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Catching a Flight to San Francisco Airport? Search, compare, and book best car rental deal for San Francisco Airport on our website from anywhere, anytime. VIP Cars helps you to search and book the best car hire deal for San Francisco Airport, making your journey as convenient as possible. A free of cost rental portal, we let you compare the rates for rental cars for SFO from a group of reliable brands.

Our 24/7 assistance team is always ready to answer any queries that you may have regarding car rental at SFO Airport such as, additional driver fee for San Francisco etc. With us you can also rent a car through WhatsApp and live chat feature of our website

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VIP Cars strongly believes that your trip to a culturally rich city as happening as San Francisco has to be free from all kinds of worries – which is why hiring a car for SFO makes perfect sense. Read below to know more about VIP Cars' assurance:

  • Worldwide Trusted

    At VIP Cars, we have been engaged in comparing prices of rental car for past one decade. Our expertise in car hire domain has won us thousands of delightful customers.

  • Updated Price

    We constantly check for latest deals, along with lowest prices, across all rental car categories available with our renowned car hire suppliers for SFO.

  • No Booking Fee

    We don't include any booking fee or service charge when you book a rental car for SFO from us.

Car-types available for renting at SFO Airport

No matter what sort of rental car you plan to book for SFO, the filters provided make it quite easier to search an appropriate car for you. Right from compact, economy cars to standard sedans and from van/minivans and SUVs to stylish convertibles and luxury cars, we have all sort of vehicles to cater to your commuting needs.

Popular car rental types for SFO

7, 8 and 9-seater van rentals

Our partners offer a big list of vans and minivans which allow us to cater the needs of travelers who are traveling with a big group of people and luggage. With us you can book from 7 to 12 seater cars ranging from SUVs to vans.

Luxury & exotic car rentals

Mercedes C-Class, BMW, Chevrolet plus other exotic cars can be rented on VIP Cars. Note that suppliers don’t guarantee the exact model, however they always make sure that you get the luxury car of same size & type you booked online. Call us to know more.

San Francisco Airport rental car center & companies

SFO Airport has a Rental Car Center (RCC) which is home to some top global brands - out of which majority are our partners. By choosing to rent with us you can pick the car within minutes after arrival as almost all of our suppliers has their desks in RCC just a few minutes from the airport. To reach the RCC from the terminals, you can board the AirTrain Blueline from the stations located in the terminals as well as terminal parking areas. We work with the following airport-based car hire companies for San Francisco Airport location

  • AlamoAlamo
  • EnterpriseEnterprise
  • DollarDollar
  • EuropcarEuropcar
  • NationalNational
  • ThriftyThrifty
  • SixtSixt
  • Fox Car RentalFox Car Rental

Related query: Location of Dollar Rent-A-Car, Alamo & National at San Francisco Airport

At SFO Airport, Alamo supplier is located at 780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, San Mateo County, California, 94128, while National & Dollar are located at 780 N McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128, United States.

San Francisco Airport (SFO)

One of the busiest airports of the US, San Francisco International Airport handles more than 40 million passengers every year. A popular destination among travelers to pick-up rental cars, SFO remains a perfect starting point to begin your expedition to nearby cities of Sacramento and San Jose. An international airport, SFO has all key terminal facilities and services for passengers arriving and departing, such as:

  • Passengers arriving can indulge in some souvenir shopping at the Gift Shops.
  • The Currency Exchange and ATMs allow swift access to urgent need of cash.
  • Postal Services like Federal Express are accessible for any Parcel/Postal dispatch.
  • All the terminals at SFO airport have round the clock Free WiFi access.
  • Workstations areas with laptop charging ports can easily be found at different corner of terminals.
Address: San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, CA 94128-8097

Guide to SFO Airport terminal facilities

Shopping at San Francisco Airport

Terminal 1 has 5 shops and they are located in the terminal’s boarding areas B and C.

City by the Bay (Post-Security)

The best place in T1 if you want to buy clothes, souvenirs, gifts, or snacks

Discover/Hudson News (Post-Security)

Its T1’s only shop where you can buy stuff that reflects the region’s culture, history, art & attractions.

