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Santa Fe car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Santa Fe

  • As the capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe has lots to offer tourists. Along with historical attractions like Loretto Chapel and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, there are a number of theatrical performances and concerts held at the Santa Fe Opera House. If you have a hire car, you might also enjoy a drive along the Turquoise Trail for nice scenery and the opportunity to shop at a variety of antique and boutique stores.
  • Many major airlines, including Delta and American, fly in and out of Santa Fe Regional Airport. It offers numerous amenities and services for passengers including car hire services. Located in the baggage claim area, car hire offices for Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz can be found here.
  • When driving in Santa Fe, you should be aware that there are several traffic cameras in and around the city. Via these cameras police look for drivers who exceed the speed limit or run lights, so drive with caution. Additionally, the sun in Santa Fe can be blinding, especially in the summertime. Be sure to have your sunglasses handy.
  • Rush hour is really not that bad in Santa Fe. Many workers do commute from Albuquerque to Santa Fe for work, however; so I-25 (the route between these two cities) is often the busiest. The morning commute begins early (around 6:30 a.m.) and continues through 8 a.m. In the evening, traffic slows down between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Book your car hire in Santa Fe at least 5 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice hire cars in Santa Fe are around 6% cheaper than other car types, on average

Santa Fe car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Santa Fe 
Verified travelerMar 2024
If you want to book a specific size/type of car, there is no guarantee of what you’ll get. Just be prepared for that.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Could use people to use blinker more...

FAQs about hiring a car in Santa Fe

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Santa Fe?

    New Mexico and the Santa Fe area have several beautiful beaches. If you plan to stroll along the beach, you should consider renting a convertible or Jeep to add to your fun. However, if you are planning a visit to Santa Fe National Forest or will be driving on some of Santa Fe’s back roads, you might consider renting a sport utility vehicle. Otherwise, any car will do for your visit.

  • What’s the speed limit in Santa Fe?

    Santa Fe is well developed with many highways to help locals and visitors to get around town. If you are on the interstate, you’ll be able to drive at speeds of up to 75 mph. If you are on the local expressway, however, the speed limit will drop to 55 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Santa Fe?

    Parking shouldn’t be a problem in downtown Santa Fe. You’ll find parking available on streets for a small fee. These same spots offer free parking after 6 p.m. and all day on Sundays. There are also plenty of paid parking lots and garages in the area, including the garage at Canyon Road, Water Street, and the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

  • What is the best car hire company in Santa Fe?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Santa Fe is Avis (6,7, 58 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Santa Fe?

    The average price of fuel in Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe?

    Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Santa Fe.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Santa Fe?

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

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Santa Fe?

    A Special car hire in Santa Fe costs R1 781 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Santa Fe?

    A Standard car hire in Santa Fe costs R1 873 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Santa Fe?

    A Mini car hire in Santa Fe costs R2 637 per day, on average.

Santa Fe car rental reviews and directory

Avis

6,7

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.7

2 locations in Santa Fe

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Locations in Santa Fe

121 Aviation Drive, Unit 3

+1 505 471 5892

Monday09:30 - 22:30
Tuesday09:30 - 22:30
Wednesday09:30 - 22:30
Thursday09:30 - 22:30
Friday09:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:30 - 22:30
Sunday09:30 - 22:30

1946 Cerrillos Rd

+1 505 820 7943

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Super rude staff in Santa Fe.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Vehicle picked up was not cleaned or washed, customer service at location was horrible. I would call multiple times and was placed directly on hold by store manager Rachel advising “ im with a customer please hold” didn’t even get an opportunity to ask or state a word.

8,0 Very Good

Nov 2023

KAYAK
The dropoff was supposed to be at the Albequerque airport but the address given was several miles away and provided no shuttle to the airport. Fortunately, we were smart enough to call and got the drop off changed to the airport.

6,0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Car drove well, but was washed very poorly, the seats were all stained, and the car had extensive surface scratches, along with some dents on the hood.

8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was ready on time. Pickup was easy.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The worst pressure up-selling of my life. This could easily be worth 300 to 400 dollars added to the price. Avis is pretty greedy.

Cons:

Up front details about up-selling. I doubt I'll rent from Avis again. Costs can quadruple.

1 out of 11

Hertz

6,6

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.5

5 locations in Santa Fe

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Locations in Santa Fe

100 E San Francisco St

+1 505 238 7836

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00

121 Aviation Dr Bldg 303 Ste 6

+1 505 471 7189

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

20 Buffalo Thunder Trail

+1 505 438 4650

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00

2010 Cerrillos Road Ste 7

+1 505 438 4650

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00

309 W.san Francisco Street

+1 505 995 4514

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Unable to use full rental because of hours, also price listed in kayak does not reflect actual price by almos $100. Deceitful practice.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Terrible. Was unable to pick up car under l reservation bc I used a virtual Credit card and couldn’t present that same card physically. Hertz would not allow me to update the payment source on my reservation so I was forced to cancel and rebook as a walk up. Terrible.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Friendliest staff ever. I did have to return the vehicle off-hours, which meant no shuttle service and a long, cold walk from parking lot to terminal. Other than that, everything was great.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The customer Hertz representatives were fantastic at the Santa Fe airport for both pick up and drop-off.

