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San José Car Rental Information

Pick-up Location San José
Car Types Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Mini, Minivan, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental Locations 59
Airport Locations 25
Popular Agencies Budget, Payless, Firefly, GREEN MOTION , Economy Rent a Car

Cheap Car Rentals in San José

Economy $5/day
Compact $5/day
Intermediate $5/day
Standard $5/day
Full-size $7/day
SUV $5/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in San José budget
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in San José nucar
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in San José payless
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in San José nucar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in San José budget
2 Adults, 2 Bags SUV car in San José payless
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From $12/day
Rated #1
Alamo
Best Rated
8.7 Excellent (6,607 reviews)
5 locations in San José
Alamo
Locations in San José
Avenue 18
+506 2233 7933
Between 34th And 36th St Next
+506 2221 4700
Km 3 General Canas Highway
+506 2290 0437
La Asuncion De Belen
+506 2242 7907
San Jose Intl Airport
+506 2242 7907
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From $13/day
Rated #2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (12,827 reviews)
4 locations in San José
Enterprise
Locations in San José
Between 34th And 36th
+506 2248 0074
La Asuncion De Belen
+506 2242 7816
Momentum Plaza - Lindora
+506 2242 7914
San Jose Intl Airport
+506 2242 7900
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From $13/day
Rated #3
Avis
7.6 Good (2,253 reviews)
3 locations in San José
Avis
Locations in San José
1219 Hotel Crown Plaza Corobici
+506 2296 0167
Cruce San Antonio De Belen
+506 2442 1321
San Jose Sabana Norte
+506 2509 5980
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From $9/day
Rated #4
Budget
7.4 Good (4,228 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Budget
Locations in San José
Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo
+506 2436 2010
Paseo Colon
+506 2436 2015
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From $20/day
Rated #5
Hertz
7.4 Good (3,838 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Hertz
Locations in San José
Juan Santamaria Intl Apto.
+506 2221 1818
Paseo Colon Y Calle 38
+506 2221 1818
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From $5/day
Rated #6
Dollar
7.3 Good (6,374 reviews)
4 locations in San José
Dollar
Locations in San José
Centro Comercial Guachipelin
+506 2228 6686
General Canas Hgy Nxt To Total
+506 2443 2950
Juan Santamaria Intl Ap
+506 2431 4865
Paseo Colon Ave, 36 & 38 St
+506 2257 1585
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From $10/day
Rated #7
Thrifty
7.1 Good (2,773 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Thrifty
Locations in San José
1 Km E And 50 Meter N
+506 2442 8585
Calle 3 Avenida 13
+506 2257 3434
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From $2/day
Rated #8
Payless
payless
6.6 Good (2,636 reviews)
1 location in San José
Payless
Locations in San José
Paseo Colon
+506 2256 0101
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From $2/day
Rated #9
Economy Rent a Car
Most popular
4.9 Okay (1,105 reviews)
4 locations in San José
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San José
Downtown San Jose
+506 2299 2000
Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport
+506 2299 2000
San Pedro
+506 2299 2000
Tobias Bolanos International Airport
+506 2299 2000
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From $14/day
Rated #10
National
8.0 Excellent (889 reviews)
5 locations in San José
National
Locations in San José
Avenue 18th
+506 2242 7901
Between 34th & 36th Next To
+506 2248 0074
Km 3 General Canas Highway
+506 2290 0437
La Asuncion De Belen
+506 2242 7878
San Jose Intl Airport
+506 2242 7911
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From $5/day
Rated #11
Firefly
firefly
7.3 Good (326 reviews)
1 location in San José
Firefly
Locations in San José
Rio Segundo
+506 2443 4645
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From $3/day
Rated #12
Ace
ace
6.0 Good (365 reviews)
1 location in San José
Ace
Locations in San José
Between Street 30 and 32
+506 2105 3460
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From $15/day
Rated #13
Europcar
4.1 Okay (3 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Europcar
Locations in San José
Hotels Delivery And Collection
+506 2519 9308
Mango Plaza 1km North Of Juan Santa
+506 2519 9308
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Sunnycars
sunnycars
5 locations in San José
Sunnycars
Locations in San José
Avenue 18
General Canas Hwy 3KM
Mango Plaza 111, 1km North Of Juan
Paseo Colon 36-38
Station is on Airport grounds
From $10/day
easyCar
easycar
2 locations in San José
easyCar
Locations in San José
34th St., 16th Ave.
San Jose Intl Airport
+506 2442 2422
L&M Car Rental
lmcarrental
2 locations in San José
L&M Car Rental
Locations in San José
North Of The Sabana Park
San Jose International Airport
Mirage Car Rental
miragecar
2 locations in San José
Mirage Car Rental
Locations in San José
San Jose Airport
Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)
From $2/day
NU Car
nucar
Cheapest deal
2 locations in San José
NU Car
Locations in San José
Tobias Bolanos Airport
+506 2255-2200
next to the Ambassador Hotel
+506 2255 2000
From $23/day
Sixt
sixtrentacar
2 locations in San José
Sixt
Locations in San José
Calle 43, 50m sur del Bar Rio
+506 2431 3803
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3
+506 2431 3803
From $23/day
ADOBE
adobe
1 location in San José
ADOBE
Locations in San José
Edificio Adobe, 34th St., 16th Ave., Barrio Corazón de Jesús Hospital, San José, San José -
+506 2542 4800
From $4/day
Apex
apex
1 location in San José
Apex
Locations in San José
Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo
Discount Service Car Rental
discountservic
1 location in San José
Discount Service Car Rental
Locations in San José
La Uruca 5 Blocks West From Hospital Mexico
5-062-294-2354
From $13/day
E-Z Rent-A-Car
ez
1 location in San José
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San José
San Jose International Airport - Europcar
+506 2440 9990
From $23/day
GREEN MOTION
greenmotion
1 location in San José
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San José
300 meters east from the Purdy Motor building in Paseo Colon San Jose
From $14/day
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in San José
keddy by Europcar
Locations in San José
Delivery And Collection Serviceonly
Target Car Rental
targetcar
1 location in San José
Target Car Rental
Locations in San José
Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)
From $2/day
U-Save
u-save
1 location in San José
U-Save
Locations in San José
Rio Segundo
+506 2430 4648

