There are more than ten car rental locations in Washington, D.C., which means that the small district offers plenty of options for traveler looking to make their trip to the capital city more autonomous. That, coupled with the fact that there are a vast number of paid parking garages and parking lots means that travelers who opt for a cheap car rental in Washington, D.C. can easily park and explore. These characteristics also mean you’ll have a chance to map out days that take advantage of the city’s walkability, as well as the access that it provides to well-connected roadways, such as Interstates 95, 395, 495 and 66. With these highways available, travelers who have booked a car rental in Washington, D.C. can extend their adventure to rural areas. However, vehicles within the city make visiting powerful sites like Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall equally simple.
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If you’ve secured a Washington, D.C. car rental, you’ll want to take heed of the local traffic laws—many of which are similar to the guidance provided throughout the United States. For example, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC, or blood alcohol content, of more than .08%. The penalties for violating this are heavy, so if you’re planning a night out you’ll want to walk, or opt for a taxi or public transportation. Washington, D.C. also requires that all individuals traveling in a motor vehicle use seatbelts—regardless of age and position in the car. If you’re traveling with a child who requires a car seat, most car rentals in Washington, D.C. offer the option to add-on children’s seats. Also, while most roads have posted speed limits, in areas where no guidance is given, the maximum legal speed limit will be about one-third lower than the national limit for residential areas. All renters are encouraged to review D.C.’s department of motor vehicles for recent law changes ahead of their trip.
All travelers looking to book rental cars in Washington, D.C. must have a valid driver’s license. International visitors can typically just submit their government issued license to secure a rental, but may be asked to share a second form of ID, such as a passport. Additionally, while an International Drivers Permit is not required, it is recommended for individuals whose driver's license is in a language other than English. All renters must be at least 21 years old in order to get a car rental in Washington, D.C.; renters between the ages of 21 through 24 may find that an incremental fee for young drivers is charged.
When you book a rental car in Washington, D.C., you should abide by the city’s 25 mph speed limit. The speed limits on any suburban roads and highways in Washington, D.C. are 75 mph and 75 mph, respectively. Be on the lookout for posted signage, because these speed limits might change depending on where you are within Washington, D.C.
Those looking to rent a car in Washington, D.C. for a road trip to the surrounding areas, please know the weather in District of Columbia is usually varying and always includes the possibility of extreme weather.
Our typical cost for a rental is $250 a week for an economy vehicle and up to $1200 a day for a luxury vehicle with a driver.