A Comparison of Car Rental Firms in St. Augustine

by Mark Rebindaine  |  Published August 9, 2023

St Augustine is a city on the Atlantic Coast of North Eastern Florida. Historically, it’s the oldest on-going inhabited European established settlement in the US making it a must-visit for history-buffs and beachgoers.

St. Augustine (Photo: Barbara Brannon via Flickr/ CC BY 2.0)

Apart from endless miles of sandy coastline, St Augustine has plenty of interesting sites to visit like the St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and a huge Nature Reserve. The best way to visit all these site is with a rental car. With this in mind, Travelmag.com has carefully researched the car rental companies operating in the area to offer you our best two.

Avis – 340 State Rd 16

With over 5000 agencies around the US, Avis is not only one of the best known car rental companies in the world, but also one of the safest to rent from. At this branch, on 340 State Rd in the north of the town, they have a wonderful selection of luxury vehicles, saloons and run-arounds, vans, SUVs and for the eco-conscious, electric vehicles. On average, rental cars cost between $60-80 per day for standard family cars with prices going up to $250 per day for a luxurious car. In comparison, Budget’s prices are slightly lower, ranging from $75 to $140 in the same categories. Statistically, the Volkswagen Tiguan is Avis’s most popular car. The Tiguan is a powerful SUV with multiple high-tech features and vast amounts of passenger and cargo room making it particularly popular with families. Overall, this branch of Avis gets favourable feedback with customers complimentary of the friendly service and the condition and cleanliness of the vehicles. Open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am to 1pm

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Budget – Northeast Florida Airport

If you can’t be bothered with taking a taxi or shuttle into town to pick up a car rental, then your best bet is to rent a car at the Northeast Florida airport. Out of the options on offer, Budget is hard to beat. When comparing with other agencies, some competitors were charging almost double the daily rates that Budget charges for vehicles that are comparable in size. Going with an option like the Volkswagen Jetta or the Toyota Camry from Budget’s fleet is the best bet for someone looking to get around as cheaply as possible. Reviewers give above average scores for value for money, cleanliness and reliability and friendliness of staff. The fact that cars can be scooped up for so little certainly compensates for the waiting times that are traditionally longer at an airport, especially at peak arrival times. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-12pm

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