There is no better way to see everything San Rafael has to offer than by getting behind the wheel of your National rental car. Stop wasting your vacation waiting on the bus, or being nickel and dimed with ride-shares or taxis. When you have the keys to your own car, you can drive anywhere you want to go, whenever you want. Make your next trip to California even better with a National rental car.
San Rafael is a perfect destination when you wish to get away from hustle and bustle of a big city. Many guests come to take in San Rafael's diverse culture and lots of choices to keep you entertained. No matter what you decide on first, you'll want to take in as much of San Rafael as possible while on your road trip. And if you need to mix it up from San Rafael's easy-going vibes, then jump in the driver's seat of your National rental car and see what else is out there.
Originally founded by two dozen independent rental car agents in 1947, National has grown from 60 locations in the U.S. to over 2,000 international locations. National provides everything SUVs to compact, allowing you to pick the ideal car for your trip.
We strive to get you the lowest rates, no matter when you book. But reserving your car ahead of your visit can help keep spending low. Be sure to read the mileage policy and don't add an extra driver to avoid any surprise fees.
Be sure to bring your driver's permit and a credit card in your name.
Most suppliers in San Rafael require that you at least be 21 years old to rent a car. Take time to check National's policy, as there could be additional fees if you are under 25 in most cases or for higher category rentals in particular.
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in San Rafael. Economy or compact vehicles are easier to park and good for short commutes. If you are traveling with family or friends, then a SUV or mid-size vehicle is going to have enough room for all of you and be a more comfortable ride on longer commutes. If you are looking to enjoy San Rafael's coast, then you can opt for a convertible for some fun under the sun.
In the United States you do need to have insurance before you rent. Many major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) generally provide some coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger vehicles, like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call your credit card company and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to San Rafael. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
National requires a deposit when you reserve your rental. National will block the deposit on your credit once you book your rental for your trip. Please be aware that the deposit will vary greatly depending on the make and model of the car.
We recommend a full to full policy. You should get your vehicle with a full tank. However, if you return your rental with less than the amount it was given to you, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to 3X the amount of current fuel prices to refill it. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car to National.
San Rafael's small-town atmosphere certainly has its charms, however you may want to hit the road again after you've spent an afternoon at the shore or spent a day at the beach.
National usually offers one-way rentals. You may find it easier to drop off your rental at a different location. Don't forget there is typically an additional charge when you pick one-way.
With so much to do and see in San Rafael, having access to an auto lets you explore at your own pace. When you're ready to check out more of California, you can leave wherever you like, without waiting for your ride to pick you up or memorizing a bus schedule.
Before you head out of town, book your National San Rafael rental car and zip off to take in all the items on your itinerary at your own pace. Book with CarRentals.com and hit the open road in San Rafael, California.