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Rent cars in Oakland, CA

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Top rated cars in Oakland, CA

Toyota Mirai 2020 — Car rental alternative in Palo Alto, CA 94301
Toyota Mirai 2020
FIAT 500 2012 — Car rental alternative in Pacifica, CA 94044
FIAT 500 2012

5.0

(52 trips)

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Let loose in Oakland

A colorful city brimming with music, art, and activism, Oakland’s scenic perch on the San Francisco Bay belies its energy. Whether you’re hitting up the nightlife in bustling Jack London Square, grabbing tasty dumplings in Chinatown, or soaking in the local culture, chances are Oakland will charm you.

When you’re done exploring vintage boutiques and dining in historic bars, head out to experience Northern California’s redwood forests, wine country, and the stunning Golden Gate Bridge.

Oakland favorites

The Town’s one-of-a-kind waterfront scene is both trendy and historic.

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Lake Merritt

This former tidal lagoon in the heart of downtown has become one of Oakland downtown’s major attractions. Along a three-mile shoreline, you can enjoy beautiful gardens, watch light displays, or simply take in picturesque views of the city. Lake Merritt is also home to the nation’s oldest designated wildlife refuge.

Oakland Museum of California

Stroll through centuries of Californian art, history, and natural science at the Oakland Museum. Highlights include the Dorothea Lange archive and an exhibit on the state’s seven unique ecosystems.

Jack London Square

Once the heart of Oakland’s seaport operations, Jack London Square is now a dining, shopping, and entertainment destination that draws crowds all year long. Named for author Jack London, who grew up on the Oakland waterfront, it’s a happening place with an authentic Oakland vibe.

Top hosts in Oakland, CA

Jessica L.

Jessica L.

All-Star Host

195 tripsJoined Aug 2021
Great commuter for our trip around San Jose!
Adam G.- July 16, 2022
Perfect trip in all respects!
Theresa H.- July 4, 2022

Jessica L.’s vehicles

FIAT 500 2013 — Car rental alternative in San Jose, CA 95121
FIAT 500 2013

5.0

(41 trips)

All-Star Host

Auto F.

Auto F.

All-Star Host

6998 tripsJoined Feb 2017
Car was exactlyl as advertised, pick up and drop off were simple.
Aaron G.- July 12, 2022
Very clean, good price, amazing mileage, car worked properly
Benjamin C.- August 2, 2022

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Hit the road

The Bay Area is full of excitement and beauty in every mile. Napa and Sonoma, and even Livermore Valley, are wine country central, featuring gorgeous vineyards, fancy wine tours, and fine dining. Oakland’s neighboring city of Berkeley is home to the University of California and the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. A few hours’ drive up to the mountains will bring you to iconic natural sites like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

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Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

Just a few miles from downtown Oakland lies the East Bay’s largest remaining natural stand of coastal redwoods. Peaceful and awe-inspiring, it’s the perfect local attraction for a hike, a picnic, or wildlife viewing.

San Francisco

Just across the Bay Bridge, San Francisco is a foodie’s paradise that's also known for its charming neighborhoods and wealth of amazing attractions. A few stops to hit: Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach, China Beach, and round off your day trip with a visit to Alcatraz Island to tour the notorious prison.

Half Moon Bay

With stunning beaches and great local seafood, Half Moon Bay offers an oceanside getaway from the bustling metropolises of the Bay Area. Stroll along the sand and visit the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and if you’re lucky, the fog won’t spoil an epic sunset.

Recent reviews

Douglas G.
BMW 3 Series 2018

Everything was great and so much better than renting with the usual car rental companies.

Douglas G.
- August 11, 2022
Sean C.
Toyota Prius v 2012

Avoid car rental companies.

Sean C.
- May 22, 2022
Wesley W.
Tesla Model 3 2019

He communicated well before the trip and was kind enough to pick me up at Oakland airport.

Wesley W.
- May 30, 2022
Elizabeth I.
Chrysler 200 2012

Dwayne was very polite and the pick up address was only 4 miles from the Oakland International airport- which made the logistics and cab fare great to pick up the car.

