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San José car rentals from C$ 7/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in San José with a pick-up date of 29/6 and drop-off date of 1/7. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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EconomyC$ 7/day
IntermediateC$ 7/day
SUVC$ 17/day
Full-size SUVC$ 10/day
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Premium SUVC$ 12/day
Compact SUVC$ 7/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 9/day
Standard SUVC$ 30/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in San José

  • Several superb destinations surround San Jose. Cartago, situated 17 miles (28km) away, is one of the said destinations. This former capital of Costa Rica boasts several historical points of interest. Irazu Volcano, situated 34 miles (55km) away, is another such destination. Here, you'll be able to witness scenic natural sites and an array of wildlife. Jaco Beach is also a lovely destination near San Jose. 62 miles (100km) away, it offers adrenaline-filled activities like rafting, ziplining, and waterfall rappelling. With a rental car from one of the cheap car rentals in San Jose, you'll easily drive to these destinations. Therefore, if you'd love to truly explore San Jose and its surroundings, renting a car from one of the cheap car rentals in San Jose would be wise.
  • Getting to San Jose's city center from San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport is easy. Once you pick up your rental car from your preferred cheap car rental at San Jose's airport, you'll begin your journey by heading south on Llegadas. After 0.2 mi, take a right onto the ramp to Autop. Gral. Cañas/Ctra. Interamericana N/Route 1. You'll merge onto the highway after 0.1 mi. On this highway, drive for roughly 9 mi. You'll get to Avenue 6. After 0.6 mi, you'll get to Costa Rica Si Real Estate. At this point, Avenue 6 turns slightly right and becomes Avenue 10. From this avenue, you can get to whatever part of the city center.
  • In San Jose, different traffic violations attract different penalties. If you're caught driving 25 mph (40kmh) over the set speed limit, you'll be fined ¢189.000 ($0.5), while if you're caught speaking on the phone while driving, you'll be fined ¢280 ($1). Professionals working in San Jose car rentals usually have a lot of knowledge about the city's driving laws. Thus, before leaving, you can ask them about the traffic laws you should be aware of.
  • When visiting Costa Rica you won’t want to miss some of its most scenic destinations like its waterfalls, forests, and volcanoes. Renting a car will let you be able to travel to some of the best hidden gems that are far off the beaten path. Additionally, you can drive to some of San Jose’s most popular tourist attractions like the San Jose Central Market or the Precolumbian Gold Museum.
  • San Jose International Airport serves San Jose and many other cities in and around central Costa Rica. When flying into this airport, you’ll find many car rental agencies just outside of the international flight arrival hall. Some of the agencies located here include Alamo, Avis, and Economy.
  • You won’t need an international driver’s license to legally drive in Costa Rica. All you’ll need is a pictured license from your country. If you are driving through rural areas, you’ll have to contend with dirt roads and lots of potholes. Note that, when it rains, the streets can get even worse -- possibly resulting in washouts -- so always be on the alert in rainstorms.
  • San Jose is a lively city with a large population, so traffic can get heavy at times. This is especially true during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the morning commute, and in the evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To avoid getting caught in a traffic jam, you should plan your travel around these times.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in San José for C$ 27 or less
  • Book your rental car in San José at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in San José are around 14% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in San José are around 31% more expensive than other car types, on average

San José car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in San José 
Grant's ArtFeb. 2024
Good price for rental and insurance, also the truck we rented was perfect, only negative would be customer service desk was not very polite and had a get tf out of my face attitude when picking up and drop off They will also give you a hassle if the gasoline/ diesel gauge doesn’t say absolutely full, we filled it all the way up and there was maybe half a sliver off and they still charged us $20 other then that we had a great experience with this company just make sure you cover your butt with any car rental company in CR and you’ll be fine!!
Verified travelerMay 2023
Be on your toes driving in the city. Its not that difficult, but there are a lot of twists and turns and can be a little confusing. Download the area in Google maps first just in case.

FAQs about renting a car in San José

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in San José?

    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 José?

    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.

  • Where are the best places to park in San José?

    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.

