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Pick-up location Berkeley
Rental locations 8

Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Berkeley

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
7.9 Good (45 reviews)
3 locations in Berkeley
Enterprise
Locations in Berkeley
1706 San Pablo Avenue
+1 510 526 3900
1990 Oxford St.
+1 510 705 8989
3001 Shattuck Ave
+1 510 841 8300
  • 7.8
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 7.7
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
23 Sep 2016
wow
Pros: these guys are brilliant
8.0 Excellent
4 Oct 2016
Pros: Everything was good. Car was nice and fuel efficient
Cons: i don't know if I'll drop it off after hours again. I wasn't charged the day I dropped it off, called a couple days later and I still haven't been charged despite them saying they put it through over the phone. Makes it hard to be able to plan my budget.
10.0 Excellent
7 Oct 2016
Convenient and economical
Pros: Perfect for a weekly rental in town
10.0 Excellent
8 Nov 2016
Pros: great staff, great rates
10.0 Excellent
30 Nov 2016
Very professional
Pros: Received a free upgrade. Car was perfect. VERY MUCH appreciate the lack of insurance hard sell! Return at SFO was very smooth.
2.0 Mediocre
31 Dec 2016
Very bad experience
Cons: Hopefully, I went the day before I had to pick up the car and they told me that there were no more available.
10.0 Excellent
3 Jan 2017
Pros: The pickup location was very convienent and the car was a great value. The gas tank wasn't really full but I drove the car a long way, so this wasn't a major issue. The car interior smell was a bit off, like someone may have smoked in the car in the past.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Jan 2017
Didn't get the car
Cons: I didn't get the car although I received a "successfully reserved" email. I was told just the day before my rental day that they got overbooked and I couldn't get me the car. They couldn't do anything (couldn't got the car from another site) nor could I do anything. All my friends were ready and were expecting to our trip. Quite disappointed.
10.0 Excellent
30 Mar 2017
Pros: Great customer service.
10.0 Excellent
13 Apr 2017
Great customer service
Pros: Friendly, efficient, fast service even when they are busy.
Rated no. 2
Budget
8.6 Excellent (7 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Budget
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street
+1 510 666 1270
600 Gilman Street
+1 510 524 7237
  • 8.6
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
6.4 Good
11 Apr 2016
Cons: The drp off at Berkeley was not quick. The only reason I got someone to help me faster was because someone was interested in renting the car I was returning.
10.0 Excellent
2 Feb 2017
Pros: Friendly service! Affordable pricing! Overall very pleased!
Cons: No complaints whatsoever!
4.0 Okay
3 Apr 2017
Pros: easy to get the car
Cons: made me buy a second insurance even though i expressed i had already bought a third party one through the booking site did not tell me when the store was closing on the day of my return so i had to pay for an additional day
10.0 Excellent
4 Mar 2019
Pros: easy and clean car
Cons: N/a
10.0 Excellent
15 Jun 2016
Pros: Big car and spacious
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
10 Jun 2018
Pros: Friendly service.
10.0 Excellent
21 Aug 2018
Staff friendly and helpful
Pros: The manager of this location is very friendly and helpful. Together with his colleague they made the pick-up and drop-off processes quite easy and smooth.
Rated no. 3
Avis
8.1 Excellent (6 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Avis
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street
+1 510 705 8991
600 Gilman Street
+1 510 558 0441
  • 8.0
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 7.3
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
4 Feb 2016
Pros: Very nice proprietor. Very nice car (upgrade from what I'd reserved). Helpful orienting me to car controls.
Cons: Nothing I didn't like but I wish they didn't close so early on Saturday. Had to pay for an extra day because I couldn't get back from my trip by 1:00 PM and there was no option to leave the car and the keys.
10.0 Excellent
6 Apr 2017
Pros: The staff upon pickup were very good. The car was clean and in good condition.
Cons: Returning was slow as there was only one employee who was staffing the desk, washing cars, and moving cars around the lot. This seems unfair both on the employee and customers waiting.
6.4 Good
13 Apr 2017
Cons: We called corporate office to extend reservation, and they said we were all set. We had our doubts because the girl my boyfriend talked to seemed confused. When we called the local drop off location, the next day. they said they had no extension on file and charged us a late fee.
10.0 Excellent
24 Jun 2019
Pros: Friendly service, nice vehicles
2.0 Mediocre
1 Aug 2016
Unable to rent car
Cons: I was not made aware that a credit card was needed for rentals nor that a soft credit report would be pulled.
10.0 Excellent
26 Jun 2018
Pros: Service at the location was excellent. Vehicle was excellent.
Rated no. 4
Hertz
5.7 Okay (19 reviews)
1 location in Berkeley
Hertz
Locations in Berkeley
1061 San Pablo Ave.
+1 510 558 1438
  • 5.6
  • 6.4
  • 6.1
  • 4.8
  • 5.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
11 Feb 2017
Poor service and lack of apology
Cons: I had booked a car for 6pm and picked it up at 6:05. The team was there but leaving and did not do anything to help or apologisefor the situation. I had to go next morning at 6am to the Hertz shop at the airport to make it in time for my meeting and was charged a lot more than the Kayak offer. The rental team at the Herz shop there did not explain that I was prepaying for petrol and so I lost USD 45 for petrol. I also asked for a GPS and paid USD 16 for a GPS that was very slow and lacking in detail, so I had to take several detours. All in all a poor experience and it was not helped by unfriendly and defensive Hertz employees who did not apologize or attempt to remedy the situation.
10.0 Excellent
12 Aug 2016
Pros: I rented a Chevrolet Malibu and like the car very much.
Cons: Both car keys attached so one person has to have them with them. Should one be lost they are both lost??
2.0 Mediocre
4 Oct 2016
Cons: Charged me for insurance that I had already prepaid through kayak
10.0 Excellent
10 Oct 2016
Pros: I had smooth ride. I throughly enjoyed the journey.
10.0 Excellent
18 Oct 2016
Friendly and efficient
Pros: I felt taken care of !
2.0 Mediocre
9 Dec 2016
Pros: nothing, i did not use them.
Cons: I had to use a different company because hertz was not able to process my payment even though i tried two different cards. They did not have a chip reader or a keyboard to type my card number in. Unfriendly and unhelpful and downright rude. It threw off the beginning of my trip i was excited for because i had to leave and then go to the Oakland airport. Will never use Hertz again.
2.0 Mediocre
29 Dec 2016
Pros: Not one thing - see what I didn't like
Cons: We didn't get to rent the vehicle because it wasn't clear at all that this particular SFO airport Hertz rental center wasn't at the airport, even though it was listed on Airport Rd or Drive. Only when looking at the fine print re hours of 8 to 6PM did I see this nasty detail, and realize that this wasn't at the airport and our flight wasn't going to get us there in time to pick the car up. This FORCED us to go to Uber and then a cab ride to come back to the airport at the end of our trip. This only available Hertz car was $300 higher than the deal I'd committed to. This was without a doubt the worst Kayak experience I've had in terms of expense and not having a vehicle when we really needed one -Roger
4.8 Okay
30 Dec 2016
Kayak / Hertz Rental Revie
Cons: - no registration in car - Hertz employee forgot to do vehicle walk-around at time of pick-up - Broken windshield wiper - vehicle different than description online at time of booking (I booked a Nissan Versa or simlar and ended up driving a Toyota Yaris)
8.8 Excellent
8 Jan 2017
After a bumpy start, all went well
Pros: Staff was very helpful to find a solution when no cars were available although we booked way in advance.
Cons: No cars available on our pick up day and time
2.0 Mediocre
21 Jan 2017
Pros: Was way to expensive!!! I will never use Hertz again!
Cons: Hertz is expensive
77 travellers who rented a car in Berkeley gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

