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  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in San Diego

With beautiful Pacific coast beaches, an exciting downtown waterfront and memorable Spanish colonial landmarks, San Diego has all the ingredients for a sensational city visit. And don’t forget outlying attractions, like a day trip into Mexico or an adventure into the mountains.

If you want to see all the best sights it helps to have a hire car. We’ve got plenty of car hire pick-up points right across the city, including San Diego Airport, the Amtrak railway station and right in the heart of Downtown.

We’ll always be close by if you decide you need a car and if you want to pick up at one location and drop-off at another, that’s okay too. Don’t forget that all our offices in San Diego operate our best-price promise, so if you manage to find a similar Hertz car hire locally at a cheaper price, we’ll refund the difference.

Pickup Locations San Diego

  • Lindbergh Field-San Diego Airport

    Opening hours:Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address:3355 Admiral Boland Way

    Phone:619-767-5700

  • Landmark Aviation San Diego-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours:Mon-Sun 5:30AM-11:00PM

    Address:3300 Admiral Boland Way

    Phone:619-767-5700

  • John Hine Pontiac

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address:1545 Camino Del Rio South

    Phone:619-542-1218

  • Toyota San Diego HLE

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 6:00AM-7:00PM
    Sat 7:00AM-5:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:L5, #05-05, 305 Alexanda Rd, Suite 600

    Phone:

  • Marriot Mission Valley

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 7:30AM-5:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:8757 Rio San Diego Drive

    Phone:619-285-9905

  • San Diego Marriott

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-4:00PM

    Address:333 West Harbor Drive

    Phone:619-696-9815

  • San Diego Jet Center by Lancair-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 08:00AM-7:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:1424 Continental Street

    Phone:619-474-1057

  • Crowne Plaza San Diego

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00AM-2:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address:2270 Hotel Circle North

    Phone:619-294-5720

  • 1350 6th Avenue HLE

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00AM-1:00PM 2:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:1120 West Laurel Street

    Phone:619-236-9771

  • Pacific Beach HLE

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:2667 Garnet Avenue,
    Suite B

    Phone:858-483-1015

  • Marvin K Brown HLE

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address:1441 Camino Del Rio South

    Phone:619-294-4023

  • SE Auto Body

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address:2175 Hancock Street

    Phone:619-298-0032

  • MCRD San Diego

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 1000-1600, Sa-Su Closed

    Address:Auto Service Center Building

    Phone:619-718-3782

  • Montgomery Field-Crown Air-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-5:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-4:00PM

    Address:3753 John J. Montgomery Drive

    Phone:858-503-7755

  • Montgomery Field-Gibbs Air-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-1:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:3717 John J. Montgomery Drive

    Phone:858-503-7755

  • Kearney Mesa HLE

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B

    Phone:858-503-7755

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-4:00PM

    Address:1 Market Place

    Phone:619-702-4524

  • Loews Coronado Bay

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
    Sat-Sun 9:00am-3:00pm

    Address:4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road

    Phone:619-435-2482

  • Amtrak San Diego

    Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-1:00PM 2:00PM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address:1050 Kettner Boulevard

    Phone:619-236-9771

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Driving in and around San Diego

With 70 miles of beaches and a long list of theme parks, San Diego is well worth a trip and driving between all the sights is easy, thanks to a comprehensive road network.

This city was built around cars, so expect to find wide, smooth, straight roads and good parking facilities. Signage and surfaces are well planned and maintained, and the majority of people’s driving style is relaxed and courteous.

If you want to travel, see sights and experiences further afield it’s easy, thanks to a good selection of major routes. The Interstate 5 will take you south to the Mexican border or north to Los Angeles; drive east to Arizona on the Interstate 8; or take Interstate 15 to the northeast, heading for Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

You’ll find that the driving rules in Southern California are much like the rest of the US. You’ll drive on the right, of course, but also note that you are not allowed to use a mobile phone while driving.

There are only a few peculiarities for driving in California. You must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights (except when you are on the opposite side of a dual carriageway) and you must turn your headlamps on if it’s raining hard enough to turn your windscreen wipers on constantly.

The speed limits for Southern California are much as you’d expect: there’s a 70mph limit on rural freeways and it reduces to 65mph for urban stretches. The ordinary residential roads have a 30mph speed limit and that can be reduced to 20mph in school zones.

To see California’s rules of the road in full download the state’s driver’s handbook here.

A quick guide to San Diego

San Diego is one of the west coast’s most exciting cities – and it certainly has the best climate. The city makes a great base for exploring the wider area, with great attractions in all directions – even out to sea, where it’s one of the best places to go whale watching.

A visit Balboa Park

You could simply spend your entire visit at Balboa Park in the heart of the city – known as a ‘cultural park’, it spans an incredible 1,200 acres.

Choose between strolling through more than a dozen different gardens, a long list of walking and hiking trails, natural wilderness areas, 16 museums, various theatres and live venues, historic sights and, perhaps best of all, the highly acclaimed city zoo.

The park was founded in 1835, making it one of the oldest in the US, and it still includes relics from huge international exhibitions dating back 100 years. Not surprisingly, the whole park has been declared a National Historic Landmark.

If you don’t have time to tour it all, try to see the Old Globe, a replica of Shakespeare’s original theatre, and the San Diego Museum of Art, which is housed in a striking ornamental building opened in 1926. The impressive collection includes works by Renoir, Matisse and Bosch.

Get your thrill-seeking fix

Visit Belmont Park to find one of America’s great traditional amusement parks which stands on the oceanfront at Mission Bay. The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster here is a local historic landmark. It was built in 1925 from wood and still provides a thrilling ride to thousands of visitors a year. More contemporary experiences include a three-storey drop-tower called the Vertical Plunge and a wave pool with an eight-foot-high wave.

Not far north of San Diego there are more thrills at Knott’s Berry Farm, a traditional theme park with 40 different rides. You can wander a ghost town with a mix of old-school craft demonstrations or explore a replica Mexican village with some serious white-knuckle experiences.

USS Medway and the Seaport Village

Head for the Navy Pier at downtown San Diego to find one of the city’s most popular historic attractions, the USS Medway Museum. It’s a spectacular sight up close. The towering aircraft carrier, which saw action from 1945 to 1992, is now permanently sited here as a museum. You can walk aboard and see inside the vast ship, which also houses a collection of aircraft. Peep into sleeping quarters, explore the engine room and take a tour of the bridge. You can even climb aboard the aircraft and enjoy exciting flight simulators.

San Diego knows how to relax too. Right next to the USS Medway is this leafy area of the waterfront. Seaport is where many visitors come to enjoy restaurants overlooking the ocean and a mall of more than 50 gift and souvenir shops. The complex includes more than four miles of winding pedestrian-only paths.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.