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Thrifty, San Francisco International Airport Car Rental

Thrifty 2000+ ratings, 18 reviews

San Francisco, California, United States

8.7 / 10 Very Good

Best Price Car Rentals at San Francisco Airport(SFO)

Last updated on: January 29, 2023

Thrifty - San Francisco International Airport Information, Car Rental Instructions & Policies

Store Location

780 MCDONNELL RD

Telephone

8772830898

Pickup from Branch or Car Park & After Hours Pickup

The Thrifty - San Francisco International Airport car rental location is in terminal

Take the light rail Blue Line at the airport and get off at the Car Rental Center , you will see the car rental hall and the car rental counter are gathered here.

Return to the Store, Car Park or Key Box & After Hours Return

Usually, you can see the sign of "Rental Car Return" alongside the road. Follow the instructions and drive your car to designated parking lot and drop off your car.

Opening Hours

Days of WeekSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Opening hours
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00
06:30 -23:00

Deposit

Deposits are depending on which car type your rental car falls into, and can be paid with credit cards(pre-authorization)
Representative Car ModelsDeposit Amount(approx.)Business Days Required for Refund

Applicable to all car types,incl. Compact,Suv,Economy,Mini and others.

Pack up ^
100% of the rental car rate plus USD 20030-60

Accepted Cards

Credit cards issued by the following companies qualify a car rental from this store: UnionPay, Visa, Master, DinersClub, JCB, Discover, AMEX

UnionPay Visa Master DinersClub JCB Discover AMEX

E-voucher

Yes. E-voucher is accepted. Show the digital voucher on your mobile instead of a print-out is good enough.

Driver Age Requirements

20 - 99 years old

Young Driver Fee applies at 20 - 24 years old with charge of USD 29 per day approximately.

Driver's License Requirements

The main driver and any additional drivers will need to provide a physical full driving license in their name with no major endorsements. The license should be held for at least 1-2 year(s).

For foreign renters, you need to bring:

Domestic Driving License + International Driving Permit

Please note that the IDP(International Driving Permit) is only a translation and you must bring your original driver’s license with you.

Domestic Driving License + Official embassy translation in English

Please note that your English translation should be authorized by the embassy.

For local renters, you need to bring:

Full Driving License issued in United States

This option applies to customers with local driving license, please show your local license at pick-up.

Additional Extras

Extras Prices
Extras Prices
Toddler car seat rental
Toddler car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 40-100 lbs /18-45kg (approx. 4 - 11 years)
USD 13.99/day
capped at USD 91
Additional driver fee
Additional driver fee
Note that all drivers must provide their valid documentation.
USD 13/day
GPS rental
GPS rental
Provided by the local stores. Usually, interface and voice are of the local language.
USD 16.99/day
capped at USD 195.86
Infant car seat rental
Infant car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing under 20 lbs /9kg (birth to approx. 1-12 months)
USD 13.99/day
capped at USD 91
Child car seat rental
Child car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 20-40 lbs /9-18kg (approx. 1 - 3 years)‌
USD 13.99/day
capped at USD 98
Child booster seat rental
Child booster seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 40-80 lbs /18-36 kg
USD 13.99/day
capped at USD 91
Tire chains rental
Tire chains rental
Prices and inventory depend on local stores.
USD 18/day

Cross Border

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Depending on which countries to bring the rental cars to, policies differ:
Canada, Mexico
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Travel Restrictions\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Please note, for inbound renters renting in the USA or Canada, proof of return flight tickets are required in order to rent all vehicles. In most cases, vehicles can be driven in any state in the continental United States. The vehicles are not permitted to be taken on ferries or to island locations without prior authorization from Thrifty. Travel is also not permitted via rail. Driving to Canada In most cases, vehicles may be driven across the Canadian border, cross-border fee may apply, please check with the counter. It is recommended to have PERS coverage when using vehicles in cross-border rentals for the US and Canada. Certain cities have an agent message of CHECK 4 DRIVING TO CANADA that displays as a reminder to ask if the customer plans on driving into Canada, check the city directory for any restrictions. The renter must have a valid driver\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s license and rental record to cross the border into Canada. Canadian law does require that everyone entering the country have a passport, so everyone in the vehicle must have the proper identification. Check the renting city for any exceptions and note on the reservation that the car will be taken into Canada by adding the Field Remark: C/F2DRIVING INTO CANADA. Vehicles can be dropped one-way between the U.S. and Canada if so allowed on the reservation.

