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San Jose, CA, United States
1 Dec — 8 Dec
Same drop-off
San Jose, CA, United States
Wed 1/12
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Wed 8/12
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San Jose car hire information

Pick-up locationSan Jose
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, People mover, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations50
Airport locations26
Popular agenciesNational, Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Thrifty

Cheap car hire in San Jose

Economy$100/day
Compact$70/day
Intermediate$73/day
Standard$87/day
Full-size$59/day
People mover$91/day
Full-size SUV$131/day
Premium$121/day
Luxury$163/day
Intermediate SUV$117/day
Standard SUV$124/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

San Jose car hire reviews and directory

From $48/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (385 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Alamo
Locations in San Jose
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent24 Aug. 2021
Quite roomy Soul Kia. Liked that I could put down the back seats and carry a bunch of goodies to a wedding site.
7.9 Good17 Aug. 2021
The Jeep is not a very good car, compared to others. Sorry, but it is poorly designed. That said, it is comfortable and it works.
6.0 Good27 May 2021
Check-in was easy and she/the agent was friendly.Not a fan of NISSAN cars. Dash isn't intuitive and not the best car to drive. Found trash under the seat from a previous driver.
10.0 Excellent22 Sep. 2020
The staff was amazing.
8.0 Excellent13 Sep. 2020
Vehicle fine. Check in process easyExplanation of car features as no vehicle manual supplied. Had no idea how to access gas tank
4.4 Okay13 Jul. 2020
The agent offered a upgrade for a fee for a jeep cherokee. I had an issue with my card and had to call them. I walked from the transaction to call the card provider and was assigned a Nissan Rogue. I have hated every Nissan I have driven and would never pay extra to drive one. It was past 9 pm and I still had to go home and load up before leaving on my 800 mile drive to be with my mom who's husband died the next morning. My back still hurts from the low quality nissan seating .
8.0 Excellent9 Jul. 2020
Ease of rentalHad to cross busy airport road to get to rental area. Maybe people bridge would be safer.
2.0 Mediocre29 Jun. 2020
My reservation was cancelled when I arrived. I paid more for a shittier car. Won’t rent cars through kayak again.
10.0 Excellent10 Jun. 2020
Pick up was a breeze and employees are friendlyNothing .Everything is good
10.0 Excellent26 Apr. 2020
Nothing. Great experience, great value, great car
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (284 reviews)
9 locations in San Jose
Enterprise
Locations in San Jose
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible25 Aug. 2021
The wait was an hour and a half.
10.0 Excellent10 Jul. 2021
The car that’s I was given was much better than the one I ordered.
10.0 Excellent30 Jun. 2021
The staff was great.
4.8 Okay4 Oct. 2020
We rented for a month an SUV in order to go from CA to FL. The internal electrical stopped working on our way there. When I called to alert the problem in California, they told me to go to the nearest airport enterprise location in FL. Here, their first answer was that I should take it to a Firestone store to get it checked. I called the nearest Firestone and they told me they couldn't touch the car being so new and low milage; it was the dealership's problem. I called enterprise again and they told me to take it to the nearest dealership. At the dealership they told me that they can't service a car brought in by the customer. With enough frustration built, and the original San Jose office shinning by their absence, I demanded a simple swap of the car but they made me call 4 different enterprise locations in FL looking for an SUV replacement. An assistant manager in Daytona finally managed to put us in a minivan, but all of this took 20 calls and 3 days of painful dodging by their representatives. I will definitely be dodging their service in their future. Not recommend.
8.0 Excellent27 Sep. 2020
All good
3.2 Mediocre22 Aug. 2020
Price did not show fees upon pickupShow all fees instead of catching your consumer off guard
10.0 Excellent10 Aug. 2020
Staff was quick to help. Great car.Nothing
4.8 Okay17 Jul. 2020
Friendly staff.1. Someone picking up the phone (called two open locations, no answer, one said to leave a message). 2. Being given instructions for one-way drop off at airport at time of rental or at least posted in rental car drop off lot. I had to call Enterprise to find out what to do once I parked the car as there was no attendant (Medford, OR). 3. Receiving revised receipt. There "special" car was a huge, double-cab pick up truck. Basically, no trunk and this was an airport pick up. So, I upgraded to a Toyota Corolla. When I dropped off the car, I was told a receipt would automatically be emailed to me but I never received and had to contact customer report for a copy.
5.6 Okay5 Jan. 2020
