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Oakland car rentals

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Oakland, CA
Jun 1 — Jun 8
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Oakland, CA
Wed 6/1
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Wed 6/8
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Cheap car rentals in Oakland

Economy$39/day
Compact$39/day
Intermediate$42/day
Standard$41/day
Full-size$41/day
Minivan$54/day
Full-size SUV$59/day
Luxury$51/day
Supplier choice$37/day
Standard SUV$50/day
Intermediate SUV$51/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Oakland car rental reviews and directory

From $87/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (152 reviews)
5 locations in Oakland
Enterprise
Locations in Oakland
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 2 2021
Everything was great. The folks that checked us in and went over the car were super polite and helpful at pickup. Dropoff was seamless and fast. Great experience!
8.4 ExcellentOct 25 2020
Drop off very quick and easy.No traveller's info transfered to the rental so we had to wait while they entered it all manually. Total cost was 31% higher than the estimate.
4.4 OkaySep 21 2020
Took over an hour to get the car.
2.0 MediocreSep 2 2020
Got a text minutes before my reserved pick-up time telling me that it was cancelled. Called them up, and they shrugged it off.
2.0 MediocreAug 23 2020
The canceled via text an hour before pickup.
2.0 MediocreAug 4 2020
They cancelled my reservation by text five minutes before it was to begin. Apparently car availability isnt reflected in the online listings accurately
10.0 ExcellentDec 31 2019
The team over there is great, in and out fast, and adding the after hours checkout is a “nice to see” recent upgrade.
10.0 ExcellentAug 2 2019
Nothing, they’re great!
4.4 OkayJun 12 2019
The staff was very courteous.The car class I ordered was not available and nothing even close was on the lot. The car they gave me was dirty and I had to wait while they cleaned it. It was delivered to me with a broken seat adjustment knob and with only a half tank of gas.
7.6 GoodSep 11 2018
When Expedia cancelled my reservation, enterprise/ kayak filled in the gap!
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From $71/dayRated #2
Hertz
7.6 Good (302 reviews)
3 locations in Oakland
Hertz
Locations in Oakland
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 20 2022
Great service, great care b the hertz station
8.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
Pick up was easy and had a great car for my trip. How to drop the car off at LAX Marriott was confusing. There were no directions and no signage.
8.0 ExcellentMar 23 2022
Easy booking, easy drop-off, very nice/clean car, wonderful woman at exit to check you out. Horrible customer service upon pick-up at Hertz but she was the only negative part of the whole experience.
8.0 ExcellentMar 12 2022
Pickup location closed. Second location rental $350 ore expensive
8.0 ExcellentMar 3 2022
I got a better deal than with other rentacar vendors. Hertz, who used to be a pricey and snooty car rental agency, gave me a better deal than I could get with Dollar, Budget, Thrifty, etc.
10.0 ExcellentJan 29 2022
Friendly staff. Easy pick up and drop off.
8.0 ExcellentJan 18 2022
Glad to have upgrade. However, the Ford Focus should not have been used as the model car for compact. Front desk said they no longer have that model and that was basically false advertising.
2.0 MediocreJan 13 2022
We booked for 12pm pickup and showed up at 12pm. They close at 12pm on Saturday. We were not able to get the car. Called Hertz and they said it was our fault for not checking the hours. Hours were not listed in the booking confirmation.
10.0 ExcellentJan 6 2022
Car was clean & in good condition. Excellent communication from everyone especially the manager Tess & the lady who checked us out at the gate, they could not have been friendlier or more helpful. One exception of when picking up the young lady did not seem to know we were covered for insurance & presented us with a bill for $99 she said which was for an extra day, we were not taking an extra day which was clearly stated on our rental voucher (which she did not want to see) I questioned the amount to be charged & this was amended immediately. Overall would definitely use this service again.
4.0 OkayDec 8 2021
Rental in Oakland: Choice of cars was rather poor, seems to be related to the Corona Crisis though. No information about upgrades. No GPS available. Staff was very friendly but was apparently not trained to understand international travellers‘ needs and questiones who havn‘t had a lot of experience on the US car rental market. I tried out a competitor before, which worked much better.
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From $80/dayRated #3
Thrifty
7.2 Good (188 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
Thrifty
Locations in Oakland
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 21 2022
Our check in was awful. We had a 9am pickup time and at 9:45 they said it was be another 45 minutes. Then they up-charged us for a smaller vehicle that was ready and we couldn’t wait because we were traveling with small children that needed to get home for naps.
6.0 GoodMay 9 2022
Thrifty counter was unmanned and had to use Hertz counter to be served. Waited for an hour to get a car. Staff was surly. However we ended up with a car a couple grades above compact. Clean good running car that still got 40+mpg. Dropped car off at LAX, so I can’t speak to the drop off experience in Oakland, but it was very straightforward. Drive up, park, and walk away. Zero interaction with people whatsoever. That could be good or bad, depending on your preference.
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2022
Needed to wait more than I expected
10.0 ExcellentNov 15 2021
