Car Rental Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) (SJO)

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Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport), San Jose, Costa Rica
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$27.99 / per day
Mini
BYD F0 or similar
BYD F0
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Thrifty
$29.82 / per day
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Economy rent a car
$33.30 / per day
Intermediate
Daihatsu Bego or similar
Daihatsu Bego
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$42.39 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
Ssangyong Korando 4WD or similar
Ssangyong Korando 4WD
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Payless Car Rental
$56.48 / per day
Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Alamo
$139.89 / per day
Premium
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 7x
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Economy rent a car
$64.96 / per day
Minivan
Toyota Hiace or similar
Toyota Hiace
  • 12x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Thrifty
$90.27 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish,
English
Currency
CRC
Country code
506
Average car rental length
10 days
Economy car rental price
$41.45 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
40 - 60 km/h
25 - 37 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.02%
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at San José Airport! Then drive downtown, park your car, and take a self-guided walking tour of San José’s varied architecture—a mix of European and Latin American styles, which reflect Costa Rica’s rich history. Visits to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Jade Museum, and the Children’s Museum are also a must.

With a rental car, it’s easy to hook up with a tour at the nearby Poas and Irazú volcanoes, go on a rafting trip, or visit a coffee or butterfly farm. Back in San José choose a smaller restaurant outside the city center for some authentic Costa Rican cuisine.

San José is a great place to visit, but why not get a longer term car rental to keep exploring? You can see more of Costa Rica, swim in the Atlantic one day and the Pacific the next, and even visit neighboring Panama or Nicaragua. Picking up your rental car at San José Airport and dropping it off at a different location is easy. Start planning your adventure today!

San Jose Airport is also known as Juan Santamaría International Airport and Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría.

Top international routes

  • Panama City
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • San Salvador
  • Mexico City
  • Fort Lauderdale

Main airlines

Nature Air, Sansa Airlines, Volaris Costa Rica, Avianca Costa Rica, American Airlines, and Copa Airlines

Terminals

Main Terminal (M) serves all international flights while Domestic Terminal, also known as Sansa Terminal, serves local flights. You can walk between them in less than fives minutes.

Location

San Jose Airport is actually in the city of Alajuela, a suburb of San Jose. The airport is about 20 km (12 mi) west of San Jose city center. Radial Francisco J. Orlich and Route 1 are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

Economy, Mini, Compact, Van, SUV

Top car rental companies

National and ACE Rent a Car

Car rental desks

Most are located in the international arrivals area.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many shops, six duty-free outlets, as well as restaurants and bars. There are also ATMs, two currency exchange offices, a Red Cross Station offering medical help, a pharmacy, and spa. There is no luggage storage service.

Nearest gas station

Delta gas station, located near the corner of Route 1/Pan American Highway and Route 3, can be reached in about 12 minutes and is open 24/7. It’s on the way to the city center. There are many other gas stations near San Jose Airport and in San Jose.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Malpais (154 km / 95 mi)
  • Liberia (199 km / 123 mi)
  • Puerto Viejo (83 km / 51 mi)
  • Guapiles (82 km / 50 mi)
  • Managua (411 km / 255 mi)
  • Rivas (310 km / 192 mi)

Airport info

Rating
7.2
  • Getting to the airport 7.3
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.2
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.0
  • Lounge 6.4

Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) (SJO)

  • IATA: SJO
  • ICAO: MROC
  • Airport name: Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) (SJO)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Medium Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 921 m / 3022 ft
  • Runway Surface: Asphalt
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 87,771
  • Passengers (per year): 4,595,355
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day

Top Locations near Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)

When are car rental prices cheapest at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)?

The cost of renting a car at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
$41.70
January
$58.13
February
$42.21
March
$30.37
April
$32.03
May
$34.71
June
$58.67
July
$37.08
August
$44.18
September
$40.61
October
$33.38
November
$36.23
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) is April when prices for an Economy class start from $30.37. You can see that this is 26% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 48% cheaper than renting a car in July (when rental prices start at $58.67 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 11 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)
10
January
9
February
9
March
10
April
10
May
10
June
10
July
10
August
8
September
6
October
10
November
11
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport)?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) in December, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
70%
January
58%
February
42%
March
35%
April
41%
May
30%
June
37%
July
37%
August
174%
September
227%
October
216%
November
232%
December

Top 20 Suppliers for Juan Santamaria International Airport (San José Airport) in 2019

GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.4
00506 21 053 400 / 00506 21 053 466
3, Rio Segundo, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, 20109
Target Car Rental
Target Car Rental
Exceptional 9.4
00506 24 314 200 / 00506 24 406 918
Shuttle Bus
Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.4
00506 2442 8585
From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
00506 22 427 911
Llegadas internaciones, Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela
Adobe Rent a Car
Adobe Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1
00506 24 422 422 / 00506 25 424 848
Meet&Greet / Shuttle Bus
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
00506 22 427 907
500 Meters East And 200 Meters South Of Hotel Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
22427900
SAN JOSE INTL AIRPORT,
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+506-2431-3803
Oficentro Plaza aeropuerto C3
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+50625199308
MANGO PLAZA 1KM NORTH OF JUAN SANTA
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
00506 24 409 990
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
00506 22 992 000
Arrivals, Alajuela Province, Alajuela
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
00506 22 932 222
Juan Santamaria Intl Apo Alajuela Centro
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
00506 24 362 010
Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela CR 20101, Alajuela Province, Río Segundo
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
00506 2443 2950
Alajuela Province, Alajuela
EasyCar
EasyCar
Excellent 8.5
00 506 2542 4848 / 00 506 2442 2422
Route 3, Río Segundo, Alajuela - 20109
EasyCar
EasyCar
Excellent 8.5
00 506 2542 4848 / 00 506 2442 2422
Route 3, Río Segundo, Alajuela - 20109
Payless Car Rental
Payless Car Rental
Excellent 8.5
00506 24 304 647
Alajuela Province, Rio Segundo, San Jose
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
00506 2443 2950
Alajuela Province, Alajuela
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
00506 2442 8585
From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
00506 2442 8585
From Juan Santamaría Airport, 1 Km E, 50 mts N., San Jose

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