Hayward car rentals from $26/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 Hayward with a pick-up date of 3/16 and drop-off date of 4/15. 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 Hayward

Economy$26/day
Compact$32/day
Intermediate$26/day
Standard$37/day
Minivan$37/day
Full-size SUV$38/day
Premium$33/day
Premium SUV$41/day
Intermediate SUV$26/day
Compact SUV$28/day
Supplier choice$31/day
Standard SUV$38/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Hayward

  • Enjoy the convenience of booking Hayward car rentals near Hayward Amtrak Station. Here, you have many options for cheap car rentals in Hayward, including Hertz, Budget, and Avis. Though the train station is near the city center, a rental car is the best choice if you're a heavy piece of luggage. The train station is 0.9 miles (1.4km) if you drive via C St or B St to the city center, which takes about 3min. However, if you pass through Myrtle St, you cover a distance of 1.1 miles (1.8km) to the city center.
  • Main Street in downtown Hayward is one of the best streets to drive your rental vehicle because of improved traffic flow. It has two traffic lanes, bike lanes for cyclists, and wider sidewalks for pedestrians. In addition, Main Street has enough parking spaces than most streets. It also has well-marked speed bumps and signposts, which are easy to see for new drivers. However, avoid driving on McKeever Avenue and D Street near A Street because it’s limited to drivers and more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. Therefore, research Hayward city streets before booking your rental car to check the best roads to drive on and which ones to avoid.
  • Renting a car enables you to visit numerous places near Hayward, instead of using public transport that only stops at specific stations. For example, Andrew Molera State Park, 95 miles southeast of Hayward, is one of the iconic places to go to. Driving your rental vehicle takes about 2h to get to your destination while bus transport takes approximately 3h 15min. You can also drive to McWay Waterfall Trail, 114 miles southeast of Hayward. It takes you 2h 30min while bus transport takes about 4h 5min to cover the same distance. Thus, booking cheap car rentals in Hayward helps you save money to get to various destinations.
  • Car rentals in Hayward allow reliable and punctual access to areas that do not have public transit options, such as the shores of San Francisco Bay. Travelers that are hoping to explore the famous City by the Bay will appreciate the privacy and convenience of their own vehicle. If you have difficulty walking up and down steep hills, Hayward car rentals allow you to experience aspects of San Francisco that you might not otherwise see, such as the famously hilly Haight-Ashbury district. If you want to experience a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, a rental car provides that opportunity.
  • The two major airports near Hayward are Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. The closest is Oakland International Airport, which has a Rental Car Center shuttle to bring travelers between the terminals and their vehicles. At San Francisco International Airport, the Rental Car Center is accessible from every terminal via the AirTrain Blue Line, an automated people mover.
  • As one of the largest suburbs of San Francisco and Oakland, the city of Hayward has many similarities to these Bay Area powerhouses, including driving recommendations. Many people in the Bay Area ride their bikes to work, or simply for pleasure, so you will need to be constantly aware of cyclists. Check your mirrors and blind spots before making any turns, especially when you are turning across a bike lane. When you are parking, double-check your mirror before opening your door to ensure you are not blocking a cyclist who is riding in the lane next to your parking spot.
  • Hayward follows the rush hour patterns of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with rush hours ranging from around 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm. Hayward is also occasionally socked in by the famous San Francisco fog, which demands cautious driving and slow speeds. Turn on your headlights, but not your high beams, as this does nothing but illuminate the fog even more and reduce your visibility while blinding oncoming drivers. If you are planning to drive into downtown San Francisco, plan your route in advance and pay attention to street signs, as you do not want to end up going the wrong way down a one-way road. Control your speed as you climb up or down the steep hills and keep an eye out for trolleys.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Hayward for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Hayward at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Hayward are around -37% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Hayward

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

    Car rentals in Hayward are often utilized to navigate throughout the entire Bay Area, so the recommended vehicle is an economy or compact car. A smaller vehicle will allow you to navigate the tight streets of San Francisco, keep up with traffic on the many interstates, and take advantage of the efficient fuel economy as you take in the shores of San Francisco Bay.

  • What’s the speed limit in Hayward?

    Since 2015, the city of Hayward has been pushing strict enforcement of speed limits with the slogan "It’s a speed limit, not a suggestion." When you see a posted speed limit, do not expect much forgiveness from law enforcement if you choose to go over. Residential streets generally have 25mph limits, with major streets, such as Huntwood Avenue or Tennyson Road, posting limits of 40mph to 45mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Hayward?

