We will tell you how to get from San Jose airport to Santa Teresa Beach. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to Santa Teresa is 190 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips
The travel time from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Santa Teresa is around 4 hours and 30 minutes by car plus ferry. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 6 hours and 30 minutes from San Jose to Santa Teresa including the ferry boat.
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Santa Teresa is by bus $15 USD. If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $260 USD.
SIM CARD AT SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT
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WHERE TO STAY IN SANTA TERESA
There are dormitory rooms where you can rent a bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Santa Teresa. Double room hostels 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 SANTA TERESA
BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO SANTA TERESA (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Santa Teresa is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going to San Jose Terminal 7-10 where the buses are leaving to Santa Teresa with Transportes Cobano. 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 bus 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 Second Avenue at Merced Park in San Jose Market where you can walk 5 minutes distance to Terminal 7-10 to get the bus to Santa Teresa.
BUS SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO SANTA TERESA
The bus from San Jose to Santa Teresa is leaving from San Jose Terminal 7-10 with Transportes Cobano. There is only one bus leaving from San Jose Costa Rica to Santa Teresa at 6 am. Check here Transportes Cobano schedule and route!
The bus fare is around $14 USD including the ferry crossing. The travel time from San Jose to Santa Teresa by bus is around 6 hours and 30 minutes.
FERRY BOAT PUNTARENAS TO PAQUERA
The bus from San Jose to Santa Teresa will stop at Puntarenas Ferry Port after 2 hours. You will cross by ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera in around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Once you cross by ferry from Paquera Port you will ride a bus 1 hour and 45 minutes ride from Paquera to Santa Teresa Beach where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation.
The total bus fare from San Jose airport to Santa Teresa is $15 USD including the bus coming from the airport and the ferry too. And the total travel time is around 6 hours and 30 minutes depending on the traffic and the waiting time.
TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO SANTA TERESA
If you go from San Jose airport to Santa Teresa by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. The taxi fare from San Jose airport to Puntarenas Ferry Port is around $120 USD for a 1 hour and 20 minutes ride.
You will have to get the ferry crossing the Gulf of Nicoya. And later getting another taxi ride from Paquera to Santa Teresa around 1 hour and 15 minutes drive around $80-90 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT TO SANTA TERESA
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 Santa Teresa for around $250 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day. You will have to follow the way by taxi getting the ferry to cross Gulf of Nicoya.
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 Santa Teresa or you would love to move around. It will take you 4 hour and 30 minutes to get to Santa Teresa from San Jose airport with a private car included the ferry ride. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO SANTA TERESA
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 $260 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be 65 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO SANTA TERESA (SAN JOSE TO SANTA TERESA)
The best way from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Santa Teresa is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 6 hours and 30 minutes travel time. You will pay around $15 USD including the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Santa Teresa and the ferry crossing Gulf of Nicoya.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to Santa Teresa is around $260 USD and 4 hours travel time.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SANTA TERESA
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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