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We were able to keep the car longer for a reasonable price. Thank you.

Cons:

The ability to pick up the car. Our flight was delayed & there was not an effort made for us to be able to pick up the car before closing at the extraordinary time of 5pm. In the end, we had an extra $30 in Lyft fees to get the car at the airport the next day. Not a great way to start this rental.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

nobody knew how to cancel reservation. Hertz sent me to priceline; priceline sent me to hertz

Cons:

staff knowing how to handle a reservation

1 out of 9

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,5

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

7.4

2 locations in Santa Fe

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Locations in Santa Fe

1611 St Michaels Dr

+1 505 986 1414

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3961 Cerrillos Rd

+1 505 424 1134

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday10:00 - 14:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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2,0 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I wasn't aware there was an additional deposit fee for the rental -- if there was information or details about this it wasn't noted or highlighted enough to inform my decision/commitment of renting from here

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast service; friendly, efficient staff

Cons:

Great experience - they did everything right.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very nice, gave me some clorox wipes to clean up the car (even though it was already very clean, it was just to be sure). Enterprise is also waiving the normal fee to drop the car in a different location, which was incredibly helpful.

Cons:

It was great, no problems.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Pick up was horrible customer service did not exist

2,0 Poor

Jul 2022

KAYAK
I CALLED SANTA FE ENTERPRISE OFFICE THE DAY PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, AS OUR FLIGHT WAS RESCHEDULED BY THE AIRLINE AND WE WOULD NOT ARRIVE UNTIL 6 PM. THEY SAID THEY CLOSED AT 5 PM AND I COULD GET THE VEHICLE THE NEXT MORNING. HOWEVER, I HAD RESERVED A SUBURBAN AND THEY SAID THEY DID NOT HAVE ONE. THEY OFFERED ME TWO OTHER SUV'S BUT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE ENOUGH LUGGAGE SPACE FOR OUR FAMILY'S TRIP. I CANCELLED THE RESERVATION AND WAS ABLE TO GET A TRANSIT VAN THROUGH TURO FOR LESS THAN THE ENTERPRISE OFFER. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, I WILL NEVER CONSIDER A RENTAL AGENCY THAT IS NOT ON THE AIRPORT GROUNDS, AND IS NOT AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER ONLY OFFERING RENTAL AGENCIES THAT CAN FULLY SERVICE YOUR CUSTOMERS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING MY FEEDBACK!!!

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2022

KAYAK
The manager Mike and his staff, specifically, Isiah were enthusiastic, down-to-earth and upfront about the rental options. Their friendly demeanor and eagerness to help were exceptional. They were willing to provide wonderful tips and options for activities beyond the beaten path. Their honesty about the rental options and how Covid has affected the rental market shows they put their customers' concerns first. Thank you!

1 out of 3

Budget

5,8

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.4

2 locations in Santa Fe

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121 Aviation Drive, Unit 3

+1 505 471 5892

Monday09:30 - 22:30
Tuesday09:30 - 22:30
Wednesday09:30 - 22:30
Thursday09:30 - 22:30
Friday09:30 - 22:30
Saturday09:30 - 22:30
Sunday09:30 - 22:30

1946 Cerrillos Rd

+1 505 984 1596

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We got to the Santa Fe airport at 5:25 pm local time. When we called about picking up our car, we were told the office had closed at 5 pm and we could not get the car. So we had to rent a car from someone else.

Cons:

How about staying open during reasonable business hours? Closing at 5 pm for an airport rental car service? Are you serious? But if you can't be open during reasonable business hours, how about advising us in advance what the closing time is? Overall, have to give you guys a POOR rating.

4,4 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was good.

Cons:

They overcharged me. They said the cost was $571 and then charged me for an extra day for no reason.

4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The guy we picked up from

Cons:

The guy we dropped off to

9,6 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The location and staff were great!

Cons:

It all was great!

2,0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Car was under 5” of snow that I had to clean myself At pickup. Underneath that car was muddy inside and out. Car was scratched and dinged but I couldn’t see that under all of that snowCar had 40,000 miles on it and clearly needed either a refresh or retirement

7,9 Good

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Would be nice if there was transport to and from airport

1 out of 3

Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Santa Fe

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Locations in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Municipal Airport

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116 travellers who hired a car in Santa Fe gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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