Car rental alternatives in San Jose, CA

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San Jose and the mecca of Silicon Valley may be known for its high-tech firms, but it’s also an urban retreat with a unique collection of wineries, restaurants, arts and culture, and diverse landscapes.

Take your San Jose car rental alternative for a spin around the city or a day trip toward the coast for breathtaking vistas and natural beauty.

San Jose favorites

Swoon over the colorful history, innovative vibes, and the outdoor potential that shines a spotlight on this booming Bay Area city.

Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar gem in San Jose, the Winchester Mystery House is full of mysterious hallways and misleading stairways to deter the ghosts Sarah Winchester thought were haunting her.

San Jose Flea Market

Head over to the flea market in your San Jose car rental alternative and prepare for a treasure hunt. Meander through the array of stalls with everything from vintage clothes, antique collectibles, and bargain trinkets.

Tech Museum of Innovation

Explore and nerd out with the hands-on installations at the Tech Museum of Innovation. A place to inspire the next generation, a visit here might just spark the next big idea to change the future.

Top hosts in San Jose, CA

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Kent L. All-Star Host
2,504 trips Joined Aug 2013
Typically responds within 1 minute

Recent reviews

Great car, Kent made it easy.
Jeff - November 27, 2018
Kent offers great service. Loved the Z4 trip! Thanks!
Tim - December 2, 2019
ZOEB F./>
4.9
ZOEB F. All-Star Host
5,216 trips Joined Sep 2014
Typically responds in 8 minutes

Recent reviews

I had a great experience with Zoeb and the car was great! Excellent communication. I ended up terminating my trip early, due to a family emergency, but Zoeb was very accommodating. I would definitely rent from him again and would recommend him without hesitation. Thanks, Zoeb!
Andrew - December 9, 2018
Great car. Thank you very much, Zoeb !
Tung - December 30, 2018
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Hit the road

With summery vibes all year round in San Jose, there’s never a bad time to skip town and explore northern California’s wine country, mountain peaks, or beach towns.

Santa Cruz

Hop in your San Jose car rental alternative and drive south to Santa Cruz for stunning boardwalk views, local shops and eateries, vintage rides, and natural rock formations.

Napa

Cruise an hour and a half north to Napa for everything California’s famous wine country has to offer. Book a few wine tours, wander around downtown, and wine and dine to your heart’s content.

Half Moon Bay

Cozy and quaint, Half Moon Bay is only an hour away from San Jose and a laid-back coastal destination popular for water sports, kayaking, and surfing.

Average ratings in San Jose (4.9 stars)

