Car Rental Orange County

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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 feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Orange County

Car rental in Orange County is possible thanks to the Hertz branch conveniently located at the airport. California is something of a driver’s state so renting a car is essential for getting around the county and taking in everything it has to offer, from glorious beaches to wilderness parks and bustling towns and cities. Driving is the easiest way to travel in Orange County, and the car will keep you cool and protected from the hot Californian sun.

Orange County - famous as the setting for cult teen TV show The O.C. - is made up of 34 separate municipalities and is renowned for its diverse culture that makes it a must-see for tourists.

Driving and Parking in Orange County

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 20 to rent a car in Orange County. If you are from outside the United States of America you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Orange County, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

Driving in Orange County is comparatively stress-free so you can just hire a car and enjoy your journey. Just remember that you drive on the right in America! Regulations in Orange County stipulate that all passengers should wear a seatbelt and children under six or below a certain weight must be in an approved safety seat. Be aware that there are some toll roads in Orange County: the 73, 133, 241 and 261. You can drive on these any time but will need to pay the toll online within five days of your journey.

There are lots of car parks and parking bays around for when you rent a car in Orange County so you should never find yourself unable to park. They are all metered or pay to park, but prices are fairly reasonable so parking shouldn’t be too expensive.

Pickup Locations Orange County

  • John Wayne Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 5:00AM-11:30PM

    Address: 18601 North Airport Way

    Phone: (949) 224-6700

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Driving in and around Orange County

Key Routes

State Route 1, otherwise known as the Pacific Coast Highway runs right through Orange County, hugging the coast the entire way and offering splendid views of the Pacific Ocean and Orange County’s beaches.

Another major route through Orange County is Interstate Highway 5, which cuts through the middle of the county giving access to Santa Ana and Orange among others.

Major Highways

There’s lots to do in Orange County, but it’s also perfectly placed for exploring more of California. If you rent a car in Orange County, there are a few highways you should become acquainted with so you can see and do even more. You’re only 45 minutes away from Los Angeles on I-5 and, if you follow the same highway in the other direction, you’re less than 90 minutes from San Diego. If you want to see more of the great outdoors, however, State Route 261 will get you on your way to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Speed limits are enforced in California so be sure you stay aware of local signs letting you know of any changes. Generally though, limits are capped at 70mph on rural freeways, 65mph on urban freeways and other main roads (divided and undivided) and then 30mph for residential zones.