Car Rental in Costa Rica

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Liberia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
$40.25 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Beat or similar
Chevrolet Beat
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
AmiGo Rent a Car
$72.45 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Fortuner or similar
Toyota Fortuner
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$74.04 per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Tiida or similar
Nissan Tiida
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$81.31 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Liberia Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Rush or similar
Toyota Rush
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AmiGO Rent a Car
$95.21 / per day
Liberia Airport Car Rental
Standard
Hyundai Tucson or similar
Hyundai Tucson
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$110.48 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Special
Toyota Rush or similar
Toyota Rush
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$118.02 / per day
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental
Premium Elite
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flexways
$121.11 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:50 on 2023-02-06. 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
Traffic direction
Right-hand side
Country code
506
Average car rental price
$97.23 / per day
Average car rental length
1 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mph
Speed limit out of town
40 - 60 km/h
25 - 37 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.02%
Rating
8.8

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

  • Juan Santamaria Airport: Named after Costa Rica’s national hero, this airport is the largest in Costa Rica and among the busiest in Central America. The airport has flights to and from many destinations in the Americas, as well as some in Europe. Located less than 20km (12 miles) northwest of downtown San Jose, the airport can be reached in about 25 minutes.
  • Tobías Bolaños Airport: The other airport serving the capital region, Tobías Bolaños offers access to some of the more remote destinations of the country like Drake Bay and Tortuguero. 
  • Liberia Airport: Serving the northwestern city of the same name, Liberia Airport has flights to many destinations in the United States, as well as in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, and neighboring Panama.

Top cities and places to visit

  • San Jose. Although Costa Rica’s capital can sometimes be overlooked due to all the natural riches that the country has to offer, it is a lovely place to visit. Noticeably more relaxed than some of its Latin American counterparts, the highlights of the capital include the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the Insect Museum at the University of Costa Rica.
  • Cartago. Located less than an hour from the capital and thus easy to visit on a day trip, the city of Cartago is arguably the best place in the country to see the remnants of colonial Spanish architecture. The most famous building is the Our Lady of Angels Basilica, but other gems include the ruins of St. James the Apostle Parish and nearby Orosi Valley.
  • North and Central Pacific. Made up of stunning coastline, many national parks, and steep mountain roads, this is the most visited part of Costa Rica. Highlights include the world-famous surf town of Tamarindo and Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, but there are also plenty of hidden gems for a curious traveler to explore.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Costa Rica is the Toyota Corolla, although many travelers also go for the Toyota Yaris and the Hyundai Accent. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and intermediate. While a smaller car is perfectly fine to explore the cities and travel on main highways, driving into the mountains or jungle might require a 4x4.

Driver license requirements

  • Costa Rica recognizes foreign driver’s licenses if they are written in a Latin alphabet and if you’re visiting on a trip that’s shorter than three months. If you’re visiting on a longer trip or if you’re a permanent resident of Costa Rica, you need to acquire a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is in another alphabet (e.g., Cyrillic or Arabic), you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Even if you have an IDP, you still need to also provide your valid driver’s license from your country
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Costa Rica has two neighboring countries, Panama and Nicaragua. There are a few rental car suppliers that permit cross-border trips to the former, but practically none to the latter. You can find car rental companies that permit one-way rentals to Panama by entering your car pick-up and drop-off locations when searching.

It is possible to cross the border with public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving in the neighboring country. Do keep in mind, though, that each country has its own, unique visa policy. While people from most Western countries can visit both Costa Rica and its neighbors visa-free, the situation is different from visitors from other countries. If you plan to visit one of Costa Rica’s neighbors during your trip, do consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance.

Most popular types of rental car

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.

