Car rental alternatives in San Diego, CA

Get beached in San Diego

It’s always a perfect day in San Diego — however you like to vacation. The city is known for its immaculate, sparkling coastline, with beaches perfect for surfing, sipping cocktails, and even hang gliding.

When you’re done chowing down on great Mexican food, take your San Diego car rental for a spin to check out the bevy of museums in town that offer an array of exciting experiences, equally thrilling to adults and kids.

San Diego favorites

The secret to making the most of San Diego is simply to enjoy the outdoors. So catch a meal al fresco at sunset, tackle the mountains, dip in the water, and when you’re indoors, don’t forget to pause at the windows.

Balboa Park

Covering more than 1,200 acres, laced with hiking trails, and home to several museums, theaters, and restaurants, Balboa Park is much more than your average city green. Absorb San Diego’s culture and legendary sunshine.

Cabrillo National Monument

There are many ways to do the beach, but nothing beats wandering the tidepools and meeting all the sea creatures. You’ll need a San Diego car rental to get down to the shore, then wait for low tide.

USS Midway Museum

In Downtown San Diego, this retired aircraft carrier gives you a taste of the Top Gun life. Hang out on the flight deck, explore the aircraft, and test your fortitude in the flight simulator.

Top hosts in San Diego, CA

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Carlos A. B. All-Star Host
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Good car to drive around San Diego
Dora - March 4, 2019
Loved getting drive this car around San Diego!
Olivia - February 12, 2019
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Glennford B. All-Star Host
140 trips Joined Apr 2019
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Recent reviews

Great car with a great owner! Will definitely book again if I’m back in San Diego!
Jasmin - August 18, 2019
I had a great experience with Glennford’s rental. I loved the car, he was so flexible. He responded to all messages very quickly. The car was clean. I had a great experience and I will definitely rent it again if I have the opportunity to go to San Diego.
Issa - October 5, 2019
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Hit the road

Book your San Diego car rental on Turo to cruise out of town along the stunningly gorgeous coastline, and head into the mountains or desert for an entirely different southern California experience.

Carlsbad

Take the hour drive north in your San Diego car rental to take in the famously beautiful Carlsbad State Beach, explore the lagoons, or go wild at Legoland.

Borrego Springs

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and discover the unique collection of sculptures tucked into the landscape. Take on the two hour drive in your San Diego car rental.

Julian

Known for its apple orchards, steer your San Diego car rental an hour into the mountains to pick your own apples, indulge in a slice of pie, and take a tour of the town’s 1870s gold mine.

Average ratings in San Diego (4.8 stars)

