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San Diego, CA, United States
10 Aug — 17 Aug
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San Diego, CA, United States
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San Diego car hire information

Pick-up locationSan Diego
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, People mover, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations108
Airport locations47
Popular agenciesBudget, Avis, Sixt, Thrifty, NU Car

Cheap car hire in San Diego

$36/dayEconomy
$37/dayCompact
$41/dayIntermediate
$56/dayStandard
$43/dayFull-size
$81/dayPeople mover
$87/dayFull-size SUV
$107/dayPremium
$88/dayConvertible
$63/dayIntermediate SUV
$71/dayCompact SUV
$77/dayStandard SUV
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Car hire excess insurance in San Diego

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some San Diego car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in San Diego.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your San Diego car rental.

San Diego car hire reviews and directory

From $39/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
Most popular
8.9 Excellent (540 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Alamo
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 833 763 1741
Monday04:30 - 23:59
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
Friday04:30 - 23:59
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2 Aug. 2021
10.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2021
Pros: YesCons: Nothing excellent in every way
10.0 Excellent12 Jun. 2021
Pros: Great price and nice clean vehicleCons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent8 Jun. 2021
Pros: yes
10.0 Excellent14 Mar. 2021
Pros: I was able to pick up the car the night before and saved money
10.0 Excellent12 Nov. 2020
Pros: Great service, fast easy courteous. employees seemed happy. rental car employees not usually that way.
10.0 Excellent23 Oct. 2020
Pros: The staff were great. They showed us how to work some of the new features on the car. The car was in excellent condition; it was brand new!Cons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent13 Oct. 2020
Pros: Alamo was great. But it was my second choice, after my first choice -- some no name rental agency called Mex, selected initially via Kayak, which routed me through Rentcars.com -- was a friggin disaster. I landed at 6 pm, the time of my reservation, only to discover that the rental office was already closed. There was no one to help me, no number to call, no customer service from anyone in that chain, including Kayak. It was a friday evening at 6. I tried 4 other rental agencies; they were either out of cars or were asking insane amounts of $$ for them. I had to get a ride from the airport, and come back the next morning to rent from Alamo. (Which was great.)Cons: Alamo was great. Avoid Mex Rent a Car and Rentcars.com at all costs. No one picks up the phone at Mex and you can't leave a voicemail. The number for Rentcars doesn't work, and the email responses are all in Portuguese. I'm not kidding. Why Kayak continues to use these vendors is a mystery to me. Makes me reconsider my choice in travel apps.
7.6 Good4 Oct. 2020
Pros: Staff was helpful in securing a gas discount for me when the car I reserved wasn’t available.Cons: Don’t oversell cars! If I book a pickup, giving me a dodge caravan minivan because you oversold pickup trucks isn’t providing excellent service.
5.6 Okay21 Sep. 2020
Pros: Drop off was greatCons: Have the selected class or better available. I don’t consider an infinity to be the same class as an Escalade
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.2 Excellent (600 reviews)
14 locations in San Diego
Enterprise
Locations in San Diego
1 Park Blvd+1 619 696 5000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1333 Camino Del Rio South #101+1 619 260 1505
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2305 Pacific Hwy+1 619 294 7774
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2740 Lytton Street+1 619 225 0848
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2780 Garnet Ave+1 858 490 1510
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3299 Holiday Court+1 858 404 0700
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 833 763 1739
Monday04:30 - 23:59
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
Friday04:30 - 23:59
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
3851 El Cajon Blvd+1 619 229 2300
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6330 Marindustry Dr+1 858 455 0075
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard+1 858 404 0700
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
7993 Balboa Avenue+1 858 560 9050
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
900 F St Ste 167+1 619 696 5000
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
9292 Miramar Rd # 28+1 858 689 8523
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
950 Hotel Circle North+1 619 260 1505
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible29 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible25 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent24 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent17 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent7 Jul. 2021
Pros: Easy drop off, clean carCons: System allows for incorrect booking, will let you reserve a car that you are not qualified for. Was promised a full size SUV but was denied when trying to fill out the rental agreement due to age. Verify you are eligible to rent the car you want before booking.
2.0 Mediocre21 Jun. 2021
Cons: The day of our flight we got a phone call letting us know that their office closes at 5:30 or 6..our flight didn’t even get in until 6. Had to cancel our enterprise rental and spend a lot more directly through Avis. Would not use this app again!
10.0 Excellent3 Jun. 2021
Pros: Pickup and drop-off was easy and fast. Staff were nice, knowledgeable and efficient.Cons: n/a
10.0 Excellent31 May 2021
Cons: Everything was super easy, picking up and dropping off.
10.0 Excellent25 May 2021
Pros: YesCons: All fine
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From $43/dayRated no. 3
Dollar
7.9 Good (471 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Dollar
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 866 434 2226
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Jun. 2021
Pros: Car was fine. Smaller than model prepaid, but okay.Cons: Over 80 minutes in line to rent a PREPAID car is too long. My flight was :55 minutes.
10.0 Excellent19 Jun. 2021
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff. Clean, comfortable, and good car.
4.0 Okay3 Jun. 2021
Pros: Efficient Pick Up.Cons: I paid for a Land Rover Discovery, I received an Infiniti. The car had 30,000 plus miles, with stains on the interior ceiling. There was minimal space in any of the rows and virtually no cargo space, despite being advertised as three large bags and seven people. VERY POOR experience and certainly not the luxury SUV I paid for.
2.0 Mediocre1 Jun. 2021
Cons: I took over 70 minutes waiting in line to pick up the car. Ridiculous. Never again.
2.0 Mediocre3 May 2021
Pros: A hertz employee ended up helping us because the line was so longCons: Horrible experience. Will never rent from dollar again.
8.0 Excellent8 Apr. 2021
Pros: Car was comfortable, clean and drove easily - lousy mileage, but we got the sense that Californians dont care much, given the number of gas guzzlers we saw on the road at over $4.00/gal in most service stations - mixed in with Tesla's and Prius's. Odd contrast.Cons: All good with exception of Drop-Off. Unclear directions in the final stretch of the exercise (needed to turn up a lane in the garage that was hidden behind other cars). No staff present and when a fellow eventually showed up, he did not check the car, just told us to leave the keys in the car and all else would be dealt with - whatever that means - if there is any disagreement on gas (we filled up), damage (there was none), etc., how would one verify it after the fact?
4.0 Okay8 Apr. 2021
Pros: The staff was helpful and friendly.Cons: I reserved a Nissan Pathfinder only to show up and get a Kia Sorrento. 6 people with luggage will not fit in a Kia. We had to pay a lot extra to get a Ford Expedition because they didn't have a Nissan or any SUV similar. The guy was really nice and gave us a discount for having to upgrade. I don't appreciate paying for one vehicle on this site only to show up having to pay hundreds more for a vehicle that will actually work. I will never book through here again.
10.0 Excellent31 Mar. 2021
Cons: It was perfect
4.0 Okay23 Mar. 2021
Cons: Hard to find the car rental. Another family was lost at the airport rental site. The car had been smoked in.
10.0 Excellent9 Jan. 2021
