Car Rental

Car Rental for Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale Airport (including Miami Airport and Palm Beach Airport)

Here we discuss 7 popular cruise car rental topics (for Port of Miami information please visit our Port Miami website):

  • Car rental pickup at Fort Lauderdale Airport and drop-off at Port Everglades Cruise Terminals
  • Car rental pickup from Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and drop-off at Fort Lauderdale Airport
  • Car rental pickup at Miami Airport and drop-off at Port Everglades Cruise Terminals
  • Car rental pickup from Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and drop-off at Miami Airport
  • Car rental pickup at Palm Beach Airport and drop-off at Port Everglades Cruise Terminals
  • Car rental pickup from Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and drop-off at Palm Beach Airport
  • General car rental to and from Port Everglades Cruise Terminals (no airport involved).
Port Everglades Rental Cars
Port Everglades Rental Cars – main locations (click to enlarge)

For car rental tips such as how to get the cheapest deal, search multiple sites and more – please watch our website for future articles!

We are also writing new articles to describe the rental process at each of the three airports near Port Everglades.

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1 – Think Twice; Other Options Exist

But before you rent a car at the airport, do consider other options:

Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port Everglades (4 miles – 15 minutes):

  • Fort Lauderdale Airport is very close to Port Everglades. It generally makes no sense to rent a car between the two locations unless you plan to drive around and explore for a day or more.
  • Most Ft Lauderdale hotels near the Port offer FREE airport shuttles or very cheap shuttles
  • The closer your hotel is to the Beach, the more you will pay for overnight parking!
  • It is very cost-effective to use transportation services between Fort Lauderdale Airport and Port Everglades (and hotels).
  • Example fares for 2 people to the Port:

Taxi – $17 plus tip (metered)

Uber/Lyft – $14 plus tip for UberX. $18 for UberXL

GO Airport Shuttle – $26 (tip included)

Port Everglades - Rental Cars - Locations
Port Everglades – Rental Cars – Locations (click to enlarge)
Everglades Car Rental with shuttles
Everglades Car Rental with shuttles (click to enlarge)

Miami Airport to Port Everglades (30 miles – 45 minutes):

  • Are you comfortable with city driving? Do you have a phone app or GPS that shows traffic congestion?
  • The closer your Ft Lauderdale hotel is to the Beach, the more you will pay for overnight parking!
  • Example fares for 2 people to the Port or nearby hotels:

Taxi – $75 plus tip (metered)

Uber/Lyft – $42 plus tip for UberX, $97 for UberXL

SuperShuttle – $65 (plus tip)

Palm Beach Airport to Port Everglades (51 miles – 1 hour):

  • Thanks to the ease of the drive and distance involved, a one-way car rental is actually a good choice. Just watch online traffic congestion reports for I-95!
  • The closer your Ft Lauderdale hotel is to the Beach, the more you will pay for overnight parking!
  • Example fares for 2 people to the Port or nearby hotels:

Taxi – $80 plus tip (metered)

Uber/Lyft – $76 plus tip for UberX, $135 for UberX

SuperShuttle – $87 (tip included)

Step 2 – Understand the Car Rental Policies at Port Everglades

Shared ride vans, hotel shuttles, taxis and Uber/Lyft will drop you at your cruise terminal or hotel and pick you up from there back to an airport or hotel.

But be careful with car rental shuttle vans!

  • Car rental shuttle buses DO NOT travel between Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and Fort Lauderdale Airport
  • Car rental shuttle buses DO NOT travel between Port Everglades rental offices and the Fort Lauderdale Airport Car Rental Center
  • Car rental shuttle buses ONLY travel between Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and Port Everglades car rental offices!

Thus, after your cruise you will not find a car rental shuttle bus waiting to take you to the airport car rental center! You will be taken to a Port location (along Route 1) where you meet your rental vehicle. No shuttles to the airport and no shuttles elsewhere such as 17th Street.

Port Everglades - Rental Cars - Shuttles
Port Everglades – Rental Cars – Shuttles (ONLY between Port and Route 1 Area)

However, you are welcome to take a taxi or Uber/Lyft or Shuttle van to any Airport and rent a car from the Airport Rental Center.

Within a reasonable radius from the Port entrance gates you will find:

  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Enterprise (two locations but no shuttles to/from cruise terminals)
  • Dollar/Thrifty
  • Ace
  • Budget  (two locations but only one with free shuttle)
  • Avis (two locations but only one with free shuttle)
  • Fox (no free shuttle)
  • Alamo
  • Payless

Those with free shuttles to/from Port Everglades will drop and pick you from designated loading zones outside your cruise terminal. We suggest you always call the local rental office about 15 minutes before deboarding to ensure a shuttle is on its way to your ship!

