Book Budget car rentals in San José

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Budget car rental prices in San José

EconomyC$ 24/day
CompactC$ 21/day
IntermediateC$ 27/day
SUVC$ 26/day
Passenger VanC$ 57/day
Pick-up truckC$ 57/day
Premium SUVC$ 86/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 23/day
Compact SUVC$ 57/day
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Reviews for Budget in San José


" and helpful."(in 1394 reviews)
"Great price, very ."(in 3750 reviews)
" and fast."(in 1394 reviews)


"Terrible as well"(in 355 reviews)
"Will Budget again!"(in 252 reviews)
"Will Budget again."(in 252 reviews)
Overall Rating5.3 FairBased on 34 reviews
Value for money

Recent reviews

Traveler rating
Personnel at San Jose office was rude! He was upselling the car insurance which I told him isn’t necessary as we have coverage through Chase Sapphire Reserve which is the credit card I used to book reservations. He was unhappy that we declined the insurance and was very rude from then on. It was a real sad first impression of Costa Rica citizens.Reviewed 11 Jun. 2024
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Only real thing I liked was how close it was to the airport and there being a shuttle. Otherwise, the first challenge was the insurance up sale. I purchased insurance during booking but then still had to purchase more insurance upon arrival. The first car I rented had such a small engine we had to return it. Then the second SUV was quite dirty and we could not connect the phone to it and while figuring that out the battery died. So, on the spot they had to replace the battery. Grateful they did then but imagine if we had drove off into the 4 hours drive ahead of us without a new battery? Basically, super mediocre if not sub par service.Reviewed 14 Jun. 2023
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Be prepared to be taken advantage of. No matter if you have extremely good insurance through your credit card company these guys will try their absolute hardest to force the company insurance on you for an extra $40 a day. Windshield got cracked by a rock on the road and they took $1100 out of the $3000 deposit, $1100 to replace a windshield?? Get real. To top it all off they charged me $120 American to fill half the tank upon return. It’s standard practice with rental agencies to have an increased gas fee if they have to fill it upon return. But this is on a different level, not to mention I know this guy was just making up numbers in his head as I was able to haggle the price down to $120. He also insisted I pay him in USD with no explanation and eventually took payment in colones. Sketchy business practices at this establishment, beware.Reviewed 30 Oct. 2022
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Pros:Drop off was excellentCons:Would have liked a better explanation of the insurance coverage and not a hard sell.Reviewed 3 Jan. 2021
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Pros:NothingCons:They refused to give back my deposit despite the trip. Ring cancelled due to Covid-19 A disgraceReviewed 26 Apr. 2020
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Cons:Don’t use this car rental. A lot of hidden fees. They are crooks.Reviewed 23 Mar. 2020
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Pros:Nothing, did not like anything about this experienceCons:Staff was extremely unhelpful. Was the worst experience in Costa Rica. Outrageous price for a beat up old car with 150,000 miles on it, manual transmission, radio had been taken out, fog lights missing, horrible car, took us 3 hours to check in and get car, staff is inept and we stood in line for hours while no one could give us a clear answer on when we would get a car even though we had a reservation.Reviewed 26 Jan. 2020
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Pros:The staff and car were great.Cons:The "insurance" needs to be more clear and affordable. It is not the staff's fault, this is a corporate problem. The cost of insurance is double the cost of the car. It is a scam.Reviewed 24 Jan. 2020
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Pros:Staff was nice, shuttle was accomodating.Cons:Car was very expensive.Reviewed 1 Jan. 2020
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Pros:Horrible experience overall.Reviewed 29 May 2019
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Pros:Watch out for tricky charges on you bill. They will charge you additional charges and fee even after you you returned the car. Charges that are not mentioned in the invoice in the beginning.After contacting them, rectified the bill then still tried to over charge by adding new charges and bad addiCons:Not to trick customer with charges that are not mentioned in the invoice to when it is initial made during car rental.Reviewed 14 Mar. 2019
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Cons:Picking up the car could have been way more streamlined. Had to wait more than 3 hours to get a car!!Reviewed 25 Feb. 2019
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Where can I find Budget car rentals in San José?


Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo


Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00


+506 2436 2010


Paseo Colon


Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00


+506 2436 2015

Good to know

Most popular location

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

Most popular car type


Average price

C$ 48/day

Good deal

C$ 35/day

Top tips for renting a car from Budget in San José

  • Budget car rentals in San Jose will give you a variety of car models to choose from, including compact cars, economy, SUVs, and premium cars. Several factors, including your taste, budget, and purpose of visit to San Jose, will influence the car model you settle for. For instance, if traveling on a budget with plans to frequent San Jose city center, compact cars are an ideal choice because they are relatively cheap and small, hence easy to control in traffic. If touring San Jose as a group, the SUVs are better and as they are spacious enough for five people and have room for luggage and equipment you might need during the vacation.
  • FastBreak is a loyalty program for Budget car rentals in San Jose. It has no joining fee and requires no periodic membership renewal fees. The program has three levels depending on the number of rentals you make yearly. By joining FastBreak, you get a $25 coupon after two rentals, with the potential to scoop approximately $1000 in one year. Such rewards can go into reducing the cost of your rental vehicle. As a member of the Budget car rentals program, you will also enjoy other benefits, including bypassing the long queues. Other offers are available if you have the customer discount number.
  • The cancellation policy is quite easy with Budget car rentals in San Jose. If you made a post-pay reservation, you will have no cancellation fee, and all you will need to do is issue the notice before the pickup date. On the other hand, you have to pay the processing fee if you cancel any prepaid reservation. The fine is $50 and $150 for cancellations made a day before the pickup and those made within 24 hours of the pickup date, respectively. A no-show fee will also be deducted if you fail to issue a cancellation notice and pick up the vehicle.
  • Once you book Budget car rentals in San Jose, there will always be a ready agent to take you through the reservation process. Due to the discipline and commitment of Budget agents, the company has received prominent awards, including UAE's Leading Car Rental Company award, which they took times in a row. Therefore, once you arrive at the Budget car rental branch, approach any agent, and they will be sure to take you through the reservation process. Alternatively, if you are making your reservation online and you encounter a challenge, contact the help desk, and an agent will help you out.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Budget in San José for C$ 35 or less.
  • Book your rental car from Budget in San José at least 11 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Economy rental cars from Budget in San José are around -23% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about renting a car from Budget in San José

  • What is/are the best pickup location(s) for booking budget car rentals in San Jose?

    There are two pickup locations you can consider once you book Budget car rentals in San Jose. The first pickup location is within Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), an ideal option if flying to San Jose. You can opt for the second pickup location at Paseo Colon.

  • What are the different car rental benefits or amenities offered by budget car rentals in San Jose?

    Budget car rentals have several optional extras you can consider to make your vacation more comfortable. For instance, if you have a partial visual impairment, you can consider an additional driver. If traveling with kids, the child seats and boosters are available, while the GPS and navigation systems are important if it is your first trip to San Jose. Contact your pickup branch for confirmation, as some equipment may be limited.

  • Where are the best places to Park Budget car rental in San Jose?

    Parking in downtown San Jose may be difficult as locals fill available street parking early in the morning. However, parking garages are a better option as they are safe, and almost always available. Of course, your hotel can offer complimentary parking, a more convenient option.

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

    On average a rental car from Budget in San José costs C$ 48 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Budget in San José?

    Economy (Toyota Rush or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Budget in San José.

  • How many car rental locations does Budget have in San José?

    Budget has 2 rental locations in San José. Take a look at our Budget rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Does Budget have a car rental location at the airport: Juan Santamaria Intl airport (SJO)?


  • Does Budget offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Juan Santamaria Intl airport (SJO)?