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Saint Thomas Island car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Saint Thomas Island

  • As a visitor to Saint Thomas Island, there’s so much to see with the advantage of a car. When you rent a car on this Caribbean island, it makes sightseeing and beach hopping a lot easier, rather than using the limited public transport. From ancient castles to historic forts, renting a car gives you the absolute freedom to discover every part of Saint Thomas Island.
  • Looking to rent a car on your trip to Saint Thomas Island? If you are landing at Cyril E. King International Airport, you will find a single Terminal split into two floors. The car hire counters are located inside the airport terminal in the baggage claim area, on the second floor.
  • When it comes to driving around Saint Thomas Island, you must remember to drive on the left side. When you rent a car, you will find that the vehicles are a left hand drive like in the rest of the U.S., since they are imported from the rest of the U.S. With only three main streets in the main city of Charlotte Amalie, it’s easy to navigate the island.
  • Being mainly a tourist island, Saint Thomas Island doesn’t get affected by major rush hours like on the mainland. In the city center of Charlotte Amalie, you can expect to face rush hour traffic from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. When the cruise ships dock at St. Thomas Cruise Ship Docks, you should avoid the surrounding roads because of the increased traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Saint Thomas Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Saint Thomas Island are around 31% more expensive than other car types, on average

Saint Thomas Island car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Saint Thomas Island 
Verified travelerJun 2024
Make sure you lease a car that has a higher clearance due to the sharp steep turns on some of the hills and the many potholes throughout the island. Lots of Jeeps and SUV's to choose from. Be aware before you go that they drive on the left side of the road and many of the roads through the hills are narrow.
Verified travelerApr 2024
I’d go with a small 4X4 vehicle. Especially if you plan on exploring the islands. Smaller helps with parking.
EricaApr 2024
I suggest getting insurance due to the roads and sharp turns. Thrifty was cost effective so that was great.
Verified travelerApr 2024
If you choose dollar/Thrifty rent a car, make sure to get a rental that’s in good shape. Cover yourself with pics. and videos of the car prior to leaving and when you return do the same thing. Hopefully this was a one time car that nobody else has to deal with
Verified travelerJan 2024
i love it; just say in the left; keep saying left, left, left; and certainly do not speed
Verified travelerAug 2023
Don’t rent at the airport. Use a no-name like 360 car rental
JimmyJul 2023
Follow the rules of the road, people friendly not aggressive drivers
Verified travelerJun 2023
It’s a bit of an adjustment but it’s nothing you can’t handle.
Verified travelerAug 2023
It was fine. No problem
Verified travelerMay 2023
Advise customer of steep hills and narrow lanes.

FAQs about renting a car in Saint Thomas Island

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Saint Thomas Island?

    Due to Saint Thomas Island’s limited main roads, plus hilly and rural terrain, renting a sedan for your vacation is your best option. Jeep hires are also recommended as you may have to contend with winding, gravel, and unpaved roads if you decide to explore the nearby beaches.

  • What’s the speed limit in Saint Thomas Island?

    As there are no freeways on Saint Thomas Island and most of the roads only have one lane, the speed limits across the island are low. If you are driving outside of towns, the speed limit is 35 mph. When you drive through more urban areas and in the towns of Saint Thomas Island, the speed limits are 20 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Saint Thomas Island?

    Around Saint Thomas Island you will find plenty of parking. There aren’t many street-side parking options around the island, but in the main towns you will find numerous parking spaces. In Charlotte Amalie, there is free parking beneath the American Yacht Harbor, plus there are lots of spaces at the Fort Christian parking lot. In Red Hook there is a parking lot by the ferry port which charges $10.00 a day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Saint Thomas Island?

    Full-size (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Saint Thomas Island.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Saint Thomas Island?

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

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Saint Thomas Island?

    A Full Size car rental in Saint Thomas Island costs RM 652 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Saint Thomas Island?

    An Economy car rental in Saint Thomas Island costs RM 313 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Saint Thomas Island?

    A Compact car rental in Saint Thomas Island costs RM 503 per day, on average.

Saint Thomas Island car rental reviews and directory

Budget

Best rated

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.6

3 locations in Saint Thomas Island

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15-a

+1 340 776 5774

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Cyril E. King Intl Airport

+1 340 776 5774

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Havensight Cruise Ship Dock

+1 340 776 5774

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Great Staff! Easy pick up and drop off.

8.0 Very Good

May 2024

KAYAK
The pickup process could be easier. No indication as to where to go to find the car. Asked a lady who pointed us in the general direction. Then had to manhandle our suitcases up stairs because of no elevator or ramp. People running the rental lot were less than welcoming. Car was adequate. Ran well and it was very clean inside.

