Costa Rica Airport Shuttles and Private Transfers
About LIR Shuttle
LIR Shuttle is a Liberia airport transportation company based in Liberia, Costa Rica. We offer private shuttle services to over 100 destinations throughout Costa Rica. Our services’ priority is your safety and comfort, and we would love to have you on board.
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about us and our services. It will also be a great way to get to know us before you arrive in Costa Rica. And you can also see what other customers have said about us on TripAdvisor.
All LIR Shuttle vehicles are newer model years and offer all the amenities and safety features to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Our fleet also has the flexibility to provide services whether there are one or up to 50 passengers in your group.
For your peace of mind, our drivers always practice safe driving in all our transportation services. They are also ambassadors for the amazing country Costa Rica is and will be happy to answer any questions you might have during your trip.
Where to find us at the Liberia Costa Rica Airport (LIR)
You can find our drivers just outside the arrivals terminal (after you have gone through immigration, have claimed your luggage, and have cleared customs). If you have a reservation, they will be holding signs reading “LIR Shuttle” and with your name on it. If you have difficulties finding our drivers at the airport, you can call or iMessage us at +506 8302-2524 for assistance. You can also send us a message via WhatsApp at +506 8505-9484.
Liberia Airport Transportation Guide
Booking Liberia Airport Transportation is pretty straightforward. However, many companies, local and foreign, offer these services. We hope the following information will help you when booking your airport shuttle. And if you have questions about transportation services from Liberia, Costa Rica Airport, we are always happy to answer them.
#1 advice: Book Your Liberia Airport Transportation in Advance
We strongly encourage visitors to book transportation services at least seven days in advance. Booking in advance will ensure that you are met at the airport after you land. It will also help you avoid overpriced transportation services offered inside the airport and unauthorized services outside the airport. In addition, you will quickly get to your hotel, home, vacation rental, or Airbnb property.
Choosing a Liberia Airport Shuttle company
The airport shuttle transportation industry is very competitive, and the Liberia Costa Rica Airport is no exception. To narrow down your options, focus on companies that offer genuine traveler reviews. TripAdvisor reviews are a great source, but keep in mind that many companies pay for positive reviews. As an alternative, we recommend Google Reviews. They offer a better insight into the legitimacy and reputation of a company.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the communication with airport shuttle companies. Prompt, properly redacted emails usually mean better customer support and a credible operation behind the website. To us, this is the most crucial factor when choosing who to hire for your transportation.
Airport transportation prices vary a lot. Doing a little research, we found differences in costs of up to $200 for the same service!!
See the following example:
Company A (see image below) charges $283 for a round-trip shuttle between Liberia Airport and the Tamarindo Diria Hotel. After some quick research, we found out that Company B charges $160 round-trip for the same service – that is almost half the price! LIR Shuttle’s price for this same service, however, is $138 round-trip.
But cheapest is not necessarily the way to go, either. Try to balance customer service and price to find the best company for your Liberia Airport Transportation.
When to book
Most Liberia Airport Shuttle companies will accept bookings up to 2 hours in advance (in some cases, even less notice). So it is up to you to decide when to make your reservation. But we highly recommend planning with enough time. Book your Liberia Airport shuttle at least one week before arriving in Costa Rica.
What information do I need to book Liberia Airport Transportation?
Online booking is not yet the standard when booking transportation from/to the Liberia Airport. Most companies (including us) still do bookings the old-fashioned way through email. Whichever booking process makes you most comfortable, always make sure you have your correct arrival and departure flight information at hand when booking.
We have had clients either make a reservation for a different date or confuse their flight numbers and arrival/departure times. Such mistakes cost travelers expensive re-booking fees after missing a departure flight or, at best, hours of waiting at the Liberia Airport because no one was expecting them when they arrived.
That is why you must make sure you are familiar with your flight dates, flight numbers, and arrival/departure times into and out of Liberia Airport (LIR) when making your reservation.
The majority of transportation companies working out of Liberia Airport will accept US cash and major credit card. A few will only accept cash payments. Ask ahead of time what kind of payment is preferred.
We do not recommend exchanging money to pay your Liberia Airport transportation with the local currency (Costa Rican colones). If you exchange before getting to Costa Rica or at the airport, you will get a very disadvantageous exchange rate. So, bring US currency with you if you plan to pay in cash.
Avoid double bookings!
Double bookings for airport shuttles are more common than you think. And we have identified the two most common reasons for this to happen:
- Confusing the name of a company: Since there is a lot of competition between Liberia Airport shuttle companies, most will look for an edge by using closely related keywords as their business’ name. To avoid very uncomfortable situations at the airport, always make sure you have only one reservation. Should you find a double booking, you can always cancel one of the services. Most companies do not have penalties for doing so and will appreciate the advanced notice of cancellation.
- Lack of communication between passengers when booking: Read this as one person makes a reservation without telling the other about it. Yes, it sounds simple, but it happens a lot, especially in large groups. To avoid this, designate one person in your group as the one in charge to book your airport shuttle.
Private vs. Shared Liberia Airport Transportation
You’ve probably come across many sites offering either shared or private transportation. Let’s look at what you can expect for either service to determine which is best for you:
The majority of Liberia Airport shuttle services are private. That means that you hire a vehicle in which you, or your party, will be the only passengers and will be taken directly to your destination as soon as you exit the airport. This service’s most apparent disadvantage is that it is more expensive than shared shuttle services. However, if your party consists of 3 or more passengers, the private shuttle might be cheaper than the shared shuttle.
Let’s look, for example, at the shared shuttle between LIR Airport and La Fortuna. The rate per person for this service is $59 and departs daily at 8 AM. For a group of 2, the total rate will be $118, about $11 less than what comparable private service will cost ($129 if booking with us). In this case, if there are three or more passengers in your party, the shared shuttle becomes more expensive than a private one.
Pricing aside, the private shuttle is convenient because it will go directly to your destination, with no additional stops or waiting for other passengers. Remember, not everybody is as punctual as they should be, and this could cause some delays with shared services. If time is not an issue, and you are traveling solo or in a group of two people, then the shared shuttle could be your best option. At the very least, it is a great way to meet other travelers going to the same destination.
Shared shuttles should be booked well in advance to guarantee your seats, which means booking at least seven days before your arrival. Also, consider that shared shuttle fares are not refundable in case of flight delays. If you miss your shuttle, you pay in full – plus any alternative transportation you arrange. Private shuttles, on the other hand, offer more booking and cancellation flexibility. You can book most within hours of your arrival, and cancellation policies are much more relaxed.
We hope this information is helpful. If you need assistance booking a Liberia Airport Shuttle, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you.