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Car Rental San Jose Airport

San Jose Airport is an International Airport in the City of San Jose, California State of the United State of America. If you are planning to fly to the US via the San Jose Airport to visit any part of the state of California, the following car rental knowledge will be useful to you.

If you landed in San Jose Airport, you could most likely be a guest of the famous Silicon Valley. This is the home the High Technology Companies. Among the technology giants based here are; Google, Face book, eBay, Yahoo, Oracle, Apple Inc., Intel and Adobe. Accessing these companies in the wider Silicon Valley is most reliably done with a rental car.

In case you arrive through Terminal A of this Airport and looking for rental cars, you can board the blue inter-terminal buses and alight at the Rental Car Center in Terminal B. If you land through Terminal B, you just cross the Airport Drive at the baggage claim cross walk and access the Car Rental Center. The types of cars that are normally given out for rentals by rental companies in this Airport are; SUVs, limousines, large family cars, compact cars, sports cars and super mini van

The following are then methods available for renting a car and hence one should choose the most appropriate for him or her depending on his wishes and expectations: One can rent online via websites of the car rental dealers, rent when booking the air ticket via the airline company that he or she board or rent on arrival inside the airport in the Car Rental Center.

The general legal requirements for renting a car in San Jose Airport as provided by most Car rental dealers are as follows; Debit Card with a Visa or a MasterCard logo, US-issued Driving license or other nation’ Driving permits supplemented with passport issued in the same country with the Driving license, be of 18 years and above, turn-around air ticket, safe driving and individual record and credit worthiness

It is advisable for all potential customers of car rental to make adequate enquiries regarding the service. One should thoroughly enquire about the rental fees and the unique terms and conditions of the company of choice. This can be done from the companies’ websites or from the Car Rental Center.

Airport Data for SJC
Transportation from SJC
Parking Information

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Distance from SJC to: 

  • San Jose city center – 6 miles (9 km)
  • Oakland – 35 miles (57 km)
  • San Francisco – 46 miles (74 km)
  • Sacramento – 104 miles (168 km)
  • Fresno – 153 miles (246 km)

Nearest Major Airports: 

  • San Francisco Airport– 34 miles (55 km)
  • Oakland Airport – 34 miles (55 km)
  • Sacramento Airport – 120 miles (193 km)

San Jose Time Zone: 

  • 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT – 8:00)

Hotels near SJC: 

  • There are more than 10 hotels within 1 miles (2 km) of the San Jose Airport

Facts about SJC:

  • It is the 3rd biggest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Jose Airport has about 10 million annual passengers
  • SJC was a pioneer airport for noise pollution control
  • The airport has 3 terminals

Car Rental at San Jose Airport:

  • There are 9 car rental companies at San Jose Airport
  • Car hire kiosks are located off-site
  • There is a free shuttle bus from every terminal to the car rental center
  • Rental car prices change depending on the season

San Jose City Bus:

  • Use the VTA Busses to reach the San Jose center
  • You can also ride to various other public transit hubs
  • Normal fare is 1.75 USD
  • Express bus fare is 3.50 USD

Taxi Service:

  • Find a taxi outside of the terminals
  • The minimum taxi fare is 15.00 USD
  • There is a 1.50 USD service charge from the airport
  • The price to San Jose is between 15.00 USD and 20.00 USD
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

Short-Term Parking:

  • The short term parking lots are for 5 hours
  • Price = 1.00 USD/20 minutes
  • Daily prices range from 30.00 USD to 40.00 USD  

Long-Term Parking:

  • Park is the long stay lots for longer than 5 hours
  • Free shuttles come every 10 – 12 minutes
  • Price = 1.00 USD/20 minutes
  • Maximum daily price is 15.00 USD
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of July 8, 2009