Monterey car rentals

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Monterey, CA
Jun 23 — Jun 30
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Monterey, CA
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Monterey car rental information

Pick-up locationMonterey
Rental locations9
Airport locations8

Cheap car rentals in Monterey

$66/dayEconomy
$68/dayCompact
$70/dayIntermediate
$78/dayStandard
$78/dayFull-size
$114/dayFull-size SUV
$123/dayLuxury
$60/daySupplier choice
$113/dayIntermediate SUV
$123/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Monterey car rental reviews and directory

From $57/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (31 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Alamo
Locations in Monterey
200 Fred Kane Dr Ste 108+1 844 370 1084
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 24 2019
Pros: Everything was excellent, from booking the car online to the locations and staff, the vehicle too.Cons: Can’t think of anything.
10.0 ExcellentAug 12 2019
Cons: Nothing. Time spent getting my vehicle, and returning my vehicle, was much less than any other rental car company. I will be choosing Alamo for my rental car needs.
10.0 ExcellentJan 16 2019
Pros: Estoy muy contento con su atención al alquilar el carro
2.0 MediocreDec 30 2018
Cons: They rented out my car before I arrived. I never got a car.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 25 2017
Convenient, affordable, reliable ski trip SUVPros: Able to reserve the all-wheel drive, large-size SUV the day before I needed it and at a very good rate on kayak.com, far less than I expect to pay (40% less than several direct car rental websites). Vehicle was in excellent condition with only 8,000 miles on it. Ran beautifully from Monterey to Tahoe and back through some pretty rough storm conditions. Easy pick-up and return at the Monterey Regional Airport.Cons: There was nothing I didn't like about the rental car or the company, or the process of getting it online through kayak.com.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 13 2017
Great!Pros: Great price, great car, great experience.Cons: Nothing, all good!
4.8 OkayFeb 3 2017
Flat tire and no helpPros: The car was okCons: Car got a nail in the tire. When I called Alamo, they said they would charge us $65 to change the tire for the spare. Ok, fine. But they didn't have any replacement cars for us. So they wanted us to drive to a firestone, buy a new tire, and then hope to get reimbursed for it. We were on a work trip and a schedule. It was completely ridiculous and unhelpful. I couldn't believe that Alamo and Enterprise didn't have a single car to use for one day! Ended up getting the spare on ourselves. Driving it very slowly to our drop off place 40 min away and just leaving,
10.0 ExcellentDec 11 2016
Pros: Nice upgrade which we really appreciated when we got into LA traffic!
2.0 MediocreSep 26 2016
Did not have car availablePros: Nothing .terribleCons: No car was available had pay twice as much from another car company
10.0 ExcellentSep 12 2016
Pros: The car was very clean and nice. The service was helpful and fast.Cons: No complaints!
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From $49/dayRated #2
Budget
8.3 Excellent (73 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Budget
Locations in Monterey
200 Fred Kane Drive, Suite 105+1 831 373 1899
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
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2021
Pros: The person at the counter was super friendly, getting the car was easy.Cons: The car smelled like cigarettes.
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2021
Pros: I went through Kayak and ended with Priceline I wanted to change my itinerary and called Priceline who asked me to call Kayak that has no phone connection.Cons: Book directly through Budget
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2021
Pros: Easy process and great staff
6.0 GoodApr 10 2021
Pros: No, I tried to call their office various times the day before, and they put me on hold for a long time twice, then just hung up the 3rd try. After that it just went to corporate.Cons: The young man I encountered upon arrival was very brusque. Whipped thru the paperwork, and when I asked to confirm the quoted price, he said a price of $40 more. I asked why and he said it was because I was picking it up early (less than an hour difference, the flight was a bit early). He re-did it all to reflect the price I was quoted. Never had anything like that happen before.
2.0 MediocreMar 19 2021
Pros: Nothing! Didn’t even rent the vehicle!Cons: No where in the rental agreement did it say there would be a rental car deposit?!! Therefore I was not prepared with a credit card that could hold that amount of money!! Very disappointed!!
10.0 ExcellentNov 12 2020
Pros: Everything was excellent unbelievably great experienceCons: I guess they could have paid me to rent the car lol. Seriously it all was great
10.0 ExcellentJun 30 2020
Pros: The car was clean and ready to go upon arrival. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to work with them again.
10.0 ExcellentApr 2 2019
Pros: Staff in Monterey Airport was nice and friendly. Quick check in process.
5.6 OkayApr 1 2019
Cons: Usually the cars are not cleaned well, no windshield washer fluid
8.0 ExcellentFeb 12 2019
Cons: Do not like car turning off at every stop to save gas
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From $45/dayRated #3
Enterprise
7.8 Good (31 reviews)
3 locations in Monterey
Enterprise
Locations in Monterey
1178 Del Monte Ave+1 831 649 6300
Monday08:00 - 18:00
13:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
13:30 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
13:30 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
13:30 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
13:30 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1191 Echo Avenue+1 831 394 3333
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
200 Fred Kane Dr+1 831 242 2020
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 28 2020
