Having a Cheap Car Rental in San Francisco Will Make You Feel Like A Winner

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Why you should rent a car when visiting San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its unique summer fogs, the tasteful co-existence of Victorian and modern architecture, and its most renowned icon -- the Golden Gate Bridge. The beautiful Californian city is best explored with a car rental and where else can you find the best deal? Only at VroomVroomVroom, which is USA's best service for car rental comparison because we offer so many benefits for people who wish to compare rates:

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Whether you're travelling for a business trip or a vacation, we can help you find the perfect car rental in San Francisco. We can also provide RV rental in San Francisco for those planning to go on a road trip.  You'll save money when you compare all the available vehicles from major car rental providers, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National! If you need help in finding or booking a rental car in San Francisco, feel free to Contact Us either via email, phone call, or live chat. 

Are you flying to San Francisco?

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Most travelers arriving in San Francisco will touch down at San Francisco International Airport.The airport is the operational base for Virgin America and it's also a hub for United Airlines.

It's approximately a 13-mile trip north from the airport into San Francisco, because the airport actually sits outside the city, in San Mateo County. An SFO car rental will allow you to get into, and then to get around the city, quickly and easily. 

And there are no upfront fees for our service, so you pay when you arrive. There are also no hidden fees and no cancellation fees!

Could you save money by flying to a different airport?

Across the San Francisco Bay (and on its eastern shore) is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, which in many instances is a lower-cost alternative to flying into San Francisco International. The drive is about 30 minutes from the Oakland Airport to the heart of San Francisco. From either airport, we recommend that you use VroomVroomVroom to compare cheap SFO car rental rates and save money!

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It will also save you up time because you can just easily pick up your cheap rental car once you arrive at the airport. San Francisco International Airport's Rental Car Center serves as a convenient location, and you can get to it utilizing the airport's AirTrain transport system. AirTrain – an elevated train – runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is wheelchair accessible. Stations for the system can be found in the terminals, terminal garages and the Rental Car Center. AirTrain's Blue Line provides service to the R.C.C. If your company is off-airport, just take AirTrain to the R.C.C. and transfer to off-airport SFO car rental shuttles, which pick up customers along the south curb of the R.C.C.

Driving tips in San Francisco

If you are planning to rent a car either in the city or at the airport, it is still best to explore San Francisco by foot to save up on costly parking fees and traffic. However, your rental car will come in handy when you drive outside the bay area. To save up on parking fees, it is best to park your car outside of town. The bay area is linked to highways 101, 80, and 880 which makes it easier to access to San Mateo, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe. 

Things to do in San Francisco

Jump into your rental car and drive on over to the piers of the San Francisco Bay. A favorite is the Fisherman's Wharf on Pier 39, where you can:

  • get a view of the famous Alcatraz Island
  • take a tour of the Bay
  • sit and watch the lazy sea lions
  • do a little shopping
  • or grab a bowl of the Bay's famous clam chowder

San Francisco's Bay Area is home to many of the nation's most popular sights. It will tempt the fussiest of travelers with great historical sites, fantastic shopping and a culture that can't be found anywhere else.

san-francisco cable line street01_location.png Metreon -  Are you in the mood for some shopping? Book a car rental with us and visit the Metreon. It's a first-of-its-kind entertainment center in the heart of downtown San Francisco. It includes a variety of restaurants, shopping venues, theaters, and entertainment destinations, including the West Coast's largest IMAX theater, making this a fun destination for all ages! 

01_location.png Hyde Street Cable Car Line - Come visit the most crooked street in San Francisco!! Drive your cheap car rental over to the Hyde Street Cable Car Line which stops on the crest -- you'll get a great view of the bay from this point.

01_location.png NFL Action -  Visitors who want to attend a National Football League game in San Francisco will actually have to drive their rental car to suburban Santa Clara. (It's just northwest of San Jose.) The San Francisco 49ers home games will now take place in the newly constructed Levi's Stadium at 4900 Centennial Boulevard, Santa Clara, California.

