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Book a car rental in San Diego and enjoy the sights of southern California. VroomVroomVroom partners with leading suppliers in the region to provide you with affordable car hire, such as Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Budget. We can help you take advantage of the best car rental deals so you can enjoy your trip to San Diego.

San Diego is a sunny city located on the beautiful Pacific coast. The city is home to a variety of parks, gardens, museums and great restaurants. Explore more of California, and see the surrounding canyons and incredible landscapes. VroomVroomVroom also compares car rental from San Diego International Airport.

Reasons to book car rental in San Diego with VroomVroomVroom

VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect car rental in San Diego so you can explore this popular region. Here are a few reasons to book your hire car with us: 
  1. Best prices: VroomVroomVroom gives you access to the best rates on car rental in San Diego. We have negotiated deals with top car rental companies to ensure that you get a great price. Read our Price Promise for all the details.
  2. Easy booking system: Our user-friendly booking system is easy to navigate, and lets you reserve a rental car in minutes. Simply fill in the search form above and start comparing the best deals.
  3. Airport location: VroomVroomVroom also offers car rental at San Diego International Airport, located about three miles northwest of downtown. San Diego International is a busy, single-runway airport that caters to around 550 daily arrivals. It offers flights to Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. It is just 15 miles from Tijuana on the Mexican border. 
  4. No booking and modification fees. You can also cancel for free as long as you do it 48 hours prior your pickup. 
  5. Customer care: Our skilled customer care experts are always ready to assist you with your rental car. Contact us via phone, email or live chat if you have any questions. 

Driving Tips in San Diego

If you are picking up your hire car from San Diego International, you will find rental car reservation boards near baggage claim in both terminals. During peak arrival times major car rental providers keep shuttles waiting outside the terminals. In San Diego around 200 canyons create gaps between segments of the town. The city is quite hilly, and can be challenging to navigate at times. There is a lot to see around San Diego. Plan your route in advance, and prepare for longer journeys if you are traveling interstate. San Diego is located just under two hours from Los Angeles via the I-5 N. It is a 30 minute drive to the Mexican border from the city, but be aware that a lot of car rental companies do not allow their cars to be taken into Mexico. 

Here are some more useful information about San Diego

San Diego is a city in Southern California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the second-largest California city and was the first site on the United States' western coastline visited by European explorers. Home to over 1.3 million people, San Diego is a city known for its gorgeous beaches, its association with the United States Navy, and for its adjacency to the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana – a popular Mexican tourist town. If you're planning to be in San Diego, and you've used VroomVroomVroom to book your rental car in advance, you might take it for an afternoon or weekend trip and spend some time in Tijuana!

Other visitors to San Diego may prefer to stay in the city for fun, such as a National Football League game at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers! The city is also home to Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres, and you can drive your rental car San Diego for a fun afternoon or night game at Petco Park.

San Diego was once called “the tuna capital of the world” as it was home to many American tuna fishing and canning operations for about 70 years (ending in the early 1980s). Now it's not about the tuna, it's all about the tourists – tourism is a major industry, thanks to the city's warm and sunny climate, plenty of beaches, and attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego.

Comic-Con is an annual convention that attracts tens of thousands to the city, and other annual events like the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament and November's San Diego Beer Week – featuring the local craft beer brewing industry – attract thousands more. If you're in the city during one of these events, you'll be glad you booked your San Diego car rental in advance using VroomVroomVroom, getting the best deal and the best selection for yourself and your family or associates. More than 30 million visitors were drawn to San Diego in 2009, spending around $15 billion in the area. The San Diego Convention Center hosted 68 major conventions and trade shows that year!

5 Things to Do in San Diego

San Diego is one of California's most popular destinations for many reasons. Large amusement parks, a world- renowned zoo and its many beaches and parks offer everything needed for the perfect vacation for everyone!

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1. The San Diego Zoo- The San Diego Zoo is one of the world's most famous zoos, housing 4,000 animals and 800 rare and exotic species. Popular zoo activities include a three mile guided bus tour, a children's petting zoo, sky tram and baby animal nursery. One of the most popular exhibits is a family of Giant Pandas.

