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Costa Rica train service paused on holidays

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Published on Thursday, March 21, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Railway Institute announced that the rail service will be interrupted on March 28 and 29.

The train public transportation system will be closed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday for the Holy Week two-day break.  

This year's seven-day Catholic celebration begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and ends on Sunday, March 31, commemorating Jesus' resurrection, known as Easter Sunday.

The decision to halt services comes at an ideal time, as most public and private institutions will be on holidays next week.

Currently, rail service is available on three routes from Monday to Friday, with prices ranging from $0.65 to $1.60 per ticket.  

The first route connects the cantons of Curridabat to Pavas in San Josť Province. The second trip connects the provinces of San Josť and Cartago. The third route connects the provinces of San Josť, Heredia, and Alajuela.

Train passengers may now pay for their fares using credit or debit cards at the railroad's main station in downtown San Josť, located at 1st Ave. and 23 St.

Costa Rica's rail transport is principally managed by the Railway Institute (Incofer), a state-owned entity that owns the national railway infrastructure and manages all freight and passenger services across the densely populated Central Valley.

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