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Hire locations 82
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San Francisco car hire reviews and directory

From R418/day
Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
Most popular
8,5 Excellent (381 reviews)
5 locations in San Francisco
Alamo
Locations in San Francisco
340 Ofarrell St
+1 888 826 6893
350 Beach St
+1 888 826 6893
687 Folsom St
+1 415 882 9440
750 Bush St
+1 888 826 6893
780 North Mcdonnell Rd
+1 844 370 8302
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
May 19 2017
Pros: Very friendly service, very quick responses to questions via email, excellent manager! Great follow up. Very easy!
8,8 Excellent
Jul 17 2016
Pros: Convenience and car quality was very good.
Cons: The staff in San Francisco added services that I declined and made me sign the document without being able to review the details of the contract.
9,6 Excellent
Sep 11 2016
Pros: Really good service. People very friendly at pick up. Well organized at LAX and the bus driver was helpful. Price was incredible.
4,4 Okay
Oct 1 2016
Cheaper than average cars, terrible drop-off
Pros: It was cheaper than other companies
Cons: Drop-off is 8-4 at the 687 Folsom location. On Saturday it's 8-1. Is there off-hours drop-off? No. when I was dropping off the keys, I was made to wait even longer outside just to hand keys to an email employee who was late opening up that morning.
10,0 Excellent
Oct 25 2016
Pros: Thanks Wakeen at the San Francisco Folsom Road location. The car was prefect for our trip!
10,0 Excellent
Nov 16 2016
Best Road Trip Ever!!
Pros: Free upgrade to Ford Expedition XL since they didn't have our truck waiting for us. Super nice staff. Thanks Alamo!
10,0 Excellent
Dec 2 2016
Best Car Rental Experience I've Ever Had!
Pros: Mel (this location's manager) was really accommodating and really took the time and care to make sure I had a great experience. The car was great and the service was great. This was the best experience I've ever had renting a car. This Alamo location is highly recommended.
8,0 Excellent
Jan 27 2017
Ford Expedition
Pros: nice car, lots of room, fast
Cons: Windshield washer fluid was getting frozen solid on transit from SFO to DEN. Granted it was cold, 8 degrees outside in the mountains, but still, isn't that what using quality fluid in the car is about. Somehow I felt that Ford should have this very basic safety feature of the car figured out by now. Scary on the drive since both front and rear wind shields were getting blocked from debris being kicked up by the trucks and other cars.
10,0 Excellent
Mar 14 2017
All good at Alamo
Pros: Friendly, helpful people; inexpensive rental, convenient, central location.
Cons: The 1/2 tank of gas that the car came with didn't get me as far as I thought it would! Refuel sooner rather than later, especially if you're gong down the coast or somewhere less populated or with few gas stations!
10,0 Excellent
Mar 14 2017
Pros: pick up and drop off went very smoothly! rental car was great!
Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8,3 Excellent (328 reviews)
11 locations in San Francisco
Enterprise
Locations in San Francisco
1600 Mission St
+1 415 522 5900
2 Embarcadero Center
+1 415 362 2003
233 Ellis St
+1 415 837 1700
312 8th St
+1 415 703 9000
33 Cambon Dr
+1 415 337 9000
350 Beach St
+1 415 474 9600
4250 Geary Blvd
+1 415 750 2500
45 Charter Oak Ave
+1 415 330 0270
550 Turk St
+1 415 447 0520
727 Folsom St.
+1 415 546 6777
780 North Mcdonnell Rd
+1 833 635 0431
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
Aug 30 2016
Lived up to my expectations.
Pros: The staff was very professional and one on time. There wasn't a huge line unlike other car rental business. They had inventory and a large variety.
Cons: My only suggestion for this specific location, would be to have an overnight drop off. We only needed the car for the day to explore the bay area. Our hotel was in Union Square next to Enterprise and overnight parking is expensive. Our hotel charged $50/night. We didn't need the car the following day and would have prefer to return it back to Enterprise. This suggestion/concern only comes because in past trips we were able to do overnight drop off at other car rental businesses including Enterprise.
6,0 Good
May 4 2017
Dirty vehicle
Cons: Half tank of gas only at pick up. Car was reasonably clean on outside. Spare tire was mudcrusted, some mud splatter in trunk and completely mud crusted engine (saw that when I had to fill window washer fluid and during ongoing oil level checks). "Oil service required" annunciator came on barely out of pick up location.
10,0 Excellent
Aug 11 2017
Friendly staff, quick service
Pros: Our rental agent got us in and out within five minutes. She let us choose our car from their lot, and when our children picked a car that was several steps up from the one we'd reserved (a Jeep Patriot vs. a Hyundai Elantra), she gave us a free upgrade ok the spot. I'd estimate that upgrade prevented at least three dozen arguments over the next 11 days and 1,400 miles!
10,0 Excellent
Jul 18 2019
