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Car hires in San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, CA, United States
13 Apr — 20 Apr
San Francisco, CA, United States
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Car hire insight and trends in San Francisco

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in San Francisco

What is the cheapest car hire agency in San Francisco?

The cheapest car hire in San Francisco are generally found through E-Z Rent-A-Car. When booking with E-Z Rent-A-Car, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as $29/day. The average price to hire a car in San Francisco is $29/day.

What car hire company in San Francisco has the most locations?

Hertz has the most locations of any car hire company in San Francisco, with 13 locations.

What car do most people hire in San Francisco?

When hiring a car in San Francisco, most of our users will opt for the Toyota RAV4 at $106/day on average. The second most popular is the Hyundai Santa Fe car hire for an average of $99/day. Our users have found Toyota RAV4 hires in San Francisco for as low as $62/day and Hyundai Santa Fe hires for as low as $44/day.

Best deals found for San Francisco, California car hire

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in San Francisco, California
Economy$38/day
Compact$38/day
Intermediate$41/day
Standard$47/day
Full-size$45/day
People mover$53/day
Full-size SUV$63/day
Premium$46/day
Luxury$49/day
Intermediate SUV$42/day
Standard SUV$56/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about San Francisco car hire

There are a few attractions that are must-sees when visiting the Golden Gate City, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and the Muir Woods National Monument. Always be on the lookout for the 101 Freeway, as this is one of the city’s main roads and connects many of the neighbourhoods. When driving hired cars in San Francisco, keep in mind that some expressways require drivers to pay tolls, such as Interstate 580 or State Route 237. Parking rental cars in San Francisco may be difficult, as it’s a busy city that attracts many visitors. Street parking is often limited to residents, so you will often need to park San Francisco car rentals at metered spots or in a paid parking garage. Renting a car in this area is easy, as there are upwards of 175 car hire locations in San Francisco.

Is it worthwhile renting a car while visiting San Francisco?

While free street parking is limited, there are many garages, paid parking lots, and metered spaces for you to park hired cars in San Francisco. The city is known for being quite busy, with many people from the area travelling there for work. Some common traffic hotspots include Highways 1, 101, and 280, so try to avoid these during rush hour, which is considered to be the early mornings and evenings. A cheap car rental in San Francisco is a great way to easily and affordably explore the region on your own schedule. Having access to your own vehicle will make it easy to see sights that are further away from the city, such as Santa Cruz and Sausalito, both of which can be reached by car in around an hour. The city is also known for being quite hilly, making rental cars a more convenient mode of transportation than walking.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in San Francisco?

When driving hired cars in San Francisco, it’s important to keep a few different traffic laws in mind. The city has many one-way streets and lanes designated just for buses, so make sure to keep your eyes open for signs that indicate this. Drivers are always required to yield for pedestrians, even if they are crossing the street in an unmarked area. Keep in mind that in California, it’s illegal to write, send, or read text messages while driving. You can also only use designated carpool lanes if you have at least two passengers in the vehicle, otherwise, you may receive a fine. If you ever have any doubts, contact the San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles to receive information on the latest traffic laws.

What kind of driving license do you need to hire a car in San Francisco?

When you rent a car in San Francisco, whether it be a people carrier rental or economy car rental, you are required to have a valid driving license that does not expire during your rental period. If you are not a United States citizen, you can still rent a car if you have either an international driving license or a valid driving license from your home country that is accompanied by a passport.


San Francisco, California car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in San Francisco that's right for you

Small cars

$82 - $130

All Car Types

$96 - $143

The average price of a small car hire in San Francisco, the United States is $99. The cheapest time to hire a small car in San Francisco, the United States is in January. The price is 18% lower than the rest of the year at just $82 per day. A small car rental is typically 14% less expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for San Francisco small car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in San Francisco, the United States is $102. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in San Francisco, the United States is in February. The price is 20% lower than the rest of the year at just $82 per day. A medium car rental is typically 13% less expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for San Francisco medium car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in San Francisco, the United States is $125. The cheapest time to hire a large car in San Francisco, the United States is in June. The price is 14% lower than the rest of the year at just $109 per day. A large car rental is typically 8% more expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for San Francisco large car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV hire in San Francisco, the United States is $108. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in San Francisco, the United States is in February. The price is 20% lower than the rest of the year at just $87 per day. A SUV rental is typically 7% less expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for San Francisco SUV hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in San Francisco, the United States is $145. The cheapest time to hire a van in San Francisco, the United States is in February. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just $88 per day. A van rental is typically 21% more expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a luxury car hire in San Francisco, the United States is $136. The cheapest time to hire a luxury car in San Francisco, the United States is in January. The price is 28% lower than the rest of the year at just $100 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 16% more expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a convertible hire in San Francisco, the United States is $189. The cheapest time to hire a convertible in San Francisco, the United States is in January. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just $115 per day. A convertible rental is typically 39% more expensive than the average rental car in San Francisco. The average price of a vehicle hire in San Francisco can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Kia Picanto
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$38/day

29 Apr - 6 May
Kia Picanto
Hyundai i20
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$38/day

29 Apr - 6 May
Hyundai i20

San Francisco car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in San Francisco, California

Alamo

8.8
Very Good
414 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Overall

8.8

Pick-up/drop-off

8.8

Value

8.4

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6
Very Good
382 reviews11 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.7

