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Cheap Car Rentals in San Francisco

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San Francisco Car Rentals in 2023

Most popular companyFOX
Price of gas per gallon$4.24
Average price per day$57
Cheapest price per day$20

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in San Francisco?

January

$44

February

$56

March

$71

April

$83

May

$83

June

$88

July

$87

August

$78

September

$64

October

$65

November

$57

December

$63

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in San Francisco is January. The most expensive time to rent a car is June. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular Car Types in San Francisco

There are, in total, 93 car rental locations in San Francisco that are operated by 37 companies. In the past week, Van is the cheapest car type users can rent (cheapest price last found: $19/day). Explore 7 car types currently offered from San Francisco rental providers:

Compare available car types for rental in San Francisco

Small Cars

$41 - $64

All Car Types

$57 - $113

To rent a Small car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $54/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Small car in San Francisco, the United States (~$41/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$64/day). In fact, January is about 25% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Small rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Small car saves you 38% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Small rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Medium car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $59/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a Medium car in San Francisco, the United States (~$44/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$82/day). In fact, September is about 26% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Medium rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Medium car saves you 33% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Medium rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Large car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $88/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Large car in San Francisco, the United States (~$57/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$112/day). In fact, January is about 36% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Large rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Large car is 3% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Large rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $71/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a SUV car in San Francisco, the United States (~$50/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$84/day). In fact, January is about 30% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a SUV car saves you 19% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Van car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $98/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Van car in San Francisco, the United States (~$64/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$140/day). In fact, January is about 35% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Van rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Van car is 12% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Pickup Truck car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $85/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Pickup Truck car in San Francisco, the United States (~$41/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$133/day). In fact, January is about 52% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Pickup Truck rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Pickup Truck car saves you 3% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a Luxury car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $119/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Luxury car in San Francisco, the United States (~$76/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$178/day). In fact, January is about 37% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Luxury rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Luxury car is 28% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Luxury rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Convertible car in San Francisco, the United States, you would pay an average price of $127/day. December is the cheapest month to rent a Convertible car in San Francisco, the United States (~$73/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$159/day). In fact, December is about 43% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Convertible rental for San Francisco. When comparing with other car types available for rental in San Francisco, renting a Convertible car is 33% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best San Francisco Convertible rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

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Top rental agencies in San Francisco

All major car rental suppliers in San Francisco

Alamo

8.6
Very good
406 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

8.3

Enterprise

8.4
Very good
380 reviews11 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Overall

8.5

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.3

Sixt

7.7
Good
130 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.3

Overall

7.6

Pick-up/drop-off

7.4

Value

7.5

Budget

7.2
Good
215 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Overall

7.1

Pick-up/drop-off

7.2

Value

6.9

Thrifty

6.9
Okay
458 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.7

Value

6.8

Dollar

6.8
Okay
329 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Overall

6.6

Pick-up/drop-off

6.7

Value

6.7

Hertz

6.5
Okay
227 reviews12 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.2

Overall

6.4

Pick-up/drop-off

6.3

Value

6.3

Avis

7.2
Good
75 reviews6 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.7

Overall

7.0

Pick-up/drop-off

7.0

Value

7.0

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Car Rental FAQs

What are the requirements to rent a car in San Francisco?

For car rentals in San Francisco, you must be at least 21 years old to rent a car. Drivers under 21 can only purchase economy or compact car rentals, and to purchase any other luxury car rental in San Francisco, you must be at least 25. Additionally, younger drivers will be charged extra fees. You must have a credit card and a valid driver’s license to complete the rental transaction. If you use a debit card, your account will be charged a deposit to rent the car.

What are the rules for driving in San Francisco?

To drive rental cars in San Francisco, it’s helpful to know the driving laws. Drivers must wear seatbelts, and phone use while driving is prohibited. The city uses light cameras and other monitoring devices, so stop at all red lights and stop signs. Driving rental cars in San Francisco can be tricky, so pay attention to one-way streets and other road signs. When operating San Francisco rental cars, yield to emergency vehicles by moving over a lane if possible. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal, and young children must be secured in a car seat at all times when you’re operating the car. At roundabouts, you must yield to other drivers in the roundabout and keep moving once you enter the roundabout. California's blood-alcohol limit is 0.08%.

What type of car is recommended for driving in San Francisco?

When considering a cheap car rental in San Francisco, it’s important to research the area, the weather, and to know your reason for renting a car. The city has steep hills, and if you’re planning to travel to the rugged areas north of the city, the smart car rental in San Francisco is a larger SUV. A larger vehicle like a truck or mid-sized SUV is perfect for camping or water sports. Surfboards and kayaks will fit on roof racks, and there is plenty of room inside for all your gear. If you’re moving large items, a passenger van rental is a good choice. Since the weather is pleasant most of the year, fun San Francisco car rentals like sporty convertibles are a good option.

What are the best places to park in San Francisco?

For your rental cars in San Francisco, parking in the city is an important thing to understand. For curb parking in San Francisco, pay attention to the color of the curb, as curb colors represent different zones. For example, white is five-minute parking and green represents 10-minute parking. Within the city limits, a curb with no color or paint generally means two-hour parking. For San Francisco car rentals, keep in mind that there are many lots along the Embarcadero close to popular sites, and these lots are often cheaper than metered parking. Long-term parking at SFO parking facilities is around $25 per 24 hours. Your best bet is to use the parking apps, as these allow you to find parking, pay, and manage your parking.

What is the cheapest rental car found in San Francisco?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $57/day when booking a rental car in San Francisco. The best deal a user found was for $20/day from Super Cheap, booked on Jul. 28.

What car rental company is typically the cheapest in San Francisco?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in San Francisco from the following companies over the past two weeks: Fox ($24/day), Dollar ($34/day), and Enterprise ($36/day).

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in San Francisco?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, National (8.6 rating), Alamo (8.6 rating) and Enterprise (8.4 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in San Francisco.

What are gas prices like in San Francisco?

The average gas price in San Francisco is $4.24/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $50 and $73 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

How much does it cost to rent a car in San Francisco for a week from Fox?

Fox offers rental cars in San Francisco for about $331 per week on average.

How far in advance should I rent a car in San Francisco for the best price?

Our data suggests that booking early can save you up to 5% on a rental car in San Francisco. Take advantage of a below-average prices by booking at least 17 days prior to your desired date.

Can I rent a car for a month in San Francisco?

The length of time you can book a rental for is subject to the inventory of the supplier. When renting a vehicle from San Francisco it should be possible to rent a car for a whole month if needed.

How much does it cost to rent a car in San Francisco for a month?

We’ve recently found that Super Cheap offers you prices that are 73% cheaper than the average rate available for a long-term rental. The average cost of a car rental in San Francisco for a month is $1,418. Check Cheapflights to compare pricing and options for your rental car.

How much is a car rental in San Francisco for a weekend?

$71 is, on average, how much a car rental costs for the weekend in San Francisco. To save money, consider booking a Minivan car rental, which is the cheapest car during the weekend. If you are looking for a car rental in February, we’ve seen prices on Cheapflights for as low as $60 per day.

What car do most people rent in San Francisco?

The most popular car to rent while in San Francisco is the Mini Roadster, which is a Premium vehicle.

Van Rentals in San Francisco

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