Samihan
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2016
Jamie’s Miata is a blast to drive, and Jamie is incredibly easy to work with! A fantastic choice for a car rental in San Diego!
Samihan Y. - July 6, 2018
Tom
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
Joseph had the car in excellent shape, clean and full tank. It helps that the car was so incredibly fun. Next time I’m looking to rent a car in San Diego, I’ll be looking up Joseph again.
Tom C. - August 17, 2018
Gerardo
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2016
José was a great host, he help me with all I need in time and with a great attitude. If I need again to rent a car in San Diego I will rent this one again.
Gerardo B. - April 6, 2019
Devahnei
Honda Fit 2009
Perfect car to get around San Diego
Devahnei M. - October 11, 2019
Scott
Porsche 718 Cayman 2018
If you want to enjoy a beautiful luxury car this is the place to go! Loved the Porsche I rented and we really enjoyed cruising around San Diego. Will rent again for sure.
Scott H. - October 18, 2018
Alec
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2018
The best car rental company I have used!! It made my San Diego experience!
Alec B. - September 3, 2018
Gus
Tesla Model S 2017
Lisa and the car were both perfect! The car was one of the highlights of our trip; it was fast, fun, and clean. Lisa communicated clearly and was flexible. We highly recommend this to anyone looking to rent a car in San Diego.
Gus G. - August 4, 2019
Mauricio
Maserati Ghibli 2015
Best rental service in San Diego
Mauricio H. - July 12, 2018
Alex
Nissan Versa 2019
Very friendly and easy to deal with. Very affordable price. If I go back to San Diego I would definitely like to rent a car from Aze again.
Alex D. - September 30, 2019
Hunter
Chevrolet Camaro 2014
Amazing car to cruise around San Diego. Highly recommend.
Hunter P. - July 18, 2019
Justin
Chevrolet Camaro 2015
Nice car. Close to San Diego airport.
Justin F. - July 2, 2018
Dora
Hyundai Accent 2015
Good car to drive around San Diego
Dora B. - March 4, 2019
Stefanie
Audi S4 2007
Great sports car to explore San Diego!
Stefanie K. - April 8, 2019
Kevin
Tesla Model 3 2018
Super quick responses and tentative service. 100% will rent again next time in San Diego!
Kevin T. - September 30, 2019
Irene
Ford Mustang 2017
Great Ride. Beautiful Car. Can't wait to come back to San Diego!!!
Irene D. - October 11, 2019
Mauricio
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
Best rental service in San Diego by far
Mauricio H. - November 23, 2018
Marcus
Buick Regal 2017
Awesome cars. Awesome service. My go-to in San Diego!!
Marcus P. - May 19, 2019
Xuelin
Toyota Corolla 2014
My go-to whenever I am in San Diego!
Xuelin W. - August 25, 2019
Natalie
Toyota Yaris 2009
This car was amazing!! It was perfect for my short trip to San Diego! Whenever I’m renting again in San Diego, I’ll rent from MINA!
Natalie G. - March 14, 2019
Rachel
Toyota Prius 2015
Matt’s Prius was great! It was perfect for our San Diego getaway!
Rachel H. - October 7, 2019
Maria
Ford Mustang 2016
Great car to drive around in San Diego!
Maria B. - June 3, 2019
Brayden
Porsche Boxster 2013
The Boxster was the perfect San Diego car. Very fun and a blast to enjoy while on vacation.
Brayden P. - September 21, 2019
Ethan
Maserati Ghibli 2015
Great car for a weekend trip to San Diego. Bryan provides excellent service. 5 Stars!!
Ethan P. - September 15, 2019
Sebastian
Kia Optima 2013
Trip went smoothly, solid ride to get around San Diego!
Sebastian L. - October 8, 2018
Kurt
Toyota Yaris 2009
Great time. Perfect car for San Diego. Worked out great
Kurt N. - May 1, 2018
Jason
Audi S5 2011
Great car! Perfect for cruising around San Diego!
Jason B. - August 7, 2018
Keon
BMW 4 Series 2015
Great experience. Will be renting again when in San Diego!
Keon A. - September 16, 2018
Rebecca
Honda Fit 2010
Great car! Served me well in San Diego
Rebecca M. - September 8, 2018
Olivia
Kia Forte 2016
Loved getting drive this car around San Diego!
Olivia B. - February 12, 2019
Kaity
Chevrolet Volt 2014
Mustafa's car was perfect for San Diego! He was super communicative, kind, and an all around great host.
Kaity A. - September 18, 2019
Michelle
Ford Mustang 2018
Jeffrey was wonderful to work with. Mustang was a blast to drive through San Diego! Will definitely rent again.
Michelle W. - October 2, 2019
Cameron
BMW M4 2018
Great car for a fun weekend around San Diego. Drives great and sounds even better!
Cameron F. - July 29, 2019
Sean
Toyota Prius 2012
Christopher’s Prius was perfect for our trip from San Diego to Los Angels.
Sean C. - July 24, 2019
Jasmin
BMW 5 Series 2013
Great car with a great owner! Will definitely book again if I’m back in San Diego!
Jasmin O. - August 18, 2019
