How to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

By pauline June 23, 2020 Costa Rica

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If you don’t know how to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo, let me show you the different ways of traveling between the two destinations. 

Public transport or private ride? Cheap means or luxurious comfort? On your trip to Tamarindo from Liberia Airport, you are the boss.

How far is Tamarindo from Liberia Airport?

The distance between Liberia Airport and Tamarindo is 29 miles or 47 kilometers.

How to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

1. Flight from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

There are airports at both locations: Liberia has Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) while Tamarindo has Tamarindo Airport (TNO.) 


However, given the close proximity of the two destinations, it is not possible to fly from Liberia Costa Rica Airport to Tamarindo as no airline services this route.

2. Bus from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

La Pampa and Alfaro are two bus companies that travel to Tamarindo from Liberia Airport. La Pampa comes directly from Liberia while Alfaro is coming all the way from San Jose and passes by Liberia.

La Pampa provides frequent transportation from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo; Alfaro only has a few passings by during the day. 

There are some pointers you have to keep in mind when considering taking the bus to Tamarindo.

First, the bus does not always stop at the airport. Therefore it is best if you walk to the main road and wait there.

Also, the bus that you may be hailing is a non-air-conditioned bus, so it is better to anticipate such situations and dress comfortably.

The bus from Liberia to Tamarindo costs about $3 and will take about two hours of your time.

3. Shuttle from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

From Liberia Airport, you can catch a Tamarindo shuttle bus which can either be shared or private.

If you don’t mind waiting for other passengers going to the same destination and are travelling on your own, you can save a lot of money by opting for a shared Liberia to Tamarindo shuttle.

Shared shuttle companies will bring you from the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport LIR and Liberia Town to Tamarindo for the price of $30. Take note of the fixed departure timings that these transport services have when considering this option.

A private Liberia airport shuttle to Tamarindo, on the other hand, is perfect for those travelling in groups who would like to enjoy the convenience of having the minibus to themselves.

This option will also give you the liberty of choosing the departure time and the number of essential stops you make along the way.

If you plan on getting a private shuttle from Liberia airport to Tamarindo, the basic cost for a group of six and below is $95. An additional cost of $20 per person applies if you are more than six.

The total travel time to Tamarindo from Liberia Airport via shuttle is two hours.

Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

4. Taxi or Uber from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

You can take a taxi from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo. This option is convenient especially for those who do not want anything to do with reservations, cancellations or delays.

Taking a taxi to Tamarindo from Liberia is just like having your own driver waiting for you at the airport and dropping you off at your final destination.

The cost to ride a taxi from Liberia to Tamarindo starts at $70. Just be sure to take an official taxi so that your ride is insured.

There are what people called ‘taxis piratas’ that will try to talk you into hiring their private vehicles instead, for a cheaper price than the official taxis.

Aside from the taxi, you can also take an Uber from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo. The company has been serving these locations actively from April of 2019. It is a good option to have because of its fixed pricing and the convenience of booking a ride using your smartphone.

Furthermore, Uber drivers are winning over the traveling public more and more in Costa Rica. While we do not have anything personal against taxi drivers who are just trying to earn, many of them have been known to take advantage of tourists when it comes to trip costs.

Uber saves you from such situations by being transparent about your fare from the moment you search for a driver.

5. Book a Private Driver from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

Get in touch with your hotel accommodation in Tamarindo and see if they offer an option that will take you from Liberia Airport.

Most hotels will have this service as the airport is not too far from Tamarindo. Enjoy the convenience of having your private driver waiting for your flight to land, collect your baggage, and drive you to Tamarindo straight from the airport.

This option is great especially if you are arriving in Liberia very early in the morning or late at night and will have close to no public transportation available at that time.

Your hotel will charge you anywhere around $100 for this service. 


6. Drive from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

If you want to drive yourself from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo Costa Rica, you have the option of renting a car and picking it up at the airport as you land.

This option is perfect for those who would like to take charge of their trip, leaving as they please and stopping by interesting places along the way. Furthermore, you can use the rented car to explore Tamarindo at your own pace.

The driving distance from Liberia Costa Rica to Tamarindo is 42 miles or 68 kilometers. Take Boulevard Aeropuerto and head towards Route 21. Turn right onto Route 155 until you reach the intersection going to Av. de las Palmas. Drive through Calle Central and to your Tamarindo destination.

Getting from Liberia to Tamarindo by driving takes about one hour and ten minutes of your time. This is one of the most time-efficient options when traveling between the two destinations.

The cost to rent a car for your Liberia to Tamarindo trip starts at $35.

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