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San José, Costa Rica
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Car hire insight and trends in Costa Rica

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What is the cheapest car hire agency in Costa Rica?

According to our data, Surprise agency is the cheapest car hire agency in Costa Rica. Users who book a rental car with Surprise agency often find prices below the £56 average daily rate each day. Depending on the city you visit, what type of car you’re interested in, and the length of your hire, you could find prices for as low as £26 each day when booking with Surprise agency.

What is the most popular car hire agency in Costa Rica?

Dollar is the most popular car hire company in Costa Rica with 34% of momondo users selecting this agency in the past month. Dollar also has 21 reviewsand a score of 6.6 out of 10, making this car hire agency a popular choice among travellers.

What car hire company in Costa Rica has the most locations?

If you plan on travelling to Costa Rica and hiring a car, then keep in mind that Alamo is the car hire agency with the most locations. You are likely to find one of their 50 country-wide locations either at your destination airport or somewhere in the city centre. Consider visiting San José, the most popular city in Costa Rica. Alamo has a large presence here with over 4 locations - many of which can be found within the airport and city centre.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in Costa Rica?

Travellers to Costa Rica usually opt to hire a SUV as their car of choice. This may be due to the weather during their stay, the activities they have planned, or their budget. In the past 30 days, 42% of our users rented a SUV for their trip to Costa Rica at an average cost of £64 per day.

Best deals found for Costa Rica car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in Costa Rica
Vauxhall Corsa
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£14/day

3 Apr - 17 Apr
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£17/day

6 Apr - 13 Apr
Ford Ka
Kia Picanto
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£17/day

3 Apr - 17 Apr
Kia Picanto
Audi A3
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

£18/day

3 Apr - 17 Apr
Audi A3
Kia Cee'd
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£20/day

27 Apr - 14 May
Kia Cee'd
Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£20/day

28 Apr - 12 May
Toyota Yaris
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£21/day

28 Apr - 12 May
Kia Rio
Vauxhall Corsa
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£21/day

29 Apr - 13 May
Vauxhall Corsa
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£22/day

27 Apr - 14 May
Kia Rio

Costa Rica car hire information

Does Costa Rica have any unique traffic laws?

In Costa Rica there are laws that allow the police to impose fines for driving without headlights in the evening and at night, crashing into a train, undertaking (i.e. passing on the right), driving on beaches, improper use of the horn and of course all the usual infractions such as speeding, driving under the influence, using a phone and transporting children under the age of 12 without special restraints. The fines are hundreds of dollars in most cases, but they do not have to be paid on the spot. Call your rental car provider immediately so that they can add the cost of the ticket to your credit card bill. Do not try to avoid paying the fine as you could be prevented from leaving the country on departure. You must keep the original versions of your ID and driving licence on your person when driving your rental car in Costa Rica – photocopies are not acceptable. On most roads, the speed limit is 50 mph and there are road signs are in Spanish but never expect other drivers to give way to you, even if there is a sign.

What are the legal and documentation requirements for renting a car in Costa Rica

momondo is great for rental car comparison as it lets you select the best car hire deal on offer. Every car rental firm will have individual terms and conditions and some may request documentation over and above the legal requirements. You need a full driving licence and a passport with a tourist visa in order to rent a car in Costa Rica and by law, you must pay a minimum third-party daily insurance premium. However, most car hire companies require an age range of 23 to 75 years and demand that you have held your licence for over two years. There will be other insurance costs and local taxes to pay and of course, your will need to let the car hire company block a deposit on your credit card. They will not be able to use a debit card to block the deposit. It is worth checking cheap rental car deals as there may be hidden extras.

Which areas of Costa Rica have the most traffic?

San José has the heaviest traffic, especially during rush hours (late morning and late afternoon). The authorities have tried to remedy the excessive amount of traffic throughout the country by prohibiting certain registration numbers from going onto the roads each day – rental cars are not affected by this - but there are still traffic jams, road rage incidents and wildcat parking all of which can cause the traffic to snarl-up. Outside San José, the three busiest roads are the Florencio del Castillo highway or Ruta two (San José to Cartago), Ruta 27 (San José to Caldera) and Ruta 32 (San José to Limón). Traffic collisions are common on these three roads and drivers are urged to drive with extreme caution and to avoid driving at night, not only because these trunk roads are very busy but also because the driving surface itself is not always in good condition.

