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Why rent a car in Providence?

Providence is the capital of the US state of Rhode Island. It’s home to the Ivy League Brown University and has well-known museums, such as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum affiliated to the renowned design school, the John Brown House Museum, the 1788 house where Brown University’s namesake family lived, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, the Victorian home of Rhode Island’s 33rd governor, textile magnate Henry Lippitt.

Within the 427-acre Roger Williams Park, named after Providence’s founder, there are several family attractions: the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Botanical Centre and many more.

How to get to and around Providence?

Flights land at Rhode Island’s main airport, T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, and a 15-minute car journey gets you to the centre of Providence. A rental car in Providence makes it much easier for you to access other Rhode Island cities worth seeing.

Immediately south of the city is Cranston, a bayside community which was originally part of Providence. It became a city in 1910 and developed on the back of its textile industry, powered by the Pawtuxet river. Pawtucket, 15 minutes northeast, is home to the McCoy Stadium, where, in 1981, the longest professional baseball game in history was played, with 33 innings. Going further northwest you reach Smithfield (15 minutes), founded in the 1600s as a farming town. Although it now has a solid industrial base, agriculture is still pivotal to its economy. The city is called ‘Apple Valley’ because of its many apple orchards.

Warwick, Rhode Island’s second largest city, is about 25 minutes to the south and popular for its colonial history and beaches. It was from Warwick that the first shot was fired against the British schooner Gaspee in the American War of Independence.

What brands are available?

Upon disembarking at T.F. Green Airport, you can pick up a Providence rental car from one of the following companies:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Thrifty

Must-sees within an easy drive of Providence

A great day trip from Providence on your Providence hire car is Block Island with 17 miles of pristine beaches to be explored and trails for hiking and cycling. The island is 13 miles south of mainland Rhode Island, a journey of a little over two hours, including a ferry crossing from Narragansett.

The seaside city of Newport is under an hour away, and was once the summer playground of the wealthiest families in the US. Tour guides through the opulent mansions give you a glimpse into the extravagance of the Gilded Age.

A well-kept secret for those wishing for an incredibly beautiful yet quieter beach experience is the affluent coastal village of Watch Hill in southwest Rhode Island, an hour from Providence.

Tips and tricks for driving in the US

American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.

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

Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.

Ready to plan your Providence city break?

Feeling inspired to start planning a visit to Providence and the rest of the US? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel and research the best attractions and activities.

Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

FAQs for car hire in Providence

What’s the best price car rental in Providence?

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What’s the average car rental price in Providence?

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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 Providence?

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 Providence?

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