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

    On average a rental car in San José costs C$ 40 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in San José?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar (C$ 7/day), Fox (C$ 7/day) and U-Save (C$ 7/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Fox Europcar, Paseo Colon Centro De San Jose 10102 (1 kilometers from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in San José?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in San José. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in San José?

    The average gas price in San José is C$ 7.48 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 90 and C$ 120, depending on the car size.

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

    Standard (Hyundai Tucson or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in San José.

  • Which car rental companies are at Juan Santamaria Intl airport (SJO)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Juan Santamaria Intl airport include Budget, Europcar, Economy Rent a Car, Dollar, Firefly, Fox, U-Save, JUMBO CAR, Amigo Rent A Car and Thrifty.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at 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 Avis, Alamo, Budget, Europcar, NU Car, Hertz, Economy Rent a Car, Dollar, Sixt and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • 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.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in San José?

    A Standard car rental in San José costs C$ 69 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car rental cost in San José?

    A Premium car rental in San José costs C$ 32 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in San José?

    An Economy car rental in San José costs C$ 49 per day, on average.

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

    In San José, cars are most frequently rented at NextCar 600 meters East of the Airport (13 km from city centre ).

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

    On average a rental car in San José costs C$ 277 per week (C$ 40 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in San José?

    On average a rental car in San José costs C$ 1,189 per month (C$ 40 per day).

  • Is parking free in San Jose?

    Whether you'll pay for parking in San Jose will be determined by where you are in the city. If you're on the city's outskirts, you won't have to pay for parking. However, if you're within the city's central business district, you'll have to pay, as these parking spots are managed by city authorities. These parking spots range from ¢200 ($0.6) to ¢500 ($2), depending on the duration you park.

  • Are there toll roads in San Jose?

    To drive to destinations outside San Jose, such as Cartago, Limon, and Caldera, you'll have to use a toll road. On the toll roads serving Cartago and Limon, you'll only have to go through one toll. On the contrary, on the Caldera toll road, you'll go through tolls at Escazú, San Rafael, Atenas, and Pozón.

San José car rental reviews and directory

Economy Rent a Car

4.8

Mediocre

115 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

4.2

3 locations in San José

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Locations in San José

Downtown San Jose

+506 2299 2000

Opening times not available

Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport

+506 2299 2000

Opening times not available

Tobias Bolanos International Airport

+506 2299 2000

Opening times not available

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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Worst value. Clearly has no concept of customer service or friendliness. Exceedingly overpriced.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Cons:

The price of the insurance is three times the price of the rental. Very different from the US and Canada. I found it quite absurd. I still haven't received the safety deposit!!

2.0 Poor

Apr. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I never picked up the car? I asked for it to be canceled

Cons:

Cancelation of the car rental like the email said would happen

4.0 Mediocre

Feb. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The extra charges for insurance were NOT transparent and more than doubled the cost of the rental

Cons:

See above

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

NOTHING

Cons:

EVERYTHING THESE PEOPLE ARE RIP OFF ARRISTS

2.0 Poor

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Get insurance before you get down there

1 out of 34

Thrifty

6.8

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

5.7

3 locations in San José

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Locations in San José

Centro Comercial Guachipelin

+506 4052 5210

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30

Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

+506 4052 5210

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Paseo Colon, Calle 36-38

+506 4052 5210

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

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2.0 Poor

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
Scam artists in disguise. Original quote was for less than $400, after 30 minutes, they would not let us leave the lot until we agreed to all sorts of expensive coverage, totally $860

5.6 Fair

Mar. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

When I arrived at the counter to pick up the car I was told purchasing the rental car's insurance was NOT optional, I had to purchase one of two plans, otherwise they would not rent the car to me. If the insurance was not optional, then it should have been shown in the original price of renting the car. A definite bait & switch which I didn't appreciate. $300 for the car, $250 for the insurance, kind of changes the value of the rental.

6.8 Okay

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was nice, good on gas.

Cons:

If someone is renting from Costa Rica, you should tell them about the mandatory insurance purchase. My rental went from $63 to ~$400, by far my biggest expense this trip.

