Car rental Des Moines, IA

Homegrown character
in Des Moines

A flyover state to keep an eye on, the capital of Iowa has transformed into a small town with class and character. Fill your itinerary with museums, parks, and historical landmarks, and then look beyond the city limits.

Before you head out of town, take your Des Moines car rental for a spin through downtown and the cultural heartbeat of the city for its local flavors, live music, and thriving arts scene.

Des Moines favorites

Get a taste of the old and the new in Des Moines, and don’t be surprised when this modest yet vibrant city grows on you.

Salisbury House & Gardens

Stroll through the quiet halls and grounds of this glamorous estate, modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, while peeking into its history through memorabilia, antiques, and musical instruments.

East Village

Head over to the cultural hub of the city in your Des Moines car rental for historic museums and buildings to hipster shops, bars, and eateries like Tacopocalypse for drool-worthy burritos.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Spend an afternoon wandering around this quirky sculpture park in downtown Des Moines and marvel at the works of art by notable local artists.

Skip the rental car counter

Hit the road

A Midwest city full of character, talent, and potential, Des Moines is surrounded by nostalgic small towns and rustic landscapes, making it easy to escape from the daily grind.

Ledges State Park

Within a quick 30-minute jaunt, you’ll reach the sandstone gorge and natural wilderness at Ledges State Park. Enjoy the day as you please, whether you choose to camp, hike, kayak, or fish.

Pella

Skip town in your Des Moines car rental and head 40 miles southeast to Pella. Founded by Dutch immigrants, walk around Molengracht Canal and drop by the local shops and Dutch bakeries.

Okoboji

Nestled in northwestern Iowa, Okoboji is a must for water sports and scenic glacial-carved lakes. Aside from boating and fishing, Arnolds Park, a retro amusement park, is fun for the whole family.

Average ratings in Des Moines (5 stars)

