Why BA car hire?

Book your car rental with British Airways - in partnership with Avis - and enjoy these great benefits:

  • Great rates and flexibility
  • Combine your flight with a car and save
  • Convenient and extensive choice of locations
  • Earn Avios on every rental
  • All mandatory charges included
  • 24 hour customer support
  • Free additional driver for Executive Club members
  • Join Avis Preferred at no extra charge and beat the queues with faster pick up

Car hire in San Francisco

British Airways car hire, in partnership with Avis, includes all of the mandatory charges that you'll need to drive away your car in San Francisco.

  • Unlimited mileage
  • 24-hour customer support and roadside assistance
  • Collect Avios on every rental
  • Free additional driver for Executive Club members worldwide

Fly-drive holidays in San Francisco give you the freedom to explore California at your own pace. Create a road trip itinerary and explore the surrounding areas or drive along Highway 1, adding Los Angeles and San Diego to your break.

Our car hire, in partnership with Avis, provides you with great rates and an extensive choice of depot locations. Choose a car that suits your holiday type, from a sleek convertible to a practical people carrier. Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and visit the award-winning vineyards of Napa Valley, the stunning scenery will take your breath away.

Fly-drive itineraries we recommend from San Francisco

Hire a car and plan a fantastic road trip

San Francisco to Los Angeles, via Pacific Coast Highway

Spend three nights in San Francisco, followed by a week exploring the Pacific Coast. Enjoy the scenic drive through the artichoke fields and rolling sand dunes of Monterey, followed by the dramatic shoreline of Pebble Beach. Stay here for rich history and world-class golfing. Travel along the craggy coastline of Carmel, stopping at Pismo Beach for its golden sands, wineries and spectacular sunsets. Then go on to Santa Barbara, known as the American Riviera, before arriving at Los Angeles.

San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA

These three cities can be easily combined to create the ultimate West Coast road trip. Explore the sights of San Francisco, absorbing the culture, history and underlying art influence of this diverse city. Then drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles, stopping at Monterey and Santa Barbara on the way. Spend a few days sightseeing and beach hopping around LA, before heading off to the bright lights of Las Vegas, where the entertainment never stops.

Day trip to Sonoma

Enjoy a trip to California’s wine country, easily accessible from San Francisco. Take in the sights as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge and drive through beautiful redwood territory, before exploring the rolling vineyards. Nominate a designated driver and spend the day wine tasting in Napa Valley, taking in the magnificent coastline and spectacular scenery that provides the backdrop for Sonoma’s award-winning wineries. Don’t forget to bring a bottle or two back with you to share back at home.

San Diego.

Take a trip down the coast to San Diego, where you will find some of the best beaches in southern California. Head down through San Jose to join the Pacific Coast Highway toward Los Angeles. This is a long trip, so sit back, put on some driving music and prepare to see some spectacular sights in this wonderful region. Before you get to San Diego, head over to La Jolla for some brilliant surfing and beautiful beaches.

Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

North-east of San Francisco is the city of Sacramento, the Californian state capital. Sacramento is a charming city, with grand old architecture and historical sights, and even a working old town. Old Sacramento is a unique historic park, where the past is brought to life – a must-see for kids and history buffs. Nearby Lake Tahoe is a stunning retreat from the city, an alpine lake offering skiing in the winter and water sports in the summer months. The surrounding mountains will take your breath away.

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