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Carlsbad, CA
Dec 1 — Dec 8
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Carlsbad, CA
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Carlsbad car rental information

Pick-up locationCarlsbad
Car typesCommercial, Compact, Compact SUV, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Luxury SUV, Mini, Minivan, Open air all terrain, Passenger van, Pickup truck, Premium, Premium SUV, Premium coupe, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations7
Airport locations3
Popular agenciesEnterprise, Turo, Hertz, Avis, EZ Van

Cheap car rentals in Carlsbad

$19/dayEconomy
$19/dayCompact
$37/dayIntermediate
$25/dayStandard
$25/dayFull-size
$62/dayMinivan
$58/dayFull-size SUV
$50/dayMini
$56/dayPremium
$50/dayLuxury
$67/dayConvertible
$40/dayPickup truck
$80/dayPremium SUV
$28/dayStandard SUV
$44/daySupplier choice
$45/dayIntermediate SUV
$51/dayCompact SUV
$52/dayPremium coupe
$85/dayLuxury SUV
$86/dayCommercial
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Carlsbad car rental reviews and directory

From $37/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (30 reviews)
4 locations in Carlsbad
Enterprise
Locations in Carlsbad
1060 Auto Center Ct Ste M+1 760 931 1111
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
510 Jones Rd+1 760 435 2229
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6050 Avenida Encinas+1 760 931 1111
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
875 S. Coast Highway+1 760 966 9090
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodNov 7 2020
Pros: Yes I’m please very easy .Cons: I went first time , just the car I was selected it wasn’t available, but it works of what I chose. I’m happy with the service I am appreciate have a business with you!
6.8 GoodSep 2 2020
Pros: Car was very fun!Cons: The price for insurance was not clear and I overpaid for this.
10.0 ExcellentDec 1 2019
Pros: Staff friendly and courteous. Excellent car and rates.Cons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentOct 21 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and informativeCons: I wish they had a car for use on the lot but they did drive us to the next location to pick up our car there.
8.4 ExcellentOct 1 2019
Pros: Even though I was out of their pick up range, they literally went the extra mile and picked me up so I didn't have to leave my car the whole weekend or gather my car up before my trip. Very helpful and professional.Cons: I requested an Ford Transit and got a Chevy passenger van which was sandy, had loose seats that I had to secure myself, food and stains on the benches, and lacked safety technology I would have expected in the Ford Transit with back up cameras, etc. Not happy with the vehicle switch.
10.0 ExcellentSep 19 2019
Pros: Brand new vehicle and a very professional, courteous staff.Cons: Everything was fine
10.0 ExcellentMar 6 2019
Pros: Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.
9.6 ExcellentFeb 26 2019
Cons: a bit difficult to find the office, but everything worked out ok. nice to be offered a free upgrade. easy to work with. these folks.
8.0 ExcellentJan 23 2019
Pros: The car was great. Nissan Altima. Good gas mileage and very smooth ride.Cons: Check in Friday night- at first the enterprise employee tried to put me in a mazda miata or an suv. That wasn't what I reserved. Fortunately they had a Nissan Altima which did work but I had to ask for it. And returning the keys on Tuesday morning the employee was late only by 6 minutes but still la
10.0 ExcellentOct 27 2018
YESPros: Textbook service, with personality!Cons: Can't complain, but still do. Not here, great, efficient service and bang for your buck. In n out, like a burger.
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From $41/dayRated #2
Avis
8 Excellent (61 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Avis
Locations in Carlsbad
1771 Oceanside Boulevard - Suite B+1 760 757 9929
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
2198 Palomar Airport Road+1 760 931 1393
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 19 2020
Pros: Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site
6.0 GoodOct 16 2019
Vehicle returnPros: I only drove into their lot to return the car, N/A should be a choice for the above if you are truly looking for useful feedback.
10.0 ExcellentAug 20 2019
Pros: Great facility.Cons: Nothing.
2.0 MediocreJul 29 2019
Cons: When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.
4.8 OkayJun 28 2019
Cons: Main issue was that the price rose 200% when I went to pick up the car. Instead of about $250 the rental cost closer to $500. Very disappointed with the outrageous charges for changing pick up location. I expected a small variation but the resulting fees were astronomical.
6.4 GoodJan 10 2019
Service StunkPros: Hybrid comfy car. Clean on the inside. Accurate pricing upon drop off. Easy drop off and courteousCons: It may be Kayak but they were closing at my reservation time so I had to rush, not did they want to give me the time of Day about upgrading or explaining where to get my car. It was obvious that they wanted to leave (it was Christmas Eve, but I was not told their closing time). They said I could upgrade at any location, which wasn’t true. No one would without charging me $1k+ on my total rental and restarting a new contract. The rental car also had writing in the window like it was just picked up from being impounded. That was kinda janky
10.0 ExcellentDec 10 2018
Pros: Quick
9.2 ExcellentJun 28 2018
Cleaner is betterPros: Overall all good.Cons: Car could have been cleaner / Glass very poorly cleaned. Is important for safety.
2.0 MediocreJun 9 2018
Not worth the “savings”Cons: The customer services were very poor. Having a reservation in hand I was ready to go. I showed up and no vehicles were available. Apparently no ono could get a thing done. Kayak sent me to Avis and Avis sent me to Kayak. After some time they wanted me to drive over hour away to pick up a vehicle. Ended up having to use a different company. Never again
9.2 ExcellentApr 1 2018
Cons: Unfortunately, I booked during spring break week and so the prices ($90/day for a Toyota Corolla) were higher than I had budgeted to pay.
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From $31/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.9 Good (49 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Hertz
Locations in Carlsbad
1816-c Oceanside Blvd.+1 760 722 7031
