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Berkeley car rental information

Pick-up locationBerkeley
Rental locations8

Cheap car rentals in Berkeley

$30/dayEconomy
$31/dayCompact
$33/dayIntermediate
$40/dayStandard
$37/dayFull-size
$104/dayFull-size SUV
$72/dayPremium
$80/dayLuxury
$81/dayPickup truck
$46/dayIntermediate SUV
$56/dayStandard SUV
$83/dayCompact SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Berkeley car rental reviews and directory

From $42/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (90 reviews)
4 locations in Berkeley
Enterprise
Locations in Berkeley
1706 San Pablo Avenue+1 510 526 3900
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1990 Oxford St.+1 510 223 6444
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3001 Shattuck Ave+1 510 841 8300
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5858 Horton St Ste 193+1 510 223 6444
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 1 2021
Cons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentAug 30 2020
Pros: Super easyCons: A hybrid
2.0 MediocreJul 14 2020
Cons: 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
Cons: 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
Pros: I liked the car and that I could drop it off on SundayCons: I found some items in the car that were left from the previous person
10.0 ExcellentJul 23 2019
Pros: Staff was great, friendly, helpful and professional.
9.2 ExcellentJul 2 2019
Cons: Excellent customer service. Definitely will book again
10.0 ExcellentOct 21 2018
Easy In, Easy OutPros: Nicole & Brian were great; efficient & pleasant.
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2018
Cons: 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.
8.0 ExcellentAug 29 2018
Pros: Liked that they had a large SUV on SundayCons: Line to get car was too long and car was really dirty inside.
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From $33/dayRated #2
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.3 Good (48 reviews)
1 location in Berkeley
Hertz
Locations in Berkeley
1061 San Pablo Ave.+1 510 558 1438
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 20 2021
Pros: Yes
2.0 MediocreOct 13 2020
Pros: Nothing. Told me they didn’t haven’t care.Cons: 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
Cons: Poor poor poor. Everything is poor.
4.0 OkayJul 30 2019
Pros: Absolutely nothing was positive about this experience.Cons: 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
Pros: NothingCons: Everything
4.0 OkayNov 27 2018
Had to pay an extra day that I didn't want!!!Cons: 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.
6.8 GoodApr 17 2017
Great car but poor customer servicePros: The vehicle we ended up with was perfect for a 6 days, 5 state road trip with 2 kids.Cons: The pick up and drop off was very time consuming due to customer service issues. I will never rent a car from Hertz again.
10.0 ExcellentApr 15 2017
Pros: Great efficient service
2.0 MediocreMar 17 2017
Big disappointmentPros: Nothing was good!. I was not able to get my rental and I had reserved with Hertz through kayak. I still have not received my money back my trip was interfered with I am very disappointed with my rental from Hertz. And I want my money back!Cons: I reserved my car I called the dealership to make sure they take debit cards, I was told that if I added my AAA membership I would be able to use my debit card. I added my AAA membership to my reservation I went to pick up my rental and was told I could not use my debit card. Even though hurts is already charged my debit card they did not let me continue the rental I had called the day before . I still have not received my money back my trip was interfered with I am very disappointed with my rental from Hertz. And I want my money back
9.6 ExcellentMar 6 2017
Good car!Pros: The car ran very smoothly
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From $49/dayRated #3
Budget
8.4 Excellent (26 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Budget
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street+1 510 666 1270
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
600 Gilman Street+1 510 524 7237
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
6.4 GoodMar 14 2020
Cons: 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
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful!
10.0 ExcellentMar 4 2019
Pros: easy and clean carCons: N/a
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2018
Staff friendly and helpfulPros: The 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
Pros: Friendly service.
4.0 OkayApr 3 2017
Pros: easy to get the carCons: made 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
Pros: Friendly service! Affordable pricing! Overall very pleased!Cons: No complaints whatsoever!
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2016
Pros: Big car and spaciousCons: Nothing
6.4 GoodApr 11 2016
Cons: The drp off at Berkeley was not quick. The only reason I got someone to help me faster was because someone was interested in renting the car I was returning.
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From $43/dayRated #4
Avis
7.5 Good (25 reviews)
3 locations in Berkeley
Avis
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street+1 510 705 8991
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
5855 Horton Street+1 510 420 1599
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
600 Gilman Street+1 510 558 0441
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayOct 6 2020
Pros: The staff at the pick up place was not friendly or helpful at all. Actually, I'm gonna file a claim against that woman to Avis. I will never recommend to use that branch. She was the worst stsff ever in my experience without any respect or kindness to a customer.Cons: I believe the owner of the branch should be resigned.
5.6 OkayJun 22 2020
Pros: The car functioned and was full of gas when I got it.Cons: During coronavirus, I expected the car to be cleaner. There was a straw wrappers and other trash by the passenger seat, which makes me wonder if it was sanitized between users.
6.0 GoodJun 9 2020
Pros: Cars are available most of the time Price is goodCons: The car was dirty and the gas tank was not full
10.0 ExcellentJun 24 2019
Pros: Friendly service, nice vehicles
10.0 ExcellentJun 26 2018
Pros: Service at the location was excellent. Vehicle was excellent.
10.0 ExcellentSep 18 2017
Pros: Quick car delivering, clean, corresponding to the model I needed. I had a problem with my passport, forgotten in the train and waiting it to come back at the station, and the employee accepted a copy of it to build the contract. Fortunately I got my passport quickly...
6.4 GoodApr 13 2017
Cons: 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
Pros: The staff upon pickup were very good. The car was clean and in good condition.Cons: 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 18 2016
terrible service at drop off ruined the whole expeCons: The lady you guys have working at the Emeryville store is probably one of the most rude people I have ever encounter. She got pissed because I had to get my things from the car and she had to open the car for me after she had already closed my contract (wtf??). Also, I was late only 29 min and she charged me almost the full price for another entire daily rate. I don't think this is fair. Hertz is WAY MORE flexible than you guys. They WOULD NEVER charge another day for bing late 29 min. I will call customer services because I don't think this is correct.
2.0 MediocreAug 1 2016
Unable to rent carCons: I was not made aware that a credit card was needed for rentals nor that a soft credit report would be pulled.
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189 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

