Alajuela car rentals

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
Dec 4 — Dec 11
Same drop-off
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Fri 12/11
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Alajuela car rental information

Pick-up locationAlajuela
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury SUV, Mini, Minivan, Passenger van, Pickup truck, Premium SUV, SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations12
Airport locations10
Popular agenciesAvis, MEXRENTACAR , Europcar, Payless, Enterprise

Cheap car rentals in Alajuela

$10/dayEconomy
$10/dayCompact
$11/dayIntermediate
$12/dayStandard
$15/dayFull-size
$8/daySUV
$18/dayMinivan
$23/dayFull-size SUV
$9/dayMini
$17/dayPassenger van
$43/dayPickup truck
$25/dayPremium SUV
$7/dayCompact SUV
$7/dayIntermediate SUV
$8/daySupplier choice
$17/dayStandard SUV
$36/dayLuxury SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Alajuela car rental reviews and directory

From $3/dayRated #1
Ace
Best rated
4.3 Okay (58 reviews)
1 location in Alajuela
Ace
Locations in Alajuela
Across from Hampton Inn Hotel+506 2105 3466
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJan 2 2020
Pros: Nothing to like. I booked a Jeep for 5 people and they told me that they could only offer me a 4 seater with no trunk.Cons: Have the car that you booked available.
3.2 MediocreDec 30 2019
Pros: Staff was available and responsiveCons: I was told online my price would be $277. I get there and they charge me $530. They initially give me a car that brakes don’t work and my husband wrecks into a car in front of us. They show no remorse although the situation could have ended much worse (I.e wreck on the highway going 70mph). They bring us another car but it’s the exact same brand- we still feel very uncomfortable about the brake situation so we ask for a different type of car and they just give a hard no. Zero remorse. Deceiving prices and little remorse or attempt to make the situation right make this a poor experience.
4.4 OkayNov 30 2019
Pros: They did finally change the car for us after telling us previously there weren’t any other cars.Cons: When we were quoted for the price it was $34 total for 6 days. However, when we arrived we were told there was an obligatory insurance we needed to get (in-spite of my credit card having an international plan). The price quickly changes from the quoted $34 dollars (which supposedly included taxes and fees) to $300. We ended up paying an extra $50 more for the full insurance (since we were worried what they would try to charge us for if anything at all happened) so it came to $350. When we asked why it changed so drastically they said that it was because of the extra fees and taxes (which the website had said were included.) I had originally picked a Jeep but the confirmation email was for an SUV instead (So that was strange). When we got the Jeep it had no gps or even a usb charging port . When we asked about this the man told us he should go by Walmart in order to get one for the car. When we complained he said that they didn’t have any other cars and then finally offered us a carport charger that he had that we could borrow. When we left the seatbelt light turned on and wouldn’t stop beeping (even though we had our seatbelts on.) finally we had to turn around and return the car. We also realized there wasn’t even a middle seatbelt in the back of the car. They miraculously had a different car for us then. Overall- not a good experience. Would NOT recommend. We do speak Spanish as well fluently so it wasn’t like anything but was “lost in translation.”
2.0 MediocreNov 5 2019
Pros: NothingCons: I have a printed confirmation from you for $110.00. In fairness it does read estimated taxes and fees $57.12. Confirmation # CRF8702737. After paying for a shuttle to the isolated offsite I was told the rental was $450.00 no negotiation and he kept pointing to the estimated taxes and fees. Extremely deceptive business practice. While Adolfo in customer service was very good and resolved my issue I would highly reccomend these deceptive business practices and disclose to your customers what the actual fees will really be.
4.8 OkayJul 18 2019
Cons: Charged us an extra $420 'compulsory' insurance on our $115 rental. We were not allowed to opt out of it even though we already have rental car insurance. This was a scam and made our rental 4 times more expensive than originally booked!!
2.0 MediocreJun 3 2019
Pros: Had to pay a ton of money once I showed up to the counter, as the Allianz insurance recommended on the Kayak website and that I had paid for was deemed invalid by the Ace staff at the pick-up point. I had to pay from $50 I had paid online to $300 at the point of pick-up.Cons: Misinformation should be cleaned up from the Kayak website regarding the Ace rental details and charges.
8.8 ExcellentMay 23 2019
Pros: Great car! We took it on some pretty rough roads and it handled them no problem.Cons: This rental was not handled directly by Ace, but locally by "Toyota rentals" or something like that. They did not accept my Allianz travel car insurance, purchased in advance, and instead required that I purchase (more expensive) insurance directly through them.
6.0 GoodApr 1 2019
Cons: Better disclosure regarding mandatory LDW rates in Costa Rica and/or offerings of affordable local car insurance.
3.2 MediocreMar 25 2019
Pros: NothingCons: It’s a scam. There should have been a lot more information about the “required insurance” beforehand. Added $300 to the rental. The car was a piece of junk that could barely get down a dirt road even though it was a 4x4. It rattled incessantly, shook when turned too hard. Terrible.
2.0 MediocreMar 24 2019
Pros: NothingCons: Everything Classic “bait and switch” on car and insurance rates
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From $9/dayRated #2
Budget
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Alajuela
Budget
Locations in Alajuela
3km From Intl Apo+506 2436 2000
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 24 2018
Budget was greatPros: Smooth pick up and drop off. Was shuttled back and forth from my San Jose hotelCons: Bought supplemental insurance from Allianz from Kayak site that Budget in Costa Rica didn’t accept. Wasted $90
From $2/dayRated #3
Payless
5.7 Okay (15 reviews)
1 location in Alajuela
Payless
Locations in Alajuela
Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo+506 2430 4647
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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  • 4.8
Recent reviews
4.4 OkayMar 3 2019
Cons: Car rate with Insurance is a RIP. Spent more on car rental than hotel for a week.
3.2 MediocreFeb 27 2019
Cons: Knowing that insurance for three weeks would cost $1,500 and that I needed letters from my insurance company and credit card company to verify insurance would have been honest. I was very unhappy to learn this at the counter after a day of traveling. Dishonest practice.
2.0 MediocreDec 30 2018
Had a break failurePros: NothingCons: Paid $800+ for 5 days, but when I stated the riding, the ride was really bad. Still choose to use it for 5 days. During 5th day driving down from Irazu Volcano, the break failed suddenly.. Holding the hand break and pressing break pedal didn't stop the car. To avoid life threatening accident, I had to hit a post to stop the car. Still wife is suffering with pain. When I called Payless to report the incident, amazed to know that no question about if the passengers are ok.. After 2:45 hours got a replacement car, with dirty smell from the rear side. After reaching the payless rental place to return the call, when I explained these incidents, their reaction was the worst, it's almost like who cares if the break failed or the replacement call smelled.. Will find out the options to take action. Don't rent from Payless if you are going to Costa Rica.
6.0 GoodDec 7 2017
Pros: Good customer service.Cons: Windshield wipers were useless. Interior light was broken. Had to lock and unlock car with the key ie the key buttons were broken or battery was dead.
6.0 GoodJun 27 2017
Bait and SwitchPros: Availability of vehicles on hand and excellent customer service.Cons: The cost that was presented during the online booking process did not remotely come close to the actual cost during the car rental pickup. I ended up paying close to $1,000 overall. Also, I paid for full coverage for car insurance online as part of the online booking process so it can be ready upon pickup. But Payless did not honor the online car insurance purchase and therefore in order to finalize the car rental transaction with Payless I had to purchase their car insurance. Although Payless provided great service and had excellent cars for rent I did not appreciate the blatant disparities in cost and having to purchase 2 full coverage car insurances. I don't see myself renting from Payless again.
7.2 GoodJun 4 2017
Cons: The Costa Rican mandatory insurance was not included in part of the cost. Also, the brakes were very spongy, forcing me to use the emergency brakes down steep hills.
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2017
Didn't rentPros: Office was closed when we arrived late because of plane delay. No message sent to our email. Luckily, Dollar rental was still open and had a car for us - excellent experience with them.
4.8 OkayJan 9 2017
Pros: Drop off location was fine.Cons: Pickup location "insurance" requirement - see my previous post.
3.6 MediocreSep 8 2016
A Big ScamCons: They made me purchase insurance even though I already had pay it ahead of time thru a third party company. They said that the minimum amount I had to pay per day was $40 dollars otherwise I couldn't rent the car.
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From $1/dayRated #4
Economy Rent a Car
Most popular
Cheapest deal
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Alajuela
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Alajuela
Alajuela Airport Boulevard+506 2299 2000
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2.0 MediocreFeb 26 2017
FRAUDELENT!Cons: The reservation was booked on Kayak.com for approximately USD $144 for 2 days. Upon arrival they claimed to have absolutely no inventory, then, after waiting ~2 hours, they colluded with a partner rental company and charged my credit card USD $1,000.00 for a 2 day rental. Criminal!
Avis
1 location in Alajuela
Avis
Locations in Alajuela
Ruta San Antonio Del Tejar+506 2509 5950
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
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EC Rent a Car
1 location in Alajuela
EC Rent a Car
Locations in Alajuela
Provincia de Alajuela, Rio Segundo, , Costa Rica+506 7004 0090
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GREEN MOTION
1 location in Alajuela
GREEN MOTION
Locations in Alajuela
ALAJUELA AIRPORT Office is located across from Hampton Inn Hotel+506 2441 1411
Recent reviews
keddy by Europcar
1 location in Alajuela
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Alajuela
San Jose Airport
Recent reviews
MEXRENTACAR
1 location in Alajuela
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Alajuela
Route 3 Rio Segundo
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From $3/day
NU Car
1 location in Alajuela
NU Car
Locations in Alajuela
1.4km E. Of Holidayinn Express+506 2442 6000
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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Right Cars
1 location in Alajuela
Right Cars
Locations in Alajuela
San Jose Airport
Recent reviews
Target Car Rental
1 location in Alajuela
Target Car Rental
Locations in Alajuela
San Jose Airport
Recent reviews
75 travelers who rented a car in Alajuela gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.6