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff wasn’t so friendly took an hour and a half to get vehicle.

Cons:

Staff attitude

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, 20 second dropoff! So easy

Cons:

Great vehicle, but pricey at $150 per day.

6.0 Okay

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Took two hours to get a car. I did get a free upgrade though... but not worth two hours!

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy. I just pulled it into a space and dropped the keys at the rental desk inside the airport.

Cons:

Lots of things could be improved. I reserved the car 3 weeks in advance, and had to wait an hour past the reserved pick-up time to get keys. The excuse was "we're busy." Five minutes after leaving the rental lot, various warning lights came on and remained on/off throughout our week rental. Car could have been cleaner too.

1 out of 30

Dollar

5.5

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

5.6

One location in Saint Thomas Island

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15 Lindberg Bay

+1 340 473 7410

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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4.0 Mediocre

May 2024

KAYAK
Horrible experience. I picked car up to a car with no brakes , filthy and no charger installed. I asked to replace car and was told I’m the one who picked an economy car. Rude! Then replaced car had faulty engine and brakes problems but I kept it since it as a hassle for them to replace. Car was also filthy. When I returned the car they told me I had to go vacuum the car from sand that had no foot mat. Rep stated on the paperwork it was 3 mats and was a lie. Only 2 back mats came with car. Only reason I didn’t score it poor is because I survived this death trap!

2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Rental agents very pushy with all the extras that some renters don’t need or desire. I purchased full coverage collision through Kayak for half of what dollar charges, and agents got rude and I was told that with my full coverage damage and collision coverage that I still needed theirs. Finally got them to decline their full coverage and got out of there. They still added pre paid gas charge, which I didn’t need cuz I alway fill the tank when I return rentals. Also this car was dented, scratched, missing hub cap, damage from prior rentals. I took pics., videos, and logged down all damage prior to leaving. In the states, this rental would have been on he auction block last year. Not happy at all with this experience. Will choose another place next time.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They didn’t have the car agreed upon available and tried to charge me more for a smaller compact car.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Cost

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn’t have a car for us even though I booked months in advance

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy

Cons:

No pavement at the pick up office - you have to drag your suitcases through rocks. No ac area for family, only one person is allowed in the office (makes sense during pandemic), check in takes awhile, other people have to stay outside in the heat. Confusing shuttle service at the airport, local phone number is not provided, no shade in pickup area

1 out of 13

Economy Rent a Car

5.2

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

4.7

One location in Saint Thomas Island

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46A Nisky

+1 340 774 1977

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6.0 Okay

Feb 2024

KAYAK
the vehicle was falling apart! trim piece on the front was loose, I was afraid that it would fall off. Remote key fob did not work and they did not have a second key Fob. They dont open early and you cannot drop off vehicle early. We have to be at the airport &:00 Am on a Monday but they dont open until 8:00 so we have to drop off the vejhicle Sunday and took a taxi from our hotel to the airport. will not recommend or use them again

6.0 Okay

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were helpful and relatively friendly.

Cons:

There were lots small roaches in the car and they didn’t have any other cars to move us into. They gave us a 7% discount to compensate, which seemed pretty measly given the unsanitary aspect of having to see and know that roaches were crawling around our stuff and possibly on us too. It was a Kia Soul which also didn’t have enough power for the steeper hills and would bottom out going over speed bumps, so for a compact SUV, it really wasn’t a suitable auto for the Virgin Islands. The shuttle driver was friendly and helpful w/ loading and unloading our bags and they were efficient w/ check in and check out. I’ve rented from Economy many times in many locations and this was my first not great experience.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was ok, it is really way below average. the first car we got, the handle/armrest on the driver side came off the door. The replacement car was even worse, has 77,000 + miles. We were not aware that there will be no road service when we took the car over to St John. We were pretty much on our own if it break down. Perhaps it was in the fine print when I reserved the car, but I do not recall seeing that.

Cons:

Upfront on all these conditions to take care to St John from St Thomas. The rental agency is not very inviting and off site from airport. There is a shuttle, which is ok

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing!!!

Cons:

Everything!!

8.0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

People are friendly. Shuttle ran frequently enough. They had the minivan I rented "in stock." Pricing seemed astronomically high but honestly I couldn't find anything cheaper for that week so I guess that makes them a good value?

