2022 IASNR Conference Travel & Lodging Information
Arriving in San José and Airport Transfers: Costa Rica is only a few hours away from the United States by plane and, given the popularity of the country, most US airlines (major and low-cost) fly there. Of them, Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, and Spirit offer nonstop flights to San José. Conference participants would need to fly to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (not Liberia) which is located outside of San José (about 10 miles from downtown). While your flight information will list San José as your destination, in fact, the Juan Santamaria International airport is located 17km from the city in the province of Alajuela. Nonstop flights from Europe depart from Paris (Air France), London (British Airways), Frankfurt (Condor), Madrid (Iberia), Zurich (Edelweiss) and Amsterdam (KLM).
Public and Private Transportation: There are several ways to reach downtown San José from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. On average, it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach San José from the airport. However, it is important to take into consideration that traffic in San José can be challenging and that traffic jams are an everyday reality in the city. IASNR will offer a limited transfer option from the airport to the participating hotel of the conference for a small fee (see below under private transportation for details) but there will also be other options described below.
Below is a list of transportation options in order of most recommended to least recommended.
TRANSUCA is a reliable transportation company that will offer individual and group transportation from the airport to the participating conference hotel in downtown San José. David Matarrita has worked with this company on many occasions over the last 20 years and trusts their owners and service. Two forms of transportation can be offered by this company, both which will require registration in advance. The first consists of individual transfers, which will be approximately $60. The second option consists of group transportation. We envision that there will be 5-8 buses per day the day previous to, the day that the conference starts, and the day the conference ends. The price for group transfers will depend on the size of the bus required and the number of individuals registered, which is why it is important to register in advance. Our goal is to maximize the number of conference attendants per trip, in order to minimize the cost. Our estimates is that this service will cost around $10 per person if there is enough demand. Registration for these two types of services will be mandatory, as this will help us coordinate the itinerary of the buses that will be offered per day. The registration for both services will open 1 month before the conference and close 1 week before it starts. More details on how to register and specific prices will be offered as we approach the conference.
Transportation to the Conference Venue (UCR) from downtown San José: Conference attendants can easily travel between San José’s downtown hotels and the UCR conference venue.
A city light rail service can be taken at the Estación al Atlántico (3 blocks from participating hotels) for less than $1. The ride to UCR takes approximately 5 minutes. You will need local currency as the stations do not take credit cards. An updated itinerary for the train will be provided as we approach the conference, as currently there are very limited numbers of trains given COVID restrictions.
Alternatively, conference participants can take public buses, which can be picked up 3 blocks from the participating hotels for about $.75 per ride. Buses have dedicated lanes, so the ride towards UCR should take less than 10 minutes. Taxis and ride-sharing services are other options for travel to the conference venue.
Finally, conference participants can use Uber in order to move from the their respective hotels to the UCR. Depending on traffic, this ride can take up to 40 minutes as in the mornings, traffic can be quite heavy in San José.
Conference Hotel: The Holiday Inn San José-Aurola is the conference hotel. Situated in the heart of downtown San José, the hotel is close to museums, restaurants, and shopping. A competitive rate will be offered to IASNR conference participants if choosing to stay in this hotel.
Other Lodging: Options below are within the same area of the Holiday Inn and as well about 5km (3 miles) from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) campus.
Additionally, numerous AirBnB properties are available in San José, including in the downtown and UCR neighborhoods.
Lastly, there are numerous small boutique hotels within short walking distance of the University of Costa Rica.