Rohit
Honda Civic 2015
Great Car. Julie was amazing as well. I would surely rent it again.
Rohit N. - March 24, 2020
Daniel
Toyota Yaris 2008
Clean. Proper. Prompt. Professional.
Daniel H. - March 6, 2019
Mark
Ford Focus 2018
The car is in showroom condition. Weather delays caused changes to my pickup day/time, but Darrell was there when I ultimately arrived. Darrell and his brother were both friendly and courteous.
Mark P. - March 6, 2019
Jayne
Ford Taurus 2011
Great car! Comfy and easy to drive. Very easy pick and up return. Will Def rent again if needed.
Jayne E. - March 1, 2019
Sameer
Tesla Model 3 2018
First time riding a Tesla, Christopher‘s car was spanking clean and new. Pick up and drop off was smooth. He was clear with what was expected out of me. Definitely recommend renting his car.
Sameer D. - March 1, 2019
Liss
Chevrolet Corvette 2015
Really cool car to drive. Definitely a 5 star experience!!
Liss N. - March 2, 2019
Michael
Nissan Altima 2013
Recommend turo renter if you visit San Jose!
Michael F. - March 2, 2019
Derek
Chevrolet Corvette 2016
Great experience! Amazing vehicle. Will definitely rent again from Asaf! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Derek L. - March 3, 2019
Ashley
Toyota Prius Prime 2017
Clean Car, and VERY cool! Thanks for the flexible pickup and dropoff locations, and we really enjoyed our time! Thank you!
Ashley G. - March 2, 2019
Mark
Tesla Model 3 2018
The car was clean and awesome to drive. Justin was great about communication and encouraged checking out different features of the car so that I could get the best experience.
Mark A. - March 8, 2019
JP
Tesla Model 3 2018
Nick was very flexible towards the end when I didn't have enough time to finish charging up the Tesla. Very responsive which allowed me to extend an extra 30 min to clean and charge the car. The car itself was amazing! Fast, stylish, and the autopilot feature made a smooth and easy drive up to San Francisco. That 0 to 60 in 3 seconds is no joke. Would rent again in the future!
JP M. - March 10, 2019
Aimee
Saab 9-3 2006
Joseph and his Saab convertible was awesome. I rented the Aero for a day trip with the intention of purchasing one soon. I’m so glad that I did because the Aero model was so much more fun to drive than the regular 4 cylinder 9-3. Joseph was very communitive and flexible to work with. Pick up and return was super easy and overall an excellent experience. Now, I just have to find an Aero that’s in as good of condition as Joseph’s car.
Aimee S. - March 8, 2019
Trenton
Mazda 3 2013
Great car, great owner. Would drive this car again!
Trenton P. - March 9, 2019
Jeliazko
Mazda 3 2008
Great car, great host and great trip - Thx Joe.
Jeliazko J. - March 11, 2019
Dave
Chevrolet Corvette 2015
Great host , would rent again .
Dave T. - April 12, 2019
Stephen
Ford Fusion 2017
As always a great experience renting from Ryan
Stephen B. - April 14, 2019
Stephen
Ford Fusion 2017
Ryan is Top Notch and his fusion was super clean and a better car then expected. Highly recommend.
Stephen B. - April 14, 2019
Casey
Nissan Versa 2012
Quang was very nice and communicates well through the app. I plan on looking him up for my next trip out.
Casey J. - April 14, 2019
Minh
BMW 5 Series 2014
Good customer service n clean car
Minh L. - April 15, 2019
Siddartth M
BMW M4 2018
One among must ride cars in bay area. We'll maintained. Thanks jeff
Siddartth M K. - April 15, 2019
ANDREW
Toyota Camry 2015
John's Toyota Camry worked out great! Clean car and drives smooth. No problems whatsoever. John was very flexible and answered messages within minutes. Cool experience. Highly recommend.
ANDREW R. - April 15, 2019
Kevin
Mazda 3 2010
Thuy is one of the best Turo has to offer. She’s great!
Kevin G. - April 11, 2019
Natalie
Toyota Prius 2014
Good car, nice owner, easy pickup/drop off made this another great Turo experience. Thanks, Ali!
Natalie P. - April 15, 2019
Thu
BMW 4 Series 2015
First time renting! Easy pick up and return. Had a great time!!
Thu V. - April 14, 2019
Jim
Toyota Prius 2011
Great working with Giovanni, everything went smoothly, and appreciated the excellent value rental of his Prius, which was in very good condition and got great gas mileage.
Jim S. - April 15, 2019
Amy
Saturn Aura 2009
