Car hire at San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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Top tips for hiring a car at Juan Santamaria Airport

  • Getting a car hire at San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport means starting your trip to Costa Rica with total flexibility. Public transport in Costa Rica requires significant planning ahead due to most buses being privately owned with different routes and fees that can be difficult to research. Thus, it is quite easy to get on the wrong bus. Many don't have air conditioning so your own vehicle is the best way to stay cool in hot weather. Having your vehicle waiting at the terminal or a nearby depot means you won't need to worry about planning every detail and can experience Costa Rica at your own pace right from the start of your trip.
  • Alamo offers an accelerated check-in which allows you to upload documentation such as your driving licence and passport which would usually be processed at the service desk. It can then be verified ahead of time to expedite the process when you get to the service desk. So you can simply present your booking confirmation and payment information and be on your way. Alamo and Economy Rent-A-Car are both open 24h a day. National offers one-way hire at no extra cost.
  • You may wish to take your San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport hired car out of Costa Rica and into neighbouring countries. Bear in mind that cross border hires must be arranged at least 3 days in advance so we recommend organising this when you process your booking at the terminal, if possible. Most companies will not allow you to take the same vehicle over the border, however, companies like Alamo and National will allow you to travel to another depot at the border and exchange your vehicle for an extra fee.
  • Make sure you know the returns process when you pick up your vehicle and note down the deadline or time slot you are expected to return the vehicle by to avoid late fees. If you are transferred via shuttle to a different depot to pick up your vehicle, this is likely where you will be asked to return it, after which you will be provided with a shuttle to the terminal. Take note of whether you need to refuel your vehicle before returning it. You may wish to consider prepaid fuel, offered by companies such as Alamo and Enterprise where you pay ahead of time for the full petrol tank and can return it empty at a discount to the local fuel prices.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire at Juan Santamaria Airport for R457 or less
  • Book your car hire at Juan Santamaria Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Juan Santamaria Airport

  • Where are the service desks located?

    The services providing car hire at San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport are located in the arrival hall. After you have gone through baggage claim, most providers will have service desks just past customs. After they have processed your documentation and booking, you will either be directed to your vehicle at the parking lot outside or be transferred via shuttle to a nearby depot where you can pick up your vehicle. Some providers will have a staff member meet you in the arrivals hall with your name written on a board and take you straight to a nearby depot.

  • What documentation is required?

    Before driving your vehicle, you will first need to present identification and payment information to the service desk. This includes your driving licence issued by your home country, an international driving licence and your passport. You will also need to present a confirmation of your booking, we recommend obtaining a printout of your receipt or confirmation email. Finally, you will need a credit card with an expiry date after your return date, note that most companies will not accept debit cards.

  • What vehicles are available?

    Many different vehicles can be selected for car hire at San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport. Compact vehicles and minis are perfect for those wishing to travel light and minimise fuel consumption. SUVs are available in both intermediate, standard and full sizes for those who need extra space for luggage or passengers.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car at Juan Santamaria Airport?

    On average a car hire at Juan Santamaria Airport costs R457 per day.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Juan Santamaria Airport?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Juan Santamaria Airport to off-airport locations is Europcar.

San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.5

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La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7733

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Very helpful staff at the Costa Rica Alamo rental office

9,6 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and helpful. The car had an unbalanced wheel, causing shudder, but at an Alamo office the car was replaced in less than 30 minutes and the journey continued without technical problems.

Cons:

The light of the back compartment was constantly on due to the faulty door switch, resulting to a dead battery during a one week long parking.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

10/10 would reccomend the Alamo in Belen near the San Jose Airport. Customer service was amazing, staff was super friendly and helpful, and facilities and cars are clean and well-maintained. We upgraded for a small extra amount per day and were so thrilled with our vehicle (Toyota Fortuner). Upon returning our car to Alamo at the end of our trip, we had no wait at all before our car was checked out, receipt confirmed, and our friendly driver dropped us off at the airport. Will absolutely be return customers for our next trip.

Cons:

Everything was super!

8,4 Very Good

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice suv

Cons:

Overcharged me!!!! Over billing!!!

