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Encinitas car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Encinitas

  • Rent a car for your Encinitas and experience the ultimate flexibility that allows you to explore this southern California’s beach city and its surroundings. Nestled approximately 25 miles north of San Diego, Encinitas is home to beautiful attractions like Moonlight State Beach and San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. By opting for car rentals in Encinitas, you can travel with ease to attractions like Lazy Acres Encinitas which is approximately 7 miles from the city center. With your rented car, you can conveniently reach this destination in under 4 minutes.
  • Encinitas is approximately 25 miles from San Diego International Airport. Pretty much all the major car rentals in Encinitas are located at the Consolidated Rental Car Center just outside the airport. You can access the Rental Car Center using the free shuttle that picks up travelers from all the terminals. These shuttles depart from the terminals every 10 minutes. Once you arrive at SAN, you can head to the lower level of the terminal and hop onto the waiting shuttle. Some of the car rentals in Encinitas include Payless, Alamo, Avis, Enterprise and Hertz among others.
  • Encinitas may not be as busy as most of California’s major cities. However, navigating yourself through the city’s multiple intersections can be a challenge, especially if you are a visitor. Encinitas pedestrians have a strange habit of jaywalking and cyclists barely take traffic rules seriously. In light of this, it helps to pay maximum attention to the road and look out for pedestrians walking their dogs or cyclists while driving your rented car. This is especially important when driving during early morning or late evening when most residents take their dogs out for a walk.
  • Encinitas, like any major city, tends to have its share of traffic snarls during rush hours. Traffic tends to be particularly heavy on I-5 between 6 am and 9 am and later afternoon between 5 pm and 7 pm. While California does not experience heavy snow during winter months, it helps to pay extreme attention during wet months when the roads tend to be considerably slippery.
  • Book your car hire in Encinitas at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact hire cars in Encinitas are around 76% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Encinitas

  • How much is the price of fuel in Encinitas?

    The average price of fuel in Encinitas is R71,22 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R855 and R1 139, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Encinitas?

    Compact (Chevrolet Aveo Sedan or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Encinitas.

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

    Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and Sixt.

  • 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 Budget, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz and Sixt.

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

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

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Encinitas?

    A Compact car hire in Encinitas costs R367 per day, on average.

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

    An Economy car hire in Encinitas costs R408 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Encinitas?

    A Full Size car hire in Encinitas costs R481 per day, on average.

  • Which type of car is recommended for driving in Encinitas?

    Encinitas is a laid-back city with plenty of cars but limited parking lots. As such, renting a compact car during your Encinitas visit makes absolutely perfect sense. Encinitas streets are also noticeably narrow in several spots. As such, opting for smaller, compact cars over bulky fuel guzzlers is bound to make your navigation around the city a lot easier. That said, if you are coming to Encinitas with a large family or on a group tour, then consider renting going for SUV or high-capacity Encinitas car rentals. With these you can be certain to move around in comfort.

  • What is the speed limit in Encinitas?

    If you are driving through the commercial, residential and school areas, then you will be required to observe the 20 mph speed limit. However, once you get out of the city into more free space, you can hit more gas and drive at up to 40mph. The speed limit is even higher when you are on highways where you can drive at 50mph. All roads have speed limit labels, so be sure to look out for this.

  • Where are the best places to park in Encinitas?

    Finding a parking lot in Encinitas can be pretty tricky, especially if you are a visitor to the city. That said, Encinitas has several paid parking garages like Lot 15 where you can park your rented car for as less as $10 per day. 2nd Street, Encinitas offers outdoor parking at around $240 per month. You can also find several parking lots outside the city center such as Parking Lot West of Train Station and Beach Parking.

Encinitas car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,8

Very Good

34 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.8

3 locations in Encinitas

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165 S. El Camino Real, Suite B

+1 760 942 2626

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6050 Avenida Encinas

+1 760 918 0883

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617 S Highway 101

+1 858 350 1050

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10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

all good

2,0 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Enterprise refused to offer my reservation.

Cons:

I did not get the vehicle I “reserved.” This has never happened with any of the other websites I use.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick and friendly service; decent rates; convenient location.

Cons:

Nothing—great experience.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was extremely friendly and made the process quick and easy. I will definitely book with them again!

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super friendly and quick.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very helpful trading out to a different van

Cons:

Nothing, quick check in and drop off.

1 out of 6

National

7,9

One location in Encinitas

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617 S Highway 101

+1 858 259 9500

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10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

I was in my car within 5 minutes of arriving at the Solana Beach office

1 out of 1

Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

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One location in Encinitas

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McClellan–Palomar Airport

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Avis

No score available yet

One location in Encinitas

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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 1393

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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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

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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.

6,4 Okay

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Hybrid comfy car. Clean on the inside. Accurate pricing upon drop off. Easy drop off and courteous

Cons:

It may be Kayak but they were closing at my reservation time so I had to rush, not did they want to give me the time of Day about upgrading or explaining where to get my car. It was obvious that they wanted to leave (it was Christmas Eve, but I was not told their closing time). They said I could upgrade at any location, which wasn’t true. No one would without charging me $1k+ on my total rental and restarting a new contract. The rental car also had writing in the window like it was just picked up from being impounded. That was kinda janky

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

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Quick

1 out of 8

Budget

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One location in Encinitas

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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 2469

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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

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Rathe was $134 and was changed $356

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.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

They did listen.

Cons:

You would think that after all the hassle, I asked for a discount or to please find us something and honor the price I agreed to pay - no discount on the current issue, no discount on a future rental, etc., etc. They obviously don't need or want our business.

6,8 Okay

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

None

Cons:

We returned car 330 pm and not one person was in return area. There was a sign for us to mark contract with the mileage and gas level and drop it in the drop box. I understand if car is returned after hours but this was in middle of work day in the afternoon. Did not leave me eith a comfortable feeling.

7,6 Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent very nice. Drove me to the area where I could get taxi/ride home because it was off site and too far to walk. Very kind, thank you!

1 out of 5

Hertz

No score available yet

2 locations in Encinitas

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2100 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 930 0123

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6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E

+1 760 579 0072

Monday07:30 - 17:00
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Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
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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.

4,0 Mediocre

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Not enough superlatives.

9,2 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean and late model. Good visibility and safety.

Cons:

Noisy with windows rolled down; took it into the Sierras - pick up on the hills was sluggish.

6,0 Okay

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The rep helping me initially brought me a car that smelled horribly like a wet dog. I brought it to his attention, and he actually said “i don’t smell it”. Quite absurd as the stench was overpowering. He clearly was ‘testing’ to see if he could rent it without shampooing the smell out. I requested a different car and he accommodated me.

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgraded the car with no extra charge, comfortable and service is friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Easy to find location and quick service.always meets your demand...

1 out of 5

EZ Van

No score available yet

One location in Encinitas

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6511 Avenida Encinas

+1 866 735 8267

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145 travellers who hired a car in Encinitas gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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