy. It would have been nice for the car to have been cleared of snow and ice upon pickup.
3.6 MediocreJan 28 2020
First car was very dirty, the staff just said it was the best they could do...
6.0 GoodDec 2 2019
Staff was pleasant when picking up car.The Car smelled strongly of Body odor. There was no staff when I returned the car. At 5 PM.
9.2 ExcellentNov 11 2019
Staff was very friendly. Car was in great shape and had numerous bells and whistles that made the trip very enjoyable.Two issues - The pick up location needs better marking to locate the cars. Better signage and directions. Other issue is the deposit. Not disclosed on initial paperwork. A $200 hold on my credit card put serious financial strain on an otherwise simple process. What does the $200 signify? Not enough to cover any significant costs. So why have it? It just leaves the consumer with $200 less available credit for a trip.
10.0 ExcellentOct 14 2019
Getting to Thrifty from the airport was easy. Also, the people behind the counter were super nice and helpful.Nothing.
10.0 ExcellentAug 10 2019
Fast pickup. Friendly staff. Great prices.Access for people not flying in (1% of their business I presume)
Rated no. 7
Payless
7.2 Good (30 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Payless
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 9 2022
I arrived & the desk was closed… No keys left out or anything.
8.0 ExcellentJun 2 2022
Drop off was strange because there was noone was there to great me. Just an empty lot. Finally she came out with other customers. Just a bit of delay.
4.0 OkayApr 22 2022
open for late pick up. staff nice. car itself was a disappointment. crank up windows, key to lock and unlock each door-passenger side door would not unlock with key. dirt on all seats. over all a cheap, meaning not good quality, car.
10.0 ExcellentMar 31 2022
Locally owned business. People/employees were excellent.
8.0 ExcellentDec 22 2021
Made me phone home to get a copy of my insurance card or pay an additional $40
2.0 MediocreJun 16 2021
The poor woman who was working there was very sympathetic, and she clearly did not agree with her companies' policies.EVERYTHING! This was the WORST experience I've ever had with a car rental company! I rented this car for an out of state trip, and when I got to the airport, I was told that without an airline ticket, I could only take the car into four states with a 100 miles LIMIT per day! I was also told I needed to provide a utility bill, a pay stub, and pay a $500 deposit! What!??!?!?! Thank goodness for Avis who gave me a REAL rental car! Serves me right for trying to save a few dollars - it was NOT worth the hassle, and I will NEVER use Payless Rental Car again - EVER!
2.0 MediocreJun 3 2021
They did not even let me rent a car with a one way ticket. Had to go somewhere else.
8.0 ExcellentJun 1 2021
cAR HAD MANUAL WINDOWS AND LOCKS. i HAVENT HAD A CAR LIKE THAT SINCE THE 80'S. i WISH i HAD KNOWN i WOULD HAVE REQUESTED A MORE MODERN CAR.
4.0 OkayMay 31 2021
Staff was fineCharging a full day for 2 extra hours is highway robbery
6.0 GoodApr 12 2021
Helpful staff who was patient, kind, and helpful.Payless had no record of my online reservation and could not reach Hotwire to confirm. Fortunately, I had my laptop with the original e-mail and price - and the agent matched the price.
Rated no. 8
Budget
7.1 Good (74 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Budget
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 19 2022
I was promised an economy car in writing from Budget for $186.00 including taxes. When I arrived, I was given a choice of either a 15 passenger van, or a large pickup truck! When I complained, the very rude lady at the desk said that’s all they have, and wanted to charge me over $400 for 2 days. I finally took the pickup, but at 73 years old, I had a hard time getting in an out of this huge truck. Horrible experience and service! NEVER AGAIN will I use Budget! I want a refund!
2.0 MediocreMay 11 2022
Spent several hours on hold, sent several emails. Need received Final receipt
4.0 OkayFeb 28 2022
The lady at the desk repeatedly kept trying to force the insurance coverage on me and the car was filthy when I picked it up.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2022
Staff was friendly and helpful. Why in 2022 is it still such an arduous process to pick up a car. Need more grab and go options.
4.0 OkayFeb 1 2022
There was a 40-minute wait at the check-in counter, even though no other car rental facilities had any line. Budget should do more to staff their office appropriately. There is a mask mandate at the airport, and yet two of the three Budget staffers (both men in their 20s) were not wearing masks, even when dealing with elderly customers. The car had trash under the seats, in the arm rest, and while it was generally clean enough, it had not been checked carefully. The car had 7/8 of a tank of gas upon pickup--it was not full as promised. I was not impressed with this rental experience.
2.0 MediocreJan 18 2022
They were closed I got there at 11pm. and I had to go to a different auto rental
3.9 MediocreSep 28 2021
The staff at checkin was very friendly and apologetic, but the first two cars that they assigned to me had dead batteries. I had to walk across the large parking lot several times to get a new vehicle.
10.0 ExcellentAug 18 2021
Budget thy give me what I won't
1.9 HorribleJul 31 2021
The person at the counter was rude and I got then feeling that she was trying to find an excuse not to rent. When she said that they would put a $600 plus hold on a one day rental, I said no thanks, went to the competition (Herts) counter, rented a larger car for half the price and only a $200 hold.
10.0 ExcellentJul 13 2021
Agent assisting at counter was amazing
Rated no. 9
National
6.7 Good (10 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City Airport
National
Locations in Kansas City Airport
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreAug 2 2021
They did not have the class of car available that I booked and I was offered a class of car down (not up) for the same price!!! Bad customer service.
6.0 GoodNov 28 2018
I did not go into the place so I can't really say it was excellent or poor. I just dropped the car off and left in another car out of there.
8.8 ExcellentOct 28 2015
Very efficient process for pickup and return. Car model (Ford Focus) was somewhat noisy on the highway, but good overall.Some trash was left in the car from the previous renter. Nothing terrible however. Candy wrapper and some used paper.
Sunnycars
2 locations in Kansas City Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Kansas City Airport
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Kansas City Airport
Easirent
Locations in Kansas City Airport
Recent reviews
840 travellers who hired a car in Kansas City Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8,2

Car rental locations at Kansas City Airport

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Mini

Top tips for hiring a car at Kansas City Airport

  • Finding locations for car hire at Kansas City Airport is a little different to other international airports, as there are no car hire desks in the airport’s arrivals terminal. However, there are shuttle buses available that can take you to the car hire facility that is located a couple of miles down the road, around a 5-10min transfer from outside the terminal.
  • Kansas City Airport car hire is a better and more convenient option for those wanting to travel both around the city and the surrounding areas. Kansas City has an excellent public bus service, but is still predominantly a car-driven city, with wide highways and an easy-to-navigate road network. The options you have for car hire from the airport far outweigh the public transport options, as they alleviate the reliance on bus schedules as well as only having a select number of destinations from the airport to choose from. Hiring a car will give you more freedom without having to factor in time waiting for buses.
  • After arranging a vehicle through car hire at Kansas City Airport, getting into the city is extremely simple. As soon as you’ve picked up your vehicle and are on your way, it takes only around 22min on average to drive to the city from the airport. Depending on where your car collection point is located, you can navigate your way out of the car hire facility via London Drive or Madrid Avenue and connect onto Cookingham Drive / NW 120th Street which links to I-29 S all the way to downtown.
  • If you’re looking at car hire at Kansas City Airport, it’s important to be aware that the car collection points are separate to the areas in which you need to return your vehicle. A shuttle bus service will take you to the collection point from the airport terminal, but upon return you need to follow the clear signposts directing you to the return points for each car hire company; they are located on Paris Street and Madrid Avenue.
  • Book your car hire at Kansas City Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Kansas City Airport