5.6 Fair

Feb. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

New car and easy drop off

Cons:

When I booked the car and chose Thrifty the price was 175. At the end it cost me 540 with all taxes fees etc. There was no way to get it for 175. I feel I was misled and will not recommend

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly service. Threw in a GPS for $5

3.2 Poor

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I had already bought insurance but was told it didn't work in Costa Rica and that I had to buy the insurance they provided. Nothing I said could change this. The insurance ended up doubling the price of the rental. I had also asked about the size of the SUV we were renting prior to arriving and was told it would hold 5 adults comfortably. Not hardly! Ended up having to pay an additional amount to have a somewhat larger SUV. Then on top of all that, they put a $950 deposit amount on my credit card making it unusable to me the rest of my trip. I have NEVER had a car rental company put that large of a deposit on my credit card. NEVER!! That pretty much wiped out my spending money as I only brought two credit cards with me for this trip. It really would have been nice to know all this additional expense before I arrived so I could have adequately planned.

1 out of 10

Budget

5.3

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

4.9

2 locations in San José

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Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

+506 2436 2010

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Paseo Colon

+506 2436 2015

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

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4.0 Mediocre

Jun. 2023

KAYAK
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.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
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.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was excellent

Cons:

Would have liked a better explanation of the insurance coverage and not a hard sell.

2.0 Poor

Apr. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They refused to give back my deposit despite the trip. Ring cancelled due to Covid-19 A disgrace

4.8 Mediocre

Mar. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Don’t use this car rental. A lot of hidden fees. They are crooks.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing, did not like anything about this experience

Cons:

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.

1 out of 14

Europcar

4.3

Mediocre

41 reviews

Cleanliness

5.1

Comfort

4.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.2

Value for money

3.9

3 locations in San José

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Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional

Opening times not available

Hotels Delivery And Collection

+506 2519 9308

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 16:00

Paseo Colon Centro De San Jose

Opening times not available

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2.0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Everything they thought cause I was a female alone they could get over on me.

8.0 Very good

Feb. 2024

KAYAK
First car had a broken side mirror, so was given another car. Nicer car but rear wiper didn’t work, which was an issue when it was raining.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

It was a total scam, they end up charging you just as much as name brand companies through forcing you to buy unnecessary insurance which is not disclosed when I made my non-refundable reservation.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Didnt have our reservation. Had to wait for hours.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super friendly!

Cons:

The advertised price is not what you end up paying when the mandatory insurance is added on. BEWARE!

4.0 Mediocre

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was fine, but I left feeling like I was scammed. I had to pay for Liability insurance, which I was prepared for, but Europcar’s cost for this was twice as much as other rental places for no reason. And they wouldn’t accept my credit card’s CDW coverage (a first) and made me pay for that as well. Overall, it more than doubled the cost of the rental de me. A nasty surprise at the counter, but at that point, they know they’ve got you. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

1 out of 13

National

8.9

Very good

5 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

8.0

5 locations in San José

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Avenue 18th

+506 2242 7901

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Hotel Barcelo San Jose Palacio

+506 2220 2034

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Km 3 General Canas Highway

+506 2242 7878

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7878

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

Paseo Colon

+506 2242 7878

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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2.0 Poor

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car and experience was fine, but....

Cons:

After all was stated very clearly on the confirmation.... The agent at the desk required that I add insurance or not be able to rent the car. Of course, my credit card covers insurance, and this was a shock and dismay (and an extra hundred dollars!). Foul!!!!!!

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

they did not have the car ready and told us to call within 4 hours. this delayed our trip and exhausted us. Instead of waiting, we decided to go to their site and there were a multitude of cars available. They claimed that they did not have cars available, because many people had not returned them from the day before. Customer service was slow and it lagged the promptness needed to get in and out. Also, if you prepay insurance from the US, it will not work. You are obligated to purchase their insurance. Our reservation was worthless.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

When I came there was no SUV's. So I had to wait more 5 hours to get one.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.7

Very good

4 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.0

5 locations in San José

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Avenue 18th, Between 11th

+506 2242 7901

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Hotel Barcelo San Jose Palacio

+506 2220 2034

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7800

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

Paseo Colon

+506 2242 7800

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Plaza Irazu, Robledal

+506 2242 7800

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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6.4 Okay

Oct. 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Guys at the office were great

Cons:

Radio not working!! Insurance purchased from Alianz not relevant (had to cancel)

6.4 Okay

Sep. 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

We were happy with the service and the vehicle in general was good. We did find our vehicle a bit squeaky and the shocks could have been replaced. Having seen the roads though, we understand why the vehicle was in the condition it was. The service was great and he took pity on us when he realized we weren't expecting the extra $800 in insurance and he threw in a GPS, which was a total life saver.

