MINI 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.

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Skip the rental car counter

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 (4.9 stars)

MINI Cooper 2010
Mini Cooper is in great shape. Had fun taking it around San Francisco all weekend.
Brent P. - July 23, 2018
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
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
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
MINI Cooper Clubman 2010
Tung made our trip to San Francisco so amazing and easy. We dropped the Mini Cooper off to him at his work place and he took the time to drop us off at the airport! Would definitely book again...the car was in great shape as well! Very fun to zip around in :)
Dani S. - August 9, 2018
MINI Cooper 2010
JC’s mini was perfect for our San Francisco & Napa Valley adventure! We had a great time cruising around with the top down! JC was super helpful right from the get go, making sure that we knew all of the features of the car. He was easy to contact & it made the process extremely stress-free. The Turo lit option also made the experience really convenient. We would definitely love to borrow from JC again!
Olivia H. - February 25, 2019
MINI Cooper Clubman 2010
Tung was pleasant to work with. He communicated well, was flexible, and punctual. The Mini is beginning to show its age. Despite this, it was fun to drive and good to us our whole trip all the way from Highway 1 to downtown San Francisco - the hill hold feature in this Mini is really good! The engine is punchy in the midrange, the six-speed is snappy, the clutch has good feeling and is very forgiving, and I love the rear barn doors on these little cars. Overall I would rent the Mini again and will look to Tung for a future car the next time we are in the Bay Area.
Seth B. - August 19, 2018
MINI Cooper 2011
Super fun car! It’s in great condition and Eddie was very helpful. Would definitely rent this Mini again!
Christian S. - May 13, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Perfect car for San Francisco, easy to find parking and very fuel efficient! Thank you!
Rob S. - August 13, 2018
MINI Cooper 2009
Gregg was definitely what sold this trip for me. I had made some trip adjustments so I had to request that the pickup and dropoff time to be two hours earlier. I flubbed so I made the request on the day of pick up and the day of drop off. I didn't think he would respond, much less accept it. He responded right away. The change request was approved immediately. And I was able to catch my flight on time! Awesome experience. The mini cooper was incredibly fun to drive! The shift was forgiving and the car drove like a go-kart. It was so small, I had no trouble finding parking in San Francisco. Also, driving it down the Golden Gate bridge top-down is a MUST!
Julie M. - May 30, 2018
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
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
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
MINI Cooper 2015
Awesome! I’d rent Preston’s mini all over again if I had the chance. Great sound system, even better handling and power. A+
David C. - October 19, 2018
MINI Cooper 2012
Had a great trip in this car! Pick up and drop off was super easy. I even had extended a day! I would definitely rent this Mini again if I return to SF.
Hanna V. - July 10, 2018
MINI Convertible 2017
This was my first time using Turo and it was an awesome experience. Driving in a convertible in San Francisco made it so memorable for me and my wife.
Roland C. - October 14, 2018
MINI Cooper 2012
Bruce’s mini was INCREDIBLE!! Exactly as described. Pick up and drop off were way easier than expected! We drove from San Fran down Hwy 1 and didn’t have to fill the tank until we got to Malibu - it was over 400 miles. Three things to note: we were two people each with a carry on and backpack. It was the perfect amount of luggage to fit in the trunk and back seat. We got one suitcase and backpack in the trunk and the others in the back seat. More than that would have been too much, so plan accordingly with your packing. There was no auxiliary chord to play your own music/podcasts. We ended up buying one that we will just have for whenever we rent again so we could listen to music (radio stations on some parts of HWY 1 were only static), but the radio worked great when the stations were tuning in. We opted to wash the car instead of pay the $22. It was the same amount we paid to go through the wash and have the interior cleaned out so if you don’t want to worry about having to clean it before your drop off, just pay the $22. It will be the same. Overall, the car was everything we could have wanted and more. The gas mileage was excellent! It was the cutest/sportiest little ride with a lot of pick up. Bruce’s communication was great - Would definitely rent again!!
Amanda W. - May 24, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Renting with Jacky was great! He was super easy to communicate and was flexible for pick up time and delivery back. The car was great, cheap on gas, clean and I felt super fancy driving around San Francisco!! I have no complain! Thanks Jacky hope to rent with you again soon!
Ellen B. - May 21, 2018
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Loved this rental! So easy to pick up and drop off. Ivan provided a lot of detail about the car and a video to show how to work everything inside the car. I drove from San Francisco (Turo airport lot right by the airport and Turo paid for my 9 min Lyft to and from) down to Carmel by the sea. Top is easy to take up and down and the car has turbo and gets up and goes.
