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Car Hire in San Diego

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Top 3 locations in San Diego

San Diego Airport


Lemon Grove - Federal Boulevard


La Jolla - Torrey Pines Road


Why book car hire in San Diego with

At, you will find a fantastic choice of cars from all the well-known rental brands — including Alamo, Dollar and Hertz. To bring you cheap prices, our team negotiate with these companies directly, securing exclusive rates you won’t find anywhere else. Our Best Price Guarantee also means if you find the same car with the same supplier cheaper elsewhere, we will beat the quote. Finding your ideal rental car in San Diego couldn’t be easier: with a simple search form, handy filters and all the information you need upfront, we make car rental hassle-free.

Top Tips

  • Many urban freeways have a lane reserved during rush hour for buses, motorcycles and cars with more than one or two people in them. The carpool lanes usually have less traffic and sometimes offer other privileges such as free bridge tolls. However, there are strict rules concerning driving in such a lane with less passengers in your vehicle than the designated number, and heavy fines are often issued for anyone who disobeys this.
  • If you are stopped by the police for any reason, you must stay in your vehicle until the officer comes to you. Do not attempt to get out of the car.
  • A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads, so allow extra following distance between cars in wet weather.

Which car hire companies offer the best value in San Diego?

Thrifty and Dollar often give you free GPS Rental, while some of the cars supplied by Budget come with a ‘Premium Package’ — where you a tank of gas and additional drivers over the age of 25 included in the rental price. Depending on your needs, these sorts of offers can save you money. With so many companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know which brands offer the best rental experience. To give you a good insight, we show reviews and ratings from previous customers next to each listing.

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Day trips from San Diego

LEGOLAND California: Situated approximately 35 miles from the city, LEGOLAND California is one of the state’s premier theme parks. With over 60 rides (including three rollercoasters), exciting attractions and live shows, there is something to keep the whole family entertained. In addition, LEGOLAND Resort offers two water parks as well as free admission to the SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum: The only museum in the world dedicated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is located around 15 miles from San Diego. Here you will find the largest and most complete collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots. The museum charts the fascinating history of USMC Aviation and the important role it has played in defending America and the freedom of the American people.

Torrey Pines State Beach and Natural Reserve Park: Although Torrey Pines is located just 16 miles from the centre of San Diego, this beautiful area remains one of the wildest stretches of land along the Southern Californian coastline. The protected area (which covers 2000 acres) features eight miles of trails, beautiful white sands and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. Due to the conservation efforts made here, Torrey Pines gives visitors an impression of how California must have once looked when the early settlers and Spanish explorers first arrived.

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