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Minnesota car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
Thu 20/6
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Cheap car hire in Minnesota

People carrier
Passenger van
Pick-up truck

Top tips for hiring a car in Minnesota

  • Whether you’re coming to Minnesota for business or leisure, renting a car will offer you tremendous benefits as you drive around the State of 10,000 Lakes. However, it is important to first acquaint yourself with Minnesota traffic laws to avoid trouble with the law. First and foremost, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts while driving or riding in a car on any road in Minnesota. Children under eight years old or less than 5 feet tall must be placed in federally approved safety seats. These are crucial features that you must look out for if you’re planning to travel to Minnesota with your children for a holiday. It is also illegal for drivers to operate cell phones while driving unless you’re using a hands-free device.
  • Congestion and traffic jams are a common problem on many Minnesota roads, but it’s only a serious issue in large cities. Traffic is especially heavy during peak hours (around 7:00 - 9:00 am and 4:00 - 7:00 pm). Traffic control agents are usually in place to manage congestion, and as such, it is important that you follow their orders and only cross intersections when they clear you to do so. Also, be aware that most streets in Minnesota cities are one-way, so be sure to pay attention and look for the signs to avoid taking wrong turns. If you’re in a rush, you can avoid heavy traffic by using toll roads that crisscross the state’s major cities. All you need to do is install the right app so that you can pay for the toll express lanes on the state’s highways.
  • Winters in Minnesota can bring lots of ice, sleet, and snow. It’s important to take this into consideration if you’re planning to travel to the state during the winter months. While the state is known to be well prepared for dire snowy weather conditions, just keep in mind that roads can become much narrower after the snowplows push snow to the roadsides. When you’re at intersections, it may be hard to spot other vehicles around the corner, so always exercise caution when approaching intersections. But most importantly, you should find out if your rental car for your Minnesota trip is equipped with proper snow tires.
  • Book your car hire in Minnesota at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard hire cars in Minnesota are around 38% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Minnesota

  • Should I hire a car in Minnesota?

    With dozens of breathtaking views, scenic byways, and hundreds of roadside stops and abundant wildlife, a Minnesota car rental makes perfect sense. If you’re looking to travel around the state at your own pace and convenience, you’re better off renting a car for your Minnesota trip. Public transportation systems tend to be quite unreliable, especially if you plan on visiting the rural areas. Car rental is also an excellent option for those looking for an intimate experience while they visit the state.

  • What is driving like in Minnesota?

    Driving in Minnesota can be hard, especially during the winter months. In addition to the basic safe driving habits, it’s important to buckle up, avoid alcohol or substance use while driving, and observe the speed limits. Before you leave the dealer, ensure that the car you have rented is in good shape and has fully functioning battery, breaks, headlights, windshield wipers, and cooling system. Always keep an eye on the weather. Avoid driving alone in severe weather, and be sure to find out if your rented car is equipped with an emergency survival kit.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Minnesota?

    Like in all the other states in the USA, you must be at least twenty one years old to rent a car in Minnesota. Additionally, it’s important to note that some car-rental companies will require you to pay a surcharge (or additional fee) to rent a car if you’re under twenty five years old. Be sure to read the company’s terms and conditions on any surcharges when you make your reservation. Finally, you will be required to provide proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license, and possibly other forms of identification when renting a car in Minnesota.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Minnesota?

    Full-size (Toyota Camry or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Minnesota.

  • What is the best car hire company in Minnesota?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Minnesota are Ace (9,2, 127 reviews), Alamo (8,6, 108 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,6, 76 reviews).

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

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Minnesota?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Minnesota are Minneapolis (67% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Minnesota) and Rochester (33%).

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Minnesota

    28 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Minnesota

    19 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Minnesota

    16 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Minnesota

    12 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Minnesota

    5 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Minnesota

    5 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in Minnesota

    4 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Minnesota

    3 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Minnesota

    3 Locations

  • acarauto

    Acar Auto Rental car hire locations in Minnesota

    2 Locations

  • nextcar

    NextCar car hire locations in Minnesota

    2 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Minnesota

    2 Locations

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