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Berkeley Car Rentals & Travel Guide

In Berkeley, CA you’ll find brilliant minds, bay views, and all the activities and cultural venues you’d expect from a world-class college town. As with most California cities, you’ll want to grab a rental car in Berkeley for the most efficient transportation between beautiful gardens, popular restaurants, and historical sites. You’ll blend in with road trip-loving Californians as you cruise from the San Francisco Bay to the expansive Tilden Regional Park just east of the Berkeley city limits. Plan for distractions, because the so-called “Athens of the West” also happens to be home to mouthwatering cuisine and unique boutiques. Book your flights to Berkeley via nearby Oakland International Airport (OAK), or fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to explore the West Bay on your way to Berkeley.

Go a Little Berzerkeley

Once you land in Oakland, you’re a 14.5-mile drive from downtown Berkeley hotels, where you can establish a home base in the middle of all the best features in the city. Before you leave the airport for Berkeley, car rental agencies are accessible via a shuttle bus to the rental car center. Shuttles stop for pickup at the fourth curb outside Terminal 2. As you drive north from Oakland on I-880, roll along Telegraph Avenue to enjoy eclectic shops, cheap eats, and a taste of student life. Step back in history with a tour of Thorsen House, built in 1909, or venture even further back in time at the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Come evening, see a concert downtown or head up to Gourmet Ghetto—Berkeley’s foodie central—for dinner and drinks.

Keep Your California Cool

Ready? Go! Take your Berkeley rental car or truck on a day trip to the Siesta Valley Recreational Area or the Redwood Regional Park east of the city limits. When you’re planning your trip, bundle airfare and hotel reservations to save for more California cool with Travelocity.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on Berkeley car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in Berkeley, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.