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff at pick up, and very easy drop-off where we just parked the car and delivered the keys in a box. Super easy! The car was also great - way above expectations!
10,0 Excellent
Jul 26 2016
Pros: These guys have it down. Very easy experience.
6,4 Good
Aug 8 2016
After nightmare pickup, smooth sailing
Pros: Car was new and had a precious sub port for music, making our roadtrip smooth sailing.
Cons: Pickup took an hour in the SF Union st location. They had the cars and were nice people, but seemed understaffed - way behind on turning them around. Even on a relatively calm Monday, the people in front of us stacked up 5 groups deep. We would have appreciated a more clean car, but we're so happy to finally be called up that we took it right away, sticky doors and dirty Windows and all!
9,2 Excellent
Sep 11 2016
Bad to Good outcome
Pros: Our car was brand new. The one day rate was very competitive.
Cons: At pick up, a car was not available so we were directed to try other agencies?! After trying around no other cars were available so we thought we were going to uber around. We went back to enterprise to see if they could get us a car at another location. Amazingly a car just arrived that we were able to take. A very nice agent helped us by the name Katie. She apologetically got us set up quickly and we had a brand new SUV which was an upgrade from our original rental. They also waived an after hours early return fee. What was going to be a bad situation turn red out to be agreat outcome. A big thank you to Katie!:)
2,8 Mediocre
Sep 13 2016
Was given the wrong vehicle
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I tried to call Kayak to complain the morning I picked up the car - I booked a convertible, went to pick it up and on arrival was told there had no cars at all left. They eventually found me a sedan and said I could t have a convertible. I was offered no refund and did not get a convertible. Enterprise rental told me I have to sort it out with Kayak, but their offices were closed on Sunday so I was forced to take the wrong car at risk of not getting a refund and having no car. Also the tank was completely empty as they said they didn't have time to prepare the car.
10,0 Excellent
Sep 23 2016
Best car hire experience in America
Pros: Staff were fantastic and quality of car top notch
Cons: Nothing - all positive
10,0 Excellent
Dec 7 2016
Excellent customer service!
Pros: Smooth pick-up and drop-off. Courtesy and attentive.
Rated no. 3
Budget
7,3 Good (126 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
Budget
Locations in San Francisco
333 O Farrell Street
+1 628 895 0436
5 Embarcadero Center
+1 415 433 3717
500 Beach Street, Suite 120
+1 415 292 3683
675 Post Street
+1 415 674 1917
780 Mcdonnell Road
+1 650 877 0998
821 Howard Street
+1 415 957 9998
  • 6.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
8,0 Excellent
Aug 20 2016
Easy pickup
Pros: Car was ok
8,0 Excellent
Nov 17 2016
Pros: Good efficient pick up and drop off
Cons: I didn't like the car - a Nissan and it had the remains from sticky tape attached to it in various places
10,0 Excellent
Feb 17 2017
Pros: Everything was very good
8,0 Excellent
Jul 10 2017
Pros: Easy, efficient process and great location at the airport.
6,0 Good
Aug 1 2017
Pros: The car itself was great; good gas mileage, clean, easy to drive. And the return of the car was quick and efficient.
Cons: The cost that was advertised on Kayak was WAY lower than what the final cost ended up being. We're talking by more than $100. When you're working within a tight budget just know that additional fees will be added on so if you calculate in gas it may be much more than what you're expecting. Plus the Budget I went to would not take debit cards so be prepared to have a credit card on you just in case.
10,0 Excellent
Aug 8 2017
Pros: Drop back process in LAX was very efficient Great to get the car with a full tank
Cons: Impossible to contact by phone when we had a question
7,2 Good
Sep 18 2017
Pros: Car itself was great and well kept
Cons: Pickup line was over 1hr for those with reservations. Rep would not take no for answer on upselling, to the point of being annoying and difficult. After saying no to each up sell four times, stop! Another four asks is just wasting time.
10,0 Excellent
Nov 3 2017
Easy all the way
Pros: My Budget rental experience at SFO was great. The staff were friendly, pick-up was fast and easy, the car was super clean, return was fast and easy. All the information about my advance reservation was accurate. Thanks Budget!
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 21 2019
Cons: I had a pick up time 12pm landed 10am so get some rest and coffee, came 12pm to pick up the car no buddy in office. I make phone call and lady check my booking number and told me sorry you have to hire from other company because no buddy is available in office. Very disappointing rented from Hertz
10,0 Excellent
Oct 17 2015
Pros: The Nissan Altima was very comfortable, easy to drive and responsive. The trunk was spacious. Great gas mileage.
From R413/day
Rated no. 4
Thrifty
Cheapest deal