Justine P. - July 9, 2018
MINI Cooper 2012
Bruce was a great host - he answered all my questions and concerns about the car promptly and was very helpful and accommodating - I highly recommend bruce and his mini! It was a fun weekend for sure!
Avery M. - May 27, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Had a great time with Eddy’s Mini. It was ready to go when I arrived and was in pristine condition. Super fun car to drive, great for scenic drives. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.
Scott G. - May 24, 2019
Katherine Sandra
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie was awesome to work with. He always responded to me quickly when we had questions and worked was super flexible. His car was amazing and super wonderful to drive. I think I want a mini convertible now! But seriously Eddie and his car were perfect for our trip!
Katherine Sandra C. - June 8, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
This car was perfect to take up to wine country! It’s definitely a different vibe when you’re driving through vineyards with the top down. Wenjie was very responsive and helpful when starting the ride. He made it easy and seamless to pick up and drop off. Would probably rent this car again when I go to wine country.
Jennifer P. - June 8, 2019
MINI Cooper Clubman 2013
Super easy process for pickup and drop off. Great car. Will rent again
Cliff H. - June 7, 2019
MINI Clubman 2017
Wilmar was incredibly communicative throughout the process, had the flexibility to let me pick up a little late and drop-off a little late, and was super nice in person. Also, his Mini Clubman has the John Cooper Works package, meaning it's SUCH a fun and beautiful car to drive. Highly recommend every part of this experience.
Vikash P. - May 28, 2019
MINI Cooper 2009
Fun fun fun! This car rocks. Would rent it again in a heartbeat. JC let us extend our rental and was quick to respond. Perfect way to cruise in SF with the top down. Thanks JC!
Steve G. - May 23, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
The car was in good shape and CJ was great to work with. Sent all the info needed to unlock and then return the car! Would rent from him again!
Bjorn H. - May 17, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
My boyfriend and I had a blast taking Yulia’s Mini up to Sonoma for a long weekend! Pickup and drop off at the airport was a breeze and Yulia was quick to respond to any questions we had about the car. The trunk space is surprisingly large given the car’s size - we were able to fit a full-size suitcase with room to spare! The car was very clean and well-maintained. 10/10!
Maeghan L. - June 4, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
We had a wonderful trip in Eddie's Mini Cooper! We drove all around California and this car was our best buddy. It's very drivable, small yet powerful, and of course driving with the roof off makes a whole difference. Eddie was super responsive and the whole process (being a first time Turo user) was super swift. I highly recommend!
Arnaud A. - June 4, 2019
MINI Cooper 2014
Great car. Would definitely rent from Andy again.
Matthew S. - June 4, 2019
MINI Clubman 2017
Great car super clean and well maintained , and very fun to dirve. Easy communication with Wilmar, I strongly recommend Wilmar's mini clubman
Merlin L. - June 10, 2019
MINI Cooper 2010
I loved this car! Super fun and sporty. We cruised many miles down California RT 1 and it handled perfectly. I’m a Mini lover already but JCs Mini was the perfect car for the perfect moment. It was clean, well maintained and had new tires. Overall I was very impressed and loved it.
James M. - June 14, 2019
MINI Cooper 2009
JC is a great host and very easy to communicate with. This car is a ton of fun to drive. Handles very well, in good condition and clean. Car is equipped with automatic “hill hold” braking feature which makes clutch takeoffs on hills a breeze (don’t have to pull the e-brake). That and convertible top make it a perfect ride for San Francisco. Highly recommend.
Jody P. - January 2, 2019
MINI Cooper Coupe 2013
It’s the most convenient way to rent a car. Juano was able to drop off & pick up the car from my Airbnb place. The car is clean & stocked with water. Juano is easy to talk with and very flexible. Thank you so much for letting me rent your car.
Inggrid L. - April 12, 2019
MINI Cooper 2010
Fun little car to explore wine country. Thanks JC.
Josh L. - May 17, 2019
MINI Cooper 2013
This car was, for lack of a better word, perfect.
Brent W. - May 17, 2019
MINI Cooper 2015
Everything went flawlessly, and Althea car did a good job! It’s more spacious inside (for 2) than you can think. I cruised the entire California with it!
Ihor P. - June 6, 2019
MINI Cooper 2014
Had a great experience with Andy. The car itself is just amazing, the whole experience was great too!
Mikhail U. - June 2, 2019
MINI Clubman 2017
Wilmar is really a good guy. Highly recommend and love his mini cooper clubman.
Kevin K. - May 28, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Will definitely be using Chio’s mini coop in the future!
