Car rental alternatives in San Francisco, CA

Leave your heart in San Francisco

Leave your heart in San Francisco

San Francisco offers all the shiny fun of a sleek, tech-hub, but what makes it beloved are its legendary pieces of history and the abundance of natural beauty.

When you’ve had your fill of fast-paced urban exploits and rewarding hill-climbs, book a San Francisco car rental alternative for adventures along the extraordinary coastline or into the majestic mountains and redwoods.

San Francisco favorites

Prepare to be won over by San Francisco’s vibrant culture, delightful scenery, and the stories that make every neighborhood and landmark special.

Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic gateway to the west is striking and offers expansive views of the entire bay. Drive across the bridge in your San Francisco car rental alternative, or take it on foot to stop and gawk where you like.

Alcatraz Island

Hop on a ferry to Alcatraz Island to visit the site of the former prison and impressive gardens. Take the audio tour for a greatest hits of celebrity inmates, and get a close look at life in a cell.

California Academy of Sciences

While San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is packed with attractions, both kids and adults are regularly wowed by the flora and fauna at the Academy’s rainforest and aquarium, plus the very real earthquake simulator.

Top hosts in San Francisco, CA

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Turo truly was the icing on our amazing trip to San Francisco! Kent’s car was clean, convenient, and so much fun to drive!
Robin - October 21, 2018
Kent was very flexible and helpful. This car is by far one of the best roadster cars I have driven. Amazing exhaust sounds that resonates through out the streets of San Francisco and the hills of Sausalito!
Karim - December 10, 2018
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Tony S. All-Star Host
1,525 trips Joined Feb 2014
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One of the best convertibles on Turo in San Francisco.
Alexandru - February 28, 2018
Easy and convenient if you wanted a quick rental if you visit San Francisco
Cheng Han - May 20, 2018
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Hit the road

You could spend days exploring San Francisco, but the city is perfectly located to skip town in a car rental alternative from Turo, and enjoy the dramatic natural wonders of northern California.

Point Reyes & Tomales Bay

Head an hour and a half north along the coast in your San Francisco car rental alternative to hike around the preserve, watch the waves crash, and explore the historic lighthouse.

Wine Country

Whether you choose the Napa, Sonoma, or Russian River Valley, book your San Francisco car rental alternative on Turo so you can make a pit stop at every vineyard, gallery, and artisan grocery that catches your eye.

Yosemite National Park

The grandeur of Yosemite’s giant granite cliffs, lush valley, and gushing waterfalls is unmatched. Book a San Francisco car rental alternative on Turo for a comfortable four hour drive into the mountains.

Average ratings in San Francisco (4.8 stars)

