One Way Car Rental from Los Angeles to San Francisco

One way car rental from Los Angeles to San Francisco

One way car rental from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Distance: 381 mi to 460 mi as per the route

Best Route: US-101 N

Los Angeles to San Francisco is one of the most popular road trips of US and hundreds of travelers rent cars especially to experience it on their own time and pace. Quite understandable! There is so much to do and see in both the cities and on the way from LA to SF that this road trips proves to be a big satiating travel experience in itself. No wonder many people book one-way car rentals and spend 2 to 3 weeks exploring all that they can find while going from LA to SF or vice versa!

The drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a much-loved scenic drive in the world. Ideally people spend a few days in Los Angeles and at least a week in SF (as there is relatively more to see in San Francisco), and another week or two on the way while driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Car rental from Los Angeles to San Francisco no one way fee

While with some suppliers like Sixt there is no one-way fee from LA to SF with other suppliers this is not the case. Almost all suppliers charge a fee for the one-way service if you want to pick the car in Los Angeles and return it to San Francisco or vice versa. On USA Cars Rental, you can reserve a one-way from Los Angeles to San Francisco by using the ‘Different drop-off location?’ section on our search form.

Best type of cars to rent for your trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco

With us, you can reserve your car rental for Los Angeles with a drop-off in San Francisco in three easy steps – search, select & book – and can compare various car-types as per your travel needs at one place. Though our partner car rental companies like Sixt and Alamo offer a big fleet of cars for this popular road trip, here are the car types which are requested the most on USA Cars Rental:

Sports car rentals: You can make your trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco more adventurous and memorable with a sports car like Porsche, BMW, and Lamborghini.

Classic/Exotic/Luxury car rentals: From Mercedes to Mustang, Jaguar and Range Rover, you can book almost any of your preferred luxury cars online on our booking engine.

Convertible car rental: A convertible is considered the most preferred car for this trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco and vice versa.

Where to pick your one way car rental

When renting car from Los Angeles to San Francisco

In case you are arriving in California at Los Angeles Airport and would like to make the trip from LA to SF with drop off at San Francisco airport, the best car rental pick-up location is: Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

When renting car from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Where as in case you are planning to do the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the most popular pickup location is: San Francisco Airport (SFO).

If you want some other pick up location, type it in the search form to know whether it is covered or not.

Book your Los Angeles to San Francisco car rental from top suppliers

Though we work with a bevy of suppliers here are the two most popular suppliers offering car rental from Los Angeles to San Francisco & vice versa – Sixt, Alamo & Enterprise

Location of Sixt, Enterprise & Alamo Rent a Car at Los Angeles Airport:

The offices of the car rental desks are located just a few minutes away from the airport terminal, and all the suppliers offer curtsey shuttle service that you can board from the airport’s purple Rental Car Shuttles which is on arrival’s level 1.

  • Address of Sixt Lax airport location: 9000 Bellanca Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Look out for Sixt shuttle, this service is offered every 15-20 minutes.

  • Address of Alamo LAX airport location: 9020 Aviation Blvd Inglewood, CA 90301 US

  • Alamo’s office works 24 hours.

  • Address of Enterprise LAX airport location: 8734 Bellanca Ave Los Angeles, CA, US, 90045

  • At Enterprise office, you can either use the self-service kiosks or go to the counter to pick your car rental agreement and the key.

Location of Sixt, Enterprise & Alamo Rent a Car at San Francisco Airport

The car rental desks are not at the airport terminal, you will have to take the blue line of the AirTrain to the Car Rental Center for the pickup.

  • Address of Sixt SFO airport location: 435 South Airport Blvd 94080-6909 South San Francisco

  • The Shuttle service is offered only during working hours.

  • Address of Alamo SFO airport location: 780 North McDonnell Rd San Francisco, CA 94128 US

  • Alamo’s office is on the 4th floor of the RCC, so make sure that you take the train that directly takes you to the 4th floor.

  • Address of Enterprise SFO airport location: 780 North Mcdonnell Rd San Francisco, CA, US, 94128

  • Enterprise’s office is also on the fourth floor of the RCC; there you can either use the self-service kiosks or go to the counter to pick your car rental agreement and the key.

Best Available routes

Interstate 5 (I-5)

Distance from LA to SF via I-5: Approx. 381 miles

  • This is the fastest route & is neither interesting nor scenic.
  • Potential hazards: High winds at Tejon Pass and look out for trucks as I-5 is a major corridor for trucks.
  • Side trips: Antelope valley and Vasquez Rocks

US -101

Distance from LA to SF via US 101: Approx.  425 mi

  • Though this route is a bit longer than I-5, it is comparatively more interesting and scenic.
  • Places to see on the way: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Jose.
  • Different routes that you can take: While going from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, there are two routes – one is the coastal route while the other one is the inland route. Costal route is best for people towing along a big trailer.

State Route 99

Distance from LA to SF via State Route 99: Approx.  400 mi

  • Route 99 is located in San Joaquin Valley and is full of scenic views!
  • Highlights: The best thing about this route is that it allows you to cover the beautiful Yosemite National Park. In summers, the highway is best known for what they call ‘food tourism’.
  • Potential Hazards: Just like Highway 5, you will encounter a lot of trucks and traffic, and tule fog in winters.

Highway 1/Pacific coast highway

Distance from LA to SF via Highway 1: Approx.  455 mi

  • Going from LA to SF through pacific coast highway is the longest route with the best scenery ever, and covers comparatively more interesting stops.
  • Best car type: This is not a good choice in case you are renting big motor homes
  • Places to see on the way: San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz