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Driving Directions To The SJO Airport / Driving Directions From The SJO Airport

Driving Directions To The SJO Airport / Driving Directions From The SJO Airport

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on November 29th, 2017.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS FOR COSTA RICA

As we touch on in our related blog post Costa Rica Transportation: 10 Ways To Get From Point A To Point B Throughout Your Trip, a popular method of Costa Rica transportation is a personal vehicle rental. If you have read our blog post Renting A Car In Costa Rica: Should You Do It? (as well as our other helpful articles Costa Rica Car Rentals: How Not To Fall For A Car Rental Scam and Costa Rica Car Rentals: Credit Card Insurance Coverage And Declining Part CDW With Costa Rica Car Rental Insurance), once you have made the decision to rent a vehicle, the next wave of questions you will ask yourself will likely revolve around routes, drive times, driving distances, and other in-country driving logistics. If you plan to fly into and/or out of the Juan Santamaria International Airport (a.k.a., the SJO Airport), then one of the first tasks at hand will be to secure driving directions from the SJO Airport to whichever destination you plan to travel to at the start of your trip.

Fortunately, we have compiled a list of driving directions for Costa Rica (complete with maps and downloadable/printable direction copies) to save you precious trip planning time. If you are asking yourself, “How do I get to the SJO Airport from…” or “How do I get from the SJO Airport to…” either the LIR Airport, La Fortuna (Arenal), Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Samara, Tamarindo, Coco, or Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca), don’t miss the information we have pulled together for you below.

Tip:

  • When accessing any of the driving directions documents we provide below, don’t forget to save a copy to your device or preferred cloud-service provider, and/or print a hard copy for your records. This will allow you to access the directions at a later date if you find yourself without internet access during your trip, while on the road, and/or if your GPS stops working.

HOW TO GET TO THE SJO AIRPORT (FROM OTHER COSTA RICA DESTINATIONS)

Need to get from a Costa Rica destination to the SJO Airport? No problem! See our list of driving directions to the SJO Airport below.

Driving directions to the SJO Airport from the LIR Airport

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the LIR Airport and the SJO Airport: 210 km
Approximate drive time from the LIR Airport to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 11 minutes
Approximate drive time from the LIR Airport to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours and 45 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Daniel Oduber Quirós International LIR Airport to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from La Fortuna (Arenal)

Approximate driving distance between La Fortuna (Arenal) and the SJO Airport: 115 km
Approximate drive time from La Fortuna (Arenal) to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 23 minutes
Approximate drive time from La Fortuna (Arenal) to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 2 hours and 45 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: La Fortuna to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Monteverde

Approximate driving distance between Monteverde and the SJO Airport: 125 km
Approximate drive time from Monteverde to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 29 minutes
Approximate drive time from Monteverde to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours and 15 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Monteverde to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Manuel Antonio

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between Manuel Antonio and the SJO Airport: 155 km
Approximate drive time from Manuel Antonio to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 32 minutes
Approximate drive time from Manuel Antonio to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Manuel Antonio to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Samara

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between Samara and the SJO Airport: 222 km
Approximate drive time from Samara to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 41 minutes
Approximate drive time from Samara to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 4 hours and 15 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Sámara to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Tamarindo

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between Tamarindo and the SJO Airport: 246 km
Approximate drive time from Tamarindo to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 4 hours 0 minutes
Approximate drive time from Tamarindo to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 5 hours

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Tamarindo to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Playa Del Coco

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between Playa del Coco and the SJO Airport: 230 km
Approximate drive time from Playa del Coco to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 36 minutes
Approximate drive time from Playa del Coco to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 4 hours and 15 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Playa del Coco to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions to the SJO Airport from Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca)

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) and the SJO Airport: 231 km
Approximate drive time from Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) to the SJO Airport (according to Google Maps): 4 hours 26 minutes
Approximate drive time from Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) to the SJO Airport (our more accurate approximation): 5 hours

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of the driving directions for the route: Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) to Juan Santamaria SJO Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


HOW TO GET FROM THE SJO AIRPORT (TO OTHER COSTA RICA DESTINATIONS)

Need to get to a Costa Rica destination from the SJO Airport? No problem! See our list of driving directions from the SJO Airport below.

Driving directions from the SJO Airport to the LIR Airport

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and the LIR Airport: 210 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to the LIR Airport (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 11 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to the LIR Airport (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours and 45 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria SJO Airport to Daniel Oduber Quirós International (LIR) Airport (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to La Fortuna (Arenal)

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and La Fortuna (Arenal): 114 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to La Fortuna (Arenal) (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 26 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to La Fortuna (Arenal) (our more accurate approximation): 2 hours and 45 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to La Fortuna (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Monteverde

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Monteverde: 125 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Monteverde (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 24 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Monteverde (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours and 15 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to Monteverde (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Manuel Antonio

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Manuel Antonio: 155 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Manuel Antonio (according to Google Maps): 2 hours 32 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Manuel Antonio (our more accurate approximation): 3 hours

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to Manuel Antonio (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Samara

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Samara: 222 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Samara (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 41 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Samara (our more accurate approximation): 4 hours and 15 minutes

Click here to view a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to Sámara (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Tamarindo

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Tamarindo: 246 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Tamarindo (according to Google Maps): 4 hours 0 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Tamarindo (our more accurate approximation): 5 hours

Click here for a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to  Tamarindo (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Playa Del Coco

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Playa del Coco: 230 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Playa del Coco (according to Google Maps): 3 hours 36 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Playa del Coco (our more accurate approximation): 4 hours and 15 minutes

Click here for a downloadable/printable copy of driving dirctions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to Playa del Coco (courtesy of Google Maps)


Driving directions from the SJO Airport to Puerto Viejo

driving directions to the SJO airport

Approximate driving distance between the SJO Airport and Puerto Viejo: 231 km
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Puerto Viejo (according to Google Maps): 4 hours 26 minutes
Approximate drive time from the SJO Airport to Puerto Viejo (our more accurate approximation): 5 hours

Click here for a downloadable/printable copy of driving directions for the route: Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport to Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) (courtesy of Google Maps)


QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you made the drive to/from the SJO Airport? How did your drive time compare to ours noted above?

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2 thoughts on “Driving Directions To The SJO Airport / Driving Directions From The SJO Airport”

  • The PDFs for La Fortuna and SJO routes, the second page seems messed up. Was looking forward to using these this week on our trip. Any chance you can check those? I’d love to have some helps!!

    • Scott –

      All fixed! Thanks so much for letting us know; the second page on both the La Fortuna and Monteverde directions pages were skewed, but we have fixed both. They should appear clear now; thanks so much for using our Costa Rica Travel Blog as a resource for your trip! 🙂

      Pura vida!!

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