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Welcome to the car rental San Diego Airport information page with information on San Diego Airport car rental options, including which side do you drive on, transmission types, local San Diego driving stress, licences, and more. You may also compare your San Diego Airport car rental options and search for the best available San Diego car rental rates in the search box below.

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San Diego Airport Car Rental Desk Locations

Most people decide for a SAN rental car when they arrive in San Diego and all SAN rental cars are located offsite. For your San Diego Airport car rental, you can catch a shuttle outside the terminal to the respective car rental office.  If your SAN car rental shuttle does not show up within 15 minutes or so, make use the complimentary phones inside the terminal to call for the specific San Diego car rental shuttle.


Note: Construction of a state-of-the-art Rental Car Centre is currently under way, due to open in January 2016.

San Diego Airport Car Rental Companies

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San Diego Driving Information

Driving is on the right side of the road.

All San Diego Airport rental cars are automatic transmission.

Your local drivers' licence is required.

An International Drivers' Permit (or IDP) may be required, especially if your local drivers' licence is in a language other than the local language (you may inquire when you pick up your car).

San Diego Driving Stress Level: 3/10

San Diego is a relatively easy place to drive. A GPS will definitely help if you are unfamiliar with the area.


San Diego Airport Car Rental Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com has a mixed recommendation on a San Diego Airport car rental

While it's handy to have a car if you want to tour the area around San Diego, if you plan to stay downtown, you don't really need a car to get around.

 SAN San Diego Airport Car Rental Shuttle

San Diego International Airport Car Rental Shuttle

All SAN car rental companies are located off-site at SAN San Diego International Airport. Either grab a San Diego Airport car rental shuttle outside the terminal or use one of the complimentary phones to call the shuttle of the respective SAN rental car company.

Car Rental Shuttle Tipping Recommendation: Tipping optional, USD 1-2

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2024