Had no problems at all with this rental. From the time the reservation was made to the time the car was dropped off. Extremely easy from pick up & drop-off. Seamless process. The car was ready, clean when picked up, and ready to go. And the value for money was excellent. I shopped directly with several major brands (Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc.) and this was by far the cheapest price.
2.0 MediocreNov 13 2021
Ridiculous wait times at pick up. Ended up having to cancel and get a car from another provider
2.0 MediocreNov 12 2021
The service that I encountered during pick-up was most likely the worst I had ever to endure. The Thrifty counter at OAK was closed and customers redirected to the Hertz section. At Hertz we saw two lines -- one for Hertz, the other for Thrifty/Dollar. The line on the Hertz section consisted of 2 people, the other line of 40!! Suddenly, the person assigned to book in Thrifty customers went for lunch (at 10am)!! We were waiting for over 2 hours. When we finally got the car and were leaving the parking lot, only one window was open, the lady at the gate completely incapable of dealing with all the cars, so it took us again 30 minutes to leave the lot. It should be embarrassing to an established rental car company as Thrifty to treat customers so badly. I hope you find a way to ask us for forgiveness. Best wishes, Vsevolod RAHR
1.9 HorribleSep 30 2021
Understaffing resulted in unacceptably long waits at the counter and for the car.
5.9 OkaySep 15 2021
The wait to pick car up at San Francisco Airport was just under two hours-terrible!!! Everything else was very good!!! Drop off in Vegas excellent.
1.9 HorribleAug 21 2021
The pickup was a complete disaster. Had the car reserved for 10am and the car was not ready until 3pm. Wasted an entire afternoon of my vacation.
1.9 HorribleAug 14 2021
Waited 45min in the Hertz line after searching 30min for a Thrifty Rep. Then told they have my reserves rental car away so I could wait an hour and maybe get one. The extended time made me get deeper into rush hour traffic. I was told there were 3 others waiting doe cars. Heard managers laugh Ian’s having a good time in the back room while we waited in line which made it feel like they could have come up to help. Ended up getting a Lyft and just reminded me of why it’s been 10yrs since I rented a car.
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From $86/dayRated #4
Budget
7.1 Good (213 reviews)
2 locations in Oakland
Budget
Locations in Oakland
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2022
I lost my Backpack and Alice the Rep. went out of her way to try and find it. She even was going to extend my "rental time" so I could go back and try and find it. Thank you ALICE. !
6.0 GoodMay 17 2022
extremely long wait to pick up the vehicle
10.0 ExcellentMay 3 2022
The car that they originally assigned to me at the Oakland Airport location turned out to be dead - would not start. For some reason, the electrical system was not functioning. The woman attendant at the Budget lot resolved the problem immediately and provided me with a new SUV that was excellent. She was very friendly and efficient. I wish I had gotten her name so that I could acknowledge her professionalism by name. Budget has a great employee there! The car was wonderful, and the folks at the Tucson airport were very efficient and friendly too.
10.0 ExcellentApr 27 2022
The pick up and drop off were easy and the car was great!! Thank you!
2.0 MediocreMar 26 2022
Took an hour to get the car at pickup. One agent on duty for 40 customers. Reserved a hybrid but was given a Kia Soul. With gas prices what they are in California it had a big impact on my budget. I chose Budget specifically for the hybrid.
4.0 OkayMar 20 2022
The poor woman who tried to give me the car was very nice, but it took 40 minutes. She had tons of computer problems. Who has that kind of time to wait for a $400 24 hr van rental?
6.0 GoodMar 20 2022
Car broke down, they could only replace the car with a truck.
10.0 ExcellentMar 17 2022
Quick service
10.0 ExcellentFeb 28 2022
Thes nest expeience
6.0 GoodFeb 20 2022
Counter staff were great, car wasnt very clean (smelled like a dog and had dog nose prints on the passenger window). Location is pretty bad at OAK, cant get there by Bart, airport tram or regular city bus only by rental car specific shuttle bus. Cost was very high! I didn't plan far enough ahead to get good pricing.
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From $104/dayRated #5
Payless
6.7 Good (217 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
Payless
Locations in Oakland
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 23 2022
All good except the line at the Oakland Airport is too long. The whole Avis, Budget, Payless section was run by 3 people and there were at least 25 people in line most of the time. I had to wait close to 45 min to get to the counter. Once there, very quick and efficient.
6.0 GoodMay 16 2022
Pickup was the worst I've experienced. 1:30h to pickup the car, that was reserved already.
10.0 ExcellentMar 6 2022
All good—agent and car
2.0 MediocreFeb 16 2022
Lied about policy until I showed up and got denied what was scheduled
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2021
Kayak was trash. Couldn’t get a car phone call wasn’t answered. Trash trash trash
6.0 GoodDec 28 2021
Good price/quality. But the pickup staff was extremely grumpy and not listening to any requests
3.9 MediocreAug 6 2021
I sat in the pickup line for an hour. I wasn't expecting it to be that long
4.0 OkayJun 21 2021
Picking up rental car should not take 1.5 hours after arriving at rental center. Very dissapointed that I had to waste my time waiting to get a car, on my very limited Father's Day weekend.
10.0 ExcellentMay 16 2021
Very easy to drop offI booked through a 3rd party and they accepted my reservation but when I arrived they said they were sold out for a few days. They were able to help me but stressed me out about it first. 3rd party should know exact inventory to prevent this.
2.0 MediocreMay 13 2021
Bad service didn't know I had to have a ticket
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From $60/dayRated #6
Fox
Most popular
