Explore every nook and cranny of San Jose with the flexibility a rental car can provide. Whether it is a trip to the Alum Rock Park in the northeast of San Jose or the Levi Stadium, which is about 9 miles out of the city, a rental car can get you there in no time.
There are various rental car options at San Jose International Airport, including Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and Sixt. The Rental Car Center can be found at Terminal B and passengers landing at Terminal A are provided with a shuttle bus transporting them directly to the Rental Center.
Californian cities in general are teeming with tourists during the summer season and traffic can be a challenge during peak times. Also, drivers have a reputation to not use the turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn, so always double-check and drive carefully. Always watch out for pedestrians, as crosswalks are sometimes not properly indicated, and San Jose is one of the cities with the highest pedestrian death rates, so it’s better to be safe.
San Jose’s morning rush hour is at its worst between 7 and 8:30 AM, so it is advisable to avoid starting any trips during that time. Between 4:30 and 6:00 PM, when workers return to their homes, traffic increases significantly again, especially on the US-101. As San Jose is famous for its amazing weather, the summer season comes with tourists and therefore more congestion on the roads, so always plan at least 30 minutes ahead.
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Intermediate rental cars in San Jose are around 36% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in San Jose which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Thrifty and Dollar
On average a hire car in San Jose costs C$ 56 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San Jose are Alamo (8.9, 419 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 348 reviews), and Thrifty (8.1, 259 reviews).
The average gas price in San Jose is C$ 4.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 50 and C$ 66, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San Jose.
A Intermediate car rental in San Jose costs C$ 49 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in San Jose costs C$ 62 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in San Jose costs C$ 43 per day, on average.
In San Jose, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 1659 Airport Blvd (4 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in San Jose costs C$ 389 per week (C$ 56 per day).
On average a rental car in San Jose costs C$ 1,667 per month (C$ 56 per day).
Which car to choose also depends on your plans during a trip to San Jose. To seize the innumerable opportunities for a road trip into nature or to surrounding cities, an SUV is a good choice, as it provides efficient traction and space. If cruising through the city and making most of the weather is part of the plan, a convertible is the optimal choice.
The allowed speed is always signposted, but the general basic law for speed limits is 65 mph on highways, 25 mph in residential areas, and 15 mph in alleys. However, the state’s speed limit laws require drivers to adapt to the current conditions, i.e. when there is fog, children are close by, or heavy rain decreases road traction.
The average gas price in San Jose is around $3.70 a gallon, but gas stations like Costco are usually a little below average, at about $3.20 per gallon. Other gas stations, such as Spartan Gas Station, are known to be more expensive.
There is a color scheme which lets drivers know where they can park in the city. If there is a green line, parking is allowed for a short amount of time (indicated on a sign). If there is no line at all, unrestricted parking is possible – however, note that it could be metered, so check the surrounding curb to find a meter machine. For longer parking, choose a public garage or parking lot like the Fourth Street Garage or Market and San Pedro Square Garage, which are about $20 per day.