Gabriel
BMW 2 Series 2016
Car was immaculate! Nice ride around San Diego! Brandon was awesome to work with! 101% recommended!
Gabriel A. - August 26, 2019
Jeffrey Wah
Toyota Prius 2013
Beth made the car share so simple. Would borrow from her again when in San Diego.
Jeffrey Wah T. - September 7, 2019
Samuel Reid Haruo
FIAT 500 2012
Super easy pick up! Made our trip to San Diego perfect, thank you!
Samuel Reid Haruo W. - August 21, 2019
Elivelton
MINI Cooper Roadster 2012
Very fun car! Had an amazing time driving it around San Diego!
Elivelton D. - September 11, 2019
Sumeet
Audi A3 2015
Car rental was super easy and the car was in great condition and drove well. Will be using Turo and Luso next time we’re in San Diego
Sumeet C. - June 19, 2018
Christian
Toyota Corolla 2014
Rudolfo was very friendly and accommodating of our needs. Will use again when we return to San Diego, California. Thanks!
Christian R. - September 22, 2019
Joshua Aaron
Honda Accord 2016
So far definitely the best host I've had...cool car, flexibility, communication, cleanliness. Thanks again Patrick, would want to rent again when I'm back in San diego.
Joshua Aaron H. - October 13, 2019
Mauricio
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
LUSO is the best rental service in San Diego hands down
Mauricio H. - September 7, 2018
John
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017
Great rental and made our trip to San Diego even more enjoyable. I would recommend.
John N. - December 21, 2018
Oliver
Volkswagen CC 2017
I can highly recommend Enrique and his VW for “hiring” while in San Diego.
Oliver M. - August 2, 2019
Brent
Dodge Challenger 2015
Had a blast cruising around San Diego in DAT ROAR. Thanks for sharing you ride Omar. ⚡️😎👍
Brent B. - August 27, 2019
Tony
Porsche Boxster 2007
Awesome and a must when traveling to the San Diego, CA area!!!!
Tony S. - August 28, 2019
Shirley
Ford Mustang 2010
Kristen was amazing! Loved her mustang, was definitely THE ride to have for San Diego.
Shirley K. - August 12, 2019
Keven
Dodge Challenger 2017
Very good business, would reccomend for all new travelers who come to San Diego
Keven L. - September 3, 2019
Bryan
Nissan Sentra 2012
Sabi was great! This was the best car rental experience we have ever had. Highly recommend using him and plan to the next time we are in San Diego.
Bryan V. - August 9, 2019
Gary
Toyota Avalon 2006
Great reception upon arrival. Cold beverages provided as we departed for one week of enjoying the San Diego area. The auto operated well with no problems. We will go back to Fadi again our next time to San Diego.
Gary B. - July 25, 2019
Dylan
Chevrolet Corvette 2016
Corvette was great!! Pickup and drop off easy! Car is a must rent when in San Diego!
Dylan T. - August 18, 2019
Brian
Ford Mustang 2017
Carlos was great to work with and the mustang was beautiful and perfect for a San Diego trip!
Brian H. - September 8, 2019
Britain
Nissan Versa 2019
Perfect car for our vacation to San Diego! Great gas mileage and Aze was very easy to work with!
Britain M. - September 3, 2019
Phil
Toyota Yaris 2009
Great gas mileage! Great and swiftly car! (: will rent again next time in San Diego!!
Phil G. - May 19, 2018
Simon
Ford Mustang 2016
Excellent car,owner, I gone a rent the next time in San Diego with Carlos
Simon M. - June 15, 2018
Darya
BMW 2 Series 2018
Always love me my LUSO. Best renting experience in San Diego
Darya T. - June 22, 2018
Timothy Edward
Chevrolet Corvette 2016
Great rental, will be renting from Josh everytime I visit San Diego.
Timothy Edward D. - July 18, 2018
Callie
Chevrolet Camaro 2018
Only way to go! LUSO made our trip to San Diego the best experience!
Callie P. - July 24, 2018
Austin
Ford Mustang 2017
Great car for cruising around San Diego, Mo was very professional and easy to deal with
Austin M. - August 26, 2018
Mia
Chevrolet Spark 2017
If you need a car in San Diego, look no further. Mina is the absolute best!
Mia F. - September 10, 2018
Devean
Nissan Versa 2007
Clean car, great price. Easy pickup and return. Good budget option if visiting San Diego
Devean T. - April 8, 2019
Jessica
FIAT 500 2012
Cute car, fun to drive around San Diego. Good communication from host.
Jessica R. - April 23, 2019
Christopher
Porsche Boxster 2008
The car was perfect for San Diego, and Roy was a fantastic host!
Christopher L. - May 5, 2019
Jameel
BMW M4 2015
Absolutely incredible car to drive around beautiful San Diego! Brain’s M4 is an incredible car.
Jameel E. - June 23, 2019
Justin
Kia Soul 2013
Joe’s car was great for my week driving around San Diego. Very professional and prompt with messaging, and check-in and out was convenient. I’ll definitely rent from him again when I’m back in San Diego!
Justin R. - July 8, 2018
