There are eleven car rental companies at the Denver International Airport (DEN). TravelMag.com evaluated them all and chose those that are tops in three different categories.
Denver Airport (Photo: Dave Herholz via Flickr)
DEN’s rental car counters are located in the middle of the arrivals terminal, and you can simply follow the signs to find them. All the cars themselves, however, are located away from the terminal. You can get to them by taking your chosen company’s shuttle, which you can find at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 4, outside doors 505-513 on the east side and 504-512 on the west side.
Comparison Engines: Find the best car rental deals
Although we’ve done most of the homework for you regarding rental cars at Denver Airport, it’s always best to do your own comparison shopping to find the best deals. For that, we recommend two reliable, easy-to-use online booking services: CheapCarRental.net and BookingBuddy.com.
The results of our review
To determine which rental car companies offer you the best options across our three categories, TravelMag.com carefully evaluated the services, fleet availability, reviews and polices of the agencies at the Denver International Airport. Our findings are as follows.
Because we base our reviews on the price for single-day rentals rather than rentals that offer a weekly discount, E-Z Car Rental is the clear winner here. They have economy, compact and standard cars all priced well under even the competitors’ most basic vehicles. However, when you start to look at weekly rentals, the next closest company to E-Z in terms of price — Fox Rent A Car — takes the lead. In fact, for a weekly booking, you could get a premium rental at Fox (which they call a Chevy Malibu or similar) for less than an economy car at E-Z — or any other rental car company here, for that matter.
In Zagat’s annual rating of car rental companies, Hertz emerged at the top of the list as the best agency for business travelers, so if you’re traveling to Baltimore or Washington for work, consider getting your car from them. Hertz offers their Gold customers the “Carfirmation” service, which confirms reservations through text and emails and alerts travelers to the locations of their cars so that they can skip the check-in counter. It also shows other cars available and lets customers choose the one they want right from their mobile device. Additionally, the company provides “Zap Technology” which is a quick check-in process when the cars are returned. They also offer a service called “Acceler-Rental,” which allows drivers to rent a car from an automated kiosk even if they don’t have a reservation, which again, eliminates the need to stand in a lengthy line at the check-in counter.
It might seem strange that a car rental company called “Budget” would lead in the luxury market segment, but that’s who we’re giving this category to. It’s not because they have the best prices on all cars in the luxury category (that would be E-Z who’s top-of-the-line car is a Chevy Malibu or similar), but because they offer a true luxury car — the Lincoln MKS or similar. They’re the only one at the airport that offers Lincolns, while a close second would be Avis who offers Cadillacs for a bit more money.
Getting to the city
Denver International Airport is situated about 35 minutes to downtown Denver. To get there, you take PeÃ±a Boulevard west out of the airport. This turns into I-70W, which basically runs into town. To get to the heart of the city, get off I-70 at exit 275B and follow Brighton Blvd and Broadway straight into town.