Drop off was a nightmare. I dropped it off at another location as the original reservation was, but I was not registered in the system when I picked up the car. The manager and staff did not know what to do and couldn’t assist me. They could not get a hold of the original airport I rented from to finish my registration so they could close my account. I had to call enterprise customer service personally standing in the enterprise office to speak to customer service to help. I spent nearly 2 hours there just trying to drop off my car. Staff and manager were not helpful and did not apologize once.The car was great and clean, no issues there. See above for why I am rating a poorly.
2.0 Mediocre13 Nov. 2019
when we returned the rental we received 50% off of the rental for the inconvenience.Had mechanical problems with the rental, took over 17 hours to have someone call us back to exchange the rental and when we tried to go into another Enterprise to exchange the rental no one help us but instead told us to go back to the original Enterprise, which was 50 miles away. It should have been handled in less then 1hour, not 17 hours later.
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From $50/dayRated no. 3
Thrifty
Most popular
8 Excellent (232 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Thrifty
Locations in San Jose
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay28 Oct. 2021
Was charged additional expenses without any explanation.
1.9 Horrible21 Sep. 2021
Total scam on the coverage!!! We paid $1000 for our 10 day rental and at the time of pick up were told the insurance was not included and that would be an additional $39 per day minimum. Plus all these extra taxes and fees we were stuck with a $700 bill on top of the $1000. There is no way their coverage is worth $40 per day for the baseline. We could have paid less money at a nicer rental car company and not had to stand in line for an hour and a half to get our car at pick up. Terrible experience.
10.0 Excellent21 Jun. 2021
Staff at front desk and car exit were both helpful and friendly
10.0 Excellent15 Jun. 2021
The staff at San Jose airport were the best I ever worked with!!!! They helped get us in the right vehicle for 6 people and luggage. The manager at San Jose airport on Friday, June 11, 2014 was especially helpful, efficient and kind. I was so impressed with this company!
10.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2021
More people needed to be working at pickup. Waiting for 30 minutes isnt fun.
4.4 Okay4 Nov. 2020
Pick up has been painful. Drop off was cumbersome. Still awaiting my final receipts.
7.2 Good3 Oct. 2020
Straightforward process. Car feels cleanThe hood of the car open but there was no indication of it on the car. Found out when it started moving on the freeway. This put my life in danger. Staff should have made sure that the hood was close and the car should have warned the driver that the hood is open.
6.4 Good29 Sep. 2020
The staff were very friendly at pick up and drop off and the car was clean. It had a few scratches, but nothing too bad. Fuel economy was better than expected.The price was significantly better than other companies for the same type of car and it would have rated a higher score on value for money if it were not for the fact that the car needed some TLC. The engine sounded rough under load (like it was knocking), it needed oil (which I added) and the convertible top had trouble locking properly when it was lowered. I noticed later that the key had a sticker on it that said "check engine", but it seems that was not done.
9.2 Excellent16 Aug. 2020
Staff was very helpful and friendly at SJCCar wasn't in spot marked on envelope. Had to look around for a few minutes to find it.
10.0 Excellent19 Jul. 2020
All aspects of this rental were wonderful. Typical pushy sales on upselling when you go to pickup, but that's expected and you can "nope" your way through it.
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Rated no. 4
Dollar
7.8 Good (204 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Dollar
Locations in San Jose
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Oct. 2021
Every interaction with staff was pleasant, efficient, helpful.
5.9 Okay5 Oct. 2021
It took 1.5 hours at check in!
10.0 Excellent1 Jul. 2021
Great car Mazda CX-5. Easy dropoff (contactless - just leave the keys in the car and go).As seems to be the new norm, the wait for pickup was much longer than it needed to be. Hire enough staff please.
6.0 Good26 Apr. 2021
The car was clean and the price was very fair. However, see below...I rented a certain class for not only the luxury comfort, but for the size. However, Dollar did not have the car I rented. They first tried to down grade me to a lower class, but larger car. I did not think this was fair so I did not agree. We went through the options and I explained, due to having two of my elder uncles with me and their need for a larger car, I needed something larger. Eventually a larger car was offered, but at a much higher rate. Again, I did not agree as a car in my category should have been available to me. Eventually I was offered another luxury vehicle (supposedly in the same class), but much smaller and the entire weekend we had difficulty getting my uncles in and out of it. Due to the inability to have a car ready for me in the class I rented I would have preferred the “upgrade” to an adequate car but the agent would not agree without additional payment to which I did not think was fair.
