In January, 2009, Zipcar introduced car sharing to Champaign-Urbana. Car sharing is a way for people to have access to cars by the hour or by the day without the hassles or cost associated with car ownership. Go to the Zipcar web site to learn more about this program. Zipcar is a great option for people who live or work Downtown or in the University District.

Members have access to any of the Zipcars in Champaign, Urbana or on the University of Illinois campus. Reservations can be made online for as little as an hour up to three days. The $8 hourly fee includes gas, maintenance and insurance.

  1. Join - Members must be 21 years old to join and once you are a member, you have access to over 7,000 Zipcars in major cities around the world! Apply online today. It only takes a few minutes. Once you are approved, you get your very own Zipcard.
  2. Reserve - Reserve one of the Zipcars, for a couple of hours or the entire day. Do it online or through your phone.
  3. Unlock - Walk to the car and hold your card to the windshield. The doors will unlock and the keys are inside. It’s all yours!
  4. Drive - Drive away… and return the Zipcar to the same reserved parking spot at the end of your reservation. It’s that simple. And remember, gas and insurance are included.