3,2 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

If you think your reservation is for 7 people and 3 luggage’s! Make sure it is only purses! We rented a car and the trunk space wouldn’t hold a backpack. Such a scam to upgrade to a bigger car and they tried to charge nearly triple the reservation price.

3,6 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff in Manuel Antonio did their best to address the issue with the trunk not latching.

Cons:

Reserved an intermediate car but was given a compact at the same rate! I had to argue to get the rate changed. Furthermore, the compact was in bad shape, dings and scratches, no hub caps, and the trunk wouldn't latch. And, they didn't fill it up with gas but gave me paperwork to the contrary. I had to return shortly after leaving the lot to point out the gas gauge.

1 out of 27

Thrifty

7,7

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

6.8

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Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

+506 4052 5210

Monday06:00 - 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

Payless

6,2

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

5.7

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Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

+506 2430 4647

Monday06:00 - 23:30
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8,0 Very Good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Very friendly people, good car. The drop-off location took some time to open (~20 mins), so that may affect some travel plans

2,0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
terrible. they have you buy additional insurance for hundreds of dollars and enormous deposit amount.

4,4 Mediocre

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car rate with Insurance is a RIP. Spent more on car rental than hotel for a week.

3,2 Poor

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Knowing that insurance for three weeks would cost $1,500 and that I needed letters from my insurance company and credit card company to verify insurance would have been honest. I was very unhappy to learn this at the counter after a day of traveling. Dishonest practice.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Paid $800+ for 5 days, but when I stated the riding, the ride was really bad. Still choose to use it for 5 days. During 5th day driving down from Irazu Volcano, the break failed suddenly.. Holding the hand break and pressing break pedal didn't stop the car. To avoid life threatening accident, I had to hit a post to stop the car. Still wife is suffering with pain. When I called Payless to report the incident, amazed to know that no question about if the passengers are ok.. After 2:45 hours got a replacement car, with dirty smell from the rear side. After reaching the payless rental place to return the call, when I explained these incidents, their reaction was the worst, it's almost like who cares if the break failed or the replacement call smelled.. Will find out the options to take action. Don't rent from Payless if you are going to Costa Rica.

6,0 Okay

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good customer service.

Cons:

Windshield wipers were useless. Interior light was broken. Had to lock and unlock car with the key ie the key buttons were broken or battery was dead.

1 out of 9

Avis

5,6

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.6

Value for money

4.9

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Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

+506 2293 2222

Monday05:00 - 22:30
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2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
the price was higher than in the reservation and I am not talking about additional insurance. scammers

2,0 Poor

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Disappointing customer service: Never got an answer from Avis Costa Rica on the additional insurances despite few reminders. Cancelled the car rental booking and chose another company

2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Don¨t rent in Avis.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Worst rental in Costa Rica.

9,2 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in and check out were fast

Cons:

Car could be in better condition ( probably it suffered a small crash in the previous rentals)

4,0 Mediocre

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Forced us to subscribe their expensive insurance despite having paid one online

1 out of 13

Budget

5,4

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.4

Value for money

4.8

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Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

+506 2436 2010

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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

Ace

3,3

Cleanliness

4.1

Comfort

3.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.2

Value for money

2.9

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Across from Hampton Inn Hotel

+506 4036 7431

Monday06:00 - 23:30
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2,0 Poor

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing to like. I booked a Jeep for 5 people and they told me that they could only offer me a 4 seater with no trunk.

Cons:

Have the car that you booked available.

3,2 Poor

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was available and responsive

Cons:

I was told online my price would be $277. I get there and they charge me $530. They initially give me a car that brakes don’t work and my husband wrecks into a car in front of us. They show no remorse although the situation could have ended much worse (I.e wreck on the highway going 70mph). They bring us another car but it’s the exact same brand- we still feel very uncomfortable about the brake situation so we ask for a different type of car and they just give a hard no. Zero remorse. Deceiving prices and little remorse or attempt to make the situation right make this a poor experience.

4,4 Mediocre

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They did finally change the car for us after telling us previously there weren’t any other cars.

