Santa Cruz car rentals

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Santa Cruz car rental information

Pick-up location Santa Cruz
Car types Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, Minivan, Premium, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental locations 5
Popular agencies Surprise Agency, Alamo, Hertz, Fox, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Santa Cruz

Economy $29/day
Compact $31/day
Intermediate $31/day
Standard $32/day
Full-size $32/day
SUV $33/day
Minivan $40/day
Mini $30/day
Premium $41/day
Luxury $44/day
Convertible $51/day
Van $25/day
Commercial $38/day
Box truck $66/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Santa Cruz dollar
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Santa Cruz alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Santa Cruz alamo
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Santa Cruz alamo
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Santa Cruz opaquecar
4 Adults, 2 Bags SUV car in Santa Cruz fox
5 Adults, 5 Bags Minivan car in Santa Cruz opaquecar
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Santa Cruz alamo
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Santa Cruz opaquecar
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Santa Cruz thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Santa Cruz opaquecar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Van car in Santa Cruz ace
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Santa Cruz enterprise
5 Adults, 2 Bags Box truck car in Santa Cruz zeeba
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 24 hours.

Santa Cruz car rental reviews and directory

From $26/day
Rated #1
Avis
Best rated
Cheapest deal
8.3 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Santa Cruz
Avis
Locations in Santa Cruz
630 Ocean Street
+1 831 423 1244
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
  • 8.5
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Recent reviews
7.2 Good
Apr 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.
8.0 Excellent
Aug 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.
10.0 Excellent
Oct 24 2016
Pros: Easy to use and hassle free
8.0 Excellent
Apr 18 2017
Pros: Friendly staff - Easy process
From $45/day
Rated #2
Enterprise
7.4 Good (10 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Cruz
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Cruz
2724 Soquel Ave Ste A
+1 831 464 1900
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
919b Ocean St
+1 831 426 7799
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
Oct 10 2017
Good deal
Pros: The guys there were great. Fantastic experience.
10.0 Excellent
Dec 5 2017
Pros: The had phenomenal customer service and I will definitely rent a car through Enterprise again.
2.0 Mediocre
Mar 18 2018
Cons: was overbooked and did not get a car
7.2 Good
Nov 25 2018
Cons: See above
9.6 Excellent
May 20 2019
Pros: Fast, easy pick up. Helpful staff.
4.0 Okay
Jun 16 2019
Pros: Car was fine. The guy at the counter was nice
Cons: 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 Excellent
Mar 6 2017
As advertised
Pros: All staff were professional and on and the same page. I had interaction with 6 employees in the coarse of securing a car and returning it. They all appeared to enjoy their work, answered my questions courteously, thoughtfully and knowledgeably. Enterprise company policy is pretty straight forward with more consideration for their customers than all the other national rental agencies I have dealt with. I found Enterprise to be "As Advertised" Refreshing!
Cons: Limited hours on the weekend were more than made up for by the fact that I could change my contract without penalties.
2.0 Mediocre
Oct 7 2018
Allowed me to select a pickup time after they closed...
Cons: The online reservation system allowed me to pick up the rental at 12:00, but they close at 12pm on Saturdays. I received no notification That they would close. Usually you can pick up rental cars after your selected pickup time.
9.6 Excellent
Apr 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!
10.0 Excellent
Jun 16 2019
Pros: Great customer service from agent at counter. Very nice rental vehicle. Easy check in and easy return.
Cons: Everything was perfect
From $30/day
Rated #3
Hertz
Most popular
6.9 Good (22 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Cruz
Hertz
Locations in Santa Cruz
132 Center Street
+1 831 423 0315
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday
7000 Soquel Avenue
+1 831 462 0469
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday
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Recent reviews
7.6 Good
Mar 27 2016
Manager was underwhelming.
Pros: Car was ready.
Cons: No personality, no banter, office smelly.
10.0 Excellent
Jan 18 2017
Pros: free satelite radio
9.2 Excellent
Apr 29 2017
Great staff
Pros: Super friendly staff
Cons: Car interior was a bit dirty
8.4 Excellent
May 24 2017
Good rental, disappointing added charges
Pros: The car was clean like new, very comfortable and got good mileage. Pick up was easy and the rate was affordable.
Cons: I didn't like being silently charged $20 extra for returning the rental late by one hour. Considering the daily rate was $30 this is excessive. As far as I could tell the lot was full of cars and there was minimal activity so the added charge seemed unnecessary. Even with that, the agent who finalized the charges did not mention it and left it up to me to review the bill and decipher why there was a larger than expected balance. Pretty unprofessional and this kind of nickel-and-diming will lead me to avoid this rental agency in the future.
2.8 Mediocre
Jun 22 2017
they did not honor the reservation because of an integration problem withyoursearch
Pros: nothing, they left me stranded. I had to go elsewhere because they where closed when I arrived for my reservation. there where people inside. they just looked at me thorough the window and made no move to help. they don't care I guess.
Cons: your computer made a reservation at a closed store, not impressed.
2.0 Mediocre
Jun 24 2017
Read fine print
Cons: I payed online with debit card. Couldn't actually pick up car without a credit card. Thus was in the fine print. I received no refund. If this had been made clear I would not have payed online
5.2 Okay
Jul 15 2017
Charged twice and super slow customer support
Pros: Good price until they charged twice
Cons: - Car had damage that was not on the vehicle inspection. I had to go back to the office to get it corrected. - We wanted to change drop off location. It was possible to change -good - but it took customer support about 40 minutes to figure out how -bad-. - As we changed location the rental got $70 more expensive and that is perfectly fine. What is not fine is that they did not charge the extra $70 at the change but the whole rental cost so I got charged twice.
2.0 Mediocre
Nov 21 2017
Completely ridiculous
Pros: Zero
Cons: I booked my car on Tuesday. When I showed up to pick up my car and get going on my trip that Friday morning, out of nowhere the Hertz sales rep said “I’m sorry, we can’t rent to you”. He couldn’t tell me why. Apparently I was on some list. So he gave me a phone number to call to find out why but no one would ever answer. Complete joke. I haven’t rented a car in years, have a clean legit license and I swear I’ve never rented from hertz ever. I’m also 45! So I was absolutely screwed THE MORNING OF my trip. So I called enterprise and got a car just fine, with zero issues. Maybe hertz could have prevented me from reserving a car with them BEFORE the day of my trip. Ridiculous, pathetic operation that added an enormous amount of anger and stress at the first phase of an exciting day. Way to go Hertz. Just like the title of their company, dealing with them certainly Hertz
8.8 Excellent
Mar 20 2018
Pros: Car was comfy nice and clean, drove nice and the people working were great
Cons: The first car I got something was wring with it, but they upgraded me and the other car was better for sure.
4.8 Okay
Apr 18 2018
kept my deposit and don't return my calls
Pros: the car itself was fine
Cons: the service is horrible, they do nothing for you
36 travelers who rented a car in Santa Cruz gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.2

