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Trains in Costa Rica

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1. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 7y

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Has anyone travelled cross country in Costa Rica by train or know if it is even possible? freight hopping included?

If not and if anyone is up for finding out if it is possible I may be heading that way in a week or so from David in Panama.

Safe travels.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 7y

I would have said there is no train transport in Costa Rica, but then I started to google:

Rail Transport in Costa Rica

3. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

The only trains in Costa Rica are those between Heredia and San Jose and on the Caribbean side between Siquirres and Limon and Limon - Penshurst. The first one is commuter traffic, the other two only merchandize.
Some people have indeed travelled cross country by train, but that was before the tracks were destroyed in the 1991 earhquake.
From David (Panama), your only public transport is by bus. Interesting but long, due to time spent at the border crossing.:)

4. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Oh, by the way, the Wikipedia article is not entirely correct. Needs updating.

5. Posted by patbirder (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Fraluchi is correct. Very little rail transport in Costa Rica and none to cross the country. The bus is OK going to David; I find the Caribbean side crossing at Sixaola-Guabito (?) more interesting and quicker than the crossing near David.

6. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 7y


Cheers for the advice yet again in this travelling game plans have changed., have to stay in Panama for 3 months longer.

Thanks for the advice.

7. Posted by Jim J (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Besides the downtown train there is a train to the coast from San Jose: