The Transportation to & from Montezuma:

If you are coming from the International airport in San Jose you have many options to come all the way to Montezuma:

- Land Transportation:

Minivan private or regular daily shuttle (the regular services only departs at 9.00 am from San Jose, so if you arrive after this time you will have to arrange a private transportation or spend one night in the San Jose area and take the shuttle the following day). The program is San Jose to Puntarenas, then in Puntarenas take the ferry to Paquera, the ferry takes around 1.5 hours crossing the Nicoya Golf all the way to Paquera, there you will travel by land again, passing thru Tambor, Cobano and finally Montezuma. A total journey of 6-7 hours.

Without Accommodations

  • 9:15 AM shuttle from SJO Airport (9:30 AM from hotels in San Jose) - $55
  • Chartered afternoon shuttle from SJO Airport or San Jose - ($250) for first three people; $50 ($55 high season) per person for 4 or more people.
  • Directly shuttle with the minibus traveling in the ferry with all your luggage up to 5 passgers: $300

Shuttle Pack

Includes accommodations at Hotel located in Alajuela (10 minutes from SJO airport), breakfast in the morning and shuttle:

  • One person - $80
  • Two people - $65 per person
  • Three people  - $60 per person

**Important Note**  Your flight must arrive before 4:00 PM on Sunday to charter an afternoon shuttle.  For the shuttle pack, you may arrive at any time on Saturday.  The Hotel will pay your cab fare from the airport once you arrive.

- By Land and Ocean:

Other way of traveling, if you like a little bit of adventure or you want to get to Montezuma very fast, is traveling from San Jose to Jaco beach and then take the Taxi Boat or like some people call it: the “speed boat” from Jaco (Herradura beach) to Montezuma.

From San Jose all the way to Herradura beach is only 1.5 hours and the speed boat is only 50 minutes all the way to Montezuma. A total journey of 2-3 hours.


- By Air:

Both Sansa and Nature Air have daily flights to Tambor airport, which is located 30 minutes driving from Montezuma.  Sansa flies from SJO International airport.  Nature Air flies from another airport in Pavas, 30 minutes away from SJO. The cab fare from Tambor airport to Montezuma proper is approximately $60USD

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- By Direct Bus:

There is daily, direct service between San Jose and Montezuma through Transporte Rodriguez (506) 2642-0740; (506) 2642-0219).  The trip takes approximately 5.5 hours, including a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera. 

You must first take a bus ($1) or official (red or orange) taxi ($22) from the airport to the “Coca Cola” bus station.  From there, you need to take the bus headed for Cobano, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and Montezuma. 

You will be making a stop in Puntarenas to hop on the ferry.  After enjoying the views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the upper deck, your bus will meet you on the other side to bring you to Montezuma.  Stay on your toes because you will have to change buses in Cobano for the last 30 minutes of the journey.

The bus and ferry cost approximately $10 combined.  Buses depart at 7:00 AM and 2:30 PM.  Make sure to call ahead for any schedule changes (happens often).  Reservations are not available, so arrive early for tickets.


- By Public Transportation:

Well this is pretty much the way you do not want to travel, is uncomfortable, hot, and is a headache but can be very inexpensive. Take any bus to Puntarenas, then take a taxi to the ferry deck, buy your tickets to the Paquera ferry, as soon as you get to Paquera the public bus will be waiting for you and will bring you all the way to Montezuma. The last ferry that matches the public bus is at 2.30 pm from Puntarenas, if you take the following ferry, 4.30 pm, you will have to pay a taxi all the way from Paquera to Montezuma. A total journey of 8-10 hours.

Make sure you arrange your transportation to Montezuma in advance, this will help you save time and money and enjoy the most out of your adventure in Costa Rica.

 Montezuma Beach

Waterfall Montezuma

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