Top rated cars in Portland, ME
Maine’s Portland has gained a ton of buzz over recent years for good reason: it’s a lobster lover’s paradise with plenty of tourist attractions and historic sights for U.S. history buffs and casual visitors alike.
The seaswept cobbled streets of downtown Portland hide nooks and crannies stuffed with charming shops, art museums, and delicious seafood — the classic New England experience.
Sumptuous seafood, relaxing beaches, untamed wilderness — whatever your travel requirements, the Portland area’s got something for you.
The heart of town is Old Port, the historic cobblestone-paved city center along the Portland Harbor waterfront. Make a reservation and grab some chowder at the restaurants on Commercial Street or Congress Street, and hit the boutique shops during downtime.
Across from Congress Square Park, PMOA houses a huge collection of American, European, and local contemporary works, including impressive artists like Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. You can find public parking lots closeby.
Portland is home to a ton of breweries. Some favorites to hit are the well-known Allagash Brewery, Sebago, Shipyard, and Rising Tide Brewing Company. Hop on a Bike and Brews tour and leave the car behind.
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While there’s plenty to see and eat in the center of town, there’s more popular attractions a quick drive away that make for perfect East Coast road trips. Hit one of the go-to day trip destinations around Portland, then fill up the tank and head off to some of the nearby towns along the coast for a New England-style relaxing family vacation in an unforgettable location.Book the perfect car
This archipelago off the coast of Portland is accessible by ferry year-round. Take a Casco Bay Lines ferry around or to any of the islands — Peaks Island and Great Diamond Island are popular — and soak in an abundance of American history, coastlines, shops, and museums.
Cape Elizabeth is an excellent day trip option about 9 miles south of Portland. It’s known for rolling hills, Crescent Beach State Park, and historic lighthouses like Two Lights Lighthouse and Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park, which was commissioned by George Washington back in the 1700s.
A quaint fishing village turned trendy up-and-comer, Bar Harbor is about a three-hour drive up US Route 1 on the Maine coast. Travel to wild Acadia National Park’s soaring granite cliffs and lush coastlines, and you’ll find all the seafood you expect from a north Atlantic town.
The car, the service, and the app were all great on this trip. I am a first time user and highly recommend this over standard car rental companies. And I highly recommend this particular renter as well.
Great option when rental companies were 4x the price. Great communication and reliable car!
1st time using Turo. It went perfectly. Good vehicle, easy pickup, easy drop off, very responsive car owner via the messages in the app. The big rental companies had no cars so I found Turo, but this was actually much better.
Douglas was great to work with and flexible when we needed to make a last minute change because of a flight cancellation. His pick up and delivery service at the airport was super helpful and less than it would cost for an Uber ride to pick up the car. We rented his Jeep Cherokee and it was a great value for the price - much better than we could find at a rental agency. I give him 5 stars and would definitely recommend him.
This rental process was flawless the host Mr Noor was great and the vehicle was super nice and clean. We took our daughter to Portland Maine to start her first year of college so we will definitely be using Mr Noor again. Thank you again for a memorable experience.
Awesome people and service. The car was nice with great features. Pick up and drop was much more painless than regular car rental companies in my experience. This is the way forward for car rental for me.
This is our first experience with Turo due to the shortage of rental cars in Portland. We had never heard of it before. Mike was extremely helpful with explaining everything. He was quick to respond and really helped us enjoy our trip in Portland by picking up the car at our air BNB. His 4Runner was clean, safe, beautiful, and fun to drive. We would recommend Turo and Mike to anyone. Perfect experience!!
Was not sure what to expect - but Berlin City Rentals made our first Turo trip exceptionally easy. The car was ready and waiting right at parking garage outside of the terminal & the return process was equally easy. Would absolutely use this option again to get around Portland!
I can’t recommend Jeff’s car and overall customer service enough. This was our first time in Maine and first time using Turo- Jeff and his team made it convenient and straightforward. I’m so happy we decided to try Turo over other car rental companies. I’d highly recommend Jeff’s cars and will look forward to a return trip where we can rent from him again.
There were literally no rental cars available in Portland, ME when we flew in for a funeral. It's early Oct. and the area is flooded with tourists coming up to see the autumn colors. Zoran was our angel and saved us by having this car available. It worked out so perfectly, as he was able to meet us at the airport. The car was immaculately clean, and Zoran was so nice to work with. Two days later, he met us at the airport again to pick the car up, making the entire transaction easy. I would definitely rent from him again.
From the recommendation of hotel staff to use Turo to the end of our trip at drop off with Chris, this was a total win! Clean, well running vehicle with lots of helpful recommendations for things to see and do from Chris made our day smooth and enjoyable. The price of the rental and availability erased all the challenges we’d had with car rental services during what they report as a hiccup from the pandemic.
Jeffrey and his wife Nicole were great - they were/are 2 good people. The car was clean, well-maintained, and handled beautifully. The gas mileage was excellent. I highly recommend this couple and their car for your next road trip out of Portland, Maine.
