Costa Rica car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Costa Rica

Economy$5/day
Compact$5/day
Intermediate$5/day
Full-size$12/day
SUV$5/day
Full-size SUV$7/day
Mini$11/day
Passenger van$52/day
Pickup truck$27/day
Premium SUV$24/day
Compact SUV$5/day
Intermediate SUV$5/day
Standard SUV$7/day
Supplier choice SUV$15/day
Luxury SUV$15/day
Supplier choice$29/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Car rental directory

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Costa Rica

    27 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in Costa Rica

    27 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Costa Rica

    25 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise car rental locations in Costa Rica

    24 Locations

  • adobe

    ADOBE car rental locations in Costa Rica

    20 Locations

  • easycar

    easyCar car rental locations in Costa Rica

    17 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Costa Rica

    15 Locations

  • economy

    Economy Rent a Car car rental locations in Costa Rica

    14 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Costa Rica

    10 Locations

  • amigorent

    Amigo Rent A Car car rental locations in Costa Rica

    9 Locations

  • greenmotion

    GREEN MOTION car rental locations in Costa Rica

    9 Locations

  • flexways

    FlexWays car rental locations in Costa Rica

    8 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Payless

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$29/day

Good deal

$20/day

When to book a rental car in Costa Rica

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Costa Rica

  • Car rental in Costa Rica is perfect if you want to head to the beach with family, visit a remote rainforest, or if you just want an easy way to get from the airport to your accommodation. For more space and the ability to discover the mountains, a four-wheel drive or SUV is ideal; but if you are driving along the major roads, a saloon will suffice. If you want to explore the coast, a convertible is best for soaking up the sun.
  • Costa Rican laws about car seats for children are stricter than those in the USA. When you rent a car to or from an airport in Costa Rica, your child must be secured in a car seat if they are shorter than 110 cm (43 inches). Larger children are required to use a safety booster seat until they are 12 years old or 145 cm (57 inches). You will have the option to rent a car seat or booster along with your rental car, which will cost around 2,924 SVC (5 USD) per day per child’s seat. Hertz and Sixt offer these optional extras.
  • Crossing international borders is forbidden when you rent a car in Costa Rica. However, some car rental companies will let you drop off your car in Costa Rica, cross the border on foot and pick up a new car on the other side of the border for a fee of around 29,585 SVC (50 USD).
  • The main benefit of renting a car in Costa Rica is the freedom it brings. Rather than wasting time waiting for public transport, you get to maximize your vacation time. Consider taking a road trip from La Fortuna to Monteverde, a 91-mile scenic route through a cloudy forest reserve.
  • While there are shuttle and bus services that bring visitors into the city from the airport or other locations, public transportation within Liberia is limited, making taxis one of the most viable modes of transport. By securing a Liberia car rental, travelers can have the autonomy and flexibility to travel throughout the city without being restricted by ride availability and without having to waste time waiting for a ride to arrive. What’s more, independent vehicles will put off-the-beaten-path locations within reach and will allow travelers to determine arrival and departure times for outings. Coupled with the affordability of rental vehicles in Liberia, the option is also cost-effective.
  • The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, otherwise referred to as the Liberia Costa Rica Airport (LIR), hosts several car rental kiosks for rental companies, including Enterprise, Budget, Avis, National, Sixt, and Europcar, among others. There are representatives for the companies at the airport, so whether you have a reservation or not, you can usually grab a car rental in Liberia from here. As you’re exiting the terminal, you’ll find rental desks to the far left of the building, with vehicles in the adjacent parking lot.
  • The road systems throughout Costa Rica were updated to include stoplights at several intersections where previously there had only been stop signs, however, in many of these updated locations, the original stop signs were not removed, so the intersection includes both forms of traffic instruction. If you come across such an intersection while driving your car rental in Liberia, you will want to take heed of the traffic light—if the light indicates green, proceed through the intersection without stopping.
  • The months of January through early May tend to be peak tourist season in Liberia since these are the driest months of the year. Travelers can expect roadways to be more congested during these periods, especially given the fact that limited public transportation options encourage visitors to rent personal vehicles. Drivers in rental cars should stay alert on these more crowded roadways, particularly when it comes to buses and 18-wheelers, as they often do not yield to passenger cars—it is recommended to let these types of vehicles pass. Also stay alert for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Costa Rica for $20 or less
  • Book your rental car in Costa Rica at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Costa Rica are around 339% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Costa Rica are around 79% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Costa Rica

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.