We will tell you how to get from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to Manuel Antonio is 161 kilometers.
The travel time from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Manuel Antonio is around 2 hour and 45 minutes by car. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 3 hour and 30 minutes from San Jose to Manuel Antonio.
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio is by bus $10 USD. If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $150 USD. Click here to book online San Jose Day Trip
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WHERE TO STAY IN MANUEL ANTONIO
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 Manuel Antonio. 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 MANUEL ANTONIO
BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MANUEL ANTONIO (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going to San Jose Tracopa where the buses are leaving to Manuel Antonio. 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 have 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 15 minutes distance to San Jose Tracopa to get the bus to Manuel Antonio.
BUS SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO MANUEL ANTONIO
The bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is leaving from San Jose Tracopa. The buses are leaving every hour starting from 6 am to 6 30 pm. The bus fare is around $9 USD and the travel time from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is 3 hour and 30 minutes. If you take the colectivo will take 2 hours more since is stopping and getting passangers the whole way. Check here Tracopa Bus schedule and route!
The bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio will stop at the city center and at the beach where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation. Make sure you get the bus getting to Manuel Antonio, if you get to Quepos just 4 kilometers away. You will have to get a taxi or a local bus for less than $1 USD.
The total bus fare from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio is $10 USD and the total travel time is around 4 hour and 30 minutes included a few minutes waiting time and it can be two hours longer if you take the colectivo.
TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MANUEL ANTONIO
If you go from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 2 hour and 45 minutes. The taxi fare from San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio is around $150 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 MANUEL ANTONIO
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 Manuel Antonio around $150 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 Manuel Antonio or you would love to move around. It will take you 2 hour and 45 minutes to get to Manuel Antonio 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 MANUEL ANTONIO
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 $160 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $40 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MANUEL ANTONIO (SAN JOSE TO MANUEL ANTONIO)
The best way from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Manuel Antonio is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 4 hour and 30 minutes travel time. You will pay around $10 USD included the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Manuel Antonio.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is around $150 USD and 2 hour and 45 minutes travel time.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MANUEL ANTONIO
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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