Getting Around

Driving conditions in Costa Rica are known for being difficult, as the road network is under-maintained in places, and is known to get muddy in the rainy season. Car rentals are available and mini-van taxis can be arranged through most hotels, and taxicabs are readily available. Official taxis are red with a sign on the roof and a yellow triangle on the side; taking unregistered taxis is not advisable. Passengers should ensure that the meter is switched on at the beginning of the journey. If there is no meter, passengers should negotiate a fare before setting off. Taxi apps include Easy Taxi and Tico Taxis.

Various bus services run throughout the city, but the system can be confusing for foreigners. Some buses can be booked ahead of time although many operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Buses are the cheapest form of transport in Costa Rica but can be slow and overcrowded. INCOFER, the national railway carrier, runs several railway lines, though these are not as extensive or frequently used as other modes of transport.


San Jose Airport

The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from San Jose city centre.

San Jose Airport (SJO)


The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from San Jose city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses depart frequently from the airport to San Jose. If travelling to the airport, passengers should make sure to tell the driver to stop at the airport bus stop. Buses are also available to Alajuela and Heredia; taxis and rental cars are available at the airport.


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Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Hertz/Firefly, Economy/Advantage, Alamo/National/Enterprise, Budget/Apex and Dollar. The car rental offices are located inside the airport's main terminal, past the customs area.

Airport Taxis

Taxis Unidos is the airport's official taxi company. The taxis are orange and provide 24-hour transportation to and from the airport. A taxi customer service office is located in the International Departures area, next to the car rental area.


Airport facilities include shopping (including duty-free shops), restaurants, bars, a cafe, VIP lounges, currency exchange, a bank, ATMs, porters and baggage wrapping.


The airport has a parking garage with capacity for 400 vehicles. The garage has two levels, both offering access to the main terminal. Parking is calculated in US dollars, and costs $2.48 per hour, $35 per day and $200 per week.