Transportation in Costa Rica Reviews
Transportation in Costa Rica Jul 02, 2010
We used Gray Line for two trips in Costa Rica now. We booked a transfer (move from hotel to hotel on the other end of the country). You can book a transfer so you pay per person (about $44) or you can book a bus if you have a group. This way you can stop wherever you want along the way and do not need to worry about other travelers holding you up. The bus driver was about 15 minutes late picking us up the first time (but you need to be flexible in international travel.
The cost is average for private transportation with air conditioning. A cheaper option is to travel by local public bus which is very cheap but your travel time may take a lot longer as you make a lot of stops along the way.
With Gray Line, your driver will be conversational with you, share information about the areas you are traveling through and will stop along the way if you have any interests. However they will not stop for you to take a tour for a few hours (I checked :) But they will stop in areas for you to do some extra souvenire shopping.
Overall the price was worth not having to worry about driving in a foreign country myself in a rental car. As rules are always different and some areas may not feel safe depending on the weather and the roads. These drivers are familiar with the roads and customs and in a country like Costa Rica with a high rate of traffic accidents I did not want to be in one of those situations.
Part of the Touring Costa Rica in June 2010 travel blog
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