Start Here

HINT: Hit Ctrl-F (windows) or Cmd-F (Mac) to bring up a search box to find things

Facebook page:

Online Bus Schedules (in country):

WOW My new “go to” page

TheBusSchedule (best place to start) If it does not work, use this one

Extensive list of routes, buses, schedules and station (2nd choice)

Nice PDF with the routes and schedules

Convenient PDF with the major routes by City

Comprehensive Bus Routes (+1000 routes in a list)

All of Central America

160 Main Routes

Pura vida guide – Bus Schedule

Central Line SA Facebook (Managua) and Central Line S.A. Website (Managua)

SafePassage – SJO pick up and delivery or TicketBusCR Pre-order tickets for pickup or email

Mexico Bus Service

Bus Phone Apps

Kolbi phone app – bus, train, ferry schedules

yoviaocr (web and phone)

BusMaps (phone app) and Facebook

Movit Waze-like crowd source app

La Terminal (Bus Payments)  web and Facebook


Offline Bus Schedules (PDFs)

Official Tourism Bus Schedule (PDF)

San Jose and Surrounding area

San Jose Green Buses

Walking tour of downtown Website

Hop on Hop off tourist bus web

Transcesa S.A – Parque Central (Sabana Sur) – Parque Central, Hospital Blanco, Sala Garbo, Costado, ICE, MAG, Universidad La Sale, Contraloria, Costado sur Funeraria Sabana Sur to Downtown loop and FB Site

Hospital Mexico , La Uruca, Peregrina, Barrio Corazon de Jesus , Leon XIII , Parque de Diversiones, Urb. Rosister Carballo , La Carpio Biusa BUSES INA URUCA S.A. (Green Buses)

Train Schedule and Routes and web and web

Heredia, Heredia Trains and Bus Routes

Heredia – San José

Costa Rica Bus Pictures by Route

TRANSPORTES GONZALES Y VILLEGAS LTDA. Orotina ,Tarcoles ,Jaco, Coyolar, Pozón , Jaco, Herradura, Quebrada Amarilla

Calle Siles – Campiña – Cedros – Cipreses – Curridabat por San Pedro – Europa – Granadilla – Interlínea Desamparados Moravia – Quesada Duran – Sabanilla – Salitrillos – Santa Marta – San Ramón – Zapote por Corte – Zapote por Pista

Long Distance Buses (In country)


Empresa / Alfaro (Guanacaste – Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Samara, Hojancha, Tamarindo)

Mepe (Caribbean)  Limón,  Valle La Estrella, Sixaola, Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo, Dondonia, Cahuita,  Bribri,  San Andres, Bananito

Grupo Caribenos to Limon, Siquirres , Guaplies

Miramar (Facebook)

Cobana (Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and Montezuma)

Coopetransatenas (Atenas)

Pulmitan (Guanacaste) Facebook Page and Website  CARIBE, PACÍFICO, SAN CARLOS

Terminals – Limon, Puerto Viejo, Chahuta, Sixaola , Bribri

Grupo Caribenos to Limon Siquirres , Guaplies

Aguas Claras , Liberia, Peñas Blancas, Cañas, Las Juntas, Buenos Aires, Juntas – Liberia, Brasilia, Quebrada, Upala, Las Juntas, Santa Cecilia, El Coco

Cariari, Pocora, Guápiles, Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo De Sarapiquí, Río Frío, Guacimo, Jimenez, San Carlos, San Miguel , Cariblanco


Buses to Nicoya Penisula (Santa Teresa/Mal Pais/Montezuma/Samara/Playa Coyote/San Miguel)


Tapacopa (Most are in la Zona Sur. Some go over Cerro de la Muerte, others use the coastal road ( Costanera) , so Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal are reachable)

Transportes Blanco S.A.  Facebook and Website for (Ciudad Neily – Golfito – Palmar Norte – Ciudad Cortés – OSA – Puerto Jimenez – South Coast – Uvita – Dominical)

Tapacopa  Golifto, Uvita, San Isidro, Puerto Jimenez, Dominical,San Vito, Ciudad Neily, Ciudad Cortes, Paso Canoas, Perez Zeledon, David in Panama.  Parrita, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, Dominical, San Vito, Golfito and Paso Canoas

TRAROC (Nosara and Nicoya)


Golfito Bus and Water Taxi and web


Playa Zancudo

Quepos – Puntarenas and Return


Between Countries Buses (Panama / Nicaragua)

Ticabus – web and Routes and Facebook

Nicabus – web and Facebook

TransNica web and Facebook

Nica Express web

All of Central America

Central America Bus Routes

Expreso Panama (Panama)

King Quality (From Costa Rica to el Salvador)

Tour Buses



Other Costa Rica Resources

Original Costa Rica by Bus Book

Road Map of Costa Rica

Ferry schedule

CR Bus Facebook Group

Off Grid Traveler (phone app)

 This company will pre-buy your bus tickets, pick you up at the airport and take you to the right bus station which can be worth it during high season  web

FlyOnward -FlyOnward is an exclusive Flight Ticket Rental Service. We provide you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad.

For road status and location of shelters, please consult the transit police website

Costa Rica National Emergency Commission (Comision Nacional de Emergencias or CNE) website

CR Bus Blogs

List of trips I am planning

List of Trips I am planning

Government agency that regulates and licenses buses

Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos – government licensing agency who regulates things – water,trains, electricity, buses, etc. Website and Routes


On Monday August 3, 2015 start operating mega bus terminal will house six transport corridors from San Jose.  The new Central Terminal 7-10 located diagonally former Lebanese cinema in the center of the capital and it will provide transport service companies Jaco Cóbano Transport, the Alfaro bus company, autobusera the Central Line that serves San Jose Managua, Transport Venice San José de San Carlos and Transport The 400 States.

Hint: Google Chrome translates the sites to English if you do not know Spanish.


2 thoughts on “Start Here

  1. […] There are a few other options to get to Tamarindo to San Jose.  The cheapest option is by bus which is only about $10. I would highly recommend this for a budget traveler.  Jen at CostaRicaChica has a very in-depth article with her experience taking the bus from San Jose to Tamarindo.  For even more information about taking the bus around Costa Rica, you can look here. […]


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