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South San Francisco, CA, United States1 Nov — 8 Nov
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South San Francisco car rental information

Pick-up locationSouth San Francisco
Rental locations8
Airport locations5

South San Francisco car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Hertz
Best rated
6.5 Good (536 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Hertz
Locations in South San Francisco
177 S. Airport Blvd.+1 650 624 6391
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre2019 Dec 12
Cons: Nickel and dimed me to pieces. Charged me for 1 extra hour and then an additional charge for being Late. Smdh.
2.8 Mediocre2019 Aug 23
Cons: The staff was incredibly unfriendly, unhelpful, and most of all, unprepared. I booked a car with this Hertz location and when I showed up, was told there were no cars. It took well over an hour for one to be brought over for me from the airport. Zero communication or help from anyone "working" there
2.8 Mediocre2019 Jun 19
Pros: Staff was not friendly.. or even on site when I arrived. The check-in took more than an hour, primarily because no one was on site... at 2 pm in the afternoon, and then they had to go find a car. The first rep was surly; the young woman who took over (after returning from lunch) was OK.Cons: Having staff available during business hours. Customer service skill training. Car was fine.
10.0 Excellent2019 Jun 12
Pros: I didn't have a pen to fill out the mileage on the return form. A nice man with Hertz at the car drop off had one I borrowed.Cons: The car return was difficult to find. Only 1 sign on Rt 101 to indicate car return exit. It sort of blended in with other signs. More signs prior to exit would have been helpful.
8.0 Excellent2019 Jun 01
Pros: Great price. Once I found where to pick up, it was OK. It would have been better if Hertz had just said where to pick up
5.2 Okay2019 May 14
Pros: Staff was friendlyCons: Hertz location was stated at san fran airport but was not actually at the airport. Had to take a Lyft from the airport to the other hertz location for rental and back at the end of trip. Added extra unexpected costs! Would have been nice to know when booking.
9.2 Excellent2019 Apr 15
Pros: The staff was very nice, the car clean and comfortable.
5.6 Okay2019 Apr 07
Cons: I was miss leading that the pick up wasn’t in the airport, the street was called airport boulevard. So I had to pay 30 more USD to take the car from the airport. Also they try to sell you stuff in the airport that you don’t need. This has no future.
2.0 Mediocre2018 Dec 18
priceline does not have its act togetherPros: NothingCons: Airport car rental wasn't at airport car rental, but 1 mile away. Took cab to get there, arrived 12:10 for 12:00 (noon) pick up, and rental part of agency was closed. Sales agents were there, but claimed that they could not help. Went to nearby Enterprise to rent car.
10.0 Excellent2018 Nov 19
Pros: Amazing customer service
Rated #2
Payless
6.3 Good (231 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Payless
Locations in South San Francisco
1440 San Mateo Ave+1 650 583 9800
Monday09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday09:00 - 19:00
Thursday09:00 - 19:00
Friday09:00 - 19:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
  • 6.4
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 09
Pros: n/aCons: There were no cars available even though I booked in advance
4.4 Okay2019 Dec 18
Pros: The rental car was in good condition and the airport shuttle was fast.Cons: There is no way to drop off a car after hours and they do not explain or advertise this. No key dropbox or anything. The parking lot is locked and inaccessible between 10:30pm and 6am. Also, the phone numbers inside the rental agreement with Payless written clearly on the front direct you to the Budget renal company, who can't help you at all.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Sep 30
Pros: I was not able to get this car.Cons: I am unable to give a proper review because the rental company closed at 12:00 midnight and my delayed flight got in at 1:30 AM, because it was a hot deal, I couldn't get any refund, I wish there were a policy to help mitigate these situations.
7.2 Good2019 Sep 29
Pros: MidelCons: More clean, more model choices
8.8 Excellent2019 Aug 12
Pros: Drop off sucked. It would be much better if we were dropped off at terminals instead of the rental center. We the. Had to lug everything on the tram and then to the terminal. This will keep me from using Payless again unfortunately.Cons: Drop off at terminals.
7.6 Good2019 Jul 23
Cons: There were extra fees that were not reflected in the price quoted on Kayak. You need to take a shuttle to get to the site. It was easy but adds some time.
6.0 Good2019 Jun 26
Pros: No problem with the staff, they were all helpful and the process was quickCons: Car could have been cleaner
9.6 Excellent2019 Jun 20
Cons: Car could have been cleaner, but was fine.
9.6 Excellent2019 Jun 10
Cons: Called for shuttle bus pickup and no one answered my phone call
