Car Rental in San Jose

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Mini
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
AmiGO Rent a Car
$18.00 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
Economy
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
U-Save
$22.96 per day
Downtown
Compact
Hyundai Verna or similar
Hyundai Verna
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$24.14 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
Intermediate
Volkswagen Vento or similar
Volkswagen Vento
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$26.00 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
Standard
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EC Rent a Car
$36.00 per day
San Jose Sabana
Full-size
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$51.03 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
Special SUV
Hyundai Tucson or similar
Hyundai Tucson
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$61.67 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
Mini Elite Van
Mitsubishi Zinger or similar
Mitsubishi Zinger
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Payless Car Rental
$76.08 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:58 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, English, Creole
Currency
CRC
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+506
Average car rental price
$39 per day
Average car rental length
12 days
Speed limit within town
25 - 50 km/h or 16 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0 / 10
Average gas price
$1.52 per liter or $5.76 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.38 per liter or $5.22 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.07 per liter or $7.82 per gallon

Why rent a car in San Jose?

San Jose is a great place to explore by car. Although Costa Rica is more famous for its beautiful coastline, volcanic landscapes, and tropical nature reserves, the capital city also has plenty to offer from fascinating museums focusing on the region’s pre-Columbian past to colorful neighborhoods and some of the best restaurants in the country. San Jose is located in the central part of Costa Rica which means that both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, as well as all the other main attractions, are easily reached from here.

San Jose

One-Way Car Rentals in San Jose

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in San Jose and drop off in another city include:

  • From San Jose to Liberia - 294 offers from $49.96 per day
  • From San Jose to Puerto Viejo - 41 offers from $87.07 per day
  • From San Jose to Limon - 88 offers from $63.50 per day
  • From San Jose to Jaco - 68 offers from $63.50 per day
  • From San Jose to Puerto Jimenez - 42 offers from $63.50 per day

Top ways to enter San Jose

  • Juan Santamaria Airport: Named after a Costa Rican national hero and sometimes simply called San Jose Airport, it serves more than 5 million travelers every year. Served by more than 20 airlines, it offers flights to and from destinations in North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Located 17km (11 miles) northwest of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 20 minutes.
  • Tobías Bolaños International Airport: The other airport serving the capital city, San Jose-Tobias Bolaños only serves domestic routes of as 2023, connecting the capital city to many destinations in all four corners of the country. Located just 8km (5 miles) north of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Liberia Airport: Also known as Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport after Costa Rica’s former president, the airport is located near the border with Nicaragua in the northern part of the country near the Pacific Coast. It hosts flights to and from many destinations in the Americas and also serves a route to London in the United Kingdom. Located 220km (136 miles) northwest of San Jose, the airport can be reached in about 3 hours and 15 minutes. The airport should not be confused with Monrovia International Airport in Liberia, a country in West Africa, which is sometimes also called Liberia Airport.
  • Limon Airport: Located on the Caribbean coast, Limon Airport serves the city of the same name. As of 2023, it only hosts domestic flights, mainly flights to and from San Jose. Limon Airport is 160km (100 miles) east of San Jose and can be reached in about three hours.

City facts

  • A tropical destination with wet and dry seasons, San Jose is a very warm place year-round. Temperature differences are minimal between the seasons - the average high temperature is 30°C  (87°F) in April, the warmest month, and 27°C  (81°F) in October, the coldest. The rainy season lasts roughly from May to October; in the dry season from January to March, there is almost no precipitation.
  • The population of San Jose itself is only 330,000, but around 1.8 million more people live in the city’s larger metropolitan area. This means that nearly every second inhabitant of Costa Rica lives in on around San Jose. The city is made up of 11 different cantons or districts, each of which is further divided into barrios. A person from San Jose is called a Josefino or Josefina, while Costa Ricans, in general, are sometimes informally known as Ticos.