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.4

Value

8.4

Sixt

7.6
Good
155 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.1

Overall

7.5

Pick-up/drop-off

7.2

Value

7.5

Budget

7.3
Good
244 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.0

Overall

7.3

Pick-up/drop-off

7.4

Value

7.0

Hertz

6.5
Okay
273 reviews13 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.4

Pick-up/drop-off

6.4

Value

6.4

Thrifty

6.0
Okay
504 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

6.8

Overall

5.9

Pick-up/drop-off

5.9

Value

6.0

Dollar

5.4
Fair
360 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.5

Overall

5.3

Pick-up/drop-off

5.5

Value

5.6

Avis

6.9
Okay
87 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.9

Value

6.9

Quick facts about car hire in San Francisco

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in San Francisco

Most Popular Agency

Alamo

Popular Car Types

Intermediate, SUV, Standard

Cheapest Hire Car

$50

Most Popular Model

Toyota RAV4
The most popular San Francisco car hire agency found on momondo this month is Alamo. Other top choices for car hire companies are Thrifty and Dollar
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in San Francisco in the past 72 hours: Intermediate, SUV, Standard.
The lowest price for a car hire in San Francisco is $50/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $88/day.
The most popular car model to hire in San Francisco in the past 7 days is the Toyota RAV4. Our users also prefer the Hyundai Santa Fe as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in San Francisco

Nearby attractions:

Mission Dolores Park15.9 km
Chase Center16.6 km
Panhandle (San Francisco)17.8 km
San Francisco City Hall17.9 km
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts18.0 km

Nearby attractions:

Chase Center60.7 km
Mission Dolores Park62.2 km
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts62.6 km
Moscone Center62.7 km
Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel63.2 km

Nearby attractions:

Chase Center16.1 km
Moscone Center17.9 km
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts17.9 km
Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel18.6 km
555 California Street18.6 km

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in San Francisco

Below are the most popular hotels in San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.3 km from city centre

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown Soma

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown Soma

50 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.9 km from city centre

Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.8 km from city centre

citizenM San Francisco Union Square

citizenM San Francisco Union Square

72 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.7 km from city centre

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.9 km from city centre

Club Quarters Hotel Embarcadero, San Francisco

Club Quarters Hotel Embarcadero, San Francisco

424 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.1 km from city centre

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.5 km from city centre

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.8 km from city centre

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.5 km from city centre

Intercontinental San Francisco, An IHG Hotel

Intercontinental San Francisco, An IHG Hotel

888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.2 km from city centre

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.9 km from city centre

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

555 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.8 km from city centre

Hotel Triton

Hotel Triton

342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.6 km from city centre

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, An IHG Hotel

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, An IHG Hotel

999 California Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.2 km from city centre

Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf

Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf

1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States

1.9 km from city centre

Stanford Court San Francisco

Stanford Court San Francisco

905 California Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.3 km from city centre

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.5 km from city centre

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

0.4 km from city centre


Driving with a car hire in San Francisco - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in San Francisco so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

How much will it cost to hire a car in San Francisco, California in May?

For May in San Francisco, the average price from these searches for a weekend hire was $79 - but some users found deals as low as $52. For a week-long hire, the lowest price was $52, with more options around the $100 mark.

Is there a fee to cancel my San Francisco, California car hire?

The majority of the San Francisco car hire agencies that we partner with do not have a cancellation fee. This means that if your plans change unexpectedly, many car hire centres in San Francisco such as Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Budget often offer cancellation free of charge based on when you booked.

What is the best type of car to hire in San Francisco during May?

With temperatures averaging 15 °C and precipitation usually 4 mm during May, you should consider hiring a standard when travelling to San Francisco. A standard size car can handle the fluctuations in temperature and rainfall during the month of May and is a popular choice for travellers heading to San Francisco. Hiring a Standard in San Francisco will cost you $111/day on average.

What is the speed limit in San Francisco, California?

If you are hiring a vehicle in San Francisco, then be aware that the current speed limit within city or town limits is 40 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Suburban speed limits around San Francisco will generally have a speed limit of 120 km/h. If you are travelling on a motorway in San Francisco, then the speed limit is 120 km/h.

What car hire company has the Chrysler 300 in San Francisco?

What is the weather like in San Francisco, CA in April?

During the month of April the average temperature in San Francisco is 13 °C and the expected precipitation is 36 mm. This information is useful for travellers looking for a car hire in San Francisco.

Is the weather in San Francisco similar to the rest of California?

The climate in California during April is usually 15 °C with an expected 28.9 mm of precipitation throughout the month. Those looking to hire a car and leave from San Francisco on a road trip to the surrounding area should take note of this information.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in San Francisco?

Prices for cars in San Francisco were last updated today.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in San Francisco?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in San Francisco?

The minimum age for drivers varies by country, including San Francisco. In many EU countries drivers must be 18 years old. As a rule, you’ll need to be 21 to hire a car abroad, and a young driver surcharge may be applied if you are under 25. We recommend reading through the policy of your chosen hire company before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to hire a car in San Francisco?

When hiring a car in San Francisco, all drivers must present a full valid driving license. An International Driving Permit is required if the driving license is written in a language different to that of the country of rental and may be necessary to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you are hiring abroad, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We always recommend checking with the individual hire company you are booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in San Francisco?

Using momondo to book a car hire in San Francisco could save you time and money. momondo searches thousands of car hire websites and locations to provide you with a wide selection of options and cars to choose from.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in San Francisco?

Once you have performed a search for a car hire in San Francisco, momondo will show the results and enable you to find the best deal by using our filters; here you can narrow your search down by vehicle type, price, agencies and a multitude of policies that can apply.

Does momondo show car hire deals in San Francisco with free cancellation?

Yes you can filter specifically for car hire companies in San Francisco offering free cancellation on momondo.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in San Francisco on momondo?

Yes, simply select the fair fuel policy filter after performing a search for hire cars in San Francisco on momondo.

Can I find a car hire in San Francisco which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, momondo can show you specific deals which include enhanced cleaning on car hire in San Francisco.

Can I search for car hire in San Francisco with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Yes, unlimited mileage options can be found on car hire in San Francisco on momondo.


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