Car rental at San Diego Airport

Car rental at San Diego Airport

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San Diego, CA, United States - San Diego
19 Aug — 26 Aug
Same drop-off
San Diego, CA, United States - San Diego
Fri 19/8
Noon
Fri 26/8
Noon
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Cheap car rentals in San Diego Airport

Economy$136/day
Compact$147/day
Intermediate$147/day
Standard$161/day
Full-size$151/day
People mover$136/day
Full-size SUV$153/day
Premium$160/day
Luxury$168/day
Convertible$188/day
Intermediate SUV$154/day
Standard SUV$158/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

San Diego Airport car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Payless
Best rated
4.8 Okay (1259 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Payless
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 5.4
  • 5.2
  • 4.6
  • 5.1
  • 4.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre8 Aug 2022
This comapany is heavy on pushing collision damage waiver. This is the first time ever, ever, in which the representative asked to see my insurance card showing I had full coverage. Then still kept pushing Collison damage waiver. They also worded i to make it seem as if you cant get the rentla without ut. Unfortunately, I only realized after that my credit card also covered Collison damage waiver and could havecompletely declined it. Crooks!
2.0 Mediocre3 Aug 2022
The car selection was awful. I would not recommend renting from Payless. We’re not picky but we looked at 6 different cars, all were filthy and smelled of cigarettes. We settled on a terrible VW Passat with 106K miles, that looked like a child had painted the number four different times. On the upside the staff was friendly enough.
4.0 Okay29 Jul 2022
The airport tax should have been well stipulated and not part of the fine print. My car price doubled by the time I was finished. The reservation person was exceptionally nice.
6.0 Good18 Jul 2022
The car itself ran like it’s never been maintained. Sounded and felt like it desperately needed an oil change and when turning you would here a click sometimes…just seemed like it was ready to retire
2.0 Mediocre16 Jul 2022
They keep overcharging me!!!! Worst car rental company! Don't rent through the Payless San Diego Airport.
10.0 Excellent14 Jul 2022
Payless made the entire process easy, both checking out the car and checking it back in.
4.0 Okay14 Jul 2022
The vehicle was very dirty when I picked it up. Payless charges $150/day if you have an accident for “down time” but insurance only covers $50/day. This applies a lot of pressure to buy their insurance or else suffer $100/day out of pocket.
2.0 Mediocre6 Jul 2022
They snuck in a $200 upgrade fee. I reserved a 7 seater minivan. Then upgraded me for the same minivan
10.0 Excellent3 Jul 2022
Easy pick up and easy return. Great experience
2.0 Mediocre2 Jul 2022
This is a fraudulent operation, they attempt to force you to buy an unnecessary damage loss waiver by claiming you need to have physical proof of collision insurance at the counter, which is not true.
Rated no. 2
Alamo
8.8 Excellent (565 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Alamo
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 Aug 2022
Good service. Clean, maintained car.
8.0 Excellent17 Feb 2022
Alamo did amazing! It was when I tried to make some edits to my reservation through Kayak that I had some difficulties. I think the edits appeared on Alamos end but not mine and it left me very concerned so I booked an additional reservation. The Alamo agent was very helpful and understanding of my plight and was able to take care of everything.
8.0 Excellent25 Jan 2022
My wife and I enjoyed the flexibility within the car choice category. The car we picked was very comfortable for the travel we scheduled. The only detriment we observed with the rental was that the vehicle had over 60,000 miles on it at the time of the rental.
6.0 Good3 Jan 2022
I rented a car that had broken blinkers. Thought this was something they checked for before letting people onto the road. Could be dangerous and I would have been extremely angry if I had gotten a ticket or in an accident. When I returned it and told the attendant, they did not seem apologetic or like they cared.
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2021
I got the car i requested, clean vehicle, worked well, easy return service. I would rent again from Alamo
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2021
Nothing very rude and was not very helpful also when we canceled one reservation and tried to get another reservation with the guy at the counter he jacked up the price from $570 to over $3000 for a week use.
10.0 Excellent9 Dec 2021
Drop off at Palm springs airport was super easy--staff there was great. Price was very high, but I knew that going in. Almost didn't take the trip though because of it.
10.0 Excellent30 Oct 2021
Great Service, Car was waiting easy drop off
10.0 Excellent28 Sep 2021
efficient service.
10.0 Excellent18 Aug 2021
Very easy to pick up and drop off...very easy and most appreciated. Just as the sign of the times added taxes and charges were a bit disappointing.
