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Car Rental at San Jose Airport

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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport), San Jose, Costa Rica
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
AmiGO Rent a Car
$14.85 per day
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Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$17.69 per day
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Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$23.61 per day
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Intermediate
Nissan Sentra or similar
Nissan Sentra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$29.57 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Nissan Sentra or similar
Nissan Sentra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$37.85 / per day
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Standard
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$40.18 / per day
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Premium
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or similar
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Target Car Rental
$67.77 / per day
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Minivan
Mitsubishi L300 or similar
Mitsubishi L300
  • 12x
  • 7x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$95.11 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:00 on 2021-03-01. 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
8.8
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

San Jose Airport is also known as Juan Santamaría International Airport and Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría.

Top international routes

  • Panama City
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • San Salvador
  • Mexico City
  • Fort Lauderdale

Main airlines

Nature Air, Sansa Airlines, Volaris Costa Rica, Avianca Costa Rica, American Airlines, and Copa Airlines

Terminals

The Main Terminal (M) serves all international flights while Domestic Terminal, also known as Sansa Terminal, serves local flights. You can walk between them in less than five minutes.

Location

San Jose Airport is actually in the city of Alajuela, a suburb of San Jose. The airport is about 20 km (12 mi) west of San Jose city center. Radial Francisco J. Orlich and Route 1 are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $70 per day
  • Medium cars - from $48 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $110 per day
  • Small cars - from $41 per day
  • SUVs - from $83 per day

Car rental desks

Most are located in the international arrivals area.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many shops, six duty-free outlets, as well as restaurants and bars. There are also ATMs, two currency exchange offices, a Red Cross Station offering medical help, a pharmacy, and spa. There is no luggage storage service

Nearest gas station

A Delta gas station, located near the corner of Route 1/Pan American Highway and Route 3, can be reached in about 12 minutes and is open 24/7. It’s on the way to the city center. There are many other gas stations near San Jose Airport and in San Jose.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Malpais (154 km / 95 mi)
  • Liberia (199 km / 123 mi)
  • Puerto Viejo (83 km / 51 mi)
  • Guapiles (82 km / 50 mi)
  • Managua (411 km / 255 mi)
  • Rivas (310 km / 192 mi)

Airport info

Rating
7.2
  • Getting to the airport 7.3
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.2
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.0
  • Lounge 6.4

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) (SJO)

  • IATA: SJO
  • ICAO: MROC
  • Name: Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) (SJO)
  • Size: Medium Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 87,771
  • Passengers (per year): 4,595,355
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 6 Locations near Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)

  1. 6.3 km / 3.9 miles away
  2. Car Rental in San Jose Belen from $23.61 per day
    7.5 km / 4.6 miles away
  3. 57.0 km / 35.4 miles away
  4. 172.4 km / 107.1 miles away
  5. 190.9 km / 118.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at San Jose Airport?

The cost of renting a car at San Jose Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at San Jose Airport
$44.26
January
$61.69
February
$44.80
March
$32.23
April
$33.99
May
$36.84
June
$62.26
July
$39.35
August
$46.88
September
$43.10
October
$35.42
November
$38.44
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at San Jose Airport is April when prices for an Economy class start from $32.23. You can see that this is 26% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting a car in July (when rental prices start at $62.26 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at San Jose Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 11 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length
10
January
9
February
9
March
10
April
10
May
10
June
10
July
10
August
8
September
6
October
10
November
11
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at San Jose Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at San Jose Airport in December, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
70%
January
58%
February
42%
March
35%
April
41%
May
30%
June
37%
July
37%
August
174%
September
227%
October
216%
November
232%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Nissan Kicks 4 3 SUVs
Avis Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
Avis Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
MEX RENT A CAR Suzuki Jimny 3 1 SUVs
Flexways Mitsubishi ASX 5 3 SUVs
GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 5 2 SUVs
Avis Nissan X-Trail 5 2 SUVs
Avis Nissan Versa 4 2 Large cars
GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 5 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 3 SUVs

FAQ

Can I enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica for a day?
No, it is not possible to take a rental car from Costa Rica to Nicaragua. No rental company in Costa Rica allows this.
Is Third-Party Liability (TPL) insurance included in the rental price in Costa Rica?
"If you are not a resident of the United States or Canada, third-party liability insurance is included in the rental price.

