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San Francisco is packed with things to see and do, with new marvels awaiting you on every street. Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge only scratch the surface of what this dynamic, diverse city has to offer. Rent a car through Orbitz to discover its world-class museums, artistic neighborhoods and sprawling parks.

Renting a Car in San Francisco: What You Need to Know

You want your trip to San Francisco to be stress-free and fun. Orbitz is here to help, with a guide to renting a car in the City by the Bay.

Which car rental companies operate in San Francisco?

As San Francisco’s popularity as a tourism and business destination continues to grow, so too do the number of car rental options. Use Orbitz to help you narrow down the choices, then take your pick from companies such as Enterprise, Sixt, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar and more.

Where do I pick up my car in San Francisco?

Most car rental companies have a desk at the airport, but that’s located outside the city center. You can pick up cars in popular districts such as the Civic Center, Fisherman’s Wharf, Richmond and others. Check with your rental company before booking.

What documentation do I need to bring with me?

When picking up your rental car in San Francisco, take your driver’s license and your credit card.

What is the minimum age for renting a car in San Francisco?

In California, each company sets its own lower age limits for rental cars, but you’ll have no problems if you’re 25 or over. You can still rent if you’re younger – you may just encounter a surcharge.

Are all the roads in San Francisco winding and hilly?

The stereotypical image of cars jammed on steep, zig-zagging inclines is actually just one small corner of the city. Outside of the famous Lombard Street – where you’ll find those hairpins – San Francisco is actually easy to navigate.

Explore San Francisco: Highlights of the City by the Bay

Each neighborhood and destination in San Francisco has its own character. Use your rental car to its full potential, exploring each corner of the city. We’ve highlighted three parts that you won’t want to miss.

Golden Gate Park

‘Frisco’s favorite park is more than just a beautiful green space – although it is that, too. It’s the place to go to enjoy beautiful botanic gardens, walk through arboretums and play games on the lawns. The three-mile-long park is also the home of two major attractions: the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

The Presidio

The northwestern corner of San Francisco is home to the city’s most famous monument: the Golden Gate Bridge. Head to the tip of the Presidio to marvel at this impressive structure. Once you’ve admired the towers, explore the surrounding area. Coastal bluffs on the eastern edge offer a scenic escape, and you’ll also find the Walt Disney Family Museum here.


San Francisco’s diversity is showcased in the colorful streets of Chinatown, a central neighborhood packed with appetizing restaurants. Wander beneath the Dragon Gate and explore streets lined with bobbing lanterns. Head to the northern edge of the area to find the City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, a bookstore famous as the birthplace of the Beat Poetry movement.