Escondido car rentals from $29/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Escondido with a pick-up date of 5/2 and drop-off date of 5/5. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Escondido

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Compact$32/day
Intermediate$29/day
Minivan$38/day
Full-size SUV$39/day
Premium$40/day
Luxury$31/day
Convertible$36/day
Pickup truck$37/day
Intermediate SUV$30/day
Standard SUV$35/day
Open air all terrain$37/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Escondido

  • A car rental in Escondido gives you the freedom to make several stops within the city and countless opportunities to explore the various beautiful communities. For example, Escondido is home to famous attractions, breathtaking scenery, craft breweries, distinctive arts and culture, delicious dining options, and a charming historic center. While driving through Escondido, take in the beautiful weather. Other incredible locations close to visit are Anaheim, which is 68 miles from Escondido and includes fantastic attractions like Disneyland, and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, one of the most magnificent natural sites you can't miss and is about 174 miles from Escondido.
  • Escondido car rentals are a sure deal when planning a vacation to Escondido. They can provide a convenient and effective solution for getting around the city. Additionally, you can easily adjust your travel plans to match your schedule. This is especially helpful if you're planning to travel to multiple destinations during your trip. Renting a car is often cheaper than taking a taxi or public transportation, especially if traveling with family or friends. If you have specific transportation needs, such as a car with a larger trunk for luggage, you can usually find cheap car rentals in Escondido that meet such requirements.
  • The best way to go around and explore Escondido is by renting a car. On arrival at San Diego Airport, there are various car rental providers, including Advantage, Dollar, Alamo, Avis and Budget. The distance between the airport terminals and the car rental center is only a few minutes by car. In addition, a free 24-hour shuttle runs from the Car Rental Center to the Terminals and the other way around.
  • Most Escondido car rentals offer EV rentals for travelers who are environmentally conscious. One of the perks of renting an EV is that Southern California Edison (SCE), the main electricity supplier in Southern California, provides a discounted electricity rate. SCE offers two rate schedules for EV charging: one for on-peak hours, and another for off-peak hours. You can easily find EV charging stations within the city and along the major highways. Use PlugShare, an app and website where users can easily search for and locate EV chargers in and around Escondido.
  • If go for a car rental in Escondido, avoid driving during rush hour. Escondido faces traffic congestion during rush hour like many larger cities, making it challenging to navigate the intersection. North Broadway, Auto Park Way, West Grand Vanue, and Simpson Way are a few of the busiest routes in Escondido, be sure to check the traffic cameras to see whether they are crowded. Also, pay special attention to major intersections along South Escondido Boulevard because they can be challenging and occasionally have careless drivers.
  • When driving in Escondido, it is essential to remember that the speed limit is set to make sure the roads are safe for all. Your speed should be adapted to prevailing conditions, including weather, the number of cyclists and pedestrians crossing the road, and other cars. Furthermore, several schools are located in Escondido, and drivers must be aware of their presence at all times. Use the Escondido Traffic Map for invaluable information on routes and roads. This will help you easily navigate the city and the surroundings, avoiding traffic jams. Yellow/orange lines indicate medium flow, red lines show heavy traffic flow and green lines mean normal or no traffic.
  • The morning rush hour lasts from 6:30 am to 8:30 am, and the evening peak hours are between 6 pm and 7 pm. The freeways will be crowded with traffic and commuters trying to make it to work on time or eager to go home during these hours. If you need to get somewhere quickly, leave before rush hour to avoid delays on alternative highways, which are also crowded during this time. Avoid busy streets such as South Hickory Street, North Midway Drive and Valley Parkway during rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Escondido for $46 or less
  • Book your rental car in Escondido at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Escondido

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Escondido?

    On average a rental car in Escondido costs $55 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Escondido found in the last 2 weeks is $28.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Escondido?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($29/day) and Budget ($32/day).

  • How much is gas price in Escondido?

    The average gas price in Escondido is $3.86 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Escondido?

    Standard (Class Standard Crossover or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Escondido.

  • Which car rental companies are at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Ace, Midway, Kyte, Hertz, Priceless, Airport Van, Fox, Sixt, NextCar and NU Car.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Midway, Hertz, Priceless, Airport Van, Alamo, Sixt, NU Car, Budget, Thrifty, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Escondido?

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

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Escondido?

    A Standard car rental in Escondido costs $140 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Escondido?

    On average a rental car in Escondido costs $399 per week ($57 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Escondido?

    On average a rental car in Escondido costs $1,710 per month ($57 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Escondido?

    Most car rental providers in Escondido offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Escondido, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Escondido?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 6 car rental agencies in Escondido.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Escondido?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Escondido?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Escondido so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Escondido?

    If you are considering car rental in Escondido, economy cars are the top option since they are compact but packed with unique features. If you want to move around the city a lot, their ease of handling and parking will come in handy. Additionally, these sturdy wheels will allow you to travel on a budget due to their excellent gas mileage. You can also rent a convertible if you want to enjoy the sites while cruising through the cities of Escondido. Check the weather before your trip if you are considering using a convertible.

  • What road trips can I take from Escondido?

    There are plenty of road trips you can take from Escondido. You can head up to Los Angeles or down to San Diego. You can even go east to Joshua Tree National Park or west to the beaches of Orange County. If you still have time, make your way to Lake Tahoe for a few days of skiing or snowboarding.

  • What's the speed limit in Escondido?

    The speed limit in Escondido varies according to the area. The maximum speed limit on divided roads is 65mph. For example, on the Center City Parkway, it is 65 mph. The roadway is currently a two-lane undivided roadway with a posted speed limit of 50 mph. The speed limit is 25 mph in residential or school districts, 55 mph on rural highways, and 70 mph on rural Interstate highways. Make sure to look for speed limit signs, as highway enforcement officials may use radar, speed traps, and cameras to monitor traffic.

