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Des Moines, IA, United States
Aug 9 — Aug 16
Same drop-off
Des Moines, IA, United States
Mon 8/9
Noon
Mon 8/16
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Des Moines car rental information

Pick-up locationDes Moines
Rental locations15
Airport locations13

Car rental insurance in Des Moines

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Des Moines car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Des Moines.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car rental insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Des Moines car rental.

Des Moines car rental reviews and directory

From ₱1,645/dayRated #1
Alamo
Most popular
Best rated
Cheapest deal
9 Excellent (107 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Alamo
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 816 4385
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 22 2021
Pros: Staff was very helpful picking up and returning. Very convenient location in the airport and the cars are right outside the door in the baggage claim area
6.0 GoodAug 30 2020
Pros: Nice sized suvCons: The gas gauge was way off. No horse power.
9.6 ExcellentJan 6 2020
Pros: Staff was super helpful. Class of vehicle rented wasn't available so they provided an upgrade and reduced the price for the trouble. Would highly recommend!
10.0 ExcellentSep 16 2019
Pros: Outstanding service. They were swamped when we got there, but they dealt with the long quickly. They did not have our size of car so they gave us a choice of upgrade that would suit us and gave us free gas to compensate the mileage. And they were very happy to do it. So we are very happy!Cons: It was as good as it could have been.
8.4 ExcellentSep 2 2019
Rav4Pros: Fuel economyCons: No mapping capability turned on. Drivers seat wouldn’t recline
6.0 GoodAug 12 2019
Pros: Staff was helpful and gave discount for dirty car.Cons: Cleaner car.
10.0 ExcellentJul 14 2019
Pros: My flight was delayed 3 times. I arrived at the counter 3.5 hours past my reservation. Alamo had my information ahead of time and everything was ready for me. Staff was very friendly & helpful!
6.4 GoodJan 23 2019
Pros: The space. I was able to fold down all the seats and it worked out perfectly for my usage.Cons: I found trash in the car at pickup - frozen Dr. Pepper soda. The car seemed like it could of been cleaned better.
9.6 ExcellentJan 1 2019
Ford rentalPros: The heating seats!Cons: The car had crumbs
8.0 ExcellentDec 3 2018
Pros: Nice agent! Good value!Cons: Poor cleaning, Strange smell in vehicle. Much pet hair.....
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Rated #2
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (100 reviews)
3 locations in Des Moines
Enterprise
Locations in Des Moines
1545 E Euclid Ave+1 515 262 2222
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
200 Se 6th St+1 515 282 8000
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 996 0646
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreJul 28 2021
7.9 GoodJul 18 2021
5.9 OkayJul 16 2021
10.0 ExcellentJul 9 2021
10.0 ExcellentJun 19 2021
Pros: Counter and returning staff were excellent in service and efficiency, courteous and friendly.Cons: The costs were more than expected for the car size and location.
2.0 MediocreJun 13 2021
Cons: Everything can't be rated because I got a phone call from Enterprise telling me that they had overbooked and that I would be on a wait list for a car. That was the last I heard from them.
10.0 ExcellentMay 11 2021
Pros: Jack at the counter is a wonderful asset to the company. He did a,great job getting us into the vehicle that we wanted.
2.0 MediocreMay 3 2021
Pros: NothingCons: I spent 35 minutes in line in the hot sun just to get to the counter and be told they didn’t have a vehicle for me even though I had previously reserved one. I thought the point of a reservation was to guarantee it would be there. The employee stated that he had tried to call me to let me know about this but I had zero missed calls and zero voicemails so I do not believe he tried to call me. I will not be renting from Enterprise in the future and will be sharing this experience with everyone I know.
2.0 MediocreOct 6 2020
Pros: I didn’t even have a car when I had placed a reservation well in advance.Cons: The pick up time for my car was set for 5pm, the location closed at 5pm. I called first thing the following morning to pick up my rental & they told me they no longer had the vehicle available because I hadn’t showed up to pick up the car at my scheduled appointment time— even though I did, they were just closed by that time. I was told theyd call me later on that same afternoon to give me an update & I never even got a call, no apologies for the inconvenience, nothing. Frustrating to say the least.
6.8 GoodJun 12 2020
Pros: the rental guy in Des Moines wasn't very friendly but did his jobCons: More friendliness would help. otherwise all is good.
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Rated #3
Thrifty
