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Portland car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Portland

  • There is so much to see and do on your visit to Portland, Maine. With a hire car you’ll be able to take scenic tours along the coast or drive from Portland to Freeport to admire the foliage and sandy beaches along the way. Additionally, with a hire car you can explore charming nearby towns around New England like Camden or New Port, Rhode Island.
  • Portland, ME provides easy access to many New England towns. At the Portland International Jetport, the hire car station is conveniently located next to the main terminal. You’ll simply have to walk a short distance to pick up your hire. Some hire agencies at this airport include Enterprise, Hertz, and Budget.
  • Driving in New England can be difficult to navigate because of its many islands. Consequently, you will need a strong GPS system to get around. When traveling in the winter months, note that snow and ice can slow down your travel considerably so give yourself plenty of extra travel time.
  • Rush hour in Portland peaks between about 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning. Afternoons are a little less predictable, with rush hour starting at about 3:30 p.m. and continuing through to 6 p.m. Because traffic can be so sporadic, you might want to check it on the internet or on your smartphone before leaving the hotel.
  • Book your rental car in Portland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Portland are around 46% cheaper than other car types, on average

Portland car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Portland 
beckyApr 2024
Be sure to get the access to tolls. They are everywhere. I drove from Maine to Ohio and it made it so easy to go through the toll plaza without hassle.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Traffic wasn’t bad. Make sure to go see the lighthouses.
KristinSep 2023
We didn’t drive while in Portland. Easy to walk around and Uber if needed. Parking is at a premium. We drove up the coast to Acadia.
Verified travelerSep 2023
Portland is fine to drive in. Just pay attention to the 1 way streets.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Make sure you have your own gps!
Verified travelerAug 2023
Inspect the cars better upon return.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Rental pickup and drop off are at the same place in the airport.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Late in day rental worked well for us.

FAQs about renting a car in Portland

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Portland?

    If visiting here in the winter, you might want to consider a car with four-wheel drive to help you to better maneuver in the snow. Other times of the year, a convertible like a Jeep or Mazda Miata are ideal for cruising the beach. Better yet, with a sporty convertible you can better see the sights and enjoy the fresh breezes.

  • What’s the speed limit in Portland?

    When you’re on the highway driving to other cities in Maine, you can travel up to speeds of 75 miles per hour. However, when you are driving around the city, the maximum allowed speed limit is 55 mph on main roads and 25 mph in residential neighborhoods. Be sure to slow down to 15 mph when you are close to a school zone.

  • Where are the best places to park in Portland?

    On-street, paid parking is pretty easily found all around the city, including downtown. However, it is important to note that metered parking is regularly enforced (there is a 2 hour maximum on spots). The city also owns a few parking garages and lots. A couple are in the center of town and close to tourist attractions like the Victoria Mansion or the Portland Museum of Art.

  • What is the best car hire company in Portland?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Portland are Alamo (8.6, 58 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.2, 76 reviews), and Budget (8.1, 99 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Portland?

    The average price of fuel in Portland is RM 18.00 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between RM 216 and RM 288, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Portland?

    Intermediate (Class Intermediate SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Portland.

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

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Portland?

    An Intermediate car hire in Portland costs RM 214 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Portland?

    A Compact car rental in Portland costs RM 414 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Portland?

    An Economy car rental in Portland costs RM 381 per day, on average.

Portland car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.6

Very Good

179 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

7.8

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 370 3979

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
They’ve made renting a car simple.

6.0 Okay

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Pickup at PWM unsatisfactory. I asked for local plates. Agent lied about it. I chose not to walk back to the counter to change it out.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Our car was nicer than we expected. Service was friendly and quick.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. I canceled my reservation at the kiosk.

Cons:

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.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

staff was unhelpful when i told them the car was missing an ez pass

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff knowledgeable and super friendly. Car clean and new

Cons:

Better lighting in the pickup/drop off area

1 out of 30

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.1

Very Good

204 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.8

2 locations in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1 Marginal Way

+1 207 772 0030

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 996 0644

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
When I needed a bit of extra care, the team was 100% devoted to helping me. Went out of they're way to do so.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The staff was so friendly, helpful, and accommodating in Portland, especially the manager. I would definitely recommend renting from them.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

POOR customer service and response time to calls

Cons:

We 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 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice, professional and friendly!

Cons:

Honestly, nothing it was geat!

4.8 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

Cons:

A real person answering the phone and/or calling me back.

5.6 Fair

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff I saw were nice. THere was no one there when I left with the car, and there was a problem. There was something wrong with the driver's side door, and there was no one to talk with about it. I just left because it was late and I was tired.

