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)

Transportation

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

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
 
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
 
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
 
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
 
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
 
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
 
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will 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 greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
 
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