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Private transportation or car rental? The price comparison

by | Jul 25, 2012

Are private transfers more expensive than renting a car?

The purpose of this post is to compare the costs of Costa Rica Private Transportation with the cost of renting a car.  Only prices for both options are compared and nothing else.

Let’s start by saying that rental car prices are a lot like plane tickets, in the sense that both are dependent on supply/demand and things like dates, car models, availability in remote locations and many other factors invisible to us mortals.

With that being said, we’ll take the real price quoted this week, July 24, 2012, for a standard SUV, manual transmission.  Most rental car companies in Costa Rica will use the Daihatsu BEGO, in the picture below.

Compare Costa Rica private transportation price with renting this Daihatsu BEGO 2012

The most popular rental car in Costa Rica

We’ll compare the cost of the BEGO with the private transfers needed for a week-long vacation.  Let’s say you’ll want to go from the airport to Arenal Volcano, then to Manuel Antonio and back to the airport.  We’ll add the cost of a few taxi rides for evening meals outside the hotel plus the cost of parking, fuel and insurance.

Rent a Car cost:

  • One week rental fee $235 USD
  • 7 days full insurance @ $25 US = $175
  • Average $15 per day in fuel $105
  • Highway tolls for $10
  • Parking and “cuida-carros” fees for $20
  • Total $545 USD

Private Transfers cost:

  • San Jose Airport to Arenal $125
  • Arenal to Manuel Antonio $205
  • Manuel Antonio back to San Jose airport $175
  • Taxis to dinner and other $40
  • Total $545 USD

I didn’t tweak the numbers.  I swear.  They just matched!

The conclusion:  price is irrelevant to this decision.  Stick to considerations about your own style of travel, safety and whatever makes your vacation more enjoyable.

And if you need help or have questions about Costa Rica private transportation, please drop us a quick email to [email protected]

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Fabian and Jimmy were great! Both are very friendly and professional. Mario and his wife were excellent with communication and planning. Will recommend Morpho to all my friends and family. Gracias y pura vida! ✌️

Lee G.
Multiple Private Transfers
February 28, 2019

I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Morpho Vans was a huge help to us. We needed a ride 6 hours away and they responded promptly and efficiently and provided us with an excellent car and an even better driver- Jimmy. We called them for every ride we needed in Costa Rica- I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Mary Ellen M.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Company is fantastic as is the people you employ

Mario, your company is fantastic as is the people you employ. Jimmy was probably the best person to get us acquainted with Costa Rica. Bring my phone back to me, will never be forgotten and I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family traveling to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Michael T.
Multiple Private Transfers
May 12, 2019

Most Reliable Ride!

No better way to end a long day of travel than to see a friendly face holding a sign with my name. From being easy to identify to always arriving early for a pick up, Morpho drivers are the best!

Karen H.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 20, 2022

Highly recommend

Great communication before the trip and during, even when our plans kept changing they were really responsive and nothing was a problem.

Clean car, great driver, punctual.

Would use again without hesitation.

Rowan M.
Private Transportation Service
March 21, 2022

Reliable and comfortable

This was my first experience with Morphovans and it was so easy. I reserved the van online and Francisco, my driver, was waiting for me outside the airport with a sign to welcome me. He was very friendly and efficient. And the van was very clean and comfortable. I will definitely use this company again and will recommend it to anyone.

Elizabeth U.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 14, 2022

…started with the best

We were really tired from the flight so it was a relief to have someone waiting for us on time. The vehicle was very good. The driver was so nice and friendly. Our trip started with the best way because of Morpho vans. Thank you!

Zoi D.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Arenal
March 13, 2019

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica!

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica! We had two families of 4 people and all trips were great. SJO to Jaco area in a van for 8 people (with free WIFI), then Jaco to Lost Igurano resort, which is a 5+ hour trip on winding roads, and finally a trip back to the airport at 4 am. Drivers always arrived early but were fine waiting for us. We stopped at local restaurants for great meals. All trips were safe and efficient. I highly recommend if you are looking for transportation in Costa Rica.

Joel S.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

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