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Car Hire from Charlotte Douglas Airport

Car Hire at Charlotte Douglas Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015

Whether you want a family holiday in a hip city, an escape into the mountains hiking over waterfalls or a cultural break with a spa thrown in, you can find the best car hire at Charlotte Douglas Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Charlotte Douglas Airport

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

Petrol stations near Charlotte Douglas Airport

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

Luckily there is an Airport Express petrol station located on the site of the airport, just 5 minutes drive by car. Head south from the airport and get on to Josh Birmingham Parkway. Turn left on to the US-29 South to Wilkinson Boulevard where the petrol station will be on the right hand side.

Driving around Charlotte Douglas Airport

Charlotte Douglas Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The interstate highways through Charlotte are Interstates 85 (northeast-southwest) and 77 (north-south). The I-85 takes you to Burlington and Greensboro while the N.C. 74 is also a route into the city that links with I-277.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Charlotte Douglas Airport.

Chimney Rock Park

Part of the stunningly scenic Blue Ridge Mountains Chimney Rock Park is a landscape of waterfalls, hiking trails and quirky rock formations. This is a place to connect to nature and blow the cobwebs away.

Chimney Rock Park is just an hour and 20 minutes drive from Charlotte Douglas Airport. Get on to Josh Birmingham Parkway and merge onto the I-85 towards Gastonia. Take exit 10B and get on to the US-74. Take exit 181 for the US-64 and Forest City continuing on this road following signs for Chimney Rock Park.


Gastonia has a wonderful small town feel. With a wonderful museum of natural history, beautiful botanic gardens, a vast collection of Civil War artefacts and even a planetarium for spectacular night sky viewing there is more to Gastonia than meets the eye. With a majestic mountain backdrop there are plenty of hiking trails and mountain bike passes to keep the most outdoorsy adventurer happy. Soothing aching muscles is a breeze in the beautiful Healing Springs Resort.

Gastonia is just 25 minutes by car from Charlotte Douglas Airport. Get on to Josh Birmingham Parkway and merge onto the I-85 South towards Gastonia. Take exit 19 for the centre.


This sprawling city has an excellent range of restaurants, shops, bars and cafes in which to while away many an evening. From skyscrapers to funky converted warehouses and live music venues, Charlotte has a hip side. A vibrant arts scene gives it a bohemian edge with street level galleries, artsy cafes and quirky shops thrown into the mix. Myres Park offers a green escape in the heart of the city where locals jog and picnic in the summer months. For kids, there is an aquarium, a zoo and some exceptional festivals held throughout the year.

Charlotte is just 20 minutes by car from Charlotte Douglas Airport. Get onto Josh Birmingham Parkway taking a right on to the US-74. Continue on to the I-277 taking the right lane to exit at 1E and merge onto S College Street. Follow signs to downtown Charlotte.

Parking in Charlotte is in the form of street parking and parking lots. Parking lots are safer, operate 24 hours a day and cost just $5.00 for a day’s parking. Meters rates for street parking vary according to location. Most metered spaces in high-demand areas are $0.25 for each 15 minutes. Those located on the perimeter of the city are $0.50 per hour. Charging hours are from 7am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, except for weekends and most holidays. Meters on South Boulevard are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some hotels in Charlotte offer free car parking.

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