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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar
Toyota Yaris Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$12.64 / per day
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San Jose, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$13.97 / per day
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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$18.83 / per day
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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$20.22 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4x
  • x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$20.95 / per day
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San Jose, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Daihatsu Bego or similar
Daihatsu Bego
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$21.06 / per day
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Liberia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$22.01 / per day
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Liberia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$22.01 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:05 on 2020-04-05. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    Spanish,
    English
    Currency
    CRC
    Country code
    506
    Average car rental length
    7 days
    Economy car rental price
    $37.49 / per day
    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%

    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 $66 per day
    • Medium cars - from $43 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $87 per day
    • Small cars - from $41 per day
    • SUVs - from $78 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.

    Top 4 Most Popular Cities in Costa Rica

    1. Car Rental in San Jose from $12.64 per day
    2. Car Rental in Liberia from $22.01 per day
    3. Car Rental in Alajuela from $43.40 per day
    4. Car Rental in Guapiles from $27.98 per day

    Map of Car Rental Locations

    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
    $33.18
    January
    $39.30
    February
    $32.87
    March
    $52.00
    April
    $22.04
    May
    $33.96
    June
    $41.83
    July
    $36.27
    August
    $27.01
    September
    $24.72
    October
    $45.04
    November
    $44.13
    December
    The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Costa Rica is May — prices start from $22.04 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 39% cheaper than the yearly average and 58% cheaper than renting a car in the month of April (when prices start at $52.00 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 September — an average of 12 days. The shortest are in June — an average of 7 days.
    Average Rental Length in Costa Rica
    8
    January
    8
    February
    8
    March
    9
    April
    10
    May
    7
    June
    8
    July
    10
    August
    12
    September
    8
    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
    45%
    January
    174%
    February
    126%
    March
    10%
    April
    12%
    May
    9%
    June
    11%
    July
    11%
    August
    41%
    September
    106%
    October
    54%
    November
    601%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

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

    Top 7 Suppliers in Costa Rica in 2020

    Target Car Rental
    Target Car Rental
    Exceptional 9.4
    Thrifty
    Thrifty
    Exceptional 9.4
    GreenMotion
    GreenMotion
    Exceptional 9.4
    Adobe Rent a Car
    Adobe Rent a Car
    Exceptional 9.1
    Dollar
    Dollar
    Excellent 8.9
    Payless Car Rental
    Payless Car Rental
    Excellent 8.3
    Ace Rent a car
    Ace Rent a car
    Very good 7.3

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