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Car Rental San Diego

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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 San Diego

There are lots of Hertz branches for car rental in San Diego as a car is so integral to the Californian lifestyle. Whether you want to take in the history, visit the chilled out parks and beaches, or enjoy the amazing San Diego food scene, by car is the easiest way to get where you want to go.

San Diego is the second largest city in California, sitting right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Despite being a big city, it’s known for its slow pace and the relaxed attitude of its people.

Driving and Parking in San Diego

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 20 to rent a car in San Diego. 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 San Diego, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

As a city, San Diego is pretty car-friendly thanks to the car culture that abounds in Southern California. As with the rest of America, you drive on the right and pass on the left although, when on a multi-lane highway or freeway where there is a lane available, it is usually legal to pass on the right as long as it’s safe to do so. Locals often have a somewhat lackadaisical approach to lanes, so sometimes it’s necessary to be a little bit ‘flexible’ in your driving habits!

However, when you rent a car in San Diego you will quickly discover that there are strict parking regulations. Most parking spaces are metered and you will likely get a ticket if you do not pay the correct charge. There are, however, many pay-to-park car parks around the city so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a space that suits your requirements.

Pickup Locations San Diego

  • Landmark Aviation San Diego-Private Flights Only

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

    Address: 3300 Admiral Boland Way

    Phone: (619) 767-5700

  • John Hine Pontiac

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 1545 Camino Del Rio South

    Phone: (619) 542-1218

  • Toyota San Diego Hle

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6:00AM-7:00PM
    Sat 7:00AM-5:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 5910 Mission Gorge Road,
    Suite 600

    Phone: (619) 285-9905

  • Marriot Mission Valley

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 8757 Rio San Diego Drive

    Phone: (619) 285-9905

  • Lindbergh Field-San Diego Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address: 3355 Admiral Boland Way

    Phone: (619) 767-5700

  • San Diego Marriott

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-4:00PM

    Address: 333 West Harbor Drive

    Phone: (619) 696-9815

  • San Diego Jet Center By Lancair-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00AM-7:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 1424 Continental Street

    Phone: (619) 474-1057

  • Crowne Plaza San Diego

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-2:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 2270 Hotel Circle North

    Phone: (619) 294-5720

  • 1350 6Th Avenue Hle

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 1120 West Laurel Street

    Phone: (619) 236-9771

  • Pacific Beach Hle

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 2667 Garnet Avenue,
    Suite B

    Phone: (858) 483-1015

  • Marvin K Brown Hle

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 1441 Camino Del Rio South

    Phone: (619) 294-4023

  • Se Auto Body

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 2175 Hancock Street

    Phone: (619) 298-0032

  • Mcrd San Diego

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 1000-1600, Sa-Su Closed

    Address: Auto Service Center Building

    Phone: 619-718-3782

  • Montgomery Field-Crown Air-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-5:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-4:00PM

    Address: 3753 John J. Montgomery Drive

    Phone: (858) 503-7755

  • Montgomery Field-Gibbs Air-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-1:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 3717 John J. Montgomery Drive

    Phone: (858) 503-7755

  • Kearney Mesa HLE

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 8039 Balboa Avenue,
    Suite B

    Phone: (858) 503-7755

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-4:00PM

    Address: 1 Market Place

    Phone: (619) 702-4524

  • Loews Coronado Bay

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
    Sat-Sun 9:00am-3:00pm

    Address: 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road

    Phone: 619-435-2482

  • Amtrak San Diego

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM 2:00PM-4:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 1050 Kettner Boulevard

    Phone: (619) 236-9771

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Driving in and around San Diego

Key Routes

Several Interstate Highways run through San Diego making it quick and easy to get to different parts of the city I-5, I-805 and I-15 run north to south and I-8 runs east to west.

If you want something of a driving tour of San Diego, you can try the 59-Mile Scenic Drive which meanders through the different city neighbourhoods, giving you views of the stunning Pacific coastline, the city skyline and mountainous vistas. The whole drive takes about three hours if you do it in one go, but it’s worth breaking it up over a few days so you can make time to see different attractions.

Major Highways

If you rent a car in San Diego so you can explore more of California, you will need to become familiar with some of the major routes in and out the city. One of the main ones is Interstate Highway 5 (known more commonly as ‘I-5’), which will get you to Los Angeles in just two hours with ocean views to the left and mountain views to the right. I-8, on the other hand, will take you on a 55-minute drive to the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park where you can explore the great outdoors.

You will find a mix of Interstates, US Routes and State Routes in San Diego alongside the local roads. Speed limits in California are fixed at 70mph for rural freeways, 65mph for urban freeways, divided roads and undivided roads, and 30mph in residential areas — although these limits can change in some areas.

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