Car Rentals in Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 19 — Aug 26
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Santa Barbara, CA
Fri 8/19
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Fri 8/26
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Best deals found for Santa Barbara, California car rentals

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental cars in Santa Barbara, California
Volkswagen Passat
or similar Premium
Up to 5 passengers

$53/day

14 Sep - 21 Sep
Volkswagen Passat
Chevrolet Trailblazer
or similar Standard SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$56/day

6 Sep - 13 Sep
Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chrysler 200
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$37/day

22 Aug - 29 Aug
Chrysler 200
Hyundai Avante
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

$38/day

23 Aug - 30 Aug
Hyundai Avante
Hyundai Elantra
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers

$37/day

3 Nov - 6 Nov
Hyundai Elantra
Chrysler 300
or similar Luxury
Up to 5 passengers

$59/day

25 Aug - 1 Sep
Chrysler 300
Cadillac CT5
or similar Luxury
Up to 5 passengers

$59/day

23 Aug - 30 Aug
Cadillac CT5
Mazda CX-5
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$46/day

25 Oct - 2 Nov
Mazda CX-5
Toyota Camry
or similar Full-size
Up to 5 passengers

$42/day

3 Nov - 6 Nov
Toyota Camry

Important information about Santa Barbara car rentals

One of the biggest attractions in Santa Barbara is the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, which merges with Highway 101 and follows the amazing coastline for miles. Within the city, you can visit cultural attractions, like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunken Gardens, and Arlington Theater, all of which are near State Street, which runs through the heart of the city. There are over 12 car rental locations in Santa Barbara, and there are lots of parking options in the city. Be aware that some parking areas are by permit only and are reserved for residents of the city, so pay attention to signs. There are over 10 public parking lots in the middle of the city and most do charge fees, but at very reasonable rates.

Car rentals in Santa Barbara are recommended for many reasons. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are close enough to drive to for side trips, so car rentals in Santa Barbara open many opportunities both within and outside the city. Parking is easy to find and located in regular intervals near all the main attractions, and the downtown area is well laid out and walkable, but it is also stretched out, so having a cheap car rental in Santa Barbara will make it possible to plan activities in any part of the city whenever it is most convenient for you. Traffic conditions on main roads are generally good but can get more congested around the workday commute times in the morning and afternoon.

California has a hands-free driving law, which makes it a violation to hold your cell phone while driving, and if caught, you will be fined. California has some unique speed limit rules as well that you need to be aware of before driving rental cars in Santa Barbara. The Basic Speed Law makes it illegal to drive at an unsafe speed based on the weather and road conditions, which means that when weather or other factors may affect road safety, you may still receive a citation even if you are going the posted speed limit. They also have standard speed limits for school zones, residential areas, and highways that must be followed even if there are no posted speed limits. Their Maximum Speed Limit Law means you can be cited for speeding if you are over the posted limit even slightly, and you can be fined by going too slow if you are causing a traffic flow problem. It is advisable to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles for any updates in traffic laws before driving Santa Barbara car rentals.

You must have a valid driver’s license from your home country for the type of economy car rental you are requesting, and driving is on the right side of the road. In most car rental locations in Santa Barbara, there are age requirements for renting cars, so check with the agency about that when you book your rental. You will need proof of insurance, but if you do not have insurance already, you can usually purchase it when you pick up your rental. Arrange car rentals in Santa Barbara in advance through momondo to make sure there are no unexpected problems when you arrive.


Santa Barbara, California car rental deals found on momondo

Find the rental car in Santa Barbara that's right for you

Small Cars

$46 - $93

All Car Types

$62 - $118

The average price of a Small rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $63. The cheapest time to rent a Small in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 29% lower than the rest of the year at just $46 per day. A Small rental is typically 32% less expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $74. The cheapest time to rent a Medium in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 38% lower than the rest of the year at just $47 per day. A Medium rental is typically 21% less expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $94. The cheapest time to rent a Large in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just $57 per day. A Large rental is typically 0% more expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Large rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $85. The cheapest time to rent a SUV in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 44% lower than the rest of the year at just $49 per day. A SUV rental is typically 9% less expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Van rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $121. The cheapest time to rent a Van in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 43% lower than the rest of the year at just $70 per day. A Van rental is typically 23% more expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car.

The average price of a Luxury rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $92. The cheapest time to rent a Luxury in Santa Barbara, the United States is in March. The price is 25% lower than the rest of the year at just $70 per day. A Luxury rental is typically 2% less expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Luxury rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Convertible rental in Santa Barbara, the United States is $133. The cheapest time to rent a Convertible in Santa Barbara, the United States is in January. The price is 37% lower than the rest of the year at just $85 per day. A Convertible rental is typically 30% more expensive than the average car rental in Santa Barbara. The average price of a vehicle rental in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car.

