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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in California

The state of California stretches from the border of Mexico along the Pacific coast of the United States for almost 900 miles (1448 km). It’s renowned for its stunning terrain of redwood forests, cliff lined beaches, towering mountains, vast farmland and the Mojave Desert. It's also a driver's paradise, with the awesome State Route 1, The Pacific highway that runs along most of the coastline. Witnessing these sights in your Hertz car rental in California will make your trip an American dream.

Driving in California means you will be taking in some of the most famous and stunning sights in the world. Take the Pacific Coast Highway, for example. The 1000km route from San Diego heading north to California’s border with Oregon means you’ll be passing through vineyards, forest and coastal villages in just over ten hours. The state of California was pretty much designed for cars: urban and suburban planning assumes that people have access to a car and so tourist facilities, shopping centres and workplaces are designed with this in mind. In some suburbs, streets are deliberately built without sidewalks so as to discourage pedestrians. This means that a Hertz car rental in California should be an essential part of your trip.

There are more than 450 Hertz Car Rental branches throughout California, from Beverley Hills to Burbank, Mammoth Lakes to the Yucca Valley. Branches are spread throughout key locations such as airports and city centres.

Driving and Parking in California

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in California. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in California, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

Although driving in California is a relatively stress free experience, parking facilities vary from state to state. On street parking in San Francisco, for example, has been elevated to an art form that even the residents struggle with! So we recommend using one of the many parking garages to prevent your hire car being ticketed or towed away. Valet parking in San Francisco is also common as it is in Los Angeles. Other Californian cities also have metered parking on the street or in parking lots, while parking violations vary from city to city, ranging from stiff fines and towings in San Francisco to more gentle fines elsewhere.

You should also familiar yourself with the parking rules of California. It is forbidden to park on the shoulder of a Californian freeway except in an emergency and it’s not usually allowed to park on the shoulders of major highways or roads either. In towns and cities, red curbs denote prohibited parking and shopping, white curbs allow for picking up and dropping off, yellow for deliveries, green for short term parking and blue curbs denote disabled parking.

Key Routes

There’s so many fantastic places to see and drive through in California it’s difficult to know where to begin. The Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge, however, should be on your must see list. Find your way to San Jose, part of Silicon Valley, visit Santa Cruz or head to the arty community of The Big Sur across one of the world's tallest single-span concrete bridges, the Bixby Bridge. You should also make the most of your Hertz car rental in California by visiting Malibu, Long Beach and of course Los Angeles.

Major Highways

As well as the Pacific Coast Highway, there are lots of other routes that take you through California and beyond. Interstate Highway 8 runs east from San Diego to Arizona, Interstate Highway 10 runs east from Los Angeles also to Arizona, while Interstate Highway 80 takes you east from San Francisco into Nevada. Depending on where you’re staying in California and how long for will, of course, determine, how much of the Golden State you’ll be able to see with your Hertz car rental in California.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.