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San Rafael 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 San Rafael with a pick-up date of 8/3 and drop-off date of 9/2. 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 San Rafael

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Toyota Yaris car
Toyota Yaris
or similar SMALL
2
2
4-5
$26/day
Ford Focus car
Ford Focus
or similar SMALL
4
2
4-5
$33/day
Toyota Corolla car
Toyota Corolla
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
2/4
$35/day
Toyota Sienna car
Toyota Sienna
or similar VAN
5
5
4-5
$56/day
Lexus NX car
Lexus NX
or similar SUV
5
2
4-5
$45/day
Toyota Avalon car
Toyota Avalon
or similar LARGE
5
5
4-5
$42/day
Mercedes-Benz C-Class car
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
or similar LUXURY
5
5
4-5
$45/day
Toyota Tacoma car
Toyota Tacoma
or similar PICKUPTRUCK
5
3
2/4
$37/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
5
5
2/4
$32/day
Mazda CX-5 car
Mazda CX-5
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$40/day
Ford Edge car
Ford Edge
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$43/day
Nissan Kicks car
Nissan Kicks
or similar SUV
4
2
4-5
$44/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in San Rafael

  • Get a car rental in San Rafael and enjoy the convenience of traveling anywhere at any time you want. With so many places to check out in this small city in California, a rental gives you the flexibility to check out as many places as you want. For example, if you want to visit some of the popular art galleries and museums in the area, you can go from Art Works Downtown to Marin Art and Garden Center, then cross the San Francisco Bay and check out the Richmond Art Center and Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Richmond.
  • For individuals looking for a more flexible mode of transport to get around the city, San Rafael car rentals are an option. You must be 21 years of age or older to be eligible to rent a car from any of the cheap car rentals in San Rafael. However, for those who want to rent luxury cars, certain car rental companies have a higher minimum age requirement. A valid driver's license and a debit or credit card are the two important documents you must present at the pickup location of your preferred car company picking up your car. The renter's name must appear on both the card and the license.
  • If you’re coming to San Rafael by plane, you are most likely going to land at Oakland International Airport which is less than 30 miles from downtown San Rafael. This airport has over ten rental companies including highly rated names such as Alamo, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, and Thrifty among others. They are all located at the Airport's Rental Car Center which is located in the North Field about 10minfrom the terminals. You can get there either by walking or via a shuttle which operates 24/7.
  • You must adhere to San Rafael's stringent child seat regulations while you are driving in your rental car with your child(ren). These laws require that any child who is under the age of 2 years or who weighs less than 40 pounds always ride in a rear-facing car seat. Make sure your youngster rides in a booster seat or child safety seat if they are between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. Any of the cheap car rentals in San Rafael can easily provide your preferred kid restraint system. However, you have to pay an additional daily fee for any of the child restraint devices that you request depending on the age of your child.
  • Be cautious when driving your car rentals in San Rafael as pedestrians and cyclists are frequent users of the road. Always leave enough space for cyclists and be sure to use your indicator lights any time you are taking a turn to alert other road users. Always look whether the roads are clear before going through an intersection even if the lights have turned green because there could be someone crossing the road.
  • Rocky and rugged terrains characterize most parts of San Rafael. Most of the roads in the city are narrow with numerous meandering sections. Therefore, when driving your rental car on such roads, it is a good practice to maintain lower speed. If you are new in San Rafael, you are likely to experience challenges navigating certain intersections in the city, such as the intersection of Manuel T Freitas Pkwy. & Del Presidio Blvd. However, this should not worry you because you can have a GPS module installed in your car at no extra costs. This will help you to navigate the city with ease.
  • Traffic in San Rafael can be a menace, especially on the roads leading in and out of downtown San Rafael. Rush hours, in particular, can be a nightmare to navigate so if you can avoid the roads during these hours, the better it is for you. Morning rush hour runs from 8 am to 10 am while evening rush hours run from 5 pm to 7 pm. The best way to beat the traffic is to leave early enough.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San Rafael for $47 or less
  • Book your rental car in San Rafael at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in San Rafael are around 48% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in San Rafael

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in San Rafael?

    On average a rental car in San Rafael costs $64 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 San Rafael found in the last 2 weeks is $37.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in San Rafael?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($32/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($34/day).

  • How much is gas price in San Rafael?

    The average gas price in San Rafael is $3.82 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $61, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in San Rafael?

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

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

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

  • How can I find car rentals near me in San Rafael?

    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 San Rafael?

    A Mini car rental in San Rafael costs $126 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in San Rafael?

    A Special car rental in San Rafael costs $50 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in San Rafael?

    A Full Size car rental in San Rafael costs $192 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in San Rafael?

    In San Rafael, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 780 Mcdonnell Road (25 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in San Rafael?

    On average a rental car in San Rafael costs $450 per week ($64 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in San Rafael costs $1,929 per month ($64 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in San Rafael?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in San Rafael?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 3 car rental agencies in San Rafael.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in San Rafael?

    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 San Rafael?

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

  •  What type of car is recommended for driving in San Rafael?

    The streets of San Rafael are quite narrow so when getting cheap San Rafael car rentals, you should consider getting a sedan or any other compact vehicle. It will much easier to drive through the streets without getting involved in any incidents. But if you will be going to the hill regions of Fairfax and San Anselmo, an SUV would be more appropriate since it can handle any terrain and is also very convenient for traveling over long distances.

  • Can I rent an electric car in San Rafael?

