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Recently Booked Thrifty Car Rentals from $ 23.33/day

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 23.33 /day

($ 303.24 total)

Economy

(Toyota Yaris or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 4-5
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.35 /day

($ 233.46 total)

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.37 /day

($ 233.65 total)


Economy

(Toyota Yaris or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 4-5
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.46 /day

($ 164.25 total)

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.46 /day

($ 164.25 total)

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.50 /day

($ 93.98 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.

Thrifty Rental Car Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 430 ratings

Thrifty

"Amazing service!!!"

(Reviewed on October 11, 2015 )

Thrifty

"Best Car rental service ever!"

(Reviewed on October 11, 2015 )


Thrifty

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

(Reviewed on October 07, 2015 )

Thrifty

"I have no complaints, I will use CarRentals.com and Thrifty again!"

(Reviewed on October 01, 2015 )


Thrifty

"Nicole at the San Diego Airport Thrifty office was wonderful. She should be commended for her professional yet friendly demeanor."

(Reviewed on September 25, 2015 )

Thrifty

"We did the "wild card" option and you never know what you are going to get with that. Usually, it's an OK car. This time, while there were many on the lot unrented it was bio us they gave us the bottom of the line car. No ..." Read more

(Reviewed on September 24, 2015 )


Thrifty

"thanks"

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )

Thrifty

"Everything was exactly what I ordered. Thanks CarRentals.com!"

(Reviewed on September 22, 2015 )


Thrifty

"outstanding experience at San jose. good job thrifty and CarRentals.com"

(Reviewed on September 22, 2015 )

Thrifty

"Very pleased -your company definitely had the best competitive rates that I compared on Priceline - Expedia- Hotwire - etc.. You keep this up you will never go out of business . Thanks for keeping a car rental affordable !"

(Reviewed on September 22, 2015 )


Thrifty

"Emmanuel is the best agent I've ever delt with!"

(Reviewed on September 21, 2015 )

Thrifty

"the 1st car I chose was tagged for service but still on the lot - I had to turn around and choose a different car - this was the only delay or issue I had. Drop off at about 5:15am was excellent - very fast and shuttle wa..." Read more

(Reviewed on September 20, 2015 )


Thrifty

"The woman who checked me I. Was one of the best!"

(Reviewed on September 17, 2015 )

Thrifty

"Great service at Eagle VAil"

(Reviewed on September 17, 2015 )


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

Thrifty Car Rentals in Santa Cruz: What you need to know

Santa Cruz is just one of many neighborhoods in Monterey that are worth exploring, and, you'll wish for a ride to check out everything there is to do around the area. Buses or metro, while cheap, drop you off far from where you wanted to go. Ridesharing can be convenient, but you'd be surprised by how many places don't have service. Plus, the cost of going from here to there can start to add up.

If you want the easiest way to get around town for a good price, then you're in the right spot. Thrifty is one of the many great businesses we work with because they are well-known for their successful track record in providing guests with the best vehicles.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get a Santa Cruz Thrifty car rental at a great price?

CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best price. But, you can do a couple things to keep your upcoming rental affordable:

  • Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
  • Reserve your rental as far ahead of time as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer

A bit of knowledge goes a long way to increase your savings.

Which forms of identification should I bring when I pick up my rental car in Santa Cruz?

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

What is the minimum age to rent a car?

Thrifty's minimum age to rent a car is 21. Take time to review Thrifty's policy, as there may be limitations if you are under 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles especially.

What kind of Thrifty rental car should I get for my trip?

That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Santa Cruz. If you are having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to look over our chart below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Full Size SUVPerfect for families who want comfort and have safety as a top priorityFord Edge, KIA Sorento, or similar
Full SizeIf you plan on doing plenty of driving and want a comfy rideInfiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar
HybridThose that want to get the most mpg on their tripBMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar

Does the U.S.A. require car insurance?

When cruising through Santa Cruz or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Thrifty requires that you show proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through Thrifty, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S. of A. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Many major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, provide some insurance on your rental, however, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check Thrifty's policy before you decide.

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

Thrifty, like several other rental agencies, requires a deposit when you make your reservation. The amount can vary greatly depending on the type of car. Additionally, make sure there is enough on your credit card to put down the deposit.

Do I have to return my Thrifty rental with a full tank?

Thrifty and most other rental car companies provide you a full tank policy. We recommend bringing it back filled up. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to find a gas station before you bring your car back to Thrifty.

Can I get unlimited mileage when renting a car in Santa Cruz?

Many suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to ensure it is part of the bundle that you are purchasing. It's helpful to know how much you want to drive so you can plan your trip ahead of time. Although most car rental companies offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your rental agreement, you could face additional cost. You may need unlimited miles if you are planning to find out all that is in Monterey.

What is there to do around Santa Cruz?

Once you've explored Santa Cruz, you'll be happy that you have your own vehicle. There are some worthwhile stops around Monterey that are just a drive away. You may want to pack your golf clubs on this trip. work on your putting at De Laveaga Golf Course or Pasatiempo Golf Club. More of a history fan? Then make head to California Powder Works Bridge and Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to take in some local history.

Book Today for Great Rates

With everything there is to do in Monterey, having your own vehicle lets you sightsee at your own pace. When you're ready to see more of the U.S. of A, you can drive when you want, without having to coordinate a rideshare or spend time waiting for the bus.

Heading out of town soon? Book your Thrifty Santa Cruz rental car and drive to all the must-do activities at your leisure. Go with CarRentals.com and hit the roads in Monterey, California.