Self drive car rental locations in Berkeley

When to book a hire car in Berkeley

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Top tips for renting a car in Berkeley

  • One of the main reasons to rent a car when visiting Berkeley is that, with one, it is a simple drive to reach the many wonderful nature parks that surround the city. For example, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers wonderful views of the bridge, bay, and the city. However, it is a slow process to get there via public transportation, while in a car it just an easy 30-minute drive from central Berkeley.
  • Looking to pick up a rental car for your time in Berkeley? If you are flying into San Francisco International Airport, the rental car counters are located in the Rental Car Center. To reach the Rental Car Center from the airport, simply hop onto the AirTrain Blue Line at any of the terminals and get off at the Rental Car Center stop.
  • Jaywalking is particularly common in Berkeley and drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly when near UC Berkeley. This is partly because of the high density of pedestrians and also because of the many tiny streets in the area. In general, jaywalking isn’t as big of an issue as it is in some other big U.S. cities, but it is still something to look out for.
  • Berkeley, like many suburbs in large cities, suffers from daily bouts of rush hour. Typically, drivers can expect rush hour to last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening rush hour can be particularly congested for drivers leaving the downtown area, so it is highly advised to time your driving accordingly. I-80 and the Bay Bridge are two spots to skirt around if you are looking to avoid traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Berkeley at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Berkeley

What is the best rental car company in Berkeley?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Berkeley are Enterprise (8.5, 12906 reviews), Budget (7.4, 4192 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3906 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)?

Car hire companies onsite at San Francisco Airport include Alamo, Thrifty, Enterprise, National, Budget, Sixt, Avis and Hertz.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Thrifty, Enterprise, National, Budget, Sixt, Avis and Hertz.

How can I find car rentals near me in Berkeley?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Berkeley?

The roads in Berkeley are more than large enough to accommodate all sizes of vehicles from SUVs to sedans. That being said, there are some neighborhoods with smaller streets; for the most part, however, they aren’t an issue. Additionally, parking is another thing to keep in mind as in the most popular parts of town, larger cars may be difficult to find parking spots large enough for.

What's the speed limit in Berkeley?

Drivers can expect residential speed limits in Berkeley to range from 25 to 35 mph, while on larger roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph and even up to 65 mph on motorways. On highways and interstates, drivers will see speed limits ranging from 65 to 70 mph.

How are gas prices in Berkeley?

Need to refill the tank while you are in Berkeley? If so, you can expect to pay around $3.45 per gallon of gas. This is slightly above average for the U.S., although it is right within the average for the West Coast.

Where are the best places to park in Berkeley?

Streetside parking can be very difficult to find in the central areas of Berkeley, especially during the peak hours of the work week. Aside from streetside parallel parking, parking garages are the main option available. In general, the garages are your best bet for parking, particularly if you are planning on to a more popular area. Drivers can usually expect to pay around $2.00 - $3.00 per hour for parking.