Costa Rica by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Costa Rica.

Here you will find information for Costa Rica about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets and more.


Useful Information

Population: 4.9 million

Currency: Costa-Rica-Colón

Language: Spanish

Capital: San Jose

Country code: +506

Time zone: Central Standard Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Costa Rica is operated by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles.


Train Tickets

You can buy train tickets for Costa Rica at the train station. There is no online booking but you can check times and fares online at Incofer.go.cr. (Spanish only)

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Costa Rica.


Commuter trains connect San Jose and Heredia.

Interurban trains are operating on the following routes:

Belén – Pavas – Curridabat
San José – Cartago
San José – Heredia – Alajuela


Frequently Travelled Routes In Costa Rica


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
San José to Heredia 0:23 Direct Train
San José to Cartago 0:52 Direct Train
Curridabat to Belén 0:35 Direct Train


Main Train Stations

  • San José
  • Cartago
  • Belén
  • Heredia
  • Curridabat

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Costa Rica

We recommend visiting Costa Rica anytime from December to April, due to it being the dry season. This is the country’s busiest time of year due to the weather, but this is also when you can expect to partake in many activities or see incredible places. Costa Rica is known for its nature such as the cloud forests, rainforests, white sand beaches, volcanoes, hot springs to name a few, and its incredible wildlife.

Come to visit the sloth center (in Cahuita), watch nesting turtles on the beach, see amazing butterflies or hummingbirds, or get underwater to see hammerhead sharks. Costa Rica is also known for its adventure sports which you can’t miss whether that be zip-lining, white water rafting, ATVing, mountain biking, canyoning, caving bungee jumping, or surfing*. Whether visiting for nature, adventure, or relaxation, this country will offer you the Pura Vida.

*The best time for surfing is during the wet season.


  • Busy & Dry Season: December to April
  • Low & Rainy Season: May to November

Accommodation In Costa Rica


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