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Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto with a pick-up date of 6/28 and drop-off date of 7/6. 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 Palo Alto

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Economy$30/day
Compact$32/day
Intermediate$26/day
Standard$34/day
Full-size$36/day
Full-size SUV$43/day
Premium$35/day
Premium SUV$48/day
Intermediate SUV$36/day
Supplier choice$36/day
Standard SUV$47/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Palo Alto

  • Picking a vehicle from Palo Alto car rentals allows you to visit and navigate several attraction sites conveniently, such as Mountain View's Computer History Museum, where Hewlett Packard began, which is 6.8 miles from Palo Alto city center, and The Museum of American Heritage which is 5 miles from Palo Alto, the Junior Museum and Zoo which is located near Rinconada Park and Embarcadero Road is 5 miles from the town center. The Hiller Aviation Museum is within an easy driving distance of around 14 minutes. The journey time between Hillsdale Shopping Center and Palo Alto by car is around 11 miles, around 38 minutes.
  • You can enjoy family-friendly rental cars in Palo Alto that offer SUVs where you can have all the kids' gear, fuel-efficient sedans, and minivans with space for the furry friend. A convenient pick-up service is offered for your flexibility. Instead of taking inconvenient mass transit and pricey taxis around the city, your rental car from Palo Alto offers you comfort for your family. If you need enough space for your camping gear or a built-in DVD player for your kids, the rental company can arrange that and accommodate all your needs.
  • While Palo Alto has incredible transport infrastructure, you may not miss traffic buildups during annual festivals such as the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, which is held in July. It offers great food, beautiful paintings, and excellent concert music. Roads around the event may cause road closures causing traffic in the city. But with the help of the navigation system installed in your cheap car rentals in Palo Alto, you can find lesser congested roads and streets. To avoid jaywalkers be careful while driving.
  • Consider renting a car during your stay in Palo Alto to experience the convenience and flexibility of exploring the city and getting a feel of the culture, rather than dealing with expensive taxis or fixed routes using the public transportation system. There are a few airports near Palo Alto, with the closest one being around 13 miles away from the town center, which is a short drive for anyone who rents a car from one of the car rentals in Palo Alto. You can also choose to visit some of the popular tourist destinations near Palo Alto, such as Baylands Nature Reserve, which borders the San Francisco Bay, or the Pearsin-Arastradero Preserve, located south of the city opposite Interstate 280.
  • There are a few airports near Palo Alto, such as the San Jose (SJC) Airport, which conveniently has several Palo Alto car rentals on-site, such as Enterprise, Avis, Budget, and Hertz. The Rental Car Center is located across the street from Terminal B, and from Terminal A can be accessed via the bus shuttle which picks you up from baggage claim. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is approximately 18 miles away and has multiple car rental agencies on site as well, situated at the SFO Rental Car Center on the first and fourth floor. Off-airport agencies are served by free shuttle services, which stop at the south curb of the car rental center.
  • Like most busy cities, there are a few people who opt to not follow traffic rules. Drivers are warned to be cautious of jaywalkers who hop on busy roads without warning, as well as pedestrians and cyclists who don’t use their respective lanes. There are also a few cases of distracted driving. Visitors who opt for car rentals in Palo Alto are advised to consider getting vehicles that have built in GPS monitors to navigate through unacquainted roads.
  • The rush hour in Palo Alto city is not the worst, since it is a primarily residential area. In the morning when people are heading to work, rush hour starts at around 7am to 10am with people spending an average of around 45min on the road. It usually picks back up at around 3pm. Since the climate is mostly warm, there are usually no cases of weather-related accidents.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Palo Alto for $46 or less
  • Book your rental car in Palo Alto at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Palo Alto are around 49% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Palo Alto

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Palo Alto?

    Due to the congestion that can occur on the roads especially during rush hours, small compact vehicles are recommended for solo travelers or couples and are ideal for visiting local sights such as the Palo Alto Farmers Market. Large SUVs are recommended for larger groups of people and are more comfortable for visiting the outskirts of the city.

  • What’s the speed limit in Palo Alto?

    The speed limit at Palo Alto is set at 35mph on the general business district. Roads that connect local streets to heavy arterials usually known as collectors have a speed limit of 40mph. School zones operate with a speed limit of 25mph. Roads that have not been posted also have a set speed limit of 25mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Palo Alto?

    There are several options available in the city of Palo Alto. Free parking is provided for visitors and customers in the downtown area, with 2h free parking on surface lots and 3h free parking in parking garages except designated areas, effective between 8am to 5pm on weekends. Visitors can also purchase all-day parking permits which are valid in all off-street parking lots and garages but are not valid for on-street parking spots.

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

    On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $60 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 Palo Alto found in the last 2 weeks is $36.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Palo Alto?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($32/day), Thrifty ($33/day) and Hertz ($36/day).

  • How much is gas price in Palo Alto?

    The average gas price in Palo Alto is $3.74 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $45 and $60, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Palo Alto?

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

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

    Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Kyte, Sixt, Fox, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Avis and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • 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 Sixt, Fox, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Europcar.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Palo Alto?

    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 Palo Alto?

    A Mini car rental in Palo Alto costs $110 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Palo Alto?

    An Intermediate car rental in Palo Alto costs $57 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Palo Alto?

    A Compact car rental in Palo Alto costs $47 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $418 per week ($60 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $1,790 per month ($60 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Palo Alto?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Palo Alto?

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

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

    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 Palo Alto?

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

  • Is carpooling allowed in Palo Alto?