Nissan Versa
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$34/day

3 Nov - 6 Nov
Nissan Versa

Santa Barbara car rental directory

All major car rental suppliers in Santa Barbara, California
7.0
Good
38 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

7.0

Overall

7.0

Pick-up/drop-off

7.2

Value

6.5
6.7
Good
73 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.6

Pick-up/drop-off

6.9

Value

6.7
4.8
Okay
79 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

5.6

Overall

4.8

Pick-up/drop-off

4.8

Value

4.6
8.3
Excellent
20 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

8.7

Overall

8.3

Pick-up/drop-off

8.5

Value

8.5
5.7
Okay
26 reviews1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

6.6

Overall

5.7

Pick-up/drop-off

6.2

Value

6.2
2.0
Mediocre
1 review1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

2.0

Pick-up/drop-off

2.0

Value

2.0
1 location

Quick facts about car rentals in Santa Barbara

Get the overview on great rental deals, popular car rental companies, and best car types for your visit in Santa Barbara

Most Popular Agency

Hertz

Popular Car Types

Economy, Intermediate, SUV

Cheapest Rental Car

$33

Most Popular Model

Kia Rio
The most popular Santa Barbara car rental agency found on momondo this month is Hertz. Other top choices for car rental companies are Budget and Dollar
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Santa Barbara in the past 72 hours: Economy, Intermediate, SUV.
The lowest price for a rental car in Santa Barbara is $33/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $69/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Santa Barbara in the past 7 days is the Kia Rio. Our users also prefer the Chevrolet Spark as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your rental car pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular rental car locations in Santa Barbara

Nearby attractions:

Channel Islands National Park76.7 mi
Santa Barbara Zoo79.0 mi
Chase Palm Park79.8 mi
West Beach80.1 mi
Leadbetter Beach80.3 mi

Nearby attractions:

Santa Barbara Zoo76.0 mi
Chase Palm Park76.9 mi
West Beach77.3 mi
Leadbetter Beach77.7 mi
Santa Barbara Bowl77.8 mi

Nearby attractions:

Arroyo Burro Beach5.8 mi
Elings Park6.0 mi
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park6.1 mi
Old Mission Santa Barbara7.3 mi
The Arlington Theatre7.7 mi

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Driving with a rental car in Santa Barbara - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about renting a car in Santa Barbara so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

To rent a car in Santa Barbara for a weekend in September, we found prices as low as $19 with an average of $84. Users looking for a one-week rental in Santa Barbara for September saw an average deal of $64 - but quotes as low as $23 were available depending on dates and car options.

Budget typically has the cheapest daily rates in Santa Barbara, which you can find at any of their locations. On average, you should expect to pay $70/day, but our users have found rates as low as $19/day for their rental car in Santa Barbara.

Every rental car company in Santa Barbara has a different cancellation policy. At momondo, we will always disclose in the car rental search results whether or not an agency has a cancellation fee. Some of the top car rental companies in Santa Barbara include Budget, Hertz, and Avis, so be sure to check if they offer free cancellation.

The best way to enjoy the sites in Santa Barbara during the month of September is in a Convertible rental car. You are less likely to run into any instances of precipitation or colder weather, because Santa Barbara has an average temperature of 60.8 °F and average rainfall of 0.4″ during the month of September. Renting a Convertible in Santa Barbara will cost you $169/day on average.

Enterprise has 3 locations. momondo users can expect to pay $88/day on average when renting from these locations.

25 mph is the city speed limit for Santa Barbara, which also applies to surrounding towns and other urban centers. The suburban speed limit and the speed limit for highways around Santa Barbara are 75 mph and 75 mph, respectively. If you rent a car in Santa Barbara, be aware that these speed limits may be strictly enforced.

In August, Santa Barbara usually gets 0″ of precipitation and has an average temperature of 62.6 °F. This information can be very helpful when looking at rental cars in Santa Barbara as it can help you make the best decision.

Travelers looking to leave from Santa Barbara on a road trip around California or the surrounding areas during the month of August should expect temperatures around 73.4 °F and about 0.1″ of possible rain through the month.


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Filtering is how momondo helps you find a great rental car in Santa Barbara. Narrow your search using price and map features as well as filtering by fuel or mileage policies amongst many other filters available.

Of course! momondo has a dedicated filter for users to specifically look at car rentals in Santa Barbara which offer free cancellation.

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Enhanced cleaning services can be found on all car rental locations on momondo including Santa Barbara.

Yes, unlimited mileage options can be found on rental cars in Santa Barbara on momondo.


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