Cheapest car hire in Costa Rica

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.96 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 384.76 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.96 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 384.76 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.96 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 384.76 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.96 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 384.76 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.96 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 384.76 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 76.42 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 534.96 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 76.42 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 534.96 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 84.87 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 594.12 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 84.87 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 594.09 EUR from 21/02/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.07 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 364.49 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 55.13 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 385.95 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.15 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 393.10 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.22 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 414.56 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.09 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 427.67 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.09 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 427.67 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.09 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 427.67 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.09 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 427.67 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.09 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 427.67 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.02 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 350.18 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.07 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 364.49 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.83 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 397.87 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.98 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 608.86 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 95.15 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 666.08 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 139.35 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 975.51 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 139.35 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 975.51 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 161.05 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1127.41 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 161.05 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1127.41 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 172.80 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1209.66 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 172.80 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1209.66 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 172.80 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1209.66 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.89 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 580.25 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 89.02 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 623.17 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 91.91 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 643.43 EUR from 21/02/2022

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 91.91 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 643.43 EUR from 21/02/2022

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Grand Vitara

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.76 EUR/day
Suzuki Grand Vitara

7 Days rental at 754.37 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.55 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 759.85 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.56 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 759.93 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Outlander

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.58 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Outlander

7 Days rental at 760.08 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Outlander

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.59 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Outlander

7 Days rental at 760.16 EUR from 21/02/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.98 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 608.86 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 95.15 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 666.08 EUR from 21/02/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 124.31 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 870.19 EUR from 21/02/2022

  4 |
  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

Costa Rica car hire reviews

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Laws and rules of the road when driving in Costa Rica

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    40-60kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    80-100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    CRC  690.22/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    75mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    CRC

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    25

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

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Compare car rental agents in Costa Rica

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
30
7.6/10
298
€ 84.89
€ 98.21
€ 127.38
€ 171.86
 Avis
10
4.6/10
202
€ 52.07
€ 82.89
 Payless
2
3.6/10
16
€ 90.88
€ 98.15
€ 108.61

Car rental agent statistics in Costa Rica

  • 7.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • 3.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    PAYLESS
  • 516
    Total number of reviews in
    Costa Rica
  • 30
    Most Locations in Costa Rica:
    ALAMO
  • 8
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Costa Rica

ItemPercent
January€ 80
February€ 84
March€ 55
April€ 57
May€ 53
June€ 61
July€ 70
August€ 59
September€ 60
October€ 57
November€ 60
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 62
February€ 76
March€ 38
April€ 41
May€ 34
June€ 40
July€ 54
August€ 41
September€ 31
October€ 30
November€ 31
December€ 43
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 122
March€ 77
April€ 85
May€ 68
June€ 71
July€ 83
August€ 80
September€ 75
October€ 80
November€ 90
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 100
March€ 63
April€ 62
May€ 51
June€ 65
July€ 85
August€ 82
September€ 79
October€ 77
November€ 78
December€ 123
ItemPercent
January€ 125
February€ 133
March€ 88
April€ 96
May€ 88
June€ 98
July€ 102
August€ 98
September€ 95
October€ 94
November€ 86
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 56
February€ 68
March€ 31
April€ 33
May€ 32
June€ 40
July€ 61
August€ 43
September€ 41
October€ 37
November€ 37
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 122
February€ 140
March€ 106
April€ 106
May€ 87
June€ 98
July€ 109
August€ 113
September€ 97
October€ 97
November€ 108
December€ 170
ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 88
March€ 49
April€ 52
May€ 45
June€ 53
July€ 76
August€ 62
September€ 58
October€ 55
November€ 56
December€ 79

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Fuel prices in Costa Rica

DieselUnleaded
Jan , 2022

€ 0.84

€ 0.98

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

Jun , 2021

€ 0.80

€ 0.99

May , 2021

€ 0.74

€ 0.94

Apr , 2021

€ 0.77

€ 0.94

Mar , 2021

€ 0.74

€ 0.89

Feb , 2021

€ 0.68

€ 0.82

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2022 0.84 0.98
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
Jun , 2021 0.80 0.99
May , 2021 0.74 0.94
Apr , 2021 0.77 0.94
Mar , 2021 0.74 0.89
Feb , 2021 0.68 0.82

Car rental price statistics in Costa Rica

  • € 350.14
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 404.68
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Hilux
  • 1,338
    Total cars available
     
  • 216
    Most popular model:
    Suzuki Jimny
  • 120
    Location with most cars:
    San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport
  • € 50.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Tamarindo

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 €50.00 per day for a (economy) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Costa Rica is just €129.70 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Costa Rica is a Toyota Hilux car for a (compact) class from Green motion costing €404.70 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 10 car hire companies across the country. With over 52 car hire locations and 6,461 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Costa Rica.

Who is the best car hire company in Costa Rica?

Based on over 516 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Costa Rica Is Alamo who score on average 7.6/10 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 San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport with 9 car hire companies and 120 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Costa Rica?

Current fuel prices in Costa Rica are €0.982/ltr for petrol and €0.84/ltr for diesel as of 10 January 2022, it’ll cost on average €39 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €34 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?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in Costa Rica offering a (economy) class car such as the Nissan March for as little as €350.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Costa Rica?

The most popular car hire category in Costa Rica is the Suzuki Celerio available from 5 car hire companies in over 41 locations.

Why rent a car in Costa Rica

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.

Costa Rica Mini Guide

Forming a bridge between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, Costa Rica is also a buffer between less tranquil countries: Panama to the south and war torn Nicaragua to the north. Costa Rica - the 'Rich Coast' - has a tradition of neutrality which its population enthusiastically support. The only cloud on its horizon is the risk of neighbouring conflicts spilling over its borders.

Much of the country consists of volcanic mountain chains, running north-west to south-east, that reach their highest point at Chirripo (3,820m, 12,533ft). Over half of the 2.7 million people live in the Valle Central, a highland basin which was the first area settled by the Spanish in the 16th century. The rich volcanic soils of the upland areas are good for coffee growing and the slopes provide lush pastures for cattle.

Lowland swamps cover most of the two coasts; the Pacific coast is wetter and cooler than the Caribbean. The north-west region is partly savannah and partly lowland forest. Increasingly people are settling along the river and mountain valleys. About four fifths of the country remains forested.

Costa Rica differs from its neighbours in that 80% of the people are white and most of the rest mestizo (of mixed European and native Indian ancestry). When Europeans arrived in the 16th century they introduced diseases, including measles, to which the Indians had no resistance. Thousands died and they have never recovered their numbers.  Costa Rica was the first country in Central America to grow coffee and bananas commercially, which are still its major agricultural exports.

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.
 

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Fuel Prices in Costa Rica

  • Price of petrol in Costa Rica in January

    € 0.98/Ltr

    ($ 1.20/Ltr | 690.22/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Costa Rica in January

    € 0.84/Ltr

    ($ 1.03/Ltr | 590.41/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Costa Rica in January

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 39.28  ($ 48.10) | € 33.60  ($ 41.15)
Compact € 39.28  ($ 48.10) | € 33.60  ($ 41.15)
Full Size € 49.10  ($ 60.13) | € 42.00  ($ 51.43)
SUV € 58.92  ($ 72.15) | € 50.40  ($ 61.72)
Carrier € 68.74  ($ 84.18) | € 58.80  ($ 72.00)

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