Top sights and activities

  • The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. One of the most specialized and interesting museums in Latin America, it consists of more than 1,600 golden artifacts that were found in Costa Rica. Some relics date back to as early as the year 500 AD. Not only are the golden objects on display, but the museum also does a good job at telling the story of the gold’s production and of its social and religious significance to the pre-Columbian civilizations of the region. Buying the ticket for the museum also allows you to visit the adjoining Numismatic Museum and the temporary exhibition galleries.
  • Church of Our Lady la Soledad. A neoclassical church built a little more than 100 years ago, it is one of the most popular (and most photographed) buildings in San Jose. The church is best known for its colorful glass windows. Not only a tourism object, it still fulfills its original role for the local community. The church is located near San Jose’s Chinatown, an interesting part of the city to explore if you’re in the area.
  • The National Museum. In 1948, Costa Rica became one of the first countries in the world to completely abolish its army. Since that year, the old and impressive Fort Cuartel Bellavista has hosted the country’s largest museum. With exhibitions of pre-Columbian stone tables, artifacts from the colonial times, and a large butterfly garden, it’s a truly interesting place to visit. 
  • Insect Museum. While often overlooked for their more famous mammalian cousins, unique bugs, butterflies, spiders, and other insects are abundant in Costa Rica. Doing a good job of representing this diversity is the very original Insect Museum which has plenty of display cases and even some specimens that are alive. Most of the information is in Spanish, but you can also ask the museum staff for a tour in English.

Traffic and parking

  • Costa Rica drives on the right side of the road. Vehicles with the steering wheel on the right side are not permitted in Costa Rica.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limit is 120km/h (74 mph) on national highways, 60km/h (37 mph) on most secondary and countryside roads, 40km/h (24 mph) inside urban and built-up areas, and 25km/h (15 mph) around hospitals and schools.
  • Drivers are not allowed to cross yellow lines.
  • Many places in Costa Rica, even some neighborhoods of San Jose, do not have a unified house numbering system. Many places can only be found in relation to the nearest landmark. The road signs might also be lacking. Because of this, it’s a good idea to get a rental car with a GPS system.
  • Most national highways in Costa Rica are in good shape, but the secondary roads and roads crossing protected areas can be of varying quality. Some are not paved, might have potholes, lack adequate lighting, and have no sections for pedestrians. There’s plenty of animals in Costa Rica, so both cattle or wildlife crossing the road can also be an issue. Mudslides and floods happen, too. Because of this, it’s important to drive very carefully, especially after dark, and to plan your route in advance.
  • For driving in San Jose, getting a smaller or medium-sized car is a good choice. However, if you plan to drive in rural or natural areas, getting a 4WD is a good idea. 
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%. The laws are actively enforced and exceeding the limit can lead to fines, a license ban, or even deportation or imprisonment. 
  • Proof of insurance and the documentation of the car need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The nation-wide, general emergency number is 911. You can also call 117 for police, 118 for the fire department and paramedics, and 128 for an ambulance. 

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in Costa Rica, some of them starting or ending in San Jose.

Most toll roads have three types of lanes - manual, voluntary, and Quick Pass. The toll booths in the manual lanes only accept cash. It’s a good idea to have coins and lower denomination notes, otherwise getting change back might be an issue.

In the voluntary lanes, the fee is slightly higher than in the manual ones and the toll booths only accept exact change. The idea is that the voluntary lanes generally tend to move faster than the manual ones. For tourists, it’s only worth taking them if you are in a rush.

The cars that can use the Quick Pass lanes have to be equipped with the Quick Pass electronic transponder. The payment will be made automatically and the transponder will register it by beeping. Many rental cars will come pre-equipped with a Quick Pass transponder, and some rental car providers might charge an extra fee for this service. Contact your rental car provider in advance to find out more about Quick Pass or with any other questions regarding toll roads in Costa Rica.

