Car Rental at San Francisco Airport

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

San Francisco Airport
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$53.75 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$55.52 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$67.84 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Standard
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta) or similar
Standard (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$70.01 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

San Francisco Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$72.76 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Premium
Audi A3 or similar
Audi A3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$79.97 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Full-size Elite
Audi A5 Sportback or similar
Audi A5 Sportback
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$83.56 / per day
San Francisco Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$82.45 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:44 on 2024-06-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$71 per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 48 km/h or 25 - 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 104 km/h or 55 - 65 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.7 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.42 per liter or $5.38 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.21 per liter or $4.58 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.83 per liter or $6.93 / 1 gallon
San Francisco Airport

Airport Car Rental

Unlike any other place, San Francisco is among the most visited cities in the United States. Landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge are recognized all across the world, but the city is also home to unique neighborhoods and a very active cultural and entertainment scene. With that in mind, these are four of San Francisco’s most interesting attractions:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge. Although only 1.7 miles long (2.7 km), the Golden Gate Bridge has dominated the imaginations of visitors of the city, as well as artists and filmmakers for decades — it is probably the only bridge in the world that has a Wikipedia article dedicated just to its cultural influence. So if you’ve rented a car in San Francisco, crossing this prominent landmark is the quintessential experience of the city. The bridge connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County.
  • Fisherman's Wharf. Also located in the northern part of the city (and only about a ten-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge), the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood is probably the most visited neighborhood in the city. Known for its long waterfront and piers, as well as the emblematic streetcars and cable cars, the area is also home to landmarks like the Exploratorium, an interactive science center, as well as the Aquarium of the Bay.
  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Located in the busy South-of-Market (or simply SoMa) neighborhood which is just to the south of Fisherman’s Wharf, this is one of the best modern art museums in the country. The relatively small and carefully-curated collection includes works by practically all of the most notable American artists of the 20th century, as well as foreign masters like Matisse and Magritte. Visit the SF MOMA’s official website to learn more.
  • Exploratorium. An interactive museum of technology, arts, and science, the Exploratorium is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions for the whole family. Divided into several topical galleries that are there to entertain as well as educate, the museum welcomes more than one million visitors every year. Visit the Exploratorium’s website to learn more. 

Top international routes

  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Burbank
  • Boston
  • Phoenix
  • Chicago

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 which is expected to be finished in 2024 or 2025.

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.

If you are getting to SFO without a car, Bart Rapid Rail has a direct route to the airport. The BART station for the airport is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (on the G Gates side).

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $92 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $54 per day
  • Vans - from $113 per day
  • Premium cars - from $74 per day
  • Small cars - from $54 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day

Car rental desks

All car rental offices are located in the separate Rental Cars Center (RCC) that can be reached by taking AirTrain Blue Line. The train operates 24 hours a day, however, check your rental supplier’s hours to make sure they’ll be open for your arrival.

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 gas station

If you're a Costco member, a Costco station, 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. For example, an Arco station is located at the first exit west of Highway 101.

Popular one-way rentals

  • 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 info

Rating
7.9
  • Getting to the airport 8.2
  • Check-in and departures 8.4
  • Terminal facilities 8.0
  • Wi-Fi 7.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.5
  • Lounge 7.5

San Francisco Airport (SFO)

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

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at San Francisco Airport?

The cost of renting a car at San Francisco Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at San Francisco Airport
$36.77
January
$47.89
February
$48.39
March
$50.94
April
$53.38
May
$60.68
June
$58.71
July
$63.81
August
$55.32
September
$55.60
October
$52.58
November
$52.63
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at San Francisco Airport is January — when rental costs average $36.77 per day. This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 42% cheaper than renting a car in August (when prices average $63.81 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at San Francisco Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in June the average rental period is 10 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average number of rental 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

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at San Francisco Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at San Francisco Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at San Francisco Airport in April, while they are least likely to rent 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 Rental Information

