Transfer to/from - Juan Santamaría airport (SJO)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in San José airport (SJO)


San José airport (SJO)

Bus - At the terminal, you can board public bus services from TUASA (Tel +506 2442 6900) with a frequency of 5 minutes, from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm. They travel to Alajuela (15 min.), Heredia (40 min.) and San José (35 min.). In addition, most buses travelling from the beaches at Guanacaste and Puntarenas stop at the airport.
On the other hand, Gray Line Airport Express (Tel +506 2220 2126 / 8854 9496) and Interbus (Tel +506 4100 0888) provide private or shared transportation to any destination inside the country and have offices in the baggage reclaim hall. They operate from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.


Car rental search

Taxi - Taxi Unidos (Tel +506 2221 6865 / 2222 6865), Coopetranstura (Tel +506 2440 4444 / 3113), Gorila Taxi Aeropuerto (Tel +506 8888 0745), Taxi Cab (Tel +506 2524 5456) and Orange Taxi (Tel +506 8475 8585) are the airport's official operators. Cabs are orange-coloured and are available around the clock. The service can be hired inside the terminal, after customs. The trip to downtown San José takes approximately 25 minutes.

Latest updates: November 21, 2019

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.

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