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Santa Barbara, CA, United States
17 Jun — 24 Jun
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Santa Barbara car rental Information

Pick-up locationSanta Barbara
Rental locations13
Airport locations7

Santa Barbara car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (134 reviews)
1 location in Santa Barbara
Alamo
Locations in Santa Barbara
500 James Fowler Rd+1 805 692 0939
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
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Rated #2
Hertz
8.1 Excellent (144 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Barbara
Hertz
Locations in Santa Barbara
114 Moffett Pl+1 805 967 0411
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
16 S. La Cumbre Road+1 805 967 1927
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
633 E Cabrillo Blvd+1 805 962 5305
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
  • 8
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 8
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From C$ 37/dayRated #3
Budget
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8 Excellent (120 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Barbara
Budget
Locations in Santa Barbara
305 East Haley Street+1 805 965 1070
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
500 Fowler Road+1 805 964 6792
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.8
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Rated #4
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (63 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Barbara
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Barbara
3210 State St+1 805 966 3097
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
500 James Fowler Rd+1 805 683 3012
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00
601 Chapala St+1 805 966 3097
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8
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Rated #5
National
9.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Santa Barbara
National
Locations in Santa Barbara
500 James Fowler Rd+1 805 692 0939
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00
  • 10
  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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Rated #6
Avis
8.1 Excellent (24 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Barbara
Avis
Locations in Santa Barbara
305 East Haley Street+1 805 965 1079
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
500 Fowler Road+1 805 964 4848
Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.6
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Sunnycars
1 location in Santa Barbara
Sunnycars
Locations in Santa Barbara
500 Fowler Road, Goleta
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492 travellers who rented a car in Santa Barbara gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

Car rental locations in or near Santa Barbara

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

C$ 42/day

Good deal

C$ 37/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Barbara

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Barbara

  • A rental car is the most comfortable and practical way to explore not only the city of Santa Barbara, but also nearby Los Angeles and other major destinations along the Californian coast. A car allows you to explore the city’s attractions at your own pace, including the Santa Barbara Harbor and the Maritime Museum. Los Angeles is a two-hour drive away, while San Francisco is five hours away.
  • All of the big car rental companies, including Alamo, Avis, and Hertz, can be found at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), which is about 7 miles west of the city center. The rental car counters are located in the Rental Car Building, which is right next to the airport terminal. Simply exit the terminal, go right, and follow the RCB signs.
  • Santa Barbara is at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, with some roads being quite hilly. Because it’s a colonial town, it still maintains some of its older characteristics, including narrow cobblestone streets with winding turns. If you’re not used to that type of driving, it’s best to park the car in one of the many lots and explore the Old Town by foot.
  • Traffic jams in California are a given, but Santa Barbara is easier to navigate. Traffic gets worse in the morning on the 101 heading north to Santa Barbara from other towns such as Carpinteria and Ventura, and on the opposite direction in the evening. Avoid driving within the rush hour periods, between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and then again between 4 and 7 p.m.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Barbara for C$ 37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Barbara at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Santa Barbara are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Barbara

  • Some car rental companies in Santa Barbara which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar and Budget

  • On average a hire car in Santa Barbara costs C$ 42 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Santa Barbara are Alamo (8.5, 62 reviews), Enterprise (8.4, 115 reviews), and Budget (8.1, 121 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Santa Barbara is C$ 4.08 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 49 and C$ 65, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Barbara.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Fox, U-Save, Dollar, Budget, Sixt, Ace, Priceless and Airport Van.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, U-Save, Dollar, Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Priceless, Airport Van and NU Car.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Santa Barbara costs C$ 52 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Santa Barbara costs C$ 50 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Santa Barbara costs C$ 39 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Barbara, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 500 Fowler Road (12 km from city centre ).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Barbara costs C$ 292 per week (C$ 42 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Barbara costs C$ 1,250 per month (C$ 42 per day).

  • A hybrid car is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while driving through Santa Barbara, but a convertible is a great option when cruising along the coast, especially in the summer, as you can drop the top and enjoy some scenic views. If you're going on a road trip with family or friends, a minivan offers more comfort and space for all the passengers.

  • The speed limit in Californian cities is usually 25 mph, unless the posted signs say otherwise, particularly in school zones and other residential areas. Two-lane highways have a speed limit of 55 mph, while most highways have a 65 mph limit. However, some highways allow drivers to go a maximum speed of 70 mph.

  • The average gas prices in Santa Barbara are about $3.47 per gallon. Lower prices can range anywhere between $3.15 and $3.35 per gallon. Gas prices are usually cheaper in Santa Barbara than in Los Angeles, so if you’re going on a road trip to that side of the coast, make sure to fill up the tank beforehand.

  • There are several parking lots in the downtown and waterfront areas. Downtown parking also provides access to State Street and its surroundings, the Old Town, and the Waterfront areas. Parking is paid between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The first 75 minutes are free and the following hours have a $1.50 hourly rate.