San Diego Car Rental Comparison: Low Rates, Great Cars and Trucks

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In San Diego, car rental is easy and smart!

Most travelers to San Diego will touch down at San Diego International Airport, located about three miles northwest of the downtown business district and about 15 miles from the Mexican border at Tijuana. San Diego International is a very busy single-runway airport, with around 550 daily arrivals and departures. In addition to domestic flights, the airport serves passengers headed to Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. It's also notable that the nearby Tijuana International Airport offers nonstop flights to Shanghai, China.

At San Diego International, you will find rental car reservation boards near baggage claim in both terminals. Customers can use courtesy phones to call for a free shuttle to the off-airport location of a San Diego Airport car rental company. This isn't necessary during peak arrival times, as major rental car providers – including Advantage, Avis, Enterprise and Hertz – keep shuttles waiting outside the terminals. So you may want to check the center traffic aisle at Terminal 1, or the traffic island at the west end of Terminal 2, before calling for your shuttle.

Another great reason to book a cheap San Diego car rental is the somewhat unique Southern California terrain. In San Diego, there are around 200 deep canyons separating its mesas, and this creates small opens spaces throughout the hilly city. Residents traditionally built businesses and residential developments atop the mesas, leaving the canyons to nature. As a result, the city's canyons create gaps between segments of the town, meaning your car rental San Diego – and probably a good mapping service – will be an important decision since it can be a challenge to navigate the beautiful streets and highways.

Always remember that when you use VroomVroomVroom to find an affordable San Diego car rental, you'll never have to worry about hidden fees! Our service will send you an instant confirmation email once you book the rental car, and then you can rest easy knowing you won't have to worry about arranging transportation once you're in San Diego! And if there's a change of plans, don't be concerned -- VroomVroomVroom never charges a cancellation fee!

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.

5 Things You Must Do in San Diego West

San Diego (West) is situated in the western part of the County. The city has been named as one of the major economic centers and is a booming center for agriculture, computer sciences, software development, telecommunications and tourism related industries.

1. Pay a visit to Hillcrest: This is a neighborhood well known for its diverse and localized businesses. Hillcrest is also the commercial home to San Diego's gay and lesbian population.

2. Take a trip to University Heights: This area is one of San Diego's oldest communities and is filled with a very fine array of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and has a large recreational park.

3. Enjoy the relaxing pace at Ocean Beach: This is a small, sleepy, unpretentious beach community with a collection of antique stores, bars, and restaurants. This quaint beach town, home to many artists and musicians, prides itself on being one of the few places left in the county where the majority of its shops are privately owned and managed.

4. Enjoy leisure time at North Park: This area is a mixed neighborhood of architectural styles and consists of many art galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. It also has a theater which is the home of Lyric Opera, San Diego, a local performing arts group.

5. Check out Linda Vista: This community has been a major influence in San Diego since 1940 when government agencies housed its workers related to the air-craft industry under a government project. The area is home of the very first mall-type shopping center in the United States, dedicated by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. 

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Top depots in San Diego
  • Avis Downtown San Diego Car RentalAvis Downtown San Diego - 1670 Kettner Blvd, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Exotic Car Collection Car RentalEnterprise Exotic Car Collection - 7993 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Kearny Mesa Car RentalEnterprise Kearny Mesa - 7993 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Avis Mission Valley - Town & Country Resort Car RentalAvis Mission Valley - Town & Country Resort - 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz Manchester Grand Hyatt Car RentalHertz Manchester Grand Hyatt - 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Point Loma Car RentalEnterprise Point Loma - 2740 Lytton Street, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Hertz Downtown Sd Car RentalHertz Downtown Sd - 1350 6Th Ave, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz Kearney Mesa Car RentalHertz Kearney Mesa - 8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B, Kearny Mesa, CA. 92111
  • Budget Kearny Mesa Ca Car RentalBudget Kearny Mesa Ca - 7815 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Downtown San Diego Car RentalEnterprise Downtown San Diego - 900 F St Ste 167, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Mira Mesa Car RentalEnterprise Mira Mesa - 6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Hertz Marvin K Brown Car RentalHertz Marvin K Brown - 1441 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz Toyota San Diego Car RentalHertz Toyota San Diego - 5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600, San Diego, CA. 92120
  • Enterprise Mission Valley Car RentalEnterprise Mission Valley - 1333 Camino Del Rio South #101, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Hotel Circle Car RentalEnterprise Hotel Circle - 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz Marriott Mission Valley Car RentalHertz Marriott Mission Valley - 8757 Rio San Diego Drive (Hotel Guests Only), San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Pacific Beach East Car RentalEnterprise Pacific Beach East - 2780 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA. 92109
  • Enterprise College Car RentalEnterprise College - 3851 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92105
  • Avis Downtown San Diego - Broadway & 7th Ave Car RentalAvis Downtown San Diego - Broadway & 7th Ave - 640 Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Budget Rancho Bernardo Ca Car RentalBudget Rancho Bernardo Ca - 16558 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise Exotic Car San Car RentalEnterprise Exotic Car San - 1691 Hancock St, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise North Island Base Car RentalEnterprise North Island Base - Nas N. Island Nex Bldg. 484, San Diego, CA. 92135
  • Enterprise 32Nd Street Naval Base Car RentalEnterprise 32Nd Street Naval Base - Nex Naval Stn Fleetstore #3301, San Diego, CA. 92136
  • Enterprise Miramar Marine Corp Base Car RentalEnterprise Miramar Marine Corp Base - Main Exchange, Bldg 2660, 45233 Antares Drive, San Diego, CA. 92145
  • Enterprise Miramar Car RentalEnterprise Miramar - 5810 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Hertz Crowne Plaza San Diego Car RentalHertz Crowne Plaza San Diego - 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz John Hine Pontiac Car RentalHertz John Hine Pontiac - 1545 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Hilton Sd Bayfront Car RentalEnterprise Hilton Sd Bayfront - 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz Se Auto Body Car RentalHertz Se Auto Body - 2175 Hancock St, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Avis Midway District Car RentalAvis Midway District - 2790 Kurtz Street, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Enterprise Miramar East Car RentalEnterprise Miramar East - 9292 Miramar Rd # 28, San Diego, CA. 92126
  • Enterprise Rancho Bernardo Car RentalEnterprise Rancho Bernardo - 11635 Iberia Pl, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise Little Italy Car RentalEnterprise Little Italy - 2305 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA. 92101
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