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Car Hire from San Francisco International Airport

Car Hire from San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is the main airport serving the San Francisco Bay Area of California, hiring a car will give you the opportunity to reach everything The Bay and Peninsula have to offer.

Where to hire a car at San Francisco International Airport

A dedicated rental centre is located in the grounds of San Francisco International Airport on 780 North McDonnell Road. An AirTrain shuttle is available from all of the arrivals terminals and runs to the rental centre 24 hours a day. Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget, Avis and Fox are all based here.

If you hire a car from Advantage, DriveNow, Firefly, Flightcar, RelayRides, Silvercar or Sixt you will need to take the AirTrain to the rental centre and then the free shuttle service to their offices, located off of the airport grounds.

Petrol Stations near San Francisco International Airport

If you have hired a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel your car close to the airport before returning it. There are lots of petrol stations surrounding the San Francisco International Airport when approaching from both the north and south. On South Airport Boulevard you will find Valero and Shell Gas Stations and there are several stations on El Camino Road in San Bruno.

Driving around San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport has great road connections being located alongside Route 101, the main route through the San Francisco Bay area which connects to a number of other main highways. Most freeways in the San Francisco Bay and Peninsula experience high levels of traffic throughout the day and this should be factored into any journeys you may be making.

Getting to your Destination

After hiring a car from San Francisco International Airport here are some of the popular California destinations which are in easy reach.

San Francisco

San Francisco offers something for everyone, with its variety of attractions, an exciting arts scene and the Golden Gate Bridge offering a picture perfect backdrop it can be easy to see why this is one of the world’s most visited cities.

San Francisco International Airport to San Francisco is a 30 minute, 14 mile drive via the US-101 heading north.

Driving within downtown San Francisco can be difficult with congestion, one way systems, cable cars and time restrictions on many of the roads. Parking in San Francisco is also difficult to find and expensive with a number of restrictions in place so planning in advance is essential.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto is known for its start-up scene with a number of tech companies based here including Hewett-Packard. Away from the tech scene you can explore the Sanford University campus, the Palo Alto Art Center or go outdoors and enjoy the nature trails and hikes offered by The Baylands Nature Reserve and The Pearson-Arastradero Preserve.

San Francisco International Airport to Palo Alto is a 20 mile, 25 minute drive via the US-101 heading south. Driving is one of the easiest ways to get around Palo Alto and other than in the Downtown area, parking is easy to find.

Daly City

Daly City is considered to be the best shopping destination for those in the San Francisco Bay area with huge shopping malls, big box stores and independent, speciality retailers throughout the city. The Westlake and Serramonte Shopping Center’s are the main attractions in the city.

San Francisco International Airport to Daly City is a short 9 mile, 12 minute drive via the I-280 N. Unlike San Francisco, car parking in Daly City is free and plentiful, especially around the shopping areas.

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