Car Rental Sacramento
Sacramento’s pioneer spirit is very much intact, and that sense of adventure is infectious. The best thing you can do is pile into the car and explore: once you’ve seen the sights of the city, Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe are all within easy reach.
Cheap Car Rentals in Sacramento
Like many major cities, most of Sacramento’s rental car options are clustered around the airport. That’s probably the most convenient option for most travelers, though it’s not always the cheapest. Comparison shopping is always your best bet, especially in such a competitive market.
Sacramento International has a dedicated “Rental Car Terminal” with seven agencies on site: Avis, Advantage Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, and [National](http://www.skyscanner.com/car-rental-with/naus/car-rental-with-national.html. A rental car shuttle serving all on-airport companies leaves both terminals approximately every ten minutes. There are a further four agencies which will pick you up from the airport: Advance Rent a Car, Dollar, Payless, and Thrifty.
Avis, Budget, [Hertz](http://www.skyscanner.com/car-rental-with/hert/car-rental-with-hertz.html, and National all have vehicles for people with disabilities, available at the airport: reservations must be made at least 48 to 72 hours in advance for equipped vehicles.
More Sacramento Rental Cars: Additional Options
When it comes to cheap car rentals, Sacramento off-airport locations may be able to save you money by avoiding airport taxes and fees. It’s worth your time to research rates, as they may be substantially different at two locations for the same company.
There are three Sacramento rental car offices within a 15 to 20 minute walk of Sacramento Train Station, though several companies will pick you up there if you prefer. The three nearest companies are Enterprise at 1409 16th St, Hertz at 1025 16th St, and Avis, located at 901 16th St.
Driving in Sacramento: What You Can Expect
Rush hours in Sacramento are generally 6am to 9:30am and then from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. You can expect to find serious slowdowns on I-80. Downtown Sacramento is home to a lot of one way streets, which can be confusing for visitors. Preview your route if possible, and failing that, pay attention to which direction the cars are parked.
Parking: The Perfect Place to Stash Your Rental Car in Sacramento
Sacramento has comprehensive information on their website regarding parking, including maps and lists of city-run lots, garages, and metered parking. There are also plenty of privately owned options, though prices can vary quite a bit by location, so do your research.
As you might expect from a place peppered with startups, there are plenty of parking apps to help you find a spot in Sacramento. Most notably, the city itself has partnered with ParkMobile, which lets you find and pay for single-space metered parking with your phone.
Make the Most of your Time in Sacramento: Rent a Car!
As California’s oldest incorporated city, Sacramento is packed with historical remnants of the pioneer and gold-rush eras. Pay a visit to Sutter’s Fort, where reenactors in period garb bring bygone days back to life, and learn about the area’s first inhabitants next door at the State Indian Museum.
Old Sacramento is a part of town brimming with fun artifacts, including the Railroad Museum (which offers steam train rides!) and the History Museum. If you want to look to the future, the Discovery Museum Science and Space center is just the ticket. Raging Waters Sacramento is a great waterpark for the whole family, with over 25 rides and features.