Rated no. 3
Enterprise
8.8 Excellent (334 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Enterprise
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2 Jan 2022
The pickup person and the drop off person were excellent and made the difference.
2.0 Mediocre16 Dec 2021
The car was in bad shape not safe to drive
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2021
Courteous and professional pickup and drop off procedure. Agent complimentary upgraded my vehicle. Vehicle was clean and comfortable.
10.0 Excellent25 Oct 2021
Excellent all around. Super professional at pick up and drop off. We rented a cheap compact SUV. We arrived at 10 pm and they were out of that size. So they offered me a 2021 MERCEDES or BMW SUV for same price!!!! Unbelievable. Super thrilled about the ease of getting out of the airport and for dropping off. I will for sure use Enterprise again. And Kayak had the cheapest prices too
10.0 Excellent7 Jul 2021
Easy drop off, clean carSystem 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.
10.0 Excellent31 May 2021
Everything was super easy, picking up and dropping off.
10.0 Excellent30 Jan 2021
Great service as always.Everything was great.
10.0 Excellent14 Nov 2020
Everything went great from staff to the car it was a great experienceNothing could have made it better.
8.4 Excellent1 Oct 2020
Staff was super friendly at both the pick up and the drop off. However, I don't appreciate the fast talking sales person trying to upsell is a shady manner. Suddenly my one way rental jumped from $70 to $130 but luckily the customer service guy on the phone and the staff at the drop off location were super helpful, understanding and accommodating.Explain all the charges clearly and slowly and include actual pricing info instead of trying to just get the most out of every customer. People are on strict budgets these days and lack of transparency and not having the customers best interest in mind will cause you to lose business.
4.0 Okay3 Sep 2020
The car smelled of smoke, and was not clean.
Rated no. 4
Hertz
8.3 Excellent (252 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Hertz
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent5 Aug 2022
Pick up and drop off both went smoothly (in different cities). Car was perfect size and worked great
10.0 Excellent26 Jul 2022
From start to finish it was a smooth and quick process. There was a tiny issue with a car (the parking break wouldn't disengagel, but I just got in another car and was on my way.
10.0 Excellent25 Jul 2022
Quality of the child car seat in terms of cleanliness.
2.0 Mediocre4 Jul 2022
The sales worseeeee ever , the worse salessa
2.0 Mediocre2 Jul 2022
Car filthy on outside to the extent could not see through side view mirror. Windshield wipers broken. Dangerous. Ver disappointed in brand name car rental company.
10.0 Excellent30 Jun 2022
Heather at the SAN terminal helped me a lot. I will go back because of her.
8.0 Excellent14 Jun 2022
Car was fine, for an economy car. But, rental cars are too expensive due mainly to all the fees charged! It's ridiculous. Makes one consider driving instead of renting (even at the current gas. prices) or to use App rides instead and walk more.
10.0 Excellent16 Apr 2022
Reliable car. Easy transaction. Quick pick-up and drop-off. Good value for money.
2.0 Mediocre14 Apr 2022
They didn’t have my reservation. So they lied.
8.0 Excellent8 Apr 2022
Counter experience was fine. Car options were good. Trying to leave and get on the road was a 20 min process; extremely trying- they were not letting the car in front of me leave and i was cut-off when teying to get in another drive thru lane. Other than that, the car rental went smoothly. They didn't try to upset me and handled it professionally and friendily.
Rated no. 5
Dollar
7.8 Good (499 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Dollar
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre1 Aug 2022
The line was 2 hours.
10.0 Excellent1 Aug 2022
Everything beyond amazing
2.0 Mediocre3 Jun 2022
I made a mistake on my booking dates and did not realize it until after the rental period had started. While excellent costumer service would have been too let me rebook with perhaps a fee, good customer service would have been to offer some kind of discount or upgrade. Dollar would have none of that. They took my free money and effectively told me to buzz off. I assure you, I won't give them any more of my money. Also, note that Dollar and Thrifty are subsidiaries of Hertz.
2.0 Mediocre1 Jun 2022
It took an hour to get through the line to get to the counter. It took ANOTHER hour to get the car.
8.0 Excellent27 Apr 2022
The cost for the rental of a compact/economy car was excessive, although Dollar was the cheapest among the options at San Diego Airport.
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2022
Beware - smaller car was provided than was reserved (causing us to have a seat filled with luggage and luggage on our laps), and NO communication between the place you call and the rental locations. I was told I could stop by any location for an upgrade, but they couldn’t provide details on inventory, I had to physically go (and of course when I did, no cars were available).
