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Carlsbad car hire information

Pick-up locationCarlsbad
Car types
Hire locations9
Airport locations4

Cheap car hire in Carlsbad

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Carlsbad

  • Using car hire in Carlsbad allows you to fully experience the city popular for its sandy beaches, lagoons, and world-class sporting events. A hire car will provide convenience and comfort that public transportation cannot. They give you control over your travel experience. Drive your hire car and experience attractions such as LEGOLAND California, 4.8 km (3 miles away from Carlsbad), Joshua Tree National Park, 225 km (139.5 miles) away, and Museum of Making Music, 6.3 km (3.9 miles) away.
  • You will likely land at San Diego International Airport (SAN), about 55.2 km (34.3 miles) from Carlsbad. All car hire agencies at the airport have their pick-up points at the Consolidated Hire Car Centre. For convenience, free shuttle buses run continually to take passengers from the airport terminals to the hire car centre. Some available Carlsbad car hire companies include Dollar, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, SIXT, Hertz, Enterprise, Payless, and ZipCar. If you want cheaper deals, there are several off-site car hire agencies, such as Nur Car Hire.
  • When using car hire in Carlsbad, you will notice that roads can get congested, especially along the beaches, due to the tourist influx. California has a Freedom to Walk Act that allows passengers to cross roads in places with no crossings. Therefore, you should be alert when driving through Carlsbad to avoid hitting anyone. Generally, though, this city has well-maintained roads that can handle traffic flow, so you won’t find driving here difficult.
  • Major roads in Carlsbad can get congested, especially during morning and evening rush hour. The peak hours are usually between 07:30 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:30. Driving during these hours can be challenging and inconvenient, especially if you are in a hurry. Consider planning your trips to and avoiding major roads like Highway 101. To beat Carlsbad traffic, you can use alternative roads and backstreets or start your journey before peak hours.
  • Book your car hire in Carlsbad at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hire in Carlsbad are around -45% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Carlsbad

  • How much is the price of fuel in Carlsbad?

    The average price of fuel in Carlsbad is R67,21 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R806 and R1 075, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Carlsbad?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Carlsbad.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Dollar, Thrifty and Avis.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Thrifty and Avis.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Carlsbad?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Carlsbad?

    A Mini car hire in Carlsbad costs R2 293 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Carlsbad?

    An Economy car hire in Carlsbad costs R1 407 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Luxury car hire cost in Carlsbad?

    A Luxury car hire in Carlsbad costs R1 368 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Carlsbad?

    This depends on the weather, travel needs, and budget. However, a small car will help you easily navigate Carlsbad streets and park, even in tight spaces. Compact cars are also cheaper to hire and fuel-efficient, helping you to cover more distance. It is important to consider the number of people you are travelling with. Consider a large car for its space, traction, and reliability if you have a large group. It is also ideal if you are planning long trips.

  • What’s the speed limit in Carlsbad?

    The city of Carlsbad has set the speed limit of residential districts to 40.2 km/h (25 mph) unless stated otherwise by road signs to ensure the safety of pedestrians. The speed limit of most highways in the city is 105 km/h (65 mph), but on some, it is stated as 112 km/h (70 mph). In special areas like school zones, near children’s playgrounds or parks, the speed limit comes down to 40.2 km/h (25 mph) to ensure children’s safety. It is important to always adhere to these speed limits when using car hire in Carlsbad, to avoid getting into legal trouble.

  • Where are the best places to park in Carlsbad?

    Finding a car park in Carlsbad is easy, as there are several options with easy access. If you visit Carlsbad State Beach, you can park your car for free at the end of Tamarack Avenue and along Highway 101. From here, the beach is just a short walk away. Hyatt House - 5010 Avenida Encinas Parking charges $6 (£4.66) for three hours, and Cape Rey Hilton Resort charges $30 (£23.4) for overnight parking. If you park in car parks outside the city, you can get into the city by bus.

Carlsbad car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

9,6

Wonderful

55 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

10.0

3 locations in Carlsbad

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Locations in Carlsbad

1816-c Oceanside Blvd.

+1 760 722 7031

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2100 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 930 0123

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E

+1 760 579 0072

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Sebastian was knowledgeable, polite and helpful. The pick-up location was convenient.

Cons:

additional clerks

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up took an hour at off airport location. Drop off at Reno Airport was just fine.

Cons:

Pick up -- especially because we had gone to location and confirmed the pickup for Monday morning early. Only one staff person for 4 customers.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Turn signal was not functioning

2,0 Poor

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

If I would have been able to go.

Cons:

refund on my money. I wasn’t able to go due to the coronavirus. I called and the dude said I wasn’t able to get my money back. Kinda bs

9,2 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly but not very helpful.

