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Santa Monica car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Santa Monica

  • Car rentals in Santa Monica can provide you with the ease and flexibility you need to explore all of the popular attractions within the city and the surrounding areas. Head to the famous city of Beverly Hills that is about 10 miles away and best reached by car. If you like being active and are interested in going on a hike, you can visit the scenic Topanga State Park that spans across 14,000 acres and is around a half-hour drive from the city.
  • Visitors can pick up their Santa Monica car rentals directly from Los Angeles International Airport. While there are no rental car offices located on airport property, many of them provide complimentary shuttle services that depart from just outside the Arrivals terminal under the purple sign marked as "Rental Car Shuttles." There are over 40 different companies for you to choose from, including Thrifty, Budget, and Hertz.
  • The city center is known for having many pedestrians and cyclists, so always be on the lookout for them when you are driving car rentals in Santa Monica. Motorcycles are also legally allowed to drive in between traffic lanes in California, so make sure to drive cautiously in case one of them is in your blind spot. As Santa Monica is such a large city, it can be easy to get lost, so consider adding a GPS system to your rental in order to help with navigation.
  • All of Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, is known for having heavy traffic, particularly during rush hour. If you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, avoiding driving on the Pacific Coast Highway and freeways 10 and 405 between the hours of 8am to 9:30am and 5pm to 6:30pm. The roads also tend to be particularly slippery when it rains, so drive extra cautiously during this type of weather.
  • Book your rental car in Santa Monica at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Santa Monica are around 52% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Monica

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Santa Monica?

    As Santa Monica is a busy city with limited parking, a compact vehicle can be a convenient choice for a rental car. Not only will it be easier for you to weave in and out of traffic, you will also be able to better navigate the narrow streets in the city’s downtown area.

  • What’s the speed limit in Santa Monica?

    Speed limits for streets within the city often range from 25 to 45mph depending on where they are located and how busy they are. If you are driving near a school, you can expect the speed limit to drop to 20mph. Freeways usually have a maximum of 65mph, while the maximum for the Pacific Coast Highway is closer to 55mph, depending on how windy the section of road is. Many of the city’s intersections have their own traffic cameras, and police officers are frequently stationed both within the city and along the main freeways. Always make sure to follow traffic laws in order to drive safely and avoid receiving a fine.

  • Where are the best places to park in Santa Monica?

    While you might be able to find some free street parking in Santa Monica, it is usually easiest to opt for a paid parking lot or garage. The Santa Monica Pier deck parking lot is open 24h a day, with fees ranging from around $2.50 to $3.75 per hour. There are also several beach parking lots, such as the Annenberg Community Beach House, which is open from 6am to midnight and charges approximately $3 per hour. Parking is available 24h a day at the Civic Center and Main Library, and the first 30min are free.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Santa Monica?

    The average price of fuel in Santa Monica is ₹ 319 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,827 and ₹ 5,103, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Santa Monica?

    Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Santa Monica.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Dollar, Hertz, Budget, Fox, Thrifty, Europcar, Sixt, NU Car, Yesaway and Avis.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

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

  • How can I find car hires near me in Santa Monica?

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

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Santa Monica?

    An Economy car hire in Santa Monica costs ₹ 2,578 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Santa Monica?

    A Compact car rental in Santa Monica costs ₹ 4,676 per day, on average.

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

    A Full Size car hire in Santa Monica costs ₹ 7,953 per day, on average.

Santa Monica car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

6.2

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.3

3 locations in Santa Monica

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Locations in Santa Monica

1426 Santa Monica Blvd

+1 310 394 2449

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00

1700 Ocean Ave.

+1 310 451 3539

Monday07:00 - 12:0013:00 - 18:00
Tuesday13:00 - 18:0007:00 - 12:00
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Thursday13:00 - 18:0007:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:0013:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

2519 Lincoln Blvd.

+1 310 578 9700

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Did not have car available for us that we rented and pre paid for. Only car available was $40 more dollars a day. Total rip off. Terrible service. Never using Hertz again. Not surprised they are bankrupt.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The car was not cleaned before handing to me.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Excellent people working in that office!

2.0 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The customer service at the Hertz location was horrible and it’s a shabby place.

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Can’t drop off after 6pm, so basically was only able to use the car for a few hours.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn’t have a car for me to rent despite accepting my reservation so I had to travel across town to make an alternate reservation. Massive waste of my time and money.

1 out of 12

Midway

9.9

Wonderful

14 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.6

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Santa Monica

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Locations in Santa Monica

1719 Santa Monica Blvd

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1901, Ocean Avenue

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was extremely friendly, pickup and drop-off was very fast and efficient. I see some complaints about customers not getting the type of car they reserved, which I could see happening as the lot was very small, not a large selection. I had rented a economy class, and loved the car I got.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean car easy to pick up / drop off

Cons:

Busy intersection was hard to return car

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Loved the car - awesome price, amazing gas mileage, great AC. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I returned the car, and was offered a ride home - a very pleasant surprise.

