Car rental at Sacramento Intl Airport

Car rental at Sacramento Intl Airport

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Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Intl
Nov 2 — Nov 9
Same drop-off
Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Intl
Tue 11/2
Noon
Tue 11/9
Noon

Cheap car rentals in Sacramento Intl Airport

Economy$36/day
Compact$37/day
Intermediate$37/day
Standard$40/day
Full-size$40/day
Minivan$63/day
Full-size SUV$56/day
Premium$46/day
Compact SUV$38/day
Intermediate SUV$44/day
Standard SUV$47/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Sacramento Intl Airport car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Hertz
Best rated
7.7 Good (247 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Hertz
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 21 2021
Either hertz or Priceline canceled our reservation (they point the finger at each other). To find another rental cost us 3.5x the price. Hertz still charged our credit card!
1.9 HorribleJun 22 2021
If you have any problems you have to contact hertz, which good luck to start. Hertz won't answer the phone, and second, if you do contact someone they charge you to speak with them. Absolute joke. Don't book with hertz.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2021
Car rental.com keeping to their word. Will not use again
10.0 ExcellentApr 12 2021
quick and easy. my car was wailting form me.nothing
6.0 GoodMar 21 2021
The staff was friendly and the car was very clean and up-to-date.We had to change our flights due to a snowstorm, and were hoping to pick up our car a day early. Hertz wanted to charge us $200 just for that extra day, which was absurd. I also felt like the woman who checked us in was trying way too hard to up-sell us, and she actually did successfully up-sell us on insurance, which I didn't realize until we'd returned the car.
8.0 ExcellentMar 4 2021
PRICE
8.0 ExcellentFeb 8 2021
I expected to have an emailed receipt by now, 24 hours later.
2.0 MediocreFeb 2 2021
I couldn't change the name on the reservation or add myself so I could do the deposit so they wouldn't give me the car and still charged me for the reservation 170$ just lost and I had to find a ride and pay for gas to get to la on time
2.0 MediocreFeb 1 2021
Staff was helpfulVehicle was filthy inside. It had not been cleaned at all and to make it worse someone had smoked some thing in there and then they tried to put an air freshener in under the seat to cover the smell was just made it 10 times worse. There was food crumbs and smears all over everywhere.
8.0 ExcellentJan 24 2021
Staff was helpful and friendly during pickup; and fast and efficient during drop off.No much choice of cars on late Sunday night when I arrived; I reserved economy sedan, but the only thing available was a full-size pick up truck.
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Rated #2
Dollar
7.5 Good (245 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Dollar
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 17 2021
They totally ripped me off with the up charges and insurance. They ran my card before explaining the charges and charged me for insurance even though I told them I had already paid for it.
1.9 HorribleSep 8 2021
Did not get the Car class I reserved, standard, but was given a compact. Rude attendants. Tires had low air pressure. Horrible experience!
10.0 ExcellentAug 27 2021
I had no problems with dollar, with checking in, or when I return the car. Everything went smooth and uneventful. They were the cheapest car rental for the time that I rented it. The car was clean and comfortable and larger than I had expected.
10.0 ExcellentAug 6 2021
Everything went smoothly with no problems picking up or dropping off.
1.9 HorribleJul 26 2021
Overcharged
7.9 GoodJul 25 2021
The car was great. The cost was okay. The employees were friendly, helpful, & efficient but as there were only 2 of them, we waited in line an hour before we got our car.
1.9 HorribleJul 14 2021
It took over an hour to pick up the car. The people working at the counter were useless. The car was ok. It was 2 years old and a little beat up. I would not recommend them at all!
3.9 MediocreJul 10 2021
It took 45 minutes after check-in for Dollar to get us into a vehicle (even though we had a PAID reservation), and when they did it was an older van that whined at every acceleration and drove like a tank. Won't use them again.
1.9 HorribleJul 9 2021
The car was dirty. There was still food and nut packets and business cards from the previous renter. The car had no traction when climbing hills consuming more gas than necessary. Twice during my rental on a highway drive with cruise on the car would suddenly slow down only to realize somehow the gear shifter slides by itself to neutral. And only in the last few days my daughter let me know the tags were expired. And the registration of the glove box had a dmv doc expiring 2019. Overall a bad car . But the only positive was the lady at the check in counter was nice as well as the man Amit was extremely understanding when I dropped the car and explained the car being a junk car Was not worth paying that money. I actually got anew car from a fellow competitor which not only cheaper but good car and great customer care