7,0 Good (294 reviews)
2 locations in San Francisco
Thrifty
Locations in San Francisco
364 O'farrell Street
+1 415 788 8111
780 Mcdonnell Rd
+1 877 283 0898
  • 6.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 6.4
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 14 2017
Was not able to rent car
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Customer experience was awful. Arrived at pick up location to discover office closed. Sign in window directed customers to go to Dollar Rental next door. There were 50 people waiting. A notice posted saying that pickups may be 2-3 hours delayed. Waited in line for 30 min. When I got to the desk they told me I couldn't rent car with my debit Visa bank card. I was livid. Nothing they could do. I had people depending on me. Accommodations to make on time. This policy needs to be made more obvious when reserving the car. No fine print or parentheticals. Make it truly obvious. What a waste of time. No help at all. Stranded.
8,0 Excellent
Aug 28 2018
Pros: Everything
9,6 Excellent
Nov 18 2015
Very easy experience
Pros: When picking up, the worker was very helpful, especially with info about the tolls.
4,8 Okay
Feb 16 2016
1.5 Hour wait for car I reserved 1 week in advance
Pros: I was upgraded to a convertible for free.
Cons: I had to wait 1.5 hours for my car. There were about 20 people in line and 1 staff member. I would pay more to avoid this experience.
2,0 Mediocre
Oct 3 2016
Never got the car
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I was not able to get the car and still lost the insurance money on my account. When we arrived at the counter they would not let us take the car. I will never use this service again!!
9,6 Excellent
Nov 3 2016
Easy, fast, and convenient
Pros: Good downtown location. Fast, friendly, and a nice clean car. Great deal too.
8,8 Excellent
Nov 13 2016
Pros: Great price, nice car, easy pick up
Cons: Toll tag is $12/day to use not including the cost of the toll. Nice convenience feature but didn't use due to the excessive cost.
10,0 Excellent
Dec 5 2016
Pros: Love the Mazda that I rented
10,0 Excellent
Jan 2 2017
Great service
Pros: Friendly service and no waiting, what a dream!
10,0 Excellent
Feb 13 2017
Pros: Nice customer service
Rated no. 5
Dollar
6,9 Good (255 reviews)
3 locations in San Francisco
Dollar
Locations in San Francisco
2500 Mason Street
+1 866 434 2226
364 O Farrell St
+1 415 771 5302
780 Mcdonnell Rd
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
8,4 Excellent
Feb 25 2016
Great deal
Pros: Good service from Mo . . . thanks for the upgrade.
6,0 Good
Sep 24 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly, although they told us they had no cars to rent and that they would do their best. We waited over an hour and a half to get the rental car. We went downstairs to pick it up and their garage was full of cars. It did not make any sense.
Cons: Wait time was way too long and free water and coffee would be a nice touch considering we waited over an hour for our car. Pick up time was 8:30 and we did not get in our car until 9:45ish.
7,2 Good
Oct 11 2015
Pros: Nice car...got the job done for a day rental.
Cons: Extremely long line at pick-up. Waiting over a half hour to even get to the counter. Only 2 people were working the desk at the time of pick-up in the morning.
2,0 Mediocre
Oct 25 2015
Kayak & Dollar systems not in sync
Cons: We reserved a rental through Kayak and received a confirmation email and everything -- BUT when we arrived at the Dollar car rental they had no record of our reservation. To add insult to injury they had NO cars left. This was a very busy time in San Fransisco - none of the other rental places had any cars either. Very not cool.
7,2 Good
Oct 25 2015
Pros: They quickly found my reservation and the pick-up process overall was quick and efficient. I was able to rent a GPS on the spot, which was very useful. Drop-off was also quick and easy, which was great since I dropped the car off at the airport and needed to quickly get to my gate.
Cons: During pickup, no one went to the car with me to identify any dents, scratches, etc., or to answer any questions I had about how to operate the car. I was only given the keys and told where the car was. Overall, this would not cause me not to rent from Dollar in the future, but it is an area that could use improvement on the company's part.
3,6 Mediocre
Nov 9 2015
bait and switch
Cons: I was charged almost double what was quoted for the rental and the lines were very long at the airport. The location was not very clear either since there are other locations nearby
2,0 Mediocre
Nov 22 2015
Poor service
Pros: Nothing
Cons: We booked online, minor issue with pick-up location. It took 3 staff to figure out how to find our booking. I got asked 5 times if my booking was with Dollar despite me showing the booking email on my ipad. I then got asked 3 times if my surname was dollar. When i explained I wanted to shift the pick-up or re-book to the airport, they said they couldn't do it and I had to go, sit down and book it online on my ipad and then come to the desk and they could give me the car...but could not do that for me?!?! Then there was the mysterious 30% tax that only dollar were charging, no other car company charged. We went to another company, were charged less and service was amazing. Will NOT be recommending this company to anyone!
