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Direct Buses to/from San José

Santa Teresa/ Mal Pais/ Montezuma:

Transportes Cóbano, Tel. 2642 1112 and 2519 9973 / Cost: $ 14 / Duration: 5.5 hrs
The bus ticket also includes the ferry (70 min across the Gulf of Nicoya).
Bus Terminal in San José: Nueva Megaterminal, Avenida 7, Calle 10, contiguo al Cine Líbano
You can either buy your ticket on the bus or, to ensure your seat, make an online reservation.

From To every day
Mal Pais/St Teresa San José 6:00   /   14:00
Montezuma San José 6:20   /   14:20
Cobano San José 7:00   /   15:00
San José Mal Pais/St Teresa 6:00   /   14:00
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 6:30 am and 2:30 pm. On your return journey, to the airport of San Jose, the bus drops you off right in front of the SJO airport at 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 and meets 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

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

Playa Coyote and San Miguel:

Empresas Arsa, Tel. 2650 0179 / Cost: approx $ 9 / Duration: 6 hrs
Via Puntarenas, Tempisque Bridge to Jicaral. In Jicaral you change buses and continue with a smaller bus to San Francisco de Coyote, San Miguel and Bejuco/Pueblo Nuevo. Tickets can be bought on the bus, or reserve your seat with an online reservation: La Terminal.

From To every day
Bejuco 2:00   /   13:00
San Miguel San José 2:30   /   13:30
S.F. de Coyote   3:00   /   14:00
San José S.F. de Coyote
San Miguel
Bejuco
6:00   /   15:30