Travelers to Tampa International Airport (TPA) can choose from among eight onsite car rental companies. With a variety of options in numerous price ranges, it can be time-consuming to find the best vehicle to suit your needs. TravelMag.com has done the research for you, analyzing each of the eight companies in three categories: most affordable, best for families and top luxury options.
All arrivals and departures into TPA use one main terminal. On-airport car rentals can be found across the walkway from the Red and Blue baggage claim areas.
Our rental car company review results
TravelMag.com looked at each of the eight available car rental companies at TPA to find the top choices. We compared rates, services, fleet availability, reviews and policies to determine the best options across each of the three different categories. Our results are as follows.
Most affordable: Thrifty
Both Thrifty and Dollar led the pack in terms of affordability. Prices were similar, if not identical, in most categories (economy, compact, standard, intermediate, SUV) across a sampling of dates. But Thrifty won out in two areas: one, there was no difference in price between an economy and full-size car or between a standard and intermediate SUV on the same dates. While Dollar’s prices only fluctuated slightly in this area, it was enough to tip the scale. The second factor was user rating. While reviewers on RentalCars.com gave Thrifty and Dollar an overall ranking of 7.8 out of 10, Thrifty was ahead when it came to users’ ratings of overall value, 7.6 compared to Dollar’s 6.5.