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San Mateo, CA
May 18 — May 25
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San Mateo car rental information

Pick-up locationSan Mateo
Rental locations2

Cheap car rentals in San Mateo

$55/dayCompact
$57/dayIntermediate
$59/dayStandard
$61/dayFull-size
$130/dayMinivan
$134/dayFull-size SUV
$125/dayPremium
$102/dayPickup truck
$150/dayPremium SUV
$65/dayCompact SUV
$66/dayIntermediate SUV
$86/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

San Mateo car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
State Van Rental
Best rated
9.1 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in San Mateo
State Van Rental
Locations in San Mateo
1288 Old Bayshore Hwy+1 888 315 6888
  • 9.6
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
8.4 ExcellentMay 13 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful.Cons: Closer to airport
10.0 ExcellentJan 20 2019
Pros: yes
From $37/dayRated #2
Enterprise
Most popular
9 Excellent (19 reviews)
3 locations in San Mateo
Enterprise
Locations in San Mateo
477 East Hillsdale Blvd+1 650 570 6677
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
778 Burlway Rd+1 650 344 6000
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
923a South Claremont+1 650 570 6677
Monday00:00 - 00:00
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Friday00:00 - 00:00
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  • 8.5
  • 9.2
  • 9.3
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  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 10 2020
Pros: Everything was about the experience was outstanding. Person who took care of me was very professional and very helpful. She did an outstanding job from getting the vehicle to returning the vehicle.Cons: Nothing could have been better. It was so easy to rent a car from Enterprise.
8.0 ExcellentDec 1 2020
Cons: Less pressure from sales
7.2 GoodMay 31 2020
Pros: Pick up was good. Drop off instructions after hours were not clear.Cons: Drop off instructions.
10.0 ExcellentJul 25 2019
Cons: All good! Nothing better.
8.0 ExcellentMar 26 2019
Pros: Night drop arrangement.Cons: All aspects good.
9.6 ExcellentOct 10 2018
Service as promisedPros: Lots of seats 15Cons: No luggage room
8.8 ExcellentJun 18 2017
van rental for campingPros: Van was plenty big for all our gear.. employee who took the van was very very nice and accomodating. we arrive to return aboiut 1 hour before they opened , he went a head and checked in our van, on his time. very nice. thanks.Cons: van was a bit dirty on the inside and especially the windshield. HOrrible rattle noise from the back end? Engine light came on. seats were uncomfortable after about 2 hours of driving. ,making a long trip un pleasant.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 3 2017
As advertisedPros: No surprises. Simple process to getting the car for one day on short notice.
10.0 ExcellentJan 19 2017
SmoothPros: Prompt service, starting with a phone call right after I booked the car, to let me know when the vehicle would be ready for me. Fun to drive the Dodge Charger R/T! Many thanks to Susan for the courtesy ride and for making it to my work shuttle on time. You're a great driver :).
8.0 ExcellentSep 21 2016
Car Rental FeedbackPros: Car was a great car for driving around california. Quite zippy and very easy to parallel park. When picking up car, I felt it was a bit dirty outside and inside. Looked like Car had been vacuumed but windows, dashboard and and steering wheel were dirty. A simple detail would solve the problem so the next client can be assured a clean driving rental vehicle. I would rent again from both Enterprise and Kayak website.
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From $32/dayRated #3
Hertz
8.2 Excellent (13 reviews)
2 locations in San Mateo
Hertz
Locations in San Mateo
1333 Old Bayshore Highway+1 650 579 7783
Monday07:30 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:30
Friday07:30 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
1815 Old Bayshore Hwy+1 650 342 8259
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
  • 9
  • 8.3
  • 7.8
  • 8
  • 8
Recent reviews
5.6 OkayAug 27 2019
Pros: The staff was quick but I’m disappointed that I left my rings in the cup holder and when I called an hour later I was told nothing had been left in the car. The rings aren’t even worth a lot of money - they have heavy sentimental value to me.Cons: Being able to trust the people who work at Hertz.
5.2 OkayMay 12 2019
Pros: The car was running.Cons: Hertz scheduled a rental car pick-up time for a time when the location was closed. When my wife checked to confirm the operating hours of the location, Hertz informed her that she would need to pay an additional $115 to change the pick-up location and refused to allow her to speak with a supervisor.
8.0 ExcellentMay 9 2019
Pros: The price was amazing, employees were friendly and the return process was quick and easy.Cons: Initial process took a while, only 1 person working the desk. I must have arrived at a busy time ... they took those returning cars over me, knowing I was waiting longer ....
10.0 ExcellentNov 8 2018
Pros: Everything went as planned. The Hertz location was fantastic. The price I was quoted was honored.
6.4 GoodMar 1 2018
Cons: Wait time. Changed office location from pick up to drop. I choose this location because it was close to train but new location where the drop off was added a lot of transportation time.
