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How much does it cost?

Trip Rates1
Registration Fee $35
Per Minute $0.41
Per Hour Maximum2 $14.99
Per Day Maximum2 $84.99
Per Mile After 150 Mile Per Trip $0.45
Driver Protection Fee $1.00 + tax

The more you drive, the cheaper it gets. With rates by the minute, you only pay for the time you use. One hour of continuous use discounts to $14.99 after 37 minutes use- the rest of the hour is on us. A full 24 hours of continuous use discounts after 5 ½ hours to $84.99- the remainder of the day is on us. On street metered parking, vehicle charging, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS navigation, and live assistance from our 24/7 customer support team are all included. The charges are automatically billed directly to your credit or debit card on file.

And here are no hidden costs, security deposits, monthly or annual fees. Finally you can go for a ride without being taken for one.

1. Subject to 8% sales and use tax

2. Discount for hourly and daily rate applies to continuous use of the same vehicle

3. Please note there is a $2 validation charge on your chosen payment method from Moovel (that’s us). This test charge is not processed, but may show as pending until it drops off.

Member Orientation

Here is all you need to know to get started with car2go!

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PROMOTIONAL MINUTES: All promotional minutes are valid for 45 days in the city they were issued. Once expired, minutes cannot be reloaded so be sure to use them! You can view minutes on the app or by logging in here.

UPDATING INFORMATION: To update accounting information including personal, driver’s license, or payment information click here and log in.

Here’s 4 easy steps to get going around the city. For a video overview on these steps, click here.


To find the nearest car2go, you can:

Reservations are not required but can be made up to 30 min in advance using the app or website.

There is no charge to reserve a car or to cancel the reservation. If you have a car reserved, and happen to come across one that is closer, you can scan into that car, and it will cancel the reservation on the other car for you. If you do not make it to your reservation within 30 min it will expire and you will NOT be able to re-book the same car.


Quickly inspect your car2go for damage that is in need of repair or would make the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Hold your member card up to the card reader on the windshield to unlock the vehicle


Access the vehicle using your Smartphone application.

The new car2go app has a new design and a new function: After the update, the app will be even more intuitive and you will need one less card in your wallet. Because your smartphone will now do the job that the membership card has done up to now.

New design – same functions

  • Find your car2go as usual from the updated map and reserve it free of charge.
  • A reserved car2go is displayed with an orange-colored clock – at the top right you can see the remaining minutes of the rental.
  • Using the main menu at the top left, you can also view the details of your previous rentals – with the starting point and the destination, driving and parking times, and also the price of the journey.

 car2go rental in 5 steps:

If you wish to open a car2go in the future, you won’t need your membership card as previously; your smartphone alone will suffice:

  1. Select your car2go and reserve up to 30 min in advance free of charge if desired.
  2. Then click “Start rental” directly on the app. ONLY do this when you are at the vehicle as the trip will be ended after 30 seconds if you do not enter it.
  3. Check the vehicle for any damage as usual.
  4. The car2go opens and your rental begins.
  5. Confirm the general terms and conditions if you have not already done so – for example when registering. Then enter your PIN on the touchscreen. Once you have followed the steps you will be able to start the car.


Ending a car2go rental in 5 steps:

To make ending the rental even easier for you, your rental will now end automatically.

1. Close the windows and switch off the lights

2. Return the key to the holder next to the navigation screen and get out of the vehicle

3. After you have closed all the doors and the trunk, the fifteen-second countdown commences. This is displayed on the touchscreen in the vehicle and in the card reader behind the windshield. To end your trip immediately you can scan out with your member card.

4. If you open the car2go during the countdown, the countdown stops and the rental continues.

5. After the countdown has finished, the car2go locks automatically. Your rental ends automatically and is finalized with the confirmation “trip complete” showing on the outside card reader.



If you have grown to like using your membership card, you can of course continue to use it. You can continue to open and close your car2go with your membership card as well as open it with your smartphone.

In order to use the current version of the app, you will need a smartphone with iOS7, Android 4.0 or higher and mobile internet access. Download the app now or update the current version.

While inside, you will find the key next to the touchscreen.

Before you can drive, you will need to enter your 4-digit PIN on the touchscreen. Answer a few quick questions such as cleanliness of vehicle and report damage at that time.*

*If the vehicle is operational, you can report damage faster by emailing us through the app, emailing, OR call 1.877.488.4224 on your cell phone and leave a voice mail with the license plate of the car, damage you see, and your name and phone number.


San Diego’s vehicles are all electric with a range of about 70 miles when fully charged.  Please check the state of charge before beginning your trip on either the app, or the outside card reader. It can take up to six hours to recharge a car at a public charge station when the battery level is less than 10%.


All trips must end in the Home Area, and cannot exceed 4 consecutive days use of the same vehicle. Since one-way trips are allowed, just leave the car2go in any Authorized Parking Location within the Home Area (see below for details).

When done, turn off the ignition and press “End Trip” on the touchscreen. You can then put the key back in the holder and exit the vehicle. Before walking away, place your member card on the card reader and watch for a few seconds until the reader says “Trip completed.”