Alex
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack is amazing and even gave me ride to and from airport. Will rent from him again if I’m ever back in Des Moines.
Alex O. - September 18, 2018
Keng
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was fantastic! Pick up and drop off was easy as he is located so close to the airport. The car was clean and reliable. Will definitely rent again if I am back in Des Moines.
Keng M. - October 26, 2018
ADAM
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 2018
5 🌟? No! 10 🌟! Yes! Rented the 'Bimmer'- (correct dialect for the educated!?!) Lol More like rented the 'Believer'. This twas the best Turo car rental experience one could hope for. never really paid much attention to BMW. But after driving this car around the great city of Des Moines for a few days, believin' BMW products are solid. Samih is solid. Pick up / drop off was solid. One more for emphasis, solid! 😎
ADAM C. - May 25, 2019
Enderson
BMW 3 Series 2006
Adil is an awesome guy. Very communicative and problem solver. I had a person hitting the car and Adil took over the situation and helped with all the paperwork and insurance. The car is really comfortable and fast. Definitely a good price for the ride. Whenever you come to Des Moines this car is one of the good options!
Enderson B. - July 17, 2018
sherly
Toyota Camry 2018
My first experience with Turo was great. Jake was extremely communicative and helpful. We really appreciated him the fact that he was taking the time to dropping the car at midnight and allowing us to catch our early morning flight. The car was clean, pleasant for us to drive around Des Moines. Thanks a lot Jake !
Sherly S. - November 15, 2018
Daniel
BMW 5 Series 2014
Charlie made our wedding weekend an absolutely joy. His BMW is a very clean and fun car, and we will absolutely rent with him again!
Daniel W. - November 18, 2019
Emily
Toyota Camry 2018
Jake and his Camry were great. He was very helpful and communicated about pickup perfectly. The car was clean and fast, and the gas mileage is awesome for traveling. Perfect experience!
Emily B. - October 27, 2019
Derek
Toyota Camry 2018
2nd Trip with Turo and Jake was awesome. Great car, communication. Highly recommend and I will be using Jake again
Derek P. - September 6, 2019
Andrew
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
EllenKate was really nice to work with, very quick to answer and polite. The Cruze was also very nice and an overall amazing car!
Andrew D. - September 10, 2019
Nick
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
Ellen Kate was excellent to work with. She made the whole process smoother than any rental car company and the car itself was perfectly kept. I’d highly recommend booking with her.
Nick G. - July 18, 2019
Jesse
Toyota Camry 2018
Wonderful experience! Great car, perfect pick up and drop off. Jake was super responsive!
Jesse S. - September 20, 2019
Peter
Toyota Camry 2015
Edgar was very responsive and accommodating to me. His car was clean and worked great.
Peter M. - October 22, 2019
Sara
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was responsive in communicating and this rental was truly effortless. His car was just as described and I would definitely use Turo again.
Sara M. - August 24, 2018
Mark
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
Great experience! I’ll try to get EllenKate every time I’m in DesMoines.
Mark B. - August 25, 2019
Anita
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack !!! I really appreciate your efforts to give me and my daughter a reliable comfortable vehicle during our vacation trip. I really appreciate your personal reminder and flexibility to pick us up from airport due to flight delays. You have kept your vehicle very clean and very convenient to return the vehicle as you live so close to the airport. Thanks for everything you are doing to make our travels a good experience!! Keep it up Jack!!
Anita M. - July 31, 2019
Maxx
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 2018
One of the best hosts on Turo, will rent from him every time I come to Iowa!
Maxx A. - August 10, 2019
Kacie
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jacks great! Highly recommend!
Kacie W. - August 31, 2019
Margaret
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Rented from Jack a second time, everything went smoothly - easy pickup and dropoff again, car was clean. A+ experience!
Margaret M. - August 17, 2018
Carl
Audi A4 2015
Kuuku provided an excellent service. I would definitely rent from him again. Great host. Thanks, Carl.
Carl T. - October 28, 2018
Heather
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack made everything super easy. Great car, had zero issues. Would rent from him again!
Heather K. - October 21, 2018
Nima
Toyota Camry 2018
Jake was great with communication before and during the trip. He was also flexible on the pick up time after my inbound flight was delayed. The car itself is practically brand new. Thanks Jake!
Nima O. - December 5, 2018
Thomas
Toyota Camry 2018
Jake was great! Met us at the airport for pick and return. The car was super clean and an all around great ride. Would book again.
Thomas W. - May 31, 2019
Gabriela
Toyota Camry 2018
Absolutely amazing experience. This was my first time using TURO and Jake made it seems so amazing and easy! The car was in excellent condition and perfect!
Gabriela S. - June 3, 2019
Joseph
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
I just needed the car for the day for my sons baseball tournament. EllenKate was very sweet and response time with any needs or questions was very swift! She even checked the status the of my sons tournament! Awesome car with an awesome owner!
Joseph K. - June 26, 2019
Joseph
Bentley Continental GT Speed 2008
Excellent host, very accommodating and an incredible car; luxury and power, you will love driving this car.
Joseph S. - May 13, 2019
Sabina
Toyota Camry 2018
It was great renting with Jake! He was great at communication, very nice, understanding and flexible! His car was amazing too! Great at mileage (very great!) and had all the safety features you might need on the road!