  • How old do I have to be to rent a car in Escondido?

    The legal age to rent a car in Escondido is 21 years old. However, some car rental agencies rent only to individuals who are 25 years old and above. Some cheap car rentals in Escondido will charge an underage renter’s fee. It's always best to check with the rental company you'll be using to learn their age requirements.

  • What is the best place to park in Escondido?

    Escondido has many parking spaces for those with cars to park for a short or extended period. For your Escondido car rental, you may wish to consider whether the parking space owner offers gates, security cameras, and 24-hour access. Private parking lots provide these facilities. In addition, parking spots on the streets are often inexpensive compared to other parking options. Aladdin Airport Parking and Social Classic Auto are some places to park your vehicle in Escondido.

Escondido car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.2

Very good

39 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.9

3 locations in Escondido

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175 W. Washington

+1 760 480 6998

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1956 Auto Park Way

+1 760 480 1404

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

260 S Las Posas Rd

+1 760 591 4120

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The vehicle did not have windshield washer fluid on my trip.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. The staff was rude. They did not have a car fir me

4.0 Mediocre

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Treated very poorly, right from the start the girl thst checked me in was rude. I had a temporary license extention from DMV and she was giving me a hard time. Then they wouldn’t accept my EDD Card issued by state of California I made a complaint to Enterprise regional manager but have not heard back with an apology

Cons:

Customer Service improvement is needed through coaching and training

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Less fragrant cleaning agents

9.6 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Daniel at the San Marcos location was so helpful and personable. If everyone at Enterprise is like him, I will continue to use them when I need to rent a car in the future.

Cons:

Nothing. Great experience.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

Cons:

I can't think of anything. This is the way a rental car agency should always work.

1 out of 7

Hertz

7.8

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in Escondido

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1700 Auto Parkplace

+1 760 206 7752

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

665 Metcalf St

+1 760 747 1612

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Their choice of cars is minimal. I reserved a "mid-size SUV such as a Nissan Rogue". I got a Ford EcoSport, which is tiny. Hardly an SUV. I rented this vehicle because I had stuff to haul to an event. It barely fit. Not happy, but blaming myself because it was last minute.

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2022

KAYAK
We reserved a Mid size SUV and they gave us a Buick Concord. They said it was as big as a sheep Cherokee and it is clearly Smaller. We were traveling cross country and were very cramped for Space. Even had to leave things behind to be shipped later. Looking up the Jeep, it’s 10.5 to 11 inches longer, 2 inches wider and 1 inch taller.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The van was amazing. The service was excellent and timely. The office is very clean. Hardly any wait.

Cons:

Hard to find a street parking returning the van. Some assigned parking would help.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff

Cons:

More parking at the pick up/ drop off location.

3.6 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was directed to the wrong pick up location which was difficult to find and was closed. Upon calling Hertz for information and waiting for 20 minutes the individual I spoke with had poor command of the English language and gave me incorrect information. I found the alternate pick up location and was charged approximately $38 more than the quoted amount for the rental. Have yet to be refunded my security deposit. Wondering if all this is due to Hertz bankruptcy.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very friendly and never felt pushed for add ons

Cons:

Parking is terrible. Had to park 2 blocks away to return rental.

1 out of 9

Avis

9.2

Wonderful

21 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.2

One location in Escondido

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2040 Auto Park Way

+1 760 432 2019

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

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Great price and the car was great for the long trip

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was excellent

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes, they were helpful, efficient, & friendly, no bs.

Cons:

Can’t think of anything.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff friendly and helpful; dropoff easy.

Cons:

Nothing

2.0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Avis confirmed my pick-up time, but they decided to close early. Leaving me and my family stranded. Avis support said to go to San Diego airport??? Hour plus south of where we were going. Got a Taxi to LA instead. Never again Avis :(.

7.2 Good

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Pick up agent recorded a full tank of gas when the car actually had a half tank. Agent at drop off disputed this and customer service were originally unwilling to credit me, but came around when I became frustrated. A hiccup I could have done without, but many thanks to the customer service agent on the phone for sorting.

1 out of 6

Budget

5.3

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.3

One location in Escondido

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2040 Auto Park Way

+1 760 480 7406

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

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8.0 Very good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Make my reservation at earlier time

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, drop off easy

9.2 Wonderful

Mar 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in and out was fast, car in good condition

Cons:

Car was not washed which made the view out the back window difficult

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Got a nice upgrade. Pricing is very competitive. Pick-up costed a bit more time than anticipated; drop off was within 1 minute! Very good overall.

Cons:

One person doing paperwork while a line is waiting.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Maybe check their inventory and make sure they have the car I'm asking for before confirming my booking. Duh

2.0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
Couldn't get the car because apparently the original reservation had the wrong date on it. It allowed me to reserve again on the correct date even tho they didn't have the level of car I was trying to reserve. They also wouldn't upgrade me to something else suitable for the same price. When I tried to cancel the reservation, the web site wouldn't allow it so I rented elsewhere since they can't charge me anyway.

1 out of 2

Alamo

8.7

Very good

1 review

One location in Escondido

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515 W 4th Ave

+1 760 747 4165

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EZ Van

No score available yet

One location in Escondido

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796 W Valley Pkwy

+1 866 735 8267

Opening times not available

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Rent-4-Less

No score available yet

One location in Escondido

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1830 Hacienda Drive

(760) 940 9120

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114 travelers who rented a car in Escondido gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car rental locations in or near Escondido

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$44/day

When to book a rental car in Escondido

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