Costa Rica Transportation

  • Great view caught from our flight over Sierpe area
    Great view caught from our flight over...
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Costa Rica Transportation

  • By Taxi around San José

    San José Transportation

    While wandering around looking for a restaurant, a cabbie was hanging around waiting for his riders. He helped me find it, asked where I was from--I told him. I said, are you from NY? He aid Yea, how';d you know in a thick NYC accent. Turns out he's a cabbie who got tired of the costs and traffic of NY, moved to San Jose. Alex runs a cab, speaks...

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  • By bus around San José

    San José Transportation

    For local trips to San Jose from our hotel, we took the local bus. We got the van shuttle to the airport and got the bus there into the city. The only problem was understanding where the bus was going as the dispatchers didn't speak English and our Spanish is rudimentary at best. We would then go to the San Jose bus station in the Coca Cola...

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  • Plane from/to San José

    San José Transportation

    We flew in to Juan Santamaria International Airport on Sunday 1996 Feb. 18. We did not have to pay for our tickets because we got passes from our daughter who was then a flight deck officer at a major airline. That made the trip very affordable. he central location of this airport is perfect, as from here once can reach almost any part of the...

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  • Departure Tax For Both Citizens and...

    I found this tidbit which I think is good to know upon leaving the country of Costa Rica:You have to be in the airport 3 hours before of the departure time for every international flight.It is forbidden to bring family and friends into the departure area.In the main entrance door you have to show your passport as well as your flight ticket.To leave...

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  • Rent a 4-WD SUV

    Our trip was a fly and drive vacation which we purchased through Gate 1 Travel, so we flew into San Jose, got on the shuttle, headed to the Adobe Airport Office, rented a Hyundai Tucson AWD/SUV and drove it to our destination(s). There are a few highways in Costa Rica, but most of the roads are divided (with traffic in each direction) and many of...

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  • Driving around San Jose and the rest of...

    This is only about the driving:Don't forget about the toll roads especially all around and going in and out of San Jose. Not expensive as it's less than a US dollar, but if you are short on cash and only have a credit card or ATM card, it's a pain in the butt.As well, even if pay to buy the extra insurance on a rental vehicle, and have it covered...

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  • Bus from Airport to La Fortuna

    If you are taking a "bus" from the airport to your hotel, you will probably be in a van. I would recommend getting picked up and dropped off at the airport because the roads are long, fairly dangerous, and are poorly marked. The drivers can also be very helpful, especially in pointing out landmarks and animals that you may miss on your own! (Our...

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  • Getting to Downtown San Jose from...

    Arriving at the new and modern Juan Santamaria Airport, we quickly cleared immigration and got the cherished stamp for Costa Rica in our passports. The airport is approximately 30 - 45 minutes from downtown San Jose, allowing for traffic. Originally we planned to take the free airport shuttle provided by the hotel we had booked for 2 nights in...

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  • Juan Santamaria International Airport

    This airport is located about 20 km away from San Jose and it's the biggest one in Costa Rica. Several American and Canadian companies offer regular flights to San Jose - if you're flying in from Europe, direct flights are available from Madrid with Iberia. With only 17 gates it isn't exactly a huge airport so it's very easy to get around, but it...

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  • Hiring a private driver to tour Costa...

    Danny Jiminez - www.costaricadriver.com - This is the very first time I have written any review, and we have traveled many places. I wanted to make sure I wrote one about Danny, because we had an awesome vacation, and a lot of that was because of Danny. First of all, I would like to say that we enjoyed Danny very much. He has a gentle, humble...

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  • Paying Departure Tax with Credit Cards

    To fly home from SJO in San Jose you have to pay a $26 departure tax.The counter where you pay this indicates that they accept VISA, among other credit cards. However, they DO NOT actually swipe it as a regular credit card. Instead, they charge it as a CASH ADVANCE. They don't tell you this either, they just swipe it and give you the paper that...

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  • Dollar Rent A Car In Costa Rica

    Whatever you do, do NOT rent from Dollar Rent A Car in Costa Rica. First, they rented out the car that I had reserved, then the car breaks down on the way to the airport. After I hitchhiked back to the rental office, they apologized and offered me a refund, of which I have not received, even after contacting the regional manager. I would advise...

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  • renting, or not

    OK, I read these before, and to be honest, and yeah my opinion, I have no idea what they are all talking about. I rented a car for 10 days and I thought the roads were just fine. We drove from Bahia Drake in the south all the way to Guancaste with ZERO problems. Were the roads perfect, no, but more than fine, and we even went off road, and no, we...

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  • Handy dandy website

    Since this trip is still waiting in the wings for me, I can't as yet give any real tips about travel within this country. But, here is a good travel link to look into for your trip.

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  • Transportation between San Jose & the...