    You can lower your car rental cost by sharing your vehicle with a few friends in Palo Alto. The arrangements are flexible and mutually agreeable. The city allows carpooling during designated hours for three-plus people. The city encourages this act for its benefits, including environmental preservation and fuel conservation. For more on their regulations and standards regarding carpooling, you can inquire with the rental company.

  • Does Palo Alto have curbside rentals?

    For the protection of both customers and employees, there are cheap car rentals that are also curbside. Curbside rentals ensure and promote social distancing while avoiding foot traffic by getting you quickly on your journey. The car rentals also offer car delivery at your convenience.

Palo Alto car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

6.3

Best rated
Most popular

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.2

5 locations in Palo Alto

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Locations in Palo Alto

360 Oak Rd

+1 650 876 1866

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

360 Oak Road

+1 650 876 1866

Monday14:00 - 17:0009:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:0014:00 - 17:00
Wednesday14:00 - 17:0009:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:0014:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:0014:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00

625 El Camino Real

+1 650 617 0386

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:0013:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 12:0013:00 - 17:00

690 San Antonio Road

+1 650 493 0232

Monday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0007:30 - 11:30
Friday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:00

816 San Antonio Rd

+1 650 739 0370

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

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2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Staff member provided a vehicle that was a size smaller than what the reservation indicated, then lied about it when asked. I was eventually allowed to switch vehicles.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The rental cars office closes at 12pm. We booked a rental at 12pm, but no one told us we have to be there exactly on time or earlier. We got to the rental station a bit after 12. Everything was closed, we had to get a rental somewhere else for a ridiculous expensive last minute price. You should tell püeople that the rental car station in Los Altos closes at 12pm

5.2 Fair

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Staff at Hertz Palo Alto were quite unhelpful. Among other things, they failed to provide minimum docs needed for drop-off.

6.8 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The price

Cons:

I spoke to Hertz at 8am and 1pm to confirm my reservation and let them know I would be picking the car up close to 5pm, and a guy called me at 3pm to tell me they do not have a car for me. I was irate. He was very easy going and basically said 'sorry, my hands are tied and there is nothing we can do.' I made this reservation a week in advance, and paid in advance to be sure I would have a car. This was unacceptable. I eventually was put in touch with the manager at this location and he found me a vehicle (mid size SUV, not full size) that I was able to pick-up at 5pm. Mani was helpful and he did find a vehicle, but this should not have happened. Mani said that he asked the 3rd party rep to shut-off reservations a week in advance because they were not going to have enough cars. They had 70 reservations and only 40 cars available. That's 30 people who had their days ruined due to the overbooking

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Daniel was awesome. I didn’t realize this location closed early. When he going out I was going to be late he waited for me. The entire team at this location is 5 stars. They also found a larger and better car for. Will definitely rent again. Thanks again for an exceptional service.

5.6 Fair

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

When I arrived to pick up the car, the attendant wasn't there. I had to wait 30 minutes and reschedule a client because that wait. And it's not the fault of the Hertz employee either - he had to get a car washed because apparently he's in charge of nearly literally every job - he's the only person working in that branch.

1 out of 18

Budget

10.0

Wonderful

10 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Palo Alto

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Locations in Palo Alto

4230 El Camino Real

+1 650 424 0684

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
All good

9.2 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Service and car were great

Cons:

initial pick up was difficult with the hertz counter being so far and there was a long lineup which made out wait longer

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.7

Very good

19 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Palo Alto

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Locations in Palo Alto

360 Oak Rd

+1 650 843 4990

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

814 San Antonio Rd

+1 650 843 4990

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

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
ORDERED A 12 PASSENGER VAN FOR A GROUP OUTING, ORDERED CONFIRMED. AFTER SETTING EVERYTHING UP I GET A CALL THE NEXT DAY , SORRY WE DO NOT HAVE A VEHICLE FOR YOU, TAKE MY ORDER, CONFIRM MY ORDER, CANCEL MY ORDER "1 STAR"

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Not having to go to another store because the car they were suppose to have Waiting for me at their store Was not available

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick-up & drop-off were perfect! The site manager easily adjusted my pick-up time to match emerging changes in my travel plans.....and when one of our group developed a medical emergency which cancelled our trip outright, management re-did our One Way drop-off Weekly rate to become a 2 Day Local contract with no issues. The car was perfect and our travel would have been perfect as a result!

5.2 Fair

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I requested a more fuel-efficient sedan, but they only had an SUV left for me.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

From check-in, pick-up, and a personal drop off at our departure gate, the customer service was spectacular. I would definitely recommend this company.

Cons:

The rental car was a Jeep SUV and it was a horribly uncomfortable gas guzzler. I would definitely not recommend this car.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

I don't have any problems with other enterprise but just this enterprise

Cons:

this enterprise just treat customer so cruel because they cancelled the customer reservation without any contact until we came to their office the 2 days before pick up day and they said our reservation been cancelled, with the reason that they called us (only 1 time without leaving any messages ) but we don't pick up phone. How about my email? Why don't they send us an email to confirmed? If this is the way enterprise serve customer then .... nothing to discuss. Thank you.

1 out of 3

Avis

6.4

One location in Palo Alto

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Locations in Palo Alto

4230 El Camino Real

+1 650 493 8888

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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8.4 Very good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

We arrived after the Business had closed down (5 to 10 minutes) and the manager reopened the business to facilitate our rental.

1 out of 1

Dollar

6.1

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Palo Alto

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816 San Antonio Road

+1 650 739 0370

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

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Thrifty

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

Cheapest deal

One location in Palo Alto

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Locations in Palo Alto

816 San Antonio Road

+1 650 739 0370

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

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130 travelers who rented a car in Palo Alto gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

Car rental locations in or near Palo Alto

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$60/day

Good deal

$46/day

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