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Redwood City car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Redwood City

  • Car hire in Redwood City opens up a world of possibilities for your own exploration. Public transport, while available, might not provide the flexibility you desire in this vibrant city, where a plethora of experiences and attractions await. With your own car, you can visit the impressive Filoli Estate. Known for its preserved Georgian mansion and stunning English Renaissance-style gardens, Filoli is a haven of Californian heritage. Alternatively, opting for Redwood car hire also lets you reach less-accessible but extremely rewarding areas, such as the Purisima Creek Redwoods. This captivating open space preserve, nestled in the southern part of San Mateo County, is home to some of the region's tallest redwood trees. These are just two examples of the unforgettable adventures your Redwood City car hire can lead you to.
  • Once you arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you can take the AirTrain Blue Line to the Rental Car Center. The AirTrain is free and runs 24 hours a day, every day. There are stations located in all terminals, as well as in the International Terminal's main hall. To hire a car, you'll need a valid driving licence, a credit card for the deposit, and, if you're visiting from a non-English-speaking country, you might also need an International Driving Permit.
  • Using your car hire in Redwood City as a tourist is generally a pleasant experience, due to the city's well-maintained infrastructure. The roads, whether the city streets or the freeways, are typically in good condition, making for a stress-free driving experience. Signage in Redwood City is also typically clear and easy to follow. However, like any new location, it's recommended to use a GPS or navigation system to assist with directions. Californian drivers, including those in Redwood City, tend to be somewhat fast-paced compared to other parts of the US, particularly on freeways. However, they also typically respect traffic rules and signals.
  • Like many cities, Redwood City can experience heavy traffic during peak rush hour times, typically between 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-7:00 PM on weekdays. Highways, like US 101 and I-280 that serve Redwood City, can be particularly congested during these times. Also, Redwood City is known for being a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city. This means that drivers should remain vigilant for pedestrians crossing roads, especially in the downtown area, and cyclists sharing the road.
  • Book your car hire in Redwood City at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate hire cars in Redwood City are around 72% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Redwood City

  • How much is the price of fuel in Redwood City?

    The average price of fuel in Redwood City is R69,51 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R834 and R1 112, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Redwood City?

    Intermediate (Jeep Compass or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Redwood City.

  • Which car hire agencies are at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    Car hire companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Avis and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Avis and Budget.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Redwood City?

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Redwood City?

    An Intermediate car hire in Redwood City costs R423 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Redwood City?

    A Special car hire in Redwood City costs R453 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Redwood City?

    An Economy car hire in Redwood City costs R493 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Redwood City?

    When it comes to car hire in Redwood City, if you're planning to stick to the city and its suburbs, a small or mid-sized car is usually a good choice. These cars are fuel-efficient, easier to park in city spaces, and quite capable for city driving. However, if you're looking to explore the scenic coastal roads or the mountainous regions nearby, or if you're visiting in winter and planning to head to the snow, an SUV or a vehicle with all-wheel drive could be advantageous for their higher clearance and improved handling. Given Redwood City's location in the tech-forward Silicon Valley, you might consider opting for a hybrid or electric vehicle if you're interested in an environmentally friendly option.

  • What’s the speed limit in Redwood City?

    The typical speed limit in Redwood City, California, is 25 mph. However, larger arterial roads might have speed limits set between 35-45 mph, while freeways, such as the nearby US 101 and I-280 could have speed limits ranging from 55 to 65 mph or possibly higher in some sections.

  • Where are the best places to park in Redwood City?

    When it comes to parking, Redwood City is generally very straightforward, even for tourists. The Marshall Street Car Park offers the first 1.5 hours for free. After that, it's around $0.50 (£0.40) per hour, with a $12 (£9) maximum per day. Alternatively, the Jefferson Avenue Car Park also provides the first 1.5 hours for free. Again, it's $0.50 (£0.40) per hour, with a $12 (£9) daily maximum. Finally, if you're planning to take a day trip to San Francisco or San Jose, you might consider parking at the Redwood City Caltrain Station. Daily parking is around $5.50 (£4.20).

Redwood City car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

8,2

Very Good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.5

2 locations in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

2601 El Camino Real

+1 650 361 0151

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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411 Woodside

+1 650 361 0151

Monday09:00 - 19:00
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2,0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Herz did not have a car for me even though I had a reservation. My plans for the day were ruined.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff to help with rental!

