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Alamo Car Rentals in Berkeley: What you need to know

Berkeley is just one of many neighborhoods in Oakland that are worth exploring, and, you'll wish for a car to check out all there is to do in this city. Local buses, while inexpensive, drop you off far from your destination. Ride hailing, like Uber or Lyft, is convenient, but you may be surprised by which cities don't have service. Plus, the cost of going from here to there can start to add up.

If you want convenience for an affordable rate, then you are in the right spot. works with some of the best companies. Opening its doors in 1974, Alamo pioneered the concept of Unlimited Free Mileage. Alamo strives to provide a fun, high-value, low-cost rental experience to both business and family travelers.

Frequently asked questions about renting a car

How do I find the best deals on a Berkeley Alamo car rental? always strives to get you the best deal. However, to make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Berkeley by doing a few things:

  • Compare weekly and daily rates from all the different suppliers
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
  • Make sure you are aware of any cost for a mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you can make sure you know the total cost before you rent your car
  • Determine the vehicle you'll need for your trip. Don't rent more car than you need

A bit of knowledge goes a long way to lower your rate.

Do I need to bring anything special when I get my car rental in Berkeley?

You'll need to present your driver's permit and a credit card in your name.

What's 's minimum age to rent a car Berkeley?

Most suppliers, like Alamo, set the minimum age to rent a car at 21. However, there might be an additional charge if you are under 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Go through Alamo's to determine any additional charges is before you book your rental

Is there a particular car I should get for my trip to Berkeley?

That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Berkeley. If you are having trouble picking the right car, make sure to go over our chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Full Size SUVTo take on any kind of terrain and sightseeingJaguar F-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar
Full SizePlanning a big trip with a large group of friends or family membersInfiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar
HybridThose looking for a fuel-efficient vehicleHonda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar

Do I need insurance when I rent a car in the U.S.A.?

The majority of countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through Alamo, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the United States. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through at checkout. Most credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) will cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Oakland.

Does Alamo require a deposit at the time of booking my rental car?

Alamo, like several other rental agencies, requires a deposit upon reservation. The amount can vary greatly based on which vehicle you reserve. Additionally, make sure there is enough available on your credit card to put down a deposit.

Do I have to fill up the tank before I take my car back to Alamo?

Alamo and most other suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We suggest bringing it back with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car to Alamo. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Berkeley?

Most suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to make sure it's part of the bundle. It's important to think about how many miles you will be driving in and around Berkeley. You don't want to be hit with any surprise overages if you don't have unlimited miles, so be sure you read the supplier's policy. You may want to get unlimited miles if you're planning to see everything that Oakland has to offer, or even the U.S.A.

What is there to do around Berkeley?

Once you've explored Berkeley, you'll be happy that you have your own car. Not sure where to start your trip? Scientist First Church of Christ can make for a fascinating afternoon before you find out what else is worth checking out in Berkeley.

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With everything there is to do in Oakland, having the keys to your own auto lets you sightsee at your own pace. When you are ready to see more of the U.S.A., you can go when you want, without having to wait for the bus or wave down a cab.

Heading out of town soon? Book your Alamo Berkeley rent-a-car and drive to all the must-do activities at your own pace. Book through and hit the streets in Oakland, California.