Car rental alternatives in San Francisco, CA

Leave your heart in San Francisco

San Francisco offers all the shiny fun of a sleek, tech-hub, but what makes it beloved are its legendary pieces of history and the abundance of natural beauty.

When you’ve had your fill of fast-paced urban exploits and rewarding hill-climbs, book a San Francisco car rental alternative for adventures along the extraordinary coastline or into the majestic mountains and redwoods.

San Francisco favorites

Prepare to be won over by San Francisco’s vibrant culture, delightful scenery, and the stories that make every neighborhood and landmark special.

Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic gateway to the west is striking and offers expansive views of the entire bay. Drive across the bridge in your San Francisco car rental alternative, or take it on foot to stop and gawk where you like.

Alcatraz Island

Hop on a ferry to Alcatraz Island to visit the site of the former prison and impressive gardens. Take the audio tour for a greatest hits of celebrity inmates, and get a close look at life in a cell.

California Academy of Sciences

While San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is packed with attractions, both kids and adults are regularly wowed by the flora and fauna at the Academy’s rainforest and aquarium, plus the very real earthquake simulator.

Top hosts in San Francisco, CA

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Kent L. All-Star Host
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Turo truly was the icing on our amazing trip to San Francisco! Kent’s car was clean, convenient, and so much fun to drive!
Robin - October 21, 2018
Kent was very flexible and helpful. This car is by far one of the best roadster cars I have driven. Amazing exhaust sounds that resonates through out the streets of San Francisco and the hills of Sausalito!
Karim - December 10, 2018
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Tony S. All-Star Host
1,857 trips Joined Feb 2014
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Easy and convenient if you wanted a quick rental if you visit San Francisco
Cheng Han - May 20, 2018
Very accommodating. Great communication before and during the reservation. The car was a dream, great drive, immaculate condition. Would 100% use again when next in San Francisco.
Nico - June 22, 2019
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Hit the road

You could spend days exploring San Francisco, but the city is perfectly located to skip town in a car rental alternative from Turo, and enjoy the dramatic natural wonders of northern California.

Point Reyes & Tomales Bay

Head an hour and a half north along the coast in your San Francisco car rental alternative to hike around the preserve, watch the waves crash, and explore the historic lighthouse.

Wine Country

Whether you choose the Napa, Sonoma, or Russian River Valley, book your San Francisco car rental alternative on Turo so you can make a pit stop at every vineyard, gallery, and artisan grocery that catches your eye.

Yosemite National Park

The grandeur of Yosemite’s giant granite cliffs, lush valley, and gushing waterfalls is unmatched. Book a San Francisco car rental alternative on Turo for a comfortable four hour drive into the mountains.

Average ratings in San Francisco (4.8 stars)