Ideas for day trips

  • Cartago. Costa Rica’s third city is not short of impressive historical places, such as the Our Lady of the Angels Basilica and the Ruins o Saint James the Apostle Parish. But there’s just as much to enjoy in the province of the same name from Lankester Botanical Gardens to one of Costa Rica’s most impressive places, Irazú Volcano. Cartago is just 27km (17 miles) east of San Jose, but because of frequently congested traffic, it can take up to one hour to get to it.
  • Orosi Valley. A large area in Cartago Province, Orosi deserves a special mention. Made up of ancient ruins, hot springs, waterfalls, coffee plantations, and Tapantí National Park, it has everything for a fun day away from the city. Located 42km (26 miles) southeast of San Jose, Orosi can be reached in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Jacó. Located in the central part of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Jacó is a surfer’s paradise. With plenty of surf shops, schools, and instructors, it’s a place that everyone from first-timers to seasoned pros can enjoy. With many great restaurants and affordable accommodation opportunities, Jacó is one of the most enjoyable places in the country. Located 98km (60 miles) southeast of the capital, it can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Tapantí National Park. One of the most accessible national parks of Costa Rica if you’re starting off from the capital, Tapantí is about a 90-minute drive southeast of San Jose (Cartago will be on the way). Characterized by impressive mountains, waterfalls, wild orchids, and protected wetlands, the area is a nature lover’s paradise. If you’re not in a great rush, make sure to also check out the neighboring Los Quetzales National Park and Los Santos Forest Reserve.
  • Heredia. A cozy, unassuming town that can essentially be seen as a large northern suburb of San Jose, Heredia is best known for the many coffee plantations that surround it. Important in the colonial settlement and economic development of the area, the plantations are great for both sampling the local produce and learning more about the area’s history. Many of the plantations offer tours in both Spanish and English. The drive from San Jose to Heredia takes only about 30 minutes.
  • Atenas. Named after the Greek Metropolis, Atenas is a town of just 7,500 people, but its ambitions are truly global – it advertises itself as the place with the best climate in the entire world. While skeptics might suggest that such a thing will always be subjective, there is no denying that the highland area’s pleasant, eternally spring-like weather is indeed very enjoyable. Also known for its organic coffee tours and farmers’ markets, Atenas is undoubtedly a foreign tourist’s favorite. Located on the way to the aforementioned Jacó, Atenas is 36 km (22 miles) west of San Jose and can be reached by car in about 50 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in San Jose is the Toyota Corolla. Travelers also love the Toyota Yaris and the Hyundai i10. The most popular rental car types in San Jose are standard, compact, and mini. Smaller cars are great for driving in the city (and perhaps even preferable to bigger ones because the city has its fair share of narrow streets); however, if you plan to travel to natural areas outside the capital city, renting a more powerful vehicle is a good idea. 

Further destinations

  • Arenal Volcano. A volcano surrounded by a national park, Arenal is a large nature area in the northern part of the country. The Arenal Volcano went dormant in 2010, but visitors sometimes still get to enjoy the sight of smoke coming out of it. Visitors can go on a walk through lava rocks, swim in Lake Arenal, trek through the jungle, or simply enjoy the primeval landscape. Located in Alajuela Province 160km (99 miles) north of San Jose, Arenal can be reached in about three hours.
  • Corcovado National Park. A true wildlife paradise, Corcovado’s forests and waters are home to a large number of unique and protected species. Some of the park’s inhabitants include the jaguar, puma, white-faced capuchin, American crocodile, and even bull shark. Keep in mind that Corcovado is very hard to get to - you will definitely need a 4WD vehicle and hiring a local guide is also strongly advised. The best idea is to set up a tour in advance, either from San Jose or Puerto Jimenez, a small town 373km (231 miles) southwest of the capital on the edge of the park.
  • Puerto Viejo. A coastal town on Costa Rica’s South Caribbean coast near the border with Panama, Puerto Viejo is another surfer’s paradise, only even more remote than that of Jacó. Should you ever tire of hitting those beautiful waves, the area also has wildlife refuges, rainforests, and coral reefs to explore. Puerto Viejo is 217km (135 miles) southeast of San Jose and can be reached in about four hours by car.
  • Guanacaste. Something of an outlier, Guanacaste Province is characterized by its dry tropical forests and distinct nature. Taking up the bulk of the Nicoya peninsula and the country’s northern Pacific coast, the area is known for its long beaches, many surfing towns, impressive volcanoes, and protected nature areas (one of which, the Guanacaste Conservation Area, is a world heritage site). The drive from San Jose takes only three to four hours. 