Cons:

I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.

4,4 Mediocre

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staf was nice..

Cons:

Well... I make resevetion on line when a went to pick the car they said theyNo have A car to give if i can wait hour i will call you..they never call me back .... I need to get uber for my destination 3 times is very sad... To go true that..make sure call before go to pick car...

1 out of 12

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,7

Very Good

35 reviews

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.8

3 locations in Carlsbad

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Locations in Carlsbad

5245 Car Country Dr

+1 760 931 1111

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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6050 Avenida Encinas

+1 760 918 0883

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
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875 S. Coast Highway

+1 760 966 9090

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything was good

6,8 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was very fun!

Cons:

The price for insurance was not clear and I overpaid for this.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff friendly and courteous. Excellent car and rates.

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and informative

Cons:

I wish they had a car for use on the lot but they did drive us to the next location to pick up our car there.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brand new vehicle and a very professional, courteous staff.

Cons:

Everything was fine

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.

1 out of 5

Budget

6,9

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Carlsbad

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1771 Oceanside Boulevard Ste B

+1 760 757 5799

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 2469

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
We reserved the car with kayak and the company didn’t have cars available. I think kayak could’ve done a better job in this transaction. Kayak allowed us to make a reservation with the car company without cars available. Very poor communication and costumer service. The car company was nice to make a phone call to us to tell us they didn’t have cars at their location and couldn’t understand why kayak would allow this.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The entire experience was a complete waste of time. I prepaid $208 on budget.com for my entire reservation it was going to be 4 days in a Fullsize sedan. I completed the online check in to speed up the process at the counter just like the pop up prompted me to do so. A few hours later I am at the local budget location and I go to the counter and the representative takes my ID and Debit card says it runs a soft credit check or some BS and he says oh we can't rent to you the check came back bad. I have already paid for this rental I tell him so why would I be charged on the website prior to this the full amount of the rental and then be denied after I am already checked in online before coming to the store all on the exact same debit card. I then become aware that if I use a credit card for the $200 deposit there is no credit check. Oh well then that's a no brainer and I hand over my capital one credit card he takes it and then as he is about to swipe it, he abruptly stops and says oh that's right we can't rent to you at all. Once youre denied from the credit check you're blacklisted essentially from renting at budget. I have never used budget before in my life and I will never use there services again. I have tried to call the 800 number the representative at the store gave me however the phone representative was unable to locate my reservation with the confirmation code I was emailed or with the code given by the counter representative. I am about to head back down this morning to get a rental somewhere else and I will be following up with BUDGET about these issues and will update the review once this happens.

2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Rathe was $134 and was changed $356

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

COUNTER GUY WAS FRIENDLY, DROP OFF SUPER EASY AND QUICK

Cons:

ON PICK UP COUNTER GUY WAS VERY BUSY, COULD HAVE USED SECOND PERSON

6,0 Okay

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They upgraded my car.

Cons:

The car smelled like cigarettes.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!

Cons:

You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.

1 out of 10

Avis

6,4

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.3

2 locations in Carlsbad

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1771 Oceanside Boulevard Ste B

+1 760 757 9929

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 1393

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
So many things went wrong with pickup. Including the employee leaving before we even saw the car. Locked the door. Gone. So we were stuck with a “luxury upgrade” with one bald tire and stinking of smoke. After the automated customer service loophole I contacted another Avis location who called the owner to meet us.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and efficent

Cons:

The car had a horrible smoke odor that permeated all of my luggage.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great facility.

Cons:

Nothing.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.

4,8 Mediocre

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Main issue was that the price rose 200% when I went to pick up the car. Instead of about $250 the rental cost closer to $500. Very disappointed with the outrageous charges for changing pick up location. I expected a small variation but the resulting fees were astronomical.

1 out of 12

Thrifty

6,2

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Carlsbad

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1816-c Oceanside Boulevard

+1 760 722 7031

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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EZ Van

No score available yet

3 locations in Carlsbad

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Locations in Carlsbad

235 South Tremont St

+1 866 735 8267

Opening times not available

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302 Missouri St

+1 760 846 6223

Opening times not available

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6511 Avenida Encinas

+1 866 735 8267

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Zeeba Rent-A-Van

No score available yet

2 locations in Carlsbad

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Locations in Carlsbad

4901 El Camino Real Carlsbad, Ca ,charleston,sc,us

+1 800 761 8913

Opening times not available

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800 Grand Avenue

+1 800 940 9332

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225 travellers who hired a car in Carlsbad gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6,2

Car hire locations in or near Carlsbad

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Most popular car type

Mini

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