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Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

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Direct Buses to/from San José, Costa Rica

To Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Montezuma:

Transportes Cóbano, Tel. 2642 1112 and 2221 7479 / Cost: $ 15.50 / Duration: 5.5 hrs
Bus Terminal in San José: Atlántico Norte (also called San Carlos) Calle 12 Av. 7 - 9

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

The San Jose Bus Terminal

To/From the Airport (SJO):
When coming from the airport take a taxi to the bridge of Villa Bonita in Alajuela, where the bus stops at around 6:20 am and 2:20 pm. On your return journey, to the airport of San Jose, the bus drops you in front of the SJO airport roughly around 12:30 am and 8:30 pm.

If the direct bus schedules do not suit you, you can also take the regular Bus from San José to Puntarenas which departs every 40 min from the bus terminal at Avd 12, Calle 16. Once in Puntarenas take the » Ferry to Paquera. In Paquera continue by bus to Cobano, and on to Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Malpais. The last bus from Paquera is at 6:30 pm for the 5 pm ferry from Puntarenas.

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

Private Shuttle:
For an individual transportation you can also book a private taxi bus from the airports of San Jose, Liberia or Tambor. » Private Taxi Bus

To Samara:

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

From To  
Samara San José 4:30 (not Sun)   /   21:00
San José Samara 12:00   /   17:00

These are the direct buses to Samara. More travel options are available if you change buses in the town of Nicoya. » Costa Rica Bus Schedules

To Playa Coyote and San Miguel:

Empresas Arsa, Tel. 2650 0179 / Cost: approx $ 12 / Duration: 6 hrs
Via Puntarenas, Tempisque Bridge to Jicaral. From Jicaral you continue with a smaller bus to San Francisco de Coyote and on to San Miguel and Bejuco/Pueblo Nuevo.

From To every day
Bejuco 2:15   /   12:30
San Miguel San José 2:40   /   12:45
S.F. de Coyote   3:30   /   13:15
San José S.F. de Coyote
San Miguel
Bejuco
6:00   /   15:30