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Car rental prices in Costa Rica

Car rental cost in Costa Rica varies depending on the vehicle you choose and the pickup location, but can be more affordable than you think. Expedia makes finding a cheap car rental in Costa Rica easy, no matter if you choose to rent straight from the airport or pick up an SUV in the city for just a few days to explore the stunning Caribbean coast around Cahuita National Park.


Finding some of the best deals for cheap car rentals in Costa Rica

It's sometimes cheaper to pick up a rental car in the city than getting your car rental at San Jose airport, so you might get a better deal by taking a day before picking up your car rental in Liberia or San Jose. If you're planning on exploring the whole country, check out cheap options with unlimited mileage. Keep your eye out for our "Great Deal" filter to find some of the best deals for car rentals in Costa Rica in each category.


Some of the best places to rent a car in Costa Rica

If you're traveling with your whole family and want to start discovering the extraordinary biodiversity of Costa Rica as soon as you land, then a good choice is probably a SJO airport car rental so you can head straight to the cloud forests in the central highlands. But if you're planning on focusing on one region, it may make sense to wait before you get behind the wheel to explore. A car rental in Tamarindo is a great way to discover the volcanic national parks in Guanacaste. Or, if you're looking to spend some time exploring during your romantic beach vacation, a rental car in Santa Teresa will help you spend a few days zipping around the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula.


Some of the best car rental companies in Costa Rica

We work with a wide variety of top companies, and booking with Alamo or Ace are two of the best ways to rent a car in Costa Rica. Expedia's search lets you filter for the features that make a company the best fit for you, from online check-in to free cancellation. And our customer recommendation feature lets you see what other travelers thought about their rental experience.


Costa Rica car rental types

To figure out what your best car rental in Costa Rica could be, it's important to think about what you're going to want for your trip. An SUV might be just what you need to reach some of its most beautiful sights and to handle dirt roads during the wet season. Spending a more relaxing beach holiday in comfort on the Papagayo Peninsula? A luxury car rental in Costa Rica makes your stay smooth from start to finish.


Advice on car rental in Costa Rica as an American

One of the best things about renting a car in Costa Rica as an American is that you don't need an international driver's license. Insurance for car rentals in Costa Rica and the USA is always complicated, so decide what extra coverage you need before you get your car rental in Manuel Antonio National Park and go surfing in Jaco. Make the most of your credit card perks and check with them to see if you're covered before you pick up your car.


One-way and long-term car rental in Costa Rica

A one-way car rental in Costa Rica is a great way to explore the whole country, from Arenal Volcano in the north to the rainforests on the Osa Peninsula in the south. Just put in your starting and finishing points and let us find your perfect 4x4. With a long-term car rental in Costa Rica you can relax and explore all up and down the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts. Our trusted partners offer a variety of deals so you can make the most of your journey from hot springs to beach.


Benefits of booking a Costa Rica car rental with Expedia

When you book your Costa Rica car rentals with Expedia, it's easy to search through a massive range of options from SUVs to luxury sedans to compact cars with just a few clicks. You can also save by booking your 4x4 together with your flights and hotel in Charcara, so you have everything you need to explore Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast in one place. Expedia members also earn rewards with every purchase, putting you that much closer to your next getaway.

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Car Rental Information

Popular car types:
SUV, Full Size, Economy
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Frequently asked questions

What happens if I need to cancel my Costa Rica car reservation?
No need to stress. You should receive a full refund if you cancel a minimum of six hours ahead of pickup time. Your itinerary contains information about this, and so does our Customer Service Portal. Not all reservations result in a refund though, so it’s a good idea to check the rental agreement.
What types of cars can I rent in Costa Rica?
Small in dimensions but filled with features, minis are the most popular rental category in Costa Rica. They’re the ideal option for trips around the city. With excellent fuel-efficiency, this affordable car will leave you with even more savings in your pocket. Prefer a more spacious ride? We’ve also got full-size vehicles, premiums and SUVs in our rental range.
Why should I rent a Costa Rica car with Expedia?
You’ll pick up an amazing deal on your set of wheels with Expedia. Big or small, you’ll find your dream ride from one of the rental companies in Costa Rica. Our exclusive offers, member prices and rewards programs will help you get the most out of your travel budget. And if you want to save more, combine your bookings into a vacation package. Add flights or hotels (or both) to your rental vehicle reservation and get access to awesome discounts!
How do I find the best car rental deals in Costa Rica with Expedia?
Whatever class of ride you want, Expedia will help you score the best deal. Just compare the offers from reliable rental suppliers and pick the option that’s perfect for you. Love to hit the road with even more in your wallet? Combine your Costa Rica car rental with hotel or flight bookings.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Costa Rica?
You have to be at least 21. But there are a few age-related rules you should be aware of before you book your wheels in Costa Rica. If you’re a younger driver, most rental outlets will charge an extra daily fee and limit the kinds of cars you can rent. The surcharge amount, and which age range it applies to, varies between companies. Take a moment to compare the rules.
What do you need to rent a car in Costa Rica?
Before you can get behind the wheel in Costa Rica, you’ll need a driver’s license and a credit card. If you decline to take out the company’s insurance policy, you may also have to show proof of other coverage. Requirements can vary, so read the policy terms and conditions before you select a rental company.
Can I rent a car for a month or longer in Costa Rica?
You can rent a car for a month or even longer in Costa Rica, so go on and extend your hard-earned vacation! Simply enter your trip information into our long-term car rental deals page and secure your ideal ride.
Where can I find a Costa Rica car rental if I am younger than 25?
This will depend on the car rental companies operating in Costa Rica. They often have different age policies. If you’ve found an outlet that does cater to drivers under 25, be aware that extra fees may apply. Conduct some research into any extra charges before you collect the car.
What insurance should I choose for my car rental in Costa Rica?
For a secure, stress-free journey, add Expedia’s collision protection while booking your rental car. This insurance covers your ride against theft, vandalism and collision damage. It also provides customers with 24-hour emergency support in times of need. Opt in to this insurance while finalizing your Costa Rica vehicle with Expedia and save time and money at the rental counter.

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