6,0 Good
Jan 3 2016
Either Dollar or Kayak made a mistake -- I'm not s
Cons: I selected San Francisco, Non-airport, Full-Size or Standard only. Dollar displayed the lowest rate and I booked, thinking I would get something like a Toyota Corolla. When I arrived, they stuck me with the much smaller Nissan Sentra, and that was only because they didn't have something even smaller. Although I'm not sure whether the fault lies with Dollar or Kayak, I think it's your responsibility to make sure things like this don't happen to your repeat customers. One more unrelated item -- don't you think you should provide a better explanation of the bundled Allianz insurance coverage? Every car rental agency offers similar insurance at the counter, and undoubtedly, a lot of your customers are purchasing redundant coverage.
8,0 Excellent
Jan 18 2016
Pros: Reasonable price. Great location.
Cons: Took awhile to check out, and was initially charged higher than was quoted.
6,0 Good
Jan 19 2016
"Premium Car"
Pros: That the car did not brake down.
Cons: That a Toyota RAV4 is considered a premium car. Really??
Rated no. 6
Hertz
6,0 Okay (512 reviews)
11 locations in San Francisco
Hertz
Locations in San Francisco
1398 Bryant St
+1 415 934 0529
177 S. Airport Blvd.
+1 650 624 6391
325 Mason Street
+1 415 771 2200
335 Powell St
+1 415 362 2780
3911 Alemany Blvd Suite 1003
+1 650 994 1192
3928 Geary Blvd.
+1 415 387 0136
500 Beach St #121
+1 415 674 8330
780 Mcdonnell Road
+1 650 624 6600
780 Mission Street
+1 415 957 9425
840 Ellis Street
+1 415 923 1119
950 Mason St
+1 415 398 3944
  • 5.7
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 4.9
  • 6.0
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
Sep 19 2016
easy pick-up --- easy drop-off
Pros: we were staying in the city, and wanted a car for one-day to drive north into Marin and Sonoma counties... walked one block to pick up the car at the Hertz desk inside a lovely hotel. Returned the car to the valet parking attendant upon our evening return to the city... cannot be better... MDC
2,0 Mediocre
Dec 11 2016
Store closed at time of pick up
Pros: The store closed when I was supposed to pick up and did not post or inform myself or you that in order to pick up on Saturday at 3 PM in actuality it was a 230 pick up not a 3 PM pick up.
Cons: The store closed when I was supposed to pick up and did not post or inform myself or you that in order to pick up on Saturday at 3 PM in actuality it was a 230 pick up not a 3 PM pick up. Hertz made another reservation in which I had to go all the way to the airport and was double the price I was originally anticipating. Other than making the arrangements to pick up a car at the airport they were unwilling to match the price I was quoted. Pick up the car and return it was a cumbersome process.
2,0 Mediocre
Dec 22 2016
No car available after reservation made
Cons: I booked a car through kayak and when we went to the counter, there was no car available, even though I made a reservation. They shouldn't allow you to book a reservation if a car is not available.
9,6 Excellent
Feb 19 2017
Pros: Convenient and quick
5,6 Okay
Apr 3 2017
Cons: This Hertz location is in a hotel and is not clearly marked. Impossible to find. It's basically not a full Hertz location. Employees didn't cover a bunch of basics. Bag of trash left in the car . Got charged more than anticipated, which obviously the employees didn't cover.
8,0 Excellent
Apr 11 2018
Easy car rental experience
Pros: Location is great, easy for pick up and drop off. Staff are professional and courteous
Cons: The $12 drop off fee should have been clearly stated by kayak at the beginning of the rental with kayak
5,2 Okay
Apr 25 2018
Hidden fees
Pros: Car was fine
Cons: Had a delivery fee which we couldnt understand or google on top of kayak's price (not an incidental fee). Hertz location was hard to find on second floor of the hotel without any included directions.
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 27 2018
Not Open at Time of Reservation
Pros: I picked this location because it was close to my apartment.
Cons: I made a reservation to pick up a car at 3pm on Friday to go to a funeral. I arrived at 3:15 only to discover they closed at 3pm. I had no advance indicatiaon that closed at the time I selected and was stuck waiting another 3 hours to find a new car and paid $100 more to get one last minute.
9,6 Excellent
Oct 11 2018
Pros: The car was great and felt great to drive.
Cons: The pick-up location is inside the hotel and it wasn't obvious where the desk is located. The hotel had some signs but not many and not very obvious.
10,0 Excellent
Oct 29 2018
Kia Rio
Pros: Great car, 40+ mpg. Easy and pleasant rental from downtown San Francisco. Much better than airport experience.
Rated no. 7
Fox
5,3 Okay (650 reviews)
1 location in San Francisco
Fox
Locations in San Francisco
780 N Mcdonnell Road
