Despite its small size, Bend is the largest city in Central Oregon. A former logging town, it now boasts outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, golf, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and even paragliding.In 2015, Bend was named one of The 10 Best Places to Live Now by Men’s Magazine. Seventeen miles north of Bend is Redmond, one of the fastest growing towns in the United States. As a gateway to the same sporting events as Bend, Redmond is a popular year-round destination, with visitors flying to local airports from as far away as Alaska and Los Angeles.
For those wishing to explore Bend, Redmond and the surrounding areas, we compared different car rental companies for various factors such as opening hours, available cars and, of course, daily rates. Here are some of our favorites.
Downtown Bend: Hertz
Few destinations in the United States are better suited for self-driving than Central Oregon; to make the experience more fulfilling, you may want to spend a little more money on a rental car. The Hertz office near Pilot Butte State View Point has a great selection of economy, mid-range and luxury vehicles, with the comfortable and stylish Nissan Rogue at $90/day. All in all, with the positive feedback from customers and the central location, this is a great choice when choosing a car rental company. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
North Bend: Budget
If you happen to be in this part of town or want to get out of the north quickly, then we recommend Budget Car Rental Branch, located off the Bend Park Expressway. Prices for economy and compact cars like the Fiesta and Ford Focus start at $42/day and rise to $52/day for cars like the Hyundai Elant. The agency receives high marks for vehicle cleanliness, speed of pickup and friendliness of staff. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
Raymond Airport: Alamo
Of the six car rental companies at Redmond Municipal Airport, we chose Alamo as our top choice, and Alamo’s selection of budget cars includes the Nissan Versa and Mitsubishi Mirage at $45/day. The company has also scored high in past customer reviews, with users saying Alamo’s customer service is as friendly as the locals.Alamo has more than 360 offices across the U.S. Its loyalty program, Working Advantage, offers multiple service discounts to repeat customers. Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.