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Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Seattle.
  • For example: Chrysler Pacfica
    Mini class
    For example: Chrysler Pacfica
  • Popular category
    For example: Ford Fiesta
    Economy class
    For example: Ford Fiesta
  • For example: Ford Focus
    Compact class
    For example: Ford Focus
  • For example: Nissan Sentra
    Intermediate class
    For example: Nissan Sentra
  • For example: Volkswagen Jetta
    Standard class
    For example: Volkswagen Jetta
  • For example: Chevrolet Malibu
    Full-size class
    For example: Chevrolet Malibu
  • For example: Dodge Ram 1500
    Luxury class
    For example: Dodge Ram 1500
  • For example: Buick Encore
    SUV class
    For example: Buick Encore

Car rental companies in Seattle

Below are the car rental companies in Seattle with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.
  • Enterprise
    8.9 (1482)
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  • National Car Rental
    8.7 (321)
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  • Alamo Rent a Car
    8.5 (7079)
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  • Hertz
    8.1 (5445)
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  • Avis
    8 (4675)
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  • SIXT Rent a Car
    7.8 (2228)
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  • Thrifty
    7.8 (4155)
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  • Budget
    7.4 (7658)
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Car rental companies in and around Seattle

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Seattle

Available locations in Seattle

Seattle Airport
1301 6th Avenue
1919 5th Avenue
2100 Alaskan Way
2200 7th Avenue
6000 Roosevelt Way Northeast
801 4th Avenue
Seatac Marriott Hotel

Seattle Guide

Car Hire

The city of Seattle is located in a lovely lake and mountain region in the far northwest corner of the US. The city attracts visitors with its plethora of unique museums, hip culture and cafés, and iconic landmarks such as the Space Needle. Of equal interest are the abundance of activities and pristine natural sights that are in the surrounding areas of Washington State that can be reached with ease in a car rental.

Who to Book With
Fifteen hire companies operate from service offices and depots in Seattle. Reputable international suppliers such as Avis, Dollar and National as well as Fox Rent a Car and Advantage maintain at least one service outlet in locations close to the city centre and suburban industrial parks. The easiest option is to book online as this ensures your desired vehicle will be available and at a preferential rate.

Best Time to go
Although June to August is the best time of year to land in Seattle, it is crowded with tourists. Hoteliers and rental firms hike their room rates and normally serene tourist sights are busy. May and September to mid-October are warm and dry enough to enjoy the city’s plentiful charms. Skiing and other snow based activities in the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from December to February.

Need to Know Essentials
The following items will need to be produced when picking up your car hire:

- A valid driver’s license and preferably an International Driving Permit. If you are the holder of the new photo card UK license, you also will need its paper counterpart
- A passport or other photo identification document
- The booking confirmation voucher or its serial number
- The debit or credit card used when making the booking

Our FAQ's provide further information.

Driving
Driving in downtown Seattle is not for the timid. One-way streets and queues of traffic ensure that locals try to use public transport when they can. On the positive side, there are lots of signposts while traffic lights allow drivers to get their bearings. Another big plus for Seattle is its electronic parking guidance system which has digital signs indicating routes to car park spaces and the number of unoccupied spaces. On-street parking is metered. Parking fees range from US$1.50 to US$3.50 per hour and stays are limited to either two or four hours.

Car hire is better suited for day trips. Freeways and interstates radiate out from the city and are the primary routes for access to North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park on the opposite side of Puget Sound. The I-5 is a north-south route linking Seattle to the Canadian border and south to beaches on the Pacific and around Grays Harbor. Car ferries from downtown Seattle ply routes to other waterside locations in the area.

Our guide to driving in the US offers further details about local traffic conditions and laws.

Transport

Seattle has two land transport organisations, Metro Transit and Sound Transit, which share responsibility for the operations of buses, trams and suburban trains. Buses serve locations in the city and the surrounding areas, while tram routes are a recent addition to the city’s transportation options and are fairly limited. There are also passenger-only and car ferries to ports on Puget Sound. Seattle has no underground rail system.

Passengers boarding buses in Seattle pay their fares as they board. The fare is shown on the fare box and requires the exact amount to be placed in it. Fares for single journeys within the downtown zone are presently US$2.25 off-peak and US$2.50 in peak hours. No change is given. Visitors planning on using public transport a lot can buy a basic ORCA card for US$5 and load it up to suit their specific needs. The card can be used on all public transportation services.

Trains
King Street Station in central Seattle is operated by Amtrak and has services from cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. The station is also a stop for Sounder commuter services from Everett to Lakewood. These services only run during the mornings and early evenings. There is a light-rail service from SeaTac Airport that terminates at Westlake Station in the downtown district.

Buses and Trams
Buses are frequent in the downtown area, but less so to the suburbs. The South Lake Union Streetcar runs along a three-mile track from South Lake to Westlake with services departing at 15-minute intervals between 06:00 and 21:00 (23:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Ferries
The US’s biggest ferry operator, Washington State Ferries, runs car ferries from the downtown pier to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. From Fauntleroy Terminal there are additional car ferries to Southworth and Vashon Island. There are smaller ferries to and from various locations on Puget Sound which are passenger only.

Taxis
Taxis are plentiful in Seattle. Fares in the city are regulated by city authorities and shown on meters. Most of the taxi firms operating in the town take telephone reservations. Yellow Cab is one of the bigger operators.

Exploring

Despite the fact that Seattle is a mecca for tourists, its surrounding areas offer abundant opportunities for interesting day trips and even multi-day excursions. Well-signposted roads and cheap petrol make car rental the obvious choice for these trips. Unique attractions in the vicinity include miles of beaches near Grays Harbor, Cama Beach State Park, the Snoqualmie Valley, Mt Rainier and Leavenworth.

Recommended Drives

The Northwest Railway Museum - Located in Snoqualmie this features an attractive Victorian station and old steam locomotives, rolling stock and rail artefacts. Steam-drawn train services operate on summer weekends. A museum visit can be combined with one to the magnificent Snoqualmie Waterfall.

Mt Rainier - This is a soaring 14,000ft (4,267m) peak and ultimate destination for winter-sports aficionados. Guided snowshoe walks, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowboarding are among the options.

Cama Beach State Park - This offers outdoor activity aficionados a diverse range of activities including swimming, boating, crabbing and diving. The park is on Camano Island which is less than a two-hour drive from Seattle. Accommodation is available in heritage cedar cabins.

Leavenworth - This is a Bavarian-style town set against the stunning background of the Cascade Mountains. It boasts numerous outlets that cater to even the most discerning gourmands and wine buffs as well as the chance of hiking, white-water rafting and winter sleigh rides.

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    32 - 128 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    40 - 128 km/h
  • Language
    English
  • Popular car category
    intermediate
  • Popular rental companies
    Alamo Rent a Car

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
  • Enterprise
  • National Car Rental
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty
  • Budget