Elizabeth I.
- July 2, 2022
Hyun P.
MINI Cooper 2013

Mini Coop is great for San francisco/Oakland area because it is hard find a parking and with the rising gas prices the Coop is an excellent choice.

Hyun P.
- July 17, 2022
Stephen G.
Tesla Model 3 2019

Easy pickup and drop off at Oakland Int’l.

Stephen G.
- May 16, 2022
Chanelle F.
Toyota Prius 2008

Easy rent and car run good on gas especially with these high gas prices....

Chanelle F.
- December 15, 2021
John H.
Toyota Camry 2020

This was the best car rental experience in my life!

John H.
- December 31, 2021
Irena Z.
Toyota Prius c 2012

The car was super easy to drive and clean.

Irena Z.
- July 15, 2022
David James L.
Toyota Yaris 2014

He was extremely responsive, the car was ready and waiting for us at the airport as soon as we landed, gas mileage was great with the Yaris, and the car was clean.

David James L.
- August 25, 2021
Robert S.
Ford Fusion Energi 2013

Excellent car and flawless rental process.

Robert S.
- November 22, 2021
Alaina S.
Mercedes-benz C-Class 2019

I chose to use Turo because our flight was landing after the Oakland Airport rental car companies were closed.

Alaina S.
- February 6, 2022
Douglas M.
Lexus ES 350 2016

This is much better than the car rental agencies.

Douglas M.
- May 4, 2022
Allegra B.
Volkswagen Jetta 2014

Car so clean!

Allegra B.
- June 13, 2022
Accounting P.
BMW 5 Series 2013

From the get go, before the pickup and during the trip Eugene went above and beyond and illustrated why I will never use a car rental agency again.

Accounting P.
- October 25, 2021
Chaddwick P.
Toyota Prius 2008

Car was top notch and just the perfect ride, especially the way gas prices are.

Chaddwick P.
- October 20, 2021
Cindy S.
FIAT 500 2012

Frankie’s car was perfect for city driving and finding street parking because of its compact size.

Cindy S.
- August 6, 2021
Nate T.
Hyundai Elantra 2015

Would use again when in the Oakland area.

Nate T.
- August 12, 2022
Natalie Q.
Ford Fusion Energi 2013

Kristina’s car was perfect for my quick weekend trip to Oakland.

Natalie Q.
- June 20, 2021
Ariel W.
Chrysler 300 2018

Great car.

Ariel W.
- May 30, 2022
John N.
Toyota Avalon 2019

Rental process went smoothly and Lauren was very easy to communicate and work with.

John N.
- May 4, 2022
Crystal L.
Chevrolet Sonic 2013

Very accommodating with little changes, and so helpful with navigating the Oakland airport.

Crystal L.
- July 11, 2022
Chris Callie L.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2022

Mack's car was really clean and felt brand new.

Chris Callie L.
- May 16, 2022
Roland P.
Ford Fusion Energi 2013

Great car!

Roland P.
- June 29, 2021
Andrew W.
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2014

An amazing car and host exp.

Andrew W.
- May 10, 2021
Jeff B.
BMW 3 Series 2018

Great car.

Jeff B.
- August 3, 2022
Natasha F.
Fiat 500 2018

Great, small car especially when you’re having to find street parking in the Bay Area (like fitting in a tight space between red-marked driveway flares), good on gas, and had a host who accommodated a last minute booking!

Natasha F.
- June 11, 2022
Michael S.
Toyota Yaris 2016

We will definitely use his car next time we come to Oakland

Michael S.
- May 9, 2022
Ramji E.
Tesla Model 3 2017

Bri's car was perfect for my wife, toddler and I.

Ramji E.
- August 10, 2022
David W.
Toyota Corolla 2015

So convenient..the car was brought to me at the airport and dropped off in front of my airline terminal.

David W.
- July 30, 2022
Griffin H.
Tesla Model 3 2022

Easy check in, and Aminah was kind with fantastic communication. 14/10 will rent this car when I'm next in Oakland!

Griffin H.
- April 11, 2022
Russell R.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017

Very easy pick up and drop off from Oakland airport.

Russell R.
- December 25, 2021
John S.
Tesla Model 3 2020

Awesome Tesla and a great price!