    I decided to visit the Arenal volcano area and Tabacon Hot Springs area from the San Jose area.THE TRAVEL SLUT TIP: Rather than booking transportation North to these areas, for the same price you can book a one-day bus tour to these resort areas and then make arrangements (at no additional costs) to have the bus leave you at the last stop and then...

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  • Bus to the Caribbean Coast

    We discovered when we were staying in Jac , that the tourist bus travels from San Jose to the Carribean Coast not from Jaco . So we had to travel back to San Jose first....good to know when you're figuring out your itinery.The bus was great though....convenient and reliable. and $25.00 .You can book it from almost any hotel

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  • Interbus

    Interbus is a system of 8 passenger Volkswagon vans that you can get to take you point-to-point in CR. We took one from San Jose to Arenal, Arenal to Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio to San Jose. All the drivers were very friendly and spoke some English. They stop along the way for bathroom break and snacks. The buses (vans really) that we took...

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  • Rent a car and tour this country...

    We rented a car for $24 per day including casualty insurance! We were in Costa Rica at the end of their rainy season, and had very little trouble getting around in our 4-cylinder compact car. The roads in this country are great compared to most in Latin America, and you can find a great map here.Another group we saw paid nearly $100 per day for a...

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  • Freighter / Passenger Ship Sails Pacific...

    Windjammer Barefoot Cruises operates the M/V Amazing Grace from Playa Herradura down to Drakes Bay, Quepos and Golfito and onward into Panama's Isla Coiba, Islas Secas, and Las Perlas ending at Balboa, Panama. Very inexpensive way to see some very hard to get to places. South American captain and crew all speak English and Spanish.

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  • Private bus...

    And then there's also private bus. We never used them as they are much more expensive (probably by a factor of ten... a 4$ ride would cost 40$) and we never had a use for them. But they could offer a schedule that better suit your needs. But don't go for them just because you don't know the public service!Okay, we used the private shuttle in our...

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  • Renting a car in Costa Rica

    There are lots of options for car rental in Costa Rica. You can either book online or find a car rental agency once you get there. I think it is best to rent a car once you get there so that you can bargain for the price! It is probably cheaper as well.There are a few warnings though before you decide to rent a car. Certain roads are in terrible...

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  • Cruise Ships

    Ships that include Costa Rica as part of their itinerary can be as small as 6 cabins (prices from $4095 each for 9 days along the Pacific Coast) on a 'Motor Yacht' to a 'Small Ship' with 70 staterooms which will give you 9 days along the west coast of Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal for $2850 each.I have seen the brochures for some of these...

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  • Car rental

    We rented a 4X4 from Vamos and things went smoothly w/o a hitch. They pick us up at the airport upon arrival and dropped us off at the time of departure. Their rates are better than the other national brands when comparing rates. They provide us w/ a cooler for the ice/cold drinks, a cell phone to call them in cases of emergency, and (for a fee) a...

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  • Driving in Costa Rica

    Driving in Costa Rica is much easier and more pleasurable than in any other Latin American country. The highways are generally in very good condition, there are many directional signs, it's relatively safe, and people generally respect most of the traffic laws (except the speed limits).The main road throughout Costa Rica is the Pan-American...

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  • Taxis & buses - cheap and dependable

    San Jose has more taxis per capita than just about any city in the world.Always get one of the RED taxis with the official logo on the side, to avoid over-charging pirate taxis.The one exception is: when coming from the airport into town, always hire one of the ORANGE Airport Taxis. There is an airport taxi booth on your left, just before you exit...

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  • Odyssey Tours with Diego and Alvaro

    They offer private transportation in their brand new vans with a/c and comfortable room, their rates for private sharters are more than reasonables and they include beverages on the van and great stops on the ways to enjoy the higlilights of Costa Rica, we used them in our last visit and we saw more wildlife and nature on the trips with them than...

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  • if going for a short trip, rent a car

    Costa Rica has a really extensive bus network but if you're on a limited schedule consider renting a car. It will be well worth it. Unless your short trip is comprised of all guided tours where they pick up/drop off at your hotel then you don't need it, but if not a car makes a lot of sense if you don't have weeks or months to travel around.

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  • Traffic Jams-Winding Roads

    Two lane road is the mode for most of the island. In fact going across between oceans, there is only the one two lane road. They used to have a train that handled some freight shipment, but the tracks are broke, so now many trucks also use the roads. That can make for some real slow and backed up traffic. We only experienced a wait a couple of...

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  • Beware of the Roadwork

    During the wet season, the roads get pretty much soaked; many potholes appear and many portions do slide away. All these get fixed during the dry season. The already narrow lanes get reduced to their half which requires a flow control by the construction workers. So be prepared to be stopped for long intervals at almost every main road during the...

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  • San Jose is a walkable city

    Taxi fares are not very expensive (or, at least they weren't in 2007) but for a round of basic site-seeing and to get a feel for the city walk around. It'll be easier if you stay somewhere central. I found it safer than what I heard from most people. Use common sense as you would in any unfamiliar city, such as stay on the main streets and avoid...

