There are 6 ways to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya by plane, bus, car or towncar

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Fly, bus  •  2h 3m

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJO) to Tamarindo (TNO) SJO - TNO
  2. Take the bus from Santa Cruz to Nicoya

$146 - $350

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Bus  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose to Nicoya San Jose

$7 - $9

4 alternative options

Bus via Sardinal  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Real Cariari to Sardinal San Jose
  2. Take the bus from Filadelfia to Nicoya 550 Nicoya / ...

$8 - $10

Pulmitan de Liberia, bus  •  7h 52m

  1. Take the Pulmitan de Liberia from San Jose to Pulmitan de Liberia San Jose Terminal Pulmitan
  2. Take the bus from Liberia to Nicoya 550 Nicoya / ...

$9 - $14

Drive  •  3h 12m

  1. Drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya 193.1 km

$18 - $27

Towncar  •  3h 12m

  1. Take a town car from San Jose Airport to Nicoya 193.1 km

$108 - $113

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The cheapest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya is to bus which costs $7 - $10 and takes 6h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya is to fly and bus which costs $140 - $350 and takes 2h 3m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya. However, there are services departing from Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría and arriving at Nicoya via Real Cariari, Sardinal and Filadelfia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 12m.

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The distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) and Nicoya is 138 km. The road distance is 193.1 km.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya without a car is to bus via Sardinal which takes 6h 12m and costs $8 - $10.

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It takes approximately 2h 3m to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya, including transfers.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya bus services, operated by Transmonteverde, depart from Real Cariari station.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Tamarindo Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya bus services, operated by Transportes La Pampa, arrive at Nicoya station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya is 193 km. It takes approximately 3h 12m to drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya.

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Map of how to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya.
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  • Distance: 137.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 3m

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

You can take a bus from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Nicoya via Real Cariari, Sardinal, and Filadelfia in around 6h 12m.

Airlines
Skyway
Website
skywaycr.com
Flights from San Jose to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Bus operators
Transportes La Pampa
Website
transporteslapampa.net
Bus from Santa Cruz to Nicoya
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
transporteslapampa.com
Bus from Filadelfia to Nicoya
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
transporteslapampa.com
Bus from Liberia to Nicoya
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
transporteslapampa.com
Transmonteverde
Phone
+506 2645 7447
Email
transmonteverde@yahoo.com
Website
transmonteverde.com
Bus from Real Cariari to Sardinal
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
facebook.com
Empresa Alfaro
Phone
+506 2222 2666
Website
empresaalfaro.com
Bus from San Jose to Nicoya
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
empresaalfaro.com
Grupo Caribeños
Phone
(506) 2222-0610
Email
info@caribeños.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from San Jose to Pulmitan de Liberia
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
facebook.com
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers
Towncar from San Jose Airport to Nicoya
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$108 - $113

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Skyway offers flights from San Jose Airport to Tamarindo Airport.

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