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Santa Monica, CA
May 13 — May 20
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Santa Monica car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Monica
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Pickup truck, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations20
Airport locations1
Popular agenciesMidway, Sixt, Budget, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Santa Monica

$34/dayEconomy
$37/dayCompact
$39/dayIntermediate
$43/dayStandard
$39/dayFull-size
$93/dayMinivan
$87/dayFull-size SUV
$49/dayPremium
$51/dayLuxury
$58/dayPickup truck
$34/daySupplier choice
$45/dayIntermediate SUV
$45/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Santa Monica car rental reviews and directory

From $26/dayRated #1
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Best rated
Most popular
7.1 Good (56 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Hertz
Locations in Santa Monica
1426 Santa Monica Blvd+1 310 394 2449
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
1700 Ocean Ave.+1 310 451 3539
Monday07:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
2519 Lincoln Blvd.+1 310 578 9700
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 3 2019
Cons: The customer service at the Hertz location was horrible and it’s a shabby place.
4.0 OkayOct 22 2019
Cons: Can’t drop off after 6pm, so basically was only able to use the car for a few hours.
2.0 MediocreAug 18 2019
Cons: They didn’t have a car for me to rent despite accepting my reservation so I had to travel across town to make an alternate reservation. Massive waste of my time and money.
2.0 MediocreJun 13 2019
Pros: I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.Cons: I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2019
Pros: The car was awesome !!!Cons: The front desk clerks need some customer service training. Rude and didn’t even realize it lol
6.4 GoodMar 24 2019
Pros: Staff was nice.Cons: Not enough people working. Hours did not match google/online. Staff takes a one hour break and no other way to get help/pick up car/etc. I requested, paid and confirmed a small car (lower mpg and parking in LA is difficult). Was given a full size car and the only other choice was a nice suv for 2x $
10.0 ExcellentFeb 17 2019
Pros: EasyCons: Pick up and drop off is at ease
9.6 ExcellentJan 28 2019
Pros: Good staff (Alex)Cons: Old used coffee cups left in center console
7.6 GoodJan 22 2019
Pros: The staff was very friendly. They worked hard to fix the situation when they didn't have the car on hand that I had reserved. The exact Hertz desk is a little bit hard to find in the hotel, but overall it's in a great location and very convenient.Cons: The staff seemed surprised when I arrived, even though I had a reservation. They had to give me a different car than I reserved and seemed disorganized.
8.4 ExcellentOct 4 2018
Cons: Both front tires were worn, and this was a front wheel drive car. I will be contacting Hertz.
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From $35/dayRated #2
Budget
9 Excellent (4 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Budget
Locations in Santa Monica
1027 Broadway+1 310 393 9194
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
2423 Lincoln Blvd+1 424 428 0219
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 8 2016
Pros: Great attention
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From $34/dayRated #3
Midway
8.9 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Midway
Locations in Santa Monica
1719 Santa Monica Blvd
1901, Ocean Avenue
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.5
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2021
Pros: Staff was extremely friendly, pickup and drop-off was very fast and efficient. I see some complaints about customers not getting the type of car they reserved, which I could see happening as the lot was very small, not a large selection. I had rented a economy class, and loved the car I got.
10.0 ExcellentMar 26 2021
Pros: Clean car easy to pick up / drop offCons: Busy intersection was hard to return car
9.2 ExcellentSep 22 2020
Pros: Loved the car - awesome price, amazing gas mileage, great AC. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I returned the car, and was offered a ride home - a very pleasant surprise.Cons: The only issue when we arrived at Midway was that there was a shortage of cars. Our options were to go to a further away location OR to have the rental car delivered to our home. We opted to return home ourselves and wait for the rental car to be delivered to us. The delivery was 1.5 hours after our initial pickup time. Not ideal when your schedule is time sensitive. But it worked out for us.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2019
Pros: NothingCons: I booked the car for a 4pm pickup. They closed at 4pm. I had to find another place to rent from and walk there.
From $32/dayRated #4
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (23 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Monica
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Monica
1702 Santa Monica Blvd+1 310 395 4941
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1719 Wilshire Blvd+1 310 395 4941
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
1723 Wilshire Blvd+1 310 478 5216
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
2700 Lincoln Blvd+1 310 827 7800
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
2703 Santa Monica Blvd+1 424 416 5073
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
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 20 2021
Pros: Mike made sure I was able to get the vehicle I needed when I needed it. That was amazingCons: Actually everything was perfect
8.0 ExcellentFeb 9 2021
Pros: Attentive employee.Cons: Rented a car on-line that was not available- what??? No Bueno.
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2019
Cons: Nothing.
4.0 OkayDec 28 2018
Bad ExperiencePros: My small economy carnot available They gave me a 8 cylinder truck!!! Instead of using 40 dolllars in gas I used 80
5.2 OkayMay 8 2017
Pros: The vehicle was good and no problems during the two weeks.Cons: The attitude of the person "Scott" in hand over.
10.0 ExcellentNov 29 2016
Great car rentalPros: We were upgraded from a compact to a Ford Escape and it was very nice. We rented it for a trip to Tucson and enjoyed all of its features. They were very nice at the desk and we were in and out quickly.
10.0 ExcellentNov 21 2016
Pros: Good service nice people helpful
10.0 ExcellentSep 7 2016
Pros: Very good customer service and an excellent car. I will return when I need to.
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From $33/dayRated #5
Avis
8 Excellent (15 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Avis
Locations in Santa Monica
1027 Broadway+1 310 453 4421
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
