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Car Rental in California

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$30.31 per day
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Los Angeles Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Soul or similar
Kia Soul
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$30.58 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris iA or similar
Toyota Yaris iA
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$30.83 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$30.94 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Forte or similar
Kia Forte
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$31.02 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$31.14 / per day
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San Diego Cross Border Xpress Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$31.26 / per day
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Oakland Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
FOX
$33.43 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:23 on 2021-09-24. 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 US$ 45.67 per day
  • From California to Arizona - 68 offers from US$ 59.67 per day
  • From California to Colorado - 125 offers from US$ 92.32 per day
  • From California to New York - 120 offers from US$ 90.07 per day
  • From California to Texas - 27 offers from US$ 97.08 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 $178 per day
  • Large cars - from $74 per day
  • Medium cars - from $59 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $174 per day
  • Premium cars - from $109 per day
  • Small cars - from $57 per day
  • SUVs - from $126 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 19 Most Popular Cities in California

  1. Car Rental in Los Angeles from $28.26 per day
  2. Car Rental in San Diego from $36.47 per day
  3. Car Rental in San Francisco from $33.58 per day
  4. Car Rental in Sacramento from $28.26 per day
  5. Car Rental in Santa Ana from $28.26 per day
  6. Car Rental in Oakland from $28.26 per day
  7. Car Rental in San Jose from $28.26 per day
  8. Car Rental in Ontario from $28.26 per day
  9. Car Rental in Long Beach from $28.26 per day
  10. Car Rental in Burbank from $28.26 per day
  11. Car Rental in Palm Springs from $28.26 per day
  12. Car Rental in Fresno from $28.26 per day
  13. Car Rental in Santa Monica from $30.31 per day
  14. Car Rental in Santa Barbara from $28.26 per day
  15. Car Rental in Santa Rosa from $28.26 per day
  16. Car Rental in Monterey from $28.26 per day
  17. Car Rental in Bakersfield from $85.55 per day
  18. Car Rental in McKinleyville from $88.89 per day

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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
$53.41
January
$51.88
February
$46.92
March
$49.27
April
$57.58
May
$58.15
June
$75.13
July
$58.27
August
$59.10
September
$39.17
October
$47.78
November
$58.67
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in California is October — prices start from $39.17 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 $75.13 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 March, while the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in California by Monthly Searches
41%
January
269%
February
328%
March
1%
April
1%
May
2%
June
2%
July
2%
August
68%
September
78%
October
219%
November
188%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

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

Our Customers Reviews

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 20 Suppliers in California in 2021

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+18448272606
Fresno Air Terminal, 5074 E Anderson Avenue - 93727-1567
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18448272607
5175 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
8557887030
700 N HAVEN ONTARIO A/P HOTEL
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+18338235640
5175 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+18887498227
9000 Bellanca Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
5175 E CLINTON WY
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
5175 E Clinton Wy
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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18772830898
5175 East Clinton Way
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
Excellent 8.5
+15594545029
5175 East Clinton Way Fresno Yosemite Intl Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+15594555701
5175 East Clinton Way Fresno Yosemite Int'l Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
8448272606
5175 East Clinton 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:07:00-22:30
Sun:07:00-23:59
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
+19096356390 / +18002254369
1776 E. Holt, Ontario.
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
+18668003303 / +13103304600
6151 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90045
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
+19096356390
1776 E Holt Blvd, Ontario, CA 91761
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Excellent 8.2
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+18665974554
5301 W. 104th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
7887030
700 N HAVEN ONTARIO A/P HOTEL
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
9099868500 / 3172487251
636 E Holt Blvd
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7
+12132634451 / +18444473227
8622 Bellanca Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Acceptable 5.5
+18773267368
204 N Vineyard Ave
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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