8.3 Excellent (37 reviews)
2 locations in Des Moines
Thrifty
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 877 283 0898
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
Lc Pending Close Dec 1st+1 877 283 0898
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJul 6 2020
Pros: staff was very friendly. Drop off was confusing as it was no longer Thrifty but Hertz
9.6 ExcellentMar 22 2020
Pros: The entire experience could not have been easier and more convenient.
2.8 MediocreDec 19 2019
Cons: My car stopped working. Had to get an uber to get where I needed to go. The lyft they got me didnt even bring me to the right place to pick up my car at first. I had an extremely disappointing experience.
2.0 MediocreJul 23 2019
Cons: I reserved a 7 passenger and after my card was scanned and I walked outside, I noticed I was given a 5 passenger. Transaction was supposed to be avoided but there continues to be a hold on my account
5.6 OkayJul 10 2019
Cons: Staff was incredibly rude and very unhelpful
10.0 ExcellentJun 21 2019
Pros: It as quick and easy
9.2 ExcellentNov 24 2018
Good job Thrifty.Pros: Efficient, friendly staff!Cons: Difficult to find my car in the lot at pickup at DSM.
10.0 ExcellentDec 29 2017
Cons: Pick up and drop off was a breeze. Counter agents were very pleasant. Vehicle was in excellent condition.
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2017
Pros: Customer service and priceCons: Availability of cars
9.6 ExcellentOct 17 2017
Pros: Very efficient and good price.
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Rated #4
Hertz
8.2 Excellent (48 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Hertz
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5839
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleAug 1 2021
10.0 ExcellentAug 1 2021
10.0 ExcellentJul 24 2021
10.0 ExcellentJul 12 2021
6.0 GoodMay 1 2021
Cons: The vehicle we had reserved had been "given away". We were given an upgrade; however it was not very comfortable. We had reserved a vehicle we knew we would be comfortable in for the long drive. Vehicle was dirty inside - used our own wipes to sanitize. Windshield wipers did not work properly. Was stressful on day 2 of the drive in the rain.
6.0 GoodFeb 19 2021
Pros: The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, at the airport.Cons: The person I spoke to on the phone, after my initial flight was canceled, could not have been less helpful, or more condescending.
2.0 MediocreJan 20 2021
Pros: NothingCons: They were not open when I arrived and I had to spend 3x as much getting a car from another company
8.0 ExcellentAug 23 2018
Pros: Nice car and people.Cons: Sirius should be included, especially when one already has a sirius account.
10.0 ExcellentJul 13 2018
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful!!Cons: N/a
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2018
Pros: Excellent Service!
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Rated #5
Dollar
8.1 Excellent (30 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Dollar
Locations in Des Moines
Lc Pending Close Dec 1st+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 2 2018
Can’t Use Debit CardCons: I booked through Kayak and they took my debit card number and the reservation was made. When I got to Dollar rental they said I needed a credit card. I was never told during the booking process that I needed a credit card to make this reservation so I was extremely inconvenienced. Now I have to try to get a refund for the insurance I paid for.
10.0 ExcellentJun 1 2018
Pros: Lots of room, great gas mileage, very comfortable, great customer service.
8.0 ExcellentMar 28 2018
Dependable, Clean Vehicle At A Good PricePros: We requested an intermediate SUV to drive from Iowa to California and back. Dollar gave us the Ford Escape. It was comfortable, handled really well, had good pickup, and many features you'd find in a more expensive car. Gas mileage was reasonable and the price Dollar charged me was more than fair.Cons: I had to get an oil change once I reached California. However, Dollar reimbursed me for my cost when I returned. Dollar also said that any Hertz or Dollar outlet will handle that type of maintenance when needed on the road.
8.8 ExcellentJun 28 2016
Watch out for lose cables!Pros: The car itself was a good choice they made.Cons: The key fob cable came apart it was stressful when it came to possibly losing a key. When git the keys the cable was frayed and later came apart.
3.6 MediocreFeb 10 2016
Stinky CarPros: The car didn't break down.Cons: Besides having no modern amenities (usb outlet/bluetooth), the car smelled terrible. At one point I even searched the car to see if anything had been left behind... like a bag of poop. I bought two car air fresheners, but the stank overpowered them. Nasty 3 days.
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2016
Problem and hassle freePros: Easy drop off and pick up
9.2 ExcellentJan 17 2016
