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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 83.01 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 581.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.01 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 581.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.01 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 581.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.01 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 581.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Beat

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.01 EUR/day
Chevrolet Beat

7 Days rental at 581.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.38 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 583.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.38 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 583.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.38 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 583.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Sonic

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 84.75 EUR/day
Chevrolet Sonic

7 Days rental at 593.26 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.79 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 537.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 80.51 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 563.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 80.51 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 563.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.60 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 501.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.77 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 558.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.77 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 558.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Chevrolet Suburban

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 166.51 EUR/day
Chevrolet Suburban

7 Days rental at 1165.63 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Suburban

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.83 EUR/day
Chevrolet Suburban

7 Days rental at 1181.84 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 218.90 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1532.33 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 218.90 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1532.33 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 218.90 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1532.33 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 225.08 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1575.57 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 228.12 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 1596.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 228.12 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Zinger

7 Days rental at 1596.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Montero

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 230.07 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Montero

7 Days rental at 1610.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 112.75 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 789.29 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 112.75 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 789.29 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 118.71 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 830.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 126.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 885.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  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
 

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  960.12/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)
 Amigo
6
6.8/10
46
€ 83.01
€ 212.72
€ 150.95
 Avis
9
6.1/10
166
€ 76.79
€ 181.46

Car rental agent statistics in Costa Rica

  • 6.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AMIGO
  • 5.8/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 212
    Total number of reviews in
    Costa Rica
  • 36
    Most Locations in Costa Rica:
    ALAMO
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 16
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Costa Rica

ItemPercent
January€ 119
February€ 84
March€ 97
April€ 75
May€ 75
June€ 86
July€ 107
August€ 104
September€ 72
October€ 59
November€ 97
December€ 115
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 76
March€ 80
April€ 55
May€ 51
June€ 68
July€ 87
August€ 62
September€ 45
October€ 38
November€ 57
December€ 58
ItemPercent
January€ 143
February€ 122
March€ 126
April€ 95
May€ 96
June€ 96
July€ 99
August€ 93
September€ 86
October€ 85
November€ 115
December€ 166
ItemPercent
January€ 135
February€ 100
March€ 111
April€ 89
May€ 86
June€ 99
July€ 119
August€ 130
September€ 88
October€ 80
November€ 127
December€ 145
ItemPercent
January€ 192
February€ 133
March€ 116
April€ 119
May€ 118
June€ 141
July€ 102
August€ 184
September€ 112
October€ 102
November€ 173
December€ 199
ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 68
March€ 72
April€ 52
May€ 55
June€ 42
July€ 64
August€ 46
September€ 55
October€ 46
November€ 38
December€ 50
ItemPercent
January€ 171
February€ 140
March€ 147
April€ 126
May€ 119
June€ 138
July€ 126
August€ 186
September€ 111
October€ 104
November€ 165
December€ 163
ItemPercent
January€ 111
February€ 88
March€ 92
April€ 69
May€ 68
June€ 72
July€ 102
August€ 99
September€ 69
October€ 61
November€ 86
December€ 97

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
Dec , 2021

€ 0.84

€ 0.98

Jan , 2022

€ 0.85

€ 0.99

Feb , 2022

€ 0.93

€ 1.06

Mar , 2022

€ 1.01

€ 1.14

Apr , 2022

€ 1.19

€ 1.28

May , 2022

€ 1.29

€ 1.36

Jun , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.31

Jul , 2022

€ 1.22

€ 1.42

Aug , 2022

€ 1.27

€ 1.48

Sep , 2022

€ 1.33

€ 1.46

Oct , 2022

€ 1.39

€ 1.36

Nov , 2022

€ 1.39

€ 1.37

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 1.39 1.37
Oct , 2022 1.39 1.36
Sep , 2022 1.33 1.46
Aug , 2022 1.27 1.48
Jul , 2022 1.22 1.42
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

Car rental price statistics in Costa Rica

  • € 379.40
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 532.38
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Prado
  • 2,069
    Total cars available
     
  • 289
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Prado
  • 151
    Location with most cars:
    San Jose - Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport
  • € 54.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    GREEN MOTION - San Jose - 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 €54.20 per day for a (economy elite) class car from Green motion. The average price to hire a car in Costa Rica is just €172.60 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Costa Rica is a Toyota Prado car for a (premium) class from Green motion costing €532.40 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 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 53 car hire locations and 10,535 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Costa Rica.

Who is the best car hire company in Costa Rica?

Based on over 212 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Costa Rica Is Avis who score on average 6.1/10 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 151 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Costa Rica?

Current fuel prices in Costa Rica are €1.366/ltr for petrol and €1.392/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €55 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €56 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 €379.40 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Costa Rica?

The most popular car hire category in Costa Rica is the Toyota Hilux available from 5 car hire companies in over 43 locations.

Other Car Hire Locations in Costa Rica

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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