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  • San Jose is a walkable city

    Taxi fares are not very expensive (or, at least they weren't in 2007) but for a round of basic site-seeing and to get a feel for the city walk around. It'll be easier if you stay somewhere central. I found it safer than what I heard from most people. Use common sense as you would in any unfamiliar city, such as stay on the main streets and avoid...

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  • Problemas! (problems!)

    Be prepared for a real delay in the customs at Peñas Blancas Border with Nicaragua, we spent there about 4 hours in it just to cross the border, many trucks, and many paper work if you are going in your own car or by bus.

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  • Car Rental - U-Save Car & Truck Rental

    We used this company twice: once in 2008 and the second time in 2009. In 2008, we have decided to rent a car for our last day in Alajuela. Isabel, the owner of the Hotel Vida Tropical, called the car rental company and got us a good deal on a Suzuki 4X4. They came and pick up my husband from the hotel in order to do the paperwork and get the car....

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  • Use Interbus To Get Around In Costa Rica

    A cab would be expensive. The bus system would be a little scary. Renting a car can also be scary as the roads are not in top condition. Lots of pick pocket artists and often very crowded. There is a van/shuttle service (I think it is called Interbus) that is probably your best option. Very affordable and trustworthy.

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  • Cheap buses!

    Despite the rugged roads that make the tiny country more time consuming to travel that you'd imagine, it is easy to navigate Costa Rica in their great, inexpensive bus system. Different companies operate different routes and in San Jose, the bus stations are spread throughout the town. But don't despair. The public buses that Ticos use aren't...

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  • Car Rental in Costa Rica

    I will share my car rental experience in Costa Rica with you : )We spent the month of July, 2008, in Costa Rica (not our first trip) and decided that since we were old pros, we'd be adventurous and rent an SUV. There are NO road signs in CR. Not even one. We spent 2 hours just trying to find the highway out of San Jose to Limon. Luckily I speak...

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  • California to Costa Rica

    Hi, I'm Dave, looking for a driving companion for a trip to Costa Rica. Will be driving a 02' silverado 2500 HD. Has a 45ga. tank, four door. I'm wanting to leave soon. Your papers have to be in order and willing to share expenses. My plan is to buy realestate and hang out. It's a long trip from CA., and I need a part time driver. Call me if any...

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  • Driving times and driving directions

    For driving directions and driving times this map of Costa Rica + route planner makes planning easier.On a map everything appears to be close by, but sometimes it takes very long to travel only a few kilometers in Costa Rica. It is hard to give accurate travel times for this country, because you never know how many trucks will be ahead of you on...

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  • Car rental travel in Costa Rica

    Renting a vehicle in Costa Rica can be more costly and present more problems than many other countries. First, the rental agency claims that by government mandate they cannot accept insurance policies from other countries and will force you to accept their insurance coverage. The cars can often be absolutely covered with dents and scratches so when...

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  • Fly Sansa to save time

    We decided to take a flight with Sansa on the way back from La Fortuna to San Jose/Alajuela. The flight was perfect and it got us to the San Jose airport in about 30 minutes. I took some great pictures from the plane (check my travelogue if you want to see them). What a nice way to get from La Fortuna to San Jose in a record time! We will...

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  • Car Rental - Alamo

    While in La Fortuna, we decided to rent a car from Alamo for 2 days. This was a good decision since it provided us with more flexibility and it also gave us a chance to explore the area at our own pace. We wanted a 4X4, but there were none available, therefore we were stuck with a small Peugeot that proved to be a good car for our needs since we...

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  • Private Driver

    We decided to hire a private driver for a San Jose city tour, the transfer to La Fortuna and for the trip to Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Grecia and Sarchi. This proved to be a great decision!Erick was our driver and he was wonderful! Erick lived in the USA for few years and his English is perfect! He also has a very comfortable van and...

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  • Transportation from the airport to your...

    If you are coming from the USA, most likely you will arrive in Costa Rica during the evening hours. Prepare yourself to spend anywhere between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes at the Customs. We got there around 9pm and it was close to 10:30pm by the time we passed Customs and went to pick up our luggage. Once you have your luggage, you will need a...

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  • Flying Busses Pt. 2

    If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get from place to place while in Costa Rica check out the internal flights. Air travel, on prop planes, is almost equivalent to bus travel in the country. It’s relatively inexpensive and much faster than driving. You have a choice of two commercial airlines that fly domestically and flights can be...

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  • Flying Busses

    If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get from place to place while in Costa Rica check out the internal flights. Air travel, on prop planes, is almost equivalent to bus travel in the country. It’s relatively inexpensive and much faster than driving. You have a choice of two commercial airlines that fly domestically and flights can be...

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