Pros: Dollar not available at pick up so Hertz did it.Cons: Just drop off car with key in it at San Diego Airport
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From $42/dayRated no. 4
Thrifty
7.9 Good (454 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Thrifty
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 877 283 0898
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent30 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre23 Jul. 2021
7.9 Good17 Jul. 2021
5.9 Okay14 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible13 Jul. 2021
4.0 Okay30 May 2021
Pros: The staff was helpful and courteous, but the process was too long.Cons: More staff, better communication
4.0 Okay26 May 2021
Pros: The vehicle was excellent. Brand new. Returning the car was very fast with not problems.Cons: Have more notifications to take a CREDIT CARD. Small print on some customer agreement page is worthless. This was even more critical in San Diego, "Sorry, sir, We're so close to the border." If you wanted to use a debit card you need to have a flight... if not ... sorry too bad. I had to drive back and forth to get my credit card (my fault for not having it). When I was standing in line I saw about 12/18 people have an issue with CREDIT CARD / Debit Card. Update your policies modernize to use other payment methods. The people at the counter had no solutions for me and pointed me to curb to get an UBER. I cant imagine being out of town and being told that.
4.0 Okay25 May 2021
Pros: Dealt with one Staff member in pick up, she was very helpfulCons: Car “clean sticker” was broken. Found trash and a hair in the seat when we opened it. LOTS of damage to the car, dents, tears in the seat that Took us about 30 minutes to document, so that was a time constraint I wasn’t expecting. We rented a convertible on the top could not function on our way out and so we had to go back, it took for employees to figure out why it wouldn’t work. We laying our trip another 45 minutes. It took us almost 2 hours to rent a car not because of the checkout people but because of the vehicle itself being poorly maintained.
4.0 Okay2 May 2021
Cons: Time to stand in line for pickup was an hour. Unacceptable, care smelled like cigarettes
8.0 Excellent30 Apr. 2021
Pros: The staff was helpful great customer service. Drop off was easy.Cons: They could have cleaned the inside of the car, made sure there was no left overs from the previous drivers.
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Rated no. 5
Budget
7.6 Good (239 reviews)
11 locations in San Diego
Budget
Locations in San Diego
1110 Torrey Pines Road Suite H+1 858 456 2124
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
1670 Kettner Boulevard Suite 1+1 619 231 7162
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
2745 Otay Pacific Dr+1 619 644 1362
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
2790 Kurtz Street Suite 1+1 619 574 6975
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 619 688 5000
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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3890 Valley Centre Dr Ste 103+1 858 755 7457
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
4550 La Jolla Village Drive+1 858 320 9017
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
500 Hotel Circle North+1 619 220 0294
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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640 Broadway+1 619 544 0510
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
7815 Balboa Avenue+1 858 974 8632
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
8720 Miramar Road+1 858 271 0035
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent3 Aug. 2021
7.9 Good3 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible29 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible29 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent28 Jul. 2021
7.9 Good27 Jul. 2021
5.9 Okay26 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent25 Jul. 2021
5.9 Okay23 Jul. 2021
7.9 Good16 Jul. 2021
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From $40/dayRated no. 6
Avis
7.6 Good (387 reviews)
11 locations in San Diego
Avis
Locations in San Diego
1110 Torrey Pines Road - Suite H+1 858 454 4621
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
1670 Kettner Boulevard - Suite 1+1 619 231 7137
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
2745 Otay Pacific Drive+1 619 588 1309
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
2790 Kurtz Street - Suite 1+1 619 220 4920
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
3355 Admiral Boland Way, Suite R175+1 619 688 5000
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3890 Valley Centre Drive - Suite 103+1 858 755 0400
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
4550 La Jolla Village Drive+1 858 450 6553
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
500 Hotel Circle North+1 619 574 5377
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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640 Broadway+1 619 544 0438
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
7815 Balboa Avenue+1 858 974 8630
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
8720 Miramar Road+1 858 271 0018
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
2.0 Mediocre29 Jun. 2021
Pros: NothingCons: I cancelled my rental 2 weeks ago and they haven't refund yet AND they keep sending you emails like this to rate your experience.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jun. 2021
Pros: NothingCons: They give you a price online, they more than double it when you go pick up the car. I had to go to another rental..
7.9 Good23 Jun. 2021
6.0 Good19 Jun. 2021
Pros: YesCons: The value for the money was extremely poor. I felt like I was scammed...paid over $100 more than I anticipated.
2.0 Mediocre24 May 2021
Pros: The staff was friendlyCons: I’m a US born citizen, living overseas (military), and needed to use my military USAREUR license as well as my international drivers license as my US was stolen (stolen wallet). I called ahead of time to ensure I would be able to make a reservation and was told by customer service that I would. I booked my rental via prepay. When I arrived to the rental office, however, I was told that because I used my international license that I would have to do a second deposit of $250 but it would have to be via credit card. I was not told this beforehand, so I didn’t bring a credit card with me. The agent told me I could call the customer service hotline and get a refund do to the situation. However, I called and was told “well our policy is you need an additional credit card, so you will not be refunded, is there anything else I can do for you”. Now, I’m out $171 because of missing information and being told I could get my money back when apparently I can’t.
8.0 Excellent3 May 2021
Pros: Staff was great and everything was super easyCons: The car smelled of marijuana and smoke and floor mats were ripped, could have been cleaner
2.0 Mediocre25 Mar. 2021
Cons: I have reserved with Avis three times now and theee times they have no car available when I got there. The third time I had called to confirm they were not out of cars. They said as long g as I arrive by 1pm I would get a car. I was there at 11:30. No cars available. I will never ever use Avis Budget again.
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar. 2021
Pros: There was NOTHING to like, horrible experience with Avis. Avis (Suzanne, the location manager: San Diego, CA Miramar Rd Location, (858) 271-0018) rented out all of their cars and told me they would not be able accommodate my reservation I made and secured with a credit card days before arriving, ultimately leaving my family of four stuck without a car. I then called Avis' main number, talked to Maggie, they were not able to offer assistance to find a replacement car either and basically told me tough luck. To add to the frustration, a day later they charged my credit card a $50 "No Show" fee for not picking up the car I reserved that they didn't have. From talking to others at the hotel it sounds like they do this often. Live and learn for me, no more Avis car rentals.Cons: Obviously Avis should have managed the situation better. (1) have a car for the reservation, (2) make arrangements for when Avis over-rents and fails to provide a car for a reservation, (3) not charge a $50 to a family that didn't get a car in the first place.
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Rated no. 7
Sixt
7.5 Good (225 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Sixt
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 888 749 8227
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre21 Jun. 2021