Car Rental Locations in San José

Good to Know

Most Popular Agency Economy Rent a Car
Most Popular Car Type Mini
Average price $9/day
Good deal $6/day

When to Book a Rental Car in San José

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Top Tips For Renting a Car in San José

  • When visiting Costa Rica you won’t want to miss some of its most scenic destinations like its waterfalls, forests, and volcanoes. Renting a car will let you be able to travel to some of the best hidden gems that are far off the beaten path. Additionally, you can drive to some of San Jose’s most popular tourist attractions like the San Jose Central Market or the Precolumbian Gold Museum.
  • San Jose International Airport serves San Jose and many other cities in and around central Costa Rica. When flying into this airport, you’ll find many car rental agencies just outside of the international flight arrival hall. Some of the agencies located here include Alamo, Avis, and Economy.
  • You won’t need an international driver’s license to legally drive in Costa Rica. All you’ll need is a pictured license from your country. If you are driving through rural areas, you’ll have to contend with dirt roads and lots of potholes. Note that, when it rains, the streets can get even worse -- possibly resulting in washouts -- so always be on the alert in rainstorms.
  • San Jose is a lively city with a large population, so traffic can get heavy at times. This is especially true during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the morning commute, and in the evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To avoid getting caught in a traffic jam, you should plan your travel around these times.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San José for $6 or less
  • Book your rental car in San José at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in San José are around 31% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in San José are around 79% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs About Renting a Car in San José

How much does it cost to rent a car in San José?

On average a rental car in San José costs $15 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in San José?

Mini (Suzuki Jimny or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San José.

What is the cheapest car rental company in San José?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($5/day), Europcar ($5/day) and Payless ($5/day).

What is the best rental car company in San José?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San José are Alamo (8.7, 6607 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12827 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2253 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (SJO)?

Car rental companies onsite at Juan Santamaria Intl Airport include Economy Rent a Car, Alamo, Budget, U-Save, Enterprise, Dollar, Avis, Firefly, National and Thrifty.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (SJO)?

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

What is the cheapest rental car location in San José?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget Paseo Colon null (1 miles from city center).

How can I find car rentals near me in San José?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in San Jose?

To get to some towns close to San Jose you just might need a 4x4. This is definitely a necessity if you are traveling to the forest or visiting the country during the rainy season. Depending on where you want to go, a compact car might be more comfortable because of the tight, curvy roads. Diesel vehicles might also be more appealing because of the lower cost of fuel.

What's the speed limit in San Jose?

Speed limits in San Jose might be lower than you are used to. On the freeway you may only drive at a maximum speed of 50 mph (or 80 km/h). When you are on a main highway, the speed limit may go up to as much as 62 mph (100 km/h). However, when you get close to the city, the speed limit will go down quickly -- so always pay attention to signs you might be passing.

How are gas prices in San Jose?

When you’re at the pump in San Jose, you’ll pay a little over $4/gallon (or 637 colones). This is a lot lower on average than in other countries and areas in Central America. San Jose also has only full-service gas stations, so you won’t have to worry about pumping your own gas.

Where are the best places to park in San Jose?

In downtown San Jose you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and museums. Consequently, there are numerous paid parking lots in which you can safely leave your rental car. One popular area for parking is around the Central Market. If staying downtown, you might also get free parking at your hotel.