Car Hire at San Francisco Airport

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San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, USA - California
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

San Francisco Airport
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or comparable
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 42.29 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
£ 43.69 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
£ 53.38 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Standard
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta) or comparable
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 55.09 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

San Francisco Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or comparable
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 57.25 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Premium
Audi A3 or comparable
Audi A3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
£ 62.93 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Full-size Elite
Audi A5 Sportback or comparable
Audi A5 Sportback
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
£ 65.75 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or comparable
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 64.88 / 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 12:44 on 2024-06-17.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+1
Average car hire price
£ 56 per day
Average car hire length
8 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
8.7 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.12 per litre or £ 4.23 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 0.95 per litre or £ 3.60 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.44 per litre or £ 5.45 / 1 gallon
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 £ 73 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 42 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 42 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 89 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 58 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 43 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 44 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)
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Airport information

Score
7.9
  • Getting to the airport 8.2
  • Check-in and departures 8.4
  • Facilities and services 8.0
  • Wi-Fi 7.8
  • Dining and car hire services 7.5
  • Lounge 7.5

San Francisco Airport (SFO)

  • IATA: SFO
  • ICAO: KSFO
  • Name: San Francisco Airport (SFO)
  • Distance from the city centre: 8 miles / 12.9 km

Top 3 Destinations around San Francisco Airport

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In which month is car hire at San Francisco Airport the most affordable?

Our data shows how prices for hiring a car at San Francisco Airport fluctuate depending on the season. This graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day at San Francisco Airport
£ 28.93
January
£ 37.68
February
£ 38.08
March
£ 40.08
April
£ 42.01
May
£ 47.74
June
£ 46.20
July
£ 50.21
August
£ 43.53
September
£ 43.75
October
£ 41.37
November
£ 41.42
December
The best month to hire a car at San Francisco Airport is January — when the average price for a hire is £ 28.93 per day. This is 31% less than the yearly average and 42% less than hiring a car in August (when the average price is £ 50.21 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.

What’s the usual hire length for renters at San Francisco Airport?

Car hire lengths differ depending on the time of year: in June, the average hire length is 10 days, while in January, it is only 7 days.
Average number of hire days at San Francisco Airport
7
January
9
February
8
March
7
April
8
May
10
June
10
July
9
August
9
September
8
October
7
November
10
December

Which time of year sees the highest demand for car hire at San Francisco Airport?

Given the number of users searching for a car at San Francisco Airport, there is a higher probability of travellers hiring a car at San Francisco Airport in April in comparison to hiring a car in in November.
Monthly searches at San Francisco Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
74%
January
53%
February
79%
March
196%
April
170%
May
84%
June
120%
July
154%
August
101%
September
56%
October
41%
November
71%
December

Car Hire Information

Popular suppliers FOX, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, SIXT
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price £ 42 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Hire Models

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

Our Customers' Reviews

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United Kingdom
Nissan Maxima
14 August 2023
Pacific Highway 1 and Dutch town of Solvang
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Europcar
6 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
21
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
£ 55.65
Lowest daily price
£ 42.29
Total cars available
725

Top 12 Suppliers at San Francisco Airport in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2 / 78 reviews
+18443708302
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 57 - £ 225
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.1 / 9 reviews
+18336350431
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 60 - £ 273
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 18 reviews
+18887498227
San Francisco Int. Airport Rental Car Center 780 N McDonnell Rd 94128 San Francisco
£ 55 - £ 207
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 06:00-23:59
National
National
Very good 8.2 / 5 reviews
+18443708301
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
£ 61 - £ 230
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
yesaway
yesaway
Very good 8 / 11 reviews
+18007811023
315 Harbor Way rear unit, South San Francisco, CA 94080
£ 88
Working hours
Mon:10:00-18:00
Tue:10:00-18:00
Wed:10:00-18:00
Thu:10:00-18:00
Fri:10:00-18:00
Sat:10:00-18:00
Sun:10:00-18:00
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
+16508770998
780 Mcdonnell Road
£ 53 - £ 238
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.6 / 1 review
+16506246600
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128, United States
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Good 7.3 / 15 reviews
+16508776780
780 Mcdonnell Road
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7 / 42 reviews
+18772830898
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128, United States
£ 42 - £ 153
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Satisfactory 6.6 / 76 reviews
8664342226
780 Mcdonnell Rd
£ 43 - £ 153
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
FOX
FOX
Satisfactory 6.3 / 124 reviews
+14159172713
435 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
£ 76 - £ 112
Working hours
Mon:05:00-00:30
Tue:05:00-00:30
Wed:05:00-00:30
Thu:05:00-00:30
Fri:05:00-00:30
Sat:05:00-00:30
Sun:05:00-00:30
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6 / 78 reviews
+14159172713
435 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
£ 60
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-00:30; 05:00-23:59
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