Car rental alternatives in Raleigh, NC

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As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has many historic sites to visit, and a host of free museums downtown that can keep you mesmerized for days. The city is also home to 11 universities and colleges, as well as a rich sports legacy that attracts fans from around the country.

In addition to great Carolina-style barbecue at The Pit, there’s also a growing scene of fun, elegant eateries and coffee shops popping up around town. Get in the driver’s seat of your Raleigh airport car rental to start your adventure.

Raleigh Favorites

No matter what tickles your fancy, there is probably a museum in Raleigh just for you. But hop in your Raleigh car rental to start with these thrillers.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

When you want to be wowed by whole skeletons of dinosaurs and believable, life-size dioramas of past geologic eras, this free museum is the place to learn and explore.

Pullen Park

Get outside and enjoy that Southern sun at this 66-acre public park, where you can get active on the tennis court, spread out a picnic, or catch a show at the amphitheater.

Videri Chocolate Factory

Do you know how chocolate is made? See how Videri roasts cocoa beans and transforms them into delicious confections. Don’t forget to snack on the finished product.

Top hosts in Raleigh, NC

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Johnathon J. All-Star Host
169 trips Joined Mar 2016
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Johnathon made my first experience using Turo Perfect, Transaction went smooth and he was there to help every step of the way! 5 STARS will rent again from him.
Raquan - September 22, 2019
Johnathon was an amazing host from beginning to end! Communication was always quick and he was easily accessible. The vehicle was exactly as described and I could not have been more pleased! I will be back in NC and I won't hesitate to book one of Johnathons vehicles again!! A1 service!
Natasha - September 24, 2019
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David B. All-Star Host
360 trips Joined Apr 2016
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Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this rental and would definitely rent again without question.
Will - October 3, 2019
Everything about this experience, especially since being my first time was more than I could ask for. David was great and the car was great! Highly recommend!
Joshua - September 20, 2019
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Hit the road

North Carolina is dotted with charming small towns and bustling cities, plus has a magnificent coastline for cruising, so book your Raleigh car rental on Turo to zip between them.


Just a half hour away in your Raleigh car rental, Durham is Raleigh’s tranquil sister city that’s packed with great art, cuisine, and Civil War history — including reenactments.


This seaside town just two hours south in your Raleigh car rental delivers you the soft, sandy beaches of Cape Fear or Wrightsville, plus a dose of culture to keep you entertained at night.

Yadkin Valley

Even if you’re not won over by beautiful vineyards and tasty, specialized grapes, take your Raleigh car rental on the three-hour drive to this scenic valley for a show or breathtaking bike ride.

Average ratings in Raleigh (4.8 stars)

