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San Francisco to Los Angeles One-Way Campervan Rental

Planning a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles? Did you know you can rent a campervan one way? Compare vehicles from several RV rental companies offering one way rentals in California and across the United States.

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Britz 4-Berth Class C non-slide

4-Berth Class C non-slide


El Monte RV C25 Class C

C25 Class C

El Monte RV

Escape 2-4 Berth Mavericks

2-4 Berth Mavericks


Road Bear 28-30ft Class C

28-30ft Class C

Road Bear

Travellers Auto Barn HiTop


Travellers Auto Barn


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San Francisco to Los Angeles One Way Itinerary

Part One: San Francisco to San Jose

Distance: Approximately 80 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1 hour


  • The Tech Interactive
  • Winchester Mystery House
  • San Jose Museum of Art

Part Two: San Jose to Santa Cruz

Distance: Approximately 48 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 45 minutes


  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Roaring Camp Railroads

Part Three: Santa Cruz to Monterey/Carmel-by-the-Sea

Distance: Approximately 72 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1 hour


  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 17-Mile Drive
  • Cannery Row

Part Four: Monterey/Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur

Distance: Approximately 48 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1 hour


  • Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • McWay Falls

Part Five: Big Sur to San Simeon

Distance: Approximately 97 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours


  • Hearst Castle
  • Elephant Seal Vista Point
  • Piedras Blancas Light Station

Part Six: San Simeon to San Luis Obispo

Distance: Approximately 64 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1 hour


  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
  • Bubblegum Alley
  • Madonna Inn

Part Seven: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara

Distance: Approximately 161 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 2 hours


  • Santa Barbara Mission
  • State Street Shopping and Dining
  • Lotusland Gardens

Part Eight: Santa Barbara to Malibu

Distance: Approximately 121 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 1.5 hours


  • Zuma Beach
  • Getty Villa
  • Malibu Pier

Part Nine: Malibu to Santa Monica

Distance: Approximately 32 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 30 minutes


  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Third Street Promenade
  • Santa Monica State Beach

Part Ten: Santa Monica to Los Angeles

Distance: Approximately 24 kilometers

Estimated Driving Time: About 30 minutes


  • The Getty Center
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Griffith Observatory

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to stay at a campground or RV park?

A stay at an RV park will usually cost around $25–80 (USD) per night.

The cost of campgrounds has risen in recent years due to the popularity of RV vacations in the USA.

Does my motorhome come with unlimited mileage?

The majority of campervan rental suppliers in the US do not offer unlimited miles as a standard rental inclusion.

In most cases, miles (kilometres) are capped at a daily rate, and additional fees will be incurred if you exceed the limit. Additional miles can usually also be prepurchased in packages ranging from 100 miles up to unlimited. However, any remaining miles will not be refunded when the vehicle is returned.

Check our comparison tool for details.

Is free camping allowed in California?

As in the rest of America, free camping is only allowed in designated areas, which can include national parks, state parks, truck stops or rest stops as well as certain parking lots with permission from the store manager.

California is home to numerous RV parks and campgrounds, ranging from $35–60 (USD) per night. These are suitable for all vehicle types, from travel trailers to larger recreational vehicles.

What licence do you need to drive a campervan in the USA?

All drivers must have a current and full driver’s licence to hire a vehicle. Foreign licences are generally acceptable if they are in English or accompanied by an accredited English translation. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.

In addition to your driver’s licence, you will often be required to show your passport at the time of pickup.

Some companies, e.g. Road Bear, Best Time and Britz, require an IDP regardless of the language of your licence.

Can I travel from the US to Mexico in my rental campervan?

Generally, no. Most campervan rental suppliers restrict travel into Mexico for campervans rented in the US. El Monte is the only exception; however, additional insurance is required.

Are one-way rentals possible in California?

Yes, many suppliers have depots in multiple locations throughout California and the US, making one-way rentals a great way to see more during your road trip.

San Francisco is a great starting location for those wanting to explore Northern California, with many attractions in the surrounding areas, including the famous Yosemite National Park.

For those heading through Southern California, Los Angeles is a good starting point. From there, you can head down the west coast to San Diego and throughout the surrounding area.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.