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Pick-up locationSanta Barbara
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Hire locations13
Airport locations7

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Budget

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in Santa Barbara

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Locations in Santa Barbara

305 East Haley Street

+1 805 965 1070

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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500 Fowler Road

+1 805 964 6792

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Nowhere to leave the keys if you drop the car off after hours.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Didn’t honor the reservation from a 3rd party. Terrible customer service

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Gas prices! 😵‍💫

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

the staff was very friendly and helpful

8.0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and Drop off were easy

Cons:

Was charged $100 for a tank of gas for a Corolla when the tank was already full

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I was surprised with an upgrade to a Ford Bronco, since my vehicle preference wasn’t available. I was in shock because I didn’t think Bronco’s were released yet. It felt like I won the lottery, and I honestly wish I didn’t have to give it back. My daughter also became attached to the Bronco, and she was sad to see it go :(

Cons:

Experience was great. Thank you so much.

1 out of 26

Hertz

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.9

3 locations in Santa Barbara

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114 Moffett Pl

+1 805 967 0411

Monday07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday07:00 - 21:00
Thursday07:00 - 21:00
Friday07:00 - 21:00
Saturday07:00 - 21:00
Sunday07:00 - 21:00
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16 S. La Cumbre Road

+1 805 967 1927

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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633 E Cabrillo Blvd

+1 805 962 5305

Monday09:00 - 17:00
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6.0 Okay

Dec 2021

KAYAK
This Hertz rental office is not at the airport. The car was rented at an inexpensive price, and we had no trouble with the car. The car had some chips and scuffs, and was not entirely clean. The people at the rental office were friendly, but not super efficient.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Hertz had no cars available to rent in the price range of my reservation. They wanted to put me on a waiting list for a car to come in before completing my reservation (how many hours?). I asked they upgrade me to an available car but they would not do without making me pay for the upgrade. Slimy bait and switch tactic. Not what you'd expect for a class company

2.0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
The women who work here were so rude. Beyond rude. I won’t be back to a hertz location again.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Air conditioner did not work properly which made it uncomfortable.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2021

KAYAK
The car was not ready when we arrived, the front desk attendant charged us for 2 extra hours because we ended up getting our car slightly earlier than the time that we scheduled. Will not rent from SB Hertz again.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car had not been cleaned. The customer service was lacking.

1 out of 27

Avis

8.3

Very Good

39 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.1

2 locations in Santa Barbara

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305 East Haley Street

+1 805 965 1079

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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500 Fowler Road

+1 805 964 4848

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The staff at pickup in Santa Barbara used deceitful tactics to pressure us into paying for an upgrade.

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff Sue gave me a car that needed an oil change and didn’t apply insurance to vehicle. Then when I swopped the cars I needed to make a new contract That didn’t honor the daily rate and cut my trip by 2 days

Cons:

Honesty and accountability of the staff

8.4 Very Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and professional staff.

Cons:

The rental car was not in the space on my card. No car was parked in that space. Luckily there was an attendant in the lot who approached me and found my car, and I did not have to return to the terminal.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Accommodated special request

2.4 Poor

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I have lieved in SB for 40 years and have driven to the airport many times. I drove past the Avis return 2x before finding it. The parking area is very poorly lit at night and the sinage is terrible. There are no arrows, signs,etc as to where to return the keys, the car, etc. The staff at the Avis desk was most unhelpful. The attendant appeared lazy and like I was bothering her to return the keys. I had the impression I had really interrupted her evening and she had more important things to do than check me out ad take the keys back. Very poor expereince.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn't have to wait in a long line for pickup or drop off. Car worked well.

1 out of 7

Alamo

8.1

Very Good

55 reviews

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.2

One location in Santa Barbara

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500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 692 0939

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The woman who helped me with drop off was incredibly helpful

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They did not have my car available and said they tried to call me, but I never got a call. I needed a 12 person van, so it was not easy to find another one. Thankfully AVIS helped me out at the last minute!

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Vehicle that I reserved was not available when I went go pick up.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I liked the small airport with car pick up right outside the terminal. Very convenient, quick, and simple. Would probably choose a slightly larger car than a Toyota Corolla for four adults.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and efficient

Cons:

Car was a little dirty inside.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy, fast, and safe.

1 out of 10

Enterprise

7.7

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.5

3 locations in Santa Barbara

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3210 State St

+1 805 966 3097

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 683 3012

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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601 Chapala St

+1 805 966 3097

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very helpful staff, pick up and drop-off

Cons:

Nothing. Really appreciated the savings offered by using Kayak on the catastrophic coverage!

8.0 Very Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was really friendly and very accommodating. The pick up and drop off was fast and easy

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was able to point me in the right direction after they recognized their mistake.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

A refund on the vehicle i never used

Cons:

You guys couldve been more prepared with more vehicles

6.8 Okay

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Too busy and not organized very well. The workers I dealt with were friends though.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Gentleman who helped me was professional, courteous and efficient.

Cons:

Only thing that was a VERY MINOR problem was my lack of knowledge that the button to open gas tank cover was located on the car door (had not encountered this in other vehicles).

1 out of 14

National

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Santa Barbara

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Locations in Santa Barbara

500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 692 0939

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
I booked for 160 dls and my receipt was for more than 200 dls

1 out of 1

Sunnycars

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Santa Barbara

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Locations in Santa Barbara

500 Fowler Road, Goleta

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507 travellers who hired a car in Santa Barbara gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car hire locations in or near Santa Barbara

Good to know

Most popular car type

Mini

When to book a car hire in Santa Barbara

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Car hire insurance in Santa Barbara

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Santa Barbara car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Santa Barbara.

Deductible

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

Top tips for hiring a car in Santa Barbara

  • A hire car is the most comfortable and practical way to explore not only the city of Santa Barbara, but also nearby Los Angeles and other major destinations along the Californian coast. A car allows you to explore the city’s attractions at your own pace, including the Santa Barbara Harbor and the Maritime Museum. Los Angeles is a two-hour drive away, while San Francisco is five hours away.
  • All of the big car hire companies, including Alamo, Avis, and Hertz, can be found at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), which is about 7 miles west of the city center. The hire car counters are located in the hire Car Building, which is right next to the airport terminal. Simply exit the terminal, go right, and follow the RCB signs.
  • Santa Barbara is at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, with some roads being quite hilly. Because it’s a colonial town, it still maintains some of its older characteristics, including narrow cobblestone streets with winding turns. If you’re not used to that type of driving, it’s best to park the car in one of the many lots and explore the Old Town by foot.
  • Traffic jams in California are a given, but Santa Barbara is easier to navigate. Traffic gets worse in the morning on the 101 heading north to Santa Barbara from other towns such as Carpinteria and Ventura, and on the opposite direction in the evening. Avoid driving within the rush hour periods, between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and then again between 4 and 7 p.m.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Santa Barbara for €57 or less
  • Book your car hire in Santa Barbara at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Santa Barbara are around 67% cheaper than other car types, on average

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