Cheap Car Rental in Boston: The Best Companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published February 27, 2024

If you’re visiting Boston and would like the convenience of a car during your stay, there are a number of rental companies across the city offering affordable car hire deals.

Cars parked on a residential street in Boston (Photo: Niklas Tenhaef via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

While Boston is generally known as a walkable city that’s augmented by excellent public transport links, you still can’t beat the practical benefits of having access to your own vehicle. There are several rental car agencies located around Boston where you’ll find cheap deals that maximise  your independence without hitting you hard in the pocket. We’ve picked out three of them, based in specific areas of the city.

Boston Logan International Airport: Thrifty

For those travelling to Boston via the city’s main international airport, there’s a 24-hour Rental Car Center featuring 11 companies located directly at the arrivals terminal, as well as a separate facility that can be reached via shuttle bus. For the best value agency, we’ve picked out Thrifty, whose agency are located in the terminal for maximum convenience. Here they offer a wide number of economy cars at reasonable rates, including a Ford Fiesta available for $287 per week and a Chevrolet Spark for just a few dollars more.

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Downtown Boston: Enterprise

Many visitors to Boston will want to be based around the city’s buzzing downtown district and on Atlantic Avenue, close to the New England Aquarium and all of the area’s other many attractions, you’ll find Enterprise rental agency, where you can pick up a Mitsubishi Mirage for $366 per week. For just a few dollars more you may well want to opt for the larger Ford Fusion, a 5-seat Sedan with extra passenger and trunk space, which is priced at $385 for a week’s rental.

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Cambridge: Hertz

Separated from Boston by just over 3 miles and connected by the Harvard Bridge, the city of Cambridge is most famous for being home to the prestigious Harvard University. If you’re basing yourself in Cambridge, or are perhaps planning a day trip here from Boston, you might want to consider hiring a car. The upside is that If you rent a car directly in the city then rates tend to be slightly lower than in Boston. Our top pick for rental agencies in Cambridge is Hertz, where a Hyundai Veloster, available for $277 per week, is among the most attractive deals we found.

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