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Car Hire in San Francisco

Car Hire in San Francisco

From Alcatraz to the Presidio, San Francisco is full of fun and exciting things to do and see. With a car hire in San Francisco, you’ll have the freedom to explore the city to your heart’s content.

Finding a car rental in San Francisco is easy. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) hosts all major car rental companies. If you’re already in the city, you still have dozens of options when you want to rent a car in San Francisco. You’ll find rental agencies throughout the city, but many are located on or near O’Farrell Street. Your car rental can be arranged through Skyscanner before you fly.

Car Hire at San Francisco Airports

Three international airports serve the San Francisco area. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located less than 15 miles south of the city center. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is across the bay about 20 miles east of the city, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is about 45 miles south of the city.

San Francisco International Airport’s Rental Car Center is easily reached by the airport’s automated people mover. The AirTrain Blue Line will take you to the Center where you can pick up and drop off your car hire for San Francisco. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National and Thrifty are all available at the airport. After picking up your car rental for San Francisco, simply follow US-101 N to reach the city.

Driving in San Francisco

Perhaps the two most iconic sites in San Francisco are Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can visit these places or spend an afternoon in Golden Gate Park when you hire a car in San Francisco. For families, a visit to the Exploratorium or the Cable Car Museum can please both kids and adults. Of course, Chinatown, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf are all popular among visitors as well.

San Francisco is known for its steep and windy streets, so give plenty of distance between cars. Also, keep an eye out for one-way streets. When parking on a hill, be sure to curb your tires to prevent the car from accidentally rolling into the street.

Parking in San Francisco

You’ll have a number of parking options when you hire a car in San Francisco. In general, there’s a 72-hour limit for parking in a single spot. While free parking in the city is limited, you’ll find plenty of pay-to-park lots. You can expect to pay around £15 or £20 for a spot.

Where to Go and What to See in San Francisco

When you rent a car in San Francisco, you’ll have the ability to explore the surrounding area. Just northwest of the city, you’ll find Point Bonita Lighthouse. Perched on a craggy outcrop, it offers spectacular views of Marin County.

About an hour from the city center, you can visit Berkeley or Oakland. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and go north for Berkeley or south for Oakland.

If you crave the 60s vibe San Francisco was known for, head approximately 90 minutes south to Santa Cruz. On the Boardwalk, take a ride on the largest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast. Within two hours of the city, you can tour the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley.

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