Cons:

For $100 per day, give me a car that is perfect. That was way too expensive for a car with a door that sounded like it would break off every time I opened it.

1 out of 34

Budget

8.1

Very Good

103 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

7.8

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 207 874 7521

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Super friendly agents at pick up and drop off. Van was immaculate and everything went smoothly. Great experience.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Congenial crew. Quick service.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Everyone was extra nice and knowledgeable. No problems. Auto was clean and very nice, you have a customer!!!

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Car was all wet on floors and reeked of smells including mold. Wait time was long and ridiculously packed with lines of people.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The truck was fine. I just didn't reserve one: I reserved a mid-size car. Then the staff tried to "upsell" me a luxury car where they should have given me one at the same price because it was their fault to begin with. So I took the truck. Horrible business model.

6.0 Okay

Sep 2022

KAYAK
I reserved a standard SUV and what I got was a 4 wheel drive off road 4 Runner. 13,000 miles but it looked like it had 50,000 off road miles on it.

1 out of 20

Dollar

8.1

Very Good

148 reviews

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.9

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 866 434 2226

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

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2.0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Unable to pick up car do to not having a credit card. Waiting for our refund with no contact to get our refund.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

Cons:

Nothing- great service through dollar rental!

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Literally no aspect of this was positive

Cons:

I 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 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

the guy in Portland was fantastic - very informative and helpful

6.0 Okay

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at Boston Logan were excellent.

Cons:

The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and cleaning supplies.

1 out of 21

Hertz

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

7.1

3 locations in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1011 Westbrook Street

+1 207 774 6391

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

202 Warren Ave Ste 300

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

987 Westbrook St

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6.0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
Somehow after getting my plane tickets and hotel, my car rental was for a week after my trip. I had to pay $100 to cancel a week before the scheduled rental. That's extortion!

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
I used my Apple Credit card. It changed card number every month. You should know that. Hertz personel wanted same card number. I already paid but my card number changed. It took 1 hour. I had to call costumer service and change my credit card number. If you don’t accept Apple Credit card, I could use another card. You didn’t!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Really poor. Was going to be placed in an EV which is not what I ordered since I was going to a little town with no charging stations. Had to move from a small size SUV to crappy sedan and pay extra $50/ day for it. I’m very unhappy about this reservation all around. Sedan car was horrible, smelled of barf and smoke.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Received an excellent vehicle. Check in and Check out could not have been smoother.

Cons:

Nothing. This was seamless and efficient.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

“Dealers choice was a Dodge Ram pickup truck, something no one would take going to New York City. I had to pay $60 for a reasonable sedan. It was a straight up scam

5.2 Fair

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I liked the car

Cons:

The car was very dirty

1 out of 20

Avis

7.6

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.0

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook Street

+1 207 874 7500

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Very good. Great car. Great service.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Good customer service. Ease of delivery and pickup

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn't take forever like other car rentals, I got my car within 5 minutes of arriving!!

8.4 Very Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent accommodated our change request at the desk efficiently and the upgrade was more than satisfactory.

Cons:

Off hours drop off needs some work. There were no clear instructions or directions as to where to deposit the keys. I dropped them off at the unmanned desk. I never received a notice that the keys were accounted for.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very helpful and attentive.

3.6 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I rented the car on Kayak for $135. When it was all said and done, it was $298. Nickel and diming you is not ok.

Cons:

Charge what we originally ordered!

1 out of 12

National

7.7

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

6.6

One location in Portland

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Locations in Portland

1001 Westbrook St

+1 844 370 3978

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great

Cons:

The vehicle smelled like smoke.

6.8 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off easy. Staff super helpful.

Cons:

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 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything

Cons:

No complaints

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Van with price as promised

Cons:

Everything fine

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and Professional

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
In spite of Kayak or Hotwire sending me a reservation number when I got to the Portland airport National could not find my reservation and would not rent me a car. I have already sent a blistering email to one of you sucky third parties about this awful experience and I am astonished you keep asking me about it. Truly one of the WORST experiences I have ever had while traveling. Do not contact me again for any reason!!!!!

1 out of 3

Thrifty

5.7

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Portland

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202 Warren Avenue

(207) 797-7156

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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Portland

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Portland International Jetport

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Free2Move

No score available yet

One location in Portland

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Transportation Center, 100 Thompson's Point Road

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Portland

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1001 Westbrook St

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VIPCars Recommendation

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One location in Portland

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1001 Westbrook St, Portland, , USA Maine

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
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821 travellers who rented a car in Portland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.6

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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Portland car hire information

Pick-up locationPortland
Car types
Hire locations15
Airport locations10