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Car rentals in Los Olivos, Santa Barbara: What you need to know

Whether you are in Los Olivos on business or for a getaway, having the option to go where you want to go, when you need to can help make your trip all the better. Using Los Olivos public transportation may be an inexpensive way to explore the neighborhood, but if you want to get to another part of Santa Barbara, you could be left waiting for a while. Taxis and ridesharing, like Lyft or Uber, can be faster, but if you are going all over Santa Barbara, the cost can really add up. Additionally, they may not be immediately available.

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Los Olivos, then booking a rental car is the best way to make sure you have time to do everything you want to do during your visit. We can help you get an affordable rate and the vehicle of your choice. Go through the information below to learn all that you need about renting a car in Los Olivos.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get an affordable car rental in Los Olivos?

Searching the best car rental rates? You are in the right place. Make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Los Olivos by doing a few things:

  • Compare the prices of vehicles
  • Try to avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which usually are more expensive
  • Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
  • Search and reserve in advance

Make sure you read the supplier's policy so you can ascertain the total cost before you book.

What car do you suggest for Los Olivos?

With so many types of vehicles to pick from, it could be tricky to decide which vehicle is the best for your visit. Nevertheless, you will want to take into consideration the amount of driving and how many people you're driving with. Our table below can help you book what automobile is the best one for you.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Los Olivos?

The minimum age to rent a car in most cities like Santa Barbara is 21. Be aware there is frequently an additional charge if you are under 25 years of age. Make sure to check the rental company's policy to determine what the total cost is before you book.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in the U.S. of A.?

Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance through the car rental company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through at checkout.

Many of the major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) usually provide some coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Los Olivos.

Do I need to return my rental car with a full tank?

Most rental car companies provide you a full tank of gas. At, we advise returning it topped off. If you want to save some money, you should find a filling station before you bring it back. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Do most suppliers offer one-way rentals in Los Olivos?

A lot of car rental companies offer one-way rentals. Depending on your itinerary, you may find it more convenient to drop off your vehicle in a different area. However, there is usually an extra fee for one-way drop offs. Make sure to know the car rental company's policy to know the total cost.

Why should I get unlimited miles in Los Olivos?

Most suppliers offer unlimited miles, but you want to ensure it is part of the package that you are purchasing. It's important to think about how many miles you will be driving ahead of time on your trip. You don't want to be hit with any surprise overages if you don't have unlimited miles, so make certain to understand the company's policy. You may want unlimited miles if you are hitting the highway to see everything that is in Santa Barbara.

Are there any road trips I should take from Los Olivos?

Once you've checked out Los Olivos, you'll be happy that you have your own set of wheels available. There are some worthwhile stops around Santa Barbara that are just a drive away. You'll be grateful you have your car rental because there are a few historical sites and museums to check out around Los Olivos. Looking for things to fill an afternoon? Then jump in your rental car and drive to:

  • Interact with a bit of local history with a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission
  • Gladwin Planetarium can give you an intriguing look into some California history
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California landmark that could make a good starting point for a day trip
  • Take in even more California culture at the Maximus Gallery

of course, there is a lot more to do in and around Los Olivos. Hop in your car rental and see what's out there.

Your Los Olivos, Santa Barbara Ride is waiting

Has a museum on the other side of Los Olivos intrigued you? Do you have to get to a conference on the other side of town? Don't miss out on one of Los Olivos must-sees or be late to your meeting. When you have access to your own car, you can make sure your trip is following your schedule, and not have to adhere a metro schedule.

Peruse our choice of cars from some of the best car rental companies in the country and select the ideal car for your Los Olivos trip!