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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$12.84 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$12.84 / per day
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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage G4
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$16.25 / per day
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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$16.98 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$16.98 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Daihatsu Bego or similar
Daihatsu Bego
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$18.35 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Jimny or similar
Suzuki Jimny
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$18.35 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AmiGO Rent a Car
$18.36 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:24 on 2020-11-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish,
English
Currency
CRC
Country code
506
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
40 - 60 km/h
25 - 37 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.02%
Rating
7.0

Why rent a car in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a great place to explore by country. Small, but surprisingly varied, it offers stunning mountains and volcanoes, lush jungle, and extensive coast of not one, but two oceans.

Costa Rica Car Rental

Top ways to enter Costa Rica

  • San Jose Juan Santamaría Airport: Named after Costa Rica’s national hero, this airport is the largest in Costa Rica and among the busiest in Central America.
  • Liberia Airport: A tourism hub, this airports serves flights to and from USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Panama. It should not be confused with Monrovia Airport in Liberia, a country in West Africa.
  • San Jose Tobías Bolaños: San Jose’s secondary airport serves flights to different regions of Costa Rica.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it and if you have your entry documentation in order, it might be possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Costa Rica. Large international airports near Costa Rica include Tocumen Airport in Panama and Managua Airport in Nicaragua.

Top cities and places to visit

  • San Jose: Although sometimes overlooked because of Costa Rica’s picturesque nature destinations, the nation’s capital can attract visitors with its great architecture, history, and cuisine.
  • Pacific Coast: To say that you’ll find some of the world’s most amazing beaches here is not an overstatement. A paradise of beaches and nature parks, this is the most visited part of Costa Rica.
  • The Caribbean Coast: Limon Province that stretches along the Caribbean all the way from Nicaragua to Panama is home to sustainable tourism initiatives, large conversation areas, and the country’s Jamaican diaspora.
  • The North: Sparsely populated, Costa Rica’s inland north is home to a primal landscape of mountains and volcanoes, as well as cloud forests and hot springs between them.
  • The Southwest: This remote jungle corner, full of unique plant and animal species, is well worth the long travel.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Costa Rica is a the Daihatsu Bego, although travelers also tend to pick the Toyota Yaris and the Suzuki Jimny.

Crossing Borders

Costa Rica has two neighbors, Panama and Nicaragua. Each of those two countries have their own visa policy. Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to visit either one of them. We advise you getting in touch with your Foreign Ministry in advance if you plan to visit either of the two countries.

Although not a rule, most rental car providers in Costa Rica will not permit crossing the national border in a rental car. If you’d like to do that, do find out about the rental car provider’s policy first in order to avoid fines and legal trouble. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car types in Costa Rica are standard, compact, and intermediate. Some mountain and jungle roads will require having a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Top driving routes

  1. San Jose - Malpais (188 km / 117 mi) The route from the capital to the surfing paradise in the Puntarenas Province includes a ferry and therefore takes about five hours to do, but is well worth doing not only because of the spectacular destination at the end of it, but also because of many picturesque places to see and explore on the way.
  2. Liberia - San Jose (210 km / 130 mi) The distance between two of the largest Costa Rica’s cities is straightforward and can be done in about three hours, but you might want to make a detour to visit one of the nature areas, such as the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Palo Verde National Park, or the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, that will be on the way.
  3. San Jose - Puerto Viejo (217 km / 135 mi) Near the border with Panama in the very southeastern corner of the country, the town of Puerto Viejo can be reached in about four hours and is home to attractions like the black sand Playa Negra Beach, the mangrove forests, and the Jaguar Rescue Center that takes care of wild cats.

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $46 per day
  • Medium cars - from $37 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $85 per day
  • Small cars - from $34 per day
  • SUVs - from $49 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Costa Rica:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Costa Rica is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 41% cheaper than the yearly average.

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Costa Rica?

The cost of renting a car in Costa Rica depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Costa Rica
$36.74
January
$43.51
February
$36.39
March
$57.57
April
$24.41
May
$37.60
June
$46.31
July
$40.16
August
$25.12
September
$27.37
October
$49.86
November
$48.86
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Costa Rica is May — prices start from $24.41 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 38% cheaper than the yearly average and 58% cheaper than renting a car in the month of April (when prices start at $57.57 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Costa Rica?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in August — an average of 10 days. The shortest are in October — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Costa Rica
8
January
8
February
8
March
9
April
9
May
7
June
8
July
10
August
9
September
6
October
8
November
8
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Costa Rica?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Costa Rica. The most popular month is December, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Costa Rica by Monthly Searches
36%
January
139%
February
101%
March
8%
April
10%
May
7%
June
9%
July
8%
August
67%
September
87%
October
246%
November
481%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 3 SUVs
Economy rent a car Nissan X-Trail 4x4 4 3 SUVs
GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 4 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Suzuki Jimny 4 4 SUVs
Economy rent a car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 4 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Canada
Toyota Yaris
November 22, 2020
Much nicer and safer than you might have been told. "Ticos" are friendly, hospitable people who live humbly, work hard and if treated with respect and kindness, will give it back in spades. I felt comfortable everywhere I went, even though it was new and unfamiliar. Amazing natural places also.

Top 15 Suppliers in Costa Rica in 2020

GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.4
+50670418324 / +50621053400 / +50621053466
3, Rio Segundo, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, 20109
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+50622427911
Llegadas internaciones, Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
27101129
IN FRONTOF POCOCI MUNICIPALITY, HIGHWAY 32
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
22427800
SAN JOSE INTL AIRPORT,
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+50624313803
Delivery and Collection
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+50625199308 / +50608005425527
Europcar,Carretera al Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría, Provincia de Alajuela, Río Segundo, 20109
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+50624409990
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
27101129
In Frontof Pococi Municipality
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+50622992000
Arrivals, Alajuela Province, Alajuela
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+50622932222
Juan Santamaria Intl Apo Alajuela Centro
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:30
Tue:05:00-22:30
Wed:05:00-22:30
Thu:05:00-22:30
Fri:05:00-22:30
Sat:05:00-22:30
Sun:05:00-22:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+50624362010
Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela CR 20101, Alajuela Province, Río Segundo
Working hours
Mon:06:00-18:00
Tue:06:00-18:00
Wed:06:00-18:00
Thu:06:00-18:00
Fri:06:00-18:00
Sat:06:00-18:00
Sun:06:00-18:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+50624426000
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.3
+50621053466 / 50624407838
Office is located across from
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+50625424848 / +50624422422
Del Hotel Holiday Inn Express, 1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:00
Tue:05:00-22:00
Wed:05:00-22:00
Thu:05:00-22:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:05:00-22:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
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