Pros: My son lives in Ridgecrest, two hours away. Traveling by yourself is stressful enough, so I like the convenience that Enterprise is right in the terminal. As a women driving by myself, it gives me such peace of mind that I will arrive safely. The cars have always been clean, new and ran perfectly. I will continue to use them and Kayak for my travel needs.Cons: Nothing
8.0 ExcellentOct 20 2020
6.0 GoodAug 21 2020
Cons: I was going to drop the car at night but I couldn’t I have to wait till morning
8.0 ExcellentOct 9 2019
Pros: They helped out.Cons: They never told me to bring a credit card to pay for the rental. I have a debit/ master card and I couldn’t pay for the rental with this card. I had to drive 25 minutes back to may house to get my credit card. This was very inconvenient. All they need to state on the agreement or reservation would be “only credit cards accepted for rentals” “ no debit/ credit cards accepted”. No where did it state this.
8.4 ExcellentSep 28 2019
Cons: Everything about the car, rental at the airport and drive ability was good. However, I was surprised that the interior and exterior were not cleaned well at the BFL airport prior to pickup.
10.0 ExcellentJun 5 2019
Pros: Friendly staff, quick service, great prices, nice rental car.
6.4 GoodMar 28 2019
Pros: Staff extremely friendly. Drop off was great, only took 3-4 minutes.Cons: Car ordered was not ready when we got there. Had to come back.
2.0 MediocreJan 13 2019
10.0 ExcellentAug 12 2018
Pros: Helpful Enterprise employees and they gave me a ride to the airport!Cons: Scratch’s on the car.
7.2 GoodNov 28 2017
No Altima. Sonata was a good alternative.Pros: Rear passengers had plenty of room. Roomy trunk.Cons: Car was a little sluggish uphill.
Pros: NothingCons: Have a car available. The rental reservation was worthless. Will never use again!!!
10.0 ExcellentJun 2 2021
Pros: YesCons: If the car you want is available when you get there to pick up, not a similar one
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2021
Pros: Easy pick up and drop offCons: The cars speakers were messed up, the light for the clock and stereo system didn’t work, there was no back up camera. Most of all the steel light bugged me as I couldn’t see anything on there and then on the last day the light appears! So dumb
8.0 ExcellentMar 16 2021
Cons: While it’s a work van it could’ve been a little cleaner.
6.4 GoodOct 30 2020
Cons: It took a long time to rent the car and then the car that I chose needed service so I took a small car that was not as good as I expected.
10.0 ExcellentJun 26 2020
Pros: Hertz has the friendliest employees. I had to change reservation a bit and they were happy to work with me. I will always rent cars from them
2.0 MediocreFeb 18 2020
Cons: I had a ride arranged to go pick up the car only to find out there were no cars available. Waste of time and money as well as not having a car next day for planned trip.
10.0 ExcellentDec 16 2019
Cons: Everything was great
10.0 ExcellentAug 7 2019
Pros: Pick up was quick and convenient. Overall experience was hassle free.
Pros: He offered me a free gas if I agreed to drive a different vehicle class from what i reserved to LAX. Thought it was a great deal.Cons: Turns out, he never entered that information into the system or the paperwork. I got charged $35 at LAX for gas in spite of what was promised. At the lAX Avis counter, they told me I had to deal with the Bakersfield AVIS person to get it cleared up. I called, and the Bakersfield AVIS location doesn't pick up, and the call goes to AVIS national reservation. After holding for 10 minutes, reservation says I have to talk to Customer Service. After waiting another 10 minutes, customer service says I have to contact that same Bakersfield location to have them verify what i said. When I said that the number keeps redirecting me to AVIS national, the customer service agent hung up on me.
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2020
Pros: Great car the rental price. No problemsCons: Nothing - super easy and simple process and car
10.0 ExcellentMay 6 2020
Pros: Very great customer service!!
6.8 GoodAug 25 2019
Pros: great price, friendly staff. the price was very affordable for a one way rental from Bakersfield to LAX. Car was clean and fresh on the inside.Cons: limited amount of cars. they were out of cars when we showed up 2 hours before our scheduled pick up time. Had to come back during our scheduled pick up time and the car was ready. Not their fault but would have been nice if there were a few extra cars to accommodat changing schedules of customers.
8.0 ExcellentJun 23 2019
Cons: I am online booking car honda cruze but pickup car kia
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2019
Pros: Ease of pickup and then drop off in LAX.Cons: Nothing that I can think of.
