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Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (6,995 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Alamo
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 888 826 6893
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (13,372 reviews)
16 locations in San Diego
Enterprise
Locations in San Diego
1 Park Blvd
+1 619 573 6418
111 W Harbor Dr
+1 858 875 6464
11635 Iberia Pl
+1 858 485 8525
1333 Camino Del Rio South #101
+1 619 260 1505
2305 Pacific Hwy
+1 619 294 7774
2740 Lytton Street
+1 619 225 0848
2780 Garnet Ave
+1 858 490 1510
3299 Holiday Court
+1 858 558 0348
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 294 3313
3851 El Cajon Blvd
+1 619 229 2300
5816 Miramar Rd
+1 858 455 0075
6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard
+1 858 404 0700
7993 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 560 9050
900 F St Ste 167
+1 619 696 5000
9292 Miramar Rd # 28
+1 858 689 8523
950 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 296 7493
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Rated no. 3
Avis
7.6 Good (2,560 reviews)
12 locations in San Diego
Avis
Locations in San Diego
1110 Torrey Pines Road, Suite H
+1 858 454 4621
16558 Bernardo Center Drive
+1 858 675 8660
1670 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 1
+1 619 231 7137
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
+1 619 588 1309
2790 Kurtz Street, Suite 1
+1 619 220 4920
3355 Admiral Boland Way, Suite R175
+1 619 688 5000
3890 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 103
+1 858 755 0400
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
+1 858 450 6553
500 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 574 5377
640 Broadway
+1 619 544 0438
7815 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 974 8630
8720 Miramar Road
+1 858 271 0018
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.4 Good (4,357 reviews)
9 locations in San Diego
Budget
Locations in San Diego
1110 Torrey Pines Road Suite H
+1 858 456 2124
16558 Bernardo Center Drive
+1 858 613 1342
2745 Otay Pacific Dr
+1 619 644 1362
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 294 5921
3890 Valley Centre Dr Ste 103
+1 858 755 7457
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
+1 858 320 9017
500 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 220 0294
7815 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 974 8632
8720 Miramar Road
+1 858 271 0035
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Rated no. 5
Hertz
7.4 Good (4,508 reviews)
14 locations in San Diego
Hertz
Locations in San Diego
1 Market Place
+1 619 702 4524
1120 W Laurel Street
+1 619 236 9771
1441 Camino Del Rio South
+1 619 294 4023
1545 Camino Del Rio S
+1 619 294 4023
2667 Garnet Ave B
2667 Garnet Avenue B
+1 858 483 1015
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
+1 844 705 8085
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 767 5700
3370-3420 Kettner Blvd
+1 619 696 9815
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.
+1 858 458 0638
5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600
+1 619 285 9905
6609 Mira Mesa Blvd
+1 858 320 9051
6609 Mira Mesa Boulevard
+1 858 320 9051
8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B
+1 858 503 7755
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Rated no. 6
Dollar
7.3 Good (6,787 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Dollar
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 866 434 2226
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Rated no. 7
Thrifty
7.2 Good (3,125 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Thrifty
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 877 283 0898
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Rated no. 8
Advantage
6.3 Good (1,234 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Advantage
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Borland Way
+1 619 326 4285
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Rated no. 9
Payless
6.3 Good (3,321 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Payless
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 296 4966
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Rated no. 10
Fox
6.2 Good (1,836 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Fox
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 432 0620
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Rated no. 11
National
8.0 Excellent (899 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
National
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 888 826 6890
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Rated no. 12
E-Z Rent-A-Car
6.3 Good (980 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Borland Way
+1 619 326 4285
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Rated no. 13
Ace
6.1 Good (499 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Ace
Locations in San Diego
1002 West Juniper Street
+1 619 255 9094
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
+1 619 591 9150
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Rated no. 14
NU Car
6.0 Good (142 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
NU Car
Locations in San Diego
904 W. Grape St.
+1 619 450 1101
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good service
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Rated no. 15
Economy Rent a Car
7.1 Good (94 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Diego
1025 W. Laurel Street
+1 844 557 2837
On Airport Location
+1 877 247 3362
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Rated no. 16
Pacific
6.3 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Pacific
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd
619-233-3366
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Rated no. 17
GREEN MOTION
8.7 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Diego
1025 W Laurel St
3355 Admiral Boland Way
1 877-247-3362
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Rated no. 18
United Auto Rental
7.8 Good (2 reviews)
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
Rated no. 19
MEXRENTACAR
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
3 locations in San Diego
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in San Diego
1002 West Juniper Street
3355 Admiral Boland Way
Tijuana Cross Border Xpress (CBX)
EZ Van
5 locations in San Diego
EZ Van
Locations in San Diego
2745 Otay Pacific Dr
+1 760 846 6223
3225 North Harbor Dr
+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
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
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
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
Midway
2 locations in San Diego
Midway
Locations in San Diego
2263 Pacific Highway
+1 619 238 9600
3355, Admiral Boland Way
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
A Plus Car & Truck
1 location in San Diego
A Plus Car & Truck
Locations in San Diego
2008 India Street
+1 619 233 8300
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
Airport Van
1 location in San Diego
Airport Van
Locations in San Diego
904 W Grape St.
+1 877 826 4680
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
Atwest
1 location in San Diego
Atwest
Locations in San Diego
3260 1/2 Rosecrans St
+1 619 223 2343
Avr
1 location in San Diego
Avr
Locations in San Diego
San Diego Airport
Europcar
1 location in San Diego
Europcar
Locations in San Diego
Go To Airport Rental Car Shuttle
+1 619 326 4285
Flight Car
1 location in San Diego
Flight Car
Locations in San Diego
San Diego airport
+1 844 742 5870
MAGGIORE
1 location in San Diego
MAGGIORE
Locations in San Diego
San Diego airport
+1 619 296 4966
Pacific Rent A Car
1 location in San Diego
Pacific Rent A Car
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd
+1 619 233 3366
Priceless
1 location in San Diego
Priceless
Locations in San Diego
1858 San Diego Ave
619-752-1967
Rent-4-Less
1 location in San Diego
Rent-4-Less
Locations in San Diego
2305 Pacific Hwy
(619) 260 0340
Silvercar
1 location in San Diego
Silvercar
Locations in San Diego
2548 Kettner Blvd
+1 855 359 2227
Sixt
1 location in San Diego
Sixt
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 858 764 9338
Sunnycars
1 location in San Diego
Sunnycars
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in San Diego
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in San Diego
4085 Pacific Hwy
+1 800 940 9332

Car hire locations in San Diego

When to book a hire car in San Diego

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Top tips for renting 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.
  • Book your rental car in San Diego at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in San Diego are around 48% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in San Diego are around 19% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in San Diego

What is the cheapest hire car agency in San Diego?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest hire cars were found at Dollar ($64/day), Thrifty ($65/day) and Fox ($77/day).

What is the best hire car agency in San Diego?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San Diego are Alamo (8.7, 6995 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13372 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2560 reviews).

What is the cheapest car hire location in San Diego?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Dollar 3355 Admiral Boland Way 92101 (3 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find hire car agencies near me in San Diego?

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

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

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.

What's the speed limit in San Diego?

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.

How are gas prices in San Diego?

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.

Where are the best places to park in San Diego?

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.