Sabina G. - May 14, 2019
Brian
Porsche Panamera 2013
First time I used this service and had a great experience. He was a great friendly host with a nice and unique car. Would definitely do it again.
Brian B. - August 14, 2019
Corvette
Toyota Camry 2018
This car was perfect! It's in brand new condition and really good on gas! Jake made the drop off and pick up so convenient! Thanks again
Corvette C. - August 23, 2019
Wilson
Kia Optima 2017
Fantastic service, really nice and easy to deal with!!
Wilson L. - August 11, 2019
tony
Kia Optima 2017
Nice, clean car. Communication very easy. Would definitely recommend!
Tony B. - July 18, 2019
Jolin
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
EllenKate’s Chevy was a wonderful and cool car. She was a helpful host and really worked with me to accommodate a change in plans. I would highly recommend this car.
Jolin M. - July 25, 2019
Danylle
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack picked me up and dropped me off at the airport. He was extremely easy to get ahold of, and even waited an extra 15-20 minutes when my bags were misplaced by the airline. Would definitely rent again!
Danylle K. - July 27, 2019
Neilson
Kia Optima 2017
This was a great car for what I needed. Brayden was excellent at returning messages and was very flexible with my constant changes to the pick-up and drop-off times. Great person to work with for my first time on turo
Neilson F. - July 29, 2019
Megan
Porsche Panamera 2013
Andre was a great host and definitely has a great car! Very clean, comfortable and a pleasure to drive! Next time I'm in town on business, I hope this car is available again. Thank you!
Megan L. - August 18, 2019
Dionda
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was awesome he cam on time for drop off and pick up. Great car great on gas. Very clean.
Dionda B. - June 16, 2018
Zachary
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Solid car, good gas mileage, easy to drive.
Zachary H. - July 4, 2018
Jennifer
BMW 3 Series 2006
Great car that’s affordable and convenient.
Jennifer A. - July 8, 2018
Deb
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
First time user of this service. He made getting the car so easy. He was prompt and personable. Thanks!
Deb M. - July 29, 2018
Margaret
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was an excellent host - very communicative and even offered airport pickup/dropoff! He was really flexible when my flight into town was delayed and I wasn't going to be able to make my scheduled pickup time and he waited around patiently for quite a while to hear from me. The car was great and as described. Thanks Jack!
Margaret M. - August 10, 2018
Chad
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Great car. Jack was extremely easy to work with!
Chad B. - November 16, 2018
daquan
Toyota Camry 2018
Jake was a great host. Very responsive and car was very clean!
Daquan N. - March 11, 2019
Ethan
Cadillac ATS-V 2017
Peter was accommodating with my arrival and return of his awesome Cadillac CTS. Would highly recommend renting from him!
Ethan M. - March 20, 2019
Oscar
Toyota Camry 2018
Great car and Jake was awesome! Spent almost nothing on gasoline, and it was easy to drive. Additionally, Jake was great about communication.
Oscar C. - April 3, 2019
daquan
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Great host. Jack made sure the car was clean. He was very responsive, and pickup and drop off was timeless!
Daquan N. - March 18, 2019
Brian
Toyota Corolla 2013
Thank you for letting us book your car! A+
Brian C. - March 17, 2019
Kate
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
He was awesome! The car was nice and clean! He met us at the door which was great!
Kate I. - November 25, 2018
Jacob
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Great long-distance car. Jack makes pick up and drop off smooth and easy.
Jacob H. - February 4, 2019
Jessie
Chevrolet Cruze 2017
EllenKate was so great! Kind, great communicator, and accommodated to a change of plans. 10/10 recommend
Jessie P. - June 21, 2019
Craig
Kia Optima 2017
First time using Turo and it was easy and great
Craig C. - July 15, 2019
Scott
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was very accommodating with my schedule-much appreciated.
Scott L. - August 4, 2019
Ilene
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Pick up and drop off went very quickly and Jack was really nice... Looking forward to booking with him again!
Ilene L. - June 10, 2018
Adrian
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
JACK IS Very Polite, Punctual, Clean and Great Communication....Definitely Highly Recommend!
Adrian N. - July 25, 2018
Sharayl
Audi A8 2006
When everyone canceled he was available and very professional.
Sharayl P. - August 5, 2018
Yussef
Alfa Romeo 4C 2016
He is very social and friendly
Yussef S. - August 19, 2018
aaron
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was very timely, picked us up and dropped us off at airport. Good experience.
Aaron M. - March 23, 2019
Lucas
Chevrolet Impala Limited 2015
Jack was an amazing host! Picked me up at the airport and i was off and then dropped me off at the airport! Very kind gentleman the c sr was fabulous, great on gas, great ride, clean. Would 100% recommend
Lucas L. - December 30, 2018

Best Des Moines driving roads

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

A prominent pioneer trail where thousands of Mormons trekked from Illinois to Wyoming in 1846, this route shows off Iowa’s diverse landscape and is peppered with bridges and historic buildings.

Historic US Route 6

The longest highway in America stretches for 3,652 miles, with a scenic slice passing through Iowa. Keep an eye out for the adorable mom-and-pop shops and the world’s oldest ice cream fountain.

Western Skies Scenic Byway

Venture off the main road and drive along the Western Skies Scenic Byway instead for 142 miles of endless prairie skies, wildflower meadows, rural communities, and refreshing rivers.