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San Francisco Mini Guide

San Francisco is an iconic city overlooking the Bay of San Francisco, California. No one who ever visits San Francisco will forget it. Rent a car in San Francisco and wherever you go you will be confronted with beautiful views out over the Golden Gate Bridge and of Alcatraz in the bay below.

Driving is an unusual experience in San Francisco due to the steep hills which dominate the city and Lombard Street is known as the most twisted street in the world. Drivers also need to pay attention to the attractive street cars which residents use for public transport.

San Francisco has three main airports, the first is, San Francisco International, which is approximately ten miles to the south of the city itself, so hiring a rental car is the easy option and gives you a little more freedom to explore. Oakland International is located in the East Bay and Mineta San Jose International is around an hour to the south of the city.

Cheapest car hire in San Francisco

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.28 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 428.98 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.70 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 431.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 63.58 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 445.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.09 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 448.68 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.09 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 448.68 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 64.61 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 452.30 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 64.61 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 452.30 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Jetta

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 64.95 EUR/day
Volkswagen Jetta

7 Days rental at 454.71 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 65.30 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 457.13 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
  • San Francisco car hire special offers

    We currently have 2 special offers for car rental in San Francisco including;

  • Free additional driver
    With this car you get 1 free additional driver available from ALAMO, NATIONAL.
  • Pre-Registration available
    For faster, easier car hire, add driver details before pick-up available from ALAMO, NATIONAL.

Useful to know about San Francisco

  • Film maker Francis Ford Coppola has one of his main offices in San Francisco, a thin green building which is made out of copper.
  • San Francisco is built on one of the most volatile fault lines in the world and the city was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1906.
  • The island prison of Alcatraz is the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco and it once housed mob boss Al Capone.
  • San Francisco played a central role in the summer of love in 1969 with a community of hippies congregating in Height Ashbury.
  • The gay activist Harvey Milk lived in San Francisco though he was eventually murdered by a political rival.

Best car rental companies in San Francisco

8.8
No.1: ALAMO,
based on 3910 reviews
80
90
80
90
80
22 min (average wait time)
7.7
No.2: NATIONAL,
based on 330 reviews
80
80
70
70
80
17 min (average wait time)
7.4
No.3: SIXT,
based on 1106 reviews
70
70
60
70
80
17 min (average wait time)

San Francisco car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Alamo US Corporate
  • € 428.96
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 61.28
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 24
    Most Popular Type:
    Standard
  • 7
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 95
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day for car hire in San Francisco

ItemPercent
January€ 75
February€ 62
March€ 61
April€ 66
May€ 45
June€ 84
July€ 91
August€ 66
September€ 65
October€ 61
November€ 89
December€ 72
ItemPercent
January€ 66
February€ 56
March€ 59
April€ 46
May€ 44
June€ 50
July€ 71
August€ 52
September€ 57
October€ 50
November€ 85
December€ 70
ItemPercent
January€ 91
February€ 76
March€ 87
April€ 78
May€ 76
June€ 110
July€ 117
August€ 98
September€ 80
October€ 77
November€ 94
December€ 110
ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 65
March€ 64
April€ 64
May€ 55
June€ 82
July€ 95
August€ 73
September€ 63
October€ 62
November€ 91
December€ 86
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 96
March€ 96
April€ 85
May€ 66
June€ 99
July€ 101
August€ 82
September€ 86
October€ 80
November€ 143
December€ 114
ItemPercent
January€ 57
February€ 59
March€ 65
April€ 47
May€ 52
June€ 131
July€ 112
August€ 56
September€ 90
October€ 87
November€ 103
December€ 141
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 82
March€ 83
April€ 80
May€ 66
June€ 93
July€ 109
August€ 83
September€ 75
October€ 73
November€ 110
December€ 109
ItemPercent
January€ 77
February
March
April€ 140
May
June€ 165
July€ 140
August€ 99
September€ 92
October€ 118
November€ 131
December€ 66

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices

FAQs about car hire in San Francisco

How much does car hire in San Francisco cost?