2.0 MediocreJun 29 2021
1 hour long at pickup
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Rated #3
Budget
7.5 Good (173 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Budget
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 25 2021
Value for the money and the excellent service provided by the agent.
4.0 OkayOct 25 2021
Long lines; rude customer service.
2.0 MediocreOct 18 2021
Kayak Estimated cost at ~$75, paid $121.93 for the rental. Associate at pickup was entirely inept at his job and should be blacklisted from any direct contact service job, wasted 15+ minutes inputting data into his system, ended up having to do it twice(cc,id). The associate then had to have another employee finish with their own client and then come help me get the rental ready. When returning Filled car completely with proper gasoline and dropped off at airport. Charged a separate $104.93 after the fact for unknown reasons. It could possibly have been from the extra time my rental associate had to input my info. I was told at the time, that the extra rental had been removed.
5.9 OkayOct 11 2021
Pros: Budget offered the best rate for a minivan in Sacramento. Staff was friendly. Cons: We waited in line for an hour to rent the vehicle which had approximately 70,000 miles on it and needed service.
7.9 GoodOct 4 2021
Very long line at the counter, didn’t have car in class I rented (luxury), requested I wait 1/2 hour for a car, finally came up with a convertible which had very little trunk space and was not a comfortable ride at all.
10.0 ExcellentSep 11 2021
Extremely long wait time - one hour long. However nice, friendly and efficient. The wait time was long because budget and Avis are the only rental car service in the Sacramento Airport. Hertz, Enterprise and two other car rental services closed down.
10.0 ExcellentAug 31 2021
The line was extra long, however I was near the front at pickup. Dropping off was a breeze. Very friendly and organized!
10.0 ExcellentAug 15 2021
The price
3.9 MediocreAug 2 2021
More stuff is needed. Having one person at the desk made for over an hour wait.
10.0 ExcellentJul 31 2021
Everything was great
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Rated #4
Thrifty
7.3 Good (178 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 7 2021
Pick up was delayed by 1hr and we did not get adequate updates from the counter service members. We also felt very pressured into getting extra insurance coverage by the counter service employee and overall did not have a great experience.
1.9 HorribleAug 15 2021
Scammers. Put an advance deposit on the rental, then they charged the my credit card for $230 at the counter. Only after the paperwork was complete did they tell me it would be a TWO HOUR WAIT FOR A CAR! They gestured where I could sit and wait, amid FIFTY PEOPLE similarly situated. Then, the to extend my $96 car one more day they charged $175! TOTAL SCAMMERS.!
7.9 GoodJul 31 2021
Pickup counter was understaffed and I waited about 30 minutes to pick up the car. At night it was hard to see, but in daylight I noticed the car seats had some candy stains from previous renters. The car was a slightly upgraded size from what I reserved, and I'm confident it was the best price I could have gotten for those dates.
4.0 OkayJul 4 2021
Pick up for our vehicle was inordinately long.
8.0 ExcellentJun 15 2021
Vehicle was clean and performed well.We waited an hour and a half to get the car because there were two agents at the counter and one hundred people in line. Everybody was furious. Mainly because the price of the rental was triple of what it normally is. I had to rent a car. They stole money from me. That price should have been illegal. I'm still pissed off about that price!
6.0 GoodJun 5 2021
Friendly staff, easy drop offThe extra $100 I had to pay above and beyond what kayak.com said I would pay which turned out to be about $100/day. Kayak had me pay upfront and then pay on pick- up. I had to pay another $100 when I dropped off the car - state taxes they said. I was not happy.
6.0 GoodMay 25 2021
Waited in line for an hour to get to the counter due to a lack of counter personnel. Hertz customers were getting their rentals with only a reasonable wait. Counter person sent us to the wrong space for our car. Found it using the remote
8.0 ExcellentMay 12 2021
Staff was extremely friendly, however it was a hertz employee because you guys only had one representative. I felt bad because the line was long and a lot of ppl were upset at her but clearly it was not her fault.Have more employees! An hour plus wait is unacceptable specially when some ppl have children.
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2021
Nothing.Communication
2.0 MediocreMar 22 2021
I asked for a AWD cal and was told I was given a AWD car and instead they gave me a 2 wheel drive car.
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Rated #5
Payless
6.8 Good (224 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Payless
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 6.9
