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Recent reviews

Average rating: 8.5 of 10 Number of customer reviews: 33
Average rating: 8.5 / 10
Number of reviews in San Francisco: 33
Michael østedgaard Nielsen Avis San Francisco Airport
“Good place”

“Good place, all are as agreed and ready to time 👍👍”

08-09-2019 05:01
Mario Alamo Rent a Car San Francisco Airport
“No hidden additional charges”

“I have used Easyterra for several years now and I’m very pleased with the results of every rental, specially the fact that there are no hidden additional charges”

27-05-2019 18:58
Torgny Segerberg Alamo Rent a Car San Francisco Airport
“Difficult to understand real insurance…”

“Difficult to understand real insurance terms. Kind of old in style.”

25-12-2018 06:18

Location information for San Francisco

Car rental San Francisco
Car rental San Francisco


San Francisco is a city in California, on the west coast of the United States. The city attracts many tourists: it is located on hills that provide a breathtaking view over San Francisco Bay, the city has a beautiful mixture of old (Victorian) and modern architecture, and a very cosy and multicultural nightlife, and there are interesting museums. The symbol of the city is the Golden Gate Bridge, and most visitors also take a ride on the city's famous cable tram.

Some people may be disappointed with the weather: because the city is surrounded by water on three sides, it is often fogged in. The summers in San Francisco are relatively cool compared to, for example, Los Angeles.


The city has 750,000 inhabitants on a relatively small surface. It is the most densely populated city of the US, except for New York. The entire area surrounding San Francisco Bay is heavily urbanised, with large cities like Oakland, Fremont and San Jose. In all, some 8 million people live around the bay. The people of San Francisco are know for their tolerance towards other cultures.


San Francisco is located on a peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to its west and San Francisco Bay to its east. The famous Golden Gate Bridge connects the tip of this land tongue to Marin Peninsula. To the east of the bridge lies the infamous Alcatraz Island, which used to be a heavily guarded prison. San Francisco is built on hilly terrain. There are over 40 hills in the city. Los Angeles is located over 600 kilometres to the south-east of San Francisco.


Tourism is the city's most important economic pillar. The city is visited by 15 million people every year, not all of whom are tourists, incidentally; San Francisco is also popular among organisers of conferences and other events. In addition, the financial sector is represented well: Montgomery Street is sometimes called the "Wall Street of the American West".
There were many so-called venture capitalists in San Francisco, who during the 'Internet boom' invested their money above all in Silicon Valley, the IT centre of the US. The downturn in the IT sector hit San Francisco hard; the city recovered from it only slowly.
San Francisco now focuses more on companies in biotechnology.


The city's most important airports are San Francisco International Airport, 20 kilometres to the south of the city, and Oakland International Airport, on the other side of San Francisco Bay. Both airports are connected to the city centre by the trains of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
San Jose International Airport is located 70 kilometres to the south of the city. Commuter trains by Caltrain connect the airport to San Francisco.

Public Transport

San Francisco has an excellent and very extensive public transport network, which is used a lot, compared to other American cities: over a third of the people of San Francisco use it every day. There are buses, trolleybuses, light rail trains, trams and cable trams. In addition, there are interregional train connections provided by BART and Caltrain.

Traffic and Parking

Driving in San Francisco takes some getting used to. First of all, the hills can be pretty steep. Also, there are many one-way streets, and it can at times be very busy in and around the city. Especially around the Bay Bridge and the main roads to the south of the city traffic is often clogged up. Generally speaking, Americans drive fairly quietly, and they will always help you to find your way.

Finding a place to park in the city is not easy, and it is also very expensive. Relatively cheap car parks are Sutter-Stockton, Ellis-O'Farrell and Mission. San Francisco has very strict parking rules. In some streets you are not allowed to park during rush hour, whereas in other streets there is a maximum time limit. There are many traffic wardens that hand out fines for any violation, and may even have your car towed away. Mind the position of your tyres when you park on a slope: aim them at the curb if it is a downward slope, towards the lane if it is an upward slope.


The city is a top destination for tourists, business travelers and conference people. This means that the hotels are often fully booked, so we recommend booking your hotel room in advance. Most hotels are situated in the shopping and entertainment area around Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The most luxurious hotels are located in the fancy Nob Hill area, a little to the north of Union Square. As the name indicates, this area is built on a hill, which means that most hotel rooms have a beautiful view.

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Frequently asked questions

Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by EasyTerra Car Rental? at this location
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