Palo Alto car rentals

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Palo Alto, CA
Mar 4 — Mar 11
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Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto car rental information

Pick-up locationPalo Alto
Car typesCompact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations6
Popular agenciesAvis, Budget, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Palo Alto

$20/dayEconomy
$20/dayCompact
$20/dayIntermediate
$20/dayStandard
$24/dayFull-size
$41/dayMinivan
$36/dayPremium
$38/dayLuxury
$71/dayConvertible
$24/daySupplier choice
$29/dayIntermediate SUV
$46/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Palo Alto car rental reviews and directory

From $30/dayRated #1
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
Best rated
7.4 Good (104 reviews)
4 locations in Palo Alto
Hertz
Locations in Palo Alto
1901 El Camino Real+1 650 623 0179
Monday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Friday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
675 El Camino Real+1 650 617 0386
Monday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 12:00
Friday13:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00
690 San Antonio Road+1 650 493 0232
Monday07:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 17:00
816 San Antonio Rd+1 650 739 0370
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.7
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  • 7.3
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  • 7.2
Recent reviews
9.6 ExcellentOct 25 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful
5.2 OkayOct 25 2020
Cons: Staff at Hertz Palo Alto were quite unhelpful. Among other things, they failed to provide minimum docs needed for drop-off.
6.8 GoodSep 9 2020
Pros: The priceCons: 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 ExcellentJul 30 2020
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 OkayMar 17 2020
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.
2.0 MediocreNov 7 2019
Pros: I had to rebook as Hertz wouldn't honor my reservation through Kayak. Now I'm trying to find out how to get a refund.
9.2 ExcellentSep 22 2019
Pros: CarPlay integration with my iPhone. High seat position.Cons: loud windnoice when driving at 70 mph
8.0 ExcellentJun 24 2019
Pros: Staff was excellent!Cons: The online information given about payoff was not accurate - there was a $200 security deposit that I was not aware of as well as a $29 underage fee - I was only notified that there would be some fee, but not to that amount, so having the actual fee would be much more clarifying.
7.6 GoodMar 1 2019
Pros: Very helpful staffCons: Flexible return
7.2 GoodMar 1 2019
Cons: Prices of insurance
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From $37/dayRated #2
Avis
9.2 Excellent (2 reviews)
2 locations in Palo Alto
Avis
Locations in Palo Alto
2452 Old Middlefield Way+1 650 969 2968
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
4230 El Camino Real+1 650 493 8888
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
  • 9
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  • 9
Recent reviews
8.4 ExcellentSep 23 2016
Pick up support was outstandingPros: We arrived after the Business had closed down (5 to 10 minutes) and the manager reopened the business to facilitate our rental.
From $36/dayRated #3
Budget
8.9 Excellent (16 reviews)
2 locations in Palo Alto
Budget
Locations in Palo Alto
2452 Old Middlefield Way+1 650 969 3730
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
4230 El Camino Real+1 650 424 0684
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
7.2 GoodDec 31 2016
Pros: the car was a great size for our trip to the snow.Cons: there was not owner's manual in the glove box, and the tires were a little on the low side.
9.2 ExcellentNov 9 2016
Great car, great service, pick up was difficultPros: Service and car were greatCons: initial pick up was difficult with the hertz counter being so far and there was a long lineup which made out wait longer
2.0 MediocreSep 1 2016
Mountainview Office is Far From SJC AirportPros: I booked a car on Kayak for my trip to San Jose, not knowing that Mountain View is far from the airport.Cons: There is no shuttle, or ride offered, from the San Jose Airport to the Budget Office in MV. When I called them they were unfriendly and unhelpful.
From $37/dayRated #4
Enterprise
7.9 Good (13 reviews)
2 locations in Palo Alto
Enterprise
Locations in Palo Alto
360 Oak Rd+1 650 843 4990
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
814 San Antonio Rd+1 650 843 4990
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
  • 8.7
  • 8
  • 7.6
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  • 7.6
Recent reviews
9.6 ExcellentAug 5 2020
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 ExcellentJul 13 2020
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 OkayOct 30 2018
They didn't have the type of car I'd asked forCons: I requested a more fuel-efficient sedan, but they only had an SUV left for me.
6.0 GoodJan 2 2017
Great service, crappy carPros: 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 MediocreDec 28 2016
Pros: I don't have any problems with other enterprise but just this enterpriseCons: 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.
135 travelers who rented a car in Palo Alto gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car rental locations in or near Palo Alto

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$42/day

Good deal

$32/day

When to book a rental car in Palo Alto

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

Top tips for renting a car in Palo Alto

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Palo Alto for $32 or less
  • Book your rental car in Palo Alto at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Palo Alto are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Palo Alto

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

  • On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $42 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($20/day), Avis ($24/day) and Enterprise ($24/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 4230 El Camino Real 94306 (3 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Palo Alto is Hertz (7.3, 105 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Palo Alto is $2.84 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $34 and $45, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Palo Alto.

  • 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 Palo Alto costs $37 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Palo Alto costs $46 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Palo Alto costs $48 per day, on average.

  • In Palo Alto, cars are most frequently rented at Fox 780 N Mcdonnell Road (19 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $294 per week ($42 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Palo Alto costs $1,260 per month ($42 per day).

  • 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!).