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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Santa Monica, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris iA or similar
Toyota Yaris iA
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$20.24 / per day
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Los Angeles, Downtown Car Rental
Premium
Mercedes-Benz CLA or similar
Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$21.44 / per day
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Los Angeles Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$22.93 / per day
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Los Angeles Airport Car Rental
Premium
Mercedes-Benz GLA or similar
Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$23.16 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

San Diego Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Mini Countryman or similar
Mini Countryman
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$23.28 / per day
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San Diego Airport Car Rental
Special
Cadillac XTS or similar
Cadillac XTS
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$23.36 / per day
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San Diego Airport Car Rental
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$23.41 / per day
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San Francisco Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$23.72 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:08 on 2020-03-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    English
    Currency
    USD
    Country code
    1
    Average car rental length
    4 days
    Economy car rental price
    $37.82 / per day
    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
    8.3

    Why rent a car in {{location}}?

    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. 

    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 43.52 USD per day
    • From California to Arizona - 68 offers from 56.86 USD per day
    • From California to Colorado - 125 offers from 87.97 USD per day
    • From California to New York - 120 offers from 85.83 USD per day
    • From California to Texas - 27 offers from 92.51 USD per day

    Top ways to enter {{location}}

    • 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 $135 per day
    • Large cars - from $87 per day
    • Medium cars - from $85 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $186 per day
    • Premium cars - from $142 per day
    • Small cars - from $78 per day
    • SUVs - from $149 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 $22.77 per day
    2. Car Rental in San Francisco from $69.26 per day
    3. Car Rental in San Diego from $20.96 per day
    4. Car Rental in Santa Ana from $29.81 per day
    5. Car Rental in Oakland from $25.29 per day
    6. Car Rental in San Jose from $29.81 per day
    7. Car Rental in Sacramento from $29.81 per day
    8. Car Rental in Ontario from $29.81 per day
    9. Car Rental in Long Beach from $29.81 per day
    10. Car Rental in Burbank from $24.53 per day
    11. Car Rental in Palm Springs from $26.73 per day
    12. Car Rental in Fresno from $29.81 per day
    13. Car Rental in Santa Barbara from $29.81 per day
    14. Car Rental in Monterey from $29.81 per day
    15. Car Rental in Santa Rosa from $29.81 per day
    16. Car Rental in McKinleyville from $84.70 per day
    17. Car Rental in Bakersfield from $28.06 per day
    18. Car Rental in Santa Monica from $20.08 per day

    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
    $50.89
    January
    $49.43
    February
    $44.71
    March
    $46.95
    April
    $54.87
    May
    $55.41
    June
    $71.59
    July
    $55.53
    August
    $56.31
    September
    $37.33
    October
    $45.53
    November
    $56.37
    December
    The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in California is October — prices start from $37.33 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 $71.59 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
    6
    November
    6
    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 December, while the least popular is September.
    Popularity of Car Rental in California by Monthly Searches
    82%
    January
    252%
    February
    274%
    March
    26%
    April
    29%
    May
    34%
    June
    38%
    July
    32%
    August
    23%
    September
    53%
    October
    50%
    November
    307%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
    FOX Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
    FOX Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
    FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
    FOX Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
    FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
    MEX RENT A CAR Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
    yesaway Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
    FOX Ford Explorer 5+2 4 SUVs
    FOX Dodge Journey 5 4 SUVs

    Our Customers Reviews

    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)
    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.

    Top Suppliers for California in 2020

    RightCars
    RightCars
    Very good 7
    +12132634451 / +18444473227
    8622 Bellanca Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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