4.0 Okay5 Apr 2022
The upsell experience was off the charts negative. The desk representative created a very negative sales upsell experience through fear, uncertainty and doubt about insurance, liability, gas, etc....leaving me not trusting him or Dollar at all and potentially adding over $500 in unnecessary fees at the start. At the end there were $87 in hidden charges that were not expressed in the booking process either. Both of these make my experience mediocre at best and left with the perception that Dollar is not a very trustworthy provider.
8.0 Excellent10 Mar 2022
Great value with easy pick up and drop off. At pick-up sales agent did not seem to know all the cars available and tried to get us to agree to a smaller model.
2.0 Mediocre25 Dec 2021
Terrible will not book again
1.9 Horrible8 Sep 2021
Needed to add one day & that took about an hour or so & a bunch of questions to a manager. I’m not sure why
Rated no. 6
Avis
7.8 Good (241 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Avis
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay25 Jul 2022
I booked a mid size car, stated as equivalent to a Toyota Camry and was given an economy Toyota Corolla. Had I known about the bait and switch I would have booked an economy car for cheaper price. And no there was no shortages of mid size car.
2.0 Mediocre29 Jun 2022
They charged an extra $99.00 for service fees etc. The bill was 2X what they quoted
10.0 Excellent27 Jun 2022
Very fast pick-up and drop-off
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2022
Sam at Avis in San Diego is absolutely the best customer service rep I've worked with in years! He was courteous, fast, and communicated very clearly. When we had a bit of a hiccup, he knew exactly how to pivot and made the rest of the transaction seamless. I wouldn't ask for a better CSR than him, make sure to praise him when you get this!
10.0 Excellent7 Jun 2022
From start to finish everything went perfect,no waiting and friendly service.
6.0 Good4 Jun 2022
The vehicle space for the amount of money and then charging a deposit when already paid for rental
10.0 Excellent20 May 2022
Great all around experience.
2.0 Mediocre8 Apr 2022
The pickup process could have been better
2.0 Mediocre10 Mar 2022
Rented through priceline. Received statement of an up charge of over $200? Added taxes into fees. I already paid taxes through priceline. Sounds like a class action law suit to me. Two entries should not be able to tax on one product. Now I waste hours of my time fighting with them on the phone! Never again Kayak. Thanks for nothing but hastes.
10.0 Excellent9 Mar 2022
Avis was great. Travel from the airport to the rental cars was poor
Rated no. 7
Thrifty
7.8 Good (476 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Thrifty
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar 2022
The pickup line was long and slow. I left my glasses in the car, and it was very difficult to reach an employee at the location to help me.
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2022
Good rate, pick and drop off was a breeze! Car very clean and in good condition.
4.0 Okay20 Dec 2021
Stop upcharging!
2.0 Mediocre15 Dec 2021
The car that was assigned to me was not in the parking space. We (me and an employee) walked through the lot for 15 min trying to locate it. They assigned me a new car and it was also hard to find. Huge waste of time.
2.0 Mediocre8 Dec 2021
Drop off is great but the pick up was HORRIBLE. we booked through Priceline and paid in advance. When we got to the counter we had to pay AGAIN (contested) even though I showed them I had already paid THEN we had to put down a security deposit (understandable but not explained in advance). After 45 minutes of the agent trying to complete the paperwork, we finally left the counter to pick up the car. When we get the the garage and look in space marked, it’s EMPTY. Searched all over garage and head back to counter only to be told it’s in another area of the garage - nowhere near where we had been told to look. Come on Thrifty, get your act together.
10.0 Excellent17 Oct 2021
The car was an upgraded convertible (since a regular convertible was not available) and was in good shape and everything worked well. The staff were nice - we waited maybe 15-20 minutes in line and drop off was super fast and the shuttle was waiting to take us to the airport. I would definitely use Thrifty again!
1.9 Horrible3 Oct 2021
customer service rep provide misleading information ...bad battery, no refund for weeks (until now) , very poor service
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2021
Agent upgraded me to larger vehicle, which was crucial for my trip.
1.9 Horrible30 Aug 2021
Travelers had to wait 2+ hours to get a rental. When finally going up to receive reservation, may be turned away.