Popular suppliers FOX, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, SIXT
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $54 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier 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

FAQ

I am neither American nor Canadian; will I need to purchase insurance at the rental desk.?
If you search on our website using your country of residence, the search results will only include offers for international renters, all of which include basic coverage like a collision damage waiver, theft protection, and third-party insurance. We suggest that you purchase our Full Coverage to cover the deductible of the basic coverage.
What is the minimum age at which you are allowed to rent a car in California?
In California, you must be at least 21 years old to rent a car. Note that drivers under 25 are almost always charged an additional young driver fee.
Will I need an International Driving Permit if I am not from the US?
If your license is in English, you will not need an IDP at SFO. However, if your license is in any other language, you most likely will need to have an International Driving Permit in addition to your driver's license.
Is sales tax included in the rental rates shown on the website?
Yes, state sales tax for California and the local sales tax for San Francisco are included in the rental rates shown. Other taxes like the tourism tax may not be included, though. Be sure to check the rental conditions to find out what is and isn't included for the car of your choice.
Are one-way rentals possible from San Francisco Airport?
Yes, it is possible to pick up a car at SFO and drop it off somewhere else. The most popular one-way rental route is to Los Angeles. There is an additional fee for this service which depends both on the company and car you choose. You can search for the place you would like to drop off the car on our website and the prices will include this fee to make for easy comparison.
Can I add additional drivers to the rental contract?
Yes, you may request to add additional drivers on the booking page. If you do not do so at the time of booking, you may also request such at the rental desk. Keep in mind that all requirements for the main driver will also apply to any additional drivers including the additional fee for young and senior drivers.

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Kia Sportage
May 14, 2024
Big Sur, Warner Bros tour, PCH drive, Hearst Castle, elephant seal view point
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi Mirage
January 3, 2024
Monterey aquarium, sightseeing along the coast.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
November 15, 2023
Big Sur Yosemite and Napa Sonoma wine country
Hungary
Nissan Rogue
September 11, 2023
Visiting national parks
Israel
Nissan Rogue
November 26, 2022
A long trip Too much for writing here
Hong Kong
Toyota Corolla
February 20, 2022
very good rental!
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
December 12, 2019
SF was fun, and driving out to Yosemite made for a wonderful trip. Renting a car there is horrendously expensive though.
Thailand
Toyota Corolla
October 22, 2019
I rent a car at the San Francisco Airport because that is where I fly into. What I don't like is all the tax's I have to pay. The taxes came to 1/3 of my car rental. But I guess there's not to much the car rental companies can do about that.
United Kingdom
Ford Explorer 5+2
June 27, 2019
Although I booked car hire in San Francisco, I drove out of the city to other destinations, so cannot comment too much driving around in the city.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Forte
May 1, 2019
Great city, tons of things to see and do
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
April 24, 2019
You don't need a car to drive around San Francisco - public transport is great and parking is very expensive. It's well worth hiring one to drive out to Yosemite though!
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Car Rental 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
$70.73
Lowest daily price
$53.75
Total cars available
725

Top 12 Suppliers at San Francisco Airport in 2024

Alamo
Exceptional 9.2 / 78 reviews
+18443708302
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
$72 - $286
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
Exceptional 9.1 / 9 reviews
+18336350431
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
$76 - $347
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
Very good 8.3 / 18 reviews
+18887498227
San Francisco Int. Airport Rental Car Center 780 N McDonnell Rd 94128 San Francisco
$70 - $263
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
$77 - $292
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
Very good 8 / 11 reviews
+18007811023
315 Harbor Way rear unit, South San Francisco, CA 94080
$112
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
$68 - $302
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
Good 7 / 42 reviews
+18772830898
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128, United States
$54 - $194
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
Satisfactory 6.6 / 76 reviews
8664342226
780 Mcdonnell Rd
$55 - $195
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
$96 - $142
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
Satisfactory 6 / 78 reviews
+14159172713
435 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
$76
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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