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Why rent a car in Wilmington?

A port city in North Carolina, Wilmington has plenty to keep you entertained, from music and performing arts to museums and shopping. The pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk is a particularly enjoyable stop-off, where you can browse a whole host of independent shops and cafes, while the Historic District is home to an array of beautiful period buildings and leafy streets. Spending the day on one of the city’s picture-perfect sandy beaches is also a wonderful way to unwind, as well as wandering through the 67 acres of green space at Airlie Gardens, where you can encounter a 468-year old Airlie Oak tree.

With a hire car at your fingertips, you’ll also be able to explore beyond Wilmington to other areas of interest such as Fayetteville (an hour and a half’s drive), where the Cape Fear Botanical Garden showcases more than 2,000 varieties of plants. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is also a must-see for any military or flight enthusiasts, while the Arts Council of Fayetteville showcases rotating exhibitions by regional artists.

How to get to and around Wilmington?

Fly into Wilmington International Airport and from there it’s a 10-minute drive into the centre of Wilmington.

With a hire car you can easily access other cities in North Carolina such as Jacksonville (an hour’s drive along the coast), where the picturesque Wilson Bay Park is a popular fishing spot that is particularly beautiful at sunset. Meanwhile, the city of Goldsboro is an hour and a half’s drive away, where the Neuse State Park provides the chance to enjoy some outstanding hikes through the natural landscape.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Wilmington to suit every budget and requirement, from Avis and Hertz to Alamo.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Wilmington

The city’s famous World War II battleship North Carolina is a popular tourist attraction, where visitors can explore living spaces, mess decks, gun turrets and more, serving as a memorial to the 11,000 North Carolinians who died during the war. The Carolina beach boardwalk is also a hit with tourists and locals alike (one of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast) featuring shops, restaurants and, at night, plenty of music and entertainment. For the best views over the ocean, make sure you ride the ferris wheel.

Outside of Wilmington, the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh, is a two-hour drive in your hire car. There, you can browse the North Carolina Museum of Art and its quirky monument park, visit the fifth oldest amusement park in the form of Pullen Park, and keep the kids entertained at the Marbles Kids Museum, featuring a wide range of interactive displays that encourage learning through play.

Tips and tricks for driving in Wilmington

Driving in Wilmington, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.

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FAQs for car hire in Wilmington

What’s the best price car rental in Wilmington?

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

What’s the average car rental price in Wilmington?

On average, car rentals in Wilmington 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 Wilmington?

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 Wilmington?

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