Cheapest car hire in Costa Rica

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

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Costa Rica



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Compare car rental agents in Costa Rica

Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
€ 37.00
€ 43.42
€ 48.03
€ 102.85
€ 23.65
€ 30.12
€ 39.39
€ 35.20
€ 37.08
€ 47.40
€ 119.48
 Easy car
€ 21.29
€ 23.57
€ 34.52
€ 28.10
€ 37.00
€ 40.69
€ 43.23
€ 102.85
€ 25.40
€ 27.84
€ 32.70
€ 39.54
€ 50.53
 Green motion
€ 22.49
€ 40.03
€ 35.59
€ 38.39
€ 50.54
€ 69.44

Car rental agent statistics in Costa Rica

  • 8.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 5.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 1,412
    Total number of reviews in
    Costa Rica
  • 30
    Most Locations in Costa Rica:
  • 14
    Average wait time
  • 13
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Costa Rica

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

Fuel prices in Costa Rica

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Apr , 2020 0.74 0.93
Mar , 2020 0.73 0.91
Feb , 2020 0.91 1.04
Jan , 2020 0.87 1.00
Dec , 2019 0.86 1.00
Nov , 2019 0.88 1.01
Oct , 2019 0.83 0.96
Sep , 2019 0.83 0.99
Aug , 2019 0.86 1.10
Jul , 2019 0.83 1.03
Jun , 2019 0.86 1.03
May , 2019 0.87 1.06

Car rental price statistics in Costa Rica

  • € 141.68
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 614.69
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Sequoia
  • 1,110
    Total cars available
  • 126
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Prado
  • 120
    Location with most cars:
    San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport
  • € 20.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    GREEN MOTION - San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport

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 €20.20 per day for a (economy elite) class car from Green motion. The average price to hire a car in Costa Rica is just €53.10 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Costa Rica is a Toyota Sequoia car for a (luxury) class from Enterprise costing €614.70 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, Sixt is offering free additional driver and express check-in at San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport for €22.64 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Costa Rica?

Car hire prices in Costa Rica are kept low thanks to the 13 car hire companies across the country. With over 57 car hire locations and 4,900 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Costa Rica.

Who is the best car hire company in Costa Rica?

Based on over 1,412 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Costa Rica Is Alamo who score on average 7.5/10 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 12 car hire companies and 120 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Costa Rica?

Current fuel prices in Costa Rica are €0.93/ltr for petrol and €0.74/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €37 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €30 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?

Green motion is the cheapest car hire company in Costa Rica offering a (economy elite) class car such as the Toyota Yaris Sedan for as little as €141.40 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 5 car hire companies in over 46 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.

Costa Rica Ocean

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.

Costa Rica Valle Central

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.


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Fuel Prices in Costa Rica

  • Price of petrol in Costa Rica in April

    € 0.93/Ltr

    ($ 1.14/Ltr | 653.67/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Costa Rica in April

    € 0.74/Ltr

    ($ 0.91/Ltr | 520.12/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Costa Rica in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 37.20  ($ 45.55) | € 29.60  ($ 36.25)
Compact € 37.20  ($ 45.55) | € 29.60  ($ 36.25)
Full Size € 46.50  ($ 56.94) | € 37.00  ($ 45.31)
SUV € 55.80  ($ 68.33) | € 44.40  ($ 54.37)
Carrier € 65.10  ($ 79.72) | € 51.80  ($ 63.43)

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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.