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From C$ 22/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
6.6 Good (106 reviews)
5 locations in San José
Alamo
Locations in San José
Avenue 18+506 2242 7733
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Between 34th And 36th St Next+506 2221 4700
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In Front Of Purdy Motor+506 2242 7733
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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La Asuncion De Belen+506 2242 7733
Monday05:00 - 23:45
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San Jose Intl Airport+506 2242 7733
Monday00:00 - 23:59
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  • 7.4
  • 6.7
  • 6.4
  • 6.5
  • 6.1
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From C$ 13/dayRated #2
Thrifty
6.4 Good (33 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Thrifty
Locations in San José
Calle 3 Avenida 13,barrio Amon+506 2257 3434
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
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Sunday07:00 - 18:00
Juan Santamaria Intl Apo+506 4052 2000
Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
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Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
  • 5.5
  • 6.4
  • 5.1
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From C$ 12/dayRated #3
Budget
6 Good (46 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Budget
Locations in San José
Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo+506 2436 2010
Monday06:00 - 23:00
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Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
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Paseo Colon+506 2436 2015
Monday07:00 - 18:00
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Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 5.9
  • 5.7
  • 5.2
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From C$ 2/dayRated #4
Economy Rent a Car
Most popular
4.5 Okay (86 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
  • 5.4
  • 5.1
  • 4.1
  • 4.3
  • 3.5
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From C$ 21/dayRated #5
Enterprise
7.4 Good (18 reviews)
4 locations in San José
Enterprise
Locations in San José
Avenue 18th, Between 11th+506 2242 7901
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Between 34th And 36th St Next+506 2242 7800
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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La Asuncion De Belen+506 2242 7800
Monday00:00 - 23:59
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San Jose Intl Airport+506 2242 7800
Monday00:00 - 23:59
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  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 8.1
  • 6.5
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From C$ 37/dayRated #6
Avis
7 Good (7 reviews)
3 locations in San José
Avis
Locations in San José
1219 Hotel Crown Plaza Corobici+506 2296 0167
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Cruce San Antonio De Belen+506 2442 1321
Monday05:00 - 23:45
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San Jose Sabana Norte+506 2509 5980
Monday13:30 - 17:00
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Sunday13:30 - 17:00
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  • 9.1
  • 7.7
  • 6.2
  • 6.5
  • 5.4
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From C$ 19/dayRated #7
Dollar
6.4 Good (9 reviews)
4 locations in San José
Dollar
Locations in San José
Carr John F.kennedy St, Centro+506 4052 2000
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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General Canas Hgy Nxt To Total+506 4052 2000
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Juan Santamaria Intl Ap+506 2431 4865
Monday05:00 - 23:45
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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
Sunday07:30 - 17:30
  • 7.3
  • 6.6
  • 6.2
  • 6
  • 5.7
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From C$ 36/dayRated #8
National
6 Good (13 reviews)
5 locations in San José
National
Locations in San José
Avenue 18th+506 2242 7901
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Between 34th And 36th St Next+506 2242 7878
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Km 3 General Canas Highway+506 2242 7878
Monday08:00 - 17:00
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La Asuncion De Belen+506 2242 7878
Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
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San Jose Intl Airport+506 2242 7878
Monday00:00 - 23:59
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  • 6.9
  • 6.1
  • 5.6
  • 6.6
  • 4.9
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From C$ 16/dayRated #9
Europcar
5.7 Okay (9 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Europcar
Locations in San José
Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional
Hotels Delivery And Collection+506 2519 9308
  • 7.1
  • 6.2
  • 4.8
  • 6.2
  • 4.6
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From C$ 45/dayRated #10
Hertz
3.3 Mediocre (10 reviews)
2 locations in San José
Hertz
Locations in San José
Juan Santamaria Intl Apto.+506 2221 1818
Monday05:00 - 23:45
Tuesday05:00 - 23:45
Wednesday05:00 - 23:45
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Paseo Colon & Calle 38 Street+506 2221 1818
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday07:30 - 17:30
  • 4.4
  • 3.8
  • 2.6
  • 3
  • 2.8
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From C$ 13/dayRated #11
E-Z Rent-A-Car
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in San José
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San José
San Jose International Airport - Europcar+506 2440 9990
Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
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  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
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  • 2
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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
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From C$ 31/day
ADOBE
4 locations in San José
ADOBE
Locations in San José
Centro Comercial Plaza Carolina, Rotonda de La Bandera, Mercedes+506 2542 4848
Edificio Adobe, 34th St., 16th Ave., Barrio Corazón de Jesús Hospital, San José, San José -+506 2542 4800
Route 3, Río Segundo Río Segundo, Alajuela, Alajuela - Costa Rica+506 2442 2422
Monday05:00 - 23:45