5.7 Okay (361 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
Fox
Locations in Oakland
  • 5.9
  • 6.1
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMay 2 2022
The car was great, no complaints. And the lady at the pick up counter went out of her way to make sure everything was right- kudo's to her. My one issue was when I called to ask about shuttles returning to the airport from the Car Rental Center about a mile and a half away. We had an early flight (5:40 am) and I was told the shuttle didn't start until 6:00 am. This didn't seem logical, I couldn't see you doing that to your customers, but he insisted. That means I could drop off the car and put the key in the drop box, but have no way to get to the airport in time for my flight without taking a taxi, Uber, or Lyft??? I suppose I could walk it through Oakland, CA at night, with one of the highest crime rates in the country. I wouldn't look like a target at all to the gang bangers in my cowboy hat and boots, dragging a suitcase, with my wife and daughter trailing behind dragging theirs... I'm sure we'd blend right in. Thankfully, he was wrong- the shuttle did run as logic would dictate. But he had me in panic mode scrambling for options. May I suggest updated training and reference materials. I was ready to blackball Fox Rentals from all my future business and personal travel.
6.0 GoodApr 24 2022
Customer service at the desk leaves a lot to be desired. The people in the lot however were really nice
6.0 GoodApr 16 2022
No cumplieron con lo que ofrecieron, un sub estándar y me querían entregar un sub pequeño, para hacer el cambio tuve que pagar más, pero en su publicidad eran claros en decir que el precio que yo estaba pagando esta por un sub grande, luego fui clara en pedir un gps y la persona me dijo que si, tuvimos que regresar tres veces a la oficina, primero porque no correspondía el suyo, segundo porque no tenia gps, y tercero porque no estaba el gos donde nos indicaron, nos demoraron mucho. No nos gusto el servicio ya que no fue lo publicitado.
10.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
No frills. Smaller line than other agencies. Cheaper cost. Good experience
4.0 OkayMar 31 2022
Really old cars with high miles
2.0 MediocreMar 2 2022
Going/checking in and out was a speedy process. The rental car was ready as expected. Unfortunately though, there were too many hidden fees like insurance and prepaid gas fees that were never mentioned and not explained thoroughly! On the kayak, the final price was $110 for 2 day rental. But in reality, FOX charged me $250! What a shame to charge me that much. I’m never going back to use FOX ever!
2.0 MediocreFeb 5 2022
Absolutely terrible customer service. Car smelled like mildew on pickup. Drove with windows down first 2 days to air it out. Then left house keys attached to rental keys in drop box on return. No one answers phone no call backs took a week to get a hold of anyone. Still no call, no email. No follow up whatsoever. I even offered for a friend to to pick keys up. Their response, we will put your info in and contact you if found. Will not be using fox again.
4.0 OkayJan 31 2022
The car was pretty old and banged up. They also tried to charge me another $10 because I arrived an hour late to pick it up even though it was prepaid in full. Lame
2.0 MediocreDec 20 2021
Useless, uncompromising, and apathetic. Never seen so many gotchas in one attempt to just rent a car. Fortunately, the agencies around them were more accomodating.
8.0 ExcellentDec 15 2021
The drop off was quick and easy, and the woman who helped me was wonderful.
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From $82/dayRated #7
Alamo
8.9 Excellent (82 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
Alamo
Locations in Oakland
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
7.6 GoodJul 2 2017
When we picked up our car, fortunately before we left the lot, we noticed that we had been given a car with an almost flat tire. Alamo quickly put us in another car, but it wasn't until after we left the lot that we realized we were given a car without a full tank of gas. This location doesn't seem to pay attention to details.
10.0 ExcellentJun 21 2017
Nice car.We were upgraded automatically. We wanted a car that got good mileage and car got 30 miles to a gallon but it used premium. We were in California so it got expensive.
9.6 ExcellentApr 23 2017
Good Price, Good Service, and No Complaints!See the headline.Wish it had GPS, but had our own.
8.0 ExcellentApr 18 2017
The check in and check out was very efficient. Very friendly staff.
7.6 GoodApr 17 2017
Clean carMiscommunication with the local office and remote information staff. I was told there would be no fee for dropping off the car an hour late but instead I was charged an extra hour plus a day official insurance fee and the excuse was that the 1-800 help line does not always have information reflective of each rental site's policy, which should not be the case! What's the point of getting misguided info?
9.2 ExcellentApr 9 2017
Jeep suv
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2017
No problems what-so-ever. Reservation was easy, pick up was easy, drop off was easy
2.0 MediocreMar 30 2017
Rude , IgnoranceI loved loosing $80 and being hung up on ! Just what I should've expected yeah ? You should expect the "Alamo" service and treatment if you call them.They were so rude I canceled my reservation And , I was unable to get my $80 worth of insurance back so that was a big waste so rudeness and cost me $80 ..... y'all run right over there.
8.8 ExcellentMar 28 2017
New clean carDesk representative tried to push insurance coverage myltuple times even when I repeatedly said I had primary coverage on my CC. Finally desisted.
5.6 OkayMar 27 2017
4 wheel drive scamI paid extra for an SUV just so I could have 4 wheel drive. We didn't need a car that big, just needed the 4WD for the mountains. We went to pick up the car and were told that all of their SUV's were 2 wheel drive unless you paid extra- like $190 extra. That is more than the cost of my rental to begin with! I didn't even realize you could purchase SUV's without 4WD. Such a scam.
