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Hotel & Car Rental

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* Mention “UC Merced” to receive special negotiated room rates

Courtyard by Marriott

750 Motel Drive

Merced, California 95340

(209) 725-1221

Holiday Inn Express

151 South Parsons Avenue

Merced, CA 95341

(209) 384-3700

Hampton Inn

225 South Parsons Avenue

Merced, California 95340

(209) 386-1210

Bear Creek Inn

575 West North Bear Creek Drive

Merced, CA 95348

(209) 723-3991



Click here for "How To" on Rental Car Reservations or visit the UC Merced Campus Travel Portal.

San Francisco International Airport - SFO Car Rental services

Fresno International Airport - FAT Car Rental services

Car Rental Companies (Merced Area)

  • Hertz | 945 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Merced, CA | (209) 722-4200
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car | 1334 W. Main, Merced, CA | (209) 722-1600
  • Avis | 1595 West 16th Street, Merced, CA | (209) 722-1689 - OR - Merced Municipal Airport Location: 20 Macready Drive, Merced, CA | (209) 724-9114 

Hertz (not opened on weekend) and Enterprise (opened on Sat until noon) can also pick you up from Merced airport either through airport staff or if you call them directly. Please check with the vendors website directly for any updates to their hours of operation.

If you are traveling into the Merced Municipal Airport, Avis has a physical presence located at Merced Airport.  However, travelers can arrange to have Hertz or Enterprise pick you up from there. 

You can also avail yourself to any of the rental companies serving out of the Fresno (FAT) or San Francisco (SFO) airport (the same rules apply for reimbursements).

Car Rental Insurance

The advantage of going through a provider with a UC negotiated contract is that the insurance is assumed in the rental contract (there is no separate line item for it) and you should not be paying anything extra for it.  Please note that additional costs such as car seats, navigation devices etc. are not covered under any circumstances, as is insurance coverage that is not already provided per the rental agreement (i.e. extra line item and charge).  Note that when making arrangements for a rental car for UC travel purposes, travelers should not be purchasing any extra or additional insurance through the rental agency (as you will not be reimbursed for it).

At the time of booking, please mention that you are traveling on UC Merced related business so that they can check their system for the agreement terms and apply it for you.  If you are booking online, you can utilize the code that is contained in the  "How To" on Rental Car Reservations.

Drop Off at Different Location

If you are planning to drop off your car rental at a different location than your pick up location, please note that there will be additional charges for this feature.  Please advise your designated school staff of such arrangements in advance.

If you have any questions on car rental company and/or policy, you can email our staff at