If you are a resident of the United States or Canada, whether third-party insurance is included or not depends on which rental company you choose. In particular, Economy Rent a Car and Mex do not have third-party liability insurance included in their rates.

Our Customers Reviews

United States of America (USA)
Ssangyong Korando 4WD
July 30, 2021
We went first to the Arenal area and stayed for 5 days in a great b&b at Castillo de la Fortuna (Nephente). Followed by playa langosta area for a week, to Manuel Antonio for 4 nights, to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for 5 nights. Loved Costa Rica!
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi ASX
July 17, 2021
Jungle ATV tour in Uvida , is a must do.
United States of America (USA)
Ssangyong Korando 4WD
June 15, 2021
Driving in San Jose is very up tempo and you must stay alert at all times. So many motorcycles passing on both sides at all times.
Sweden
Toyota Corolla Sedan
May 22, 2021
Excellent service, good price and fast and easy!
United States of America (USA)
Daihatsu Bego
April 24, 2021
If you're staying at the airport (Hotel Mango or the two hotels by the casino) it's so much easier to get a car from GreenCars (or the other companies in the business complex here) than to drive to the other side of the airport and find the large companies' (Hertz, Avis etc.) offices.
Switzerland
Toyota Yaris Sedan
April 16, 2021
Thank you i miss costa rica
Switzerland
Suzuki Jimny
March 15, 2021
When visiting Costa Rica, I highly recommend choosing a 4x4 (medium like Grand Vitara is better, but small like Jimny will do the job too). The streets around cities are in good condition, but as soon as you leave the "normal" roads to get to your hotel or a remote location, for example, streets turn quickly into bumpy roads. Especially on Nicoya Peninsula (Nosara, Santa Teresa, Montezuma).
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
March 21, 2020
Quite hectic driving in the freeway initially - lots of fast inside overtaking . Don’t park where the pavement is yellow and watch out for one way streets where the sign is neither well placed or obvious! A lot of the roads are unpaved or half built but that’s the fun part! A 4x4 is recommended but not essential - we got a free upgrade anyway - the small automatics are really underpowered for overtaking and hills - go for a manual if you can ;)

Top 16 Suppliers at San Jose Airport in 2021

GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.4
+50670418324 / +50621053400 / +50621053466
3, Rio Segundo, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, 20109
$20 - $133
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
500 Meters East And 200 Meters South Of Hotel Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose
$27 - $125
Adobe Rent a Car
Adobe Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1
+50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
$46 - $107
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+50622427907
500 Meters East And 200 Meters South Of Hotel Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose
$24 - $115
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
22427800
SAN JOSE INTL AIRPORT,
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+50624313803
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3
$39 - $158
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
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+50622992000
Arrivals, Alajuela Province, Alajuela
$54 - $80
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
$35 - $70
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
$77 - $154
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Excellent 8.5
+50624300629
500 mts East from Casino Fiesta, Rio Segundo
$18 - $19
Working hours
Mon:06:30-20:00
Tue:06:30-20:00
Wed:06:30-20:00
Thu:06:30-20:00
Fri:06:30-20:00
Sat:06:30-20:00
Sun:06:30-20:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
22427733
San Jose Intl Airport
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:45
Tue:05:00-23:45
Wed:05:00-23:45
Thu:05:00-23:45
Fri:05:00-23:45
Sat:11:45-23:45
Sun:05:00-12:00
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+50624426000
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Working hours
Mon:09:00-16:00
Tue:09:00-16:00
Wed:09:00-16:00
Thu:09:00-16:00
Fri:09:00-16:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
Sun:09:00-16:00
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.3
+50621053466 / +50624407838
Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela
$31 - $79
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
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