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Car rental at San Luis Obispo County Airport

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Top tips for hiring a car at San Luis Obispo County airport

  • One of the biggest advantages of a car rental at San Luis Obispo County Airport is the mobility. With limited public transportation options available around the city and surrounding areas and everything fairly spread out, renting a car is a fast and cheap way to travel. This lets you get into town, visit California Polytechnic State University and travel out to the beaches without having to rely on public transportation or lug your luggage around. And it's much more affordable than using a taxi.
  • While there are public transportation options available from the airport, taking a bus or shuttle will add time to your journey. The SLO Transit shuttle from the airport to downtown San Luis Obispo runs every hour and takes about 30min to reach the city center. With a San Luis Obispo County Airport car rental on the other hand, the 3.3 miles to downtown can be over in less than 10min. From there it is only 20min to the beach, while a bus would take around an hour.
  • The peak time for flights out of the San Luis Obispo County Airport is early morning. San Luis Obispo County Airport TSA recommends arriving at least 90min before your flight, but if you are returning a rental car, you may need to budget more time accordingly. If you are picking up a car rental at San Luis Obispo County Airport, then expect a rush if you are flying in around noon, as this is also a peak time at the airport.
  • When it comes time to return your car rental at San Luis Obispo County Airport, the process is simple. Just return your rental car to the parking lot where you first picked it up, return the keys to the rental counter and you will be on your way. Some companies make the process even smoother, by offering key drops or after hours returns. In the case of Budget, with their Fastbreak service, you can skip the line completely. All you have to do is record the mileage and fuel level of the car on your rental agreement and leave that in a drop box. A finalized rental agreement will be mailed to you within two days.
  • Book your car hire at San Luis Obispo County airport at least 5 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at San Luis Obispo County airport

  • Where is the location of the rental car center at San Luis Obispo County Airport?

    The San Luis Obispo County Airport rental car center is located by the baggage claim. There you will find a desk with the most internationally recognized companies. Due to the small size of the airport, you can walk to pick up your car and will not require a shuttle. However, some of the smaller rental companies are not located directly in the terminal.

  • What amenities are available at the San Luis Obispo County Airport rental car center?

    The San Luis Obispo County Airport rental car center is small, but offers several amenities to make your time more comfortable. There is some seating available to rest while you wait, an ATM should you need to withdraw money, and a stack of flyers with information on the area.

  • What documents are required to rent a car at San Luis Obispo County Airport?

    In order to rent a car from San Luis Obispo County Airport, the company will ask you to provide your driver’s license (which must include a picture), as well as a major credit or debit card. The minimum age limit to rent a car is 21, though you will be charged extra per day if you are between the ages of 21-24. You will also need to provide proof of your own coverage should you decide to forgo the rental agency’s offered insurance.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at San Luis Obispo County airport?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Luis Obispo County airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hertz.

San Luis Obispo County Airport car rental reviews and directory

Avis

8.1

Very Good

110 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.7

2 locations in San Luis Obispo County Airport

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333 Madonna Road

+1 805 595 1464

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975 Airport Drive, Suite 8

+1 805 544 0630

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Didn’t receive receipt or email of final charges. Also was charged a $200 “deposit” in addition to rental charges. They are supposed to reverse the $200 “deposit” ???

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Pickup was fast, good, well maintained. Car. Paperwork was a minimum. Drop off was during a huge rainstorm at Santa Barbara airport. They were Avis reps outside who took care of just about everything. Couldn't have been better under the circumstances.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great. pickup and drop off 75 feet from luggage pickup.

Cons:

everything was great

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy, but I was overcharged.

Cons:

A cleaner, newer vehicle. The Elantra we received had 61,710 miles on it and was stained.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was grear. Car was an upgrade that was awesome!

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car had a very heavy smell of Fabreze. We needed to open all doors to air it out overnight.

1 out of 19

Budget

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in San Luis Obispo County Airport

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4554 Broad Street

+1 805 541 3977

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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975 Airport Drive, Suite 5

+1 805 541 2722

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Easy and fast

2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
The location given to me by Kayak had been torn down. I had to call the 800 number to find the new office, and when I got there they were already closed. I cancelled the reservation and booked with Enterprise.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Getting the car was fast, no pressure. Same with return. They were ready with paperwork at the airport counter, friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The car was new, only 500 miles and very clean. Ran great. Easy to drive, keyless ignition. Too bad it didn't have automatic unlocking doors on approach. But all else was fine.

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

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Despite having a reservation, they didn't have a car ready for me when I arrived. I had to wait while they prepared the car and it was pretty dirty when I did receive it. As soon as I got into the car, the "needs maintenance" warning showed up on the dashboard.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

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Leticia N. who works at San Luis Obispo Budget at Broad st. was awesome !! She was alone and the place was busy, she got all customers taking care of in a timely and professional manor... Neil Reali

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The price was about the only thing I liked

Cons:

The pick up was a nightmare. I had to cross the highway with a suitcase and no sidewalks. The directions to the pick up weren't clear at all. I walked around forever before I actually found the right building. Then my car wasn't ready. The whole process took an hour and a half.

1 out of 23

Hertz

7.6

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.3

3 locations in San Luis Obispo County Airport

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4554 Broad Street Suite #130

+1 805 781 3385

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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4751 Aviadores Way

+1 805 781 3383

Monday09:00 - 22:00
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975 Airport Drive Ste.06

+1 805 781 3383

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4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2021

KAYAK
United Dropped me in DC and I had to Rent a Car to Drive myself home to VA Beach. I requested a FULL SIZE Car and got a Little KIA. It didn't even have Electric Seats or a Rear Window Wiper. The Driver who took us from Airport to Avis was Very Rude and insisted on playing his Radio Loud even when I explained I needed to Make an Important Phone Call.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

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Staff was wonderful, easy to work with. Excellent experience

4.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

There was no radio No way to hook up my phone to Bluetooth

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Super helpful and friendly staff. Easy drop-off. Very clean and new car. Loved the car!

Cons:

Nothing. It was my first time renting a car and they made it so easy. You will remain my first choice should I need another rental car.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Lady was horrible when I dropped off the car

5.2 Fair

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Customer service on drop off could have been better

1 out of 7

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.0

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.6

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2989 Broad Street

+1 805 546 6270

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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975 Airport Dr

+1 844 942 0338

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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

We had a communication problem, I stated several times that I have my own Insurance, AAA and have additional coverage on my American Express Card. Very disappointed and I assure you that I will tell EVERYONE THAT I know not to use you guys!!!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They helped me out of a jam when Budget failed

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Carpet on drivers side had a worn hole under the gas pedal. Rubber mat would have been good

5.2 Fair

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Didn’t have the truck I reserved.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Enterprise is the worst ever

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff very helpful and friendly

1 out of 6

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

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350 travellers who rented a car in San Luis Obispo County Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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Most popular car type

Intermediate