2. Legoland Amusement Park- Relive childhood by going to Legoland amusement park. This 128 acre theme park featuring over 40 activities and rides that are "kid powered" where kids push, pull, steer, pedal, squirt, climb, or build.

3. Sea World- San Diego's Sea World is one of the city's most popular attractions. Sea World's highly acclaimed show features Shamu the killer whale and many other aquatic animals (above). Another popular attraction is the Journey to Atlantis ride, which drops riders over a 60 foot hill into the water below. You can find it at 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego.

4. Balboa Park- Balboa Park is the largest urban park in the nation. Within the park there are many attractions, such as the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Art, and Automotive Museum. Eight gardens also surround the park for guests to visit and enjoy.

5. San Diego's Old Town- This place showcases the city's past with historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, Stewart House, Estudillo House and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego. It's worth a visit if you're a history buff.

Luscious San Diego is a happy medium if you're on a relaxing holiday and don't want to spend too much time in hectic Los Angeles. To be a true traveller, however, you'll need to see it all. Rent a car to and from these cities to enjoy both at their best.
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Top depots in San Diego
  • Avis Avis Downtown San Diego - 1670 Kettner Blvd, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Enterprise Kearny Mesa - 7993 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Enterprise Convention Center - Sd - 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA. 76116
  • Hertz Hertz Manchester Grand Hyatt - 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Avis Avis Mission Valley - Town & Country Resort - 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Budget Budget Kearny Mesa Ca - 7815 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Budget Budget San Diego - 2745 Otay Pacific Dr, Crossborderxpress, Cincinnati, CA. 45255
  • Enterprise Enterprise Point Loma - 2740 Lytton Street, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Hertz Hertz San Diego - Downtown San Diego HLE - 1120 West Laurel Street, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz Hertz Kearney Mesa - 8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B, Kearny Mesa, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Enterprise Downtown San Diego - 900 F St Ste 167, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Enterprise Hotel Circle - 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Enterprise Mira Mesa - 6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Hertz Hertz Marvin K Brown - 1441 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz Hertz Toyota San Diego - 5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600, San Diego, CA. 92120
  • Enterprise Enterprise Mission Valley - 1333 Camino Del Rio South #101, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Avis Avis Midway District - 2790 Kurtz Street, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Hertz Hertz Crowne Plaza San Diego - 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Avis Avis Downtown San Diego - Broadway & 7th Ave - 640 Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz Hertz John Hine Pontiac - 1545 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Enterprise Hilton Sd Bayfront - 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Budget Budget Rancho Bernardo Ca - 16558 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise Enterprise North Island Base - Nas N. Island Nex Bldg. 484, San Diego, CA. 92135
  • Enterprise Enterprise 32Nd Street Naval Base - Nex Naval Stn Fleetstore #3301, San Diego, CA. 92136
  • Enterprise Enterprise Miramar Marine Corp Base - Main Exchange, Bldg 2660, 45233 Antares Drive, San Diego, CA. 92145
  • Budget Budget Carmel Valley / Del Mar - 3890 Valley Center Dr Ste 106, Piazza Carmel Shopping Centre, San Diego, CA. 92130
  • Budget Budget San Diego Town And Ctry Hotel - 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley Town & Country, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Budget Budget Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego - 4550 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla Embassy Suites Hotel, San Diego, CA. 92122
  • Enterprise Enterprise Miramar - 5810 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Avis Avis Cross Border Xpress (CBX) - 2745 Otay Pacific Drive, San Diego, CA. 92154
  • Enterprise Enterprise Pacific Beach East - 2780 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA. 92109
  • Enterprise Enterprise College - 3851 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92105
  • Enterprise Enterprise Miramar East - 9292 Miramar Rd # 28, San Diego, CA. 92126
  • Enterprise Enterprise Rancho Bernardo - 11635 Iberia Pl, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise Enterprise Little Italy - 2305 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA. 92101
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