4 Best Las Vegas Airport Car Rental Companies — Browse Tips on Renting a Car in Las Vegas in 2023
If you’re traveling to Las Vegas, there are a lot of instances where a rental car might come in handy.
Las Vegas is a very popular business travel destination. Renting a car on a business trip can make things more convenient. Las Vegas is also a popular starting or ending point for explorations of the greater Southwest. If you rent a car at the airport, you can immediately head off on your road trip with ease. Even if you just want to drive out of the city for one day, to see a national park, a rental car will make it happen.
However, Las Vegas can be a pricey destination and an extremely popular one. Renting a car in the area might require you to pay premium prices during peak periods or to wait in long lines to claim your car. To make the process as easy, seamless, and stress-free as possible, then, you’ll want to rent from one of the best car rental companies at or around the airport.
Not sure where to start as you browse your options? Here are our four top picks for car rental companies at or near Harry Reid International Airport.
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Alamo is easily one of the top-rated rental car providers at Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran). That’s great news for a lot of travelers because Alamo is also one of the more affordable nationwide car rental providers.
The airport’s Alamo outpost boasts nearly 5,000 Google reviews and an average 4.4-star rating. The reviews frequently mention how easy it is to both reserve a rental and then pick up said rental. The process is also often described as quick.
All in all, Alamo ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of travelers. The Las Vegas location is affordable and extra amenities, such as self-service kiosks that let you skip the counter, and after-hour services, make for an easy start to your trip.
The only area where Alamo may feel a little lackluster is when it comes to earning points and rewards. If you’re a travel rewards hound, then you might not appreciate the Alamo Insiders program. This is the brand’s take on a rewards scheme, but there are no points or miles to earn and no VIP statuses. Instead, you just get discounts on your rentals. While you’d hardly turn down a discount, if you’re looking for a more robust loyalty program, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Pros: This Alamo location is, in addition to being affordable, also known for its quick service and easy rental process.
Cons: Alamo doesn’t have a rewards program and some reviewers do note a lack of variety when it comes to car and SUV options.
Phone: (844) 370-7395
Hours: 24 hours
Google Rating: 4.4 stars
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Just like Alamo, the National Car Rental outpost at LAS is also ranked 4.4 stars on Google. So, not finding what you like at Alamo? Then come on over to National and see what the brand might have to offer you. While the prices are, on average, a little higher, the service is comparable. You also may just find a broader selection of cars, depending on the time of your trip and what’s available.
Reviewers report that this is the place to go for quick service and a wide selection of luxury vehicles, from Audis to Alfa Romeos. The location also offers drop-and-go service, as well as Emerald Aisle service. This can make both your pick-up and drop-off experiences incredibly efficient.
Unlike Alamo, National offers a more robust rewards experience, with benefits like earned free rental days.
Pros: National ranks highly among traveling reviewers and offers a wider selection of cars (including luxury vehicles).
Cons: If you’re looking for your most budget-friendly options, you might not find it with National.
Phone: (833) 315-5902
Hours: 24 hours
Google Rating: 4.4 stars
Sixt might not be as well known as some of the other car rental providers out there. However, the Las Vegas airport Sixt location is known for its speedy and courteous service, a broad selection of vehicles, and an easy reservation system. If you’re not finding the selection of cars you want elsewhere, or you’re looking for better, more personable service, then Sixt may be the provider for you.
However, it’s worth noting that, even with Sixt’s bevy of positive reviews, it might not be the best option for budget travelers specifically. The pricing is a bit higher than what you’ll find elsewhere. Additionally, Sixt doesn’t offer a 24-hour counter or pick-up service. If your flight is arriving at an odd time of night, you might need to go with a different provider.
Pros: This Sixt location is known for its nice selection of vehicles, as well as its friendly service.
Cons: This Sixt location isn’t open 24-7 and Sixt is known for being a little pricier than some of the other car rental providers out there.
Phone: (888) 749-8227
Hours: 24-hour returns, but pick-up counter service is only available 7 a.m.–1 a.m.
Google Rating: 4.0 stars
If you’re interested in trying a local car rental provider, then you’ll want to check out LVC Exotic Car Rentals. Sure, this rental provider has a special niche, but if you’re looking for an exotic car for your trip to Vegas, you can’t go anywhere else. With more than a thousand reviews and all at 5 stars, LVC Exotic Car Rentals stands out as a top choice.
