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Explore San José with your rental car

By choosing you can compare the offers of car rental companies in San José and make your reservation online. San José, the capital of the Central American state of Costa Rica, is the country's largest city. The city is located more than 1,170 metres above sea level on a plateau. San José is a fast-growing city and currently has about 350,000 inhabitants. The city as well as the adjacent area can be explored with a rental car. With a reasonably priced car hire you are independent and flexible on the move and can fully enjoy your holiday.

Pickup points for car rentals in San José

Before you travel to San José, Costa Rica, book your rental car online from home at When you arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), the airport of San José, you can pick up your reservation carefree. If you choose to travel to San José by other means after landing, you can also rent a car in downtown San José and pick up your rental car there.

Secure your rental car deal by online booking

Plan daytrips and excursions within the city of San José and the surrounding area. New and unknown destinations are waiting to be discovered by you. At you can expect top offers at the best prices. Find out which option is suitable for your needs. Would you prefer to rent an SUV, a convertible, a family car or a completely different car? With us you will find a large selection of rental cars for day, week or long-term rentals. To ensure that the right vehicle is available during the desired travel time, it is advisable to book some time in advance. However, we also have interesting last-minute offers for car rental to choose from!

Picking up your rental car in San José

First, when taking over your rental car, you should check the safety features:

  • Function of the brakes and seat belts
  • Tyre tread pattern
  • Function of the lights and luminaires
  • Possible bodywork and paint defects

Although the rental cars of the car rental companies you find on are all checked and maintained, the mentality in Costa Rica is a little different and in case of defects they easily turn a blind eye on things. It is imperative that you include any defects of the rental car in a fault report so that you can’t be held responsible for the defects later on.

Refuelling in San José

Petrol stations in San José and the surrounding area are available everywhere. When booking your rental car, please also pay attention to the tank regulations. There are different variants, whereby the variant “Full/Full” is considered to be the fairest.

Parking with a rental car in San José

In San José, as in most other cities in Costa Rica, you will need a short-parking permit to park and stop your car. Either they are sold in the immediate vicinity or by a parking attendant. It is advisable to always park the rental car in guarded areas or in places where you can keep an eye on it. In front of most places there are parking attendants who guard the car for a small fee.

Traffic rules in San José and Costa Rica

Road category Speed limit
Nearby schools 25 km/h
Inner cities 40 km/h
Country and side roads 60 km/h

On motorways, the speed limit is indicated by signs. Driving on beaches is prohibited unless there is no connecting road.

Emergency numbers in San José

Emergency situation Telephone number
General emergency 911
Police 117
Fire department 118

What insurance do I need for a rental car in San José?

If you book a rental car for San José, you should always buy a full comprehensive insurance policy without excess. This also covers damage caused by the driver's own fault. Liability insurance with sufficient coverage for rental cars is also essential. The amount of cover should be at least USD 7 million. It is advisable to pay a little more money for the insurance, so you will not receive an immensely high invoice at the end.

Registration of an additional driver for the rental car

As a rule, it is no problem to register an additional driver. However, this should be included in the rental contract during the booking process, but at the latest when the rental car is collected. Only the drivers who have registered are covered by insurance. Otherwise, without registration very high costs can arise in the event of an accident, which are not covered by any insurance.

The best season for a trip to San José

Travel to San José is recommended almost all year round. Both the rainy and dry seasons have their own special charm! In Costa Rica there are a lot of jungle, rain and fog forests and therefore a lot of water. Rain season is from May to November. On some days it can rain 2-3 hours violently. However, shortly afterwards the sun shines again. The dry season lasts from November to April. The temperatures vary between 25-30 degrees Celsius. There are fewer insects during this time and since there is less rainfall, which clouds the water, it is the best time of the year to go diving.

Discover the surroundings of San José by rental car

  • The Historical National Theatre
  • The modern Court of Justice
  • The cemetery Cementerio Obreros
  • The Catedral Metropolitano
  • The Gold Museum
  • The Jade Museum

If you like it a little more adventurous, you should take a trip to the National Park Braulio Carillo by rental car. It is about half an hour's drive north of San José. The national park is home to many hummingbirds, reptiles and butterfly species. The different vegetation zones can be viewed with the jungle cable car. In Poás, 50 km north of San José, lies the volcano Poás with its two turquoise-blue crater lakes, a true beauty of nature! Thanks to the well-developed road, you can drive your rental car to the edge of the volcanic crater.

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