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From $60/dayRated #8
Avis
Cheapest deal
7.5 Good (49 reviews)
2 locations in Oakland
Avis
Locations in Oakland
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleJul 11 2021
They tried to give a old van in horrible shape Then they said I didn’t return the van and started charging 1000 per day Scary
2.0 MediocreMay 6 2021
The drop-off representative was very helpful and understanding of the issues we faced with our car rental.The car had no windshield wiper fluid and no UBS ports so we couldn't charge our phones and have the benefit of a nav system.
2.0 MediocreApr 5 2021
I picked my car on Friday 4/2/2021 and sropped off the same day at a dfferent location. On Monday, I received an email that I was a no-show for my rental pick upi and that a charge of $50 will be applied to my credit card. I tried to call but the cale was disconnected twice and after that there was a problem wtih a website. Absolutely a dishonest service! I am shocked!
8.0 ExcellentApr 3 2021
Staff was very helpful if not overly courteous. Convenient location and acceptable price.
2.0 MediocreMar 23 2021
I could have been told about their policy of requiring a flight number to book
10.0 ExcellentNov 2 2020
Staff is incredibly helpful, friendly and efficient with check-out and check-in.
9.2 ExcellentJul 24 2020
Drop off staff in Modesto was really nice.Car rental companies consistently want to up sell, and push their own insurance.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 17 2020
The price that was quoted on Kayak was $10 lower than what Avis charged me. Avis couldn’t tell me why the final price was higher.
5.6 OkaySep 2 2018
Clean car
4.0 OkayMay 28 2018
Car smelled like smokeApple CarPlay in the vehicleThe car smelled terrible. When I told them upon check in, they didn’t care
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From $64/dayRated #9
Dollar
7.4 Good (53 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
Dollar
Locations in Oakland
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 18 2017
Once again...Hertz group disappointsNever again.
8.0 ExcellentMay 29 2017
It took way too long to pick-up the car however the clerk was terrific!
7.6 GoodMay 25 2017
Oakland Airport Pick Up Is a Nightmare!Great car! Great drop-off!Waited over 15 minutes in line. Only 1 person working. Hard sell on liability insurance and coverage!
6.0 GoodApr 27 2017
Customer service in Oakland was awful. Not only did we have to wait for a car after our reserved pick up time, the representative did not process our paperwork and then overcharged us. Terrible experience.
2.0 MediocreApr 16 2017
We did not rent it. And won't in the future
8.8 ExcellentMar 26 2017
Choosing the carI like the way you can walk into the parking lot and pick your own carWhen I walked into the parking lot there were not enough American cars there is always a shortage of American cars this is an American company should have more American cars then crappy Asian cars
2.0 MediocreMar 18 2017
Hidden Fees and ConditionsThe customer service representative. Very kind and helped me explore others means to get home.The require $300 they needed to have me put down to get the car. Struggling student salary....
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2017
Impressed by the service level at Dollar!The woman assisting me at check in was efficient, friendly and helpful. I've never tried Dollar before but I would definitely recommend them.
9.6 ExcellentMar 13 2017
Smooth tripVery easy to make my reservation online (and cheaper this way), easy check in, no hidden "fine print," easy and convenient dropoff.I tried calling to get more information before I made my online reservation, and they did not answer the phone. I was on hold for over 10 minutes and had to call back several times before I spoke with a representative.
8.8 ExcellentMar 8 2017
Poor shocks on front end made for a bumpy ride at times.
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From $116/dayRated #10
National
10 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Oakland
National
Locations in Oakland
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 17 2017
Good experienceEasy interface on line to find, reserve vehicle. Received confirmation promptly. When picking up vehicle at National, rep was pleasant, helpful and reservation was in the system with no hassles. Dropping off I got 2 thank yous from staff as I was walking inside.When picking up the insurance offered was much higher than when it was offered online. I should have got it then??
10.0 ExcellentSep 29 2016
Ease of rental....started the process on line. Very helpful and courteous staff at the Oakland Airport site (I believe Christina may have been working at the counter).Cannot think of a thing.
From $234/day
Airport Van
1 location in Oakland
Airport Van
Locations in Oakland
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Easirent
1 location in Oakland
Easirent
Locations in Oakland
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From $80/day
Europcar
1 location in Oakland
Europcar
Locations in Oakland
Recent reviews
Flight Car
1 location in Oakland
Flight Car
Locations in Oakland
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in Oakland
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in Oakland
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Its Rent a Car
1 location in Oakland
Its Rent a Car
Locations in Oakland
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Rhodium
1 location in Oakland
Rhodium
Locations in Oakland
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Sunnycars
1 location in Oakland
Sunnycars
Locations in Oakland
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From $98/day
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Oakland
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in Oakland
Recent reviews
1619 travelers who rented a car in Oakland gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