+1 415 917 2713
  • 4.9
  • 5.9
  • 5.9
  • 4.4
  • 5.3
Recent reviews
10,0 Excellent
Oct 13 2015
great!
Pros: we've got a great car, clean and comfortable! great service, thx.
Cons: dont use GPS, we got lost few time. Use Waze :)
6,8 Good
Oct 29 2015
Long waiting line
Pros: Price
Cons: Long waiting line. Operations can further improve.
5,6 Okay
Nov 10 2015
Pros: Price
Cons: Car was filthy inside
7,2 Good
Dec 15 2015
Pros: Worked fine. Easy to access by air train.
Cons: There was a huge line to the Fox counter and no to line to any other rental company.
5,2 Okay
Dec 22 2015
Cons: Inside of car was dirty.
10,0 Excellent
Feb 2 2016
Pros: Very courteous and helpful. Car was worth the value. And it was easy to use their service.
6,0 Good
Feb 23 2016
Poor Car Quality
Pros: I liked the price. Employees were friendly.
Cons: Finding the counter was difficult and then once we Received the car it needed an alignment and it had a foul smell in it when you hit the gas.
5,6 Okay
Mar 24 2016
Long lines. Pushy service.
Pros: Beautiful new car
Cons: The whole set up at SFO is quite tedious. My salesman really pushed an upgrade when I didn't want one for the price. My "cheap" rental ended up being super expensive.
6,4 Good
Apr 5 2016
Pros: The car was new and clean and had a full tank of gas.
Cons: They kept trying to add all sorts of fee's and insisting on extra's and adding them without asking. The total came out to 4x what ways originally agreed to. Then when I complained and said I wasn't paying that price she couldn't figure out how to remove every thing she added. I spent over 2 hours trying to get it all sorted and another hour waiting for the car. It was 2am by the time I got out of there.
6,8 Good
Apr 27 2016
Cons: pick up was very slow. more than an hour in line
Rated no. 8
Avis
7,2 Good (39 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
Avis
Locations in San Francisco
333 OFarrell Street
+1 415 292 4045
5 Embarcadero Center
+1 415 395 4758
500 Beach Street, Ste 120
+1 415 441 4141
675 Post Street
+1 415 929 2555
780 McDonnell Road
+1 650 877 6780
821 Howard Street
+1 415 227 4227
  • 7.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
8,8 Excellent
Mar 12 2018
Pros: Speed
Cons: Insurance offered via Kayak not clear as not being from Avis
6,4 Good
May 16 2018
Pros: Car was fine. Service was fine.
Cons: Some confusion on pick-up about length of rental and extra paperwork involved. However, main complaint was that the rental cost approx. $60 more than original quote.
4,8 Okay
Oct 26 2015
Pros: Easy drop-off.
Cons: The person who received the car did not pay any attention to the comments and complaints I had about the car we were just returning. Customer service fail.
4,8 Okay
Jul 22 2016
Was expecting better.
Pros: Once we actually got the car all went fairly well save how uncomfortable the Nissan Juk was after only an hour driving.
Cons: Only ONE agent at rhe desk when a number of flights arrived. She had issues with the one rental customer she was serving which led to an immediate backup from everyone arriving. Saw 4 other agents wandering around for at least 15 minutes before 2 finally bellied up to the desk to help the people in line. We were 3rd in line and it STILL took an hour after lining up before we finally got to the agent at the desk. For a LARGE International airport location that is just Not acceptable. After that it went fairly quick because we had reservations. The Nissan Juk is by far the most uncomfortable car we've ever rented. On a short haul with mountain roads it might be a fun car to drive but on freeway it's a hard ride.
8,8 Excellent
Aug 16 2016
Retnal in San Fran
Cons: the tire air pressure light came on saying my pressure was low. this got me a little flustered. I went to gas station and had someone put air in all tires for me. I did not want to get a flat on way to airport.
9,6 Excellent
Oct 17 2016
My rental
Pros: Very easy and convenient at both airport locations
7,6 Good
Oct 17 2016
Long Lines to Pick Up
Pros: the ability to just drop off with no hassle
Cons: The long lines to pick up the truck and not many workers supporting it
10,0 Excellent
Dec 26 2016
Upgraded
Pros: We were upgraded to a Mazda CX-5 SUV. It was great for this trip.
7,6 Good
Jan 9 2017
Would've been perfect if the quoted price was the
Pros: The Grand Caravan was nice to drive and helped us haul our numerous and heavy luggage. It would've been a nightmare for us if we were to ride a bus or Amtrak with all of them.
Cons: "Optional costs" that seem mandatory because the person just tells you to agree otherwise you wouldn't get the rental. It cost me almost twice what Kayak quoted.
7,6 Good
Feb 19 2017
I called ahead to explain the dam had burst, but..
Pros: The car itself, a 2016 4Runner- was superb. Powerful, Bluetooth, 4x4... All excellent.
Rated no. 9
National
7,6 Good (14 reviews)
6 locations in San Francisco
National
Locations in San Francisco
2 Embarcadero Center
+1 415 362 2003
340 Ofarrell St
+1 888 826 6890
350 Beach St
+1 888 826 6890
687 Folsom St
+1 415 882 9440
750 Bush St
+1 888 826 6890
780 North Mcdonnell Rd
+1 844 370 8301