Easy car to drive. Good gas mileage. You have to manually turn the blinker off after a turn or lane change, fyi. There are aux chords available inside the middle console. A/C works great. Fitrya was clear in communication via text. She was also very flexible with my trip extension for another day. I would rent this car again. Thanks!
Amy C. - April 15, 2019
Jason
Chevrolet Cobalt 2010
Joesph was very flexible and made pickup/ dropoff a breeze!
Jason M. - March 4, 2019
Jonathan
Tesla Model 3 2018
If there were 6 stars... I would give it a 6. I would highly recommend anyone in the Bay Area who is a fan of EVs and needs a car for any occasion to rent from Daniel! Let’s start with the car! This was a new model 3, with all the bells and whistles anyone could possibly need. It is in pristine condition and extremely clean. It does not feel like you are renting someone else’s car. Daniel was on time and in fact early to hand to car to me, and was very flexible on the return. As long as you inform him of your itinerary, you can be sure he will accommodate you! Perfect for my business trip! He was also really informative to anyone not familiar with his car. I’ve rented a bunch of model 3s now but no one else on turo has ever introduced me to the car as he has. What this means is that you don’t have to be familiar to EVs to rent his car. Daniel supplies all the necessary charging adapters and helps you get acquainted with the car! All in all, I would rent from him anytime! And as for the cool factor... you really can’t beat having a model 3 in the Bay Area!
Jonathan F. - March 4, 2019
Nafeesa
Mitsubishi Mirage 2015
Sachin is a ROCKSTAR and made renting his car a breeze! Any questions I had were answered within minutes! Such a pleasure to rent from him. The car ran great and was a great price, what more can I ask for!?? AWESOME rental!
Nafeesa M. - March 5, 2019
Kaylee
Scion tC 2012
Love renting from Huan ! Fast responses , great communication. Car is always super clean . He’s my go to whenever I’m looking to rent a car . Highly recommend .
Kaylee C. - March 5, 2019
Catherine
Mitsubishi Mirage 2014
Always a pleasure!! Very accommodating. I would recommend Diddit and his cars to everyone.
Catherine P. - March 5, 2019
Sharae
Nissan Leaf 2016
Working with Giovanni Was amazing Everything went very smoothly he extended my trip by an additional day when I needed it with no problems he really went above and beyond for me if I need to use Turo again in the San Jose area I will be looking for Giovanni...he will always have my business!!
Sharae T. - March 4, 2019
Varun
Ford Mustang 2016
Tayfun was very professional and we had a very good experience. He was punctual and flexible with pick up and drop off. The car was clean and in an excellent condition!
Varun K. - March 3, 2019
Kerry
Tesla Model 3 2018
Thanks for making it so easy! Clean and of course cool car! Perfect for the local trip!
Kerry K. - March 3, 2019
Leslie
BMW 5 Series 2014
Thank you very much for picking us up at the airport, especially after the flight was delayed! Excellent service and very flexible.
Leslie F. - March 4, 2019
Borys
Chevrolet Camaro 2012
Good host, cool car, easy to pickup and return
Borys V. - March 3, 2019
Jason
Porsche 911 2017
Wonderful car. Now I want one.
Jason H. - March 18, 2019
Brandon
BMW 4 Series 2018
Great car and great experience overall. Pefevtbcar for a trip down the coast! Would rent again.
Brandon W. - March 19, 2019
Adrien
Dodge Viper 1994
Trevor is a very nice, flexible and trustworthy host. The RT-10 is an amazing car.
Adrien B. - March 26, 2019
Alyssa
MINI Cooper Clubman 2010
Super easy comms. Andre was really pleasant. Just needed this for a few days while my car was in the shop and everything was a breeze.
Alyssa P. - May 10, 2019
Diann
Toyota Yaris 2008
Smooth pick up and drop off. No issues with vehicle. Communication was great with host. Thank you !
Diann P. - May 10, 2019
Shahram
BMW 5 Series 2014
Providers Very helpful and Accommodating. Car was in great condition.
Shahram R. - May 12, 2019
franco
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2017
Michael thanks again you had great communication for my first time using this app.
Franco J. - May 12, 2019
Cheyenne
Mazda 3 2013
Great and economic car. Super clean! Thanks Huan!
Cheyenne C. - May 13, 2019
Mohammed
MINI Cooper Clubman 2010
