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Car Hire from Birmingham Airport

Car Hire at Birmingham Airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

Whether you’re planning to explore the Civil Rights movement in Downtown Birmingham, party New Orleans or take the family to one of Alabama’s beautiful beaches, you can find the best car hire at Birmingham Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Birmingham Airport

There are nine car hire companies with desks at Birmingham Airport: Enterprise, Hertz, National Car, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, Avis and Alamo. All of the desks are inside the terminal so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Birmingham Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There are two Shell petrol stations located in the grounds of Birmingham airport, close to the Holiday Inn so there is no need to worry about finding somewhere to fill your hire car before returning it.

Driving around Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. As you’re leaving the airport head north onto the Messer Airport Highway until you see a right turn onto the I-20 W/I-59 South to 6th Ave North then take the 126A exit. Continuing on 6th Avenue North will eventually take you the centre of Birmingham.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations in Alabama from Birmingham Airport.

Orange Beach

For miles and miles of sugar-white soft sandy beach, spectacular seafood and fiery sunsets, this tranquil getaway, perfect for a romantic escape or a family holiday, is well worth the drive.

From Birmingham Airport, get on the I-20 W/I-59 S from Messer Airport Highway, follow this to Baldwin County then take exit 37 from I-65 S. Get on I-10 E in Loxley and follow this to the Baldwin Beach Express, exiting from I-10 E. Take the Foley Beach Express to Alabama's Coastal Connection/Perdido Beach Boulevard to Orange Beach. It’s a four and a half hour drive but it’s worth it!

New Orleans

Let the good times roll to the sound of funky jazz. Carnival and colour are just a few reasons to visit laid back but bustling New Orleans. The beautiful architecture, smiling faces and mouth-watering food tantalise with their French, African, Spanish, Italian and Caribbean influence.

Another long drive at just over five hours but New Orleans should not be missed. From Birmingham airport take the I-20 W/I-59 S from Messer Airport Highway and follow it to the I-59 S. Take the exit 235B from I-10 W, merging with the I-20 W/I-59 S, where you enter Mississippi. Keep left at the fork to continue on I-59 S, follow signs for Laurel/New Orleans. From Louisiana, take exit 1B-1C on the left for Interstate 10 E/Interstate 10 W toward Bay St Louis/New Orleans.


The so-called ‘Capital of the South’ Atlanta is the place to enjoy mega-malls, Yankee games, incredible hiking trails and a rich African American history, all just two hours from Birmingham! Check out our guide on things to do in Atlanta to learn more.

Get on I-20 E/I-59 N from Messer Airport Highway, heading north. Turn left to merge onto I-20 E/I-59 N toward Godsden/Atlanta and follow to exit 56B from I-20 E. Follow signs for Altanta then take exit 56B for Windsor St toward Spring St/Turner Field. A Most parking in Birmingham is found in large multi-storey car-parks. Prices start at $1 per hour or there is an $8 per day rate. Monthly parking cards are available from $40 to $80* depending on the area. On-street metered parking is also available with prices and time limits varying depending on the street.

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