Christian
Nissan Sentra 2017
City Rent A Car in San Francisco made my experience with Turo an amazing experience . Finding parking in the city can be impossible but City Rent a Car provides an all day access parking garage .
Christian C. - March 6, 2019
Steven
Dodge Charger 2019
Made the perfect trip to San Francisco!!
Steven C. - June 7, 2019
David
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2016
Harminder made my first time using Turo an awesome experience. The S550 was just as advertised; extremely clean and great looking. Pick up and drop off is way easier then traditional rental car companies. I would highly recommend Harminder to anyone needing a luxury vehicle in San Francisco.
David N. - June 10, 2019
Jason
smart fortwo 2017
Can't wait to drive this lovely car in San Francisco.
Jason L. - August 31, 2018
Arran
Ford Mustang 2016
Michael is a cool guy really positive minded and a good person. His response time is really quick. His mustang was really smooth to drive and very clean and tidy. The price he offer was less then other cars of same class.I recommend everyone who’s looking to rent a car in San Francisco area. Give Michael’s mustang a try i am sure you guys will never get disappointed by the car and by the Michael service.
Arran J. - July 24, 2019
Андрей
Mazda 3 2008
Purpose of Our trip was driving to Muir Woods and vicinity of San Francisco. It was great.
Андрей К. - September 19, 2019
Flavio
Tesla Model S 2014
Dan is big Guy !!! Save my life in San Francisco.
Flavio C. - October 21, 2018
John
smart fortwo 2009
It was fun to drive your tiny car around San Francisco! Easy parking. Thx CJ!
John K. - August 21, 2019
Erick
Honda Civic 2007
Cj was amazing. If you need a car in San Francisco, you just found it!
Erick D. - August 11, 2019
Amber
Honda Accord 2018
Fantastic car and great people! Will always be my San Francisco first choice!
Amber B. - August 17, 2019
Mahnoosh
Ford Mustang 2018
Amazing car to drive around the San Francisco area. Had a wonderful driving my 2 kids around the San Francisco area for the week. Pickup and drop off was convenient, would recommend this car to anyone!
Mahnoosh A. - August 15, 2019
Albert
Tesla Model 3 2018
Great host. Good location and best price. Will definitely rent again if I am in San Francisco next.
Albert S. - August 3, 2019
Cheng Han
BMW 2 Series 2017
Easy and convenient if you wanted a quick rental if you visit San Francisco
Cheng Han C. - May 20, 2018
Brett
Ford Focus 2009
Super convenient - perfect car to travel around San Francisco or road trip. Would definitely recommend.
Brett C. - December 20, 2018
Gabrielle
smart fortwo 2013
Nice little car to go to Mountain View and around San Francisco . I will rent again!
Gabrielle C. - March 17, 2019
Paul
Pontiac G6 2007
Car drove well. Plan parking before drop off since San Francisco is very tricky
Paul C. - May 10, 2019
Konstantinos
BMW 3 Series 2017
Great car! New and very clean! Really enjoyed driving around San Francisco!
Konstantinos S. - April 30, 2019
Daniel
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Yulia's Mini was fantastic. It was the perfect car for a beautiful weekend in San Francisco!
Daniel M. - July 15, 2019
Nicole
smart fortwo 2015
Very cute little car! Nice for San Francisco. Great gas mileage!
Nicole A. - July 7, 2019
Antoine
Ford Mustang 2012
Very good trip. Juwan's car is really cool for cruising in San Francisco and California. Communication was really easy to arrange pickup and return.
Antoine B. - September 27, 2019
Andrew
Porsche 718 Boxster 2017
Ali was great to work with. Everything went very smoothly and the car was amazing! Will definitely rent from him again when I’m back in San Francisco
Andrew P. - October 15, 2019
Denise Ingrid
BMW 3 Series 2009
Jeremy was an incredible host. He was kind, flexible, and accommodating. The car was in great condition and a blast to drive around San Francisco. Would definitely use again when I return to San Francisco.
Denise Ingrid A. - June 23, 2019
Eduardo
Cadillac ATS 2013
Great car to drive in San Francisco and surrounding area. Great communication with Fadi.
Eduardo M. - May 31, 2018
Tony
BMW 4 Series 2014
Really great car! Had fun cruising through San Francisco with the top down! Highly recommend.
Tony H. - July 4, 2018
Rob
MINI Cooper 2012
Perfect car for San Francisco, easy to find parking and very fuel efficient! Thank you!
Rob S. - August 13, 2018
Iaan
BMW 1 Series 2008
Great car, perfect for exploring San Francisco and Steven is a class act!
Iaan H. - April 14, 2019
Benjamin
Dodge Challenger 2018
An absolutely amazing experience with the coolest car in SAN Francisco
Benjamin S. - December 5, 2018
John
Lexus LC 2019
