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Hertz Car Hire in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself. From the revolutionary spirit of the flower power 60s to the tech titan we know it as today, northern California’s most prominent city has evolved with the times to provide a host of attractions and activities for both business and pleasure.

So whether you’re here to enjoy its prestigious landmarks and sample a taste of the counterculture, or if you’re planning a trip to Silicon Valley in the south, you’ll find car hire in San Francisco is a convenient way to get the most out of your time by the Bay. We have a number of branches in the city, including the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf and at San Francisco International Airport – this branch can be found on N McDonnell Road, a short way down the Bayshore Freeway.

If you need help with your booking, our 24-hour helpline is there for you to use – and with no hidden fees, you can be assured of a hassle-free booking when you arrive.

 

Pickup Locations San Francisco

  • San Francisco International Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address: 780 McDonnell Road

    Phone: 650-624-6600

  • Ellis Street HLE

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

    Address: 840 Ellis Street

    Phone: 415-923-1119

  • Fairmont Hotel

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00AM-3:00PM

    Address: 950 Mason Street

    Phone: 415-398-3944

  • Fishermans Wharf

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-5:00PM
    Sat-Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM

    Address: 500 Beach Street,
    Suite 121

    Phone: 415-674-8330

  • 3928 Geary Blvd HLE

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-5:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 3928 Geary Blvd

    Phone: 415-387-0136

  • 241 10th Street HLE

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

    Address: 1398 Bryant Street

    Phone: 415-934-0529

  • J W Marriott

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00AM-3:30PM

    Address: 500 Post Street

    Phone: 415-771-2200

  • Westin St Francis Hotel

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00AM-3:00PM

    Address: 335 Powell Street

    Phone: 415-362-2780

  • Hyatt Regency

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-4:30PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 1333 Old Bayshore Highway

    Phone: 650-579-7783

  • San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-1:00PM 2:00PM-4:30PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 1800 Old Bayshore Highway

    Phone: 650-692-0536

  • Marriott Marquis Hotel

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00AM-3:00PM

    Address: 780 Mission Street

    Phone: 415-957-9425

  • SF Honda HLE

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1700, Sa-Su Closed.

    Address: 10 Van Ness avenue

    Phone: 415 621 1196

  • San Francisco Mason Street

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6:00AM-6:00PM

    Address: 325 Mason Street

    Phone: 415-771-2200

  • 550 OFarrell Street HLE

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

    Address: 550 O'Farrell Street

    Phone: 415-923-1590

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Driving in and around San Francisco

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In the west coast state of California, San Francisco makes up the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula which sits on the waters of San Francisco Bay to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Given the historically unique attitude towards city planning in the area, there aren’t as many highways in and out of San Francisco itself as you may expect to find for somewhere as busy and sprawling as the Bay Area. Instead there are a series of arterial roads across the city, connecting the various districts and providing locals with convenient access to their destinations – note however they may become congested during peak times.

As well as Interstate 280, which runs south to San Diego close to the Mexican border, there are two other main highways in San Francisco. These cross the waters off the peninsula into mainland California. Car access to and from the north of the city is provided by the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, which ferries drivers on U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 to Marin County. Both are key routes if you're heading north or south out of San Francisco and along the coastline, although the California State Route 1 tends to hug more of the coast along the way. Interstate 80 runs east across the Bay Bridge into Oakland and carries on into Nevada.

The streets of San Francisco are subject to a number of one-way systems, so take care in navigating these streets.

San Francisco is a notoriously hilly city, so it’s best to be prepared for your drive here as the many steep inclines can have an effect on your visibility of other cars and pedestrians.

A quick guide to San Francisco

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San Francisco may be famous for its astonishing Golden Gate Bridge, which you can drive, bike or even walk across to see breath-taking views over the city and the waters below but San Fran has so much more to offer. Here are a few of the things you can do when exploring the Golden City.

Skate and Tech life

San Francisco’s historical claim as the centre of the first gold rush has led to even more trend-setting in recent decades. While adrenaline junkies were taking to the streets in the first skateboarding scene, others gathered in garages to hack their way towards a technological revolution. San Francisco and surrounding towns are now the established hotbeds of the extreme sports lifestyle, as well as the billion-dollar tech companies - a truly modern interpretation of the old Wild West. Anyone keen to visit one of the skate culture’s best known spots in San Francisco should visit Pier 7 just off The Embarcadero. Many legendary tricks have been pulled off on these hallowed grounds, and it’s still a popular stop for those looking to learn from the most seasoned pros.

When successful Silicon Valley start-ups begin their expansion, they’ll often move into San Francisco. You can get a taste for the tech culture by visiting some of the city’s best known hangouts. In the SoMa (South of Market) district, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is surrounded by scenic garden space, and hosts exhibitions, live concerts and even big product launches.

A taste of San Fran

San Francisco is also very well-known for its’ entire postcodes’ worth of restaurants which open up on a regular basis – the most in the country. The influx of influences from across the Pacific and over the border have led to new and fascinating takes on traditional Japanese, Chinese and Mexican cuisine. Omakase on Townsend Street is one of the hottest restaurants on the scene, serving up high-end sushi that’s specially flown in from one of Japan’s top fish markets each week. Mamacita offers a selection of Latin flavours down on the Marina, and was voted into the city’s top 100 restaurants of 2015 by the SF Times.

You’ll find some great places to shop around Union Square, which is itself one of the prime destinations for locals to hang out. Golden Gate Park is a scenic hotspot, with the Japanese Tea Gardens providing a wonderful place for an afternoon walk, and plenty of museums and conservatories providing some food for thought.

The Wharf and the water

The city is famed for the cable cars which traverse the hilly terrain – the Powell-Hyde line offers the best views as you head into Fisherman’s Wharf, the city’s premier tourist attraction, which boasts souvenir shops, rides and restaurants as well as a collection of cute sea lions who made the pier their home many years ago. From Fisherman’s Wharf you can also catch a ferry to the iconic Alcatraz Prison, where guided tours of this notorious jail are sure to send a shiver down your spine.

The Golden City can offer you everything you need, from fun days out to nice warm weather, and with some world class attractions to see, you’ll never want to leave.

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