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2400 Webster St

Average pickup time: >60 minutes.
6.6 out of 10 (7 Reviews)
7.4 /10
Friendliness 74%
7.1 /10
Cleanliness 71%
Pickup time
7.4 /10
Pickup time 74%
Overall value
6.6 /10
Overall value 66%
1 out of 5
JustinReviewed on Aug 12, 2019, 5:30 PM
Took a reservation without actually having vehicles available. Sent me to a second location which also did not have cars, who sent me to a third location that guess what? Had no cars. Huge waste of time – felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode.
5 out of 5
KristinReviewed on May 7, 2019, 4:37 PM
I was very impressed, I was very upset and distraught and the young lady that helped me was very nice. I just had been in an accident and she was so great.
1 out of 5
JonReviewed on Apr 10, 2019, 8:25 PM
I arrived at 12.45pm on Friday to pick up my prepaid rental. I was told by the MT (manager in training) that my reservation had been canceled due to arriving more than one hour late. She said that she couldn’t even find my reservation in the system. She said that I’d have to call Customer Service to deal with a refund, and that I’d have to make a brand-new reservation. Upon calling Customer Service, they informed me that the MT was wrong. I passed the phone to the MA (assistant manager), who replied, “Yes, I have the reservation right here on the clipboard.” Then the MT proceeded to give me an enormous pick-up truck, since that was the only car that they had on the lot. I reserved a compact Nissan, so I’m not sure why the car that I reserved wouldn’t be available. (Or at least the same size of car). The MT told me that if I didn’t want the truck, that I could visit other Hertz locations to swap it out for the car that I had reserved. I asked her if she could make some calls for me, and she replied that she had the inventories available in front of her. (Why didn’t she offer to check before I had to make the request?) She told me that the Oakland Airport had plenty of compact cars, and that I could drive the truck there to swap it out. (Why didn’t she offer to have me driven there, as the MA had just done minutes earlier with another guest?) I drove to the airport, which had exactly 3 compact cars from which to choose. I asked to be upgraded, since I had gone through a lot of trouble already. The agent went to check with the manager and returned about 30 seconds later with a resounding “no.” She told me to drive the pick-up truck to Lot 3 and to unload my car into the new car and proceed. After finding Lot 3 (not an easy task, and with no agents visible to assist), I began unloading the truck into the compact. A Hertz agent suddenly showed up and told me that I couldn’t park the truck there, that I had to take it somewhere else. I explained what had happened, and he finally capitulated with a, “Just don’t do it again.” (Seriously?) Happy that the ordeal was finally over, I proceeded to the exit. The agent at the gate then explained that I’d have to back up the car and return to the truck in order to do the swap. Then another agent told me that I’d be charged a $100 cleaning fee because of a few dog hairs. (How am I supposed to clean the truck when I’m just driving it for 20 minutes to swap it out? Why did no one tell me that only service dogs are allowed? My dog was with me the entire time at the office where I originally tried to pick up the compact car that I had reserved.) This is when the ordeal officially entered the realm of the surreal. I’ve rented with Hertz on multiple occasions, always with my dog. Why the issues now? Don’t you vacuum the car? I was finally able to begin my trip approximately 2 hours after I arrived @ Hertz. I was charged an $80 cleaning fee, as well as an additional $9 in taxes. I have tried reaching out to Hertz, but without success. Wow, what an awful experience. The only silver lining is that I’m using my terrible experience with Hertz as a training tool for all of the restaurants that I manage, basically a “what not to do, how not to treat a customer.”
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5555 Shellmound St

Average pickup time: >60 minutes.
5 out of 10 (2 Reviews)
7 /10
Friendliness 70%
3 /10
Cleanliness 30%
Pickup time
7 /10
Pickup time 70%
Overall value
5 /10
Overall value 50%
1 out of 5
EduardoReviewed on May 28, 2019, 10:03 PM
Im dissatisfied. I had to transfer to the pick Up location with a taxi on MY arrival and departure. I was given a beat Up dented car.
4 out of 5
Ron45Reviewed on Sep 15, 2018, 12:12 AM
Decent experience. Nothing out of the ordinary. For a car rental, no hiccups is a good thing.
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1400 Doolittle Dr

Average pickup time: 21-30 minutes.
9.7 out of 10 (7 Reviews)
10 /10
Friendliness 100%
9.1 /10
Cleanliness 91%
Pickup time
9.4 /10
Pickup time 94%
Overall value
8.9 /10
Overall value 89%
4 out of 5
Vmedia101Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019, 5:42 PM
Easy in and out - but the car In reserved was not available
5 out of 5
JoseReviewed on Apr 7, 2019, 11:27 PM
Very good customer service. Good car. The staff was very friendly and helpful
5 out of 5
Leela RaoReviewed on Sep 5, 2018, 4:53 PM
I was given a good variety of cars to choose from. Very very friendly & exemplary service. Was very quick as well.
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7600 Earhart Road