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 6.4
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
5.9 OkaySep 27 2021
I filled my tank before dropping off my car and was charged almost $60 for gas. When I called the agent said he would reverse the charge and I would receive a new receipt. Still waiting……
3.9 MediocreSep 19 2021
Waited close to an hour to pick up my car due to no agents at the counter! Why isn't this contactless service by now?
5.9 OkayAug 17 2021
The drop off was a bit odd, the location is away from the airport so I went to drop off but they were closed at noon and gave the option to drop keys off or go back to the airport and drop it off there. Wished there was more communication about that instead of having to go back and forth.
8.0 ExcellentJul 4 2021
YesNot as long of a line
2.0 MediocreJun 19 2021
nothingeverything
8.0 ExcellentJun 9 2021
The prius turned out to be really nice for road trips. I hardly saved so much money in gas, I was able to use that money for other fun things to do on my road trip with my family.Staff was friendly, but wished I knew Payless is grouped among other rental places in one building with one two lines. The car I asked for was not available, so I had to upgrade to a prius for a fee of $12.
8.0 ExcellentApr 28 2021
Should know you're dealing with miscellaneous counter people and they don't answer the local phone number, but will help you when you get to the counter.
2.0 MediocreMar 10 2021
There was no truck available. I was offered a small SUV. I waited for the truck. It was not clean inside or out. It was very dusty inside, and the truck had a smokey odor. I had to go back to the counter to request another truck. I waited over a hour.
2.0 MediocreAug 31 2020
N/aWe placed a reservation, went to pick up only to immediately be told by a lady there were NO CARS available. She told us to call and TRY to get our money back.
6.0 GoodJun 24 2020
That there was someone at the counter when I arrived.I reserved a mid-sized sedan due to my wife being handicapped, upon arrival I was informed that there where none available and was informed that I could take a truck or check with the other agencies. :(
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Rated #6
Enterprise
9.6 Excellent (30 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 9.6
  • 9.5
  • 9.6
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 5 2017
Trip to NapaExcellent customer service!
10.0 ExcellentMay 28 2017
Great service and great carThey recommended a Ford Fusion hybrid which was totally new to us. They said it was a very comfortable ride. We spent hours a day in it driving all over California and it was exceptionally comfortable. Saved gas money due too hybrid. Had plenty of power for our needs and no problems with it whatsoever.Trunk space is limited but worked out find for us since only two of traveling
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2017
Excellent customer serviceEric, the agent in Sacramento was very professional and polite! The type of car I reserved was not available so he immediately got another car for me...and all this while training a new employee! Enterprise is lucky to have him.
6.8 GoodMay 2 2017
Car was clean and ready to goI reserved a "Suppliers Choice" price and was disappointed. When I called the Sacramento office the day before, the rep said most likely I would get a small SUV or mini-van as that's what they had the most of...and that's what I would most likely get... If I had know it was going to be an economy car (Accent), I would have booked it directly in that class and saved some money! Never again!
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2017
Customer service. The lady who showed us our car. Very pleasant and professional
10.0 ExcellentFeb 5 2017
friendly staff
10.0 ExcellentJan 25 2017
Great experienceThey were extremely accommodating and friendly. Would recommend and use again.
10.0 ExcellentJan 3 2017
DelightfulCustomer service, flexibility, and upgrades when we had to wait.
10.0 ExcellentJan 2 2017
GREAT Customer Care/Support!End to End, great rental experience! Just no better way to put it! I will definitely use this location again.
8.8 ExcellentNov 21 2016
Overall Enterprise was greatCar, service, and value was all greatBoth employees helping customers were both having difficulties with the computers while helping myself and another customer. It was not the employees faults'. They had to call someone to "verify" something and it took 5-10 minutes.
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Rated #7
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (55 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Alamo
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
9.2 ExcellentApr 20 2017
priceyNice car with all the latest bells and whistles$72 per day is unreasonably high.
8.0 ExcellentApr 12 2017
Quick rental processMini van or pick-up truck were the only option. Traveling alone for business these options were not too appealing
8.0 ExcellentApr 11 2017
Easy procesi like the easy of getting the car. the guy that checked us in to get the car was ok. the drop off was much friendlier. the ease at dropoff was very easy. Brian
