Book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego

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Thrifty car rental prices in San Diego

EconomyC$ 48/day
CompactC$ 48/day
IntermediateC$ 46/day
StandardC$ 47/day
Full-sizeC$ 52/day
MinivanC$ 78/day
Supplier choiceC$ 54/day
Compact SUVC$ 57/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 59/day
Standard station wagonC$ 62/day
Standard SUVC$ 68/day
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Reviews for Thrifty in San Diego

Overall Rating6.3 OkayBased on 126 reviews
Value for money

Recent reviews

Traveler rating
Inside the car was a moldReviewed 30 Mar. 2024
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Was not charged the same and the return was totally incorrect. Also I mentioned I have car insurance and still had it charged. How can you fix thisReviewed 6 Feb. 2024
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The wait in line was long. There could have been more customer service agents.Reviewed 9 Jan. 2024
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We arrived to a line of 100 people and they had run out of cars so we didn’t get one.Reviewed 1 Jan. 2024
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1 person at the dollar/thrifty counter for 20 people in line. After travelling all day and then having to tale an airport a.counter who's line is out the door with only one person working is highly disappointing. The wait to move was awful. I have pictures and a video to share of this absolutely pathetic situationReviewed 7 Dec. 2023
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It was my 1st time renting an electric car. It was nice that was an option.Reviewed 1 Dec. 2023
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The price was good, the car was fine. However, the line to pick up the car was long. More than 12 people in line and only two representatives on a Friday? The price makes up for that delay, so I would use Thrifty again in the future.Reviewed 27 Nov. 2023
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Not accommodating in the least.Reviewed 11 Oct. 2023
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Terrible. There was an incident at pickup that made me feel unsafe and was exacerbated by the Thrifty staff who stated “you’re all here for the $15 dollar rental right?” “You can go to the other rental places next door.” Implying that we should wait since we were getting a low price. There is a longer narrative but the Thrifty remarks continued an escalating discussion between two other renters and there were threats of violence by one of the renters. At minimum Thrifty staff should have called facility security. I abandoned my rental at this point and left.Reviewed 5 Oct. 2023
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Worst I. Ever hadReviewed 26 Sep. 2023
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Pros:The staff was helpful and courteous, but the process was too long.Cons:More staff, better communicationReviewed 30 May 2021
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Pros:The vehicle was excellent. Brand new. Returning the car was very fast with not problems.Cons:Have more notifications to take a CREDIT CARD. Small print on some customer agreement page is worthless. This was even more critical in San Diego, "Sorry, sir, We're so close to the border." If you wanted to use a debit card you need to have a flight... if not ... sorry too bad. I had to drive back and forth to get my credit card (my fault for not having it). When I was standing in line I saw about 12/18 people have an issue with CREDIT CARD / Debit Card. Update your policies modernize to use other payment methods. The people at the counter had no solutions for me and pointed me to curb to get an UBER. I cant imagine being out of town and being told that.Reviewed 26 May 2021
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Where can I find Thrifty car rentals in San Diego?


3355 Admiral Boland Way


Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59


+1 877 283 0898


1120 West Laurel Street


Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00


+1 619 557 8499

Good to know

Most popular location

3355 Admiral Boland Way

Most popular car type


Average price

C$ 75/day

Good deal

C$ 60/day

Top tips for renting a car from Thrifty in San Diego

  • Travelers who book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, California, will have the freedom to explore all that this Southern California city has to offer. San Diego is home to beautiful beaches, delicious food, and plenty of attractions, so Thrifty car rentals make it easy for you to experience it all. Thrifty has a couple of locations in the city, making it convenient for you to pick up your vehicle and get going on your own time.
  • When you book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, California, you will be able to choose what type of car you want to rent. Those traveling with family or a group may need a large SUV with extra space. Those who plan to do a lot of city driving may opt for a compact car. If you want to drive luxuriously, consider a convertible. No matter what you need, Thrifty has a car to meet your needs when you are driving around San Diego.
  • San Diego is a major Southern California city, just a short drive south of Los Angeles and a short drive north of the Mexican border and Tijuana. These nearby locations may have inspired you to take a road trip. If you would like to leave the city with your Thrifty rental car, let the agency know in advance. Some rental cars may be restricted from crossing the Mexican border, so be sure to confirm this before attempting to cross.
  • The San Diego Thrifty team is famous for its friendly and helpful approach to customer support. When you book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, you will enjoy 24/7 customer service to help with any questions or concerns you may have throughout your rental period. They can also give you travel tips and advice on driving through the area that only a local would know.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Thrifty in San Diego for C$ 60 or less.
  • Book your rental car from Thrifty in San Diego at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Compact rental cars from Thrifty in San Diego are around 12% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about renting a car from Thrifty in San Diego

  • Where should I plan to pick up my Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, California?

    If you are flying into San Diego using San Diego International Airport (SAN), you will be delighted to know that Thrifty has a location directly at the airport. This means it will be easy and hassle-free for you to start exploring in your rental car right after you land. If you are already in the downtown area, the location on West Laurel Street is popular and well-connected to other parts of town, making it convenient for you to pick up your car rentals from here.

  • What benefits will I enjoy when I book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, California?

    Not only will you have access to a wide variety of rental cars and exceptional customer service, but you can also access the benefits associated with Thrifty’s rewards program, Blue Chip Rewards. This program allows members to enjoy expedited pick-up and drop-off services as well as accumulate points that can later be redeemed for discounts and even free rentals at participating locations.

  • Where are the best places to park my Thrifty car rentals in San Diego, California?

    San Diego, California, is home to a number of public parking lots and garages in the downtown area that are convenient for those driving rental cars to use. For example, you can utilize the San Diego Parking lot on First National Center, the 6th and K Parkade garage, or the Park It on Market parking garage on Market Street. You will also find some metered street spaces, but it may be more secure to utilize a paid lot or garage. Some hotels in the area may also provide free parking to guests, so inquire with your chosen accommodation in advance about the parking situation.

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

    On average a rental car from Thrifty in San Diego costs C$ 75 per day.

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

    Compact (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Thrifty in San Diego.

  • How many car rental locations does Thrifty have in San Diego?

    Thrifty has 2 rental locations in San Diego. Take a look at our Thrifty rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Does Thrifty have a car rental location at the airport: San Diego airport (SAN)?


  • Does Thrifty offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from San Diego airport (SAN)?