10.0 Excellent12 Feb. 2020
Staff very friendly and helpfulShould be more proactive in looking for damages during inspection
10.0 Excellent7 Feb. 2020
Friendly service
4.4 Okay5 Dec. 2019
I prepaid and Dollar upsold my poor mother. Never again will I use kayak for car rentals.
10.0 Excellent12 Nov. 2019
The whole experience was a breeze and was fastNo complaints
7.2 Good3 Sep. 2019
Easy drop off.Was expecting a lower rate
10.0 Excellent8 Aug. 2019
The staff was cery friendly and helpful. When i dropp off the car in San Diego was super easy , the staff was very gentleman. I'm happy with the service. The price was unexpensive compared with Hertz and others companies.
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From $42/dayRated no. 5
Budget
Cheapest deal
7.6 Good (153 reviews)
5 locations in San Jose
Budget
Locations in San Jose
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Nov. 2021
Tire on first car I got, had slow leak. Budget did send someone to fill the tire, but it leaked again and I had to drive to local airport to get another car. It too had a leak but kept filling it and returned it on time.
2.0 Mediocre16 Nov. 2021
They charged over double the price on the receipt for my rental Evan though I returned it with a full tank of gas.
2.0 Mediocre22 Oct. 2021
I took a 55 min flight from SoCal then waiter over 60 min to get to the counter. While at the counter the service (from Avis, no Budget) was excellent.
4.0 Okay19 Oct. 2021
Pickup was not at expected location. Staff was unprofessional, dishonest, and unpleasant. Rental terms were confusing and misleading. I ended up paying $175 more than expected.
4.0 Okay18 Oct. 2021
First off they moved me to Avis which has charged me double what i was signed up to pay. took me off unlimited mileage when they moved me to the option of not paying for gas and marked that I agreed to the 0 - 74 miles after that is was $18.95 a mile. I did fill up the gas tank but still, i did not agree to the miles change. I will never use Avis again or Budget if this is a common practice. I will stick with Enterprise.
5.9 Okay18 Sep. 2021
Drop off exprience was very unprofessional
5.9 Okay28 Jul. 2021
Too expensive for a small SUV
8.0 Excellent29 Jun. 2021
Staff was lovely, wish they had a few more folks working that day because the line was long.
6.0 Good5 Jun. 2021
I was charged 300$ more than I was suppoed to No customer service when left item in car;
8.0 Excellent26 Apr. 2021
Staff member just left the station saying he wioo up or be back and never came back. The other agent had to take over both lines
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Rated no. 6
Payless
7 Good (208 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Payless
Locations in San Jose
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
7.9 Good9 Sep. 2021
They should have had people at the payless counter instead of shuffling people over to the avis/budget counter. It took about 30 to 45 minutes just to get to the counter and another 20 minutes to get the car. If I didn't budget my time, I would have been late for our family event.
1.9 Horrible6 Sep. 2021
The Payless counter was closed and directed everyone to the budget car rental counter which was an extremely long line. We landed at 2pm and went straight to pick up the car. We were in line by 2:10pm and we didn’t get to the front of the counter until 3:30pm. We finally got sent to pick up the car in which took an additional 30 mins of waiting to get the car turned into us. By the time we were driving off the San Jose airport it was 4pm. That placed a dent in all our plans and reservations we had planned on our trip. It was really saddening to know that no one even tried to assist or apologize for wait times. The staff was not friendly in the car pick/drop off area.
10.0 Excellent22 Aug. 2021
Flawless.
10.0 Excellent20 Apr. 2021
Staff was excellent at pick up and drop offHad difficulty finding the actual registration desk. Confusing multiple floors/signing. Didn’t know Payless was also Avis.
10.0 Excellent29 Mar. 2021
The staff was helpful. When I picked up the car, it had a half tank of gas. They told me to return it with the same amount, which I did. But when I got there, they charged me for the remainder for a full tank. I went to the desk and the agent there and guy who checked it out a few days before to me were very helpful and corrected it (refunded the difference).
6.0 Good8 Mar. 2021
Clean car, employees at counter very politeFor starters I thought I was renting car with kayak not with other party that I never heard of it. On paper it says I got car at 5:36 but reality was that car was no ready and got it at 5:59p not a problem understandable even if it delay me am put me to more traffic time but for them is not ok for us to turn late, I got there at 8;07p and seems I was charge another. My point is we don’t get discount for pick up late but get fully charged for being late “very fair”
