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Key facts for hiring a car in San Francisco

  • Car hire locations

    There are 28 locations to hire a car from in San Francisco and the most popular is San Francisco Airport.

  • Average temperatures

    Hottest month: July (14°C)

    Coldest month: January (10°C)

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    Riding a traditional cable car.

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Hire a car in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most progressive and trendsetting cities in the USA.

Constantly reinventing itself, the city has a dynamic energy that will change before your eyes. As a culturally eclectic melting pot and the heart of the virtual world, San Francisco will inspire you to push the boundaries of tradition.

Plus, its 43 signature hills, spectacular landmarks and natural surroundings make it a visually dramatic destination.

Local knowledge

Street art

San Francisco is one of the top three cities in the U.S. for street art, and the Mission District exhibits nearly 500 murals alone – the largest concentration of street art in the world.

The edgy district is a lively outdoor museum, revealing the city’s commitment to free expression through vibrant strokes of paint. Here are a couple of key sites in the area to you won’t want to miss.

Clarion Alley
Founded in 1992, the Clarion Alley Mural Project is the first notable stop to make. Its modern artworks are often politically motivated, illustrating some of the city’s most controversial issues, such as inequality and affordable housing.

Balmy Alley
A collection of works covers every surface available between 24th and 25th streets. Over 30 artists have decorated the space since the 1980s, making it the oldest mural project in San Francisco. There are tributes to artists as well as significant activists.

The districts

Castro District
Also known as the LGBTQ “capital of the world,” trendy shops reflect the neighbourhood’s stylistic zeal. At the area’s core is the famous Castro Theatre, a historic landmark showcasing independent films.

Chinatown
One of the nation’s largest Chinatowns. It has evolved into a tourist haven, overloading visitors with an array of sights, sounds and smells.

Fillmore
The area gained its fame for revitalising San Francisco’s music scene. Neighbouring Japantown, a walk down Fillmore Street will take you past The Fillmore, an acclaimed headquarters for musical performances.

Japantown
The foundation of Japanese American culture and the oldest of the three Japantowns remaining in the U.S. today. There is no shortage of green tea, noodle bars, and sushi ready to be served.

Nob Hill
Centred on one of San Francisco’s seven original hills, the district holds the reputation of being one of the city’s swankiest neighbourhoods. Ritzy hotels cast shadows over the vintage barber shops, chic cafes and the newest nightclubs.

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Helpful advice

Points of interest near San Francisco

  • Muir Woods – 27km

    The ideal spot for a woodland escape in a breathtaking forest just across the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Pescadero Beach – 82km

    The perfect city getaway, perfect for enjoying the California sun and sand.

  • Napa Valley – 92km

    The heart of wine country, fantastic for vineyard tours and gourmet dining.

  • Sacramento  – 115km

    The capital of California, this city has a rich history dating back to the Gold Rush.

  • Eldorado National Forest  – 234km

    A vast wilderness of unforgettable views.

  • Yosemite National Park  – 268km

    Beautiful forest brimming with hiking trails, campgrounds and picnic areas.