Last updated on May 4th, 2021 at 06:00 am
We will tell you how to get from San Jose airport to city center. There are a few options since the distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to city center is 18 kilometers and the drive is around 25 minutes depending on the traffic. You can go by taxi for $25 USD. The cheapest way from San Jose airport to city is by bus as cheap as $1 USD and you can hire Uber too.
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SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest ways is by bus from San Jose airport to city center. There are two bus services running from San Jose airport to city TUASA (Red and white buses) and Station Wagon (Yellow and orange buses). The buses are running every 10 minutes starting from 4 am until 11 30 pm.
The total travel time from San José Juan Santamaría Airport to city is 30-40 minutes. The bus fare is 675 CRC which is $1.10 USD for one way and you don’t have to pay extra for the luggage.
The buses are leaving from the main road outside the airport and you can buy the ticket direct to the bus driver. The final destination for both bus companies is Tuasa Terminal which is on the Second Avenue at Merced Park in San Jose city center.
TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you go from San Jose airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 25 minutes and the taxi fare from San Jose airport to city center is around $25 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fare than taxis going from the airport to city center $20-25 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.
CAR RENTAL AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in San Jose’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in San Jose. It will take you 30 minutes to get to San Jose from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around San Jose. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in San Jose.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to San Jose. Prices are around $30 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $7 USD per person.
For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SAN JOSE
There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb are also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Click here if you want to get $30 credit on your first booking in AirBnb.
Double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA
Breakfast will be the cheapest meal of the day and you can load up on Gallo Pinto, tortillas, eggs, fried plantains and some fresh fruit too for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $8-10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $3 USD.
You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more then enough decent meals. Costa Rica is little bit pricey comparing to the other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.
BEST TIME TO VISIT COSTA RICA
In Costa Rica their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport.
CASH AND ATM IN COSTA RICA
The currency of Costa Rica is called Colòn and as of now, $1 USD is worth 600 Colòn. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Costa Rica no need to exchange them.
Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa Rica. Know real-time currency exchange here!
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