Car rental prices in San Jose

  • Large cars - from $26 per day
  • Medium cars - from $24 per day
  • Vans - from $76 per day
  • Small cars - from $18 per day
  • SUVs - from $24 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips and land a great rental car in San Jose:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting San Jose is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 40% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 57% cheaper than renting a car in July.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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Fact checked by
Hannah Lukaszewicz
Edited by Hannah Lukaszewicz, a US citizen who runs the international travel blog Getting Stamped. Hannah and her family have traveled to over 85 countries with a never-ending bucket list! Her travel blog hopes to inspire you to travel the world and help you plan your trip too. She has rented cars all over the world and has driven in over 30 countries. She believes that renting a car gives you such freedom and is the best way to experience a destination.

Top 5 cities near San Jose

  1. 9.9 km / 6.2 miles away
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  3. 62.2 km / 38.6 miles away
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in San Jose?

Car rental prices in San Jose vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in San Jose
$65.38
January
$69.06
February
$69.08
March
$36.73
April
$31.57
May
$29.74
June
$47.54
July
$41.69
August
$30.35
September
$27.80
October
$40.46
November
$80.07
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in San Jose is October (when prices average $27.80 per day). This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 65% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $80.07).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in San Jose?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 13 days, and in May, they keep their car for 10 days.
Average number of rental days in San Jose
12
January
11
February
11
March
11
April
10
May
11
June
13
July
12
August
11
September
12
October
12
November
11
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in San Jose?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in San Jose is December, and the least popular is May.
Monthly searches in San Jose by pick-up date relative to the average
142%
January
143%
February
108%
March
77%
April
53%
May
57%
June
92%
July
123%
August
72%
September
59%
October
99%
November
173%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 14
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Economy rent a car, MEX RENT A CAR, AmiGO Rent a Car, EC Rent a Car, Flexways
Popular car categories SUVs, Small cars, Large cars, Medium cars
Lowest price $18 per day
Cheapest supplier AmiGO Rent a Car

