Rent a Car at Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX)

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Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX)

Address: 3249 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA, California, 93455, U S A
Phone: (1) 805-922-4533
Location Type: Corporate
Hours of Operation: Sun 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Holiday Hours:
MEMORIAL DAY   May  31  08:00AM - 05:00PM
INDEPENDENCE DY   July  4  closed
THANKSGIVING DY   November  25  closed
CHRISTMAS EVE   December  24  07:00AM - 02:00PM
CHRISTMAS DAY   December  25  closed
NEW YEARS EVE   December  31  07:00AM - 02:00PM

NEW YEARS DAY   January  1  closed


Location Information

Where is Avis at the Santa Maria, CA Airport?

Preferred Service
Proceed to the Avis counter in the baggage claim area. Show your driver's license to receive your preprinted rental document and keys. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.
General Directions
AIRLINE PASSENGERS: Proceed to the Avis counter in the baggage claim area. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.
WALK-UP RENTERS: FROM HWY 101 NORTHBOUND, exit at Betteravia. Turn left, then right onto Skyway. Turn right onto Terminal Dr. Follow airport signs for "Arrivals" or "Baggage Claim". They will lead to the baggage claim area entrance.
FROM HWY 101 SOUTHBOUND, exit onto Betteravia and turn right. Turn left onto Skyway, then right onto Terminal Drive. Follow airport signs for "Arrivals" or "Baggage Claim". They will lead to the baggage claim area entrance.
WALKING DISTANCE from rental counter to car lot: 150 feet
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

SMX Airport Rental Car Return

Once it’s time to board your plane back home, you can easily return your Avis car rental to Santa Maria Airport at 3249 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA, 93455. Just follow the signs for “Rental Car Return”, which will lead you to our convenient Santa Maria Airport car rental lot.

Grab your belongings, return your key, and you’re good to go!

Santa Maria Airport Car Rental Information

When you rent a car from Avis at the Santa Maria Airport you will get a quality vehicle at an affordable price. Whether you’re traveling to our lovely city for business or pleasure, you’re sure to find just the right type of car rental to best suit your unique situation. Choose from our gleaming selection of luxury vehicles, economy cars, SUVs, and more, and don’t forget to customize your SMX car rental with additional features such as GPS navigation or car seat rental to make your trip even more enjoyable.

Download the Avis app today for a quick and easy car renting experience. Once your plane lands, simply come to our SMX Airport car rental counter near the baggage claim area to pick up your rental car and be on your way in no time.

Enjoy the benefits of renting a Santa Maria Airport car rental from Avis

Car Rental Options

Santa Maria is a beautiful city in the central coast region of California. The best way to experience the rolling green hills and blue skies is from the seat of a convertible, but that’s just our professional opinion. Use the guide below to choose the rental car that’s best for you.


For large groups of people with lots of luggage or equipment consider a 7- seat minivan, or a van rental that sits 12 to 15 passengers.


If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing and guided tours, opt for a roomy, comfortable ride and rent an SUV.


California is full of beautiful scenery and tons of attractions. Take a road trip in a sedan and travel around with great gas mileage.

Long-Term Car Rentals

Are you going to be in Santa Maria for a while? Save on transportation costs by choosing a monthly car rental.

Luxury Cars

Upgrade your vacation with a luxury car rental from Avis. Pick from our quality selection of sports coupes, muscle cars, and more.


Rent a soft-top convertible and cruise through the green, sloping valley with the top down.

Rent a Car and Explore Santa Maria

When you choose to rent a car from Avis, you can count on a quick and easy checkout so you can spend less time at the car rental counter and more time exploring Santa Maria. Load up your luggage, buckle up, and head to nearby hotspots for entertainment, delicious food, and hotels. Enjoy your trip!

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