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Green Motion car rental San Diego Airport California

San Diego Airport

Green Motion car hire at San Diego is quick and easy to locate.

Our rental station is conveniently based within the airport's car rental center.

After your arrival at San Diego Airport take the free shuttle bus to the rent-a-car center. 

Should you require any assistance, please call Green Motion Reservations Department on +44 (0) 2071864000.

To make a car hire booking at San Diego International Airport in California, USA, simply click on the 'get a quote now' button to enjoy our great service and competitive car hire deals while you do your bit for the environment.

Contact San Diego Airport

San Diego International Airport
Rental Car Center
3355 Admiral Boland Way
San Diego
CA 92101

Opening hours

  • Sunday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Monday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Tuesday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Wednesday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Thursday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Friday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Saturday: 06:00 to 23:59
  • Bank Holiday: 06:00 to 23:59

Further information to help with your car rental from San Diego International Airport

After you collect your hire car from Green Motion San Diego International Airport, we are sure that you will be eager to get on the road and explore the busy and popular city.

If this is your first time visiting San Diego, a crucial point to remember is that you must drive on the right hand side of the road. Also to ensure that you get to your chosen destination without delay or tension, we recommend that you consider hiring a SatNav (GPS).

Enjoy your car hire in San Diego

If this is your first time driving a car in San Diego, our best advice is to take your time. As mentioned, remember to drive on the right. We would also recommend for your own peace of mind to hire a GPS to ensure you can easily navigate around the city (ask at the rental counter for details).

While it may only take you half an hour to get to the airport, you should factor in congested roads and finding a parking space.

Depending on what you are used to, freeways in San Diego (and the rest of the US) are big and congested. Speed limits for freeways vary from 60 to 70 mph and residential areas are 30 mph. There are also several toll roads around San Diego but you will be fine as long as you keep some spare cash with you. For your own safety it is important that you obey local speed and traffic restrictions.

Just in case there’s a huge accident up ahead or a road is unexpectedly closed, be sure that you know a different route to take. Often, taking side streets than sitting for hours on the freeway is the best plan of action!

While San Diego, California isn’t known for its ice and snow, it’s best to be cautious and check the weather forecast in case a freak storm (hint, El Nino), is expected to alter driving conditions.

In an emergency, USA Emergency Services can be contacted by calling 911 for the police, fire brigade and ambulance or alternatively you can contact the police for a non-emergency on 311.

For further advice and information on hiring a car at San Diego International Airport and enjoying some of the best car hire deals that are on offer, remember to get a car hire quote from Alternatively you can contact Green Motion's Central Reservation team by calling +44 (0) 2071864000.

Green Motion San Diego are looking forward to meeting your car hire needs in California.

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For any assistance please contact Central Reservations on +44 (0) 2071864000 or

How can I contact Green Motion San Diego Airport?

Green Motion San Diego Airport is opening soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact our Reservations Department on +44 (0) 2071864000 or email us at

What personal identification do I need to hire a car?

If you book directly through a full list of our terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.

Mandatory documentation will include:

  1. A full driving license (noting that some exclusions do apply)
  2. A valid passport
  3. A valid credit card in the driver’s name (noting that in most cases debit and prepaid cards are not accepted)
  4. A booking voucher from either or alternatively from one of Green Motion’s supplied partners
Can I reserve a vehicle and pay for it if I am not the person who will be picking it up and driving it?

There is no restriction on who can pay for the rental however on arrival at the renal station the credit card used for the deposit must be in the name of the main driver. The credit card used for the deposit will not be accepted if it is in the additional driver’s name.

Can I make amendments to my booking?

Yes, this is possible. If you booked through our website please contact our reservations team on however there is no guarantee that we will be able to amend your booking but we will try our best to help.

Can I check Green Motion’s car hire rates without placing a booking?

Yes, you can enter your booking requirements (location, dates, vehicle type etc.) on our website here and you will be automatically directed to our booking options and rates. However, please be advised that our rates may change.

Can I book additional extras or equipment?

Yes, you can book additional extras or equipment through our online booking process. You can reserve a child seat, baby seat, additional driver and GPS (SatNav). Some additional options can also be booked at the Green Motion rental branch. These additional options will be pay on arrival

​Do I need to leave a deposit when renting my car?

Yes, in all cases the main driver will be required to leave a deposit which will be taken by the method of pre-authorisation from the credit card presented. The level of pre-authorisation taken is dependent on the type of insurance purchased and the agreed excess. Typically the level of pre-authorisation required will mirror the level of agreed excess. In the cases where the hirer has selected a zero excess option, a small deposit / pre-authorisation will be required to cover any traffic violations including parking and speeding offences that may occur while the hire vehicle is in the custody of the hirer.

We would ask you to note that all pre-authorisation’s are released on the completion of the hire following a satisfactory review of the vehicle and its condition noting that any damaged caused to the vehicle while out on hire will be subject to cost with the relevant amount being removed from the pre-authorisation.