Amber W. - June 8, 2019
MINI Cooper 2015
Turo was an easy app to use and Preston’s car was super fun to drive and nice to have on our trip! Thanks Preston!
Carly M. - May 21, 2019
MINI Cooper 2015
Great car for a trip down to Big Sur. Fun to drive up and down the coast!
Kevin S. - May 27, 2019
MINI Cooper 2013
Great car to drive to Yosemite, Muir Beach on mountain roads it handled very well. It was so fun to drive with a convertible on Highway 1. Joseph communicated well for the arrival and return.
Jessie B. - May 22, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
That was amazing trip on great car. Thanks Wenjie😊
Guzel K. - June 4, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie was so responsive and easy to work with, and his car was perfect for our drive up to Mendocino!
Liz P. - June 11, 2019
MINI Cooper Countryman 2013
Brooke’s Mini is perfect for a quick trip for 2 people around the Bay Area and beyond. Car is clean, easy to drive and ski-rack helps to transport ski equipment for 2. She’s quick to respond and booking process was simple. If I need to rent a SF based car again for a quick trip, I’d happily consider her Mini again.
Jari S. - March 26, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Wenjie and his mini cooper were great. Wenjie made pick up and dropoff very easy - he was very flexible with timing and helpful with directions for how to use the car and how to drop it off. He was very quick to respond and the car was in perfect condition. Will definitely look into renting from Wenjie next time I need a car.
Isabella T. - April 15, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Chio's Mini was the perfect car for our time in Northern California. It's a perfect ride for the city. Versatile and small but also comfortable and capable. I would definitely rent from Chio again.
Andrew L. - May 15, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
Great experience and smooth pickup/drop off. Thanks!
Courtney G. - May 21, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Really convenient. Speedy little thing. Would recommend!
Songtao F. - June 6, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Had a great experience driving around The Bay Area with the cooper! Super fun, quick, and convenient!
Adelle S. - May 22, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Wenjie was very easy to deal with, & very accommodating. I’d certainly book with him again.
Vishal S. - June 1, 2019
MINI Hardtop 2 Door 2017
Rose is a very respectful and flexible. Do not hesitate rent a car with her. I recommand.
Amine B. - August 2, 2018
MINI Cooper 2011
The car was perfect for a weekend trip! 2 door with a convertible top, and great gas mileage. When we picked it up, it was super clean; looked like it had just been washed. Eddie wasn’t able to meet us in person but made key pickup and drop off a breeze. Would definitely rent again!
Pantelis K. - March 24, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Easy pickup and drop-off. Clean car that ran well. Eddie made everything easy and communicated clearly. I would definitely rent again!
Sarah D. - March 25, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Our first time using Turo! Couldn’t be more pleased with the experience and the car....will 100% rent from Chio again.
Joe D. - March 27, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2015
The Mini has a lot of miles on it but ran beautifully and is in great shape. Responsive and has great pickup. Pure fun to drive Highway 1 in West Marin with the top down on a beautiful day. It just doesn't get any better! Based on this experience, Edwin takes beautiful care of his cars. This was my first experience, and it went off without a hitch.
Anne C. - April 13, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
Great and seamless process to rent this car! CJ was super responsive and attentive.
Alexia T. - April 6, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie, was really responsive and his car is a great addition to a mini trip down the coast or around the city! Would recommend!
Hanna K. - March 18, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Bruce’s Mini Cooper was the perfect car for my SFCA trip. Quick and nimble enough to get through traffic and small enough to make parking a breeze. Even got to take the top down a couple times which was a real treat and gave me the true California experience. Can’t wait to come back and drive it again.
Jason W. - April 20, 2019
MINI Cooper Countryman 2013
We loved this Mini! It was big enough for everything we wanted to do but small enough to fit in the garage. It has enough power and control that it didn’t feel like an automatic (no judgment on automatics, I’m just not used to driving them). Brooke communicated helpful instruction so we knew what to expect from the beginning. Will rent again!
Devon M. - April 26, 2019
MINI Cooper 2008
Clark is such a gentleman and made everything so easy. Picked us curbside at SFO and dropped us off there also. The car was clean and so so fun to drive! The convertible Mini Cooper was the best way to drive around SF. Thank you so much Clark!!
Kimberly L. - May 13, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Jacky was great. He was super flexible with me when I decided to add a pickup and return. He was easy and quick to communicate with me whenever I had a question or request. I would rent from him again! Plus, I loved the car 😊
Liv G. - April 30, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Chio was awesome to rent from! Cool car and great communication.
