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In California we recommend the following car hire offers

from 26 £ per day

The most booked among rental cars

e.g. Nissan Versa
7 Days from 30.07 - 06.08.2024
Example vehicle
from 48 £ per day

Alone on the road or only with small baggage? Then this will be sufficient!

e.g. Chevrolet Spark
7 Days from 30.07 - 06.08.2024
Example vehicle
from 26 £ per day
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This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

e.g. Chevrolet Spark
7 Days from 30.07 - 06.08.2024
Example vehicle

Hire a Car in California

If you are looking for an unforgettable and varied holiday, California is the right choice. Book a cheap hired car and visit the many sights. The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles is particularly recommended. Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier are also located here. Another "must-see" is in San Francisco: the sight of the legendary Golden Gate Bridge delights thousands of tourists every year. You can hire a car in numerous cities in California such as Malibu, Los Angeles or San Francisco. In addition, rental cars are also available at the airports.

Explore California with a hired car

The secrets and gems of the Golden State can be most conveniently explored with a hired car. Driveboo will definitely be helpful here—check out the offers of all local car hire companies and book your hired car in California online. Part of the Pacific Region, California, also referred to as the Golden State, is the most populous state in the US. Californian tourist attractions range from the glamour of Hollywood in Los Angeles to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the never-ending summer of Santa Cruz.

California offers a diversity of landscapes providing the ideal conditions for an array of outdoor activities such as golfing, surfing, fishing, and bike riding. With a plethora of hiking trails of varying difficulty, California is a paradise for those who enjoy spending their free time outdoors.

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What is the best time to travel to California?

California is a year-round destination offering weather ideal for all types of tourists. Basically, the time of the year that you should choose is dependent on the activities that you have planned for your stay. Most of the state is characterised by a Mediterranean-like climate. On the coast, the average temperature is somewhere around 21 degrees Celsius. However, the state also offers warmer areas.

Where can I hire a car in California?

In California, hiring a car won’t be a problem. The major car hire companies are all easily found in all of the larger towns and cities around the state. However, the most convenient way is to take advantage of the car hire spots at the airports.

Hiring your car at one of the airports in California will allow you to start your journey without any delays. With DriveBoo, you will get a detailed overview of all the best offers and available cars!

Major airports in California include:

Do I need an international driver's license to hire a car?

Fortunately, the US has entered into an agreement with most EU countries. The agreement is supposed to be a guarantee that your national driver's license is enough to move around California in a hired car. However, bear in mind that some car hire companies will only hire vehicles to holders of an international driver's license, so it is better to apply for this far ahead of your trip so that you can enjoy a peaceful stay in California.

Speed limits in California

Type of road Maximum speed in mph Maximum speed in km/h
Multilane freeways 65 mph 105 km/h
Two-lane highways 55 mph 90 km/h
City streets 35 mph 55 km/h
Residential areas/areas around schools 25 mph 40 km/h

Additional information concerning driving around California

Driving and texting:

Californian law forbids writing, sending, and reading text messages while driving. However, drivers can use hands-free devices while talking on the phone.

Emergency situations:

In order to report an accident or get help, you should call 911.


Wearing seatbelts is mandatory for the driver and any passengers.

Drinking and driving:

The permissible blood alcohol limit is 0.08‰. Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered one of the most serious offences in California.

Carpool lanes:

Carpool lanes are identified by the special diamond-shaped pattern painted on them. You should also lookout for the black-and-white signs that will provide you with information about when you’re allowed to use the carpool lanes (usually on weekdays during rush hours). These hours have to be observed at all times. However, remember that there must be at least two people (including the person driving the vehicle) in the car.
Remember, some carpool lanes in the San Francisco Bay Area have a three-person minimum.
Using the lanes when you do not have the required number of passengers may lead to high fines of up to $ 400. Carpool lanes in California have specific zones for entering and exiting the lanes.

Explore the highlights of California with a hired car

Hiring a car in the State of California will be the most convenient way to explore the whole of this vast and fascinating region. Those who seek some peace and quiet away from the bustling Californian metropolises should head for Yosemite National Park. It is considered the US’s most picturesque and charming national park. It offers diverse terrains, including towering mountain tops, deep valleys, rivers, and stunning waterfalls. Families with children should definitely consider a visit to Disneyland. It can be found in Anaheim and is seen as a top destination for families. Inside, you will have a unique opportunity to forget about the outside world and delve deeper into the realm of rides, roller coasters, and Disney-themed sets.