Honda Civic 2017
I would highly recommend Celeste to anyone trying to rent a car in Raleigh. Really had a 5 star experience, I’d give 6 if I could. Thank you Celeste, hope to do business with you again real soon!
Serge M. - February 17, 2019
Jaguar XK-Series 2001
Thomas and Deb are AMAZING to work with. They are super accommodating and very friendly. This trip was reserved very last minute... within an hour of pickup. While Deb handled most of the details, Thomas was also texting me all the way from Sweden to make sure everything was going well. Their cars are always super clean. The Jaguar runs and looks great. If you're looking to rent a sophisticated luxury sports car... this is it. I have also rented one of their Porsche's in the past as well.... This couple is my go to for car rentals in the Raleigh area.
Craig H. - April 29, 2019
Chevrolet Aveo 2010
Love Turo. Able to have a way to rent a car without all the extra fees attached with major rental places. Plus comfortable and punctual people
Brittany J. - August 13, 2019
Toyota Yaris 2010
By far the easiest car rental experience. Very pleasant and the car was perfect for our needs. Conveniently located
LaToya H. - May 21, 2019
Toyota Prius 2011
Great car rental! Car was clean and super fuel efficient! I would rent again if needed.
Shanti G. - October 15, 2018
Toyota Corolla 2011
Sahra was very flexible when I made modifications in my car rental . His car was clean, runs smoothly and was great on gas mileage. I would definitely rent from him again on my next trips to Raleigh.
Judith J. - January 3, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2014
I choose Turo for a local business trip. Matt made my first experience with Turo a major success and a breeze. It was a very simple process and I can't see myself returning to the traditional car rental services.
Sparkyl P. - May 13, 2019
Pontiac Vibe 2009
This was literally the best car rental experience ever. Tech meets practical and makes renting from Ms Celeste a breeze. She also has multiple vehicles as well and the options makes for a stellar experience.
Christopher T. - April 24, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2018
Pretty much the ideal car rental experience, from start to finish. Al was super friendly and easy to coordinate with. The car was awesome. Brand new and a real treat to drive. I'll be renting from Al next time I'm in Raleigh!
Michael H. - January 18, 2019
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2007
All phases of the car rental went exactly as planned. First time renting thru Turo and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy everything went. Henry was great!
Craig K. - July 30, 2018
Ford Mustang 2011
The car was ready on time and drove beautifully. I would recommend anytime you're looking to rent a car. Celeste is easy to work with and helped make our vacation a great time.
Chloe C. - November 30, 2018
Toyota Prius 2018
The Best Rental I’ve had on Turo! Very Very Nice
Carlyle W. - September 20, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011
Always a blast renting one of these fun cars!!
Adrian D. - September 28, 2019
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014
Great guy to deal with. Very nice car and would definitely rent it again
Brandon C. - October 8, 2019
Scion tC 2008
Celeste was awesome! She contacted me several times during the process and the trip. Very clean and well-maintained vehicle that fit my budget. Perfect for a couple or an individual. I was 20 minutes late in return and not a problem at all! Would definitely rent from again and recommend.
Lee J. - September 23, 2019
Chevrolet Impala 2009
They were awesome so easy and explained everything to me!!! I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to rent a car stop using airport car rentals!! Choose turn and choose keila
Timothy N. - January 3, 2019
Honda Civic 2014
Will was great and so was his car! Great on gas and stylish, our family definitely had a great time, and will rent again! It was such a hassle to try and got through a car rental company, who gave me the run around and wrong info, this was seamless and easy! Thanks Will and Turo!
Latasha W. - June 25, 2019
Toyota Prius 2010
It was awesome experience! I drove like 430 miles to Philadelphia from Raleigh with just 1 full tank and that was the most lovable part of my trip. Excellent mileage!!! Its switches automatically from GAS to ELECTRIC power drive which saved hell lot of money on fuel. Coming to Ashu, owner of the car, he is wonderful guy, very flexible,convenient and funny. I was a bit late in returning the car like couple of hours, where i thought i had to pay for extra day, but Ashu sorted things smoothly and made me happy. I like his approach towards customers. His car looks clean and smells good. It was pleasant especially travelling with kids. I would definitely rent his car in future as it was most economical car i have ever rented when compared to market prices on Enterprise, Avis , Budget etc.
John M. - August 23, 2018
Chevrolet Corvette 2018
Thanks out to Al for providing such a classic American-made sports car for a once in a lifetime rental experience. A ten day excursion visiting friends and family from Raleigh, North Carolina to Georgia, through Kentucky, into Tennessee, and back into Raleigh... what great memories between my 16 year old son and I. Al's 2018 Grand Sport Corvette was every part cool, classy, and a downright exceptional ride. Thanks again from Sean and Joe from Anchorage, Alaska.
Sean F. - July 27, 2019
Hyundai Veloster 2017
Celeste was very flexible with her rental. She is a professional and you can expect to be treated that way. They actually have a store front in Raleigh! The car was awesome. Clearly a head turner. Fun to drive and fuel efficient.
Greg M. - August 2, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2010
