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Temecula car rental information

Pick-up locationTemecula
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations7
Airport locations0
Popular agenciesHertz, Turo, Avis, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Temecula

Economy$23/day
Compact$24/day
Intermediate$25/day
Standard$27/day
Full-size$28/day
Minivan$41/day
Full-size SUV$52/day
Compact SUV$27/day
Intermediate SUV$30/day
Standard SUV$36/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Temecula

  • As you book car rentals in Temecula, familiarize yourself with the city’s unique traffic laws to explore this destination easily and safely. For instance, pedestrians have the right of way at intersections, and you are thus mandated to give way. Observe the stipulated speed limit and remember to keep on the right-hand side of the road unless overtaking. It is helpful to check with Temecula’s Department of motor vehicles for any recent changes in the traffic law.
  • Temecula is home to regular events and annual festivals. As such, you are likely to experience some difficulties as you drive around in your cheap car rentals in Temecula. Popular events include the Temecula Valley Bluegrass Festival in May, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in July, and the Holiday Taste of Old Town in December. During these events, the streets leading to the venues might be closed and traffic diverted. You are thus likely to experience slow traffic flow in town. Consequently, expect delays at the car rental garages due to long queues.
  • Before enjoying cheap car rentals in Temecula, you must be 21 or older. Still, if you meet the age requirements, you must possess a driver’s license that you have held for at least a year, and it must bear your name and address. Remember that your driver’s license address must be congruent with your home address. Besides the driver’s license, ensure to carry a debit or credit card. However, not all car rental agencies accept debit cards. Therefore, check out your preferred car rental payment policy when booking. Those from other nations must have their home country’s passport and driver’s license. If your driver’s license is in a language other than English, bring your International Driver’s Permit as well.
  • Get the most out of your trip to the southern part of California by securing a car rental in Temecula. The city hosts a number of festivals and is also home to vineyards. Having a vehicle at your disposal means you can partake in festivities and enjoy the area at your leisure without wasting time on public transportation, which often doubles transit durations. Another advantage of having a rental car is the fact that you can put day trips on the agenda for your visit here—if you want to spend the day at Big Bear Lake near San Bernardino, just hop on the highway and head 1h north.
  • When you book your Temecula car rental through KAYAK, you’ll find that you have a couple of options for pick-up locations. One option is San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport (CLD), also known as McClellan-Palomar Airport. The airport has representation from brand-name rental companies like Avis and Budget. To get to the rental car pick-up location at CLD, head toward the baggage claim on the lower level of Terminal 2 where service desks for the rental companies are located. Additionally, there is an independent Hertz and an independent Avis on Jefferson Ave., as well as an Enterprise on both Jefferson Ave. and on Ynez Rd.
  • Temecula’s downtown area has a unique and authentic western vibe, which makes it a fun spot for tourists to visit. While driving in the area, keep an eye out for people who are enjoying the sites on foot and, therefore, crossing the road at both designated and undesignated areas. You’ll also want to take note that there are sometimes horse-drawn carriages in town. While the horses have been trained to remain calm around street traffic, you’ll want to keep a wide berth when passing them and drive slowly.
  • Roads around Temecula are consistently busy, but traffic peaks in the mornings between roughly 7am and 8am. In the late afternoon, traffic spikes again around 3pm and continues to stay congested until about 6pm.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Temecula for $48 or less
  • Book your rental car in Temecula at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Temecula are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

Temecula car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Temecula 
Verified travelerAug 2023
Check hours of operation when setting a pickup time.
Verified travelerMay 2023
To whoever is managing the location: Hire more people. It’s not fair to your staff or your customers .You’ve got great people there that you are going to end up losing if you don’t.

FAQs about renting a car in Temecula

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Temecula?

    The west coast tends to have higher gas prices, so an economy or compact vehicle may be the most suitable option for your car rental in Temecula. With a smaller gas tank and a lighter body, these types of vehicles tend to be more economical. What’s more, the enclosed cabin means you can crank the air conditioning and stay cool in the hotter months.

  • What’s the speed limit in Temecula?

    There are two major roadways that provide access into Temecula, including the Temecula Pkwy, also known as State Route 79. Here, the speed limit is posted around 40mph to 45mph. The other major roadway is Escondido Frwy, or Interstate 15, which runs north and south along the west side of the city. The speed limit on this expressway is about 70mph. Downtown, you can expect the speeds to be posted at around 25mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Temecula?

    There are a number of parking areas available to visitors coming to Temecula. A good option is the City of Temecula 6th Street Parking Lot, located between Old Town Front St. and Mercedes St., just off of I-15. This lot is free, as is the case with almost all parking locations within the city.