Typical deposits / pre-authorisations can range from £150 GBP to £1500 GBP dependent on the car type, age and driving experience of the driver and agreed excess.

​Can I reduce my excess?

Green Motion San Diego Airport offers their rental customers the opportunity to reduce their excess by purchasing one of our excess reduction packages. Each package provides different benefits ranging from reduction in excess to zero excess. Please ask at the rental counter for more information.

​Which payment and debit cards does Green Motion accept?

In most cases, each Green Motion location will accept most major credit cards including Visa and MasterCard and in some cases, American Express may be accepted.

In relation to debit cards (Visa), these are typically accepted for the payment of rentals but unfortunately we cannot secure a deposit / pre-authorisation using a debit card and as such require a valid credit card for the pre-authorisation of the deposit. In addition we are unable to accept cash either for the payment of the rental or for the security deposit.

We would ask you to note that in the event that we are unable to guarantee funds relating to the security deposit on your credit card we will be unable to rent a vehicle to you.

​How long do I wait for the release of a deposit / pre-authorisation?

Green Motion San Diego Airport does not hold the pre-authorisation / deposit in our bank accounts. The pre-authorisation is a block of the agreed amount held against the credit card presented by the issuing bank. As soon as the vehicle has returned and we are happy with the condition of the vehicle, we action a release of the pre-authorisation.

The time taken by the issuing bank to release the pre-authorisation on the credit card varies immensely dependent on the bank and the country of issue. Typically, most pre-authorisations / deposits are released within 5 – 14 days from the return of the rental car.

In the event that you feel a pre-authorisation has not been released with the prescribed time frame it will be necessary for you to make direct contact with the issuing bank as Green Motion San Diego Airport has no jurisdiction in this matter.

​Is roadside assistance included with my rental car?

In most cases, Green Motion San Diego Airport offers full roadside assistance and recovery within the cost of renting a vehicle. Further information on roadside assistance is available at the counter prior to renting.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

In the event that your flight is delayed, please endeavour to contact Green Motion San Diego Airport. In most cases, we monitor inbound flight information and as such we will reserve your car until you arrive for up to 2 hours from the original pick up time. It is important that you make direct contact with the branch if you feel that your delay will exceed 2 hours to avoid us treating the rental as a “no show” and us reselling the rental car.

​What happens if I arrive at the rental office outside office hours?

In the event that we receive no notification that your arrival has been delayed there is little we can do to facilitate your rental once the rental office is closed. In the event that we have received contact notifying us of your delay, you will be advised whether or not we can accommodate your late arrival and whether or not it will attract any out of hours or late fees.

What do I do if I have a complaint about Green Motion San Diego Airport?

Green Motion takes customer service extremely seriously and we want you to get the best out of your car hire experience. In the event of our service has proven unsatisfactory, in the first instance you can contact our location directly at Alternatively if we have been unable to satisfy you, you have the opportunity to take your complaint directly with Green Motion at

Discover San Diego

San Diego is all about the outdoors!

  • Language: English is the predominant language with Spanish the second most widely spoken
  • Currency: The US Dollar ($)
  • Credit Cards and Banks: Credit cards widely accepted, including AMEX. Public ATMs also located within most stores.

San Diego within California is known for it's year-round mild temperatures, sandy beaches and natural harbour.

We'd recommend spending some time on the water, whether that be splashing around the beach or even going snorkelling or whale watching!

Or you can take some time to indulge in San Diego's many shopping districts, there are luxury malls, outdoor malls, indoor malls, outlets, boutiques and many more! You will certainly be spoilt for choice.

  • San Diego Zoo & Balboa Park: Learn about the history of San Diego at the museums in Balboa Park or visit the animals at the San Diego Zoo.
  • Craft Breweries: San Diego is quickly becoming the Napa Valley of craft beer. Visit popular breweries like Stone Brewery World Bistro & Gardens for small batch brews and tasty eats.
  • Beach Cities: Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach each offer a unique beach scene. Check out each beach for fun cafes, great shopping and San Diego sunshine!
  • Beach Horseback Riding : Don’t miss an opportunity to go horseback riding with Happy Trails on one of the only horse-friendly beaches in the entire state of California.
  • Gaslamp Quarter: Gaslamp is home to San Diego nightlife. Grab a glass of wine at Vin de Syrah Wine Parlor, gather your friends for adult bowling at TVRN+Bowl or head to Fluxx for one of the biggest club scenes in the city.
  • La Jolla: Spend your afternoon hiking Torrey Pines, paraglide or hang glide off the cliffs at the Glider Port or kayak the La Jolla coves.
  • Coronado Island: Cross the famous Coronado bridge over to San Diego’s resort island. Visit the Hotel del Coronado for incredible dining and take a stroll through the cute island town.
  • Seaport Village: Visit the shops, galleries, and eateries on waterfront property at Seaport Village. Check out the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India, or rent your own sailboat for a day in the harbor!
  • Swim with Otters: For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, visit Nurtured by Nature and swim with otters! This non-profit organization provides fun animal encounters for tourists and children with special needs.

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