3.9 Mediocre20 Aug 2021
Thrifty/Dollar's airport rental pickup line was L-O-N-G upon our arrival in San Diego. We had a long wait to pick up a car we had already reserved. Not enough people working the counters! The gal we had, though, was very patient and kind. But, even when we had already purchased third-party car insurance from Kayak, we were strongly encouraged to buy even more from Thrifty--an unexpected cost. That was irritating. Having finally gotten the paperwork done, we were sent to the car garage where it was very unclear as to what we were supposed to do! Aisles of categorized cars and so few people to ask for assistance. SO FRUSTRATING! We eventually found out we were just supposed to pick one out in our category! The Chevy Spark we picked out, though, was a great small car for the 2 of us--easy to drive, great gas mileage, could fit in tight parking spots, and great turning radius. However, the AC blower was wonky and did not work correctly all the time (and we really needed it while driving in the desert!). We really wanted properly working AC. Returning the car at J. Wayne Airport in Newport Beach was somewhat confusing, as well. We found out there were not enough people to do that job properly either--like properly checking the car for any damages. They took our paperwork and went off with it, with us not knowing if there would be any additional charges until they emailed us. Very frustrating, again. I guess the car rental companies just can't find people willing to work for them. They seem very short-handed.
Rated no. 8
Budget
7.6 Good (182 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Budget
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Aug 2022
The gentleman at the counter when I arrived was very friendly and professional. He promptly provided me with great service.
2.0 Mediocre30 Jun 2022
Car was cool. Staff was extremely rude when dropping off
2.0 Mediocre29 May 2022
I have very bad experience & I’m still waiting for my money back, All this company want your money They don’t care customer services
6.0 Good15 May 2022
Everything was organized perfectly. After some minutes of registration (it will take a bit longer for foreigners), the car was ready and prepared for departure. The car itself was clean and sufficiently filled with gas. Personnel was very friendly and supportive. Thanks a lot for the comfortable start of the journey. Cheers, du.
10.0 Excellent15 May 2022
The agent that helped me when picking up the rental car was very nice and made the rental smooth.
4.0 Okay19 Apr 2022
First time ever I received a vehicle that wasn’t cleaned very well and smelled like smoke. The sound on the radio only worked the first day and out the rest of the time. Read up on possible troubleshooting issues for Dodge Ram Rebel and appears that’s a common issue. Totally sucked not being able to listen to music
2.0 Mediocre10 Apr 2022
Seat belt bell was dinging continuously on the way out so turned around and returned. Was given a different vehicle ( wasn't clean on exterior and passenger adjustment didnt work for a long drive) but they would not give me the lost hour back on my rental time (we only needed to drive between cities for 24 hr rental)
10.0 Excellent9 Apr 2022
Processes for picking up & returning vehicle were quick & went off without any problems.
2.0 Mediocre3 Apr 2022
Needed to reach someone to amend reservation, but could not reach them during open office hours from website. Kept getting kicked to a central office that was not open. Very stressful.
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar 2022
Honestly state that debit cards are not accepted. Online it says budget accepts debit cards with a deposit, but I wasted money and time getting to a budget location only to be turned away because I didn’t have a credit card.
Rated no. 9
Sixt
7.2 Good (264 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Sixt
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.0 Good1 Aug 2022
An additional fee, although only $11, was annoying.
10.0 Excellent21 Jul 2022
Carlos at pick-up/front desk was so friendly snd helpful.
2.0 Mediocre23 May 2022
The shuttle to the airport was a 40 minuite wait. They charged me $170 more than what was quoted. I will not use them again
2.0 Mediocre2 May 2022
Car smelled like weed, so much so that the valet at out hotel commented on it 2 days after we picked it up. It was terrible. At the drop off location the shuttle driver declared he needed to go on brake and left us there waiting for another shuttle. Car wasn’t clean and service was poor.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2022
We booked a luxury car . According to the reservation we had to pay 330 at the pick up . We get there and the gentlemen at the counter tells us it’s going to be like 600 bucks . Not sure why this happened ur I took an Uber to this car rental spot and made a deposit for the reservation and the guy couldn’t even bother to look up anything else for us .
2.0 Mediocre9 Mar 2022
Actually I didn’t get the car and now I’m disputing my money back from you through my Bank of America bank because I wasn’t able to take the car so I didn’t do any brand I didn’t use the car and I want my money back They were too many problems with a man in the counter that he said he was gonna do the process to give me my money back which he hasn’t
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
The agent (Alona SP) was very helpful and kind.
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
Extremely clean and comfortable vehicle. I had a great experience at a very reasonable price.