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

    On average a rental car in Temecula costs $66 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 Temecula found in the last 2 weeks is $32.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Temecula?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($23/day), Budget ($34/day) and Avis ($37/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 27452 Jefferson Ave. Suite #4 92591 (2 miles from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Temecula?

    The average gas price in Temecula is $3.59 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $43 and $57, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Temecula?

    Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Temecula.

  • Which car rental companies are at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Midway, Ace, NextCar, Priceless, Hertz, Fox, Sixt, Kyte, NU Car and Atwest.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Midway, Advantage, Priceless, Hertz, Sixt, NU Car, Budget, Thrifty, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and Alamo.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Temecula?

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

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Temecula?

    An Economy car rental in Temecula costs $57 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Temecula?

    An Intermediate car rental in Temecula costs $124 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Temecula?

    A Mini car rental in Temecula costs $144 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Temecula costs $464 per week ($66 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Temecula costs $1,989 per month ($66 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Temecula?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Temecula?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 5 car rental agencies in Temecula.

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

    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 Temecula?

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

  • What road trips can I take from Temecula?

    Although Temecula is a popular destination for its numerous attractions, you might also explore the neighboring towns while on your vacation. Popular destinations that lie within an hour's drive from Temecula include Swami's Beach, Mt San Jacinto and Encinitas. Malibu and Paradise Cove Cave are about a 2-hour drive away in your rental car in Temecula.

  • What are the child seat laws in Temecula?

    Are you planning to ride with your little one in your cheap car rental in Temecula? Remember that authorities in this region require kids below eight be secured in booster seats in the back seat. In addition, kids below two must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat unless the kid is 40 inches or more or weighs 40 lbs or more.

Temecula car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.1

Very good

41 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.4

Locations in Temecula

26790 Madison Ave

+1 951 894 1514

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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27457 Jefferson Avenue

+1 951 506 9696

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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27648 Ynez Rd

+1 951 694 1520

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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6.0 Okay

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Comfortable vehicle with plenty of room. Pick up was easy.

Cons:

When I called in to get a Chevy Tahoe or similar vehicle to rent the agent told me that the price will be around $380 and there’s only one left to rent and it was at Indiana Ave in the city of Riverside,CA. When I arrived at the location there was no Tahoe available even tho I had made the reservation online and over the phone. There was a Ford Expedition there which was similar to the Tahoe but the agent who was there charged me $650 which was way higher than I expected but I was put into a tough spot so I rented the Expedition. I felt like it was a Bait and switch which is very troubling to me.

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Decently friendly staff

Cons:

They didn't have a car for me though I reserved one

5.6 Fair

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Truck was a good size

Cons:

The vehicle was not ready at the time of reservation I received a phone call at 1:37 Enterprise did not properly clean the vehicle with standards of health and safety regulations for COVID-19. The exterior was not washed the bed of the truck had sappy goo on the left hand side that I had to hose down and use a degreaser to remove the sapp/sticky substance, windows were not clean, finger and hand prints were still visible on the exterior and interior of the door handles and windows and the frame of the doors from the previous renter. The truck was below a qtr. of a tank, they did not refill the window washing fluid, so when driving we were not able to use this feature of the truck when the weather conditions required better visibility. I found 1.5inch of clear liquid substance in the bottom console of the truck, which I discovered after leaving the rental spot and properly sanitizing the door handles and scrubbing the seats to remove stains from the seats. The vehicle was not vacuumed at all or wiped down. The written sign notification of cleaning standards was not completed or performed, violating all health and safety standards required by all rental businesses. In addition the manager did not disclose he was charging me the full amount plus the deposit $200 deposit totally $472 I had to call and ask on 3 occasions for a copy of my rental agreement by email. I ended up driving back to the location to get a paper copy of my agreement before leaving for my trip. In addition, The agreement provided did not indicate the deposit amount in parentheses. The rental time was also incorrect on the agreement. I was notified at 1:37pm by phone that the vehicle I requested had arrived. I did not pick up the vehicle till after 2:00pm

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Manager amazing!

8.0 Very good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly n helpful

Cons:

Return cars sure be cleaned right away, so next customers can be taken when they pickup the cars

2.0 Poor

Apr 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Genuinely an experience that lacked a single redeeming quality.

Cons:

3 months ago I had pink eye; that was better.

1 out of 6

Hertz

7.4

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.6

One location in Temecula

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from $35/day

Locations in Temecula

27452 Jefferson Ave. Suite #4

+1 951 695 5437

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Provide refunds for rentals that where not able to be picked up and or help change the dates and not charge a 5 % fee to cancel through a customer service person!!!

