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With the verdant rainforest forming a rich backdrop to miles of gorgeous coastline, Costa Rica offers one-of-a-kind experience to all those who venture to this wondrous haven. So whether it’s high adventure that you seek or deep relaxation, the beautiful country provides boundless excitement and ultimate pleasure for a Costa Rica vacation of a lifetime. While travelling in Costa Rica can be both challenging and fun, it allows you at the same time to discover the country in so many exciting ways.

How much time it really takes you to travel in the country, really depends on the road conditions, traffic and the weather. Travelling in the dry season is preferable as unpaved roads tend to get washed away during the rainy season. Costa Rica has an excellent public transportation system as well as a private tourism buses and for those who want to explore the country on their own – car rentals are also available. Still those who prefer to travel in luxury and avoid any hassle can take direct flights from the various airports and experience a luxury vacation.

Whether you travel by a plane, car or take a bus, the table given below provides you with the approximate time table it takes to travel from one city to another city in Costa Rica.

Click on the city name to see the Time / Distance Chart for that city.

Carara National Park
Damas Island
Dominical
Esterillos Este
Golfito
Jaco
La Fortuna de San Carlos
Liberia
Monteverde
Peñas Blancas
Playa Hermosa
Playa Manzanillo
Puerto Caldera
Puntarenas
Quepos
Samara
San Gerardo de Dota
San Jose Downtown
San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria)
Santa Elena
Tamarindo
Tibas

Time Distance Chart

 
From Carara National Park:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas12 miles / 20 km   18 min 24 min
 
 
From Damas Island:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas32 miles / 51 km   45 min1 hr
 
 
From Dominical:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Cartago, Cartago87 miles / 139 km  3 hr 4 hr
Golfito, South Puntarenas95 miles / 152 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas62 miles / 100 km  1 hr 30 min2 hr
Puerto Jimenez, South Puntarenas109 miles / 175 km  3 hr 42 min4 hr 18 min
Quepos, North Puntarenas28 miles / 45 km   42 min1 hr
San Isidro del General de Pérez Zeledón, North Puntarenas18 miles / 28 km  1 hr 30 min2 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose101 miles / 162 km  4 hr 5 hr
 
 
From Esterillos Este:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas15 miles / 24 km   24 min 36 min
Quepos, North Puntarenas24 miles / 39 km   36 min 45 min
 
 
From Golfito:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Buenos Aires, South Puntarenas91 miles / 146 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Matapalo, South Puntarenas94 miles / 150 km   30 min
Ferry: 1 hr
Pavones, South Puntarenas62 miles / 100 km  1 hr 48 min2 hr 30 min
Playa Zancudo, South Puntarenas47 miles / 75 km  1 hr
Ferry: 1 hr 30 min
Puerto Jimenez, South Puntarenas79 miles / 127 km  
Ferry: 1 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose193 miles / 309 km  6 hr 7 hr
 
 
From Jaco:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Carara National Park, North Puntarenas12 miles / 20 km   18 min 24 min
Damas Island, North Puntarenas32 miles / 51 km   54 min1 hr 6 min
Dominical, South Puntarenas66 miles / 105 km  1 hr 30 min2 hr
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas47 miles / 75 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 24 min
Monteverde, North Puntarenas97 miles / 155 km  2 hr 2 hr 36 min
Playa Herradura, North Puntarenas4 miles / 7 km   12 min 12 min
Puerto Caldera, North Puntarenas31 miles / 50 km   57 min1 hr 12 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas47 miles / 75 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 30 min
Quepos, North Puntarenas44 miles / 70 km  1 hr 1 hr 12 min
San Jose Downtown, San Jose73 miles / 117 km  1 hr 36 min2 hr 6 min
Tamarindo, Guanacaste152 miles / 243 km  3 hr 3 hr 24 min
Tambor, North Puntarenas106 miles / 169 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
Ferry: 1 hr 12 min
 
 
From La Fortuna de San Carlos:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas109 miles / 175 km  2 hr 18 min2 hr 30 min
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas153 miles / 245 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Monteverde, North Puntarenas101 miles / 162 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas71 miles / 113 km  2 hr 30 min3 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose94 miles / 150 km 30 min 
Taxi: 6 min
3 hr 30 min3 hr 30 min
Tamarindo, Guanacaste138 miles / 220 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
 
