Car Rental Ohio

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Ohio

Hertz car rental in Ohio is easy and allows you the convenience of accessing the numerous attractions of this amazing US state in comfort and at your own pace. To rent a car in Ohio, simply find your nearest Hertz rental branch and hit the road.

Ohio is a state that seems to have been designed specifically for the use of drivers. From Lake Erie in the north to its majestic southern Appalachian landscapes, Ohio is a pristine and inspiring wilderness. Exciting towns and cities like Cleveland are set in this breathtaking landscape of national parks, and the excellent road and highway networks allow you to get around the whole state with great ease.

Driving and Parking in Ohio

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Ohio. You will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you’re coming from outside the US. For more information about driving regulations in Ohio, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

If you rent a car in Ohio and travel around the state, you’ll quickly discover that the various towns and cities here have their own parking arrangements. Provision is more controlled in places like Cleveland and Columbus, while in smaller settlements drivers can often park more or less where they please.

In Columbus, the state capital, or the major city of Cleveland, there are a number of different parking options. These typically include monitored and metered on-street parking in the downtown areas, as well as parking garages and private parks. The rates vary between cities, but with increasing congestion you’re always well-advised to check the signage before leaving your car anywhere in the more built-up areas.

Driving in and around Ohio

Key routes

In Ohio there’s a distinction between state highways and state routes. The highways are those roads outside the metropolitan areas and include the Interstate Highways which form a network across the US. In addition to these, there are county and township networks across the state.

I-70 is Ohio’s longest Interstate Highway, at over 225 miles, and runs from the state line of Indiana to West Virginia.

I-74, the shortest Interstate Highway, connects Indiana with Cincinnati.

I-80 runs between Indiana and Pennsylvania and forms a section of the Ohio Turnpike route.

The Ohio Turnpike

The Ohio Turnpike is a toll highway with limited access which connects Pittsburgh and Chicago. As the primary corridor between these heavily industrialized cities, the traffic can be congested at peak hours. When driving on the Ohio Corridor or any other road in the region, be sure to observe a few rules:

• You are allowed to make a right turn from stationery when the traffic lights are on red. Check the signage, though, as there are occasional exceptions.
• At multiple junctions, or crossroads, the vehicle that arrived first has the right of way. You should give way on the right if you both arrive there simultaneously.
• When you come across a school bus parked on the roadside with flashing red lights, you are required to wait behind it until it sets off again. Do not overtake, even if you think it’s safe to do so.
• You pay for petrol, or gas, before you fill the tank rather than after doing so.
• The maximum speed on US highways is 70mph, and this drops to an average of 30mph when you arrive in built-up areas like the suburbs of Cincinnati or Columbus. Reduce your speed, allowing plenty of time before leaving the freeway, and remember that in the US you give priority to traffic on the left at roundabouts.