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South San Francisco car hire

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South San Francisco car hire information

Pick-up locationSouth San Francisco
Car types
Hire locations10
Airport locations6

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in South San Francisco

  • While public transport is useful when you're sticking to the downtown core of South San Francisco, having your own vehicle will give you much more freedom to explore the city and the region more broadly. Some areas of San Francisco and other nearby cities aren't well-connected via public transport. You may need to make multiple transfers to reach nearby cities like Sacramento or San Jose and driving usually takes less time. Book with a company offering car rental in South San Francisco to travel on your own schedule.
  • San Francisco's main airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Rental Car Centre is outside the terminal, and you can reach it via the AirTrain Blue Line, which runs 24/7. This airport is very close to South San Francisco. It takes only around 10 minutes, depending on traffic. You may also arrive at Oakland International Airport (OAK). You'll need to take a shuttle to the Rental Car Centre, they run 24/7, roughly every 10 minutes. This airport is about 40 minutes from South San Francisco. Finally, you could also arrive at San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC). This airport is also roughly 40 minutes from South San Francisco. If you arrive at Terminal B, you can walk across the Airport Parkway to reach the Car Rental Centre. If you arrive at Terminal A, you can take the shuttle.
  • While driving in South San Francisco, make sure you know the road rules regarding light-rail vehicles. You aren't allowed to pass cable cars on the left or when the doors are open. When driving behind trams, sure you're ready to slow to a stop behind the doors as passengers may board or disembark over the road. Additionally, San Francisco has Transit-Only lanes for public transport, taxis and emergency vehicles. These lanes are usually clearly marked with red paint. While some are only in operation at certain times, many are used 24/7, so it's best to avoid them entirely. You can legally enter them temporarily, to get into a parking space or make a turn, if necessary.
  • Avoid driving in South San Francisco between 07:00 and 09:00 and between 16:00 and 19:00. During this rush hour period, the roads will be much busier, and you can expect delays, especially around 08:00 and 17:00. San Francisco sees a lot of rain between November and March. In particularly rainy conditions, be prepared to drive slower than the speed limit and keep extra distance between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Book your car hire in South San Francisco at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in South San Francisco are around 41% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in South San Francisco

  • How much is the price of fuel in South San Francisco?

    The average price of fuel in South San Francisco is R70,76 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R849 and R1 132, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in South San Francisco?

    Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in South San Francisco.

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

    The only car hire company onsite at San Francisco airport is Avis.

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

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations is Avis.

  • How can I find car hires near me in South 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 Mini car hire cost in South San Francisco?

    A Mini car hire in South San Francisco costs R1 956 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in South San Francisco?

    A Premium car hire in South San Francisco costs R1 667 per day, on average.

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

    An Economy car hire in South San Francisco costs R1 896 per day, on average.

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

    You can select your vehicle for car rental in South San Francisco based on your own driving preferences and space needs. Most South San Francisco car hire companies have a wide range of vehicles types and sizes on offer. A smaller vehicle may come in handy when it comes to finding parking spaces or navigating the city's one-way streets. However, most of the time standard or SUV vehicles will be suitable as well.

  • What's the speed limit in South San Francisco?

    The speed limit throughout most of South San Francisco is 30 mph (roughly 50 km/h). This is also generally the limit that will apply in any areas that don't have signs posted. In some areas, the limit is lowered to 20 mph (32 km/h). On highways, you can usually drive between 55 mph (88 km/h) and 65 mph (104 km/h). Speed cameras are common, so make sure you always stick to the limit, you'll often need to pay both the fine and an extra fee to the company you've chosen for car rental in South San Francisco.

  • Where are the best places to park in South San Francisco?

    You'll need to pay for parking between 09:00 and 18:00 in all of South San Francisco. In the downtown area, you'll usually need to pay between 09:00 and 20:00. You can generally expect to pay around $1.50 (approximately ₹123) for on-street parking in the downtown area, and roughly $1.25 (about ₹102) outside this area. Remember that you cannot park your car in a public space for more than 72 consecutive hours. The Miller Parking Garage is a handy-covered car park in downtown South San Francisco.

South San Francisco car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

8,4

Very Good

537 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in South San Francisco

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177 S. Airport Blvd.

+1 650 624 6391

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

177 S. Airport Blvd

+1 650 952 4720

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 20:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice people good customer service

Cons:

No

3,6 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Nickel and dimed me to pieces. Charged me for 1 extra hour and then an additional charge for being Late. Smdh.

2,8 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The staff was incredibly unfriendly, unhelpful, and most of all, unprepared. I booked a car with this Hertz location and when I showed up, was told there were no cars. It took well over an hour for one to be brought over for me from the airport. Zero communication or help from anyone "working" there

2,8 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was not friendly.. or even on site when I arrived. The check-in took more than an hour, primarily because no one was on site... at 2 pm in the afternoon, and then they had to go find a car. The first rep was surly; the young woman who took over (after returning from lunch) was OK.

Cons:

Having staff available during business hours. Customer service skill training. Car was fine.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I didn't have a pen to fill out the mileage on the return form. A nice man with Hertz at the car drop off had one I borrowed.

Cons:

The car return was difficult to find. Only 1 sign on Rt 101 to indicate car return exit. It sort of blended in with other signs. More signs prior to exit would have been helpful.