Car rental locations in or near Oakland

Good to know

Most popular agency

Fox

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$85/day

Good deal

$65/day

When to book a rental car in Oakland

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Top tips for renting a car in Oakland

  • Oakland is an eclectic city full of alternative arts and diverse food culture, with hidden gems sprawled across the city. Whether you are planning on attending an Oakland Athletics ballgame or checking out the long list of art museums in town, renting a car will give you the opportunity to make the most of your time here. Your rental car will also let you explore the Californian wilderness in the Anthony Chabot Regional Park or venture across the bay to the bright lights and bustling metropolis of San Francisco.
  • The Oakland International Airport is located only 10 miles south of downtown and has major car rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise. Once you have viewed the best deals with KAYAK and have chosen your preferred company, pick-up at the airport is simple. Shuttle buses leave every 10 minutes from outside Terminal 2 and will take you directly to the airport’s Rental Car Center.
  • Be mindful that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a tollway when driving westbound to San Francisco, so, if you are planning on including this in your driving route, be sure to check the conditions of your rental agreement. There is a large number of one-way streets throughout Oakland, so it is best to use a navigational GPS to preplan your drive before taking off.
  • Rush hour traffic can be troublesome during the peak commuter periods as workers travel between the nearby cities of Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. The morning rush is most evident between 6:30 am and 9 am, while in the evening it is best to avoid driving between 5 pm and 8 pm if possible. The I-80 encompasses the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and continues further north past Berkeley, so it is recommended to redirect away from this major thoroughfare during rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Oakland for $65 or less
  • Book your rental car in Oakland at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Oakland are around -17% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Oakland