Hudson News (Post-Security)

Besides newspapers, here you can buy magazines, souvenirs as well as books

Simply Gourmet LOCAL (Pre-Security)

Besides its unique list of gifts, it is also popular for the Californian food and candies.

Zoom Travel Stores (Post-Security)

It has various 24-hour stores which offer convenience and travel products.

Shops in Terminal 2 are located in Retail Street. These 5 best describe the available variety.

Compass Books (Post-Security)

In T2 it is the place for you if you want to buy books, newspapers or magazines

Greetings from San Francisco (Post-Security)

It is one of the shops in SFO where you can buy gifts, clothes, souvenirs, & accessories

InMotion Entertainment (Post-Security)

It is the place for you if you want to buy Technology products

Kiehl's (Post-Security)

In T2, it is the only shop that sells Skin and hair care products

M. Fredric (Post-Security)

Specifically for women, it offers a variety of clothes, shoes, &accessories

Terminal 3 has 29 shops; these 5, best describe the available variety.

100% Pure (Post-Security)

It is the best place if you want to buy cosmetics for hair and body products

Bay Area Club House (Post-Security)

Pro sports apparel, headwear, and souvenirs

Boucle (Post-Security)

This place brings handmade jewelry and timepieces crafted by local artists.

CNBC Smartshop (Post-Security)

All in one, it is great for purchases like books, magazines, souvenirs as well as snacks, &beverages.

Ghirardelli LOCAL (Post-Security)

If you want to taste Premium chocolates and gifts, it is the place for you.

International terminal has 37 shops; these 5, best describe the available variety.

Brookstone (Post-Security)

Here you can buy gadgets under health, home, office &travel categories

Burberry (Post-Security)

Here travelers can buy duty-free accessories for men and women besides other products.

Coach (Post-Security)

Another great place to shop for accessories & handbags!

DFS Duty-Free Galleria (Post-Security)

Cosmetics, liquor, or designer products, duty-free offers you a great range of products.

Facetime (Post-Security)

Travelers can buy here some finest watches, sunglasses and other fashion accessories

Dining at San Francisco Airport

Terminal 1 has 8 restaurants; these 5, best describe the available variety.

Dogpatch Bakehouse & Caffè NEW (Post-Security)

This is the place where you can eat anything from salads to sandwiches, and pastries.

Go Bistro

It is bar cum Asian food joint which offers breakfast, salads and main course

Green Beans Coffee ( Pre-Security)

Great place for coffee lovers- offers various espresso drinks, plus bagels and sandwiches

Max's Eatz and Fresh Bakery (Post-Security)

Here travelers can try sandwiches, main course, barbeque and sweet course.

Peet's Coffee & Tea (Post-Security)

Popular for tea and coffee, it also offers pastries and sandwiches.

Terminal 2 has 11 restaurants; these 5 restaurants, best describe the available variety.

Andalé Mexican Restaurant ( Post-Security )

It offers freshly-made main course with wine and beer; it also has a full bar

Burger Joint (Post-Security)

Offers fast food like Niman Ranch, veg, and chicken burgers, plus hot dogs

Cat Cora (Post-Security)

It has a full bar where travelers can enjoy a diverse menu of cocktails, wine, and beers.

Lark Creek Grill ( Post-Security)

It is a restaurant which offers steak, seafood, and breakfast; it also has a bar.

Napa Farms Market

It is bakery which offers desserts, coffee, and various other food products

Terminal 3 has 24 restaurants; ; these 5, best describe the available variety.

Boudin's Bakery and Café (Post-Security)

It is most popular for its sourdough bread, soup, salads, and sandwiches.

Buena Vista Café (Post-Security)

It offers Irish coffee and American cuisine.

Burger King (Post-Security)

It is a famous fast food joint where travelers can eat burgers, french fries, as well as beer, and wine

Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe (Post-Security)

It offers all things Italian; has a dining bar, and offers, soups, pastries, and coffee

Fraîche (Post-Security)

Yogurt, yogurt, and yogurt. Here you can taste, fresh as well as frozen yogurt!

It has 20 restaurants; these 5, best describe the available variety.

24th & Mission Taco House (Pre-Security)

Offers freshly prepared Mexican food with beer & wine

Amoura Café (Post-Security)

Offers Mediterranean food; sandwiches, salads, and breakfast

Bun Mee (Post-Security)

It offers Vietnamese cuisine including spring rolls of shrimps and Bhan Mi sandwiches.