Christian
Nissan Sentra 2017
City Rent A Car in San Francisco made my experience with Turo an amazing experience . Finding parking in the city can be impossible but City Rent a Car provides an all day access parking garage .
Christian C. - March 6, 2019
Steven
Dodge Charger 2019
Made the perfect trip to San Francisco!!
Steven C. - June 7, 2019
David
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2016
Harminder made my first time using Turo an awesome experience. The S550 was just as advertised; extremely clean and great looking. Pick up and drop off is way easier then traditional rental car companies. I would highly recommend Harminder to anyone needing a luxury vehicle in San Francisco.
David N. - June 10, 2019
Apichart
Tesla Model S 2015
Wonderful trip in San Francisco with this car
Apichart P. - April 11, 2018
Franklyn
FIAT 500 2013
Perfect car for san francisco i loved it
Franklyn C. - February 1, 2018
Alexandru
BMW 2 Series 2016
One of the best convertibles on Turo in San Francisco.
Alexandru A. - February 28, 2018
Jason
smart fortwo 2017
Can't wait to drive this lovely car in San Francisco.
Jason L. - August 31, 2018
Flavio
Tesla Model S 2014
Dan is big Guy !!! Save my life in San Francisco.
Flavio C. - October 21, 2018
Iaan
BMW 1 Series 2008
Great car, perfect for exploring San Francisco and Steven is a class act!
Iaan H. - April 14, 2019
Paul
Pontiac G6 2007
Car drove well. Plan parking before drop off since San Francisco is very tricky
Paul C. - May 10, 2019
Konstantinos
BMW 3 Series 2017
Great car! New and very clean! Really enjoyed driving around San Francisco!
Konstantinos S. - April 30, 2019
Gabrielle
smart fortwo 2013
Nice little car to go to Mountain View and around San Francisco . I will rent again!
Gabrielle C. - March 17, 2019
Gaby
Toyota Yaris 2008
Very nice car, enough to make a Yosemite-San Francisco trip. Easy communication.
Gaby N. - April 15, 2018
Cheng Han
BMW 2 Series 2017
Easy and convenient if you wanted a quick rental if you visit San Francisco
Cheng Han C. - May 20, 2018
Brett
Ford Focus 2009
Super convenient - perfect car to travel around San Francisco or road trip. Would definitely recommend.
Brett C. - December 20, 2018
Andrew
BMW 4 Series 2018
Excellent first Turo experience. Perfect car for our trip to the San Francisco area. Ashwin was very easy to work with and made things easy.
Andrew F. - June 6, 2019
Travis
FIAT 500 2015
Awesome car to get around San Francisco. Michael was very communicative and made it a very seamless process.
Travis P. - March 23, 2019
Eduardo
Cadillac ATS 2013
Great car to drive in San Francisco and surrounding area. Great communication with Fadi.
Eduardo M. - May 31, 2018
Steve
smart fortwo 2009
Great little car, perfect for San Francisco and lots of fun!
Steve H. - March 12, 2018
Tony
BMW 4 Series 2014
Really great car! Had fun cruising through San Francisco with the top down! Highly recommend.
Tony H. - July 4, 2018
Rob
MINI Cooper 2012
Perfect car for San Francisco, easy to find parking and very fuel efficient! Thank you!
Rob S. - August 13, 2018
Benjamin
Dodge Challenger 2018
An absolutely amazing experience with the coolest car in SAN Francisco
Benjamin S. - December 5, 2018
Abdullah
BMW Z4 2010
Andrew is awesome. If I come back to San Francisco, I’ll rent one of his cars again.
Abdullah A. - June 10, 2018
Kyle
BMW 4 Series 2017
Aaron is the way to go in San Francisco. No one better. Great experience.
Kyle N. - April 10, 2018
David
BMW 3 Series 2011
Chris continues to be my go to while in San Francisco for all the good reasons.
David A. - April 3, 2018
Corey
Volkswagen Jetta 2013
This hybrid Jetta was perfect for getting around San Francisco, now I want to buy one.
Corey A. - February 2, 2018
Brent
MINI Cooper 2010
Mini Cooper is in great shape. Had fun taking it around San Francisco all weekend.
Brent P. - July 23, 2018
Charles
MINI Hardtop 2 Door 2017
I enjoyed driving Cate's Mini Cooper S in San Francisco and around the south bay area.
Charles W. - September 26, 2018
Graham
BMW M4 2016
Perfect car for a road trip from San Francisco to Big Sur. Had a great time. Awesome car. Would definitely rent again.
Graham G. - May 18, 2019
William
FIAT 500 2012
Chris's car was great for getting around San Francisco and I would definitely rent from him again.
William A. - April 16, 2018
Max
Suzuki Reno 2008
Great car for traveling San Francisco on the cheap. Worked great for what we needed it for.
Max S. - June 25, 2018
Scott
Porsche Boxster 2013
Alan was great to work with and provided excellent communication after booking. An amazing car that made our trip to San Francisco one to remember!
Scott C. - May 17, 2019
Jamie
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2017
