Costa Rica is one of the world’s top vacation destinations. This tiny country is packed with amazing opportunities for fun and exploring such as steamy volcano craters, mystical rainforests, and pristine beaches, all accessible by renting a car or by hiring a private transportation service.
The only question remaining is: how to see it all? Fortunately, Costa Rica’s tourism industry is thriving. There are different transportation options to choose from to make your travels smooth and hassle-free.
The Most Comfortable Transportation Option
Renting a car is the easiest and most comfortable option for getting around. What’s more, Adobe Rent a Car’s airport shuttle service is complimentary with your car rental. We offer both a Liberia (LIR) airport shuttle and a San Jose (SJO) airport shuttle. An Adobe Rent a Car Shuttle Bus will be waiting to transfer you to their airport office when and wherever you land.
Many travelers spend their first night close to the airport and use their hotel’s airport transfer service. In this case, Adobe Rent a Car can deliver your rental car to your hotel or residence the next day. This service is free of charge within a 12-mile radius of the Adobe office.
Other Transportation Services
- Shared shuttle services
- Private shuttle services
Interbus is a local transportation company that offers airport transfer services to your hotel if needed. The fee is determined by the number of passengers and the hotel’s location.
After renting a car, private and shared shuttle transportation services are the second-most popular transportation option. Many companies offer two different door to door transportation (hotel to hotel) options:
shared shuttle service and private shuttle service.
There are many Costa Rica shuttle reviews. Passengers pay reasonable rates and enjoy friendly drivers that know the area and are sometimes bilingual. If you’re traveling in a big group, however, shared shuttles can get expensive. In this case, renting a car or taking a private shuttle is best.
Remember that shared shuttle service may take longer than traveling by car or other private transportation options. Frequent stops to accommodate the other passengers are common.
Private and shared shuttle buses will pick you up at your hotel and deliver you to your final destination. If you’re staying at a hard to reach hotel, far from town, you may pay an additional fee. Children usually pay a discounted rate. Don’t forget to request a baby seat booster ahead of time if needed.
Shared shuttle routes run between San José or Liberia and popular destinations. They leave at a set time and can accommodate only a certain number of passengers each trip. So reserve your space ahead of time to ensure your seat.
Common daily shared shuttles go to and from the country’s most popular destinations.These include shuttles to Manuel Antonio/Quepos, shuttles to La Fortuna/Arenal, shuttles to Jaco, shuttles to Monteverde, shuttles to Montezuma/Mal Pais, and shuttles to Liberia and Tamarindo.
Private shuttle service, on the other hand, is more flexible than shared transportation. You can choose your final destination. Departure and arrival times are also flexible, and most companies allow stops for bathroom or snack breaks and picture taking.
Private shuttle services – Things to consider
Private transfers charge for the route and a fixed number of passengers. Additional passengers pay an additional fee. For example, one private shuttle company charges $300 from Manuel Antonio to San José for four passengers. Each additional passenger pays $10.
Compare that to Adobe Rent a Car. You can rent a Hyundai H1 Minivan seating up to 9 passengers for around $100 per day. This includes taxes, insurance, and Costa Rica’s mandatory liability coverage! Save big with Adobe and enjoy the freedom and security of having your own transportation.
What’s more, many popular Costa Rica destinations can only be reached by rental car or private transportation. The public bus system is an option but may take significantly longer and changing buses will be required.
Private or shared shuttle service can be expensive. Especially if you’re traveling in a large group and want to visit multiple destinations. For this reason, Adobe Rent a Car offers 9-passenger minivans, like the Hyundai H1 to rent. You and your group will have the freedom to travel the country on your own terms – and save money!