Costa Rica Transport Guide

For the adrenalin-seekers among us, Costa Rica offers a range of exciting ways to see some of the country’s vast nature. Think zip-lining through clouded forests, sky trams above jungle canopies and hanging bridges on hiking trails, just for starters!

How to get around Costa Rica

The most popular method of transport around Costa Rica is the slow and steady bus. There’s also a regional bus system that connects most Central American capitals with each another, which is a much cheaper alternative to flying. In this instance, it’s cheaper to catch local buses to the border and transfer to the more comfortable international buses. Ferries connect parts of the country’s Pacific coast and on the Caribbean side there are bus, boat and water taxi services that link popular tourist destinations. Car hire and motorbike hire is possible from San José and a few other popular tourist destinations, but it’s not cheap. Costa Rica is the land of tours and has tailored tours for everything, from history tours to those catering for disabled tourists or the LBGT crowd. In smaller towns without public transport, there are generally taxis and bicycles for hire. There is also a train tour that goes from San José to Caldera.