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Orange County car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
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Cheap car hire in Orange County

EconomyR1 967/day
CompactR1 127/day
IntermediateR1 132/day
Full-sizeR1 944/day
People carrierR4 243/day
Full-size SUVR2 372/day
LuxuryR1 642/day
ConvertibleR2 234/day
Pick-up truckR1 944/day
Intermediate SUVR1 211/day
Standard SUVR1 439/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Orange County

  • When travelling in Orange County, USA, it's important to know the rules about car seats for children. In California, it's required by law for children under 8 years old or shorter than 145 centimetres to be secured in an appropriate car seat. Parents should travel with a car seat for their small children to ensure compliance with these regulations. Some car hire companies offer the option to hire a car seat, but availability may vary.
  • When hiring a car in Orange County, USA, know the specific regulations for border crossings. You can drive the hired car across state lines within the United States without issues. However, taking the car to Mexico or Canada is generally not allowed by most companies. If you're driving into nearby states like Arizona or Nevada, inform the hiring agency in advance and enquire about any additional requirements or documentation needed for cross-border travel.
  • Exploring Orange County becomes a breeze when you choose car hire. Say goodbye to the constraints of public transport and hello to the freedom of charting your own course. With a car at your disposal, you can easily visit iconic attractions like Disneyland, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach. Plus, car hire allows you to uncover hidden gems and venture off the beaten path. Get ready to make the most of your Orange County adventure with the convenience and flexibility of car hire.
  • Ready to hit the road? Getting a hired car at the airports in Orange County is a piece of cake! At John Wayne Airport (SNA), you'll find the car hire desks on the Arrival Level of Terminals A and B, the very first stop after landing. As for Ontario International Airport (ONT), the car hire facility is right next to the main terminal. No need for airport shuttles, just hop off the plane, grab your wheels, and let the adventure begin in Orange County.
  • Book your car hire in Orange County at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in Orange County are around 53% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Orange County

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Orange County?

    On average a car hire in Orange County costs R1 893 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Orange County?

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

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Orange County?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz (R1 127/day), Alamo (R1 944/day) and National (R2 128/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Orange County?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Orange County are Alamo (8,7, 176 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,3, 168 reviews), and Dollar (7,0, 78 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Orange County?

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

  • Should I hire a car in Orange County?

    Hiring a car in Orange County offers numerous advantages for exploring this vibrant region. With its sprawling cities and stunning coastline, having a car gives you the freedom to navigate at your own pace and explore the area's many attractions. Orange County is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which are easily accessible by car. Additionally, popular destinations like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are more convenient to reach with a car, especially if you plan to visit multiple attractions in a short amount of time. With well-maintained roads and highways, Orange County car hire provides flexibility and convenience for a memorable trip.

  • What is driving like in Orange County?

    Driving in Orange County is generally smooth and straightforward. The region has well-maintained roads and highways, offering excellent driving quality. Keep in mind that traffic can get busy during peak hours, especially around major cities like Anaheim and Irvine. It's important to be mindful of the speed limits, as they vary depending on the area and road type. Additionally, Orange County has some toll roads, such as State Route 73, so it's helpful to carry some change or use an electronic toll collection system. Remember, in the United States, driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Orange County?

    To hire a car in Orange County, you'll need to be at least 21. Keep in mind that drivers aged 21 to 24 may have a young driver surcharge. As for the required documents, a valid driving licence is a must. International drivers should have their passports and driving licence from their home country. Car hire companies require a credit card for payment and a security deposit. Lastly, younger drivers may have restrictions on certain types of cars they can hire. Remember to check with the specific car hire company for their age-related policies and any limitations on vehicle types. 

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Orange County

    23 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Orange County

    13 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Orange County

    9 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Orange County

    9 Locations

  • snaauto

    SNA Auto Rental car hire locations in Orange County

    7 Locations

  • alliedcar

    Allied car hire locations in Orange County

    4 Locations

  • midwaycarren

    Midway car hire locations in Orange County

    4 Locations

  • rent4less

    Rent-4-Less car hire locations in Orange County

    4 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Orange County

    4 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Orange County

    3 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Orange County

    3 Locations

  • eaglerac

    Eagle Rent A Car car hire locations in Orange County

    3 Locations

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