Most nationalities do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Check the visa requirements for your country at www.costarica-embassy.org.
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Costa Rica can be reached via frequent, direct international flights from the US and Canada and from other Central American countries. You can also cross a land border into Costa Rica from Panama or Nicaragua. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Air Inexpensive domestic flights between San José and popular destinations such as Puerto Jiménez, Quepos and Tortuguero will save you the driving time.
Bus Very reasonably priced, with extensive coverage of the country, though travel can be slow and some destinations have infrequent service.
Shuttle Private and shared shuttles such as Interbus and Gray Line provide door-to-door service between popular destinations and allow you to schedule to your needs.
Car Renting a car allows you to access more remote destinations that are not served by buses, and frees you to cover as much ground as you like. Cars can be rented in most towns. Renting a 4WD vehicle is advantageous (and essential in some parts of the country); avoid driving at night.