Car Hire in California

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

San Diego Cross Border Xpress
Compact
Chevrolet Onix or comparable
Chevrolet Onix
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
£17.72 per day
San Diego Airport
Full-size
Nissan Altima or comparable
Nissan Altima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
£20.17 per day
Los Angeles Arcadia
Standard
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
£29.44 per day
San Francisco Union Square City Centre
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or comparable
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£35.90 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

San Francisco O'Farrell St.
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or comparable
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
£36.95 per day
San Diego Port
Premium
Premium (BMW 2 Series) or comparable
Premium (BMW 2 Series)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£42.63 per day
Los Angeles Airport
Special SUV
Jeep Wrangler or comparable
Jeep Wrangler
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
£53.96 per day
City Centre
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or comparable
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
£69.01 per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 09:10 on 2024-07-13.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+1
Average car hire price
£38 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
40 - 48 km/h or 25 - 30 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
88 - 104 km/h or 55 - 65 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Score
9.2 / 10
Average petrol price
£0.76 per litre or £2.89 per gallon
Lowest petrol price
£0.61 per litre or £2.30 per gallon
Highest petrol price
£1.11 per litre or £4.20 per gallon

One-way Car Hire in California

Here are the most popular one-way car hire options for pickup in California and drop off in another country:

  • From California to Nevada - 342 offers from £32.73 per day
  • From California to Arizona - 68 offers from £42.76 per day
  • From California to Colorado - 125 offers from £66.16 per day
  • From California to New York - 120 offers from £64.54 per day
  • From California to Illinois - 98 offers from £32.73 per day

Map of Car Hire Destinations

In which month is car hire in California the most affordable?

Prices for hiring a car in California fluctuate depending on the time of year. This table and graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in California
£29.39
January
£35.46
February
£40.73
March
£36.77
April
£35.47
May
£39.12
June
£45.71
July
£49.76
August
£40.12
September
£41.75
October
£37.18
November
£41.05
December
The best month to hire a car in California is January — when the average price for a hire is £29.39 per day. This is 25% less than the yearly average and 41% less than hiring a car in August (when the average price is £49.76 per day).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in California?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in June — an average of 9 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in November — an average of 6 days.
Average number of hire days in California
8
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
9
June
9
July
9
August
8
September
7
October
6
November
7
December

Which month is most favoured for hiring a car in California?

Given the number of customers searching for a car in California, May is the most popular, while November is the month that sees the lowest demand.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in California Compared to the Yearly Average
83%
January
68%
February
85%
March
157%
April
165%
May
124%
June
112%
July
109%
August
83%
September
69%
October
58%
November
86%
December

Car hire information

Car hire locations 254
Airport locations 32
Popular suppliers FOX, Dollar, Alamo, MEX RENT A CAR, Thrifty
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, People Carriers
Lowest price £18 per day
Cheapest supplier MEX RENT A CAR

Most popular car models of suppliers

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
FOX Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
FOX Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
FOX Nissan Altima 4 2 Large cars
FOX Chrysler Pacifica 5 2 People Carriers
FOX Mitsubishi Mirage 4 2 Small cars
FOX Nissan Versa 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

United Kingdom
Jeep Wrangler Sport
1 July 2022
We rented a Jeep Cherokee which easily stored our 4 suitcases and things for our 3 week road trip. The A/C was great in the desserts and being able to remove the hard roof at the coast was superb, an all round great car and drive. Thank you
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
25 September 2021
We booked this car for LA, which meant we spent most of our time stuck in traffic. The car was very comfortable and CarPlay meant it was easy for us to make good progress on our podcasts while barely moving on the 101/405/etc.
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
9.1 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
RightCars
4.9 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
51
Total rental companies
28
Average daily price
£38.22
Lowest daily price
£17.72
Total cars available
12418

Top 28 suppliers in California in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1 / 375 reviews
18 locations
£63 - £195
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.1 / 71 reviews
95 locations
£66 - £292
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.6 / 77 reviews
14 locations
£37 - £254
Black&White Car Rental
Black&White Car Rental
Very good 8.6 / 10 reviews
2 locations
£102 - £550
National
National
Very good 8.2 / 27 reviews
24 locations
£67 - £281
yesaway
yesaway
Very good 8 / 86 reviews
2 locations
£82 - £137
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 128 reviews
153 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7 / 29 reviews
41 locations
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.7
1 location
£39 - £69
Payless
Payless
Good 7.6 / 5 reviews
7 locations
Carwiz
Carwiz
Good 7.6
1 location
U-Save
U-Save
Good 7.5 / 1 review
4 locations
£61 - £117
Elita Rent A Car
Elita Rent A Car
Good 7.4 / 66 reviews
2 locations
£60 - £65
Budget
Budget
Good 7.4 / 28 reviews
152 locations
£46 - £257
Advantage
Advantage
Good 7.4 / 25 reviews
2 locations
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.1 / 155 reviews
12 locations
£35 - £180
York Car Rental
York Car Rental
Good 7.1
1 location
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7 / 297 reviews
20 locations
£36 - £180
NextCar
NextCar
Good 7 / 8 reviews
3 locations
£68 - £96
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Satisfactory 6.7 / 627 reviews
2 locations
£18 - £180
FOX
FOX
Satisfactory 6.7 / 403 reviews
7 locations
£53 - £192
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6.4 / 182 reviews
8 locations
£40 - £89
Priceless
Priceless
Poor 5.9 / 29 reviews
5 locations
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Poor 5.7 / 51 reviews
4 locations
£20 - £298
Midway
Midway
Poor 5.7 / 22 reviews
8 locations
£71 - £1,296
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Poor 5.4 / 235 reviews
4 locations
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Poor 5.4 / 213 reviews
5 locations
£29 - £245
RightCars
RightCars
Poor 4.9 / 261 reviews
1 location
£57 - £73
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