What are the best scenic roads in Costa Rica?

To experience some of the stunning scenery in rural Costa Rica you may need to consider hiring a 4WD vehicle especially in the wet season. Always check when planning your route because your rental contract will probably not allow you to ford rivers in your vehicle. If you are based in San José, how about driving out of the city on road 126 through the Poás Volcano National Park to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, stay the night in Puerto Viejo and then drive back to San José along highway four through the Braulio Carillo National Park. Just be aware this route takes you along toll roads. Another scenic road is the 34, which takes you right along the Pacific coast through tourist resorts, interspersed with forests empty beaches.


Costa Rica car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Costa Rica that's right for you

Small cars

£23 - £75

All Car Types

£30 - £82

The average price of a small car hire in Costa Rica is £41. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Costa Rica is in September. The price is 44% lower than the rest of the year at just £23 per day. A small car rental is typically 18% less expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Costa Rica small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Costa Rica is £49. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Costa Rica is in October. The price is 44% lower than the rest of the year at just £28 per day. A medium car rental is typically 0% less expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Costa Rica medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in Costa Rica is £72. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Costa Rica is in May. The price is 33% lower than the rest of the year at just £49 per day. A large car rental is typically 32% more expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in Costa Rica is £51. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Costa Rica is in October. The price is 43% lower than the rest of the year at just £30 per day. A SUV rental is typically 4% more expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Costa Rica SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in Costa Rica is £91. The cheapest time to hire a van in Costa Rica is in June. The price is 49% lower than the rest of the year at just £47 per day. A van rental is typically 46% more expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a pickup truck hire in Costa Rica is £58. The cheapest time to hire a pickup truck in Costa Rica is in September. The price is 35% lower than the rest of the year at just £38 per day. A pickup truck rental is typically 14% more expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a luxury car hire in Costa Rica is £99. The cheapest time to hire a luxury car in Costa Rica is in March. The price is 34% lower than the rest of the year at just £66 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 50% more expensive than the average rental car in Costa Rica. The average price of a car hire in Costa Rica can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Vauxhall Corsa
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£14/day

3 Apr - 17 Apr
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£17/day

6 Apr - 13 Apr
Ford Ka
Kia Picanto
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£17/day

3 Apr - 17 Apr
Kia Picanto

Costa Rica car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Costa Rica

Alamo

50 locations

Sunnycars

50 locations

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

49 locations

National

49 locations

ADOBE

32 locations

easyCar

26 locations

Adobe Rent A Car

25 locations

Budget

19 locations

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Costa Rica

Nearby attractions:

San Jose Parque Central9.7 mi
Playa Jacó38.9 mi
La Fortuna Waterfall43.9 mi
Arenal Volcano National Park46.6 mi
Playa Santa Teresa69.7 mi

Nearby attractions:

Playas del Coco10.9 mi
Playa Brasilito21.4 mi
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park21.6 mi
Conchal Beach22.2 mi
Playa Tamarindo28.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

San Jose Parque Central72.0 mi
Playa Jacó111.9 mi
La Fortuna Waterfall116.7 mi
Arenal Volcano National Park119.4 mi
Playa Santa Teresa147.7 mi

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Costa Rica

Below are the most popular hotels in Costa Rica
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Playa El Jobo, El Jobo, Costa Rica

1.6 mi from city centre

Barceló San José

Barceló San José

Autopista General Canas 3km, San José, Costa Rica

1.1 mi from city centre

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, An Autograph Collection Resort

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, An Autograph Collection Resort

Playa Manzanill0, Golfo de Papagayo, Liberia, Culebra, Costa Rica

0.3 mi from city centre

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal

Arenal, 9 Km West, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

4.4 mi from city centre

Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

0.1 mi from city centre

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

13 Km Oeste Del Centro, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

5.4 mi from city centre

Wyndham Tamarindo

Wyndham Tamarindo

200m Al E Y 800m Al N Del, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

0.5 mi from city centre

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

Final De La Ruta 253 Peninsula Papagayo, Culebra, Costa Rica

0.3 mi from city centre

Riu Palace Costa Rica

Riu Palace Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, Ocotal, Costa Rica

