Cheap Car Rentals in Denver: The Best Companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published January 19, 2021

The capital of Colorado, Denver has a long and storied history dating back to the Old West era. Many buildings and landmarks from those times remain, giving the city a unique character that is juxtaposed against many of the trappings of a modern metropolis. Beyond its own attractions, Denver is also a popular jumping-off point for skiing excursions in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

A view of Denver from just outside of Coors Field (Photo: Jeramey Jannene via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

There are a large number of familiarly-named car rental companies scattered around Denver. If you’re planning a visit and would like to rent a cheap car during your stay, we’ve delved into the options and selected some of the best rental companies offering budget-friendly deals in varying parts of the city.

Denver Airport: Alamo & Budget

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For those arriving into Denver by air, there are 10 rental desks situated on Denver Airport grounds, with a shuttle running between them and the main terminal. For the best value, we’ve picked out Alamo and Budget, with both offering a wide number of mid-range cars at reasonable rates. When we conducted a search, we found Alamo’s most attractive deal to be a Mitsubishi Mirage, which was available for $322 for a week’s rental, with free cancellation and theft protection included. Budget, meanwhile, offered a Ford Fiesta for $325 per week. Both companies also have excellent customer feedback for their Denver Airport services.

Downtown Denver: Budget

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Many visitors to Denver will want to be based around the city’s bustling downtown district and in South Broadway you’ll find Budget rental agency. Among their standout offerings when we searched were a Ford Focus available for $337 for a week’s rental, or, for something a little bigger, there was also a 5-seat Hyundai Elantra, which you can rent for a week for just a few dollars more.

Aurora: Hertz

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A 15-mile drive east of central Denver is Aurora, another popular Colorado tourist spot. Here, you’ll find several Hertz rental offices, each offering a wide variety of cheap hire car options. Our search unearthed several enticing deals for mid-range cars, including a Hyundai Veloster for $318 per week and a Nissan Versa for $329 per week. If you’re looking for something sturdier, there’s also a GMC Terrain for $423 per week.