Car rental locations in or near Santa Cruz

Good to know

Most popular agency Hertz
Most popular car type Economy
Average price $43/day
Good deal $33/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Cruz

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Top tips for renting a car in Santa Cruz

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Cruz for $33 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Cruz at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Santa Cruz are around 16% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Cruz are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Cruz

How much does it cost to rent a car in Santa Cruz?

On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $43 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Santa Cruz?

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

What is the cheapest car rental company in Santa Cruz?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($51/day) and Dollar ($54/day).

What is the best rental car company in Santa Cruz?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Santa Cruz are Enterprise (8.5, 12830 reviews), Avis (7.6, 2255 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3881 reviews).

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

Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Fox, Thrifty, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Avis and National.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: San Francisco airport (SFO)?

Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Fox, Thrifty, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Avis, and National.

How can I find car rentals near me in Santa Cruz?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Santa Cruz?

A Economy car rental in Santa Cruz costs $51 per day, on average.

How much does a Intermediate car rental cost in Santa Cruz?

A Intermediate car rental in Santa Cruz costs $46 per day, on average.

What is the most popular rental car location in Santa Cruz?

In Santa Cruz, cars are most frequently rented at Fox 1659 Airport Boulevard (27.69 miles from city center).

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Santa Cruz?

On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $303 per week ($43 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Santa Cruz?

On average a rental car in Santa Cruz costs $1297 per month ($43 per day).

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