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Car hire at Santa Barbara Airport

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Cheap car hire at Santa Barbara airport

Economy€151/day
Compact€46/day
Intermediate€62/day
Full-size€46/day
People carrier€74/day
Full-size SUV€87/day
Luxury€90/day
Intermediate SUV€50/day
Compact SUV€64/day
Standard SUV€66/day
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Top tips for hiring a car at Santa Barbara airport

  • Car rental at Santa Barbara Airport is a preferred option for many people, especially for business or pleasure trips. The car rental companies offer you the opportunity to rent a car and enjoy your trip with absolute freedom and flexibility. You get to drive at your own pace, take a break when you feel like and visit all the places that are on the itinerary. With a rental car at this airport, you get to pick the kind of vehicle that you feel comfortable driving. This gives you the freedom to explore all the nooks and corners of the city at your own comfort.
  • The common car types available for rental are compact, intermediate, and standard cars. Since the Santa Barbara Airport is small, you will find it easy to navigate around with any of these models. However, if you prefer something that offers more space, then you can go for a mid-size or luxury car. These cars require a higher fee but are worth it for those who like to have a lavish journey or have a large group. You can even take your pick from the four-wheel-drive vehicles that give you an added advantage if you wish to explore some of the rough terrains in this part of Southern California.
  • Santa Barbara Airport is usually busy between November and January. But this also means that you get to experience some spectacular deals for a rental vehicle at this time. The Santa Barbara Airport has one runway, and it is usually open between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm. Do not forget that booking your rental car through KAYAK will give you the best possible deals. The entire car rental at the Santa Barbara Airport can be done right from your home with a click of a few buttons.
  • When you need to return your rental car, the process is as simple as you picking it up, if not easier. You will be asked to hand over the car at the same office where you picked it up from. When returning the car to the airport, remember to keep your keys and make sure that you have cleaned of all trash. Also, before signing anything, make sure that there are no excess charges or extra penalties mentioned in your contract. Different car rental companies at this airport may have their own requirements for returning vehicles, but most of them are similar.
  • Book your car hire at Santa Barbara airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Santa Barbara airport

  • Which of the rental car companies at the airport are the easiest to use?

    For a rental car, Budget and Hertz are some of the easiest and least time-consuming to use. You get good deals when you book online through KAYAK, without any hassles of going to their offices and waiting for hours on end to get a car. These are some of the most preferred options because of their flexibility. You can choose from its large fleet and make your choice depending on your requirement.

  • What kind of documentation is required for a car rental at Santa Barbara Airport?

    You will need to carry a valid driving license and a credit card. It is also important that you have a telephone number with the area code of Santa Barbara. If your home country does not have an international dialing code, then make sure that you request one before going to this airport because without it, you may not be able to rent a car. Another important requirement is to have a standard photo ID card that has your picture and name clearly printed on it.

  • Where is the Santa Barbara Airport car rental center located?

    The rental car center at the airport is located on the first floor of the terminal building. The location may be different for each car rental company, but they are usually close to each other and within easy walking distance from your landing point. From the arrivals door where you would be coming out from, walk straight towards Highway 101 on the left.

  • What is the best car hire company at Santa Barbara airport?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company at Santa Barbara airport is Budget (7.0, 67 reviews).

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Santa Barbara airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Santa Barbara airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

Santa Barbara Airport car rental reviews and directory

Budget

7.0

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.8

One location in Santa Barbara Airport

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500 Fowler Road

+1 805 964 6792

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Super friendly and professional service. Clean nice car.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
At first, it said it would take $75, but actually it takes $240 without our faults.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Pickup was poor. No one available in car lot to help find car. Car was not where counter staff told us it was. Counter staff were not rude but not friendly or helpful with questions about car. Tried to reach office during rental period and was impossible. Dropoff was the same. No one in the lot. Counter staff not friendly or rude, Great car and poor service.

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2023

KAYAK
personnel were not helpful…deposit was huge and still not returned after 3 days. Return location and service at the airport was poor.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
like that spouse can also drive… did not like the disorganized return process, dirty banged-up Nissan pickup truck (it was that or an EV) in lieu of an actual car

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

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

1 out of 15

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.5

Very Good

14 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.5

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500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 683 3012

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4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

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

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).

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Great team. Thanks!

2.0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
They did not have a car available and we could not reach our destination as scheduled. Our vacation was ruined.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Fast service, no hassles, good value

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Everything was easy.

1 out of 3

Avis

8.3

Very Good

13 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.1

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500 Fowler Road

+1 805 964 4848

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Great!

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.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Easy pick and up and drop off. New and clean car, gas tank full, great experience as always!

