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Why rent a car in Baltimore?

Baltimore has always had something of a gritty image. It is an industrial city and has its working heart at the water’s edge. But in the past 20 years it has changed into a slick metropolis, with shiny new buildings, a modern harbour and trendy neighbourhoods.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbour was the nation’s leading shipbuilding site in the 18th century, although now it is often full of cruise ships thanks to its transformation into a tourist hotspot. Hotels, restaurants and shops are all here, along with the city’s visitors centre. For museums and galleries head for Mount Vernon, just south of downtown, and the Fell’s Point neighbourhood is a must for fresh seafood.

With car hire, Baltimore opens up and the whole of Chesapeake Bay is there to explore. Head to Annapolis, which is 40 minutes away by car. It is a city famous for sailing. Wander around the city dock and watch the Wednesday night sailboat races that run from April to September. Otherwise take the half-hour drive to the picturesque North Point state park for hiking trails and pretty views.

How to get to and around Baltimore?

Fly into Baltimore International Airport, which is 11 miles from the city centre, a drive of about 20 minutes. The car rental centre is 10 minutes from the terminals via a free shuttle bus. There is also a train that runs between the airport and the city centre, which takes about 40 minutes.

Hiring a car in Baltimore city centre

For a hire car in Baltimore city centre there are a number of choices and collection points are well spread out around the city. The I-83 is one of the main routes out of Baltimore, and Avis, Budget, Hertz and Enterprise are all based nearby.

What brands are available?

Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty are among the car hire brands on offer at Baltimore Airport. Hertz and National are also available.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Baltimore

So now you have your rental car in Baltimore, your adventure can begin. Drive 25 minutes west out to Columbia for the pretty Lake Kittamaqundi, which has walkways, hotels and restaurants on its shores. Wilde Lake, just north of Columbia, is also worth a visit if you like gentle walking trails.

For shopping head 10 miles north of Baltimore, a drive of 20 minutes on the I-83, to Towson. The town’s large shopping mall boasts masses of high street brands as well as restaurants and bars. There is also a large car park. You could also visit Bowie, a 35-minute drive of 30 miles from Baltimore. Lake Redington and Cash Lake are just north of Bowie and offer opportunities for fishing and wildlife trails. There are also pretty walking trails around the banks of the Patuxent river.

Tips and tricks for driving in Baltimore

The I-695 circles Baltimore and links the I-95 and the I-70. The city centre is busy, like all big cities, but there is ample parking here, and some of it is relatively inexpensive.

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FAQs for car hire in Baltimore

What’s the best price car rental in Baltimore?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Baltimore.

What’s the average car rental price in Baltimore?

On average, car rentals in Baltimore are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Baltimore?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Baltimore?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.