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Why rent a car in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC is awash with stately buildings, grand walkways and impressive monuments, including the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument. There is also a host of fascinating museums, many of which are part of the Smithsonian Institution, so you'll never be short of educational activities for the whole family.

The capital city of the US is a big place, so it'll be worth your while to rent a car in Washington, DC if you want to get around in good time and get the most out of your stay.

How to get to and around Washington, DC?

You can easily get to Washington, DC by flying into either Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 20 minutes' drive from the city centre, or Washington Dulles International Airport, a longer 50-minute drive with a Washington, DC hire car.

If you want to get out of town and explore some local hotspots, Arlington is a good place to start, and it's only half an hour's drive with a Washington, DC rental car. The home of the Pentagon, Arlington has a strong military connection, and this is reflected by a lot of the attractions, such as Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Alexandria, a 40-minute journey when you rent a car in Washington, DC, offers such activities as a visit to Torpedo Factory Art Center, where local artists showcase and sell their works in a former naval munitions factory, and the atmospheric Gadsby's Tavern, a classic tavern serving traditional American recipes.

Hiring a car in Washington, DC city centre

When in Washington, DC, you can either rent a car in Washington, DC city centre, or at one of the airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport. Washington is a large city with heavy traffic, so factor this into your travel plans. There is plenty of parking around the city, and if you want to reserve a spot in advance or check where the spaces are and how much you'll need to pay, you can use a handy online service called Washington, DC Parking Finder.

What brands are available?

If you want to rent a car in Washington, DC, the following companies are available:

  • Dollar
  • Thrifty
  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Washington, DC

    Baltimore, an hour and a half's drive, is worth the trip in your Washington, DC hire car, offering art lovers plenty to choose from, including 18th and 19th century art at Walters Art Museum, and the American Visionary Art Museum, which specialises in sculptures and unusual art works.

    Rockville is a little closer to Washington, and takes around an hour to get to by car. Rockville is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors, with recreation areas including Rock Creek, Maryvale Park and Woodley Gardens Park offering a variety of activities from running, hiking and cycling to rock climbing, picnicking and riverside walks.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the US

    Drivers in the US must use the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit in Washington, DC is 55mph, or 25mph in the city unless otherwise signposted. US rental cars are generally automatic, so make sure to ask if you want a manual transmission car.

    Ready to plan your Washington, DC city break?

    To start organising your trip to Washington, DC and other parts of the US, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

    FAQs for car hire in Washington

    What’s the best price car rental in Washington?

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

    What’s the average car rental price in Washington?

    On average, car rentals in Washington 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 Washington?

    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 Washington?

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