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San Diego car rentals from C$ 19/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in San Diego with a pick-up date of 4/6 and drop-off date of 9/6. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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EconomyC$ 19/day
CompactC$ 20/day
IntermediateC$ 20/day
StandardC$ 36/day
Full-sizeC$ 22/day
MinivanC$ 62/day
Full-size SUVC$ 65/day
PremiumC$ 55/day
Supplier choiceC$ 19/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 30/day
Compact SUVC$ 39/day
Standard SUVC$ 42/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in San Diego

  • Before driving your San Diego car rentals around, make sure you know the main rules and driving tips of the city and the surrounding areas. The carpool lanes on freeways (H.O.V. lanes) can only be used with two or more occupants in the car, and accessing only at the designated entry and exit points, where there are broken lines. In the state of California, you’re able to make a right-hand turn on red. Also, keep in mind that it’s prohibited to smoke while in the car with a minor, as well as driving while under the influence of alcohol, with a BAC of 0.08% or over.
  • Locate the toll roads in San Diego and know how to pay them. There is one toll road in San Diego, the State Route 125, also known as the South Bay Expressway. You should know this before you find yourself driving along it. It’s possible to pay with the FasTrak system. You can check beforehand with your agency if this feature is available for your cheap car rentals in San Diego. Nonetheless, it’s also possible to pay with cash or a credit card at the toll booth, or within four days using the Pay-by-Plate option which has an extra processing fee.
  • When you’re planning to drop off your cheap car rentals in San Diego, know that at the airport, the car rental agencies are located out of the terminal and consolidated at the Rental Car Center. This is the same place as the pick-up location for those who got their rental cars from the San Diego Airport. The Rental Car Center is located right off the Pacific Highway, adjacent to the San Diego International Airport (SAN). Nonetheless, the airport offers a free shuttle service to get you from your drop-off location to your departure terminal. These buses run 24/7 stopping at both of the airport terminals.
  • Driving around San Diego is the most convenient and comfortable way of getting to know all corners of the region, as the freeway system is fairly easy to navigate and traffic is manageable (aside from during rush hour). Because public transportation services are unreliable in the city, staying mobile by renting a car is the best option. It is also ideal for travelers looking to explore other destinations outside the city, such as the wine country of nearby Temecula, or those who want to embark on a road trip along the California coast.
  • All the big car rental agencies can be found in the San Diego International Airport (SAN), at the Consolidated Rental Car Center just outside the airport. The Rental Car Center is accessible via free shuttle bus services that stop at all terminals.
  • Although the freeway system isn't generally complicated, always have a map or a GPS on hand to help you. When driving downtown, beware of tourists or other reckless drivers who may be too used to driving in the city. If you’re interested in hopping across the border to Mexico, make sure you talk to your rental agency, as they may need to provide specific documentation, such as car insurance that is also valid in the neighboring country. But if your plan includes a day trip to Tijuana, it's easier to just park your car on the U.S. side of the border and walk across.
  • Although traffic is manageable, roads are usually fairly busy throughout San Diego, so avoid rush hours both in the morning (between 6:30 and 10 a.m.) and afternoon (between 3:30 and 6:30 pm) if you don't want to be stuck in traffic for longer than needed. Freeways along the coast also get pretty packed on weekends, especially the I-5.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San Diego for C$ 52 or less
  • Book your rental car in San Diego at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in San Diego are around 68% cheaper than other car types, on average

