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Taxis and Transfers in San Jose, Costa Rica

Unbeatable Fare for your San Jose Airport Taxi


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

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  • 20 minute gap between transfers

    Following each ride, our drivers have at least 20 minutes to thoroughly clean the surfaces of the car and ventilate the cabin.

  • Regular Car Sanitisation

    Our drivers thoroughly sanitise and disinfect cars according to Welcome Safety Protocol

  • Contactless ride

    When you book, you can request to have zero contact with the driver during the transfer with just one click. In this case, the driver won’t help you with your luggage or shake hands.

  • Sanitiser in every car

    We provide hand sanitisers and hand wipes for all our travellers. Our drivers have their own sanitiser, which they use before and after every ride

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Direct transfer from San Jose airport

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and biodiverse rich places in the world. So wanting to start your trip as soon as you can is normal! That is why we offer direct, fast and hassle-free transfers from San Jose airport. 

As soon as you’ve collected your luggage, you can make your way to the arrivals hall, where your personal driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. Even if your flight is delayed, your driver will be monitoring your plane, so they will always be there when you land. 

After helping you carry your luggage to your pre-selected vehicle, you can begin your San Jose airport taxi ride into the city centre. While you sit back and relax, your local driver will answer any questions you may have and share valuable inside information on what to do and see whilst in the city. With all your transfer needs taken care of by Welcome Pickups, all you need to do is enjoy the scenery as you make your way directly to your San Jose hotel.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
5.40 €
5.40 €
22 €
22 €
35 MIN
95 €
95 €
95 MIN

A perfect San Jose airport taxi for your group

Welcome has a large fleet of San Jose Costa Rica airport taxi sizes to suit each and every group. If you’re travelling with a standard group of 4 or less, you can enjoy a transfer in one of our stylish sedans. On the other hand, if your group is up to 8 people, you can all fit comfortably inside one of our spacious minivans.

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Directions from San Jose airport (SJO)

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), also known as San Jose airport, is the main international airport that operates in the capital of Costa Rica. The airport is located 17 km away from the city centre, so your San Jose taxi transfer shouldn’t take longer than 35 minutes. After leaving the airport compound, your driver will get onto Autopista General Cañas/Route 1 for 800m. They will then take a left and follow Route 1 to Av 6, which eventually merges into Autopista General Cañas/Route 1. Finally, your driver will take Av 10 into the heart of San Jose, Costa Rica, and will follow the local roads to reach your hotel or accommodation.

Why choose a San Jose airport taxi?

Wasting your time standing in ticket lines, haggling with local taxi drivers in San Jose or trying to navigate the slow public transportation system is definitely not the best start to an ideal vacation. That’s why we provide fully personalised, direct and fast San Jose airport transfers at unbeatable prices. Giving you lots of time to make the most of Costa Rica.

San Jose airport taxi fare

The local San Jose taxi service does not offer flat-rate fees for the journey into the city centre. Instead, they calculate their taxi rates using a taximeter, based on the distance travelled. The average cost for this transfer is €24 during the day and €32 at night. However, it’s worth noting that extra charges may apply, for excess luggage, the number of people and the type of vehicle chosen.

For a set-rate fare with no hidden costs, we suggest booking your San Jose airport transfer with Welcome. 

The benefits of booking a Welcome airport taxi

If you are planning on taking a San Jose transfer for your airport taxi service, Welcome Pickups is the best way to go. We offer unbeatable flat rate fares with no extra costs in-and-around San Jose Costa RIca, we also hand-pick and train our professional local English-speaking drivers, offer world-class services, and 24/7 customer service. Welcome not only provides a seamless airport transfer service, but we also offer in-destination travel experiences. From the moment you land at Juan Santamaría International Airport to the second before your departure, Welcome Pickups will be there to ensure your utmost comfort and the most memorable holiday for you and your travel partners.

Frequently asked questions

Do you tip taxis in Costa Rica?

Taxis in San Jose Costa Rica do accept tips, but usually only for long and expensive journeys. For shorter taxi rides you can just round up to the nearest colón or tell the driver to “keep the change”.

Where do I meet my driver?

One day before your flight to San Jose airport, you will receive an email containing your driver’s name, a phone number and your driver’s photo. On the day of your pickup, your driver will be waiting for you just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors, holding a sign with your name on it.

What do I do if my flight is delayed?

At Welcome, we provide all of our drivers with live updates on any changes your plane might encounter. So, even if your flight is heavily delayed or landing early, your airport taxi driver will be there waiting for you when you land.

Is the cost of a San Jose airport taxi per person?

No, all of our prices are per vehicle, not per person. All of our sedans and minivan taxis are at a set-cost.

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