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Car hire at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

Driver's age: 26-65
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Cheap car hire at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

Kia Rio car
Kia Rio
or similar SMALL
2
2
4-5
M
£25/day
Kia Soul car
Kia Soul
or similar SMALL
4
2
2/4
M
£25/day
Toyota Corolla car
Toyota Corolla
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
2/4
M
£26/day
Volkswagen Jetta car
Volkswagen Jetta
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
2/4
M
£38/day
Toyota Camry car
Toyota Camry
or similar LARGE
5
2
2/4
M
£38/day
RAM Pickup car
RAM Pickup
or similar PICKUPTRUCK
5
5
2/4
M
£46/day
Toyota RAV4 car
Toyota RAV4
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
M
£26/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
5
5
2/4
M
£32/day
Ford Edge car
Ford Edge
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
M
£32/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

  • Car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport (CLD) make it possible for travelers to access some areas that are inaccessible by public means. For instance, if you are a hiking enthusiast, Hidden Valley Trail Palomar Airport Road Trailhead is one of the places you may consider visiting with your rented car from CLD and have an exciting hiking experience. Apart from being able to access areas that are inaccessible using public means, the cost of renting a car is lower than the cumulative cost of using taxis.
  • Hiring a car at CLD is simple as most car hire agencies allow booking through their online portal. When you reserve your car in advance via KAYAK, all that you need to do is to present your documents at the car rentals desk and collect the keys to your vehicle. All the San Diego car rentals, including Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise, have on-site counters.
  • Returning your rentals car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport is easier, with most of the car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar here having flexible return policies. For example, Enterprise and Budget allow drivers to return their cars outside working hours. In such cases, drivers simply park the car, lock its doors, and leave the keys in the agency’s drop box. However, the companies’ usual drop-off hours usually run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
  • You will experience considerable difficulties if you are to pick up or drop off your car at CLD on a weekend or public holiday like Labor Day, marked on September 5. On such days, the airport records a significant rise in the number of people arriving or leaving. This high number reflects at the various car rentals counters. Consequently, you are likely to take longer before getting the keys to your car.
  • Book your car hire at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport

  • What do you require to rent a car at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport?

    You have to be 21 years and above for you to be able to rent a car from any of the car rentals at CLB. While at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport car rentals counter, you have to present two documents. The first document is a valid driver’s license, which has to be valid for the entire rentals period. The second document is a credit card or debit card, which should bear the name of the renter.

  • Where are the car rentals companies at CLD located?

    CLD car rentals is located at 2198 Palomar Airport Rd, which is a short drive from the airport’s terminals. Budget, Avis, Enterprise, and all the major car rentals at the airport avail courtesy shuttles to ferry travelers from the airport to the respective car rental pick-up locations. The courtesy shuttles are located adjacent to the baggage claim area, making it easier for travelers to access them once they have obtained their luggage. The shuttle takes about 10 minutes to arrive at the car rentals facility from the airport. Additionally, if you book Budget or Enterprise at CLD, you will have the privilege of getting a car model of your choice, subject to availability.

  • What amenities are offered at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport rentals car center?

    Special amenities for drivers with reduced mobility, winter car services, and child seats are some of the things you can enjoy at the rentals car center at CLD. Drivers with reduced mobility can access adaptive driving devices such as hand controls and pedal extenders at no extra cost. If you are renting your car during winter, you will have your car fixed with winter tires by the company’s mechanics free of charge. Lastly, all the car rentals at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport can include child seats, infant seats, and booster seats for those who are driving with their kids. These, however, attract a daily fee.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis (£34/day) and Budget (£38/day).

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Budget, and Hertz.

San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport car hire reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.6

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

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Locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

5245 Car Country Dr

+1 760 931 1111

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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6050 Avenida Encinas

+1 760 918 0883

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Great car. Fast efficient friendly service both pick up and drop off.

6.0 Okay

May 2023

KAYAK
The pick up process took a long time. There seemed to only be one person out of the 3-4 working that could get the keys for my car. Drop off was fine. The car also felt old and I was worried about breaking down on the way to Vegas with the hills and heat. I didn’t breakdown but usually cars I’ve rented at other companies the cars were newer or felt newer at least.

