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Sunny Santa Monica, California, awaits! This resort town dates back to the early 1900s, and its easy to see why it has had such a lasting appeal. With the thriving Santa Monica Pier, three main shopping districts, and over three miles of beach front, you'll be spoiled for choices on how to spend your visit.

A Smooth Start

Don't wait for public transportation or a taxi to get your vacation started. Find your cheap Santa Monica car rental through us here at Expedia.com before you leave your house. Your ride will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the airport. Choose from multiple national brand when you pick out one of the car rentals in Santa Monica, and secure the best rates for your vacation. As you reserve a car, you can also select necessary add-ons such as a child car seat or a GPS unit. Pick up and drop off of your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are done off-site; shuttles take you to and from nearby rental companies. To find the rental shuttles once you’ve gathered your luggage, look for the purple 'Rental Car Shuttles' sign just outside of baggage claim on the Arrivals Level.

A Memorable Trip

Travelling around Santa Monica and the rest of Los Angeles County will be a breeze in your rental car. Head over to ride the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier, go shopping at the Frank Gehry-designed Santa Monica Place, or take in the stunning sea views at Palisades Park. If you're feeling energetic, tackle your workout at the Santa Monica Stairs, a popular spot for locals to exercise. After a long day of sightseeing, head back to your Santa Monica hotel.

A Smart Choice

After you book your rental car for your time in Santa Monica, use Expedia.com to secure some flight deals, the best discounts on hotels, and specials on vacation packages. We are your one-stop travel shop for Santa Monica, CA and beyond.

FAQs for car rental in Santa Monica

🚗 What’s the best price car rental in Santa Monica?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is $24 in Santa Monica.

🚗 What’s the average car rental price in Santa Monica?

On average, car rentals in Santa Monica are $28.

🚗 Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

🚗 How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

🚗 Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

🚗 How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

🚗 Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Santa Monica?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures that you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

🚗 What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

🚗 Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

🚗 What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

🚗 Where can I find car rentals in Santa Monica?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.