Costa Rica

Cheap Car Rentals in Costa Rica from $5

San José, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica car rentals in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car rental in Costa Rica. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on abril 18, 2024.

Most popular company

NextCar

Most common car type

Intermediate

Average price per day

$35

Cheapest price per day

$5

What are the car rental prices for popular cities in Costa Rica?

Discover the price range for renting a car in popular cities across Costa Rica, helping you budget and make informed decisions for your upcoming travel. There are 303 pickup locations in Costa Rica to choose from. Price data has been averaged over the last 12 months and was last updated on abril 18, 2024.

Price

$8 - $52

Out of all the popular cities in Costa Rica, San José is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $8/day. Renting a car in San José is 85% cheaper than renting one in Puerto Jiménez where the per day rate is around $52. Other fairly inexpensive cities in Costa Rica to get a rental car in are: Liberia ($12/day), Tamarindo ($16/day), and Quepos ($25/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in San José should expect to spend around $8/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in Costa Rica is San José.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Costa Rica?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in Costa Rica and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on abril 18, 2024.

January

$46

February

$54

March

$41

April

$15

May

$9

June

$11

July

$20

August

$20

September

$15

October

$16

November

$23

December

$61

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Costa Rica is May. The most expensive time to rent a car is December. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Compare available car types for rental in Costa Rica

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for rental in Costa Rica to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on abril 18, 2024.

Small cars

$13 - $71

All Car Types

$25 - $91

To rent a small car in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $32/day. October is the cheapest month to rent a small car in Costa Rica (~$13/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$71/day). In fact, October is about 61% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a small car saves you 24% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica small car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a medium car in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $35/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a medium car in Costa Rica (~$17/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$80/day). In fact, September is about 53% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a medium car saves you 17% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica medium car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a large car in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $60/day. April is the cheapest month to rent a large car in Costa Rica (~$35/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$102/day). In fact, April is about 43% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a large car is 30% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a SUV in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $37/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a SUV in Costa Rica (~$19/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$91/day). In fact, September is about 49% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a SUV saves you 14% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a van in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $98/day. May is the cheapest month to rent a van in Costa Rica (~$51/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$203/day). In fact, May is about 48% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a van is 57% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a pickup truck in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $62/day. October is the cheapest month to rent a pickup truck in Costa Rica (~$41/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is March (~$84/day). In fact, October is about 34% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a pickup truck is 31% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica pickup truck rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a luxury car in Costa Rica, you would pay an average price of $88/day. May is the cheapest month to rent a luxury car in Costa Rica (~$51/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$229/day). In fact, May is about 43% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car rental for Costa Rica. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Costa Rica, renting a luxury car is 52% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Costa Rica luxury car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

Toyota Yaris$5/day
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Toyota Yaris
Chevrolet Spark$5/day
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Chevrolet Spark

Top rental agencies in Costa Rica

Explore the leading car rental agencies in Costa Rica known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car rental companies in Costa Rica. Reviews were last updated on abril 18, 2024.
Choose from the top rental car agencies available in Costa Rica, including locations near San José, Liberia and Cartago. Browse through some of the top rental car agencies in Costa Rica, including locations around San José, Liberia and Cartago.

Alamo

51 locations

National

50 locations

Sunnycars

50 locations

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

49 locations

ADOBE

32 locations

easyCar

26 locations

Adobe Rent A Car

25 locations

Avis

20 locations

Best Costa Rica car rental deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car rental deals in Costa Rica. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect rental option for your needs. There are currently 8 rental car agencies in Costa Rica with an average daily rate of $18. Data was last updated on abril 18, 2024.
We've found these great deals on car rentals in Costa Rica, including options within the San José, Liberia and Cartago area. If these deals don't match what you're looking for, not to worry -- deals are updated on a regular basis.
Nissan Kicks$5/day
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Nissan Kicks
Kia Soul$5/day
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Kia Soul
Ford Escape$5/day
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Ford Escape

Car rental FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car rentals in Costa Rica, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on abril 18, 2024.
  • Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Costa Rica?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, keddy by Europcar (10.0 rating), Sixt (8.6 rating) and National (8.3 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in Costa Rica.

  • What is the most popular car rental provider in Costa Rica?

    With an average price of $81/day, Alamo is the most popular car rental provider in Costa Rica, booking 79% more rental cars than any other provider.

  • What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in Costa Rica?

    When visiting Costa Rica, it is typically cheapest to rent your car in Alajuela where rental cars typically will cost around $31/day (40% less than the country average). The absolute cheapest rental car price in Costa Rica was found in Alajuela for just $14/day.

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

    In Costa Rica, drivers are expected to maintain the lane(s) on the right side of the road.

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Small car rentals in Costa Rica

Find small car rental deals in Costa Rica from well-known providers in the area and save on gas mileage with the options provided below. small car rentals in Costa Rica cost an average of $6 per day. Price data was last updated on abril 18, 2024.
Hyundai i10$6/day
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Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10$6/day
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Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10$6/day
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Hyundai i10

Car rentals by fuel type in Costa Rica

Browse car rentals by fuel type in Costa Rica. Currently, Gas/Diesel cars are the cheapest to rent in Costa Rica. Deals were last updated on abril 18, 2024.

Browse through car rental deals by fuel type in Costa Rica. There are currently 3 fuel types to choose from with Gas/Diesel being the cheapest ($10+).

Electric

Electric

Gas/Diesel

Gas/Diesel

Hybrid

Hybrid

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