7.9 Good

Aug 2021

KAYAK
Watch the signs in Carlsbad several locations closed and they do not tell you when you rent. All locations have been centralized to one in Carlsbad

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.

9.6 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

a bit difficult to find the office, but everything worked out ok. nice to be offered a free upgrade. easy to work with. these folks.

8.0 Very Good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was great. Nissan Altima. Good gas mileage and very smooth ride.

Cons:

Check in Friday night- at first the enterprise employee tried to put me in a mazda miata or an suv. That wasn't what I reserved. Fortunately they had a Nissan Altima which did work but I had to ask for it. And returning the keys on Tuesday morning the employee was late only by 6 minutes but still la

1 out of 1

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.9

One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 2469

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
We reserved the car with kayak and the company didn’t have cars available. I think kayak could’ve done a better job in this transaction. Kayak allowed us to make a reservation with the car company without cars available. Very poor communication and costumer service. The car company was nice to make a phone call to us to tell us they didn’t have cars at their location and couldn’t understand why kayak would allow this.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Rathe was $134 and was changed $356

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!

Cons:

You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Loved the ease of pick and drop off. Really couldn’t be smoother!

2.0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Tires were worn down Car needs alignment, was banking left. Unexplained 200 charges. Unhelpful agents on the counter Nobody ever picks up on Customer care

2.0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
Absolutely horrendous. I have never rented a car before and they gave me little to no information about the return process. When driving to return the car I called customer service for some clarity on what to do and it was awful. The guy didnt answer a single question I had which were pretty straight forward questions. Instead he kept saying “Mhm mhm good question” and rambled on about nothing I asked. I ended up hanging up because I was getting no where. They charged me $685 to rent the car for 2 days. $300 one way fee was tacked on during drop off because I dropped it off at the airport. I was never informed I couldn’t drop it off at another location. I thought it was a chain and they all shared cars. Terrible terrible terrible!! $685 DOLLARS is absolutely unacceptable for a 2 day rental. I would have dropped it off at the same location I got it had I known prior to returning that I had to, but I couldn’t go back once I arrived at the airport because I would have missed my flight back home! I feel completely taken advantage of.

1 out of 3

Avis

6.1

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.2

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2198 Palomar Airport Road

+1 760 931 1393

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great facility.

Cons:

Nothing.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Avis gave me a reservation for 36 days of renting a car at a specific price. Some days after the car was returned, I realized they had split the 36 days into two separate rentals, with a total price increase of $69, about 7.5%, The rental office at McCellan Palomar airport in Carlsbad, CA, has not been helpful. Partly they do not recognize that their charges should simply be equal to their reservation. Partly they do not recognize that a limitation in their billing system (no rentals longer than 31 days) does not entitle Avis to increase its price. Lastly they claim that only Corpoate can adjust the second rental to make the total price equal to the reservation. So now I must chase at another place.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I get there with my reservation and they said they had no car for me. You guys took $44 from me for no reason and I was left with no more options because everywhere else was closing. you guys are horrible

2.0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
No cars!!! I paid $45. for a cab from Cardiff to Palomar for my noon pickup of rental car. NO CARS!!!!!!!!!!! It was a nightmare to be stuck.

1 out of 4

Hertz

5.9

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.0

3 locations in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

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2100 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 930 0123

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2198 Palomar Airport Rd

+1 760 603 8005

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E

+1 760 579 0072

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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9.2 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly but not very helpful.

Cons:

I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.

4.0 Mediocre

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Not enough superlatives.

9.2 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean and late model. Good visibility and safety.

Cons:

Noisy with windows rolled down; took it into the Sierras - pick up on the hills was sluggish.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The rep helping me initially brought me a car that smelled horribly like a wet dog. I brought it to his attention, and he actually said “i don’t smell it”. Quite absurd as the stench was overpowering. He clearly was ‘testing’ to see if he could rent it without shampooing the smell out. I requested a different car and he accommodated me.

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgraded the car with no extra charge, comfortable and service is friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Easy to find location and quick service.always meets your demand...

1 out of 1

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

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McClellan–Palomar Airport

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EZ Van

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One location in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport

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6511 Avenida Encinas

+1 866 735 8267

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Zeeba Rent-A-Van

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4901 El Camino Real Carlsbad, Ca ,charleston,sc,us

+1 800 761 8913

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36 travellers who hired a car in San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.2

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