Car Rental at San Jose Airport

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San Jose Airport, San Jose, USA - California
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$58.12 per day
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$65.70 per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$80.12 per day
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$86.85 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$69.70 / per day
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$89.69 / per day
Full-size Elite
Infiniti Q50 or similar
Infiniti Q50
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$89.88 / per day
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$91.15 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:02 on 2023-01-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand side
Country code
1
Average car rental price
$78.90 / per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
10.0
San Jose Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

San Jose International Airport serves the third-largest city in California and the southern Bay Area as a whole. This includes most of Silicon Valley. Those seeking to visit tech companies such as Google or Apple for business or as a tourist are best served using San Jose International.  In fact, the airport’s tagline is that it is  Silicon Valley’s Airport 

The airport’s official name is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airpot. Norman Mineta is a former plication that served in the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton after he was mayor of San Jose. 

Top international routes

  • Guadalajara
  • Vancouver
  • San Jose del Cabo
  • London-Heathrow
  • Tokyo
  • Beijing
  • Frankfurt
  • Shanghai

Main airlines

Southwest is the largest airline serving San Jose International with about half of the airport’s total passenger volume.

Alaska Airlines is the second-largest airline at the airport. It provides service between San Jose and many cities in the Western United States, Hawaii, and cities in Mexico.

American Airlines provides service to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix.

Delta flies to and from its hub in Atlanta in addition to a few other cities including New York City.

Jetblue provides transcontinental flights to and from New York and Boston in addition to flights to Long Beach.

Terminals

There are two terminals at San Jose International, Terminal A, and Terminal B.The international arrivals area is located in a separate area of Terminal A. It is possible to walk between the gates of the two terminals as they are connected airside.

Location

The airport is located just a few miles north of downtown San Jose which itself lies at the southern end of the Bay Area.

The airport is around 50 miles south of downtown San Francisco and roughly the same distance from Oakland. The airport is located around 350 miles from Los Angeles (slightly farther if you take the more scenic 101 as opposed to I-5).

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $79 per day
  • Vans - from $92 per day
  • Premium cars - from $97 per day
  • Small cars - from $61 per day
  • SUVs - from $97 per day

Car rental desks

The Rental Car Center at San Jose International is located across the street from Terminal B. If you arrive at Terminal B, you can walk across the street to the center. If you arrive at Terminal A, you can take the inter-terminal bus which stops in front of the rental car center.

Thrifty, Alamo, Dollar, and National all have desks in the Rental Car Center. Renters renting a van from Airport Van Rental (through Ace) are provided shuttle service to the company’s location west of the airport (the ride takes about ten minutes).

Services and facilities

San Jose International has all of the services and facilities one would expect an international airport to have. Both terminals have numerous options for dining or having coffee. There are restaurants, bars, fast food, and cafes. There is also a wide range of shops and kiosks. The airport also provides passengers with free wifi in both terminals. Terminal A, where the international arrivals area is, has a currency exchange. As usual, though, it is best to use an ATM or pay with your card as much as possible as your bank will almost always give you a better exchange rate than the airport exchanges.

Nearest gas station

The nearest gas station for those returning rental cars depends on which highway you are approaching and from which direction.

For those with Costco memberships, a Costco behind the airport is the best option even if it is not the closest station to the airport. Its prices are significantly lower than other stations in the area.

Those without a Costco membership coming from the north along the 101 are best served by a Chevron station on North 1st Street. From the station, you can head south along N. 1st Street to Skyport Drive from which entrance to the Rental Car Center is simple.

Those coming from I-280 or the 101 from the south, are best served by a Shell Station located just south of I-880 or a Phillips 66 located just north of I-880. Though the Phillips 66 station is located close to the airport, the side of the road it is on requires drivers to pass the Shell station too. Therefore, either is preferable.

If returning a van from Ace (serviced by Airport Van Rental), you have a choice of three stations. If you have a Costco membership, then the Costco right buy the rental office is not only the best choice based on price but also location.

If you do not have a Costco membership, then a Chevron station located just off of I-880 is the best station for filling up. It is only about a mile from the rental office. If coming from the north along the 101, then a Philips 66 on De La Cruz Blvd. is the best station.

