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How to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

Tamarindo, a wildlife hotspot, is a small town located in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. You won’t have to venture too far to find leatherback turtle nesting grounds at Playa Grande, or crocodiles, otters, and hundreds of bird species within the mangrove forests of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge. As the sun sets, enjoy a magical cruise along the coast or get lost amongst the town’s vibrant nightlife while the sky comes alive with the Milky Way and millions of stars all in plain sight.

The main modes of transportation from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo are a private transfer or taxi, or the public bus. Private transfers and taxis are the quickest options, taking just 80 minutes to cover the distance in light traffic. The public bus, on the other hand, is the cheapest option, but the journey time is much longer, taking between 120 and 150 minutes, depending on traffic.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €120 80min 24/7
Bus €10 120min 04:30–20:30

How to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo by taxi

The quickest and most direct way to travel from Liberia Airport in Costa Rica to Tamarindo is to take an airport taxi. No matter what time you arrive, a taxi will be readily available for you and any travelling companions to make the 80-minute journey to your destination in Tamarindo a walk in the park.

Taxi fare from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo

The cost of a Liberia taxi from the Liberia – Costa Rica Airport to Tamarindo will be calculated by a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled, and the type of vehicle you require. For 1-4 passengers in a sedan, you can expect to pay around €120 (CRC 68,000), not including tolls or waiting fees that may apply. 

For an up-front cost with no extra fees or hidden charges, book your private transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

80 Min.

Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Airport taxis are available 24/7 from Liberia Airport (LIR).

Where do I take a taxi from at the airport?

You can take a taxi from right outside the airport terminal, from the designated taxi rank.


Taxis are by far the most comfortable and convenient way to travel from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo, providing a door-to-door service and increased safety for passengers and their belongings. 

Editor’s Note

For longer taxi journeys you may be able to negotiate a set-rate fee with your driver but be sure to agree on a price before departing.

Useful Tips

Unofficial 'pirate' taxis are known to overcharge passengers. Stick to official government-regulated airport taxis which are orange, have an official logo displayed on the vehicle, and use a taximeter.
If you're travelling in a group of more than 4 people, taking a minivan is more economical than two sedans.
Make sure you have enough cash on you as not all taxi drivers accept card payments.

How to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo by bus

There is a public bus service that runs directly from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo which takes about 120 to 150 minutes, depending on traffic, and not including wait times. Services run approximately every 30 minutes and this is the cheapest transport option for this route.

*You can also take a bus to Tamarindo from the Municipal Bus Terminal or the Pulmitan Bus Terminal but you’ll first need to travel from the airport to downtown Liberia.

How much is the public shuttle from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo?

A one-way bus ticket costs €5 (CRC 2,800) per traveller and can be bought from the bus driver in cash; make sure you have some smaller notes on you in case the driver doesn’t have change.



Trip Duration

120 Min.

Buses typically depart from the airport every 30 minutes during operational hours, however buses have been known to run off schedule.

Value for Money

Buses operate daily between 04:30 and 20:30.

Where does the bus depart from?

The Liberia Airport to Tamarindo shuttle departs from the departures lobby in the main terminal, where they stop right out front.


The public bus from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo is by far the cheapest transport option for this journey and perfect for anyone travelling on a budget. However, the buses often become very overcrowded and since you can’t book a ticket in advance, you might find yourself having to wait for the next service. Furthermore, you may not be able to keep your luggage near to you so be sure to keep a close eye on it.

For a safer and more reliable option, we recommend booking a private transfer in advance with a trusted company such as Welcome so that you can be delivered directly to your door, without the hassle of travelling with your luggage on crowded public transport.

Editor’s Note

Bus timetables are not kept up to date and therefore the times mentioned are only a guide. The only totally reliable option is to take a taxi or private transfer.

Useful Tips

Keep a close eye on your belongings when travelling by public bus; unfortunately, there are sometimes instances of people's bags going missing.
Buses sometimes accept US dollars but it is not guaranteed so always carry local colones on you to be safe.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Tamarindo from Liberia Airport?

The distance from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo is 67 km which can be covered in 80 minutes when travelling by local taxi or private transfer during light traffic.

How do I get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo?

The main ways to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo are by taxi or private transfer, or the bus. The journey time by taxi and private transfer is around 80 minutes, whilst the bus journey takes closer to 120 minutes. Both modes of transport take longer during peak traffic.

What is the cost of a taxi from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo?

An airport taxi for up to 4 people will cost around €120 (CRC 68,000) when travelling from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo, not including extra costs such as tolls. To avoid the uncertainty, for a guaranteed, competitive rate, you can always pre-book a private transfer.

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