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Little expensive for a one-day rental.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

fast and efficient service

5,6 Fair

May 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Don’t go on a Monday morning. It is so busy. Waited over 45 minutes

4,4 Mediocre

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean

Cons:

I added a day and the price went up by a third. When I then tried to change it back, the price was $50 higher for the same time period and they wouldn't honor the original rate. I wanted to cancel but the cancellation charge was also $50, so I felt stuck. Then the car I got was not I would say the same type as promised. Finally, when I dropped it off at some point a rock had hit the windshield, through no fault of my own as they recognized, but I still had to pay for that- on top of the car being more expensive than what I had originally signed up for, the value ended up being pretty terrible. And the franchisee did not care.

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6,6

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

5.7

4 locations in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

345 El Camino Real

+1 650 366 9200

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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360 Oak Rd

+1 650 843 4990

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605 Harbor Blvd

+1 650 622 0000

Monday08:00 - 17:0013:30 - 17:00
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99 Beech St

+1 650 366 9200

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2,0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing, they refuse to provide a rental car asking for the second driver to have a credit card or a debit card with two bills showing the residence address. Ridiculous, second driver should only need a driver license as long as I provide a major credit card. Enterprise is a complete nonsense - untrained employees.

Cons:

Train your employees!

2,0 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing about the experience was pleasant.

Cons:

Employees knowing what they were doing and their companies policies including online policies.

4,8 Mediocre

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff

Cons:

My reservation at the rental offfice don’t have my phone number.

2,0 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Kayak just screwed me up. There were no cars available even with a confirmed reservation. It was just a waste of time and money for me to travel to the store only to find out this information. Truly, what a pathetic information kayak, I'm never gonna use this site anymore

Cons:

Kayak doesn't use realtime information. So better book through the corresponding website

4,0 Mediocre

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Didn't get the car I booked. I got a smaller car and was not even refunded the difference. It was like take it or leave it

1,9 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Made a reservation at Enterprise at Stanford. When I showed up to pick up the car, the location was closed and appeared that it had been closed for several months.

1 out of 2

National

1,9

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

1.9

Value for money

1.9

One location in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

345 El Camino Real

+1 650 366 9200

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1,9 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK
On the web site it said I could use a debit card with proof of flights. When I got to the rental lot I was told that with an out of state drivers license I could not use a debit card there. I had to take two buses and walk quite a ways to get there. Very disappointed and dissatisfied.

1 out of 1

Alamo

8,7

Very Good

No reviews available

Best rated

One location in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

345 El Camino Real

+1 650 366 9200

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9,6 Wonderful

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Great Guest Service, they didn't have the car I requested so I received a free upgrade

Cons:

That I had to wait for gas to be put in the car

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly. For the same price, gave us a super upgrade which was extremely comfortable and felt very safe.

Cons:

BUT we didn't want an upgrade, even for the same price. Ended up with way too much car, one with an extended learning curve (even the guy walking us through it couldn't explain the navigation to us, and it was not intuitive!)

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

very pleased with Alamo staff and level of service. Very friendly and efficient.

2,0 Poor

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was dressed nicely and were very nice.

Cons:

When receiving the car i insisted that the tires were not inflated enough and they checked it with a dinky tire gauge... An few hours out of san francisco the tire went flat and i got stuck on the side of the road. Car was dirty and smelled like it wasnt even aired out after the last driver. Car had some gear issue at the end of the trip and kept over heating. It was very very expensive for the car i got.

1 out of 0

Avis

6,3

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

1501 El Camino Real Suite 201

+1 650 594 2847

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Great location Super customer service New car upgrade Quick early return

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Great experience. Staff was super friendly and very helpful. No issues.

1 out of 0

Budget

No score available yet

One location in Redwood City

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Locations in Redwood City

1501 El Camino Real Suite 201

+1 650 637 1832

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
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9,6 Wonderful

May 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Cost, friendly service

Cons:

Was told receipt would be emailed. Still have not received.

1 out of 0

22 travellers who hired a car in Redwood City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car hire locations in or near Redwood City

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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Redwood City car hire information

Pick-up locationRedwood City
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