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Getting from Liberia Airport to Liberia City Centre

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There are two main modes of transport when travelling from Liberia Airport to the city centre; a local taxi or private transfer, and a bus. Taking an airport taxi or booking a private transfer in advance is the only door-to-door option that will get you downtown in 16 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. The public bus is the cheapest option, costing just €1 (CRC 550) per person with a journey time of 30 minutes, in light traffic, but you’ll have to wait for up to 30 minutes in between services.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €20 16min 24/7
Bus €2 30min 04:30–22:00

How to get from Liberia Airport to Liberia City Centre by bus?

Travelling by taxi from Liberia Airport to the city is very straightforward and the only door-to-door transport option available. You can grab a taxi at any time of day and you’ll reach downtown in around 16 minutes during light traffic.

Taxi fare from Liberia Airport to the city

In Liberia, official airport taxis are required to use a taximeter to calculate their fares. The price is based on the time and distance travelled and the type of vehicle used, i.e. sedan vs minivan. For the journey from the airport to the city, for up to 4 passengers, you can expect to pay around €20 (CRC 11,400), not including surcharges or tolls.



Trip Duration

16 Min.

Prices may vary depending on traffic conditions.

Value for Money

Official airport taxis are available from Liberia International Airport 24/7.

Where can I take a taxi from?

There is a designated taxi stand for official airport taxis as you exit the terminal. It’s clearly signposted, so you won’t miss it!


Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way to travel from Liberia Airport to Liberia city centre. Furthermore, you can feel safe knowing you’ll be dropped straight to the door of your hotel or apartment.

For an even more personalised service with a driver who can help you get quickly acquainted with Liberia, book your transfer in advance with a trusted company like Welcome.

Editor’s Note

Some hotels offer a paid airport shuttle but it can often be cheaper to take an airport taxi, so always double check.

Useful Tips

Only accept rides from official orange airport taxis with a logo on the side of the vehicle.
Taxi drivers in Liberia expect a tip from passengers, although it isn't required. Around 10-15% of the final fare price is a good amount.
Road tolls, airport surcharges and fees if your driver has to wait around will be charged on top of the taximeter fare price.

How to get from Liberia Airport to Liberia City Centre by bus?

The Liberia public bus service is the cheapest transport option between the airport and downtown and takes around 30 minutes, not including wait times. Since each bus company operates from a different station in Liberia’s city centre, where you get dropped off in town will depend on your chosen company.

How much does the bus from Liberia Airport to Liberia cost?

Bus tickets are very cheap costing around €1 (CRC 550) per person. Tickets are purchased from the driver in cash; there are ATMs available in the Arrivals Hall to withdraw some ‘colones’ – the local currency.



Trip Duration

30 Min.

The bus departs from Liberia International Airport every 30 minutes.

Value for Money

The bus operates daily between 04:30 and 22:00.

Where can I take the bus from?

Make your way to the departure lobby area; the bus collects passengers from there every 30 minutes.


Taking the public bus from Liberia Airport to the city centre is by far the cheapest transport option, especially if you aren’t travelling in a group where you can split the cost of a taxi. However, there is no set timetable or drop-off point as this changes with each bus company, which makes planning a challenge. And if you’re travelling with luggage, be aware that buses can become very hot and crowded.

If you’d prefer to have peace of mind that someone will be there to meet you when you arrive and give you a hand with your luggage before taking you directly to the door of your accommodation, we recommend booking a private transfer in advance instead.

Editor’s Note

Keep in mind if you are travelling with lots of luggage that the city bus service may not provide under-carriage storage.

Useful Tips

Buses departing from the airport serve a number of different routes including Tamarindo and Nicoya.
Bus drivers won't be able to give change for large notes so make sure you have smaller denominations on you.
The US dollar is sometimes accepted in Costa Rica but it is up to the bus driver whether they accept colones or dollars.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Liberia from Liberia Airport?

Liberia Airport is conveniently located just 12 km from the city centre which you can reach by taxi or private transfer in 16 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

How do I get from Liberia Airport to Liberia city centre?

There are two main transport options between Liberia Airport and the city centre; a taxi or private transfer, and a public bus. The taxi and private transfer option will get you downtown in around 16 minutes, during light traffic. The bus takes about 30 minutes in light traffic but you’ll need to wait in between services, which can increase the trip duration significantly and make your journey tiresome.

How much is a taxi from Liberia Airport to Liberia?

On average, you can expect to pay €20 (CRC 11,400) for up to 4 passengers for a local taxi from Liberia Airport to the city. Since the fare is calculated by a taximeter based on time and distance travelled, as well as the vehicle type, the exact price will vary depending on the route taken and the traffic conditions.

Alternatively, you can book a private transfer in advance with a guaranteed set rate fee and no extra costs.

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