Juan Santamaria Airport, Costa Rica - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Juan Santamaria Airport

The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) west of San José, and two miles (3km) south of Alajuela.

Airport Taxis

Local company Taxi Aeropuerto is the only licensed operator at the airport. They provide a 24 hour service. Tel: +(506) 2222-6865; email: info@taxiaeropuerto.com

Car Rental

Car rental is available.

City Transfers

There are frequent public buses and airport taxis are also available.


Tel: +506 443 0840.

Departure Tax
US$26, or the Colon equivalent.

There is a currency exchange booth and ATMs in the airport terminal, as well as a souvenir store, duty-free, a food court and coffee bar.

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

The Costa Rican Colón (CRC) is divided into 100 céntimos and is the official currency, although US Dollars are also widely accepted. US Dollars and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks and many hotels. Banks charge a service fee for cashing travellers cheques and currency other than US$ is difficult to exchange. Using black market exchange options is risky as they have been known to pass on counterfeit bills printed in Colombia. Banks close anywhere from 3pm to 6pm. Major credit cards are widely accepted, although American Express and Diners Club might be more limited. ATMs are available in major towns throughout the country, but it is advisable to always have some local cash handy.

Local time is GMT -6.

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