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Airport info

Rating
7.9
  • Getting to the airport 7.1
  • Check-in and departures 7.6
  • Terminal facilities 6.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.2
  • Lounge 5.4

San Jose Airport (SJC)

  • IATA: SJC
  • ICAO: KSJC
  • Name: San Jose Airport (SJC)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 12,480,232
  • Distance from city: 2 miles / 3.2 km NW of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +1 408 501 7600

Top 18 Locations near San Jose Airport

  1. 54.4 km / 33.8 miles away
  2. 55.6 km / 34.5 miles away
  3. 81.2 km / 50.4 miles away
  4. 155.3 km / 96.5 miles away
  5. 156.0 km / 97.0 miles away
  6. Car Rental at Fresno Airport from $48.06 per day
    200.5 km / 124.6 miles away
  7. 269.7 km / 167.6 miles away
  8. 327.6 km / 203.6 miles away
  9. 369.9 km / 229.8 miles away
  10. 450.4 km / 279.9 miles away
  11. 469.6 km / 291.8 miles away
  12. 488.7 km / 303.7 miles away
  13. 514.4 km / 319.6 miles away
  14. 529.4 km / 328.9 miles away
  15. 543.4 km / 337.6 miles away
  16. 621.0 km / 385.9 miles away
  17. 664.3 km / 412.8 miles away
  18. 693.0 km / 430.6 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
January
$64.42
February
$33.28
March
$44.02
April
$65.49
May
June
July
$41.87
August
September
$38.65
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at San Jose Airport is March when prices for an Economy class start from $33.28. You can see that this is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 49% cheaper than renting a car in May (when rental prices start at $65.49 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are just 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 frequent rental length at San Jose Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in November the average rental period is 10 days, while in September, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
6
January
6
February
7
March
6
April
7
May
8
June
6
July
5
August
4
September
6
October
10
November
6
December

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

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at San Jose Airport in July, while they are least likely to to rent in in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
83%
January
69%
February
75%
March
82%
April
115%
May
137%
June
141%
July
118%
August
88%
September
99%
October
91%
November
103%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Chevrolet Equinox 4 3 SUVs
Dollar Chrysler Pacifica 5 2 Vans
Thrifty Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Pathfinder 4 2 Large cars
Enterprise Ford Edge 5 3 SUVs
Enterprise Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Pathfinder 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars

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.

Israel
Nissan Pathfinder
October 26, 2022
The only desepointed was that I wanted to upgrade the car for minivan and they asked for 75 (!) Dollar a day. Much more that it was if I would do it in advance.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.83 / 10
Lowest rated company
FOX
8.19 / 10
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$78.90
Lowest daily price
$58.12
Total cars available
94

Top 11 Suppliers at San Jose Airport in 2023

Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+18443708303
1659 Airport Blvd Ste 5, San Jose, CA 95110
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
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7
+18338135264
1659 Airport Blvd Ste 5, San Jose, CA 95110
$79 - $134
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+18887498227
1659 Airport Blvd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
+18443708304
1659 Airport Blvd Ste 8, San Jose, CA 95110
$81 - $136
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6
4089386000
1659 Airport Blvd
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:30
Tue:06:00-22:30
Wed:06:00-22:30
Thu:06:00-22:30
Fri:06:00-22:30
Sat:06:00-22:30
Sun:06:00-22:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+14082867850
1659 Airport Boulevard, Ste 3
$77 - $165
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4 / 3 reviews
+18664342226
1659 Airport Blvd
$66 - $102
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:30
Tue:06:00-22:30
Wed:06:00-22:30
Thu:06:00-22:30
Fri:06:00-22:30
Sat:06:00-22:30
Sun:06:00-22:30
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.3
4087244400
1659 Airport Blvd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3
+14089932224
1659 Airport Boulevard Ste 2
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Thrifty
Excellent 8.2 / 3 reviews
+18772830898
1659 Airport Blvd
$58 - $116
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:30
Tue:06:00-22:30
Wed:06:00-22:30
Thu:06:00-22:30
Fri:06:00-22:30
Sat:06:00-22:30
Sun:06:00-22:30
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.2 / 13 reviews
+14087092950 / +18002254369
1659 Airport Blvd.Car Rental Center San Jose.
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
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