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All you need to know about Transportation in Costa Rica

¿How will you get around in “Ticos” land, during your trip to Costa Rica? The following is a list of the different means of Transportation in Costa Rica. 


Domestic Flights within Costa Rica

Domestic flights can importantly reduce your transportation times within Costa Rica.

Costa Rica domestic flights may be commercial or private. Commercial flights are done in small 19 passenger planes and will take you to about 13 destinations: Arenal Volcano, Liberia, Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo, Nosara, Punta Islita, Tambor (if you are heading to Santa Teresa and Malpais), Drake Bay (if you are heading to Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula), Golfo Dulce, Golfito, Limon, Tortuguero and San Jose, of course. 


Charter or private flights in Costa Rica will take you almost anywhere you will find a landing strip. And yes, most "airports" in Costa Rica, except the Juan Santamaria International Airport at San Jose and the Daniel Oduber International Airport at Liberia, are actually strips. They are safe and traveled to every day of the year. So no worries!


Private transportation in Costa Rica

If you prefer to see our scenic roads or if flying breaks your vacation budget, but you would still prefer to have a private driver that will make transfer times in Costa Rica shorter, then you may take a look at private transporation options in Costa Rica.


You will get around from destination to destination in a comfortable way: stopping wherever and whenever you wish, and asking your driver anything you might want to know about your trip to Costa Rica.


If you do not speak Spanish: make sure to request an English speaking driver. Other languages are harder to find in hiring a private driver, but English will be spoken by any bilingual driver.


Shuttles in Costa Rica

A great happy medium to private transportation in Costa Rica are shared shuttles. The vans have a capacity to transfer 8 passengers. Transportation times are the same as that of private transportation, but you will not be able to stop whenever you wish. Most shuttle transfers in Costa Rica do offer 1 stop along the way.


English may or may not be spoken by the driver.


Costa Rica public transportation

Costa Rica public transportation is much cheaper compared to the other alternatives included above. However and even though most buses are large and feature AC, you will be sharing the ride with at least 20 passengers and you will be stopping at specific locations to pick up more people on the transfer. The amount of stops will depend on the places you wish to go.


Be aware that bus driver will be able to handle very little English.


Taxis in Costa Rica

You will find several taxi companies in Costa Rica: the red ones are the official taxi vehicles to ride along the country and the orange taxis are the official airport transfer cars you may use if you have not arranged for a private driver to pick you up or drop you off.


Another great means of transporstain in Costa Rica is the now famous UBER. You will need Wifi if you have not purchased a SIM card, but most venues have free Wifi.


Car Rental in Costa Rica

If you wish to rent a car in Costa Rica, you will find all the major car rentals as well as national options. In order to drive a rented car you will need to be 21 years and older and prove that you´ve had your driver´s license for over 2 years.  


Ferries and boats

The main ferry to be used while in Costa Rica is the one that crosses over the Pacific Ocean from Puntarenas to Nicoya. If you are traveling to Santa Teresa and Malpais from San Jose, you will most definitely use this route.


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