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Car Rental in St. Louis: experience the real flavor of the American Midwest
St. Louis is an excellent city to visit in order to experience the real flavor of the American Midwest—often for free! Next to Washington DC, St. Louis has the most free tourist attractions in the United States, and these attractions sum up the historical and modern feeling of the American frontier and heartlands. Make the most of your visit by exploring this navigable and pretty city in the comfort of your rental car, and plan to explore its surroundings as well! Book your rental car today.
St. Louis experiences four distinct seasons each year, with frigidly cold winters and hot, humid summers. To enjoy the most comfortable weather, plan to visit St. Louis during the shoulder seasons, from April to June and September to November.
The de facto national language of the United States is English, though native speakers will notice the stereotypical Midwestern or Midland accent of Missouri locals, particularly in the rural regions of the state. Before the indigenous people of Missouri were relocated to Oklahoma in the 1830s, Miami-Illinois was the primary indigenous language spoken in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis is located in the Central Time Zone, UTC-6.
The currency is the US dollar. Currency exchange is widely available at airports and popular tourist destinations, and credit cards are accepted at the vast majority of businesses.
Automobile hire is available in over 20 locations throughout St. Louis, particularly at the Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL).
There are some really excellent sights within a day-trip’s distance from St. Louis. History buffs will want to drive, for instance, to nearby St. Charles, 30 minutes outside of the city. For excellent views from the road, drive along the Great River Road south to Alton, 185 miles south of St. Louis.
38 nationalities can enter the United States as tourists without applying for a visa, though if you are among these nationalities, you are still required to fill out the ESTA in advance. Visit esta.us for more information. Visitors to the United States will be fingerprinted and biometrically photographed upon entry. If your nationality is not included on the visa-waiver program list, you will be required to apply for a B-1 or B-2 visa in advance of your arrival.
Driving in St. Louis
Most visitors and residents of St. Louis explore the city by car, and for good reason: public transportation is limited, roads are wide, and the best sights are reachable by car. Travel in comfort and with convenience by booking your rental car today.
- Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road throughout North America.
- In the city: 25 to 40 mph (40 to 64 km/h)
- Rural interstate highways and expressways: 65 to 70 mph (104 to 112 km/h)
- Urban highways: 40 to 60 mph (64 to 96 km/h)
- Avoid the traffic congestions of morning and evening rush hour by staying off the roads, particularly Highway 40, from 6 to 10 am and 3 to 7 pm.
- Parking is typically fairly easy in downtown St. Louis, though you will likely have to pay a fee, whether you park on the street or in frequent garages throughout the city. Street parking is metered until 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays.
- An international driver’s permit is recommended for renting and driving a car in Missouri in addition to your valid domestic driver’s license.
- While the minimum fully licensed driving age is 18 in Missouri, you will have to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car. Drivers under 25 will likely have to pay young driver surcharges.
If you’re visiting in the winter, be prepared for very hazardous snow and ice conditions on the road. Weather conditions can change very quickly in Missouri.
- Kia Rio or similar (economy class) – $30/day
- Nissan Note or similar (compact class) – $31/day
- Hyundai Elantra or similar (intermediate class) – $32/day
- Volkswagen Jetta or similar (standard class) – $34/day
- Ford Fusion or similar (fullsize class) – $35/day
Cheap Car Rental in St. Louis
Automobile hire in St. Louis typically starts at around $48 a day. Here are some of the best deals in St. Louis:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Tips for Renting a Car Inexpensively in St. Louis
Prices range in St. Louis according to availability, meaning that prices can rise during the summer months. When Alamo has cars available, the price hovers around $48 a day. When only Hertz has cars available, the price hovers around $60 a day.
For the most availability of cars, hire your automobile from the St. Louis International Airport, located just 18 miles northwest of St. Louis’s city center.
You can also typically save around $20 a day by extending your rental period to over a week.