Reviewers rave about the amazing service and rates. Available vehicles range from a Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe to a McLaren 720S Spider to a Ferrari 812 Superfast to a 2022 Corvette C8 Convertible. If it’s luxury you’re after, you’ve found it.
Of course, being that this is a specialty, niche, local rental car provider, there are a few caveats and downsides. The rental office isn’t directly located at the airport’s rental car center. You’ll have to find some way to get between the airport and the rental office before you can retrieve your rental car. (However, do note that there are only 3.1 miles between the airport and the LVC Exotic Car Rentals office. That means you’re just 0.1 miles further away from the airport than you would be if you used the airport’s dedicated car rental center, which requires a 3-mile shuttle ride.)
Additionally, the rental office isn’t open 24-7. You might need to take a ride-share service from the airport to your hotel if your flight gets in extra late. Then, you’ll have to take a separate ride-share service to the rental office the next day.
Likewise, while most national car rental providers include basic auto insurance in the cost of your rental, LVC Exotic Car Rentals does not offer auto insurance coverage of any type. You’ll have to get that sorted on your own. Additionally, the rental provider requires proof of specific coverage before you drive off the lot.
Pros: This top-rated rental provider doesn’t have a single bad Google review. The company is known for its stellar service and amazing cars, all at agreeable rates.
Cons: You’ll have to purchase insurance for your rental car separately, ahead of time. Additionally, the rental office isn’t open 24-7 and the office isn’t located at the airport.
Phone: (702) 586-0008
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Google Rating: 5 stars
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FAQs: Renting Cars at Las Vegas Airport
Harry Reid International Airport has its own Rent-A-Car Center that includes counters for 10 different rental car companies. These include Alamo, National, Dollar, Enterprise, Sixt, Thrifty, Payless, Budget, Avis, and Hertz. However, unfortunately, this center is not found within the airport itself. Instead, it’s a short, three-mile drive away.
The good news? The airport provides a shuttle service between airport terminals and the Rent-A-Car Center, operating 24 hours per day.
If you’re arriving in Las Vegas and need to pick up your rental car, there are two shuttle pick-up spots. If you arrive in Terminal 1, you can find the shuttle by following signs from the baggage claim area to Ground Transportation on Level 1. There will be a rental car shuttle stop outside doors 10 and 11.
If you arrive in Terminal 3, follow the signs from the baggage claim area to Ground Transportation on Level 0. You’ll then find rental car shuttle stops outside doors 51, 52, 53, and 54 on the west end of the building and doors 55, 56, 57, and 58 on the east end of the building.
If you’re returning your rental car to the Las Vegas airport, drive to the Rent-A-Car Center at 7135 Gilespie Street, Las Vegas. Follow the signs for the car return garage and then follow the signs for your car rental company.
After your car is returned, walk through the lobby and out the main entrance. There, a shuttle will take you to either Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 for your departing flight. Separate shuttles go to different terminals, so you need to know which one your flight leaves from. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes.
Yes! You can rent cars outside of the airport, in other spots around Las Vegas and you might even find this preferable. Since the Las Vegas airport rental car center is already a 3-mile shuttle ride from the airport, you can find other car rental providers located a similar distance away. There are also quite a few car rental providers right on the Vegas Strip, on South Las Vegas Boulevard, near many of the popular resorts.
If you’re just staying on the Las Vegas Strip and don’t plan on leaving that general area, then, no, you do not need to rent a car for your Vegas trip. You’ll do just fine getting around that small area on foot and with the occasional ride share.
However, if you plan on going anywhere else — such as to downtown Las Vegas, which is popular with business travelers and tourists alike, or to the nearby tourist sites — then you’ll want a rental car. And, since most travelers do want to see those nearby tourist sites, such as the numerous national parks, most travelers are automatically going to want to rent a car when visiting Vegas.
No! There are no toll roads in Nevada currently. You can drive wherever you want, no need for worrying about tolls or missed toll payments after you return home from your trip.
If you plan on doing a lot of driving, yes, and that includes driving to nearby tourist attractions that might require an hour or two of drive time. However, if you only plan on driving to only one or two spots around Las Vegas and parking the car the rest of the time, you might want to rethink a rental. Parking fees are high in Vegas.
Renting a car with a national provider? If so, then, no, you do not need extra rental car insurance when renting a car in Las Vegas. The rental provider will include your bare-minimum coverage as part of your contract. You can upgrade the insurance from there.
However, if you’re renting with a local provider, they may have different rules and offerings. Check the included insurance that the rental provider offers and then go from there.
Editorial Disclosure: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.
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