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In San Diego we recommend the following car rental offers

from 38 $ per day
Basic package

Good offers for a small budget

e.g. Hyundai Veloster
13 Days from 04.04 - 17.04.2025
Example vehicle
from 40 $ per day
Plus Package

Offers with top price-performance ratio

13 Days from 04.04 - 17.04.2025
Example vehicle
from 43 $ per day
All-round carefree package

This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

e.g. Chevrolet Spark
13 Days from 04.04 - 17.04.2025
Example vehicle

Rent a Car in San Diego

Imagine yourself driving along the stunning coastline of San Diego, with the salty ocean breeze in your hair and the warm California sun kissing your skin. As you navigate the vibrant streets of this coastal city, palm trees sway gently in the wind, casting delightful shadows on the picturesque neighborhoods. The iconic San Diego skyline stands tall in the background, featuring modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks that tell the story of this vibrant metropolis. With a rental car at your disposal, you have the freedom to explore the city's diverse attractions, from the famous Balboa Park to the lively Gaslamp Quarter. Cruise along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, stopping to admire breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and perhaps even catching a glimpse of playful dolphins or majestic whales. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply indulging in the city's renowned culinary scene, San Diego has it all. Embrace the spirit of Southern California as you embark on an unforgettable journey through the sunny streets of San Diego.

Car hire San Diego - Explore the city

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San Diego in Southern California can be explored with a rental car. The sunshine state attracts visitors with fantastic tours. So we advise you to book a flight to San Diego, get into your rental car and go on an unforgettable journey through the vast expanses of this beautiful state! Travel independently and flexibly through the USA and experience the breathtaking nature.

Why discover San Diego by rental car?

Many Europeans secretly long to cross the vast expanses of the USA. For many people, the only question is whether it's more like a city trip to New York or a tour along one of the coasts. If you want to experience a unique mix of wild nature, barren desert and pulsating metropolises such as San Diego, Los Angeles or San Francisco. You won't get past a trip through the West of the

 USA. San Diego itself is the second largest city in the state of California. About 1.4 million people live here - close to the Mexican border. The climate is extremely pleasant and warm. In addition to the famous beaches of Malibu, the coast of San Diego is also known as paradise among surfers.

What is the best way to get to San Diego?

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is your landing airport. If you land here, you'll be in the city. Although it has only one take-off and landing runway, it is the airport with the largest number of passengers in the USA. Ideally, you have booked a rental car long before landing at this airport. Because you can imagine that with this amount of passengers, the waiting time at the check-in counter will take a while.

Explore San Diego by rental car

Coronado Bridge San Diego

Coronado Bridge San Diego

California's sunshine state owes its name to the weather. Although it is not always warm and sunny in all areas of the state, this is true for most of them. Accordingly, the travel clothing should be summery - with some long things, in case it's a little cooler in San Francisco. In order to get a rental car, you must be of legal age, often even over 21 years old. An international driving licence is strongly recommended.

Deposit and additional driver for the rental car in San Diego

Every car rental company insists on a deposit that will be charged to your credit card. If you return the car without damage, you will be credited with the amount immediately. You should include this option in your price comparison. The distances from one city to another can be gigantic. If you don't want to take full responsibility on your own, you should include a second driver. The costs are lower than you might think.

Rent a car and make excursions around San Diego

Excursions from San Diego Distance by rental car
San Diego zoo 2 miles
Balboa Park 1.5 miles
Birch Aquarium 14 miles
SeaWorld San Diego 7 miles
Disneyland Anaheim 96 miles
Los Angeles 120 miles
San Francisco 502 miles
Las Vegas 332 miles
Suricate Zoo San Diego

San Diego zoo

Botanical Building Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park

We have omitted all national parks from the list. Just one example: Joshua Tree National Park is about 165 miles away, Death Valley National Park is about 350 miles away! The distances are huge, as promised. Without a good rental car it would be a bit more difficult to travel through the West of the USA. Therefore, you should make use of the price comparison on Driveboo and book in time.

Frequently asked questions about car rental booking San Diego

What cars can i rent in San Diego and how much is a rental car in San Diego ?


If you travel by yourself or as a pair of 2 and you have a tighter budget, perhaps go for a cheaper category. Those are usually our mini cars and our economy cars. You can rent those for a price starting at 263 $ per week or 38 $ per day.

If you are traveling as a family and need a little more space, either a family car or SUV would be sufficient. You can get an SUV for 334 $ per week and a family sized car for 334 $ per week. 

In case you want a little more luxury during your trip, you could go for a premium car. Those start at {{premium:price:day} per day. 

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10 Experiences of our customers in San Diego

Rating of Seth F.

“Super service! From A-Z everything has worked well. The Nissan Pathfinder was very spacious for the two of us and has accompanied us reliably for 3 weeks over 5,800 km! Both the pickup and the delivery also went smoothly.”

Rating of Janine F.

“Response to inquiries by mail answered comprehensively and very friendly....was not available...sklasse. The station is very well signposted....Return was easy and very fast...”

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