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There are 5 ways to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  56m

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJO) to Tamarindo (TNO) SJO - TNO

$96 - $254

Cheapest option

Bus Empresa Alfaro  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the bus from San José Terminal 7-10 to Tamarindo Terminal 7-10

$9 - $11

3 alternative options

Bus Trans Nica  •  5h 46m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose Airport to Bomba Liberia
  2. Take the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo Liberia / ...

$20 - $29

Bus TRALAPA Ltda  •  7h 17m

  1. Take the bus from San José to Tamarindo

$10

Drive  •  4h 17m

  1. Drive from Alajuela to Tamarindo 154.3 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo is to bus which costs $10 and takes 7h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo is to fly which costs $95 - $260 and takes 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Alajuela to Tamarindo. However, there are services departing from San Jose Airport and arriving at Tamarindo via Liberia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 46m.

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The distance between Alajuela and Tamarindo is 181 km. The road distance is 246.9 km.

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The best way to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo without a car is to bus which takes 5h 46m and costs $20 - $30.

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It takes approximately 56m to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo, including transfers.

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Alajuela to Tamarindo bus services, operated by Trans Nica, depart from San Jose Airport station.

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The best way to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo is to fly which takes 56m and costs $95 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $30 and takes 5h 46m.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Tamarindo Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Alajuela to Tamarindo bus services, operated by Transportes La Pampa, arrive at Tamarindo station.

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Map of how to get from Alajuela to Tamarindo.
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  • Distance: 113.2 miles
  • Duration: 56m

What companies run services between Alajuela, Costa Rica and Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica?

SANSA flies from Alajuela to Tamarindo 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Alajuela to Tamarindo via Bomba Liberia and Liberia in around 5h 46m.

Airlines
SANSA
Website
flysansa.com
Flights from San Jose to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $330
Bus operators
Transportes La Pampa
Empresa Alfaro
Phone
+506 2222 2666
Website
empresaalfaro.com
Bus from Liberia to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
empresaalfaro.com
Bus from San José Terminal 7-10 to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
empresaalfaro.com
TRALAPA Ltda
Phone
+506 2680 0392
Bus from San José to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9
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Yes, the driving distance between Alajuela to Tamarindo is 247 km. It takes approximately 4h 17m to drive from Alajuela to Tamarindo.

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SANSA offers flights from San Jose Airport to Tamarindo Airport.

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There are 561+ hotels available in Tamarindo. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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