Top driving routes

  • The Caribbean Coast: The Caribbean region of Costa Rica is made up of Limon Province which stretches all the way from the border with Nicaragua in the north to the Panamanian border in the south. Relatively unscathed by mass tourism, the region is home to sustainable tourism initiatives, large conversation areas, and the country’s Jamaican diaspora.
  • The inland North: Sparsely populated, Costa Rica’s inland northern parts are made up of a primal landscape of mountains and volcanoes, as well as cloud forests and hot springs between them. The largest town, Ciudad Quesada, is a popular vacation spot and can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the region, but you can also do it from San Jose as most of the region’s destinations are within a 2-3 hour drive from the capital.
  • The Southwest: This remote jungle corner is known as the greenest part of Costa Rica and is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Getting there takes time and, once you get off the main highways and into nature, getting around may require a tour guide, but those curious enough to plan ahead and make this trip will be richly rewarded.

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $108 per day
  • Medium cars - from $107 per day
  • Vans - from $182 per day
  • Small cars - from $107 per day
  • SUVs - from $144 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.
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Top 7 Most Popular Cities in Costa Rica

  1. Car Rental in San Jose from $185.24 per day
  2. Car Rental in Liberia from $91.66 per day
  3. Car Rental in Tamarindo from $213.16 per day
  4. Car Rental in Quepos from $91.86 per day
  5. Car Rental in Guapiles from $91.86 per day
  6. Car Rental in Heredia from $123.73 per day

Top 6 Most Popular Locations in Costa Rica

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 help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Costa Rica
$53.53
January
$48.37
February
$32.66
March
$51.66
April
$28.67
May
$33.75
June
$30.45
July
$40.56
August
$22.55
September
$24.57
October
$65.88
November
$76.54
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Costa Rica is September — prices start from $22.55 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 47% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $76.54 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 how far in advance you book. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Costa Rica?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 10 days. The shortest are in April — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Costa Rica
10
January
7
February
8
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
7
August
9
September
6
October
10
November
9
December

What's the most popular time of year to rent a car in Costa Rica?

DiscoverCars.com 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
65%
January
54%
February
34%
March
28%
April
34%
May
24%
June
31%
July
31%
August
106%
September
138%
October
124%
November
531%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
AmiGO Rent a Car Chevrolet Beat 4 2 Small cars
Avis Nissan Kicks 4 3 SUVs
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
AmiGO Rent a Car Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Avis Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
AmiGO Rent a Car Toyota Rush 5 2 SUVs
MEX RENT A CAR Toyota Rush 4 2 SUVs
AmiGO Rent a Car Toyota Rush 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

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

Canada
Nissan Kicks
December 30, 2022
I loved Dominical, very quiet and slow Jaco was also a very friendly place Tamarindo was bigger and more touristic but everywhere we stopped seems very safe and friendly people All restaurants had great fish and seafood Those are my favourite food Sunset was always extraordinary
United Kingdom
Toyota Rush
December 21, 2022
All Beach and mountain areas were perfect
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Qashqai
November 26, 2022
Thank you
Spain
Toyota Yaris
July 25, 2022
It is highly recommended to hire a 4*4 car because in many situations differents navigators leade your route through several ways in very bad conditions
Canada
Toyota RAV4
May 2, 2022
The main roads in Costa Rica are in good shape, but a lot of them are not. There is also a lot of steep hills to climb. So a decent AWD car will be my recommendation. If you can get your hands and on a real 4x4 car, you should do it since sometimes you will need to go through dirt roads.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
May 3, 2021
get a higher profile wheel base, many rocks and bumps to navigate
United States of America (USA)
Nissan X-Trail
April 29, 2021
Have everything you need
Canada
Toyota Yaris
November 22, 2020
Much nicer and safer than you might have been told. "Ticos" are friendly, hospitable people who live humbly, work hard and if treated with respect and kindness, will give it back in spades. I felt comfortable everywhere I went, even though it was new and unfamiliar. Amazing natural places also.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Adobe Rent a Car
9.24 / 10
Lowest rated company
Avis
6.79 / 10
Total number of reviews
56
Total rental companies
20
Average daily price
$97.23
Lowest daily price
$16.15
Total cars available
1584