2.0 Mediocre12 Jan 2022
They charged me for damage on the car that I didn't cause. There are so many reviews out there stating that this is a common scam that they run. No one reviewed the supposed damage with me at drop-off, instead I had to wait to receive the accusation via email after I had already flown out of state and couldn't contest it in person. This is a very shady business and I would strongly urge anybody not to rent from them.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jan 2022
I recently had a rental from Sixt during my trip to San Diego and LAX. The experience was SEVERELY TRAUMATIC and a DISGRACE to your company. We picked up a Chevrolet SUV on 1/5. On 1/6, while driving up the Pacific Highway, we got a flat tire. We had a difficult time getting in contact with the representative (one hung up on us), and when we were finally able to have your faulty front right tire replaced, we were told that we would have to use the spare. The lovely individual who changed the tire to the spare was the only positive part of the entire Sixt experience (and he didn’t even work for Sixt!). It was likely a pinhole that split. We were told that the spare only could be driven 50 miles, while we were 58 miles from LAX, where we were supposed to trade out the dud vehicle. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN DURING THOSE 8 ADDITIONAL MILES IF THE SPARE DID NOT HOLD?! Additionally, we were told we could not exceed 50 mph for safety reasons on the California freeway. This was my first time driving in Southern California, and to have to ride in the right lane on a 6 lane freeway for 55 miles praying that the car would be able to get back to trade in with my elderly and sickly mother in the passenger seat was ONE OF THE MOST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF OUR LIVES, full of panic, stress, fear for our safety and lives. THERE ARE NO PLACES TO PULL OVER ON A FREEWAY IF THERE IS AN ISSUE! When we returned, the girl said the tear looked like it must have spread. We were given an “UPGRADE” to a Mercedes SUV when we finally arrived back. As we pulled in to return the car, the low air pressure light went on. Now, after returning the vehicle, I received a notification via email today from SIXT that your REPLACEMENT VEHICLE that was supposed to have been upgraded also had a FAULTY FRONT RIGHT TIRE. Frankly, your company is running a SCAM for customers. WE ONLY HAD EACH VEHICLE FOR 24 HOURS! HOW COULD THERE BE AN ISSUE WITH BOTH VEHICLES, FRONT RIGHT TIRE, WITHIN THAT TIME?! Are you buying faulty front-right tires and pawning this off on customers??? This is a SAFETY HAZARD!!! CUSTOMERS WHO RENT CARS DESERVE TO BE SAFE!!! Within 48 hours of our rental experience, BOTH of your vehicles that you have us had faulty front right tires. GIVING CUSTOMERS DEFECTIVE RENTAL CARS IS A DISGUSTING PRACTICE! This ruined our trip and caused severe trauma and distress to my elderly mother and me. We demand a full refund for this experience.
Rated no. 10
Fox
6.4 Good (709 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Fox
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent28 Jul 2022
I was a little concerned when I read a lot of bad reviews about Fox Car Rentals after I already booked and paid for my rental but maybe because I prepaid for my rental, I had NO problems with pick up or drop off, they were both pretty easy. The only problem I had was after looking at my final bill I noticed a $20.00 charge for something called LOREC. I called the number on the receipt and spoke with a representative who said that was an early return charge (?) but because I prepaid for my rental I should’ve not been charged that extra $20.00 and that the representative would credit my card the amount. That was just early today so hopefully within 5-7 business days my account will be credited. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼
2.0 Mediocre26 Jul 2022
Never rent with this company
6.0 Good18 Jul 2022
It was easy to pick up and drop off. I was not impressed with Jorge at the desk at pickup. He tried to upgrade me without telling me how much more it was. Making it seem like I was late picking it up(scheduled for 12pm and we arrived at 4 because of delays ) When I discovered the extra charge at getting the car, I was not expecting an additional $120 charge. The issue was resolved by the manager at the pickup point and I was not charged. Jorge also said that all gas was $7/ gallon and only 6.15 for a pre paid fuel...not exactly true as many gas stations were under $6/gallon. Not being from the area, I agreed to take the prepaid. When I got the bill, 56.89 of gas was charged for driving 126 miles using 9.25 gallons of gas (not in traffic slowdowns but around town)for about 13 miles to the gallon. Doesn't seem very efficient for a Hyundai.Probably the tank wasn't really full when I got the car. I guess it is a lesson learned about problems for pre paid gas. Convenient yes... a deal no.