Cons:

The van they gave me was absolutely beat to hell, dents and scratches everywhere. Looked like all their cars were pretty beat up. In their defense, most of the cars on the island look like that. Not a big deal as long as the car runs I guess, which mine did. Just make sure you take pictures before you drive off. None of the employees was in any hurry to get anything done, although this "island time" mentality is true throughout St Thomas, so just be patient and it'll be fine. Lastly, when they picked us up from the airport they packed a TON of people from different parties in the same van and drove it with the windows up and the A/C on recirculate. Not the best COVID practice.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent attempted to coordinate efforts with a different reservation we had with another company regarding the delayed pick up of an additional vehicle. Due to the extended length of time we had to wait she waived the fee to add a second driver to the reservation so we could make arrangements to get the additional vehicle.

Cons:

We arrived to pick up reserved vehicle around 2:45p and did not received the vehicle until approximately 4:50. Staff did not provide updates on the status of availability of vehicle and had few to no alternatives to offer due to unavailability of vehicles. Since we were renting a minivan she could not offer an upgrade for this rental, made no offer for a discount on current or future rental. Very disappointed that the inconvenience to our group did not even receive an apology for the circumstances or any type of service consolation.

1 out of 12

Hertz

5.1

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

4.4

One location in Saint Thomas Island

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8100 Lindberg Bay Suite 55

+1 340 473 7410

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Great service!

2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
well, it took 2 hours to get my car; we ordered a luxury SUV and i was given a Nissan Kicks, which is no luxury SUV; i was overcharged initially; had to go back and fix everything. eventually they gave me another SUV (not the dodge durango we asked but a grand jeep); but was not pleasant.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
We rented an SUV but when we arrived we were told that we’re none available and we’re forced to take a Nissan Altima for 5 adults. I showed the confirmation email to the Hertz team member and she just shrugged her shoulders and said there was nothing she could do. Was the worst experience I’ve ever had renting a car.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was new, service was great, price was high

2.0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was never informed that the car couldn’t be taken to St John, where I was staying. That’s part of the Virgin Islands and a short ferry ride away. So I was denied rental upon arrival and then forced to find a very last minute rental from Another agency. Terrible service!

8.4 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were very friendly and the pick up was easy

Cons:

Returning the car took a little longer than expected because the agent has to leave the desk and go inspect the car.

1 out of 15

Alamo

8.0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Saint Thomas Island

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206 Julian Jackson Dr

+1 340 725 2507

Monday06:00 - 21:00
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Avis

5.0

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.8

Value for money

5.5

2 locations in Saint Thomas Island

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3400 Veterans Drive

+1 340 690 4935

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 17:00
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6B-F Estate Thomas

+1 340 774 6660

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was awesome. Car was brand new. Washed, clean inside. Easy pick up and drop off!

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Rental desk was easily accessible after entering airport.

Cons:

Staff was rude, car was in rough shape and had front tires that were bald. The drop off process was confusing. No attendant went over the car during pick up or drop off

2.0 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

The car was not available when I arrived. I never rented it

2.8 Poor

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

staff was courteous but for some reason me and my wife had to hop on a $10 each taxi to get a ride from the airport to another Avis location to pick up the car. So extra $20. They did not provide a courtesy shuttle.

Cons:

What could be better? Well for one - a courtesy shuttle or have the car available at the Avis location at the airport. 2 - not give me a car that had a scratch or a dent on EVERY panel. and 3 - not give me a car with a BULLET HOLE on the top of the roof. Yep. We had the most gangsta car rental on the island.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing since they didn’t honor my reservation despite confirming it 4 days prior to traveling traveling. Further, no one even offered any help finding another car.

Cons:

Starting with don’t overbook, Avis should at least pay a penalty to confirmed renters if they cannot fulfill their obligations

5.2 Fair

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I did like that the car was clean, it was the car I reserved.

Cons:

Avis did not have my car! I land on an island and now I am stranded at the airport with no car, Avis tells me its Kayak's fault, and Kayak's office was closed. NO one was willing to help me on either side. I had to take a cab to the airport and come back the next day to the same location to get a car that was already there. It was bad, I had to spend my first 2 days of vacation dealing with this rental car reservation. No thanks AVIS or Kayak.

1 out of 6

Apex

8.5

Very Good

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One location in Saint Thomas Island

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National

8.1

Very Good

No reviews available

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206 Julian Jackson Dr

+1 340 725 2507

Monday06:00 - 21:00
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.7

Good

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206 Julian Jackson Dr

+1 340 725 2507

Monday06:00 - 21:00
Tuesday06:00 - 21:00
Wednesday06:00 - 21:00
Thursday06:00 - 21:00
Friday06:00 - 21:00
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Sunnycars

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One location in Saint Thomas Island

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206 Julian Jackson dr

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296 travellers who rented a car in Saint Thomas Island gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

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