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Why rent a car in Dallas?

Dallas is the biggest star in the Lone Star state and the capital of Texas is packed with things to do. Everything is bigger here, from the steaks to the stetsons, and you’ll also find some fascinating museums and a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Fantastic architecture, intriguing craft beers and great Texan countryside make a perfect destination. It’s all much more accessible with a rental car - after all in Dallas, big really does mean big.

How to get to and around Dallas?

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the home of American Airlines and is the third busiest airport in the world. There are dozens of scheduled flights direct from European countries. DFW is 20 miles from central Dallas, and journeys usually take up to 40 minutes. The I-20 highway is the ring road around the city, while the I-30 is probably the quickest route into town.

Hiring a car in Dallas city centre

While there are plenty of car hire options at DFW, downtown Dallas is packed with car hire offices. Around Dealey Plaza, North Griffin Street and along Main Street are the best places to look for a rental car and of course it’s possible to collect here and drop off at another destination.

What brands are available?

There are plenty of well-known brands that you can choose from in Dallas. Car rental companies include Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Zipcar and each has a great variety of vehicles that will make short work of the Texan tarmac. Business hours are usually 7.30am to 6pm in town, while the airport counters operate from 4am to 1am.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Dallas

The city of Fort Worth is cowboy city. For rodeos, horse riding, quad bikes and a real taste of Texas, there’s no better place. It’s just 32 miles along the I-30 and should take less than an hour to reach.

Fans of the Dallas Cowboys should head to Arlington, 20 miles west of downtown, where the American Football team is based. There are water parks and theme parks too, plus some great museums and theatres.

Further north is Oklahoma City, another place to find cowboys and steers, working stockyards and oil wells, as well as some fantastic cuisine and great landscapes.

Tips and tricks for driving in Texas

Dallas was built for cars and in truth it’s hard to get around without one here. There are various tips that locals give – beware of roads turning into one-way streets, watch out for drivers who text and try to avoid the Mixmaster, an extraordinary junction which involves switching several lanes in short distances to get where you want to go. Out on the open road it’s a different story with great scenery and easy driving. Stick to 55mph unless you’re on an interstate highway where the signs will tell you the maximum speed.

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Picking Up and Parking Your Dallas Rental Car

There are a number of car hire providers at Dallas’s main airports, with additional offices and pick-up points all over the city. Even so, it’s best to book your Dallas rental car in advance to guarantee a vehicle. Most out-of-town budget motels and large resorts have free parking, and many city-centre properties offer a free or paid valet parking service.

Dallas Attractions Worth Driving To

Having a hire car in Dallas allows you to reach the sights and attractions on the edge of the city. Drive east to scenic Lake Ray Hubbard for a day of swimming and picnicking. Head west to enjoy the thrill rides at Six Flags Over Texas, or south to meet the animals at Dallas Zoo. In the northwest, explore the historic downtown and award-winning wineries of the Grapevine area.

Shopping with a Hire Car

Some of Dallas’s best shopping can be found in malls, from the huge Galleria Dallas to the luxury boutiques of the NorthPark Center. With a Dallas hire car you’ll be able to reach the shops with ease, and get your purchases home hassle-free.

FAQs for car hire in Dallas

What’s the best price car rental in Dallas?

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

What’s the average car rental price in Dallas?

On average, car rentals in Dallas 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 Dallas?

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 Dallas?

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