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Car Hire in San Francisco

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Car Hire in San Francisco

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Booking car hires with Skyscanner is the best way to see the tall buildings in San Francisco in California, United States. Aside from buildings it has the Ocean Beach, a good place for relaxation. Whether going to Chinatown or the beaches, Skyscanner will give you the best deals.

Where to hire a car in San Francisco

Renting a car is really useful in exploring the city and the countryside. There are four car rental companies serving San Francisco. These include Argus Car Hire, Expedia, Holiday Autos, and rentalcars.com. These companies have a lot of vehicles to choose from such as Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Fullsize, and Premium. You can also choose among the following: two-door vehicles, four-door vehicles, people carrier, sports utility vehicle, and convertible. Automatic cars can also be requested.

What to expect when hiring a car from San Francisco

Motorists should brace themselves for mild traffic at the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, you can use roads along CA-1, 19th Avenue, or US-101 on Lombard and Van Ness.

There are many steep hills in San Francisco. Motorists should drive carefully on Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth since it leads into a steep hill with eight turns. Large vehicles like trucks and sports utility vehicles are strongly discouraged to pass through this road, which is known as “The Most Crooked Street in the World”. Drivers should take extra caution when passing these areas. Be sure to use the handbrake and turn your wheels against the curb when parking on a hill. It is worthy to note that the tires of vehicles that are facing uphill should be stirred against the curb. Those who will not follow this will be apprehended.

Aside from this, there are many one-way streets in San Francisco that can be very confusing especially to first timers. Be sure to bring a comprehensive map or might as well consider renting a car with a navigator. When uncertainty arises, you can always consult a local about directions rather than the map alone. In San Francisco, the streets have numbers and the avenues are in alphabetical order. It starts with Anza and ends with Yorba. When asking a local for an address, travellers should consider saying the name of the street and the avenue alone, dropping the words “street” and “avenue” since they spell confusion.

Getting to your destination

With car hires, there are many destinations you can reach in San Francisco, even areas not accessed by public transportation.

Chinatown
Those who are fans of Chinese cuisine should go to Chinatown in San Francisco to savour authentic Chinese noodles and dumplings. You can also buy tea or herbs in some of the shops in Chinatown.

From central San Francisco, the travel time to Chinatown is around 11 minutes via Franklin St and Bush St. You can also take Clay St or Larkin St.

Ocean Beach
After swimming on the beach, travellers can go to nearby restaurants like Cliff House and visit the windmills by foot at Lincoln.

The distance from the city centre to Ocean Beach about six to 12 miles depending on the route that you will take. The quickest route to Ocean Beach is via Turk St and Fulton St.

Golden Gate Bridge
This is the most famous landmark in San Francisco, California and one of the most popular bridges in the world. It is always featured in movies and is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Be sure not to miss this place!

The travel time from the San Francisco city centre to the Golden Gate Bridge is about 18 to 20 minutes. You can reach the bridge via US-101.

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