Costa Rica (Republic of Costa Rica)

Languages: Spanish

Currencies: CRC · Costa Rican colón (₡)

Capitol: San José

Continents: North America

Borders: Nicaragua, Panama

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Area: 51,100km2

Population: 5,094,114

Traffic/driving side: right

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +506

Timezones: UTC-06:00

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Last updated on July 16, 2023

How to get from San Jose airport to city center

San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. The airport is one of the busiest airports in Central America. In 2010 received 4.3 million passengers, most of them from international flights. Here you’ll find some useful information on how to get from the airport to city center by public bus and where to find bus stop.

If you want to travel from San Jose airport to the city center you need to exit the terminal and cross the street toward the parking garage. The local bus stop is outside the airport – on the other side of the multi-story car park which you see when you come out of the arrivals. Then you exit the terminal you need to turn left and follow the sidewalk along the street which goes around. Then turn right and after few meters there’s a bus stop.


In Costa Rica it’s really worth to use public transport – it’s cheap and adventurous! 🙂 Most buses cost around 1$ instead of expensive taxis. 

Always ask a driver if this bus goes to San Jose – because this bus stop is for buses going different directions! The bus costs less than 1 US dollar and takes you directly to downtown. If you’re still far from your place you can take a taxi, but always agree the price before you get in. 

The taxi to downtown costs around 20-25 $, so you can see, that is much more expensive. If you have that choice, use public transport. Firstly you can experience local ambience. Secondly is cheaper than taxi 😉

I hope my tips will help you get downtown without any problems. After that you adventure begins, and all of Costa Rica is open for you.

If you have any questions, you can always write to me 🙂

Sassari Sardinia

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