Pros: Staff was super friendly and helpful. Little to no wait on the pick up. Quick Drop off and immediate shuttle service to terminal.
3.6 MediocreAug 30 2019
Pros: I rented an “Expedition or similar “. They delivered an Explorer and charged extra for the bigger car.
2.0 MediocreAug 5 2019
Pros: No cars in stock but they still let you make reservation on internet and waste so much time. Horrible. Totally unprofessional.
2.0 MediocreJul 23 2019
Pros: When I called Enterprise no car was available and I was put on waiting list. I live in a tourist area and you might have thought a car was avail. but on busy weekend that wasn't so. Very disappointing! Rent from them frequently by directly phoning no problem. Won't bother using Kayak in future.Cons: That you actually check to see if car avail. by phone or other than electronic.
9.2 ExcellentMar 11 2019
Cons: Arrange to be picked up at house to get car.
10.0 ExcellentJan 2 2019
Great servicePros: Learning the art of advanced booking helps. Even with the pressure of the holidays, the staff maintained professionalism and tried to help others when their cars ran out. Glad I reserved earlier. Awesome ride, they suggested an upgrade which really helped because what I initially reserved, would've been a miserable fit for my size. Good team work! BUT it's a small lot and I don't think there are any other rental places nearby other than the airport, so last minute renters might continue to face off with staff there unfortunately.Cons: Not sure when this started but have rental car places stopped caring about the outside of their cars? The inside was ok but the outside seemed it was wiped with a muddy rag. Other than that, nothing bad about this experience for me.
10.0 ExcellentDec 9 2018
CONVENIENTPros: No exorbitant airport fees and surcharges. This rental agency is about 3 miles from the Monterey Airport. Take a cab to the office and pick-up there.
7.2 GoodNov 8 2018
Cons: No information on where to drop off the ergo
2.0 MediocreOct 24 2018
Pros: Monterey enterprise staff are great! quick in and out. Car was pretty good for the trip.
2.0 MediocreSep 4 2018
TerriblePros: NACons: When I arrived to pickup the car, they just told me “there is no convertible car” They didn’t inform me prior by calling or email They ruined the wedding anniversary surprise
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From $42/dayRated #4
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
8.2 Excellent (29 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Hertz
Locations in Monterey
200 Fred Kane Ste 104+1 831 373 3318
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
  • 8.7
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 8.4
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 2 2021
Pros: Yes
2.0 MediocreDec 7 2020
Cons: Rental was for 08:00 am, but the car was not ready until 09:00. Was told they do not have the staff and he could not tell me when the car would be ready. Once the car was delivered, still had trash in the back from prior rental.
8.0 ExcellentOct 13 2020
Pros: The staff was great, the service was excellent - easy pick up and drop-off (and the woman staffing the desk remembered me three days later!). I found the entire experience to be easy and understandable (where to go, what to do, etc.) from beginning to end.Cons: The car wasn't all that great. It was safe, it was functional, and it was most definitely clean. However, I would have preferred something a little more comfortable and modern, even at my small-car/low-level need.
9.2 ExcellentSep 9 2020
Pros: easy pick-up and drop-offCons: cost was a bit high for the duration and distance I drove
10.0 ExcellentAug 10 2020
Pros: Yes very friendly and helpful.
8.8 ExcellentJul 22 2019
Pros: The staff was very friendly and helpful.Cons: I would truly appreciate if I could drop the car at my address within 5 miles of Monterey Airport.
6.4 GoodNov 12 2018
Very unhelpful staff at SFO.Pros: Car was fine.Cons: The staff at the drop off in San Fran were very rude and unhelpful.
8.0 ExcellentSep 6 2018
Pros: car was great and so was the service with hertzCons: we got hit in a parking lot by a car that never left a message for us at all . We are now trying to get through the claim process with Allianz Insurance and Hertz and it seems that it takes too long for all of this to get through
9.2 ExcellentJun 16 2017
Cons: Car roof to low. kept hit my head on inside of roof.
6.8 GoodMar 25 2017
Downgraded CarCons: I had reserved a Toyota 4Runner as I am considering buying this model. I was disappointed to find Hertz did not have one available and offered a Nissan Rouge as the substitute. This is a smaller less expensive car as compared to the 4Runner. Although i don't complain if I get upgraded, I don't like to be down graded for the same price.
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From $46/dayRated #5
Avis
8 Excellent (17 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Avis
Locations in Monterey
200 Fred Kane Drive, Suite 106+1 831 647 7140
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
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 13 2021
Pros: It was the fastest, easiest checkin at the counter I've ever experienced.
4.0 OkaySep 23 2019
Pros: Kayak
10.0 ExcellentOct 19 2017
Cons: MRY is a great office
5.2 OkayOct 31 2016
Cons: Rude front desk rep. But to be fair, she was your typical college student with an "whatever" attitude.
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Monterey
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Monterey
1933 Del Monte Blvd.
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Easirent
1 location in Monterey
Easirent
Locations in Monterey
Monterey Regional Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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From $65/day
National
1 location in Monterey
National
Locations in Monterey
200 Fred Kane Dr Ste 108+1 844 370 1083
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Monterey
Sunnycars
Locations in Monterey
Olmstead Road
Recent reviews
181 travelers who rented a car in Monterey gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car rental locations in or near Monterey

