HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA
HOW TO ARRIVE TO COSTA RICA?
The best option is to arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. From SJO you have more options of land shuttles and local flights to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica. The second option is to fly to Liberia (LIR), in the northwest region of Costa Rica, one hour away from Tamarindo and six hours away from Santa Teresa (see Costa Rica map, on your right).
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY PLANE?
SAN JOSE (SJO) – TAMBOR (TMU):
Take a 25’ flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU), this is the closest airport to Santa Teresa, one hour away by land transportation. A one way fly may cost U$S 80 to U$S 120. We can book the flights for you or you can do this directly at FlySansa.com. Do not book via NatureAir.com.
Once in TMU we can arrange a pick-up for USD 60. Our driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. If your flight is delayed we will make sure he waits for you. You can always choose not to book the pick up and bargain with local drivers. You may pay U$S 45-50, not cheaper than that, and you take the risk of not finding any driver upon arrival. Note that TMU airport is just a runway in the middle of the jungle.
LIBERIA (LIR) TO TAMBOR (TMU):
During high season (Dec-Apr) flysansa.com has one or two direct flight connecting Liberia (LIR) to Tambor (TMU. Beyond high season there might be no direct flights connecting LIR to TMU. You will have to fly via San Jose SJO and then connect to TMU. The whole flight itinerary can take up to 4 hours and around U$S 180 for a one way trip. In this case we suggest the 6 hour shuttle bus connecting Liberia with Santa Teresa (high season daily departures at 9 AM or 2 PM, low season only at 9 AM with minimum two passengers) or renting a car. We can also help you booking the shuttle or renting a car. Footnote: life is easier when flying via San Jose SJO.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY LAND?
SAN JOSE (SJO ) – SANTA TERESA:
Direct land shuttles leave from downtown San Jose at 6 am (and 2 pm on high season) and from SJO Airport at 6.30 am (and 2.30 pm on high season), and take 6 to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa. It will drive you from SJO to the port of Puntarenas where you hop off, grab your bags and take a 90′ ferry trip to Paquera. The trip is super easy and nice. Once in Paquera you will hop on to a shuttle bus that will drive you to to Santa Teresa. The cost for a one way trip is USD 60. We suggest booking this through us in case your trip is delay and you need someone to handle the rescheduling of your trip.
LIBERIA (LIR) – SANTA TERESA:
Daily shuttles depart at 8 am (and 2 pm during high season) and requires a minimum of two passengers to depart and the trip usually costs USD 60.
If you are coming from Montezuma, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio or any other destination within Costa Rica let us know and we will help you organize your transportation.
WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA?
Public buses connect San Jose with Santa Teresa twice a day. They leave San Jose downtown station at 6 AM and 2 PM and make their stop in Alajuela (nearby SJO Airport) at 6.30 AM and 2.30 PM. They usually take 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa and a one way trip costs U$S 15. The bus is usually punctual but you better be at the bus stop 15′ to 30′ before and you should double check departing times at https://www.laterminalcostarica.com/.
Taking the bus at SJO Airport can be a little bit tricky or dodgy, specially for solo travelers visiting Costa Rica or Central America for the first time. You must take a taxi from SJO Airport and ask the driver to drop you off at “Puente Villa Bonita” (Villa Bonita bridge) bus stop. Taxi should cost around U$S 10 and you will have to wait the bus by the highway as shown in the picture on the left. There is no proper bus stop, signage nor shelter. I would only take this option if you are used to traveling solo or if you are really on a tight budget. Otherwise, go for the shuttle bus that will pick you up at SJO Airport and we can always contact them directly if it is needed.
Before booking make sure you have planned your logistics from your arrival airport to Santa Teresa. Avoid misunderstanding and incurring in costs that you can avoid if you plan accordingly.
Plan your arrival flight as early as possible, in order to make it to the land shuttles or local flights. Otherwise it may be necessary to schedule a night in SJO, as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (i.e. after 3 pm). Similarly, your departure flight should be planned the latest you can in your departing day so that you can leave your hotel in Santa Teresa early in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon to SJO for your international flight. Otherwise you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa.
You can book all your local flights and land transportation with us. Let us know your flight schedule and we will help you plan your logistics in the most cost and time efficient way. Check our location in Goolge Maps here.
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