Cheapest car hire in Costa Rica

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Celerio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Celerio

7 Days rental at 155.38 EUR from 22/11/2021

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 217.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 217.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.21 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 239.51 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.21 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 239.51 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.59 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.58 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.58 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.59 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.59 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 163.56 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 163.57 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1145.01 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 163.57 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1145.01 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 176.41 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 1234.93 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 205.87 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 1441.14 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.93 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 216.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.93 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 216.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 40.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 283.82 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 40.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 283.82 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ssangyong Korando

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.67 EUR/day
Ssangyong Korando

7 Days rental at 515.70 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ssangyong Korando

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.67 EUR/day
Ssangyong Korando

7 Days rental at 515.70 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ssangyong Korando

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.67 EUR/day
Ssangyong Korando

7 Days rental at 515.70 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Outlander

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.69 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Outlander

7 Days rental at 515.85 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Outlander

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.69 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Outlander

7 Days rental at 515.85 EUR from 22/11/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.11 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 441.81 EUR from 22/11/2021

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.11 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 441.81 EUR from 22/11/2021

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.04 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 630.28 EUR from 22/11/2021

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

7 Adults, 4 Doors

From 98.22 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 687.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

7 Adults, 4 Doors

From 98.22 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 687.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

7 Adults, 4 Doors

From 98.22 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 687.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

7 Adults, 4 Doors

From 98.22 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 687.57 EUR from 22/11/2021

  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

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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  712.01/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
7.0/10
357
€ 26.94
€ 39.47
€ 87.10
€ 115.76
 Avis
8
4.6/10
115
€ 34.21
€ 50.51
 Payless
3
3.5/10
25
€ 50.84
€ 60.12
€ 73.67

Car rental agent statistics in Costa Rica

  • 7.0/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • 3.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    PAYLESS
  • 497
    Total number of reviews in
    Costa Rica
  • 30
    Most Locations in Costa Rica:
    ALAMO
  • 27
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 14
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Costa Rica

ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 50
March€ 55
April€ 57
May€ 53
June€ 61
July€ 70
August€ 59
September€ 60
October€ 57
November€ 60
December€ 92
ItemPercent
January€ 39
February€ 39
March€ 38
April€ 41
May€ 34
June€ 40
July€ 54
August€ 41
September€ 31
October€ 30
November€ 31
December€ 54
ItemPercent
January€ 92
February€ 84
March€ 77
April€ 85
May€ 68
June€ 71
July€ 83
August€ 80
September€ 75
October€ 80
November€ 90
December€ 130
ItemPercent
January€ 56
February€ 57
March€ 63
April€ 62
May€ 51
June€ 65
July€ 85
August€ 82
September€ 79
October€ 77
November€ 78
December€ 123
ItemPercent
January€ 92
February€ 99
March€ 88
April€ 96
May€ 88
June€ 98
July€ 102
August€ 98
September€ 95
October€ 94
November€ 86
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 32
February€ 31
March€ 31
April€ 33
May€ 32
June€ 40
July€ 61
August€ 43
September€ 41
October€ 37
November€ 37
December€ 53
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 105
March€ 106
April€ 106
May€ 87
June€ 98
July€ 109
August€ 113
September€ 97
October€ 97
November€ 108
December€ 179
ItemPercent
January€ 47
February€ 46
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
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

Jan , 2021

€ 0.65

€ 0.79

Dec , 2020

€ 0.61

€ 0.75

Nov , 2020

€ 0.61

€ 0.79

Oct , 2020

€ 0.68

€ 0.85

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
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
Jan , 2021 0.65 0.79
Dec , 2020 0.61 0.75
Nov , 2020 0.61 0.79
Oct , 2020 0.68 0.85

Car rental price statistics in Costa Rica

  • € 155.33
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 205.87
    Highest daily price:
    Hyundai H1
  • 1,729
    Total cars available
     
  • 283
    Most popular model:
    Suzuki Jimny
  • 129
    Location with most cars:
    San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport
  • € 22.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    NATIONAL - Cartago - City Centre

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 €22.20 per day for a (mini) class car from National. The average price to hire a car in Costa Rica is just €69.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Costa Rica is a Hyundai H1 car for a (fullsize) class from Europcar costing €205.90 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, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Liberia - D. Oduber Quiros Intl. Airport for €52.70 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Costa Rica?

Car hire prices in Costa Rica are kept low thanks to the 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 50 car hire locations and 7,756 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Costa Rica.

Who is the best car hire company in Costa Rica?

Based on over 497 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Costa Rica Is Alamo who score on average 7.0/10 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 11 car hire companies and 129 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Costa Rica?

Current fuel prices in Costa Rica are €1.013/ltr for petrol and €0.805/ltr for diesel as of 27 September 2021, it’ll cost on average €41 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €32 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?

National is the cheapest car hire company in Costa Rica offering a (mini) class car such as the Suzuki Celerio for as little as €155.40 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Costa Rica?

The most popular car hire category in Costa Rica is the Daihatsu Bego available from 4 car hire companies in over 40 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 September

    € 1.01/Ltr

    ($ 1.24/Ltr | 712.01/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Costa Rica in September

    € 0.81/Ltr

    ($ 0.99/Ltr | 565.81/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Costa Rica in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 40.52  ($ 49.62) | € 32.20  ($ 39.43)
Compact € 40.52  ($ 49.62) | € 32.20  ($ 39.43)
Full Size € 50.65  ($ 62.02) | € 40.25  ($ 49.29)
SUV € 60.78  ($ 74.43) | € 48.30  ($ 59.15)
Carrier € 70.91  ($ 86.83) | € 56.35  ($ 69.00)

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