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How can I pay for my rental car?
Payment for a rental car should preferably be made by credit card. It is possible to pay by debit card, however at the rental counter you will need a credit card issued to the main driver in order to secure the deposit for your rental car.
Who is allowed to drive the rental car and what are the conditions?
A rental car can be driven by a main driver, that is the person registered in the booking. Additional drivers may be added to the reservation at extra fee. The main and additional drivers are to present a valid driving license, which they have been in possession of for at least one year (please refer to the rental conditions), and a valid identity card/passport. Additionally, the main driver is to present a valid credit card issued in their name.
Do I have to pick up and return the car at any time? What happens if I am late for pick-up?
We recommend that you pick up the car at the agreed time as the availability of the car cannot be guaranteed in case of a delay. As a rule, local suppliers keep vehicles available up to 30 or 60 minutes after the agreed time. If a delay is inevitable, please contact the rental agency (you will find their contact details on the voucher).
What documents are required to pick up the vehicle?
When picking up the vehicle, the main driver is to present the following documents: the printed voucher, their identity card or passport; their driving's license and their valid credit card.
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Frequently asked questions about car rental in San Francisco

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1. What do I need to consider when renting a car in San Francisco?

If you want to rent a car in San Francisco, we recommend that you book it in advance. Define the car size, i.e. a small car or a family van, choose an insurance package and the local supplier that meets your requirements. Choose additional options and compare the best offers on HAPPYCAR.

2. Why do I need a credit card to rent a car in San Francisco?

A credit card issued to the main driver of the vehicle is required to block a security deposit for your rental in San Francisco. We recommend that you check the rental conditions to make sure your credit card will be accepted.

3. Who can drive my rental car in San Francisco?

If you are planning to rent a car in San Francisco, include an additional driver at extra fee. You can also filter the search with an "additional driver included" option to find the offers with an additional driver free of charge.

4. What does free mileage mean for car rental in San Francisco?

Free mileage means there is no mileage restriction to the distance you can drive a rental car. When renting a car in San Francisco, unlimited or free mileage is available in most of the car rental companies. Visit HAPPYCAR and select this feature to filter suitable offers.

5. How long do I need to have a driver's license to rent a car in San Francisco?

All car drivers must have had a driving license for at least 12 months - regardless of age. Sometimes, car rentals in San Francisco require a license for at least 24 months. The rental company will only count the period of the license from when the driver reaches the age of 18.

6. How much liability coverage should I have when renting a car in San Francisco?

Third party liability insurance for rental cars differs depending on the country of a rental and the offer itself. By selecting an Excellent Offer you won't run a risk of having insufficient protection.

7. How long can a car rental company in San Francisco keep the deposit?

In general, car rental companies in San Francisco may keep a deposit for 28 working days. It is possible that the amount will only be visible on a credit card at the end of the billing period. Choose a reliable supplier to avoid any inconveniences on site.

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San Francisco Attractions and Travel Tips

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From hippie haven to LGBT paradise to tech center – San Francisco has had many identities over the years. Its fascinating history makes it a city that deserves a visit. Use car hire in San Francisco to explore a city that, over the years, has inspired songwriters, poets, and authors. It's easy to rent a car in San Francisco - and you might well join those who've left their heart in this great city!

What can I see in San Francisco?

Look for cheap car rentals from San Francisco airport SFO on arrival, and you'll be ready to hit the ground running. Of course, the most famous attraction has to be the Golden Gate Bridge. It's hard to believe that this iconic structure has been in use since 1937. There's a Visitors' Center, complete with walking tours if you want to learn more about the bridge.

Another unmissable attraction is Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy some seafood, watch the sea lions and soak up the atmosphere with live street performers and musicians. Your rental car in San Francisco is the best way to get there, and once you arrive, you'll be able to take a stroll and enjoy the unique ambiance.

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Tip

Want to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in your San Francisco car hire? Be aware that you must pay a toll if you're crossing southbound (into the city). Northbound traffic does not pay a toll. All tolls are electronic and can be paid online or over the phone.

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Historical attractions in San Francisco

The infamous prison island of Alcatraz is no longer used as a jail. Today it's a tourist attraction. Park your San Francisco car rental near Pier 33 to catch the ferry to the island, where you can go on a guided tour to learn all about its notorious history.

We've come a long way since the Summer of Love, but if you're still a hippie at heart, hop into your rental car in San Francisco head to Haight-Ashbury, once the center of California's counter-culture community. You'll still find stores selling vintage clothing and records, and the unique architecture remains unchanged since the city's hippie heyday. 

LGBT San Francisco

San Francisco has a long and proud LGBT history. If you want to learn more about it, drive your cheap car rental from San Francisco to the Castro, one of the first openly gay neighborhoods in the United States. Here you'll find the GLBT Museum, as well as a large collection of out and proud bars, clubs, stores, and other businesses.

If you're in town at the end of June, you can't miss San Francisco Pride, the largest LGBT gathering in the country. More than just a parade, San Francisco Pride is a full-on festival and a true celebration of the LGBT community that has long been an integral part of San Francisco life.

How should I get around town?

While you're in town, you'll definitely want to experience the traditional San Francisco cable car. This historical but limited system is great for seeing the city center – but if you want to go further, you'll need to use rental cars in San Francisco. It's easy to find low cost car hire in San Francisco, which will make it possible for you to explore further afield.

What road trips can I take from San Francisco?

Many travelers dream of taking a long road trip down the California coast. If you've got the time, head south. Los Angeles is about 380 miles away, less than seven hours in your cheap car hire in San Francisco – or, for a truly epic adventure, continue to San Diego, a full 500 miles away. You'll find plenty of places to stop along the way.

It's easy to do this trip northbound too, using the cheap car rentals from the San Diego airport SAN.

When should I book my car?

Do you want the cheapest car hire in San Francisco? Then you'll need to book well in advance, using HAPPYCAR. If you're traveling in peak vacation season, start looking for the best car rental in San Francisco right away, to avoid disappointment.

At HAPPYCAR, we can help you find cheap car rentals in the United States, no matter where you're traveling. From car rentals in San Francisco to cheap car rentals in Tampa or cheap car rentals in Miami, we can find what you're looking for. Use HAPPYCAR to find the best car hire in San Francisco and enjoy your vacation!