San Jose (California)

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in San Jose?

Do you need a car in San Jose > Should you rent a car in San Jose USA > San Jose ( SJC )

We trust that you know the way to San Jose, which has become more and more accessible over the years as scheduled air service has expanded, now to include daily flights from London.

However, many visitors will still want to reach Silicon Valley by flying into San Francisco International airport, which has a much wider choice of flights, with Oakland airport also being another alternative.

Do you need a car in San Jose? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

We are basing our San Jose car hire advice on visiting the area immediately around San Jose, rather than on visiting the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which we have covered in our San Francisco car hire advice page. Our advice is also based on tourists, rather than business visitors.

Why should you rent a car in San Jose?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in San Jose?

San Jose Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€180

 #219/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €235

156/300

 

Free parking score

Total 313 - of which 201 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64%

#73/300

 

The simple reality is that although San Jose does have a reasonable commuter rail service, courtesy of Caltrain, this is much more practical for travelling along one set corridor and into San Francisco than it is for venturing elsewhere.

This is why we think that rental car here is almost certainly going to be useful.

 

Why not? Visiting San Jose without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

San Jose public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

10%

Overall public transport score

20%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around San Jose. 

10%

Should you rent a car in San Jose? Yes! There’s no real reason to visit the Silicon valley area without a car – see San Francisco for more transit based advice.

Ratings

Car rental in - San Jose Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in San Jose?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in San Jose?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in San Jose?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in San Jose if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in San Jose if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in San Jose if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for San Jose on the Carornocar scale?

8

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in San Jose?

Have you driven in San Jose? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in San Jose?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 
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