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Destination Dayton: broaden your horizons with a car rental

Near the borders with two other states, Dayton makes a central starting point for a midwest adventure. It is located almost equidistant from the bustling cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis and also close to the beautiful Great Lakes. So much is within reach from Dayton with a rental car—book your wheels and start planning!

Dayton Airport car rental locations

The car rental companies operating at Dayton Airport are located at the rental car facility next to the parking garage. Here you will find suppliers including Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and Budget Car Rental Dayton.

What you should know before picking up your rental car from Dayton Airport

Dayton Airport guide

Dayton International Airport, officially James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY), is located ten miles north of the city center. It is the third-busiest airport in Ohio; it features three paved runways and one terminal with two concourses.

Inside the terminal building, travelers can enjoy a range of eateries ranging from a sit-down grill restaurant to a coffee shop. There are a handful of retail establishments, a business center, a USO center for military members, ATMs, vending machines, a post office, and stations for charging electronics and refilling water bottles. Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal.

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A guide to driving car rentals in Dayton and beyond

To keep safe during your time on the roads in the city of Dayton, the state of Ohio, and beyond, take note of these tips and do some research of your own. Knowing a little bit about the road rules and customs can smooth the way for a trip that’s memorable, enjoyable, and free from serious incidents.

Whether you are arriving from out of state or overseas, these pointers are a good place to start.

  • In the USA, you will always drive on the right and overtake on the left. On multi-lane highways, the leftmost lane is generally reserved for passing.
  • All distances are posted in miles, and speeds are in miles per hour.
  • If you’re driving long distances, plan to stop and rest frequently. The USA is a big place, so be aware of how long your journey is expected to take.
  • Winter driving in the midwest requires extra care. Drive slowly, brake carefully, and carry supplies such as a shovel and blankets if possible.
  • The blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers aged 21 or over in Ohio is 0.08%. Drinking alcohol is illegal for anyone aged under 21.
  • The highest speed limit in Ohio is 70 miles per hour on freeways. Residential limits are set around 20-35 mph. Always check speed limit signs for accurate information.
  • As you drive through the midwest, be aware that road rules may change slightly across state borders.
  • Take all the flyers and freebies they give at the car rental counter. You may find a discount code useful for your travel.
  • The best car rental company may change according to your every travel, and the best deal may not always be the cheapest but one that suits all your travel needs.
  • Looking to park you rental car? Dayton Intl Airport offers both short-term and long-term parking while the city has over 2,000 spaces in surface lots and over 1,300 on-street metered parking options.

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Destinations to delight in and around Dayton

Dayton is a small city with a big claim to fame: it’s considered America’s birthplace of aviation, where the Wright brothers lived and perfected their designs. There are museums, galleries, attractions, and even a national park dedicated to this aspect of the city’s heritage. If that’s not your area of interest, rest assured that you’ll find an array of non-aviation things to do and see in the city and its surrounding area.

Having a car rental from Dayton Ohio Airport is invaluable, particularly if you plan to leave the central city and explore more fully. Hit the road for a proper multi-state road trip and you could visit the famous midwestern and east coast hotspots like Chicago, St Louis, Washington, and New York. If you’re after smaller and lesser-known but equally interesting nearby destinations, head to Indianapolis or Norfolk in your rental car. For good music and food, drive your hire car to Nashville or see Asheville, North Carolina to see the famous Blue Ridge Mountains.

There’s no need to spend hours on the road if you don’t want to—Dayton itself boasts many attractions, and a rental car allows you to easily extend your scope an hour or two from the city. Listed below are some fantastic destinations in and around Dayton. Pick and choose the ones that interest you for an unforgettable itinerary!

National Museum of the United States Air Force 

This amazing museum is located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base about five miles east of the city and is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Admission and parking are free; the 19+ acres of indoor exhibit space houses hundreds of aircraft to tell the vast and lengthy story of the USAF.

RiverScape MetroPark and downtown

This beautifully landscaped park on the bank of the Miami River is an excellent starting point from which to head into downtown Dayton and experience the shops, eateries, galleries, museums, and more. There are activities in the park year-round, from concerts in the summer to ice-skating in the winter.

Columbus

The capital of Ohio is just over an hour’s drive from Dayton and has a range of activities and entertainment for all ages including some fantastic parks and gardens. These include Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Whetstone “Park of Roses”, the interactive fountains on Scioto Mile, and the Topiary Garden. 

Ohio Caverns

dayton ohio cavernsThis amazing geological formation is located around 50 miles northeast of Dayton. It is billed as ‘America’s most colorful caverns’ and lives up to the title! The caverns are open to visit via guided tour year-round and provide a very fascinating look at Ohio’s finest subterranean delights.

Cincinnati

The ‘Queen City’ is not far south of Dayton and a great spot for an urban day trip. It enjoys a scenic setting between the Ohio River and rolling rural hills. Wander the charming European-style neighborhoods and enjoy the neon-splashed downtown with thriving cultural scenes and interesting museums.

Kings Island

Located between Dayton and Cincinnati is this vast amusement park, consistently rated among the best in the country and well known for its enormous and thrilling roller coasters. Adrenaline seekers should definitely make a spot for this park on their schedule! 

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Dayton Airport car rentals: Frequently asked questions

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Does Dayton Airport have rental cars?

Yes, a variety of rental cars and vehicles are available at Dayton Inernational Airport.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Dayton Ohio?

The price of a rental car from the airport will vary according to which rental supplier and vehicle you choose, as well as the time of year for which you book. Monthly car rental rates will just be averages; to get the most accurate rental estimate, enter your details into the search panels at the top of the page and use the filters to pinpoint those that suit your needs and budget.

A cheap rental car Dayton Ohio Airport deal might cost around USD$75 per day. A luxury SUV or people mover could cost upwards of USD$300 per day. There will also be changes in the rates for one-way rentals like if you are to pick up at (or drop off) Dayton only.

Do airports charge more for rental cars?

Car rental Dayton Ohio airport rates can be slightly higher than those at downtown depots, but renting a car from the airport is convenient and can eliminate the cost of other ground transport to get into the city. To compare, you can change the location in the search panel above to a non-airport category.

How can I save on the cost of my car rental at Dayton Airport?

Booking your car rental Dayton Airport through GoSee allows you to take advantage of our bulk buying power. We negotiate great rates and specials and pass those savings along to you, the customer.

Additionally, our simple and user-friendly search engine makes it easy to seek out the best prices of rental cars Dayton Airport from a range of suppliers. Enter your details and use filters to adjust the car rental deals according to features like price, transmission, vehicle type, and more. By default they are listed with the lowest price first, allowing you to spot a bargain at first try.

What’s the minimum age to rent a car at Dayton International Airport?

21 is a common minimum age for renting a car, but this can vary according to the rental car company. A few may allow rentals to those aged 18+. Young driver fees are common and can even apply up to 25 years of age.

Enter your age when you search deals for Dayton International Airport car rental, and you will see only listings available to your age group—if there are any.

What types of cars can I rent in Dayton?

There is a wide variety of quality vehicles available to rent at Dayton Airport, ranging from small and compact cars through mid-sized sedans to large people movers and SUVs.

What happens if I need to cancel my Dayton car reservation?

The reservation terms specified in the rental agreement will be available for you to read upon booking. Many suppliers, including those offering Dayton Airport rental cars, allow free cancellation up to a certain amount of time before the booking begins.

What car rental companies are available at Dayton Airport?

Car rental agencies operating at Dayton Intl Airport include Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and Budget. Find cheap car rental deals from these suppliers when you book through GoSee.