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Rent a car from SF to LA

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Rent a car from SF to LA

Hi, we are going to SF in a couple of weeks' time and we are planning to rent a car to drive to LA along the Big Sur. I've read somewhere that if you rent the car from abroad (we live in UK) they don't change the extra fee for dropping it off in a different city.

Is that correct? Is it a general policy or it's just some rental agencies who do it? Any recommended agency?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Rent a car from SF to LA

Hi VivaOxford

The multi-state Road Trips forum has some information about overseas visitors renting cars in the US. The folks on that forum often suggest a 3rd party broker or the UK version of your usual rental company.

Most of the year, overseas visitors can find those deals that include the one way drop fee. The usual no-drop-fee cities are San Francisco (not South San Francisco) or SFO, Los Angeles or LAX, and Las Vegas. Some companies require renters to pick up & drop off at the airport.


www.RentalCars.com (Used to be CarHire3000, try this old website if you need more car rental location options or if you want to call rather than book on-line.)



Try the .co.uk version of your favorite company.

Check to see if you can pick the car up in San Francisco (again, not South San Francisco ... totally different place) or if you must go back to the SFO airport after your SF tourism to get the car.

One more tip ~ the Top Questions on the right side of the page usually includes great information about visiting that destination. The San Francisco, Los Angeles, and California state forums have great Top Questions that may help with your planning. The California page has a topic about the drive between SF and L.A.

Here is a link to the San Francisco page to get you started: tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g60713-i30-San_Fra…

Happy Planning!

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2. Re: Rent a car from SF to LA

Great advice from PNWF. Do look at the top question on rental cars in the San Francisco forum as well that she has linked

Please do not stay in south SF

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3. Re: Rent a car from SF to LA

IF you have questions about San Francisco it would be best to post them in the San Francisco forum. You have mistakenly used the South San Francisco forum to ask this question . It is a totally different city and you don't really want to stay there.

Here is a link to the San Francisco forum:


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