San José Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in San José

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers looking for transportation in San José. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

San José Car Rental FAQs

Costa Rica’s weather is temperate all year, with an average annual temperature of 80°-90° Fahrenheit (26°-32° Celsius) on the coasts and 75°-80° Fahrenheit (23°-26° Celsius) in the countryside and on the mountainsides.

Yes, a valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica.

No, you do not need an international driver's license but you will need a valid license from your home country. You will need to have held your driver’s license for a minimum of two consecutive years. Note: most of the cars in Costa Rica are manual. Make sure you select the correct vehicle type (manual or automatic) when making your reservation.

The colón is the currency of Costa Rica. US dollars and major credit cards are also widely accepted.

You need a valid passport to visit Costa Rica. Depending on what country you are from, you may need an additional visa to enter Costa Rica. Be sure to check with the Costa Rica consulate for up-to-date information on entry requirements.

Yes, there are toll roads in Costa Rica. There are atoll booths leaving San Jose on Route 27, as well as toll booths for exits on the highway. You can pay these tolls in cash or credit card.

All gas stations in Costa Rica are full service, meaning you do not pump your own gas. There will be an attendant available to pump your gas for you. Inform the attendant what type of fuel you need, and they will handle the rest.

Should I Rent a Car in San José

What’s the best way to get around San José? Shuttles might seem convenient, but typically, they only go to major attractions, making it more difficult to get to smaller attractions or towns. Hiring a driver can get expensive, and public transportation forces you to adhere to someone else’s schedule on your vacation.

When you rent a car from Enterprise, you have the flexibility to customize your trip. Enjoy the fun things you want to do when it is convenient for your schedule – no one else’s. Interested in seeing Paos Volcano up close and personal? Or feeling the mist from the La Paz Waterfall at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park? With your Enterprise Rental Car, you can arrive early (or later) and visit these awe-inspiring attractions without crowded tour buses.

Whether you’re looking for customization or convenience, renting a car through Enterprise will help you make the most of your San José vacation.

Top Attractions Near San José

  • Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica’s best-known volcano that rests upon layers of ash, rock and lava.
  • La Paz Gardens Nature Park – features five famous waterfalls the largest animal sanctuary in Costa Rica.
  • Jade Museum – an innovative look at the importance of protecting and conserving archaeological heritage in Central America.
  • Central Market – stroll through stalls of local vendors displaying produce, sweet treats and cultural items.
  • Parque La Sabana – San José’s largest park.
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden – discover over 30 species of butterflies that live inside this magical gardenscape.
  • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo – a stunning national park that’s part of the Central Conservation Area.=
  • Teatro Nacional Costa Rica – one of the oldest historical landmarks in San José.
  • Pre-Columbian Gold Museum – houses an extravagant collection of indigenous gold art.
  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica – learn more about Costa Rica's history and culture in one of the city’s beautifully restored 19th century buildings.

Top Cities Near San José

  • Alajuela – the second largest province in Costa Rica! Alajuela is known as the City of Mangos due to its large number of mango trees, especially around Central Park. Only an hour away from San José!
  • Heredia – a charming town known for its colonial heritage and traditional architecture. Fun fact: Heredia is known for its tours of coffee plantations! Visitors can get up close and personal with local harvesting, drying and roasting of coffee beans. Less than an hour from San José!
  • Cartago – the first capital of Costa Rica, Cartago has a special place in history. It’s also home to The Technological Institute of Cartago (ITCR), one of the country's principal institutions for science and technology. And did you know: Cartago is known for its Sunday market, where you can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices and so much more. Less than 45 minutes from San José!