2.0 Mediocre20 Oct. 2020
I can't cancel
8.4 Excellent30 Aug. 2020
The signs at the airport were poor. Luckily a security guard arrived and directed me to the 4th floor. I rented from Payless, a sign at their counter directed me to Budget and, in the end I got the car keys from Avis. Car was small, as ordered, so the comfort wasn't excellent, but as expected. The onboard computer and controls, in the Nissan Versa, are hard to understand and reset. I never trusted the distance-to-empty indicator/estimate and when driving almost 2,000 miles that is important. Had two cellphones connected, one for calls and one for audio. The incoming calls always kept going to voice mail after pausing the audio. Overall excellent, but quirky. Recommend
9.6 Excellent30 Jul. 2020
The person that helped us was extremely helpful and friendly. She recognized it was my birthday on the day of pickup and greeted me. No issues at drop offOur pick up was scheduled for 9 and we came to the counter at 8:45, but no one was there. We waited until about 9:14 and decided to just go to the elevator to the lot since there was still no one there to help or no sign for instructions
6.4 Good28 Jul. 2020
The car drove well.The pick-up counter needed more staff. I waited in line for ~40 minutes.
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Rated no. 7
Hertz
6.8 Good (248 reviews)
8 locations in San Jose
Hertz
Locations in San Jose
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 6.4
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible12 Oct. 2021
They did not have a car for me. They told me third party companies allow customers to reserve vehicles without knowing what Hertz’s inventory is. Terrible experience. Will not book ANYTHING through KAYAK again. Will let everyone I know about my experience, so hopefully they don’t go through what I did. I was left out in my the cold with my two year old daughter and wife to figure out my vehicle situation
7.9 Good23 Sep. 2021
The San Carlos address I was given the appointment time for, is not located there, it’s located on the alameda, so I was late for the travel. Didn’t get my car till 12pm. Other than that staff was friendly, and nice!
10.0 Excellent18 Jul. 2021
Smooth transaction.
6.0 Good4 Jul. 2021
Staff was very friendlyInterior of the rental car was filthy.
4.0 Okay25 Jun. 2021
The staff at the pick-up location were very friendly. The car was clean.I ordered a full-size vehicle and they downgraded me to a smaller vehicle without any warning. Didn't even give me a discount. There was nobody at the drop-off location, despite the fact that I arrived at my scheduled time. I had to wait a half an hour just to drop off the key to my car. The rental price was unreasonably high, especially considering I didn't receive the right car.
6.0 Good21 Jun. 2021
Much better delivery
6.0 Good21 May 2021
The Staff at Pick-Up and Drop-off were professional and very nice.The car was dirty, low on oil and wind shield fluid when we picked it up.
4.0 Okay18 May 2021
The pick up location (And drop off) were not at the airport, but at a remote location that required us to Uber to that location from the airport for an additional expense.Hertz itself was fine, but Kayak should have highlighted that the rental location was not on the airport property.
2.0 Mediocre14 May 2021
It was an easy pick up and drop off experiencethe condition of the vehicle
8.0 Excellent11 May 2021
yescigarette smoke noticeable
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Rated no. 8
Fox
6 Good (524 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Fox
Locations in San Jose
  • 6.1
  • 6.3
  • 5.8
  • 5.9
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent24 Nov. 2021
It seems like the staff member Ahmed Adan was somewhat new and inexperienced, however, his customer skills were excellent and kept ensuring us that he’s doing his best to take care of us. When we went to get our vehicle, it was not in the spot we were told (it was still being washed) so the attendant up there, Michelle, hooked us up with an even better upgrade. Everyone was extremely nice and professional.
6.0 Good2 Nov. 2021
The two workers behind the desk were friendly but had a line of 5 people. We waited 25 minutes even though we had a reservation. The car was expensive and not thoroughly cleaned. There were marks on the door and dash that I had to clean. It made me wonder if the vehicle had been fully sanitized or wiped down. I won’t rent from Fox again, unfortunately.
10.0 Excellent4 Oct. 2021
Everyone was nice and helpful. My only complaint is a $200 drop of charge that I paid as part of the bill even though I returned and picked up the car at the same location. I'd like a refund for that please.
10.0 Excellent28 Sep. 2021
The service was quick and easy. The customer service was excellent!
10.0 Excellent28 Sep. 2021
Good price and easy pickup and dropoff
7.9 Good29 Aug. 2021
Ask for Jason when in San Jose!!! He was a very helpful young man with lots of great traveling tips!! Thanks Jason, who assisted me with the drop off!!🤙🏾
7.9 Good10 Aug. 2021
The first car I picked up had no rim on the wheel. Maybe take those cars out before hand
