Car hire Washington: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Washington

Distance from
Washington city centre
3 mi
23 mi
28 mi

Car hires in Washington: practical information

Where to rent a car in Washington

The US capital is an amazing city with plenty to discover both in and around the city. Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Washington Dulles International Airport. Then, take a look at what car hire deals are available. From the airport, choose from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National and Hertz right on the airport premises. Outside the terminal are Advantage and Dollar.

It’s also possible to hire a car from Washington city centre. All major car hire companies and even plenty of smaller ones are located at both the airports and in the city centre, near Union Station. Dates are often cheaper at the airport however. Save money and hire a car for an entire week! It’s cheaper than the daily rate.

Driving in Washington: parking and other tips

Driving in Washington is a breeze, just watch your speed as the District of Columbia has photo-enforced speed limits so you will be charged by the car hire company later if they receive a ticket in the mail for your vehicle. Washington traffic can get pretty bad, so avoid rush hour like the plague!

During the week, visitors will need to make use of car parks around the city as on-street parking is very limited and metered with a limit of two hours during daylight hours. Residential zone parking is free but limited to two hours a day per zone. Better to just book a hotel in Washington with its own car park.

Road trips from Washington: what to do, what to see

Arlington

Arlington

Located just across the Potomac River from D.C., Arlington has a ton of tourist attractions like the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery where John F. Kennedy is buried, the Iwo Jima Memorial statue and the Artisphere. Arlington is the perfect spot to discover American history and a tour of the Pentagon can be arranged in advance.

Great Falls

Great Falls

Great Falls Park is an incredible 800-acre park along the Potomac River and is just 14 miles north-west of Washington D.C. This is a great place to hike and explore the region’s nature and while you’re there, visit the area’s largest waterfall. It’s the perfect place to bring the kids!

Baltimore

Baltimore

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, a must while you’re in the DC area. A day is certainly enough to discover this city. The U.S.S. Constellation is also here, along with plenty of shops and restaurants. During the summer, catch a baseball game at Camden Yards!

The best car hire deals in Washington

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  • October 2018
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Budget
£20 per day Verify
  • 4
  • 3
Ford Fiesta Sedan Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Advantage
£21 per day Verify
  • 4
  • 2
Toyota Yaris Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Alamo Rent a Car
£23 per day Verify
  • 4
  • 2
Mitsubishi Mirage Economy, 4/5 Door, Auto
Alamo Rent a Car
£23 per day Verify
  • 4
Chevrolet Spark Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
£24 per day Verify
  • 5
  • 3
Buick Lacrosse Premium, 2/4 Door, Auto
Alamo Rent a Car
£24 per day Verify
  • 5
  • 2
Nissan Versa Compact, 2/4 Door, Auto
Budget
£25 per day Verify
  • 5
  • 1
Hyundai Accent Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Hertz
£25 per day Verify
  • 5
  • 2
Fiat 500 Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Avis
£28 per day Verify
  • 5
  • 3
Ford Focus Compact, 2/4 Door, Auto
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
£31 per day Verify
  • 4
  • 2
Kia Rio Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
Advantage
£35 per day Verify
  • 7
  • 3
Kia Sedona Mini, Van, Auto
Dollar Rent a Car
£43 per day Verify
  • 7
  • 4
Nissan Quest FullSize, Van, Auto

Find a cheap flight to Washington

outbound: 23-Apr-2019
1 stop (12h16m)
British Airways
return: 30-Apr-2019
1 stop (9h25m)
British Airways
outbound: 21-May-2019
1 stop (12h05m)
Swiss
return: 30-May-2019
direct (7h25m)
Austrian Airlines
outbound: 22-Apr-2019
2 stops (16h05m)
Virgin Atlantic
return: 29-Apr-2019
1 stop (13h30m)
Air France
outbound: 14-Jan-2019
1 stop (11h05m)
Icelandair
return: 21-Jan-2019
1 stop (9h05m)
Icelandair
outbound: 24-May-2019
1 stop (12h)
Brussels Airlines
return: 13-Jun-2019
1 stop (17h20m)
Brussels Airlines

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