Car rental locations in or near Alajuela

Good to know

Most popular agency

Economy Rent a Car

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$6/day

Good deal

$4/day

When to book a rental car in Alajuela

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for renting a car in Alajuela

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Alajuela for $4 or less
  • Book your rental car in Alajuela at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Alajuela are around 119% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Alajuela are around 89% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Alajuela

  • Some car rental companies in Alajuela which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Dollar and Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Alajuela costs $6 per day.

  • Economy (Kia Rio Hatchback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Alajuela.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar ($9/day), MEXRENTACAR ($11/day) and Enterprise ($12/day).

  • Car rental companies onsite at Juan Santamaria Intl airport include Economy Rent a Car, Alamo, Budget, U-Save, Avis, Europcar, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly and Apex.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Juan Santamaria Intl airport to off-airport locations include Economy Rent a Car, Alamo, Budget, Payless, NU Car, Ace, U-Save, Avis, Europcar, and Dollar.

  • In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Europcar Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional 760-1007 (2 miles from city center).

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Economy car rental in Alajuela costs $3 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in Alajuela costs $6 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Alajuela costs $9 per day, on average.

  • In Alajuela, cars are most frequently rented at U-Save Rio Segundo (2 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Alajuela costs $41 per week ($6 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Alajuela costs $178 per month ($6 per day).

  • Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).