The train is an important means of transportation throughout Costa Rica as it allows workers to get to their places of employment quicker and more efficiently.
While Costa Rica is a relatively small country in Central America, it is still home to a wide variety of businesses and companies, particularly in the Free Trade Zone and Business Park. This area is situated just three miles from the Juan Santamaria International Airport
. In this location, there is a significant concentration of businesses including HP, IBM, Boston Scientific and ICT Group.
Inland Costa Rica and the capital city of San Jose
can also be popular tourist destinations, as they are home to many of the country's museums
, concert and theater venues, and it is the perfect place to go on day trips
to the many volcanoes or National Parks.
Easy to Get Around
As a result of the booming business and activities in Costa Rica, transportation throughout the country is critical, and bus and car services are excellent means of getting around. However, perhaps the most efficient way to travel is by taking the train, and the Belén Commuter Train helps link people from two major cities.
In 1991, the railroad network in Costa Rica was significantly damaged during an earthquake in the province of Limon
, which led to the operation being suspended in 1995. Since 2000, however, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) has worked to resume the service and make it a popular means of transportation once more.
Connecting San Jose
The commuter train will be beneficial for tourists and residents alike as it will connect the community of Heredia
to the capital city of San Jose
. With the roads becoming increasingly congested due to construction work and the influx of people, this train will help make travel between these two cities much easier. Likewise, the train system should help to open up the roadways, as more people will choose this form of transportation in order to commute to work on a daily basis.
The starting cost for a one-way trip on the train is just $0.70, and the commuter rail runs between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., then between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. every 30 minutes. The service will run from Monday to Friday between Belén
(near Heredia) and San Pedro
(near San Jose).