San Jose Getting There
The Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) was completely renovated in 2010 and is served by fifteen major airlines. Generally speaking, ticket prices from the States are more expensive during the high season (December-April), especially around Christmas, New Year’s (January 1), and Easter week. Note that the international airport is in Alajuela, a 20-minute drive from San Jose.
A taxi into San Jose costs around $25, while public buses will set you back just over $1 and pass the airport every ten minutes. Look for red TUASA and yellow Station Wagon buses, both of which stop directly in front of the arrivals terminal, beyond the car park area. For travelers with lots of heavy or oversized luggage, it is recommended that you take a taxi, as many public buses have limited cargo space or staff to assist with baggage.
Many of the major car rental agencies have booths at the airport to facilitate convenient pick ups and returns.