Firewood (Post-Security)

It is best if you want to taste Beverages, and a great assortment of pastries, desserts, &sandwiches

Firewood Grill (Post-Security)

It offers Grilled Panini sandwiches and salads; it has a full bar

Lounges at San Francisco Airport

Delta Sky Club (Post-Security. Level 2 - Terminal 1)
Delta, Alaska
AA Admirals Club (Level 2, Post-Security - Terminal 2)
Alaska, American
American Express - The Centurion Lounge (Level 2, Post-Security)
only for American Express®Card Members
United Club (Post-Security)
United (Domestic)
United Club (Post-Security)
United (Domestic)
United Club (Post-Security)
United (Domestic)
Air France - KLM Lounge (Post-Security)
AeroMexico, KLM, Qantas, Air France
British Airways Terraces Lounge (Post-Security)
British Airways, Korean Air
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge (Post-Security, Level 4)
Alaska, Etihad Airways, and Cathay Pacific
China Airlines Dynasty Lounge (Post-Security, Level 4)
China and Asiana
Emirates Lounge (Post-Security, Level 3)

Let's start exploring San Francisco

A fairly large place, San Francisco offers plenty of things to do and large number of attractions to explore. Using a rental car from SFO undeniably gives you the easiest way to move around from one location to another. From picturesque landscapes to iconic architectural marvels, you will find all in and around SF. Take a look at most popular attractions of San Francisco.

China Town

China Town

Union Square

Union Square

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Popular one-way car hire deals booked for San Francisco

Whether you are looking forward to a leisurely stroll on a beach, some relaxing time in the woods, enjoy adventurous hiking, kayaking or wine-tasting, ample opportunities galore as you look beyond the boundaries of San Francisco. Crank the engine of your SFO car hire and drive right away to any of the following most sought-after road trips originating from San Francisco.

San Francisco to Big Sur

Approx. 140 miles (via US-101 S; Famous for: Scenic Coastline)

San Francisco to Lake Tahoe

Approx. 194 miles (via I-80 E and US-50 E; Famous for: Emerald Bay)

San Francisco to Anderson Valley

Approx. 115 miles ( via US-101 N; Famous for: Vineyards )

San Francisco to Grass Valley

Approx. 143 miles (via I-80 E; Famous for: Empire Mine State Historic Park)

San Francisco to Sacramento

Approx. 88 miles (via I-80 E; Famous for: State Capitol, California Railroad Museum )

San Francisco to San Jose

Approx. 48 miles (via US-101 S; Famous for: Museums, Winchester Mystery House)

Wait! Before you go just keep these SFO Airport car rental tips in mind:

  • Traffic moves on the right hand side of the road in the US. Speed as well as distances are measured in miles. All major freeways across California observe speed limit of 65mph.
  • San Francisco Airport is located about 13 miles south of Downtown San Francisco. Choose Bayshore Freeway from SFO if you want to directly enter into city.
  • Francisco experiences relatively warmer season staring from September until October. Don't forget to hire an air-conditioned car if you happen to plan a visit during that time.
  • GPS is essentially required, in particular for business travelers, and in general for leisure tourists. Besides advising you on shortest routes, a GPS navigation system provides real-time traffic updates.

SFO Airport car rental – Frequently asked questions

  • Where to get the keys of pre-booked rental car at SFO?

    Like all other major North American airports, SFO also houses a large Rental Car Center. AIR Train Blue Line, an automated people mover, connects all the four passenger terminals with Rental Car Center. Note that some rental car agencies also operate from an off-airport location. Nevertheless, all off-airport rental car agencies are served by free shuttle service from SFO.

  • What's the age limit to hire a car for SFO?

    While the minimum age limit is 21 years, it could largely depend upon your rental car supplier. For instance, if you fall between an age bracket of 21-25 years, some suppliers may ask for young driver surcharge.

  • Is an international driver permit required in San Francisco?

    As long as you have your driving license printed in English, driving a rental car from SFO should be an effortless job. On the contrary, if your driving license is not printed in English, you necessarily need to carry an International Driving Permit, in addition to your regular driving license.

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