Car hire in San Francisco costs as little as €61.30 per day, however the average price across all suppliers for a Compact class vehicle is €71.60 per day. The most expensive car to hire is €113.00 per day from BUDGET for a Toyota Camry.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental in San Francisco?

6 car hire brands have committed to maintaining sanitisation measures as per WHO COVID-19 guidelines in San Francisco, including NATIONAL, ALAMO, SIXT, see the full list here.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental in San Francisco?

None of the car hire companies in San Francisco are currently offering sanitised cars as per WHO COVID-19 guidelines.

Who is the best car rental agent in San Francisco?

Based on recent customer reviews over the last 3 months, Alamo US Corporate has the highest customer rating for car hire in San Francisco with a score of 8.8/10

with National US Corporate rated second best with a score of 7.7/10

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How much does it cost to hire a compact car in San Francisco?

Today’s cheapest price for compact car hire in San Francisco is €428.98 per week from ALAMO.

Who is the cheapest car hire agent in San Francisco?

The cheapest car hire company in San Francisco is ALAMO, with prices for a Compact class car such as the Nissan Versa available from as little as €428.96 per week.

How much is fuel in San Francisco?

You can expect to pay €1.05/ltr of petrol and €1.399/ltr of diesel in San Francisco. You’ll pay a premium if refilling at motorway services of up to 10%.

What car hire agencies are available in San Francisco?

We can arrange great deals on car hire in San Francisco with leading car hire companies such as ALAMO, AVIS, BUDGET, NATIONAL as well as reputable, local car hire companies.

What type of car can I hire in San Francisco?

We can arrange Compact, Economy, Fullsize, Fullsize Elite, Intermediate, Intermediate Elite, Luxury, Premium and Standard class rental cars in San Francisco.

How much does it cost to hire a convertible car in San Francisco?

We don’t currently have any convertible cars to hire in San Francisco, but we are working in it and please check dates for future rentals.
The price at the moment for a convertible rental car in San Francisco is €674.20 per week from AVIS for a Ford Mustang Convertible.

Do you have a discount code for car hire in San Francisco?

We don’t have any discount codes for car hire in San Francisco at the moment, however ALAMO rates start from just €428.96 per week. If you’ve found a cheaper price than €428.96 from ALAMO in San Francisco - Union Square (california) or any other rental agent, let us know and we’ll do our best to beat it.

How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in San Francisco?

The cheapest price to hire a car for a week in San Francisco is €429.10 per week with an average price of €501.20 per week across all car hire companies.
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Information about the car hire agents in San Francisco

Telephone numbers for popular car hire companies in San Francisco

  • Dollar (tel: (866) 434-2226)
  • Thrifty (tel: (415) 771-5332)
  • Avis (tel: 415-929-2555)
  • Hertz (tel: 4157712200)
  • Hertz (tel: 4159579425)
  • Avis (tel: 415-292-4045)
  • Budget (tel: 628-895-0436)
  • Sixt (tel: +1-8887498227)
  • Hertz (tel: 4159231119)
  • Alamo (tel: 8888266893)

Pick-up locations for car hire companies in San Francisco

  • Dollar (364 O'FARRELL STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (CA), UNITED STATES, 94102)
  • Thrifty (364 O'FARRELL STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (CA), UNITED STATES, 94102)
  • Avis (675 Post Street, San Francisco, 94109, CA, California)
  • Hertz (325 Mason Street, San Francisco, Ca, San Francisco Dt, 941020000, CA, California)
  • Hertz (780 Mission Street, San Francisco, Ca, San Francisco, 94103, CA, California)
  • Avis (333 O'farrell Street, San Francisco, 94102, CA, California)

Car hire company ratings in San Francisco

  • Alamo US: Rated 8.8/10 from 6 reviews
  • National US: Rated 7.7/10 from 52 reviews
  • SIXT: Rated 7.4/10 from 337 reviews
  • Hertz US: Rated 6.7/10 from 654 reviews
  • Budget US: Rated 6.7/10 from 738 reviews
  • Avis US: Rated 6.6/10 from 534 reviews

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