Economy

Average price

$48/day

Good deal

$37/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 $37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Berkeley at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium rental cars in Berkeley are around 43% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Berkeley

  • Some car rental companies in Berkeley 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 Thrifty

  • On average a rental car in Berkeley costs $48 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($37/day), Budget ($56/day) and Enterprise ($72/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 600 Gilman Street 94710 (2 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Berkeley are Enterprise (8.4, 129 reviews), and Hertz (7.0, 87 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Berkeley is $3.29 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $53, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Berkeley.

  • Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Thrifty, Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Advantage, and E-Z Rent-A-Car.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Economy car rental in Berkeley costs $43 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Berkeley costs $51 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Berkeley costs $45 per day, on average.

  • In Berkeley, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 780 Mcdonnell Rd (19 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Berkeley costs $337 per week ($48 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Berkeley costs $1,446 per month ($48 per day).

  • The roads in Berkeley are more than large enough to accommodate all sizes of vehicles from SUVs to sedans. That being said, there are some neighborhoods with smaller streets; for the most part, however, they aren’t an issue. Additionally, parking is another thing to keep in mind as in the most popular parts of town, larger cars may be difficult to find parking spots large enough for.

  • Drivers can expect residential speed limits in Berkeley to range from 25 to 35 mph, while on larger roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph and even up to 65 mph on motorways. On highways and interstates, drivers will see speed limits ranging from 65 to 70 mph.

  • Need to refill the tank while you are in Berkeley? If so, you can expect to pay around $3.45 per gallon of gas. This is slightly above average for the U.S., although it is right within the average for the West Coast.

  • Streetside parking can be very difficult to find in the central areas of Berkeley, especially during the peak hours of the work week. Aside from streetside parallel parking, parking garages are the main option available. In general, the garages are your best bet for parking, particularly if you are planning on to a more popular area. Drivers can usually expect to pay around $2.00 - $3.00 per hour for parking.

  • 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!).