8.0 ExcellentApr 3 2017
Had a smell when we picked up.
7.6 GoodMar 27 2017
I requested a specific model of car and was able to get it. There was no line at the pickup counter.The windows and mirrors were not very clean.
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2017
ease of use and good pricing
8.0 ExcellentMar 21 2017
Great valueWe got a great deal with this rental. Car worked out great and was as expected. Drop off was excellent too, fasts and rep was really friendly.On arrival/pickup we did not have a good interaction with the rep. He was very confusing, stating that our vehicle did not have 4wd and wanted to upgrade me and charge me more. This was frustrating as I had called prior to booking to try to secure a 4wd vehicle. I decided against the additional upgrade and he still wanted to charge me more $ even though I had already prepaid and looked at me like I was crazy when I told him he prepaid. Fortunately we got in the car and there was a 4wd function as had been advertised.
6.8 GoodMar 8 2017
Less than promised- not a Toyota RAV4 but a 2WD JeWhen our car was unsafe to make it over the mountain pass in snow, a local Enterprise dealer allowed us to drop it off without crossing the mountains. He suggested that we might get a more snow-worthy vehicle from Enterprise, but we did not pursue that and found alternate transportation.We expected and needed a 4WD SUV. The car provided at Sacramento was not that, and getting the type of vehicle we expected required an upgrade. So we took what was provided. But when it was time to return the car, the mountain passes required either 4WD or chains and we did not have that. Our rental was billed as RAV4 or "similar"..but similar meant just another vehicle of similar size, not one that performs as well.
6.0 GoodMar 4 2017
The car was nice and the price affordable. It was only a short shuttle from the airport. The people at the drop-off were also super nice.The pickup was not pleasant. My flight had been delayed for four hours and I was sick, so I was exhausted and not feeling well when I arrived since I also had not eaten much all day. I was told the car was going to be driven around the side of the building for me to pick up. They handed me the keys, told me it was some kind of Nissan and didn't say the color or anything. I walked around the side of the building and a BUNCH of cars had been driven up, including a Nissan that was not my car. I couldn't find my car. I had to walk back around the building and the counter staff seemed annoyed I needed help. I was almost in tears at this point because I was so tired. I just needed a little help and kindness. It turned out the car had not been driven up and was across the parking lot. The guy walked me halfway too it then handed me the keys and made a vague gesture before turning back to the building without a word.
8.4 ExcellentFeb 27 2017
Staff at Location Was Great, Phone Support Not SoMy flight got delayed past the time they were supposed to close. Some of the other rental places in the same building were closed and people weren't able to get their vehicles. Alamo stayed open at least an hour past closing time to help out, and if they minded staying late for work I would have never noticed. Very friendly, great service.The phone support was pretty poor. The first lady I talked to before my flight left was friendly and polite, but all she could tell me was "They usually stay open if flights are delayed, but it's Friday night, so it depends..." What does that even mean? Anyway, she said she'd put a note on my rental saying that I'd be arriving late, and she told me to call back as soon as I got in. I called Alamo's main support number again as soon as I landed, but the guy on the phone insisted that they'd be closed since it was a little after their listed closing time. I already knew their listed closing time, I explained, but the lady I talked to before my flight had said they would probably stay open a little later so maybe he could check for me? He gave me a number for the local branch so I could try to call them (apparently he couldn't put me on hold and do it himself because that would've been too helpful). It rang through to voice mail twice, but the message didn't mention Alamo at all. I assume he gave me the wrong number, or maybe I wrote it down wrong (it wouldn't have mattered if he'd just called them for me like a decent customer service person would do). So now I was pretty sure I was screwed. I called back to the main number and got the same guy, and he was totally unhelpful again. All I wanted at that point was anything helpful about what I could do if they were closed (could I cancel, get a discount, sleep on the floor in the rentals building, or what?), but the only thing he told me was "you can go there tomorrow morning when they open." Even if he couldn't help, a little bit of understanding or politeness would've been great, but no such luck. Maybe if I'm being generous it wasn't the worst customer service I've ever had, but if so it wasn't by much. Thankfully the guy didn't know what the hell he was talking about and they were still open so it didn't matter.
