Car rental at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Driver's age: 26-65
Thu 25.04
Thu 02.05

Search hundreds of travel sites at once for car rental deals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport (CLD)

Here is why travelers choose KAYAK

Free to useThere are no hidden charges or fees.

Filter your dealsFilter by car type, brand and more. Instantly customise your results.

Book with flexibilityUse our "free cancellation" filter for maximum flexibility at no extra cost.

Cheap car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
Minivan
Passenger van
SUV
Commercial
Pickup truck

Top tips for renting a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

  • Car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport (CLD) make it possible for travelers to access some areas that are inaccessible by public means. For instance, if you are a hiking enthusiast, Hidden Valley Trail Palomar Airport Road Trailhead is one of the places you may consider visiting with your rented car from CLD and have an exciting hiking experience. Apart from being able to access areas that are inaccessible using public means, the cost of renting a car is lower than the cumulative cost of using taxis.
  • Hiring a car at CLD is simple as most car hire agencies allow booking through their online portal. When you reserve your car in advance via KAYAK, all that you need to do is to present your documents at the car rentals desk and collect the keys to your vehicle. All the San Diego car rentals, including Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise, have on-site counters.
  • Returning your rentals car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport is easier, with most of the car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar here having flexible return policies. For example, Enterprise and Budget allow drivers to return their cars outside working hours. In such cases, drivers simply park the car, lock its doors, and leave the keys in the agency’s drop box. However, the companies’ usual drop-off hours usually run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
  • You will experience considerable difficulties if you are to pick up or drop off your car at CLD on a weekend or public holiday like Labor Day, marked on September 5. On such days, the airport records a significant rise in the number of people arriving or leaving. This high number reflects at the various car rentals counters. Consequently, you are likely to take longer before getting the keys to your car.
  • Book your rental car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

  • What do you require to rent a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport?

    You have to be 21 years and above for you to be able to rent a car from any of the car rentals at CLB. While at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport car rentals counter, you have to present two documents. The first document is a valid driver’s license, which has to be valid for the entire rentals period. The second document is a credit card or debit card, which should bear the name of the renter.

  • Where are the car rentals companies at CLD located?

    CLD car rentals is located at 2198 Palomar Airport Rd, which is a short drive from the airport’s terminals. Budget, Avis, Enterprise, and all the major car rentals at the airport avail courtesy shuttles to ferry travelers from the airport to the respective car rental pick-up locations. The courtesy shuttles are located adjacent to the baggage claim area, making it easier for travelers to access them once they have obtained their luggage. The shuttle takes about 10 minutes to arrive at the car rentals facility from the airport. Additionally, if you book Budget or Enterprise at CLD, you will have the privilege of getting a car model of your choice, subject to availability.

  • What amenities are offered at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport rentals car center?

    Special amenities for drivers with reduced mobility, winter car services, and child seats are some of the things you can enjoy at the rentals car center at CLD. Drivers with reduced mobility can access adaptive driving devices such as hand controls and pedal extenders at no extra cost. If you are renting your car during winter, you will have your car fixed with winter tires by the company’s mechanics free of charge. Lastly, all the car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport can include child seats, infant seats, and booster seats for those who are driving with their kids. These, however, attract a daily fee.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Budget, and Hertz.

San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport car rental reviews and directory

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.9

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 2469

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
We reserved the car with kayak and the company didn’t have cars available. I think kayak could’ve done a better job in this transaction. Kayak allowed us to make a reservation with the car company without cars available. Very poor communication and costumer service. The car company was nice to make a phone call to us to tell us they didn’t have cars at their location and couldn’t understand why kayak would allow this.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Rathe was $134 and was changed $356

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!

Cons:

You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

They did listen.

Cons:

You would think that after all the hassle, I asked for a discount or to please find us something and honor the price I agreed to pay - no discount on the current issue, no discount on a future rental, etc., etc. They obviously don't need or want our business.

6.8 Okay

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

None

Cons:

We returned car 330 pm and not one person was in return area. There was a sign for us to mark contract with the mileage and gas level and drop it in the drop box. I understand if car is returned after hours but this was in middle of work day in the afternoon. Did not leave me eith a comfortable feeling.

7.6 Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent very nice. Drove me to the area where I could get taxi/ride home because it was off site and too far to walk. Very kind, thank you!

1 out of 5

Avis

6.0

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.2

Value for money

5.9

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 1393

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great facility.

Cons:

Nothing.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.

4.8 Mediocre

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Main issue was that the price rose 200% when I went to pick up the car. Instead of about $250 the rental cost closer to $500. Very disappointed with the outrageous charges for changing pick up location. I expected a small variation but the resulting fees were astronomical.

6.4 Okay

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Hybrid comfy car. Clean on the inside. Accurate pricing upon drop off. Easy drop off and courteous

Cons:

It may be Kayak but they were closing at my reservation time so I had to rush, not did they want to give me the time of Day about upgrading or explaining where to get my car. It was obvious that they wanted to leave (it was Christmas Eve, but I was not told their closing time). They said I could upgrade at any location, which wasn’t true. No one would without charging me $1k+ on my total rental and restarting a new contract. The rental car also had writing in the window like it was just picked up from being impounded. That was kinda janky

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick

1 out of 8

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.8

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.7

2 locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

5245 Car Country Dr

+1 760 931 1111

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
View deals

6050 Avenida Encinas

+1 760 918 0883

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Great car. Fast efficient friendly service both pick up and drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.

9.6 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

a bit difficult to find the office, but everything worked out ok. nice to be offered a free upgrade. easy to work with. these folks.

8.0 Very good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was great. Nissan Altima. Good gas mileage and very smooth ride.

Cons:

Check in Friday night- at first the enterprise employee tried to put me in a mazda miata or an suv. That wasn't what I reserved. Fortunately they had a Nissan Altima which did work but I had to ask for it. And returning the keys on Tuesday morning the employee was late only by 6 minutes but still la

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

customer service was great, everyone was friendly kind and knowledgeable.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

Never again!!!! Fooled me at The Carlsbad rental Station. Put some extra insurance on the receipt so it Looks like the Same Price with the different San Diego Airport drop off I had on my kayak reservation. At San Diego i was billed the Different drop off on top. Never again Enterprise

1 out of 3

Hertz

5.9

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.0

3 locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

2100 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 930 0123

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
View deals

2198 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 603 8005

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
View deals

6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E

+1 760 579 0072

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
View deals

Filters

Reviews

9.2 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly but not very helpful.

Cons:

I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.

4.0 Mediocre

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Not enough superlatives.

9.2 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean and late model. Good visibility and safety.

Cons:

Noisy with windows rolled down; took it into the Sierras - pick up on the hills was sluggish.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The rep helping me initially brought me a car that smelled horribly like a wet dog. I brought it to his attention, and he actually said “i don’t smell it”. Quite absurd as the stench was overpowering. He clearly was ‘testing’ to see if he could rent it without shampooing the smell out. I requested a different car and he accommodated me.

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgraded the car with no extra charge, comfortable and service is friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Easy to find location and quick service.always meets your demand...

1 out of 6

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

McClellan–Palomar Airport

Opening times not available

View deals

Filters

No reviews available

EZ Van

No score available yet

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

6511 Avenida Encinas

+1 866 735 8267

Opening times not available

View deals

Filters

No reviews available

Zeeba Rent-A-Van

No score available yet

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Show locations

Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

4901 El Camino Real Carlsbad, Ca ,charleston,sc,us

+1 800 761 8913

Opening times not available

View deals

Filters

No reviews available

133 travelers who rented a car in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.2

Car rental locations at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Good to know

Most popular car type

Mini