Book Thrifty car rentals at San Francisco Airport

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Thrifty car rental prices at San Francisco Airport

EconomyC$ 40/day
CompactC$ 41/day
IntermediateC$ 41/day
StandardC$ 44/day
Full-sizeC$ 44/day
PremiumC$ 64/day
LuxuryC$ 74/day
Pick-up truckC$ 55/day
Standard station wagonC$ 36/day
Supplier choiceC$ 40/day
Compact SUVC$ 46/day
Standard SUVC$ 56/day
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Overall Rating5.9 FairBased on 264 reviews
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Land in SFO at 10PM -- flight was 30 minutes early at 9:30 - go to Thrifty Rental counter. There are 18 people in front of me in line and ONE person working the counter - taking 15 minutes minimum with each person. Everyone in line is worried - seems to "know" the counter closes at 11PM - what will happen then? A second counter person comes out and everyone breathes a little easier, then the first counter person goes away - leave ONE counter person!!!! I waited 45 minutes and now there were 15 people in front of me (I have photos!) I called the number I was given to call for questions and imagine! They closed at 10PM - please call back tomorrow. At a few minutes before 11PM with still 13 or 14 people in line ahead of me - I went to the Alamo counter and rented a car and was driving out of the parking lot at 11:05. Worst experience ever. Never again and I caution everyone trying to get a Thrifty car late at night in SFO...Reviewed 8 Nov. 2023
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2 hour wait for pick upReviewed 9 Oct. 2023
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One hour wait. Ev car hard to find charging station that workedReviewed 4 Oct. 2023
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Arrived on time (9:20 pm). Stood in line with 36 other customers (three people were working the counter) for over thirty minutes. When I got to the counter, I was told that my car wouldn't be ready for almost two hours . . . but for an additional $160 dollars (per day) they could give me another car. I had no option but to wait. Fortunately, it was only 45 minutes before they sent me down to get a Hertz car (still billed through Thrifty). All was fine except I ended up with a 7-passenger Ford Expedition when I wanted a sub-compact. The Ford got 18 mpg (so my gas cost was higher) and was a monster to navigate through San Francisco traffic.Reviewed 4 Oct. 2023
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Customer service was awful.Reviewed 7 Jul. 2021
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Pros:Excellent serviceCons:Keep it up the excellent serviceReviewed 31 May 2021
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Cons:We waited over 2 hours for a reservation we had made a month before our trip. As an apology for waiting, the associate at the desk assured us we could return the car empty, but we were charged over $100 for gas upon return. On the way out of the lot after we finally were placed in a car, the parking lot attendant lowered the security gate on our car, and the replacement they gave us was an older model than we paid for, and very dirty and smelly.Reviewed 27 May 2021
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Pros:NothingCons:Everything - surly staff, long wait in line only to be told my car wouldn't be available for 1.5-2.0 hours. Ended up in a tiny compact car that killed my back. When I dropped off the staff member was swearing to himself and banging things around before he got to me. Terrible. I will never rent from Thrifty again.Reviewed 25 May 2021
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Pros:Staff was good. Need to work with customers to give them a better option when renting carCons:Offer a better car option......Reviewed 24 May 2021
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Pros:We liked the size of the car and the gas mileage. Drop off was fine.Cons:Pick-up was terrible. They did not have enough cars even for those of us who booked ahead of time. Long line and minimum wait was 2 hours from scheduled time. Very inconvenient to all parties. Understaffed and rented far more cars than they had available. Very poor planning.Reviewed 23 May 2021
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Pros:Staff were friendly in this terrible situation, but they had no cars. Over 50 plus people waiting for car. I missed my work, the whole reason I traveled because of this.Cons:Having the car I reserved. I had to leave the airport I flew into and go to another airport to get a car. I have requested a refund. Frustrating situation, I was on a work trip not a vacation.Reviewed 22 May 2021
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Pros:Staff kept me and about a dozen customers waiting in line for 40 minutes before announcing that there were no cars available for at least 1.5 hours. After leaving to go to a competitor, one person on the side told me it was more like a 2-3 hour wait. So, there was nothing about the experience I liked. But, don't worry, it won't happen again!Reviewed 21 May 2021
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Thrifty car rentals near San Francisco Airport