Ashu made renting a car on short notice very easy ! The car worked well and it was easy to pick up and return. I will be using him again next time I am in NC. 10/10 recommend !
Zara M. - September 18, 2019
Toyota Corolla 2011
Would rent again from Ashu. No issues with the car.
Sl .. - September 21, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2014
This was my 2nd time using Turo, by far a better experience than the 1st! Cesar was polite, responded quickly, easy to communicate with, and was very accommodating when I needed to extend the length of my trip! I would definitely rent from him again!
Haley B. - September 28, 2019
Toyota Camry 2014
Great road trip. Comfortable car, good sound system, AC, sunroof, all the amenities.
Harbor M. - September 28, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011
Great car for a two people trip ! Loved to drive it
François D. - September 29, 2019
Ford Mustang 2015
We highly recommend. Possibly the best part of our trip!
Ryan M. - September 30, 2019
Honda Civic 2017
This is the first time using this app and Celeste made the process so smooth and easy. My family and I truly appreciate it. She was available for any questions and even though the car was not available due to another renter not bringing it back in time she came up with a quick solution. Definitely will use again and recommend her as a great host.
Norman E. - September 22, 2019
FIAT 500 2013
Great car. Good on gas. I would definitely rent from them again!
Chedrack M. - October 3, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this rental and would definitely rent again without question.
Will W. - October 3, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Neeraj was great to communicate with and made things easy for me and the car was great. Would definitely rent from him again!
Will W. - October 11, 2019
Chevrolet Aveo 2010
The rental process with Neeraj is friendly and efficient ! I will definitely be renting again.
Olivia M. - October 14, 2019
Honda Civic 2012
I took a 5-day trip with Fredrick’s car to OBX and everything was perfect. The car was clean, communication was quick and easy, and pickup and drop off was smooth. I’d highly recommend Fredrick to anyone looking to rent a car.
David L. - September 1, 2018
Porsche 911 2010
This was one of my best experiences on Turo. From the flexibility of my arrival and departure times to the personal touches of the hosts, not to mention the awesome car, I was blown away. I will absolutely be renting this vehicle next time I’m in Raleigh, because these hosts made my trip so special. Thank you for an amazing weekend!
Tiago D. - June 16, 2019
Toyota Camry 2015
They are awesome very convenient and flexible with all of their cars I will recommend them to anyone in the Raleigh NC area who are looking for short term or long term rentals
Kadeem R. - July 4, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2004
From someone who drives muscle cars every day for work, this car was a blast! It was very well kept and Celeste was incredibly helpful and informative throughout the course of the trip. If you’re looking for a fun night out or are just tired of a boring commute, don’t think twice to rent this Miata!
Brandon H. - July 20, 2019
Porsche 911 2010
I was taking a short weekend trip to the beach to attend a wedding with my significant other. I wanted to treat her to a great weekend and this car really made the trip fun. The car was really exciting to use, but the biggest compliment I have are for the car owners. I didn't get to meet Thomas face to face as he was out of the country but his wife Deb was so wonderful to us. Deb went out of their way to meet us in a convenient location both for the pickup and the drop off. She had a goodie bag in the car and gave us a run down of the car with enthusiasm and friendliness. They were very responsive to messages and just extremely nice to work with. I would definitely recommend them for any trips if you want a luxury vehicle and great service. Deb treated us like new friends rather than a transactional customer and it really makes all the difference. Definitely rent from Thomas and Deb if you have the chance. Thanks for a great weekend!
Mina B. - July 22, 2019
Tesla Model S 2015
Justin was great to work with! He met us and showed us around the car, walking us through all of the features of his Tesla (there are a lot!). The car itself was great to drive for our road trip and we never had anxiety about running out of power. We needed to extend our trip overnight and Turo made this easy and Justin quickly responded and we were all set. On our next trip to Raleigh, we’ll be looking for Justin and his Tesla again!
Michael J. - September 3, 2019
Daniel Carl
Ford Fiesta 2014
Amazing host. Great car. A+ communication. Highly recommend
Daniel Carl C. - September 18, 2019
Toyota Prius 2013
Easy communication, very fairly priced, excellent on gas. Will def be renting again. Thanks
Dave M. - September 18, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011
Celeste is an amazing host. She is incredibly professional, friendly, and flexible. Booking couldn't have been easier due to the efficient process she uses. I'll definitely be back; the car is so much fun to drive!
Deandre F. - September 17, 2019
Polaris Slingshot 2016
The Slingshot was great such a fun car to experience. Patrick was professional and very quick to communicate.
PJ G. - September 19, 2019
Nissan Versa Note 2015
Everything about this experience, especially since being my first time was more than I could ask for. David was great and the car was great! Highly recommend!
Joshua A. - September 20, 2019
Abdullah Hakim
Toyota Corolla 2010
The host was great the car dependable & the entire experience one I hope to have again.
Abdullah Hakim I. - September 20, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2009
His car was good, as was how he did business. Highly suggest.