Quinn’s Cadallic Escalade was a PERFECT FIT for my family of six adults touring New England this past weekend. The car was clean and a pleasure to drive. Quinn also assisted us in securing a vehicle to return home during the Southwest Airline debacle this past weekend where all our flights were cancelled. I highly recommend Quinns car should you be in the Maine area. Thank you again Quinn for the caddy rental and the assist to return home. Bill
Vehicle was exactly as described! Robin was a wonderful host as well helping us out with pick up and drop off. Great price too. Overall, perfect experience!
Aleksandar could not have been more kind and helpful in helping me with a rental during a particularly stressful trip. He went above and beyond and all was great with the car.
awesome host! definitely the best rental we ever had! Noor made pick up and drop off very easy. the car was extremely clean and comfortable. highly recommend this host!
Andrei was extremely easy to work with and very communicative. I would definitely rent from him again. The SUV was perfect for our trip and even though it was older, it ran very smooth and was clean and comfortable. He even supplied an adapter for charging phones and hand sanitizer! Great experience!
A very nice way to get from Portland to bar harbor and around Acadia national park. The pick up service was very easy
Sasa had the car waiting for us on arrival and was waiting to meet us at our departure and was very responsive via text and the app for planning! Was so grateful to have a car option for Maine as there were no regular rentals available. I was nervous using Turo for the first time and Sasa made it easy!
Jeffrey was really responsive and helpful throughout the trip. He also offered to provide recommendations. The car was available and on time. It ran just fine and we had no issues throughout the trip. The one minor thing I want to mention is the profile states he follows the enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices. However, he texted me to prep the car just in case a renter used it right after me. I asked if I was supposed to sanitize the car and he said no. Otherwise the trip was great and I’d use it again. I would just wipe it prior to use next time if I had known someone had possibly used it right before me with no cleaning in between
Anthony has immaculate cars and excellent service. I could not recommend him more highly and I will continue to use him when I come to Portland
This was my first Turo and it went great. Melissa car was clean, and just what we needed to explore Portland. She was easy to communicate with and super friendly. Even the drop off spot is beautiful. Thank you so much!
This was a great way to explore Portland Maine! Douglas was very prompt on delivery, very good at communication and the car ran so smooth.. highly recommend this car and the Turo app. Thank you !
*This review is for Berlin City Rentals specifically – not for the Nissan Kicks. BCR swapped out the car for a comparable Honda HRV on the morning of drop off.* This was my first Turo experience and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Drop off was on time, communication was excellent and the company rep was friendly and courteous. I would definitely book again with BRC!
Absolutely seamless process. Could not recommend Berlin City Rentals more! We had a fantastic time exploring Maine. Would definitely rent again in the future!
Third time return customer here! My boyfriend and I drove up to Acadia National Park, hiked some of the many trails the park has to offer, including the Beehive Trail (thrilling, even for someone who's deathly afraid of heights like I am), checked out Thunder Hole, and topped off our trip with an amazing pizza lunch and killer views at the top of Cadillac Mountain. We had the time of our lives and what made it even better was that we didn't have to worry about getting around because we KNEW we were driving a vehicle we could rely on. Jeff's rentals are sturdy, smooth, and easy to book. What's more, you feel like you're talking to a a good friend when making arrangements with Jeff. Whether you're planning transportation for a business trip or your next vacation, forget traditional car rental companies and reach out to your new friend Jeff!
Jeff and his partner were awesome. The pick up and drop off were seamless. Car check in and check out was quick and painless. This was my first turo experience and it was hands down better than most rental car companies
The car was clean & in great condition… and so fun to drive! Natasha was super friendly to work with. It was our first time using Turo and she was responsive and accommodating. Will definitely use Turo again, and would absolutely rent from Natasha again too!!
Kelcey’s car was outstanding and he’s an even better host. He checked in on us on our trip and offered great suggestions. Would definitely recommend him to anyone considering his vehicle!
Clean vehicle and Robin was very helpful for this first time Turo renter. I took the car up to the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens and hiking in Camden. Would highly recommend! Easy to pick up and drop off, with a gas station nearby.
Excellent car, great communication, very nice experience. I definitely recommend renting from Harjit.
Car was easily accessible. Owner was quick to reply for all requests. Would definitely rent from them again.
The Rav was great and April was a fantastic host. The car was reliable and clean. The roof rack is handy but it makes a loud whistling noise above 40mph. Pick up and drop off were easy. I'd rent this car again.
This car was amazing and the communication and ease of pickup from the airport even better!! Will rent again. Thank you!!!
Great communication, vehicle served our needs well. We really appreciate how easy Jeff made everything for us- made our trip more enjoyable.
Great car! Absolutely no problems at all. Perfect for our vacation exploring the Maine coast.
Best rental car experience I've ever had! Easiest pickup and dropoff ever, and the car was perfect for our three day trip.
