Rental Cars on Kauai

To get the most out of your Kauai vacation you’ll definitely want to rent a car. Public transportation is available, but I don’t recommend using it. A lot of Kauai’s best places require your own set of wheels to get there.

Fortunately Kauai’s car rental competition is very stiff, resulting in prices that are usually lower than nearly any place else in the country. Make sure you reserve your car months in advance, especially during Kauai’s peak tourist seasons – rental car companies can run out of cars.

Once you’ve arrived at Lihue Airport, picking up your rental car is easy. Just go to the booths across the street from the main terminal.

Here is a list of Kauai car rental companies:

  • Alamo Rent a Car: (800) 327-9633 or (808) 246-0645
  • Avis Rent a Car: (800) 321-3712 or (808) 245-3512
  • Budget Rent a Car: (800) 527-0700 or (808) 245-1901
  • Dollar Rent a Car: (800) 800-4000 or (866) 434-2226
  • Hertz Rent a Car: (800) 654-3131 or (808) 245-3356
  • National Rent a Car: (800) 227-7368 or (808) 245-5636
  • Rent A Car (formerly Rent A Wreck): (808) 632-0741
  • Thrifty Rent a Car: (800) 367-5238

Kauai Car Rentals for Young Adults

The younger you are, the harder and more expensive it is to rent a car. If you’re age 21 to 25 you’ll have to go to either Alamo Rent a Car or Dollar Rent a Car, the others won’t rent to you. Plus you’ll have to pay an additional $15 to $25 per day.

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 21, you’ll have to rent from a place called Rent A Wreck – don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds. These guys will rent to you even if you don’t have a credit card. But, you must show proof of insurance and you must make a cash deposit.

Renting Classic Cars in Kauai

If you’re looking to travel in style, you might want to try renting a classic car such as a 66 Ford Mustang. Tropicars is the only rental car company on Kauai I know of that rents classics. You can reach them at 635-3799. Naturally their prices are higher than the other companies – $149 per day or $499 per week.

Because their cars are older, their rules are stricter than the other rental car companies. For example, you’re not allowed to drive up to Waimea Canyon or go to Polihale Beach. And although they aren’t located at the airport, they will deliver the car there.

4 Tips for Avoiding Car Break-Ins

  1. Don’t leave anything valuable in your car.
  2. The most common areas hit are where you must leave your car in a secluded place for a lengthy amount of time.
  3. Leave your doors unlocked and the windows down if you’re at an area that you know was recently hit. This leaves the perpetrators with no reason to break out a window, and if you followed rule #1 there won’t be anything for them to steal anyway.
  4. Consider renting a modest car with a plain paint job (such as gray) so you don’t draw attention when parked in secluded areas.

Car break-ins aren’t that big of a problem in Kauai, but it does happen from time to time – especially in areas where the punks know you’ll be away from your car for a while.


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