Below is a map with the nearest Port Everglades Rental Car locations (to open a larger map in a browser go here – Open Large Map)

Budget

Link to the Renaissance Hotel local office website

Link to the cruise port local office website

Free Port Shuttle – Yes (from the cruise port location only)

Fastbreak Service – Yes but go to the counter and show your drivers license

After hours return – No

Hours of Operation – Sun 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Avis-Budget-Payless
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Shuttle location
Hours - Avis-Budget-Payless
Hours – Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Shuttle Location
Budget Cruise Port
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Shuttle Location
Shuttles - Avis-Budget-Payless
Shuttles – Avis-Budget-Payless
Budget in Renaissance Lobby
Budget in Renaissance Lobby

Hertz

Link to the local office website

On the ground level of the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

Gold Plus – Yes

After hours return – Yes, hand keys to hotel front desk

Hours of Operation – Mon-Fri 7:30 AM-6:00 PM; Sat-Sun 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

Hertz Port Everglades
Hertz Port Everglades (click to enlarge)
Hertz at Crowne Plaza
Hertz at Crowne Plaza
Hertz at Crowne Plaza
Hertz at Crowne Plaza

Sixt (this is their airport location!)

Link to the local office website

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

After hours return – Yes

Hours of Operation – 24 hours

Enterprise (no port shuttles)

Link to the Hilton Marina local office website

Hours of Operation –  Sun closed; Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM – noon

Link to the South Ft Lauderdale (their preferred location)  local office website

Hours of Operation – Sun 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Mon – Fri 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Enterprise Car Rental Port Everglades
Enterprise Car Rental Port Everglades South location (click to enlarge)
Enterprise at the Hilton
Enterprise at the Hilton

Dollar/ Thrifty

Link to the Dollar local office website

Hours of Operation – Daily 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Link to the Thrifty local office website

Hours of Operation – Daily 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

Dollar Thrifty Car Rental Port Everglades
Dollar Thrifty Car Rental Port Everglades
Thrifty near 24th St
Thrifty/Dollar near 24th St

ACE (this is their airport location)

Link to the local office website

Hours of Operation – 24 hours

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

ACE Car Rental Port Everglades
ACE Car Rental Port Everglades (click to enlarge)

AVIS

Link to the Cruise Port  local office website

Hours of Operation – Sun 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Link to the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel local office website

Hours of Operation – Sun 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Free Port Shuttle – Yes (from the cruise port location only)

Preferred Service – Yes but go to the counter and show your drivers license

Avis-Budget-Payless
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Port
Avis Cruise Port
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Port
Hours - Avis-Budget-Payless
Hours – Avis-Budget-Payless
Avis at Pier Sixty-Six
Avis at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel
Avis at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel Hours
Avis at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel Hours

Fox (this is their airport location)

Link to the local office website

Hours of Operation – 24 hours

Free Port Shuttle – No

Gold Coast Car Rental (this is their airport location)

Link to the local office website

Hours of Operation – 24 hours

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

Alamo

Link to the local office website

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

Hours of Operation – Mon-Fri 7:30 AM-4:00 PM; Sat-Sun 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

Alamo - Port
Alamo – Port (click to enlarge)
Alamo Desk
Alamo Desk
Alamo Lounge
Alamo Lounge
Alamo Hours
Alamo Hours

Payless

Link to the local office website

Free Port Shuttle – Yes

Hours of Operation – Sun 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Avis-Budget-Payless
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Port
Avis Cruise Port
Avis-Budget-Payless Cruise Port
Hours - Avis-Budget-Payless
Hours – Avis-Budget-Payless

Step 3 – Price the best option going to the Port

If, after reading all of the above, you still want to rent a car then you have to compare the quotes:

  1. Set your Pickup Location
  2. Set your Return Location to either Fort Lauderdale Airport or one of Port locations
  3. If the cost difference is small, return the car to the Port Everglades location and take the free shuttle to your terminal (choose a company with a free shuttle!)
  4. If the cost difference is large (more than the sample transport fares listed above), then return the car to Fort Lauderdale Airport and use a transportation service to your terminal

Step 4 – Price the best option leaving the Port

After your cruise, you have more decisions to make. Do you rent a car from one of the Port locations or from the airport?

  1. Set your Return Location to wherever you are going! Home, or an airport or wherever!
  2. Set your Pickup Location to either one of the Port Everglades locations listed above, or Fort Lauderdale Airport.
  3. If pickup at the airport is a lot cheaper than the local office, take transportation to the airport and rent your car
  4. If costs are about the same, take a free car rental shuttle to the Port location and rent your car.

Some cruisers swear they can do things faster and cheaper by taking an Uber from the cruise terminal to the Port Everglades Car Rental Center. They do not have to fight the cruising crowd and they can use their FAST RENTAL PRIVILEGES to get the car quick and easy. You decide!

All of these options are possible because Fort Lauderdale Airport and Port Everglades are practically next to each other!