Columbia Metropolitan Airport Car Rental (CAE)

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)


3010 Aviation Way,
West Columbia, SC, South Carolina, 29170, United States


(1) 803-822-8346

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Hours of Operation:

Sun 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Holiday Hours:

INDEPENDENCE DY   July  4  09:00AM - 08:00PM
THANKSGIVING   November  28  09:00AM - 05:00PM
CHRISTMAS EVE   December  24  09:00AM - 08:00PM
CHRISTMAS   December  25  09:00AM - 05:00PM
NEW YEARS EVE   December  31  09:00AM - 08:00PM

NEW YEARS DAY   January  1  09:00AM - 05:00PM

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


Location Information

Where is Budget at the Columbia, SC, Airport?

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: Located inside of terminal, near baggage claim.
VEHICLES: Located directly outside of terminal.
RETURNS: Same as pickup. AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available. Park & lock the vehicle. Place keys & completed contract in the drop box located on the left side of the rental counter. NOTE - CUSTOMER is responsible for vehicle & all charges incurred, until the vehicle & contract can be physically closed out on the next business day.
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.

CAE Airport Rental Car Return

Once it’s time to head back home, you can easily return your rental car to our airport location at 3010 Aviation Way, West Columbia, SC 29170. As you drive towards the airport, just follow the signs that direct you to “Rental Car Return” to find the lot. Then park your vehicle and return your key. Car rental pickup is available at the same location.

Columbia, SC, Airport Car Rental Information

When you rent from Budget, your choices for Columbia airport car rental include everything from spacious SUVs and luxury sedans to compact cars and group-friendly minivans. You’re sure to find the perfect CAE car rental deals for your trip here.

Whether government business, a love for American history, or a graduation at Fort Jackson brings you to town, Budget is here to help you get around. Take advantage of our always low rates on car rental at the Columbia, SC, airport so you can enjoy a memorable stay in the Palmetto State.

CAE Rental Cars

Not sure which Columbia Metropolitan Airport rental car to choose? We’ve made the selection process easy with our car guide below and an easy-to-use mobile app. Budget provides a great selection of vehicles for family vacations, couples retreats, business trips, and more. Fit the whole family and your luggage in a roomy minivan, or give yourself some extra leg room in a full-size sedan or a tall SUV. Check out our vehicle types below.

Small to Full-Size Car Rental

For easy transportation from the airport to anywhere in town, consider a sedan rental. Experience the ease of driving a small car while saving money on gas.


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SUV Rental

For outdoor excursions to Dreher Island State Park and other outdoor attractions, reserve an SUV rental so you have extra room for gear and grub.


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Long-Term Car Rental

Need a car rental for more than a month? Save on transportation costs by opting for a monthly car rental with no long-term commitments.


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Van Rental

Planning a family vacation to see all the best attractions in South Columbia? Select minivan rental so you have room for the whole family.


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