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Rated #8
E-Z Rent-A-Car
7.7 Good (76 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 3 2018
Great car at great price!The counter clerk was nice and renting the car was easy. The car itself was spacious and had good features. The return process was super easy and took about 30 seconds.Nothing
6.0 GoodJan 29 2018
Car smellCar smelled like someone had been smoking. Very disappointed since we hate smoking.
2.0 MediocreJan 25 2018
Fiasco!NothingTried to overcharge me for insurance. The car was filthy. The seats were grease stained and the bumper was held on with tape. At freeway speed it shook so bad it was unsafe! I was in a hurry to get to a business meeting or I would have walked out. Never again!
10.0 ExcellentJan 15 2018
EZ Car RentalIt was very easy. Best I’ve ever done.
8.0 ExcellentDec 14 2017
Friendly service, priceMy car Kia Soul. Did not like the car itself. Garbage was still left in car from previous renter.
2.0 MediocreDec 11 2017
Not what it appeared...I was charged almost 50$ just to make the reservation. There were multiple hidden fees. Price point was way too much.
6.8 GoodSep 5 2017
Pickup and return agents were friendly. Car was good, nice to have Siruis XM, LTE hot spot and Apple CarPlay.Waited over 45 minutes in line for only 3 guests in front of me. The system seemed very unorganized. Agent had to run back and forth to car lot multiple times to get keys. First car he got for us was apparently already rented. No inspection was done upon check out, this is a huge RED FLAG. It was up to us to go over the car and markup the damage report in a dark parking lot with little light after waiting forever in line. Upon return the agent was very critical of every piece of damage. Luckily we had caught everything and had marked it on the inspection form.
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2017
Fast service, good pricing, nice car.
3.6 MediocreApr 16 2017
Upsoldget there safelyThey took advantage of the customer as there was a big storm and upsold me for a slightly better SUV that had all wheel driv. I had preciously rented an all whell drive suv and they confirmed over phone it was, but when I get there they tell me ita 2wheel drive and will cost 165% of my original reservation tk get a all wheel drive vehicle, not even 4x4. Just terrible business practice.
3.6 MediocreApr 10 2017
Up Sold, under deliveredThat I made it safe in the snowstormSince there was a big storm, I called ahead to confirm SUV had 4x4 or all wheel drive and was told most had all wheel drive and it wouldn't cost more than $20/day for 4wheel drive. That said, I did not cancel and book a 4x4 at similar price with another rental company. When I arrived the prices got much higher and told no SUV's have al wheel drive, so I was forced to buy a more expensive vehicle and it was a very dated old jeep. I paid 165% of the original booking for an SUV! Never again.
Rated #9
Avis
7.4 Good (49 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Avis
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 22 2021
This place would not let me pick up the car. I didn’t have a credit card on me just debit cards and a credit card in my apple wallet but of course the equipment is too old and they can’t take apple wallet cards. I was stranded! Luckily Hertz let me rent withe a deposit, of course it was double the price to rent a car on the day of but what could I do. Avis policy and equipment caused a horrible experience and I will never use them again
2.0 MediocreJun 25 2021
The rental car we requested was not available, so the Avis in Sacramento gave us a different model. After a few hours of driving, the oil light came on. We stopped and discovered that the dip stick had not been secured and the engine had been spewed all over the engine. We then went to a roadside mechanic who informed us the engine was almost completely out of oil. This occured directly before we were driving down the Pacific Coast Highway around Big Sur, California. If the engine light had alerted us 20 minutes later that the engine was almost out of oil, we wouldve been stranded along the coast without cell service in an extremely remote location. Completely unacceptable.
2.0 MediocreApr 29 2021
They gave us one price on the website then when we checked out at the end of our trip it was more than double. This is not right and a mega scam will never use you guys again.
8.0 ExcellentMar 29 2021
Pick up and drop off we’re easyCar had some melted chocolate on drivers seat. Could have been cleaner.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2021
Staff, vehicleAt Sacramento airport, they did not honor the amount I had with online reservation. I have $11.00 something on insurance and they sid they have their own insurance at $ 17.00 so I have to get their higher insurance.
2.0 MediocreJan 1 2021
I mistakenly reserved a car in SAC rather than SAL. The Avis lady was very nice in SAL giving me a new rental at a reasonable price and cancelling my SAC reservation. But Kayak nevertheless charged me a $50 fee for not cancelling the SAC reservation. When I called Avis they said they could not do anything about it because it was a Kayak charge. I don’t know how to contact Kayak other than this.
