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Car hire in San Diego

Like all Californian cities, San Diego is a sprawling metropolis which is easier to navigate by car. Car hire allows you to travel in style around the stunning coastline, cruise around Downtown or drive up to surf haven, Carlsbad.

Hire a car on San Diego holidays to explore its fantastic beaches, colonial-era old town and buzzing urban quarters at your own pace. Venture inland for breathtaking desert landscapes or soak up the rays in sun-drenched Palm Springs. Take in the sights of the Joshua Tree National Park, or head over the Mexican border to rowdy Tijuana. Feel the wind in your hair and discover all that Southern California has to offer.

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 Diego.

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

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs.

Take in glorious mountain scenery as you drive to beautiful Palm Springs. With the majestic San Jacinto mountains as its backdrop, the city is a world-famous spot for golf and resort style hotels. Be sure to stay a couple of nights and go on a desert jeep tour to watch the sky catch alight for sunrise or sunset. Or simply relax and soak up the year-round sunshine. Wander the palm tree-lined streets and browse its boutiques. Ride the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto for incredible views.

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After recent winter storms affecting the California Coast, Highway 1 in Monterey County has been closed until further notice from Palo Colorado (15 miles North of Big Sur) to Ragged Point. Motorists are being advised to use an alternative route.

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Why BA car hire?

Book your car hire 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

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