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Why rent a car in Boston?

Boston, in Massachusetts, New England’s largest city, played a key role in the American War of Independence, and the Freedom Trail, is literally a walk through history. The two-and-a-half mile route from the elegant Boston Common to Charlestown trails through 16 of the city’s most historical sites, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the site of many impassioned speeches, Paul Revere House and Old North Church, from where Paul Revere’s ‘midnight ride’ was launched, warning people about the arrival of British troops.

Boston has a wealth of museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, and, a few blocks west, the Venetian-palace inspired Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with a private collection of Italian art. The city is also home to the prestigious Harvard University.

Boston is ideally located for exploring some of the greatest cities in the New England region. For visiting Rhode Island, Albany, Portland and New York all you need is a rental car in Boston.

How to get to and around Boston?

International flights land at Boston Logan International Airport, less than four miles from the centre. A free shuttle bus transports you to an underground (subway) station for a train journey of 10 to 15 minutes to downtown Boston.

With a Logan International Airport car rental, you can reach the centre just as fast, with the advantage of being able to enjoy the sights.

Hiring a car in Boston city centre

A car hire in Boston couldn’t be easier. You can use one of the rental services at the airport or at different points within the city centre.

For an extravagant hotel experience near the main sights, pop into the five-star XV Beacon, with an original 1903 Beaux Arts exterior and luxurious rooms featuring gas fireplaces and canopied beds. Its steak restaurant Mooo gets rave reviews. The contemporary Boston Harbour Hotel offers the best views of the harbour and is near the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall. Unbeatable for its historical value is the 150-year-old Omni Park House, a 15-minute drive from the airport. It’s hosted every American president, and it’s where Charles Dickens did his first US reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Boston is full of construction sites and many parking spaces have thus been lost. It can be a challenge to find roadside parking space during the day, so using a garage may be the best option.

What brands are available?

Several car hire companies operate in Boston, some of which are listed below. Rental companies, such as Budget, Dollar and National, offer free GPS with their vehicles. Check out details on the Expedia car hire page, before you book your Boston rental car.

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Thrifty
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Boston

    With a rental car in BostonRockport is less than an hour’s drive away, and has scenic beaches, shops and galleries on its rocky coastline and ultra-fresh seafood. In Newport, the ‘sailing capital of the world’, a one-and-a-half-hour drive, enjoy the sparkling waters, breathtaking shorelines and opulent mansions from the Gilded Age.

    For a great hike there’s the 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, a trip of under two hours. It was featured in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and is one of the world’s most frequently climbed mountains. If you’d like to experience what it feels like to fly a plane, the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut (a two-hour drive) has a flight simulator with real pilots teaching you the basics and exhibits over 80 vintage aircrafts.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the US

    Driving in the US is on the right-hand side of the road. An international driving licence is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it always alongside your passport and your car insurance papers. Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory and use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden.

    Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.

    Boston has narrow, winding streets and high levels of traffic. Its parking spaces are also small, so make sure you hire a small vehicle for easier parking. Pedestrian jaywalking is quite common in Boston; be extra vigilant and keep your speed low when driving downtown.

    Ready to plan your Boston city break?

    Ready to start planning your trip to Boston and other parts of the US? Use this city guide and the Expedia search tool to find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research your preferred attractions and activities.

    FAQs for car hire in Boston

    What’s the best price car rental in Boston?

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

    What’s the average car rental price in Boston?

    On average, car rentals in Boston 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 Boston?

    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 Boston?

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