Alajuela Getting There
The Juan Santamaria International Airport is less than two miles from the center of Alajuela. There is an official taxi stand as you exit the international airport. Taxis to Alajuela cost between $5 and $7.
For regional travel within the country, two domestic airlines, Nature Air and Sansa have airports close to town. Sansa is adjacent to the international terminal and Nature Air is located in Pavas, a 20-minute drive from Alajuela.
From the Airport: TUASA buses headed for Alajuela stop at the airport once every 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to ask the driver if the bus is going to Alajuela, as many buses stop there on their way from Alajuela to Heredia or San Jose.
From San Jose: On Avenida 2, between Calles 12/14, TUASA buses depart for Alajuela via the highway. Buses leave every five minutes and almost always stop by the international airport on the way. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs just over $1. Buses depart San Jose starting at 4 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; after 10:30 p.m. buses depart every 30 minutes for the airport. 2442-6900
Station wagon (brown and yellow) buses also depart San Jose for Alajuela from Avenida 2, between Calles 10/12. Buses depart every five to ten minutes, some of which are direct, making no stops en route. Buses depart from 5 a.m. until midnight and cost around $1. 2222-7532
Rental Cars: Several car rental companies have offices in or near the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Travelers should note that car rental fees are higher if renting from a company located within the airport, as an airport tax is added. There are plenty of car rental agencies with offices near the airport that offer clients free hotel and airport pickups.
Directions: From the airport, take Highway 1 and follow signs to Alajuela. The trip takes less than ten minutes.