Carpooling in Costa Rica

Hello everyone,

In order to move around in Costa Rica, you will have to spend time on the road; for your work commute, to drop your children off at school or for everyday trips. Carpooling could be the right option for you. We would like to know your views on carpooling as a means of transport, and whether it is a practical and cost-effective option.

Is carpooling and cost-sharing common practice in Costa Rica? What about the regulations in force?

For which types of journey does carpooling seem more suitable in Costa Rica? How much is the cost of a carpool trip?

Is there an app or other means available to connect people looking to carpool? How do you find other carpoolers?

If you are carpooling in Costa Rica, what precautions should you take to travel safely?

According to you, what are the advantages and disadvantages of carpooling?

Thank you for sharing your experience,

Most people who move here are retired. That's because one cannot work here for many years after becoming a legal resident. Some people get their visa approved for a specific job but those are few and far between I think.

So commuting, carpooling and working are not of much interest to most expats who live or are planning to live in Costa Rica.

Also most of the jobs are in the greater San Jose area and if you work there you probably live there, and so commuting is probably done by bus or taxi, not car.

If anyone disagrees please post, but what I know about working and commuting here leads me to believe the above.

What about the regulations in force? I do not think anyone has regs as to carpooling. Very Odd if any country has.

Not sure what you mean - what regulations?
Like in some U.S. cities you have to have at least 2 people to use a carpool lane?
I think here in Costa Rica there are no car pool lanes. If I am wrong I hope someone will let me know...
San Jose has rules that you can only drive in San Jose on certain days depending on your license plate number. I assume if you are driving for work that would be excepted, but I'm not sure really.
I dont know if anyone on this forum lives in or near San Jose. If they do maybe they would be able to answer these question.
I try to avoid San Jose completely and if I do have to go there I take a bus then walk or taxi once there.

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