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* The prices were calculated on 05/29/2023 for a 4 days prepaid rental at Santa Monica/Shore Hotel starting on 06/05/2023. Our prices fluctuate daily and this offer is not guaranteed.

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Rent a car in Santa Monica with Sixt

Rent a car in Santa Monica with Sixt

Get the most out of your time with a car rental in Santa Monica. We offer affordable rates on an extensive selection of up-to-date, leading brand rental vehicles. Whether in the area on business or pleasure our wide range of rental cars can accommodate your mobility needs. No matter if you are looking for a luxury car rental for a weekend getaway or a practical minivan for a group adventure we can cater to your budget and plans. Move about with maximum flexibility and arrange a rental vehicle from our branch on the famous Ocean Avenue, easily accessible from the I-10, I-405 and Highway 1.
At our Santa Monica location we provide a diverse fleet from top manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz among others. Our attractive rates mean you get behind the wheel of a premium SUV, sedan or sports car for less than you might expect. When you go to book your car rental in Santa Monica online you can do a quick price comparison of vehicles on offer during your desired rental period. However, please keep in mind that we can only guarantee you to receive a rental vehicle from your chosen car category as specific models are subject to availability.
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Our Service

On offer for car rental in Santa Monica is an array of compact cars and sedans, as well as spacious SUVs. You can also opt to take in the Southern California sunshine with a convertible rental or cruise the coast in a fun sports car. Whichever model you choose you can tailor it to your trip with our useful add-ons. Stay on track with a GPS and make use of it to find alternative routes to the famous Los Angeles area traffic. An additional driver gives you time away from the wheel and our protection plans can help put your mind at ease. Child seats suitable for babies, toddlers and small children can also be tacked on to your rent a car. If you use the Sixt app you also have the chance to try and reserve the car of your choice 30 minutes prior to pick up.

Other extras:

  • Extended roadside protection
  • Additional driver cover
  • Personal Accident Protection
  • Express Toll Service
Traffic Information & SIXT Tips

Traffic Information & SIXT Tips

Santa Monica is the starting point of Interstate 10, also known as Santa Monica Freeway, and is the western end of the historic Route 66. To the east of Santa Monica I-405 runs to destinations to the north and south and is often called the San Diego Freeway. LAX airport is only seven miles from Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles is reachable in about 25 minutes depending on traffic. You also have access to the scenic Pacific Coast Highway which is a great route for road trips up or down the coast.


Santa Monica was once a quaint city, inhabited by just a few Spanish families during the 18th century. Nowadays it is a cultural hub for creative types and a popular spot for beach goers. Santa Monica is divided into eight distinct neighborhoods that each offer their own set of charms. You can check out the Santa Monica Pier, which was once the longest of its kind. Then head on over to shop the Third Street Promenade or the upscale shops on Montana Avenue. Dining is done along Wilshire Boulevard while Mid-City is home to the arts district. Pico Boulevard gets you to the beach and into downtown LA and there is the interesting antique markets and aviation museum of the Ocean Park Boulevard district. With your rent a car Los Angeles is also well within your reach, making trips to Universal Studios, museums, or the many shopping and dining destinations across the city easy to undertake.
Of course you can venture further field as well when you rent a car in Santa Monica. Drive south on the scenic Highway 1 to spend time on famous California beaches found in the surfs towns like Manhattan and Redondo Beach. Or head north to Pacific Palisades to visit the impressive collection at the beautiful Getty Villa and then continue on to Malibu or drive inland to hit the trails in Topanga Canyon State Park or the Santa Monica Mountains. If you're looking for other ideas, check out the 5 Day Trips from LA in SIXT Magazine.
Sightseeing Destinations

Sightseeing Destinations

One place that cannot be missed is Marina del Rey, a seaside paradise for outdoor activities. Stopover in Fisherman's Village for an afternoon walk amongst the colorful seafront houses and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood. There is also the chance to take a boat tour and catch some glimpses of the wildlife that surrounds the area, like sea lions, birds, and if you're lucky, dolphins!