1700 Ocean Avenue+1 424 272 7305
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
2423 Lincoln Boulevard+1 424 428 0216
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJan 24 2018
Good but got ripped off for insurancePros: Nice car, friendly service.Cons: I took the insurance out suggested on the Kayak website only to find that when I got to the rental place, that insurance didn't cover any damage to others if I got in to an accident. I therefore had to take out another policy with Avis to cover me in case of that.
4.8 OkayOct 30 2017
They didn't have the car I reserved so I ended up paying almost doublePros: Close to Santa Monica Pier (10 blocks)Cons: The car we reserved didn't exist so we had to pay almost double for an involuntary upgrade. We felt like we were, albeit mildly, swindled by the franchise.
2.0 MediocreJul 15 2017
Cons: Despite having a reservation they had no cars available whatsoever. Eventually told me I could take the sports car since I was an hour late for work, but it would be an additional $20/day. Eventually they said they could remove the upcharge when I returned the car. Took over an hour to pick up the car. Dropped off on time, took over an hour to return the car. 1 employee on site and so many customers we all couldn't even fit in the lobby. Upcharge on car was remove, part of me feels this was only because of the insanely terrible service at pickup and drop off. Never again at this location.
9.6 ExcellentJun 18 2017
Excellent value, great carPros: Much nicer than expected car, great price and convenience in both locations.Cons: Pick up and drop off slower than ideal - each location had longish lines and could've used a second person at desk
7.6 GoodOct 15 2015
Cons: Parking lot too small. Difficult to drop off when someone else is leaving.
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From $44/dayRated #6
Sixt
7.7 Good (14 reviews)
1 location in Santa Monica
Sixt
Locations in Santa Monica
1515 Ocean Ave+1 888 749 8227
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.8
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
4.8 OkayJul 7 2020
Cons: The car
10.0 ExcellentMar 3 2019
Pros: The staff was very friendly and efficient. They offered another car as an option so I wouldn’t have to wait. Even though I didn’t take that option my car arrives quite quickly anyway. My rental car was a mini copper countryman and it was fantastic.Cons: Nothing.
9.6 ExcellentFeb 13 2019
Pros: The staff was super helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone. Car was clean and in good shape. Folks at drop off similarly nice and efficient.Cons: Only small problem: it took a long time to get my car initially. Staff and car were so nice I didn't really mind much.
6.0 GoodJan 28 2019
Pros: The staff is extremely friendly and promptCons: The car smelled like someone had smoke tobacco for many days inside
6.0 GoodDec 23 2018
Sloppy car prepPros: Good carCons: 1. Within 2 miles I got a low pressure signal. Stopped, got some air and calibrated. This lasted 5 days and had to be repeated (fortunately I knew how the calibration system worked...) 2. The windshield wiper fluid was empty
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2017
Very happy with the service and vehiclePros: I filled out everything online. So when I arrived the services as fast and professional.
10.0 ExcellentMar 26 2017
Pros: The value for what I got out of the car and its reliability over a 1,400 mile trip (for only $200) was second to none. Eric was very nice, even let me hold my stuff there so I could check out the pier for a half hour. No complaints whatsoever. I was actually feeling apprehensive because of all the bad reviews, but maybe some people are just more picky than others. I was very happy with my experience.
10.0 ExcellentJan 15 2017
Pros: excellent service and great deals!
6.0 GoodJan 13 2017
Pros: No hassles picking up and with dropoffCons: I returned the vehicle and 5 days later I received an email saying there was a damage which was not pointed out when I delivered it, and which I had nothing to do with. Might have happended after I delivered it.
9.6 ExcellentJan 11 2017
Santa Monica great/ SF kayosPros: The woman to the counter was very friendly, efficient and made the transaction a pleasure. With good humor she told me that I was receiving am "upgrade" to a car that I did not really want.Cons: You did not have the small car that I had reserved and I ended up with a big boat of a car. Not what I prefer to drive and park.
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Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in Santa Monica
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Santa Monica
4110 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica Airport
Santa Monica airport
Recent reviews
Rent-4-Less
1 location in Santa Monica
Rent-4-Less
Locations in Santa Monica
3202 Lincoln Blvd(310) 395 8010
Recent reviews
120 travelers who rented a car in Santa Monica gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car rental locations in or near Santa Monica

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$41/day

Good deal

$31/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Monica

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Monica

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Monica for $31 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Monica at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Santa Monica are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Monica

  • Some car rental companies in Santa Monica 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 Sixt

  • On average a rental car in Santa Monica costs $41 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Midway ($45/day), Sixt ($49/day) and Enterprise ($58/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Midway 1901, Ocean Avenue 90405 (1 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Santa Monica are Enterprise (7.8, 54 reviews), and Hertz (7.2, 56 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Santa Monica is $3.21 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $51, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Hertz, U-Save, Fox, Sixt, Dollar, Airport Van, NU Car, Ace and Budget.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, U-Save, Sixt, Dollar, Airport Van, Alamo, NU Car, and Advantage.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Santa Monica costs $36 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Santa Monica costs $40 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Santa Monica costs $37 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Monica, cars are most frequently rented at Priceless 9620 Airport Blvd. (8 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Monica costs $284 per week ($41 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Monica costs $1,217 per month ($41 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!).