Car APIs—Car Rental Service On-Demand in Your Applications
If you’re building travel capabilities into a web or mobile application, setting up a travel website or online travel agency (OTA), car rental is an important feature to offer your users. Travelers expect to be able to reserve car rentals in a package, together with airline booking, hotel, and rail or other ground transport.
There are several approaches to offering car rental within your application:
- Integrate with a Global Distribution System (GDS) like Sabre, TravelPort, or Amadeus. GDS systems aggregate data and enable bookings for multiple travel services, with a global inventory.
- Integrate with booking services like Expedia or Priceline. These types of services offer travel packages (including airline tickets, hotels, and transport) from a more limited inventory, but often with more competitive pricing than GDS systems.
- Integrate with a car rental service like RentalCars—in most cases, this will give you the most granular control over car rental orders, and may offer a larger inventory and better prices, depending on location and the provider’s operating regions.
Learn more in our guide: 8 Types of Travel APIs
Car Rental Via Global Distribution Systems
1. Sabre Car API
What is Sabre?
Sabre is a Global Distribution System (GDS) that aggregates data about travel services, including airlines, rail, car rentals, cruises, hotels, and provides management of trips and traveler profiles.
Sabre offers a car API with inventory from over 40 rental companies. It provides a car availability API and a car reservation API.
For availability API:
For reservation API:
2. TravelPort Universal API with Car Rental
What is TravelPort?
TravelPort is a Global Distribution System (GDS) which provides data from three other GDS systems—Apollo, Worldspan, and Galileo.
One API that provides access to airline bookings, a rail API, hostels and boutique hotels, as well as car rental.
3. Amadeus Car API
What is Amadeus?
Amadeus is a Global Distribution System (GDS) providing data and reservations for airlines, rail, hotels, car rental, taxi transfers, cruises, and travel insurance.
Amadeus provides SOAP web services that allow access to car availability, reservations, and public transfers.
The following car-related web services are offered:
4. TraveloPro API
What is TraveloPro?
TraveloPro is a technology platform for online travel agencies (OTA), with a large inventory of travel services, taken from multiple GDS systems.
A Car API integrated with hotel and flight bookings. Provides access to a fleet of vehicles from economy to luxury in 2500 locations across 100 countries.
Real-time streaming of prices, best rate guaranteed, multi-language support.
API documentation is not publicly available. For more details contact TraveloPro.
Car Rental via Booking Services
5. Expedia Car API
What is Expedia?
Expedia is a global travel technology company that operates Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, CarRentals.com, Trivago and other leading travel websites.
Expedia offers a public API for searching cars in Expedia’s rental car inventory, with an Expedia-branded experience. The Expedia Partner Solutions API requires joining the partner program, but lets you offer a non-branded experience.
6. PriceLine Car API
What is Priceline?
Priceline is a website providing discount rates for travel-related purchases such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, and car rentals.
One RESTful API providing dynamic hotel, rental car, flight, and vacation package data. Rental cars are offered by leading providers like Hertz, Avis, and Budget. Requires joining the Priceline Partner Program.
API documentation is not publicly available. Read about the Priceline Partner Program.
Car Rental via Car Rental Services
7. RentalCars API
What is RentalCars?
RentalCars, which operates the consumer booking site rentalcars.com, is the largest car hire booking service in the world, operating in 160 countries and 40 languages.
By joining the RentalCars Connect program, you gain access to an API that offers car rentals in 28,000 pick up locations across 180 countries, including well-known providers like Avis and Hertz.
API details are not publically available. Read about the RentalCars Connect program.