Andre was great to deal with and the car was great as wel!
Mohammed S. - May 13, 2019
karamdeep
Chevrolet Corvette 2015
Another great trip with the Corvette! The hosts were professional and accommodating. Highly recommend renting one of their cars!
Karamdeep S. - May 13, 2019
Sage
Lexus CT 200h 2012
Excellent trip! Car was easy to pick up and the owner was friendly and helpful. Thanks Long!
Sage G. - May 13, 2019
LJ
Audi R8 2011
Totally cordial, nice to customer and super great car.
LJ R. - May 14, 2019
Scott
BMW 6 Series 2012
Fantastic experience- awesome car, great host! We had the car for 7 days and loved it.
Scott S. - January 6, 2019
Jonathan
FIAT 500 2012
Marc was fantastic to work with 100% recommend
Jonathan V. - January 7, 2019
Drew
Saturn Aura 2009
Andry was amazing from start to finish. This was my first time using the app and he made it simple and easy. I needed a extension and he honored it with no problems. Very nice and respectful! Would highly recommend him and also go back to him if i ever needed another car rental. 5 of5 starts fasho!!
Drew P. - January 7, 2019
Freba
Dodge Charger 2018
Teddy was very friendly and made the whole experience very smooth. Would definitely rent again!
Freba N. - January 7, 2019
Jessica
BMW 4 Series 2016
The car was awesome. It drove beautifully and driving down the coast with the top down was a dream. It was the best birthday present ever for my car-nut fifteen year old son. Liu Tyng (Ava) and her husband were very helpful and easy to work with.
Jessica D. - January 7, 2019
Jearu
Toyota Corolla 2014
Long and Henry are just really awesome!
Jearu R. - January 7, 2019
Carolina
Honda Accord 2007
Darrell's car is really gas saver and was so clean and also I had a good communication with him, he was always available to help me about everything.
Carolina S. - January 8, 2019
Steve
smart fortwo 2013
Eidref was good to text and update app communication. Car was as expected. Easy to park tiny car, everything works. It’s not new but knew that going in, I would recommend. I’m 6’-3” and had enough room to operate. Only thing was key lock box location was non stop issue for wife in passenger seat, need to find a better spot for it. Thanks for the use of your car. Have a good one
Steve B. - January 8, 2019
Yao
Jaguar F-TYPE 2014
Awesome host , good car. Don’t hesitate!
Yao X. - December 20, 2018
omar
Honda Clarity 2017
Great car and James was so nice
Omar A. - December 23, 2018
Sujoy
Porsche 911 2017
Amazing car, even better renter!
Sujoy M. - December 27, 2018
Bach
Toyota Prius 2012
Vishv is an awesome host! Strongly recommended!
Bach D. - January 10, 2019
Mohak
Honda Civic 2017
Excellent host and the car is brand new. Our pickup and drop was hassle free. Highly recommend. 5 star service.
Mohak G. - January 2, 2019
Michael
BMW 5 Series 2012
First time using Turo and it was a great experience! Phi’s BMW 5 series was very clean and had great handling. I rented the car for our family trip, so we got two car seats for our infant and toddler. They were both super clean and brand new! I would definitely rent from Phi again. He was also easy to communicate with and pick up and return was a breeze!
Michael Y. - January 2, 2019
Gabriela
Chevrolet Volt 2018
Murat was amazing to communicate with and pick up and drop off ran smooth :)
Gabriela T. - January 3, 2019
Alonso
Dodge SRT Viper 2013
Harminder was great! He made the experience fun and easy. Definitely can see myself riding in one of his cars again!
Alonso G. - January 5, 2019
Brad
Pontiac G6 2007
Dawit did great job in communicating, making the rental process smooth.
Brad C. - December 7, 2018
Chuck
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2018
Great experience and a super fun car. It really added some fun to a business trip. I was ready to sacrifice convenience to be able to rent such a fun car, but it was actually easier than the usual airport car rentals. Populus made it easy!
Chuck B. - December 6, 2018
Merlin
Tesla Model 3 2018
Kyle was really great to rent from really nice guy. The car was absolutely amazing and very clean. I made sure to be extra careful with it. I totally want one now. The future of automobiles! It does everything so well. Thanks for making my birthday special Kyle!
Merlin V. - December 8, 2018
Kenny
BMW 3 Series 2007
Omid was great, the car is amazing and in good shape. Will definitely use again!
Kenny J. - December 6, 2018
Yuxi (Jason)
Porsche 911 2016
Jeff was prompt and friendly. I arrived at pick up a few min early. Jeff was already there with everything ready. He greeted me with a smile and showed me around the car. The whole experience was phenomenal.
Yuxi (Jason) Z. - December 7, 2018
Lawrance
Toyota Corolla 2014
Easy pick up and drop off. Will rent from him again .
Lawrance O. - December 8, 2018
Brian
Ferrari F430 2007
Awesomeness at its finest. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Brian L. - December 7, 2018
Raphael
Tesla Model 3 2017
I am from Germany and it was my first drive in a Tesla 3. I enjoyed it a lot and Leon's flexibility made it a perfect day. Thanks!
Raphael S. - December 8, 2018
Sueanna
Ford Focus 2018
Was very flexible with the drop off and pick up. Made my first time renting a car so easy. Looking forward to renting for him again.
Sueanna W. - December 9, 2018
David
Honda Civic 2013
Kedam was very flexible with the pickup and dropoff and the car was great. Thank you!
David I. - December 8, 2018
Matthew
Maserati Ghibli 2014
Great service with quick communication. Extremely convenient pick up and drop off. Will definitely book with Franklin again.
Matthew F. - December 7, 2018
Enrique
Saturn Aura 2009
Andry is an excellent entrpreneur and
Enrique R. - December 8, 2018
Mihai
Ford Fusion 2014
The car was very clean, and Eric was a pleasure to deal with.
Mihai I. - December 16, 2018
Sydney
BMW 3 Series 2006
Excellent experience from the start. Great communication and flexibility. Would highly recommend renting from Jasraj.
Sydney F. - December 17, 2018
Theresa
Tesla Model 3 2017
It was great to rent the same car I drive at home. Thanks Leo for renting out your Model 3.
Theresa R. - December 17, 2018
Joseph
Ford Taurus 2011
Mikhail is an professional with genuine customer service. You can tell he want the experience of renting vehicle to be smooth and convenient process.
Joseph P. - December 17, 2018
Aaron
Chevrolet Cobalt 2010
Joseph was very communicative and flexible with the rental. 5/5 would Turo again!
Aaron W. - December 28, 2018
Maekella
Toyota Camry 2018
Wonderful car & owner! He was very communicative + flexible. Definitely recommend this car & him!!
Maekella C. - December 30, 2018
Giovanni
Toyota Camry 2013
Thank you Chris! The car runs great! No problems at all!
Giovanni R. - December 31, 2018
Steven
Chevrolet Corvette 2015
Nice couple who own the car. Prompt communication. Enjoyed the drive with their Corvette.
Steven G. - December 31, 2018
Kristopher
Volkswagen Jetta 2016
Mikhail was great to work with and the car was in fantastic condition!
Kristopher E. - January 1, 2019
Miloš
Ford Mustang 2018
Renting this car from Junior was the best decision ever.
Miloš M. - August 28, 2019
William
Porsche Boxster 2015
Michael's car was amazing. Michael brought it to us clean and showed us the the details. Meet us on time. Highly recommend Michael and his Porsche.
William K. - August 28, 2019
Khoa
Tesla Model S 2016
Great rental experience with Keo. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Khoa P. - August 27, 2019
Michael
MINI Cooper 2014
Don and the car were great. He met me on time right outside the airport, car was clean and he was ultra-helpful. Can’t tell you how much fun we had on highway one :)
Michael N. - August 27, 2019
Zhengqi
Tesla Model 3 2017
Leo is great! Very prompt communication. Car is even more awesome (especially the plate number lol)! Wouldn’t finish the road trip so successfully without a Tesla model 3!! high recommend.
Zhengqi L. - August 30, 2019

Best San Jose driving roads

Skyline Boulevard

Pack a picnic basket or your hiking gear and take your San Jose car rental alternative along Skyline Boulevard. See towering redwoods to clear ocean views, then make a pitstop at Alice’s restaurant.

Sierra Road

Navigate the narrow twists and turns along Sierra Road, and you’ll be rewarded with the most epic views of San Jose. Plan to watch the sunset and stay to witness the sparkly city lights.

Junipero Serra Freeway

The 55-mile interstate 280 stretches from San Jose to San Francisco with tempting spots to veer off for the scenic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, and the San Francisco Bay to the east.