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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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar
Toyota Yaris Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$13.07 / per day
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Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$19.47 / per day
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Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$22.75 / 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
$31.63 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$39.27 / per day
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Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$43.13 / per day
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Full-size
Daihatsu Bego 4WD or similar
Daihatsu Bego 4WD
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Target Car Rental
$51.43 / per day
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Premium
Hyundai Santa Fe or similar
Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 7x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Economy rent a car
$67.90 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:00 on 2019-12-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
Contents

    Travel Information

    Language
    Spanish,
    English
    Currency
    CRC
    Country code
    506
    Average car rental length
    10 days
    Economy car rental price
    $22.69 / 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 $192 per day
    • Medium cars - from $168 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $343 per day
    • Small cars - from $183 per day
    • SUVs - from $2654 per day

    Top car rental companies

    • Target Car Rental (Tel: +50624314200 / +50624406918)
    • Thrifty (Tel: +50624428585)
    • National (Tel: 8336193652)
    • Adobe Rent a Car (Tel: +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219)
    • Alamo (Tel: +50622427907)
    • Enterprise (Tel: +34928579378)
    • SIXT (Tel: +34871180192)
    • Europcar (Tel: +34911505000)
    • Keddy (Tel: +34902105055)
    • Economy rent a car (Tel: +17783855551 / +16046891231)
    • Avis (Tel: +34928092330)
    • Budget (Tel: +34928092330)
    • Dollar (Tel: +50624432950)
    • EasyCar (Tel: +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219)
    • EasyCar (Tel: +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219)
    • Payless Car Rental (Tel: +50624304647)
    • Dollar (Tel: +50624432950)
    • Thrifty (Tel: +50624428585)
    • Thrifty (Tel: +50624428585)
    • Payless Car Rental (Tel: +50624304647)

    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)
    • Type: Public / Civil
    • Size: Medium Airport
    • Elevation AMSL: 921 m / 3022 ft
    • Runway Surface: Asphalt
    • Aircraft movements (per year): 87,771
    • Passengers (per year): 4,595,355
    • Working hours: 24 hours a day

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

    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)
    $42.17
    January
    $58.78
    February
    $42.69
    March
    $30.71
    April
    $32.39
    May
    $35.10
    June
    $59.33
    July
    $37.49
    August
    $44.67
    September
    $41.07
    October
    $33.75
    November
    $36.63
    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 $30.71. 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 $59.33 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
    GreenMotion Daihatsu Bego 4 2 SUVs
    Economy rent a car Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
    Economy rent a car Nissan X-Trail 4x4 4 3 SUVs
    Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 3 SUVs
    Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 4 4 SUVs
    Economy rent a car Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
    Ace Rent a car Suzuki Jimny 3 1 SUVs
    Ace Rent a car Suzuki Jimny 4 4 SUVs
    GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars

    Top 20 Suppliers for Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) in 2020

    Target Car Rental
    Exceptional 9.4
    +50624314200 / +50624406918
    Shuttle Bus
    Thrifty
    Thrifty
    Exceptional 9.4
    +50624428585
    From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose
    National
    National
    Exceptional 9.2
    8336193652
    VANCOUVER INTL AIRPORT, 3211 GRANT MCCONACHIE WAY
    Adobe Rent a Car
    Adobe Rent a Car
    Exceptional 9.1
    +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
    1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
    Alamo
    Alamo
    Excellent 8.8
    +50622427907
    500 Meters East And 200 Meters South Of Hotel Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose
    Enterprise
    Enterprise
    Excellent 8.8
    +34928579378
    AEROPUERTO DE LAS PALMAS,
    SIXT
    Excellent 8.7
    +34871180192
    Aeropuerto de Canarias Autopista General del sur C-1, 35230 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
    Europcar
    Europcar
    Excellent 8.6
    +34911505000
    Gran Canaria Airport, Autopista GC-1, 35230 Telde, Las Palmas
    Keddy
    Keddy
    Excellent 8.6
    +34902105055
    Gran Canaria Airport, Autopista GC-1, 35230 Telde, Las Palmas
    Economy rent a car
    Excellent 8.5
    +17783855551 / +16046891231
    2651 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2B2
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +34928092330
    Aeropuerto De Gran Canaria Gando
    Budget
    Budget
    Excellent 8.5
    +34928092330
    Aeropuerto De Las Palmas Gran CanariaGando
    Dollar
    Dollar
    Excellent 8.5
    +50624432950
    Alajuela Province, Alajuela
    EasyCar
    EasyCar
    Excellent 8.5
    +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
    1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
    EasyCar
    EasyCar
    Excellent 8.5
    +50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
    1.4 Km al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
    Payless Car Rental
    Excellent 8.5
    +50624304647
    Alajuela Province, Rio Segundo, San Jose
    Dollar
    Dollar
    Excellent 8.5
    +50624432950
    Alajuela Province, Alajuela
    Thrifty
    Thrifty
    Excellent 8.5
    +50624428585
    From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose
    Thrifty
    Thrifty
    Excellent 8.5
    +50624428585
    From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose
    Payless Car Rental
    Excellent 8.3
    +50624304647
    Alajuela Province, Rio Segundo, San Jose

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