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E+1 760 579 0072
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.4
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMar 28 2020
Pros: If I would have been able to go.Cons: refund on my money. I wasn’t able to go due to the coronavirus. I called and the dude said I wasn’t able to get my money back. Kinda bs
9.2 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly but not very helpful.Cons: I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.
4.4 OkayNov 11 2019
Pros: The staf was nice..Cons: Well... I make resevetion on line when a went to pick the car they said theyNo have A car to give if i can wait hour i will call you..they never call me back .... I need to get uber for my destination 3 times is very sad... To go true that..make sure call before go to pick car...
6.8 GoodMay 14 2019
Cons: The agency is closed from noon on Saturday to Monday morning. Inconvenient compared to competitors.
4.0 OkayDec 27 2018
Bad Customer ServiceCons: Service Rep. tried to charge extra cleaning fees becuase she assumed there had been a pet in my Car.
4.0 OkayAug 25 2018
Cons: was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2018
ExcellentPros: Not enough superlatives.
9.2 ExcellentJun 3 2018
RoguePros: Clean and late model. Good visibility and safety.Cons: Noisy with windows rolled down; took it into the Sierras - pick up on the hills was sluggish.
4.8 OkayApr 15 2018
Pick up time was running late and Nothing they can do about it.Pros: PricingCons: Unable to pick up car after a fleight delay. The guy was inside, they were closed and there was nothing they could do for me. Called another Hertz location and the wanted to charge me double... no car rental, outin the street, with my luggage... The guy at Hertz in ocranside blvd in oceanside ca could have had better customer service by going above and beyond to help someone that really needed help.
2.0 MediocreApr 3 2018
Extremely Bad ServicePros: NOTHINGCons: These guys RUINED my trip. They wouldn't look at my paperwork. Made me wait over an hour. Then in the end they tell me they gave my reserved car away to someone else!! This wasted over 3hrs of my time by detouring to get this car, and screwed up my entire trip to Arizona. What an unbelievable waste of time. The clerk was rude and inconsiderate. I hated everything about this company and this was my worst rental experience EVER.
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From $40/dayRated #4
Budget
7.4 Good (44 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Budget
Locations in Carlsbad
1771 Oceanside Boulevard Ste B+1 760 757 5799
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
2198 Palomar Airport Road+1 760 931 2469
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 13 2019
Pros: After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!Cons: You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2019
Pros: Quick easy drop off
2.0 MediocreApr 2 2018
Customer service was not customer servicePros: They did listen.Cons: You would think that after all the hassle, I asked for a discount or to please find us something and honor the price I agreed to pay - no discount on the current issue, no discount on a future rental, etc., etc. They obviously don't need or want our business.
6.8 GoodDec 7 2017
Where are staff?Pros: NoneCons: We returned car 330 pm and not one person was in return area. There was a sign for us to mark contract with the mileage and gas level and drop it in the drop box. I understand if car is returned after hours but this was in middle of work day in the afternoon. Did not leave me eith a comfortable feeling.
7.6 GoodSep 17 2017
Pros: Agent very nice. Drove me to the area where I could get taxi/ride home because it was off site and too far to walk. Very kind, thank you!
2.0 MediocreMay 16 2017
Cons: Nobody at drop off !!!
7.2 GoodMar 4 2017
Pros: Representative was friendly and fixed the billing error that the LA representative made and wouldn't own up to.
6.0 GoodFeb 5 2017
Pros: Pick up went well.Cons: Called 800 # rep gave me all kinds of wrin5g information concerning drop off time and location. Was no help at all.
8.0 ExcellentDec 22 2016
Nice carPros: The car had a lot of pick up. Good gas milage. Easy pick up and drop off. Lots of room...Cons: The car smelled like smoke :(
10.0 ExcellentDec 13 2016
Everything went smoothlyPros: I got a nice upgradeCons: Nothing
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EZ Van
2 locations in Carlsbad
EZ Van
Locations in Carlsbad
235 South Tremont St+1 866 735 8267
6511 Avenida Encinas+1 866 735 8267
Recent reviews
From $96/day
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Carlsbad
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in Carlsbad
800 Grand Avenue+1 800 940 9332
Recent reviews
184 travelers who rented a car in Carlsbad gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Carlsbad

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$50/day

Good deal

$36/day

When to book a rental car in Carlsbad

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

Top tips for renting a car in Carlsbad

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Carlsbad for $36 or less
  • Book your rental car in Carlsbad at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Carlsbad are around 49% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Carlsbad

  • Some car rental companies in Carlsbad 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 Avis

  • On average a rental car in Carlsbad costs $50 per day.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Carlsbad.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($37/day), Enterprise ($40/day) and Hertz ($44/day).

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, U-Save, Fox, Sixt, Dollar, Airport Van, NU Car and Ace.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, U-Save, Sixt, Dollar, Airport Van, Alamo, NU Car, and Advantage.

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

  • A Standard car rental in Carlsbad costs $50 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Carlsbad costs $55 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Carlsbad costs $50 per day, on average.

  • In Carlsbad, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Carlsbad costs $349 per week ($50 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Carlsbad costs $1,495 per month ($50 per day).

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