Imagine driving around the bustling city of San Francisco or even one of its beautiful coastline areas, with the alluring rumble behind you, and the sweet sound of a Mark Levinson sound system. Paired with the stellar service provided by Richard, this made my trip out to San Francisco for Fleet Week an absolute treat!
John A. - October 11, 2019
Abdullah
BMW Z4 2010
Andrew is awesome. If I come back to San Francisco, I’ll rent one of his cars again.
Abdullah A. - June 10, 2018
Brent
MINI Cooper 2010
Mini Cooper is in great shape. Had fun taking it around San Francisco all weekend.
Brent P. - July 23, 2018
Charles
MINI Hardtop 2 Door 2017
I enjoyed driving Cate's Mini Cooper S in San Francisco and around the south bay area.
Charles W. - September 26, 2018
Ryan
Porsche Cayman 2009
Zaid and the process at San Francisco Turo pot was super easy. Zaid was a great communicator - zero issues with the Porsche. I highly recommend!
Ryan P. - October 4, 2019
Freddie
Chevrolet Camaro 2016
What can I say but OUTSTANDING. Michael was amazing to deal with throughout the process and the pickup and drop off was so much easier then your typical car rental place. The car was beautiful and was perfect for the sunny weather all weekend. If I find myself in San Francisco anytime soon I will be booking here again.
Freddie S. - September 23, 2019
Jaylon
Honda Civic 2008
This rental was a last minute decision. I was only in San Francisco for a day and decided that I wanted to rent a vehicle. From the time I landed in San Fran until the time for me to leave, this entire process has been great! Communication was spot on. Car was very clean. We were also reimbursed for the Uber to and from the airport. I would definitely rent with Nicholas again if I were to ever come back to San Francisco.
Jaylon W. - October 15, 2019
Max
Suzuki Reno 2008
Great car for traveling San Francisco on the cheap. Worked great for what we needed it for.
Max S. - June 25, 2018
Shawna
smart fortwo 2008
Nikola was accommodating and very helpful for my first time renting! I’d highly recommend him if you’re visiting San Francisco!!!
Shawna C. - June 21, 2019
Jason
Porsche Boxster 2014
We had an amazing time exploring San Francisco and surrounding area. The car was comfortable and exotic!
Jason S. - July 17, 2019
Flo
Mitsubishi Mirage 2015
I highly recommend this car for a trip around San Francisco. The communication was spot on and the service was quite friendly.
Flo .. - August 27, 2019
Rudy
Scion xD 2011
Jeff’s car was perfect to get around San Francisco. Turo was great as well. Will definitely be using again.
Rudy G. - July 22, 2018
Edwin
Honda Civic 2006
The car worked perfectly. Went from San Francisco to Los Angeles, never had any issues. Totally recommend Man’s car.
Edwin R. - July 28, 2018
Nick
FIAT 500 2014
This car is perfect for getting around Napa and San Francisco. Great at parking and drives easy.
Nick B. - November 9, 2018
Travis
FIAT 500 2015
Awesome car to get around San Francisco. Michael was very communicative and made it a very seamless process.
Travis P. - March 23, 2019
Angela
Honda Civic 2008
Jessica was great! Communication was perfect the whole trip and the car was ideal for adventuring around San Francisco. I would definitely rent again. Thanks, Jessica!
Angela K. - October 16, 2018
Graham
BMW M4 2016
Perfect car for a road trip from San Francisco to Big Sur. Had a great time. Awesome car. Would definitely rent again.
Graham G. - May 18, 2019
Omaid
Chevrolet Camaro 2017
Meteb was very helpful and nice, he made my first Turo experience smooth and memorable. This is a great car to take around San Francisco.
Omaid F. - September 3, 2019
Rendra
Chevrolet Camaro 2013
Junjian always response fast to any question or things that i need to know about San Francisco
Rendra T. - May 12, 2018
Isabel Xiania
Honda Civic 2017
Shawn was amazing! Made the process so much easier and stress-free. The car is super clean, and has the perfect around of pick up to get around downtown San Francisco. Highly suggest it!
Isabel Xiania P. - October 6, 2019
Robert
MINI Cooper 2008
What made our trip to San Francisco one to remember was the Mini Cooper. Sun’s out-top’s down is the best way to experience Cali.
Robert A. - June 24, 2019
Andrew
BMW 4 Series 2018
Excellent first Turo experience. Perfect car for our trip to the San Francisco area. Ashwin was very easy to work with and made things easy.
Andrew F. - June 6, 2019
Scott
Porsche Boxster 2013
Alan was great to work with and provided excellent communication after booking. An amazing car that made our trip to San Francisco one to remember!
Scott C. - May 17, 2019
Zachary
Nissan Versa 2017
Very knowledgeable host and great communication, she knows San Francisco and will be a great help to you on your travels there!
Zachary K. - July 22, 2019
Hanh Phuc
smart fortwo 2008
