Tulsa Airport Car Rental

Tulsa International Airport Background…

Tulsa International Airport is the present day form and future site of one of the oldest airports in the United States. It was first opened in 1919 by a New Zealand native named Duncan McIntyre who moved to Tulsa for the sole purpose of opening his own airfield. He called the place McIntyre Field and equipped it with three hangars that used his house as a terminal and a beacon that helped light the way for nighttime flyers.

The City of Tulsa bought the airport ten years after it was established and changed the name to Tulsa Municipal Airport. During the 1930s the airport was one of the busiest in the world, servicing anywhere from eight to ten thousand people a month. Today the airport services more than two and a half million people each year over the course of more than one hundred thousand aircraft operations.

Tulsa International Airport entrance


 

Tulsa International Airport Car Rentals…

There are nine rental counters, one for each of the nine different rental car companies, located around the baggage claim area. The nine companies you have to choose from are Alamo, Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National, and Thrifty. If you’re having a hard time finding the company you want, just take a look at the nearby directory or ask an employee for directions.  Vehicles are parked right next to the terminal, so there will be no need of a shuttle.  Simply walk to the rental car parking lot and pick up your vehicle, and you’re ready to go.

Tulsa Airport to Tulsa City Center Directions…

Once you’ve been supplied with your rental vehicle you’ll be ready to leave and probably head towards the heart of Tulsa. To get there you’ll have to head out via E Apache St, turn left onto N 73rd E Ave, turn right onto E 31st St, turn right onto Airport Dr, and then finally turn right onto the Gilcrease Expressway (OK-11). After following that laundry list of directions you’ll be off the airport grounds and ready to make so real progress towards your destination. Follow the expressway until it runs into Cherokee Expressway and take a left onto it. Cherokee Expressway, also known as Highway 75, will eventually run into I-244. You’ll want to drive just past I-244 and then take the first exit you see. Take a right off the off-ramp and you’ll be in downtown Tulsa.

sunset on I-244


 

Tulsa Airport Car Rental Return…

To get back to the airport from Tulsa, you should probably just reverse the directions above.  Travel back on 75, then the Gilcrease Expressway to get back to the airport. 

Unfortunately the nearest gas stations really aren’t all that close. There are a number of ways to get to them on the way back, but a lot of different directions you could be coming from. We’ll focus on the two primary stretches of interstates and expressways. The easiest way to access a gas station on your way back to the airport is to take one of the exits off of I-244 and drive cut through the metropolitan area on your way to the airport. Possible exits include, from west to east, N 33rd E Ave, N Yale Ave, and N Sheridan Ave. After you fill up you’ll want to follow each street down to Gilcrease Expressway and take a right onto it, then you just have to follow the expressway until you make it back to the airport. If you’re going back via the expressway then take one of the exits for the street names I gave you, drive down until you find a gas station, refuel, and then drive back.

Other Airport Amenities…

The airport offers a variety of shops and restaurants to relax at before or after a flight. You can go to the airport’s official website and access a detailed map to see just what all you have to look forward to. The same kind of maps can be found throughout the airport on directories, so don’t feel the need to memorize any directions other than how to get out of the airport’s confusing maze of streets once you land.

Other Car Rental Options at Tulsa International Airport…

One option I highly suggest grabbing along with your rental car is a GPS system. All the car rental companies offer GPS add-on options of some kind and you may even be able to find a couple that will cut you a nice deal if you add GPS to your order. If you don’t think you’ll need GPS, reread the section above when I gave you directions to get out of the airport. Trust me, GPS will come in quite handy all around Tulsa.    


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