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Old 03-22-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Would I be able to rent a car at Port Canavaral?

Does Port Canavral have a car rental place? I would like to book a car after the cruise but not before.
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I have not done it yet, but my understanding is "yes". I think there are shuttles that will take you to the car rental locations that are very nearby, but not on-site. I have read that the lines waiting to pick up a car after the cruise can be long though, because so many people are trying to get cars, and the rental locations are waiting for other customers to drop them off to go on their cruises. Good luck!

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Yes, the process itself is quite easy. However, we rented with Budget and we waited 40 minutes for the shuttle and 60 minutes in line at the office. The office staff were quick and helpful, but when I got there they had 2 people at the desk and over 30 people ahead of me in line. And shortly afterwards a shuttle from Carnaval arrived and the line got even longer! We got off the ship at 9 and pulled out of the Budget parking lot at a few minutes before 11:00. I will not be using Budget again. The shuttle bus lines for the other companies seemed to be moving much faster, but I don't know what the wait was like for them at the rental office. Next time I think I will spring for a cab to the rental office (it's only a few miles so it wouldn't cost too much) to try to avoid some of the wait.
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We rented from Budget as well and luckily only had to wait 10 minutes for the shuttle. Keep in mind there are tons of cabs around when the ship ports, so if you don't want to wait the cab ride shouldn't cost more than $10. If you do go with Budget, having only two people working at the counter seems to be the norm. We waited about half an hour when we arrived.

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We rents from Avis and had zero line for the shuttle and 2-3 people in front of us at the rental place. However we were on a half empty cruise.
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Car rental agencies near the port are:

Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty/Dollar and Alamo/Enterprise. All are about 2-4 miles from the port and all have shuttles that will pick you up from the ship and take you to their offices.

When you leave the terminal a CM will ask where you are headed and you tell them which car rental agency and they will direct you to the appropriate line to wait for the shuttle.

We have used many of the rental place and had good and bad experiences so there is no way to say that one is better and than another. I book my rental pretty much on price alone and at different times different agencies had the best deals.

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Just got back and we used Enterprise. We waited about 5 minutes for the shuttle and had the car within 10 minutes of getting on the shuttle.
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