Car rental in Pavas (San José)

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Cheap car rentals in Pavas (San José)

EconomyC$ 13/day
CompactC$ 11/day
IntermediateC$ 15/day
Full-size SUVC$ 11/day
Premium SUVC$ 38/day
Compact SUVC$ 7/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 7/day
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Pavas (San José) car rental reviews and directory

Economy Rent a Car

4.9

Mediocre

103 reviews

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

4.1

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport

+506 2299 2000

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Tobias Bolanos International Airport

+506 2299 2000

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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

Dec. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Get insurance before you get down there

6.0 Okay

Mar. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was helpful and friendly enough...pick up took a while but drop off was quick and easy (few customers probably due to coronavirus).

Cons:

If there were more prominent statements when we made the reservation online about MANDATORY liability insurance from CR government... and there would be a $950 damage deposit put on my credit card...this despite having purchased insurance covering any damage to vehicle when I made the reservation.

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful!

Cons:

Insurance is expensive but nor sure how it would compare to other rental car agencies in CR. We had no problems

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Although I made a reservation in December, Economy was unable to fulfill my reservation.

Cons:

They could have given me the car I booked months in advance, or at the very least have had the courtesy to not charge my credit card after not giving me a vehicle.

1 out of 30

Thrifty

6.0

Cleanliness

6.9

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

5.1

Locations in Pavas (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
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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
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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.

4.8 Mediocre

Dec. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good pickup location and quick to the counter to pickup the car.

Cons:

We had a letter from Chase credit card as they required from the thrifty Costa Rica website. He wouldn’t accept it- “it doesn’t state amount covered” - it stated up to the entire value of the car. So we were forced to buy the coverage since where else are you going to go. DO NOT TENT FROM THRIFTY AT THE SJO AIRPORT!

1 out of 10

Budget

5.2

Best rated

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

4.8

Locations in Pavas (San José)

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
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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.

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.

8.4 Very good

Jan. 2020

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 13

National

8.6

Very good

4 reviews

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.5

Value for money

7.7

Locations in Pavas (San José)

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
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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

Europcar

4.3

Mediocre

26 reviews
Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

4.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.2

Value for money

4.0

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional

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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.

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.

7.6 Good

Feb. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff is very nice and helpful. Taking the shuttle to the car rental was pretty easy.

Cons:

The insurance the is quoted by kayak versus what they charge at the car rental is much higher. We rented a car for one week for about 50 USD, which is very cheap, but the medium level for the insurance ran 450 USD.

5.2 Fair

Jan. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car.

Cons:

Transparency. I did everything possible to waive the insurance and I couldn’t. Even when I had a credit card with my own insurance this was not possible because I did not had the 30,000 usd limit in my credit card (it was not possible to understand this limitation through the webpage terms). Additionally the people form europcar put all the possible obstacles so that I could not waive the insurance. Finally I had to pay it. I felt scammed. It is sad the way you manage this business. I spend nearly 2.5 hours at your office to resolve the issue and finally I had to pay the insurance either way. I feel very disappointed.

4.4 Mediocre

Sep. 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off

Cons:

Getting quotes $43 for 9 days and getting to Europcar and being told that it will be $560 instead. Customer service rep also tried to trick us by including fuel service charge in our rental price by saying we get a free tank of fuel by paying full coverage. Bunch of worms really.

1 out of 8

Hertz

2.8

Cleanliness

3.2

Comfort

3.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.5

Value for money

2.9

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Juan Santamaria Intl Apto.

+506 4002 0713

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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6.0 Okay

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was in good shape

Cons:

The reservation price didn't include a $30/day mandatory insurance fee that is required I'm Costa Rica. So, my quote was for $7xx, and total cost was actually $1100. AND, the guy at the ciunter was a total dick and kept trying to sell us on the optional insurance to make us pay EVEN MORE. UGH.

5.2 Fair

Jun. 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

We were given a very good rate when we booked but when we showed up we not given an option of taking out additional insurance. We discussed at length- the entire process of renting the car took a very long time. They tried to charge me over $500. After much discussion they wouldn't let us take the car for an amount that was over 3x the quoted rate. We really needed to get going and the Hertz facility is away from the airport so reluctantly signed. The front desk employee was rude and found VERY small print to justify the increase in the rate. I will not use Hertz again at this location.