Almost perfectPros: Fine car, very clean. Service at the counter at pickup and dropoff was great.Cons: Only difficulty is that windshield wipers were terrible. Made for horrible visibility, especially at night, in the snowy/slushy conditions.
3.6 MediocreNov 29 2015
Who runs this company?Pros: The employees were niceCons: The seats of the car were absolutely filthy and when I brought it up with the guy at the rental office he said "yeah, we know." And then later talking to the manager, she told me that all the Kias with light upholstery have stained seats, like that was going to make it OK. I don't really understand why the CEO of the company thinks she should make her employees rent out disgusting cars just so she can earn her bonus for the year. It's crazy.
2.8 MediocreNov 21 2015
diuble charged me on credit card after car returnePros: Not muchCons: Attitude of customer service rep. Trying to upsell even after being told no. Trying to sell insurance when told insurance was there. Lying to customer in car availability
9.6 ExcellentNov 2 2015
Pros: The rental process was efficiently handled, staff were friendly and helpful, and the car was perfectly adequate for my needs.
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Rated #6
National
9.6 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
National
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 816 4384
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 10
  • 9.3
  • 10
  • 10
  • 8.6
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Rated #7
Avis
7.6 Good (14 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Avis
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5623
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 7.5
  • 8.2
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 5 2021
Pros: The woman at the counter was very sweet, especially when I was extremely irritated. I feel bad that she has to deal with the ridiculous “policies”. She really was kind, thank you!Cons: Couldn’t pick up my rental because my license has my middle name and my card doesn’t. Clerk wouldn’t accept payment that didn’t EXACTLY match the card, and of course debit cards are not an option. I don’t care how much the “hold” is especially when I have thousands in checking Thanks Avis for leaving me stranded
8.0 ExcellentApr 26 2021
Pros: The service was good. I really liked the car, clean and nearly new. Good experience and better rates than other rental companies.Cons: Tried to call the rental location several times and never got someone to answer. Customer service these days is the way to stay ahead of the rest.
8.4 ExcellentAug 26 2019
Pros: Very friendly staff and made the experience interesting.Cons: System issues meant a longer wait time
10.0 ExcellentNov 2 2017
WonderfulPros: Great price, nice big car, great customer serviceCons: NY plates which made me stand out when I was driving. Prefer to have local plates next time.
10.0 ExcellentJun 25 2017
Customer service was excellent!Pros: I received a new vehicle and the service provided was excellent. My flight was delayed and I arrived to the airport four hours later than pickup selected time, but had no problem.
5.2 OkayMar 28 2017
Bad customer serviceCons: Our pickup lady decided to add $45 to our rental fee by adding on some optional insurance that she did not ask if we would like to add. She never asked up if we would like to add those options. She failed to get any initials from us on the lines that asked for my initials when agreeing to add those insurance options
10.0 ExcellentNov 11 2016
Pros: The pick up and drop off was easy and fast.
2.0 MediocreOct 29 2015
totally unsatisfiedCons: mechanical issues...3rd rental in a row.... customer srvc also denied backdating my wizard points to my preferred membership and was rude on the phone and hung up on my face!!!
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Rated #8
Payless
7.6 Good (25 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Payless
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5228
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
7.9 GoodJul 12 2021
10.0 ExcellentDec 27 2020
Cons: Thanks y’all are great
7.2 GoodSep 21 2020
Cons: Way too long of a line to pick up the car
4.4 OkayFeb 6 2020
Cons: Will never use them again. Insane after-the-fact price hijacking and terrible service. I have been renting cars several times a year for years. I had never used Payless before but needed to book something about a week in advance of the date. It was about $300 to book for 3 days which was already expensive but when I picked up the car they tacked on another full day because they charge by the “24 hours” not by the day, which was already absurd. They would not budge on the cost, which was a surprise upon pickup. When I picked up the car the total came to over $600! For 3 days with a car! They wouldn’t explain the Huge increase except that it was a high demand time and that’s just the cost of the car. Awful experience. Will stick with the better name brands that are fair and honest about pricing.
10.0 ExcellentOct 27 2019
Pros: Easy, friendly, clean, and wanted a car that had a trunk so that my luggage wouldn't be obvious. Got just wanted I wanted/needed, thanks!