Cons:

Please be aware that the cost of the vehicle rental does NOT include the insurance. The rental was estimated at $150 but when we got there, the mandatory insurance coverage took the total cost to $920 CAD. We had read about this, but we thought the credit card insurance covered it. With all the information printed out and in hand, we realized no cards will cover third party liability - which is mandatory there. The options were to put thousands down as a deposit and pay for any / some damages, or get full coverage for MUCH more per day. Please keep this in mind when booking a vehicle. And a 4 wheel drive is an absolute must if you want to drive any of the 'roads' in hard to reach but beautiful places.

1 out of 1

Dollar

8.0

Very good

12 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

7.5

4 locations in San José

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Carr John F.kennedy St, Centro

+506 4052 2000

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30

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+506 4052 2000

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Juan Santamaria Intl Ap

+506 2431 4865

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Paseo Colon Ave, 36 & 38 St

+506 4052 2000

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Good service and reasonably priced. There are extras added to what kayak shows, but these are legitimate fees.

3.6 Poor

Mar. 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

We got stuck in traffic because of construction in Monteverde. It was beyond our control. They shut down the only street in or out for hours. We called Dollar Rental to let them know and they told us NOT TO WORRY and that we would NOT BE CHARGED EXTRA for running late as long as we got there before they closed at 11:30 PM. We got there at 10:30 PM and the guy that was checking us back in said, "Don't worry, you won't be charged extra for being a few hours late." However, when we went to pay, the guy at the front desk charged my credit card for an additional $60.51 for the few hours we were late. I told him that both the guy on the phone and the guy who checked us back in told us we would not be charged extra. He gave me a funny look and said, "Oops, they didn't tell me that and I already ran your card, so I can't reverse the charge now. You'll have to email corporate when you get back to the US and they will fix it for you." I emailed corporate over a week ago and never heard back from them. I will never be using Dollar Rental again.

4.8 Mediocre

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

No restrictions on where I could go with the car. Air conditioning worked. Offered WiFi device for $5/day, and that worked great.

Cons:

Reserved an automatic, but their computer didn’t show it, so I was forced to upgrade. Paid for insurance via Kayak, but told that was no good and that we were required to get additional insurance that cost more than $100. The shuttle to/from airport is slow, and we waited almost an hour to get to the airport after drop off. Car’s brakes stuck and needs new shocks.

2.0 Poor

Apr. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Dollar lured my family in with a low price listed on the internet. BUT it was only an empty promise as they made us pay nearly twice that amount upon our arrival to pick up our reserved vehicle.

Cons:

My family paid in full online prior to my trip. We received a confirmation of both our payment and reservation. After arriving in our destination (Costa Rica) Dollar made us pay additional insurance and fees to obtain our car. With our young children in tow and after pleading with them for 2 hours we had to pay the additional money to drive away. A formal credit discard dispute has been filed. Stay away from this dishonest company.

7.2 Good

Oct. 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service at Dollar

Cons:

Kayak misrepresented the vehicle. I booked a vehicle that could fit 7 with insurance. When I got there I found out the vehicle only seated 5 and the insurance I paid for through Kayak wasn't even basic insurance for this country. Ended up paying 400 more than originally quoted!! Could have saved almost 200 going directly through Dollar.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were able to answer all of my questions quickly, whether over the phone or through their online messaging system. Make sure to ask about SLI, aka car insurance, as there are different options and it can be somewhat expensive. Overall, I had a great experience and will be returning to Dollar car rental the next time I'm in Costa Rica!

Cons:

More transparency with SLI rates and options.

