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Cheap Car Rentals in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Car Rentals in 2023

Most popular companyBUDGET
Price of gas per gallon$3.82
Average price per day$65
Cheapest price per day$28

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Santa Barbara?

January

$60

February

$72

March

$83

April

$78

May

$74

June

$75

July

$76

August

$70

September

$69

October

$74

November

$70

December

$70

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Santa Barbara is January. The most expensive time to rent a car is March. 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 Santa Barbara

Small is the cheapest car type you can rent in Santa Barbara this past week from 13 rental locations out of 7 rental agencies. Prices for a Santa Barbara Small rental start from $31/day. Check out available deals for 6 car types currently offered at listed car rental agencies here:

Compare available car types for rental in Santa Barbara

Small Cars

$58 - $80

All Car Types

$81 - $115

To rent a Small car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $72/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Small car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$58/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is November (~$80/day). In fact, January is about 21% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Small rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Small car saves you 30% 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 Santa Barbara Small rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Medium car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $81/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Medium car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$96/day). In fact, January is about 25% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Medium rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Medium car saves you 21% 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 Santa Barbara Medium rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Large car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $105/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Large car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$86/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is March (~$136/day). In fact, January is about 19% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Large rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Large car is 2% 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 Santa Barbara Large rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $99/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a SUV car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$72/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$113/day). In fact, January is about 28% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a SUV car saves you 4% 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 Santa Barbara SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Van car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $135/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Van car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$110/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$160/day). In fact, January is about 20% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Van rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Van car is 25% 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 Santa Barbara Van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Luxury car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $102/day. March is the cheapest month to rent a Luxury car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$71/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$128/day). In fact, March is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Luxury rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Luxury car saves you 1% 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 Santa Barbara Luxury rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Convertible car in Santa Barbara, the United States, you would pay an average price of $129/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Convertible car in Santa Barbara, the United States (~$88/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is July (~$175/day). In fact, January is about 32% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Convertible rental for Santa Barbara. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Santa Barbara, renting a Convertible car is 21% 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.

Mini Hatch$31/day
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Chevrolet Spark$34/day
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Top rental agencies in Santa Barbara

All major car rental suppliers in Santa Barbara

Enterprise

7.7
Good
40 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.6

Overall

7.9

Pick-up/drop-off

7.6

Value

7.5

Budget

7.4
Good
78 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.9

Overall

7.4

Pick-up/drop-off

7.3

Value

7.3

Hertz

7.0
Good
81 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.5

Overall

7.0

Pick-up/drop-off

6.9

Value

6.9

Avis

8.2
Very good
21 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.5

Overall

8.2

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.0

Alamo

8.1
Very good
28 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.3

Overall

8.1

Pick-up/drop-off

8.2

Value

8.2

National

2.0
Poor
1 review1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

2.0

Pick-up/drop-off

2.0

Value

2.0

Sunnycars

1 location

Best Santa Barbara Car Rental Deals Found

Check out some of the best deals for car rentals in Santa Barbara recently found.

Car Rental FAQs

What is the cheapest rental car found in Santa Barbara?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $65/day when booking a rental car in Santa Barbara. The best deal a user found was for $28/day from Budget, booked on Jan. 29.

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Santa Barbara?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Avis (8.2 rating), Alamo (8.1 rating) and Enterprise (7.7 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in Santa Barbara.

What are gas prices like in Santa Barbara?

The average gas price in Santa Barbara is $3.82/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $45 and $66 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Santa Barbara for a week from Budget?

Budget is one of the top picks in Santa Barbara. They can have you in a rental car for about $488 per week on average.

How far in advance should I rent a car in Santa Barbara for the best price?

Renting your favorite car model can become more difficult the closer you are to your desired travel date. It’s ideal to book early to have that peace of mind. An early booking can save you up to 4% in Santa Barbara - we recommend booking at least 86days in advance.

Can I rent a car for a month in Santa Barbara?

Yes, you can rent a car for a month in Santa Barbara. Check Cheapflights for the latest prices and car type availability.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Santa Barbara for a month?

Prices can be as low as $2,092 if you consider booking with Budget. That price represents savings of 70% compared to the Santa Barbara average. The monthly cost of a car rental in Santa Barbara is on average $2,092 ($70/day).

How much is a car rental in Santa Barbara for a weekend?

The average price for a weekend car rental in Santa Barbara is $81. Renting a Compact is your cheapest option if you’ve looking to save money on your weekend car rental in Santa Barbara. For the month of March, Cheapflights users have found rental cars in Santa Barbara for as low as $68/day.

What car do most people rent in Santa Barbara?

The majority of Cheapflights travelers prefer to rent a Economy (Chevrolet Spark) in Santa Barbara, making it the most popular option.

Luxury Car Rentals in Santa Barbara

Arrive in style when you rent a luxury car in Santa Barbara from the best rental car providers in the country.

Van Rentals in Santa Barbara

Some people need a little more room to get around comfortably on vacation. Find deals like the ones below for Santa Barbara van rentals.

Car type options available for Santa Barbara

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