Car Hire San Francisco

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee

    In the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we will refund the difference.

  • No Fees

    No cancellation or amendment fees and no credit card fees.When the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.

  • No Hidden Extras

    No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi when you sign up for free to our Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program.

Hertz car hire in San Francisco

As soon as you arrive, you’ll be charmed by the magic of San Francisco. Famous for the fog that often shrouds its most iconic landmark, the timeless Golden Gate Bridge, this glittering city shines through it all with its wonderfully laid-back vibes.

Car hire in San Francisco lets you experience the wonderful sights it has to offer, as well as venture further afield to its neighbouring towns and cities.

We have several car hire pick-up locations around the city, including at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), meaning you can find one that’s convenient for you. Then just pick up your keys and start exploring this wonderful destination.

Hertz San Francisco Locations

San Francisco International Airport

780 McDonnell Road
(650)-624-6600

241 10th Street HLE

1398 Bryant Street
(415)-934-0529

3928 Geary Blvd HLE

3928 Geary Blvd
(415)-387-0136

J W Marriott

500 Post Street
(415)-771-2200

Westin St Francis Hotel

335 Powell Street
(415)-362-2780

Hyatt Regency

1333 Old Bayshore Highway
(650)-579-7783

Ellis Street HLE

840 Ellis Street
(415)-923-1119

Fishermans Wharf

500 Beach Street,
Suite 121

(415)-674-8330

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

1800 Old Bayshore Highway
(650)-692-0536

Marriott Marquis Hotel

780 Mission Street
(415)-957-9425

San Francisco Mason Street

325 Mason Street
(415)-771-2200

Fairmont Hotel

950 Mason Street
(415)-398-3944

Driving in and around San Francisco

Renting a car in San Francisco is the best way to get around and see as much as possible during your visit. It’s worth noting that there are a few differences between road rules in San Francisco and at home.

The main thing to bear in mind is that you’ll be driving on the right-hand side of the road throughout America, with the wheel on the left-hand side of the vehicle.

To reach the centre of San Francisco from the airport, head north-west on the US-101 highway. Follow the signs to the Golden Gate Bridge to drive right into the heart of the city, which should take less than half an hour.

There are a few toll bridges throughout the Bay Area that you’ll be charged to use, but only in one direction. Usually it’s north or west, except the Golden Gate Bridge, which charges traffic driving south. You’ll need to carry some loose change as all toll collections are cash-only, except for the Golden Gate Bridge. This has an electronic toll collection system with devices fitted to all Hertz hire cars to enable you to pay for any trips across the bridge at the end of your hire period.

Several of the key arterial streets throughout San Francisco don’t have space for dedicated left turns, so you’ll see a few signs indicating this at most intersections.

Like at home, the speed limit varies according to the type of road you’re driving on. Multi-lane highways are generally 65mph (104 km/h), whereas two-lane highways without a central reservation are 55mph (88km/h). Most city streets will be 35mph (56km/h), but you’ll need to drop down to 25mph (40km/h) in residential areas and around schools.

A quick guide to San Francisco

American singer Scott Mackenzie wasn’t lying when he wrote: “If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”

The city is renowned for liberal living and activism, which shines through its residents. The locals have a warm and welcoming way of life that will quickly make you feel like you belong.

A city of inclusion

San Francisco is a city of inclusion – it initiated the hippie movement of the Sixties and the gay rights campaign of the Seventies. To get a taste of these historic moments that have shaped the city’s culture, take a trip to the Castro District.

The birthplace of San Francisco’s gay community, it’s the perfect home for the GLBT History Museum, which celebrates the rich history of the LGBT community. Found in the heart of the city, it’s an unmissable part of San Fran.

Cultural riches

The 19th-century Californian gold rush brought an influx of people who wanted to reap the riches of the golden city. The Asian community boomed, and its culture has since become fully embedded into the identity of San Francisco, with the city’s Chinatown the oldest of its kind in North America.

Be sure to pay Chinatown a visit, as well as stopping by San Fran’s famous Asian Art Museum. With more than 18,000 works of art in its collection, some dating back more than 6,000 years, this is one to add to your itinerary.

Unforgettable outdoor experiences

If you’re keen to experience the great outdoors, then you’ll want to take a trip to Muir Woods. Now a national monument, this woodland is one of the last ancient forests in the country to feature coastal redwoods.

Less than 20km north-west of the Golden Gate Bridge, making your way up the CA-1 North, you’ll find yourself surrounded by stretches of trails lined by enchanting trees that have been standing here for more than 1,000 years.

America’s food and wine capital

Named by many Americans as the nation’s food and wine capital, you’ll find plenty of places to dine in San Francisco. It’s a place where you can explore the renowned farmers’ markets, or pick out quaint brunch spots and trendy bars that showcase the city’s full range of flavours and delicacies.

One of the Bay Area’s culinary pioneers is the renowned chef Alice Waters – and, luckily, her Chez Panisse restaurant is only a 30-minute drive away in Berkeley, one of San Francisco’s closest neighbours. It’s the place that inspired the local and organic food movement in the area, and it’s easy to see why.

The restaurant’s menu changes every day, meaning you’ll never have the same thing twice. Using all local ingredients, it’s the place to come for a real taste of the Bay Area. 

Whatever experience you’re looking for when visiting the Golden City – from exploring the countless landmarks and local culture to using it as the starting point for a California road trip, car hire in San Francisco is the best way to squeeze in as much as you can.

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HERTZ SAN FRANCISCO LOCATIONS

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San Francisco International Airport

Address:780 McDonnell Road

Phone:(650) 624-6600

Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

241 10th Street HLE

Address:1398 Bryant Street

Phone:(415) 934-0529

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

3928 Geary Blvd HLE

Address:3928 Geary Blvd

Phone:(415) 387-0136

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

J W Marriott

Address:500 Post Street

Phone:(415) 771-2200

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

Westin St Francis Hotel

Address:335 Powell Street

Phone:(415) 362-2780

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

Hyatt Regency

Address:1333 Old Bayshore Highway

Phone:(650) 579-7783

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

Ellis Street HLE

Address:840 Ellis Street

Phone:(415) 923-1119

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

Fishermans Wharf

Address:500 Beach Street,
Suite 121

Phone:(415) 674-8330

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

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

Address:1800 Old Bayshore Highway

Phone:(650) 692-0536

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

Marriott Marquis Hotel

Address:780 Mission Street

Phone:(415) 957-9425

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

San Francisco Mason Street

Address:325 Mason Street

Phone:(415) 771-2200

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

Fairmont Hotel

Address:950 Mason Street

Phone:(415) 398-3944

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