Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Free cancellation

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Top Car Deals in San Jose

See all San Jose car rentals

San Jose Car Rentals

Take Your Vacation for a Ride

Once you land at Juan Santamaria International (SJO), you'll have a mind for adventure and an exciting itinerary ready to go. But before you start your adventure, you have to find a way to leave the airport. Yes, you could hop into a cab. Or you could depend on buses to make your way around after you are settled into your hotel. Plus, sometimes traveling through the downtown district is a job for your walking shoes. Since Juan Santamaria International is one of the busiest airports in the world, you may find it tricky to grab a seat on the bus.

Renting a car gives you more independence during your trip.Thanks to a rental car, explore San Jose when you want. Wave goodbye to figuring out the public transit route and howdy to the wonderful feeling of the open road.

Cruising Around San Jose

Expedia has a selection of cars to fit your travel needs seeking a cheap car rental after you land at Juan Santamaria International. Browse our inventory for a compact car to make parking easy, or get behind the wheel of an SUV that has space for anything you purchase on your travels in the back - our stock features vehicles for large groups and solo drivers alike. When you book San Jose rental cars right here at Expedia, your options include:

  • Hybrid vehicles featuring first-rate gas mileage for motoring around San Jose for a cleaner ride
  • Large vans that have enough for your whole family or group of travel mates
  • Sporty convertibles for sunny holidays that beg for driving with the top down
  • Luxury sedans with features like satellite radio and an entertainment system for a fabulous ride

Having a car rental means no headaches if you discover your flight is leaving from Tobias Bolanos International SYQ, rather than from Juan Santamaria International. Use Expedia's nifty booking widget to select your dates and preferred vehicle, and your personal ride guaranteed within just a few minutes. Searching for the ideal rental car in San Jose is a cinch.

Travelling in San Jose

Whether you plan an adventure that takes you throughout the country or you want to stay inside the city, you need to rent a car San Jose. Though San Jose is welcoming to tourists, the city's transportation options are still lacking. Taxis and private buses are expensive and sometimes hard to find. Expedia allows you to book in advance, which gives you access to a wide variety of vehicles offered at steep discounts. Simply pick up your vehicle at the airport and drop it off when you return home. Meanwhile, you can visit all of the top tourist destinations with no worries about how to get there or when you can return to your hotel in San Jose. Use the money saved on specials from booking your vehicle to visit the National Theatre and the Museum of Pre-Colombian Gold. Don't forget to buy mango wood trinkets for your friends back home.

Advance Planning to the Rescue

Let's face it: It is never wise to wait until you arrive in a foreign country to rent a car. Language barriers and currency exchanges may be the least of your worries. Instead, book your rental car for your time in San Jose before you even start packing through us here at You will find the best rates on cheap car rentals for your San Jose vacation. When you reserve a rental car, you can save time and money by booking cheap flights to San Jose and your accommodation at top hotels as well. Let us be your one-stop shop for your getaway to Costa Rica.

FAQ for car rental in San Jose

What’s the best price car rental in San Jose?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is $3 in San Jose.

What’s the average car rental price in San Jose?

On average, car rentals in San Jose are $4.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in San Jose?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in San Jose?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.