4.0 Okay2019 May 11
Cons: The rental spot is NOT at the airport (unlike what was advertised) but they still charge airport fees (around $20). I was hung up on twice trying to get “courtesy” shuttle. Long lines—should have cancelled and rented from one of the actual airport rentals spots. Will not be renting from them again.
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Rated #3
E-Z Rent-A-Car
6.2 Good (65 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in South San Francisco
323 S Canal St+1 650 343 3052
Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30
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  • 6.6
Recent reviews
5.6 Okay2017 Jul 24
The car worked, and clearly the employees tryPros: The employees were kind, resourceful and worked hard. The car started, stopped and turned as expected.Cons: The location stinks-be sure to plan on the time it takes to get there from SFO. The building is hot and dour-I feel for the employees! The car was not clean. I would pay extra to get a car at the SFO rental center next time.
8.4 Excellent2017 Jul 12
The price speaksPros: It was cheap and the car was in very good condition.Cons: The rental location is not anywhere near the airport. Shuttles suck, use an uber.
6.4 Good2017 Jul 11
slow to get the carPros: Shuttle was waiting for us at the airportCons: the pick-up was slow. No one accompanied me to the car to do the detailed check.
4.4 Okay2017 Jun 12
Poor shuttle pick up from airportCons: It should be clearly noted on the vendor website that this is an OFF SITE airport pick up. We waited 30 minutes for a shuttle pick up that fits 6 person max in a poorly maintained van. Additional customers were left behind for another 30 minutes for later pickup. The EZ rental car in other airport locations outside of San Francisco were unlike this branch in its service, location and overall appeal. We were deeply disappointed with our rental service at the San Francisco EZ Rental car. We would rather pay a bit more for a more convenient airport location and more piedessional service the next time we're in San Francisco.
2.0 Mediocre2017 May 11
No refund of depositPros: The car was fineCons: I paid during pick up and extra 200 dollars as deposit, until today I didn't receive that amount and they never replied to my email messages.
5.6 Okay2017 Apr 23
Pros: A comfortable late model carCons: The pickup drop off required almost 2 hours since the location is another 5-8 miles from where other rental car companies are located. And once at facility there are only 2 agents who take care of a long line. They push upgrades like the tolls for the bridge without explaining alternatives. You can pay cash everywhere and do online payment for Golden Gate Bridge. So avoid the prepayment if you are not crossing the bridge several times a day.
4.4 Okay2017 Apr 16
Didn't have the car we reservedPros: They tried to make it right, they offered us a vehicle that would seat all 6 of us, but the cargo capacity was not sufficient. They were friendly, but in the end that's not helping us get on the road.Cons: Reserved a minivan and it was not available. We were not notified so we spent a couple extra hours getting to another rental place. Their location was pretty far from the airport. I am sure this saves them overhead, but the shuttle ride ate into the whole ordeal.
6.0 Good2017 Jan 18
OkPros: Price was very cheapCons: It was like 20 minutes away from the airport. Cars were not always clean. Had to wait a long time in line.
2.0 Mediocre2017 Jan 04
Worst car company in the world!Pros: The car was cheaper than anywhere else. Now I know why. I got a car with almost 50k miles on the clock, it was a wreck and was filthy. I hired my car for 3 weeks, so when I went back and asked for another one, it was refused. The worst thing if all was that the windshield had never been throughly cleaned, nor the wipers ever replaced, so everything it rained, I was blind driving! I tried to replace the wipers, but no Autoshop carried them. I had to throughly clean the windshield and wipers daily as there were several snow storms and I couldn't drive blind. I bought rain x to help me, but this car was dangerous. Also, the engine made rattling noises like it was running on no oil, and the gearbox had a mind of its own. To add insult to injury, when I went to return the car, there guys had moved yards! No effort to tell me when I picked up the rental, nor to phone or email. I was gobsmacked! Never, never rent from here, this is known as Ez rent a car, Advantage rent a car and Europcar. Walking is a better option!
8.0 Excellent2016 Dec 21
Overall it was goodPros: Service was good and car was clean. The only thing i did not like about this place is the milage limit policy they have in place for local residents. The limit is 150 miles per day. I only needed it to go to and from work while my car was in the shop so it wasnt a big deal but now i know not to rent here for my next so cal trip.
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Rated #4
Silvercar
10 Excellent (6 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Silvercar