Karl S. - September 21, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2016
Car Was Really Amazing and Matt was really Friendly and helpful during my reservation. I would really recommend this car.
Justin S. - September 22, 2019
Nissan Cube 2013
This was my first time using Turo and I wasn't sure what to expect but Dustin made it one of the best experiences I've had using a rental service. He answered every question I had and helped me understand the app better. He takes good care of his vehicles. The vehicle I rented was super clean and it was a nice smooth ride all the way to and from the mountains! Loved how much room it had and the visibility when looking out the windows! Dustin is an awesome guy to work with so if you ever need a ride I highly recommend renting from him! He's definitely got my business if I need to rent a vehicle again!
Dustin G. - September 16, 2019
Chevrolet Sonic 2012
Johnathon made my first experience using Turo Perfect, Transaction went smooth and he was there to help every step of the way! 5 STARS will rent again from him.
Raquan G. - September 22, 2019
Ford Mustang 2014
Great guy to rent from. Will definitely rent again
William S. - September 23, 2019
Nissan Versa 2010
great car and service from owner who explain and help me use and understand the app
Omari H. - September 24, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2004
Easy directions to follow. Replies fast. Easy trip.
Eugenia B. - September 23, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2004
Awesome trip! Being able to rent a convertible with a manual transmission was a nice change from the typical rental car agency offerings. Thank you Celeste!
John N. - August 14, 2019
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014
I used this car as the exit car for my wedding, it was a great experience all around.
Rashad M. - September 26, 2019
Porsche Boxster 2013
Fantastic to work with. Great car. Highly recommend!
Jeremy M. - September 26, 2019
Dodge Caliber 2009
Great guy. Will definitely rent from him again
Albert C. - September 24, 2019
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013
Beautiful car love it got to get it back
Darius M. - September 27, 2019
Honda Civic 2017
The car was really smooth to drive and affordable , and Celeste was really nice and super easy to work with , really have only good things to say about the car and Celeste , loved everything about this booking
Anuschca G. - September 30, 2019
Honda Clarity 2018
Dustin is a great host, the communication he kept with me was great, instructions were simple and he kept positive energy. I will definitely rent again !!
Mercedes H. - October 9, 2019
Porsche Boxster 2013
Jimins porshe boxter s was just an absolute machine! I highly recommend using jimin as your host and the car!
Christian C. - September 30, 2019
Nissan Altima 2019
Jennifer was a pleasure to work with!! The car was AMAZING!! I will definitely be using her again!! Thanks so much Jennifer!
ABRA M. - October 3, 2019
Infiniti Q50 2017
Katy was great. The car was well maintained and clean. Her responses were friendly and timely. The car was filled with gas and had no issues. Katy was understanding and kind. I would definitley recommend her services.
Nekia B. - October 1, 2019
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014
He was very polite and professional. The Car was very clean and drove smooth. I will be doing business with him for now on.
Alvin D. - September 30, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2016
Great trip and accommodation! Thanks Jim for a nice clean vehicle and great customer service! I recommend this host.
Deyuel C. - September 22, 2019
Toyota Camry 2010
Great guy! Communicated the whole trip with me to make sure I’m good and made a personal connection with me, just a cool guy all round.
Torren W. - October 5, 2019
Hyundai Elantra 2017
An excellent drive, smooth communication and pickup/return. I'd definitely book a trip with Katy again!
Freda H. - October 11, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2016
Awesome car, easy to work with 👍
Rudolf S. - October 11, 2019
Honda Civic 2014
A very nice car and Will was a great guy! I would highly recommend!
Anne K. - October 16, 2019
Toyota Avalon 2006
I loved being able to use turo is a good car rental please just hate the put deposit it make it way more harder that we some people cant afford 200 pluse car for day its hard out here but people still need help to get and that cant afford deposit i think it should be change back how it was no deposit try help people out
Shanda C. - June 16, 2018
Nissan Cube 2013
This was my first time using TURO, and Dustin made me a believer in the entire process! His communication before picking the car up was thorough. The car was easy to locate and was a very sturdy ride all weekend. I found the process easier and much faster than a normal car rental company where you often times are stuck in a line for a while. Dustin’s Nissan CUBE was fun to drive in,and the price was excellent.
Beth B. - April 12, 2019
Toyota Prius 2015
I throughly enjoyed renting Roberts Prius! The car ran perfectly. Pickup and drop off were super easy. Robert responds quickly, and was very helpful! If I ever need to rent a car again in that area, I hope this one is available! :)
Amelia B. - August 29, 2018
Chevrolet Cruze 2014
Timika was on time and just as sweet as a person could be she definitely made us first time Turo users feel completely comfortable with using the Turo service - the car was clean and great on gas! I wouldn’t rent a car from any other place but Turo from now on (We will rent again from timika in the future) thank you Tom & Ashley
Thomas H. - September 18, 2018
Hyundai Elantra 2018
Joel made our last minute need to rent a car a total breeze! His Elantra is fun to drive, connects to your iPhone for easy connection, and was super clean and comfortable. Joel himself was so pleasant and easy to communicate with! Pick up and drop off were a breeze! Thanks, Joel!
