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
2,094 trips Joined Jun 2015
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Good car to drive around San Diego
Dora - March 4, 2019
Perfect for a small stay in San Diego.
Erika - January 14, 2020
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Curtis C. All-Star Host
4,245 trips Joined Oct 2016
Typically responds within 1 minute

Recent reviews

The car was very clean and was perfect for our trip to San Diego.
Mitchell - February 5, 2020
Responds super quick to messages and trip changes. Very accommodating. Clear, easy instructions for pickup. Will definitely rent from again the next time I'm in San Diego.
Shane - January 28, 2020
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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.


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.


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)

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
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
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
BMW 3 Series 2013
Great car for cruising sunny San Diego.
Gabe C. - November 18, 2019
Kia Soul 2014
Perfect for a small stay in San Diego.
Erika G. - January 14, 2020
Polaris Slingshot 2015
Perfect vehicle to cruise around San Diego!! Awesome experience.
David S. - February 8, 2020
Honda Fit 2009
Perfect car to get around San Diego
Devahnei M. - October 11, 2019
MINI Cooper 2008
Great car, perfect convertible for sunny San Diego. Would hands down rent it again!
Nicky B. - January 19, 2020
Ford Mustang 2017
Had a Great time! Definitely my San Diego go to for rentals.
Evin S. - February 7, 2020
Hyundai Accent 2015
Good car to drive around San Diego
Dora B. - March 4, 2019
Audi S4 2007
Great sports car to explore San Diego!
Stefanie K. - April 8, 2019
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
Jaguar F-TYPE 2016
Amazing car, great experience especially in San diego. Shai made everything extremely easy and enjoyable
Rikesh T. - January 17, 2020
Nissan Altima Hybrid 2008
Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a car in San Diego!
Yurii Y. - January 28, 2020
Porsche 911 2005
This car is great. This no better way to see San Diego
Doug R. - February 10, 2020
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
Best rental service in San Diego by far
Mauricio H. - November 23, 2018
Tesla Model 3 2019
Will definitely use next time in San Diego!
Daniel E. - December 19, 2019
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
Michael Anthony
smart fortwo 2013
It's always a pleasure cruising thru San Diego with your vehicles. Thanks !
Michael Anthony G. - February 2, 2020
Buick Regal 2017
Awesome cars. Awesome service. My go-to in San Diego!!
Marcus P. - May 19, 2019
smart fortwo 2013
Loved renting the smart car to get around San Diego. Fun and fuel efficient
Angel G. - December 21, 2019
Kia Optima 2013
Trip went smoothly, solid ride to get around San Diego!
Sebastian L. - October 8, 2018
BMW 4 Series 2015
Great experience. Will be renting again when in San Diego!
Keon A. - September 16, 2018
Honda Fit 2010
Great car! Served me well in San Diego
Rebecca M. - September 8, 2018
Kia Forte 2016
Loved getting drive this car around San Diego!
Olivia B. - February 12, 2019
Ford Mustang 2016
Great car to drive around in San Diego!
Maria B. - June 3, 2019
Toyota Corolla 2014
My go-to whenever I am in San Diego!
Xuelin W. - August 25, 2019
Chevrolet Camaro 2014
Amazing car to cruise around San Diego. Highly recommend.
Hunter P. - July 18, 2019
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
Jaguar F-TYPE 2017
Sonny’s car was amazing to drive in San Diego. Keeps it clean and well maintained. Will definitely choose him again!
Christopher C. - February 7, 2020
Scion xB 2012
Very responsive and friendly host. Vehicle is ideal and spacious for San Diego!
Alexi S. - December 31, 2019
Ford Mustang 2013
Thank you so much! Very clean well kept car. Enjoyed riding around San Diego 😁
David J. - January 1, 2020
Honda Accord 2018
Super smooth, will loom to rent again if we find ourselves in San Diego
Eli P. - December 1, 2019
Porsche Cayman 2016
Our daughters wedding in San Diego, a day of UTC shopping, Torrey Pines beach hiking, Del Mar walking tour.
Kent E. - February 3, 2020
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
LUSO is the best rental service in San Diego hands down
Mauricio H. - September 7, 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017
Great rental and made our trip to San Diego even more enjoyable. I would recommend.
John N. - December 21, 2018
Maserati Ghibli 2015
Great car for a weekend trip to San Diego. Bryan provides excellent service. 5 Stars!!
Ethan P. - September 15, 2019
Hyundai Elantra 2020
Very smooth transition and great car. WAY better then renting at the San Diego Airport.
Benjamin M. - October 23, 2019
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 2017
Easy pick up , drop off in downtown San Diego. Free parking included!
Nautam G. - December 31, 2019
Toyota Corolla 2016
Carlos is super responsive! Great vehicle to rent and you will enjoy your experience in San Diego guaranteed!
Yuriy K. - November 19, 2019
Maserati Ghibli 2017
Without a doubt this is the fanciest car and best VIP service I’ve ever experienced in San Diego!
Matt C. - January 9, 2020
Porsche Panamera 2013
Lucy was amazing to work with. She has very nice cars, and keeps them looking better then factory. I will only use Lucy when I'm in San Diego.
Patrick E. - January 16, 2020
Toyota Corolla 2020
Responds super quick to messages and trip changes. Very accommodating. Clear, easy instructions for pickup. Will definitely rent from again the next time I'm in San Diego.
Shane W. - January 28, 2020
Toyota Corolla 2020
Alexei was a great host for my trip to San Diego. The car was in great shape, very clean and the customer service was excellent as well.