San Diego car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in San Diego 
Verified travelerApr. 2024
Make sure the rental car company is located at the rental car shuttle drop off not a different location.
AngieApr. 2024
Go hybrid. Where we stayed didn't have a lot of charging options, plan ahead
TonyApr. 2024
All rental cars are off site so plan accordingly.
Verified travelerDec. 2023
Try to rent directly from the Company. Sometimes they have way better offers!
Verified travelerDec. 2023
Close to the trolley. Very convenient.
Verified travelerDec. 2023
Everyone was really really nice!!
TonyFeb. 2024
This location is about a 10 minute Uber ride from the airport. Thought it was at the airport when we booked. Was not a big issue, but something to keep in mind.
gerryJan. 2024
I learned to drive in San Diego. I am always surprised when I return to see the average speed everyone drives gets faster than previous visits. 15 mph over limit now.
RicardoDec. 2023
Airport rentals come with an extra fee. Rent from non-airport location if possible.
Verified travelerDec. 2023
Not sure how I feel about the car renting business right now.
JanetDec. 2023
Don’t feel you have to upgrade just because the sales person at the desk tells you you need to. He’s just trying to upsell you and there’s no reason for it.
PattiNov. 2023
Driving in San Diego is a breeze with a GPS. Avoid the major highways during rush hour and you’ll have no issues. All of the main attractions were within a short driving distance from our Airport- Harbor Island hotel Rent from a a major company - AVOID U-Save. It did save some $ but not worth the aggravation.
Verified travelerOct. 2023
If you have car insurance then it most likely have rental car coverage. Dont bother buying extra insurance from the rental agencies. Always best to call your car ins company and check about the coverage then if the rental co tries to pile this on you have some knowledge to deny it.
EnmanuelNov. 2023
Go to Avis, they are great
GaryNov. 2023
Make sure your rental company allows you to drive out of the area. Payless only lets you drive in SoCal, so I had to change to Thrifty at the last minute since I was doing a road trip to Colorado. Turn-in at San Diego is really easy for all rental agencies. The new car rental facility is really nice.
KathleenSep. 2023
A little crazy compared to the midwest. Use navigation tools, with voice, and know that a slight right sometimes means a 360 degree turn. Also it will tell you to stay in the far right lane and 2 seconds later there are 2 new lanes on the right.
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Park where you have plenty of room. My car was damaged in s hot and run while at a restaurant. Driving was fairly easy when using Google maps. Would not suggest going without proper map or directions.
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Parking is limited in many areas and there may be charges for parking at hotels and restaurants, etc.
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Make sure you don’t get charged over
Verified travelerOct. 2023
Rent in advance and don't take no for an answer since most rental companies don't want to honour online rentals
Verified travelerAug. 2023
Driving in San Diego is difficult only in that freeway traffic signage comes up quickly as the road are curvy....especially if the older highways. USE GPS and listen to it. DO NOT text and drive.
SarahAug. 2023
Choose a company at the rental center and not “offsite” to save yourself the headache. We rented a car from Fox after the Economy disaster and that went very smooth.
KatherineJul. 2023
I was not driving during rush hour so it was very easy. The rental location is right next to the freeway so access was very easy.
Jeri LynJun. 2023
We used our navigation, and we were able to find all of our destinations quickly and easily.
ThomasJun. 2023
Driving in San Diego was not difficult, especially when we used our rental cars navigation system.
Verified travelerJun. 2023
Spend the extra money and go with a bigger better company
Verified travelerAug. 2023
Rent from sam diego airport location. Very well run
LauraJun. 2023
Make sure you bring your itinerary and foreign driver’s licence even if you also have an American driver’s licence.
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Uber drivers were quite competent, but since I got screwed over by Hertz, I can't answer this personally.
ChristinaJul. 2023
Call the rental places about their deposit policies because neither this company nor kayak.com made that clear
TommyJul. 2023
Stick with larger companies (ie Enterprise) and rent directly from the company and not a third party.
LeahAug. 2023
Parking can be a challenge, and just like any other big city, traffic can be heavy.
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. Avoid rush hour.
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Make sure it’s closer to San Diego airport not to CBX.
HerbAug. 2023
Contact the rental counter as soon as you land / arrive
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Typical large city driving. No special issues or problems.
LucasAug. 2023
Try not to if you can
DwaineJun. 2023
Just don't drive during rush hour.
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Bring a car charger for phone
Verified travelerJul. 2023
Parking near beaches is nightmare. Rent a spot before you go. SpotHero is good app for this.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Listen to the agent carefully as he tells you he has a larger car. Always ask how much more it will cost!
Verified travelerMay 2023
When filling gas tank, pull nozzle out when pump stops; then put nozzle back in and finish filling
Verified travelerMay 2023
Use the actual rental agency to book and not a third party.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Make sure you check the location before you travel
JoshuaMay 2023
Rent at the airport and not the office location

FAQs about renting a car in San Diego

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in San Diego?

    An automatic lower car, such as a Ford Mustang, is the best option when navigating both the city and the coastal roads. A convertible is a great option to enjoy the scenic rides along the coast when the weather allows it.

  • What’s the speed limit in San Diego?

    The speed limit in the city is 25 miles per hour, but on urban highways it is set at 55 mph, and on rural highways it is between 65 and 70 mph. Generally, the speed limit on multi-lane freeways is 65 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in San Diego?