Robert R. - April 29, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Ivan’s Mini Cooper was perfect for our trip up Highway 1. Ivan was responsive, courteous, and helpful with travel tips as well. Would rent his car again if I make it back to CA.
Brian O. - August 8, 2018
MINI Cooper 2012
Bruce’s Mini Cooper was the perfect car for my coastal CA road trip down to LA and back! Even though it was February, I was able to enjoy having the roof down most of the sunny days, thanks to the seat heaters. The car handles really well on those tight PCH turns and gets excellent gas mileage. It also has a great sound system and an AUX input for connecting to your phone. Bruce delivered the car to the TURO valet in very clean condition and was even okay with me returning in with quite a bit of mud on the exterior (it had rained a lot). Bruce was also very communicative and flexible about the return time - I would absolutely recommend renting from Bruce!
Jane V. - February 25, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Easy, smooth drop off and pick up. Great, fun, little car to get around San Fran. My boyfriend and I loved it!
Paige P. - March 26, 2019
MINI Cooper 2008
Great car, really nice guy. Appreciate the flexibility around drop off and pick up. Thanks Clark!
Jon C. - March 28, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Look this cute Mini Cooper to drive & Eddie is super host.
Natasha M. - March 28, 2019
MINI Cooper 2010
JC was incredibly nice, and responsive! The mini is so fun to drive, especially down the coast with the top down. Thanks, JC!
Meagan A. - March 28, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
The car hire process with Turo was very convenient. The car itself was clean and well maintained. There were no hidden charges or any such issues. The only slight issue I had was, I paid for airport pick up and expected the car to be delivered to the airport. However, we had to pick up the car and they reimbursed the Uber fare (which was less than the extra I paid for airport pickup). Charges aside, it did come across as a surprise and was a little inconvenient.
Ankur J. - April 2, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Great car! The pickup at the Turo lot was very easy and an overall really enjoyable experience.
Danielle E. - April 7, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Chio was easy to get in touch with. He was friendly and helpful. The car was fun and functional. Awesome experience all around!
Jenny L. - March 19, 2019
MINI Cooper Countryman 2013
Brooke was very responsive and gave clear instructions on picking up her car. Great for a weekend trip to Tahoe!
Joshua H. - March 19, 2019
MINI Cooper Coupe 2013
I'd give Juano six stars if I could! This car is eye-catching, surprisingly roomy, and a screamin deal. The pickup and return was a breeze, and Juano's even got some John Lennon sunglasses in there so you can feel like a real brit star in this posh coupe.
Elliot C. - March 18, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
The car is very good and Ivan has been a wonderful renter. Turo's service is also great. Definitely a 5 star!
Zack C. - February 2, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2015
This was a fantastic experience! We loved this car and the entire Turo experience.
Brendan C. - April 22, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Chio was always easy to contact and the car was great!
Jacob A. - April 23, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Eddie was super easy to communicate with, car was in great condition and fun to drive. Made for a great trip!
Chloe S. - April 22, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
Great little car to zip around the city!! We got so much done thank you!!
Alejandra G. - April 20, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
Car was easy to get, well priced, and perfect for a sunny day.
Warren H. - April 26, 2019
MINI Cooper 2011
Everything was fantastic. Eddie was responsive and great. Would definitely rent it again!
Raul G. - April 28, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Fun car with easy pickup/drop off. Clean, reliable and fast!
Grace C. - May 6, 2019
Fanny Lila
MINI Cooper Coupe 2013
Juan was really great! Very flexible and communicative, he dropped the car at my place and picked it back up there as well! The car itself is great, loved driving it, will definitely book again! Thank you Juan!
Fanny Lila G. - May 13, 2019
MINI Convertible 2017
Jacky is the best! Met us on both sides and was perfect to deal with. Car is great. Amazing owner
Stephen M. - May 12, 2019
MINI Cooper Coupe 2013
Amazingly fun car! Perfect for cruising around.
Zachary F. - May 15, 2019
MINI Cooper 2012
Car was fun and clean. Great for the trip.
Christie C. - May 14, 2019
MINI Cooper 2007
Car was easy to access, just trust the process. C.J. was flexible with mileage, any questions we had, and time. Great experience and made for a great day.
Theodore K. - May 8, 2019
MINI Cooper Roadster 2013
Choi was a great communicator throughout our trip which made our whole rental experience super easy and fun!
Tamara K. - May 8, 2019
MINI Cooper 2008
Perfect car for the California weather! Clark was super quick to respond and made things really easy. Thanks!
Ozro D. - May 4, 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.