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In San Francisco we recommend the following car rental offers

from 42 $ per day
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15 Days from 28.06 - 13.07.2024
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from 54 $ per day
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Alone on the road or only with small luggage? Then this will be sufficient!

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15 Days from 28.06 - 13.07.2024
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from 44 $ per day
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e.g. Mitsubishi Mirage
15 Days from 28.06 - 13.07.2024
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Rent a Car in San Francisco

Book a cheap rental car and get ready for your San Francisco road trip. Feel the first summer rays of the spring sun on your skin and enjoy the wind in your hair. San Francisco is the perfect starting point for an exciting road trip. Jet across the Golden Gate Bridge and have a picnic with a beautiful view of the springtime landscape. If you travel to San Francisco in the spring, you'll escape the crowds. You won't soon forget this road trip.

The secrets of San Francisco with a rental car

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The unique ambience of San Francisco is a result of its proximity to the ocean, the iconic hills that form the city’s backdrop, and the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is full of historical buildings, mind-blowing museums and art galleries, green parks and walkways, and interesting architecture—all making it a jewel of Northern California.

Apart from the numerous attractions that can be found in San Francisco itself, it is also a great gateway to discover other regional gems. It is surrounded by exquisite scenery created by the beautiful San Francisco Bay and the wild waters of the Pacific Ocean. While exploring the numerous attractions of San Francisco, Driveboo will definitely come in handy—check the offers of all local car rental companies and book your rental car in San Francisco online.

Enjoy the spring in San Francisco with a rental car

Who hasn't wanted to enjoy the perfect spring in San Francisco? Pack your suitcase and look forward to an unforgettable road trip through San Francisco in spring. When you feel the first warm rays of sun on your skin and the wind in your hair, you can fully enjoy your spring vacation and just sit back and relax. From San Francisco, you can take a rental car and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and choose the most beautiful places for a picnic with stunning views. The spring-like landscape in and around San Francisco will give you peace and energy.

Find your rental car for a tour around San Francisco

Blick aus dem Flugzeug

San Francisco - Blick aus dem Flugzeug

San Francisco is literally full of car rental companies. There is a plethora of vehicles to choose from. Therefore, hiring a car might seem like a daunting challenge. The easiest way to do it is by renting a car at the airport.

The closest airport to the city centre is, of course, San Francisco Airport (SFO), located 12.3 miles (20 km) away. However, many travellers also choose to arrive at Oakland Airport (OAK), located 20.9 miles (34 km) from San Francisco.

Do I need an international driver's license to rent a car in San Francisco?

Fortunately, the US has entered into an agreement with most EU countries. This agreement is a guarantee that your national driver's license is enough to move around San Francisco in a rental car.

However, some car rental companies require their clients to be holders of an international driver's license, so it is better to apply far ahead of your trip in order to avoid any obstacles caused by a delay in your application.

Speed limits in San Francisco

  • Speed limits in San Francisco are posted on road signs in miles per hour (mph).
  • On multilane freeways, the speed limit is 65 mph (105 km/h).
  • On two-lane highways, the speed limit is 55 mph (90 km/h).
  • The speed limit that you need to observe on city streets is usually 35 mph (55 km/h).
  • It is important to remember that residential areas and areas around schools have different speed limits—these are usually 25 mph (40 km/h).

Additional information concerning driving around San Francisco

Unterwegs in San Francisco

Unterwegs in San Francisco

  • Californian law forbids writing, sending, and reading text messages while driving.
  • Drivers are allowed to use hands-free devices while talking on the phone.
  • In order to report an accident or get help, you should call 911.
  • Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts.
  • Drinking and driving is considered one of the most serious offences in California.
  • The blood alcohol limit is 0.08%.
  • In California, there are carpool lanes which can be identified by a special diamond-shaped pattern painted on the road. Look for the black-and-white signs that will provide you with information on when you are allowed to use these lanes (usually on weekdays during rush hours). These hours have to be observed at all times. However, remember that there must be at least two people (including the person driving the vehicle) in the car.
  • Remember, some carpool lanes in the San Francisco Bay Area have a three-person minimum.
  • Using the lanes when you do not have the required number of passengers will result in high fines of up to $ 400.
  • Carpool lanes in California possess specific entry and exit zones that have to be observed as well.

Driving a rental car behind a school bus

When you’re driving in the US and see one of the famous yellow school buses in front of you, you must stop for as long as the driver has the stop sign out. Passing by, even at a slower pace, is not allowed and is punishable with large fines.

Highlights of San Francisco with a rental car

Enjoying a stunning location against the backdrop of dramatic ocean and offering a wide variety of attractions, San Francisco is considered one of the top destinations in California. While visiting the city, you can’t miss the following highlights:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Cable Cars
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Chinatown
  • California Academy of Sciences
Fisherman's Warf San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Straßenbahn in San Francisco

Straßenbahn in San Francisco

Explore the most beautiful places around San Francisco with a rental car

Palmen in Los Angeles

Ausflug nach Los Angeles

Wave San Francisco goodbye and head for the endless summer of Santa Cruz. This beach town will cater to the needs of even the most demanding beach lovers. Take a stroll along the famous Beach Boardwalk and spend a couple of hours on Main Beach. More remote beaches include Natural Bridges Beach, Sunset State Beach, and Cowell Beach.

