Though California does feature a fair number of trains, there really is no better way to get around than by private vehicle in the Golden State. Bakersfield is no exception to that; in fact, within the city itself there are only buses available for public transport. So drivers looking to get around town will have long waits in store for them if they don’t have a vehicle on hand.
Visitors arriving at Meadows Field Airport looking to rent a car will find the rental car counters in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall.
Bakersfield is close to numerous mountain pass roads and, as beautiful as they are, they can also be a tad narrow and steep at times. Occasionally, drivers will find that there isn’t enough room for both cars to go by each other at the same time. In moments like this, as uncommon as they may be, the vehicle that is facing downhill must yield to the uphill-facing driver and back up (if necessary) to allow the other car to pass.
While Bakersfield does not have the most severe rush hour traffic, its relative proximity to the Greater Los Angeles Area can make traffic going in that direction slow down during peak hours. On most weekdays, the morning rush hour typically goes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon it goes from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One of the main roads to avoid during rush hour is CA-58, as it bisects Bakersfield and often bears the brunt of the daily rush hour traffic.
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Some car rental companies in Bakersfield which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz and Budget
On average a hire car in Bakersfield costs C$ 55 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Bakersfield are Hertz (7.7, 71 reviews), and Budget (7.2, 79 reviews).
The average gas price in Bakersfield is C$ 4.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 53 and C$ 71, depending on the car size.
Compact (Nissan Versa or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bakersfield.
Car rental companies onsite at Meadows Field airport include Hertz and Budget.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Meadows Field airport to off-airport locations include Hertz and Budget.
A Compact car rental in Bakersfield costs C$ 41 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Bakersfield costs C$ 67 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Bakersfield costs C$ 86 per day, on average.
In Bakersfield, cars are most frequently rented at Avis 3701 Wings Way (8 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs C$ 385 per week (C$ 55 per day).
On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs C$ 1,651 per month (C$ 55 per day).
Bakersfield is a typical American city in that its roads are large, wide, and well-suited for a range of vehicles. SUVs, trucks, vans, and all other vehicles will have an easy time navigating the city’s roads, so renters should opt for whatever vehicle best suits their needs. Whether it is a van because you are traveling with company or a sports car because that is what you love, all vehicles are great choices for visitors to Bakersfield.
Residential areas in Bakersfield usually feature speed limits ranging from 25 to 35 mph, while on the city’s urban roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph. From there, the next bump in speed limits is for urban freeways, which feature speed limits from 50 to 65 mph. Rural freeways and interstates are the next up, featuring speed limits all the way up to 70 mph.
Gas prices in Bakersfield are somewhat on the higher side for U.S. cities, at around $2.90 per gallon on average.
Parking in Bakersfield is usually a breeze due to the city’s ample parking lots and on-street parking spaces. In the private parking garages and lots, drivers can expect to pay around $1 per hour or less -- it is often even free. Outside of the downtown area, on-street parking is the most common option and is easy to find on most streets.