01_location.png The Golden Gate Bridge - The Golden Gate Bridge is an obvious destination for any trip to the Bay area. There are great views from both the north and south side of this marvel of engineering. However, most agree that the best way to see the sights is to do a walking tour of the 1.7 mile bridge.

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01_location.png The Rock - Make sure to get early reservations for Alcatraz, one of the world's most famous prisons. There is both a day and night tour for visitors, and you'll be issued with a self-guided audio tour to get the most out of the experience. 

01_location.png Fisherman's Wharf - Fisherman's Wharf is a collection of many attractions. Whether you like museums, restaurants, boating or shopping, it's all right there at the wharf. Highlights include the Aquarium, Ghirardelli Square, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and the famous seals of Fisherman's Wharf.

01_location.png Segway San Francisco - Visitors get a 30 to 40 minute training session before heading out on a fully narrated tour. 

01_location.png Cartoon Art Museum - For something a little different, visit the Cartoon Art Museum. Known as “the only museum west of the Appalachians devoted to preserving cartoon art of all forms”, it houses many examples of rare and original cartoon items.

San Fran is a little delight, at any time or season. Take a road trip to discover this gem and do it cheap with a San Fran rental car.

Here's a brief overview of the history of San Francisco's most famous landmark

The “Golden Gate” is actually the name of the span between the city of San Francisco and Marin County, where San Francisco Bay opens out to the vast Pacific Ocean. In other words, the bridge is the way across the Golden Gate!

San Francisco street hill housesIn the 19th & 20th centuries, ferry boats transported people (and later, their cars) from San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier to Sausalito on the other side. The trip cost $1 per vehicle, and took about 20 minutes.

Some “experts” claimed that a bridge could not be built across the strait, which is over a mile (over 2 kilometres) wide. The fog, the high winds, and the water -- 372 feet deep in the middle -- made construction very hazardous.

A bridge engineer named Joseph Strauss proposed in 1916 that he could build a bridge across the Gate for $17 million, which was about 85% less than others thought it would cost. The U.S. Navy was against it, saying that it would hurt ship traffic. Finally, in 1933 after much debate and conflict, and with a new design from bridge designer Leon Moisseiff, architect Irving Morrow and engineer Charles Alton Ellis began construction of the bridge. It cost over $35 million, although this was still under the final budget total approved by officials. It took over 4 years.

One day in May 1987, for its 50th anniversary, the bridge was closed to car traffic, and an estimated 800 to 900 thousand pedestrians walked across it. At one point, about 300 thousand people stood in the middle of the bridge, which actually caused its center span to flatten out (as it's designed to do). The fear was that although the bridge is believed to still be capable of holding twice as much weight, it was in some small danger of collapse! So in 2012, for the 75th anniversary, no such activity was part of the celebration.

Some of the top fine dining establishments in San Francisco

Your rental car allows you the freedom to sample everything that San Francisco has to offer. When you're in the mood for a great night out, getting a fantastic meal at one of the best restaurants in the entire city is only a matter of making a reservation, hopping into your cheap car rental, and driving over to one of these magnificent places to eat.

Acquerello Italian food

01_location.pngKokkari Estiatorio is the top-reviewed restaurant in all of San Francisco. Their Mediterranean menu features entrees of amazing Greek and seafood dishes. For a really special night out, trust us - drive your car rental to Kokkari Estiatorio and you won't be disappointed! They even take reservations online.

01_location.pngRestaurant Gary Danko is another of the most popular restaurants in 'Frisco. It's a pricey place to eat (you might easily spend $80 per person), but it's well worth it for the outstanding service and the very memorable experience you'll have when you enjoy a meal from this special American menu.

01_location.pngMake an online reservation and then drive your rental car to Acquerello for the best Italian food in S.F. -- it's the perfect place for a special occasion meal, or an important business dinner. Or, drive the car rental that you booked at VroomVroomVroom up to North Beach and check out The House. It's the best Asian fusion place in the entire city.

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Giannina Pacheco is a content writer and car rental expert at VroomVroomVroom.com - The easiest way to rent a car!
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