Car Rental / RV Rental in Lansing: The best companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published November 3, 2020

The capital city of Michigan, Lansing has an eclectic past that places it both at the heart of America’s rich automobile heritage and its political history, too. The former is evidenced by the numerous car-related attractions dotted across the city, including several plant tours and automobile museums, while the latter is most prominently on display at the prestigious and architecturally impressive State Capitol Building.

A view of down town Lansing (Photo: Ken Lund via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Entertaining and educational landmarks and places of interest, great shopping, fabulous restaurants and a variety of affordable accommodation helps make Lansing a popular tourist destination. If you’re planning a visit and would like to rent your own car during your stay, you’ll find several car rental agencies in and around the city. Below we’ve selected the best agencies located downtown and at the airport, along with our preferred RV rental company. Here’s our choice.

Downtown Lansing: Enterprise

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For downtown rentals in Colorado Springs, we’d recommend Enterprise. Although their downtown office is only open for limited hours – especially on weekends – when we conducted some online searches for week-long rentals we were persuaded by their impressive selection of cars, from basic but reliable models like a Mitsubishi Mirage priced at $312 per week, to more premium options such as a Nissan Maxima for $418 per week. For something big and sporty, we also found a Ford Eco Sport costing an impressive $397 per week. For returns, there’s an after-hours service that lets you drop the keys off in a drop box so you don’t have to worry about the rental desk being open.

Lansing Airport: Enterprise

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Situated 3 miles nothwest of downtown Lansing, Capital Region International Airport (formerly Lansing Airport) has a total of 4 car rental agencies, all with a check-in desk in the baggage claim area. Our choice for the best agency based at the airport is Enterprise, thanks to the excellent range of their fleet. Among the best value deals we found were a Nissan Versa for $291 per week and a Ford Fusion for $300 per week. The rental desk is open from 8am to 5pm midweek, and 9am to 1pm on weekends. Enterprise’s ready-and-return spaces are located within walking distance of the terminal building.

RV Rental: Outdoorsy

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Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer online platform for RV owners to advertise and rent out their RVs for short term periods. The vehicles offered come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 2-person trailers to much larger vehicles that sleep big groups. The main benefit of using a marketplace like Outdoorsy is that you’ll often find much cheaper deals than with standard rental agencies. When we searched for RVs in Lansing, we found numerous options available for pick-up across the city. Among them were a 2017 Coachmen Freelander for $1,022 per week that sleeps 5 and can be picked up from the city centre. For something bigger, there was also a Keystone Hideout available for an extremely affordable $742 per week that sleeps 10 and can also be collected from a central location. You can also add a range of insurance protections onto your package.