Locations in South San Francisco
237 Harbor Way+1 855 359 2227
Monday09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday09:00 - 19:00
Thursday09:00 - 19:00
Friday09:00 - 19:00
Saturday09:00 - 19:00
Sunday09:00 - 19:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2019 Dec 28
Pros: Friendly, helpful staff, and efficient pickup and dropoff to and from the SFO rental car center. The Quattro was lots of fun to drive, with comfortable seats and great controls for comprehensive panels.Cons: I wasn't able to download the app (I'd changed my iTunes password and hadn't needed it on the phone for several months), and the website interface for a mobile device was sometimes not as intuitive as it could be.
10.0 Excellent2018 Sep 15
Very easy processPros: Very nice, clean Audi A4Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent2018 Jul 19
Easiest car rental experience ever.Pros: Rented in San Francisco ... They texted to check in with me day before arrival and day of departure to ask questions and give me info I needed. I just texted back info ... they couldn’t have been more helpful or seamless. I wish we could use them in Denver, but the prices were too high for the weeks we need it!
Rated #5
Avis
8.7 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Avis
Locations in South San Francisco
230 Harbor Way+1 650 588 5585
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday09:00 - 19:00
Thursday09:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
  • 9.1
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  • 8.3
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2017 Aug 03
Pros: Savings over airport pick-upCons: A bit hard to find without Sat-Nav
10.0 Excellent2017 Jan 05
Pros: the price for picking up off the airport was significantly better.. super close by.. $20 cab ride to save hundreds of dollars
8.0 Excellent2017 Jan 05
Avis was great to rent with!Pros: Nice car, clean, drove well. Plenty of trunk space. Only problem was getting the gas cap to open and same problem with the trunk. Otherwise couldn't have been happier!
10.0 Excellent2016 Nov 12
TOPPros: Great service all the way through!Cons: Everything was great!
5.6 Okay2016 Oct 31
Charged for gas even though the tank was fullPros: The car was clean, gas efficient and reliable.Cons: Expensive to rent, plus I was charged $90 extra for gas charges even though I had filled the tank before drop off. It took two weeks to get the credit back on my account after providing backup for the the gas purchase and waiting for the manager to get back to me on the charges.
8.4 Excellent2016 Oct 17
Pros: Able to upgrade to better car.Cons: Location-no shuttle from airport.
4.8 Okay2016 Oct 01
Wrong location double the pricePros: When is search for a car for my trip to San Francisco and typed in SFO as the city I was surprised to find when I landed that the pickup was not at SFO was not reachable by Bart or the air-train. My only option would be to take a cab for probably $20 each Direction not to mention they'd be annoyed and having such a short trip after they'd waited in line. The price quoted was $78 total for 2 days which is great. But because I had to basically rebook it to get a car to and from SFO the rate was more than 130 and with all of the extra airport taxes AirTrain tax in tourist tax it was over $200. Unlike the inclusive quote that I be given for the other location. The manager was helpful and got it down as low as she could but this is far more expensive then the kayak price I was quotedCons: See above
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Rated #6
Budget
7 Good (2 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Budget
Locations in South San Francisco
230 Harbor Way+1 650 837 9095
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday09:00 - 19:00
Thursday09:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Recent reviews
Flight Car
1 location in South San Francisco
Flight Car
Locations in South San Francisco
San Francisco airport+1 844 435 8227
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in South San Francisco
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in South San Francisco
101 Haskins Way+1 800 940 9332
Recent reviews
853 travelers who rented a car in South San Francisco gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car rental locations in or near South San Francisco

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Most popular car type

Full-size

When to book a rental car in South San Francisco

Top tips for renting a car in South San Francisco

  • Book your rental car in South San Francisco at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in South San Francisco

  • Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in South San Francisco.

  • Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Dollar, National, Advance Car And Truck Rental and Enterprise.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Dollar, National, Enterprise, and Fox.

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

  • A Full-size car rental in South San Francisco costs ₪278 per day, on average.