Looking to book an afternoon shuttle from SJO to Arenal - and other various shuttles during a week long trip to Costa Rica. I see online that I can book a 3:00pm departure from SJO to Arenal through the website Arenal.net.
Anyone here have experience with them? Any other late day shuttles to Arenal?
Thanks! - Any idea how long we should plan for customs?
SJO can be a breeze or it can be a zoo. After years of flying in and out of here, I've decided there's never any way to predict.
Thirty minutes for immigration, baggage claim, and customs is a good benchmark, but allow yourself more time just to be on the safe side. (I've had it take much longer, but that's not common.) If it's less, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Since opening the new immigrations area down the stairs near gate 6 in early May, times to clear have improved quite a bit. 30 minutes as stated above is a good benchmark, and I think will leave you with some time to shop the duty free at the baggage claim area.
Chances are that it will be raining in the afternoon this time of year, so it is great that you are leaving the driving to someone else. It can be a very trying adventure in the rain.
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Arenal.net is an agent, I'm pretty sure they don't actually run the shuttles. From what I could tell, they are large and well known, and probably as good as any. My wife and daughter used Interbus, I don't remember who we booked it through, but they had no problems. You will have to take a cab to the restaurant nearby that they use as their 'station'. And the cabbie won't be thrilled about a 1/2 mile fare either, but so it goes. The last time we went, customs took about 2 minutes. With customs, immigration, and baggage claim, we were out of the airport within 15-20 minutes of getting off the plane. As previously stated, that probably varies depending on how many flights arrive at the same time.
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