Ariele C. - September 24, 2018
Hyundai Elantra 2018
Joel was so accommodating for our long road trip down the East Coast! Communication was top notch, the car was clean and so nice to drive. Pick up and drop off were easy and I’m extremely happy with my first Turo rental. We will be back to the Raleigh area and hope Joel’s car and hospitality are available next time!
Stefanie D. - January 2, 2019
Chevrolet Corvette 2018
This car is AMAZING!!! And the host, Al, is about the best you could hope for! First time ever renting through Turo and was so impressed at the level of professionalism and ease! If ever in the Raleigh NC area again would not hesitate to rent this car again from Al! Thank you for everything!!
Jenny D. - May 27, 2019
Porsche 911 2009
This was an absolutely FANTASTIC rental! First off, the car is amazing. Perfect shape and Deb delivered it right to me and picked it up right at RDU! So easy. What sets this rental apart from others is the super fun owners, Deb and Thomas! They made this whole process so much fun! If you’re in Raleigh- rent one of their vehicles and you won’t be disappointed! (Side note- now I’m searching autotrader for a 2009 911... 😬)
Tyler F. - April 22, 2019
Ford Mustang 2014
This is the second time I've rented a car from David and could not be happier. Was hoping to get the same BMW as last time but it wasn't available, ended up picking his Mustang. What a ride! I would never have paid to get a car like this from Hertz, would have cost a fortune. This was a great deal on a fun car. It was clean, ready and waiting for me. I like how he does his cars remotely so I can pick it up quick and not have to wait around to meet someone or have an unwanted long conversation after a long flight. ( Self admitted non-people person ) I just snap a few pics, get in and go. He sends friendly reminders which is nice because I would have been late returning it otherwise.
Lyle T. - June 13, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011
Celeste is AMAZING! Super accommodating and friendly. Car was fantastic! This was my first rental from Turo and it couldn’t have gone any better.
Daniel B. - July 29, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011
Celeste is amazing with communication, her cars are always clean and run so smooth!! I have now rented 3 different cars and never been let down
Leanne W. - August 2, 2019
Ford Mustang 2015
Great, clear car in perfect condition! Super fun for a beach trip. Would rent again!
Jessica T. - August 4, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2016
Great clean fun car. Jimin is top notch and accepted our rental even though it was extremely short notice. We will use him again when we come back to raleigh.
Cody W. - June 24, 2019
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2004
The car was awesome for our trip to the Outer Banks, and Celeste was a great host! No issues on the booking and we'd happily rent again.
Christopher P. - July 19, 2019
Honda Civic 2017
Celeste is amazing to work with.
Herman T. - September 17, 2019
Toyota Prius 2011
Another smooth transaction that was hassle free, I will definitely use Ashu again.
Chris H. - September 19, 2019
Tesla Model S 2014
This was my first turo experience... chris was very helpful.. responds fast and quick. Great doing business 🙏🙏🙏...
DONIEL E. - September 22, 2019
Nissan Altima 2019
Thank you it was a pleasure working with you I will definitely be back
Knarda C. - September 22, 2019
Nissan Altima 2019
First and foremost I would like to thank Jennifer for her rapid communication an ability to work with my last-minute schedule. Secondly the trip was very good the car is very clean ready to drive I enjoyed everything about this experience I will be sure to rent from them again and I suggest you do the same. I suggest getting the unlimited miles so you don't have to worry how going over your mileage.. I wish more host on turo would have this feature because it is a no brainer, thank you so much and I will be back to rent from you again
Qushati H. - September 15, 2019
BMW M-Series 2019
Great rental with Kay Cee. He catered to me as a business traveler and worked with my schedule, and meetings I had to attend and allowed me to return the vehicle a few minutes late. I would definitely recommend him to all travelers looking for an exclusive car like this. You won’t regret it!
Zachary H. - August 16, 2019
Toyota Prius 2011
Very good Prius and especially Ashu made it so simple for pick up and returned. I will use Ashu again for my Raleigh trips.
Arturo E. - August 19, 2019
Chevrolet Sonic 2013
Johnathon was an amazing host from beginning to end! Communication was always quick and he was easily accessible. The vehicle was exactly as described and I could not have been more pleased! I will be back in NC and I won't hesitate to book one of Johnathons vehicles again!! A1 service!
Natasha M. - September 24, 2019
FIAT 500 2013
Great option! Seamless pickup & drop off at low cost
Sean B. - September 25, 2019
Chevrolet Camaro 2018
Baileys Cameron is beautiful! It rides so easy and I couldn’t believe how good it was on gas! He even left a few bottles of water in the cup holders, that was a nice touch! Thank you bailey!
Ashley R. - October 8, 2019

Best Raleigh driving roads

Tail of the Dragon

Also known as Deal’s Gap, this 11-mile section of US Route 129 is popular among drivers and bikers for its racetrack-like set of 318 curves with little to no elevation.

Hanging Rock

Take the deliciously windy NC-66 up to the Hanging Rock State Park to let your Raleigh car rental revel in the steep mountain ascent and hairpin turns.

Blue Ridge Parkway

This highway is the most famous road North Carolina for great reason. Rev up your Raleigh car rental to get blown away by the mountain ridges any time of year, but particularly in the fall.