Pros: Nothing the entire experience was terrible and I will not be renting from SixT again.Cons: Everything could have been better the entire time the customer service rep kept trying to upsell me after informing me the car I had booked for my family of six(Yukon) was not available. The experience was terrible and seemed like a scam to get you to pay more.
10.0 Excellent21 May 2021
Pros: Yes. Very helpful. My walker did not fit in the trunk so they gave us a different carCons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent16 May 2021
Pros: Staff was friendly, helpful, drop off was efficient
2.0 Mediocre15 May 2021
Pros: My reservation was canceled due to my flight being delayed two hours. I let them know my flight info but they still canceled it. My $100 reservation went to a $450 to get a small kia. Luckily Budget was able to get me in a full size car for $200. I had heard stories about SIXt being bad but no clue they were that bad.Cons: A little due diligence could go a long way.
2.0 Mediocre10 May 2021
Pros: NothingCons: Sixt does not hold your reservation.
2.0 Mediocre10 May 2021
Pros: NothingCons: Do not rent from Sixt. They do not hold any reservations. They will let you reserve a car and then when you get there they have no cars left.
4.0 Okay25 Apr. 2021
Cons: Long processing time for picking up and dropping off was easy but they charge me $40 for fuel which is wrong because before return I fill the tank 😡
8.0 Excellent15 Apr. 2021
Cons: Have more people working at the counter so the wait isn't so long.
8.0 Excellent13 Apr. 2021
Pros: Everything went smooth and fast. Pick up and drop off was simple.Cons: More car selections for people who reserve vehicles.
10.0 Excellent11 Apr. 2021
Cons: Excellent overall experience. Easy pick up and drop off
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From $55/dayRated no. 8
Hertz
7 Good (767 reviews)
12 locations in San Diego
Hertz
Locations in San Diego
1 Market Place+1 619 702 4524
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
10920 Technology Place
1120 W Laurel Street+1 619 557 8499
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
1441 Camino Del Rio South+1 619 294 4023
Monday08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday08:30 - 17:00
Thursday08:30 - 17:00
Friday08:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
2667 Garnet Avenue B+1 858 483 1015
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
2745 Otay Pacific Drive+1 844 705 8085
Monday00:00 - 00:00
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3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 619 767 5700
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
3370-3420 Kettner Blvd+1 619 696 9815
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.+1 858 458 0638
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
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5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600+1 619 285 9905
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
6609 Mira Mesa Boulevard+1 858 320 9051
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B+1 858 503 7755
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent3 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible28 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible25 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent23 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent21 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre19 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent17 Jul. 2021
10.0 Excellent13 Jul. 2021
7.9 Good7 Jul. 2021
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Rated no. 9
Economy Rent a Car
6.5 Good (113 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Diego
1025 W Laurel Street+1 844 557 2837
2367 India Street+1 619 546 4200
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.3
  • 6.3
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent15 Mar. 2021
Cons: Nothing. Great value and great service!
2.0 Mediocre1 Mar. 2021
Cons: I never got the car. The car rental place was closed by the time I tried getting the car. I had to rent else where for my trip.
8.0 Excellent26 Feb. 2021
Pros: Staff was great. ease of return. good dependable car at good price.Cons: Came at about 7:00 in the evening and took a while to get the shuttle from the car rental center to the Economy car rental location. May need better staffing in the evenings and nights.
10.0 Excellent7 Feb. 2021
Pros: Staff friendly. Efficient service. Straight to the point.
10.0 Excellent28 Jan. 2021
Pros: Drop off was fast, got lyft ride back to house took 5 minutes to get there. Great rental price
10.0 Excellent15 Dec. 2020
Pros: Very nice and professional stuff.Cons: They should put a sign on their office.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct. 2020
Pros: Super nice staff. Seamless pick up and drop off.
2.0 Mediocre15 Oct. 2020
Cons: I arrived at the San Diego airport to find that Economy Car rental had closed its San Diego location 4 months prior. I book the reservation 48 hours prior to arrival. So my reservation was made to a closed location. Luckily, another rental car company was able to assist me with a vehicle, bit at a much higher rate.
2.0 Mediocre15 Oct. 2020
Cons: We couldn't find the car rental company so we went with a different one last minute. I think they moved to a different location, so we call ed them to come pick us up or for further instructions but no one answered the phone number that was given to us on the reservation.
9.6 Excellent15 Oct. 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly! Drop off at airport was great. Will rent again.Cons: Car had a bit of an odor but drove very well. Served its purpose.
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From $34/dayRated no. 10
Fox
Cheapest deal
6.5 Good (635 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Fox
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 619 432 0620
Monday04:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday04:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday04:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 00:00
Thursday04:00 - 23:59
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Friday04:00 - 23:59
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Saturday04:00 - 23:59
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Sunday04:00 - 23:59
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  • 6.8
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent17 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible17 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible11 Jul. 2021
2.0 Mediocre29 Jun. 2021
Pros: I was charged $150 extra
6.0 Good27 Jun. 2021
Cons: We had to wait for an hour and half to pick up vehicle. Only had two people working and the line was crazy.
6.0 Good27 Jun. 2021
Cons: The price just put a damper. It cost more than the hotel and day pass for our visit to SD.
10.0 Excellent25 Jun. 2021
3.9 Mediocre23 Jun. 2021
6.0 Good21 Jun. 2021
Pros: Staff was very pleasant considering the line of customers they had to deal with. Line moved pretty quickly.Cons: The car was a bit old and had a sharp metal piece in one tire when I picked it up. Thankfully it had not pierced through all the way so I did not have a flat. And it was making a noise so that I stopped to investigate it.
6.0 Good19 Jun. 2021
Pros: Our SW Air flight was changed, and we arrived for pick up about three hours early. We were told that we would have to pay almost twice our reservation amount if we wanted a car right then. Otherwise, we would have to wait until the reservation time. After we asked to speak to a manager, the clerk gave us a better price only a little over $100 from the originally agreed price. The car itself was great as was the return process.
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Rated no. 11
Payless
5 Okay (998 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Payless
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 619 296 4966
Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
  • 5.5
  • 5.2
  • 4.7
  • 5.2
  • 4.8
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible3 Aug. 2021
7.9 Good2 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible2 Aug. 2021
10.0 Excellent31 Jul. 2021
5.9 Okay30 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible30 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible29 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible22 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre20 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible19 Jul. 2021
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Rated no. 12
Ace
4.3 Okay (138 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Ace
Locations in San Diego
1002 West Juniper Street+1 619 323 3100
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
2745 Otay Pacific Drive+1 619 591 9150
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 4.9
  • 4.8
  • 4.1
  • 4.1
  • 4.4
