There are 5 ways to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago by bus, train, taxi or car

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Bus via La Sabana  •  1 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría to Parque Metropolitano La Sabana San José-Alajuela
  2. Take the bus from San José to Cartago San José / ...

$2

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Bus  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Juan Santamaría International Airport to San José San José-Alajuela
  2. Take the bus from San José to Cartago San José / ...

$2

Bus, train  •  2 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Juan Santamaría International Airport to San José San José-Alajuela
  2. Take the train from Estación Atlántico to Cartago San José

$3

Taxi  •  43 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago 25.5 miles

$50 - $65

Drive  •  43 min

  1. Drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago 25.5 miles

$3 - $6

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The cheapest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago is to bus which costs $2 and takes 1 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago is to taxi which costs $50 - $65 and takes 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago. However, there are services departing from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría and arriving at Cartago via La Sabana and San José. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 25 min.

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The distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) and Cartago is 35 km. The road distance is 40.8 km.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago without a car is to bus which takes 1 h 25 min and costs $2.

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It takes approximately 1 h 25 min to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago, including transfers.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago bus services, operated by Station Wagon, depart from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría station.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago bus services, operated by Autotransportes Lumaca, S.A., arrive at Cartago station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago is 41 km. It takes approximately 43 min to drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago.

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There are 287+ hotels available in Cartago. Prices start at $28 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago.
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  • Distance: 21.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 25 min

What companies run services between San Jose Airport (SJO), Costa Rica and Cartago, Costa Rica?

You can take a bus from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago via Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, La Sabana, and San José in around 1 h 25 min.

Train operators
Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles
Phone
+506 25425818
Train from Estación Atlántico to Cartago
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
incofer.go.cr
Bus operators
Station Wagon
Phone
+506 2441-1181
Bus from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría to Parque Metropolitano La Sabana
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
facebook.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría to San José Station Wagon
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
facebook.com
Autotransportes Lumaca, S.A.
Phone
(506) 44049950
Email
servicioalcliente@lumaca.cr
Website
lumaca.cr
Bus from San José to Cartago
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
lumaca.cr
TUASA
Phone
+506 2442-6900
Website
sanjosecostarica.org
Bus from Juan Santamaría International Airport to San José
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
sanjosecostarica.org
Other operators
Taxi from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Cartago
Ave. Duration
43 min
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Taxis Coopeirazú
Phone
+506 2254 3211
Taxis Tibás
Phone
+506 2235 9966

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