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Santa Barbara Mini Guide

Santa Barbara occupies a charmed location in California situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. This is a very attractive city which is known as the American Riviera as it attracts beautiful and wealthy people. Having a car here is a must as there is little in the way of public transport. The city is well served by the U.S. Highway 101 which takes a scenic route along the coastline. You can drive north to San Francisco, or south to Los Angeles. Both cities are a long way but every vehicle comes with unlimited mileage.

We work with all leading suppliers of car rental in Santa Barbara to save you time searching the market for the best car hire rate. Our prices are exclusive and you will not find cheaper even if you book direct. We don't add a dime to our quotes, so what you see is what you pay.

Cheapest car hire in Santa Barbara

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 51.93 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 363.54 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.40 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 366.86 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.88 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 370.17 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 57.19 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 400.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 57.72 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 404.04 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 58.24 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 407.73 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Passat

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 60.30 EUR/day
Volkswagen Passat

7 Days rental at 422.10 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda CX-5

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.30 EUR/day
Mazda CX-5

7 Days rental at 422.10 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Passat

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 63.36 EUR/day
Volkswagen Passat

7 Days rental at 443.54 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Useful to know about Santa Barbara

  • Often referred to as the American Riviera thanks to it's Mediterranean climate.
  • Is in the State of California and the County of Santa Barbara.
  • The University of California is the cities top employer.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Santa Barbara

Best car rental companies in Santa Barbara

6.7
No.1: BUDGET,
based on 2809 reviews
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Santa Barbara car hire information

  • 6.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget US Corporate
  • € 363.51
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 51.93
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 6
    Most Popular Type:
    Fullsize
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    Chrysler 300
  • 30
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Santa Barbara

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

FAQs about car hire in Santa Barbara

How much does car hire in Santa Barbara cost?

Car hire in Santa Barbara costs as little as €51.90 per day, however the average price across all suppliers for a Economy class vehicle is €54.60 per day. The most expensive car to hire is €101.90 per day from BUDGET for a Ford Expedition.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental in Santa Barbara?

0 car hire brands have committed to maintaining sanitisation measures as per WHO COVID-19 guidelines in Santa Barbara, including , see the full list here.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental in Santa Barbara?

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

Who is the best car rental agent in Santa Barbara?

Based on recent customer reviews over the last 3 months, Budget US Corporate has the highest customer rating for car hire in Santa Barbara with a score of 6.7/10

with rated second best with a score of /10

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How much does it cost to hire a compact car in Santa Barbara?

Today’s cheapest price for compact car hire in Santa Barbara is €366.86 per week from BUDGET.

Who is the cheapest car hire agent in Santa Barbara?

The cheapest car hire company in Santa Barbara is BUDGET, with prices for a Economy class car such as the Kia Rio available from as little as €363.51 per week.

How much is fuel in Santa Barbara?

You can expect to pay €0.873/ltr of petrol and €1.12/ltr of diesel in Santa Barbara. You’ll pay a premium if refilling at motorway services of up to 10%.

What car hire agencies are available in Santa Barbara?

We can arrange great deals on car hire in Santa Barbara with leading car hire companies such as BUDGET as well as reputable, local car hire companies.

What type of car can I hire in Santa Barbara?

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

How much does it cost to hire a convertible car in Santa Barbara?

We don’t currently have any convertible cars to hire in Santa Barbara, but we are working in it and please check dates for future rentals.
The price at the moment for a convertible rental car in Santa Barbara is €484.06 per week from BUDGET for a Ford Mustang Convertible.

Do you have a discount code for car hire in Santa Barbara?

We don’t have any discount codes for car hire in Santa Barbara at the moment, however BUDGET rates start from just €363.51 per week. If you’ve found a cheaper price than €363.51 from BUDGET in Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara?

The cheapest price to hire a car for a week in Santa Barbara is €363.30 per week with an average price of €382.20 per week across all car hire companies.
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Information about the car hire agents in Santa Barbara

Telephone numbers for popular car hire companies in Santa Barbara

  • Budget (tel: 805-965-1070)

Pick-up locations for car hire companies in Santa Barbara

  • Budget (305 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, 93101, CA, California)

Car hire company ratings in Santa Barbara

  • Budget US: Rated 6.7/10 from 640 reviews

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