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible3 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible28 Jul. 2021
2.0 Mediocre20 May 2021
Cons: Never picked me up
4.0 Okay12 May 2021
Pros: It was a fairly simple process.Cons: I called the day before we picked up our rental and the quoted price was $146. When we arrived, they told us our car rental was going to cost closer to $400. I was displeased but we needed a car as we were on vacation. So if you are considering utilizing ACE, beware that the quoted price is way below what you will actually pay.
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr. 2021
Cons: Wasn't even able to rent the vehicle due to me living in san diego and wanting to rent it to go to las vegas and back couldn't take it out of state, but if I wasn't from here I was told i could rent the car and take it wherever I wanted. Won't be renting from them! You want a great rental car place go with Enterprise, have nothing but rave reviews for them and was able to rent within ours of being told no from Ace!
2.0 Mediocre28 Apr. 2021
Pros: Absolutely nothing I’m very unhappy with this rentalCons: When I arrived to pick up my vehicle there was one employee working the desk, with quite a long line to even talk to a worker. Once I got inside the employee asked for my ID and credit card. I was then told the car I requested had not been available for about a year. He then tried to offer me a SUV priced at $412 compared to the $249 I was quoted. I had to leave the building to consult with my party only to have to wait about another 20 mins outside . Once I get to the counter for the second time the clerk then informed me of the under 25 clause and then it was going to be another $114 on top of the $412. I believe this to be highly unprofessional and requested a refund for the insurance. The employee said he could do that. I then called Priceline who I did my insurance through and was laughed at and hung up on. I called back and was told that I could expect a refund in 3-7 business days for the $88 I paid for for the insurance due to the car not being available. It’s been 7 days however and I still have not received the $88. This rental was felt with extremely unprofessionally. I’m highly disappointed.
2.0 Mediocre26 Apr. 2021
Pros: Not much. Staff was extremely slow, and they had an extra $17 per day hidden fee.
2.0 Mediocre26 Apr. 2021
Cons: They actually advertise that their cars must not leave San Diego County. And, the rep could have cared less that she left me hanging with no rental to get my group to Las Vegas.
2.0 Mediocre26 Apr. 2021
Pros: Drop off was easyCons: The car I reserved was not available and I was charged for an upgrade which I did not want. Unfortunately, it was too late for me to change rental agencies and I needed a car so I had to pay extra.
2.0 Mediocre16 Apr. 2021
Pros: Unable to pick up car as the location was closed, did not answer their phone for pickup at SAN...Cons: The rate, service, ended up renting with a competitor...
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Rated no. 13
MEXRENTACAR
4.1 Okay (183 reviews)
4 locations in San Diego
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in San Diego
1002 West Juniper Street+1 619 255 9094
3355 Admiral Boland Way
San Diego Downtown
Tijuana Cross Border Xpress (CBX)+1 866 496 2880
  • 4.8
  • 4.7
  • 3.9
  • 3.9
  • 4.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible1 Aug. 2021
1.9 Horrible31 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre29 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible29 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible26 Jul. 2021
3.9 Mediocre23 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible23 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible16 Jul. 2021
1.9 Horrible14 Jul. 2021
Rated no. 14
Airport Van
7 Good (76 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Airport Van
Locations in San Diego
904 W Grape St.+1 877 826 4680
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar. 2020
Cons: Booked a van pickup 5pm and drop off at same time 2 days later. The day off, 3 hours before pickup, I get a phone call from the location telling me I need to pickup an hour early because they decide to close at 4 “today”. Of fine. “Oh and also you need to drop off before 10am in 2 days because we will be closed at 10am”. “Or you can pay an extra $60 for late drop off”. What?? Late drop off would mean I extend pass my 24h, which I’m not!! If you decide to close early how does that become my problem?? Very disappointing.
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar. 2020
Cons: Booked a van for 2 days w/ 150 mile per day. Arrived at location to be told that policies “of this specific branch” have changed and are now 150 “per rental” (!!!??) Long story short it’s obvious Non sense. Worker at location didn’t show any compassion and on the phone corporate couldn’t do anything because “we are reservation center and customer center only works week days”. Customer service non existent, bummer for loyal and respectful customers like us but I guess that’s the way it goes now.
3.2 Mediocre11 Feb. 2020
Pros: Van was nice.Cons: Shuttle service was terrible/non existent. Rental office is a run down shack to smells of urine.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb. 2020
Cons: I can accurately rate this—they never showed up to pick me up. I waited a half hour for the shuttle and finally had to rent another car because I had a meeting in another town. I sincerely hope they didn’t charge my credit card.
3.6 Mediocre2 Jan. 2020
Cons: Poor attitude. Had to wait for an hr and dealt with screw you attitude from the front desk. The place was dirty and shady. The van was old (60k + miles) and dirty. It was conveniently near the airport so that is a plus. Most of all is the lady at the front desk who was awful.
9.6 Excellent17 Sep. 2019
Pros: The staff was friendly and helpful. The drop off was super easy. We had a terrific vehicle for the cost.Cons: Didn't love that we had to go to the transit center for rentals & from there take another van (that we had to call & wait for). Also, we had to return by 2 or be charged extra to return it later to a different location (it was a Sat)- those were the only downsides to an otherwise great experience.
3.6 Mediocre24 Aug. 2019
Cons: I still have not been refunded the deposit for the van rental and it has been more than 2 weeks since I returned the vehicle.
2.0 Mediocre22 Jan. 2018
Pros: Polite staffCons: They did not have the car which I reserved. False advertisement.
2.0 Mediocre6 Dec. 2017
Never rent from this placePros: Nothing.Cons: It was a bait and switch in that I seriously doubt they even own a Corolla or similar economy car. Granted, they weren’t going to raise the price....but then the car they were trying to give me (after an interminable wait) was actually a huge dirty van...that had very significant damage from having been sideswiped. We are talking major body damage. So yeah, no thanks. Place is godawful. And they have signs everywhere about how you really need the insurance because this would cost X and that would cost Y. (Maybe take the money you earned from the sideswiping job and spend it on the needed body work?). Pretty ominous, and give everything else I’d seen of this company...but yeah, trying to drive around the city (parallel park, etc.) in a huge damaged dirty van? No thanks.
7.6 Good18 Oct. 2017
Pros: Overall it was a great deal for the Van. Only we had to pay an extra $100 because we dropped it off in LA and I didn’t realize this until we made our final payment. The staff was very nice and accommodating during the pick up process. We had no problem riding the shuttle to the rental car area but it was a little confusing because the van rental is off site so we had to take another van ( which the number was there to call for a pick up) this might need to be disclosed in the advertisement.
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Rated no. 15
Advantage
6.8 Good (99 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Advantage
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Borland Way+1 619 491 3151
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Mar. 2020
Pros: it was great, I used kayak to do the reservation
10.0 Excellent15 Jul. 2019
Pros: Staff was great. Very friendly and knowledgable
10.0 Excellent10 Jul. 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: Car had low washer fluid when I picked it up, but I’m Southern California in the summer it was not an issue at all
6.0 Good4 Jun. 2019
Pros: I had to get an ez pass type automatic toll payment in the middle of the trip all I had to do was call to Activate, it was pretty easyCons: This Rental place was just average just like any other airport rental plane
10.0 Excellent29 May 2019
Pros: Staff was great Dodge caravan was as advertised I had 6 big adults and baggage and we all fit