Average pickup time: 0-10 minutes.
7.6 out of 10 (67 Reviews)
8.3 /10
Friendliness 83%
8.5 /10
Cleanliness 85%
Pickup time
8.7 /10
Pickup time 87%
Overall value
7.6 /10
Overall value 76%
5 out of 5
AlbertReviewed on Nov 5, 2020, 5:07 PM
Using is always simple and easy. Only thing easier is returning the car.
2 out of 5
MoReviewed on Oct 16, 2020, 4:26 PM
I had to wait for an hour and a half before I got my car because they ran out.
4 out of 5
KristinReviewed on Jul 22, 2020, 7:15 AM
OAK - signage in the lot was poor, car was fine. In SFO the dropoff has changed, but the signage has not kept up - all large signs indicate the second floor, which is now closed. A tiny sign at the entrance indicates first floor, but that was not clear on the approach or in the orientation materials. Lucky I left extra time

Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Oakland?
If your trip to Oakland is all booked but your itinerary is looking a little empty, we can give you a helping hand.You’ll have to wake up early if you’re planning to check out all the great sights that this place has to offer. Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive are non-negotiable. Greek Theater and University of California, Berkeley shouldn’t be forgotten either.Stop by Jack London Square. It’s one sight you’ll usually find on most visitors’ to-do lists. Oakland City Center and Fox Theater are also a stone’s throw away and worth a pit stop.
What are the best road trip destinations near Oakland?
With some great road trip options available in the surrounding area, having your own car makes good sense. Without one, it’d be much more difficult to enjoy everything that Twin Lakes State Beach, 60 miles away, has to offer. Santa Cruz Harbor, DeLaveaga Golf Course and Santa Maria’s Beach alone justify the drive out here. Located 40 miles away, Downtown San Jose is another popular option. If you swing by, make sure you check out Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Interactive.
Where are the best beaches near Oakland?
There’s nothing like dropping the car window and feeling the cool, salty air on your face while you’re cruising by the sea. Pack some yummy food and spend an afternoon relaxing near the water at one of the fantastic beaches near Oakland. Picturesque options include:

  • Baker Beach (12 miles away).
  • China Beach (12 miles away).
  • Ocean Beach (14 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Oakland?
Booking a rental car is a popular choice for traveling professionals. If your visit to Oakland is primarily for work-related reasons, you ought to know where the best business and convention centers are located. Here are just a few of the top ones:

  • Oakland Convention Center (0.3 miles away).
  • Kaiser Convention Center (1 mile away).
  • Moscone Convention Center (7 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Oakland?
Sure, you can do Oakland without renting a car. But with so much to see here, having one would certainly make your stay more comfortable. If you’re eager to head out of the city and into nature, opt for a ride with a bit of power. A larger car like an SUV will get you to the surrounding sandy shores in roomy comfort. Going to spend most of your time downtown? A compact or mini car is the way to go. Maneuvering through narrow lanes and squeezing into tiny parking spots will be a cinch with one of these.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Oakland?
For some people, owning a luxury vehicle is the stuff of fairy tales. But renting your dream car is absolutely within your grasp! Imagine the thrill of rolling into town in a classy sports car, even if it’s only for a day or two. Or perhaps all you need is a cheap ride to get you quickly from A to B. Flashy or affordable? Whatever you decide, one thing’s for sure — there’s a rental car to suit your style in Oakland.
What side of the road do they drive on in Oakland?
You’ll have to keep right when driving in Oakland. On top of that, take some extra care if it’s your first time behind the wheel here. Once you’ve got the hang of how the locals drive, you can relax and enjoy the new scenery!
Is it difficult to park in Oakland?
Grabbing a place to park in Oakland isn’t always simple. That’s why many opt for a hotel that comes with a parking lot. When leaving the car around town, make sure you check the signage. Overstaying the time limit could earn you a big fine.
Does Oakland have peak-hour traffic?
Since the population of Oakland is approximately 419,300, you probably won’t have much difficulty with traffic. That said, major roads are generally busier in the rush hours before and after work, so you may want to avoid driving then.
Are there speed limits in Oakland?
Speed limits vary around the city of Oakland, but typically range from 15mph to 70mph. Most residential roads have a top speed of 25mph unless indicated otherwise.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Alameda County?
Most of the time, your chosen rental car company will bill the amount listed on the fine to your credit card, including local taxes. Otherwise, they may supply your information to local authorities, who’ll then send a fine directly to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Oakland?
It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving in Oakland, and you may even receive a fine for simply holding your phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as you keep your attention on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Oakland?
While driving in Oakland, it’s against the law to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than 0.08%. Planning to have a few beers over lunch or dinner? Consider using a ride-sharing service or taking a taxi.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Oakland?
Yes. However, before you turn you must bring the vehicle to a total stop and only move on if the lane is free of traffic.
Are seat belts compulsory in Alameda County?
Seat belts should always be worn in Alameda County. Having said that, these rules may vary for certain vehicles, like those used by public transportation networks.

Car Rental Information

City pick-up location Oakland
Lowest price $38
Popular car types: SUV, Full size, Economy & Standard

Car rental company addresses in Oakland


Top rated Hertz rental locations in Oakland

2400 Webster St, Oakland, USA
5555 Shellmound St, Emeryville, USA
1001 Broadway, Oakland, USA
1400 Doolittle Dr, San Leandro, USA
Thrifty Car Rental

Top rated Thrifty Car Rental rental locations in Oakland

7600 Earhart Road, Oakland, USA

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