Costa Rica Transportation FAQs
San José has internal transportation networks that connect the city districts and metropolitan area; as well as national transportation networks that connect the city to other parts of Costa Rica. San José is currently undergoing modernization in transportation. The current mayor, Johnny Araya, has announced the establishment of an urban tramway system that will, in its first phase, cover the central hull of the city going from west to east. This entire plan was announced and publicly presented on February 2011 by the city mayor and Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla. On September 27, 2012, San Jose disclosed plans to install its first street signs, about 22,000 signs and plaques. It is estimated that the lack of proper street names for directions causes the loss of $720 million a year by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2008, due to undelivered, returned or re-sent mail.
Private bus companies connect different areas of the city with each other and the suburbs. Services to other parts of the country are provided by other private companies which have stations or stops spread all over the city centre. There are also bus services between Juan Santamaría International Airport and downtown San José
The Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, or the state owned railway institute, is in charge of all of Costa Rica’s railways. In 2004, this institution began work on the establishment of an inter-urban railway network. This network would connect Tibás, Heredia, San Antonio de Belén, Pavas, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Sabanilla and Curridabat, among other locations.There are current plans to expand this inter-urban railway system into Cartago, Alajuela, and the Juan Santamaría International Airport.Trains run to Heredia from Estación Atlantico and San Antonio de Belen and from Estación Pacifico.
San José public taxi services complement the urban transportation network. Taxis are characterized by their red color and belong to registered cooperatives. There are other taxi services which do not belong to the registered system that are generally orange or yellow colored.
The city is serviced by Juan Santamaría International Airport, 23 km west of downtown, in the city of Alajuela, which is one of the busiest airports in Central America. In 2010, Juan Santamaría International Airport received 4.3 million passengers, most of them from international flights. In 2011, the airport was named the 3rd Best Airport in Latin America – Caribbean from the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council InternationalThe airport is undergoing a modernization plan, which is expected to be brief. Another important airport in San José is called Aeropuerto Internacional Tobías Bolaños Palma (IATA: SYQ, ICAO: MRPV). It is located 8 km north-east of the city proper and 11 km south-east of Juan Santamaría International Airport.
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Before you book:
How do I make a booking on your website?
Please filled the quote request form…after you receive the tailored quote for the services you requested …Reply and let us now if you like to proceed!!! If you proceed …we will send you the secured service confirmation form , once this is filled and complete we will send you the vouchers for the services …Note no extra cost for flight delays if on the same date. The airport representative will be at the airport exit gate with a company board with your name on it to show you the way to you vehicle and driver.
What information do I need in order to book?
In order to confirm full payment or deposit is required in order to guarantee the service availability of one transportation service or various transfers you most filled the ground transportation service form (private or shared shuttle)found on the main menu page and then click Book Now and fill the form. If you just want a quote then click on Provide a Quote and Filled the form. For more info or direct info by phone click on free assistance and fill the contact form.
Where will I meet the driver when I arrive?
We are a Costa Rica transportation Network of experienced professionals with more than 19 years of experience that are looking to leave a legacy of unforgettable vacation holiday experiences in our beautiful country.Our driver will constantly be monitoring your flight on flight stats (http://www.flightstats.com) real time …so we know exactly when you landed and we will meet you at the airport exit gate with a board with your name on it so you wont be hassel by the local gipsy cab drivers.
What happens if I can’t locate my driver?
We are located only 15 minute away from SJO airport and 25 Minutes away from the LIR airport we also have a airport representative every day all day and we have a 24/7 Phone contact just contact us and let us know so we can assist you in real time meaning immediately.
My group size has changed, can I choose another vehicle?
Regarding the last minute changes …We try our best to be most flexible Costa Rican transportation company in the local market.
We recomend to review your last numbers at least 24 hours before your arrival but if for a good reazon this changes and we have vahicles available we will make the unit chanages .
We remind you that we have a 24/7 costumer service where you can contact a rep for this changes.
How long will the transfer take?
Transportation in Costa Rica a little dificult is never a exact science since there are so many factors that have to be takenn in consideration.
Private shuttle transfers are more direct transfer service and stops depend entirely on the costumers request.
When we reply to your shuttle ground transportation request we will let you know the ETT (estimated time of travel) or ETA (estimated time of Arrival) to your final destination.
Shared Shuttle transfers are less direct transportation services since there are more pick ups and drop offs location along the way bus still the service reply will give you a ETA to your final destination.