5.2 Okay14 Apr. 2019
Pros: PriceCons: The 1st car was a lemon and had to be returned. It shook violently at 50mph. The check in agent was not very nice and tried to upsell me from my current midsize car. I will not use them again when we come back to San Diego.
6.0 Good27 Mar. 2019
Cons: Check in agent didn’t know the vehicles well - he told me I could upgrade to a van with TVs inside for a certain price. Got outside to the cars and there were no vans with TVs, we got a crappy Chrysler van with zero extra features
2.0 Mediocre11 Mar. 2019
Pros: That I actually got a carCons: When I arrived they had no more cars available for me. So I was forced to upgrade to a suburban. I don't understand what had happened
5.2 Okay3 Feb. 2019
Pros: Very little, priced according to the service and vehicle I received.Cons: Everything from having the vehicle type I selected, to speed of checkout, had to return to airport to get correct vehicle for my trip necessities. Vehicle was dirty, although it had been run through the wash.
10.0 Excellent2 Feb. 2019
Pros: Very friendly, great customer service and rep explained everything we would recieve with the rental.Cons: Knowing ahead of time there would be a $200 security deposit and no cash option.
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Rated no. 16
E-Z Rent-A-Car
6.3 Good (92 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Borland Way+1 619 326 4285
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
  • 6.1
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 Good5 Oct. 2019
Pros: "Upgraded" us to a minivan, which I had no use for and made parking slightly less convenient. Not much to praise. Obviously you go with these folks (or equivalent) because of cost.Cons: Pleasant enough agent. Tried to up-sell on the pre-paid fuel but the "convenience" would have added $20 to the bill ... and I'm here because spending money on rental cars is not a form of entertainment. Just keep expectations low and you'll be fine.
4.0 Okay17 Aug. 2019
Pros: It got us where we wanted to go.Cons: It was a 2014 diesel. The charger for the phone didn't work. Staff tried to talk us into a larger vehicle, getting their insurance instead of what I got online and convinced us to purchase a 4 day toll device by telling us there were tolls where we were traveling. There weren't.
3.6 Mediocre10 Apr. 2019
Pros: EZ car counter clerk try really hard to sell options which you don’t needand he never explain about additional fees, EZ car added hidden fees.Cons: Counter clerk has to explain all fees and charges up front.
6.4 Good22 Feb. 2019
Cons: Pricing
3.2 Mediocre16 Feb. 2019
Pros: Check-in countee was unhelpful and a little rude. Told me I wasn't allowed to take toll roads, and didn't explain.
2.0 Mediocre23 Nov. 2018
Unscrupulous and terrible. Avoid at all costs.Pros: Nothing to likeCons: Trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. Didn’t have a car in the class I booked. Lied to me about being able to cancel the charge and give me proof of cancellation Heard them selling unneeded add ins to other customers who also got annoyed Unhelpful and unprofessional
2.8 Mediocre9 Nov. 2018
Once and never againPros: Basically nothingCons: Car I had contracted for was not available, offered me a minivan instead, not interested, was traveling by myself and wanted fuel economy. Agent said that I could return the next day to swap out for something more appropriate, but, due to my schedule, it would have taken me a whole day's drive to come back for the swamp...As an alternative, I asked if I could swap cars in Phoenix, which would have fit my itinerary better, was told there would be an upcharge for such. Else wanted to upcharge me for a more desirable model, I declined. Stood my ground, eventually, an economy type car was returned and assigned to me. It was noisy, lacked cruise control, a/c was very weak, as in "no fun to drive". To make up for the inconvenience, I was told I would be given a discount from my original intermediate type car reservation, however, that did not happen, they just hit my credit card with the full charge for the larger vehicle I never go to drive. When returning the car, their station was closed, with zero indication as to when they would open in the a.m. like was posted on their competitor's return stations. When I tried to return the car to their Phoenix location, I was told it was impossible to drop the car off there even though their San Diego agent had told me I could do so if willing to pay a penalty for doing so - basically one of their agents lied, no idea which one. All in all a lousy experience, since I now have to file a complaint to get them to correct the charge to my credit card account.
2.0 Mediocre29 Oct. 2018
Don’t trust E-Z ot Advantage, they overbook and cancel on youCons: They cancelled my reservation without informing me or expedia and had no explanation whatsoever except that they didnt have any more cars. Will never use them again no matter how cheap
4.0 Okay19 Oct. 2018
Cons: Car was not cleaned out when I received it. There was trash under the seats, some wrappers in the trunk and side doors. It was evening when I picked up so I didn't notice until the next morning. The car smelled faintly of stale food, so they clearly did a poor job cleaning overall. The customer service was rude and impatient. At least the pick-up and drop off had reasonable efficiency.
9.6 Excellent12 Oct. 2018
Cons: Stained rear seat, inside of windows & windshield needed to be cleaned.
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Rated no. 17
Pacific
6.2 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Pacific
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd619-233-3366
  • 6.2
  • 6.3
  • 6.1
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre1 May 2016
False advertising and hidden fees!Cons: The company advertises unlimited mileage, however the rentals have major mileage restrictions. Rentals can only be driven locally and the rate is $.99/mile after 200 miles.
8.8 Excellent30 Apr. 2016
Pros: They were very friendly and helpful.
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr. 2016
The car from hellPros: NothingCons: Going some where else
8.4 Excellent25 Apr. 2016
Pros: Very good customer service!Cons: It was off site of the rest of the car rental companies
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr. 2016
Over-priced and dishonestCons: Pacific charged me twice as much as they estimated on Kayak. If that had been the extent of it, I may have left it alone. The day after I returned my car, however, the manager called to tell me that there is a "new scratch" on the front bumper. The car they rented to me was already scratched up, so I assumed he had gotten something confused and I could simply send the pictures I had snapped of the car before driving away from the lot. He sent me pictures of a car I'm not convinced is the car I rented, with a big scratch in the bumper, and asked that I have my lawyer call him. I have never felt so mistreated by a company. I'm certain that I had nothing to do with a scratch in the car I rented, and after consulting Yelp I noticed that Pacific has pulled this same stunt with at least one other customer. Do yourself a favor and stay far away.
6.4 Good24 Apr. 2016
AveragePros: Not busy. Car was there, ready to go.Cons: Car was old and had a lot of miles. It sounded as if it needed a tune up. Car had lots of scratches and dings. Didn't like that I had to catch a bus from the airport, a rental car center, then take another van to their rental place- added another layer of traveling around and loading/ unloading.
2.0 Mediocre18 Apr. 2016
Everything suckedCons: Firstly they charged me additional $30 to add another driver. In addition the car sucked. They said ford fusion or similar so I wanted to rent Fusion but there is no choice. They did not even have the Fusion. Every car is too old.
10.0 Excellent18 Apr. 2016
Pros: Fast, convenient, not long and drawn out with pressure sales to purchase all the extras like gas, insurance, etcCons: Not located at the main car rental terminal but they came there right away to pick me up.
4.4 Okay13 Apr. 2016
Basic and budgetPros: No line at checkout or check in.Cons: Very basic vehicles past the end of their life as rental cars. The checkout sheet was a farce: Marked up everywhere, and I would have had a hard time finding an unused place to put a dent in the car.
2.0 Mediocre12 Apr. 2016
