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Costa Rica Car Rental Mini Guide

A popular tourist destination, renting a car in Costa Rica offers flexibility and independence that public transport or group tours simply cannot compete with. With so much on offer, this diverse country is best explored from behind the wheel of a rental car. Whether here for a week or a month, you'll never tire of the opportunities and adventures that lie ahead and a rental car in Costa Rica allows you to make the most of your time here.

Should you rent a car in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a haven for nature lovers as even though it is a relatively small country, it is home to around 5% of the world's biodiversity. It also boasts fantastic beaches with lots of activities to enjoy such as surfing, diving and snorkelling and for those less keen on the beach there are the endless tropical forests to explore.

If you're taking the family on a well deserved holiday, then don't be confined to the perimeters of your hotel resort or complex, hire a car and go on an adventure to see fully what Costa Rica has to offer. We have a great range of SUV and 4x4's to hire if you plan to go off road, with models available such as the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Rav4. All of our hire cars in Costa Rica come with efficient air conditioning systems, which will keep you cool in the tropical heat.

Cheapest car hire in Costa Rica

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.91 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 167.42 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.91 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 167.42 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.91 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 167.42 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.91 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 167.42 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.91 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 167.42 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 56.50 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 395.54 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 88.59 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 620.13 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 88.59 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 620.13 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Alto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 92.15 EUR/day
Suzuki Alto

7 Days rental at 645.06 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.11 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 196.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.11 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 196.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.11 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 196.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.11 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 196.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.11 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 196.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.14 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 176.04 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.14 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 176.04 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.14 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 176.04 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.14 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 176.04 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.14 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 176.04 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 330.03 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.01 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 252.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.39 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 688.74 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.39 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 688.74 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.39 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 688.74 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.39 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 688.74 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.39 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 688.74 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.48 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 703.36 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Costa Rica

  • Renting a car and driving in Costa Rica is safe with some common sense and a little caution
  • Car crime can be a problem so take care not to leave valuables in the car or anything on display
  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Costa Rica, although many country roads are single track
  • Road signs are in Spanish, however shapes and colours follow international conventions
  • You’ll need a tourist stamp to drive in Costa Rica and must have your full license and passport in the car
 

Popular car hire destinations in Costa Rica

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Costa Rica

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    40-60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    80-100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    CRC  922.16/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    75mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    CRC

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    25

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Costa Rica

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
29
7.9/10
162
€ 78.63
€ 158.04
€ 227.18
 Amigo
6
6.6/10
42
€ 23.91
€ 28.11
€ 36.01
 Avis
9
5.3/10
278
€ 47.14
€ 91.31

Car rental agent statistics in Costa Rica

  • 7.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 4.8/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 482
    Total number of reviews in
    Costa Rica
  • 33
    Most Locations in Costa Rica:
    ALAMO
  • 9
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Costa Rica

ItemPercent
January€ 80
February€ 84
March€ 97
April€ 75
May€ 75
June€ 86
July€ 107
August€ 104
September€ 60
October€ 57
November€ 60
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 62
February€ 76
March€ 80
April€ 55
May€ 51
June€ 68
July€ 87
August€ 62
September€ 31
October€ 30
November€ 31
December€ 43
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 122
March€ 126
April€ 95
May€ 96
June€ 96
July€ 99
August€ 93
September€ 75
October€ 80
November€ 90
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 100
March€ 111
April€ 89
May€ 86
June€ 99
July€ 119
August€ 130
September€ 79
October€ 77
November€ 78
December€ 123
ItemPercent
January€ 125
February€ 133
March€ 116
April€ 119
May€ 118
June€ 141
July€ 102
August€ 184
September€ 95
October€ 94
November€ 86
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 56
February€ 68
March€ 72
April€ 52
May€ 55
June€ 42
July€ 64
August€ 46
September€ 41
October€ 37
November€ 37
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 122
February€ 140
March€ 147
April€ 126
May€ 119
June€ 138
July€ 126
August€ 186
September€ 97
October€ 97
November€ 108
December€ 170
ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 88
March€ 92
April€ 69
May€ 68
June€ 72
July€ 102
August€ 99
September€ 58
October€ 55
November€ 56
December€ 79

Select category to see average car hire prices in Costa Rica

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Costa Rica

DieselUnleaded
Jun , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.31

May , 2022

€ 1.29

€ 1.36

Apr , 2022

€ 1.19

€ 1.28

Mar , 2022

€ 1.01

€ 1.14

Feb , 2022

€ 0.93

€ 1.06

Jan , 2022

€ 0.85

€ 0.99

Dec , 2021

€ 0.84

€ 0.98

Nov , 2021

€ 0.86

€ 1.03

Oct , 2021

€ 0.82

€ 1.00

Sep , 2021

€ 0.81

€ 1.01

Aug , 2021

€ 0.82

€ 1.03

Jul , 2021

€ 0.81

€ 1.00

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2022 1.24 1.31
May , 2022 1.29 1.36
Apr , 2022 1.19 1.28
Mar , 2022 1.01 1.14
Feb , 2022 0.93 1.06
Jan , 2022 0.85 0.99
Dec , 2021 0.84 0.98
Nov , 2021 0.86 1.03
Oct , 2021 0.82 1.00
Sep , 2021 0.81 1.01
Aug , 2021 0.82 1.03
Jul , 2021 0.81 1.00

Car rental price statistics in Costa Rica

  • € 167.37
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 646.83
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Minibus
  • 1,807
    Total cars available
     
  • 253
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Prado
  • 130
    Location with most cars:
    Liberia - D. Oduber Quiros Intl. Airport
  • € 23.9 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AMIGO - Guapiles - Central

FAQs about car hire in Costa Rica

How much does it cost to hire a car in Costa Rica?

Car hire in Costa Rica starts from just €23.90 per day for a (mini) class car from Amigo. The average price to hire a car in Costa Rica is just €193.70 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Costa Rica is a Toyota Minibus car for a (premium) class from Green motion costing €646.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Costa Rica?

We often have special offers on car hire in Costa Rica including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Costa Rica?

Car hire prices in Costa Rica are kept low thanks to the 11 car hire companies across the country. With over 52 car hire locations and 8,209 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Costa Rica.

Who is the best car hire company in Costa Rica?

Based on over 482 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Costa Rica Is Enterprise who score on average 7.9/10 across all locations in Costa Rica.

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

The most popular locations to hire a car in Costa Rica is Liberia - D. Oduber Quiros Intl. Airport with 11 car hire companies and 130 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Costa Rica?

Current fuel prices in Costa Rica are €1.312/ltr for petrol and €1.244/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €52 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €50 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Costa Rica?

Speed limits in Costa Rica are in km/h and are generally 25-45 km/h on urban roads, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Costa Rica?

Amigo is the cheapest car hire company in Costa Rica offering a (mini) class car such as the Chevrolet Beat for as little as €167.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Costa Rica?

The most popular car hire category in Costa Rica is the Toyota Corolla available from 4 car hire companies in over 40 locations.

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Car Hire Liberia Airport
€15.3
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €15.3 per day
Compact 4 5 3 from €22.1 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €18.3 per day
Car Hire San Jose Airport
€15.3
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €15.3 per day
Compact 4 5 3 from €22.1 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €18.3 per day