Travelling around Costa Rica

A good road network, public transport system and reliable air travel make it easy…

Getting around in Costa Rica


This is the cheapest way to get around in Costa Rica and is also an easy method. The network is extensive and covers most of the country though you may have to wait a bit longer for services covering more remote areas – this is where planning will come in to maximise your time here. Sometimes going may be a bit slow, but just tap in to the laid back attitude of the Ticos and you will be fine.

Private Bus:

These are easy to book and are widely available. This method of getting around provides a door-to-door service and gives you greater flexibility. You can make the most of your time travelling using this service allowing you to see and do more.


Car hire will allow you to work to your own schedule and have greater freedom to visit remote areas and maximise on your time in Costa Rica. There is so much to see and do here.

Cars can be rented in most towns, depending on the season and how remote you want to go, a 4×4 would be recommended. We strongly advise that you do not drive at night. For the main part the roads in Costa Rica are unlit, this makes it difficult to see pedestrians, animals and also the large omni-present potholes. As Costa Rica is small the longest road journey by car +/- 6 hours and you can always break this up along the way.


Many areas are serviced by light aircraft – this can save you time especially when there is only one road in and out of an area. Travel by road to your final destination and then experience Costa Rica by air when travelling back to San José for your flight home. This scenic and colourful country lends itself beautifully to being viewed from the air.

Sansa has a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans aircraft (single engine) which can accommodate between 9 – 14 passengers each.  Customer service and safety is their priority.  Daily flights are available to all Sansa’s destinations, private charter is also an option.  Opting to fly can cut a 5 hour road transfers to just 20 minutes allowing you to maximise your time in Costa Rica.



For those of you who like to work a little harder on holiday, Costa Rica has become one of Central America’s better cycling destinations. The road network has improved with more paved secondary roads and also the general awareness of cyclists is much improved in recent years.