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Car Hire at San Francisco Airport

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San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, USA - California
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Economy
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
£ 20.46 per day
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Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
£ 24.55 per day
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Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
FOX
£ 25.10 per day
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Standard
VW Jetta or comparable
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 29.11 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Full-size
Toyota Camry or comparable
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
£ 33.28 / per day
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Intermediate Elite
Jeep Compass or comparable
Jeep Compass
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
£ 44.46 / per day
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Premium
Nissan Maxima or comparable
Nissan Maxima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 78.55 / per day
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Minivan
Chevrolet Express 11 Passenger or comparable
Chevrolet Express 11 Passenger
  • 11x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Airport Van Rental
£ 96.35 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 02:03 on 2021-03-01.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Dialing code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
San Francisco Airport

Airport Car Hire

Hire a car at San Francisco Airport! Then head to the city and drive over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. From there, go to Fort Mason and the Presidio—the views are beautiful, and there’s plenty to explore, from museums and a wildlife sanctuary to hiking trails and culture and history walks. Then eat at a seafood restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf and tour turn-of-the-century ships at Hyde Street Pier. Check out the art scene and neighborhood bars in the Mission District and Bernal Heights and the panoramic views in Nob Hill.

The city’s surrounded by water, so how about some beach time? You can easily drive your rental to Ocean Beach, China Beach, or Baker Beach. Up for a museum? The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum exhibits contemporary and indigenous art, and everyone will enjoy the hands-on science fun at the Exploratorium. 

San Francisco’s a great destination, but the surrounding area has even more to offer. If you've hired your vehicle for a longer period, you can head south to Monterrey and even Los Angeles, explore inland California, or take a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Picking up your car at San Francisco Airport and dropping it off at a different location is easy. Start planning your vacation today!

San Francisco Airport, first known as Mills Field Municipal Airport, was built in 1927 on a 150-acre cow pasture.

Top international routes

  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Seattle
  • Las Vegas
  • New York City
  • Denver

Main airlines

United Airlines, United Express, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines

Terminals

The four terminals (T1, T2, T3, and International) are all connected by AirTrain, with station departures every 4–5 minutes. It’s also possible to walk between terminals, although parts of T1 are currently under construction.

Location

The airport is 13 mi (21 km) from downtown San Francisco. Highway 101 is the main road connecting San Francisco Airport to the city.

Most popular types of hire car

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 118 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 45 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 36 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 96 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 69 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 35 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 69 per day

Car hire desks

All car hire offices are located in the separate Rental Cars Center (RCC) that can be reached by taking AirTrain Blue Line.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many bars, cafeterias, and restaurants, some serving Mexican and Asian food, as well as a number of duty-free outlets, stores, and gift shops. There are also ATMs, eight lounges, baby care facilities, a children’s play area, a medical clinic, a reading room, a yoga room, spa, reflection room for meditation, hydration station to refill water bottles, aquarium, airport museum, and permanent art exhibitions. You’ll find luggage storage and lockers at the Airport Travel Agency in the main hall of the International terminal. San Francisco Airport is fully equipped for passengers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest petrol station

Costco Gasoline, located at 451 Airport Boulevard, is on the way to the city. It can be reached in less than ten minutes and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on workdays, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. There are many other gas stations near the airport.

Popular one-way hires

  • Los Angeles (384 mi / 618 km)
  • Las Vegas (571 mi / 919 km)
  • San Diego (503 mi / 809 km)
  • Reno (229 mi / 368 km)
  • Oakland (23 mi / 37 km)
  • Fresno (188 mi / 302 km)

Airport information

Score
8.1
  • Getting to the airport 7.4
  • Check-in desks 7.9
  • Facilities and services 7.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.7
  • Dining and car hire services 6.6
  • Lounge 5.4

San Francisco Airport (SFO)

  • IATA: SFO
  • ICAO: KSFO
  • Name: San Francisco Airport (SFO)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 55,832,518
  • Distance from the city centre: 8 miles / 12.9 km SE of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 7 Destinations around San Francisco Airport

