Columbus Airport Car Rental

Port Columbus International Airport Background…

The airport was originally opened in 1929 on a site that was chosen by Charles Lindbergh, a famous U.S. Air Mail pilot. The terminal and hangars are still in use today. The old terminal building is rentable office space, and the hangars are still used as hangars. A new terminal building was created in 1958. Other improvements include a major seventy million dollar renovation that was completed in 1979 in honor of the airport’s fiftieth anniversary. It opened a second terminal, now known as Concourse B, and enabled the airport to up its daily flights from seventy-two to two hundred and fifty. In 1989 another seven-gate concourse was added, and in 2000 a complete renovation of the terminal was completed to include more retail and concession stores.

Welcome to Columbus

Port Columbus Airport Car Rentals…

There are eight on-site car rental companies that can be found in bank teller formation at the ground level of the parking garage. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty are the eight agencies you can choose from. With no off-site car rental companies located anywhere near the airport, you don’t have to worry about finding a shuttle to board. Once you rent your vehicle you simply pick it up from the parking garage.

To get to downtown Columbus you’ll have to follow International Gateway to I-670 West. From there you can run straight into the winding mess of streets in the middle of Columbus and try to pick your way through the city from there. The easiest method to get into the heart of downtown is to merge right onto I-71 South and take the first exit you come across. Take a right after you get off the off-ramp and you’ve made it to your destination.

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Port Columbus Car Rental Return…

The closest gas station by the airport is Speedway, which can be found by driving down International Gateway and under the interstate until you reach Airport Drive. If you’d rather fill up at the BP, which is the second closest gas station, either follow Airport Dr down until you reach it or take I-670 West and get off at the E 5th Ave exit. Take a right onto E 5th Ave and you should see the BP immediately.  Or after turning off of 670, drive about a mile and then turn left at Selzer Road and travel about a half mile to a BP Station that sits on the right-hand side.

Returning your rental car back to the airport isn’t difficult.  As you drive back on the road that approaches the airport, you will notice overhead signs directing you to the rental car return turnoff – to the left-hand side.  Simply follow those signs to get your rental vehicle back to the appropriate rental car return area.  Of course, we always recommend handing the keys over to the car rental company employee if at all possible.  Someone should sign off to the receipt of the vehicle, and the condition of the vehicle as well.

Some Road at the Columbus Airport

Other Airport Amenities…

The airport can be broken down into five different areas; pre-security areas, Concourse A, Concourse B, Concourse C, and the surrounding areas. Around the pre-security area you’ll find Burger King, the Cold Stone Creamery, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Cup O’ Joe, Max & Erma’s Restaurant, MoJoe Lounge, and Tim Hortons. Concourse A offers a Chili’s, Starbuck’s, and Wolfgang Puck Express. Concourse B offers Auntie Anne’s, Ciao Gourmet Market, Columbus Brewing Company, Quizno’s Subs, Starbuck’s, and Wolfgang Puck Express. Concourse C offers Arrivederci, Buckeye Hall of Fame, Great American Bagel, Johnny Rocket’s, and Starbuck’s. The area around the airport also offers a standalone McDonald’s and the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant.

Retail shops include your standard retailers that offer everything from clothing apparel to books to electronic devices. If you need something more comfortable to wear during your flight or are just looking for something to bide your time with, then you’ll be satisfied with Port Columbus International’s selection. If you have a hard time finding anything, simply consult one of the many directories found throughout the airport or ask one of the employees for directions. The entire airport also offers Wi-Fi for those who wish to kick back and surf the web as they wait for their flight to arrive or depart.

There are four hotel accommodations offered on the airport’s premises; Baymont Inn & Suites, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, and Hilton Garden Inn.  Each are situated right next to each other, so shopping them for the best price would give you a great ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison. 

Car Rental Options at Port Columbus International…

With all the big names represented, there is sure to be something for you to rent. Looking for an SUV or luxury four-door sedan? No problem. However, with more than six million annual passengers going through the airport at any given time, it’s a good idea to reserve your rental as quickly as you possibly can. Reserving is the only way to guarantee the car you want the most will be ready when you arrive. You’ll also be more likely to get it for a better price than if you wait until the last possible minute. 

Source: Port Columbus Airport

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