San Mateo car rentals

San Mateo car rentals

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San Mateo, CA
Aug 18 — Aug 25
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San Mateo, CA
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Thu 8/25
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Cheap car rentals in San Mateo

Compact$57/day
Intermediate$63/day
Standard$62/day
Full-size$63/day
Premium$73/day
Luxury$80/day
Convertible$105/day
Pickup truck$76/day
Compact SUV$70/day
Intermediate SUV$74/day
Standard SUV$91/day
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San Mateo car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise

6.6

Best rated
Most popular

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

5.3

3 locations in San Mateo

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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
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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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
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923a South Claremont

+1 650 570 6677

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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10.0 Excellent

Dec 2020

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Less pressure from sales

7.2 Good

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was good. Drop off instructions after hours were not clear.

Cons:

Drop off instructions.

10.0 Excellent

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

All good! Nothing better.

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Night drop arrangement.

Cons:

All aspects good.

9.6 Excellent

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Lots of seats 15

Cons:

No luggage room

1 out of 4

NU Car

5.6

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.4

Value for money

5.9

One location in San Mateo

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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
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8.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The shuttle was cumbersome.

10.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Feb 2021

KAYAK

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 Mediocre

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Stayed open for regular business hours. Closing at 4 is ridiculous.

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very friendly and helpful!

Cons:

Everything went well to customers satisfaction.

4.0 Okay

Dec 2021

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 5

Hertz

4.0

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

4.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

4.0

2 locations in San Mateo

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1333 Old Bayshore Highway

+1 650 579 7783

Monday13:00 - 16:3007:30 - 12:00
Tuesday07:30 - 12:0013:00 - 16:30
Wednesday13:00 - 16:3007:30 - 12:00
Thursday07:30 - 12:0013:00 - 16:30
Friday13:00 - 16:3007:30 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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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
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5.6 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

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 Okay

May 2019

KAYAK

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 Excellent

May 2019

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything went as planned. The Hertz location was fantastic. The price I was quoted was honored.

6.4 Good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

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 Good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was nice clean and fueled

Cons:

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.

1 out of 3

Budget

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in San Mateo

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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
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6.0 Good

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and return

Cons:

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 Good

Aug 2016

KAYAK

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.

6.0 Good

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and return

Cons:

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 Good

Aug 2016

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 1

State Van Rental

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in San Mateo

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1288 Old Bayshore Hwy

+1 888 315 6888

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8.4 Excellent

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Closer to airport

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

yes

8.4 Excellent

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Closer to airport

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

yes

1 out of 1

Avis

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in San Mateo

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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
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Elita Rent A Car

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in San Mateo

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San Francisco Airport International SFO

+1 650 343 3052

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69 travelers who rented a car in San Mateo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.7

Car rental locations in or near San Mateo

Good to know

Most popular agency

Fox

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$82/day

Good deal

$64/day

When to book a rental car in San Mateo

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Top tips for renting a car in San Mateo

  • There are multiple reasons as to why you should consider renting a car in one of the car rentals in San Mateo, such as maximum flexibility when exploring the city, as well as providing an ideal atmosphere for tourists who want to get a feel of the culture. There are a few major airports located not far from San Mateo, such as Oakland International Airport (OAK), which is around 12.4 miles away, and the San Jose International Airport (SJC), approximately 25.8 miles, which is not a long drive when using a personal vehicle. Some popular tourist attractions further from the city center include Bair Island, whose habitats have multiple diverse ecosystems, and is located between San Mateo to the north and Palo Alto to the south.
  • The closest airport to San Mateo is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) which is 4.7 miles away and has several car rentals on-site, such as Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, NU Car, Avis, and State Van Rental. The agencies can be found by following the signs to the baggage claim area, then following the airport signs to the Air Train, and boarding the Blue Line train to the Rental Car Center, which is approximately 10min away. The Oakland International Airport also has on-site rentals that can be reached by following the signs to the baggage claim area, then heading to the common Rental Car Shuttle Bus which takes you to the rental car facility. Off-site San Mateo car rentals can be easily accessed using one of the multiple shuttle services or cabs.
  • Like many roads in the Bay Area, you are bound to find a few traffic violators when driving in San Mateo. Drivers are warned to be cautious of jaywalkers who can hop on busy roads without warning, especially during rush hours. San Mateo is also filled with several cyclists, therefore you are advised to drive prudently, especially near trails.
  • Typical rush hour in San Mateo, like many counties in the Bay Area region, starts at about 7am to 9am, then picks back up between 4pm to 6pm when people are heading home from work, with individuals spending an average of about 40-60min on the road. Commute times are likely to be extended on days which special events or festivals are being held in the city. It is recommended that visitors choose car rentals in San Mateo with navigation systems, to aid when moving on unfamiliar roads.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San Mateo for $64 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 -21% cheaper than other car types, on average

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