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San Jose airport car hire

Airport Code: SJO

Located in the city of Alajuela, Juan Santamaria International Airport, or more commonly the San Jose Airport, is the center of operations of the main Central American Airlines.  This busy airport is surprisingly easy to navigate. 

There are several duty-free shops, restaurants, and cafes conveniently placed.  Getting to and from the airport the road system has been designed to be easy to navigate as well, you can feel comfortable in a car hire San Jose Airport.

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Conveniently located at the San Jose Airport, eight main car hire companies have their desks for you to collect your car rental vehicle in San Jose Airport, Costa Rica.

Some of these car rental companies include:

  • Adobe
  • Alamo
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Green Motion
  • Budget

Prepare in advance and book a car rental vehicle for collection in San Jose Airport. Find 7 seater, 9 seater, luxury car hire vehicle or any other type of rental cara for your travlling needs in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In a rental car from San Jose Airport, every site will be closer and easier to reach in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Additional Airport Information

Airport Name: San Jose, Costa Rica

Airport Code: SJO

Telephone: +(506) 2437-2400

Distance: San Jose city || 14 Miles / 23 km / 20 minutes by rental car from Downtown San Jose

Address: Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría PO Box 5026-1000 San Jose Alajuela Costa Rica

Timezone: GMT-6

Population: 386,799


Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

On a clear day you can watch Arenal erupt and if you wait for nightfall Arenal often puts on a brilliant show with bright red rocks tumbling down its sides.  Arenal is your iconic looking, inverted-cone-shape, and said to have eruptions about every 30 minutes. 

While you can no longer drive up the volcano due to safety reasons (they actually used to allow people to do this), you can park your car hire San Jose Costa Rica at the bottom of the 1968 Trail, where you can walk along the path of Arenal's most recent devastation when it took out an entire town in 1968.

Corcovado National Park

Legend has it that the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica was once part of another continent that broke away into the sea, leaving behind a piece to Costa Rica with entirely different biodiversity than the rest of the country. 

Corcovado National Park located on Costa Rica's wild and untamed Osa Peninsula is among the most biologically intense places on earth.  Home to the largest and only tropical primary lowland forest in the world, the Corcovado National Park houses a maddeningly long list of endangered plant and animal species.

Rainforest Getaway

Just 30 minutes south of La Fortuna, bordering the Children's Eternal Rainforest is Finca Luna Nueva Lodge. A great alternative to your average resort in La Fortuna, their property offers several trails through the rainforest, a fully functioning biodynamic farm, and there is even a tower with a view of the volcano.

Make sure if you plan to drive around this area that you choose a 4 wheel drive San Jose Costa Rica car hire, as there is a lot of rain in the rainforest, and not all of the roads are paved!

Day Trips


Every year in August hundreds of expert surfers flock to Playa Hermosa from all over the globe for the Quicksilver Surf Championships.  However, the best time to surf her is from April to November, when the tide is high and rising.  When you're tired of surfing this is the perfect beach for a day of relaxing and soaking up the sun.

Just a short drive from the capital, set up your surf plans with a cheap car rental San Jose, Costa Rica.

Get to know all about the hottest night clubs and bars in Costa Rica for some adult fun.


Take a look at our rated hotels in Costa Rica for some extra info when looking for accommodations in Guanacaste or Puntarenas.

Airlines Providing Airport Services to San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air Transat
  • Amsterdam Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Condor
  • Continental
  • Copa Airlines
  • Cubana Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Iberia
  • JetBlue
  • Mexicana
  • Spirit Airlines
  • TACA
  • US Airways
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