Car rental in Juan Santamaria Airport

Although the airport code locates it in San Jose, the Juan Santamaría International Airport is located in the Alajuela province, 18 kilometers away from the capital of Costa Rica.

In a similar way to many other airports in the world, at first it seemed crazy to have built the Juan Santamaría airport (known before as El Coco International Airport) so far away from the main center of the Costa Rican population. But today, Juan Santamaría is part of the Greater Metropolitan Area and it is now located in a strategic point for travelers who must pass through there to travel to a wide sector of the national territory, including the populous cities of San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.

An airport of excellence

More than four million tourists coming from other national airports and from several other destinations in America and Europe travel through the Juan Santamaría airport every year

The high passenger traffic of the airport places it as the second most important airport in Central America. It is in fact one of the best airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Although it’s a modern and comfortable airport, it is not complex. The terminal occupies a unique space where passengers can carry out their processes and solve their immediate needs without any complications. Two new boarding lounges carpeted with Costa Rican decorative themes and internet access were inaugurated in late 2016 and in the next year, in 2017, a new battery of catwalks was installed along with 22 additional migration posts.

It also has an area where to eat national and international meals, shops and new boarding lounges which are planned to get expanded to handle 12 million passengers annually.

Rioja Rent a Car

The Juan Santamaría Airport is accessible from Alajuela and San José by bus, a taxi service is also available, but if you want to have autonomy during your stay in Costa Rica you better use a rental vehicle.

In Rioja Rent a Car we offer you a car rental service at Juan Santamaría Airport. We have a fleet of brand new vehicles in the most optimal conditions.

On our website you will find a form that will make easy for you to rent a vehicle. You can contact us via email at and Make the reservation in time!

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