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great price. Once I found where to pick up, it was OK. It would have been better if Hertz had just said where to pick up

1 out of 123

Payless

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

7.2

One location in South San Francisco

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1440 San Mateo Ave

+1 650 583 9800

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 20:00
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2,0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

n/a

Cons:

There were no cars available even though I booked in advance

4,4 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The rental car was in good condition and the airport shuttle was fast.

Cons:

There is no way to drop off a car after hours and they do not explain or advertise this. No key dropbox or anything. The parking lot is locked and inaccessible between 10:30pm and 6am. Also, the phone numbers inside the rental agreement with Payless written clearly on the front direct you to the Budget renal company, who can't help you at all.

2,0 Poor

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I was not able to get this car.

Cons:

I am unable to give a proper review because the rental company closed at 12:00 midnight and my delayed flight got in at 1:30 AM, because it was a hot deal, I couldn't get any refund, I wish there were a policy to help mitigate these situations.

7,2 Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Midel

Cons:

More clean, more model choices

8,8 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off sucked. It would be much better if we were dropped off at terminals instead of the rental center. We the. Had to lug everything on the tram and then to the terminal. This will keep me from using Payless again unfortunately.

Cons:

Drop off at terminals.

7,6 Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

There were extra fees that were not reflected in the price quoted on Kayak. You need to take a shuttle to get to the site. It was easy but adds some time.

1 out of 45

E-Z Rent-A-Car

4,3

Mediocre

64 reviews

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

4.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.5

Value for money

4.2

One location in South San Francisco

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323 S Canal St

+1 650 343 3052

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30

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5,6 Fair

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The employees were kind, resourceful and worked hard. The car started, stopped and turned as expected.

Cons:

The location stinks-be sure to plan on the time it takes to get there from SFO. The building is hot and dour-I feel for the employees! The car was not clean. I would pay extra to get a car at the SFO rental center next time.

8,4 Very Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was cheap and the car was in very good condition.

Cons:

The rental location is not anywhere near the airport. Shuttles suck, use an uber.

6,4 Okay

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Shuttle was waiting for us at the airport

Cons:

the pick-up was slow. No one accompanied me to the car to do the detailed check.

4,4 Mediocre

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

It should be clearly noted on the vendor website that this is an OFF SITE airport pick up. We waited 30 minutes for a shuttle pick up that fits 6 person max in a poorly maintained van. Additional customers were left behind for another 30 minutes for later pickup. The EZ rental car in other airport locations outside of San Francisco were unlike this branch in its service, location and overall appeal. We were deeply disappointed with our rental service at the San Francisco EZ Rental car. We would rather pay a bit more for a more convenient airport location and more piedessional service the next time we're in San Francisco.

2,0 Poor

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was fine

Cons:

I paid during pick up and extra 200 dollars as deposit, until today I didn't receive that amount and they never replied to my email messages.

5,6 Fair

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

A comfortable late model car

Cons:

The pickup drop off required almost 2 hours since the location is another 5-8 miles from where other rental car companies are located. And once at facility there are only 2 agents who take care of a long line. They push upgrades like the tolls for the bridge without explaining alternatives. You can pay cash everywhere and do online payment for Golden Gate Bridge. So avoid the prepayment if you are not crossing the bridge several times a day.

1 out of 12

Budget

10,0

Wonderful

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in South San Francisco

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230 Harbor Way

+1 650 837 9095

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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Silvercar

10,0

Wonderful

6 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in South San Francisco

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Locations in South San Francisco

237 Harbor Way

+1 855 359 2227

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 20:00
Sunday09:00 - 20:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly, helpful staff, and efficient pickup and dropoff to and from the SFO rental car center. The Quattro was lots of fun to drive, with comfortable seats and great controls for comprehensive panels.

Cons:

I wasn't able to download the app (I'd changed my iTunes password and hadn't needed it on the phone for several months), and the website interface for a mobile device was sometimes not as intuitive as it could be.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice, clean Audi A4

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Rented in San Francisco ... They texted to check in with me day before arrival and day of departure to ask questions and give me info I needed. I just texted back info ... they couldn’t have been more helpful or seamless. I wish we could use them in Denver, but the prices were too high for the weeks we need it!

1 out of 1

Avis

6,3

One location in South San Francisco

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Locations in South San Francisco

230 Harbor Way

+1 650 588 5585

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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8,0 Very Good

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Savings over airport pick-up

Cons:

A bit hard to find without Sat-Nav

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

the price for picking up off the airport was significantly better.. super close by.. $20 cab ride to save hundreds of dollars

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car, clean, drove well. Plenty of trunk space. Only problem was getting the gas cap to open and same problem with the trunk. Otherwise couldn't have been happier!

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Great service all the way through!

Cons:

Everything was great!

5,6 Fair

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was clean, gas efficient and reliable.

Cons:

Expensive to rent, plus I was charged $90 extra for gas charges even though I had filled the tank before drop off. It took two weeks to get the credit back on my account after providing backup for the the gas purchase and waiting for the manager to get back to me on the charges.

8,4 Very Good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Able to upgrade to better car.

Cons:

Location-no shuttle from airport.

1 out of 3

Flight Car

No score available yet

One location in South San Francisco

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Locations in South San Francisco

San Francisco airport

+1 844 435 8227

Opening times not available

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Priceline

No score available yet

One location in South San Francisco

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Locations in South San Francisco

S. Airport Blvd

Opening times not available

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No reviews available

Zeeba Rent-A-Van

No score available yet

One location in South San Francisco

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Locations in South San Francisco

101 Haskins Way

+1 800 940 9332

Opening times not available

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850 travellers who hired a car in South San Francisco gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.3

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