3.2 Poor

Mar. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much

Cons:

The internet booking site was COMPLETELY mis-leading. It made no mention of the exorbitant insurance fees. It felt like fraud. I'm not sure I'll ever use Hertz again, especially in Costa Rica.

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Car had over 100,000 miles no power and was charged almost triple my quoted rate because no one at booking says you will be asked to get Costa Rican insurance. So my $80 car was $230. Don't buy the third party insurance it's useless here in CR. More money lost. Not happy at all

2.0 Poor

Feb. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

They gave my car away. They literally had no automatic cars available the day I arrived at their location. I had to find another rental car company on the spot that day.

1 out of 2

easyCar

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

Locations in Pavas (San José)

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)

1 out of 1

E-Z Rent-A-Car

2.0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

Locations in Pavas (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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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.4

Very good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

7.8

Locations in Pavas (San José)

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
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Avis

5.6

Fair

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

5.0

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Intercontinental Hotel

+506 2208 2243

Monday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Tuesday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00
Wednesday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Thursday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00
Friday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00
Sunday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
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U-Save

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

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Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

3.4

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Rio Segundo

+506 2430 4648

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

3.6

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

4.8

Comfort

3.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.2

Value for money

3.6

Locations in Pavas (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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Firefly

2.6

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

3.5

Comfort

3.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.9

Value for money

2.5

One location in Pavas

from C$ 66/day

Locations in Pavas (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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ADOBE

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Pavas

from C$ 179/day

Locations in Pavas (San José)

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

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NU Car

4.2

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Pavas

from C$ 41/day

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Tobias Bolanos Airport

+506 2255-2200

Monday08:00 - 12:30
Tuesday08:00 - 12:30
Wednesday08:00 - 12:30
Thursday08:00 - 12:30
Friday08:00 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 12:30
Sunday08:00 - 12:30

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Apex

8.6

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Pavas

from C$ 8/day

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

3 locations in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Mango Plaza 111, 1km North Of Juan

Opening times not available

Provincia de Alajuela, 500m Este del Casino Fiesta

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Station is on Airport grounds

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Mirage Car Rental

No score available yet

2 locations in Pavas

from C$ 125/day

Locations in Pavas (San José)

San Jose Airport

Opening times not available

Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)

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Amigo Rent A Car

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

from C$ 62/day

Locations in Pavas (San José)

San Jose Airport

+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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Deal Mobility Rent a Car

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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JUMBO CAR

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

San Jose airport

+506 8885 8626

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Sovoy

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

San Jose Airport Juan Santamaria SJO

+506 2436 2070

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Target Car Rental

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)

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York Rent a Car

No score available yet

One location in Pavas

Locations in Pavas (San José)

Juan Santamaria International Airport

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242 travellers who rented a car in Pavas gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.6

Car rental locations in or near Pavas (San José)

Good to know

Most popular agency

U-Save

Most popular car type

SUV

Average price

C$ 67/day

Good deal

C$ 57/day

When to book a rental car in Pavas, San José

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

Top tips for renting a car in Pavas, San José

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Pavas for C$ 57 or less.
  • Book your rental car in Pavas at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Mini rental cars in Pavas are around 49% cheaper than other car types, on average.
  • May is typically the cheapest month to rent a car in Pavas, with prices around C$ 12/day. December, in contrast, is often the most costly month, with an average of C$ 91/day.
  • If you’re looking to save money and don’t mind renting a car in another neighborhood in San José, look for deals in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, where daily prices are around C$ 50/day, or Mata Redonda (average of C$ 56/day).

FAQs about renting a car in Pavas (San José)

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

    On average a rental car in Pavas costs C$ 67 per day.

  • Are car rentals cheaper in other San José neighborhoods?

    No. Based on our information, USAVE in Pavas is the cheapest car rental location in San José.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Pavas?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental car price (C$ 42/day) in Pavas was found at USAVE, Rio Segundo.

  • What is the best rental car company in Pavas?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Pavas is ENTERPRISE (10.0, 1 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Pavas?

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

  • What is the most popular rental car type in Pavas?

  • How much does a SUV car rental cost in Pavas?

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

    On average a rental car in Pavas costs C$ 471 per week (C$ 67 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Pavas costs C$ 2,019 per month (C$ 67 per day).