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Economy rent a car Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
MEX RENT A CAR Suzuki Jimny 3 1 SUVs
AmiGO Rent a Car Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR Hyundai Creta 4 2 SUVs
AmiGO Rent a Car Chevrolet Beat 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai Venue 5 2 SUVs
AmiGO Rent a Car Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Flexways Suzuki Jimny 3 1 SUVs
Economy rent a car Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
EC Rent a Car Mitsubishi ASX 5 3 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Canada
Toyota Yaris
June 17, 2024
The people in Costa Rica are amazing!
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
June 5, 2024
We visited La Fortuna and Tamarindo. Lots of monkeys, sloths and birds.
Netherlands
Suzuki Jimny
April 20, 2024
We drove to the beach or restaurants
United States of America (USA)
Nissan X-Trail
March 12, 2024
Surfing, beaches and weather awesome
Slovenia
Hyundai Accent
March 6, 2024
Some roads are not asphalt, and drainage channels are very deep in Costa Rica.
Poland
Toyota Rush
March 1, 2024
Fauna and Flora amazing
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
February 25, 2024
The best place was Quepos and Manuel Antonio national park and beach. We'd probably pay the admission just to be on that beach, one of the best in the world.
Switzerland
Daihatsu Bego
February 24, 2024
Surfing, fishing, parachuting, wandering and a lot of driving offroad.
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United States of America (USA)
Toyota Fortuner
February 24, 2024
We loved Costa Rica and definitely recommend renting a car because there so many areas and activities to explore. Our first lodging was not good, but the second, through Vacasa, was wonderful. I wish I had known how many AirBnb options there are before I booked the first place, which was pretty run down.
Ireland
Hyundai Tucson
February 19, 2024
Fabulous wildlife, restaurants very good - healthy food- friendly people
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Canada
Chevrolet Beat
February 18, 2024
The people in Costa Roca are so friendly. We definitely will come back!
Netherlands
Suzuki Jimny
February 11, 2024
Beautiful nature, great country to spend time.
Canada
Chevrolet Captiva
January 15, 2024
Jungle stay, amazing views.
France
Hyundai Creta
December 25, 2023
Costa Rica is simply Heaven on earth
United Kingdom
Hyundai Tucson
December 19, 2023
We travelled from San Jose to La Fortuna, Monteverde and Jaco. Visited many local Soda’s (traditional restaurants) on the way. Would recommend them to travellers and people looking to get a local experience.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Rush
December 1, 2023
Jungle and wildlife tours, beach trip, cross country drive.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
November 29, 2023
Hotel Finca 360 just a couple off hours north of Juan Santamaria airport. It sits adjacent to the Juan Castro National Park and has the most amazing views of the jungle, mountains, and multiple volcanoes. Amazing food and staff there, and it includes a free guided tour of the national park.
United Kingdom
Toyota Rush
November 28, 2023
Manuel Antonia National park excellent - stayed at Paridor hotel which was lovely. La Fortuna - loely area with large waterfall & Arenal volcano
Sweden
Nissan Versa
November 22, 2023
Costa Rica was wonderful. Rough roads in some places.
United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
October 18, 2023
Costa Rica is simply a stunning place to visit. A 4x4 is a must. A full sized 4x4 is recommended. Google Maps has 'roads' pre-mapped. Some of these 'roads', aren't roads, and would have been a bigger challenge in a smaller 4x4. Recommend a trip to Tortuguero and a stay at Turtle Beach Lodge for a unique, completely off-grid location. Stunning! Pack in as many tours as possible either end of the day, to capitalise on seeing as much as possible. Engage a local guide who'll have scopes, the local knowledge, and how best to see the wildlife you've come to see. You'll only be able to change $$$ outside the airport. Some tour guides will only accept $$$ or Colones. Euro's can be exchanged in limited locations outside the airport. Most places take credit card and I recommend taking a credit card the doesn't charge a fee for usage. You'll lose out exchanging into the local currency. Using the credit card saved around 15%. But $$$ are also required as tours, particularly, will only take cash.
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Canada
Mitsubishi ASX
October 16, 2023
Most of our trip was to nature spots with Costa Rican guides. Fantastic memories! Food was great. The best food was traditional Costa Rican.
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Portugal
Toyota Yaris
September 18, 2023
We drove around Costa Rica, from the atlantic coast to the pacific. Went to arenal and Manuel Antonio. Beautiful places and never had a problem with the car!
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Creta
August 2, 2023
I traveled and stayed at 10 different locations, hotels and resorts while they for the month of July.
Netherlands
Hyundai Tucson
July 20, 2023
Costa rica’s highlight: Every-F-ing thing! An amazing experience with beautifull wildlife, flora and super kind people everywhere!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
July 18, 2023
La fortuna is amazing
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
July 17, 2023
Spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica, entire family had an amazing time.
Belgium
Suzuki Vitara
June 2, 2023
Costa Rica is wonderful but you can use a 4x4
Italy
Toyota Yaris
May 22, 2023
Lot of sport and fun
Israel
Toyota RAV4
April 18, 2023
In Costa Rica there are many bumpy roads and dirt roads so it was important to rent a 4x4 vehicle
Canada
Hyundai i10
April 3, 2023
I did a circular trip and enjoyed very different places on Costa Rica.
Canada
Toyota Yaris
April 1, 2023
Got to see mountainous areas, spectaulur scenery, flora and fauna at the various animal reserves we visited.
Switzerland
Suzuki Grand Vitara
April 1, 2023
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United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
March 23, 2023
Costa Rica was amazing.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai i10
March 21, 2023
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United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
March 21, 2023
The Volcano Arenal and surrounding jungle are amazing.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
March 15, 2023
Go to La Fortuna!
United Kingdom
Suzuki Vitara
March 8, 2023
The one way system in San Jose takes a bit of getting used to
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Kicks
February 27, 2023
Driving in Costa Rica can be tricky. The car we had was great & reliable.
United States of America (USA)
Daihatsu Bego
February 20, 2023
Punta Viejo and Cahuita area. Cahuita and Manzanillo are great parks and the Caribbean shoreline is incredible. Waterfalls at Figue's Farm near Guapiles are beautiful.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
January 11, 2023
We went from jungle to beach to volcano. Did it all! Love CR.
Mexico
Hyundai Accent
January 10, 2023
Overall everything was perfect, nature, services and food. Not so good the roads, but compensated with the great views
Poland
Toyota Yaris
January 5, 2023
Bad experience - roads of Costa Rica 😁
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
November 14, 2022
My 4X4 vehicle was able to help me successfully drive up and down a mountain.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Kicks
July 29, 2022
Great nature, ziplining, and river rafting.
Switzerland
Chevrolet Captiva
February 3, 2022
Costa Rica is nice to visit by Roadtrip if you have time. For short distance like 100 km you need long time but everybody takes it easy „ Pura Vida“
Denmark
Toyota Corolla
December 6, 2021
Everything was as it should be. And everything went smooth and easily. We have nothing to mention or complain about. Thanks for now
Italy
Toyota Yaris
February 10, 2021
It's safe and perfect to drive around CostaRica with a car:))) freedom
United Kingdom
Daihatsu Bego
March 11, 2020
San Jose is a busy place with poor signage compared to Europe, you really need a GPS or app such as Waze. Many of the roads can be challenging with poor surfaces or "unexpected" potholes, a 4x4 vehicle is necessary and that is what we hired.
Colombia
Mitsubishi Mirage G4
February 23, 2020
I would definitely go back to Costa Rica.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Creta
February 13, 2020
Renting the car in San Jose was easy finding an economy rental in Tamarindo in Liberia was easy and in NosaraWhich made it nice for if we had problems which we did we were able to get with the agent in nosara
Belgium
Daihatsu Bego
January 14, 2019
We had been told that the roads are in bad shape and it's hard to drive. We went to the Monteverde, Arenal-area and the South Pacific area around Jaco and south to Dominical beach and had absolutely no problems with driving or the roads.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Adobe Rent a Car
9.1 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
York Car Rental
5.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
115
Total rental companies
25
Average daily price
$39.48
Lowest daily price
$18.00
Total cars available
1519

Top 25 suppliers in San Jose in 2024

Adobe Rent a Car
Adobe Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1 / 112 reviews
3 locations
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3 locations
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Exceptional 9 / 134 reviews
9 locations
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Enterprise
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Very good 8.9 / 17 reviews
7 locations
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National
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SIXT
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Flexways
Flexways
Very good 8.2 / 168 reviews
1 location
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Hertz
Good 7.8
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Good 7.7 / 74 reviews
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MEX RENT A CAR
Good 7.5 / 435 reviews
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Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 81 reviews
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Good 7.1 / 69 reviews
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Ace Rent a car
Satisfactory 6.4 / 94 reviews
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Satisfactory 6 / 8 reviews
3 locations
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Keddy
Poor 5.8 / 16 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $182
Avis
Avis
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6 locations
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York Car Rental
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