John S.
- August 2, 2022
Brandon S.
Tesla Model 3 2020

My reservation was seamless!

Brandon S.
- June 6, 2021
Brittany M.
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 2020

Liping was great to work with and she was flexible with my pick up time, which I was VERY thankful for.

Brittany M.
- June 22, 2022
Ryan M.
Porsche 911 2017

Amazing car and the owner was really easy to work with.

Ryan M.
- June 7, 2022
Setahrae J.
BMW 4 Series 2018

The car was great and so was the service!

Setahrae J.
- June 20, 2022
Chris W.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017

Alejandra was bar none the best host I’ve ever had using Turo.

Chris W.
- August 14, 2022
Joe G.
Honda Accord Sedan 2020

Dwayne and Antionette were punctual, delivered a spotless vehicle, and were always available for any questions during the trip.

Joe G.
- May 30, 2022
Izaiah F.
Ford Mustang 2010

Very clean fun car to drive.

Izaiah F.
- February 20, 2022
Emily M.
smart fortwo 2015

Echo’s smart car did great, even up to Lake Tahoe.

Emily M.
- June 22, 2022
Jeffrey Z.
BMW 5 Series 2013

Amazing car, Eugene went above & beyond to make sure we connected at airport & getting the car back.

Jeffrey Z.
- August 12, 2022
Prithvi T.
Ford Mustang 2018

Fun car to drive around SF, top is easy to use and great for the beautiful weather.

Prithvi T.
- April 26, 2022
Sam C.
Volkswagen Eos 2012

Fantastic rental..

Sam C.
- June 23, 2021
Erika B.
Honda Accord 2017

Excellent communicators, flexible on the pick up/drop off time, immaculate car, and super friendly hosts.

Erika B.
- July 20, 2022
Anthony Vincent C.
Toyota Yaris 2017

As always Anthony has been a great and flexible wirh your reservation.

Anthony Vincent C.
- January 31, 2022
Daniel G.
BMW 5 Series 2011

Easy to deal with throughout!

Daniel G.
- August 20, 2021
Arnold H.
Hyundai Accent 2016

Basic car I rented for a week much cheaper then rental car companies.

Arnold H.
- July 15, 2022
Matt M.
Acura ILX 2020

Xscape dropped the car off/picked the car up at the JSX terminal in Oakland.

Matt M.
- March 29, 2022
Tra P.
Toyota Camry 2011

The car was great, and you can’t beat the price!

Tra P.
- July 24, 2022
Steph A.
Tesla Model 3 2020

Tesla for a competitive price point, would recommend!

Steph A.
- June 27, 2022
Rand B.
Mercedes-benz A-Class 2020

I was a bit unsure about this type if service, but will definitely do this again, thanks to the experience Agusto provided me.

Rand B.
- August 6, 2022
Ben T.
Chrysler 300 2018

Definitely will use again when I come back to Oakland.

Ben T.
- April 8, 2022
Anna J.
Toyota Yaris iA 2018

Pick up and drop off went well at the Oakland Airport.

Anna J.
- August 10, 2021
Tony P.
Ford Fusion 2014

Will look to rent again next time I fly into Oakland.

Tony P.
- August 30, 2021
Joshua K.
Tesla Model 3 2020

The car allowed us to drive plenty of miles and avoid the crazy gas prices at the moment.

Joshua K.
- July 6, 2022

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Best Oakland driving roads

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San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge spans from Oakland to San Francisco may not always be the most relaxing drive, especially during rush hour traffic, but it’s a breathtaking way to enter either city with views of the bay and city skylines. Halfway across, stop at Treasure Island: an artificial island built for the 1939 World’s Fair.

Grizzly Peak

Find the perfect vehicle, fuel up, and head up Centennial Drive to Grizzly Peak Blvd for a scenic road that snakes through the hills of the East Bay on its way to marvelous Grizzly Peak. Be sure to stop at the vista points for incredible views of the bay.

Wildcat Canyon Rd

Head into the Berkeley Hills for panoramic views of Oakland and San Francisco, then follow Wildcat Canyon Rd through Tilden Park for more scenic spots. For the full experience, keep going until you reach Inspiration Point, where you’ll be able to snap a picture worth 1,000 words.

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