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Bay Area

Bay Area Car Rental

Rent a car in the Bay Area with SIXT and enjoy a premium car rental experience. The Bay Area's remarkable, hip and diverse cities are in close proximity to the staggering natural beauty of this region's wildlife, peninsulas, bays and headlands. 


Bay Area car rental with Sixt

With the models available in our leading brand fleet you will be traveling in style and comfort on your car rental road trip in the Bay Area. There are six branches in the region, including at all the major airports like San Francisco International Airport. Visit top cities like San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley. Or head further afield to Yosemite National Park or the Muir Woods. No matter where in the Bay Area you would like to go, Sixt has the vehicle to get you there in style.

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On offer with our car rental deals in the Bay is a wide array of up-to-date vehicles. Our diverse fleet allows you to meet your budget and mobility needs. We have both luxury and economy car rental options from top manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Chevrolet and more. Here are some tips on choosing the right rental vehicle your road trip around the Bay Area.

  • Compact cars are a great for navigating densely populated cities and can be easier to park.
  • Sedans are always a good choice for longer distance drives, giving you a comfortable means of travel and ample cargo space.
  • SUVs are perfect for those traveling with friends or for planning outdoor adventures. You will have plenty of space for passengers and gear.
  • Minivans and station wagons are ideal for a family vacation in the Bay Area and some of our car rental branches can even accommodate larger groups with our 12 and 15-seater passenger vans.

To get the best car rental deals in the Bay Area book online in advance. While making your reservation you can further customize your car rental with our useful add-ons and extras. You will be shown what is available to include on the booking page.

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Tips for the Region

The Bay Area is a densely populated coastal region made up of the North, East and South Bay, with San Francisco at its center. Just a short drive with your rental car beyond the many metropolitan areas, and you will find magnificent wildlife in abundance. Rugged headlands, the Pacific Northwest and ancient redwood forests are a habitat for wildlife including hawks, whales and elk. Much of the coastline is rather wild and undeveloped and begs to be explored via a number of nature trails and hikes. There are many excellent road trips from San Francisco you can do in one day with your car rental in the Bay Area. Our favorite is to Pescadero Beach, on the way make sure you stop at Half Moon Bay to take in the incredible ocean views.

  • San Francisco to Pescadero Beach via CA 1-S: 44 miles, about 1 hour
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Important Cities

San Francisco

San Francisco's hilly neighborhoods, innate fabulousness and history of innovation remains undeterred from earthquakes and the dot-com bubble bursts. The weather seems to change as fast as the city evolves, it can be quite warm until a sudden fog rolls along with a sudden chill. Each neighborhood offers a different perspective on the city, from Dogpatch with its art studios and start-ups to Mid-Market with its established high tech firms and up-market eateries. San Francisco is also a city for outdoor activities, whether it's a stroll in Golden Gate Park to take in a foggy vista of the Golden Gate Bridge, surfing on Ocean Beach or the views of the Marin Headlands from Lands End, you always seem to be seeing the city from a different light.

San Jose

The center of Silicon Valley, San Jose has high-tech modernity and the Spanish charm of its origins. It also has many standout museums, such as the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and the San Jose Museum of Modern Art all offering impressive exhibitions. A visit to the Winchester Mystery House, perhaps the most bizarre building in America, is also worthwhile. It is the former home of Sarah Winchester who kept building onto the mansion throughout her life, it became a sort of maze over 4 acres with mysterious dead end hallways and staircases leading to nowhere.


Home to the University of California, Berkeley is an famous college town that has been at the forefront of many of America's progressive political ideals. Most attractions have an educational appeal, from the university's Museum of Paleontology to its Bancroft Library that houses the papers of Mark Twain. Prepare to be enlightened.

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Climate, Cuisine & Travel with Children


With dry summers and mild wet winters, the coast has a warm summer Mediterranean climate. San Francisco is famous for its heavy fog that can roll in off the Pacific very quickly and catch you off guard, especially in the summer months.


The Bay Area is known for its excellent seafood, in particular dressed crab and the bay shrimp. The city%u2019s access to fresh and plentiful produce has been inspirational for many chefs and the city is renowned for its restaurants and culinary innovations. It is also home to great Mexican food eateries where you can fill up on cheap burritos and tacos.

Traveling with Children

There is a fantastic array of outdoor activities for children in the Bay Area. Try a hike at the Marin Headlands or a picnic in Golden Gate Park. There is often a good breeze on the coast creating the perfect conditions for kite flying. Many museums in the region are specifically tailored to children including the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, the Children's Creativity Museum and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which offers family activities.

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Why rent with Sixt?

Why rent with Sixt?
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Premium fleet of german cars
  • Car rental made quick and easy
  • Unlimited miles on standard vehicles
  • Free cancellation when you pay on arrival
  • Friendly 24/7 customer service

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