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$58/day

Good deal

$46/day

When to book a rental car in Monterey

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

Top tips for renting a car in Monterey

  • One of the wonderful aspects of visiting Monterey, California, is the beautiful scenery you get to enjoy while driving up and down the coast. If you are trying to decide whether to rent a car in Monterey, consider what you could miss if you don’t. Many of the popular sites and areas surrounding the city are much more available when you rent a car. Coastal drives, beaches, and tourist attractions can all be reached on your own schedule without having to rely on the fixed schedules of public transportation. Car rentals in Monterey can help you visit sites like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and the San Carlos Beach.
  • As you descend to the first floor of the Monterey Regional Airport, you will find the counters for car rental companies next to the baggage claim. These are conveniently located so visitors can pick up their bags and go straight to the counter of the rental company to check in. The Monterey Regional Airport houses major rental car companies like Avis, Enterprise, Alamo, and Hertz. The rental car lots are situated close to the terminal for easy loading and departure.
  • Visitors interested in Monterey car rentals should be aware that the city follows regular rush hour times. This means that during the hours of 6:30am to 9:30am and 4:30pm to 7:30pm, the roadways are typically quite congested. You will find busy roads around the beaches and along the coast. Del Monte Avenue, in particular, can get congested during rush hour times. Also, travelers should be aware of Highway 1. This famous coastal drive can be dangerous due to narrow roads and frequent stops by travelers to take pictures.
  • Monterey has pleasant weather all year round. If you experience a rain shower by chance, you should be careful to drive safely and slowly. Visitors should also watch out for added congestion on roads during the summer months due to the tourist season. While Monterey has an abundance of beautiful vistas and picture-worthy scenes, drivers should be careful not to disrupt traffic by stopping unexpectedly or pulling off to the side of the road without warning.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Monterey for $46 or less
  • Book your rental car in Monterey at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium rental cars in Monterey are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Monterey

  • Some car rental companies in Monterey which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise

  • On average a rental car in Monterey costs $58 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($66/day), Enterprise ($78/day) and Budget ($123/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 1178 Del Monte Ave 93940-2426 (1 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Monterey are Alamo (8.6, 76 reviews), Hertz (8.5, 79 reviews), and Budget (8.3, 76 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Monterey is $3.40 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $41 and $54, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Monterey.

  • 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 Monterey costs $51 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Monterey costs $63 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Monterey costs $53 per day, on average.

  • In Monterey, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 2049 Del Monte Blvd. (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Monterey costs $409 per week ($58 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Monterey costs $1,754 per month ($58 per day).

  • Trying to decide what type of car to get from car rentals in Monterey can be tricky. Smaller groups can be better served with a more compact vehicle. Some of the scenic drives have narrow, winding two-lane roads, which can be handled well by a sedan. These cars typically have good gas mileage and are handy during high-traffic times.

  • While in residential and other highly trafficked areas in the city, the speed limits will range from 20 to 40mph. However, as drivers venture out onto the faster speedways, interstates, and highways, the speed limit can range from around 55mph to 75mph. School zones and parks will have the lowest speed limits and drivers should be exceptionally vigilant in these populated areas due to an abundance of foot traffic.

  • Gas prices in Monterey are higher than the US national average. Drivers should expect to pay around $3.10 or more per gallon of fuel. The typical gas stations in Monterey are Safeway, Valero, Arco, Marathon, and 76. The Marathon gas stations seem to consistently have lower prices.

  • Monterey has over 30 parking garages. Visitors should expect to pay between approximately $1.75 and $2.25 an hour. Most garages have day passes for about $15 a day. Most beaches and other public destinations have parking nearby. The Cannery Row Parking Garage boasts over 1,000 spaces, making it likely that you’ll find a spot here. These parking facilities are scattered throughout the city for the convenience of locals and tourists. It may be worthwhile to check the size of the parking garage you plan to use as smaller garages will have limited availability.

  • 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!).