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Car Hire in Washington, DC

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Top 3 locations in Washington, DC

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Why rent a car in Washington, DC with Rentalcars.com?

With pick-up locations such as Reagan National Airport, Union Station and various other Downtown destinations, Rentalcars.com makes it easy to rent a car in Washington DC. Our team negotiate with rental companies directly, securing exclusive deals and cheap prices. In fact, we are so committed to bringing you the best prices, that if you find the same car from the same brand cheaper elsewhere, we will beat the quote. You will find a great choice of cars on our site, from brands like Budget, Alamo and National.

Top Tips

  • Washington’s climate can be extremely humid during the summer months. Therefore, you may wish to book a car with air-conditioning if you are visiting at this time of year.
  • Washington can be a fairly easy place to navigate once you get to know the city’s grid system.
  • You can make a right turn when the lights are on red.

Which companies offer best value in Washington, DC?

Alamo, National and Dollar often give you a free GPS with the car. However, we know there is more to good value than freebies: you also want to be sure to company is trusted and recommended by others. To give you an insight into which companies offer the best rental experience, we show reviews and ratings from previous customers next to each listing. We are impartial, with no bias towards any of the companies we negotiate with.

Alamo car hire

8.66811/10

National car hire

8.57778/10

Budget car hire

8.11173/10

Avis car hire

7.77/10

Thrifty car hire

7.73582/10

Day trips from Washington, DC

Great Falls Park, Virginia: One of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC area, Great Falls Park is around 20 miles from the USA’s capital. Set within 800 acres of beautiful Virginia countryside alongside the Potomac River, the park offers a wide variety of activities: including hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, cycling and horse riding. This idyllic location is also the perfect place to simply relax and escape the busy streets of Washington DC.

Baltimore: Situated an hour’s drive from Washington DC, the city of Baltimore has an illustrious history as an important seaport. In 1980, the Inner Harbor area underwent a major regeneration project with the addition of many tourist attractions, hotel, bars and restaurants. For baseball fans, a trip to Baltimore is incomplete without visiting the birthplace of Babe Ruth. The MLB star’s former home has been transformed into a fascinating museum dedicated to one of the USA’s most iconic sports personalities.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon: One of the most iconic 18th-century homes in the USA, the Mansion of George Washington’s Mount Vernon is located around 15 miles south of DC. This splendid 21-room residence offers a glimpse into plantation life — with beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits and informative programmes which honour the father of this great nation.

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