Book Budget hire cars in San José

San José, Costa Rica
15 Dec — 22 Dec
Same drop-off
San José, Costa Rica
Wed 15/12
Noon
Wed 22/12
Noon
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Pros

" and helpful."(in 1394 reviews)
""Great price, veryr.""(in 3750 reviews)
"Great car and -off"(in 1485 reviews)

Cons

"Terrible as well"(in 355 reviews)
"Will Budget again!"(in 252 reviews)
"Car smoke !"(in 239 reviews)

Reviews for Budget in San José

Overall rating5.9 OkayBased on 50 reviews
Cleanliness
6.7
Comfort
6.2
Overall
5.8
Pick-up/Drop-off
5.7
Value for money
5.1

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5.2
Be aware of insurance difficultiesPros:The car itself was great for getting around Costa Rica, I don't recommend anything less than an SUV for that. The problem we encountered was paying for the insurance through Kayak via Allianz. When we arrived at Budget having insurance already, we were told that if we wanted to use our third party insurance (Allianz) we had to put down a $3,000.00 hold on a credit card that we weren't prepared for and was not easy to resolve. We ended up having to cancel the Allianz insurance and purchase insurance through Budget which brought our total from $140 (car rental + Allianz at time of booking through Kayak) to $400 (rental + Budget insurance). Not a cost we had prepared for, plus we had to spend over an hour resolving the issue once we arrived at Budget.Reviewed 15 Jan 2017
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10.0
Great experience overall but traded in our car forPros:Great experience overall. Once we got a better car.Cons:Don't get the daihatsu terios. Not a good car. Better off getting a Toyota rav4.Reviewed 25 Dec 2016
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2.0
Basically got robbed by BudgetPros:not muchCons:LONG wait - only 2 people in line and still waited 45 minutes. Booked a small suv online for $160 with NO mention of required insurance (that normally visa covers) and fees that ended up making this rental $470. Ended up with a several years old, very used (over 30k), gutless, tiny, ant infested suv. They are taking advantage of you and I suggest to everyone looking at this - DO NOT GO THERE.Reviewed 7 Dec 2016
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10.0
not at the air port but very closePros:It was easy to get to from the airport via the free shuttle and the same goes for getting back to the airport when you drop it offReviewed 19 Oct 2016
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10.0
Pros:That everything went smoothly. No problemsCons:NAReviewed 14 Mar 2017
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7.2
Pros:Good little car but a little too smallCons:To small Low powerReviewed 5 Feb 2017
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2.0
Pros:Watch out for tricky charges on you bill. They will charge you additional charges and fee even after you you returned the car. Charges that are not mentioned in the invoice in the beginning.After contacting them, rectified the bill then still tried to over charge by adding new charges and bad addiCons:Not to trick customer with charges that are not mentioned in the invoice to when it is initial made during car rental.Reviewed 14 Mar 2019
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6.0
Fine Car, Charges ExcessivePros:The car was clean and worked well. It was sized to contain my wife and I, and all our bags. It was a newer model and contained some good features that we enjoyed using.Cons:Check-in took over an hour due to a line of people. There are added costs that you must use in Costa Rica, one being insurance. Unless you can clearly indicate your coverage in a foreign country, you are required to purchase insurance for the car. This was a significant addition to the base car rental price but it is a requirement from all companies. There are probably cheaper options than the one we chose but everyone should be aware. We also wanted a GPS device for navigation but it was very problematic in operation. The commands coming from the device were muffled and we could not understand them. I could not attach the device in an easily viewable area, so my wife had to stay connected to the device to keep me informed of where to turn. Finally, the device would turn off or switch from the specified directions from time to time. It was difficult enough to determine where to go without having to input the directions again and again. This device was not worth the daily price we paid. Lastly, the check out was slightly delayed. They could not shuttle us to a hotel that we were staying in before our flight the next day (San Jose is further away from the airport ) but they did drop us off at the airport to try and find transport from there.Reviewed 30 Dec 2016
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8.4
Pros:The staff and car were great.Cons:The "insurance" needs to be more clear and affordable. It is not the staff's fault, this is a corporate problem. The cost of insurance is double the cost of the car. It is a scam.Reviewed 24 Jan 2020
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3.6
Horrible pickup, car unsafe.Pros:The car didn't break down, the return process was fast.Cons:We arrived later in the evening, exhausted. The counter was grossly understaffed and VERY slow moving. Causing us to wait over an hour before even reaching the counter. Once at the counter we were told the car we had reserved weeks in advance was not available (it was needed to have a car with some clearance for our plans), but because it was late at night we had no choice but to take what was offered to us. The replacement car had several spots with noticeable body damage and almost completely worn down tires, I was genuinely concerned about the safety of the car. Then we were told we HAD to buy VERY VERY expensive "mandatory" insurance despite having pre-purchased a policy. Then we were told we HAD to sign a BLANK credit card slip authorizing essentially any amount Budget wants to charge. I asked for them to write in an amount before I signed and they refused and told me that ALL car rental places in Costa Rica do this, I travel to Costa Rica a lot and this has NEVER been done before, so that was an outright lie. I would have switched companies but I couldn't because of the hour. I will definitely not be using Budget, and I will be advising all of my colleagues not to as well.Reviewed 12 Feb 2017
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2.0
Did not have the carCons:Even though the car was reserved, the place didn't have our car for us. We had to find another car rental, very stressful upon arrival and triple the price given the last minute.Reviewed 8 Mar 2017
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8.4
Pros:Staff was nice, shuttle was accomodating.Cons:Car was very expensive.Reviewed 1 Jan 2020
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Where can I find Budget hire cars in San José?

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo, Budget car hires

Address

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

Hours

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00

Phone

+506 2436 2010

Address

Paseo Colon

Hours

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Phone

+506 2436 2015

Good to know

Most popular location

Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

Most popular car type

Mini

Top tips for hiring a car from Budget in San José

  • Mini car hires from Budget in San José are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average

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