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San José, Costa Rica
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Economy Rent a Car

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

3.8

3 locations in San José

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Downtown San Jose

+506 2299 2000

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Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport

+506 2299 2000

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Tobias Bolanos International Airport

+506 2299 2000

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2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

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

8,0 Excellent

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 Mediocre

Dec 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Get insurance before you get down there

6,0 Good

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 Excellent

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 Mediocre

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 31

Budget

6,8

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in San José

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Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

+506 2436 2010

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
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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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10,0 Excellent

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 Mediocre

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 Okay

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

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

2,0 Mediocre

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 Excellent

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.

8,4 Excellent

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was nice, shuttle was accomodating.

Cons:

Car was very expensive.

1 out of 11

Thrifty

5,9

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

5.5

3 locations in San José

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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 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
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Paseo Colon, Calle 36-38

+506 4052 5210

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
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5,6 Okay

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 Good

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 Okay

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 Excellent

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly service. Threw in a GPS for $5

3,2 Mediocre

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 Okay

Dec 2018

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 9

Dollar

10,0

Excellent

10 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

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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General Canas Hgy Nxt To Total

+506 4052 2000

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
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Juan Santamaria Intl Ap

+506 2431 4865

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00
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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
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10,0 Excellent

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

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

3,6 Mediocre

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 Okay

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 Mediocre

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 Excellent

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

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

3,6 Mediocre

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 Okay

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 Mediocre

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.

1 out of 2

Alamo

10,0

Excellent

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

3 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
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In Front Of Purdy Motor

+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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Paseo Colon

+506 2221 4700

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

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!!!

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 Mediocre

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

Europcar

3,5

Mediocre

19 reviews

Cleanliness

4.1

Comfort

4.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.8

Value for money

3.2

2 locations in San José

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Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional

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Hotels Delivery And Collection

+506 2519 9308

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10,0 Excellent

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 Okay

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 Okay

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 Okay

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.

2,0 Mediocre

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Free shuttle from airport

Cons:

Horrible experience, car was not as described. We didn’t receive the Kia Sportage as advertised but rather a beat up 15 year old Tesoro which had no air conditioning and shocks. On top of that we were forced to purchase insurance which was almost as expensive as the car rental. We were not even allowed to purchase the insurance offered by kayak. They only accepted the insurance direct from their company. Absolutely horrible.

1 out of 6

Hertz

2,0

Mediocre

8 reviews

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

2 locations in San José

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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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Paseo Colon & Calle 38 Street

+506 4002 0707

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
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6,0 Good

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 Okay

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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.

6,0 Good

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 Okay

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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

National

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

4 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
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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
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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
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59
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Paseo Colon

+506 2242 7878

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
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2,0 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

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

2,0 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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 Mediocre

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

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3 locations in San José

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Avenue 18th, Between 11th

+506 2242 7901

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
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La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7800

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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Paseo Colon

+506 2242 7800

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
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6,4 Good

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 Good

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.

6,4 Good

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 Good

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

Avis

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2 locations in San José

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Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici

+506 2296 0167

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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San Jose Sabana Norte

+506 2509 5980

Monday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:0013:30 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 16:0013:30 - 17:00
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6,4 Good

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.

6,4 Good

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.

1 out of 1

Sunnycars

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6 locations in San José

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Avenue 18

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General Canas Hwy 3KM

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Mango Plaza 111, 1km North Of Juan

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Paseo Colon 36-38

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Provincia de Alajuela, 500m Este del Casino Fiesta

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Station is on Airport grounds

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ADOBE

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4 locations in San José

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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
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San Jose Downtown

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Amigo Rent A Car

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3 locations in San José

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 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
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San Jose Airport

+506 2442 8585

Monday04:30 - 23:59
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Sunday04:30 - 23:59

San Jose Downtown

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Sixt

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3 locations in San José

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
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Frente Indoor Club Curridabat

+506 4000 7498

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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Saturday09:00 - 16:00

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easyCar

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2 locations in San José

Locations in San José

34th St., 16th Ave.

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San Jose Intl Airport

+506 2442 2422

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GREEN MOTION

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2 locations in San José

Locations in San José

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

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30th Street

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keddy by Europcar

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2 locations in San José

Locations in San José

Delivery And Collection Serviceonly

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Paseo Colón Centro de San Jose

+506 4002 3857

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Mirage Car Rental

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2 locations in San José

Locations in San José

San Jose Airport

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Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)

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NU Car

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2 locations in San José

Locations in San José

Tobias Bolanos Airport

+506 2255-2200

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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next to the Ambassador Hotel

+506 2255 2000

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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Ace

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Between Street 30 and 32

+506 4036 7420

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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Apex

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

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Deal Mobility Rent a Car

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Discount Service Car Rental

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

La Uruca 5 Blocks West From Hospital Mexico

5-062-294-2354

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E-Z Rent-A-Car

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

San Jose International Airport - Europcar

+506 2440 9990

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
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Firefly

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Rio Segundo

+506 2443 4645

Monday05:00 - 23:00
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FlexWays

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Dr R.A. Grillo, Coca Cola

+54 11 6009 3539

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
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L&M Car Rental

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

North Of The Sabana Park

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Payless

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Paseo Colon

+506 2256 0101

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

500 Mts East

+506 2430 0629

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Sovoy

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

San Jose Airport Juan Santamaria SJO

+506 2436 2070

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Target Car Rental

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ)

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U-Save

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One location in San José

Locations in San José

Rio Segundo

+506 2430 4648

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246 travellers who hired a car in San José gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5,0

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Top tips for hiring 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 hire 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.
  • Book your car hire in San José at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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