    Street parking in downtown San Diego is usually available, but it tends to be quite pricey, costing around $3 for one hour, and between $10 and $30 for 24 hours. Parking laws are strictly enforced throughout the whole city, so make sure you always pay for parking. Parking in beach areas is tougher to find, but pay lots are an option.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in San Diego?

    On average a rental car in San Diego costs C$ 66 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in San Diego?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Economy Rent a Car (C$ 19/day), York Car Rental (C$ 30/day) and U-Save (C$ 34/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Economy Rent a Car 2367 India Street 92101 (2 kilometers from city center).

  • What is the best rental car company in San Diego?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San Diego are Alamo (8.8, 132 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.7, 210 reviews), and Sixt (7.0, 164 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in San Diego?

    The average gas price in San Diego is C$ 5.32 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 64 and C$ 85, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in San Diego?

    Mini (Renault Kwid or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San Diego.

  • Which car rental companies are at San Diego airport (SAN)?

    Car rental companies onsite at San Diego airport include Fox, Thrifty, Europcar, Budget, NU Car, Dollar, Economy Rent a Car, Payless, Sixt and Ace.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at San Diego airport (SAN)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Diego airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Fox, Thrifty, Europcar, Budget, Dollar, Economy Rent a Car, Payless, Sixt and Avis.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in San Diego?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in San Diego?

    A Mini car rental in San Diego costs C$ 29 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in San Diego?

    A Standard car rental in San Diego costs C$ 30 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in San Diego?

    An Intermediate car rental in San Diego costs C$ 30 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in San Diego?

    In San Diego, cars are most frequently rented at Economy Rent a Car 2367 India Street (2 km from city centre ).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in San Diego?

    On average a rental car in San Diego costs C$ 460 per week (C$ 66 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in San Diego?

    On average a rental car in San Diego costs C$ 1,969 per month (C$ 66 per day).

  • What are some of the top destinations to drive to from San Diego?

    Take advantage and visit more of the San Diego area. Check out the beautiful and classy area of La Jolla. It’s just under a half an hour's drive from downtown San Diego. The La Jolla Cove is worth the miles. If you’re interested in a more historic and scenic visit, Julian is about an hour east of San Diego.

  • Are there any car rental agencies located in downtown San Diego?

    Yes, there are various car rental companies with non-airport offices in the central downtown area of San Diego. Enterprise and AVIS, for instance, have a pick-up location in the East Village, and Budget is in Little Italy. If you find yourself closer to Harborview, there are NU Rental and Hertz offices.

San Diego car rental reviews and directory

Payless

4.5

Mediocre

1440 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

4.5

One location in San Diego

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Locations in San Diego

3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 619 296 4966

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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2.0 Poor

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
Less deposit. Requested refund still haven’t seen it in my bank and it’s almost a week.

2.0 Poor

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
I was initially supposed to get my rental for the price of $177 for two days, but by the time I was done at the rental counter, I owed over $400 for the same car and amount of days. The counter agent said this was because of the fees that weren't included on the Kayak quote. This is unacceptable and I won't be using this service again.

2.0 Poor

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
Late arriving flight - they closed on us and we had to take a taxi to our hotel which cost us $$$$!!!

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
There were hidden fees that aren't disclosed on their website at time of booking.

4.0 Mediocre

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
Did not receive my final receipt or confirmation of turn in. Contacted customer service, no response. Very disappointed.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
The initial cat they gave me had safety issues that should have been caught with a routine inspection. I had to return the car for another one.

1 out of 375

Alamo

8.8

Very good

579 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.3

One location in San Diego

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 833 763 1741

Monday04:30 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I was able to pick up the car the night before and saved money

10.0 Wonderful

Nov. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great service, fast easy courteous. employees seemed happy. rental car employees not usually that way.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were great. They showed us how to work some of the new features on the car. The car was in excellent condition; it was brand new!

Cons:

Nothing

9.6 Wonderful

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Alamo was great. But it was my second choice, after my first choice -- some no name rental agency called Mex, selected initially via Kayak, which routed me through Rentcars.com -- was a friggin disaster. I landed at 6 pm, the time of my reservation, only to discover that the rental office was already closed. There was no one to help me, no number to call, no customer service from anyone in that chain, including Kayak. It was a friday evening at 6. I tried 4 other rental agencies; they were either out of cars or were asking insane amounts of $$ for them. I had to get a ride from the airport, and come back the next morning to rent from Alamo. (Which was great.)