7.9 Good9 Aug. 2021
We expected a Ford explorer as advertised, but was told that they didn't have any. Reservations were made 4 months in advance. The Toyota 4 runner was just an ok substitute.
7.9 Good5 Aug. 2021
A strange thing - upon checkout, we were warned that the car must come back in the same condition we rented it! No trash, cleaned. So another $45 and an hour at the car wash. But other than that, it was a great vehicle at a fantastic price! And I got my full deposit back, no problem.
1.9 Horrible30 Jul. 2021
They didn’t have the car I reserved
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Rated no. 9
Sixt
7.6 Good (45 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Sixt
Locations in San Jose
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent28 Nov. 2018
Great services replace
10.0 Excellent6 Sep. 2017
SixT best bang for the buckCheap price and no wait. Because SixT is less well known than the others, the lines for pick up were atrocious at Hertz, Avis, etc but non-existent at SixT. Mildly slick attempt at getting us to choose un-needed insurance (aren't they all?) but otherwise super-attentive service. No prob with the car at all. Drop off was a breeze.A couple of dents in the car not documented at pick-up - we had to note these and have them write then down before we took off with the vehicle.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug. 2017
Great Rental ExperienceEasy, friendly car pick up at San Jose airport.Nothing, very pleased!
10.0 Excellent15 Aug. 2017
Great Rental ExperienceUpgraded to a higher class of carNothing
8.4 Excellent23 Jul. 2017
Van had required room, had enough power for mountains near Yosemite.Mercedes design: weird shifter, too many controls in unusual locations. Middle seat design lacked cupholders, hard to exit left.
5.2 Okay13 Jul. 2017
WRONG CAR .....I reserved the vehicle class (Chavey Tahoe or similar) almost 5 months prior and when I get there that "car" isn't available..... The young lady behind the counter could have cared less.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jun. 2017
Charged for a service that was never providedNOTHINGAfter charging me online for the car rental, Sixt informed us at the airport that they did not accept debit cards. The lady handed me a brochure to call customer care and ask about our refund. The person I spoke with over the phone said that I would have to submit something in an email with the request. I sent an email explaining what happened and that I wanted a refund of the money they accepted (from my debit card). Their response never acknowledged my refund request and instead shared their debit card policy. I still have not received a refund for a service that was never provided. I would also like to mention that the person at the counter said no one at the airport accepted debit cards, but we went one counter down and they happily accepted our form of payment. Never using this company - horrible customer service in person, over the phone and via email.
2.0 Mediocre21 Jun. 2017
Would never use Sixt againStaff was unprofessional from the checkout counter to the garage. Had to hunt down an employee each time. Would never use again.
2.0 Mediocre20 Jun. 2017
Late arrival + early closing time = bad car rentalNothingPrepayment and early closing meant that my money was taken, and I had to rent from another company with appropriate business hours. So I had to pay twice, and I had to pay last minute rate for the send company
10.0 Excellent19 Jun. 2017
First classEmployees were timely and friendly. Loved the Volvo... just like the one I drive!Zero
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Rated no. 10
Avis
7.4 Good (53 reviews)
5 locations in San Jose
Avis
Locations in San Jose
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay28 Jul. 2021
When you need a car - there is always a line and 1 clerk at your place of reservation
10.0 Excellent15 Jun. 2021
Staff was super friendly and car was very clean. Easy pickup and dropoffwish they had after-hours drop-off
10.0 Excellent5 Jun. 2021
EverythingNothing
4.0 Okay20 Apr. 2021
Staff was inept and inexperienced to handle a simple situation. We liked the car model.The car was not cleaned at all. Surprising they rented out without cleaning and sanitizing in COVID times. After bringing this issue to the agent, he said he could not help it. I was mad but had no option but to take it. Myself and two of my family members cleaned the car inside out for two hours before starting the trip. Horrible experience. Won’t rent from Avis again.
10.0 Excellent24 Aug. 2020
professional staff. very efficient checkin and return process. nice car in good shape and very clean. everything that I could ask for worked very well
6.4 Good5 Jul. 2020
The car needs a good wash
8.0 Excellent12 Mar. 2020
Rented from San Jose airport but actually was recorded as one mile away at a hotel pickup
9.6 Excellent8 Jul. 2019
Staff was great, price was good
4.0 Okay14 Jun. 2019
NothingI waited for over two hours to pickup my rental. When I finally got to the desk, all they had left was 12 person van.
5.2 Okay10 Jun. 2019
