Car rental Tampa Airport


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Have fun on the Gulf Coast with a Tampa Airport car rental 

Pick up a rental car from Tampa Airport and experience the sun, fun, and culture of Florida’s West Coast. There’s something for everyone in this vibrant city, from boutique shopping and trendy dining to wildlife viewing and outdoor adventures. Get a deal on Tampa car rental and enjoy the hospitality of this diverse destination. 

Picking up Tampa International Airport rental cars

Tampa International Airport facilitates flights between Tampa and other major US cities, as well as several international destinations. The Main Terminal and four concourses offer various guest services, including an information kiosk, 34 restaurants, and 45 retail shops. Head to the Rental Car Centre to pick up your Tampa Airport rental car via the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal.  

Finding your way around with Tampa Airport rental cars

When picking up your Tampa Airport rental car, keep these driving tips in mind. 

  • The nine-mile trip with your rental car Tampa Intl Airport to downtown should take approximately 13 minutes in regular traffic. From the airport, take E State Rd 60 E to exit and then use the slip road to get on I-275 N. Follow it for 5.6 miles and then take Exit 44 to N Tampa Street, and let the signs direct you to the downtown area.  
  • Awareness of your surroundings is critical on Tampa’s busy roads. Look at a map of the area and plan your route. Avoid rush hour if you can, especially on major highways like I-275. Check traffic reports and set up your GPS before departure. 
  • Turn-only lanes can confuse, as it’s tough to know you are in one until approaching the intersection. Map this out ahead of time to avoid accidental detours or slowing everyone down as you get back into the correct lane.  
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists—they have the right of way.  
  • Parking is plentiful in Tampa, with thousands of on-street parking and dozens of garages and lots throughout. Major attractions and businesses also have ample parking. 

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Things to do with a Tampa Airport car rental 

Tampa Riverwalk

Access this 2.6-mile-long trail at numerous places along the Hillsborough River. Tourists and locals alike gather here to walk, ride, dine and play at the numerous attractions and venues along the way. 

Busch Gardens

Head to this legendary 297-acre amusement park to enjoy live shows, thrill rides, games, animal exhibits, and so much more. It’s older than Disney World and cheaper too. 

Armature Works

Spanning 22,000-square-feet, the Armature Works Heights Public Market showcases incredible food and architecture in a heritage building from the early 1900s. 

Ybor City

This eclectic neighborhood in Northeast Tampa is a fantastic blend of historic legacy features and trendy restaurants and bars. Known for its incredible selection of cigars, Cuban food, and nightlife, Ybor City is entertaining day or night.

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

Drive 25 miles south in your Tampa rental car to get a free peek at manatees swimming through the Tampa Electric water plant, where they gather for warmth.  

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Top tips for rental cars Tampa Airport 

  • Are you looking for an economy car rental? Tampa Airport has more than the average selection of vehicles available, including luxury cars and convertibles. Type your desired dates into the search function to compare costs across multiple rental providers.  
  • If you require a last-minute car rental, Tampa Airport usually has ample supply—except during major holidays and events where demand increases. Try to book online first, and when in doubt, call us directly.  
  • If you are planning a Florida road trip, most car rental companies allow you to pick up a rental car in Tampa and drop it off in another city. Popular car rental locations from Tampa include Fort Lauderdale Airport, Jacksonville Airport, and Orlando Airport

What our customers say

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Easy to change my booking and find a cheaper price.
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Car rental at Tampa Airport: Frequently asked questions

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What type of car rentals are in the terminal of Tampa Intl Airport? 

Tampa Airport offers all types of cars to rent, including compact, economy, intermediate, standard, full size, SUV, people carrier/vans, premium/luxury, convertibles, and cargo vans.

GoSee shows you a huge variety of vehicles with the lowest rates and exclusive offers for your rental car Tampa Airport tour. Book now and kick off your adventure!

Why are rental cars in Tampa, FL so expensive? 

Rental car prices in Tampa, FL reflect the supply and demand of the market. Check current rates across multiple companies by typing your dates into the search function on this page. 

There are so several Tampa car rental companies at the airport and around the city. You may choose to proceed to the Rental Car Facility at the airport as soon as you land, or you may opt to collect your keys from an off airport location if you are coming from downtown Tampa Florida. Either way, you can see the best car rental deals from GoSee and choose the perfect one that suits your budget, needs and schedule.

Is there a shortage of rental cars in Tampa Airport? 

Rental car shortages may happen from time to time due to market conditions. For a current look at the supply status, type your dates into the search function on this page. 

How do I find the cheapest car rental in Florida? 

You can find the cheapest car rental in Florida by using the search function on this page to compare car rental prices across multiple brands, all in one place. Keep in mind that the cheapest offer may not be the best car rental in Tampa Airport (TPA)—sometimes, paying a little extra can get you a better value in terms of perks and convenience. Read the rental agreement carefully before booking.

Where can I find the car rental counters at Tampa International Airport (TPA)? 

The Rental Car Center at Tampa Airport (TPA) is located just south of the Economy Parking Garage. You will find all the top brands, like Hertz Tampa Airport, Budget, Thrifty Car Rental Tampa Airport, and National Tampa Car Rentals. 

Book the best car rental deals from GoSee and collect your keys at the rental counter of your chosen company.

What type of documentation will I require to get a Tampa International Airport car rental? 

Wondering if you are allowed to rent a car at Tampa International Airport? All drivers must be at least 18 years old with suitable identification (the age minimum varies by the rental company) and present a valid full license from their country of residence. You will likely pay a young driver's fee for car rentals Tampa Airport under 25. Driving licenses printed with non-Roman Alphabet (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic etc.) must be complemented by an International driving license or official translation. 

How much is a rental car per day in Tampa? 

Looking for a cheap car rental at Tampa Airport? Daily rental rates vary due to several factors, including seasonality, supply, and demand. The most up-to-date prices can be found by typing your desired dates into the search function on this page. This will bring up current rates of vehicles that you can compare across multiple car rental companies in one place. 

If you wish to save more, you can input your discount code (if applicable) before you complete your booking. Book your Tampa Airport car rentals with GoSee now!

What happens if I need to cancel my Tampa International Airport car rental reservation? 

If you wish to cancel your reservation for your Tampa Airport car rentals, please note that cancellation policies vary across car rental companies. In some situations, free cancellation does not apply to a non-refundable deposit. Make a habit to read through the terms and conditions of each offer carefully before booking.

What is the minimum rental period for my rental car in Tampa International Airport (TPA)?

The minimum hire period for a Tampa International Airport car rental varies per supplier Several companies usually allow rental for at least 24 hours, while others impose a minimum of 3 days. It is good to clarify and read the rental agreement for more details.

Make sure to check if your chosen supplier allows one-way rentals so you can maximize your tour, as you could then drop off your rental car at West Palm Beach Airport or Miami Airport.

Can I book now and pay later for my Tampa Airport car rental?

Yes, there are a few suppliers that will allow you to book now and pay later for car rental in Tampa, FL, but certain policies may vary. In some cases, the company will require a deposit to secure the booking.

Use our website's handy filters using the various options under 'Payment type' and then read the individual listings to see the terms and conditions. Always remember that each rental company has its own payment policy on reservations, deposits, credit cards, and debit cards.