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Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

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Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

Hi there, I hope that you can help us.

We are planning an Alaskan cruise for four adults in September 2014, so far the favourite starts in Seattle and ends in Vancouver. Our problem is getting from Vancouver back to San Francisco to fly home. We would like to do a road trip but have not found a car hire company that allows us to pick up in Vancouver and drop off in San Francisco. Any advice would be welcome please!

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1. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

See if they would let you take the car from Seattle and drop off in SF. You could easily take the Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle, and then get the car in Seattle. It will still cost a lot for the one way drop off fee.

There is actually a link on the right hand side for "boarding procedure for Amtrak to the US".

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2. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

Thank you.

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3. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

One way car rentals do not exist betwen Canada and the US.. Even picking one up in Seattle and dropping inSan Francisco will cost you a fortune.. Fly from Vancouver to San Fransico ,,rent a acar there and explore from there Much less hassle. Or take the Train rom Vancouver to SanFrancisco check it out on the Amtrak site

Edited: 10 June 2013, 22:42
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4. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

actually, i got a 1-way rental from portland to vancouver via hertz. costs a pretty penny but it does exist.

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5. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

<<<One way car rentals do not exist betwen Canada and the US.. >>>

Hogwash.

They are just expensive because of the drop fees.

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6. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

Yes there are rental cars crossing the border in each direction all the time, return and one way. One way drop fees make your eyes water, but they are available.

The one restriction that changed last year was the lifting of the prohibition for Canadians to rent a US plated car in the US and bring it into Canada. Here is the article about that:

canoe.ca/Travel/News/2012/05/17/19770336.html

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7. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

You can fly (this would be quite a bit less expensive if you take the bus to Bellingham and then fly to SF from there)

portofbellingham.com/…

You can take the train the entire way.

http://www.amtrakcascades.com/

You can take the train or the bus to somewhere like Seattle or Portland and drive from there.

Edited: 11 June 2013, 07:15
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8. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

Thank you all, I will give it a lot of thought, thanks again.

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9. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

San Fran is Virgin America's hub and thus have a lot of cheaply priced flights from Vancouver or Seattle to San Fran.

The nicest part of the drive, IMHO, is the Oregon Coast. If you can't swing that with a car rental then I would fly, hire a car and then drive north to see some of the coast from SF.

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10. Re: Traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco

If you take the last cruise of the season then they will do a repositioning cruise that may stop in San Fran, they are usually cheap.