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Recently Booked Santa Barbara Car Rentals from $ 21.91/day

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 21.91 /day

($ 503.96 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 22.81 /day

($ 159.67 total)

Fullsize

(Kia Optima or Similar)

fullsize
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 28.29 /day

($ 282.91 total)


Intermediate

(Honda Civic or Similar)

intermediate
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 29.38 /day

($ 88.13 total)

Special

(Kia Soul or Similar)

special
  • 5
  • 5
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 30.28 /day

($ 121.10 total)

Standard

(Hyundai Elantra or Similar)

standard
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 35.35 /day

($ 176.73 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.

Santa Barbara Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 11 ratings

Alamo

"If everything in life was so easy. This would be a perfect world. Great service and value. Thanks" JOHN

(Reviewed on August 18, 2015 )

Dollar

"My wife and I had a great experience. Thank you!" NICHOLAS

(Reviewed on June 23, 2015 )


Budget

"Nathan @ The Santa Barbara, California Airport is a true proffesional.He is very kind and courteous. There were several customers at the Budget desk. Nathan greeted all customers and let them know he'd be right with them. ..." Read more OLIVIA

(Reviewed on January 20, 2015 )

Alamo

"Overall it was a great trip. The car we drove, a Chrysler 300 was superb value for what I paid, and I would certainly do it again!" ROBERT

(Reviewed on October 18, 2014 )


Alamo

"Santa Barbara Car rental - confusing as thee is no Alamo sign - actually handled by National. There needs to be a larger sign stating that. Thanks" CHRISTIAN T

(Reviewed on August 13, 2014 )

Enterprise

"yes/ awesome. thank you" HUMBERTO

(Reviewed on July 20, 2014 )


Enterprise

"My only challenge was that we rented a navigation system - and when I enquired on how to use it - I was told that it was easy to figure out (they didn't appear to be too busy to show me!) Well needless to say - it never wo..." Read more BETH

(Reviewed on April 16, 2014 )

Enterprise

"Mike was extremely professional and knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. I hope that you have more employees like him or that he moves up to train more employees like himself. He is stellar! Danielle" DANIELLE

(Reviewed on March 27, 2014 )


Hertz

"CarRentals.com gave me a quote half that offered by Hertz directly and we had a great experience overall. Hertz didn't treat us any differently and even gave us an upgrade vehicle." JOSEPH

(Reviewed on March 04, 2014 )

Enterprise

"Very satisfied!!" RENE

(Reviewed on February 06, 2014 )


Your Guide to Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara is a Southern California beach oasis. Located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the city’s year-round warm temperatures make it a fine home for its residents and the college students who attend the five centers of higher education in the community. Whether you plan to lounge on the beach or hike in the mountains, get a cheap car rental in Santa Barbara to fully explore the “American Riviera.”

Out and About in Santa Barbara

There’s lots to do in this picturesque town, so choose a vehicle from the rental cars in Santa Barbara to make your trip extra-special. Select a convertible for a long, winding ride down the Pacific Coast Highway, or a spacious minivan if you plan on bringing the kids along to view the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Just 3 miles north of the zoo is the Granada Theater, which hosts the Opera Santa Barbara and a number of popular musical groups. Less than a mile from the theatre is Mission Santa Barbara, where you can learn about California’s origins.

Near and Far

Some 40 miles inland from Santa Barbara is the Los Padres National Forest, which offers scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and places to camp. If getting in touch with nature isn’t your cup of tea, drive 65 miles north to Santa Maria, CA, and do some wine tasting at the various vineyards there. If you’ve got kids, you’ll want to bring them to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, where they can play and learn for hours.

The History of Santa Barbara

Like much of California, Santa Barbara was first claimed for Europe by the Spanish. Their rule lasted until 1822, when the Mexican War of Independence transferred Santa Barbara to Mexican rule. This did not last long; in 1848, Santa Barbara joined the United States, and its population swelled as the California Gold Rush spurred interest in the state. After the railroad finally linked Santa Barbara to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Santa Barbara’s growth continued at a rapid pace. Its pleasant weather made it a beacon for those escaping colder climates.

The Weather in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate is one of its major draws. Winters tend to be warm when compared to cities further inland, with average highs in the 60s. Winter also brings most of Santa Barbara’s 18 inches of rain, often in the form of heavy storms. Summer tends to be warm and dry, with temperatures in the high 70s and offshore breezes keeping things cool at the coastline. Fall is dry and pleasant, though certain days may see temperatures in the 90s due to downslope winds. While snow does fall on the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara itself does not experience any snowfall.

Rent a Car in Santa Barbara

Sunny days and cheap deals on rental cars await you in Santa Barbara and with us here at CarRentals.com today. Don’t leave your vacation at the mercy of public transportation. Instead, plan ahead and enjoy the convenience and affordability that comes with having a method to get around. Browse our selection of vehicles here on CarRentals.com and reserve a cheap rental car in Santa Barbara.

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Dollar car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Thrifty car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Enterprise car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Budget car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Avis car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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National car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Alamo car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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U-Save car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Hertz car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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Advantage car rental locations in Santa Barbara

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