Berkeley is another must-see Californian city. This university town offers a stunning campus located on a scenic hilltop. Visitors will also have a unique opportunity to admire the city’s beautiful architecture and its many libraries, research centres, and galleries. You should definitely head for sites such as Sather Tower, Bancroft Library, or Sproul Plaza.

For those who enjoy solitude, Half Moon Bay is a great escape from the ambience of the large cities. A rural retreat located alongside the roaring Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay can be found only a stone’s throw from San Francisco city centre. The city offers picturesque pathways, hiking trails, and great weather conditions for those who would like to try their hand at surfing. Many popular surfing events and competitions are held at Mavericks Beach.

Those who aren’t fed up with the glamour of a large metropolis should also consider a trip to Los Angeles. The famous City of Angels with its bustling Hollywood district and many entertainment venues will be an ideal spot for a day full of fun.

Destination Distance in km Distance in miles Time
Santa Cruz 122 km 75.6 miles 1 h 18 min
Berkeley 22 km 13.6 miles 18 min
Half Moon Bay 47 km 29.1 miles 40 min
Los Angeles 616 km 383 miles 5 h 43 min

Frequently asked questions about car rental booking San Francisco

How much does a rental car cost in San Francisco?

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Golden Gate Bridge

Book a cheap rental car in San Francisco

Rental car for one day

A rental car is available in San Francisco from as little as 42 $ per day. If you only have a few days in San Francisco, a rental car is ideal for an exciting day trip.

Rental car for a week

You can book a rental car in San Francisco from as little as 294 $ per week. San Francisco is the ideal starting point for a West Coast road trip by rental car. 

Book a small car

Especially in cities, traffic can be annoying and parking limited. So, it's ideal to explore San Francisco in a maneuverable compact car. You can get a compact car in San Francisco for as little as 54 $ per day. 

Book a convertible

The beautiful coastal city of San Francisco is best discovered by convertible. You can book a convertible in San Francisco from as little as 77 $ per day.

Where can I book a rental car in San Francisco?

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View over San Francisco

Pick up a rental car in San Francisco or at the airport

In San Francisco you can pick up your car rental directly from attractive locations in the city. We are colaborating with all national and international car rental companies in San Francisco to ensure you have a great choice. 

Car hire pick up at San Francisco Airport

Alternatively you can book your car rental at San Francisco Airport. Here, you can usually expect a higher range of car rentals and also benefit from longer opening hours. Broaden your search around San Francisco Airport to see the best deals. 

Can I pick up a rental car in San Francisco and drop it off somewhere else?

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Rental car easy to return in San Diego

With one way rental it is easy to pick up the rental car in San Francisco and drop it off somewhere else. San Francisco is the ideal starting point for a West Coast road trip and also perfectly located as a stopover. Also conceivable is a rental at a stadium in the city and a return at the San Francisco Airport

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What should be considered when returning the rental car in San Francisco?

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Plan enough buffer time for the return of the rental car. Depending on the selected tank regulation, you must fill up the rental car accordingly. In principle, we always recommend the fair tank regulation full/full. With this you return the rented car with the same fuel level as you picked it up. To do this, simply go to the nearest gas station at your car rental. When returning the rental car, the car rental company will inspect the condition and fuel level. If everything agrees with the time of the rental, the retained deposit will be released to you again.

From what age can I book a rental car in San Francisco?

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With many car rental providers you can already book a rental car at the age of 21. Simply enter the age in the search mask and look forward to an exciting trip with your friends through San Francisco. For drivers under 25 years, there is usually a so-called "young driver fee", which is already included in the displayed rental price. You do not have to pay any additional fees for this on site. You can find more information in the rental conditions.

Can I cancel a rental car free of charge?

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You can cancel any booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the rental. So if your travel plans change at short notice, you are on the safe side. Please note the opening hours of our service team for this. 

Satisfaction with MietwagenCheck
50843 Reviews

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118 Experiences of our customers in San Francisco

Rating of Sara D.

“Great new car and absolutely hassle free online ordering process. Recommendable.”

Rating of Helene A.

“Ordering at Autoeurope was as usual to the fullest satisfaction. Pickup of the rental car in San Francisco at the local provider Alamo was problem-free, in the Choice Lane were about 10 vehicles to choose from!”

Rating of Dennis F.

“Very friendly and fast handling, Navi even set up in German, everything great!”

Rating of Andreas M.

“Very speedy and friendly handling of the vehicle takeover. The car was practically new with 1,800 miles on the speedometer and had a very good equipment. Completely satisfied with the Alamo rental station at the San Francisco airport - I can recommend it!”

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