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
9,6 Excellent
Sep 14 2018
Pros: The car at pickup had almost empty gas but on request, the agent filled it up.
Cons: National should provide pick up service within a few miles.
10,0 Excellent
Nov 19 2018
Best experience.
Pros: Loved every minute of it. Will be back again.
2,0 Mediocre
May 9 2017
Watch your location
Cons: It's my own fault for not investigating closer, but I was under the impression that my San Francisco rental would be picked up at the airport. When I arrived at said airport with my husband, two kids, 4 suitcases, 4 backpacks, and 2 car seats, I was informed by a rude National employee that my rental was to be picked up at the train station, which was at least 30 minutes away, and she could do nothing to help me. I ended up renting a car from Alamo by calling and reserving a car on the spot. I am unlikely to use Kayak again.
10,0 Excellent
Jul 8 2016
Easy, Freindly Drop Off!
Pros: The National staff at SJC was very friendly and made the checkout process a breeze. She even asked how my trip down from OR was and if I enjoyed the scenery there!
9,6 Excellent
Oct 8 2016
Cons: We found a chocolate chip cookie on the floor in the front seat and a candy bar wrapper left in the console.
6,8 Good
Jul 17 2017
Would have been perfect if not for the child seats
Pros: Everything but the child seats
Cons: Car seats were really bad value for $13/day per piece (we needed 2). They were the cheapest possible seats, it would have been cheaper to just buy them. There was no good solution for a 42lb kid - too young for a booster seat, too big for the car seat. We had to shoehorn her into the available seat. Pickup of the car was good, but the person in charge of car seats was rude and seemed annoyed by my request to see available seats.
8,0 Excellent
Apr 9 2016
Cons: So absurd to have to give a printed voucher to national when they have the reservation in their it system And they don't want to print it for you Ladies at the pick up asked for it but the guy at the return was more flexible
10,0 Excellent
May 18 2016
Great car, great service
Pros: Great car, great service
Cons: Nothing
5,6 Okay
Feb 5 2016
Don't buy insurance through kayak
Cons: I bought the insurance through kayak when I requested the rental car and then at pick up the national person tried to get me to buy more insurance because the insurance I got wasn't valid. Everyone tries to rip you off.
10,0 Excellent
Feb 29 2016
Great experience
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
4,3 Okay (10 reviews)
1 location in San Francisco
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Francisco
450 Sutter Street
+1 877 247 3362
  • 3.8
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
  • 3.2
  • 4.6
Recent reviews
2,0 Mediocre
Jan 21 2019
Pros: Nothing. They did not have a car and forced me to cancel and I was left out without a car. This impacted our weekend plans.
Cons: If they had a car / better customer service / Kayak helped as get another car that day.
4,4 Okay
Mar 31 2019
Cons: I bailed at checkout because they made me wait for 15 minutes when there was nobody else in line, and the person ostensibly manning the desk was apologizing for how little power he had to remove incorrect gas charges to a previous customer on the phone.
3,2 Mediocre
Mar 31 2019
Cons: Poor transparency in contract & inspection. Car was not fully clean or properly maintained. One hubcap was attached with zip ties. Car handling became irregular on freeway & I had to call company for roadside assistance. No help was available for over 3 hours. Had to rent another car to get home.
4,0 Okay
Apr 10 2019
Pros: Price. I’ve had WAY better service for the same rental rates at other locations. Will not be coming back.
Cons: New, secure paying process.
2,0 Mediocre
Apr 18 2019
Cons: Too slow,only one man show. and my car was given up cost was more than 1.5hrs late. But no one told me!
7,6 Good
Jun 16 2019
Pros: Drop off was easy but pick up took an hour.
Cons: I didn’t receive the SUV. While I still received a car, it was annoying to get a call saying they couldn’t accommodate me with what I purchased in advance. Additionally, it took an hour to pick up the car.
4,8 Okay
Sep 9 2019
Pros: Prices are good
Cons: Stopped the self drop-off at time of your choice. That was the reason why I went there in the first place...
10,0 Excellent
Oct 6 2019
Pros: Very close to Union Square in San Francisco making it easy and convenient
Cons: Wait time can be lengthy if they are busy.
3,2 Mediocre
Oct 14 2019
Pros: drop off was decent
Cons: waited forever (1 hr to pick up) , the car was cleaned but some objects were left behind from previous renters, charges and rates were not super easy to decide on. I had to do a lot of the work I expected the staff to do (walk around the car and mark chips & digs). very slow!
2,0 Mediocre
Oct 20 2019
Pros: I arrived 3 hours after my reservation began and after waiting approximately 45 minutes in line I was told that they were sold of cars despite already charging. Caveat emptor!
Cons: They could have had a car for my reservation? They literally stole my money.