6.0 Good10 Jul 2022
I had gone to Fox rental because the company I booked with went out of business and did not notify me that they were no longer able to fulfill my reservation leaving me stranded at airport so I booked with fox on kayak and when I went to get car I was told that they didn't have any cars left except ones that would have cost more than double what I had booked. Woman was very nice and helpful referring me to another company that she knew had cars and contacted them for me to pick me up. Would give 5 stars to their staffs service 0 stars because of kayak allowing me to book a car that doesn't exist
2.0 Mediocre10 Jul 2022
I didn’t like anything! I never picked up a car! They were sold out!
2.0 Mediocre1 Jul 2022
I rented a mid sized suv online. When I showed up they told me they were out of cars. After me complaining they told me they could rent me a full sized suv for $100 more. I was exhausted and need to get to my hotel so I just paid for it and left.
10.0 Excellent1 Jul 2022
They have not returned the deposit for the car yet, still showing a $150 debit.
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2022
Shawn was awesome and very friendly. He was informative about other vehicle options, and provided a very quick service! The rest of the staff was excellent as well. We will use Fox again!
8.0 Excellent12 Jun 2022
Older model had 1st gen phone connectivity so no Apple CarPlay but plaid music and audible navigation from my phone
6.0 Good7 Jun 2022
The van we rented was very dirty when we got it. I mentioned it to the gentleman and he said here take another one, which was dirty as well. When we got the van to my house we had to wipe everything down before we put our luggage in it. Didn’t have time to complain about at the counter we were on our way out. For what we paid they’re should of been more emphasis on cleanliness. There was koolaid in the cup holders in the rear seat, crumbs on the floor, windows had finger prints all over them. The inside hadn’t been wiped down. I can say that The van was washed from the outside, that was it. Very disgusting. I don’t think I would rent from you guys again.
Rated no. 11
Ace
4.3 Okay (129 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Ace
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 5
  • 4.8
  • 4.2
  • 4.1
  • 4.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre10 Jul 2022
When arriving at airport called number for shuttle to pick up only to be told the company went out of business stranding me at the airport with no rental and offered no help. Didn't receive any prior notice that they went out of business so I could make alternate arrangements
2.0 Mediocre9 May 2022
I did this specifically for an airport pickup, and then it turns out ACE doesn’t have airport pickup, although it had said it did.
10.0 Excellent10 Apr 2022
Very nice people. However, the shuttle service was too slow and pick-up was lengthy.
2.0 Mediocre1 Feb 2022
Ace has absolutely no business being a car rental option for Kayak.
2.0 Mediocre24 Jan 2022
They are open limited hours with no after hours option so if your flight is delayed you’ll be left stranded, as I was. Not worth the cheaper price.
2.0 Mediocre18 Jan 2022
The rep up charged us and wouldn’t honor the price of the quote even though I showed her the email confirmation and itinerary. She was very rude and pushy - poor customer service. On top of not honoring the price she tried to charge us for 3 days when we only needed it for 2 days. Will never use Ace/Mex Rent A Car again.
8.0 Excellent30 Dec 2021
It was simple to reserve the car/SUV online. Down sides were, you had to take another shuttle from the regular airport shuttle to the rental place. The other down side was after leaving the rental lot, the check engine light came on (it happens). They immediately switched vehicles out without any issues (appreciate that). Maria was very helpful. Thank you. Easy rent, good experience.
6.0 Good12 Dec 2021
Actually kayak was fine. However, the car rental they suggested did not have airport shuttle, even though that was started. San Diego has restricted access to the main terminal for car companies. When you reach the RENTAL CAR CENTER, on a shuttle bus, you will find no counters for Mex or Ace. You must call them on a separate line and wait outside for THEIR shuttle. It was a little over and hour before I was on my way. This fact needs to be rectified.
6.0 Good30 Nov 2021
I paid for my rent on line when I made reservation and I was charged again when I picked up car !?
6.0 Good1 Nov 2021
Had some discussions around additional insurance, which was taken care of by Junior in a positive way.
Rated no. 12
MEXRENTACAR
4 Okay (282 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego Airport
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 4.7
  • 4.6
  • 3.9
  • 3.8
  • 4.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre24 Jul 2022
When we showed up to the airport we found out that the rental car place was not even located at the airport and we had to wait at a shuttle stop for a half hour only for nobody to show up. Then when we called there they said they were out of car rentals. So we had to find another car rental place at the last minute and everywhere was almost booked out. We found one place left and had to pay an absurd price because it was the day of. NEVER BOOK with this place. We heard this happened to many other people too.