Peter's Bolt was a great car to use around the San Francisco area. Exceptionally clean and sharp.
Jamie M. - April 12, 2018
Aaron
BMW 1 Series 2009
Derek’s Car is awesome! I would recommend it to anyone traveling to San Francisco for business or pleasure.
Aaron E. - February 8, 2018
Rudy
Scion xD 2011
Jeff’s car was perfect to get around San Francisco. Turo was great as well. Will definitely be using again.
Rudy G. - July 22, 2018
Edwin
Honda Civic 2006
The car worked perfectly. Went from San Francisco to Los Angeles, never had any issues. Totally recommend Man’s car.
Edwin R. - July 28, 2018
Nick
FIAT 500 2014
This car is perfect for getting around Napa and San Francisco. Great at parking and drives easy.
Nick B. - November 9, 2018
Abdul
BMW 3 Series 2007
Wonderful experience! Noe is an amazing host, made everything very simple. The car made our trip so much better. Nothing like driving down San Francisco roads with the top down. Views are much nicer with no roof obstructing your view!
Abdul E. - May 30, 2019
Alberto
smart fortwo 2014
Had a fantastic anniversary trip to San Francisco with my wife and this car was easy to drive and cruise through the city! Lance was very clear and responsive! Look forward to booking again when we come back!
Alberto L. - June 6, 2019
Seyi
Kia Optima 2014
Mike is really kind and responsive. The car is very cool and clean. I will definitely book this car again when I go to San Francisco.
Seyi L. - March 30, 2019
Angela
Honda Civic 2008
Jessica was great! Communication was perfect the whole trip and the car was ideal for adventuring around San Francisco. I would definitely rent again. Thanks, Jessica!
Angela K. - October 16, 2018
Andrew
MINI Cooper 2012
The mini was a great car to drive around San Francisco. It was nice to pick it up and return it near the airport.
Andrew H. - April 29, 2019
Rendra
Chevrolet Camaro 2013
Junjian always response fast to any question or things that i need to know about San Francisco
Rendra T. - May 12, 2018
Kaloa
BMW 3 Series 2012
Excellent communication and instructions from start to finish. Cool car. Made my trip very enjoyable. Would recommend to those coming tot he San Francisco area
Kaloa R. - January 23, 2019
Dag
Toyota Prius Prime 2017
First time retning on Turo, and what an experience! Quang was an amazing owner with very cool and clean car. Was picked up at San Francisco INT Airport, and returned the car at hotel downtown San Francisco. No problems with the car, and communication with Quang prior to and during rental was second-to-none.
Dag L. - January 1, 2018
Brian
smart fortwo 2012
Easy and convenient to pick up, especially for us since we were picking up late. The fortwo is great for zipping around San Francisco and super convenient to park due to its small size!
Brian P. - May 31, 2019
Sara
Ford Mustang 2012
The car was clean and beautiful and Juwan was great to work with. I will definitely rent his car the next time I’m in San Francisco!
Sara S. - June 20, 2018
Gabe
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2015
Great car. Fun to drive. Easy pick up and drop off in San Francisco. Would definitely rent Connlaoth’s Golf GTI again!
Gabe W. - June 25, 2018
john
smart fortwo 2013
Josh’s Smart car was a joy to drive around. Josh was great to work with. We would recommend his car for any trips around San Francisco!
John G. - July 6, 2018
Chad
Mitsubishi Mirage 2015
The car was exactly as described. Pick up and drop off were great from SFO. Would definitely rent again if traveling back to San Francisco!
Chad K. - July 20, 2018
Kali
Toyota Matrix 2005
Andrew provided great pickup and dropoff service at the San Francisco airport. The car was clean and fun to drive. I'd definitely rent from him again.
Kali T. - September 2, 2018
Daniel
BMW M4 2016
My first time using Turo and Jeff was an awesome host. Beautiful car and Professional service, will be going through Jeff on my San Francisco trips.
Daniel C. - August 30, 2018
Robin
Porsche Boxster 2014
Turo truly was the icing on our amazing trip to San Francisco! Kent’s car was clean, convenient, and so much fun to drive!
Robin B. - October 21, 2018
Ryan
Ford Mustang 2018
Sonny was super flexible and understanding when my flight was delayed upon pickup. I'd rent a again if I'm back in the City of San Francisco!
Ryan D. - February 19, 2019
Thomas
BMW M4 2016
Great car, easy pickup, overall great experience. Next time I am in San Francisco I will be looking for Jeff again.
Thomas L. - March 1, 2019
Jiameng
MINI Cooper Clubman 2008
Javier provided us such a nice experience in San Francisco! His car is so lovely and we really enjoy the trip. Thanks Javier!
Jiameng F. - August 12, 2018
Brian
BMW 3 Series 2014