6.8 GoodDec 14 2017
All was well till I received the billPros: Car was nice clean and fueledCons: Place was difficult to fined, check in clerk made sure we know how she felt about the place. Then we received the bill, at some point without talking to us we were upgraded we only found out when they added $18.01 to our bill for the upgrade.
From $28/dayRated #4
NU Car
Cheapest deal
7 Good (14 reviews)
1 location in San Mateo
NU Car
Locations in San Mateo
1409 Rollins Rd+1 650 651 7145
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
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMar 15 2021
Cons: The shuttle was cumbersome.
10.0 ExcellentMar 14 2021
Pros: The Staff was Very Professional Patient and just overall cool. They Gave me Great Prices when I had to extend my Rental.Cons: The Deposit should be Only $200 for any Car or Truck as Long As your Card is on File.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 14 2021
Cons: The only downside was waiting 30 minutes for the shuttle to take you off site to office. It added additional time on trip, but overall they were very efficient and friendly.
2.0 MediocreJan 26 2021
Cons: Stayed open for regular business hours. Closing at 4 is ridiculous.
10.0 ExcellentJan 24 2021
Pros: Staff very friendly and helpful!Cons: Everything went well to customers satisfaction.
4.0 OkayDec 28 2020
Pros: Friendly staff.Cons: I returned the car 2 days early and did not get a partial refund! Also the customer service center representative was awful and not at all friendly.
4.0 OkayNov 3 2020
Pros: The staff was helpful, that being said I just received a claim form Las Vegas where I dropped of the car that I had damaged the car many weeks after returning it. I returned it in the same condition as when I rented it. I wouldn't recommend them because they seem to be poorly organized. The audacity to attempt to get me to pay for a windshield is astounding.Cons: Again the staff was fine, the returning of the car seemed to be very easy - That being said when returning the car the staff member just asked me to hand over the keys without doing a post vehicle check. If there is in fact damage to the windshield it would have to have happened after I drove it and I can not be held responsible.
8.8 ExcellentOct 31 2020
Pros: The price and the flexibility for drop off.Cons: Mixed messages from customer service and the first car I picked up was broken.
From $40/dayRated #5
Budget
6.6 Good (2 reviews)
1 location in San Mateo
Budget
Locations in San Mateo
1133 Chess Drive+1 650 287 2680
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
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Recent reviews
6.0 GoodApr 23 2018
Watch out for hidden feePros: Easy pick up and returnCons: Not the car I arranged for. There was a 14 dollar charge because I drove less than 75 miles. After I demanded they take it off they did. This is the dumbest thing I ever have see. A fee for driving to few miles when the rental was unlimited mileage. I am sure a lot of people just don't notice.
7.2 GoodAug 27 2016
Cons: I had to wait 10 min to talk with an employee The car was not clean (found a cup of coffee on the passenger seat) and other stuff Car was only 3 quarter full and therefore they did not allow me to buy the full fuel tank option This costed me 30 to 40 dollars in Sacramento.
From $40/dayRated #6
Avis
5.5 Okay (4 reviews)
1 location in San Mateo
Avis
Locations in San Mateo
1133 Chess Drive+1 650 287 2677
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
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
Recent reviews
Yesaway
1 location in San Mateo
Yesaway
Locations in San Mateo
1288 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA+1 650 466 6123
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
Recent reviews
57 travelers who rented a car in San Mateo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near San Mateo

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$44/day

Good deal

$34/day

When to book a rental car in San Mateo

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

Top tips for renting a car in San Mateo

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San Mateo for $34 or less
  • Book your rental car in San Mateo at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in San Mateo are around 49% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in San Mateo

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

  • On average a rental car in San Mateo costs $44 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise ($55/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 477 East Hillsdale Blvd 94403-2822 (2 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in San Mateo is $3.25 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $52, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San Mateo.

  • 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 Standard car rental in San Mateo costs $45 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in San Mateo costs $38 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in San Mateo costs $78 per day, on average.

  • In San Mateo, cars are most frequently rented at Fox 780 N Mcdonnell Road (6 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in San Mateo costs $311 per week ($44 per day).

  • On average a rental car in San Mateo costs $1,333 per month ($44 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!).