St. Louis Car Rentals
Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, this friendly frontier city still sparkles with the promise of its gold-rush beginnings. St. Louis remains the “Gateway to the West,” but it’s much more than a pioneer relic. Today the area has a decidedly sophisticated sheen, with new urban amenities and its own midwestern wine country.
Where to Find Cheap Rentals in St. Louis
You really have a huge amount of choice when it comes to renting a car in St. Louis. You’ll find all the big names here, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, National, Hertz, and Thrifty. Enterprise Rent-a-Car is headquartered in St. Louis, and has over 60 locations across the city.
Renting a Car at St. Louis Lambert Airport
For sheer convenience, it’s hard to beat just picking your rental car up at the airport. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Hertz, and Thrifty all have on-airport facilities in St. Louis, with an enormous selection of cars available from economy to elite. Hertz offers some of its special “Dream Cars” exotic and luxury fleet at its St. Louis Airport location.
More Agency Locations in St. Louis
Renting a car off-airport can sometimes get you a better deal. At the Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, there’s a Budget rental car counter next to the Greyhound ticketing counters, and it’s also possible to arrange pickup at the station from several other companies.
If you really want to go rock-bottom on your cheap car rental in St. Louis, Rent-a-Wreck, located at 100 Saint Francois St., Suite 106, Florissant MO, might be worth a look. They’re only 10 minutes from the airport, offer pickup, and claim that despite the name, their inexpensive rental cars are in great shape!
Driving in St. Louis: What to Expect
Like any big American city, St. Louis copes with traffic issues at peak times. Steer clear of these during rush hour if you can: I-64 in both directions between I-270 and Route 340 (Olive Boulevard/Clarkson Road), and Interstate 64 in both directions between Kingshighway Boulevard and McCausland Avenue.
If driving in St. Louis during the winter, snow and ice can be a major challenge. Proceed with caution.
Parking in St. Louis: Best Spots to Stash Your Vehicle
Downtown STL has partnered with BestParking.com to provide live updated information about availability and pricing on their website. Explore St. Louis has a printable parking map PDF with information about on-street parking rates and contact info for the major garage owners. The city itself offers detailed information about parking policies and off-street facilities.
Meet me in St. Louis: Attractions to Explore
The best way to see all of St. Louis in detail is to rent a car: there’s so much to explore and much of it is spread out across the many historic neighborhoods.
In addition to St. Louis’ pride in their sports scene, there’s a healthy arts and culture scene, with plenty of galleries, museums, and performance spaces, none more special than the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Built in 1929 and gorgeously restored, it’s an incredible place to take in a show.
In the autumn, the city enjoys amazing festivals, including the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the St. Louis Art Fair, and the Big Muddy Blues Festival.