1. Public bus - the most affordable
There is a bus station near the airport known as "La Radial." Buses going north from San Jose to Puntarenas stop here to pick up more passengers. Take a taxi to the bus station. You will pay the driver in colones - you can get colones from an ATM before you exit the airport terminal. For times: www.thebusschedule.com Look for buses from San Jose to Puntarenas and the bus will arrive at La Radial about 30-45 minutes after leaving San Jose. Around $5
PS: The airport is actually located in Alajuela, not San Jose.
2. Shared van shuttle
They provide hotel-to-hotel transfer service for around $50 - more or less, depending. You can arrange to get picked up at the nearby Holiday Inn Express - about 5 minutes from the airport and a taxi ride of about $2-3. Look at www.interbusonline.com or www.anywherecostarica.com (click on transportation) and check with Montezuma Expeditions.Edited: 03 December 2013, 12:29
The most affordable way by public bus...plenty buses daily and it will take about 1 hour or even less...do not deal with any middle company or tour operator...some of them with nice web sites but design to squeze money from nice people like you...deal direct with travel services providers...avoid middle companies or people...
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