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Car Hire Monterey Airport 

Car Hire Guide for Monterey Regional Airport (California, USA)

Starting Your Californian Adventure:
Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), nestled in the heart of California's coastal region, is your gateway to the scenic beauty and cultural treasures of the Monterey Peninsula. Renting a car directly from MRY gives travelers unparalleled convenience, enabling a deeper exploration of this picturesque region.

Exiting Monterey Regional Airport:
Upon departing MRY, you'll find yourself on Olmsted Road, which is a direct route to Highway 68. This highway links you to both the Pacific coastline and the inland areas of Salinas Valley.

Distances and Toll Information:

  • Downtown Monterey: About 5 km (around 10 minutes) via Highway 68.
  • Pacific Grove: Roughly 9 km (15 minutes) traveling via Highway 68 and CA-1 N.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Approximately 10 km (about 15 minutes) using CA-1 S.
  • Big Sur: About 50 km (around 1 hour) heading south on CA-1.

No toll roads are in the immediate vicinity of MRY. However, always be prepared when driving in unfamiliar areas and carry some cash just in case.

Road Conditions and Traffic:
Roads around Monterey are generally well-maintained. Being a popular tourist area, especially during the summer months, traffic can be busier, particularly along the famed Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1). It's always a good idea to check real-time traffic conditions before heading out.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points:
California, as a state, is leading the charge in EV adoption. Monterey and its surrounding areas offer numerous EV charging points, available in many public parking areas, hotels, and shopping centers. Utilize apps like "ChargePoint" or "PlugShare" to find charging stations nearby.

Driving Customs and Rules:

  • Right on Red: After a complete stop, and if the way is clear, you can make a right turn at a red light unless there's a sign indicating otherwise.
  • Cell Phones: California law prohibits holding and using a cell phone while driving. A hands-free system is required.
  • HOV Lanes: High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are meant for vehicles with multiple passengers, as indicated by posted signs. Ensure you meet the minimum occupancy requirements before using these lanes.
  • Parking: Downtown Monterey has both metered street parking and public parking garages. Always check signage for time limits and fees to avoid citations.

Weather Considerations:
Monterey enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate. The summers are typically cool and foggy, especially in the mornings, so ensure your car's defogger and wipers are in good condition. Winter months might see occasional rain, so if traveling during this period, opt for a car with effective wet-weather capabilities.

To Conclude:
Renting a car from Monterey Regional Airport is the ultimate convenience for those keen on exploring the enchanting landscapes, historic landmarks, and coastal wonders of the Monterey Peninsula. To ensure a smooth trip, familiarize yourself with California's driving regulations, consider the region's specific weather conditions when selecting a vehicle, and be ready to embrace the road. Safe and memorable travels in Monterey!

Current Rental Rates in Monterey Airport

Nissan March

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.97 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 188.82 EUR from 20/05/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |

Nissan March

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.97 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 188.82 EUR from 20/05/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |

Nissan March

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.31 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 191.20 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Monterey Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Monterrey was founded in 1770 by the Spanish as ‘the mountain of the king’
  • Monterrey was once the state capital of California
  • The city has one of the highest numbers of historic buildings in California
  • The area around Monterrey is the setting for many John Steinbeck novels 
  • The American cheese Monterrey Jack was developed in the city


Monterey Airport - Popular Destinations

  • The pickup location is in Terminal
  • USA Guide

Best car rental companies in Monterey Airport

based on 157 reviews
8 min (average wait time)
No.2: AVIS,
based on 163 reviews
14 min (average wait time)
No.3: ALAMO,
based on 318 reviews
8 min (average wait time)

Monterey Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    National EMEA Franchise
  • € 188.79
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 26.97
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 37
    Most Popular Type:
  • 10
    Most popular model:
    Chevrolet Aveo
  • 108
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Monterey Airport

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