Rated no. 11
Ace
ace
4,2 Okay (9 reviews)
1 location in San Francisco
Ace
Locations in San Francisco
450 Sutter Street
+1 415 906 6262
  • 4.2
  • 4.9
  • 4.2
  • 3.6
  • 4.0
Recent reviews
7,2 Good
Jul 23 2019
Cons: No push to get options I do not want
9,2 Excellent
Jun 23 2019
Pros: the website did not tell me anything about a mandatory LIABILITY insurance i needed to get from the rental company.
Cons: to try to verify the information with the rental company
5,6 Okay
Aug 20 2019
Cons: Very slow service for returning.
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 26 2019
Cons: It was the worst experience I have ever had renting a car. I showed up and they did not have a car for me! They had me rebooked at another place where I went next and it was closed! I will never use Kayak again
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 26 2019
Cons: I arrived to Ace at my reservation time and was told they had no card. They sent me to a different rental place that wasn’t able to honor the price I secured online and so I ended up paying more than double what I originally budgeted.
2,0 Mediocre
Aug 26 2019
Cons: This was the worst rental car experience ever. NEVER GOT A CAR. The CSR was SUPER UNHELPFUL. Shrugged his shoulders and didn’t even try to help me. Ruined my weekend. I was late for my job, and had to borrow a car from family, thank goodness.
2,4 Mediocre
Sep 4 2019
Cons: They did not have the car I reserved - an SUV but they did have a luxury SUV and would not upgrade me for free seeing that they did NOT have the car I reserved. I would not pay the difference So was forced to drive a HUGE minivan - the only other car they had. Need Better inventory and customer ser
5,2 Okay
Oct 7 2019
Cons: Car wasn't ready. Had to get a minivan. Lots of surcharges that weren't part of the original rental agreement. Such as after-hours dropoff fee, young driver fee, additional insurance fee.
2,0 Mediocre
Oct 21 2019
Cons: Did not have my car despite taking reservation
Rated no. 12
Europcar
europcar
4,0 Okay (1 review)
1 location in San Francisco
Europcar
Locations in San Francisco
Take Air Tram For Advantage Shuttle
+1 650 343 3052
  • 7.0
  • 8.0
  • 7.0
  • 6.0
  • 7.0
Recent reviews
4,0 Okay
Jan 22 2018
Badly located but friendly staff
Pros: Friendly staff (shuttle bus driver waited for us)
Cons: Dropoff in San Francisco far away from airport and rental center (used by other brands)
Sixt
5 locations in San Francisco
Sixt
Locations in San Francisco
1 Old Bayshore Hwy
+1 415 358 1770
2800 Leavenworth St, Suite A44
+1 415 306 5289
435 South Airport Blvd
+1 415 658 9800
475 S Van Ness Ave
+1 628 242 1569
550 O'Farrell St
+1 650 267 8210
Sunnycars
sunnycars
5 locations in San Francisco
Sunnycars
Locations in San Francisco
340 O'Farrell Street
350 Beach Street
687 Folsom Street
750 Bush Street
780 Mcdonnell Road
Eagle Rent A Car
eaglerac
3 locations in San Francisco
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in San Francisco
1060 Bryant Street
San Francisco Main Depot
San Francisco airport
ADDCAR RENTAL
addcarrental
1 location in San Francisco
ADDCAR RENTAL
Locations in San Francisco
San Francisco airport
+1 650 777 9993
Advance Car And Truck Rental
advance
1 location in San Francisco
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in San Francisco
323 South Canal St
+1 650 343 3052
Avr
avr
1 location in San Francisco
Avr
Locations in San Francisco
San Francisco Airport
Bandago
bandago
1 location in San Francisco
Bandago
Locations in San Francisco
2200 Cesar Chavez
+1 415 401 7659
Black & White Rent A Car
blackwhite
1 location in San Francisco
Black & White Rent A Car
Locations in San Francisco
222 Mason St.
+1 415 525 4214
Easirent
easirent
1 location in San Francisco
Easirent
Locations in San Francisco
San Francisco International Airport
GREEN MOTION
greenmotion
1 location in San Francisco
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Francisco
450 Sutter Street
Its Rent a Car
its
1 location in San Francisco
Its Rent a Car
Locations in San Francisco
1001 Bayhill Drive, Suite 299, San Bruno, CA
+1 415 370 8478
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in San Francisco
keddy by Europcar
Locations in San Francisco
Take Air Tram For Advantage Shuttle- 1288 Old Bayshore Hwy
Los Angeles Van Rentals
losangelesvan
1 location in San Francisco
Los Angeles Van Rentals
Locations in San Francisco
780 Mcdonnell Road
310-645-2019
Priceless
priceless
1 location in San Francisco
Priceless
Locations in San Francisco
349 Mason St.
+1 415 928 4414
Rent-A-Wreck
rentawreck
1 location in San Francisco
Rent-A-Wreck
Locations in San Francisco
2955 Third St.
+1 415 282 6293
Silvercar
silvercar
1 location in San Francisco
Silvercar
Locations in San Francisco
230 Grant Ave
+1 855 359 2227
TravelCar
travelcar
1 location in San Francisco
TravelCar
Locations in San Francisco
101 San Francisco International Airport Tram
Yesaway
yesaway
1 location in San Francisco
Yesaway
Locations in San Francisco
533 Airport Blvd, Burlingame, CA , USA
+1 424 800 4990
2619 travellers who hired a car in San Francisco gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6,7