1 out of 2

Alamo

7.7

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.4

4 locations in San José

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Avenue 18

+506 2242 7733

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Hotel Barcelo San Jose Palacio

+506 2220 2034

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Paseo Colon

+506 2221 4700

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Plaza Irazu Robledal

+506 2242 7733

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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7.2 Good

Apr. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

We rented an SUV from Alamo for three months in Costa Rica. The first SUV had a transmission problem and Alamo replaced it with a maintenance free vehicle. The vehicle ran fine for the remaining 2 1/2 months.

Cons:

Our contract with Alamo was in dollars. However, Alamo in Costa Rica converted the charges to colons at the a favorable exchange rate for Alamo. This ruse is a way for Alamo to squeeze more money from unsuspecting Gringos. To resolve this problem I had to contact Alamo's corporate office in the U.S.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing, they didn't even have a car for us

Cons:

After traveling from Boston for 9 hours we arrived to San Jose, CR. We had a whole vacation planned out and these people told us they had no car. They offered us a shuttle to San Jose and promise to call us the next day with a car. It never happened. We end up renting a car with budget but this services was a nightmare. DO NOT, DO NOT USE THEIR SERVICE!!!

1 out of 1

Avis

5.8

Most popular

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.2

4 locations in San José

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Locations in San José

400 Metros Oeste Del Curce

+506 2202 8380

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00

Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici

+506 2296 0167

Monday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Saturday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Sunday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00

Intercontinental Hotel

+506 2208 2243

Monday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00
Thursday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 17:00

San Jose Sabana Norte

+506 2509 5950

Monday08:00 - 16:0014:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:0014:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:0014:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0014:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 16:0014:00 - 17:00
Saturday14:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Sunday14:00 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00

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6.4 Okay

Feb. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

AVIS added a mandatory fee for insurance that was equally high as the advertised rental price. It doesn't make much sense to advertise a price for a rental if it's not possible to rent the vehicle for that price or anything close to it.

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2023

KAYAK
Not enough staff at office - long wait.

2.0 Poor

Jan. 2023

KAYAK
I never rented the car with them. When we arrived the man who were on the Avis front desk at Crowne Plaza Corobicí Hotel decided that he didn’t want to rent the car to us. So we never got the car and it was a big problem for us and our family vacation.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
The kayak price was way off. The actual price of the rental came to nearly 4 times the kayak quote for the reservation. Will never use kayak to rent a car again.

1 out of 2

Payless

4.9

Mediocre

1 review

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.8

Value for money

4.4

One location in San José

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Locations in San José

Paseo Colon

+506 2256 0101

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2022

KAYAK
The car had a lot of mile and the brakes were at the end of life and squirrel

1 out of 1

U-Save

4.7

Mediocre

1 review

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

3.8

One location in San José

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Rio Segundo

+506 2430 4648

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Ace

4.6

Mediocre

1 review

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.8

Value for money

3.6

One location in San José

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Locations in San José

Between Street 30 and 32

+506 4036 7420

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

3.6

Cleanliness

4.8

Comfort

3.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.2

Value for money

3.6

One location in San José

Locations in San José

500 Mts East

+506 2430 0629

Monday06:30 - 19:30
Tuesday06:30 - 19:30
Wednesday06:30 - 19:30
Thursday06:30 - 19:30
Friday06:30 - 19:30
Saturday06:30 - 19:30
Sunday06:30 - 19:30

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2.0 Poor

Aug. 2022

KAYAK
This car rental agency is a total SCAM! There is no Routes Car Rental in San Jose Airport in Costa Rica. Avoid it at all cost.

Hertz

2.9

Cleanliness

3.5

Comfort

3.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.7

Value for money

3.0

One location in San José

fromC$ 27/day

Locations in San José

Paseo Colon (pizza Hut)

+506 4036 7421

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

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2024

KAYAK
Awesome service at the desk and very quick pick up, they even said yes when I asked to pick up the car 2 hours earlier that scheduled. Drop off was equally fast. Best of all, other rent-a-cars were asking for a 3-day minimum rent, because it was Holy Week. Hertz didn't had any issue in me renting the car for just 1 day.