6.0 Okay

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The office is greatly understaffed and unorganized. I was there at my scheduled time (12:00pm) to pick up my rental and I didn’t leave the office until approximately 1:20. The employee had too many things going on and had to personally take the car to get washed. When I returned the car, there were several customers waiting to be helped by one employee. The employee asked who was returning a car, and myself and man raised our hands. She then told us to leave the keys and she would email our receipts (which I have yet to receive), and that we could go.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Wow! Such a great employee who helped us. I will absolutely use this location from now on. Knowledgeable, funny, kind. He's a younger white guy who has a beard and is really nice and jokes around. Super customer service.

4.4 Mediocre

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing really was outstanding....

Cons:

Pickup was scheduled for 9am... car wasnt ready till after 10am. It had not been washed...

6.0 Okay

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Car rental was a good value. Drop off, once I was actually acknowledged and helped ( after 10 minutes ) , was painless and quick.

Cons:

Took around 10 min to get acknowledged both picking up and dropping off. Employees were on the phone and passing by, but no eye contact was given. It was my first time renting a car and i didn't know the protocol. First I was told my cash couldn't be accepted, then when I produced a card, I was told to go get my elderly, disabled mother from the car and have her come in. Felt like I was unwanted there and made to feel not welcome.

7.2 Good

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Person who checked me into car -- great guy. Friendly. Smiles. Smiles mean a lot.

Cons:

Took forever to drop-off car. Wanted to just leave the keys and GO! Instead, everyone and his cousin was in that office, including what appeared to be a group of foreign tourists. Their transaction MUST have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the l-o-n-g-e-s-t car rental transaction in human history. Good grief!

1 out of 3

Avis

6.4

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.5

One location in Temecula

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from $56/day

Locations in Temecula

27315 Jefferson Avenue Ste G1

+1 951 296 2200

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

A little hard to find, but great staff quick check in and out

2.0 Poor

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved a premium car (Impala) however when I got to the office they did not have the car I reserved. I had even had a confirmation of the rental but the had no other cars except a Jeep which could not even hold over 2 small suitcases in the back. Both agents claimed to be the supervisor and when a 3rd employee showed up she said everybody in the office was a supervisor. Receiving a confirmation made no difference to them. All 3 employees were rude and obnoxious and had attitudes. Not even a sorry from them. Cost me and family and extra hour and a half to locate another car rental and Enterprise took wonderful care of us in 10 minutes we were on our way. Never again will Avis ever get our family's business.

5.6 Fair

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The office closes at noon and nothing in my emails from Avis told me so. I only discovered it while driving there. Called to tell them I would be ~5 minutes late and they would not wait. I got there and the place was locked up but they were still inside, and refused to help me.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was super easy

2.4 Poor

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Car still had trash in it

9.6 Wonderful

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

the price!!

Cons:

was all good.

1 out of 7

Thrifty

6.1

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Temecula

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from $44/day

Locations in Temecula

27452 Jefferson Avenue

+1 951 695 5437

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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Budget

No score available yet

Locations in Temecula

25125 Madison Avenue

+1 951 696 7210

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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27315 Jefferson Avenue Ste G1

+1 951 296 2202

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Never got this far.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

After calling to make arrangements to change my drop off location and being told there would be no fees, no extra charges, I proceed with my day and feel relieved. I get there, the paperwork is processed, I hand her the keys and she gives me a receipt. As I walk out the door, I read the receipt. My one day rental, originally prices at $83 is now over $500. What!?! I return to the counter and ask what the heck is going on. Because of the change in drop off location, my daily rate was bumped to $120, there was a $300 fee and a bunch of other miscellaneous charges. I tell her this is not acceptable. I called and you told me, there would be no fees. If this is what it was going to cost, I wanted the car back and figure out another strategy. Stone-cold sober, the girl says "you can't, the car has been returned." I'm disgusted and will be calling corporate to try and gain some reprieve. How is it okay to lie to my face, question them, and then have the door proverbially slammed in your face.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Love this great new location. Excellent agents!!!

4.0 Mediocre

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy reservations and extentions

Cons:

The staff at Budget counter

2.0 Poor

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

invisible store........

7.9 Good

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Hidden $200 hold charge that is not disclosed at time of pick up or when vehicle is dropped off to location

1 out of 3

Eagle Rent A Car

No score available yet

One location in Temecula

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Murrieta City Location

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94 travelers who rented a car in Temecula gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.1

Car rental locations in or near Temecula

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$66/day

Good deal

$48/day

When to book a rental car in Temecula

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