    Yes. You can rent an electric vehicle from the cheap car rentals in San Rafael because there are several Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations dispersed across the city. The Tesla Supercharger and the EVgo Charging Station are two examples of well-known EV charging stations.

  • What’s the speed limit in San Rafael?

    When driving your car rentals in San Rafael, you must keep to the speed limit as any violations could land you in trouble with law enforcement. Different roads in San Rafael have different speed limits depending on what is safe for the drivers and the general public. Highways have the highest speed limit which is 65 mph while alleys and school zones have the lowest limit of 15 mph and 25 mph respectively. The 25-mph limit also applies to business districts and residential areas. If you come across the speed limit posted on a road sign, you are supposed to follow that limit even if it contradicts the standard limit for that road.

  • Are there toll roads in San Rafael?

    Yes. You will have to pay some tolls any time you are driving your car on the various toll roads in the city. Foothill Toll Road and San Joaquin Hills Toll Road are some of the toll roads you are more likely to use while in San Rafael.

  • Where are the best places to park in San Rafael?

    There are different places where you can park your car rentals in San Rafael. There is street parking as well as different garages and parking lots where you can park your car. Street parking in San Rafael is metered with charges standing at around $1.50 per hour and a limit of two hours. If you would like to park for longer than two hours, the parking garages are more appropriate. There is the City of San Rafael Parking and C Street Parking along C street as well as Big Parking Garage along 3rd street.

San Rafael car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.2

Very good

17 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.2

5 locations in San Rafael

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Locations in San Rafael

3080 Hilltop Mall Rd

+1 510 223 6444

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

35 Reed Blvd

+1 415 384 0566

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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536 Irwin

+1 415 456 7999

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65 Medway Rd

+1 415 456 7999

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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7401 Redwood Blvd

+1 415 898 3500

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and not too pushy on sales for an upgrade.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and helpful service from arrangements to pick up

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup was quick

Cons:

The car only had 1/3 of a tank of gas at pickup. Very disappointing to have to get gas right away. Also, this is a way they get more money out of you by making you return it at an exact amount that is not full. The car smelled terribly of cigarette smoke and made me feel sick the whole trip. Pickup was confusing as I had 3 different addresses for drop off. I called and spoke to someone asking which address was correct and she was not much help.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was professional and helpful. Great overall interactions.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2022

KAYAK
Car was not there/available even after we made a reservation in advance

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The group at San Rafael was truly outstanding

1 out of 2

Avis

7.1

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

7.0

One location in San Rafael

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Locations in San Rafael

1305 Francisco Boulevard East

+1 415 472 7878

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Friendly folks

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2023

KAYAK
The car was not cleaned recently and smelled like urine.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Picked the cheapest car rental to save money and got charged a LOT more. In fact nearly double than what I paid for only a 24 hr rental.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Need a large vehicle for a month. Most affordable options were off-brand rental agencies with very old (10+ years) vehicles. Avis offered almost new vehicles at the most affordable prices if you rented by the month

Cons:

Cat wasn’t washed at pick-up but interior was clean.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Change of plans. I end up flying to Boise

8.0 Very good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Good mileage, easy pick-up

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 1

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

7.3

One location in San Rafael

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Locations in San Rafael

1305 Francisco Boulevard East

+1 415 258 9483

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

no on-site or street parking at location; had to leave my car about 1/2 mile away at a Home Depot lot. vehicle had a poor alignment and pulled slightly as well as having a vibration like a tire was out of balance.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2021

KAYAK
Easy pick up, new car

8.0 Very good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

No extra charges for pick up/drop-off at different locations in same area. No fee for wife to drive as well. Chrysler was fuel efficient and performed well. Overall, a very good experience

5.6 Fair

Dec 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Good vehicle

Cons:

Too expensive for a daily rental. Additionally, I was overcharged when I returned the vehicle at LAX. I had to go to adjustment desk and have charges corrected reducing my bill by over $100. Not a positive experience.

1 out of 1

Hertz

4.7

Mediocre

23 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

4.8

Comfort

4.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

4.6

2 locations in San Rafael

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Locations in San Rafael

7505 Redwood Blvd

+1 415 892 1121

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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933 Francisco Blvd East

+1 415 451 0125

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Cancelled on me 30 minutes before I was supposed to pick up car.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
I was scheduled for a 12 pick up and they closed at 12! I was admittedly 10-15 min late however I didn't get the car. I am not sure why they allowed a pick up time that was technically when they were closed.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
I was unable to pick up the car at the agreed rental time because they were closed.

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

--instruction manual should be IN the car --remind the "pick-up" attendants to look at the person they are assisting in the moment --have "drop-off" office open on WEEKENDS. It's not fair to charge 2 extra days when the renter is late returning on a Friday AFTER 5:30 !!!

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The team in San Rafael was very accommodating getting me into a great car last minute when Enterprise could not honor my reservation. They were sure to give me my options with limited inventory so that I could make the right decision for my one way trip. Great experience all around.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The vehicle was not available at the pick up area despite several calls with Hertz on its avaialbility

1 out of 6

Thrifty

5.9

Fair

No reviews available

Cheapest deal

One location in San Rafael

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Locations in San Rafael

933 Francisco Boulevard East

+1 415 451 0125

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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49 travelers who rented a car in San Rafael gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.9

Car rental locations in or near San Rafael

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$64/day

Good deal

$47/day

When to book a rental car in San Rafael

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