Cons:

Alamo was great. Avoid Mex Rent a Car and Rentcars.com at all costs. No one picks up the phone at Mex and you can't leave a voicemail. The number for Rentcars doesn't work, and the email responses are all in Portuguese. I'm not kidding. Why Kayak continues to use these vendors is a mystery to me. Makes me reconsider my choice in travel apps.

7.6 Good

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful in securing a gas discount for me when the car I reserved wasn’t available.

Cons:

Don’t oversell cars! If I book a pickup, giving me a dodge caravan minivan because you oversold pickup trucks isn’t providing excellent service.

5.6 Fair

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was great

Cons:

Have the selected class or better available. I don’t consider an infinity to be the same class as an Escalade

1 out of 83

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.6

14 locations in San Diego

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1 Park Blvd

+1 619 696 5000

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1333 Camino Del Rio South

+1 619 260 1505

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2305 Pacific Hwy

+1 619 294 7774

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2740 Lytton Street

+1 619 225 0848

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2780 Garnet Ave

+1 858 490 1510

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3299 Holiday Court

+1 858 404 0700

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 833 763 1739

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3851 El Cajon Blvd

+1 619 229 2300

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6330 Marindustry Dr

+1 858 455 0075

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6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard

+1 858 404 0700

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7993 Balboa Avenue

+1 858 560 9050

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900 F St Ste 167

+1 619 696 5000

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9292 Miramar Rd # 28

+1 858 689 8523

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950 Hotel Circle North

+1 619 296 7493

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2.0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Hidden fees/ abhorrently greedy and excessive deposit.

8.0 Very good

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
Great overall

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2023

KAYAK
Debit card was used online to make the reservation but enterprise does not accept debt cards when renting out their vehicles

2.0 Poor

Nov. 2023

KAYAK
To actually have gotten a car

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
They were closed at the time I was supposed to pick up my rental. Why would you give the customer a choice of pickup times that included hours that the pickup location is closed?? Awful. Absolutely awful. Cost me hours of my time and hundreds of dollars. Will never use your site or Enterprise again.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything was super easy, picking up and dropping off.

1 out of 112

Sixt

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.7

2 locations in San Diego

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 888 749 8227

Monday07:00 - 23:59
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Delivery/Collection Service

+1 858 764 9338

Monday10:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Dec. 2023

KAYAK
Great service. Easy pickup and drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2023

KAYAK
The front desk employe was very polite and helpful. She answered all our questions without any problem.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
Nice car. Fast service

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
Excellent service from check in to check out. I could not have been happier with my experience.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
Professional people at the airport. Great vehicle. All-around good experience

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2022

KAYAK
I chose sixth because on KAYAK it says that their rental car agency is in the terminal as opposed to the shuttle. Every rental car agency in the San Diego airport is in the rental car center which is a long way away from the airport and requires waiting in a huge line to get to it. The counter was understaffed – I canceled on the spot and booked Avis which is what I should’ve done from the beginning

1 out of 54

Dollar

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.7

2 locations in San Diego

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 866 434 2226

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6609 Mira Mesa Blvd

+1 858 320 9051

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4.0 Mediocre

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
Pickup at SAN was a nightmare. Dollar gave me online checkin and it still took about 57 minutes to get my car and exit the rental area. They were understaffed, ignorant of the process, and inefficient.

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
I prob would have preferred the car size I reserved. I was upgraded to a bigger car which was fine but a bit cumbersome. I also would have preferred clarity upfront on how toll roads with no toll booths would be handled.

2.0 Poor

Jun. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I took over 70 minutes waiting in line to pick up the car. Ridiculous. Never again.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

A hertz employee ended up helping us because the line was so long

Cons:

Horrible experience. Will never rent from dollar again.

8.0 Very good

Apr. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was comfortable, clean and drove easily - lousy mileage, but we got the sense that Californians dont care much, given the number of gas guzzlers we saw on the road at over $4.00/gal in most service stations - mixed in with Tesla's and Prius's. Odd contrast.

Cons:

All good with exception of Drop-Off. Unclear directions in the final stretch of the exercise (needed to turn up a lane in the garage that was hidden behind other cars). No staff present and when a fellow eventually showed up, he did not check the car, just told us to leave the keys in the car and all else would be dealt with - whatever that means - if there is any disagreement on gas (we filled up), damage (there was none), etc., how would one verify it after the fact?

4.0 Mediocre

Apr. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was helpful and friendly.