10.0 ExcellentSep 2 2019
Pros: Super friendly staff
7.6 GoodAug 11 2019
Pros: drop off was easy.Cons: took too long to get a car. Short staffed at our location
2.0 MediocreApr 16 2019
Pros: No
9.2 ExcellentApr 7 2019
Pros: There was a line at the check in. But after about 10 minutes more staff came on and the service was then friendly and helpful.
2.0 MediocreNov 24 2018
Damaged paint and flat tire - paperwork said no damage at all.Pros: Nothing at all. Never again.Cons: Long slow line, 1 person handling 3 rental car companies. While waiting another customer came back and said their car was malfunctioning, she was in a hurry but still told to go to back of the line. I finally got my keys and paperwork, found the car with an obviously flat tire and very long deep scratch in the rear door, I didn't look any further. I went back in, the lady said back of the line to me as well. Eventually got up towards the front and the person originally ahead of me came back in and said his car was not out there. The lady told him to go look again, he said he had already looked for 20 minutes, and he had. When I got to the front of the line I said I wanted my contract cancelled. I left without a rental car and had to pay to park to boot, and lost almost 2 hours of my life. Never again.
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Rated #9
Budget
6.7 Good (28 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Budget
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 287 2612
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 6.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleAug 2 2021
7.9 GoodAug 2 2021
2.0 MediocreJun 29 2021
Pros: nothingCons: make sure you have the right car
2.0 MediocreMay 3 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpfulCons: Late fees and charges are outrageous as is charges for gas
8.0 ExcellentMar 19 2021
Cons: Car had been smoked in.
6.0 GoodMar 15 2021
Cons: The budget customer service staff needs to work on their customer service experience. Their behavior is what drives this poor review. If you book a car through any of the travel apps they are not inclined to offer you any information Other than what you received while pre-booking.
5.6 OkaySep 28 2020
Cons: I had no washer fluid which made the ride home in the mist quite dangerous.
2.0 MediocreSep 21 2020
Pros: Staff at desk was friendly.Cons: Long lines. Misleading car. Too small. We didn’t fit. Had to cancel our trip.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2020
Cons: Nothing. Loved the Chrysler Pacifica. Smooth ride. Accomadated our family of 5.
4.4 OkayFeb 18 2020
Pros: Nothing about the experience was good.Cons: First car we got had a clunk in the right front area. Second car was dirty inside & had no windshield washer fluid. Counter attendants were too busy gossiping to help me timely. When returning, all spaces were full, so parked in another agencies stall.
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Airport Van
1 location in Des Moines
Airport Van
Locations in Des Moines
4410 Merle Hay Road+1 877 826 4680
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Easirent
1 location in Des Moines
Easirent
Locations in Des Moines
Des Moines International Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Sunnycars
1 location in Des Moines
Sunnycars
Locations in Des Moines
Fleure Drive & Army Post Road
Recent reviews
392 travelers who rented a car in Des Moines gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car rental locations in or near Des Moines

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

₱2,002/day

Good deal

₱1,645/day

When to book a rental car in Des Moines

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Des Moines

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Des Moines for ₱1,645 or less
  • Book your rental car in Des Moines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Des Moines are around 25% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Des Moines

  • One car rental company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₱2,002 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Des Moines are Alamo (8.9, 119 reviews), Dollar (8.2, 62 reviews), and Enterprise (8.1, 117 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Des Moines is ₱175.73 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₱2,109 and ₱2,812, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Nissan Altima or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Des Moines.

  • The only car rental company onsite at Des Moines airport is Alamo.

  • The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Des Moines airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Standard car rental in Des Moines costs ₱2,424 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Des Moines costs ₱1,510 per day, on average.

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₱14,014 per week (₱2,002 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₱60,058 per month (₱2,002 per day).