2.1 mi from city centre

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica - Adults only

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica - Adults only

3 Km North West From Panama Beach Main Entrance Playa Arenilla Provincia De Guanacaste, Culebra, Costa Rica

3.2 mi from city centre

Fiesta Resort

Fiesta Resort

El Roble 23, El Roble, Costa Rica

0.6 mi from city centre

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Papagayo Peninsula, Culebra, Costa Rica

3.6 mi from city centre

Riu Guanacaste Hotel

Riu Guanacaste Hotel

Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

0.4 mi from city centre

Hampton by Hilton San Jose Airport

Hampton by Hilton San Jose Airport

Hwy 1 Airport Boulevard, Alajuela, Costa Rica

1.5 mi from city centre

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose -Costa Rica

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose -Costa Rica

San Antonio de Belen Ciudad Cariari, San José, Costa Rica

5.1 mi from city centre

Occidental Tamarindo

Occidental Tamarindo

1.5 km al Sur de Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

1.1 mi from city centre

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

800 meters west of Herradura entrance, Herradura, Costa Rica

0.3 mi from city centre

Hilton Garden Inn Guanacaste Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Guanacaste Airport

Ruta 21 Frente al Aeropuerto Inter, Liberia, Costa Rica

7.0 mi from city centre


Car hire in Costa Rica

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Costa Rica so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

What side of the road do people in Costa Rica drive on?

Whether you hire or own a car in Costa Rica, you are required by law to drive on the right. Keep in mind that if you do not feel comfortable driving on this side of the road, you can always call a taxi or opt for a ride share.

How good are the roads in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a road quality score of 2.9 on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is the lowest rated score. This puts Costa Rica at 116 out of 137 countries for road conditions. You may find that depending on where you travel within Costa Rica that the road quality will vary.

What is the drink driving limit in Costa Rica?

2.38 mg/l is the legal BAC limit in Costa Rica. Any higher and you will be considered driving under the influence and may receive monetary fines, licence restrictions, and other penalties. Keep in mind that you must also be at least 18 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages, and it is not recommended to operate a motor vehicle under the influence.

How much does petrol cost in Costa Rica?

As of last week, the average price of petrol in Costa Rica was £1.10 per litre. According to our data, Costa Rica has neither the most expensive nor the cheapest petrol prices in the world. Kuwait currently has the least expensive at £0.27 per litre, while Hong Kong has the most expensive at £2.47 per litre. Keep in mind that petrol prices change regularly and may be different during your travel dates.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Costa Rica?

Prices for cars in Costa Rica were last updated today.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Costa Rica?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Costa Rica?

The minimum age for drivers varies by country, including Costa Rica. In many EU countries drivers must be 18 years old. As a rule, you’ll need to be 21 to hire a car abroad, and a young driver surcharge may be applied if you are under 25. We recommend reading through the policy of your chosen rental company before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in Costa Rica?

When renting a car in Costa Rica, all drivers must present a full valid driving license. An International Driving Permit is required if the driving license is written in a language different to that of the country of rental and may be necessary to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you are renting abroad, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We always recommend checking with the individual rental company you are booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Costa Rica?

You should use momondo to book a car hire in Costa Rica because it could save you time and money. momondo fetches and allows you to compare car hire prices and policies from thousands of car hire websites.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Costa Rica?

momondo enables you to find the best car hire deal in Costa Rica by providing useful filters to narrow your search. Filters include, but are not limited to: price, body type, rental company and specific policies that you may want.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Costa Rica with free cancellation?

Yes, whether it is for cars in Costa Rica or elsewhere, momondo allows you to filter specifically for policies that offer free cancellation.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Costa Rica on momondo?

Absolutely! momondo offers this feature when searching for a car hire in Costa Rica.

Can I find a car hire in Costa Rica which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, momondo shows deals with enhanced cleaning services for hire cars in Costa Rica.

Can I search for car hire in Costa Rica with unlimited mileage on momondo?

momondo offers a filter specifically for unlimited mileage on car hire in Costa Rica.


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