2.0 Mediocre14 Jul 2022
Worst experience I could imagine! After dealing with the girl giving me attitude when only calling to arrange the shuttle, to find out that they’re no longer in business? What?! No responsibility or apology, just told “they should have emailed you”.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jul 2022
Scammed me. They canceled my same-day return reservation upon my arrival. Never gave me an advanced notification that it was not possible for their alleged inventory issues. Brings up the question of why continue to offer their service if they are aware of this ongoing issue? I have tried to contact them throughout the month after the incident to follow up with my refund to which I am greeted with voicemails and never a call back. Do not use this company. Poor customer service, poor online marketing (great for scamming), and poor communication.
2.0 Mediocre4 Jul 2022
Bad customer service, indifferent attitude, overcommitting their vehicles, and then simply not having a car for you - will tell you that they do not honor the reservation you made on Kayak, they only honor reservations you make on their website.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jun 2022
They are just scamming peoples. Even I declined to get coverage they charge for that. I would give them -5. I won’t recommend.
10.0 Excellent19 Jun 2022
The car was ready and clean. The staff was exceptionally helpful and the shuttle service to the airport was helpful for me and my group.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jun 2022
The entire experience was unacceptable, no shuttle from the airport, offsite rental company therefore because of no ride to rental area, no car rented, do not recommend whatsoever.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jun 2022
They never gave me the car
2.0 Mediocre8 Jun 2022
This place was off site from the airport and this was not disclosed when booking. We had to wait 40 minutes for a shuttle and the shuttle driver texted the entire time he was driving. The car was decent. No drop off instructions were provided and we were unable to ever get in contact with the office again. When it came time to drop the car off one one ever showed up to open the business and we had to leave the car outside the gate. No one will answer the phone to confirm they got the car. I would never book with this company again. Ever. Very sketchy!
2.0 Mediocre7 Jun 2022
Price gouging for extension request is scummy
Rated no. 13
Airport Van
7 Good (76 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Airport Van
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar 2020
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
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
Van was nice.Shuttle service was terrible/non existent. Rental office is a run down shack to smells of urine.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb 2020
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
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
The staff was friendly and helpful. The drop off was super easy. We had a terrific vehicle for the cost.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
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
Polite staffThey did not have the car which I reserved. False advertisement.
2.0 Mediocre6 Dec 2017
Never rent from this placeNothing.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
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.
Rated no. 14
Advantage
6.8 Good (99 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Advantage
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Mar 2020
it was great, I used kayak to do the reservation
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2019
Staff was great. Very friendly and knowledgable
10.0 Excellent10 Jul 2019
Friendly staffCar 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
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 easyThis Rental place was just average just like any other airport rental plane
10.0 Excellent29 May 2019
Staff was great Dodge caravan was as advertised I had 6 big adults and baggage and we all fit
5.2 Okay14 Apr 2019
PriceThe 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
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
That I actually got a carWhen 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
Very little, priced according to the service and vehicle I received.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
Very friendly, great customer service and rep explained everything we would recieve with the rental.Knowing ahead of time there would be a $200 security deposit and no cash option.
Rated no. 15
E-Z Rent-A-Car
6.3 Good (92 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
  • 6.1
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 Good5 Oct 2019
"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.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
It got us where we wanted to go.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
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.Counter clerk has to explain all fees and charges up front.
6.4 Good22 Feb 2019
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3.2 Mediocre16 Feb 2019
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.Nothing to likeTrying 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 againBasically nothingCar 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 youThey 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
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
Stained rear seat, inside of windows & windshield needed to be cleaned.
Rated no. 16
Pacific
6.2 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Pacific
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 6.2
  • 6.3
  • 6.1
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
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2.0 Mediocre1 May 2016
False advertising and hidden fees!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
They were very friendly and helpful.
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr 2016
The car from hellNothingGoing some where else
8.4 Excellent25 Apr 2016
Very good customer service!It was off site of the rest of the car rental companies
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2016
Over-priced and dishonestPacific 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
AverageNot busy. Car was there, ready to go.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 suckedFirstly 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
Fast, convenient, not long and drawn out with pressure sales to purchase all the extras like gas, insurance, etcNot located at the main car rental terminal but they came there right away to pick me up.
4.4 Okay13 Apr 2016
Basic and budgetNo line at checkout or check in.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 worstnothingWhen 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.