10.0 ExcellentJul 12 2020
Friendly staff. Nice carNothing. Everything was great
8.4 ExcellentMay 3 2020
Staff was very friendly picking up at Sacramento Intl Airport, not so much at the dropoff in PhoenixCar had an odor to it like someone had smoked a pipe or cigar in it.
5.6 OkayDec 14 2019
I had a reservation but when I arrived at the counter it took 40 minutes to get to a counter attenant, they took 10 minutes to get my paper work, then I had to wait 20 more minutes for the car - more than 1 hour to get a car - UNACCEPTABLE.
6.4 GoodNov 11 2019
The carA receipt after drop off
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Rated #10
National
8.5 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
National
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
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10.0 ExcellentJan 3 2017
The staff is great. The car I rented was excellent
4.0 OkayOct 19 2016
Stripped van. Seats uncomfortable. No back up camera. I am elite status yet I was offeredno choice and directed to a specific van parked in back saying it was "reserved" for me. It was so lacking amenities I thought I was driving a van from the 90s. I expected much more!
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Rated #11
Airport Van
4.6 Okay (18 reviews)
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Airport Van
Locations in Sacramento Intl Airport
  • 4.5
  • 4.5
  • 4.6
  • 4.6
  • 4.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 9 2020
I never rented as when I called to be picked up from the airport they said they close earlier than the time we agreed for me to drop the car and suggested I should rent from somewhere else
2.0 MediocreJun 25 2020
The office was closed without explanation and made us late for our trip as we had to find another rental. Their phone numbers are mostly disconnected. Super unprofessional.Everything.
2.0 MediocreJun 24 2020
Staff was extremely unprofessional and does not take accountability for their lack of thoroughness with their product. The van we rented was in severe need of a check-up - tail lights not working, oil change, alignment, electrical, etc.... when this brought to their attention they only made excuses and told us “well, you rented a van.” They didn’t care. Don’t rent a van from this company.
2.0 MediocreJun 22 2020
Nothing. Place appears to be close.They don't exist and they need to stop being advertised on the site. Their phone is disconnected and they don't answer. I even looked them up online and called a different number.
10.0 ExcellentJun 10 2020
I don’t think anything could have been better. I was perfectly happy!
2.0 MediocreJun 6 2020
I waited at the rental company for two hours and no one ever arrived to rent me a vehicle. I tried reaching them by phone and email, but still haven’t heard back from them.I needed a car, but ended up going to another company the following day.
2.0 MediocreApr 25 2020
The phone number listed to contact them to call for the van drop off was no longer in service.
2.0 MediocreMar 26 2018
No cars available!Getting out of there!We drove 40 miles to this location because we couldn’t find a seven passenger vehicle available anywhere else. Upon arrival they informed us that they had no vehicles available, and weren’t sure when they would be available. We waited for about 20 minutes before leaving and going to try our luck at the airport, because we were on a time crunch. There were two other couples in the same situation as us. All three waiting for vehicles. The staff were unhelpful and seemed frantic; not the service i was hoping for after a 40 mile drive!
2.0 MediocreMar 2 2018
SlowThey took too long to show up. I hope my money has been returned. I rented from some other agency.
2.0 MediocreDec 8 2017
Phone out of order!! :(Cancelled reservation — was a nightmareThe rental is offsite, not at the rental counter. You are suppose to call a number for them to send a van to pick you up, but the number was out of order. That wasn’t a good sign, so we cancelled the reservation.
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Advance Car And Truck Rental
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Avr
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
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Easirent
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Easirent
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Europcar
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Europcar
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Its Rent a Car
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Its Rent a Car
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
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Sunnycars
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Sunnycars
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Sacramento Intl Airport
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
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Thrifty

