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Car Rental San Francisco

EasyTerra Car Rental San Francisco is an independent car rental comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car rental companies so as a customer you can always reserve your rental car through us at a competitive rate.

Popular rental locations in San Francisco

The following rental locations are the most popular for renting a car in San Francisco

Car rental offers in San Francisco

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in San Francisco.

Car type
Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
Passenger van
Convertible
SUV
Electric

Car rental companies in San Francisco

Below are the car rental companies in San Francisco with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • National Car Rental

    9 (402)
    From € 38 / day
  • Enterprise

    9 (1921)
    From € 37 / day
  • Alamo

    8.6 (8619)
    From € 34 / day
  • Sixt

    8.4 (3316)
    From € 36 / day
  • Avis

    7.8 (5940)
    From € 34 / day
  • Budget

    7.6 (9604)
    From € 35 / day
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    6.2 (4314)
    From € 30 / day
  • NÜ Car Rentals

    6 (20)
    No rates available
  • Europcar

    5.8 (8061)
    No rates available
  • Fox Rent A Car

    5.6 (13)
    From € 26 / day
  • Thrifty

    4.8 (5438)
    From € 30 / day
  • Hertz

    4.6 (6852)
    From € 38 / day
  • ACE Rent A Car

    5.2 (15)
    No rates available
  • Eaglerider

    No reviews
    No rates available
  • Green Motion

    7.6 (1887)
    No rates available
  • InterRent

    6.3 (5827)
    No rates available
  • Payless Car Rental

    6.7 (488)
    No rates available
  • Advantage Rent a Car

    No reviews
    No rates available

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Car rental companies in and around San Francisco

If you are looking for a rental car in United States, but in a city other than San Francisco, please click through to the Car rental United States page, where you can choose in which city in United States you want to rent a car.

Car rental locations in San Francisco

EasyTerra Car Rental San Francisco compares prices of car rental companies at the following locations:

10 S Van Ness Ave
1060 Bryant St
136 S Linden Ave
1365 Columbus Ave
1398 Bryant St
1600 Mission St
177 S Airport Blvd
230 Harbor Way
233 Ellis St
2500 Mason St
2800 Leavenworth St
325 Mason St
333 O'Farrell St
335 Powell St
350 Beach St
350 O'Farrell St
364 O'Farrell St
3911 Alemany Blvd
3928 Geary Blvd
400 Treat Ave
4250 Geary Blvd
45 Charter Oak Ave
450 Sutter St
475 S Van Ness Ave
488 8th St
495 Bay St
5 Embarcadero Ctr
500 Beach St
500 Post St
544 5th St
55 4th St
550 O'Farrell St
550 Turk St
675 Post St
687 Folsom St
7 S Linden Ave
780 Mission St
8 10th St
821 Howard St
840 Ellis St
950 Mason St

Location information for San Francisco

Introduction

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.

Population

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.

Location

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.

Economy

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.

Airports

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.

Hotels

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.

External Sources

For more information about San Francisco, we recommend Google, and the following sources:

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    25 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 - 130 km/h
  • Language
    English
  • Popular car category
    SUV

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

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?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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?
  • National Car Rental
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • Sixt
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • NÜ Car Rentals
  • Europcar
  • Fox Rent A Car
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz
  • ACE Rent A Car
  • Eaglerider
  • Green Motion
  • InterRent
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Advantage Rent a Car