Rated no. 17
Silvercar
9.6 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Silvercar
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 10
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.8
  • 9.6
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10.0 Excellent23 Feb 2021
Great being able to select the exact car you want for a rental.Feel financially taken advantage for wanting a luxury specific car rather than a general “luxury category” rental.
10.0 Excellent29 Dec 2019
Staff very friendly, pick up drop off was very smooth and easy
Rated no. 18
National
8.8 Excellent (28 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
National
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 9.1
  • 9.2
  • 8.7
  • 9
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 Apr 2022
Easy booking, great customer service and easy return at the airport
8.0 Excellent22 Mar 2022
I just say thank you
10.0 Excellent30 Dec 2021
The car was brand new. Getting and returning the car was a breeze. It was great.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jul 2021
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
I love it
8.8 Excellent31 Aug 2020
staff was very friendlyeverything 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 niceNice car. Worked well. Pick up and drop off were mostly smoothI 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
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 CarThe counter personnel were well-dressed, competent, and treated me like I was their only customer.Nothing to dislike...
6.0 Good29 Jun 2017
Direct car pickup at the carThe quality of the car was below national standard
Rated no. 19
GREEN MOTION
8.6 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay7 Nov 2017
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 AGAINCar was not what the Kayak
10.0 Excellent23 Sep 2017
easy access to the car! LOVE my SMART CAR!!!!
9.6 Excellent18 Sep 2017
Quick pick up / drop off--aggressive on selling upgrade/insurancefast pick up/drop off. 24 hour shuttle service to and from airport because all rental company is housed at same location (San Diego Airport)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 goodRelatively 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.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
Inexpensive.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
Price was greatThe "Smart" car was a joke!
Rated no. 20
Europcar
5.3 Okay (3 reviews)
1 location in San Diego Airport
Europcar
Locations in San Diego Airport
  • 7.3
  • 6
  • 5.3
  • 4
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
6.0 Good27 Jun 2022
The car rental desks are NOT “at the airport”. Usually that term implies that the rental desks are in the arrival terminal. At San Diego airport, you have to take a 15 minute shuttle ride. While the car rental center is technically “at the airport” because it sits on airport property, I felt deceived by the description.
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5582 travellers who rented a car in San Diego Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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Hertz

Most popular car type

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Average price

$97/day

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$96/day

Top tips for renting a car at San Diego Airport

  • If you’re looking for car hire at San Diego Airport, you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s really straightforward to find the car hire companies based at the airport. Once you’re through customs and passport control and you’ve collected your baggage, follow the Transportation Plaza signs in the Arrivals Hall. All car hire companies are based at the Car Rental Centre, which is around 3 miles from the airport terminal, and takes about 10min to drive. There is a dedicated shuttle service run by each company, that regularly departs the terminal and operates 24h a day.
  • San Diego Airport car hire is a great way to travel around the city, Southern California and even driving into Mexico if you’re looking to be extra adventurous. There are many advantages that hiring a car has over relying on public transportation. Though public buses and trains are reliable from the airport, getting into the city can be simple, but the city is also very drivable, and most tourists prefer to hire a car than to depend on bus schedules. You’ll save time and have a sense of more freedom and control with your hands at the wheel. If you do want to drive over the border to Mexico, then you will need to agree to additional insurance as part of your rental agreement. To be sure, check directly with your car hire company.
  • Getting to and from San Diego Airport by car is convenient and quick, especially as there is a huge network of highways linking the city, the airport, and surrounding areas. Downtown San Diego is only 10min away, less than 3 miles in distance. Once you’ve collected your vehicle turn onto Admiral Boland Way, connecting with Kettner Boulevard, onto the I-5S and finally Fourth Avenue and you’ll be in the heart of the city in next to no time. You can even reach Tijuana in Mexico within 40min via the I-5S highway, and if you want to drive along the Californian coast taking in the beaches along the way, just take the I-5N. Options in this region are almost endless.
  • With car hire at San Diego Airport, make sure you know the operating hours of your chose car hire company, it’s very important as this may affect the time in which you need to return your vehicle. Some companies based at the Car Rental Centre close between 21:00-24:00, whilst others are open for 24h. When you’re booking your car hire, check the returns policy regarding time and drop-off points, as it may differ from the collection point. You can check out car hire deals through KAYAK and you’ll see which companies will include an out-of-hours fee as part of their deal.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars at San Diego Airport for $96 or less
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