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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

San Francisco South Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$32.19 per day
San Francisco South Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris iA or similar
Toyota Yaris iA
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$32.42 per day
San Francisco South Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Forte or similar
Kia Forte
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$32.65 per day
San Francisco South Car Rental
Premium
Mercedes-Benz A-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$39.04 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

San Francisco South Car Rental
Luxury
Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$40.77 / per day
San Francisco South Car Rental
Special
Cadillac CT6 or similar
Cadillac CT6
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$43.20 / per day
Westchester Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$50.12 / per day
Westchester Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$50.12 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:55 on 2022-01-26. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.8

Why rent a car in California?

California is a great place for renting a car. Having your own ride will let you see everything from world-famous cities and beaches to mountains and deserts. A rental car is also the best way to travel further to places like Las Vegas, Oregon, Arizona, or Mexico. 

USA - California Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in California

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

  • From California to Nevada - 342 offers from £ 32.55 per day
  • From California to Arizona - 68 offers from £ 42.52 per day
  • From California to Colorado - 125 offers from £ 65.79 per day
  • From California to New York - 120 offers from £ 64.18 per day
  • From California to Texas - 27 offers from £ 69.18 per day

Top ways to enter California

  • Los Angeles Airport: Busiest in California, second busiest in U.S., and TOP 5 in the world, LAX almost feels like a travel destination in its own right.
  • San Diego Airport: Despite only having one runway, San Diego Airport manages to serve more than 20 million passengers annually. 
  • San Francisco Airport: The busiest airport in North California, it serves not only San Francisco, but the larger Bay Area.
  • By land: It is also possible to pick up a car in a neighboring state and then drive to California. Some large airports near California are Las Vegas Airport in Nevada, Phoenix Airport in Arizona, and Portland Airport in Oregon.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Los Angeles: One of the most famous cities of the world is home to Hollywood, Venice, Bevery Hills, and countless other destinations.
  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and neighborhoods like the Marina are just some of the places you simply have to visit if you travel to San Francisco.
  • San Diego: Located on the Pacific Ocean and bordering Mexico, San Diego mixes fantastic beaches and year-round great weather with museums and wildlife protection areas. 
  • Sierra Nevada: This mountainous region is not only a winter sport mecca, but also home to Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.
  • North Coast: Just north of San Francisco, this area with its coastal redwood forests, rugged coastline, and world’s tallest trees is the perfect place to relax.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in California is the Nissan Versa, closely followed by the Hyundai Accent and the Hyundai Elantra.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in California is an economy, followed by intermediate and compact.

Top driving routes

  1. Los Angeles - Las Vegas (270 mi / 434 km) The Sin City is just about four hours drive east of L.A., although if you’re not in a rush, the Mojave National Preserve that will be on your way is fascinating to explore. 
  2. San Francisco - Los Angeles (382 mi / 615 km) Interstate 5 is the highway connecting California’s two most famous cities, but you can also choose a slightly longer route along the coast that will let you visit places like San Luis Obispo and Monterey on the way.
  3. San Diego - Los Angeles (120 mi / 193 km) Right on the border with Mexico, San Diego is just two and a half hour drive away from Los Angeles, with the route’s southern portion going right along the Pacific.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $175 per day
  • Large cars - from $126 per day
  • Medium cars - from $139 per day
  • Vans - from $170 per day
  • Premium cars - from $122 per day
  • Small cars - from $103 per day
  • SUVs - from $158 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in California:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting California is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 21% cheaper than the yearly average and about 37% cheaper than renting a car in July.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in California

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in California?

The cost of renting a car in California depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in California
$51.19
January
$49.72
February
$44.97
March
$47.23
April
$55.19
May
$55.73
June
$72.01
July
$55.86
August
$56.64
September
$37.54
October
$45.80
November
$56.24
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in California is October — prices start from $37.54 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 28% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $72.01 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in California?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in June — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in California
7
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
8
June
6
July
6
August
8
September
8
October
7
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in California?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in California. The most popular month is January, while the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in California by Monthly Searches
259%
January
178%
February
215%
March
22%
April
25%
May
30%
June
33%
July
28%
August
60%
September
68%
October
150%
November
133%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Nissan Versa 4 3
Ace Rent a car Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Hyundai Accent 4 2 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Hyundai Santa Fe 5 4 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Hyundai Accent 4 1 Medium cars
Avis Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars
Ace Rent a car Hyundai Accent 4 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