Car Hire Locations in or near San Francisco

Good to know

Most popular agency Alamo
Most popular car type Full-size
Average price R642/day
Good deal R416/day

When to book a hire car in San Francisco

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches
-1 day
-2 days

Top tips for hiring a car in San Francisco

  • 25% of our users found a car hire in San Francisco for R416 or less
  • Book your car hire in San Francisco at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact car hires in San Francisco are around 54% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in San Francisco

How much does it cost to hire a car in San Francisco?

On average a hire car in San Francisco costs R642 per day.

What is the most popular car hire in San Francisco?

Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in San Francisco.

What is the cheapest car hire agency in San Francisco?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz (R382/day), Sixt (R396/day) and Dollar (R554/day).

What is the best car hire agency in San Francisco?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in San Francisco are Alamo (8,7, 7542 reviews), Enterprise (8,5, 13725 reviews), and Avis (7,6, 2362 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)?

Car hire companies onsite at San Francisco Airport include Alamo and Thrifty.

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

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

What is the cheapest car hire location in San Francisco?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 780 Mcdonnell Road 94128-3114 (18 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find a car hire near me in San Francisco?

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

How much does a Full-size car hire cost in San Francisco?

A Full-size car hire in San Francisco costs R1 500 per day, on average.

How much does a Economy car hire cost in San Francisco?

A Economy car hire in San Francisco costs R525 per day, on average.

How much does a Standard car hire cost in San Francisco?

A Standard car hire in San Francisco costs R762 per day, on average.

How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in San Francisco?

On average hiring a car in San Francisco costs R4 496 per week (R642 per day).

How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in San Francisco?

On average a car hire in San Francisco costs R19 268 per month (R642 per day).