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Recently Booked San Diego Intl Car Rentals from $ 17.57/day


(Kia Soul or Similar)

  • 5
  • 5
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 17.57 /day

($ 35.14 total)


(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 18.86 /day

($ 75.45 total)


(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 19.17 /day

($ 191.70 total)


(Honda Civic or Similar)

  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.49 /day

($ 143.43 total)


(Kia Optima or Similar)

  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.55 /day

($ 70.64 total)


(Hyundai Elantra or Similar)

  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 25.49 /day

($ 178.44 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.

San Diego Intl Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 158 ratings


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

(Reviewed on October 05, 2015 )


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

(Reviewed on September 25, 2015 )


"Thanks a lot." ENRICO

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )


"This experience was the BEST that I've ever had with car rentals. When the shuttle wasn't immediately available, I was given an alternative form of travel within seconds. I was able to add an additional driver within a f..." Read more ANDREA

(Reviewed on September 22, 2015 )


"Great cars, excellent pricing, good customer service ,close to the airport with prompt shuttles" ANTHONY

(Reviewed on September 20, 2015 )


"The best experience I have ever had with dealing with a vehicle renting facility. Only suggestion would be to better navigate or give direction to the after hours drop off location." RACHAEL

(Reviewed on September 08, 2015 )


"I am very satisfied with the experience I had with my rental. Thank you !" ADRIANA

(Reviewed on September 03, 2015 )


"Very satisfied" PHU

(Reviewed on September 01, 2015 )


"We will only use This is the best way to compare prices among the various car rental companies. I got an amazing rate for a one way rental. I will always check!" LEROY

(Reviewed on September 01, 2015 )


"Wanted a Ford Focus but got a Mitsubishi with a small 9 gallon tank. Other than that everything was outstanding." JOHN

(Reviewed on August 26, 2015 )


"Great service and product" JOSEPH

(Reviewed on August 25, 2015 )


"Very satisfied with the rental. I have already booked another rental. I would appreciated your brushing the grill before running the cars through for washing. The last two rentals from Fox had heavy bug residue." LUCRETIA

(Reviewed on August 25, 2015 )


"Good experience." HONG

(Reviewed on August 20, 2015 )


"Have always had a great experience with Alamo. super easy to use and great prices." Linda

(Reviewed on July 24, 2015 )

Find Your Way Around San Diego Airport

No adventure in the Golden State is complete without a visit to San Diego. The “Birthplace of California” is home to numerous attractions and places to visit, but you won’t be able to see them all via public transportation or taxi. See every inch of America’s Finest City with a cheap San Diego airport car rental.

Arriving in SoCal

When you arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN), exit your terminal and make your way outside. Car rental shuttles wait at the Terminal 1and Terminal 2 center traffic aisles. The shuttle will take you to one of the two rental car areas, located off Harbor Blvd. and Kettner Blvd., respectively. Additional car rental companies may be located further away, and you may need to arrange a shuttle or taxi to get to them. Downtown San Diego is a mere 3 miles away from the airport; once you’ve picked up the keys to your car rental, you’ll be on your way to its glassy skyscrapers shortly.

Exploring San Diego

Stop off at the U.S.S. Midway Museum. The Midway is a World War II-era aircraft carrier, and once aboard you’ll view exhibits dedicated to its time in service and San Diego’s role as a “Navy town.” For a taste of San Diego’s history, head 3 miles north along I-5 to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Explore preserved structures dating back to the 1800s, shop for candles, soap, or handmade items in the many boutique shops, and enjoy Mexican food at its numerous restaurants.
San Diego airport rental cars give you the freedom to see more than just the downtown area. Follow I-5 about 8 miles north of the city and you’ll come to Pacific Beach, where you can suntan, surf, eat, and relax. If you’d like to get away from the waterfront, head 60 miles east on I-8 and Highway 79 to Julian, a quaint inland town famous for its beautiful surroundings and its delicious pies.

Leaving America’s Finest City

When you’re ready to bid San Diego a fond farewell, drive back to SAN to relinquish your vehicle. Follow the signage to return your car rental to the appropriate area off Kettner or Harbor Blvd., and take the shuttle to your terminal; depending on traffic, you want to budget extra time for the journey between the shuttle lot and the terminal.

Browsing the Airport

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is commonly known as Lindbergh Field, and serves over two dozen passenger and cargo airlines. Among these lines are United, Delta, and Alaska. While waiting for your flight, you can indulge in some genuine West Coast relaxation. Devour a BBQ sandwich, sip a drink while watching the planes come in, or try a session at the airport spa—why not enjoy a massage before takeoff? If you’ve forgotten to pick up a souvenir, select a San Diego-themed gift at one of the shops before or after security, or pick up a magazine to read before your flight.

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Your trip to San Diego doesn’t have to be overly expensive. Browse here on to find the best deals when you want to rent a car at San Diego airport. You’ll save time and money when you book through us, and can enjoy your San Diego trip knowing you got the lowest rate on your rental car around.