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San Francisco, CA, United States
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San Francisco car hire information

Pick-up locationSan Francisco
Car typesCompact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations83
Airport locations23
Popular agenciesThrifty, Budget, Hertz

Cheap car hire in San Francisco

Economy€101/day
Compact€28/day
Intermediate€101/day
Standard€30/day
Full-size€84/day
Premium€120/day
Luxury€141/day
Convertible€139/day
Intermediate SUV€36/day
Standard SUV€129/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

San Francisco car hire reviews and directory

From €36/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
Most popular
8.8 Excellent (988 reviews)
4 locations in San Francisco
Alamo
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent29 Nov 2021
No complaints
8.0 Excellent9 Nov 2021
Alamo did ok but their SFO location is NOT user friendly. I guess the opposite of that is something like ‘hassle-heavy,’ which is neither funny nor clever…but it’s the best I can do after moderate to heavy drinking.
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2021
overall great experience! i just think that the fees are far too high (not expressed in the original rate) and the Toll Pass convenience charge seems overkill. other than those value issues, we once again had a great experiences with Alamo and would rent from them again.
8.0 Excellent22 Oct 2021
Loved the new location in downtown San Francisco that I discovered through this rental. The customer service was super friendly (and the rep and I even had the same birthday!). Loved the blue color of the Hyundai rental too. Car was also very clean and comfortable with plenty of trunk space to accommodate my friend's luggage from overseas. Since I was returning the car "after hours," I had to navigate the garage and also the drop box for the key. It was dark. Good thing the rep was down in the garage otherwise I would not have found my way to the parking area, drop box for the key or the way out of the garage. There should be more signs and better lighting but otherwise, everything else was really great. Thank you!
10.0 Excellent28 Sep 2021
They made pick-up and drop-off so effortless! Everyone was very helpful and we basically walked in and out. Thank you again and God bless
7.9 Good22 Jul 2021
No Issues with service or car. Drove up '1' from SF to Oregon.
10.0 Excellent19 Jul 2021
The agent at SFO was great — friendly and extremely efficient.
7.9 Good10 Jul 2021
They need more supply of cars.
6.0 Good4 Jun 2021
Easy pick up and drop off.The car has a strong Marijuana smell even tho it’s supposed to be a non smoking car.
10.0 Excellent11 May 2021
Pick up and drop off were super easy. Great car!It would have been nice to pick up my car when I first landed, but it was 12:30 am so they were closed. HAd to come back in the morning to get my car.
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From €37/dayRated no. 2
Enterprise
8.6 Excellent (869 reviews)
11 locations in San Francisco
Enterprise
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent28 Nov 2021
Easy pickup and new clean car
1.9 Horrible10 Oct 2021
The agent first could not get my reservation then we’re u pick up car is so dark and the agent and I did not see the driver side front bumper had big gap to the side of front bumper. I did not get in to accident or got hit or hit on that side the bumper would be hanging or damaged there was none of that. Next time not going to be trust worthy I’m going to take pics and video and close examine.
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2021
Good customer service when I had issues
1.9 Horrible28 Jul 2021
Unfortunately Enterprise was unable to help me get a car. They have a new policy of picking up and dropping off at the same location. My flight was canceled and I needed a car to drive home. The lady behind the desk was unhelpful, the office was unfriendly, no where to sit as another employee was taking the one seat and ignoring me. I was visibly distressed but no one seemed to care.
5.9 Okay21 Jul 2021
There was a shard of broken glass on the backseat. There was no one available to instal the car seat we rented from them. Took 90 minutes for them to find someone.
10.0 Excellent6 Jul 2021
They were on it! Other rental agencies had long lines - enterprise was efficient and organized. Much appreciated!
10.0 Excellent18 May 2021
All the staff I encountered were friendly and helpful.
10.0 Excellent5 Apr 2021
First car's media center wasnt working so they switched us to a comparable car.
10.0 Excellent16 Mar 2021
The staff were extremely helpful. I ended up changing my reservation to an earlier time with no cost, then was unable to make it in that early due to unexpected circumstances. They ended up adjusting it so I could bring it back later on my return date, which they didn’t have to do. Staff is very friendly and laid back. Will definitely come back to this location.Nothing
10.0 Excellent6 Dec 2020
The staff was excellent, extra efficient and professional. The cars they have in their fleet are top notch. Ill be sticking with Enterprise in the future.Nothing
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From €50/dayRated no. 3
Avis
8 Excellent (147 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
Avis
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent30 Nov 2021
it was easy and car worked well.
10.0 Excellent9 Nov 2021
