Santa Cruz car rentals

Santa Cruz car rentals

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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
1 Jun — 8 Jun
Same drop-off
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Wed 1/6
Noon
Wed 8/6
Noon
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Santa Cruz car rental Information

Pick-up locationSanta Cruz
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations6
Popular agenciesAvis, Budget, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Santa Cruz

EconomyC$ 82/day
CompactC$ 83/day
IntermediateC$ 87/day
StandardC$ 92/day
Full-sizeC$ 92/day
PremiumC$ 126/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 107/day
Standard SUVC$ 133/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Santa Cruz car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (36 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Cruz
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Cruz
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
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Rated #2
Hertz
7.6 Good (76 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Cruz
Hertz
Locations in Santa Cruz
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
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Rated #3
Avis
8.1 Excellent (18 reviews)
1 location in Santa Cruz
Avis
Locations in Santa Cruz
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 7.8
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Budget
1 location in Santa Cruz
Budget
Locations in Santa Cruz
Recent reviews
130 travellers who rented a car in Santa Cruz gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car rental locations in or near Santa Cruz

Good to know

Most popular car type

Mini

When to book a rental car in Santa Cruz

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

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Cruz

  • If you're planning to visit the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf, having a rental will ease your trip and make everything seamless. Sometimes when traveling, using public transportation means wasting time and possibly confusing routes when trying to get to various attractions. Getting a vehicle from car rentals in Santa Cruz is a smart decision because you can incorporate nearly everything in your itinerary and meet your travel goals on time and at your convenience. If you're here on a business trip, then you won't have to worry about missing the bus and being late for that meeting you've been looking forward to. Even better, you can skip town and check out the Winchester Mystery House, just 29 miles away, or even the Golden Gate Bridge about 75 miles away, at your own convenience and get back in the city before evening.
  • When you get to the Rental Car Center in San Jose International Airport, go directly across Terminal B. If you come from Terminal B, walk across the airport drive from baggage claim, where you'll find the facility. If you come from Terminal A, you'll find an airport blue shuttle bus that will take you to the rental car center. Some of the Santa Cruz car rentals you'll find at the facility include Enterprise, Avis, and Hertz.
  • Pedestrians in Santa Cruz are so used to jaywalking that the city had to write reminders on the curb not to do it, so be watchful, especially on crosswalks and intersections. You should be careful when driving on Highway 17 as it can get congested with commuters to and from San Jose and sees frequent coastal fog.
  • Traffic in Downtown Santa Cruz can be fairly normal, but the rush hours can be packed with cars, especially on Highways 1, 9, and 17. Highway 17 can be quite busy northbound in the morning and southbound in the evening as more people commute to and from San Jose, more so on Fridays. Rush hours start from 7am to 9am and from 3pm to 8pm in the evening. Having a traffic app for real-time information will go a long way. You can also listen to the local radio.
  • Book your rental car in Santa Cruz at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Santa Cruz are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Cruz