When finished, you may leave your car2go in any Authorized Parking Location within the Home Area. Authorized parking locations include:

  • Public street parking with no city signage/restrictions
  • Any parking meter or pay station that is 1 Hour or more
  • Any specially marked carshare parking spot

For a full list of parking rules, click here.

Note: Unless San Diego is separated from California in an earthquake, you must adhere to bylaws set forth in the California Vehicle Code when parking your car2go.


When parking, there are specific areas to avoid. Do NOT end your trip in any of the following areas:

  • Parking meter or time restricted zones that are less than 1 Hour
  • Parking lots (private, public or paid)
  • Time restricted areas and/or commuter lanes
  • Underground parkades
  • Private property (driveways, garages, or parking lots)
  • Commercial zones/ Loading zones/ Valet/ Taxi/ Bus zones
  • Disabled drivers parking spots
  • Reserved parking spaces (that are NOT car2go)

When parking, do NOT park:

  • Perpendicularly – no front or back tires against the curb
  • Reverse angled (unless directed to by the parking signage)


There’s no need to do so, but if you need to charge your car2go then be sure follow these tips below. Note that you will need to keep your rental open to complete the steps below. Once completed, you can then end your trip.

  1. Take the cable from the charging station
  2. Connect the cable to the car2go by placing it into the charge port (behind the fuel door)
  3. Activate the charging station by holding the car2go fob (on your car key) in front of the charging station’s reader for a few seconds. The status should read “Charging”. Replace key and end your trip.


  1. Press the button on the charging cable plug
  2. Unplug the charging cable from the car
  3. Hang the cable back on the charging station


To open the trunk, just press unlock twice on your key. Then go to the trunk and with palm up, squeeze the latch just under the center of the window. Pull the window up and release the tabs on the right and left side of the tailgate. It’s now ready for loading.

For a brief video on operating the trunk, click here.



If you have an account in San Diego, you can use it in our other North American car2go cities (Austin, Brooklyn, Calgary, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St Paul, Montreal, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington DC). When visiting, always check that city’s Home Area, parking pules, trip rates, and tax rates before you drive there at All cities parking rules are available  here.

Please be aware that your promotional minutes are only good for the city in which they were issued.

Should you need more information, please visit our general FAQ here.

If you have any questions or suggestions please email us at

The Home Area


Begin and end your trip in any on-street City of San Diego metered or pay station parking space inside the Home Area.

You can drive outside the Home Area, but you cannot end your trip there. Click the map above for more information.

For a more thorough look at parking locations and policies, check out our parking FAQs.

San Diego Parking RulesClick below to expand

San Diego Parking Rules: click to expand

Meet The Fleet

New Electric Vehicles

You may not have heard yet, but we are replacing all the electric car2gos in the San Diego fleet and adding 100 more! But these new cars aren’t like the old ones- they are much more powerful with a higher maximum speed, better acceleration, and better handling. Overall, it’s a more comfortable car2go driving experience that we know you’ll enjoy (especially on the freeway where you’ll notice a lot more punch!).

Here are some key differences:

When you are ready to start the car, keep your foot on the brake pedal, insert the key into the ignition, and turn the key fully to the number II position (see below). The most important thing to note is that the car will not make any sound when it turns on- electric vehicles are silent and turning the key is the equivalent of flipping a switch to turn your lights on.

New Ignition

Once the key is turned to the number II setting, you will see the “Ready” light appear on the dashboard above the steering wheel (see image below).

Ready image

Once the key is turned to number II, you will also notice the cars indicators for the vehicle’s State of Charge (SOC) and Battery Performance turn on. These indicators are mounted on the vehicle’s dash. The SOC indicator reports the charge level for the vehicle (see below). This number tells you how much charge (think fuel level) the vehicle has before it has to be re-charged; the higher the number, the longer you can drive the car. For trip planning purposes, this number is also available on the app or website when you look for and reserve your vehicle.


The Battery Performance indicator reveals the rate at which the battery’s state of charge is being drawn down. Higher numbers indicate the battery’s charge is being consumed at a faster rate.

You won’t need to worry about getting a vehicle with a low charge either. Our system will immediately find and remove any vehicle from service whose SOC goes below 25% after a member ends their trip. Our fleet team is then alerted to retrieve the car and charge it so you don’t have to. Our goal is to get you where you need to go without any hassles.

Most members use car2go for one-way trips under 30 minutes for things like getting to and from work, running errands, shopping, and meeting friends for dinner. In general, any vehicle with a SOC of at least 25% will allow you to make a one-way trip anywhere within the San Diego Home Area. For your reference, an alert is posted on the navigation screen at both 20% charge remaining and 10% charge remaining.

You are welcome to leave the Home Area with a car2go but you will need to bring the vehicle back into it to end your trip. For this reason, we recommend that you stay within 27 miles of the Home Area as the range of a fully charged vehicle is approximately 55 miles (this will allow enough charge for a return trip). If you are wondering how far you can drive based on the current SOC, refer to the vehicle’s touchscreen computer for the range (see below).

New Range 2

Helpful Tips

Here are some helpful tips to make your next trip a great one!