Travel by car in Costa Rica

Get to know how to arrive in Costa Rica by car and enjoy its stunning and wonderful landscapes while driving

Travel by car in Costa Rica
Travel by car in Costa Rica

You can arrive in Costa Rica by car through any of its three borders: the border of Peñas Blancas (which separates Costa Rica from Nicaragua), the border of Paso Canoas and the border of Sixaola (which separates Costa Rica from Panama).

Normally, the roads are well-maintained. Even though some of them are full of bumps, driving in  Costa Rica is easy, because there is little traffic out of the Valle Central and the speed limit on the road is between 75 and 90 km/h. The latter should be kept in mind because there are many speed controls that could cost you a fine, also it would be useful to know that it is cheap to fuel your vehicle, about 15 and 30 $.

Regarding to driving licences, drivers from North America (United States and Canada) and the United of Kingdom only need a valid driving licence in order to drive around Costa Rica while drivers from the rest of the countries are recommended to ask in their consulates.

If you unfortunately have an accident, the first thing you should do is to move away the car from the road, get in touch with the Emergency Service (911) or the Red Cross (128) and wait until the traffic police arrives.

It should also be taken into consideration that if you drive a rented car, you can not cross the borders on it, but you can do it by bus.

It is not necessary to apply for a visa to go to Nicaragua or to Panama, because these countries grant temporary visas for tourists.


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