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Berkeley car hire

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KAYAK’s 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 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Berkeley are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Berkeley

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Berkeley?

    The average price of fuel in Berkeley is ₹ 319 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,826 and ₹ 5,102, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Berkeley?

    Compact (Nissan Versa Note or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Berkeley.

  • Which hire car agencies are at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    Car hire companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Dollar, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, Fox, Europcar and Sixt.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

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

  • How can I find car hires near me in Berkeley?

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

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Berkeley?

    A Compact car rental in Berkeley costs ₹ 2,742 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Berkeley?

    A Full Size car hire in Berkeley costs ₹ 3,944 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in Berkeley?

    A Premium car hire in Berkeley costs ₹ 5,553 per day, on average.

Berkeley car rental reviews and directory

Budget

7.9

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.6

2 locations in Berkeley

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Locations in Berkeley

2000 Kittredge Street

+1 510 666 1270

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

600 Gilman Street

+1 510 524 7237

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
I was not provided with the car category I was promised when booking online. I booked Toyota RAV4 and similar type, but I was given Nissan Kicks when I went to pick up the car. To add to the injury, the agent insulted my intelligence by claiming that the two cars are of same category. I am on vacation and didn’t want to challenge his claim and start an argument and ruin my vacation. I guess that might be exactly the reason why the rental company don’t care about fulfilling its own commitments. I am taking this up with the company and will update here whether I receive a credit back the differences in rental price.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Tres bon accueil

6.4 Okay

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Upon dropping off the car, I was charged a higher amount than was on my original receipt. The receptionists at the dropoff location couldn't adequately explain why. They thought it was some insane reason like I picked up the car 10 minutes before my appointed time of noon on a Thursday...and that changed my rate somehow? I had to call Budget customer service to resolve it. Turns out they upcharged me for a sedan when I had reserved a compact car. I had nothing to do with that. I reserved a compact car and paid for a compact car. I just took whatever the hell car they gave me at the pickup location. The associate on the phone promised to refund me the difference.

9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

easy and clean car

Cons:

N/a

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.4

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

7.2

4 locations in Berkeley

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Locations in Berkeley

1706 San Pablo Avenue

+1 510 526 3900

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1990 Oxford St.

+1 510 223 6444

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3001 Shattuck Ave

+1 510 841 8300

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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5858 Horton St Ste 193

+1 510 223 6444

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Well, first of all the fees I didn't know was Is going to happen. The car that I was gonna get wasn't charged yet.They wanted me to charge it before even took off. It was supposed to be 58$ and I knew that I was gonna have to get insurance but it was like 3 different types and roadside was seperate also. Soi was chargeed 30 to reserve it 96 for the rental and $100 extra . And the $300 deposit I didn't know about I had to go put cash in my bank when I came back they closed for the day. I wasn't able to get the car. So I missed the wedding.I was supposed to go to and that really sucked.

6.0 Okay

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Very long process to get the car, unnecessarily so. Had to talk to two people to leave with the car that I had reserved. I waited over 30 minutes in the lobby amongst other renters. Strange

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Super easy

Cons:

A hybrid

2.0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I got a text from Enterprise saying that there were no cars available from the location that was closest to me. Even though I reserved it through Kayak stating that the car that I reserved was available. Sucks. I canceled the reservation, went elsewhere.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Did not have any vehicles available when I showed up, had to rent a vehicle through Budget, have not issued a refund yet.

1 out of 19

Hertz

7.0

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

7.0

One location in Berkeley

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Locations in Berkeley

1061 San Pablo Ave.

+1 510 558 1438

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

2.0 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Told me they didn’t haven’t care.

Cons:

Not being extremely rude, and announce they have the right to cancel my reservation at Hertz if they don’t have cars even though it said they do online. Multiple other car agencies said they do not have cars available. Hertz said they did and the man at the desk was very rude and unhelpful.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Poor poor poor. Everything is poor.

4.0 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing was positive about this experience.

Cons:

The Albany Hertz: horribly understaffed with TERRIBLE service. Car rentals usually require some amount of patience, but this place is horrible. The phone rings off the hook, the wait is at least an hour, and they are totally understaffed.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Everything

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I rented a car from Wednesday thru Sunday for a specific amount of money. When I picked up the car I was told they were closed Sunday and I would be charged for an extra day till Monday. They said if I had a problem to take it up with the on line place I rented it with.

1 out of 10

Avis

5.9

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.4

2 locations in Berkeley

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Locations in Berkeley

2000 Kittredge Street

+1 510 705 8991

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

600 Gilman Street

+1 510 558 0441

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly service, nice vehicles

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Service at the location was excellent. Vehicle was excellent.

6.4 Okay

Apr 2017

KAYAK

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 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

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.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2016

KAYAK

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 Wonderful

Feb 2016

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 3

Thrifty

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Berkeley

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Locations in Berkeley

1061 San Pablo Avenue

+1 510 558 1438

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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203 travellers who rented a car in Berkeley gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.0

Car hire locations in or near Berkeley

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Pick-up locationBerkeley
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