Comparison of the best Car Hire Deals in Costa Rica

Making a car rental booking

We strive to be the best car hire website around so that you know when you book through us you're getting the best value, service and price.

Hiring a car, can be a stressful, surprisingly costly, ordeal which is why our clever car hire matching technology will find you your perfect hire car at your dream price.

All of the deals on our website include all extra fees including everything that you're required to pay when you pick up the car, including (but not limited to) one way fees, extras and senior driver fees.

Once your booking has been made, managing it couldn't be simpler, you'll receive a booking reference which can be used, along with your email address, to check your booking including prices and payments.

To begin your stress free booking process, head over to our homepage and type in the required details then in just a few seconds we'll bring up some brilliant deals based on your information.

When searching on our website for your rental, information you'll need:

  1. Pickup location & car hire
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The age of the driver

Would you like to hire an SUV, a convertible, people carrier or minibus at Costa Rica?

At Stress Free Car rental, we compare deals on a large range of vehicle makes and models. Whether you’re looking for a small car to run around town, or perhaps a large SUV, a people carrier or a convertible for a road trip around | Costa Rica, we’ve got you covered.

Enjoy the wind in your hair as you drive around Costa Rica in your convertible rental car. We find low cost deals on convertibles of all sizes from Fiat 500 Cabriolets to Mustangs.

Transporting a lot of luggage? Need to transport quite a lot of stuff on your trip but not enough to require a van? Maybe one of our estate cars will meet your requirements. We list estate car prices from all of the brands you can trust in Costa Rica.

Looking to hire a car that's a bit special whilst you’re in Costa Rica? Our Prestige Car Hire category compares car hire deals for prestige car brands such as Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Range Rover.

Stress Free Car Rental compares a wide range of small cars, from Ford Kas to Fiat 500s, perfect to drive around narrow city streets but keep in mind that you will have limited luggage space so be sure to pack light. .

If you don't see a car, people carrier or minibus that meets your requirements, or if you have any questions regarding trunk space or seating set up, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is your trip with more than 5 people? We offers a variety of people carriers available in Costa Rica that easily accommodate 7 or 8 passengers. For more than 8 passengers (or for 8 passengers plus a lot of bags) we recommend having a look at our range of minibuses for hire.

Going on holiday with a larger group in Costa Rica? Whether it’s a golf trip or a holiday with the extended family, we compare 12 seat and 15 seat minibus and van prices from a wide range of minibus rental brands.

When you're travelling with 2 large suitcases, we recommend looking at something in our Large Car category. Large cars have plenty of space for up to 5 people and several bags.

Tips for Driving your car rental in Costa Rica

Prior to setting off take some time to familiarise yourself with the car and its controls. This is very important if you're used to driving a manual transmission on the opposite side of the road.

Sometimes it's daunting the first time you hire a car in a different country, just relax and you'll soon find yourself acclimatised to the differences. Enjoy your trip

If you'd like to take the car across the border to a different country, be careful to check the terms and conditions for cross border fees and to let the car rental company know. If you don't there's the possibility that the cars insurance will be void if you are involved in an accident or the car is stolen

When driving on the opposite side than you're used to be careful with roundabouts.

When driving in a different country many countries have extremely stringent laws on consuming alcohol when driving. To avoid any issues, we advise you not to consume any alcohol at all when driving your car

If you are given a traffic violation fine when driving in Costa Rica the vehicle rental provider might take this amount from the credit card you have on record. If this is the case you'll be notified by email once this has taken place

If you'd like to leave the car at a different location to the one you collected it from, any additional one way charges will be included in the price listed on our website.

Picking up your Costa Rica Car hire with a debit card and other payment options.

We accept Visa, Mastercard or an American Express credit card or a debit card issued by your bank or credit card company when renting a car on our website.

Usually, car rentals that include our Premium Cover option will enable you to use a debit card when you pick up the car with no additional fees. You're able to review if a debit card is accepted, along with all of the car rental excess and insurance options on the second step of the website booking process.

