If you are looking for transportation from and to the Liberia, Costa Rica Airport, 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.
Pricing: The majority of Liberia Airport shuttle services are private. This 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 obvious disadvantage is that it is more expensive than the shared shuttle. However, if your party consists of 3 or more passengers the private shuttle might be less expensive 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 USD and departs daily at 8AM. For a group of 2 the total rate will be $118 USD, about $41 USD less than what the private service will cost (between $159 to 169 USD). In this case, if there are 3 or more passengers in your party, the shared shuttle becomes more expensive than a private one. Let’s see why in the table below:
|1 passenger||2 passengers||3 passengers||4 passengers||5 passengers||6 passengers|
|Shared Shuttle||$59 USD||$118 USD||$177 USD||$236 USD||$295 USD||$354 USD|
|Private Shuttle||$159 USD||$159 USD||$159 USD||$169 USD||$169 USD||$179 USD|
Convenience: Pricing aside, the private shuttle is convenient because it will go directly to your destination, no additional stops or waiting for other passenger. Let’s face it, not everybody is as punctual as they should be, and this could cause some delays in the shared shuttle. If time is not an issue, and you are traveling solo or in a group of two people, then the shared shuttle is your best option. It is also a great way to meet other travelers who are going to your same destination.
Another factor to consider is wen to book either service. Shared shuttles should be booked well in advance to guarantee your seats, that means booking at least 7 days before your arrival. Also consider that most shared shuttles fares are not refundable if cancelled within 3 to 4 days before your arrival. Private shuttles, on the other hand, offer a more flexible booking schedule. Most can even be booked within hours of your arrival and cancellation policies are much more flexible.