Need a 24 hour car rental? Whether a late night arrival to an airport when traveling or an early morning vehicle breakdown, at one time or another many people experience the need to rent a car during non-standard business hours. It can be a huge inconvenience to have to wait until a rental car office opens, so knowing ahead of time which places offer 24 hour car rental can save a lot of time and inconvenience.

There are two main methods of getting 24 hour car rentals; one is the traditional car rental as we know it from some of the major carriers like Alamo or Hertz, which have 24/7 locations, usually located at large airports. The second is through newer car sharing services that have become popular in recent years.

While not everyone considers “car sharing” to be the same as a rental, for both you are typically paying by the hour or day for use of a vehicle that you drive. Not surprisingly, there has begun to be some crossover between both types of companies, as we’ll see in the first company on the list below, Enterprise.

In this article we will go over the companies that offer pick up and drop off of rental vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and also mention those that don’t so you can avoid those rental companies during an after hour need for a car rental. We will include the types of vehicles you can rent, how you go about renting a car in the middle of the night, and all the other information you need to know before you contact a company for your next vehicle rental.

Companies That Offer 24 Hour Car Rentals

While one of the very first car sharing services, Witkar, was started in Amsterdam in 1974, the newer companies, like Zipcar (described in detail further within article), came on the scene in the early 2000s, and since then the concept of sharing a local vehicle with other drivers has become a more popular concept. One of the big conveniences with using a car sharing service is that they can be utilized 24/7 because a person does not need to visit a rental counter to get a vehicle. We’ve compiled a list of some of the car sharing services where you can rent 24 hours a day, and explained how each work below.

1. Enterprise CarShare

  • How It Works:
    1. First, sign up to become a CarShare member.
    2. You receive a membership card in the mail within 7-10 business days.
    3. Login to the website or mobile app to reserve a vehicle.
    4. Hold your membership card over the windshield sensor to unlock the vehicle. The keys will be inside.
    5. Return the vehicle to the same place at the end of your reservation. Hold your membership card over the reader again to lock the doors and end the rental.
  • Locations: Cars are parked in designated spots on the street or in a lot. You can find locations here.
  • Pricing/Insurance: Pricing and insurance options vary by location and state, and some areas offer special discounts for signing up. We recommend you review your location on their website for specific details.
    • One-time application fee: starting at $15.00
    • Annual membership fee: starting at $35.00
    • Rental prices:
      • hourly: starting at $5.50
      • daily: starting at $50.00
  • Mileage: The first 200 miles per day are included, additional miles are $0.35-$0.45 per mile.
  • Physical Damage Waiver: Member pays the first $500 of any vehicle damage.
  • Liability: Liability protection up to the state minimum required amount.
  • Eligibility Requirements: This varies according to state guidelines and locations, with some near college campuses allowing an 18-year old driver with a .edu email address. Basic requirements at most locations are below.
    • Must be 21 years old or older
    • Must have a valid driver’s license
    • Must have a valid major credit card in your name
  • What’s Included: The hourly rental rate includes fuel, physical damage/liability protection, and 24/7 member service support and roadside assistance.
  • Vehicle Types Available: Sedans, SUVs, Hybrids (such as the Toyota Prius, Nissan Altima, and Ford Focus), Luxury, Pickups and Cargo Vans, Electric, available in select locations (such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt). Not all vehicle types are available in all locations.
  • Pets Policy: Pets can ride, but must be crated at all times.
  • Smoking Policy: No smoking in the vehicles.
  • Fuel Policy: Always leave 1/4 tank of fuel in the vehicle.
  • Cancellation Policy: At least three hours notice.
  • Late Return Policy: Returning the vehicle late will incur a penalty. If you know you’re going to be late, you can either use the app or call to extend your reservation. If there’s no reservation right after yours, then your reservation can be extended, but if there is anther reservation, then an inconvenience fee may apply.
  • Early Return Policy: You may get a credit if you return the car early.  You should either call Enterprise or use the CarShare app to shorten the reservation.  you are responsible for up to three hours of your canceled time.
  • More Information: To read this information and more on the Enterprise CarShare website, click here.

2. Zipcar

  • How It Works:
    1. First, sign up to become a Zipcar member.
    2. You receive a membership card in the mail within 3-7 business days, or you can pick up at a local office.
    3. Login to the website or mobile app to reserve a vehicle. You can also call 1-866-4ZIPCAR ($3.50 fee).
    4. Hold your membership card over the windshield sensor to unlock the vehicle. The keys will be inside.
    5. Return the vehicle to the same place at the end of your reservation. Hold your membership card over the reader again, or use the mobile app, to lock the doors and end the rental.
  • Locations: Cars are parked in designated spots on the street or in a lot. You can find locations here.
  • Pricing/Insurance: Pricing and insurance options vary by location and state, and some areas offer special discounts for signing up. We recommend you review your location on their website for specific details:
    • One-time application fee: $25.00
    • Annual membership fee: From $7/month or $70/year
    • Rental prices:
      • hourly: starting at $7.50
      • daily: starting at $69.00
  • Mileage: The first 180 miles per day are included, additional miles are $0.45-$0.55 per mile.
  • Physical Damage Waiver: Member pays the first $1000 of any vehicle damage.
  • Liability: Members receive liability coverage of $100,000 bodily injury per person, $300,000 bodily injury maximum, $25,000 property damage.
  • Eligibility Requirements: This varies according to state guidelines and locations, with some near college campuses allowing an 18-year old driver. Basic requirements at most locations are below.
    • Must be 21 years old or older
    • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • What’s Included: The hourly rental rate includes fuel, and physical damage/liability protection.
  • Vehicle Types Available: Economy cars (eg. Honda Fit or Volkswagen Golf), cargo vans, SUVs (eg. Ford Escape), BMW’s or Hybrids. Not all vehicle types are available in all locations.
  • Pets Policy: Pets can ride, but must be crated at all times.
  • Smoking Policy: No smoking in the vehicles.
  • Fuel Policy: Always leave 1/4 tank of fuel in the vehicle.
  • Cancellation Policy: At least three hours notice for reservations less than eight hours, 24 hours notice for longer reservations.
  • Late Return Policy: You’ll be charged a late fee starting at $50.
  • Early Return Policy: No credit for early return.
  • More Information: To read this information and more on the Zipcar website, click here.