the worstPros: nothingCons: When we got to the place we were being helped by a woman and she was going through all the information and everything was fine. then about 2 min in another man comes out and says "this is only for local, this is only for local." we were like ok and kept going. then the man starts to talk over the lady that is helping us and eventually kicks the lady off of the computer and takes over. The man ask if all I have is a debit card and I tell him yes. He then says there is a $600 deposit. Let me say that again a 2-day rental at $38 and he wanted a $600 deposit. Now my mom who was with me used to work at Hertz car rental down the street and knows the industry. I am in school studying to be a lawyer. I asked the man to show me ANYWHERE ON MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL OR ANY LINK WHERE THERE IS A $600 DEPOSIT. He could not show me anything anywhere. I hold his company Pacific and your company as well responsible for doing business with a company of this sorts. I hope that my treatment was not because of my skin color, but I still do not know why this man had to insert himself into my transaction in the first place, and he could not show me anything in writing in regards to a $600 deposit.
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Rated no. 18
Silvercar
9.6 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Silvercar
Locations in San Diego
2548 Kettner Blvd+1 855 359 2227
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
  • 10
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.8
  • 9.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent23 Feb. 2021
Pros: Great being able to select the exact car you want for a rental.Cons: Feel financially taken advantage for wanting a luxury specific car rather than a general “luxury category” rental.
10.0 Excellent29 Dec. 2019
Pros: Staff very friendly, pick up drop off was very smooth and easy
From $84/dayRated no. 19
National
8.7 Excellent (24 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
National
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 833 763 1740
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9
  • 9.2
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre3 Jul. 2021
Pros: My rental car was dead at noon June 15, 2021 on our way from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. We contacted National roadside assistance and they couldn't do anything to help. We had to be in the middle of nowhere under the heat of 100F. After 7 hours stranded, the tow truck came at 7:30 pm to tow the car and left our luggage on the street. The taxi came at 7:45pm to take us to the rental car office, but the office was closed at 5:00pm. Taxi only offered to take us to the nearby hotel and it had to be under our own expense. I couldn't stay at the nearby hotel because I already sent my under age children to the campsite close to the Yosemite National Park with a group of friends when the car broke down. I had to pay my friend to come back from campsite to car broke down location to pick us up and took us to the campsite while the Taxi denied to take us because it was too far. We had to spend $200 to cover that pick up. The road side assistance had confirmed that their agent at the airport close to the Yosemite NP had a reserve replacement car for us, but when we came to pick up the car. They had no car available; We had to call RSA and stayed on the phone with them hours and hours, I was stranded at the airport from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm on June 16, 2021 talked to a whole bunch of different people to end up with the smaller SUV that didn’t have enough room for everybody in my family and the luggage. Half of my family had to split with other cars within our group of friends. The rental car has ruined my family vacation. We had lost 2 vacation days. Instead of enjoying nature, we have been stranded on the road or the rental car office. We had lost our park’s fee and the campsite’s fee for nothing; the stress of dealing with the Roadside assistant customer service that won’t be able to help much drove us crazy. On the top of those issues, I have been charged almost $54 for the gas on the Buick Enclave and they didn’t give me the credit for the gas left on the Infiniti QX80 when the car was dead and it still had more than ½ tank of gas. With all of those issues National only give me credit of $199. I was so frustrated with National. I will never rent from National or deal with Kayak again. The worst customer service that I have ever deal with.
10.0 Excellent5 Jun. 2021
Pros: I love it
8.8 Excellent31 Aug. 2020
Pros: staff was very friendlyCons: everything was great but did not receive a truck with a full tank. the dial gauge on the dashboard showed the nail as full but the digital fuel gauge showed fewer miles than how I returned it. I explained this to the rental agent but he just blew me off.
8.0 Excellent30 Mar. 2018
More guidance would have been nicePros: Nice car. Worked well. Pick up and drop off were mostly smoothCons: I payed for a Sante Fe but got a Tuscon because I didn't immediately notice the difference. It worked out fine, but the Sante Fe is superior from what I learned.
4.0 Okay20 Mar. 2018
Cons: We picked out our car, installed a car seat and packed it up. We were then told that National was going to sell the car so we needed to pick out a different one. Not what we wanted to hear after a long day of travel.
10.0 Excellent9 Dec. 2017
Fast, Professional, Efficient, Awesome CarPros: The counter personnel were well-dressed, competent, and treated me like I was their only customer.Cons: Nothing to dislike...
6.0 Good29 Jun. 2017
Pros: Direct car pickup at the carCons: The quality of the car was below national standard
10.0 Excellent17 May 2017
Love the Emerald AislePros: Rented Jeep Grand Cherokee ... Picked up in SD and Dropped in Palm Springs. Great experience, as always.
9.6 Excellent18 Aug. 2016
National San DiegoPros: Agent was very efficientCons: Only one agent at counter
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GREEN MOTION
8.6 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Diego
1025 W Laurel St
3355 Admiral Boland Way1 877-247-3362
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
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  • 9.2
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4.0 Okay7 Nov. 2017
Cons: The first car we were given had some type of mechanical problems. I wouldn't go more that 20 mph up a hill. This car was replaced with another car of the same type but older, with less features. We made due.
4.4 Okay17 Oct. 2017
WOULD NOT USE GREEN MOTION AGAINCons: Car was not what the Kayak
10.0 Excellent23 Sep. 2017
Pros: easy access to the car! LOVE my SMART CAR!!!!
9.6 Excellent18 Sep. 2017
Quick pick up / drop off--aggressive on selling upgrade/insurancePros: fast pick up/drop off. 24 hour shuttle service to and from airport because all rental company is housed at same location (San Diego Airport)Cons: Service agent at pickup counter was too aggressive in pushing additional insurance. Know what your personal policy covers and be firm that you do NOT want any extras (if that is the case)
7.2 Good18 Sep. 2017
Pretty goodPros: Relatively quick pickup and processing, car was in good condition and performed well. Associate at the desk was professional and friendly. Car was newer model Hyundai.Cons: First, got charged an extra fee for extending the rental that was not mentioned even though I had explicitly asked in advance. Required proof of insurance at check-in, which I've never had requested before.
10.0 Excellent9 Sep. 2017
Pros: Inexpensive.Cons: The "rental car insurance" ads lead me to buy insurance while I was online reserving a car. What I didin't know -- Even with the reading of the clauses which are difficult to understand -- was that my own car insurance company would be the one I'd contact first before this one kicked in. (According to the clerk at Green Motion.) So I ended up buying the one offered by Green Motion, and wasted money on Allianz.
7.2 Good1 Sep. 2017
Pros: Price was greatCons: The "Smart" car was a joke!
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Midway
8.1 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Midway
Locations in San Diego
2263 Pacific Highway+1 619 238 9600
3355, Admiral Boland Way
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8
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  • 7.7
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10.0 Excellent31 Mar. 2016
Pros: I like the ease of working with the airport car rental center staff. They were able to adjust my pick up location from downtown to right there at the rental center and it cost me a little less than anticipated. The third party insurance presented some questions at the counter, but nothing that could not be resolve in seconds. I would use Kayak in future travel plans.Cons: I didn't like the fact the add stated it was at the airport and there was an airport shuttle. The San Diego airport (Lindbergh Field) has a rental car center for all rental car companies. The add was for the downtown location and the shuttle only transports to the airport rental center. Also, the airport rental center is MCAR which is also MIDWAY
6.4 Good30 Mar. 2016
