San Jose Airport Car Rentals

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Overview

Considering renting a car at San Jose Airport? If you’re planning to explore Downtown San Jose, Willow Glen, Japantown, or the Evergreen area, taxis and public transit will be your best bet.

However, for travelers who want to venture beyond San Jose to discover nearby attractions like the scenic beauty of the coastline, vineyards, or the nearby national parks such as Yosemite or Big Basin Redwoods, renting a car will be the perfect choice as it gives the freedom and flexibility to explore the city and beyond at your own pace.

Before you go ahead and reserve your rental car, we recommend reading through our guide to San Jose Airport car rentals below.

Fast Facts

Language: Spanish, English.

Local Currency: The local currency in San Jose is the U.S. dollar (USD). We recommend withdrawing U.S. dollars at one of the San Jose Airport ATMs before arriving at your accommodations.

Driving Rules: The law states that driving must always be on the right-hand side of the road.

U.S.A Country Code: +1 We recommend taking a look at these dialing instructions in case of emergencies.

Speed Limits: 48 km/h (30 mph) in the city, 88 km/h (55 mph) on open roads and 104 km/h (65 mph) on major highways and roads.

Average San Jose Gas Prices: Check the latest gas prices in San Jose (Regular, Premium & Diesel). Note to tourists Please remember that San Jose gas prices are shown in liters, not gallons. There are approximately 3.78 liters in 1 gallon.

Types of Car Rentals

San Jose car rental options include everything from economy cars to full-size vans and SUVs, with daily rental rates starting at $50.58 USD per day.

🌟 Pro Tip: Deeply discounted rates can be found with unlimited mileage when searching for weekly car rentals!

Vehicle Type:Model:Rates P/D:
EconomyChevrolet Spark or similar$50.58
CompactFord Focus or similar$52.02
Full-sizeNissan Altima or similar$80.02
IntermediateHyundai Elantra or similar$55.01
StandardNissan Sentra or similar$58.15
Full-size EliteAudi A5 Sportback or similar$90.02
LuxuryAudi A4 or similar$96.53
PremiumFord Taurus or similar$53.20

Note: The two most important things to remember when renting a car at San Jose Airport are to always book in advance of your arrival and don’t be afraid to play with dates to find the best rates possible.

Car Rental Companies

The San Jose International Airport is home to a wide variety of car rental agencies including Alamo, Enterprise, Fox, and more.

🚙 Car Rental Company:⭐ Rating (1-10):💰 Rates:
Alamo7.4 stars🔍 Check Rates
Enterprise7.0 stars🔍 Check Rates
Fox7.3 stars🔍 Check Rates
SIXT7.6 stars🔍 Check Rates
Thrifty7.1 stars🔍 Check Rates

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding car rentals at San Jose Airport — from rental car requirements to vehicle types, insurance coverage, recommended car rental agencies, and more.

What are the requirements to rent a car at San Jose Airport?

To rent a car from San Jose Airport, you’ll need to present a valid driver’s license, a major credit card under your name, and typically need to be at least 21 years old, although some rental agencies may require you to be 25 or older. It’s important to verify these conditions with the rental agency before finalizing the car rental lease agreement.

Do I need an international license to rent a car in San Jose?

Mostly, showing proof of a valid driver’s license from your home country is usually sufficient. However, it’s advisable to obtain an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) before arriving in San Jose as a precautionary measure in case of emergencies.

Where can I find the Rental Car Center in San Jose Airport?

The Rental Car Center is situated within the airport premises. You can easily locate it by following the signs directing you to the car rental desk.

How much money does it cost to rent a car in San Jose?

San Jose Airport car rental rates can be found for as low as $50 USD per day but vary depending on travel dates, duration, type of vehicle, car insurance, and more.

How do I make a car rental reservation at San Jose Airport?

We recommend booking your San Jose Airport rental car online in advance by clicking here or by filling out the car rental widget located at the top of this page.

What type of car should I rent in San Jose?

The type and size of the rental car that you rent in San Jose will depend on the size of your group as well as your budget.

Here are six different types of vehicles you can rent at San Jose Airport:

Car Rental Type:# of PassengersModel / Make:
Small Car (Economy)1-3Chevrolet Spark or similar
Medium Car (Compact)3-5Ford Focus or similar
Large Car (Standard, Intermediate & Full-Size, Premium)3-5Nissan Sentra or similar
SUVs (Standard, Intermediate, Full-Size, Premium)5-7Hyundai Elantra or similar
Van (Compact, Full-Size)5-7Nissan Altima or similar

Do I need insurance for a rental car at San Jose Airport?

We highly recommend purchasing full coverage car insurance for visitors who are planning on renting a car in San Jose. At just $12.32 USD per day, this is an absolute no-brainer. Learn more about what full coverage car insurance means and exactly what it covers below.

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San Jose Airport Code:
IATA: SJC | ICAO: KSJC