8.0 Very Good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
The pick up line was pretty Long at SBC. Attendant worked as best as able with number of people.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Seth was excellent

6.0 Okay

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Loved the Mustang. Perfect car for a California road trip. I had reserved a convertible, however, and because I arrived 6 hours after my reserved pick-up time, I had to settle for a hardtop. My fault (though I really had no idea about timing when I booked the trip months ago), but I felt a bit overcharged paying the same price as a convertible. Sure, Avis puts them in the same class, but obviously, convertibles are far rarer as leased vehicles and should cost more. That's life, I guess. My other comment is I dearly wish Avis rented vehicles with manual transmissions. I realize it's a dying breed because fat, lazy Americans only know how to drive automatics, but why encourage such sloth? Distinguish yourselves in the marketplace by offering a few sticks. At purchase, such cars are a bit cheaper anyway, and you can rent them for the same or more than an automatic, so it's win-win for everyone. Giving in to American tastes is just lowering the bar. These people still buy minivans and eat at McDonald's, and no one ever went broke underestimating consumers in this nation. All of which is to say, offer more manuals, please.

1 out of 3

Alamo

7.8

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.9

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500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 692 0939

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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 6

Dollar

7.0

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.6

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500 Fowler Road

+1 866 434 2226

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
We had to rent somewhere else. There was a line that the person in front of me said they had been waiting over an hour in. There was only one person at the counter and over 10 parties in line. The other car companies had no wait. I paid slightly more but it was worth not waiting over and hour

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

My flight got in at6pm, the desk had closed at 5pm. No car for me!

Cons:

Knowing that I cannot get a car from Dollar after 5pm, I would have rented from Budget.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The check in and check out was very quick and easy, and they were very helpful when I had questions on the vehicle.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, staff was terrific. Very helpful.

Cons:

Nothing it was perfect

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

i made a reservation only to arrive and be told there are no vehicles. once i made the reservation, the desk could have at least called to let me know. people make plans and rely on companies to have the product they reserve

3.6 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy.

Cons:

I paid for a full size vehicle at least a week in advance. When I arrived to pick it up they didn't have one. We got stuck in a smaller car and couldn't get ahold of any customer service at priceline or kayak.

1 out of 7

National

6.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

6.0

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500 James Fowler Rd

+1 805 692 0939

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Amazing!

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

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

1 out of 1

Hertz

5.6

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.7

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114 Moffett Pl

+1 805 967 0411

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Pick up was fine but drop off could have been a little smoother.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
We rented a “midsize” SUV to take our family of 5 to airport in LA with luggage for a long trip. Arrived at the counter and they gave me a Chevy bolt?? Which is a tiny car that will not accommodate our needs. I showed them the rental confirmation that showed confirmation of a mid size suv and the guys at the counter said yeah that’s our midsize suv? I told them our situation with the kid’s and luggage and asked if there was anything they could do to accommodate with another vehicle and they said yes but the next level up was a Chevy traverse (what I would consider an actual midsized suv) however, it was over 75% more for that vehicle than what I initially paid. I was bent over a barrel with my hands tied so I had to do it but it didn’t seem right. I felt very mislead and bait and switch…. Chevy Bolt…Ha!

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Overall good. The first person I interacted with was very friendly. A few issues arose in terms of picking up my car. They did not have a car available when I arrived, so in addition to waiting in line, I had to wait 30+ minutes to get a car. The person who processed my rental was less friendly and I realized after the fact, did not go through my rental agreement, etc. and just had me electronically sign a contract that I had not actually seen. I reserved a compact car and ended up with a Mustang. On one hand, this was fun, but difficult to drive/park in tiny spaces and also not very fuel 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

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.

1 out of 6

Thrifty

5.5

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

7.0

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5971 Placencia Street

+1 805 681 1222

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
The car was dirty, the pick up experience was terrible.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, staff was helpful, service fast, individual ride back to airport, free upgrade.

Cons:

the weather

2.0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
They have a pretty rough operation, an ugly office in a trailer away from the airport. The staff was confused and argued with each other on pickup (did they have a car for me?, where's the key?, etc). Difficulty with computer and paperwork, The car had 125,000 miles on it, but it was fine.

7.2 Good

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The van was nice. Reserving the car was easy.

Cons:

An employee gave us the wrong van. It was not completely clean, the tank was not full and all 4 tires were low. I was somewhat frustrated when I had to top off the tank and put the proper air pressure in the tires. When we returned the van the manager felt very bad and was very apologetic. He handled the situation in a professional manner and ultimately gave us 50% off of the rental cost. Even though the experience started off poorly it was handled very well in the end and I would rent from them again.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

They were very accommodating and friendly

1 out of 1

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

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500 Fowler Rd, Goleta, , USA California

+1 914 368 0091

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180 travellers who hired a car in Santa Barbara Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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Economy