Cons: Cheapest insurance $15/day! Essentially bait and switch
10.0 Excellent5 Mar. 2016
Good and fastPros: Was the least pressure I've ever had from a car rental company to upgrade the insurance. Also because they are smaller there was no line to wait. I just looked over at the long line at Payless and glad I wasn't there.
4.0 Okay2 Mar. 2016
Just okayCons: Even though the car was cleaned when I arrived, and I had to wait for this cleaning, it was quite dirty once all the water dried. The windshield in particular had a thick film on the inside. It also smelled like smoke even though they supposedly don't let renters smoke in their vehicles. Once I cleaned it up myself and aired it out it was a okay car for a couple days. Probably wouldn't rent from them again as the price was the same as other rentals but I have never had a car that needed me to clean it from other agencies.
5.2 Okay2 Mar. 2016
Deposit??Pros: Free upgradedCons: Didn't get back my full deposit of $200 (which I wasn't aware of at the initial booking through Kayak). Not sure why. Only received $170 back. Not given a specific time to drop off (the person behind counter said,"so around this same time?" To which I said yes), yet when I dropped it off in the early afternoon (around the same time), I was charged for an extra day ($14.50). But even with that and now the more taxes I paid on the "extra day" it doesn't add up to $30. So where is the rest of my money? Will go with the larger company next time to save the hidden fees..
10.0 Excellent13 Jan. 2016
Amazing, friendly servicePros: They gave us a complimentary upgrade, were full of helpful information. When we returned the car and were tight on time they actually drove us to our terminal in a car (since the shuttle was not due for another five minutes).
10.0 Excellent11 Jan. 2016
Pros: The car was clean and reliable! Also the staff was friendly.
3.6 Mediocre5 Jan. 2016
Rediculous WaitPros: The car was clean and in good working order. The attendant was polite and very patience. But really?, one attendant 3 days before Christmas?Cons: I had a reservation for a full size car, as my family was all meeting in California for the holidays. The reservation was set to pick up the car at 6:00 PM. I arrived at 5:55. When I arrived there were two people in front of me. Neither of which spoke english. The attendant tried and tried to explain the rental agreements while I waited. I waited for one hour for him to process two customers. When it was finally my turn, he informed me there were no full size cars available and that the car had to be cleaned. At that point, I was pretty upset. I had to wait another 20 minutes for the car to be cleaned. In all, the transaction took over 90 minutes and I did not get the car size I reserved. And for what?, to save a few dollars over one of the majors? I am very disappointed Kayak would recommend such a terrible 3rd tier car rental agency. Lorrin
2.0 Mediocre15 Dec. 2015
Pros: Theyvdid notvput it on their description that yiu can only drive the car to Califirnia and Nevada.
10.0 Excellent13 Dec. 2015
Pros: Everything was handled professionally and efficiently. The people that work there were curtious. The car was new and was great value for the cost.
Rated no. 22
NU Car
6.6 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
NU Car
Locations in San Diego
2263 Pacific Hwy+1 844 270 2377
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 5.6
  • 7.2
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6.0 Good15 Mar. 2021
Pros: Time between shuttles from the airport was very long. Add an hour, or more, to your plans to get to the rental agency and drive out.
10.0 Excellent15 Dec. 2020
Pros: I had a great experience and low deposit and great prices! I will be a repeat customer for sure.Cons: be open on Sunday
2.4 Mediocre6 Oct. 2020
Cons: Everything could have been better. This rental place is a joke and I will NEVER use them again.
6.8 Good10 Sep. 2020
Pros: Staff were talking about internal issues (employee not returning and renting a car correctly) for about 3 minutes before acknowledging and helping me. Then had to wait while they figured out which car was available and was told they couldn’t rent it because they car had technically not been returned in the system. They eventually spoke with employee that did not return car and returned it in system with an override. The company then started cleaning the car and I had to wait about 5 minutes for it to be “wiped down.” The license plates were expired and there were spill stains on 3 out of 4 mats. There was also sand in back seat and passenger seats and floors; it was not vacuumed. The tires were very worn.Cons: Returning the car was quick and simple. The car had no problems mechanically and smelled clean.
EZ Van
5 locations in San Diego
EZ Van
Locations in San Diego
3225 North Harbor Dr+1 760 846 6223
3355 Admiral Borland Way+1 760 846 6223
3705 Pacific Hwy+1 760 846 6223
6904 MIramar Rd#108+1 866 735 8267
8291 Aero Place+1 760 846 6223
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1st Van Rental
3 locations in San Diego
1st Van Rental
Locations in San Diego
2745 Otay Pacific Drive+1 858 333 7775
3225 North Harbor Dr.+1 858 333 7775
8291 Aero Pl+1 858 333 7775
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ADDCAR RENTAL
2 locations in San Diego
ADDCAR RENTAL
Locations in San Diego
1516 W Redwood St 100
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 855 313 9431
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Eagle Rent A Car
2 locations in San Diego
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in San Diego
2400 Kettner Boulevard
3655 Camino Del Rio West
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Easirent
2 locations in San Diego
Easirent
Locations in San Diego
McClellan–Palomar Airport
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Rent Car For Less
2 locations in San Diego
Rent Car For Less
Locations in San Diego
1025 W. Laurel Street+1 619 232 8282
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 877 247 3362
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United Auto Rental
2 locations in San Diego
United Auto Rental
Locations in San Diego
1516 W Redwood #100+1 619 688 1800
3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 855 313 9431
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A Plus Car & Truck
1 location in San Diego
A Plus Car & Truck
Locations in San Diego
2008 India Street+1 619 233 8300
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in San Diego
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, San Diego County, California+1 619 326 4285
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All Star Rent a Van
1 location in San Diego
All Star Rent a Van
Locations in San Diego
3338 kettner blvd+1 866 925 8695
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Atwest
1 location in San Diego
Atwest
Locations in San Diego
3260 1/2 Rosecrans St+1 619 223 2343
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Avr
1 location in San Diego
Avr
Locations in San Diego
San Diego Airport
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Europcar
1 location in San Diego
Europcar
Locations in San Diego
Please Go To Fox Counter+1 619 432 0620
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Flight Car
1 location in San Diego
Flight Car
Locations in San Diego
San Diego airport+1 844 742 5870
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in San Diego
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way San Diego Ca+1 619 432 0620
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in San Diego
keddy by Europcar
Locations in San Diego
San Diego Airport
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MAGGIORE
1 location in San Diego
MAGGIORE
Locations in San Diego
San Diego airport+1 619 296 4966
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Pacific Rent A Car
1 location in San Diego
Pacific Rent A Car
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd+1 619 233 3366
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Priceless
1 location in San Diego
Priceless
Locations in San Diego
1858 San Diego Ave619-752-1967
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Rent-4-Less
1 location in San Diego
Rent-4-Less
Locations in San Diego
2305 Pacific Hwy(619) 260 0340
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Rhodium
1 location in San Diego
Rhodium
Locations in San Diego
San Diego Airport. On-airport. 3355 Admiral Boland Way+1 619 432 0620
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Sunnycars
1 location in San Diego
Sunnycars
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in San Diego
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in San Diego
4085 Pacific Hwy+1 800 940 9332
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6154 travellers who hired a car in San Diego gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

