15 Car Rentals with Different City Drop-Offs (incl. Free Ones)
One-way car rentals offer the flexibility to travel from one place to another to suit your itinerary.
Better still, some rental companies let you drop off the vehicle at a different location for free.
The 15 Companies That Allow One-Way Rentals
This list covers traditional rental companies, car-sharing platforms, and innovative up-and-comers in the industry.
Car rental companies that let you drop off the vehicle at a different location with prior arrangement include:
Their one-way rentals are available for a fee, although some do not charge drop-off fees between the major locations if you notify them in advance.
Head to the table below for more details.
Car Rentals That Don’t Charge for Different Drop-Off Locations
Although more service providers with one-way rentals are probably available, car rentals like National and Sixt have indicated on their websites that they offer free drop-offs between airport locations.
Should you only need to drop off the rental car in a different place within the same city, Kyte is an excellent pick, with a growing list of cities it serves.
(See the link at the bottom of the page for Kyte’s latest service areas.)
Comparison Table (with Fees & Conditions)
Car rental companies typically do not publish their fees for one-way bookings, as they can change between locations and from time to time.
|Allow One-Way Rental?||FREE or Fee Applies?||Different Location Drop-Off Fee|
|Ace||Yes.||Fee applies.||Not specified.|
|Alamo||Yes.||Fee applies||Not specified. Higher rental rates may apply.|
|Avis||Yes, most locations and vehicles.||Fee applies||Higher rental rates may apply, but most locations do not have one-way charge. Unauthorized different drop-off location incurs an extra fee.|
|Budget||Yes at most locations. Some allow one-way into CAN.||Fee applies||Unauthorized different drop-off location incurs a min. $45 fee.|
|Dollar||Yes, most locations and vehicles.||Fee applies||$0.49/mile, location and car-dependent. Higher rental rates may apply. A $12.99 return change fee applies if returning to a different location without prior notice.|
|Enterprise||Yes, most locations and vehicles.||Fee applies.||Not specified. A one-time drop charge or per mileage charge may apply.|
|Fox||Yes, between locations in AZ, CA, CO, NV, UT, WA.||Fee applies.||Not specified.|
|Hertz||Yes, only for non-Teslas.||Fee applies.||Not specified. During-rental return location change incurs a $10 fee. Unauthorized different drop-off location incurs a $12.99 fee.|
|Kyte||Yes, within Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Jersey City, LA, Miami, NY city, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, D.C.||FREE.||No fee. But where you drop off is subject to availability.|
|National||Yes.||FREE between airport locations.||–|
|Payless||Yes, only at participating locations.||Fee applies.||Not specified.|
|Sixt||Yes.||FREE between airport locations. FREE between and within CA, FL, NV, and TX.||Not specified.|
|Thrifty||Yes, only at participating locations.||Fee applies.||$0.49/mile, location and car-dependent.|
|Turo||Possible; must be within host’s pickup areas or radius.||Fee applies.||Varies.|
|Zipcar||No; only available in London, UK.||–||–|
Most car rental companies will charge a drop fee if you return the vehicle to a different location.
Still, such provisions can change without prior notice on their websites, so it’s best to check with the specific rental locations for details.
Your chances of getting a free drop-off in a different area are higher when you rent from larger companies with many locations, like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
One-way rental fees, if any, are straightforward charges that renters can check with the rental location before the trip starts.
However, issues may arise when the renter tries to change the drop-off location mid-way through the rental.
Some traditional rental services have had renters complain that they received hefty charges even after the agent confirmed the change to be free over the phone.
Read the posts below for each car rental’s common issues and complaints: