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Average rating: 8.1 of 10 Number of customer reviews: 4
Average rating: 8.1 / 10
Number of reviews in San Jose: 4
Bart Thrifty San Jose Airport
“The perfect overview.”

“EasyTerra clearly displays all the options.”

25-08-2015 14:42
Mevr Else Wima Peters Thrifty San Jose Airport

“Due to circumstances we had to change our booking twice. The first time we had to change the day of arrival. The second time we had to cancel our entire trip to Costa Rica. Both times EasyTerra provided an excellent service. They refunded the full amount into our account without any problems. We are extremely pleased with this organization. We therefore highly recommend them!”

17-03-2015 12:13

Location information for San Jose

Car rental San Jose
Car rental San Jose


San José is the capital of Costa Rica, a country in Central America. It is the social, economic, political and cultural centre of the country. It is a busy and relatively young city. San José only began to be developed in the second half of the 19th century. This is why there are relatively few buildings from Spanish colonial times - compared to many other Latin-American cities.


Officially, the city has 350,000 inhabitants, but that number applies to San José Canton, roughly the centre of the city. Including the suburbs, more than a million people are living in San José. Costa Ricans speak Spanish, but many of them have some knowledge of English.


San José is located in the middle of the Central Plateau (Cordillera Central) of Costa Rica, at an altitude of over 1,100 metres. The city is surrounded by green mountains and valleys.


Costa Rica's economy is built on agriculture and eco tourism (about 70% of Costa Rica is National Park). In the city itself there is little evidence of that: San José is the administrative and business centre. Recently, foreign investors have invested a lot of money in the development of the pharmaceutical and electronics industry in San José. The hotel business is also an emerging industry.


Juan Santamaría Airport is located 20 kilometres to the west of the city. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the city by car, although during morning and evening rush hour it may take considerably longer.

Public transport

Public transport in San José is provided by buses. The question is whether you want to use the bus system, because it is the place where pickpockets are most active. There are also regional bus connections, and there are international bus connections to neighboring countries Nicaragua and Panama. The buses are fairly comfortable, though you should never lose sight of your luggage. You should certainly never agree to have your luggage stored in the luggage compartments.
Taxis are cheap in San José. Use only the official taxis with a meter. Official taxis are red with a yellow triangle with a number on it. The airport taxis are orange.

Traffic and Parking

You will probably need some time to get used to driving in San José. The roads are narrow, and the way the locals drive also takes some getting used to. Drivers use any little gap they see to gain a few metres, especially during morning and evening rush hour. The road signs also leave something to be desired. Many streets, for instance, lack any kind of identification. On roads outside the city, you need to beware of holes in the road surface. Avoid driving at night. If you should receive a fine, never pay on the spot but let the rental company take care of it.

You can park your car in the street in San José, but there are streets were that is illegal during morning and evening rush hour. There are many public parking facilities where you can leave your car safely. Never leave anything of value in your car, not even in the boot. And of course: lock your car carefully. It is a good idea to lock the doors while driving. If you get a flat tire, refuse any 'help' from strangers. They may be after your valuable possessions.


San José has an ample supply of hotels. The best of them are not located in the city centre, but outside it. Although Costa Rica is a popular destination because of its beautiful wildlife, few tourists decide to spend much time in the capital. We do, however, recommend booking your hotel room in advance, if only to avoid being an obvious tourist wandering the streets in search of a place to stay.

External Sources

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Frequently asked questions

Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by EasyTerra Car Rental? at this location
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