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Our car rental agency at San José Juan Santamaría airport is located just a few minutes from the terminal.

Our Jumbo Car shuttle bus picks you up at the airport terminal and drops you off directly at the agency to pick up your rental vehicle as quickly as possible.
Jumbo Car is one of the rental agencies closest to San Jose airport, making it the ideal pick-up and drop-off location: 

- On arrival: pick up your rental car as quickly as possible at San Jose Airport.
- On return: leave your car in the agency's parking lot, then our shuttle will drop you off at the terminal using traffic-free roads, with the insurance of not missing your plane.


JumboCar - Rio Segundo - Calle sentido San José - Alajuela - 400m del Denny's Aeropuerto Dirección Alajuela.
Alajuela - Costa rica

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday : 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Holidays : 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Contact details :

Phone: +506 22 55 86 26
Car delivery in Costa Rica
Not in San José? Don't worry, Jumbo Car also offers car delivery everywhere in Costa Rica,

 to insure you have the best trip, the best vehicle, at the best cost: 

- Car rental Alajuela
- Car rental Arenal
- Car rental Brasilito
- Car rental Cahuita
- Car rental Cartago
- Car rental Coco
- Car rental Dominical
- Car rental La Fortuna
- Car rental Guapiles / Tortugero
- Heredia car rental
- Car rental Jacó
- Car rental Liberia
- Nosara car rental
- Car rental Malpaís
- Car rental Monteverde
- Car rental Montezuma
- Car rental Tamarindo
- Car rental Pérez Zeledón
- Car rental Playa Flamingo
- Car rental Puerto Jiménez
- Car rental Puerto Limón
- Car rental Puerto Viejo
- Car rental Quepos
- Car rental Samara (Costa Rica)
- Car rental San Jose
- Car rental Santa Teresa
- Car rental Sarapiqui
- Car rental Sierpe
- Rent a car Uvita

To book a car delivery in another location than San José Airport in Costa Rica, contact us by phone on +506 22 55 86 26 or by email at
Our international teams will take care of your request, answer all your questions, and we trust them to find the right vehicle for every driver.


Organize your trip however you want, with a car in Costa Rica

Renting a car is the only way to get around Costa Rica, and the most popular one, too.
If you don't rent a car, your only solution will be to book expensive trips with travel agencies that impose schedules and timetables. Quite unfortunate when you've come from so far away and find yourself traveling through such a beautiful country.

Your free time is precious, and it's important for us to make this trip special for you.
Car rentals offer the driver and the passengers the freedom to go wherever they want, to check out new spots, to explore the country away from the popular touristic roads. Just imagine being totally free, driving wherever your inspiration guides you... the ultimate travel experience.

Easier than public transportation

Public transportation in Costa Rica consists of buses and a few trains. Although the country's bus network is on average fairly well-developed, car rentals are the only way to not be limited by the bus companies' timetables and destinations on offer, which aren't always practical for your day. Furthermore, some towns and more remote locations are not connected and roads are sometimes in poor condition. Also, a number of isolated places (hotels, lodges...) are only accessible by special cars like 4WD and SUV on dirt roads.
Renting a car in Costa Rica is therefore the most viable and popular option for getting around, giving you the insurance to travel freely and at your own pace, every day.

Car rental in Costa Rica most cost-efficient way to get around

Renting a car in Costa Rica during your stay will be on average much less expensive than booking excursions with travel companies for every activity. Renting a car in Costa Rica allows you to reduce the cost by dividing the rental price by the number of passengers in the vehicle, whereas with excursions, each person has to pay for the ticket prices, which can quickly become quite expensive. Car rentals in Costa Rica not only allow you to be free to go anywhere in the country, but also get the best prices during your trip. Keep your credit card and usd in your pockets, we know you will find better ways to use them on other occasions.

As an additional advantage, driving around the country is a great, popular way to discover hidden locations. 


Whether you're travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends; for business or pleasure, Jumbo Car is your partner company for mobility in the city and around the country.
More than renting a car at the best price, you want to rent from a company that gives you the insurance to be there when you need them.

That's why, even though the vehicles of our company are all new or very recent, we've set up a national network to intervene and assist our cars and customers in less than 2 hours throughout the country, thanks to recognized professionals in Costa Rica, as part of our coverage and protection services.

To insure a secure booking, we will need your driver license and your credit card number, and our international teams will keep the vehicle of your choosing (suv, sedan, convertible...) ready for you, to make sure you have the best trip.

We are also available at all times:

  • Phone +506 225 JUMBO or +506 22 55 86 26
  • Email to
  • WhatsApp at +506 888 586 26 or +506 888JUMBO
  • On Social Networks: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, GoogleMyBusiness

Because the safety of drivers and their passengers is our priority, every vehicle is fully disinfected between customers and our agents are equipped with specialized anti-Covid19 protection equipment. By choosing Jumbo Car, you choose to rent from a company that gives you the insurance to take no risks! 

Finally, a partner is someone you can trust. Jumbo Car is part of the French GBH Group, which has been recognized in France and abroad for over 60 years. With over 50 years' experience in car rental on several continents (West Indies, Africa, Oceania, Central America), we are rare international specialists among rental companies and know our business inside out. Great prices, a seamless booking experience, an important number of vehicles (suv, sedan, 4WD...), great coverage with our driver insurance and protection package, we've thought about everything to make sure your trip is a special time for you. Trust the professionalism of a popular international company.

Discover Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country that many people know about, but few have had the opportunity to visit. If you're looking for an exotic and affordable destination, this Central American country should be at the top of your list. With its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coasts, mist-covered volcanoes and lush tropical forests in the northwest, Costa Rica has something for everyone. You'll discover a lush natural environment and magnificent national parks, such as Manuel Antonio National Park. What's more, the country is on average not expensive for your wallet; with a wide range of activities available, you can enjoy an extraordinary vacation at a great cost. 


Top FAQs About Renting a Car in Costa Rica

Can I rent a car in Costa Rica with a U.S. driver's license ?

To rent a car with Jumbo Car, you must have a valid driver’s license that has been issued for over two years.

Is it a good idea to rent a car in Costa Rica ?

Renting a car will save you time and money, and you'll be able to visit destinations that are only accessible by car.

Do I need a 4WD in Costa Rica ?

A 4WD is necessary in Costa Rica if you're traveling to rural or mountainous areas with unpaved or rugged roads. However, a 4WD isn't needed for San Jose, Liberia, or the larger beach towns.

What are gas prices like in Costa Rica?

Gas prices in Costa Rica fluctuate. As of June 2023, the average cost of gasoline was $1.37 per liter ($5.20 per gallon).

Can I modify, extend, or cancel my reservation in Costa Rica ?

Conditions apply if you want to change your car rental reservation. Contact an Jumbo Car agent for more information.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Costa Rica ?

You must be at least 23 years old to rent a car from Jumbo Car. Monthly rates depend on the type of vehicle and the time of year. Ask an Jumbo Car agent about our monthly and long-term rental packages.

What is the best car rental company in Costa Rica ?

Jumbo Car is the best rental car company, guaranteeing no hidden fees. We have the newest and largest fleet of vehicles to choose from.

Where should I rent a car in Costa Rica ?

Most visitors rent a car at our SJO or LIR Jumbo Car airport offices upon arrival. However, you can rent a car from any of our 14 locations across Costa Rica.

How much does a monthly car rental cost in Costa Rica ?

Monthly rates depend on the type of vehicle and the time of year you are renting. Contact an Jumbo car agent about our monthly and long-term rental packages.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Costa Rica ?

Rental costs vary depending on the type of vehicle and the time of year you rent. During the green season, you can often get a better deal on car rentals in Costa Rica.

How can I find car rentals near me in Costa Rica ?

Jumbo Car has 14 offices across Costa Rica, including at both international airports. Visit our website for office locations and contact information.

Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Costa Rica ?

Driving in Costa Rica is similar to driving in the U.S., but the road conditions are not as good. Be prepared for steep mountains, heavy rains, fog, gravel, and other hazards.


What is the most popular rental car in Costa Rica?

A midsize SUV 4WD vehicle is the most popular rental car in Costa Rica. Try Jumbo Car’s Hyundai Tucson IX35 or a similar model.

What side of the road does Costa Rica drive on?

You drive on the right side of the road in Costa Rica.