The wait time to get through this line was absurd given the limited number of people in line before me. In addition, certain fees were not disclosed at time of reservation resulting in charges higher than anticipated. Agent was also relentless on upselling optional services.
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Rated no. 11
National
8 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in San Jose
National
Locations in San Jose
  • 10
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent29 Mar. 2017
Great van and service!Helpful employees at pick up and drop off.Rate was high, but I should have made the reservation earlier.
Rated no. 12
Airport Van
6.1 Good (25 reviews)
1 location in San Jose
Airport Van
Locations in San Jose
  • 6.3
  • 6.1
  • 6.3
  • 5.8
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent7 Jul. 2020
Good overall
2.0 Mediocre27 May 2020
Incorrect pick up address and contact information, no one there to assist
4.8 Okay29 Jun. 2019
The can was in good condition.The offices were filthy, the line desperately long. I lined up for more than an hour to pick up the van. And no excuses were given by the staff.
5.6 Okay24 Jul. 2018
Lot of Van optionsLimited Mileage and long wait
2.0 Mediocre21 May 2018
Watch Terms and ConditionsThe rate appeared favorable for newer vehicle with unlimited mileage.Did not rent from AVR when it turned out not to be unlimited mileage. My experience with Sixt was excellent.
3.2 Mediocre4 Apr. 2018
Below satisfactory rental experience - overallThey did have availability of the van. Ran well.wrong address was provided by Kayak. They gave us 15 seat passenger van with zero cargo space. They did not even tell us about this upfront. Also i had to wait 45 minutes at the rental space for them to finish cleaning up, and they changed the rental vehicle at the last minute. Van was not fully cleaned. The back seats were very dirty.
9.6 Excellent3 Apr. 2018
Well worth the off airport location.The people were very friendly and customer service oriented. A quick call brought them to pick us up in a shuttle service back to their office less than 10 minutes from the airport. Their rental vehicles were 2018 new and the process went very smoothly. Should family trips take us back near any of their areas, I have no issues calling them first based off this experience.Two small issues were 1. the rental didn’t have plates and as it turned out to be minimal, the higher risk of being pulled over and dealing with a patrol officer was there and 2. a miscommunication that we could have used the rental to be dropped off back at the airport instead of unloading and reloading luggage into their shuttle would have topped the experience off nicely. Minimal affect on the experience as a whole.
2.8 Mediocre26 Feb. 2018
ScammedThe car had 4 wheels and an engineThis entire experience was a scam, the booking process as well as the email I received on booking claimed I was getting unlimited miles. It wasn’t until I got to the rental location that I was told, sorry only 200 miles original “check out fine print”. This is why I dont plan on using kayak again.
6.0 Good24 Nov. 2017
What was offered is not the same as advertisedVan was spacious. Large cargo space.Van was old with 90k miles on it. AC grills at the passengers in the back were broken or removed. No air flow control. Gas tank cover was broken. Step to the rear passengers area was very high and difficult to claim and step out. My wife fell down from the step and injured her leg. Van had only 17gallons per mile. Advertised as 23. Mandatory insurance $29.99 a day, instead of advertised $11/day. We were told that it is because it’s a commercial van, but we never been told so in advertising.
8.8 Excellent6 Jun. 2017
Best price for minivan.
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
3 locations in San Jose
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in San Jose
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Eagle Rent A Car
2 locations in San Jose
Eagle Rent A Car
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Sunnycars
2 locations in San Jose
Sunnycars
Locations in San Jose
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Avr
1 location in San Jose
Avr
Locations in San Jose
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Easirent
1 location in San Jose
Easirent
Locations in San Jose
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Economy Rent a Car
1 location in San Jose
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Jose
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Europcar
1 location in San Jose
Europcar
Locations in San Jose
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Flight Car
1 location in San Jose
Flight Car
Locations in San Jose
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in San Jose
Goldcar Rental SP
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Its Rent a Car
1 location in San Jose
Its Rent a Car
Locations in San Jose
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Rhodium
1 location in San Jose
Rhodium
Locations in San Jose
Recent reviews
2364 travellers who hired a car in San Jose gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car hire locations in or near San Jose