The entire experience was top notch. I would highly recommend renting from Janet the next time you are in San Francisco.
Brian T. - January 13, 2019
Casey
Volkswagen GTI 2013
Great experience. Steve was great with communication and help when I needed it. GTI is the perfect car to zip around San Francisco.
Casey C. - February 13, 2019
David
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie is terrific. He went through the car with us so we understood how everything worked. The car itself is perfect for San Francisco. It ran great and the trip was smooth and fun. I would definitely r commend Eddie and his car for others looking for the San Francisco experience.
David C. - September 6, 2018
Carlin
Tesla Model S 2012
Fabrizio was a great host and his car was very fun to drive. We were in San Francisco for a hybrid vacation/work trip and his Tesla got us around very smoothly and easily charged up at the supercharger network. We ran into an issue on our trip (my fault) and Fabrizio couldn’t have been more accommodating and understanding. If you are in the market for a ANY rental in the San Francisco area ride with Fabrizio.
Carlin L. - October 27, 2018
GSPs
FIAT 500 2013
Had great fun in this little car :) perfect for windy roads and surprisingly good on the freeway also, it was also really good on fuel so a perfect car for San Francisco all around. Would recommend renting Irene's abarth :)
GSPs A. - March 21, 2019
Michelle
Tesla Model 3 2018
The Tesla Model 3 was awesome to drive around San Francisco and the Napa Valley. Beautiful car with unexpectedly thrilling performance! Steffen was great to deal with and responded quickly to communications. 5 stars all the way.
Michelle M. - May 3, 2019
Andre
BMW i3 2016
An excellent car for zipping around the San Francisco area. Pickup and return at the Turn Valet lot was very quick and convenient.
Andre L. - April 28, 2018
Matthew
Ford Fiesta 2012
Super accommodating. At was nice and really made our trip at San Francisco enjoyable. Would definitely recommend you book through Lance.
Matthew P. - May 13, 2018
Nicholas
Toyota Prius v 2015
I had a wonderful experience renting Chio's Prius. It worked perfectly to get around the San Francisco area while in town.
Nicholas K. - July 3, 2018
Scott
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2006
Awesome car had a great time in San Francisco. Javier was very quick to respond and worked around my schedule. Great host
Scott F. - August 2, 2018
Anna Olivia
Subaru Impreza 2017
We loved driving Eric’s Subaru around San Francisco and the Bay Area! The car was fun to drive, super clean, and Eric made it so easy to coordinate.
Anna Olivia M. - August 13, 2018
AESUK
Hyundai Elantra 2018
Kenneth was responsive and his car was clean enough! Great car to drive in San Francisco. Pick up location was great as well
AESUK L. - August 21, 2018
Fausto
Honda S2000 2004
Eric made it very easy and convenient... I had a wonderful experience to be in San Francisco with a convertible car. Would definitely use Eric service again!
Fausto C. - August 26, 2018
Jose
Porsche 911 2013
Had a great time renting this Porsche for a week and it really added to my first experience in San Francisco and Napa. Would highly recommend!
Jose A. - August 26, 2018
Annie
Toyota Prius c 2014
Lance's Prius was perfect for our trip through San Francisco! Pick up and drop off was simple and communication was excellent.
Annie S. - August 30, 2018
Clément
Kia Optima 2014
I strongly recommand mike ´s car, it was really easy to communicate with him, perfect for our journey in san francisco
Clément C. - November 11, 2018
Duc
Mitsubishi Mirage 2015
I Save money and time by using Turo for my trip to san Francisco. I will use it again next time.
Duc L. - September 22, 2018
Klára
Honda Civic 2015
Convenient pickup and return anywhere near the location. The car itself was great. We were satisfied with gas consumption and driving qualities in streets of San Francisco.
Klára Ř. - September 22, 2018
Nathaniel
MINI Cooper 2011
Had a great time with Eddie's Mini, cruising the twisty roads around Stinson and San Francisco! Everything was great, Eddie was excellent to work with.
Nathaniel B. - March 6, 2019
David
Volkswagen Jetta 2013
Sed was incredibly easy to work with. We picked up the car right at the Turo lot in San Francisco and he met us curbside when we were heading back home. Overall an incredible experience and I would recommend Sed to anyone looking to use a car in San Francisco!
David L. - August 7, 2018
Alexander
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2017
