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Berkeley, CA
May 31 — Jun 7
Same drop-off
Berkeley, CA
Tue 5/31
Noon
Tue 6/7
Noon

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Cheap car rentals in Berkeley

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Berkeley car rental reviews and directory

From $91/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (91 reviews)
4 locations in Berkeley
Enterprise
Locations in Berkeley
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 12 2021
They cancelled my car because of overbooking two hours before my scheduled pick up. Very frustrating and disrupted my whole trip.
10.0 ExcellentMar 1 2021
Nothing
10.0 ExcellentAug 30 2020
Super easyA hybrid
2.0 MediocreJul 14 2020
I got a text from Enterprise saying that there were no cars available from the location that was closest to me. Even though I reserved it through Kayak stating that the car that I reserved was available. Sucks. I canceled the reservation, went elsewhere.
2.0 MediocreSep 6 2019
Did not have any vehicles available when I showed up, had to rent a vehicle through Budget, have not issued a refund yet.
7.6 GoodJul 29 2019
I liked the car and that I could drop it off on SundayI found some items in the car that were left from the previous person
10.0 ExcellentJul 23 2019
Staff was great, friendly, helpful and professional.
9.2 ExcellentJul 2 2019
Excellent customer service. Definitely will book again
10.0 ExcellentOct 21 2018
Easy In, Easy OutNicole & Brian were great; efficient & pleasant.
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2018
Smelled bad. Short hours at pickup and dropped locations. Only has trucks?! Called to get an estimate on returning it a few hours late and was given wildly different estimates from different people.
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From $67/dayRated #2
Hertz
Most popular
7.3 Good (53 reviews)
1 location in Berkeley
Hertz
Locations in Berkeley
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 1 2021
Major props to Chris for the excellent service despite me running late! Thank you!
5.9 OkayAug 24 2021
The car I got was trashy! It was pretty neat up looking….. I had to take nearly 15 pics of the dents and scratches! The insides also looked pretty beat up. Driving it was not comfort-now at all! They do not take care of their cars! I had rented from Budget few days before that and the difference was like night and day! But the staff was friendly! Would not rent again from here though!
10.0 ExcellentJul 8 2021
Price was good, and people were nice.Picking it up could have been a bit smoother
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2021
They didn’t have the car they was advertised
10.0 ExcellentJan 20 2021
Yes
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2020
Nothing. Told me they didn’t haven’t care.Not being extremely rude, and announce they have the right to cancel my reservation at Hertz if they don’t have cars even though it said they do online. Multiple other car agencies said they do not have cars available. Hertz said they did and the man at the desk was very rude and unhelpful.
2.0 MediocreAug 15 2020
Poor poor poor. Everything is poor.
4.0 OkayJul 30 2019
Absolutely nothing was positive about this experience.The Albany Hertz: horribly understaffed with TERRIBLE service. Car rentals usually require some amount of patience, but this place is horrible. The phone rings off the hook, the wait is at least an hour, and they are totally understaffed.
2.0 MediocreMar 28 2019
NothingEverything
4.0 OkayNov 27 2018
Had to pay an extra day that I didn't want!!!I rented a car from Wednesday thru Sunday for a specific amount of money. When I picked up the car I was told they were closed Sunday and I would be charged for an extra day till Monday. They said if I had a problem to take it up with the on line place I rented it with.
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From $82/dayRated #3
Budget
8.5 Excellent (28 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Budget
Locations in Berkeley
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 17 2022
Price
10.0 ExcellentAug 24 2021
The car was in excellent condition! Overall a good professional place!
6.4 GoodMar 14 2020
Upon dropping off the car, I was charged a higher amount than was on my original receipt. The receptionists at the dropoff location couldn't adequately explain why. They thought it was some insane reason like I picked up the car 10 minutes before my appointed time of noon on a Thursday...and that changed my rate somehow? I had to call Budget customer service to resolve it. Turns out they upcharged me for a sedan when I had reserved a compact car. I had nothing to do with that. I reserved a compact car and paid for a compact car. I just took whatever the hell car they gave me at the pickup location. The associate on the phone promised to refund me the difference.
9.6 ExcellentOct 21 2019
Staff was very friendly and helpful!
10.0 ExcellentMar 4 2019
easy and clean carN/a
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2018
Staff friendly and helpfulThe manager of this location is very friendly and helpful. Together with his colleague they made the pick-up and drop-off processes quite easy and smooth.
10.0 ExcellentJun 10 2018
Friendly service.
4.0 OkayApr 3 2017
easy to get the carmade me buy a second insurance even though i expressed i had already bought a third party one through the booking site did not tell me when the store was closing on the day of my return so i had to pay for an additional day
10.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2017
Friendly service! Affordable pricing! Overall very pleased!No complaints whatsoever!
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2016
Big car and spaciousNothing
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From $56/dayRated #4
Avis
Cheapest deal
7.3 Good (18 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Avis
Locations in Berkeley
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 2 2021
The Avis employee at pickup gave me a car which reeked of cigarette smoke and tried to tell me it was just someone's perfume. I insisted on another car, which also smelled like smoke but, since the previous car's much stronger smell was still in my nose, I did not notice until after I had left the lot. The inside of the windows were also so filthy that I had to buy glass cleaner and paper towels to wipe them down myself.
10.0 ExcellentJun 24 2019
Friendly service, nice vehicles
10.0 ExcellentJun 26 2018
Service at the location was excellent. Vehicle was excellent.
6.4 GoodApr 13 2017
We called corporate office to extend reservation, and they said we were all set. We had our doubts because the girl my boyfriend talked to seemed confused. When we called the local drop off location, the next day. they said they had no extension on file and charged us a late fee.
10.0 ExcellentApr 6 2017
The staff upon pickup were very good. The car was clean and in good condition.Returning was slow as there was only one employee who was staffing the desk, washing cars, and moving cars around the lot. This seems unfair both on the employee and customers waiting.
2.0 MediocreAug 1 2016
Unable to rent carI was not made aware that a credit card was needed for rentals nor that a soft credit report would be pulled.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 4 2016
Very nice proprietor. Very nice car (upgrade from what I'd reserved). Helpful orienting me to car controls.Nothing I didn't like but I wish they didn't close so early on Saturday. Had to pay for an extra day because I couldn't get back from my trip by 1:00 PM and there was no option to leave the car and the keys.
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From $75/day
Thrifty
1 location in Berkeley
Thrifty
Locations in Berkeley
Recent reviews
190 travelers who rented a car in Berkeley gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near Berkeley