Cons:

When we were quoted for the price it was $34 total for 6 days. However, when we arrived we were told there was an obligatory insurance we needed to get (in-spite of my credit card having an international plan). The price quickly changes from the quoted $34 dollars (which supposedly included taxes and fees) to $300. We ended up paying an extra $50 more for the full insurance (since we were worried what they would try to charge us for if anything at all happened) so it came to $350. When we asked why it changed so drastically they said that it was because of the extra fees and taxes (which the website had said were included.) I had originally picked a Jeep but the confirmation email was for an SUV instead (So that was strange). When we got the Jeep it had no gps or even a usb charging port . When we asked about this the man told us he should go by Walmart in order to get one for the car. When we complained he said that they didn’t have any other cars and then finally offered us a carport charger that he had that we could borrow. When we left the seatbelt light turned on and wouldn’t stop beeping (even though we had our seatbelts on.) finally we had to turn around and return the car. We also realized there wasn’t even a middle seatbelt in the back of the car. They miraculously had a different car for us then. Overall- not a good experience. Would NOT recommend. We do speak Spanish as well fluently so it wasn’t like anything but was “lost in translation.”

2,0 Poor

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I have a printed confirmation from you for $110.00. In fairness it does read estimated taxes and fees $57.12. Confirmation # CRF8702737. After paying for a shuttle to the isolated offsite I was told the rental was $450.00 no negotiation and he kept pointing to the estimated taxes and fees. Extremely deceptive business practice. While Adolfo in customer service was very good and resolved my issue I would highly reccomend these deceptive business practices and disclose to your customers what the actual fees will really be.

4,8 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Charged us an extra $420 'compulsory' insurance on our $115 rental. We were not allowed to opt out of it even though we already have rental car insurance. This was a scam and made our rental 4 times more expensive than originally booked!!

2,0 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Had to pay a ton of money once I showed up to the counter, as the Allianz insurance recommended on the Kayak website and that I had paid for was deemed invalid by the Ace staff at the pick-up point. I had to pay from $50 I had paid online to $300 at the point of pick-up.

Cons:

Misinformation should be cleaned up from the Kayak website regarding the Ace rental details and charges.

1 out of 17

Sixt

8,0

Very Good

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.0

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Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3

+506 2431 3803

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6,0 Okay

May 2023

KAYAK
Added an extra $15 a day insurance charge plus tax despite having full insurance (Which I paid for already)

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,4

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

6.5

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La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7800

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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8,0 Very Good

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Kayak reservation was deceptive in that we had all CAD as comparing. The address was CAD as was all others. wasn't until we got to pick up the car and we were told US$. Nota great experience.

8,0 Very Good

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Luis in Tamarindo was great! I rented I San Jose and told them I needed to drop it in Tamarindo and then get back to town where I was staying. San Jose didn't let me know that there was a location in town and instead had me driving 1.4hrs to the airport. Luis worked things out and didn't even charge me an extra drop off fee since i only used ¼ tank of gas. Aldo San Jose said I would need a full tank of gas and charged me for that. All worked in the end , thanks to Luis.

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and provided good travel information

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The entire process was excellent. I've forgotten his name, but the Enterprise Manager at the San Jose Airport had me on the road in short order. Gabriel Vasquez, the Enterprise Manager in Belen, CR was instrumental in writing an extended contract for for our car and getting us back on the road in very short order. I'M A VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER TO DATE!

Cons:

Nothing.

7,2 Good

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The SUV we rented was great.

Cons:

The price we were quoted online was very deceiving. We were quoted a little over $100 online. However when we got to pick our vehicle up, even with the cheapest insurance, we paid well over $1000. The price needs to be more transparent when you book online. Once you arrive in a foreign country and need a car to get around, you really have no choice but to pay. Very disappointed that the amount quoted was so inaccurate.

5,2 Fair

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great

Cons:

Our car was a total piece of junk. The rental was inexpensive but I had no idea we were signing of for what seemed like a 10 yr old beat up car.

1 out of 4

Dollar

7,2

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

6.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.5

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Juan Santamaria Intl Ap

+506 2431 4865

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3,6 Poor

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 Mediocre

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 Poor

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

National

6,4

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

4.0

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La Asuncion De Belen

+506 2242 7878

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8,0 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful.

Cons:

The insurance prices are lower than most otehr companies, but still a rip off.

4,4 Mediocre

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly and the shuttle was efficient.