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely amazing. I rented Tony’s 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata for a day trip in San Francisco. I drove it to Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Coit Tower and some other scenic areas. The car is so thrilling to drive and the perfect size for San Francisco streets. Tony has a great selection of cars and I will definitely rent from him if I need a car in the Bay Area. Thank you Tony!
Alexander C. - October 24, 2018
Harry
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014
This was my first time renting a car from something other than the major rental companies. It went very well right from the easy sign up, to delivery, to drop off. Charlie was great, the whole process was great, I will do it again, and will recommend him to all going to San Francisco.
Harry S. - May 24, 2019
Ben
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 2014
Meng’s BMW 6 series was awesome. I received many compliments for the car and picking up and dropping off the car was painless and a breeze. I will definitely rent it again on my next trip to San Francisco. Also, he is very generous with the mileage allowed, although I only drove about 1/4 of what was allowed. Thanks again Meng!
Ben A. - May 26, 2019
Neil
BMW 4 Series 2018
The car was amazing and fun to drive. Pick up and drop off process was easy. The one way rental option with unlimited mileage made this a great option to rent from San Francisco to San Diego. Ramsey was an excellent host, easy to communicate with and always quick to respond. Will definitely rent again! Thanks Ramsey for the excellent experience!
Neil P. - June 4, 2019
Kamil
Ford Mustang 2016
Super fast replies and all came as advertised. Fun car to drive in the San Francisco area. Car was abit dirty in the interior but other than that all was good.
Kamil A. - March 21, 2019
Meredith
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2017
Anastasia was so very easy to work with! The car was in fabulous condition and made for a fun day trip around San Francisco. I will definitely rent from her again.
Meredith F. - December 31, 2018
Kathleen
Toyota Prius 2018
Steve’s Prius was great, clean and in excellent condition. Took it on a day trip to Santa Cruz. Clear communication + instructions for pickup/drop off. Highly recommend for the San Francisco area!
Kathleen K. - March 31, 2019
Melanie
MINI Cooper 2011
Cool car and perfect for the San Francisco roads. Well maintained and so fun to drive! The communication with Eddie was axcelleny and I would book with him again if I'm back in SF
Melanie B. - April 15, 2019
Baudouin
Porsche 911 2015
Perfect deal if you want to rent a great 911 in San Francisco downtown. Top flexibility (24/7 pick up and return). Jeremy is available for you at anytime and has set very helpful infos to make your trip convenient. 👍🏻
Baudouin B. - February 4, 2019
Matthew
FIAT 500 2012
Awesome staff at check in/check out, along with the car. Great gas mileage and a great car for seeing the sights and parking within San Francisco. Will definitely request this car again!
Matthew M. - May 1, 2019
Maxime
FIAT 500 2015
Voiture en parfait état, propre et jolie, bien adapté à la ville de San Francisco Vehicule in perfect condition, clean and pretty, perfect for the city
Maxime R. - September 11, 2018
Jorge
BMW 3 Series 2016
Miguel, pleasure working with you and Turn. Your BMW is just the proper size for a city like San Francisco. Very much appreciated..!!
Jorge M. - November 16, 2018
Jordan
Audi A4 2009
Eva was an outstanding host!! Not only was she so flexible to meet me wherever best suited me for pick up and drop off she gave me and my wife a whole list of awesome places to checkout in San Francisco. The car was also an absolute blast! Would for sure recommend Eva and this Audi any day!
Jordan D. - May 31, 2019
John
Lexus IS 250 C 2010
This car was so awesome and Long made everything really easy! I strongly recommend him in his cars! We traveled South down the coast out of San Francisco and then on to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and wine country! It was amazing!
John S. - May 27, 2019

Best San Francisco driving roads

Skyline Boulevard

For a scenic trip between towering trees and sparkling sea views, take your San Francisco car rental alternative south along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and stop at the famous Alice’s for a bite.

Panoramic Highway

Snaking north of the city up over Muir Woods and then down to Stinson Beach, this short, but deliciously sweet, drive winds through Marin with unforgettable views, and thrilling switchbacks.

Highway 1 to Big Sur

All of Highway 1 is breathtaking, serving up sleepy beach towns perfect for a quick bite, antique shopping, and hypnotizing ocean views, but the twisty stretch to Big Sur is a true driver’s delight.