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San Marcos car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in San Marcos

  • You can travel at your own pace while discovering San Marcos and its surroundings when you opt for car hire in San Marcos. You are free of public transport schedules when planning to visit different attractions. Using a San Marcos car hire is convenient, especially when you land at the airport. Among the locations you can choose to visit in your hire car is the San Elijo Hills, located 7 km (4 miles) from San Marcos, a journey that will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • Most hire car agencies have offices at significant airports, making it simple to pick up your vehicle upon arrival and return it before your departure. The airports serving San Marcos include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) located 193 km (120 miles) away, San Diego International Airport (SAN) located 70 km (44 miles) away, John Wayne Airport (SNA) located 106 km (66 miles) away, Ontario International Airport (ONT) located 129 km (80 miles), Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) located 175 km (109 miles) away, and McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) located 13 km (8 miles) away are a few of the airports that serve the San Marco area. You can find the San Marcos car hire facilities in the airport's Arrivals area.
  • It is strictly forbidden to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol when choosing a car hire in San Marcos. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers is 0.08% for those over 21 years, and 0.01% for those under 21 years. In California, unless otherwise stated, you are permitted to turn right after stopping at a red light, as long as there is no oncoming traffic or pedestrians. As a result of San Marcos' proximity to natural areas, particularly at dawn and dusk, you might see wildlife near the roads. Keep an eye out for animals to prevent collisions.
  • In San Marcos, morning and evening rush hours are from 07:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, respectively. Highway 78, which passes through San Marcos, is among the roads that experience some traffic snarl-up during peak hours. It is especially true near exits leading to residential areas and shopping malls. San Marcos Boulevard may also experience heavier traffic, particularly during school drop-off and pick-up periods. Twin Oaks Valley Road is another significant road that might experience congestion during peak hours, especially in the area close to Cal State San Marcos.
  • Book your car hire in San Marcos at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in San Marcos are around 9% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in San Marcos

  • How much is the price of fuel in San Marcos?

    The average price of fuel in San Marcos is R68,54 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R822 and R1 097, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in San Marcos?

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

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

    The only car hire company onsite at Los Angeles airport is Budget.

  • 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 and National.

  • How can I find car hires near me in San Marcos?

    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 San Marcos?

    A Mini car hire in San Marcos costs R1 545 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in San Marcos?

    An Economy car hire in San Marcos costs R1 525 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in San Marcos?

    A Special car hire in San Marcos costs R1 751 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in San Marcos?

    A fuel-efficient vehicle, such as a compact car or a hybrid, can help you save money on fuel. If you opt for car hire in San Marcos, anticipate doing a lot of driving. A mid-size sedan or SUV may be more comfortable, if you travel with a family or a large group of friends, because they have room for passengers and luggage. Think about the terrain you'll be driving on. An SUV or a hire car with more ground clearance may be preferable if you explore nearby mountainous areas or off-road trails.

  • What's the speed limit in San Marcos?  

    Most neighbourhoods and residential areas have a standard speed limit of 40 km/h (25 mph). It is typical practise in San Marcos to ensure residents' and pedestrians' safety. Depending on the road and traffic conditions, the speed limits on larger roads can get to 72 km/h (45 mph). According to the regulations governing San Marcos, the speed limit on motorways and highways passing through or close to San Marcos is ordinarily 104 km/h (65 mph).

  • Where are the best places to park in San Marcos?  

    San Marcos has many shopping centres that offer plenty of parking for visitors. Most of the time, these car parks are uncharged. Additionally, visitors can frequently park for free in San Marcos at city parks and recreation centres. There is street parking in many parts of San Marcos, especially in the city's business and residential areas. There may be metered parking in some places and free parking in others. Depending on the location and time of day, the metered parking costs about $1 (£0.76) per hour. 

San Marcos car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9,7

Wonderful

12 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.3

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in San Marcos

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175 W. Washington

+1 760 480 6998

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260 S Las Posas Rd

+1 760 591 4120

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2,0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. The staff was rude. They did not have a car fir me

9,6 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Daniel at the San Marcos location was so helpful and personable. If everyone at Enterprise is like him, I will continue to use them when I need to rent a car in the future.