Distance to Marina del Rey

  • Santa Monica Ocean Avenue: 15 miles, about 25 minutes
Take a ride to Malibu, a city that is both rich in culture and natural beauty. Spend time at Zuma Beach, one of the most beloved because of its long stretches of soft, wide sand. It is also worth exploring Malibu's architectural landmarks with a walk through the historic Adamson House located along the coast of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach Park. Or you can hike the trails in Point Mugu State Park, before watching the sunset and enjoying some local seafood along the Malibu Pier.

Distance Zuma Beach Malibu

  • Santa Monica Ocean Avenue: 20 miles, about 40 minutes
Summer in Santa Monica

Summer in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is the perfect place for a self-care break during the summer. Enjoy a mental refresh at the beach, sample the arts and culture scene at the Santa Monica Pier, or try out the local cuisine at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. If you would like to break a sweat, rent a bike and ride on the beachside path. Rental bikes are available at the Santa Monica Bike Center. Rent a sedan from SIXT to navigate Santa Monica comfortably.
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Good to know when renting in Santa Monica, CA

What's the minimum age to rent a car in Santa Monica, CA?
To rent a car with SIXT in Santa Monica, CA you need to be at least 21 with a valid license. Some car categories have a higher minimum rental age, and an underage driver fee may apply.
Can I modify, extend, or cancel my reservation?
At SIXT you can either pay online or when you pick up your car at Santa Monica, CA.
Can I choose a different drop-off location in Santa Monica, CA?
It is possible to rent a car one way between stations for pick-ups in Santa Monica, CA. A fee may apply.
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Customer reviews & feedback

Based on 345 reviews
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Michal P.
Fast and hassle free rental service
This SIXT is located inside of the hotel directly on the Santa Monica pier. We chooses this option because it was cheaper than the airport rentals. We had a upgrade for our West coast road-trip and it was perfect! Thank you so much.
Kaitlyn P.
Never renting anywhere else in Santa Monica again! The customer service, car selection and location made this such an easy and wonderful experience. Much better than what I’m use to for renting a car.
Marta Z.
Although it was on a Sunday, I didn't have to wait, and the guy at the desk was very kind and helpful. The car was perfect, everything went quick and smooth. Keep up the good work!
Nick T.
Renting a car has always been SUPER stressful for me; long lines and expensive. Well, Sixt in Santa Monica changed all that. We reserved two different cars for two days (to save money on LA's extremely expensive parking) and it was a fantastic experience. We got great cars (even an upgrade for free!) and super simple check in and out procedures. Vanna (who I think was also the manager) was incredible. She was on her own, but did an amazing job even with a line. She took super good care of us and even made sure we got a sweet deal, I was blown away by her professionalism. I always use to use Car2Go, ReachNow, and Maven whenever possible because I have had such bad luck with traditional car rental companies in the past, but Vanna at Sixt changed all that. I am never super brand loyal, but if I have ever have to rent a car again, Sixt will be my choice.
Roderick P.
Customer Service was the best . Heath at the Santa Monica / Shores location is a Rock Star ! The upgrades and car selection also 5 stars.
Steve R.
Great staff, met my needs in a timely and efficient way. Best car rental experience I have ever had! Keep up the great job!
Jeremy J.
Great service at counter. Excellent vehicle selection, good price (2/23) and the office was open on a Sunday. Unfortunately the truck smelled like cigarettes and no one replied to an email asking for this fact to be noted on our account. Overall good experience, will search their inventory next time.
Kattie G.
This branch is awesome! Starting from management to the team! Farzan and Nicole are just the sweetest and continue to always give a great experience. Vehicles are always well maintained and fun to drive! I'm mostly there for the kindness and great customer satisfaction I receive upon arrival and drop off every time. Thank You Nicole and Farzan.
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