    Parking in downtown Hayward is completely free. There are eight City of Hayward lots and two parking garages. Although all 1,689 spots are free, they have a variety of time limits depending on their proximity to different businesses. Parking structures are found on Mission Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard, with plenty more dispersed throughout the downtown area.

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

    On average a rental car in Hayward costs $49 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 Hayward found in the last 2 weeks is $25.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Hayward?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($31/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($37/day).

  • How much is gas price in Hayward?

    The average gas price in Hayward is $3.48 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $42 and $56, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Hayward?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Hayward.

  • Which car rental companies are at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Fox, Kyte, Sixt, Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Fox Autorent and Europcar.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

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

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

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Hayward?

    A Mini car rental in Hayward costs $97 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Hayward?

    A Full Size car rental in Hayward costs $156 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Hayward?

    A Special car rental in Hayward costs $51 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Hayward costs $342 per week ($49 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Hayward costs $1,467 per month ($49 per day).

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

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Hayward?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 2 car rental agencies in Hayward.

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

    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 Hayward?

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

  • What are the penalties for drunk driving in Hayward?

    Drunk driving charges include probation, suspension of your driver's license for up to six months, six months in jail, and a $1000 fine. However, you risk more consequences if found drunk driving for a second time.

  • What is the distance between San Francisco Airport and Hayward city center?

    When driving your rental car, you cover a distance of 17 miles (28km) if you go via CA-92 E OR US-101 S. It takes you about 20min to get to the city center.

Hayward car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

8.2

Very good

19 reviews
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

7.8

4 locations in Hayward

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Locations in Hayward

1400 Doolittle Drive

+1 510 633 4377

Monday09:00 - 17:00
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Friday09:00 - 17:00

19990 Skywest Dr

+1 510 317 6319

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00

20519 Mission Blvd.

+1 510 317 6319

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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28001 Mission Blvd

+1 510 733 2771

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00

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8.0 Very good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Staff Alex was not pleasant at the Hayward Mission Blvd office, kinda rude and condescending. Didnt even show us the features of the van. it woukd hqve been better if they rented the actual car they advertise on their site.

6.4 Okay

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car drove well and was a gas saver.

Cons:

I was not allowed to drop the car off at a different location. It needs to be more clear that there is no option for that before it is purchased.

8.0 Very good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was extremely helpful though processing was slow.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very helpful and friendly. I am happy for choosing Hertz.

Cons:

Nothing

8.0 Very good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I like the location- very close and convenient.

Cons:

Waited too long. Felt like we were given the round around.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent service and friendly

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 4

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.4

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

5.7

5 locations in Hayward

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Locations in Hayward

1922 Republic Ave

+1 510 895 7900

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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20885 Mission Blvd

+1 510 481 9900

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25900 Mission Blvd

+1 510 537 4100

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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30319 Union City Blvd

+1 510 474 9742

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32083 Alvarado-niles Road

+1 510 429 6900

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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Outstanding customer service. They went over and above.

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I picked a Toyota rav 4 to reserve it online for only one way trip but when I got there in Hayward to pickup the Toyota RAV4 the lady said you are late & we cannot hold the vehicle after 1 hr of opening , so the lady offered 5 vehicles left to choose from , they are family vans & luxury cars , they are more money to rent , on the spot had to pay more to rent the vehicle. Picked up the van it was dirty . I paid $163. Just for one day rental plus refundable $200. For insurance. Quite expensive if I say wouldn’t u think . I asked if there was a discount, the lady said no . So is it my fault because I am an hour late to pick up the car? They did not mention in their website to pick-up on time and they will not hold the vehicle. Really, I had such a horrible experience with this company. I don’t recommend to anyone.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Make sure to let customers know what credit cards and banks are not accepted. I never was even able to pick up the car because they didn’t accept my bank card

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Guys were professional and quick, and the car was in a very good condition.

Cons:

The office was closing at 6 pm, so I had to run for pickup and speed for dropoff :) Though, to be fair, the ladies and gentlemen in the office were willing to stay a few minutes after.

8.0 Very good

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick-up, easy drop-off.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

I wanted a car at the Oakland airport. Instead they said I rented at Hayward not the airport. Then they told me they HD no car so out of luck. Sent me scrambling around to find car. Pathetic.

Cons:

No help at all.

1 out of 3

36 travelers who rented a car in Hayward gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations in or near Hayward

Good to know

Most popular agency

Fox

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in Hayward

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