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Difference Between On and Off-Airport Car Rental

Here at VroomVroomVroom, we recommend considering all your options before placing a booking. Did you know that the price of your rental car can change depending on whether you rent directly from an airport or not? Generally speaking, airport rental rates tend to be higher due to additional location fees that aren’t required by suburban depots.

But what else should you consider when deciding between an on-airport rental car and an off-airport rental car? Well, let’s break it down.

On-Airport Perks

  • Convenience: Out of the plane and into the car. Collecting a car from the airport means you won’t have to wait around for alternative transportation to an off-airport depot. Note: if you book from an on-site rental provider whose depot is off-airport (eg. East Coast Car Rentals), they will generally offer a complimentary shuttle to take you to your vehicle.
  • Variety: More vehicles to choose from. Generally speaking, airport fleets tend to be larger and more diverse, allowing for a greater range of vehicle types to choose from.
  • Availability: Easier to find a ride. Because airport fleets tend to be larger, you’re more likely to find a car on-airport if booking last minute or during peak travel seasons.

Off-Airport Perks

  • Value: Get the best bang for your buck. Because off-airport depots don’t have to pay the same location fees as on-airport car rental providers, the total cost of a rental car will usually be lower at an off-airport location. Note: if you do book a car from an off-airport location, you’ll need to make your own way to the depot in order to collect your vehicle.
  • Location: Enjoy the freedom of choice. For those looking to go on an epic road trip, or even for locals looking for a rental, an off-airport depot is a great option as there are many locations to choose from.

Keen to know more? Check out our airport rentals page.


Things To Consider

Avoid airport rentals if you don't want to pay premium location fees. However, you should also keep in mind that most off-airport providers may not have the same depot hours to accommodate early or late arrivals.