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Santa Cruz, CA
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Santa Cruz car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Cruz
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations5
Popular agenciesHertz, Avis, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Santa Cruz

$28/dayEconomy
$28/dayCompact
$27/dayIntermediate
$35/dayStandard
$33/dayFull-size
$46/dayMinivan
$53/dayFull-size SUV
$34/dayPremium
$33/dayIntermediate SUV
$33/dayCompact SUV
$45/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Santa Cruz car rental reviews and directory

From $43/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (34 reviews)
4 locations in Santa Cruz
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Cruz
1150 N. Main Street, Suite 1a+1 831 761 2800
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
15011 Los Gatos Blvd+1 408 402 9522
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2724 Soquel Ave Ste A+1 831 464 1900
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919b Ocean St+1 831 426 7799
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
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 2 2020
Pros: Staff was ready and quick. Very easy pick up and drop off
7.6 GoodJul 28 2020
Pros: Staff was helpful, drop-off was easy.Cons: Removing additional fees where possible for student drivers given the pandemic. Inform that drop-off after hours only requires keys to be placed in drop-off box and incurs no additional fees.
9.6 ExcellentFeb 15 2020
Pros: Very happy and kind staffCons: Cleaner carpet in office, but great service
4.0 OkayJun 16 2019
Pros: Car was fine. The guy at the counter was niceCons: The computers were down and I was charged an extra day of rental even though I returned the car on time. Customer service was extremely rude over email and refused to do anything to help. Overall very terrible experience.
10.0 ExcellentJun 16 2019
Pros: Great customer service from agent at counter. Very nice rental vehicle. Easy check in and easy return.Cons: Everything was perfect
9.6 ExcellentMay 20 2019
Pros: Fast, easy pick up. Helpful staff.
9.6 ExcellentApr 2 2019
Pros: The drop-off was easy and I got upgraded to a bigger, very modern car.Cons: When I arrived there,no cars were available, even though I had booked one online (already paid for the insurance).15 minutes later someone dropped off a car and I got it, so it all worked out. But make sure cars are on-hold there when renting them out in the future!
9.6 ExcellentMar 24 2019
Pros: VERY helpful and accommodating staff.
7.2 GoodNov 25 2018
Cons: See above
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Pros: Great customer service and they quickly found options to solve any issues.
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From $34/dayRated #2
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.6 Good (69 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Cruz
Hertz
Locations in Santa Cruz
132 Center Street+1 831 423 0315
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
15525 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite B+1 408 402 0604
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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50 Aviation Way+1 831 722 2760
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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5500 Scotts Valley Drive+1 831 217 4162
Monday08:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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7000 Soquel Avenue+1 831 462 0469
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 15 2020
Pros: Staff was amazing. In and out super quick, no issues.Cons: Great rental experience- not much could have been improved.
2.0 MediocreSep 12 2020
Pros: The location didn’t exist.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
Pros: yes and yesCons: nothing
8.0 ExcellentFeb 15 2020
Pros: Great, happy staff
4.4 OkayMay 20 2019
Pros: Pick up was quick.Cons: The drop off was terrible. Was told my drop off location had after hours drop off but it did not. Because of this, I was late for the next plan on my tight schedule.
3.6 MediocreApr 1 2019
Cons: Person at hertz was impolite. Very poor customer service, and overcharged on insurance.
8.0 ExcellentNov 12 2018
Pros: I only dropped the car off. The site was clean and the drop off was quick and easy.
7.6 GoodNov 5 2018
Pros: Ease and speed of getting the car and returning it. no hassle there.Cons: Not worth the value. Turo and similar apps are renting cars without all the fees. The same car I can get for $40 daily. I don't care who gets my business but I'm shopping for the best price and value. This was too expensive for what it was.
10.0 ExcellentOct 30 2018
Hertz Santa CruzPros: Pleased with the Nissan Sentra ride and feel and felt it was a good value. No trouble at check in or check out. Trouble free
2.0 MediocreOct 10 2018
Cons: It said pick up 12, they closed at 12. They left early didn’t pick up the phone and I didn’t get my car.
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From $35/dayRated #3
Avis
8.3 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Santa Cruz
Avis
Locations in Santa Cruz
630 Ocean Street+1 831 423 1244
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
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 22 2020
Pros: Staff were friendly and there was no wait!Cons: No one walked me to the car or asked if I had questions about it.
2.0 MediocreJun 2 2020
Pros: NothingCons: Shop was closed
8.0 ExcellentApr 18 2017
Pros: Friendly staff - Easy process
10.0 ExcellentOct 24 2016
Pros: Easy to use and hassle free
8.0 ExcellentAug 10 2016
Pros: Convenient location. Location was closed so just quickly dropped off the car, didn't interact with anyone so I don't have much to say or judge.
7.2 GoodApr 12 2016
Pros: Small but workable.Cons: The facility was cramped both inside and outside, and from the direction I approached, difficult to see as it was behind a much larger building and sign. I had to back up and maneuver to enter the very small driveway entrance. There was room to park the car once I entered, however. Not sure where to add that I felt the dropoff fee was excessive -- thus the lower rating on value for money.
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118 travelers who rented a car in Santa Cruz gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Santa Cruz

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Cruz

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Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Cruz

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Cruz for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Cruz at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Cruz are around 38% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Cruz

  • Some car rental companies in Santa Cruz 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 Avis

  • On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $49 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Fox ($18/day), Thrifty ($22/day) and Sixt ($33/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Fox 1659 Airport Boulevard 95110 (28 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Santa Cruz is Hertz (7.4, 54 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Santa Cruz is $0.69 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $8 and $11, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Cruz.

  • 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 Santa Cruz costs $53 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Santa Cruz costs $53 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Santa Cruz costs $57 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Cruz, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 7000 Soquel Avenue (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $342 per week ($49 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $1,466 per month ($49 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!).