When you opt to include Basic or Essential Cover for your car rental, it usually means that you’ll need a credit card in the name of the lead driver on collection of the car. You’ll usually be given the opportunity to purchase a top up policy by the rental partner on collection, this then allows you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

Be careful when deciding if you should use a debit card on collection, car hire companies often block an excess on the lead drivers credit card, this can be a considerable amount of money and if you opt to pay with debit card this can be debited from your bank and not returned until a couple of weeks after completion of your rental contract.

It can be useful to understand the different currency and payment options for your car rental in Costa Rica, as some payments for add ons (such as Sat Nav and child seats) might have to be paid in the local currency (by credit card) on vehicle collection.

Would you prefer us to accept payments using something other than debit card and credit card? Please contact us to let us know. We’re always open to new ideas about how we can improve our service to make paying for your car rental as Stress Free as it can be.

Lots of the Costa Rica car rental companies we compare prices for accept a debit card when you collect the car; some of these do have special terms and conditions associated with them. Be careful to review the terms and conditions if you plan to use a debit card at the desk when collecting the car.

It's worth remembering that quite often car rental companies that do allow debit card on collection are not as cheap as car hire companies that accept credit card only.

Stress Free Car Rental accepts a huge range of currencies including British Pounds (GBP),US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

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Find answers to common questions about car rental in Costa Rica

Can I cancel my rental in Costa Rica if I change my mind?

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

What do I need when I collect the car in Costa Rica?

To collect your car the lead driver should present a Valid driver's license, Passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

Are there any hidden charges in your prices for car rental in Costa Rica?

We work diligently to make sure that our prices on our website for your car hire include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car in Costa Rica

Is the car hire fully insured?

Car rentals in Costa Rica are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.

For my car rental in Costa Rica, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in Costa Rica. You can easily find the lowest insurance excess options using our search filters

Car rental excess, security deposits and insurance

We understand how intimidating picking a hire car excess cover product can be. The extra fees that make up the price of hiring a vehicle can be very confusing, these include:

  • The cost of hiring the vehicle
  • Any extras (e.g. child car seats & sat nav)
  • Insurance costs

Stress Free Car Rental offers three levels of car hire excess cover, premium, essential and basic and we help you find the hire car that suits you, your family and your trip. You're able to view the details of these on the extras page of our website when making a booking.

Many car rental websites hide the price of insurance excess and security deposit costs in the small print. Customers are then shocked when the amount is taken from the debit card account or the amount is held on their credit card. We think this is wrong and can really obstruct your holiday plans which is why we won't do that at Stress Free Car Rental.

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Things to remember before driving away your car hire

You will have been provided with car rental pick up location instructions with your email confirmation. Take some time to read through how to find the car hire pick up location before you begin your trip

Spending some time to photograph and report any issues, whether internal or external, will help to avoid any issues with the car rental company when you return the vehicle

All the rentals displayed on our web site include a full to full fuel policy. Always double check that the fuel tank is full prior to setting off. If it isn't you should report this to the car rental company before driving away

If you've not already ,review the carhire terms and conditions. There may be extra fees for crossing borders etc so make sure you understand these.

Be sure to check the fuel type for the car and inspect which side of the car the filler cap is on

You should check alloy wheels and door locks for issues as well. These are easy to miss when you're in a hurry to start your journey

If you have purchased Premium excess cover on our web site or you have your own policy, we recommend to take some time to check the car for damage. Also spend some time taking photos on your phone of each part of the vehicle. If there is damage on the car that is not mentioned in your hire agreement you should report this to the vehicle rental company

What are we all about?

We work hard to make sure that vehicle rental on holiday is easy!

We spend weeks trawling through detailed T&Cs so that you don't have to. All of the key points of the rental agreement are clearly visible every step of the way

We offer a variety of small family cars to twelve-seater MPVs along with hatchbacks and convertibles.

To be listed on the site, all cars have to include a fair full to full fuel policy and complete transparency regarding insurance and security deposit amounts.

Review the cheapest car hire deals in Costa Rica from brands you can trust, including Enterprise, Hertz and Europcar.

Confused by security deposits? We are here to help you every step of the way. We endeavour to provide complete transparency when it comes to insurance excess and all of the other fees involved.

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