Costa Rica

Cheap Car Hire in Costa Rica

San José
23 May — 30 May
Same drop-off
San José
Mon 23/5
Noon
Mon 30/5
Noon
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What are the car hire prices for popular cities in Costa Rica?

Below are the cheapest cities to hire a car in Costa Rica

Price

£24 - £137

Out of all the popular cities in Costa Rica, San José is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just £24/day. Renting a car in San José is 82% cheaper than renting one in Nosara where the per day rate is around £137. Other fairly inexpensive cities in Costa Rica to get a rental car in are: Liberia (£25/day), La Fortuna (£61/day), and Nosara (£137/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in San José should expect to spend around £24/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in Costa Rica is San José.

Cheapest time to hire a car in Costa Rica

January

£39

February

£44

March

£48

April

£35

May

£11

June

£13

July

£29

August

£26

September

£9

October

£8

November

£26

December

£59

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Car Hire FAQs

What are the requirements to hire a car in Costa Rica?

Whilst many agencies do not allow car hire in Costa Rica until you’re 25, some will accept drivers that are 18 and who have held a licence for at least one year. Luxury car hire in Costa Rica often requires you to be older, though. If you want to hire cars in Costa Rica, you will need a valid driving licence and a passport. If your licence contains non-Roman characters, then you’ll need an international driving permit for your Costa Rica car hire. You can pay for your car hire in Costa Rica with credit or debit cards; some agencies allow you to use cash, but it needs to be guaranteed with a credit card.

What are the rules for driving in Costa Rica?

When you drive your cheap car hire in Costa Rica, everyone needs to wear seat belts. Children under 12 or smaller than 145 cm must also be in a child restraint seat. If you are breathalysed, even when driving your Costa Rica car hire, the legal limit of alcohol allowable is 0.75 mg of alcohol per ml of blood. Speed limits are different in Costa Rica than the UK and are also shown in kilometres rather than miles. On motorways, you can go 100 kph (62 mph), whilst in urban areas, you can go either 40 kph (25 mph) or 60 kph (37 mph). You will also need to drive on the right-hand side of the road rather than the left. If you want to find out more about local road laws, then call the Costa Rica local authorities before you drive, to see if there have been any recent changes to the law.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a picturesque country in Central America, which you can explore entirely by car. The type of car hire in Costa Rica that you need depends on where you decide to go. If you are looking to hire cars in Costa Rica to explore the great outdoors and the national parks, then you might want to opt for something like a Nissan Kicks SUV, which can manage the tougher terrains and steep gradients. This way you can get to great viewing points along the coast with ease. Whereas, if you’re just looking for a cheap car hire in Costa Rica that will get you around the city, then a compact car should do the job. For instance, you could go for a Chevrolet Beat, which will enable you to drive down narrow streets and also park in smaller spaces.

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Costa Rica?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, National (6.9 rating), Enterprise (6.8 rating) and Alamo (6.7 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in Costa Rica.

What is the most popular car hire provider in Costa Rica?

When hiring a car in Costa Rica, the most popular provider of hire cars among Cheapflights users is Thrifty, and with prices around £39/day, it’s easy to understand why. The most popular car type from Thrifty is SUV, which starts as low as £1/day.

What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in Costa Rica?

At £35/day, it is 13% cheaper on average to rent a car in Liberia than any other city in Costa Rica. The cheapest price found in Costa Rica was for £25/day in Liberia.

What side of the road do you drive on in Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, drivers are expected to drive on the right side of the road.

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