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Why Insight?

The table below provides a comparison of the various transportation methods available in Costa Rica. If we can answer any questions about any of these we'd be happy to help:

INSIGHT COSTA RICA

CAR RENTAL

AIR (SANSA or Nature Air)

INTERBUS (semi private)

PUBLIC BUS

CONVENIENCE . . . Pickup and delivery to your hotel. We will meet you at the breakfast table of your hotel, villa or airport of choice. Some rental companies pickup and deliver to your hotel, a few good ones will bring your car to the breakfast table, for others you may need taxi (extra $8)
Needs taxi to and from hotel (add $8 to $28). Two local options are SANSA (near hotel) and Nature Air (30 to 40 mins). This end you need a taxi (about $8 to the Rio Segundo location) sometimes needs taxi at destination (add $5 to $20) Needs taxi to and from hotel (add $2 to $25). Not recommended if you have a short vacation - especially if you have to transfer through San Jose.
FLEXIBILITY . . . Stops anywhere you like en route, unlimited destinations, take a guided tour as you transfer, 15 passenger vans. We can reroute or make a new tour as needed. Stops anywhere you like en route, unlimited destinations, up to 5 passengers usually. Be aware most 7 passenger rental vehicles are really 5 seater with 2 seats where your luggage should be.
Stops nowhere (hopefully), limited air strips. Avoids our bumpy roads. Bathroom stops, goes to most tourist end stops, does not stop at national parks, shops and points of interest you may discover.
Stops to pickup everything that waves a hand, available everywhere. Difficult to make connections quickly when you need to be somewhere today or before dark.
LOCAL SCOOP . . . Driver is also your cultural guide and has been there and most importantly speaks English. Learn about Costa Rican history, flora and fauna and make digressions en route to our "special spots". Your mother-in-law is also your cultural guide - but we do recommend carrying a good map and a guide book.
Your pilot is too busy checking gauges. The Interbus drivers are very good but may not always speak English.
Please don't bother your bus driver.
VALUE . . . Cost less than air or interbus for 4 or more to many destinations. Same price for 2 people or 10 people (except multi day tours) e.g. $170 total to Arenal for 2 to 10 persons
$45 to $120 a day including mandatory basic insurance (cannot be declined on 4WD). You'll need a second vehicle or van for 6 or more persons. By air (depends on season) - around $100/person (depends on route) By Interbus or Anywhere or Gray Line $40 to $50/person Very inexpensive $5 to $10/person
TAKE YOUR TIME . . . Take your time and see the sights with your own English speaking guide on board e.g. M. Antonio - 3 to 6 hours if you turn the transfer into a tour Same time but no on board guide and likely to miss many of the sights along the way
Fast and usually less bumpy, 45 minutes plus 1 hour or so waiting. Set schedules once or twice a day. 3 to 6 hours plus pickup time - set schedules once or twice a day 4 hours to a day of travel/wait time
WEIGHT LIMITS . . . Nearly unlimited baggage in car/4WD or in large van, surf boards etc Limited by trunk size. 25 pound weight limit for all small planes in Costa Rica. Generally unlimited Generally unlimited
FACILITIES ON BOARD . . . Air conditioned, wifi hotspot on some vans, CD/DVD, free water/soft drinks cooler, spotlessly clean, late model, your own security for your bags Air conditioned, CD, spotless, late model, need to be careful about parking with baggage (do not leave car unattended with baggage)
Air conditioned, usually spotless, no security concerns, weight limit Air conditioned, usually spotless, late model, your own security Can be hot & muggy, baggage security can be a concern for some (keep an eye on it at all times), no seat belts

INSIGHT COSTA RICA

CAR RENTAL

AIR (SANSA or Nature Air)

INTERBUS (semi private)

PUBLIC BUS