San Jose (Costa Rica)

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in San Jose?

Do you need a car in San José > Should you rent a car in San José Costa Rica > San José ( SJO )

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Do you need a car in San José? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in San José?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in San José?

San José Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€40

 #16/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €90

19/300

 

Free parking score

Total 256 - of which 190 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

74%

#36/300

   

Why not? Visiting San José without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

San José public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

40%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around San José. 

40%

For getting around the San Jose urban area, there are various different public transport options available, including plenty of buses as well as a localised commuter rail service. The historic centre of San Jose is also reasonably walkable, and you should have no problems finding taxis.

Yet for heading out of San Jose and into the Costa Rican jungle, then some sort car is going to be really useful, although you might prefer to opt for an organised or private tour instead.

Do you need a car in San Jose? Yes, it can be useful.

 

Ratings

Car rental in - San José Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in San José?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in San José?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in San José?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in San José if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in San José if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in San José if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for San José on the Carornocar scale?

9

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in San José?

Have you driven in San José? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in San José?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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