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Car Hire from Buenos Aires Airport

Car Hire at Buenos Aires Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015

Whether you want to explore historic Costa Rica, have a beach break in Puerto Limon or party until dawn in San Jose, you can find the best car hire at Buenos Aires Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Buenos Aires Airport

There are four car hire companies with desks at Buenos Aires Airport: Alamo, Avis, Hertz and Localiza. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Buenos Aires Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

The nearest petrol station to Buenos Aires Airport is over one hour’s drive by car. From the airport get on Calle 9 towards Avenue 10 and then get on Calle 3. Go left onto route 246 then left again onto route 2. Take a right at Palmar Norte and the garage will be on the right hand side.

Driving around Buenos Aires Airport

Buenos Aires Airport is well positioned to connect to the one main road that leads north and south of the airport; the Route 2. Route 2 goes north to Cartago and connects to the west of the country and the Route 34. To the south, Route 2 goes to Paso Canoas and connects to Route 1 which heads east.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Buenos Aires Airport.


Cartago offers a glimpse of historic Costa Rica. This small town is filled with ancient churches and folk tales, surrounded by majestic mountains. Visit the Irazu Volcano that last erupted in 1963. The sweeping valley hides a few gems from coffee plantations to cosy cafes and local restaurants and fishermen can even try their hand at trout fishing.

It takes just over 3 hours to drive to Cartago from Buenos Aires airport. From the airport get on the Pan American Highway/Route 2, merge with Route 10 slightly to the right and follow signs to Cartago.

Puerto Limon

This place is all about relaxation. With luke warm seas and dazzling stretches of soft white sand this Costa Rican paradise gazes over to the Caribbean. Swaying palms, historic architecture, white water rafting and elegant lively restaurants add to the list of reasons why you won’t want to leave Puerto Limon.

The drive to Puerto Limon from Buenos Aires Airprot is just over 6 hours by car. From the Pan American Highway/Route 2, merge with Route 10 then right onto Route 236. Turn left onto Route 219 and continue on to Route 230. Follow signs for Route 10 and get on Route 32 following signs for Puerto Limon.

San Jose

Whether its bird watching tours, a visit to a butterfly farm or wining and dining San Jose is a lively place to visit. Bustling markets and squares overflowing with cafes and street performers breathe life into e city. As well as its vibrant street scene, there are many ways to get out into its wild landscapes; from canopy walks and yoga to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Garden.

The capital, San Jose, is just under a 4 hour drive from Buenos Aires Airport. From the Pan American Highway/Route 2, merge with Route 10 then onto Route 252. Take a left onto Route 215 which becomes Calle 13.Turn right onto Calle 16, then left onto 20 and stay on the right following signs for San Jose.

To reduce congestion and fuel consumption, there is a ban on rush-hour traffic in the central core of San José from Monday to Friday from 7am to 8.30am and from 4pm to 5.30pm. The ban affects cars with licenses ending in the digits 1 or 2 on Mondays; 3 or 4 on Tuesdays; 5 or 6 on Wednesdays; 7 or 8 on Thursdays; and 9 or 0 on Fridays. If you are caught driving a car with the banned license plate during these hours on a specified day, you will be ticketed. On street parking is ticketed from Mon-Sat 8am to 6pm and costs $1.50 per hour. You can buy a ticket from the machine on the street. Some hotels in San Jose offer free car parking.

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