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 alternative 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 alternative 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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Mustafa S. All-Star Host
188 trips Joined Jul 2016
Typically responds in 10 minutes

Recent reviews

Easy driving. And so laid back. We couldn’t have enjoyed San Diego without Mustafa
Sarah - February 24, 2019
Great saver gas ! I enjoy trip more so much around In San Diego. I just want more add for per day. Mustafa saying no problem I can add more per day.
Skans Abel - July 1, 2019
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Leví A. H. All-Star Host
104 trips Joined Sep 2016
Typically responds in 4 minutes

Recent reviews

This car is perfect for San Diego! Put the top down and enjoy yourself! Gets good gas economy and is fun to drive! We would definitely rent again. Levi was also great with communication and super friendly.
Christian - April 18, 2019
Levi was amazing! From the communication to the pick up and drop off. The car was clean and everything that was promised. Next time we are in San Diego we will definitely go through Levi again!
Honie - April 26, 2019
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Hit the road

Book your San Diego car rental alternative 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 alternative 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 alternative.

Julian

Known for its apple orchards, steer your San Diego car rental alternative 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
Valentine
Chevrolet HHR 2009
Highly recommend using Mina for your car rental in San Diego! Very easy pickup and return. Vehicle was as described in listing and had an excellent experience. Thank you!
Valentine M. - March 19, 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
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
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
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
Mauricio
Maserati Ghibli 2015
Best rental service in San Diego
Mauricio H. - July 12, 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
Maria
Ford Mustang 2016
Great car to drive around in San Diego!
Maria B. - June 3, 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
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
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
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
Oliver
Volkswagen CC 2017
I can highly recommend Enrique and his VW for “hiring” while in San Diego.
Oliver M. - August 2, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
David
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014
What could be better than a convertible corvette in San Diego? Awesome experience and super easy to work with.
David A. - August 13, 2019
Adam
Audi TT 2018
One of the best cars on Turo for enjoying that San Diego sunshine, no doubt.
Adam S. - April 14, 2018
Mauricio
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
LUSO is the best rental service in San Diego hands down
Mauricio H. - September 7, 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
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
Andy
Tesla Model S 2015
Working with Alejandro was easy and convenient. His car is beautiful and fun to drive. Plenty of superchargers in San Diego. Will rent again!
Andy S. - August 2, 2019
Gabe
Toyota Yaris 2009
Great little car for our trip to San Diego. And the provided membership at the local car wash makes cleaning very easy and convenient!
Gabe T. - July 25, 2019
Scott
Mercedes-benz C-Class 2019
Came back to San Diego for work. This car is absolutely fantastic and working with Jesse was easy and amicable. Will definitely rent from again in the future.
Scott L. - August 7, 2019
Alexander
BMW 3 Series 2009
Thank you Andrew!! Made our trip 10/10!! Cruising around San Diego and Cali in style. Andrew was super communicative over text, very very flexible with our needs, car had a full tank and was spotless, easy pick up and drop off instructions, and mechanically the car drive perfect. Tons of compliments from company. Perfect condition BMW convertible. You'll make an offer to buy it afterwards just like I did. Absolutely in love with the car. Will rent again from Andrew when I'm back. Only negative is it's German so expect to spend $$$ on premium gas, but that's what you get with luxury ;)
Alexander M. - August 13, 2019
Monica
Kia Forte 2017
Anytime I travel into San Diego I always rent from Carlos. Amazing service! Would highly recommend.
Monica K. - March 27, 2018
Mauricio
Porsche 718 Cayman 2017
So far my favorite car right now , best service in San Diego no doubt
Mauricio H. - April 4, 2018
Phil
Toyota Yaris 2009
Great gas mileage! Great and swiftly car! (: will rent again next time in San Diego!!
Phil G. - May 19, 2018
Judson
MINI Clubman 2017
Great rental - HIGHLY recommend LUSO to anyone coming to San Diego!
Judson S. - March 6, 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
Jason
Jaguar F-TYPE 2018
What a car to let the sun in and explore San Diego. Perfect!
Jason S. - April 15, 2019
Tony
BMW 3 Series 2010
Great convertible for San Diego! Smooth transaction! Would rent again from Jay.
Tony C. - April 17, 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
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
Jerod
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2016
Jamie and her car were awesome and were an excellent choice. Do San Diego right and go for the convertible!
Jerod H. - May 27, 2019
Kris
Jaguar F-TYPE 2016
Loved the car! So much fun to drive in sunny San Diego! Highly recommend this car and Shai!
Kris M. - June 2, 2019
Joseph Chinedy
Mercedes-benz CLA-Class 2019
Rodolfo was helpful and the car was great! Will definitely return to San Diego and use his services again!
Joseph Chinedy O. - July 11, 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
Kenneth
Chevrolet Camaro 2018
Definitely need a convertible in San Diego, and this car is perfect. Easy to open and close top. Also, got great gas mileage.
Kenneth W. - July 28, 2019
Dinçer
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2008
Car is amazing for driving in san diego. Perfect handling. And looks so cute. Also Gacacio is a great host. He was so helpful with everything
Dinçer B. - July 31, 2019
Christopher
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2016
Great car made the pickup and drop off process very easy. Will definitely book again next time I’m in the San Diego Area!
Christopher H. - August 12, 2019
James
FIAT 500 2013
I loved tooling around town in Zinab’s fiat. It ran perfectly and got incredible mpg yet was still the perfect little folly for my trip to San Diego!
James B. - August 21, 2019
Davis
smart fortwo 2014
Peters great! Fun smart car perfect for parking in San Diego
Davis J. - April 2, 2018
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
Mauricio
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018
The best in San Diego, that’s why I keep coming back
Mauricio H. - March 2, 2018
Megan
Ford Fusion 2017
Carlos is legit! Short walk from San Diego airport to the parking lot.
Megan L. - March 15, 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
Anthonio
MINI Cooper 2009
Abdulrahman was great to rent from in San Diego. 5 stars.
Anthonio F. - August 10, 2018
Aaron
Ford Mustang 2017
So awesome to have a convertible to enjoy San Diego. It was a perfect car.
Aaron D. - August 13, 2018
Daniel
Porsche 718 Cayman 2017
Excellent as always. Always choose LUSO when renting in San Diego.
Daniel B. - August 24, 2018
Joel
Porsche 911 2007
Great guy. Will rent from next time I'm in San Diego.
Joel M. - September 3, 2018
Stephen
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
Praneeth
Nissan Versa 2009
Very good car .. both clean and usability wise ... enjoyed the drive near san diego .. thanks Amir
Praneeth R. - December 27, 2018

Best San Diego driving roads

Highway 101

This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Take your car rental alternative 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 alternative 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 alternative 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.