Located near the southern tip of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield, with a population of 380,000, is the largest city in Kern County. It is an important center for agriculture, energy production, mining, and petroleum refining, but it is perhaps best known as a center for the country music genre- -the birthplace of the Bakersfield Sound. Attractions here include the stunningly beautiful Kern River and the trails and hills along the river. Kayaking, rafting and cycling are all popular, as is dining out; Bakersfield has some great cafes and Restaurants.
For those looking to explore the area around Bakersfield, we’ve compared a variety of rental car companies for various factors such as Opening hours, available vehicles, and of course, daily rates. Here are some of our favourite companies.
Bakersfield Airport – Budget
If flying to Bakersfield, you have the option of flying from Meadows Field Airport (located 3 miles north of downtown) (Branch) to rent a car. From there, Hertz, Budget, Avis, and National all offer shuttles to the parking lot Service. Of the four companies, we found Budget to have the largest selection of cars, especially in the economy category. On site, they rent out Ford Focuses and Fiesta’s for under $25 per day. These small, zippy vehicles are perfect for enjoying the rolling hills and beautiful views offered along the Kern River Gorge. If you want to drive deeper into the countryside, then you may want to opt for an SUV like the Ford Edge for $49 per day. Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm.
HERTZ – DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD
Located next to the Greyhound bus stop, in the heart of Bak- ersfield, this particular branch is very popular! . Therefore, we highly recommend booking online or, better yet, calling ahead to inquire about car availability. Customer feedback focuses on the agency’s central location and the friendly and efficient service of the staff. Among their cheap options are some reliable models such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Mitsubishi Mirage, both of which Rentals are approximately $35 per day during the high season. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
WIBLE ORCHARD: Budget.
Whether you just need a small car to commute to work for business or for a family vacation, Budget generally has the cheapest car for daily Prices start at $25 mid-season.This Wible Orchard location is on the Southern Pacific Railroad in Baker. 4.25 miles southwest of downtown Swaffield. If you’re a frequent renter of cars, you should consider signing up for Budget Fastbreak – as a member. All you have to do is show your license, collect your keys, and bypass the line. Checking out your car is just as easy. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday closed.