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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

San Francisco, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$27.10 / per day
San Francisco, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.21 / per day
San Diego Cross Border Xpress Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$30.96 / per day
Santa Rosa, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport Car Rental
Mini
Smart fortwo or similar
Smart fortwo
  • 2x
  • x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$33.01 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

San Diego Cross Border Xpress Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$33.03 / per day
Santa Rosa, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$33.60 / per day
San Francisco, Downtown Car Rental
Full-size
Kia Optima or similar
Kia Optima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$34.12 / per day
Santa Monica, Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Chevrolet Cruze
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$35.81 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
+1
Average car rental length
7 days
Economy car rental price
$44.89 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in California?

California is a great place for renting a car. Having your own ride will let you see everything from world-famous cities and beaches to mountains and deserts. A rental car is also the best way to travel further to places like Las Vegas, Oregon, Arizona, or Mexico. 

California Car Rental

Top ways to enter California

  • Los Angeles Airport: Busiest in California, second busiest in U.S., and TOP 5 in the world, LAX almost feels like a travel destination in its own right.
  • San Diego Airport: Despite only having one runway, San Diego Airport manages to serve more than 20 million passengers annually. 
  • San Francisco Airport: The busiest airport in North California, it serves not only San Francisco, but the larger Bay Area.
  • By land: It is also possible to pick up a car in a neighboring state and then drive to California. Some large airports near California are Las Vegas Airport in Nevada, Phoenix Airport in Arizona, and Portland Airport in Oregon.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Los Angeles: One of the most famous cities of the world is home to Hollywood, Venice, Bevery Hills, and countless other destinations.
  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and neighborhoods like the Marina are just some of the places you simply have to visit if you travel to San Francisco.
  • San Diego: Located on the Pacific Ocean and bordering Mexico, San Diego mixes fantastic beaches and year-round great weather with museums and wildlife protection areas. 
  • Sierra Nevada: This mountainous region is not only a winter sport mecca, but also home to Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.
  • North Coast: Just north of San Francisco, this area with its coastal redwood forests, rugged coastline, and world’s tallest trees is the perfect place to relax.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in California is the Nissan Versa, closely followed by the Hyundai Accent and the Hyundai Elantra.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in California is an economy, followed by intermediate and compact.

Top driving routes

  1. Los Angeles - Las Vegas (270 mi / 434 km) The Sin City is just about four hours drive east of L.A., although if you’re not in a rush, the Mojave National Preserve that will be on your way is fascinating to explore. 
  2. San Francisco - Los Angeles (382 mi / 615 km) Interstate 5 is the highway connecting California’s two most famous cities, but you can also choose a slightly longer route along the coast that will let you visit places like San Luis Obispo and Monterey on the way.
  3. San Diego - Los Angeles (120 mi / 193 km) Right on the border with Mexico, San Diego is just two and a half hour drive away from Los Angeles, with the route’s southern portion going right along the Pacific.

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in California:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting California is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 21% cheaper than the yearly average and about 37% cheaper than renting a car in July.

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in California?

The cost of renting a car in California depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in California
$53.82
January
$50.31
February
$45.95
March
$52.57
April
$62.13
May
$56.39
June
$72.86
July
$56.52
August
September
October
November
$57.84
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in California is March — prices start from $45.95 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 19% cheaper than the year’s average and 37% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $72.86 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in California?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in March — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in November — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in California
7
January
6
February
8
March
8
April
6
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in California?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in California. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is September.
California Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
94%
January
79%
February
116%
March
109%
April
114%
May
118%
June
132%
July
111%
August
69%
September
83%
October
86%
November
89%
December

Top 18 Most Popular Cities in California

Car Rental in Los Angeles from $42.17 per day
Car Rental in San Francisco from $43.48 per day
Car Rental in San Diego from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in San Jose from $43.47 per day
Car Rental in Santa Ana from $43.47 per day
Car Rental in Burbank from $36.86 per day
Car Rental in Sacramento from $43.47 per day
Car Rental in Oakland from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in Long Beach from $43.47 per day
Car Rental in Ontario from $43.47 per day
Car Rental in Palm Springs from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in Fresno from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in Santa Barbara from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in Santa Rosa from $33.01 per day
Car Rental in Monterey from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in McKinleyville from $44.80 per day
Car Rental in Santa Monica from $35.28 per day
Car Rental in Bakersfield from $48.75 per day

Top 10 Best California Suppliers in 2019

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.8
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
Advantage
Advantage
Excellent 8.5
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
Executive Van Rentals
Executive Van Rentals
Very good 7
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Acceptable 5.9

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