Road tripping from Seattle to San Francisco in a rental car
Book a one-way car rental from Seattle to San Francisco (OR from San Francisco to Seattle) and explore the different sides of California and Washington with ease. Lined with some really exciting places on the way, the drive from Seattle to San Francisco is best explored as a multi-day trip, and majority of travelers finish it in 3-4 days.
We have divided the trip into 3 days.
|Total distance from Seattle to San Francisco to Seattle:||807.7 mi via I-5 N|
|Best time of the year to take the trip:||Summer months|
|Most popular rental car-types:||Convertibles, vans and SUVs|
Road trip at a Glance
- Day 1: Seattle
- Day 2: Crescent city & Seaside
- Day 3: San Francisco
Day 1: Seattle
Popular car hire pick-up locations in Seattle
|Sr no||pick-up location|
|1||Seattle Tacoma Airport|
|3||Seattle King County Airport|
Seattle is Washington State’s largest city and is famous for its futuristic landmark Space needle which was built in 1962. Its booming tech industry, world class museums and a beautiful surrounding that comprise of mountains and evergreen forests, make Seattle a magnet for travelers from all walks of life. Shopping at Pike Place Market or a walk through the city’s acres and acres of parkland, Seattle offers something for every traveler.
Day trips from Seattle
If you plan to stay for a few days in Seattle, here are a few trips that are worth trying.
- Bainbridge Island
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Snoqualmie Falls
- Boeing Factory Tour
- Lakewood Gardens
- Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Lake Cle Elum
- Olympic National Forest
- The Bloedel Reserve
Day 2: Crescent city & Seaside
Crescent city is in California & Seaside is in Oregon.
Crescent city is named after its crescent shaped sandy beach. It has a few attractions that make it worthy of a small stop on the way. Its 19th century lighthouse which now is a museum – Battery Point Light – is one of its noted attractions besides Point Saint George – another historical lighthouse. BeachFront Park is popular with families and is often quoted as ‘a kid’s dream’. 6hrs drive from Crescent City, Seaside is a resort city noted for its beach with surf breaks and a promenade which dates back to the 1920s. The Seaside Aquarium is a great place to see and feed seals. For a very small fee the small aquarium also has a touch and feel tank where you can hold snails and starfish. Its beach is great for a stroll with friends and kids, & the Tillamook Head is a lighthouse with hiking and camping ops.
Day 3: San Francisco
Popular car hire drop-off locations in San Francisco
|Sr no||Drop-off location|
|3||San Francisco Fisherman Wharf|
In San Francisco, you can fill your day with some really exciting attractions like, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman Wharf. And, after exploring these popular attractions, you must spend a few hours exploring the city’s food scene. Some of the best restaurants in SF are located in the Clement Street, Irving Street and Balboa Street.
Side trips from San Francisco for travelers willing to spend 2-3 days in SF
The following are the best day trips from SF, which you can cover easily with a rental car. Most customers rent vans, minivans, SUVs and convertibles for these trips.
- Yosemite National Park
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Alcatraz Island
- Napa Valley
- Sonoma Valley
- Big Sur
- Silicon Valley
- North Beach and Little Italy
Car rental companies that provide one-way from Seattle to SF
On USA Cars Rental, you can book your car hire from top brands in America. Put Seattle in the pick-up field, San Francisco in the drop-off field and fill the other asked information, and compare the deals using the various filters. The deals you see online will be inclusive of one-way fee. You can expect to see the following suppliers while searching your one-way rental on our booking form:
Car rental FAQs
- What documents do I need to book a one-way car rental from San Francisco to Seattle?
- What types of cars are available for one-way rental option from San Francisco to Seattle or vice versa?
- Can I book a one-way car rental for a day?
- Do I have to pay a one-way fee?
Once the booking has been placed and confirmed, you will receive the rental voucher – it lists all the documents that you are supposed to present at the time of the car rental pickup.
Our car rental suppliers offer all types of cars from economy to luxury, sedans, compacts and vans. Because of the availability, the suppliers only guarantee the car-type (not color or specific models); this is why all of our car hire vehicles are shown on the booking engine with ‘Or similar’ tag.
Yes, you can, one-day rentals are quite common, hundreds of travelers rent cars for one-way from San Francisco airport to Seattle airport every day, with return scheduled for less than 24 hours from pickup.
The one-way charge depends on the supplier you are renting the car from. It varies from supplier to supplier depending on the type of car you are renting and the duration of your rental.