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How To Get From San Jose Airport to Montezuma – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 06:55 pm

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How To Get From San Jose Airport to Montezuma Beach – You can go by bus, taxi and private transfer. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to Montezuma is 170 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trip

The travel time by car plus ferry from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Montezuma is around 4 hours. The taxi fare from San Jose airport to Montezuma is around $260 USD. Read here how to get from Montezuma to San Jose airport the reverse way and Jaco to Montezuma

What Is The Cheapest Way From San Jose Airport To Montezuma?

The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Montezuma is by bus for $15 USD (you can book online). If you go by bus the travel time will be around 6 hours from San Jose to Montezuma including the ferry boat.

You can rent a car at San Jose airport, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $260 USD.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MONTEZUMA

There are dormitory rooms where you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Montezuma. 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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HOW TO GET FROM SAN JOSE TO MONTEZUMA BEACH

BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MONTEZUMA BEACH (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from San Jose airport to Montezuma is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going to San Jose Bus Terminal 7-10 (Transportes Cobano) where the buses are leaving for Montezuma.

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 San Jose Bus Terminal 7-10 to get the bus to Montezuma.

BUS SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO MONTEZUMA

The bus from San Jose to Montezuma is leaving from San Jose Bus Terminal 7-10 (Transportes Cobano). There is only one bus leaving from San Jose Costa Rica to Montezuma at 6 am.

The bus fare from San Jose to Montezuma is around $14 USD (you can book online) including the ferry crossing. The travel time from San Jose to Montezuma by bus is around 6 hours. Check here Transportes Cobano schedule and route!

FERRY BOAT PUNTARENAS TO PAQUERA

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The bus from San Jose to Montezuma 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 you will go back to the bus 1 hour and 15 minutes bus ride from Paquera to Montezuma Beach where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation.

The total bus fare from San Jose airport to Montezuma is $15 USD including the bus coming from the airport and the ferry too. And the total travel time is around 6 hours depending on the traffic and the waiting time.

TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MONTEZUMA

If you go from San Jose airport to Montezuma by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from San Jose airport to Montezuma Beach is around 4 hours. 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 get another taxi ride from Paquera to Montezuma for around 45 minutes is around $70-80 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

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UBER FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT TO MONTEZUMA

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect to go from San Jose airport to Montezuma for around $250 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day. You will have to follow the way by taxi to get the ferry to cross the Gulf of Nicoya.

CAR RENTAL AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car at San Jose’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Montezuma or you would love to move around.

It will take you 4 hours to get to Montezuma from San Jose airport with a private car including the ferry ride. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MONTEZUMA BEACH

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are 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.

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BEST WAY FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO MONTEZUMA (SAN JOSE TO MONTEZUMA BEACH)

The best way from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Montezuma is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 6 hours travel time. You will pay around $15 USD (you can book online) including the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to Montezuma and the ferry crossing Gulf of Nicoya.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to Montezuma is around $260 USD and 4 hours travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MONTEZUMA

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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 is also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. 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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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA

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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 than enough decent meals. Costa Rica is a bit pricey compared to 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), the rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport. 

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CASH AND ATMS 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 RicaKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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