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$77/day

Good deal

$63/day

When to book a rental car in Berkeley

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Berkeley

  • One of the main reasons to rent a car when visiting Berkeley is that, with one, it is a simple drive to reach the many wonderful nature parks that surround the city. For example, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers wonderful views of the bridge, bay, and the city. However, it is a slow process to get there via public transportation, while in a car it just an easy 30-minute drive from central Berkeley.
  • Looking to pick up a rental car for your time in Berkeley? If you are flying into San Francisco International Airport, the rental car counters are located in the Rental Car Center. To reach the Rental Car Center from the airport, simply hop onto the AirTrain Blue Line at any of the terminals and get off at the Rental Car Center stop.
  • Jaywalking is particularly common in Berkeley and drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly when near UC Berkeley. This is partly because of the high density of pedestrians and also because of the many tiny streets in the area. In general, jaywalking isn’t as big of an issue as it is in some other big U.S. cities, but it is still something to look out for.
  • Berkeley, like many suburbs in large cities, suffers from daily bouts of rush hour. Typically, drivers can expect rush hour to last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening rush hour can be particularly congested for drivers leaving the downtown area, so it is highly advised to time your driving accordingly. I-80 and the Bay Bridge are two spots to skirt around if you are looking to avoid traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Berkeley for $63 or less
  • Book your rental car in Berkeley at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Berkeley are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Berkeley