Good to know

Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$48/day

When to book a car hire in San Jose

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

Car hire excess insurance in San Jose

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 Jose 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 Jose.

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 Jose car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in San Jose

  • Explore every nook and cranny of San Jose with the flexibility a hire car can provide. Whether it is a trip to the Alum Rock Park in the northeast of San Jose or the Levi Stadium, which is about 9 miles out of the city, a hire car can get you there in no time.
  • There are various hire car options at San Jose International Airport, including Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and Sixt. The Rental Car Center can be found at Terminal B and passengers landing at Terminal A are provided with a shuttle bus transporting them directly to the Rental Center.
  • Californian cities in general are teeming with tourists during the summer season and traffic can be a challenge during peak times. Also, drivers have a reputation to not use the turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn, so always double-check and drive carefully. Always watch out for pedestrians, as crosswalks are sometimes not properly indicated, and San Jose is one of the cities with the highest pedestrian death rates, so it’s better to be safe.
  • San Jose’s morning rush hour is at its worst between 7 and 8:30 AM, so it is advisable to avoid starting any trips during that time. Between 4:30 and 6:00 PM, when workers return to their homes, traffic increases significantly again, especially on the US-101. As San Jose is famous for its amazing weather, the summer season comes with tourists and therefore more congestion on the roads, so always plan at least 30 minutes ahead.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in San Jose for $48 or less
  • Book your car hire in San Jose at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in San Jose are around 45% cheaper than airport locations on average

FAQs about hiring a car in San Jose