  1. San Francisco South starting at £ 24.31 per day
    14.7 km / 9.1 miles away
  2. Oakland Airport starting at £ 20.46 per day
    17.1 km / 10.6 miles away
  3. Sacramento International Airport starting at £ 20.46 per day
    123.5 km / 76.7 miles away
  4. Fresno Airport starting at £ 20.46 per day
    262.3 km / 163.0 miles away
  5. Santa Barbara Airport starting at £ 20.46 per day
    438.3 km / 272.4 miles away
  6. Westchester starting at £ 37.85 per day
    558.7 km / 347.1 miles away
  7. Palm Springs Airport starting at £ 20.46 per day
    689.4 km / 428.3 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car at San Francisco Airport?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car at San Francisco Airport fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car at San Francisco Airport
£ 39.75
January
£ 45.38
February
£ 37.33
March
£ 48.36
April
£ 50.79
May
£ 50.40
June
£ 39.57
July
£ 72.24
August
£ 46.47
September
£ 31.39
October
£ 36.00
November
£ 49.84
December
The cheapest month to hire a car at San Francisco Airport is October with prices starting at £ 31.39 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is August with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 72.24. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 46. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What’s the most popular hire length at San Francisco Airport?

Hirers picking up a car at San Francisco Airport keep them for an average of 12 days during in November, while those picking up their cars in July keep them for an average of 6.
Average Hire Length at San Francisco Airport
7
January
8
February
8
March
7
April
8
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
10
September
11
October
12
November
12
December

Which month sees the highest demand for car hire at San Francisco Airport?

Though San Francisco Airport is popular for travellers all year long, the month with the highest demand for hire cars is in July. November is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
99%
January
87%
February
90%
March
99%
April
110%
May
119%
June
135%
July
118%
August
85%
September
89%
October
81%
November
87%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Europcar Jeep Compass 4 3 SUVs
Europcar Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
Avis Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
Europcar Dodge Grand Caravan 5 3 People Carriers
Avis Ford Mustang Convertible 2 1 Convertibles
FOX Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
FOX Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Europcar Dodge Journey 5 4 SUVs

Top 15 Hire Companies at San Francisco Airport in 2021

Alamo
Alamo
Remarkable 9.2
+18443708302
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 47 - £ 197
National
National
Remarkable 9.2
+18443708301
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 56 - £ 211
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Remarkable 9.1
+18005568227
1409 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.8
+18336350431
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 52 - £ 194
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.6
+18887498227
San Francisco Int. Airport Rental Car Center 780 N McDonnell Rd 94128 San Francisco
£ 29 - £ 56
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Dollar
Dollar
Outstanding 8.5
+18664342226
780 McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
£ 24 - £ 30
FOX
FOX
Outstanding 8.5
+14159172713 / +18002254369
780 N. McDonnell Road, San Francisco.
£ 24 - £ 27
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30
Tue:00:00-00:30
Wed:00:00-00:30
Thu:00:00-00:30
Fri:00:00-00:30
Sat:00:00-00:30
Sun:00:00-00:30
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
+18443708302
780 NORTH MCDONNELL RD
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Dollar
Dollar
Outstanding 8.5
+18664342226
780 Mcdonnell Rd
Working hours
Mon:06:30-22:00
Tue:06:30-22:00
Wed:06:30-22:00
Thu:06:30-22:00
Fri:06:30-22:00
Sat:06:30-22:00
Sun:06:30-22:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+16508776780
780 Mcdonnell Road
£ 20 - £ 75
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Outstanding 8.5
+18772830898
780 Mcdonnell Rd
Working hours
Mon:06:30-22:00
Tue:06:30-22:00
Wed:06:30-22:00
Thu:06:30-22:00
Fri:06:30-22:00
Sat:06:30-22:00
Sun:06:30-22:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+16508770998
780 Mcdonnell Road San Francisco Intl Apo
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.4
+16503433052 / +18007775500
323 S Canal St suite a, South San Francisco, CA 94080
£ 26 - £ 39
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Great 7.6
+16506517145
1409 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
£ 44 - £ 56
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
6507317266 / 3172487251
820 Malcolm Rd
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
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