The cheapest way to get from the San Josť airport into the city center is to take a Tuasa bus. In town, it is hard to understand the public transportation system so we recommend a taxi. If you want to stay overnight in San Josť, try the Casa Ridgway, the
Tranquilo Backpackers Hostel or the Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel.
From San Josť to Longo Mai you can get without changing buses, the trip with a Tracopa bus takes about 3.5 to 4 hours. As of 2010, cheap buses leave San Josť at 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:15 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM. After about three hours you get into San Isidro de El General, from there the bus takes about 45 more minutes to Longo Mai. If you don't know the route, ask the driver to stop in Longo Mai.
From the Longo Mai bus stop, a gravel road takes you about one mile up the hill into the village. You can ask for a shuttle, the residents around the bus stop and Edith's family (Tel. 8330 6118) charge about 2000-3000 colones for that (in 2010). If you call early, a pick-up service by horse is another possibility.