Burlington Vermont Airport Car Rental

Burlington International Airport Background…

In 1920, airport developers, who would later create the Burlington Municipal Airport, leased seventy-two acres of cornfield land and orchestrated the first aircraft landing in the area. By the time Amelia Earhart was being handed the keys to the City of Burlington in 1934, the airport, which is where the ceremony was held, had been fully operational for over a decade. Burlington Municipal was one of the few airports not taken over by the United States Army Corps or Air Force during World War II. It conducted business as usual throughout the 1940s.

In 1969 “International” replaced “Municipal” in an attempt to bring national attention to the airport and make it seem less like a small town-based airport. A year later the airport had its first jet service activated. The airport has seen millions of dollars of renovation and expansion during the early twenty-first century, concluding thus far with a plan to expand the parking garage by two levels and add almost three thousand more parking spaces. The airport services about six hundred thousand passengers each year.


Burlington Airport


Burlington International Airport Car Rentals…

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty are all located on-site within the baggage claim area of the airport. Their toll free phone numbers can be found on the airport’s official website, which is easily located by doing a quick Google search of the airport’s name, “Burlington International Airport”. Once you’ve finished signing your rental agreement you’ll be able to pick up your car rental by walking from the rental counters to the rental parking lot while under a covered walkway.

Burlington Airport to Burlington Directions…

Once you’re in your vehicle, you’ll be ready to leave the airport and head downtown, which is on the other side of the city. To get there you’ll need to start by taking a left onto Airport Dr and following it to Williston Rd. Take a right onto Williston Rd, also known as State Highway 2, and you’ll be able to drive right into the heart of Burlington. After going under the I-89 overpass the street name will change to Main St, letting you know that you’ve finally reached your destination.

You can reach Malletts Bay by driving down Main St until it forks into Park St and taking a right. You’ll follow the road out of the city and quite a ways until you reach W Lakeshore Dr, where you will be able to find relaxing accommodations around Malletts Bay and be able to experience all the outdoor wonder Lake Champlain has to offer.

Burlington Airport Car Rental Return…

Getting your vehicle back to the airport isn’t too hard.  Simply reverse the directions above and you’ll be fine.  You will want to take your car back via the same entrance that you left thru.  Go past the terminal, and turn back to the left – on the North side of the garage.

The most conveniently placed gas stations, which are mostly a cluster of local gas stations and Mobils, are found along Main St/Williston Rd. If you’re not staying in the downtown area, the easiest route back is to take I-89 to the Main St/Williston Rd exit and refuel once you’re heading East on Williston Rd. After you’ve refueled, take Williston Rd to Airport Dr and then take the first right you come across, which should be Airport Circle.

Restaurants Near the Burlington Airport…

A restaurant that receives some pretty nice reviews is an eatery called the Windjammer Restaurant – attached to the Best Western on Williston Road.  It’s a little hidden and off the road, but just to the East of the Holiday Inn and Doubletree – two hotels that do sit on the road.  The restaurant serves up a gorgeous salad bar, steaks, chicken and New England soups as well.  Prices are within line of a restaurant of its type.  Since the restaurant is on the same road that is most-traveled by Burlington Airport users, it might make sense to check it out.


Windjammer Steaks



Other Airport Amenities…

Free Wi-Fi can be accessed throughout the main terminal and both concourses. Charging stations can only be found around the North Concourse. There are change massage recliners located throughout the airport where you can relax as you make use of the free Wi-Fi.

Since the airport is one of the smaller international airports, it doesn’t have many restaurants or stores. There are two restaurants that are both closed by seven in the evening and one gift shop that is closed at the same time. The gift shop does have kiosks located on both concourses to make your browsing experience a bit more conveniently located with your flight.

Other Car Rental Options at Burlington International Airport…

While the airport is equipped with the eight major national car rental agencies, it has fallen on hard times and doesn’t have the fleet of cars that most international airports in the United States boast. There is at least one of everything though. So if you’re looking for something in particular, you should be able to find it. Just make sure you reserve the vehicle you want, or else there is a high chance it will be taken when you arrive.
 
Source: Burlington Airport

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