Getting to Pacuare Outdoor Center in Turrialba from San Jose

With Pacuare Outdoor Center based out of Turrialba, we are easily accessible from San Jose. Below are three primary travel options for your convenience.

Costa Rica Car Rental

There are plenty of car rental options in Costa Rica. Due to their popularity, it’s always best to make a rental reservation well in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the high season (December through April). Some of the brands include Adobe, Alamo, Budget, Hertz, and Enterprise. A Costa Rica car rental is ideal for those looking to maximize their vacation time with as many sights as possible and for those venturing off the beaten path. The biggest drawback of renting a car in Costa Rica is the cost. Tip: Book with a rental company that offers all-inclusive pricing, such as Adobe, to avoid bait-and-switch pricing surprises on add-on fees.

Private driver

Hiring a private driver might seem expensive, but it is a great option for many tourists. A private driver is perfect for those spending a few days at different locations or their entire trip at a single resort. For example, on any of our Pacuare river trips such as the 3-Day Raft+Zip or 4-Day Ultimate experiences, you will not need a rental car, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.


The quality of public transportation in Costa Rica varies, but for the most part, buses are affordable, run often, and are clean and comfortable. Buses are excellent for those on a budget, solo travelers, or small groups, and for those with flexible schedules. The bus from San Jose to Turrialba runs every hour from 6 AM to 10 PM and costs only $3. We suggest arriving in Turrialba the evening before your trip is scheduled to begin.

If you need assistance with car rentals, hiring a private driver, or navigating the bus system, please send us a message. We frequently arrange private drivers and have extensive information on rentals and buses. We’re happy to help.

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