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Costa Rica?

Weekly rental rates are determined by the type of car and the time of year you rent, plus mandatory third-party insurance, additional driver fees, CDW coverage fees if applicable, and any extras.


Top Tips for Renting a Car in Costa Rica

Car Rental Companies

Jumbo Car Rental in Costa Rica provides the best value among car rental companies. Renting a car in Costa Rica is easy and affordable, with comprehensive insurance coverage options and no hidden fees. Choose the right rental car from our wide selection of makes and models, including 4WD and SUV options for Costa Rica’s mountains and rural areas. For city and interstate driving, check out our compact, fuel-efficient, intermediate, and full-size sedans.

Documents You Need to Rent a Car in Costa Rica

To rent a car in Costa Rica, you need a driver’s license that has been valid for at least two years, a valid passport or original Costa Rican cedula, and a passport with a valid Costa Rica 90-day entry permit. An international driver’s license is required if your license is digital or written in a non-Latin alphabet. The minimum age for drivers is 23. Debit cards are accepted for vehicle rentals, but the deposit must be made with a major credit card.

Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

It's always a good time to visit Costa Rica. Even during the rainy season, mornings are usually sunny and clear. Visiting during the “green season” means you can pay less for your rental car and hotel accommodations. Contact an Jumbo Car agent for more information about our rainy season rates and discounts.

4WD Car Rental

Costa Rica’s roads can be steep and rough, making a 4WD often the best choice. Jumbo Car offers the best 4WD car rental options, including SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson IX35 or Superior. For full-size or luxury 4WD rentals, try our Mitsubishi ASX, Montero Sport, or Ford Explorer. We have a large selection of 4WDs available at our Liberia and San Jose airport offices.

Car Rental Airport Costa Rica

Jumbo Car’s car rental locations at Costa Rica's airports are open 365 days a year. We have full-service offices and free shuttle transportation at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, with hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from the largest fleet of vehicles in Costa Rica with no hidden fees.

Driving Tips for Costa Rica

Jumbo Car's driving tips for Costa Rica include obeying all traffic rules, taking it slow, and driving during the day whenever possible. Driving laws are similar to those in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, but some roads can be steep, rough, and in poor condition. Heavy rains, fog, washouts, and potholes are common, especially during the rainiest months. Watch out for construction and roads that narrow to one lane before a bridge.

Popular Destinations

You’ll find an Jumbo Car office at all of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. If you’re flying into La Fortuna, Tamarindo, Liberia, or another domestic airport, we will have an Jumbo Car rental waiting when you land. Our San Jose office has a fleet of business panel trucks, cargo vans, and minivans. Ask about our corporate rental packages, extended rentals, and long-term options.

Explore Costa Rica

We have 14 full-service rental locations in Costa Rica with trusted vehicle brands like Suzuki, Hyundai, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi. Feel secure while exploring Costa Rica with Jumbo Car. We offer the most complete insurance on the market, including an extended protection option. Discover Costa Rica’s hidden treasures that are only accessible by car. The best places to visit in Costa Rica are just a road trip away.

Gas and Mileage

Jumbo Car's rental car options include 2WD and 4WD economy cars, sedans, SUVs, pickups, premium SUVs, minivans, and cargo vans. All our rental vehicles are under two years old and expertly maintained. We offer popular models like the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Hyundai Tucson, and Geely GX3. Save on gas and mileage with our Hyundai economy sedans and Geely SUVs.

Insurance Coverage Options

Jumbo Car offers various insurance coverage options to meet customer needs. These include third-party Party Liability coverage (LPI), which is mandatory in Costa Rica. Renters must also have or purchase insurance that covers loss, collisions, and damages to the vehicle, called LDW or CDW. Some major credit cards include LDW (CDW) coverage in Costa Rica. Our best protection package, Jumbo car’s Extended Protection Coverage (SPP), provides 24/7 roadside assistance, a zero deductible, $2 million in coverage, and includes vandalism.

Best Car Rental Company in Costa Rica

Jumbo Car is the best car rental company in Costa Rica! With over 30 years in the market and 14 offices nationwide, our customers know they can trust Jumbo Car Rent a Car. We promise no hidden fees, excellent customer service, competitive prices, and the best vehicles.

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