Car Rental in San José Costa Rica

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Phone: (506) 2542-4800
US & CAN Toll Free: 1-855-861-1250 (8 am-6 pm Central Time)

Whatsapp +506 8494-5956



Driving directions for the Adobe car rental in San José, Costa Rica: From the Southwest corner of the Cemetery, 100 meters West, and 800 meters South, in Barrio Corazón de Jesús, San José.


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Adobe Rent a Car is the largest car rental company in Costa Rica. We have car rental deals and a wide variety of makes and models to choose from. Take a look at our most popular car types below.

Top FAQs about renting a car in San Jose Costa Rica

Is it best to rent a car in San José Costa Rica?
Adobe has 14 offices nationwide, including the San José and Liberia International Airports. The best rental location depends on where you land and your travel plans.
Can I rent a car in San Jose Costa Rica with a US driver's license?
Yes, as long as the license is valid and has been issued for at least two years.
Is it better to rent a car or taxi in San Jose Costa Rica?
If you are in San Jose for business or an extended stay, you may be more comfortable renting a car.
If you only plan to drive in San José, we recommend a fun 2WD SUV like the Geely GX3.
Where are the best places to park in San José?
It’s safer to park in a public parking lot than on the street in San José. Look for a parking guard if a lot is not available.
How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in San José?
Rental rates depend on the time of year you rent and the type of vehicle. Complete our online form, and we’ll send you a free rental quote according to your parameters.
How much does it cost to rent a car in San José?
The cost depends on the time of year and the type of car you rent. Vehicle rentals are generally lower during the green season, and sedans or 2WDs cost less than 4WDs.
How much is gas price in San José?
Gas prices rise and fall in Costa Rica. In June 2023, the average cost of gasoline was $1.37 per liter ($5.20 per gallon).
What’s the speed limit in San José?
The speed limit in the inner-city zone of San José is 20 km (12 mph) or 40 km (25 mph) in urban areas.
What do I need to know before booking a car rental in San José?
You must be at least 23 years old and have an official passport and valid driver’s license issued for a minimum of two years.
Should I rent a car or hire a driver in San Jose Costa Rica?
Renting a car is your best option when you have a good navigational app like WAZE, patience, and international driving experience.
Can I add an additional driver to my rental?
Yes. However, additional drivers incur a small daily fee.
How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in San José?
Our long-term rental program is customizable. Speak with an Adobe agent about your vehicle and rental needs, and we’ll design the right package for you.
The most popular car model to rent is the automatic or manual 2WD SUV Geely GX3.
Should I get insurance when renting a car in San José?
Costa Rica law dictates renters must purchase third-party liability insurance and have or purchase supplemental coverage. Please ask an Adobe agent for more details.
Is parking free in San Jose?
Only sometimes. It’s safest to park your car in a secure lot called a Parque Publico. Hourly parking rates average about 1,000 CRC ($1.75) per hour, and credit cards are usually excepted.
Are there toll roads in San Jose?
Yes, most major highways leaving SJO are toll roads. Rates run from 100 CRC ($0.20) to 1,000 CRC ($1.75). CRC, USD, and credit cards are accepted.
What types of cars can I rent in San José?
At Adobe, we rent mini, economy, compact, and intermediate sedans; compact, economy, intermediate, standard, full size, and premium 2WD & 4WD SUVs; minivans, pickup trucks, and cargo vans.
Where can I go on a road trip from San José?
Costa Rica has many excellent road trip destinations, including mountains, rainforests, cloud forests, beaches, national parks, and volcanoes. Explore them all with Adobe.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in San José?
The minimum age to rent a car with Adobe is 23 years old.

Tips for car renting in San José

  • Top Car Deals in San José

    Find the top car deals in San José at our Adobe headquarters. Home to our largest fleet of vehicles, including company cargo vans, minivans, and sedan car rental deals. For the best car rental deals in San José ask about our full coverage program, corporate car rental services, and long-term options. For the cheapest car rentals in San José visit during the green season.

  • Rental car agency in San José

    We’re the largest San José car rental with the newest cars. We’re also the longest-running car rental company in San José. Our rental car agency in San José is on 34th Street in Barrio Corazón de Jesús. To book a rental car in San José, call toll-free from the U.S. or Canada at 1(855) 861-1250 or email Renting a car in San José is just one option. We also have 14 offices nationwide. Ask about our corporate and long-term car rental in San Jose options.

  • Popular airports near San José

    We have car rental locations at the San Jose International Airport (airport SJO) in Alajuela and popular airports near San José. You can pick up the rental car at the San Jose Airport office in Rio Segundo, approximately 5 minutes away. Take the free Adobe shuttle to and from the San Jose airport office. Office hours are daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other airport locations include Liberia International (LIR) or the San Jose and Pavas Domestic Terminals.

  • Rental car types

    Standard rental cars in San José are popular car types like Hyundai, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Geely. The most popular in San Jose are sedans like the Hyundai Accent, economy car rentals like the Hyundai i10, and economy 2WD SUV car types like the Geely GSX3. Popular 4WD rental car types for mountains and rural areas are the 4WD Suzuki Vitara, Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai Tucson IX35, and the full-size 4×4 Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

  • Drive legally in Costa Rica

    To rent a car with Adobe, you will need a valid driver’s license issued for at least two years, an original passport or Costa Rican Cedula, and a major credit card. Please have an international license if your driver s license is in a different alphabet. Adobe’s minimum age to rent a car in San Jose is 23, even though the age to drive legally in Costa Rica is 18.

  • Attractions near San Jose, Costa Rica

    When visiting Costa Rica, remember that several popular destinations surround San Jose, including coffee plantations and national parks. Some of the most visited attractions near San Jose, Costa Rica, are the Poas and Irazú Volcano National Parks. Another favorite is Orosi Valley, near Volcano Irazu, known for its hot springs, Tapanti National Park, and historical landmarks.

  • Things to do in San Jose Costa Rica

    There are so many things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica. Downtown San José is home to cultural attractions like the beautiful National Theater; the Gold, Jade, and National museums; an artisan market; and several historical landmarks. You can explore San Jose on your own or join a city tour. Many activities in San Jose, Costa Rica, include sampling traditional Costa Rican fare, pub-hopping, and visiting trendy urban neighborhoods.

  • Driving with a rental car in San José

    Driving with a rental car in San José can be challenging. The lack of road signs, heavy traffic, and construction make navigating difficult. We recommend using a navigational app like WAZE when driving in San Jose and outside the GMA. The city’s driving laws and general traffic laws are similar to those of the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe. Avoid parking and traffic violations or risk removal of the car’s license plates and fines.

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