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Heredia Getting There


The Juan Santamaria International Airport is located six miles west of downtown Heredia, in Alajuela. An official airport taxi stand is located just outside of the airport, and the orange taxis will take you downtown for approximately $15, depending on destination. On the main road, just a few steps from the airport exit, official red taxis are available – make sure to ask that they use the meter (la maria).

Two domestic airlines, Nature Air and SANSA also have airports close to town. SANSA is adjacent to the international terminal and Nature Air’s airport is located in Pavas, about a 30-minute drive from Heredia.


From the Airport: Red TUASA buses pass directly in front of the airport every 15 minutes – make sure to look for ones marked Heredia. Before boarding, ask the driver if he is heading to Heredia, as the bus also passes by leaving Heredia.

From San Jose: Several bus companies serve the San Jose-Heredia bus route, but the most frequent leave from Calle 1, Avenidas 7/9 and Calle 4, Avenidas 5/7. Buses run every 10 minutes (or when full) between 5 a.m. and midnight. The fare is approximately $.90.

Rapidos Heredianos: 2233-8392
Busetas Heredianas: 2261-7171
University of Costa Rica Buses (from San Pedro): 2237-3410


From the airport, head east, following directions through San Joaquin into Heredia. Depending on traffic, the six-mile trip should take 20-30 minutes. Tourists with a current license in their home country and a valid passport can rent a car at any of Costa Rica’s many agencies.Travelers should note that airport pick-up often includes an airport tax. 

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