3. UhaulCarShare

  • How It Works:
    1. First, sign up to become a UhaulCarShare member and submit a photo of yourself and your driver’s license.
    2. You do not need to wait for a membership card, you can begin renting right away.
    3. Login to the website or mobile app to reserve a vehicle.
    4. Use the access code given at reservation on vehicle keypad to unlock the vehicle. The keys will be inside.
    5. Return the vehicle to the same place at the end of your reservation. Press the “lock” button on the keypad to lock the doors and end the rental.
  • Locations: Cars are parked in designated spots on the street or in a lot. You can find locations here.
  • Pricing/Insurance: Pricing and insurance options vary by location and state, and some areas offer special discounts for signing up. We recommend you review your location on their website for specific details.
    • One-time application fee: None
    • Annual membership fee: None
    • Rental prices:
      • hourly: starting at $4.95
      • daily: starting at $62.00
  • Mileage: The first 180 miles per day are included, additional miles are $0.40 per mile.
  • Physical Damage Waiver: Member pays the first $500 of any vehicle damage.
  • Liability: Liability protection up to the state minimum required amount.
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must be 18 years old or older
    • Must have a valid driver’s license
    • Must have a valid major credit card in your name
    • Must be able to upload a current photo
    • Zero alcohol or drug related violations within past five years
  • What’s Included: The hourly rental rate includes fuel, physical damage/liability protection, and member service support.
  • Vehicle Types Available: Ford Focus, Toyota Prius, Ford F-150, Ford Cargo Van, Mazda 3, Toyota Yaris, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, MINI Cooper, Ford Escape Hybrid, Dodge Dart. Not all vehicle types are available in all locations.
  • Pets Policy: Pets can ride, but must be crated at all times.
  • Smoking Policy: No smoking in the vehicles.
  • Fuel Policy: Always leave 1/4 tank of fuel in the vehicle.
  • Cancellation Policy: At least three hours notice.
  • Late Return Policy: You’ll be charged a late fee of $50.
  • Early Return Policy: No credit for early return.
  • More Information: To read this information and more on the UhaulCarShare website, click here.

4. Car2Go

  • How It Works:
    1. First, sign up to become a Car2Go member.
    2. Membership processing takes 1-2 business days.
    3. Reservation in advance is not required, but can be done on the mobile app.
    4. The mobile app is used to unlock the vehicle. The keys will be inside.
    5. Return the vehicle to the same place at the end of your reservation. Use the mobile app to lock the doors and end the rental.
  • Locations: Cars are parked in designated spots on the street or in a lot. Currently their U.S. locations are limited to nine cities. they also have international locations. You can find locations here.
  • Pricing/Insurance: Pricing and insurance options vary by location and state. We recommend you review your location on their website for specific details.
    • One-time application fee: starting at $5.00
    • Annual membership fee: None
    • Rental prices:
      • by the minute: starting at $0.41
      • hourly: starting at $14.99
      • daily: starting at $84.99
  • Mileage: The first 150 miles per trip are included, additional miles are $0.45 per mile.
  • Physical Damage Waiver: Member pays the first $1,000 of any vehicle damage.
  • Liability: Liability protection up or exceeding to the state minimum required amount. There is a Driver Protection Fee of $1.00 charged per trip up to 90 trips.
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must be 18 years old or older
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, and not be a “new” driver
    • Must not have any drug or alcohol related driving violations
  • What’s Included: The hourly rental rate includes fuel, insurance, and 24/7 member service support, free parking in some locations.
  • Vehicle Types Available: Car2Go edition combustion engine called smart fortwo and other options from Mercedes-Benz.
  • Pets Policy: Pets can ride, but must be crated at all times.
  • Smoking Policy: No smoking in the vehicles.
  • Fuel Policy: Not specified.
  • Cancellation Policy: Not applicable since you do not need to reserve in advance.
  • Late Return Policy: Not applicable, but the maximum rental duration is three days.
  • Early Return Policy: You are only billed for the time you rent the car.
  • More Information: To read this information and more on the Car2Go website, click here.

Rental Companies with 24 Hour Airport Locations

There are a number of traditional car rental companies that have airport locations that are open 24/7, allowing a person to rent a car anytime of the day or night. Several of them also have programs that allow you to “skip the counter” and go straight to the vehicle.

5. Alamo

6. Avis

7. Budget

8. Enterprise

9. Hertz

10. National

11. Sixt

Rental Companies Without 24 Hour Airport Locations

The following rental car companies do not have any confirmed for 24-hour locations listed on their website.

Conclusion

If you’re in need of a late night or weekend car rental, there are many options for you. Ride sharing services provide the freedom to find a car without needing to check in at a counter or airport, but the renter does need to sign up ahead of time, usually pay a membership fee, and cars may not be offered in all locations.

If you’re more comfortable with a traditional rental car service, then one of the 24/7 airport locations of some of the major rental car companies can be an option that may also allow skipping the counter and renting a car anytime of the day or night.