Boston Airport Car Rental – The best companies

by Mark Rebindaine  |  Updated April 1, 2019

Officially known as General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is situated in the East Boston neighbourhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s the largest airport in the region and, by catering for 38.4 million total passengers in 2017, it’s also one of the fastest growing in the US.

Boston Logan Airport (Photo: Evan Didier via Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0)

To get to BOS’s rental car centre, just look for the blue-and-white shuttle buses on the lower level of any of the four terminals. Shuttles run every five to six minutes.

To determine which rental car companies offer the best options across our three categories (Most Affordable, Best for Luxury, Best for Minivans), have carefully conducted research into all the agencies at BOS airport across several dates. Our findings are as follows.

Most affordable: Alamo & Thrifty

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With all the major players present at BOS airport, there’s plenty of choice. If you’re looking solely at cheap car rentals then Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty have almost identical prices, with Enterprise’s and National’s most economical cars just a few dollars more. Alamo scores best on customer reviews, with users particularly impressed by the speed of pick-up and the large selection of cars available which are often better or at least comparable to the car that had been originally booked. Alternatively, we’d opt for Thrifty, which, despite it’s lower customer scoring, possesses a large compact and mid-range fleet including a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Fusion at $45 and $70 per day respectively.

Best for luxury cars: Thrifty & National

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Listed as a premium car, Thrifty’s Jeep Patriot is a tempting offer at $60 per day, but its hard to see it as particularly luxurious. Thrifty has better cars in its fleet, with rental prices ascending in a logical manner, culminating in the Chrysler 300 which is rented out at about $100 per day. Like most rental car agencies, National offers a loyalty program for frequent travellers. In their case, the Emerald Card allows speedy pick-ups and returns, a free upgrade from medium to luxury cars and cross-company benefits with Enterprise. The Audi Infinito Q50 and the Dodge Challenger are just a few of the striking models in their fleet of cars.

Best for Minivans: Avis & Alamo

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Renting minivans in this part of the world is an expensive business. So whichever company you opt for, you’ll be paying about $150 per day once you’ve added on taxes. On the sample dates we researched, Thrifty and Dollar consistently had the cheapest prices with a Nissan Quest costing 4125 (before taxes). Avis was usually a close second, with their Chrysler Town & Country costing $128 on most dates. Out of the two, we’d opt for Avis’s minivan. If, however, you’re only in town for a day or two, then you might want to consider renting Alamo’s 7-seater Dodge Grand Caravan at $146, which includes a free full tank of petrol (worth approximately $50).