Everything excellent, except for the car cleanliness (not perfect) and the braking system, wasn’t smooth, although worked perfectly!
1.9 Horrible22 Sep 2021
Had to cancel there was a line of atleast 75 people in front of. Me hardly moving rented from enterprise instead in like 3 minutes
10.0 Excellent18 Jul 2021
Kia Optima in excellent condition. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 Excellent19 Jun 2021
Very fast pickup and drop off. Staff were really friendly.
2.0 Mediocre5 Apr 2021
Nothing.The location was closed when I got there. How was I able to make a reservation at 5pm when the place closes at 5pm? On top of that, I got there at 4:50 p.m and the location was closed. I attempted to go to the airport Avis location and swap my reservation there but the rate was 3x more expensive and the reservation non transferable. Ended up not getting a car and had to cancel all my plans for the weeeknd. On top of all of this, Avis is now charging me a no show fee.
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar 2021
NothingCouldn't even pick up my car
8.0 Excellent18 Mar 2021
The staff at the pickup was very friendly and helpful.I was unable to find the return location, tried calling and no answer. Ended up being late by 20 min and getting charged for a whole extra day. The drop off process was pretty bad.
8.8 Excellent13 Nov 2020
Very cleanPickup, the store we went to was very confused about our rental and the car had some flapping underneath
4.8 Okay25 Aug 2020
They didn't have a small-sized car that I originally requested, and first gave me a large Ford sedan that was very loud (the moment you turn it on, it makes a VROOM noise without accelerating), and when I requested a different car they said they only had a large SUV, so I ended up taking that which was very uncomfortable to drive.
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From €29/dayRated no. 4
Budget
7.6 Good (382 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
Budget
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent28 Nov 2021
Easy & smooth.
2.0 Mediocre15 Nov 2021
I had reserved a Camry which they didn’t have. They gave an old beat up Ford that smelt like marijuana inside. Wasn’t clean at all. If it wasn’t late at night, I would have walked away. The lady at the counter said they have no cars ?? How do you take a reservation and claim you have no cars? So the only car we could get was the beat up junk!! Terrible service !!
2.0 Mediocre8 Nov 2021
Worst experience I have ever had with rental car. Car had 55000 miles and rattled non stop. Also was given bad information on tolls and received toll violations. Not a single good thing to say about this experience.
8.0 Excellent8 Nov 2021
Understaffed when I got there... Lines were long.
10.0 Excellent6 Nov 2021
I got the car at the Avis/Budget office close to Fisherman’s Warf. Process was quick and the lady was lovely. She had an upgrade available and was kind enough to change our car when the battery on the first one failed. Altogether a great experience. When I dropped off at LAX it was 4:30am and there was already a neat logistic going on and the shuttle to the airport was right there. Very satisfied customer!
10.0 Excellent1 Nov 2021
Pick up at Fisherman's Wharf SF, CA and drop off in Merced CA was seamless. Friendly, Helpful and knowledgeable associates.
10.0 Excellent24 Oct 2021
The Jeep Wrangler was the perfect vehicle for our trip.
6.0 Good24 Oct 2021
Reserved a luxury Chrysler 300 for a long drive from SF to LA. When I arrived they only had a Toyota Tacoma. I would've appreciated a call, text or email informing me that the luxury car was not available and I should try another location.
10.0 Excellent5 Oct 2021
Hassle free, very smooth process.
1.9 Horrible13 Sep 2021
The lines are ridiculously long. Budget either needs to pay more or make life for workers better because they need a lot more help.
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From €31/dayRated no. 5
Dollar
7.4 Good (656 reviews)
3 locations in San Francisco
Dollar
Locations in San Francisco
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre29 Nov 2021
pre-Thanksgiving, there were only 2 people at counter to take care of more than usual renters. It took 2 hours to get to the counter. It was OK from there. It was a frustrating wait time, all other car rental counters were moving much better than Dollar!
10.0 Excellent28 Nov 2021
Friendly staff & low prices would make me rent from them again. I also like that you don’t have to fill up the gas tank when you’re returning it. Especially during those early morning hours. Tony T.
2.0 Mediocre24 Nov 2021
Can’t we pre-register so we don’t have to wait for 1.5 hours in a line to get the car??!?!! How come the rental agencies can’t do better. Wasn’t worth the discount to stand in that line.
2.0 Mediocre17 Nov 2021
The pick up line was over two hours long and I had to go to another car company; they still charged me for the entire rental and wouldn’t budge.
5.9 Okay13 Oct 2021
The line at SFO airport was over 2 hours to pick up the car. Upon drop-off there was nobody to review the car and to give me a receipt. Until 12 hours after car return I did not still receive a receipt. I would choose this company again only if the price difference makes sense.
1.9 Horrible2 Oct 2021
Waited 2 hours to pick up vehicle, counter staff was ridiculously slow and moved like turtles. Never in my life have I had to wait for 2 hours in a line to pick up a rental car. then on top of it, the counter person was rude, did not explain about the toll charges clearly and just very unprofessional. Will never use Dollar Rent a Car again.