Tuesday05:00 - 23:45
Wednesday05:00 - 23:45
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San Jose Downtown
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From C$ 39/day
Sixt
4 locations in San José
Sixt
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 - 17:00
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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
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3+506 2431 3803
Monday06:00 - 23:00
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Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
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easyCar
3 locations in San José
easyCar
Locations in San José
34th St., 16th Ave.
Route 3, Río Segundo Río Segundo, Alajuela, Alajuela - Costa Rica+506 2442 2422
Monday05:00 - 23:45
Tuesday05:00 - 23:45
Wednesday05:00 - 23:45
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San Jose Intl Airport+506 2442 2422
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Amigo Rent A Car
2 locations in San José
Amigo Rent A Car
Locations in San José
Calle 3 Ave. 13, Barrio Amón / 3rd Street, 13th Ave, Barrio Amón Apartado Postal: 750-1007 Centro Colón./ P.O Box: 750-1007 Centro Colón.+506 2523 3200
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
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Del Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría 1Km E, 50 mts N. Atendemos todos los vuelos internacionales / From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N. We cover all international flights+506 2442 8585
Monday04:30 - 23:59
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
Friday04:30 - 23:59
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
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From C$ 5/day
GREEN MOTION
2 locations in San José
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San José
300 meters east from the Purdy Motor building in Paseo Colon San Jose
30th Street
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Mirage Car Rental
2 locations in San José
Mirage Car Rental
Locations in San José
San Jose Airport
Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)
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From C$ 2/day
NU Car
2 locations in San José
NU Car
Locations in San José
Tobias Bolanos Airport+506 2255-2200
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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next to the Ambassador Hotel+506 2255 2000
Monday07:00 - 18:00
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From C$ 5/day
Ace
1 location in San José
Ace
Locations in San José
Between Street 30 and 32+506 2105 3460
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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From C$ 7/day
Apex
1 location in San José
Apex
Locations in San José
Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo
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Discount Service Car Rental
1 location in San José
Discount Service Car Rental
Locations in San José
La Uruca 5 Blocks West From Hospital Mexico5-062-294-2354
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From C$ 7/day
Firefly
1 location in San José
Firefly
Locations in San José
Rio Segundo+506 2443 4645
Monday05:00 - 23:45
Tuesday05:00 - 23:45
Wednesday05:00 - 23:45
Thursday05:00 - 23:45
Friday05:00 - 23:45
Saturday05:00 - 23:45
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FlexWays
1 location in San José
FlexWays
Locations in San José
Dr R.A. Grillo, Coca Cola+54 11 6009 3539
Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
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From C$ 6/day
keddy by Europcar
1 location in San José
keddy by Europcar
Locations in San José
Delivery And Collection Serviceonly
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L&M Car Rental
1 location in San José
L&M Car Rental
Locations in San José
North Of The Sabana Park
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NextCar
1 location in San José
NextCar
Locations in San José
International Airport Juan Santa Maria+506 7004 0090
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From C$ 3/day
Payless
1 location in San José
Payless
Locations in San José
Paseo Colon+506 2256 0101
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 18:00
Sunday07:00 - 18:00
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Target Car Rental
1 location in San José
Target Car Rental
Locations in San José
Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)
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From C$ 1/day
U-Save
Cheapest deal
1 location in San José
U-Save
Locations in San José
Rio Segundo+506 2430 4648
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338 travellers who rented a car in San José gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.9

Car rental locations in or near San José

Good to know

Most popular agency

Economy Rent a Car

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

C$ 17/day

Good deal

C$ 10/day

When to book a rental car in San José

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

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 C$ 10 or less
  • Book your rental car in San José at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in San José are around 68% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in San José

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

  • On average a hire car in San José costs C$ 17 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in San José are Alamo (6.7, 238 reviews), and Budget (6.2, 93 reviews).

  • 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.

  • The average gas price in San José is C$ 5.01 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 60 and C$ 80, depending on the car size.

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

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

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

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

  • A Mini car rental in San José costs C$ 13 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in San José costs C$ 26 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in San José costs C$ 17 per day, on average.

  • In San José, cars are most frequently rented at Economy Rent a Car Tobias Bolanos International Airport (5 km from city centre ).

  • On average a rental car in San José costs C$ 122 per week (C$ 17 per day).

  • On average a rental car in San José costs C$ 523 per month (C$ 17 per day).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.