Top 20 Suppliers in Costa Rica in 2023

Adobe Rent a Car
Adobe Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2 / 64 reviews
+50625424848 / +50624422422 / +50624412219
1.4 Km Al Este Alajuela 20109, Alajuela, Río Segundo
$124 - $167
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
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 80 reviews
+50622427907 / +50622427733
La Asunción De Belén, Calle Don Chico, Belen, 40703
$74 - $231
EasyCar
EasyCar
Excellent 8.8 / 1 reviews
+50625424848 / +50621012147
Edificio C-12, Planta Baja, America Free Zone, Calle Domingueños Llorente, Flores, 40803
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7 / 43 reviews
+50624313803
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3
$115 - $325
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
22427800
Main Street In Front Of Samara
$101 - $254
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 11 reviews
+50622427911 / +50622427878
De Belen, C. Don Chico, Heredia, Belén, 40703
$100 - $253
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6
50640020712
1.5 Kms East Liberia Airport
Working hours
Mon:05:00-21:00
Tue:05:00-21:00
Wed:05:00-21:00
Thu:05:00-21:00
Fri:05:00-21:00
Sat:05:00-21:00
Sun:05:00-21:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
+50650640023857
Plaza Futura 1,Frente Aeropuerto Daniel Oduber. Liberia, Guanacaste
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
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
+50650640023857
Plaza Futura 1,Frente Aeropuerto Daniel Oduber. Liberia, Guanacaste
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
Payless Car Rental
Payless Car Rental
Excellent 8.4
+50626670808 / 18004973659
21, Guanacaste Province, Liberia
$181 - $181
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
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4
+50640522000
Aeropuerto Liberia, Provincia De Guanacaste, Liberia
$97 - $195
Working hours
Mon:05:00-20:00
Tue:05:00-20:00
Wed:05:00-20:00
Thu:05:00-20:00
Fri:05:00-20:00
Sat:05:00-20:00
Sun:05:00-20:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.2 / 134 reviews
+50640367420
Paseo Colón, 30th Street
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.2 / 29 reviews
+50624362007
Daniel Oduber Intl Airport
$124 - $228
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-21:00
Sat:06:00-21:00
Sun:06:00-21:00
Flexways
Flexways
Excellent 8 / 53 reviews
+5491152599877
Aeropuerto Daniel Oduber Quirós, Liberia
$121 - $121
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.9 / 58 reviews
+50622552200
Tobias Bolanos Airport -Shuttle-
$40 - $92
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
AmiGO Rent a Car
AmiGO Rent a Car
Very good 7.9 / 153 reviews
+50625233200
750-1007, 3Rd Street, 13Th Ave, Barrio Amon San Jose
$95 - $155
Working hours
Mon:07:00-16:00
Tue:07:00-16:00
Wed:07:00-16:00
Thu:07:00-16:00
Fri:07:00-16:00
Sat:07:00-16:00
Sun:07:00-16:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Very good 7.2 / 36 reviews
50624300629
5Km East Daniel Oduber Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:30-19:30
Tue:06:30-19:30
Wed:06:30-19:30
Thu:06:30-19:30
Fri:06:30-19:30
Sat:06:30-19:30
Sun:06:30-19:30
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Very good 7 / 183 reviews
+50622992000
Cafe De Paris, Guiones Beach Guanacaste Nosara, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50206
$183 - $312
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7 / 82 reviews
+50685198889
5 km East from Aeropuerto Daniel Oduber
$91 - $118
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:00
Tue:07:30-20:00
Wed:07:30-20:00
Thu:07:30-20:00
Fri:07:30-20:00
Sat:07:30-20:00
Sun:07:30-20:00
Avis
Avis
Good 6.8 / 277 reviews
+50622960167
Sabana Norte contiguo al Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, San José Province, San José, 10108, Costa Rica
$74 - $180
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
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