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

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 11:44 am

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We will tell you how to get from Tamarindo to San Jose Airport. The distance from Tamarindo to Juan Santamaría Airport is 260 kilometers. Click here to book online Tamarindo activities and Day Trips

The travel time by taxi from Tamarindo to San Jose is around 4 hours. The taxi fare from Tamarindo to San Jose Airport is around $250 USD. Read here how to get from Tamarindo to Liberia airport

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tamarindo To San Jose?

The cheapest way from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is by bus for $16 USD and you can book online. The bus travel time from Tamarindo to San Jose is around 5-6 hours.

What Is The Best Way From Tamarindo To San Jose?

The best way from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is by shared van for $32 USD per person and 3 hours travel time and you can book online

You can rent a car at Tamarindo and Uber or private transportation prices will be around $250 USD.

Read here how to get from Liberia airport to San Jose airport, Tamarindo to Jaco Beach and San Jose airport to Tamarindo

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Read how to get from Liberia airport to Tamarindo, Jaco to TamarindoSan Jose airport to Jaco BeachSan Jose airport to MonteverdeManuel Antonio to San Jose airport and San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

WHERE TO STAY 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 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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HOW TO GET FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE

BUS FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Tamarindo to San Jose is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus Empresa Alfaro going from Tamarindo to San Jose Costa Rica getting to Terminal 7-10 in city center.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE

The bus schedule from Tamarindo to San Jose Costa Rica with Empresa Alfaro is leaving a few times daily. The Alfaro Buses Tamarindo to San Jose is running every 2-3 hours starting from 3 am to 5 30 pm (a few buses are passing by Liberia a quick stop). Check here Alfaro Bus schedule and route!

The bus fare from Tamarindo to San Jose is around $16 USD and you can book online. The travel time from Tamarindo to San Jose is around 5-6 hours. 

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SAN JOSE CITY CENTER TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

The bus from Tamarindo to San Jose will stop at Terminal 7-10 where you can go walking distance to the market to get the buses going to the airport. There are two bus services running from the market at San Jose city center to San Jose airport: 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 bus travel time from San Jose city center to San José Juan Santamaría Airport is around 30-40 minutes. The bus fare is 675 CRC which is $1 USD for one way and you don’t have to pay extra for the luggage. You can buy the ticket direct to the bus driver.

The total bus fare from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is $11 USD and the total travel time is around 5-6 hours and it can be longer.

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SHARED VAN FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT (BEST WAY)

The best way from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is 3 hours.

The van fare from Tamarindo San Jose airport is $32 USD and you can book online

TAXI FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

If you go from Tamarindo to San Jose by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Tamarindo to San Jose is around 4 hours.

The taxi fare from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is around $250 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fare to taxis. You can expect to go from Tamarindo to San Jose airport the price is around $250 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT TAMARINDO

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There are many options for renting a car in Tamarindo. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in San Jose or if you would love to move around. It will take you 4 hours to get to Tamarindo to 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.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

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. 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 TAMARINDO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

BUS VS VAN PROS AND CONS

The best way from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 6 hours travel time. You will pay around $16 USD and you can book online including the bus coming from Tamarindo and San Jose Costa Rica airport.

The best way from Tamarindo San Jose airport is by van for $32 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get from your hotel and without any other transfer.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tamarindo to San Jose airport is around $250 USD and 4 hours travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SAN JOSE

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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.

Click here if you want to find the best deals with Booking in Costa Rica.

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. 

Click here to know more about the weather in Costa Rica!

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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