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Car Rental San Jose Airport (SJO)

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Car rental at San Jose Airport, Costa Rica

VIP Cars guarantees the best prices on car rental deals for Costa Rica San Jose Airport, which is also known as Juan Santamaria International Airport. You can select a vehicle of your choice from an extensive range of car hire fleet that comprises of mini, compact, economy, standard, van, and 4WD SUVs.

Whether you plan to hire an economy, or a four-wheel drive rental car for San Jose Airport, with us, you can always find a perfect deal at the price of your liking. Besides cheap SJO car hire deals, we also extend exclusive offers on useful add-ons such as, satellite navigation system. We recommend that you book in advance as having an advance car hire reservation for Juan Santamaria International Airport will relieve you off the hassle of arranging a rental car after you get down at the airport. Book a rental car for SJO Airport today for bigger savings.

Car rental companies at San Jose Airport (SJO)

Making most of our strategic alliance with Costa Rica's leading car rental companies, we are better positioned to offer you the cheapest car rental deals for San Jose Airport. To make your Costa Rican trip a memorable experience, we have handpicked renowned car hire companies such as,

  • Sixt Rent-A-CarSixt Rent-A-Car
  • EuropcarEuropcar
  • Alamo Rent A CarAlamo Rent-A-Car
  • Thrifty Car RentalThrifty Car Rental
  • National Rent-A-CarNational Rent-A-Car
  • Ace Rent-A-CarAce Rent-A-Car
  • Dollar Rent-A-CarDollar Rent-A-Car
  • Green motionGreen motion

Location of rental car desks: Customs

Car rental types available for San Jose Airport

At VIP Cars, you can rent the car-type that matches your travel needs to the fullest. Our van rental fleet has 7, 9 and 15 passengers vehicles like Mitsubishi Zinger or similar. SUV rentals are best for adventurous trips. You can expect to see Daihatsu Bego or similar SUVs for SJO at Convertible rentals, like Ford Mustang Convertible and Mazda MX-5, are considered best for drives along the coast.

In luxury segment we have BMW, Audi, Porsche and Chrysler 300 Automatic. In economy segment we have Suzuki Celerio, Mitsubishi Lancer and Toyota Yaris are the vehicles offered via the economy fleet. Here are the car classes you can book for Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport

  • Luxury
  • Economy
  • SUV
  • Van/ Minivan
  • Convertible
  • Sedans

Car deal-types you can rent at San Jose Airport

Visiting Costa Rica for a month or two? Whatever is the length of your stay, at VIP Cars, we are always ready to help you find the deal you need. At VIP Cars, we offer both monthly and short term rentals, like deals that you can book for a day, a week or a weekend.

Same thing applies to one way option; our booking engine provides you the option to choose a return spot other different from the pickup point.

  • Long term rentals

  • Monthly rentals

  • One way hire deals

  • Last minute rentals

Information about San Jose Airport

Address: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Situated just 20 km (12 miles) west of San Jose Downtown, Juan Santamaria International Airport is the main airport serving the Costa Rican capital. One of the busiest airports of Central America, San Jose Airport handles more than 4 million passengers every year. Consisting of two passenger terminals, San Jose Airport is a popular car hire pick-up location for vacationers as well as business tourists.

Most popular road trips from San Jose

If wilderness and pristine natural surroundings excite you, hiring a 4WD from SJO is the best gift you can give yourself. Costa Rica is an ultimate destination for experiencing that adrenaline rush of driving through dense woods and formidable mountains. Check out the list of most popular road trips originating from San Jose.

San Jose – Nicoya Peninsula

Approx. distance: 240 km/149 miles via Route 1

Enjoy the blissful drive along the Gulf of Nicoya during this amazing toad trip. As the route passes through several secluded and picturesque beach areas such as Montezuma, Cabuya, and Teresa, it doesn't get better than this.

San Jose – Rio Celeste

Approx. distance 214 km/133 miles via Route 1

One of the most thrilling road trips from San Jose, inclusion of Rio Celeste is must in your route if you are planning to cover Arenal Volcano. From lush green jungle and small waterfalls to awe-inspiring turquoise-colored river, the place makes for an indescribable experience.

San Jose – Osa Peninsula

Approx. distance 365 km/227 miles via Route 34

Nestled amid a region full of biodiversity, road trip to Osa Peninsula passes through dense forests and small farming villages. You can also drive to nearby located Corcovado National Park and Drake Bay, a place best known for its splendid shoreline and green meadows.

San Jose – San Gerardo de Dota

Approx. distance 91 km/57 miles via Route 2

Take the road less traveled, a route not for the fainthearted! The mountainous highway will lead you to the charming town of San Gerardo de Dota, a beautiful place replete with picturesque outdoors. You can also munch delicious food at small restaurants located in its vicinity.

Where to go in San Jose Airport in a car hire

From dense rain forests, lively marketplaces, and exquisite museums to magnificent cultural heritage, the Costa Rican capital weaves an enchanting spell around your senses. Hire a car from San Jose Airport to see how this incredible city meets your expectations. Owing to its location within the Central Valley's Greater Metropolitan Area, San Jose packs in all the attributes that characterize its uniqueness. Top attractions in San Jose include:

  • Teatro Nacional

    Av Central, 5015-1000

  • Park Cafe

    Sabana Norte, De Rostipollo 75 mts Norte, Av. de Las Américas 48

  • Museo de Jade

    Calle 13 y 13 bis, Provincia de, Av Central

  • La Esquina de Buenos Aires

    Calle 11, frente al Hotel Colonial, Calle 7

  • Feria Verde de Aranjuez

    Calle 19, San José

  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens

    126, Provincia de Alajuela

San Jose Airport car hire tips

  • Book in advance

    Waiting till the last moment to book a rental car for San Jose Airport can be a regretful decision. As the prices continue to fluctuate amid huge influx of tourists, finding a suitable rental car at San Jose Airport on the spot is not possible.
  • Road signs

    Lack of duly marked road signs in Costa Rica makes GPS satellite navigation system an essential add-on to include in your car hire deal.
  • Documents

    Don't forget to carry your valid driving license, passport, and credit card for hassle-free pick-up of your rental car from SJO. As you are allowed to drive around Costa Rica for three months with your country's driving license, International Driving Permit is not required for short trip to Costa Rica.
  • Cross border

    Seek details from your car hire supplier if you plan to drive to Nicaragua or Panama, as the majority of rental car companies don't allow cross-border travel from Costa Rica.

FAQs Car Rental at San Jose Airport

  • How to book a cheap car rental at San Jose Airport (SJO)?

    Book your SJO car rental with to avail the cheapest prices guaranteed. Make sure you book a car rental well in advance as the early bookings have cheaper prices.

  • Where to find San Jose Airport (SFO) car rental return location?

    As you reach the SFO Airport you need to see the 'Car Rental Return’ signs, follow the sign and you will reach the parking area designated for car rentals. You can easily find your suppliers' associates to return the car there. Car rental return and pick-up details are also mentioned in the confirmation voucher.

  • Which is the best car rental to book at SFO Airport?

    This totally depends upon your requirements and trip type. If you are looking for an affordable option, economy/compact car rentals are the ideal choice. Luxury car rentals are also a popular choice made by renters landing at the SFO airport. And SUVs are ideal for mountainous regions and when carrying equipment. Bigger groups need more space so van/minivan rentals come in a variety of 7, 9, 10, 12, and 15-seater capacities.

Top Deals

Best Car Rental Deals in Costa Rica

Economy USD 15 /day
Compact USD 17 /day
Van / Minivan USD 24 /day
Luxury USD 30 /day

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