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Car Hire in Athens

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Many cities in the United States of America are easily explored by car, and Athens in the state of Georgia is no exception. Driving a car rental in a foreign city gives a sense of freedom and allows you to be curious with your surroundings and explore various parts of Athens and the nearby cities without worrying about transportation. You won't have to worry about how to get to and from the airport either, as most car rental companies provide pick up and drop off at the airport.

Where to hire a car in Athens

Car rental operators in Athens, Georgia include Enterprise Rent-A-Car on 368 Oak Street, Avis Car Rental on Georgia Square Mall, 3700 Atlanta Highway, Budget Car Rental on 1870 West Broad Street, and Hertz Rent-A-Car at the airport. You can choose between small compact, mid-size, full-size, premium, or luxury cars, or minivans or sport utility vehicles.

What to expect when hiring a car from Athens

Athens is well-served by Georgia State Route 72 and the US Highways 29, 78, 129, and 441. It is near the eastern terminus of Georgia 316 and the southern terminus of State Route 106. State Routes 8 runs east to west, which follows US 29, while State Route 15 runs south to north and follows US 441. State Route 10 follows US 78 east and west of Athens.

When driving back to Athens, routes include following I-85 North to GA 316, I-85 North to GA 129, State Route 78 East, or I-20 East. If you're travelling from the north, you can I-85 South to US 441 South. If you're coming in from the south, you can take US 159-441 North.

Getting to your destination

Atlanta
The city of Atlanta is known for its balance of southern traditions and sleek modernism. Atlanta boasts of many attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) and the Fox Theatre. Atlanta is accessible via US-29 S and I-85 S, I-20 W, or Fairplay Road and I-20 W.

Columbia
Columbia is the capital of South Carolina. There are several major shopping centres in the area such as the Columbiana Centre, the Village at Sandhill, and the Columbia Place. Places of interest include Town Theatre, Trustus Theatre, The Nickelodeon Theatre, the South Carolina State Museum, and the Columbia Museum of Art. Columbia is also home to the region's most popular park, Finlay Park, and important events like the Saint Patrick's Day Festival, Earth Day at Finlay Park, The Greek Festival, and FamilyFest.

You can reach Columbia from Athens via US-78 E, via GA-22 W and I-20 E, or via US-78 E and GA-47 E.

Augusta
Augusta is a city located inland on the Savannah River. Explore the Historic Downtown to see lots of old buildings, monuments, and shops. Also worth a visit are The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, the Sacred Heart Cultural Centre, Augusta Museum of History, and the Morris Museum of Art. Annual events held in Augusta include the 12 Bands of Christmas, Masters Golf Tournament, and Arts in the Heart of Augusta.

Augusta is accessible via US-78 E, via GA-22 W and I-20 E, or via US-78 E and GA-150 E.

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