7.9 Good27 Sep 2021
disappointed that i wasn't able to input my dollar express number in making the reservation. i believe i have to book thru the company site itself, which will make it less likely for me to use kayak again.
1.9 Horrible16 Sep 2021
I waited in line for an hour and 40 minutes to actually get the car. Completely unacceptable that there were only 2 agents working when they obviously knew that there were 40-50 people in line waiting to pick up their cars.
1.9 Horrible28 Aug 2021
They could have let us know immediately that no cars were available, instead of making us wait in line for 1h30 and internationally not letting us know the status and processing each case as slowly as possible. Very dishonest and unprofessional, I will never use Dollar again. I should ask for damages! Alice Levitt
1.9 Horrible21 Aug 2021
Line at counter was >45mins. To add insult to injury, folks were being told that the car they reserved was not available and they needed to wait another 45mins. Upon seeing this pattern, I booked a car at another company that had vehicles on my phone and got out of line. I was not going to make my wife and 9 mo. old baby sit in a crowded rental car center for an hour plus when we had 2 hour drive already ahead of us.
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From €38/dayRated no. 6
Sixt
7.4 Good (155 reviews)
5 locations in San Francisco
Sixt
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent30 Nov 2021
Staff were excellent on pick up.
6.0 Good27 Nov 2021
When I searched from Kayak site, I specified the SFO as my rental location. However, I ended up renting a car from Sixt Mission office, 8 Bart stations away from airport only open from 8 am to 5 pm. Days before arrival, I tried to call Sixt toll free number and was hung up each time. Finally, got in touch by email and was asked to pay more than $300 if I wanted to changed back to SFO. It was my fault not to double checked my rental location before I placed my order but please help your consumers who are not familiar with Bay Area to screen this kind of trick from Sixt.
8.0 Excellent20 Nov 2021
Upfront insurance cost
10.0 Excellent1 Nov 2021
Khalid Ahmed, a Sixt customer service rep, is an exceptional person who took great care of my needs. Was attending a funeral, and he made sure I was taken care of during a difficult time. Thanks for your professionalism and service! I am forever grateful. Highly recommended!!
3.9 Mediocre11 Oct 2021
Sixt has overcharged me for a day and I cannot get ahold of customer service to dispute this. Their customer service line is not accepting calls at the moment so my attempt to communicate has been relegated to email, and they have not yet responded almost a week later.
10.0 Excellent6 Oct 2021
This location went above and beyond - very pleased with the service.
5.9 Okay27 Sep 2021
My car was given to me with half a tank
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2021
Michael was super friendly and helpful during our pickup process.
10.0 Excellent5 Sep 2021
Upon getting the car. The attendant provided very limited help. They literally handed me the key and let me know where the car was located in the parking lot. I was very disappointed that they did not at least show me the basic features of this car in terms of adjusting mirrors etc. etc. Since this car had an unusual gear shiftter With previous experience of renting cars someone would at least sit down with you for five minutes to go over the operation of that specific vehicle
10.0 Excellent2 Sep 2021
Super clean car Got in and out quickly. I’ll b back
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From €36/dayRated no. 7
Thrifty
7.4 Good (794 reviews)
2 locations in San Francisco
Thrifty
Locations in San Francisco
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent29 Nov 2021
Herbert was a true example of providing customer service. There were two men there prior to Herbert showing up , that customer service was poor. Herbert went above and beyond.
4.0 Okay28 Nov 2021
Took way too long to pick up the car. Should be a streamlined key pick up process and not waiting in line for 40 minutes!
6.0 Good19 Nov 2021
Pushy sales staff at pick up tried to and unfortunately successfully scared us into an extra $125 of charges at pick up. Car was given to us with broken audio volume and lots of scratches, chunk of front bumper was missing.
2.0 Mediocre16 Nov 2021
Desk agent tried to upsell and pack on more charges.
10.0 Excellent16 Nov 2021
Please check my review on Google for more details.
8.0 Excellent15 Nov 2021
The line was way too long to get the rental. The team was understaffed. It took us 40 minutes to get to the front of the line but only seven minutes to get the car. They need more support!
2.0 Mediocre10 Nov 2021
Car was fine. Not happy with the Thrifty agent at SFO who rented it to me; I asked for the option where you pre-pay gas, and she didn't tell me how much that would cost until AFTER she printed the rental agreement. When I asked her how much and she told me $100 ($5/gallon), I was shocked and requested that she redo the agreement WITHOUT the pre-pay gas fee. She refused and said she couldn't do it. Had I known it was $100, I would have NEVER agreed as I was only going to Mill Valley and back. I didn't want to stay and argue with her because I had already spent 53 minutes waiting on line and didn't want to inconvenience the people in line who hadn't yet been taken care of. I will NEVER EVER rent from Thrifty (Hertz) again.
