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Frequently asked questions

How much is a rental car per day in Santa Cruz?
The daily price of rental cars in Santa Cruz within the past seven days was as low as $28. With your own affordable ride, the attractions in and around this destination are well within your reach.
Can I rent a car from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC)?
With Enterprise and National Car Rental just a short distance from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), getting off the plane and hitting the open road is a breeze.
What happens if I need to cancel my Santa Cruz car reservation?
Subject to the rental agreement, you could be eligible for a refund. Many rentals give a complete refund if you advise us six hours in advance of picking up the car. Still have some questions? If you can’t find the answer in your confirmation, our Customer Service Portal is always accessible.
What types of cars can I rent in Santa Cruz?
The majority of visitors choose to rent economy vehicles in Santa Cruz. Drivers love them because they’re easy on the budget. Plus, their smaller size makes them ideal for navigating cities, where streets are busy and parking can be challenging. But economy isn’t your only option. SUVs, full-size cars and compacts are also among our rental range. Whether you’re hanging around Santa Cruz or headed beyond, we’ll have a ride that fits your needs.
Where can I go on a road trip from Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz is full of surprises, but don’t limit yourself to one place. Arrange a set of wheels and hit the road to explore the surrounding area. We’ve pulled together these great options:

  • You’ll discover Pier 39 and countless other interesting attractions in San Francisco. From Santa Cruz, it’s approximately 60 mi away.
  • Why not check out the best of Palo Alto too? Top tourist attractions in this vibrant city include Stanford University. Palo Alto is around 35 mi from Santa Cruz.
  • Visit Glacier Point to discover some local nature. Pack a picnic to enjoy or just relax and unwind. From Santa Cruz, it’s around 140 mi away.

Why should I rent a Santa Cruz car with Expedia?
With loads of experience finding the best prices for adventurers around the globe, Expedia is the perfect place to rent your next car. We have suppliers in Santa Cruz to select from, offering everything from small and zippy models to roomy SUVs. Why not combine your car with your hotel and flights and save more? From our vacation packages to our member prices and exclusive offers, Expedia will get you on the road for less.
How do I find the best car rental deals in Santa Cruz with Expedia?
It’s easy to track down an amazing deal with Expedia. All you have to do is choose the car class, select your dates and preferred pickup and drop-off points, and browse offers from all the popular providers. Make even bigger savings when you combine your Santa Cruz car rental with flight or hotel bookings.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Santa Cruz?
You’ll need to be 21 and over to jump behind the wheel of a rental vehicle in Santa Cruz. Take note that young drivers may be restricted to renting from a few car classes, such as economy, compact and medium size. Higher age limits usually apply for larger and luxury vehicles. Most suppliers will also charge a fee for young renters. Check the rules before booking and factor any extra fees into your budget.
What do you need to rent a car in Santa Cruz?
Most of the time, all you’ll need is a driver’s license and credit card in your name when collecting the keys to your vehicle. You may also need your own proof of coverage if you’d like to opt out of the company’s insurance plan. Requirements are likely to differ between rental outlets, so be sure to read the fine print.
What is the cheapest car rental in Santa Cruz?
The lowest car rental price in Santa Cruz within the past seven days was $28 per day. The second best deal snapped up by thrifty travelers was $40. These rates were available on Expedia, with a rental starting date within the next year. Prices and availability are subject to change and additional terms apply.
Can I rent a car for a month or longer in Santa Cruz?
Yes, so you won’t have to rebook a rental car in the middle of your vacation. Check out our long-term car rental deals page, enter your travel dates and secure a ride that’s all yours for the length of your escape.
Where can I find a Santa Cruz car rental if I am younger than 25?
This will depend on the car rental companies operating in Santa Cruz. They often have different policies when it comes to minimum ages. If you’ve found an outlet that does cater to drivers under the age of 25, bear in mind that extra costs may apply. Do some research into what those charges could be before booking your rental.
What insurance should I choose for my car rental in Santa Cruz?
Start your road trip on the right foot by choosing Expedia’s collision damage protection. While there are all kinds of rental car insurance, this is one you should have. It provides primary coverage for collision damage, vandalism and theft up to $35,000, as well as 24-hour emergency assistance. Don’t wait until you reach the rental counter to insure your wheels. Opt in to collision protection while booking your Santa Cruz ride with Expedia and save money and time.

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Renting a car in Santa Cruz

Pay at pickup is available, so you don’t have to worry about spending your money until you arrive at your vehicle in Santa Cruz. We partner with reliable partners that guarantee an enjoyable experience for solo travelers, couples, and families. Package your car with a flight or hotel to unlock even more savings from Expedia.

Expected prices in Santa Cruz

Prices are subject to seasonal change depending on when you decide to arrange your car rental but right now you can book from $28.

Flexibility & Cancellation

Most car suppliers offer penalty-free cancellations, so you don’t have to worry about losing money if your plans change. To cancel your booking log into your account through the Trips portal. Click manage booking and cancel this car. If you needed to alter your booking, then you can create a new one once you have canceled.

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