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Recently Booked California Car Rentals from $ 20.62/day

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.62 /day

($ 144.32 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.63 /day

($ 144.40 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.64 /day

($ 41.27 total)


Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.65 /day

($ 82.59 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.69 /day

($ 248.30 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.69 /day

($ 641.48 total)


Prices are based on bookings made during the previous 42 days. Price is dynamic and varies based on the date of the booking, length of rental and car class. There is no guarantee this price will be in effect at the time of your search.

California Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 1143 ratings

Avis

"outstanding experience"

(Reviewed on October 12, 2015 )

Sixt

"Thanks for making our trip smooth and affordable."

(Reviewed on October 12, 2015 )


Thrifty

"Amazing service!!!"

(Reviewed on October 11, 2015 )

Alamo

"Had a great experience with Alamo. First time renting with CarRentals.com. Did not hear back regarding my issue with a duplicate reservation though."

(Reviewed on October 11, 2015 )


Fox

"Thanks!"

(Reviewed on October 10, 2015 )

Fox

"The car was "good" but we only rented and Economy. What did we expect? The staff was great and the rental process easy. Thanks."

(Reviewed on October 10, 2015 )


Alamo

"Very good experience overall. Already have booked another car with you."

(Reviewed on October 10, 2015 )

Hertz

"great experience!"

(Reviewed on October 09, 2015 )


Alamo

"Great experience, start to finish! Received fast and friendly customer service in Santa Barbara and Redwood City. Would absolutely use Alamo again...prince point was good too, especially for a one way rental."

(Reviewed on October 09, 2015 )

Sixt

"We had a great experience with the car however, the driver of the shuttle back to the airport was very difficult to EVERYONE on the bus - threw around our luggage, and actually ended up breaking mine. Overall, I was thrill..." Read more

(Reviewed on October 09, 2015 )


Thrifty

"All-around this was a good experience!!"

(Reviewed on October 07, 2015 )

Alamo

"The best car renting experience so far. Got this awesome little beetle for renting. When we delivered the car back at closing time, we forgot groceries worth over 100$ in the trunk. When we returned to get the groceries ba..." Read more

(Reviewed on October 06, 2015 )


Advantage

"It was a pleasant experience."

(Reviewed on October 06, 2015 )

Enterprise

"Great experience, except for Enterprise phone operator, sounded like he was new and had no idea what he was doing."

(Reviewed on October 05, 2015 )


Please be aware that some of these reviews may have been translated automatically into English.

Cheap California Car Rentals: What You Need to Know

The California coastline is over 800 miles long, making California the third largest U.S. state. With coastal ranges kissed by the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, and the desert climate of Death Valley, this state is one of the most climatically diverse due to its great size. Reserve a California car rental and take in all the Golden State has to offer.

How can I get a cheap car rental in California?

If you follow our tips below, you’ll easily pick up a great deal on a car rental:

  • - Compare rates and deals;
  • - Select a non-airport rental location;
  • - Know your fuel and mileage requirements; 
  • - Book in advance;
  • - Don’t add extra drivers.

What California car rental companies are good?

Sixt, Avis, Hertz, and Alamo are some of the big-name rental companies in this state, but you’ll also come across some other local suppliers with excellent deals. Read their reviews ahead of booking to get the most information.

What kind of car rental should I get in California?

There are lots of different types of car rentals available for your California vacation. If you’re planning plenty of road trips, you’ll want a big, comfortable vehicle like a minivan or an SUV. If you need a more compact car just for beach hopping, take a look at our range of economy models.

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

You have to be 21 in order to legally rent a car in California and, if you’re under 25, a young-driver surcharge may also apply.

Do I need insurance when renting a car in California?

Yes, you do. US citizens can get their insurance through CarRentals.com or their rental company of choice. You could also see if your car or credit card insurer covers car rentals.

Can I book with unlimited mileage when renting a car in California?

Yes, most companies offer unlimited mileage. There is lots to see in this state so, if you choose limited mileage, be careful not to clock up the miles and face extra charges.

Can I use a debit card for a California hire car?

Debit cards are not usually accepted by rental providers. Note also that prepaid cards and cash are not accepted for reservations.

Is it possible to hire a car one-way in California?

Yes, usually for a surcharge. Check with your rental company what their policy is.

Which sights and/or cities are must-sees in California?

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge has got to be on the bucket list of anyone visiting California.

  • - While you’re in San Francisco, take a tour of Alcatraz Island.
  • - If you’re spending time in LA, head to Malibu beach for beautiful stretches of sand and celebrity spotting.
  • - Further south, the renowned San Diego zoo in Balboa Park will be a hit with the kids.

What is a good road trip in California?

Surf and grab fish tacos in San Diego before heading up the coast. Drive to Los Angeles and snap a picture with the Hollywood sign, visit Sacramento, the state capital, and pack a jacket for a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A California rent a car lets you travel from sleepy beach towns to bustling cities on your own time.

What activities is California especially good for?

California is perfect for more adventurous tourists, with its surfer beaches and vast forests. Venice Beach is a perfect example of the state’s variety, since here you’ll see street performers, swimmers, and roller skaters alike. The Redwood National Park offers a huge range of outdoor activities amongst its woodland wildlife and protected species.

Traffic tips to keep you safe

Cali was designed for cars and is not the most pedestrian-friendly place, so you’ll have better access to everything with a car rental. But there are a few things to remember to ensure your vacation runs smoothly:

  • - If you want to park on the street, don’t leave your vehicle by a red curb, or you’ll find yourself with a parking ticket.
  • - At four-way stop signs, you’ll see an All Stop sign. Here, if you’re first to arrive, you have right of way.
  • - If you’re going to be doing a lot of desert driving, make sure you leave with plenty of water and food supplies in case you don’t pass a gas station for a while.

Search 24 California Car Rental Companies

A Plus car rental locations in California

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Dollar car rental locations in California

49 locations  |

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Thrifty car rental locations in California

54 locations  |

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Enterprise car rental locations in California

532 locations  |

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Budget car rental locations in California

195 locations  |

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Avis car rental locations in California

216 locations  |

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National car rental locations in California

33 locations  |

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Alamo car rental locations in California

29 locations  |

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E-Z car rental locations in California

2 locations  |

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U-Save car rental locations in California

12 locations  |

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Hertz car rental locations in California

618 locations  |

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