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Car Rental at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José 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

Compact
Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar
Toyota Yaris Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$17.65 / per day
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Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$20.41 / per day
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Mini
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Payless Car Rental
$23.69 / per day
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Special
Hyundai Grand i10 or similar
Hyundai Grand i10
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$28.98 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Intermediate
Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD Aut. or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD Aut.
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$31.99 / per day
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Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$39.00 / per day
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Full-size
Ssangyong Korando 4WD or similar
Ssangyong Korando 4WD
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$47.38 / per day
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Premium
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or similar
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Target Car Rental
$63.71 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:38 on 2020-07-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish,
English
Currency
CRC
Country code
506
Average car rental length
10 days
Economy car rental price
$23.30 / 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%
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at San José Airport! Then drive downtown, park your car, and take a self-guided walking tour of San José’s varied architecture—a mix of European and Latin American styles, which reflect Costa Rica’s rich history. Visits to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Jade Museum, and the Children’s Museum are also a must.

With a rental car, it’s easy to hook up with a tour at the nearby Poas and Irazú volcanoes, go on a rafting trip, or visit a coffee or butterfly farm. Back in San José choose a smaller restaurant outside the city center for some authentic Costa Rican cuisine.

San José is a great place to visit, but why not get a longer term car rental to keep exploring? You can see more of Costa Rica, swim in the Atlantic one day and the Pacific the next, and even visit neighboring Panama or Nicaragua. Picking up your rental car at San José Airport and dropping it off at a different location is easy. Start planning your adventure today!

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

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 fives 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 $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $83 per day
  • Small cars - from $33 per day
  • SUVs - from $64 per day

Top car rental companies

  • GreenMotion (Tel: +50621053400 / +50621053466)
  • Target Car Rental (Tel: +50624314200 / +50624406918)
  • National (Tel: +50622427911)
  • Adobe Rent a Car (Tel: +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219)
  • Alamo (Tel: +50622427907)
  • Enterprise (Tel: 22427900)
  • SIXT (Tel: +50624313803)
  • Europcar (Tel: +50625199308 / +50608005425527)
  • Keddy (Tel: +50624409990)
  • Economy rent a car (Tel: +50622992000)
  • Avis (Tel: +50622932222)
  • Budget (Tel: +50624362010)
  • Alamo (Tel: 22427907)
  • NUCarrentals (Tel: +50624426000)
  • Ace Rent a car (Tel: +50621053466 / 50624407838)
  • MEX RENT A CAR (Tel: +50625424848 / +50624422422)

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

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. 13.2 km / 8.2 miles away
  2. 46.3 km / 28.8 miles away
  3. 56.6 km / 35.2 miles away
  4. 172.1 km / 106.9 miles away
  5. 190.4 km / 118.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)?

The cost of renting a car at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José 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 Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
$44.49
January
$62.01
February
$45.03
March
$32.40
April
$34.17
May
$37.03
June
$62.58
July
$39.55
August
$47.13
September
$43.32
October
$35.60
November
$38.64
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) is April when prices for an Economy class start from $32.40. 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 $62.58 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 Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José 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 Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José 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
GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Nissan X-Trail 4x4 4 3 SUVs
Economy rent a car Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 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
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 4 SUVs
GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Economy rent a car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars

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.

Top 17 Suppliers at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) in 2020

GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.4
+50621053400 / +50621053466
3, Rio Segundo, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, 20109
$18 - $257
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
Target Car Rental
Exceptional 9.4
+50624314200 / +50624406918
Shuttle Bus
$42 - $92
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+50622427911
Llegadas internaciones, Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela
$32 - $575
Adobe Rent a Car
Adobe Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1
+50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
$44 - $143
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+50622427907
500 Meters East And 200 Meters South Of Hotel Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose
$27 - $94
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
22427900
SAN JOSE INTL AIRPORT,
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+50624313803
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3
$25 - $113
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
$52 - $71
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:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
22427907
San Jose Intl Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+50624426000
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.3
+50621053466 / 50624407838
Office is located across from
$20 - $84
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
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
$26 - $107
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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