Santa Clara car rentals

Santa Clara car rentals

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Santa Clara, CA
Dec 15 — Dec 22
Same drop-off
Santa Clara, CA
Wed 12/15
Noon
Wed 12/22
Noon

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Santa Clara car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Clara
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations10
Airport locations2
Popular agenciesHertz, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Santa Clara

Economy$27/day
Compact$29/day
Intermediate$31/day
Standard$33/day
Full-size$33/day
Full-size SUV$81/day
Premium$55/day
Luxury$75/day
Pickup truck$71/day
Compact SUV$56/day
Intermediate SUV$56/day
Standard SUV$71/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Santa Clara car rental reviews and directory

From $39/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9 Excellent (12 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Clara
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Clara
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 3 2020
Definitely none. Vehicle was not at the agreed location confirmation.Besides vehicle being in the wrong location confirmed, the agent tried to give me a standard truck instead of a premium. I rent often with Hertz or Enterprise primarily and am usually satisfied. I chose not to take the rental this time. VERY DISAPPOINTED !!! Waste of my time...
9.6 ExcellentApr 25 2017
Overall experience is excellent with some minor quibblesGood deal on the car I rented for the weekend.Had to wait to return the rental car, as there were not enough agents up front to handle the other people waiting at the rental office.
10.0 ExcellentApr 23 2017
Great experienceGreat experienceGreat experience
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2016
Great price. Nice car too.
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From $31/dayRated #2
Avis
Cheapest deal
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Santa Clara
Avis
Locations in Santa Clara
  • 8
  • 8
  • 9.3
  • 10
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 28 2018
Customer ServiceDue to a delay in our luggage arriving, we couldn't pick up the reservation as scheduled. The next day we found out the car we booked was no longer available, but fortunately the local team was able to locate it at another location, and drove us there to get it.
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2017
Very happy with the serviceCost vehicle cleanliness of the vehicle quick service at pick/up and even quicker at drop off
6.4 GoodOct 20 2015
Staff at pick up and drop off were great and check-out was seamless.Chevy Cruze is a terrible highway car.; very uncomfortable & noisy. Car was dirty and dusty inside and out. Car had large dent in drivers side door.
From $31/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
8.3 Excellent (23 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Clara
Hertz
Locations in Santa Clara
  • 8.5
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 7.8
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
7.9 GoodAug 30 2021
overpriced
10.0 ExcellentJun 6 2020
Staff was polite and answered questions
8.4 ExcellentJan 7 2020
The vehicle performed nicely throughout the trip.Both pick up and drop off were less than stellar experiences. In pick up, I felt jerked around a bit when they offered me an upgrade with unsuitable price increases. Also, when I picked up the vehicle, it had a distinct smell of cigarettes which I find quite distasteful. Fortunately, the smell went away after driving it for a few hours. More problematic however was that the gas tank was not full. This was during the time when PG&E was shutting down power throughout CA. I felt lucky to make it out of the state without running out of gas and finding myself stuck because stations wouldn't be able to use their pumps. On drop off, the town of Everett was completely torn up with construction. It would have been nice if Hertz had provided me with instructions in advance for how to get to the rental office. Also, the agent tried a joke which completely backfired. We worked through it, but it was not fun.
3.6 MediocreAug 23 2019
The location was CLOSED at the time I was supposed to pick up my car!!I could have gotten the car..
6.0 GoodNov 26 2017
Quick processUnfriendly customer service.
7.2 GoodJul 30 2017
Lovely Car but very expensiveCar was clean and drove wellHad an incident with chipped windscreen but did not know who to call. Luckily I had full insurance. The insurance was very expensive.
6.0 GoodApr 13 2017
check in lengthy, with bad systems. Very odd on asking a lot of questions and acting like they were trained by the tsa.
10.0 ExcellentOct 17 2016
Everything was smooth and your customer service was very pleasant on both ends.
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From $50/dayRated #4
Budget
7.3 Good (7 reviews)
1 location in Santa Clara
Budget
Locations in Santa Clara
  • 7.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMar 30 2016
New clean carNo ability to adjust pricing if I wanted a smaller car once there.
From $61/day
Airport Van
1 location in Santa Clara
Airport Van
Locations in Santa Clara
Recent reviews
Avalon Transportation Service
1 location in Santa Clara
Avalon Transportation Service
Locations in Santa Clara
Recent reviews
TravelCar
1 location in Santa Clara
TravelCar
Locations in Santa Clara
Recent reviews
45 travelers who rented a car in Santa Clara gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

Car rental locations in or near Santa Clara

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$47/day

Good deal

$35/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Clara

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Clara

  • If you have previously been inconvenienced by public transport when traveling or paid exorbitant taxi prices, then you may want to opt for a rental car when traveling to Santa Clara, CA. Driving can be a great way to experience the city without needing to worry about when or where to start or stop your daily journey. It’s a good way to take in what Santa Clara has to offer, which is quite substantial, at your own convenience. Imagine having the flexibility to drive as far as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is about 78 miles away, in just an hour, or driving to Big Sur, about 99 miles away, at your own pace.
  • Once you arrive at the San Jose International Airport, you’ll find the Rental Car Center across from Terminal B. If you arrive at Terminal B, it’s a short walk across Airport Drive from the baggage claim, and if you arrive at Terminal A, take the airport blue shuttle bus directly to the Rental Car Center. From here, pick up the car you rented through KAYAK from Santa Clara car rentals, including Alamo, Avis, Hertz, and National. These companies have a wide range of cars that will suit your budget and capacity needs.
  • It’s understandable that in a new city, you may want to use your phone in transit. However, throughout all of California, it’s prohibited to use your phone while driving. Getting a cell phone ticket in Santa Clara is as easy as getting a red-light ticket, both of which you should avoid to fully enjoy your trip. When driving through Palo Alto in your rental car, be wary of cyclists that may get too close without warning.
  • Hwy 17 can be quite congested in the morning and evening rush hour, which could be anywhere from 6am to 9am and 3pm and 7pm. If you need to travel during these times, give yourself extra time, especially if it rains, if there’s an accident, or if there’s ongoing construction. If possible, it would be ideal to stay in the right lane to be more comfortable as a driver in a new city. The same case applies for Hwy 1 on all counts.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Clara for $35 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Clara at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Clara are around 6% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Clara