Firefly

2.6

Cleanliness

3.6

Comfort

2.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.8

Value for money

2.6

One location in San José

fromC$ 19/day

Locations in San José

Rio Segundo

+506 2443 4645

Monday05:00 - 23:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:00
Friday05:00 - 23:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:00
Sunday05:00 - 23:00

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4.0 Mediocre

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
Their fuel charge minimum is $31 for missing .25 gallons of fuel! Rip off

2.0 Poor

Nov. 2021

KAYAK
They did not even have a car for me even though I had a reservation

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2022

KAYAK
They picked us up at the airport and drove us off site away from other cars companies then said they didn’t have any cars. Then said they might be able to find one but the insurance was gonna be triple. And the daily price was gonna be quadruple!!! We didn’t get a car. Then they said there was a local company next door that had cars. Then a really large deposit fee. It was a nightmare

3.9 Poor

Jul. 2021

KAYAK
The "Firefly" at San Jose for us was basically just Hertz. They shared a counter at the airport, and the actual rental place was Hertz. There was a Firefly counter in a corner of the waiting room...with no one there. The Hertz guys took care of us. Felt like kind of a bait and switch but Hertz is a more reputable company, so we didn't mind.

easyCar

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

3 locations in San José

Locations in San José

34th St., 16th Ave., Barrio Corazón de Jesús , Hospital, San José, San José - , Costa Rica

+506 2542 4848

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34th St., 16th Ave.

Opening times not available

San Jose Intl Airport

+506 2442 2422

Monday05:00 - 23:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:00
Friday05:00 - 23:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:00
Sunday05:00 - 23:00

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2.0 Poor

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
The car Rental experience was mediocre however it took an hour to do paper work. The site is not straight forward with fees. I asked for a different location drop off quote, and once I was at the rental place they charge $50.00 extra. Furthermore they won’t take the insurance protection provided by the credit card unless you bring a letter from the credit card stating that. So beware, a $40.00 dollars par day rent turns out to be over a $100.00 per day. What can you do better, so you ask? LET CUSTOMERS KNOW UPFRONT OF HIDDEN FEES, SO THYE CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. (I am not intending to yell by using capital letters, I am just trying to help you do better)

E-Z Rent-A-Car

2.0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in San José

Locations in San José

San Jose International Airport - Europcar

+506 2440 9990

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

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Sixt

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

3 locations in San José

fromC$ 36/day

Locations in San José

Calle 43, 50m sur del Bar Rio

+506 4000 7498

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:00

Edificio Galicia Avenida 39

+506 4000 7498

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00

Frente Indoor Club Curridabat

+506 4000 7498

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:00

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ADOBE

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

5 locations in San José

fromC$ 36/day

Locations in San José

Centro Comercial Plaza Carolina, Rotonda de La Bandera, Mercedes

+506 2542 4848

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Edificio Adobe, 34th St., 16th Ave., Barrio Corazón de Jesús Hospital, San José, San José -

+506 2542 4800

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Route 3, Río Segundo Río Segundo, Alajuela, Alajuela - Costa Rica

+506 2442 2422

Monday05:00 - 23:00
Tuesday05:00 - 23:00
Wednesday05:00 - 23:00
Thursday05:00 - 23:00
Friday05:00 - 23:00
Saturday05:00 - 23:00
Sunday05:00 - 23:00

San Jose Downtown

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\\\"Edificio Adobe, 34th St., 16th Ave., Barrio Corazón de Jesús , Hospital, San José, San José - , Costa Rica

+506 2542 4848

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NU Car

4.4

Mediocre

No reviews available

2 locations in San José

fromC$ 30/day

Locations in San José

Tobias Bolanos Airport

+506 2255-2200

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

next to the Ambassador Hotel

+506 2255 2000

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00

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keddy by Europcar

4.0

Mediocre

No reviews available

2 locations in San José

fromC$ 29/day

Locations in San José

Hotels Delivery And Collection Service Only

+506 2519 9308

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Paseo Colón Centro de San Jose

+506 4002 3857

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GREEN MOTION

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

3 locations in San José

Locations in San José

300 meters east from the Purdy Motor building in Paseo Colon San Jose

+506 2542 4865

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00

30th Street

+506 2105 3400

Opening times not available

Edificio Adobe, Calle 34 Barrio Corazon De Jesus

+506 2542 4865

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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Apex

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

One location in San José

Locations in San José

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

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