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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$59.26 / per day
Intermediate
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
National
$73.68 / per day
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$98.84 / per day
Standard
Hyundai Sonata or similar
Hyundai Sonata
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$117.27 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$60.83 / per day
Premium
Mercedes-Benz CLA or similar
Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$71.07 / per day
Luxury
Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$77.52 / per day
Special
Mercedes-Benz E-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$81.98 / 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
$65.22 / 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%
San Francisco Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at San Francisco Airport! Then head to the city and drive over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. From there, go to Fort Mason and the Presidio—the views are beautiful, and there’s plenty to explore, from museums and a wildlife sanctuary to hiking trails and culture and history walks. Then eat at a seafood restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf and tour turn-of-the-century ships at Hyde Street Pier. Check out the art scene and neighborhood bars in the Mission District and Bernal Heights and the panoramic views in Nob Hill.

The city’s surrounded by water, so how about some beach time? You can easily drive your rental to Ocean Beach, China Beach, or Baker Beach. Up for a museum? The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum exhibits contemporary and indigenous art, and everyone will enjoy the hands-on science fun at the Exploratorium. 

San Francisco’s a great destination, but the surrounding area has even more to offer. With a longer term car rental you can head south to Monterrey and even Los Angeles, explore inland California, or take a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Picking up your rental car at San Francisco Airport and dropping it off at a different location is easy. Start planning your vacation today!

San Francisco Airport, first known as Mills Field Municipal Airport, was built in 1927 on a 150-acre cow pasture.

Top international routes

  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Seattle
  • Las Vegas
  • New York City
  • Denver

Main airlines

United Airlines, United Express, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines

Terminals

The four terminals (T1, T2, T3, and International) are all connected by AirTrain, with station departures every 4–5 minutes. It’s also possible to walk between terminals, although parts of T1 are currently under construction.

Location

The airport is 13 mi (21 km) from downtown San Francisco. Highway 101 is the main road connecting San Francisco Airport to the city.

Top car rental companies

National, Alamo, ACE Rent a Car, and SIXT

Car rental desks

All car rental offices are located in the separate Rental Cars Center (RCC) that can be reached by taking AirTrain Blue Line.

Services and Facilities

You’ll find many bars, cafeterias, and restaurants, some serving Mexican and Asian food, as well as a number of duty-free outlets, stores, and gift shops. There are also ATMs, eight lounges, baby care facilities, a children’s play area, a medical clinic, a reading room, a yoga room, spa, reflection room for meditation, hydration station to refill water bottles, aquarium, airport museum, and permanent art exhibitions. You’ll find luggage storage and lockers at the Airport Travel Agency in the main hall of the International terminal. San Francisco Airport is fully equipped for passengers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Costco Gasoline, located at 451 Airport Boulevard, is on the way to the city. It can be reached in less than ten minutes and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on workdays, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. There are many other gas stations near the airport.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Los Angeles (384 mi / 618 km)
  • Las Vegas (571 mi / 919 km)
  • San Diego (503 mi / 809 km)
  • Reno (229 mi / 368 km)
  • Oakland (23 mi / 37 km)
  • Fresno (188 mi / 302 km)

Airport info

Rating
8.1
  • Getting to the airport 7.4
  • Departure and check-in 7.9
  • Terminal facilities 7.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.7
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.6
  • Lounge 5.4

San Francisco Airport (SFO)

  • IATA: SFO
  • ICAO: KSFO
  • Airport name: San Francisco Airport (SFO)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Large Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 4 m / 13 ft
  • Runway Surface: Asphalt / Grooved
  • Passengers (per year): 55,832,518
  • Distance from City: 8 miles / 12.9 km SE of town
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day

Top 17 Locations near San Francisco Airport

17.7 km / 11.0 miles away
48.6 km / 30.2 miles away
106.1 km / 65.9 miles away
124.1 km / 77.1 miles away
137.9 km / 85.7 miles away
Car Rental at Fresno Airport from $59.21 per day
253.3 km / 157.4 miles away
402.2 km / 249.9 miles away
421.8 km / 262.1 miles away
524.6 km / 326.0 miles away
543.2 km / 337.5 miles away
569.1 km / 353.6 miles away
584.8 km / 363.4 miles away
598.2 km / 371.7 miles away
676.6 km / 420.4 miles away
718.9 km / 446.7 miles away

When are car rental prices cheapest at San Francisco Airport?

The cost of renting a car at San Francisco Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at San Francisco Airport
$52.69
January
$60.15
February
$49.48
March
$64.10
April
$67.33
May
$66.81
June
$52.45
July
$95.76
August
September
October
November
$66.07
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at San Francisco Airport is March when prices for an Economy class start from $49.48. You can see that this is 23% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 48% cheaper than renting a car in August (when rental prices start at $95.76 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at San Francisco Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in May the average rental period is 10 days, while in July, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length at San Francisco Airport
7
January
8
February
8
March
9
April
10
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at San Francisco Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at San Francisco Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
San Francisco Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
99%
January
86%
February
90%
March
111%
April
124%
May
118%
June
134%
July
117%
August
74%
September
81%
October
81%
November
86%
December

Top 11 Suppliers for San Francisco Airport in 2019

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
001 8 443 708 302
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
001 8 443 708 301
780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
001 800 556 8227
1409 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
001 4 156 589 800
435 South Airport Blvd 94080-6909 South San Francisco
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
780 MCDONNELL RD
FOX
Excellent 8.5
001 415 917 2713
780 N. McDonnell Road, San Francisco.
Advantage
Advantage
Excellent 8.5
001 800 777 5500
323 S Canal St suite a, South San Francisco
AVR Van Rental
AVR Van Rental
Excellent 8.5
001 650 952 5543
820 Malcolm Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
001 6 503 433 052 / 001 8 007 775 500
323 S Canal St suite a, South San Francisco, CA 94080
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
001 650 558 800
1409 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
650-952-5543, 317-248-7251
820 Malcolm Rd

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