One-way car rental Los Angeles to San Francisco or vice versa
|Distance:||381 miles to 460 miles|
|Best Route:||US-101 N|
The drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco (or from San Francisco to LA) is one of the most popular US road trips and hundreds of travelers rent cars especially to experience it on their own time and pace. Quite understandable! In addition to the multiple must-visit stops on the drive, there is much to do and see in both the cities. 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 also categorised among the 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 extra fee for the one-ways rented from LA to SF, this is not the case with other suppliers. Therefore it will not be wrong to say that 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 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
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.|
Book your one-way car rental from top suppliers
Car rental from LAX to SFO Airport
Distance: 377.3 mi via I-5 N
If you are arriving in California at Los Angeles Airport and plan to make the drive to SF with drop off at San Francisco airport, the best car rental pick-up location is: Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
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 courtesy shuttle service that you can board from the airport’s purple Rental Car Shuttles which is on arrival 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, 90045At
Enterprise office, you can either use the self-service kiosks or go to the counter to pick your car rental agreement and the key.
Car rental from SFO to LAX Airport
Distance: 377.3 mi via I-5 N
Planning to do the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles? The most popular pickup location is: San Francisco Airport (SFO).
Location of Sixt, Enterprise & Alamo Rent a Car at San Francisco Airport
The car rental desks are not in 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:||9020 Aviation Blvd Inglewood, CA 90301
US Alamo’s office works 24 hours.
|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|
|Distance from LA to SF via US 101:||Approx. 425 miles|
State Route 99
|Distance from LA to SF via State Route 99 :||Approx. 400 miles|
Highway 1/Pacific coast highway
|Distance from LA to SF via Highway 1:||Approx. 455 miles|