Andrew D. - February 10, 2020
Ford Mustang 2017
Great car for cruising around San Diego, Mo was very professional and easy to deal with
Austin M. - August 26, 2018
Chevrolet Spark 2017
If you need a car in San Diego, look no further. Mina is the absolute best!
Mia F. - September 10, 2018
Nissan Versa 2007
Clean car, great price. Easy pickup and return. Good budget option if visiting San Diego
Devean T. - April 8, 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
MINI Cooper Roadster 2012
Very fun car! Had an amazing time driving it around San Diego!
Elivelton D. - September 11, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2018
Super quick responses and tentative service. 100% will rent again next time in San Diego!
Kevin T. - September 30, 2019
Ford Mustang 2017
Great Ride. Beautiful Car. Can't wait to come back to San Diego!!!
Irene D. - October 11, 2019
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
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
Tesla Model S 2015
Loved the car! Both pickup and return went smoothly (San Diego Airport). Clear instructions were provided.
Marcel W. - October 17, 2019
Maserati Ghibli 2015
Bryan is a great host and his Maserati is the perfect car for San Diego!
Michael S. - October 14, 2019
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
Nissan Altima 2017
Carlos is awesome! Very clear with instructions and car was awesome! Made our experience even better in San Diego.
Allie R. - December 10, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2017
Excellent communication! Convenient pickup location just in front of San Diego Airport. The car is in just like new!
Fede H. - January 10, 2020
Michael Anthony
smart fortwo 2013
Amazing host , thanks again ! Loving the smart car to get around San Diego & enjoy the wonderful scenery.
Michael Anthony G. - January 9, 2020
Porsche Boxster 2013
Fun car, great in San Diego with the top down. Doesn’t feel like a 7 year old car. Navigation worked great in The area. 30mpg isn’t bad either!
Ryan V. - January 21, 2020
Jaguar F-TYPE 2014
Very sporty and clear car. Dylan was very quick to respond to questions. Very fun car to let the top down and drive the San Diego Silver Strand!
Nick G. - January 27, 2020
Audi A5 2010
Our experience was a great one! We would work with him again anytime. We loved the car. It was great to run around San Diego with it!
Ron E. - February 5, 2020
Tesla Model 3 2019
Edith’s Tesla Model 3 is a great fit for trips in San Diego. Quiet (of course since it’s electric) and a perfect size for parking around the city.
Kyle J. - February 9, 2020
BMW 3 Series 2011
Amazing car, super easy pick up And return. I thought it would be hard since it was a last minute booking but not at all. The only way to do San Diego is driving through San Diego in Tetiana’s drop too convertible.
Padamshamsher B. - January 20, 2020
Porsche Boxster 2006
Great car to drive around in San Diego. Really enjoyed the sights in a amazing car!
Efe O. - October 11, 2018
Porsche 718 Cayman 2017
Excellent as always. Always choose LUSO when renting in San Diego.
Daniel B. - August 24, 2018
Porsche 911 2007
Great guy. Will rent from next time I'm in San Diego.
Joel M. - September 3, 2018
Saab 9-3 2006
Car was great for the sunny San Diego weather!!!! Scott’s really nice to work with!!!!
Stephen X. - October 21, 2018
Nissan Versa 2009
Very good car .. both clean and usability wise ... enjoyed the drive near san diego .. thanks Amir
Praneeth R. - December 27, 2018
Jaguar F-TYPE 2018
What a car to let the sun in and explore San Diego. Perfect!
Jason S. - April 15, 2019
BMW 3 Series 2010
Great convertible for San Diego! Smooth transaction! Would rent again from Jay.
Tony C. - April 17, 2019
Porsche 718 Boxster 2017
Fun ride. Nice and accommodating owners. Would rent again when in San Diego. Everything went smoothly.
Mary B. - January 24, 2019
Nissan Versa 2016
Very clean car, great service from Vassil, would definitely recommend to anyone traveling in San Diego!
Omar V. - September 24, 2018
Chevrolet Spark 2017
Mina’s Chevrolet is what we needed for our weekend trip in San Diego.
Hagop H. - February 4, 2019
FIAT 500 2012
Cute car, fun to drive around San Diego. Good communication from host.
Jessica R. - April 23, 2019
Porsche Boxster 2008
The car was perfect for San Diego, and Roy was a fantastic host!
Christopher L. - May 5, 2019
Dodge Challenger 2017
Very good business, would reccomend for all new travelers who come to San Diego
Keven L. - September 3, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Christopher’s Prius was perfect for our trip from San Diego to Los Angels.
Sean C. - July 24, 2019
BMW M4 2018
Great car for a fun weekend around San Diego. Drives great and sounds even better!
Cameron F. - July 29, 2019
BMW M4 2015
Absolutely incredible car to drive around beautiful San Diego! Brain’s M4 is an incredible car.
Jameel E. - June 23, 2019
Dodge Challenger 2015
Had a blast cruising around San Diego in DAT ROAR. Thanks for sharing you ride Omar. ⚡️😎👍
Brent B. - August 27, 2019
Porsche Boxster 2007
Awesome and a must when traveling to the San Diego, CA area!!!!
Tony S. - August 28, 2019
Toyota Prius 2015
Matt’s Prius was great! It was perfect for our San Diego getaway!
Rachel H. - October 7, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
The car was great for my last few days in San Diego, and Ratchai made picking up and dropping off super easy. If you’re looking for a fun little roadster while you’re in San Diego - this is a good one!
Stephen M. - January 19, 2019
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
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
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
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
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

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.