Cons:

I reserved a Nissan Pathfinder only to show up and get a Kia Sorrento. 6 people with luggage will not fit in a Kia. We had to pay a lot extra to get a Ford Expedition because they didn't have a Nissan or any SUV similar. The guy was really nice and gave us a discount for having to upgrade. I don't appreciate paying for one vehicle on this site only to show up having to pay hundreds more for a vehicle that will actually work. I will never book through here again.

1 out of 75

Budget

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.6

11 locations in San Diego

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1110 Torrey Pines Road Suite H

+1 858 456 2124

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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1350 6th Ave Suite #170

+1 619 544 0510

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1670 Kettner Boulevard Suite 1

+1 619 231 7162

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2790 Kurtz Street Suite 1

+1 619 574 6975

Monday07:00 - 23:59
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Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 619 680 4949

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3890 Valley Centre Dr Ste 103

+1 858 755 7457

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4550 La Jolla Village Drive

+1 858 320 9017

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500 Hotel Circle North

+1 619 220 0294

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7815 Balboa Avenue

+1 858 974 8632

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8720 Miramar Road

+1 858 271 0035

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Cross Border Xpress - 2745 Otay Pacific Dr

+1 619 644 1362

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6.0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
Budget was great. I requested a vehicle to be picked up @ the airport. KAYAK reserved a vehicle @ a Budget location far away. The airport Budget Manager was able to change our reservation and rent us a van with the same discounts. Budget was great; Kayak sucks!!!

8.0 Very good

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
Thought I had reserved an intermediate suv, received a compact. It worked out okay once all our luggage was out.

6.0 Okay

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
Good except the Cost to extend the contract was excessive The agent told me knee how to do it but did not

6.0 Okay

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
Ended up paying $200+ because I booked here from the airport rental center and this app booked it 30 min away to one close to the damn border. I’d had to get a Uber for not only myself but for my 2 kids aw well. Ended up settling to just rent from the location the shuttle already took us to, just to find out it’s gonna be $350 more. Manager did to some adjusting to get it a lil lower. I was grateful for that. Also upgraded my vehicle for no cost. :)

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
My experience with the local office was excellent. Jay and his staff were terrific to deal with. I just got home and noticed that I am over billed. I will call in a couple of days to customer service for a correction if the bill isn't corrected automatically.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
It was fantastic.

1 out of 61

Avis

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.5

11 locations in San Diego

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1110 Torrey Pines Road Suite H

+1 858 454 4621

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

1350 6th Ave Suite #170

+1 619 544 0438

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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1670 Kettner Boulevard Suite 1

+1 619 231 7137

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00
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2790 Kurtz Street Suite 1

+1 619 220 4920

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 619 688 5000

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3890 Valley Centre Dr Ste 103

+1 858 755 0400

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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4550 La Jolla Village Drive

+1 858 450 6553

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00

500 Hotel Circle North

+1 619 574 5377

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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7815 Balboa Avenue

+1 858 974 8630

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8720 Miramar Road

+1 858 271 0018

Monday07:30 - 17:30
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Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Cross Border Xpress - 2745 Otay Pacific Dr

+1 619 588 1309

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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8.0 Very good

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
I rented the car for three days, but then wanted to extend the contract for a one way trip out of area. They doubled the price...

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
Wonderful

6.0 Okay

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
It was the fastest I was in and out of a rental office. The individual working at the drop off in Palm Springs was really nice. I can't tell you how disappointed I was that the type of car I reserved was not there since I made the reservation ahead of time.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
There was a problem with my reservation dates when I arrived to pickup my vehicle. The representative behind the counter assured me that they fixed my issue and I left with my vehicle. I wasn’t give a physical copy of my contract. When I dropped of my vehicle I was told that my vehicle was late and that I brought it back with less fuel than when I left. I know this isn’t true because I photographed my fuel level when I received my vehicle. I spoke with 2 representatives on the phone and one at the return counter and they all basically told me that there wasn’t anything they could do. Finally, I was told that Avis would adjust my fees. This has yet to be done. I will not being using Avis car rentals in the future.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
I’ve been overcharged by hundreds of dollars and yet to see confirmation of a refund

4.0 Mediocre

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
Poor Brakes Stuttering Car

1 out of 100

Thrifty

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.4

2 locations in San Diego

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1120 West Laurel Street

+1 619 557 8499

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00

3355 Admiral Boland Way

+1 877 283 0898

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