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$49/day

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$39/day

Top tips for renting a car at Sacramento Intl Airport

  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) sits about 10.5 miles from the city center, and a car ride is the quickest means to travel between the two locations. Public transportation can take a travel time of roughly 44min, while driving a vehicle to the city center significantly minimizes the time to approximately 11min. We recommend that you consider a car rental at Sacramento International Airport if you're pressed for time or would like to get to your destination in the shortest possible time.
  • There are multiple car types available at SMF Airport for you to choose from. For example, a passenger van rental can accommodate around 12-15 people and is ideal if you're in town to explore. An SUV will come in handy if you're an outdoor person looking for adventure. It can carry about 5-7 people, with ample cargo space left for your outdoor gear. You can also select a long-term car rental, such as the monthly option if you'll be staying in Sacramento for long. You're likely to get better rates if you rent for long and it's also possible to change vehicles.
  • When your rental period is over, and you would like to return the vehicle at SMF Airport, it's best to refill the gas per the rental agency's policy to avoid unnecessary setbacks. Companies usually offer a full-full and a same-same fuel policy. It's also wise to check whether the car is in the same condition as you found it to prepare for any repair costs for damages if needed. Once you're ready, head over to the point of pickup by following the "Rental Car Return" signs to complete the return process (it's best to mark the location when renting). Afterward, a rental car shuttle will drop you off at the airport terminal.
  • If you're considering a car rental at Sacramento International Airport, keep in mind that you might find it hard to pick up or drop off your vehicle during peak hours. The airport's rush hours are generally in the mornings and evenings when people commute for work. It's best to schedule your arrival at the airport before such times to ensure that you don't experience long shuttle wait times to the rental car center. Drop off your vehicle during off-peak hours to avoid the traffic on Interstate 5 as you head toward Airport Boulevard.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars at Sacramento Intl Airport for $45 or less
  • Book your rental car at Sacramento Intl Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Sacramento Intl Airport

  • For a car rental at Sacramento International Airport, you must submit a valid driver's license at the time of pick up. If your license isn't U.S.-issued, you'll have to present your foreign driver's license, and some car rental agencies may require your passport. If you're renting a car for more than 90 days, an International Driving Permit must accompany your foreign driver's license. You'll also require a debit or credit card in your name, per the rental company requirements. Most car hire agencies require that you be at minimum 21 years old to rent a car, but drivers under 25 may experience a young driver's surcharge.

  • Once you disembark from your flight, follow the airport signs to the baggage claim location. Head outside to the designated shuttle stops and get on a rental car shuttle. If a shuttle isn't available, you'll have about a 10min shuttle wait time. The shuttle will take you to the rent-a-car facility, from where you can head over to the car rental agency counter you want. A staff member will direct you to the car lot adjacent to the facility once you pick up your keys.

  • Yes. People with disabilities or reduced mobility can rent disability-friendly vehicles from Sacramento International Airport car rental agencies. Some companies that provide cars for disabled travelers include Budget, Avis, National, and Hertz, and they all have convenient office locations in the airport vicinity. These companies typically require that you make reservations about 48-72h beforehand to ensure that equipped vehicles are available.

  • On average a rental car at Sacramento Intl Airport costs $59 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($32/day), Thrifty ($35/day) and Dollar ($38/day).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies at Sacramento Intl Airport are Alamo (8.7, 55 reviews), Hertz (7.7, 243 reviews), and Budget (7.5, 173 reviews).

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Sacramento Intl Airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Advantage, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Payless, and Avis.