How to Reach Alajuela


  • The easiest way to get into Alajuela is by air.The AeropuertoInternacional Juan Santamaría is three kilometers from the city and most tourists land here and take taxis to Alajuela from there. A taxi ride from the airport to the city cost around USD $5.
  • If you’re coming from somewhere else around the region, there are buses that run to and from Alajuela’s bus terminal. Check the timetables and fares to see which one is in accordance with your travel plans.


  • The best way to see Alajuela is by foot. It’s a compact city with everything within walking distance.
  • There are buses that run all over the city and even to the nearby towns. They run every few minutes and cost less than a dollar (USD).
  • Taxis too are an efficient way to get from one point to another and are readily available. Orange taxis accept payment in dollars (USD) whereas red taxis only accept the local currency.