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Car Hire from Cedar Rapids Airport

Car Hire from Cedar Rapids Airport

There is lots to see and do in the rural state of Iowa. In the eastern region of the state surrounding Cedar Rapids Airport, there are quaint towns, bustling cities and wide expanses of natural landscape. The easiest way to get around is by hiring a car from Cedar Rapids Airport. With your own set of wheels, even the most far flung of Iowa’s gems can be easily accessed.

Where to hire a car at Cedar Rapids Airport

A number of car hire companies operate at Cedar Rapids Airport. These include Avis, National, Budget, Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise. The car rental offices can be found straight ahead and to your left as you exit the baggage reclaim area.

Petrol Stations near Cedar Rapids Airport

If you have hired a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel it before dropping it off to avoid any charges.

There’s a petrol station less than five minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s attached to Casey’s General Store and can be found on the E70 in between the airport and route 380.

Driving around Cedar Rapids Airport

Cedar Rapids Airport is well connected by road routes travelling to local areas and beyond. Route 380 is the closest highway. Northbound, it provides a route into Cedar Rapids city while southbound it heads towards Iowa City. Drivers will also find the smaller route 30 nearby which heads east towards DeWitt and west towards Marshalltown.

Driving around Iowa is easy and straightforward. You may experience congestion around big cities during rush hours but generally traffic is free flowing and law abiding. If you’re planning to drive around Iowa during winter months, be aware that weather can be extreme and you may need extra equipment like snow chains to travel safely. Also, if you’re planning to travel beyond Iowa state boundaries you should check with your car hire company that your insurance covers you.

Getting to your destination

Cedar Rapids Airport offers easy car access to a variety of city and countryside locations, including the following:

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is a city in the midst of massive redevelopment. It was once an industrial city but is now blossoming into a cosmopolitan hub. The city is home to a great selection of museums including a Science Centre, the National Czech & Slovak Museum, and the Brucemore historic site. There are also exciting arts venues, a number of sporting stadiums and a range of nightlife and dining options.

Cedar Rapids city is just 15 minutes’ drive from Cedar Rapids Airport. Drivers should take the E70 east away from the airport and then pick up route 380 north. The city is built upon an easy to navigate grid system. Things to watch out for include rush hour traffic jams and strict speed enforcement with a number of speed cameras throughout the city. There are a variety of street parking spaces and designated car parks to choose from.


Waterloo sits north of Cedar Rapids on the Cedar River. It boasts an impressive riverfront with an amphitheatre and a number of restaurants serving local produce. There are also museums, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Centre and the Lost Island Water Park to explore. For visitors who love the great outdoors, the beautiful Cedar Valley Trails can be explored by bicycle or kayak.

Waterloo is around an hour’s drive from Cedar Rapids Airport, taking route 380 through Cedar Rapids and beyond. There’s a good selection of car parking options around the city and the small city is easy to navigate on foot.


Maquoketa is a quaint little town in East Iowa. It is home to the Maquoketa Caves State Park, full of impressive rock formations and natural bridges. Visitors can enjoy picnics or even an overnight camping trip in the park. The local area also has lots of traditional bed and breakfast accommodation options along with a range of antique shops.

The town of Maquoketa is around 75 minutes’ drive from Cedar Rapids Airport. Drivers should take route 30 east to avoid Cedar Rapids centre and then pick up route 151. Parking spaces are available at the park’s Visitor Centre and in the town centre.

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