Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire in Gainesville

Car Hire in Gainsville

Gainesville, Florida, offers plenty of car rental options for visitors. The city has six car hire companies at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) as well as 10 car rental companies in town. Those who want to rent a car in Gainesville will find compact, standard, economy, and SUV vehicles. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are some of the available car rental companies.

Car Hire at Gainesville Regional Airport

The car rental parking lot is located beyond baggage claim and across the street from the short- and long-term parking lots. Baggage claim is separated from the check-in counter by the Tailwind Cafe. There is a direct exit out onto the Rental Car Return Lot from baggage claim.

The airport is about 3 miles from Gainesville. GNV is located about five to eight minutes from the University of Florida campus. Once you hire a car in Gainesville, it’s usually about 30 minutes or less to most destinations within the city.

If you want to rent a car in Gainesville once you have settled in to your accommodation, check out Zipcar on campus. It’s another option for car hire in Gainesville. You can choose to rent cars hourly or daily with them.

Driving in Gainesville

The speed limits within the city vary. They range from 35 miles per hour and upwards. Most of the 35-MPH zones lie within city limits. Drivers should pay attention to the road signs to check for changing speeds, off-ramps, and other traffic indicators. If you are driving on the Florida highways, you may want to make sure your hire car in Gainesville is equipped with a Sun Pass to cover toll roads.

GNV is situated near some major shopping centres and eateries, including the Oaks Mall, which is located about 20 minutes away. The University of Florida counts as one of the major destinations in the city as does Santa Fe College. Drivers can reach destinations at Santa Fe College from the airport in under half an hour. The most direct route is from NE 39th Avenue out of the airport to NW83rd.

Parking in Gainesville

Gainesville offers plenty of parking both on the street and in garages. Much of it is clustered in the heart of the city from about SW 2nd Street to NE 7th Street and up to NE 5th Avenue and down to SE 4th Avenue. The University of Florida offers visitors’ parking in the Welcome Center Parking Garage.

Where to Go and What to See

Take advantage of having a car rental in Gainesville and head to the Florida Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Florida. The museum features a mix of archaeology and paleontology exhibits and also a butterfly rainforest.

A visit to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a must for animal lovers . It’s only one of two such facilities in the country. Star gazers will not want to miss the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium on the campus of Santa Fe College.

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