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

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 10:09 am

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How To Get From Tortuguero To San Jose Airport – You can go by van, bus, taxi and private transfer after taking the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona. The distance from Tortuguero to Juan Santamaría Airport is 127 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time by taxi from Tortuguero to San Jose Costa Rica airport is around 2 hours and 15 minutes by car to La Pavona where you can get the boat to Tortuguero. The taxi fare from La Pavona to San Jose is around $130-140 USD. Read here how to get from San Jose airport to Tortuguero the reverse way.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tortuguero To San Jose?

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to San Jose airport Costa Rica is by bus plus boat $12 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 5 hours and 30 minutes from San Jose to Tortuguero.

You can rent a car at La Pavona or private transportation prices will be around $130-140 USD.

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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 TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE

BOAT PLUS BUS FROM TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to San Jose airport is by bus plus boat. First you will have to ride the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona and later a few buses until reaching San Jose and the airport.

BOAT SCHEDULE FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA

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The boat schedule from Tortuguero to La Pavona is starting at 5 30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 2 45 pm. The boat fare from La Pavona to Tortuguero is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.

The boat ride from Tortuguero to La Pavona will take around 1 hour (it can be less or more). Outside these boats schedule (estimated time not fixed). There are also private boats (more expensive) going from Tortuguero to La Pavona.

BUS FROM LA PAVONA TO CARIARI SCHEDULE AND FARE

There are only 4 daily buses leaving from La Pavona to Cariari starting at 7 30 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm and 4 30 pm. The bus from La Pavona to Cariari will take around 2 hours and the bus fare from La Pavona to Cariari is around $2 USD.

BUS FROM CARIARI TO SAN JOSE SCHEDULE AND FARE

Once in Cariari you will have to take a bus from Cariari to San Jose running every 15 minutes. The bus travel time from Cariari to San Jose is around 2 hours and the bus fare from Cariari to San Jose is around $4 USD.

SAN JOSE CITY CENTER TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

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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 Tortuguero to San Jose airport is $12 USD including the bus coming from the airport and the ferry too. The total travel time is around 5 hours and 30 minutes depending on the traffic and the waiting time.

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SHARED VAN FROM TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

There is a shared van from Tortuguero to San Jose stopping at Selina Hostel in city center. The van travel time from Tortuguero to San Jose is 3 hours. The van fare from Tortuguero to San Jose is $65 USD and you can book online.

TAXI FROM TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT

If you go from Tortuguero to San Jose airport by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Tortuguero to San Jose airport is around 2 hours and 30 minutes from La Pavona and 4 hours including the boat from Tortuguero.

The taxi fare from Tortuguero to San Jose airport is around $120-130 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect going from Tortuguero to San Jose airport is around $120 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT TORTUGUERO

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There are many options for renting a car in La Pavona after the boat from Tortuguero. 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 2 hours and 30 minutes to get to San Jose airport from La Pavona with a private car plus the boat. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM TORTUGUERO 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 after your flight to San Jose. Prices are around $130 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $30 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM TORTUGUERO TO SAN JOSE AIRPORT (SAN JOSE TO TORTUGUERO)

The best way from Tortuguero to San Jose Costa Rica airport is by bus plus boat 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 and the boat from Tortuguero.

There is a shared van from Tortuguero to San Jose stopping at Selina Hostel in city center. The van fare from Tortuguero to San Jose is $65 USD you can book online and 3 hours travel time

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tortuguero to San Jose airport is around $130 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.

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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 little 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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