Car hire locations in or near San Diego

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$43/day

When to book a car hire in San Diego

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for hiring a car in San Diego

  • Driving around San Diego is the most convenient and comfortable way of getting to know all corners of the region, as the freeway system is fairly easy to navigate and traffic is manageable (aside from during rush hour). Because public transportation services are unreliable in the city, staying mobile by renting a car is the best option. It is also ideal for travelers looking to explore other destinations outside the city, such as the wine country of nearby Temecula, or those who want to embark on a road trip along the California coast.
  • All the big car hire agencies can be found in the San Diego International Airport (SAN), at the Consolidated hire Car Center just outside the airport. The hire Car Center is accessible via free shuttle bus services that stop at all terminals.
  • Although the freeway system isn't generally complicated, always have a map or a GPS on hand to help you. When driving downtown, beware of tourists or other reckless drivers who may be too used to driving in the city. If you’re interested in hopping across the border to Mexico, make sure you talk to your hire agency, as they may need to provide specific documentation, such as car insurance that is also valid in the neighboring country. But if your plan includes a day trip to Tijuana, it's easier to just park your car on the U.S. side of the border and walk across.
  • Although traffic is manageable, roads are usually fairly busy throughout San Diego, so avoid rush hours both in the morning (between 6:30 and 10 a.m.) and afternoon (between 3:30 and 6:30 pm) if you don't want to be stuck in traffic for longer than needed. Freeways along the coast also get pretty packed on weekends, especially the I-5.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in San Diego for $43 or less
  • Book your car hire in San Diego at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in San Diego are around 36% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Luxury car hires in San Diego are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in San Diego

  • Some car hire companies in San Diego which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty

  • On average a hire car in San Diego costs $52 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Budget ($49/day), Avis ($77/day) and NU Car ($97/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Budget 3890 Valley Centre Dr Ste 103 92130 (26 kilometres from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in San Diego are Alamo (8.9, 809 reviews), Midway (8.5, 69 reviews), and Enterprise (8.2, 806 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in San Diego is $4.78 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $57 and $76, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in San Diego.

  • Car hire companies onsite at San Diego airport include Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, National, Avis, Europcar and Fox.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Diego airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, National, Avis, Europcar and Fox.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Intermediate car hire in San Diego costs $41 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in San Diego costs $54 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in San Diego costs $45 per day, on average.

  • In San Diego, cars are most frequently hired at Payless 3355 Admiral Boland Way (3 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in San Diego costs $362 per week ($52 per day).

  • On average a car hire in San Diego costs $1,552 per month ($52 per day).

  • An automatic lower car, such as a Ford Mustang, is the best option when navigating both the city and the coastal roads. A convertible is a great option to enjoy the scenic rides along the coast when the weather allows it.

  • The speed limit in the city is 25 miles per hour, but on urban highways it is set at 55 mph, and on rural highways it is between 65 and 70 mph. Generally, the speed limit on multi-lane freeways is 65 mph.

  • Brands such as Costco are more economical, and the average petrol prices in San Diego are about $3.62. Mohsen can also be a good, budget-friendly option.

  • Street parking in downtown San Diego is usually available, but it tends to be quite pricey, costing around $3 for one hour, and between $10 and $30 for 24 hours. Parking laws are strictly enforced throughout the whole city, so make sure you always pay for parking. Parking in beach areas is tougher to find, but pay lots are an option.