2.0 Mediocre8 Nov 2021
Never picked up the car. Probably still got charged for it. Didn’t want to stand in line all day so found a different car rental service. What bad service. Your on vacation and plan to get a car/pay a lot of money for it and then you get there to pick it up then have a 6 hour wait in line. Seriously wtf. I’m on vacation. Lines are old school, have the app tell me when to pick up, don’t subject me to 6 hour wait in line. I’ll never book through thrifty. Shove it thrifty bs.
6.0 Good1 Nov 2021
The office is a challenge to find. When returning the car, it’s ridiculous trying to find where to return it to and then to have to walk upstairs to the office. Absurd.
2.0 Mediocre29 Oct 2021
Waited over 45 minutes for pick up the car.
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From €32/dayRated no. 8
Hertz
7.1 Good (362 reviews)
11 locations in San Francisco
Hertz
Locations in San Francisco
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre11 Nov 2021
Car was clean and comfortable. But hidden fees are very annoying.. ended up being double of the advertise price.
2.0 Mediocre30 Oct 2021
Interaction with Santa Rosa, CA staffer was horrible.
1.9 Horrible17 Oct 2021
Waited 2 hours for my car to be ready. I had a 10am reservation and couldn’t get the car until 12:15. No after hours drop off. Will never use Hertz again.
7.9 Good15 Oct 2021
Easy access to car rental office, smooth transaction….
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
This Hertz pickup/drop-off location was horrible! We arrived early in the morning for pickup and there were already a number of people waiting in line for cars - which they ran out of! After waiting 45 minutes and overhearing a number of other disgruntled people, we were given a downgraded compact car and a measly $10 off for the "wait" inconvenience. However, Hertz never informed us that there was an additional $12 valet fee for picking up this car at this particular location - the said it was due to it being located inside the Marriott hotel - so it wound up costing us more anyway. Not the fault of Kayak by any means, but this was an awful experience!
3.9 Mediocre27 Sep 2021
Made a reservation for a time, car was ready 1.5 hours after so we just had to wait around. Car provided wasn’t a compact but an SUV, which isn’t preferable considering gas fill up.
1.9 Horrible18 Sep 2021
They didn’t have the van que booked so basically they didn’t respect the reservation. They were like “sorry we don’t have any vans, go to other company”
1.9 Horrible14 Sep 2021
Car not ready at pickup time (an hour and a half late).
1.9 Horrible13 Sep 2021
Worst customer service experience I've had with a car company. And now I see an extra charge on my card with no receipt. They are terrible.
5.9 Okay13 Sep 2021
Older car, no apple car play, 66K miles. Not cheap! We love to travel, still better than staying home!
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From €46/dayRated no. 9
National
8.3 Excellent (52 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
National
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent6 Nov 2021
I liked Althea the car attendant. She was super friendly and helpful with my needs. She checked me in, took me to the car. Helped me with my suitcase. Showed me the little features about how to drive the car because I never seen the type of car dials before. She was all around cool. Give that girl a raise.
10.0 Excellent23 Jun 2021
Everything with National was excellent. The check in was easy, the attendant was extremely helpful. I will use National again as well as Kayak
10.0 Excellent19 Nov 2018
Best experience.Loved every minute of it. Will be back again.
2.0 Mediocre17 Sep 2018
No credit card? No rentalI’m local to the area, and without a round trip airline ticket, they would not let me rent a vehicle with my debit card.
9.6 Excellent14 Sep 2018
The car at pickup had almost empty gas but on request, the agent filled it up.National should provide pick up service within a few miles.
4.8 Okay4 Aug 2017
Car was dirty, dented, and overdue for an oil change.Was hard to see in the dark garage, but once you got into the sunlight you could see a few dents, and also how dirty the car was. Then, a few miles in the car started saying it was overdue for an oil change, that makes me wonder how well they check these cars over when it's already OVERdue! Not too thrilled about it.
6.8 Good17 Jul 2017
Would have been perfect if not for the child seatsEverything but the child seatsCar seats were really bad value for $13/day per piece (we needed 2). They were the cheapest possible seats, it would have been cheaper to just buy them. There was no good solution for a 42lb kid - too young for a booster seat, too big for the car seat. We had to shoehorn her into the available seat. Pickup of the car was good, but the person in charge of car seats was rude and seemed annoyed by my request to see available seats.
2.0 Mediocre9 May 2017
Watch your locationIt's my own fault for not investigating closer, but I was under the impression that my San Francisco rental would be picked up at the airport. When I arrived at said airport with my husband, two kids, 4 suitcases, 4 backpacks, and 2 car seats, I was informed by a rude National employee that my rental was to be picked up at the train station, which was at least 30 minutes away, and she could do nothing to help me. I ended up renting a car from Alamo by calling and reserving a car on the spot. I am unlikely to use Kayak again.
