The Best Way to Travel Around Costa Rica – Costa Rica Transportation

By Tim Kroeger September 12, 2019 Central America, Costa Rica, Nicaragua

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This ultimate guide about Costa Rica transportation provides all information that you need about getting around Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a relatively small country. You can reach almost every place from the capital city San Jose within a few hours.

Nevertheless, Costa Rica has so many different sights to offer from spectacular volcanos to beautiful beaches to some of the most bio diverse national parks to Monteverde Cloud Forest and the highlands.

There are different ways to travel around Costa Rica, depending on the destination, your budget and your travel style.

You can choose between public transportation, shared shuttle van, private transfer, rental car, taxi & Uber, plane or boat.

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1. Costa Rica Public Transportation

Traveling in Costa Rica by bus is easy and very affordable. The buses run frequently, even in remote places and are quite reliable.

Most places are well connected with the capital city San Jose.

Just be aware that you will have to drive back to San Jose most of the time before continuing to the next place.

2. Shared Van Shuttle

A shared van transfer is an economic and easy way to get from point A to B.

You can for example book a shuttle from the airport in San Jose to most popular tourist destinations.

Tip: On GuateGo you can check all available transportation options to travel around Costa Rica as well as to its neighbouring countries Panama and Nicaragua. It is a reliable and easy to use platform where you can compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

3. Private Transfer

A private transfer is especially interesting if you are traveling in a group or with your family.

The driver will pick you up at your hotel and gets you exactly where you want to go. You don’t have to first take a taxi to a pick-up point.

If you want you can also negotiate some stops on the way to your destination or hire a driver who works as well as a guide.

A private transfer is a great choice if you want to travel independently but don’t want to drive by yourself.

4. Travel by Plane

If you want to visit different places in a short time travelling by plane will definitely be the best option for you.

Aerobell Airlines and Sansa are connecting many popular destinations with San Jose.

Both airlines use small aircrafts so you should pack light and book your flight in advance to get the best price.

5. Rental Car

The best way to explore Costa Rica independently is by driving around with your own rental car.

This way you don’t depend on bus schedules or flight availability.

Before deciding for a car you should think about where you would like to go as you will need a 4×4 for certain destinations.

6. Uber & Taxi

Especially in San Jose Uber is making your life really easy.

You don’t have to fight with taxi drivers that try to rip you off and it also works well without Spanish skills.

From my own experience I can tell that Uber driver usually also have way better and safer cars and sometimes even provide water or snacks.

Costa Rica Transportation

Here you find information about the most popular travel routes in Costa Rica.

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