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An Unforgettable Adventure Awaits – Hire a Car for Your Los Angeles Visit

Los Angeles moves to a distinct rhythm. Cityscape views slide into ocean vistas as you travel down Rodeo Drive and into the bustling, thriving modern Los Angeles. A 30-minute drive from the city centre takes you to the iconic stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where fans across the globe gather to celebrate their favourite entertainers. Beyond the traditional sights of Tinseltown, you can also visit some natural wonders. Drive an hour down the I-10W to reach Malibu Beach where indigo-blue waves break endlessly against stunning white sands.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the bright lights of Hollywood or to explore the sun and the sand in Malibu, we offer affordable pricing for your Los Angeles car hire. We have compact cars for a couples day trip to the beach, as well as larger SUVs for a family trip up to Hollywood.

Hit the Road in Los Angeles with Hire Car Options

The best way to see all that Los Angeles has to offer is by hiring a vehicle for your trip. We recommend booking at least a month in advance if you plan on booking a particular option. For example, if you’re going on an off-road adventure to explore the hills of Los Angeles County, book that rugged high-performance vehicle early in your planning phases.

You’ll discover a number of great car hire options when you fly into Los Angeles International Airport. The major companies offering cars directly at LAX include the following:

  • Enterprise
  • Budget
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty

Driving in Los Angeles offers the opportunity to explore the sites that have dominated our culture for decades. The city is large, covering 50 miles between East L.A. and the beaches to the west.

If you’re staying in the city of Los Angeles and wish to visit Hollywood for the day, you can often reduce your driving time by taking the Santa Monica Boulevard through Beverly Hills before heading north into Hollywood. If you have a little more time to explore, Sunset Boulevard can give you and your passengers a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of modern Los Angeles. Taking Sunset Boulevard to Hollywood, you’ll have the opportunity to meander through iconic Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

Remember the following driving rules for your L.A. trip:

  • Most L.A. freeways have HOV lanes, and the number of occupants required in the vehicle to use the HOV lane is marked at the lane’s entrance.
  • It’s illegal to talk on a mobile phone in California without using a hands-free device.
  • There are large fines for littering from your vehicle in California.
  • Most parking meters in Los Angeles take credit cards.
  • There is no stopping, parking or waiting on a red kerb.

Taking in Every Moment Across Los Angeles

Beyond Hollywood and the beach at Malibu, Los Angeles offers a dazzling range of entertainment options for the entire family. From the city centre, you can drive north via Western Canyon Road to the Griffith Observatory, where you can take in captivating night-time views of Los Angeles. Inside the observatory, kids and adults alike will love exploring the planetarium. Or for that once-in-a-lifetime day trip, you can load up your hire car for a 30-minute drive south of Los Angeles down the I-5 to iconic Disneyland Park.

Los Angeles offers a number of convenient locations for dropping off and picking up hire cars. There’s Avis Car Rental at 888 S. Figueroa Street, and there’s the Enterprise Car Center at 1944 S Figueroa Street. Sixt Rent A Car also has a location at 990 W 8th Street, in close proximity to hotels in the city centre.

Your Los Angeles Driving Questions Answered

What will I need to hire a car in Los Angeles?

Every care hire company requires you to produce your drivers’ insurance. It’s generally less expensive to purchase insurance in advance through the company than it is when picking up the car.

Can I hire a car in Los Angeles if I’m not 21?

Generally, Los Angeles car hire companies will not rent a car to a person under the age of 21. If you are under the age of 25, you may also be charged an under-aged driver’s fee.

Can I rent a child’s seat through the car hire company?

While you can rent a child’s seat with the company, you will need to take responsibility for the installation of the seat.

FAQs for car hire in Los Angeles

What’s the best price car rental in Los Angeles?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Los Angeles.

What’s the average car rental price in Los Angeles?

On average, car rentals in Los Angeles are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Los Angeles?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Los Angeles?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.