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juan santamaria international airport

Average Pick-Up time: 51-60 minutes

5.3 Out of 10 (6 Reviews)

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Birder54 Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019, 1:37 PM

Horrible service - not just me, many others. Each customer's transaction took 30 minutes or more - there was a long line and only 2 desk clerks. Waited more than an hour -- and then there were no cars available for at least another hour. Again, not just me -- many other customers. When I returned my car a week later, a whole new crop of customers was going through the same agony.

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Selifel Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019, 2:34 PM

According to Car del Mar, the rental car should be picked up directly at the airport. That's not true. We were taken to the budget store with a shuffle, although this was not far, it was not the booked. Arrived there we had to wait 1/2 hour until an employee took care of us. After that it did not have a manual Toyota Rush anymore, as paid and supposedly reserved, but we got a Daihatsu, so a class lower. Afterwards a long discussion about additional insurance, although I have clearly stated that I have insured everything about Car del Mar incl. You said then, you can not clarify that because Car del Mar is not available (time difference). Since my English was not so good and my insecurity now very large insurance I then in addition to the occupant insurance nor the Minimun to insurance booked. All in all, my credit card was now additionally charged with CHF 352.80 in the budget. So I think the communication between Car del Mar and Budget is inadequate. Budget would have to be informed about the already booked insurance in advance somehow in writing. Incidentally, we were not the only ones who had to face this dilemma that day and did not get the car that was reserved for them and had a lot of discussion about insurances. The whole thing has certainly dragged over 2 hours, because some had to wait for cars, as they came back and still had to be cleaned. The car return was OK.

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Bridget Reviewed on Feb 3, 2019, 4:08 PM

I rented a car off Carrentals.com for 10 days in Costa Rica thru Budget. My reservation breakdown was $13.60/day ($136) + estimated taxes and fees of $31.24 + the Collision Coverage sold by Carrentals.com (offered by Allianz) for an additional $99. I expected to arrive in Costa Rica and spend approx $267 on this rental car. Well that sure didn't happen. The minute I arrived the guy at Budget informed me that my insurance was inadequate and that I needed to purchase more. I was immediately skeptical, so I stepped aside and called Allianz to confirm. Allianz informed me that the Collision Coverage was indeed not full coverage and only covered me if someone hit the car (not me hitting anyone else). What a scam. I had to buy Budget's additional coverage for an extra $200 and on top of that they put a credit card hold deposit for over $1,000! Never again.

We collected 6 reviews in total for all stations in Alajuela Province, Costa Rica with an average score of 5.3/10.
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Car rentals in Alajuela, San Jose: What you need to know

San Jose, Costa Rica, is full of diverse neighborhoods like Alajuela. It's in these communities where you can get a true feel for an area like San Jose. But after you're done checking out all the great restaurants and shops in Alajuela, you'll want some wheels to see everything that San Jose provides.

You will need to adhere to a tight schedule and make sure you have the right amount of money if you try to save money by Riding Alajuela's public transportation system. Taxis and rideshares are more convenient, but little trips here and there can add up. Moreover, they may not be readily available when you want a ride right away. Renting a car in Alajuela is the best method to make sure you experience the entirety of the neighborhood and the rest of San Jose on your trip. See below to learn all that you need about car rentals in Alajuela.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to get an affordable car rental in Alajuela?

If you are looking for some of the best rates on a car rental, then you've come to the right place. Make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Alajuela by doing a few things:

  • Compare vehicle pricing before you book
  • Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
  • Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
  • Search and reserve as far in advance as you can

Before you book, make sure you go through the rental policy.

What car do you suggest for Alajuela?

With a variety of vehicle types to decide from, it may be tough to decide which type is ideal for your visit. However, consider your needs and the number of people you're traveling with. Our table below can help you decide what vehicle is the best one for you.

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Luxury or Premium classWhen you want to travel Alajuela in styleAudi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar
Minivan or SUVFamilies with a lot of bags and a need for spaceToyota Rav 4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar
Compact CarGreat for maneuvering in big citiesChevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar

Do I have to be a certain age to rent a car in Alajuela?

The youngest age to rent a vehicle in most cities, like Alajuela, San Jose, is 21. Please note that there is normally an added charge for anyone under 25 years of old. Moreover, if you plan to rent a higher category vehicle (premium, large capacity, SUV, etc.) there may be further age restrictions. Check the rental car company's policy before you book.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in Costa Rica?

You are required to have insurance before you rent a car in Costa Rica. It may possible to buy additional insurance through the supplier for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental.

Many of the major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard) usually offer coverage. But many have prohibitions, such as not covering bigger vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to San Jose. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.

What is the fuel policy on my rental car?

At CarRentals.com, we suggest a "full-to-full" policy. You receive the vehicle with full tank of gas, and you should return it with a full tank. If you want to save some money, you'll want to fill up your tank before you bring the car back to the supplier. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Do any Alajuela providers allow one-way rentals?

Many rental car companies offer one-way rentals. It may be more convenient to drop off your vehicle at a different location. However, there is usually an extra fee for one-way rentals.

Do I need unlimited miles when I drive in Alajuela?

Many suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to ensure it is part of the package. It's important to consider how much driving you will be doing on your trip to Alajuela. You don't want to be hit with any surprise overages if you don't have unlimited miles, so be sure to go through the supplier's policy. You may want unlimited miles if you're hitting the highway to find out all that is in San Jose.

Book Your Alajuela Rental Car Today

Has an attraction in San Jose intrigued you? Do you have to get to a conference on the other side of town? Don't miss out on one of Alajuela must-sees or be late to your meeting. When you have access to your own set of wheels, you can make sure your visit is following your schedule, and not have to adhere a metro schedule.

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