Rental Cars in Memphis
Memphis is all about good music, good food, and taking it easy. The nearby Mississippi Delta – the “Cradle of the Blues,” has had a huge influence on the city, which is probably best known as the home of Elvis.
Rental Cars in Memphis
Anyone in search of a cheap car rental in Memphis has a good deal of choice. Many national chains offer discount rentals, including Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, Payless, and National. You’ll find all of these companies at the airport, and many also have city locations.
The rental car facilities are located on levels 1 and 2 of the economy parking building near the passenger terminal. There’s a pedestrian walkway with moving sidewalks connecting the two buildings.
More Agency Locations: A Wide Array of Choices
While most visitors opt for the convenient option of picking up their car at Memphis airport, downtown car rental locations can be substantially cheaper than the same company at the airport. It’s worth shopping around.
The Enterprise location at 2675 Mt Moriah Rd. gets exceptional reviews for customer service. You’ll find another Budget office on 5133 Poplar Ave. If you want to use a local company, try EZ Car Rental on 2747 Lamar Ave. Memphis
Driving in Memphis: Everything You Need to Know
Compared to other major cities, Memphis doesn’t deal with a lot of serious traffic problems. There is some predictable rush-hour congestion that you may wish to avoid on the main highways. One of the worst spots in the city for gridlock is Eastbound I-240 around Poplar Ave.
Downtown Memphis is full of one-way streets, so a map or a good GPS will come in very handy.
Parking in Memphis: Finding a Great Spot
Hotel parking, especially downtown, can be expensive, upwards of $20 a day, so that’s something you might want to keep in mind. There are cheaper overnight parking options. Downtown Memphis has a great interactive parking map. There’s often free street parking on side streets, and the city has just updated its parking meters to accept credit cards.
Get Out and Enjoy the City: Memphis by Car
If you want to do anything outside of downtown, a rental car is a must. Memphis sprawls and even when the distance between attractions is short, the roads are not all pedestrian-friendly. If you’re coming any time during the long summer season, when the combo of heat and humidity are flattening, you’ll want to maximize your time in air conditioning! It’s almost impossible to come to Memphis and not visit Graceland, which is located out in the suburbs. It’s a gloriously tacky and yet still genuinely moving tribute to The King. For an even bigger dose of Memphis musical history, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.
Extra Day Trip Hotspots
Haven’t had enough Elvis experiences? Then you’ll want to make the extra pilgrimage to his birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi, which is just under two hours’ drive away on US 78 E.
Feeling lucky? A trip to the Tunica Casinos, Memphis’s little Vegas, might be in order. It’s less than an hour away on US 61 N.
Oxford Mississippi, home to the state’s most beloved university, Ole Miss, is worth the 90 minute drive north on I-55. Oxford is an exceptionally literary and charming town, full of southern hospitality. Tour William Faulkner’s home and pay a visit to Square Books, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.