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Car hire in California

Fancy rekindling the hippie within you with a coastal drive along the world famous Big Sur? Perhaps you want to rediscover your childhood at Disney Land or be a super star in Los Angeles? California Dreaming can come true with a trip to the diverse and magnificent California. The ‘Golden State' is so vast and diverse that having your own vehicle is essential. With California car hire, drive through the wine country of Napa to the dazzling beaches of Orange County or the notorious metropolitan city of LA, or be at one with nature in the fruitful forests of the north.

Why to visit

California exudes wow factor with its sprawling cities of LA, San Francisco and San Diego. But those visitors with their own wheels can cover more than just the high end shops in Beverly Hills and the Golden Gate Bridge; attractions like Big Bear ski resort and surfing at Santa Monica are just a drive away. Perhaps one of the state's biggest draws is its Pacific coast, with its sandy beaches and throngs of bathers.


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the main air gateway to California, but getting here by road from other US destinations is easy too. With car rental in California, you can cover short distances with ease as well as enjoy long drives conveniently, with great scenic roads and good signposting. Drive across state to really absorb the diversity of this magical state, but remember to park up and use public transport in the big cities.

What to see and do

Looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure? Explore Yosemite National Park or Mount Shasta. Be sure to walk the star-studded streets of fame on LA's notorious Rodeo Drive or hit the beach at Santa Monica. You can even take a driving tour of celebrities' homes in Hollywood. Compare cheap car hire with CompareCarHire.co.uk to find the best deal to start a trip of a lifetime.

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    32 - 128 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    40 - 128 km/h
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    Alamo Rent a Car

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The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is CompareCarHire.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by CompareCarHire.co.uk? at this location
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