Rental Car San Francisco Airport

Rental car at San Francisco Airport - SFO from 25 $ per day

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Car rental at San Francisco Airport 

Enjoy legendary roadtrips through California and start your journey with a rental car at San Francisco Airport. We recommend that you book your rental car online before your trip. Benefit from early booking prices and our transparent price comparison for rental cars. At San Francisco Airport (SFO) you can rent various vehicle models, such as SUVs, convertibles, small cars and vans. Especially if you want to enjoy nature in California, we recommend you to rent an SUV. 

Why should you rent a car and visit San Francisco?

Every visitor to the United States should spend part of his or her stay in San Francisco. This Californian metropolis with its pleasant climate, many sights and unique flair captivates countless people from all over the world every year. Most of them arrive at the airport and take a suitable rental car to get to the city centre. Although San Francisco City with its 800,000 inhabitants seems to be much more manageable than Miami or New York, the distances between the individual highlights are quite long.

Car hire San Francisco Airport 

Compare the offers of different car hire companies at San Francisco Airport. We work with all major car rental companies in the United States. The following car hire companies are a selection of the available providers at San Francisco Airport:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Hertz 

You can rent a car at San Francisco Airport from any of the mentioned car rental companies and book your car online via the price comparison at Driveboo. 

The idea of renting a car at San Francisco International Airport SFO CA is advantageous. The rental car will take you from the airport to the hotel, downtown, Golden Gate Bridge and every part of the metropolis or to one of the viewpoints on the hills of the outskirts. The following article informs you about the international airport, shows you the way to your car rental company and also explains how to get from the pick-up station to the city center. But San Francisco also has experiences to offer, where you should leave your cheaply rented car at the hotel: for example, a ride with the Cable Cars.

Information about San Francisco Airport SFO

From San Francisco Airport, 22 national airlines fly to more than 60 cities in the USA. Approximately 37 million passengers land or depart from the International Airport SFO every year. Information on all relevant topics, such as car rental, is provided in several languages and interpreters are available via a telephone hotline. As a passenger arriving from abroad, you will arrive at Terminal 4 and your first route leads to passport control in the arrivals hall. Afterwards, you take your luggage off the treadmill and pass through the control area of the US customs. Afterwards, you will probably want to pick up your reserved rental car at the car rental company of your choice. The building in which the car rental companies are accommodated is located outside the international terminal.

However, you can easily reach the SFO car rental headquarters with the blue Airtrain line. The drive takes a few minutes and takes you via West Field Road Station to Rental Car Station. Once there, all you have to do is search for your car rental company, which will take care of all the formalities of handover and show you the way to the pick-up station.

What should you know when renting a car at San Francisco Aiport?

What age does your car rental require when you rent a car? The question should be clarified at the time of booking, as almost every car rental company present at San Francisco CA International Airport requires a minimum age of 25 years. However, there are some exceptions, such as the Alamo provider. With the company you can rent a car at the age of 21 years, but an insurance supplement of 25 dollars per day is due. The state of California (CA) is far less accommodating in this respect than New York. Small rental cars are an option for 18-year-olds as long as there is a willingness to pay for a high insurance.

Your SFO airport car hire company will probably rent you a car without mileage restrictions, but it is not certain that the insurance you want is already included in the rental price. Rent your car through the price comparison at Driveboo at a low price and include the optimal insurance. You are advised to choose fully comprehensive insurance (CDW) and extended liability insurance (EP) only, with us both policies are standard. Do you want to drive the rental car alone or should an additional driver be registered? The question is only important if you want to leave the state of California (CA) by car, check with your airport car rental company.

Car hire San Francisco Airport - One-way rent

You want to pick up your car at the appropriate pick-up station at the International Airport SFO and return it to the pick-up station of another airport? You must also clarify this aspect with your rental car provider, otherwise you may have to pay a comparatively expensive one-way rent. For this reason, please reserve with us. Our partners often offer very favourable one-way contracts. On Driveboo you can rent your dream vehicle at a low price and only have to calculate comparatively low surcharges for extras such as navigation systems and child seats.

Is there a petrol station at San Francisco SFO airport?

Gas station Distance from San Francisco Airport
76 gas station 2.8 miles
Arco 5.6 miles

Rental car San Francisco: Important traffic rules

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • Keep attention to the speed limit
  • Wear seat belts
  • School buses are forbidden to overtake

The traffic regulations in California do not differ significantly from those in Europe. Inform yourself about the special features at your car rental company, so that the commendable intention to rent a car at a reasonable price does not experience any unpleasant burden from expensive parking tickets.

Explore San Francisco with your rental car

At SFO International Airport, you could rent a car cheaply and without mileage restrictions. You probably want to discover the attractions of the Californian metropolis. It is therefore essential to drive to the Golden Gate Bridge or the nearby Golden Gate Park. Both destinations are only a few kilometers from the city center and offer exciting impressions accompanied by a captivatingly beautiful appearance.

Even if you were able to rent your car at San Francisco Airport at a very reasonable price, you should still explore certain destinations on foot or by cable car. These include the hills in the northeast and the densely populated downtown. However, some streets invite you to drive a rental car, especially Lombard Street leads you over the hills of the metropolis with sometimes very steep gradients.

Other car rental destinations in San Francisco

Destination Distance from San Francisco Airport
Silicon Valles 37 miles
Sacramento 105 miles
Santa Cruz 69 miles
Yosemite National Park 161 miles

San José Airport is a city in the Silicon Valley, about 60 kilometers from San Francisco Airport, which invites you to a day trip with modern scenery and many sights. The city of Sacramento, located about 170 kilometres north of San Francisco, offers so many highlights that one day is not enough to discover it. You should therefore choose a hotel and stay here for a few days.

South of the SFO International Airport, Santa Cruz is located 110 kilometres away. Enjoy the fantastic flair of the city with its characteristic features, choose an attractive hotel and relax in a varied environment.

Nature lovers should spend a few days in the exciting Yosemite National Park. Located approximately 260 miles from San Francisco City and the airport, the park covers 3,000 square kilometers and is located in the east of California. You can reach him by car in about five hours and find a suitable hotel nearby.

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