Cross Islands

To be updated

Excess

To be updated

Fuel Policy (what does it mean)

Full to Full

Free Tank

Distances to Airports | Railway Stations | Hotels | Other Landmarks

Airports

0.7 mi from San Francisco Airport

Railway Stations

1.3 mi from Caltrain - Millbrae Station

Hotels

7.1 mi from Mission Inn

8.2 mi from Bernal Heights Mission Studio

8.3 mi from AMSI Noe Valley/Glen Park (AMSI-SF.NVAR0365)

Other Landmarks

10.2 mi from Mission Dolores

11.2 mi from San Francisco City Hall

12 mi from InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

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Map view of Thrifty Store Location
coordinates: 37.618888 -122.39166

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Guest Reviews

Total points: 8.7 / 10 Very Good

  • Vehicle condition: 9.1
  • Vehicle cleanliness: 9.2
  • Spaciousness: 8.6
  • Counter staff: 7.5
  • Pick-up location: 9.2
  • Drop-off location: 8.8
  • Pick-up time: 10-30 mins
  • Drop-off time: 0-10 mins
  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    8.3 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The category of car booked was not available and had to pay extra
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  • IWS

    San Francisco

    8.3 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    現地の天気が良く、せっかくならばコンパーチブルで走った方が気持ちいいですよ!と進められ、ちょっと高くなりましたが、せっかくなのでとアップグレードをしました。 結果的にめちゃくちゃ快適で、せっかくアメリカ来たのだから、オープンカーでアメリカの太陽と風を感じて走れて楽しかったです。
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  • Adam Tseng

    San Francisco

    8.3 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Thrifty overbooked their rental cars, which caused we waited more 2 hours. The staff solicited me to raise cost to upgrade car & get car soon, otherwise there will be 2 more hours waiting. I provided my phone number to get their notice. After 2 hours waiting by the counter, they did not inform me the car was ready until I approached asked the staff, then he said my car was ready....
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  • S.Ng

    San Francisco

    9.6 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Like: Service staff was friendly and helpful
    Dislike: Waiting time at SF airport car pick up was too long
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  • R.HINOJOSA

    San Francisco

    10 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Like: Good Price, Good car
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  • Q.Wang

    San Francisco

    9.7 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Thrifty didn’t have a hybrid car when I came for pick up. They offered a full size car. I don’t want to wait any longer due to long flight plus time zone difference. The receipt shows a few dollars more than the reservation. I am okay with it. The car is in good condition and very clean. However, when I returned the car, I got a receipt that charged double the reservation amount. The per day rate went up to $45 instead of $30 at reservation. I was in rush catching up the flight, that had no time to argue with Thrift. Very annoyed.
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  • s.temel

    San Francisco

    7.7 /10 Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    In the first check in point staff promised me to upgrade a larger car but although I waited about an hour the garage people couldn’t get are promised car but they gave me the same category SUV. Simply they made me wait an hour but didn’t keep the promised car size
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  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    10 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Every thing was simple and efficient, nice work by staff.
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  • Ern

    San Francisco

    9.7 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    There was no proper queuing system at the Thrifty shuttle pick up point. We had 8 pieces of luggage (inc car seat and pram) and it was impossible for us to get on the shuttle bus that takes us from the Thrifty drop off office to LAX. The buses that came were either full or people have no consideration that we arrived first. We ended up having to call UberXL.
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  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    8 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Was very expensive for the short time we had it is my only complaint
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  • J.Munoz

    San Francisco

    7.7 /10 Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The car was good, but I am waiting for the refund, I didnt receive the whole deposit 200 , only 122
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  • D.Salin

    San Francisco

    7.3 /10 Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Car poorly maintained... Blew tire, Old oil, low oil, smelled of smoke, no acceleration... lousy car maintenance.
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  • A.Patel

    San Francisco

    6.7 /10 Average

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The person at the counter insisted that I had to purchase a full tank of gas, and that it was part of the promotion of getting a Ford Fusion. Easyrentcars did not state that and it was not required, but when I told the staff person I would fill up myself, he insisted that he would have to give me a different car. I kept the Ford Fusion and signed the contract with the added cost of a full tank of gas. Then when I went to get the car at the garage, I asked them about the promotion that required me to purchase the gas, and they were totally dumbfounded. They redid the contract without the gas, but still ended up charging almost $20 more then the price quoted by Easyrentcars.com. i had them re-do the price when I returned it, but the whole process was an attempt by Thrifty to not honor the price that was quoted.
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  • Patmax

    San Francisco

    8.3 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    L’employé m’a embrouillé avec son histoire d’assurance et au final je n’ai pas payé le prix prévu initialement sur votre site. C’est inadmissible comme méthode. Sinon le véhicule était très bien, pas celui prévu au départ mais son équivalent.
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  • T.Hodson

    San Francisco

    9.7 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Excellent car and staff.
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  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    10 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    I needed to extend the rental by a day and when I called in the first agent told me it would triple my rate. I declined as I still had to confirm I needed it and when I called back in they were able to honor the original promo price. Seems a little scammy to me or uninformed agents. Other than that I got a great deal on the car and it was a nice vehicle.
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  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    9.7 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    全般的に満足です。ただ、pick up の際、手続き後に口頭で別のフロアで名前が呼ばれるとのことでしたが、その場で書類をなにも貰わなかったため、待たされた際に手続きが正常に行われているか心配で、配車スタッフに進行状況を尋ねる必要がありました。結局、問題ありませんでしたが。
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  • Anonymous

    San Francisco

    8.7 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Thrifty and Dollar are now the same company so you have to wait double the length of time. They didnt have a mustang as requested so had to then come back to collect this another day.
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