Death Valley is one of California’s best-known attractions. It offers some of the most inhospitable areas on Earth. It mostly consists of dry patches of land, huge sand dunes, and barren mountains. However, this unique landscape is truly worth a visit.

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Another interesting Californian attraction is Big Sur. It is a charming stretch of scenic coastline that will bring all holidaymakers back to nature. The area around Big Sur offers a wide selection of outdoor activities, such as hiking, bike riding, fishing, and even golfing.

Holidaymakers seeking calm environments, breathtaking views, and green spaces should definitely travel to Lake Tahoe, which is a blast of clear blue water surrounded on all sides by snow-covered peaks. The whole area is home to great ski resorts. Therefore, the lake is a year-round destination.

If you have explored the natural gems of the region and are ready to head for the cities, you should consider visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Palm Springs, or Sacramento.

Frequently asked questions about car hire booking California

How much does a hired car in California cost?

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Explore California with a cheap hired car

A cheap hired car is available from as little as 176 £ per week. We compare the prices of all major car hire companies and show you the best deal for California to make your trip a complete success.

Book a small car for California

Particularly popular are small cars, which you can hire from as little as 332 £ per week, because with them you can fit into even the smallest parking space.

Book a family car

 If you are travelling to California with the whole family, a family car is also suitable, which you can hire from 197 £ per week.

Discover California with a convertible

 If you like to travel topless, a convertible hired car is available for 364 £ per week. The Pacific Coast Motorway from San Francisco to Los Angeles is particulary nice to explore with a convertible.

Book a hired car for one day

If you only need a hired car for one day, you can hire it for as low as 26 £ per day.

In California, Auto Europe offers the cheapest car hire.

Where can I book a hired car in California?We offer hired car bookings in various cities and airports in California. This way, you are particularly flexible.

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Drive over the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francicso

We offer hired car bookings in various cities and airports in California. This way, you are particularly flexible.

Book a hired car in the cities of California

Book a hired car at the airport

What is the minimum age to hire a car in California?


You can already book your own hired car at the age of 21. To do this, simply enter the age in the search mask and select the appropriate hired car for your plans in California. For drivers under 25 years, there is usually a so-called "young driver fee", which is usually already included in the displayed rental price.

What is there to consider when driving in California?

Skyline San Diego

Take the traffic laws into consideration

Enjoy a stress-free trip to California by following the applying traffic rules.

  • Speed Limits: Business and residental districts: 25 mph, Two-lane undivided Highways 55 mph, Highways or interstates    Between 65 – 70 mph
  • Alcohol: For drivers older than 21 the limit is 0.08%, For drivers who are under 21, the legal limit is 0.01%.
  • Driving licence: A current valid driving licence from a foreign country is sufficient.
  • Toll roads: In California you may have to pay a toll. You can pay the tolls using The Toll Roads app or online at Sometimes cash is accepted as well.

Can I pick up the hired car in California and return it at another location?

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We offer one-way rentals

You can also return the hired car to a car hire agency at another location in California, such as Malibu or San Francisco or even in different states. To do this, simply change the return location in the search mask and look forward to an exciting road trip. For the so-called one-way rental, additional fees apply.

If you plan to be on the road longer, you can specify an additional driver. This way you can take turns driving the hired car and everyone can enjoy the view for once. In some offers, an additional driver is already included in the rental price.

Can I cancel the hired car free of charge?


If you decide not to go ahead with your trip as planned, you can cancel the hired car free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the rental period. In case the Corona Virus and therefore possible travel restrictions prevent you from travelling, you are on the safe side. Thanks to the option to cancel your hired car free of charge, you are particularly flexible.

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288 Experiences of our customers in California

Rating of Andreas M.

“Very speedy and friendly handling of the vehicle takeover. The car was practically new with 1,800 miles on the speedometer and had a very good equipment. Completely satisfied with the Alamo rental station at the San Francisco airport - I can recommend it!”

Rating of René L.

“Everything was perfect. Fast processing and very friendly.”

Rating of Helene A.

“Ordering at Autoeurope was as usual to the fullest satisfaction. Pickup of the rental car in San Francisco at the local provider Alamo was problem-free, in the Choice Lane were about 10 vehicles to choose from!”

Rating of Ronny F.

“Very friendly employees. Nice, fun conversation and very helpful tips.”

Rating of Achim C.

“Everything worked out perfectly. I was able to choose a vehicle from the booked category myself.”

Rating of Seth F.

“Super service! From A-Z everything has worked well. The Nissan Pathfinder was very spacious for the two of us and has accompanied us reliably for 3 weeks over 5,800 km! Both the pickup and the delivery also went smoothly.”

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