 
From Liberia:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela125 miles / 200 km1 hr 12 min 
Taxi: 6 min
3 hr 12 min3 hr 42 min
Dominical, South Puntarenas193 miles / 309 km  6 hr 7 hr
Golfito, South Puntarenas288 miles / 461 km2 hr 12 min 
Taxi: 6 min
9 hr 10 hr
Heredia, Heredia128 miles / 205 km  2 hr 30 min3 hr
Jaco, North Puntarenas121 miles / 193 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela91 miles / 145 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Liberia International Airport (Daniel Oduber), Guanacaste3 miles / 5 km   6 min 6 min
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas164 miles / 263 km1 hr 30 min 
Taxi: 12 min
4 hr 12 min5 hr
Monteverde, North Puntarenas88 miles / 140 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Nicoya, Guanacaste52 miles / 83 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 42 min
Peñas Blancas, Guanacaste48 miles / 77 km  2 hr 12 min2 hr 30 min
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste53 miles / 85 km   54 min1 hr 12 min
Playa Panama, Guanacaste28 miles / 45 km   48 min1 hr
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste38 miles / 60 km   42 min1 hr
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas82 miles / 132 km  1 hr 42 min2 hr
San Gerardo de Dota, San Jose189 miles / 302 km  6 hr 12 min7 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose136 miles / 217 km1 hr 12 min 
Taxi: 6 min
3 hr 30 min4 hr
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste35 miles / 56 km   42 min1 hr
Tamarindo, Guanacaste43 miles / 69 km  1 hr 1 hr 30 min
 
 
From Monteverde:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Escazu, San Jose79 miles / 127 km  2 hr 24 min3 hr
Jaco, North Puntarenas94 miles / 150 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela101 miles / 162 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Liberia, Guanacaste88 miles / 140 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas141 miles / 225 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas50 miles / 80 km  2 hr 30 min2 hr 30 min
San Jose Downtown, San Jose105 miles / 168 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria), Alajuela88 miles / 140 km  2 hr 36 min3 hr 18 min
Tamarindo, Guanacaste109 miles / 175 km  3 hr 3 hr 30 min
 
 
From Peñas Blancas:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela173 miles / 277 km  4 hr 4 hr 30 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela155 miles / 248 km  4 hr 30 min5 hr
Liberia, Guanacaste48 miles / 77 km  2 hr 12 min2 hr 30 min
Punta Islita Domestic Airport, Guanacaste134 miles / 215 km  4 hr
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas131 miles / 210 km  2 hr 42 min3 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose190 miles / 304 km  4 hr 30 min5 hr
 
 
From Playa Hermosa:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas2 miles / 4 km   6 min 6 min
Quepos, North Puntarenas37 miles / 59 km  1 hr 1 hr 6 min
 
 
From Playa Manzanillo:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Mal Pais, North Puntarenas6 miles / 10 km  15 hr 20 hr
Santa Teresa, North Puntarenas4 miles / 7 km  10 hr 15 hr
 
 
From Puerto Caldera:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas31 miles / 50 km  1 hr 1 hr 12 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas9 miles / 15 km   18 min 24 min
 
 
From Puntarenas:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Jaco, North Puntarenas47 miles / 75 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 30 min
Liberia, Guanacaste82 miles / 132 km  1 hr 42 min2 hr
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas96 miles / 154 km  1 hr 30 min2 hr
Quepos, North Puntarenas88 miles / 140 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
San Jose Downtown, San Jose69 miles / 110 km  1 hr 30 min2 hr
San Ramon, Alajuela33 miles / 53 km  1 hr 6 min1 hr 30 min
 
 
From Quepos:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Damas Island, North Puntarenas8 miles / 12 km   12 min 18 min
Dominical, South Puntarenas28 miles / 45 km   36 min 54 min
Esterillos Este, North Puntarenas24 miles / 39 km   36 min 48 min
Golfito, South Puntarenas122 miles / 195 km  4 hr 4 hr 30 min
Jaco, North Puntarenas39 miles / 63 km  1 hr 1 hr 6 min
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas9 miles / 14 km   12 min 18 min
Playa Hermosa, North Puntarenas37 miles / 59 km   57 min1 hr 3 min
Playa Herradura, North Puntarenas44 miles / 70 km  1 hr 9 min1 hr 18 min
Playa Uvita, South Puntarenas125 miles / 200 km  1 hr 1 hr 30 min
San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria), Alajuela119 miles / 190 km 30 min 2 hr 48 min3 hr 12 min
 
 
From Samara:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela139 miles / 222 km  3 hr 54 min4 hr 42 min
Cartago, Cartago164 miles / 262 km  5 hr 30 min6 hr
Heredia, Heredia146 miles / 234 km  4 hr 12 min4 hr 42 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela166 miles / 265 km  5 hr 12 min6 hr
Liberia, Guanacaste75 miles / 120 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
Monteverde, North Puntarenas95 miles / 152 km  4 hr 4 hr 12 min
Nicoya, Guanacaste23 miles / 37 km   30 min 42 min
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste70 miles / 112 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas97 miles / 155 km  2 hr 30 min3 hr
San Jose Downtown, San Jose149 miles / 239 km  4 hr 12 min5 hr
Tamarindo, Guanacaste68 miles / 109 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
Tambor, North Puntarenas56 miles / 90 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
 
 
From San Gerardo de Dota:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela64 miles / 102 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
Cahuita, Limon161 miles / 258 km  5 hr 12 min6 hr
Cartago, Cartago39 miles / 62 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 30 min
Ciudad Quesada ( San Carlos ), Alajuela99 miles / 158 km  3 hr 6 min3 hr 36 min
Dominical, South Puntarenas48 miles / 77 km  1 hr 12 min1 hr 36 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela128 miles / 204 km  4 hr 6 min4 hr 48 min
Limon Domestic Airport, Limon135 miles / 216 km  4 hr 4 hr 48 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas81 miles / 130 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
San Isidro del General de Pérez Zeledón, North Puntarenas31 miles / 49 km   48 min1 hr 6 min
San Jose Downtown, San Jose32 miles / 52 km  1 hr 45 min2 hr 18 min
Turrialba, Cartago67 miles / 107 km  2 hr 6 min2 hr 36 min
 
 
From San Jose Downtown:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela9 miles / 15 km   30 min 36 min
Cahuita, Limon252 miles / 403 km  4 hr 30 min4 hr 30 min
Cahuita National Park, Limon252 miles / 403 km  4 hr 30 min4 hr 30 min
Cañas, Guanacaste118 miles / 189 km  3 hr 3 hr
Cartago, Cartago12 miles / 20 km   36 min 42 min
Golfito, South Puntarenas193 miles / 309 km1 hr  
Taxi: 6 min
9 hr 9 hr
Heredia, Heredia9 miles / 15 km   24 min 30 min
Jaco, North Puntarenas73 miles / 117 km  1 hr 1 hr 30 min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela94 miles / 150 km 30 min 
Taxi: 6 min
3 hr 30 min3 hr 30 min
Liberia, Guanacaste136 miles / 217 km 48 min 
Taxi: 6 min
2 hr 30 min3 hr
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas120 miles / 192 km 30 min 
Taxi: 12 min
2 hr 6 min2 hr 30 min
Monteverde, North Puntarenas105 miles / 168 km  3 hr 12 min3 hr 30 min
Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste158 miles / 252 km 48 min 
Taxi: 1 hr
5 hr 5 hr
Poás Volcano National Park, Alajuela32 miles / 51 km  1 hr 18 min1 hr 30 min
Puerto Limon, Limon88 miles / 141 km  3 hr 30 min3 hr 30 min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon256 miles / 410 km  4 hr 30 min4 hr 30 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas72 miles / 115 km  1 hr 30 min1 hr 48 min
Quepos, North Puntarenas116 miles / 185 km 30 min 2 hr 12 min2 hr 30 min
Santa Elena, North Puntarenas103 miles / 165 km  3 hr 12 min3 hr 30 min
Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste168 miles / 269 km 48 min 
Taxi: 30 min
4 hr 30 min4 hr 30 min
Tamarindo, Guanacaste171 miles / 274 km 48 min 4 hr 30 min5 hr
Tambor, North Puntarenas103 miles / 165 km 24 min 3 hr 3 hr
Tilaran, Guanacaste119 miles / 190 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Turrialba, Cartago44 miles / 70 km  2 hr 2 hr
 
 
From San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria):

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Monteverde, North Puntarenas88 miles / 140 km  2 hr 36 min3 hr 18 min
Santa Elena, North Puntarenas86 miles / 137 km  2 hr 30 min3 hr 30 min
 
 
From Santa Elena:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, North Puntarenas4 miles / 7 km   12 min
San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria), Alajuela86 miles / 137 km  2 hr 30 min3 hr 30 min
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, North Puntarenas8 miles / 12 km   18 min 24 min
 
 
From Tamarindo:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
Alajuela, Alajuela161 miles / 257 km 48 min 
Taxi: 6 min
4 hr 18 min4 hr 42 min
Dominical, South Puntarenas223 miles / 357 km  4 hr 48 min5 hr 18 min
Jaco, North Puntarenas152 miles / 243 km  2 hr 42 min3 hr
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela134 miles / 214 km  4 hr 4 hr 30 min
Liberia, Guanacaste47 miles / 75 km  1 hr 1 hr 30 min
Manuel Antonio, North Puntarenas196 miles / 314 km1 hr 12 min 
Taxi: 6 min
3 hr 3 hr 30 min
Monteverde, North Puntarenas112 miles / 180 km  3 hr 30 min4 hr
Nicoya, Guanacaste45 miles / 72 km   1 hr 30 min
Boat: 1 hr
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste38 miles / 61 km  1 hr 1 hr 18 min
Puntarenas, North Puntarenas119 miles / 190 km  2 hr 48 min3 hr
Samara, Guanacaste68 miles / 109 km  2 hr 2 hr 30 min
San Jose Downtown, San Jose171 miles / 274 km 48 min 
Taxi: 6 min
4 hr 30 min5 hr
 
 
From Tibas:

ToDistancePlaneCarBus
San Jose Downtown, San Jose2 miles / 3 km   6 min 12 min
 

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