Stafford
Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class 2018
Very nice ride to cruise around the San Diego area. Eric went above and beyond to make sure my wife and I were taken care of. I would highly recommend contacting Eric for your next San Diego trip.
Stafford H. - September 6, 2018
Alex
Toyota Corolla 2014
Couldn’t have asked for an easier rental car than with Rodolfo! Will definitely rent again when in San Diego.
Alex G. - June 18, 2019
Malak
Volkswagen Passat 2018
I had amazing trip time with Juan car in San Diego. The renting experience was so smooth
Malak G. - May 31, 2019
Ryan
smart fortwo 2013
Smart for 2 is a wonderful idea for a budget conscious pair looking to tour San Diego. Would highly recommend!
Ryan R. - July 28, 2019
Sean
Ford Mustang 2015
Great ride, easy check in/out. Perfect car for cruising San Diego, would definitely do it again.
Sean W. - July 21, 2019
Luis
BMW i3 2016
Awesome vehicle to drive around San Diego. Perfect to have a first time experience with an electric car! Highly recommended
Luis M. - September 10, 2019
Chris
Ford Mustang 2017
A great way to see San Diego is via a convertible. Carlos had a great choice and was excellent to work with!
Chris H. - September 27, 2019
James
Porsche 911 2005
Josh was great. Excellent at communicating and made my first time on Turo seamless. I’ll definitely use Josh’s car again next time I’m in San Diego.
James H. - September 29, 2019
Thomas
Porsche 718 Boxster 2018
Reuben was awesome. 5 stars all the way. The Porsche is beautiful... cannot Express that enough. Will definitely rent again next time I'm in San Diego.
Thomas M. - September 30, 2019
Bianca
Ford Mustang 2013
Super accommodating with any requests I had, pictures were accurate, and car was great! Definitely looking to Turo from Jason next time I’m in San Diego
Bianca A. - October 8, 2019
Nirav
Nissan Sentra 2012
Szabolcs was incredibly hospitable and even changed a flat tire for us...will definitely be renting from him again when we visit San Diego...
Nirav P. - October 2, 2019
John
Porsche Boxster 2007
Wow! What an amazing car and host! Ruben was great with communication and flexibility and was even able to meet us at the airport. Car was amazing to drive in beautiful San Diego. Got so many compliments. I Will definitely using Ruben again for travel in San Diego!
John E. - October 7, 2019
Rodney
Porsche 718 Cayman 2017
Great experience Luso is the best team holding down the San Diego Area
Rodney D. - May 10, 2018
Nohh
BMW 3 Series 2011
Awesome car , josh is a great guy , loved our weekend in San Diego
Nohh N. - May 27, 2018
Efe
Porsche Boxster 2006
Great car to drive around in San Diego. Really enjoyed the sights in a amazing car!
Efe O. - October 11, 2018
Erika
Toyota Yaris 2009
Great little car! We took it all the way to Joshua Tree and around San Diego.
Erika K. - June 14, 2018
Carlos
BMW 5 Series 2013
Great response time to any questions, great car! Definitely recommended if you are in San Diego!
Carlos G. - June 9, 2018
Paul
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
Great car, easy transaction and pickup/drop off near San Diego airport.
Paul S. - June 17, 2018
Bret
Porsche 718 Cayman 2017
The Porsche was a great way to get around San Diego, very clean car, ran great.
Bret M. - June 30, 2018
Slavi
Toyota Camry 2011
Extremely easy pick up and return at the San Diego Airport. Car was nice and comfy.
Slavi S. - June 19, 2018
Chameron
Kia Optima 2015
Excellent car and Excellent owner! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the San Diego area!
Chameron C. - July 6, 2018
Brian
Saab 9-3 2006
Great car! Perfect for San Diego. Everything was easy and Scott was great to work with.
Brian J. - July 9, 2018
Mauricio
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
Best service in San Diego , that’s why I keep coming back
Mauricio H. - July 26, 2018
Aron
BMW 3 Series 2018
Nice car. Easy pickup and return. First choice when I come back to San Diego.
Aron M. - July 30, 2018
Stan
Toyota Yaris 2007
Great car for a month in San Diego. Grace made everything so easy and convenient.
Stan S. - August 4, 2018

Best San Diego driving roads

Highway 101

This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Take your car rental north to catch ocean views from jagged cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming beach towns.

Palomar Mountain Loop

For this challenging, scenic mountain loop, navigate your car rental northeast of San Diego to catch Highway 76 out of Temecula into the Cleveland National Forest for thrilling views.

Old Highway 80

Take your car rental to see the ghost towns and abandoned ruins along this two-lane highway, built in 1956 to connect San Diego all the way east to Savannah, Georgia.