Cons:

The only issue when we arrived at Midway was that there was a shortage of cars. Our options were to go to a further away location OR to have the rental car delivered to our home. We opted to return home ourselves and wait for the rental car to be delivered to us. The delivery was 1.5 hours after our initial pickup time. Not ideal when your schedule is time sensitive. But it worked out for us.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I booked the car for a 4pm pickup. They closed at 4pm. I had to find another place to rent from and walk there.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Mr. Erick Chavez was a professional attending my reservation. The car that I reserved was already ready and clean. The professionalism with which Mr. Chavez attended me was excellent and very effective. Mr. Chavez was very polite and gave us the right car for our needs. I will definitely rent with Midway again. Highly recommended.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2022

KAYAK
I recommend Midway car rental. They were nice and helpful. Also they had right car for us.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.5

Wonderful

25 reviews

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.5

5 locations in Santa Monica

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1702 Santa Monica Blvd

+1 310 395 4941

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1719 Wilshire Blvd

+1 310 395 4941

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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1723 Wilshire Blvd

+1 310 478 5216

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2700 Lincoln Blvd

+1 310 452 9100

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2703 Santa Monica Blvd

+1 424 416 5073

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Mike made sure I was able to get the vehicle I needed when I needed it. That was amazing

Cons:

Actually everything was perfect

8.0 Very Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Attentive employee.

Cons:

Rented a car on-line that was not available- what??? No Bueno.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

My small economy carnot available They gave me a 8 cylinder truck!!! Instead of using 40 dolllars in gas I used 80

5.2 Fair

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle was good and no problems during the two weeks.

Cons:

The attitude of the person "Scott" in hand over.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

We were upgraded from a compact to a Ford Escape and it was very nice. We rented it for a trip to Tucson and enjoyed all of its features. They were very nice at the desk and we were in and out quickly.

1 out of 4

Avis

9.3

Wonderful

19 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.3

3 locations in Santa Monica

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1027 Broadway

+1 310 453 4421

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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Sunday09:00 - 12:00

1700 Ocean Avenue

+1 424 272 7305

Monday08:00 - 17:0013:00 - 18:00
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2423 Lincoln Blvd

+1 424 428 0216

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent no issues whatsoever

8.0 Very Good

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car, friendly service.

Cons:

I took the insurance out suggested on the Kayak website only to find that when I got to the rental place, that insurance didn't cover any damage to others if I got in to an accident. I therefore had to take out another policy with Avis to cover me in case of that.

4.8 Mediocre

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Close to Santa Monica Pier (10 blocks)

Cons:

The car we reserved didn't exist so we had to pay almost double for an involuntary upgrade. We felt like we were, albeit mildly, swindled by the franchise.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Despite having a reservation they had no cars available whatsoever. Eventually told me I could take the sports car since I was an hour late for work, but it would be an additional $20/day. Eventually they said they could remove the upcharge when I returned the car. Took over an hour to pick up the car. Dropped off on time, took over an hour to return the car. 1 employee on site and so many customers we all couldn't even fit in the lobby. Upcharge on car was remove, part of me feels this was only because of the insanely terrible service at pickup and drop off. Never again at this location.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Much nicer than expected car, great price and convenience in both locations.

Cons:

Pick up and drop off slower than ideal - each location had longish lines and could've used a second person at desk

7.6 Good

Oct 2015

KAYAK

Cons:

Parking lot too small. Difficult to drop off when someone else is leaving.

1 out of 3

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.8

2 locations in Santa Monica

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1027 Broadway

+1 310 393 9194

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

2423 Lincoln Blvd

+1 424 428 0219

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The rental office was closed at the time of my reservation. I waited for 25 minutes then called Budget. The phone rep said he would transfer my reservation to another location 15 miles away “for no charge” and then put me on hold. 10 minutes later (still on hold) someone showed up. At this point we were running more than 30 minutes behind schedule and I had to press the agent to confirm that I would be returning the car 30 minutes later as well. She begrudgingly adjusted the contract. She told me the car’s fuel tank was at 3/4 and to return it with 3/4 full. When I returned the car, a different agent checked everything and noticed the fuel tank wasn’t full, it was 7/8 full and that I would be charged to top it up. I told him that I actually was returning it with more gas than I got it with and also 30 minutes early and that I should be charging him for my time and the extra fuel I just gifted Budget. Every single person I interacted with at Budget was completely sour, confrontational and trying to nickel and dime me out of time, money and fuel. This was a very expensive rate and at that price point, you really need to show up on time and not threaten charges when you are being gifted fuel and given an early return. What you should really do is say “thank you.”

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Nothing really

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Great attention

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
Did not receive car I reserved. Car I was given only had 3/4 tank of gas and smelled like cigarettes. The drop off location was not staffed. Terrible experience all around.

1 out of 2

Sixt

6.5

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.4

One location in Santa Monica

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1515 Ocean Ave

+1 888 749 8227

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
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4.8 Mediocre

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very friendly and efficient. They offered another car as an option so I wouldn’t have to wait. Even though I didn’t take that option my car arrives quite quickly anyway. My rental car was a mini copper countryman and it was fantastic.

Cons:

Nothing.

9.6 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was super helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone. Car was clean and in good shape. Folks at drop off similarly nice and efficient.

Cons:

Only small problem: it took a long time to get my car initially. Staff and car were so nice I didn't really mind much.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff is extremely friendly and prompt

Cons:

The car smelled like someone had smoke tobacco for many days inside

6.0 Okay

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Good car

Cons:

1. Within 2 miles I got a low pressure signal. Stopped, got some air and calibrated. This lasted 5 days and had to be repeated (fortunately I knew how the calibration system worked...) 2. The windshield wiper fluid was empty

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I filled out everything online. So when I arrived the services as fast and professional.

1 out of 5

Thrifty

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Santa Monica

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Locations in Santa Monica

1426 Santa Monica Boulevard

+1 310 394 2449

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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Eagle Rent A Car

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3 locations in Santa Monica

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4110 Lincoln Blvd

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Santa Monica Airport

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Santa Monica airport

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Rent-4-Less

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One location in Santa Monica

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3202 Lincoln Blvd

(310) 395 8010

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147 travellers who rented a car in Santa Monica gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.1

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Economy

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Pick-up locationSanta Monica
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