Cheap Car Rentals at Denver International Airport (DEN) 

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Denver Intl Airport (DEN)


24050 E 78th Ave,
Denver, CO, Colorado, 80249, United States


(1) 303-342-9001

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Hours of Operation:

Sun - Sat open 24 hrs

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a shuttle to the car lot.


Location Information

Where is Budget Car Rental at DEN?

Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
General Directions
COUNTER: All rental transactions are completed at the Customer Service Center at the Budget facility. Take the train to the baggage claim area (Level 5). The customer should step outside to catch the Budget shuttle on Island 4.
CARS: On airport property. Vehicles located approximately 5 - 6 minutes from the terminal.
RETURNS: Take I-70 to Pena Blvd. From Pena Blvd take the "Rental Car" Exit, go left & then make a right onto 78th Ave. Proceed to the Budget car rental lot.
Note - The Budget shuttle bus only runs until 1230am or until the last flight arrives. The shuttle does not resume again until 330am. The customer must find own transportation between 1230am-330am.
When you arrive, go to the Budget counter in the baggage claim area. The manager or key person will have your contract ready and personally escort you to your vehicle.
Valet Return: If offered, you will be told about our service as you are escorted to your car.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Denver Airport Rental Car Return 

To return Budget rental cars to the Denver airport, drive to 20450 E 78th Ave. The branded Budget signs will let you know you’re in the right place. Shuttles to the terminal are available from 3:30 AM until 12:30 AM.

Denver Airport Car Rental Information

When you rent a car from Denver International Airport (DEN), you’re only an hour’s drive away from both big city attractions and outdoor wonders. Whatever activities you have planned, Budget offers a variety of cheap car rentals at the Denver airport so you’ll be able to rent the vehicle you need.

What is the best type of car to rent in Denver?

There’s a wide variety of things to do in Denver, and the best car for your trip will depend on what you’re planning to do. Rent a Jeep to enjoy some offroading, rent a van for a family trip, or rent a luxury vehicle for a special vacation. Our diverse vehicle selection is sure to have the rental car you want.

Jeep Rental

No matter where you’re headed in Colorado, you’ll be glad you chose a Jeep Wrangler for its versatility from busy Denver streets to the rough roads in the Rocky Mountains. A jeep rental is the ideal outdoor vehicle for offroading and safe access to the many amazing outdoor destinations in Colorado.

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Van Rental

Rent a van to enjoy Denver with a group. Whether you’re going with friends to Elitch Gardens or taking your kids to the Denver Zoo, make sure you have enough room for everyone by choosing a minivan or passenger van rental.

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SUV Rental

SUVs are ideal for those itching to explore nature in Colorado. Rent one of our select SUVs to hold all your gear for kayaking down Clear Creek, skiing at Echo Mountain, or going rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon. 

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Long-Term Car Rental

If you’ll be staying in Denver during the winter to enjoy the world-class skiing or if you’re here for an internship in Denver’s booming tech scene, consider a long-term car rental. Budget offers monthly car rentals with great prices. 

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Luxury Car Rental

Experience the classy side of Denver in a luxury car rental. If you’ll be dining at the world-famous Mizuna restaurant, shopping at Cherry Creek, or visiting the Brown Palace Hotel, you might enjoy a sports car rental.

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Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions


The Denver International Airport (known by locals as DIA) covers 33,534 acres, making it the largest airport in the United States and one of the biggest in the world. But many other features make it unique: DIA is filled with interesting art exhibits, shops and restaurants, and even an ice rink. The airport also offers conveniences like great Wi-Fi access, water bottle filling stations, and a pet hotel.

As the largest airport in the country, Denver International Airport can be difficult to navigate if you aren’t familiar with the layout. The airport features six levels, three concourses, and an underground train. Take a look at the airport map before arrival for an easier travel experience.

There are thirteen commercial airports serving the Denver, Colorado area, including:

  • Denver International Airport (DEN)

  • Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE)

  • Colorado Springs Peterson Field Airport (COS)

  • Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)

  • Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO)

  • Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE)

  • Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

  • Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC)

  • Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

  • Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB)

  • San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS)

  • Telluride Regional Airport (TEX)

  • Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)

Arriving early to DIA will ensure travelers have plenty of time to check-in and get through security lines. You’re advised to arrive at least two hours before flight departure for domestic travel, and three hours before departure if flying internationally.

The time it takes to get through DIA security lines depends on the time of day and year. Those traveling during the holidays could experience long wait times, while travelers during slow periods could make it through security in just minutes. Check the DIA Security page for estimated wait times at each security checkpoint.