Cons:

Nothing. Great experience.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Convenient location! Quick Service! Warm Staff! Excellent selection!

7,6 Good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was Perfect! Comfortable and Nice

Cons:

It was pricey!

1 out of 2

Alamo

8,7

Very Good

1 review

One location in San Marcos

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515 W 4th Ave

+1 760 747 4165

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Hertz

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Best rated

3 locations in San Marcos

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1545 La Mirada Drive

+1 760 471 1419

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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1700 Auto Parkplace

+1 760 206 7752

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665 Metcalf St

+1 760 747 1612

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4,0 Mediocre

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Their choice of cars is minimal. I reserved a "mid-size SUV such as a Nissan Rogue". I got a Ford EcoSport, which is tiny. Hardly an SUV. I rented this vehicle because I had stuff to haul to an event. It barely fit. Not happy, but blaming myself because it was last minute.

4,0 Mediocre

Jun 2022

KAYAK
We reserved a Mid size SUV and they gave us a Buick Concord. They said it was as big as a sheep Cherokee and it is clearly Smaller. We were traveling cross country and were very cramped for Space. Even had to leave things behind to be shipped later. Looking up the Jeep, it’s 10.5 to 11 inches longer, 2 inches wider and 1 inch taller.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The van was amazing. The service was excellent and timely. The office is very clean. Hardly any wait.

Cons:

Hard to find a street parking returning the van. Some assigned parking would help.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff

Cons:

More parking at the pick up/ drop off location.

3,6 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was directed to the wrong pick up location which was difficult to find and was closed. Upon calling Hertz for information and waiting for 20 minutes the individual I spoke with had poor command of the English language and gave me incorrect information. I found the alternate pick up location and was charged approximately $38 more than the quoted amount for the rental. Have yet to be refunded my security deposit. Wondering if all this is due to Hertz bankruptcy.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very friendly and never felt pushed for add ons

Cons:

Parking is terrible. Had to park 2 blocks away to return rental.

1 out of 11

Avis

No score available yet

One location in San Marcos

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2040 Auto Park Way

+1 760 432 2019

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Great price and the car was great for the long trip

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

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The staff was excellent

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, they were helpful, efficient, & friendly, no bs.

Cons:

Can’t think of anything.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff friendly and helpful; dropoff easy.

Cons:

Nothing

2,0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Avis confirmed my pick-up time, but they decided to close early. Leaving me and my family stranded. Avis support said to go to San Diego airport??? Hour plus south of where we were going. Got a Taxi to LA instead. Never again Avis :(.

7,2 Good

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Pick up agent recorded a full tank of gas when the car actually had a half tank. Agent at drop off disputed this and customer service were originally unwilling to credit me, but came around when I became frustrated. A hiccup I could have done without, but many thanks to the customer service agent on the phone for sorting.

1 out of 6

Budget

No score available yet

One location in San Marcos

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2040 Auto Park Way

+1 760 480 7406

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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8,0 Very Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Make my reservation at earlier time

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, drop off easy

9,2 Wonderful

Mar 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in and out was fast, car in good condition

Cons:

Car was not washed which made the view out the back window difficult

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Got a nice upgrade. Pricing is very competitive. Pick-up costed a bit more time than anticipated; drop off was within 1 minute! Very good overall.

Cons:

One person doing paperwork while a line is waiting.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Maybe check their inventory and make sure they have the car I'm asking for before confirming my booking. Duh

2,0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
Couldn't get the car because apparently the original reservation had the wrong date on it. It allowed me to reserve again on the correct date even tho they didn't have the level of car I was trying to reserve. They also wouldn't upgrade me to something else suitable for the same price. When I tried to cancel the reservation, the web site wouldn't allow it so I rented elsewhere since they can't charge me anyway.

1 out of 2

A Plus Car & Truck

No score available yet

One location in San Marcos

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2517 S. Santa Fe Ave. Ste. #1

760-633-3552

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Rent-4-Less

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One location in San Marcos

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1830 Hacienda Drive

(760) 940 9120

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92 travellers who hired a car in San Marcos gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

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Most popular car type

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