This little smartie taught me a lot about smart cars, and about San Francisco! It was extremely handy for the wild traffic around the city, and just fine for the freeway. It was clean and easy to access, and the car charger saved me in a pinch. Be sure to have a usb cable on hand. Also, Zach was very patient with all my trip extensions! Just the right car for San Francisco.
Hanh Phuc V. - August 30, 2019
George
Infiniti Q40 2015
I came into San Francisco on a cruise ship. Alvin’s car was a short 5 minute walk from the pier. He was there on time and had kindly provided us a cooker for our trip. The car was excellent, very clean, and quite fun to drive. Alvin was punctual when we returned and generated to talk with. Definitely one of my best rentals ever!
George B. - October 6, 2019
Darin
Tesla Model S 2015
Dan's Tesla was the perfect car for my trip to tour the Tesla factory. He had excellent communication and made sure everything went smoothly. If I'm ever in San Francisco again I will definitely rent From Dan again.
Darin E. - August 30, 2019
Heather Elaine
Chevrolet Camaro 2016
Used the Camaro for our honeymoon in San Francisco and loved it!! Top down while cruising Highway 1 was absolutely great!! Loved it. Thank you Michael for being so flexible!
Heather Elaine W. - October 4, 2019
Adam
BMW 3 Series 2011
JC’s 3 series was clean and fun to drive. He was easy to work with and gave us all the info we needed. I’ll be working with him again when we make it back to San Francisco.
Adam H. - October 11, 2019
Sara
Ford Mustang 2012
The car was clean and beautiful and Juwan was great to work with. I will definitely rent his car the next time I’m in San Francisco!
Sara S. - June 20, 2018
Gabe
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2015
Great car. Fun to drive. Easy pick up and drop off in San Francisco. Would definitely rent Connlaoth’s Golf GTI again!
Gabe W. - June 25, 2018
john
smart fortwo 2013
Josh’s Smart car was a joy to drive around. Josh was great to work with. We would recommend his car for any trips around San Francisco!
John G. - July 6, 2018
Chad
Mitsubishi Mirage 2015
The car was exactly as described. Pick up and drop off were great from SFO. Would definitely rent again if traveling back to San Francisco!
Chad K. - July 20, 2018
Kali
Toyota Matrix 2005
Andrew provided great pickup and dropoff service at the San Francisco airport. The car was clean and fun to drive. I'd definitely rent from him again.
Kali T. - September 2, 2018
Daniel
BMW M4 2016
My first time using Turo and Jeff was an awesome host. Beautiful car and Professional service, will be going through Jeff on my San Francisco trips.
Daniel C. - August 30, 2018
Robin
Porsche Boxster 2014
Turo truly was the icing on our amazing trip to San Francisco! Kent’s car was clean, convenient, and so much fun to drive!
Robin B. - October 21, 2018
Jiameng
MINI Cooper Clubman 2008
Javier provided us such a nice experience in San Francisco! His car is so lovely and we really enjoy the trip. Thanks Javier!
Jiameng F. - August 12, 2018
Kaloa
BMW 3 Series 2012
Excellent communication and instructions from start to finish. Cool car. Made my trip very enjoyable. Would recommend to those coming tot he San Francisco area
Kaloa R. - January 23, 2019
Nico
Porsche 718 Boxster 2017
Very accommodating. Great communication before and during the reservation. The car was a dream, great drive, immaculate condition. Would 100% use again when next in San Francisco.
Nico K. - June 22, 2019
Andrew
MINI Cooper 2012
The mini was a great car to drive around San Francisco. It was nice to pick it up and return it near the airport.
Andrew H. - April 29, 2019
Michael
Toyota Prius Prime 2017
What a fantastic car!! Had such a great time going around San Francisco. They were great at communicating everything and very friendly. Highly recommend!
Michael F. - July 2, 2019
Trevor
Tesla Model 3 2018
This was such a great car to have along for the San Francisco Experience! You cannot go wrong with booking this Tesla!
Trevor C. - July 9, 2019
Grace
Chevrolet Camaro 2016
Such a nice, fun car. We drove from San Francisco to Sonoma Valley for a few days and it was THE PERFECT car for driving around up there.
Grace W. - June 30, 2019
David
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie is terrific. He went through the car with us so we understood how everything worked. The car itself is perfect for San Francisco. It ran great and the trip was smooth and fun. I would definitely r commend Eddie and his car for others looking for the San Francisco experience.
David C. - September 6, 2018
Carlin
Tesla Model S 2012
Fabrizio was a great host and his car was very fun to drive. We were in San Francisco for a hybrid vacation/work trip and his Tesla got us around very smoothly and easily charged up at the supercharger network. We ran into an issue on our trip (my fault) and Fabrizio couldn’t have been more accommodating and understanding. If you are in the market for a ANY rental in the San Francisco area ride with Fabrizio.