9.6 Excellent8 Oct 2016
We found a chocolate chip cookie on the floor in the front seat and a candy bar wrapper left in the console.
8.0 Excellent29 Aug 2016
good servicehad to pay more than was quoted
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From €25/dayRated no. 10
Europcar
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in San Francisco
Europcar
Locations in San Francisco
  • 8
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.6
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Jan 2018
Badly located but friendly staffFriendly staff (shuttle bus driver waited for us)Dropoff in San Francisco far away from airport and rental center (used by other brands)
Rated no. 11
Economy Rent a Car
5.2 Okay (15 reviews)
1 location in San Francisco
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Francisco
  • 6
  • 5.7
  • 4.6
  • 4.2
  • 5.6
Recent reviews
5.2 Okay21 Jan 2020
Pickup was poor, dropoff was great, easy and quick.
5.6 Okay22 Nov 2019
Convenient downtown location to those of us who do not want to go to the airport.The trunk latch broke when I got my luggage out upon arriving at my destination. I had to take a shoelace out of my sneaker to tie the trunk shut!!
2.0 Mediocre20 Oct 2019
I arrived 3 hours after my reservation began and after waiting approximately 45 minutes in line I was told that they were sold of cars despite already charging. Caveat emptor!They could have had a car for my reservation? They literally stole my money.
3.2 Mediocre14 Oct 2019
drop off was decentwaited forever (1 hr to pick up) , the car was cleaned but some objects were left behind from previous renters, charges and rates were not super easy to decide on. I had to do a lot of the work I expected the staff to do (walk around the car and mark chips & digs). very slow!
10.0 Excellent6 Oct 2019
Very close to Union Square in San Francisco making it easy and convenientWait time can be lengthy if they are busy.
4.8 Okay9 Sep 2019
Prices are goodStopped the self drop-off at time of your choice. That was the reason why I went there in the first place...
7.6 Good16 Jun 2019
Drop off was easy but pick up took an hour.I didn’t receive the SUV. While I still received a car, it was annoying to get a call saying they couldn’t accommodate me with what I purchased in advance. Additionally, it took an hour to pick up the car.
2.0 Mediocre18 Apr 2019
Too slow,only one man show. and my car was given up cost was more than 1.5hrs late. But no one told me!
4.0 Okay10 Apr 2019
Price. I’ve had WAY better service for the same rental rates at other locations. Will not be coming back.New, secure paying process.
3.2 Mediocre31 Mar 2019
Poor transparency in contract & inspection. Car was not fully clean or properly maintained. One hubcap was attached with zip ties. Car handling became irregular on freeway & I had to call company for roadside assistance. No help was available for over 3 hours. Had to rent another car to get home.
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Sunnycars
6 locations in San Francisco
Sunnycars
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Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in San Francisco
Eagle Rent A Car
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ADDCAR RENTAL
1 location in San Francisco
ADDCAR RENTAL
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From €22/day
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Cheapest deal
1 location in San Francisco
Advance Car And Truck Rental
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Airport Van
1 location in San Francisco
Airport Van
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Avr
1 location in San Francisco
Avr
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Bandago
1 location in San Francisco
Bandago
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Black & White Rent A Car
1 location in San Francisco
Black & White Rent A Car
Locations in San Francisco
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Easirent
1 location in San Francisco
Easirent
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in San Francisco
Goldcar Rental SP
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GREEN MOTION
1 location in San Francisco
GREEN MOTION
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Its Rent a Car
1 location in San Francisco
Its Rent a Car
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in San Francisco
keddy by Europcar
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Los Angeles Van Rentals
1 location in San Francisco
Los Angeles Van Rentals
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Priceless
1 location in San Francisco
Priceless
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Rent-A-Wreck
1 location in San Francisco
Rent-A-Wreck
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Rhodium
1 location in San Francisco
Rhodium
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Silvercar
1 location in San Francisco
Silvercar
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TravelCar
1 location in San Francisco
TravelCar
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Yesaway
1 location in San Francisco
Yesaway
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4769 travellers who hired a car in San Francisco gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near San Francisco

