Costa Rica Living – Whether you prefer to save money or time, travel alone or with tourists or with locals, there are many transportation options in Costa Rica.
Taxis are convenient and affordable when going from place to place in the same city. Authorized cabs are red and have meters to show how much you owe. Don’t take illegal cabs, those of other colors or without meters. Make sure the driver starts the meter, “la maria.”
Public buses are even cheaper but you’ll need to have a working level of Spanish to avoid getting lost.
Shared shuttles are popular among tourists and tend to cost about $50 from one tourist town to another, such as San Jose to Manuel Antonio. Interbus and Gray Line are shuttle companies.
Domestic flights are the quickest way to get somewhere remote like Drake Bay, Tortuguero or Osa.
Boats and ferries also go to remote locations. A birds eye view cannot compare to the beauty seen by bus or boat.
And of course in and around San Jose there are trains that can take you to the suburbs of the capital of Costa Rica.