Carlin L. - October 27, 2018
Kirk
Tesla Model 3 2018
I was looking to rent a Tesla for a reasonable price in the San Francisco area and Dan's listing came up. I was thoroughly impressed with the condition of the car and the car's performance did not disappoint. Dan was very friendly and communicated very well when a question arose about the car. I would definitely rent this car again from Dan, the next time I come to San Francisco!
Kirk T. - September 16, 2019
Coral
Honda Civic 2008
Nicholas’ Honda was the perfect addition to our trip around San Francisco. It was so convenient to pick up and drop off the car and Nicholas was so helpful throughout the rental process. Thanks again, would definitely recommend!
Coral B. - July 17, 2019
Kristopher
Porsche 356A Speedster 1957
Wrestling this car through city traffic wasn’t much fun but it was all worthwhile one we got on the 1 South. This car will be the most memorable part of our trip to San Francisco!
Kristopher H. - September 6, 2019
Gabor
Tesla Model 3 2018
Anthony’s car is amazing and convenient to pick up and drop off in the center of San Francisco. We took a weeklong trip to Sonoma County and had a great time with the Tesla!
Gabor C. - August 18, 2019
Vinny & Crystal
Ford Mustang 2018
Martin is amazing! Car was amazing! Would recommend both to anyone coming into the bay area and needing a pick up from the San Francisco airport. You won’t be disappointed. Would rent again :-) five-star experience
Vinny & Crystal D. - August 20, 2019
Emmanuel
Tesla Model S 2015
Michael's model S was a great car for our business trip in San Francisco. Very convenient. The car was clean an easy to operate. Access to Superchargers was simple and free. Highly recommended!
Emmanuel H. - September 12, 2019
Andre
BMW i3 2016
An excellent car for zipping around the San Francisco area. Pickup and return at the Turn Valet lot was very quick and convenient.
Andre L. - April 28, 2018
Matthew
Ford Fiesta 2012
Super accommodating. At was nice and really made our trip at San Francisco enjoyable. Would definitely recommend you book through Lance.
Matthew P. - May 13, 2018
Nicholas
Toyota Prius v 2015
I had a wonderful experience renting Chio's Prius. It worked perfectly to get around the San Francisco area while in town.
Nicholas K. - July 3, 2018
Scott
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2006
Awesome car had a great time in San Francisco. Javier was very quick to respond and worked around my schedule. Great host
Scott F. - August 2, 2018
Anna Olivia
Subaru Impreza 2017
We loved driving Eric’s Subaru around San Francisco and the Bay Area! The car was fun to drive, super clean, and Eric made it so easy to coordinate.
Anna Olivia M. - August 13, 2018
AESUK
Hyundai Elantra 2018
Kenneth was responsive and his car was clean enough! Great car to drive in San Francisco. Pick up location was great as well
AESUK L. - August 21, 2018
Fausto
Honda S2000 2004
Eric made it very easy and convenient... I had a wonderful experience to be in San Francisco with a convertible car. Would definitely use Eric service again!
Fausto C. - August 26, 2018
Jose
Porsche 911 2013
Had a great time renting this Porsche for a week and it really added to my first experience in San Francisco and Napa. Would highly recommend!
Jose A. - August 26, 2018
Annie
Toyota Prius c 2014
Lance's Prius was perfect for our trip through San Francisco! Pick up and drop off was simple and communication was excellent.
Annie S. - August 30, 2018
Clément
Kia Optima 2014
I strongly recommand mike ´s car, it was really easy to communicate with him, perfect for our journey in san francisco
Clément C. - November 11, 2018
Ryan
Ford Mustang 2018
Sonny was super flexible and understanding when my flight was delayed upon pickup. I'd rent a again if I'm back in the City of San Francisco!
Ryan D. - February 19, 2019
Thomas
BMW M4 2016
Great car, easy pickup, overall great experience. Next time I am in San Francisco I will be looking for Jeff again.
Thomas L. - March 1, 2019

Best San Francisco driving roads

Skyline Boulevard

For a scenic trip between towering trees and sparkling sea views, take your San Francisco car rental alternative south along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and stop at the famous Alice’s for a bite.

Panoramic Highway

Snaking north of the city up over Muir Woods and then down to Stinson Beach, this short, but deliciously sweet, drive winds through Marin with unforgettable views, and thrilling switchbacks.

Highway 1 to Big Sur

All of Highway 1 is breathtaking, serving up sleepy beach towns perfect for a quick bite, antique shopping, and hypnotizing ocean views, but the twisty stretch to Big Sur is a true driver’s delight.