Rent a Car at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

Address: 3010 Aviation Way, West Columbia, SC, South Carolina, 29170, United States
Phone: (1) 803-822-8346
Location Type: Licensee
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

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 Metropolitan Airport Car Rental Information

The Budget Car Rental fleet of airport car rentals at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) includes everything from spacious SUVs and luxury sedans to compact cars and fuel-efficient hybrids, so you’re sure to find the perfect CAE car rental deals for your trip here.

If you’re an American history buff, this is a great place to explore. The New Brookland Historic District, also known as Old West Columbia, is home to 23 twentieth century commercial buildings as well as the mill village, comprised of 24 blocks of residential houses built between 1894 and 1916. And to go further back in time, check out Camp Sorghum, once a Confederate States Army POW camp during the Civil War. Food fed to the prisoners was made mostly from cornmeal and sorghum syrup, for which the camp was named.

For a more contemporary excursion, take some time to check out the scenic views along West Columbia’s Riverwalk, or take the family out for a day of action on the walking, running or biking paths in the area.

Either way, when it comes to car rentals from Budget, everyone who rents from us can feel confident knowing they’re driving dependable Columbia Metropolitan Airport rental cars at some of the best rental car rates. Let Budget make your trip to South Carolina a memorable one.

Fastbreak Membership: Waste no time at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport car rental counter. Become a Fastbreak Member and skip the lines for a quick and easy way to rent a car.

Cheap Prices: Whether you need a passenger van or a luxury model, Budget offers the most affordable CAE airport rental cars with our Best Rate Guarantee and a variety of discounts.

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 upgrade your business trip with a first-class luxury rental car. Check out our vehicle types below.

Small to Full-Size Cars

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.


For outdoor excursions to Dreher Island State Park and other outdoor attractions, reserve an SUV rental for 4-wheel drive and enough seats for up to eight.

Long-Term Car Rentals

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


Planning a family vacation to see all the best attractions in South Columbia? Select minivan rental or a 15-passenger van with enough room for the whole family.

Luxury Cars

Upgrade your Columbia, SC, airport car rental with a luxury model. Choose from sports cars, premium sedans, luxury SUVs, and more.


Take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of South Carolina with the top down in a convertible car rental from Budget.

Escape Columbia Airport With a Budget Car Rental

If you’re just in town for a quick business trip or you’ve found yourself with a long layover or delayed flight, rent a car from Budget and escape the CAE airport crowds. For a quick bite to eat or a place to stay, check out these local recommendations near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Nearby Restaurants

  • Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant

  • Bogarts Restaurant

  • True BBQ

  • Bojangle’s Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

Hotels Within 5 Miles or Less

  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

  • Sleep Inn Airport

  • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

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