780 Mcdonnell Rd


Monday06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday06:30 - 23:00
Thursday06:30 - 23:00
Friday06:30 - 23:00
Saturday06:30 - 23:00
Sunday06:30 - 23:00


+1 877 283 0898

Top tips for renting a car from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport

  • With so much to see and do in the city, book Thrifty car rentals at San Francisco Airport and you can explore the area with so much ease. You'll be able to explore more of the Bay Area than if you were relying on public transportation or taxis. You control your own schedule, so there's no need for advance planning or reservations. Expect to receive a wide range of benefits and services when you book Thrifty car rentals at San Francisco Airport. You'll have access to a vehicle that's suited to your needs and preferences, whether that means a luxury vehicle or something more economical.
  • There's nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes when you book Thrifty car rentals at San Francisco Airport. If you want to prepay for fuel, make sure to check out the Thrifty fuel options. They have an option for prepaid fuel as well as an option for paying at the pump after your trip. If you have children in tow or are planning on driving with them soon, you could get an infant seat from Thrifty so they can ride safely in your rental car. Thrifty also offers unlimited miles and license fees on all car rentals in San Francisco, CA.
  • It's important to know what to expect when returning your Thrifty rental car at San Francisco International Airport. You'll want to return the car on the same day as stipulated in your rental agreement. If you fail to do that, you could be charged for additional days of rental. When you return your car, follow the posted signs for Car Rental Return and go directly inside. To get there, you should take I-380 east from the airport and make a right onto South Airport Blvd. There, you'll need to provide a copy of your driver's license and credit card and the keys to your rental car.
  • You will be waiting more in lines when picking up or dropping off your San Francisco car hire during the weekdays. This is because there is a higher demand for cars then and a lot of people moving to different places. You should also avoid the morning rush hour and pick up your Thrifty car rental from the San Francisco Airport during the late evenings.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport for C$ 45 or less
  • Book your rental car at San Francisco Airport from Thrifty at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport

  • Where can I find Thrifty counter at San Francisco Airport?

    If you're looking for Thrifty car rental at San Francisco Airport (SFO), the best place to start is on Level 4 inside the Rental Car Center at SFO.  Go to the AirTrain station and take the blue line to the 780 Mcdonnell Road, San Francisco, CA, 94128 through the Rent-A-Car Center (RAC).

  • What is the documentation required to rent a Thrifty car rental at San Francisco Airport?

    To rent a Thrifty car rental at San Francisco Airport, you must present a valid driver’s license and an international driver’s permit. The driver’s license is used to verify that you are legally allowed to drive in California, while the international permit is required because the state of California does not recognize other countries' licenses as valid proof of driving status. You will also need to show a credit card or debit card to rent the car. This is due to a law passed in California requiring all rental companies a security deposit for renting the car and against potential damage caused by customers who rent vehicles from them.

  • What are some of the protections offered at Thrifty car rental at San Francisco Airport?

    At Thrifty car rental at San Francisco Airport, you can expect a variety of protections from the minute you pick up your vehicle. Thrifty offers Loss Damage Waiver protection, which means that if your rental vehicle is damaged or stolen, you won't have to pay for it. You also have personal accident cover, which means that if you are injured in an accident while driving the rental car, they'll pay for medical expenses. Premium Roadside Assistance is also included with all Thrifty rentals in San Francisco. This includes 24-h roadside assistance and emergency road service like flat tires and lost keys.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport?

    On average a rental car from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport costs C$ 65 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport?

    Standard (Nissan Frontier or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Thrifty at San Francisco Airport.

  • Where can I find Thrifty car rentals at San Francisco Airport?

    780 Mcdonnell Rd is the closest Thrifty rental location to San Francisco Airport. The telephone number for this location is +1 877 283 0898.

  • Does Thrifty offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from San Francisco Airport (SFO)?