We will tell you how to get from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to Puerto Viejo is 222 kilometers.
The travel time from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Puerto Viejo is around 4 hours by car. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 4 hours and 30 minutes from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. Click here to book online San Jose Day Trip
The cheapest way from San Jose airport Costa Rica to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is by bus as cheap as $12 USD. If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $200-220 USD.
SIM CARD AT SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT
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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA
There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Puerto Viejo. A double room hostel can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.
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SAN JOSE TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA
BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going to San Jose Terminal MEPE where the buses are leaving to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. 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 around 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. You will ahve to walk outside to get the buses are leaving from the main road outside the airport. 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 where you can walk 10 minutes distance to San Jose Terminal MEPE to get the bus to Puerto Viejo.
BUS SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA
The bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca are leaving from San Jose Terminal MEPE. The buses are leaving every two hours starting from 6 am, 8 am,10 am, 12 pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6 pm. The bus fare is around $11 USD and the travel time from San Jose to Puerto Viejo is 4 hour and 30 minutes. Check here MEPE Bus schedule and route!
The bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo will stop at Puerto Limon just in case you are heading from San Jose to Puerto Limon and the final destination is MEPE Bus Stop in Puerto Viejo where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation.
The total bus fare from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo is $12 USD and the total travel time is around 5 hours and 30 minutes included a few minutes waiting time.
SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO CAHUITA (CAHUITA TO PUERTO VIEJO)
If you are planning to go from San Jose airport to Cahuita. You will have to follow the same guidelines above getting to San Jose city center to San Jose Terminal MEPE and get the bus from San Jose to Cahuita. The price and travel time is the same than going to Puerto Viejo. The bus from San Jose will stop at Limon, Cahuita and last stop at Puerto Viejo.
LIMON TO PUERTO VIEJO AND CAHUITA TO PUERTO VIEJO
The bus is going from San Jose to Limon, Limon to Cahuita and Cahuita to Puerto Viejo. There is a bigger stop at Limon 15-20 minutes. It will stop at Cahuita (short stop) 15 minutes before arriving to Puerto Viejo. Both places are similar and you can go easily in a day trip from Cahuita to Puerto Viejo by motorbike or bicycle.
TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA
If you go from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 4 hours. The taxi fare from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo is around $200-220 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT TO PUERTO VIEJO
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fare than taxis. You can expect going from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo around $200-220 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 Puerto Viejo or you would love to move around. It will take you 4 hours to get to Puerto Viejo from San Jose airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO PUERTO VIEJO
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 $240 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $60 USD per person. And $320 USD for a van here you will be able to fit 8 people. So it would be $40 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (SAN JOSE TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA)
The best way from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 5 hours and 30 minutes travel time. You will pay around $12 USD including the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Puerto Viejo.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is around $240 USD and 4 hours travel time.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA
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. 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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