This was my first time using Turo, but it will definitely not be the last. Jeffrey provided a great and affordable car and made the whole process so easy. We had complications with our flights coming in to Portland, but he was very flexible and allowed us to pick up our car later than originally planned. If you are looking for an easy and convenient car rental experience, I would highly recommend using Turo. And if you're in Maine you should definitely consider Jeffery.
Berlin City Rentals is fantastic, especially in its excellent, friendly communication. All my questions and concerns were promptly answered. If any problems arose, the company was always flexible in giving me options to make everything smooth. The car itself was spotless and well maintained. I will always use this company through Turo when I travel to the Portland area.
Aleksander was an incredibly gracious host. Due to a last minute family emergency, we had to delay our flight. I let Aleks know of my delay and he accommodated the change for us and made sure that we were able to get the car late at night with no issues.
Great car. Eric and Leonard were great hosts. Very communicative and super nice. Car was in great shape, felt like it was fresh off the lot. Great size. Would not hesitate to rent this car again when we’re back in the area.
Michael was great to rent from. Super easy pick up and drop off. We loved the car so much, might end up buying one. This was my first time using Turo and it couldn't have been easier.
Mr. Esposito was extremely personable, and extremely responsive. Texts were returned immediately. He was flexible and helpful. There was no hassle factor whatsoever. Pick up and drop off were easy, far easier than renting. The car was clean and in perfect working order. This was my first time using Turo—and it was a great first time experience.
Matt is the consummate professional. Five star vehicle, five star service and five star attention to detail. Matt amd his wheels made our trip memorable and enjoyable. Highly recommend!
We had a perfect trip. Douglas was very accommodating with pickup and drop off and even changing times. Everything went flawless. We hope to use the app and Douglas again in the future.
Great to work with. Car was great, well kept. Made the trip easy for us would definitely recommend without hesitation!
Easy breezy transaction. Vehicle was clean and reliable. Communication before and during trip were excellent. Met Alex as we were leaving the airport, and he was extremely kind and helpful. Highly recommend!
The Tesla Model X is very luxurious and fast. I was glad that I was able to rent this car between PWM and Rockland. I needed a supercharger and the owner was very helpful assisting how to use. Good car and good owner.
We rented this Mazda from Jeffrey Morgan and the car was in excellent condition, very clean, and the pick-up and drop-off process were super easy! This was our 2nd experience with Turo and I highly recommend both Turo and Jeffrey!
Had a great experience renting from Jeffrey. He was accommodating and helped ensure we had a smooth experience. Would rent from again!
All was completely smooth going. Lindsay’s car was perfect. Pickup and drop off and communication was effortless and simple. All was tidy and easy and welcomed.. Would absolutely hire/rent her car again. Thank you so much!
Robin is super nice, the car is perfect, and I’d recommend this trip to any of my friends :)
This was my first time using Turo and I have to say it was a fantastic experience as a result of Berlin City Cars!! If you’re contemplating whether or not to use them I highly recommend. It was way easier and better than renting from one of the big rental car companies. Much more personal via the text message within the app as well as the car being spotless and sanitized when we received it. Highly highly recommend the use of Berlin city Rentals!! Thanks so much for the hospitality! We will be repeat customers when we re-visit family in Maine!
Harjit was so great and pleasant to work with! Car was waiting at the airport when we arrived and we left it at airport on our way out of town. So easy!!
This is just one of the many stretches of Route 1 that’ll have your eyes glued to the window. Though it’s over three hours north from Portland along the Canadian border, it sweeps past the Chiputneticook chain of lakes, with scenic views of Mount Katahdin and Peekaboo Mountain.
The 50 miles from Portland to Fryeburg includes Pequawket Trail Maine Scenic Byway, which follows the Saco River and Mountain Division Rail past working farms, swimming holes, and the Hemlock Covered Bridge in Fryeburg, and it’s the perfect New England leaf-peeping route in the fall.
The northern part of Maine is sparsely populated, people know Baxter State Park as a worthy location to spend some time. With excellent options for camping, hiking, and rafting, the drive also offers sweeping views of Mount Katahdin — then drivers can head further into the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Rent cars on Turo with Commercial Hosts
Rent with Commercial Hosts on Turo and find the perfect Portland rental car. Commercial Hosts are Turo-approved independent local hosts or boutique car rental companies in the US, Canada, UK, and all over the world.
To rent a car in Portland with Commercial Hosts on Turo, you may be asked to sign a rental agreement or provide a refundable security deposit. Commercial Hosts provide their own insurance and physical damage protection, so renting with a Commercial Host is a bit different than your usual Turo experience.
* Any personal insurance you may have that covers damage to the host’s vehicle would kick in before your Turo protection plan, except in limited situations for trips booked in Maryland, but this protects your own wallet. Liability insurance is provided under a policy issued to Turo by Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation, a member of the Liberty Mutual Group. Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. The policy does not provide coverage for damage to a host’s vehicle.