Cons:

The suv I received was an old model with over 75k. The car I reserved was a “Jeep Wrangler or similar”. Certainly, I understand that the actual SUV will vary but I received was nothing even remotely comparable. A tiny, old Dahaitsu is just plain false advertising. They don’t even have any Jeeps!

7,6 Good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The service was great, staff was helpful and prompt.

Cons:

It would have been nice to know the full price I'd be paying for a rental car before landing in this foreign country fully dependent on getting it. I felt very mislead by the pricing I was given in the reservation. In Costa Rica, insurance is required and this was never mentioned in the booking process. Therefore I ended up having to pay over $400 (with an extra $800 held) for the car I expected to rent for $83. I just thought that was very dishonest by the rental car company and the booking company.

1 out of 1

MEXRENTACAR

5,6

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

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Route 3 Rio Segundo

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2,0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Showed up later than planned and they gave my car away and told me they only had one left but told me they were gonna charge me more per day then I was supposed to pay for the whole week

2,0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
On arrival at San Jose, the representative told me that I was 2 hours late and they had rented my car to someone else. When I asked for my deposit back they refused. They were rude and threatening. I spoke to their manager by phone and he was dismissive. I have not yet received my deposit.

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Europcar

4,5

Mediocre

26 reviews
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

4.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.4

Value for money

3.8

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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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

NU Car

3,9

Cleanliness

5.4

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.7

Value for money

3.8

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

1.4km E. Of Holidayinn Express

+506 2442 6000

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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2,0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
We liked the air conditioning but that’s the end of our praise for the vehicle. While driving with my family inside, the brakes failed without warning and left us narrowly avoiding a head on collision by using the hand brake. When we called Nu Car rentals they had the nerve to suggest the brakes possibly failed due to “the way we were driving.” The truth was that the tires were all almost completely bald, but had been painted black to look newer. The spare tire on the back had deep gouges and was also deceptively painted with a fresh coat of black paint. This was one of the scariest experiences I’ve ever had while driving. It took them a full 48 hours to replace the car and when they did they brought the same exact model and make car with even more miles! The car whose brakes had failed appeared to be a much older model than the registration indicated. A google search of the vin number resulted in a much older year as suspected so we are assuming the rental car company is altering and then lying to clients about the age of its vehicles which is indefensible. We wouldn’t recommend anyone use this car service and we will also be pursuing legal liability actions against them to the extent that is possible.

6,0 Okay

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Finding the shuttle wasn’t easy. Too many taxi drivers along path to shuttle. Very happy with staff.

6,0 Okay

Mar 2022

KAYAK
The 12 seater van we renter had NO storage space for luggage. None. The windshield wipers were old and not cleaning the windshield properly. The office told us we must get their insurance, supposedly it was mandatory. They would not let us use the insurance provided by our credit card issuer claiming we would have to have it printed out and stamped with a round stamp from the card issuer confirming they would provide the insurance. Racketeering? Unethical behavior? The van did its job, did not break down but smelled a bit and was too small for 12 people.

2,0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Original price was $245 for 9 days. Upon arrival it was now $700 for insurance and a $500 security deposit. What a scam.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Horrible Company to rent a car from. The vehicle was a piece of junk. They charged $397 declined insurance fee or $377 mandatory insurance fee... complete rip-offs! Getting in touch with someone in case of an emergency is almost impossible.... never again.

8,0 Very Good

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Pretty easy rental transaction, once we got all the insurance issues worked out. The one main issue I have is that they don't publicly tell you that you have to have BOTH liability and comprehensive insurance in Costa Rica, which essentially doubles the cost of your car. So whatever you see advertised as the "price", double it so you include all the insurance you need to buy.

Economy Rent a Car

3,3

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

2 locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Airport Boulevard

+506 2299 2000

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Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport

+506 2299 2000

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9,2 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great, car was great, pick up and drop was great!

Cons:

The added fees and taxes adds up quickly!

2,0 Poor

May 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I paid $65 for a reservation. When I got to their office, they informed me there's a $450 insurance surcharge on top. On top of that, they didn't cancel my reservation when I asked - the charge still shows up on my card.

