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    Car Hire San Francisco

    San Francisco Car HirePopular with visitors from all around the world, San Francisco has many excellent attractions. Visit the Coit Tower, located on Telegraph Hill in the eastern part of the city, for incredible views of the city and harbour. A short drive from Telegraph Hill is the famous area, Fisherman's Wharf. Here you can ride up the steep hills on historic cable cars, visit several museums, and see the resident sea lions at Pier 39. At Fisherman's Wharf, you can also catch a ferry across to the famous island of Alcatraz, once home to military fortifications, and the notorious Alcatraz prison. Providing access from San Francisco to the north is the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering masterpiece and icon of the city. A drive across the bridge is a must for anyone fortunate enough to be travelling in the area with a car.

    Outside of San Francisco, visit the highly acclaimed wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma or spend a day in the charming towns of Santa Clara or Berkley. Additionally, check out Oakland in San Francisco's East Bay. While considered part of the greater San Francisco area, Oakland is a city with a character all its own.

    Compare and book a car hire in San Francisco with Auto Europe and save! Offering 60 years of experience and expertise, Auto Europe promises our customers the lowest rate available. Book your car hire in San Francisco with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page or Contact Us.

    To catch a great deal, visit our Car Hire Deals page.

    Convenient locations in San Francisco

    In San Francisco, Auto Europe offers several pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the city, including San Francisco Airport. We work with the top, trusted suppliers operating within the city, including Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Alamo, and we even offers fantastic rates on one-way rentals in the United States. With a one-way, you can pick-up at one location in San Francisco, drop off at a different location across the city or even another city, such as Los Angeles. Compare rates online to find a great rate on the ideal vehicle for your travel party and request a quote today!

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Car in San Francisco

    Can I hire a car with unlimited mileage in San Francisco?

    Unrestricted mileage hires are offered in San Francisco and are available through many of our reliable suppliers. Motorists should know that car hire classes such as luxury and SUV hires may possibly be subject to specific mileage restrictions. Dependent upon your supplier, these kinds of regulations may vary.

    Do I need an international driver's permit (IDP) to drive in the United States?

    In order to drive in the United States, an international driver's permit (IDP) is required to drive in some cases. IDP requirements vary depending on the state but we recommend an IDP for your travel in the United States to help avoid any potential problems. For additional information on IDPs and how to acquire one, contact Auto Europe at 1300 656 601.

    How much does it cost to hire a car in San Francisco?

    Much like airplane tickets, car hire rates are constantly shifting due to components such as market demand and the timing of your booking. While this can make finding an excellent rate on car hires difficult, Auto Europe is able to offer cost-effective rates within the industry. To ensure a great rate, we recommend you book your car hire as quickly as possible and we even provide a price match guarantee, so if the rate of your car hire decreases before the time of pick-up, we will match this reduced rate.

    To view more, visit our FAQs page.

    Parking and Tolls in San Francisco

    Parking rates in San Francisco vary from $2.00 to $3.50 per hour. The hours of operation are displayed on the meters but most of the meters in San Francisco have a two-hour limit. Meters are being updated around the city and all new meters accept credit cards, though it may be wise to carry quarters ($0.25 coins) for older meters. The local council is allowed to tow a vehicle that has been parked in the same spot for over 72 hours. Parking spots may be colour coded as follows:

    • Red: no parking
    • Yellow: commercial loading only
    • White: passenger loading only with 5-minute time limit
    • Green: short-term parking with ten-minute time limit
    • Blue: disabled parking

    Contact Auto Europe - San FranciscoIf you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the U.S. can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.

    Useful Driving Distances and Day Trip Ideas in San Francisco

    • San Francisco to San Francisco International Airport (20 km approx. 15min)
    • San Francisco to Berkeley (21km approx. 30min)
    • San Francisco to Oakland (17km approx. 25min)
    • San Francisco to Napa (75km approx. 1hr)
    • San Francisco to Santa Clara (72km approx. 50min)

    Alternatives to Car Hire in San Francisco

    In San Francisco, Auto Europe features a selection of alternative transportation options to go with our extensive fleet of traditional car hires. To better serve our clients, we are conscious that in some cases conventional vehicle hires may not entirely cater to the demands of your travel party. With possibilities such as luxury sedans, motorhomes, 9-12 passenger van hires and more, Auto Europe has the optimal vehicle to cater to virtually any travel plan. From countryside road-trips to camping out in the mountains, let us help you reach your desired vacation spot by car hire. Use our booking engine on this page to check rates and start the next phase of arranging your vacation to San Francisco.

    San Francisco Motorhome Hires
    San Francisco Motorhome Hire -  A motorhome or RV hire in San Francisco unlocks a completely new degree of opportunity and flexibility for your vacation to the United States. In a motorhome, travellers can venture off of the usual path and become totally immersed in all the United States has to offer. With many secure and versatile locations to stay, discover for yourself why RV hires in the United States are as popular as ever!
    Van Hire San Francisco
    Van Hire San Francisco -  If you are looking for a vehicle to fit your large travel party, large/heavy luggage or anything anywhere between - take a look at a van hire for your trip to the United States. Take advantage of our outstanding rates on the optimal van for your trip, from conventional family vans to 9-12 passenger vans. Compare our rates, different capacities, comprehensive specs and more to get the optimal van hire for your travel.
    Luxury Car Hire San Francisco
    Luxury Car Hire San Francisco -  With a luxury car hire in San Francisco, travellers can make the most of their time in the United States. With available cars including Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati and more, you'll be able to compare rates easily and choose the optimal vehicle for your getaway. Continue planning your getaway to the United States and learn more information on our luxury hire rates.