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

€45/day

Good deal

€34/day

When to book a car hire in San Francisco

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Car hire excess insurance in San Francisco

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some San Francisco car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in San Francisco.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your San Francisco car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in San Francisco

  • While driving around the city of San Francisco can prove tricky because of its steep hills and crowded streets, renting a car is a great option for travelers looking to explore other destinations outside the city. Driving is the best way to get to nearby places that are a must in every itinerary, such as the Bay Area, Muir Woods, and Sausalito. For an unforgettable wine tasting experience, drive to Napa Valley, which is only about 50 miles away from San Francisco.
  • All the big car hire agencies can be found at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Car Rental Center, which is accessible from all the airport terminals by taking the AirTrain Blue Line service. AirTrain stations are located in all the terminals at the airport. There is also a free shuttle service from the SFO hire Car Center to other off-site hire car agencies.
  • San Francisco is known for its steep hills, and the city center is filled with packed roads, one-way streets, and expensive parking, so you might want to avoid driving in that area. When parking on one of the city's hills, make sure to turn the wheels towards the curb when the car is facing downhill, and turn them away from the curb when the car is facing uphill -- and don't forget to use your parking brake.
  • San Francisco is one of the worst cities in the United States when it comes to traffic congestion. Rush hours can easily add one or more hours to your travel time, so take that into consideration and avoid driving into or out of the city between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 and 7 p.m. Because of its geographical features, SF can get quite foggy and windy, so make sure you take extra precautions while driving if the weather conditions aren't great.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in San Francisco for €34 or less
  • Book your car hire in San Francisco at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in San Francisco are around 60% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy car hires in San Francisco are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

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