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Santa Barbara, CA, United States
31 Jan — 7 Feb
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Small cars

£19 - £34

All Car Types

£19 - £50

The average price of a Small rental in Santa Barbara, United States is £17. The cheapest time to rent a Small in Santa Barbara, United States is in March. The price is 0% lower than the rest of the year at just £19 per day. A Small car hire is typically 32% less expensive than the average car hire in Santa Barbara. The average price of a car hire in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium rental in Santa Barbara, United States is £22. The cheapest time to rent a Medium in Santa Barbara, United States is in June. The price is 0% lower than the rest of the year at just £28 per day. A Medium car hire is typically 12% less expensive than the average car hire in Santa Barbara. The average price of a car hire in Santa Barbara can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Santa Barbara Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.


Santa Barbara Car Hire Directory

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Find popular attractions close to your car's pick-up location

Nearby attractions:

West Beach80.1 mi
Old Mission Santa Barbara82.0 mi

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West Beach77.3 mi
Old Mission Santa Barbara79.0 mi

Nearby attractions:

Old Mission Santa Barbara7.3 mi
West Beach8.7 mi

Information about your trip to Santa Barbara

One of the biggest attractions in Santa Barbara is the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, which merges with Highway 101 and follows the amazing coastline for miles. Within the city, you can visit cultural attractions, like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunken Gardens, and Arlington Theater, all of which are near State Street, which runs through the heart of the city. There are over 12 car hire locations in Santa Barbara, and there are lots of parking options in the city. Be aware that some parking areas are by permit only and are reserved for residents of the city, so pay attention to signs. There are over 10 public parking lots in the middle of the city and most do charge fees, but at very reasonable rates.

While visiting, is it worthwhile to rent a car while visiting Santa Barbara?

Rental cars in Santa Barbara are recommended for many reasons. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are close enough to drive to for side trips, so hired cars in Santa Barbara open many opportunities both within and outside the city. Parking is easy to find and located in regular intervals near all the main attractions, and the central area is well laid out and walkable, but it is also stretched out, so having a cheap car rental in Santa Barbara will make it possible to plan activities in any part of the city whenever it is most convenient for you. Traffic conditions on main roads are generally good but can get more congested around the workday commute times in the morning and afternoon.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in Santa Barbara?

California has a hands-free driving law, which makes it a violation to hold your mobile phone while driving, and if caught, you will be fined. California has some unique speed limit rules as well that you need to be aware of before driving rental cars in Santa Barbara. The Basic Speed Law makes it illegal to drive at an unsafe speed based on the weather and road conditions, which means that when weather or other factors may affect road safety, you may still receive a citation even if you are going the posted speed limit. They also have standard speed limits for school zones, residential areas, and highways that must be followed even if there are no posted speed limits. Their Maximum Speed Limit Law means you can be cited for speeding if you are over the posted limit even slightly, and you can be fined by going too slow if you are causing a traffic flow problem. It is advisable to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles for any updates in traffic laws before driving Santa Barbara car rentals.

Will I need a special driving license or permit to drive a rental car in Santa Barbara if I’m visiting from another country?

You must have a valid driving license from your home country for the type of economy car rental you are requesting, and driving is on the right side of the road. In most car hire locations in Santa Barbara, there are age requirements for renting cars, so check with the agency about that when you book your rental. You will need proof of insurance, but if you do not have insurance already, you can usually purchase it when you pick up your rental. Arrange hired cars in Santa Barbara in advance through momondo to make sure there are no unexpected problems when you arrive.


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Car Hire in Santa Barbara

  • What cleaning measures are being taken by Santa Barbara car hire companies to control the spread of COVID-19?

    Clean vehicles have always been a priority; however, car hire companies in Santa Barbara have new enhanced cleaning requirements in place to ensure your vehicle is disinfected for your safety. Some of the companies offering enhanced cleaning are Budget, Hertz, and Enterprise. Learn more about every option available to you. As things change, so do policies. We’ll do our best to stay on top of things, but always be sure to check with the provider directly.

  • Is there a fee to cancel my Santa Barbara, CA car hire?

    When you hire a car in Santa Barbara, popular agencies such as Budget, Hertz, and Enterprise will generally offer free cancellation. While momondo does not have any control over cancellation policies for rental cars in Santa Barbara, we can help you find the cheapest car to hire for your upcoming trip.

  • What is the best type of car to hire in Santa Barbara during February?

    A standard is the ideal car to hire when visiting Santa Barbara in February. On average, Santa Barbara receives 70 mm of precipitation and temperatures hover around 12 °C during the month of February. These conditions are well-suited for a standard size car, which can easily handle a bit of rain and even hold up well when temperatures fall. Hiring a Standard in Santa Barbara will cost you £75/day on average.

  • Which car hire company in Santa Barbara has the most locations?

    Hertz has 3 locations. momondo users can expect to pay £32/day on average when hiring a car from these locations.

  • What is the speed limit in Santa Barbara, CA?

    Travellers who hire a car in Santa Barbara should be aware that the city’s speed limit is 25 mph. Suburban speed limits around Santa Barbara are generally 75 mph, whereas speed limits on motorways are 75 mph. Keep in mind that speeds may change depending on what road you’re travelling on, so be on the lookout for posted signage.

  • What car do most people hire in Santa Barbara?

    When hiring a car in Santa Barbara, most of our users will opt for the Hyundai Accent at £37/day on average. The second most popular is the Ford Escape car hire for an average of £42/day. Our users have found Hyundai Accent hires in Santa Barbara for as low as £13/day and Ford Escape hires for as low as £13/day.

  • What car hire company has the Cadillac XTS in Santa Barbara?

    Alamo has the Cadillac XTS (and other similar Luxury vehicles) for hire in Santa Barbara. You can expect to hire the Cadillac XTS in Santa Barbara from Alamo for £70/day on average.

  • What is the weather like in Santa Barbara, CA in January?

    In January, Santa Barbara usually gets 90 mm of precipitation and has an average temperature of 11 °C. This information can be very helpful when looking at hire cars in Santa Barbara as it can help you make the best decision.

  • What car would momondo recommend based on the weather in January?

    The weather in Santa Barbara during January would likely not impact the type of hire car much. momondo users do seem to prefer certain car types when looking for a Santa Barbara car hire. Price-conscious travellers looking for a Santa Barbara car hire option tend to like small cars. These are typically the least expensive. Examples of small cars available for hire are the Hyundai Accent, the Ford Fiesta, and the Ford Focus.

  • Is the weather in Santa Barbara similar to the rest of California?

    Travellers looking to leave from Santa Barbara on a road trip around California or the surrounding areas during the month of January should expect temperatures around 12 °C and about 79.4 mm of possible rain through the month.


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