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Carpool from San Jose airport to Montezuma

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Rochester, New York
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Carpool from San Jose airport to Montezuma

We're arriving in San Jose airport, Monday, August 22 at 10:40 am, coming in from Newark, NJ. We want to get right to Montezuma, but local buses don't seem to run past 11 am that day. There are other bus options, but we are not experienced with Costa Rica or its transportation system and would like to keep things as simple as possible. We are also aware of the 2pm bus from Coca Cola terminal, but would like to avoid there with all the negative comments about it.

We know that carpooling through Costa Rica shuttles is an option and they offer a private service(the normal shuttle leaves at 9am), door-to-door, for $170 during the off season.

We are wondering if anyone will be going at this time and would want to split this private shuttle to Montezuma or a nearby area. If we coordinate early enough we can put in a reservation for a shuttle and split it. I believe for 4 people it comes to be about $42.50 a person.

Feel free to message us if you are interested or just want to get more information from us before committing!

Montezuma, Costa...
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1. Re: Carpool from San Jose airport to Montezuma


If you coordinate this, great!

If not - don't be too afraid of the Coca Cola option. The area is not too nice, but if you get a taxi right into the station (just ask and they will take you right inside). Watch your stuff every second, but you are in no danger. There is a police presence there and while they don't/can't prevent petty theft, they do prevent violence.

The direct bus leaves CC at 6am & 2pm. I do this trip as a lone female all the time.

The downside is getting a taxi into Coca Cola, just to come back out the same way.

If you do manage a car share - maybe appeal to people going to Santa Teresa or Malpais also - they both are nearby and you will just have to split up in Cobano (7 km from Montezuma, 10 or so from Malpais).

Feel free to PM me for anymore details

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2. Re: Carpool from San Jose airport to Montezuma

Another option if noone else is interested, for about the same price as a private shuttle but a lot faster, is to hop the 1 PM flight on SANSA Air to Tambor. Its a 33 minute flight and the tickets are $66 each. A taxi into Montezuma should run about $40 but you should arrange in advance with your hotel to have someone onsite to meet the flight.

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