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Car Hire Guide for Santa Barbara Airport, California

Opting for Rhino Car Hire at Santa Barbara Airport provides you with the freedom and flexibility to explore the stunning landscapes, cultural sites, and culinary delights of the Santa Barbara region at your own pace. Rhino Car Hire offers a wide selection of vehicles to suit every traveler’s needs, from compact cars ideal for city driving to larger SUVs perfect for family outings or adventurous excursions into the Santa Ynez Valley.

With Rhino Car Hire, you benefit from competitive rates and transparent pricing, ensuring your Californian adventure is both enjoyable and cost-effective. The booking process is straightforward and customer-friendly, enabling you to reserve your car online with ease and pick it up directly from Santa Barbara Airport upon your arrival.

Having your own rental car allows you to tailor your trip to your personal interests, whether that includes leisurely coastal drives, exploring the local wine country, or discovering hidden gems along the picturesque California coast. With the flexibility to set your own schedule, you can immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the Santa Barbara area without the constraints of public transportation.

Furthermore, Rhino Car Hire ensures peace of mind with 24/7 customer support, providing assistance whenever needed throughout your travels. Explore the scenic beauty and cultural richness of Santa Barbara and beyond with confidence, knowing that Rhino Car Hire is your trusted companion on the road.

Santa Barbara, often referred to as the "American Riviera," is a blend of stunning coastal beauty, historic architecture, and a vibrant arts scene. Renting a car from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a wise choice for those wanting to explore the city and its surroundings efficiently.

Distances and Tolls:

  • Santa Barbara Airport to Downtown Santa Barbara: Approx. 10 miles via Highway 101. Duration: 15-20 minutes. No tolls.
  • Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles: About 95 miles via Highway 101. Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Generally, no tolls on this route but be aware of optional express lanes in the LA area that may carry fees.

California Driving Customs & Rules:

  • Right on Red: After coming to a complete stop and ensuring the way is clear (and if not prohibited by a sign), you may turn right at a red light.
  • HOV Lanes: Some highways have High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Make sure to understand the requirements (often 2 or 3+ people in a vehicle) before using them.
  • Cell Phones: It's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving in California. If you need to make a call or use GPS, use a hands-free system.
  • Bicyclists: California has a "Three Feet for Safety" rule. When passing a bicyclist, ensure there's at least three feet between your vehicle and the cyclist.

Renting a car from Santa Barbara Airport allows travelers the freedom to explore the American Riviera and nearby attractions with ease. Whether cruising along the coast, diving into the culture downtown, or heading to a neighboring city, understanding the local driving conditions and customs ensures a smooth journey. 

Current Rental Rates in Santa Barbara Airport

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.04 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 259.29 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.35 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 261.48 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.66 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 263.67 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.17 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 393.25 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

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

  • Scenic Drives and Coastal Exploration: Utilize your rental car to explore the breathtaking California coastline. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway for stunning ocean views, visit the charming town of Montecito, or head to the scenic vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
  • Wine Country Adventures: Use your rental car to tour the famous Santa Barbara Wine Country in the Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy tastings at renowned wineries, explore quaint towns like Solvang and Los Olivos, and savor the region's farm-to-table cuisine.
  • Beaches and Outdoor Activities: Drive to Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches such as East Beach, Butterfly Beach, or Arroyo Burro Beach County Park for sunbathing, surfing, and relaxation. Utilize your vehicle to carry beach gear and explore remote coastal areas.
  • Cultural and Historical Sites: Visit cultural landmarks such as the Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the historic El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park to delve into the area's rich history and vibrant arts scene.
  • Shopping and Dining: Explore Santa Barbara’s shopping and dining options. Drive to State Street and the Funk Zone to discover unique boutiques, art galleries, and an array of restaurants and wine tasting rooms.


Santa Barbara Airport - Popular Destinations

  • Solvang, California: Approximately 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara Airport - A Danish-themed town offering unique architecture.
  • Carpinteria, California: Roughly 15 miles southeast of Santa Barbara Airport - Known for its quiet beaches, including Carpinteria State Beach.
  • Los Padres National Forest: About 30 miles north of Santa Barbara Airport - Offers vast wilderness areas.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Santa Barbara Airport

No.2: ALAMO,
based on 6305 reviews
23 min (average wait time)
based on 2816 reviews
22 min (average wait time)
based on 523 reviews
19 min (average wait time)

Santa Barbara Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Alamo US Corporate
  • € 259.28
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 37.04
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 62
    Most Popular Type:
  • 27
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 294
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Santa Barbara Airport

January€ 75
February€ 84
March€ 72
April€ 71
May€ 72
June€ 80
July€ 82
August€ 71
September€ 71
October€ 73
November€ 85
December€ 80
January€ 74
February€ 78
March€ 68
April€ 64
May€ 68
June€ 75
July€ 80
August€ 70
September€ 72
October€ 70
November€ 83
December€ 77
January€ 104
February€ 101
March€ 88
April€ 85
May€ 94
June€ 101
July€ 124
August€ 103
September€ 97
October€ 98
November€ 107
December€ 111
January€ 83
February€ 86
March€ 73
April€ 69
May€ 76
June€ 82
July€ 95
August€ 86
September€ 81
October€ 80
November€ 90
December€ 92
January€ 93
February€ 98
March€ 85
April€ 81
May€ 83
June€ 91
July€ 100
August€ 97
September€ 93
October€ 93
November€ 102
December€ 107
April€ 34
May€ 36
June€ 39
July€ 62
August€ 39
September€ 37
October€ 35
January€ 98
February€ 103
March€ 83
April€ 79
May€ 90
June€ 99
July€ 107
August€ 100
September€ 94
October€ 95
November€ 104
December€ 107
January€ 71
February€ 90
March€ 81
April€ 116
May€ 87
June€ 103
July€ 91
August€ 86
September€ 76
October€ 79
November€ 98
December€ 88

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