Tampa Airport car rentalPhoto Credit: Tampa International Airport

Flying to Tampa International Airport? Whether you're visiting downtown Tampa or one of the nearby picturesque beach towns of St. Petersburg or Clearwater, having a car provides plenty of opportunities to explore Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Tampa International Airport (TPA) has one main passenger terminal and four airside terminals. Travelers can access the airport's modern four-story rental car center, which includes 15 rental car brands, via the SkyConnect people mover. It takes less than five minutes to get between the terminal and the rental car center, including a stop at the economy parking garage.

 

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Passengers arriving at Tampa's airport should head to the baggage claim area on the first floor of the main terminal, then follow signs for the elevator or escalator to the SkyConnect station in the Main Terminal. If not picking up luggage, walk to the SkyConnect station by following signage, and then go up one level to board.

There are 14 companies located in Tampa International Airport's rental car center:

ACE Rent a Car (877) 822-3872
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When arriving at the main entrance for Tampa International Airport, watch signs pointing to the rental car center just south of the economy garage. Take the SkyConnect train back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location open 7 days, 7 am.-10 pm.

Advantage Rent a Car (800) 777-5500
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. Enter Tampa International Airport through the main entrance, and follow the signs pointing to the rental car center just south of the economy garage. Take the SkyConnect train back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location open 6 am-11:30 pm.

Alamo Rent a Car (844) 370-9187
Available Services: Online check-in and self-service kiosk. Online check-in offers the option to "skip the counter" and go straight to your car.
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering Tampa International Airport through its main entrance, follow the signs for the car rental center south of the economy garage. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Avis Rent a Car (813) 396-3500
Preferred Services: The Preferred counter is on the third level of the rental car center.
Return Location: 5409 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering Tampa International Airport through its main entrance, follow the signs for the car rental center south of the economy garage. Then, look for signs directing you to the Avis lot. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7. In a hurry? Place the completed contract and keys in the drop box located in the returns area.

Budget Car Rental (813) 396-3126
Preferred Services: Look for the Fastbreak booth in the parking garage when going to rent the car. Show your ID, and you will receive the rental agreement, keys and instructions for finding the car.
Return Location: 5409 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering the airport, look for signs that guide you to the rental car drop-off area. Take the SkyConnect train back to the main terminal. Fastbreak members do not have to go to the counter to return the car.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Dollar Rent a Car (866) 434-2226
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering the airport, note the signs for the rental drop-off area. Look for another sign pointing to the Dollar drop-off. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Enterprise Rent-a-Car (833) 892-9213
Available Services: Self-service kiosks
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering the airport, note the signs for the rental drop-off area. Look for another sign pointing to the Enterprise area. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Executive Car Rental (813) 344-4359
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering the airport's main entrance, look for signs pointing to the rental drop-off area. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Call to confirm business hours.

Fox Rent a Car (813) 337-0950
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering the airport's main entrance, look for signs pointing to the rental drop-off area. The SkyConnect tram will take you back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location open 24/7.

Hertz (813) 874-3232
Available Services: Self-service kiosks
Preferred Services: Gold Canopy Service, Gold Choice, and Prestige Service are available.
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering Tampa International Airport, look for the signs leading to the rental car drop-off, and then the Hertz area. Take the SkyConnect train back to the main terminal.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

National (844) 370-9186
Preferred Services: Emerald Aisle and Drop & Go are available.
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa. Follow the signs at Tampa International Airport for the car rental return location. Then, watch for more signs pointing to the National lot.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Payless Car Rental (813) 289-6554
Return Location: 5409 Airport Service Road, Tampa. When entering Tampa International Airport, follow the signs for the car rental return area. Then, look for further signs directing you to Payless.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 7 days, 5 am-1 am.

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Sixt Rent a Car (813) 327-4234
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Road, Tampa. Follow the signs at Tampa International Airport for the car rental return location, and watch for more signs pointing to the Sixt lot.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Thrifty Car Rental (877) 283-0898
Return Location: 5405 Airport Service Rd, Tampa. Follow the signs at Tampa International Airport for the car rental return location, and watch for more signs pointing to the Thrifty lot.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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