Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information


Direct Buses to/from San José, Costa Rica

To Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Montezuma:

Transportes Cóbano, Tel. 2642 1112 and 2221 7479
Bus Terminal in San José: Atlántico Norte (also called San Carlos) Calle 12 Av. 7 - 9
Travel Time: 5.5 hrs. until Montezuma / Mal Pais / Santa Teresa
1 hour travel time is spent on the ferry crossing the Gulf of Nicoya
Cost: $ 15.50

From To every day
Mal Pais/St Teresa San José 6:20   /   14:00
(Change buses in Cobano)
Montezuma San José 6:30   /   14:30
Cobano San José 7:00   /   15:00
San José Mal Pais/St Teresa 6:00   /   14:00
(Change buses in Cobano)
San José Cobano/Montezuma 6:00   /   14:00

To/From the Airport (SJO):
When coming from the airport take a taxi to the bridge of Villa Bonita where the bus stops at around 6:20 am and 2:20 pm. When you travel back to the airport the bus drops you in front of the airport building roughly around 12:30 am and 8:30 pm. See also: » Flights to Tambor

Costa Rica Bus

If the direct bus schedules do not suit you, you can also take the Bus from San José to Puntarenas which departs every 40 min from the bus terminal at Avd 12, Calle 16.
Once in Puntarenas you take the » Ferry to Paquera. In Paquera at the ferry terminal there are busses to take you to Cobano and on to Montezuma, Santa Teresa and Malpais. The last bus from Paquera is at 6:30 p.m. It meets the ferry which departs from Puntarenas at 5:00 p.m.

Local Buses:
Cobano to Santa Teresa / Mal Pais:         6:50, 10:40, 11:50*, 14:40, 17:00, 19:40*
Santa Teresa / Mal Pais to Cobano:         5:50, 6:20*, 7:55, 11:55, 14:00*, 16:00
* connects to the direct bus to/from San Jose

Cobano to Montezuma: 5:00, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 19:30
Montezuma to Cobano: 5:30, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:00, 20:00

To Samara:

Empresas Alfaro, Tel. 2222 2666
Travel Time: 4:45 hrs.     Cost: approx $ 13
The bus drives via Puntarenas, Tempisque Bridge, Nicoya to Samara.

From To  
Samara San José 4:30 a.m. (not Sun)   and   9 a.m.
San José Samara 12:00 m.d.   and   5 p.m.

These are the direct buses to Samara. There are more travel options but you will have to change buses in Nicoya » Costa Rica Bus Schedules

To Playa Coyote and San Miguel:

Empresas Arsa, Tel. 2650 0179
Travel Time: 6 hrs.     Cost: approx $ 12
The bus route is Puntarenas, Tempisque Bridge to Jicaral where you change busses. From Jicaral you drive with a smaller bus to San Francisco de Coyote and on to San Miguel and Bejuco.

From To every day
Bejuco San José 2:15 a.m.   and   12:30 m.d.
San Miguel   2:40 a.m.   and   12:45 m.d.
S.F. de Coyote   3:30 a.m.   and     1:15 p.m.
San José S.F. de Coyote
San Miguel
6:00 a.m.   and     3:30 p.m.