3.6 MediocreFeb 24 2019
Pros: Drop off convenienceCons: Cleanliness of car. I ordered an intermediate and got a compact.
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2018
9.2 ExcellentJul 9 2018
Pros: Vehicle performed as expected and was fueled and ready at pick up time
6.4 GoodMar 22 2018
Chevy Malibu.Pros: car was good, with power, drove wellCons: The headlights were horrible, not bright at all, especially at dusk and in the rain...even with the brights on... not happy with filling up the gas tank a minute before dropping off the car in Chico and only filled to 7/8 of a tank. I then had to go a mile roundtrip to put in a half gallon for the fuel meter to read full. Total waste of time.
Pros: I loved that it was a check check out never experienced this before when renting a car . Great customer service.Cons: The front windshield inside needs to be cleaned hard to see out .
2.0 MediocreMay 29 2021
Pros: Bad service most unreliable in honoring reservations. On the evening of 5/22/2021 at approximately 1 pm , I was informed, the vehicle would not be available for pick up on 5/22/2021 @ 8 pm , instead I could pick it up on the following day @ 7 am. My reservation was for a pick up truck, they were offering me a mid sized SUV which would not serve my purpose. It caused me delay and inconvenience and additional expenses renting from another company for a pick up truck at short notice.Cons: Compensation for dishonor of reservation and additional expenses
2.0 MediocreMay 1 2021
Cons: 2701 hotel terrace location.... they never answer the phone. Very basic stuff here.
10.0 ExcellentApr 15 2021
6.0 GoodApr 12 2021
Pros: Spokane airport staff were great!!
2.0 MediocreFeb 21 2021
Cons: Car was dirty and damaged. Smelled like cigarettes. Was charged way more than the price I was given on Priceline ($260 instead of 90??) Will be disputing the charge with my bank
2.0 MediocreFeb 16 2021
Pros: Nothing, I missed my reservation due to I arrived latelyCons: I notified office operation time. I arrived 4:30pm however the office closed 4pm. I asked the person who was working, but he said we’re closed.
5.6 OkayOct 6 2020
Pros: Staff was a bit rude at pick up. I think he was having a bad day and didn't like that I used a 3rd party site. They only had a Tacoma instead of an economy car but it was fun to drive a truck.Cons: Bakersfield is small and i didnt really understand how their rental worked. Lines were long and the drop off was confusing. I like when things are more structured at bigger airports
Reserved car was available for mePros: car requested and reserved was available and waiting for us.Cons: clerk was talking too much with customer ahead of me, just small talk and there was a line waiting to get their cars. It was nice that she was friendly but slowed down others from getting their cars.
8.4 ExcellentMar 6 2018
Pros: Pick up was excellent,Cons: .
6.4 GoodNov 20 2017
Pros: Drop off was smooth, attendant was efficient and friendly.Cons: Pick up was a laborious process due to system outage. Nothing was done to compensate and nothing was offered.
3.6 MediocreSep 27 2017
Unexpected Frustrations - Never again!Pros: The car it self was comfortable (lowered score because the inside was dirty) for a smaller car and got great gas mileage.Cons: 1. Fine print regarding company rules for National Car rental would not download for us to read before we went to pick up car, so we did not expect the $100 hold on a major credit card/not debit, customer service at the pick up location was to put it mildly unhelpful, sarcastic, smug, and didn't know when to stop repeating himself, even after I put my hand up and said "STOP". "I get what your saying, I would just like you to be empathic to my frustration." At which point he smiles and then finishes repeating his statement to me. 2. Husband gets into car and being the professional he is, found the car to be dirty. Takes it to a car wash so he can be comfortable in it, isn't this something that is suppose to be done before he even gets into the car? 3. While driving the car he discovers there is no windshield wiper fluid, so he can not remove any bugs that may be blocking his vision. Again isn't this supposed to be filled before he gets the car? I sure hope all the other fluids are ok. 4. Then a warning light flashed "Take to dealer immediately!" WAIT WHAT? My husband had been driving it for less than 20 minutes, on his way to a job interview, he can't call and talk with anyone the Bluetooth wont transfer any sound through the speakers, he's in the middle of now ware by now, he can't pull off or turn around, so he call's me to have me call and to find out if he needs to do anything. After being on hold for over 10 minutes I get through to the roadside customer claims office. I tell her I am not in the car, the closet town is about 100 miles away, the above info, and then she proceeds to ask me a few question, "where are you at now?" I'm at home, I'm not in the car, my husband is. "Ok mam, where is the car?" On the highway in the middle of nowhere (does nobody at this company listen when you are talking with them?) "Ok mam ,lets see if I can help you"...ask a few more questions I had already given her the answer to, finally she states she can't help me she needs to talk with my husband since he's the one driving the car....at this point I am dumbfounded, he can't pull off anywhere safe to call you no exits and the Bluetooth isn't working....By this time the light has flashed "maintenance required", so my husband is no longer worried about the engine exploding just irritated as this is poor vehicle maintenance, a pet peeve of his. 5. Returning the car, my husband is delighted to see the same customer service rep as before (I am so making that up), the rep has the same attitude, makes my husband walk back out to the car to write the miles down (unlimited miles, we don't have to do that with Enterprise they'll do it for you), smugly says "I will have my guys do a better job at looking over the car before they go out with customers next time." Uh ok guy you do that but we will not be repeat customers with this company.
8.4 ExcellentSep 26 2017
3 day Altima rental car was a treat.Pros: Car was really the icing on cake . Plenty of room and was a smooth comfortable ride. I asked for a Camry but the agent at National recommended the Altima. Great car.Cons: Exterior was dirty and interior had soda residue on the passenger side.
9.2 ExcellentJun 17 2017
About my rentalCons: It was a great car and I had a good trip only the car smelled like ciggaretts
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2017
Pros: Great service and priceCons: N/A
6.0 GoodApr 11 2017
Cons: Car wasn't very clean, smelled like cigarettes, gas tank wasn't completely full.
10.0 ExcellentJan 19 2017
ExcelentePros: Great service and quick
10.0 ExcellentJan 9 2017
Great PricePros: Best price I received compare to other car rental company. I would rent again if the price is a much better offer than any other site.
Though California does feature a fair number of trains, there really is no better way to get around than by private vehicle in the Golden State. Bakersfield is no exception to that; in fact, within the city itself there are only buses available for public transport. So drivers looking to get around town will have long waits in store for them if they don’t have a vehicle on hand.
Visitors arriving at Meadows Field Airport looking to rent a car will find the rental car counters in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall.
Bakersfield is close to numerous mountain pass roads and, as beautiful as they are, they can also be a tad narrow and steep at times. Occasionally, drivers will find that there isn’t enough room for both cars to go by each other at the same time. In moments like this, as uncommon as they may be, the vehicle that is facing downhill must yield to the uphill-facing driver and back up (if necessary) to allow the other car to pass.
While Bakersfield does not have the most severe rush hour traffic, its relative proximity to the Greater Los Angeles Area can make traffic going in that direction slow down during peak hours. On most weekdays, the morning rush hour typically goes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon it goes from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One of the main roads to avoid during rush hour is CA-58, as it bisects Bakersfield and often bears the brunt of the daily rush hour traffic.
25% of our users found rental cars in Bakersfield for $34 or less
Book your rental car in Bakersfield at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate rental cars in Bakersfield are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Bakersfield
Some car rental companies in Bakersfield which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Budget
On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $45 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($54/day), Enterprise ($60/day) and Avis ($63/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 3701 Wings Way 93308 (5 miles from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Bakersfield are Hertz (7.7, 71 reviews), and Budget (7.2, 79 reviews).
The average gas price in Bakersfield is $3.52 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.
Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bakersfield.
A Standard car rental in Bakersfield costs $43 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Bakersfield costs $41 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Bakersfield costs $44 per day, on average.
In Bakersfield, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 1700 24th Street (1 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $313 per week ($45 per day).
On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $1,343 per month ($45 per day).
Bakersfield is a typical American city in that its roads are large, wide, and well-suited for a range of vehicles. SUVs, trucks, vans, and all other vehicles will have an easy time navigating the city’s roads, so renters should opt for whatever vehicle best suits their needs. Whether it is a van because you are traveling with company or a sports car because that is what you love, all vehicles are great choices for visitors to Bakersfield.
Residential areas in Bakersfield usually feature speed limits ranging from 25 to 35 mph, while on the city’s urban roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph. From there, the next bump in speed limits is for urban freeways, which feature speed limits from 50 to 65 mph. Rural freeways and interstates are the next up, featuring speed limits all the way up to 70 mph.
Gas prices in Bakersfield are somewhat on the higher side for U.S. cities, at around $2.90 per gallon on average.
Parking in Bakersfield is usually a breeze due to the city’s ample parking lots and on-street parking spaces. In the private parking garages and lots, drivers can expect to pay around $1 per hour or less -- it is often even free. Outside of the downtown area, on-street parking is the most common option and is easy to find on most streets.
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).