2,0 Poor

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

renting a car through kayak was a complete fraud. online they give you one very economic price and then the final price was more than 3 times as much. kayak offered an insurance policy which I purchased and then the rental company told me that the policy there did not suffice and I had to get their own policy which was required by the government. Also, when they gave me the car it had less than half the gas tank. when i returned it on the same level they complained and charged me for gas which was double the price i payed for filling up the whole tank once. totally disappointed by the company and by kayak.

4,0 Mediocre

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice new Hyundai Tuscan. Spacious and good economy.

Cons:

Agency does not even pretend to honor prebooking price. Charged more than 3x the daily rate, then added mandatory insurance which doubled the total price. No benefit to prebooking. Very disappointed. I’d give the overall rating zero stars, but that is not an option.

6,8 Okay

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

They dont tell you about the insurance when booking online. Once you get there they tell you to buy some mandatory insurance and on top of that give you a different car. Also when booking a car, you pick one car but it books a different car. Rip off.

6,4 Okay

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

We received a fairly new hon Day Tucson, the car drove well aside from a few sounds we heard coming from underneath the car and from the tire. Air-conditioning blue ice cold which is great in the hot Costa Rican weather we were supposed to receive a manual transmission but received an automatic transmission so that was kind of a plus .

Cons:

What I didn’t like is that I paid online $50 for the rental which I thought was an amazing deal, where economy gets you is they tell you the insurance that you bye is not enough to cover what you need in Costa Rica, so you’re required to pay minimum $600 for insurance, which 200 gets returned to you because it was a deposit. We usually rent cars every vacation we go on. The insurance included is normally enough. In Italy we spent the same amount of money as we did in Costa Rica but we were able to keep the car for three weeks versus three days

easyCar

2,0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose Intl Airport

+506 2442 2422

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30

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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)

E-Z Rent-A-Car

2,0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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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Hertz

2,0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Juan Santamaria Intl Apto.

+506 4002 0713

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
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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.

U-Save

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

3.4

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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 San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Rio Segundo

+506 2443 4645

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30

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NextCar

1,9

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

1.9

Comfort

1.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

1.9

Value for money

1.9

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

600 meters East of the Airport

+506 7004 0090

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
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ADOBE

6,0

Okay

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose International Airport

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keddy by Europcar

4,0

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose Airport

+506 2519 9308

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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GREEN MOTION

2,0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

ALAJUELA AIRPORT Office is located across from Hampton Inn Hotel

+506 2441 1411

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Apex

8,6

Very Good

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Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

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Ace Rental Cars

8,5

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport, Across from Hampton Inn Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Priceless

6,0

Okay

No reviews available

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

De la Iglesia La Agonia, 100 metros Sur y 200 Este, final de la calle

+506 4001 7828

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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Right Cars

5,2

Fair

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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San Jose Airport

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York Car Rental

4,0

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Rio Segundo Alajuela

+506 7004 0090

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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Sunnycars

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2 locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Mango Plaza 111, 1km North Of Juan

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Station is on Airport grounds

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Adobe Rent A Car

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Adobe Rent a Car, Route 3, Río Segundo

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Ami-Go Car Rental

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

From Juan Santamaría airport, 1km E, 50 mts N.

+506 2442 8585

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Amigo Rent A Car

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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

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Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Discount Service Car Rental

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

La Uruca 5 Blocks West From Hospital Mexico

5-062-294-2354

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EC Rent a Car

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Provincia de Alajuela, Rio Segundo, , Costa Rica

+506 7004 0090

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Final Rentals

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl

+506 7004 0090

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FlexWays

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport

+54 11 6009 3539

Monday06:00 - 23:30
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Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
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Fox

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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One Mile West Of Airport

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JUMBO CAR

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose airport

+506 8885 8626

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Mirage Car Rental

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

San Jose Airport

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Move Mee

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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Alajuela International Airport

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Rent-A-Wreck

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

600 meters East of the Airport

+506 7004 0090

Monday06:00 - 23:30
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Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
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Shouqi

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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Carretera Aeropuerto Internacional

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sovoy

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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San Jose Airport Juan Santamaria SJO

+506 2436 2070

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Target Car Rental

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San Jose Airport

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York Rent a Car

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One location in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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Juan Santamaria International Airport

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York Rent A Car

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Locations in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport

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460 travellers who hired a car in San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6,1

Car rental locations at San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport

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Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

R457/day

Good deal

R457/day