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

United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
September 8, 2021
Contact by phone is horrible. Otherwise, everything was good. Tried to rebook and have a hard time finding website and same price.
Switzerland
Toyota Camry
September 2, 2021
Navigation System should not cost extra 150 dollar. That is additional half the care rent price. I did not make use of this offer becsuse i felt betrayed paying so much. The car covered with wax stripes also over the windows.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
August 21, 2021
It was a bit concerning at first when I landed, not knowing where and why we were going into an industrial off location type of area
Switzerland
Toyota Corolla
August 18, 2021
Folks were helpful and friendly.
Israel
Toyota Camry
July 19, 2021
We just visited our daughter at Los Gatos
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
July 9, 2021
Love Santa Monica. Hollywood..LA
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
March 29, 2021
Anthony at the car rental was helpful and a lifesaver!!!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
October 26, 2020
First of all it was very quick, quicker than going to the airport & also finding a parking space & the airport you don't find that, also I like the fact that their is a shuttle waiting for you how awesome is that! You just can't beat that.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Sportage
September 23, 2020
Check out Fox Rental before booking another another
United Kingdom
Mazda 3
March 12, 2020
Travelled to LAX rather than Las Vegas from England as airfares were significantly cheaper. Hired car at LAX. Traffic to/from Las Vegas was good on this occasion, but traffic conditions in LA can be really bad and this is worrying if you have a plane to catch.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Camry
March 11, 2020
Fun but very trafficy
Taiwan
Toyota Rav4
February 10, 2020
I am not sure why I have to use international driver license to rent the car. Other than that, I think you have an efficient system.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
December 10, 2019
Honestly, I have a lot of memories to cherish from when I was younger back in the 1990's and in the early 2000's. I do not like how expensive, crowded and dirty the city of San Francisco is. The homeless and drug addicts need to be helped and not ignored.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
October 15, 2019
EST value and nice people
Canada
VW Jetta
March 28, 2019
Rent a car over Uber or Lyfting everywhere. It's much more pleasant and the Highway system in San Diego is amazingly fast literally EVERYWHERE you want to go.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Camry
September 20, 2018
Love San Diego

Top 18 Suppliers in California in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
8443701084
200 FRED KANE DR STE 108,
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18443701083
200 Fred Kane Dr Suite 108, Monterey, CA 93940
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+18312422020
200 Fred Kane Dr, Monterey, CA 93940
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+14156589800
7 S Linden Ave
Working hours
Mon:09:00-15:00
Tue:09:00-15:00
Wed:09:00-15:00
Thu:09:00-15:00
Fri:09:00-15:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+18316477140
200 Fred Kane Drive Suite 106
Working hours
Mon:20:00-21:00; 08:00-18:00
Tue:20:00-21:00; 08:00-18:00
Wed:20:00-21:00; 08:00-18:00
Thu:20:00-21:00; 08:00-18:00
Fri:20:00-21:00; 08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-14:00; 20:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-14:00; 20:00-21:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+18313731899
200 Fred Kane Drive, Suite 105Monterey Regional Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00; 20:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-18:00; 20:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-18:00; 20:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-18:00; 20:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-18:00; 20:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-14:00; 20:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-14:00; 20:00-21:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
8443701084
200 Fred Kane Dr Ste 108
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:10:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-16:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
3400 TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18772830898
3400 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
+16194320620 / +18002254369
3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego.
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
Midway
Midway
Excellent 8.5
+19492679020
1701 Corinthian Way, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
+16193264285 / +18007775500
3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, CA 92101
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
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Excellent 8.2
+16192559094
1002 West Juniper Street. San Diego, CA 92101
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+18772473362
San Diego International Airport, Rental Car Center, 3355 Admiral Boland Way
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+18442702377
2269 Pacific Hwy San Diego, CA 92101
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-15:00
Sun:08:00-15:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
7603994227 / 7603248075
68150 Ramon Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:08:00-14:00
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7
+12132634451 / +18444473227
8622 Bellanca Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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