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** October 26th, 2018: There has been a temporary change in Ferry hours and the bus from San Jose to Santa Teresa/Montezuma now departs at 7:30am and 3:30pm. 

Cóbano is the main town closest to both Santa Teresa/Mal Pais and Montezuma. When heading to either of these places, you will most likely pass through here.


There is a covered bus stop on one side of the street where you wait for the direct bus heading to San José. On the opposite side of the street is the pick up location for busses heading to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais – it’s general location is in front of a small store that sells vegetables and there is a tiny sign indicating that it is a bus stop. (See if you can find it!) All busses are very clearly labeled when coming to and going from Cóbano so you shouldn’t have any problems.


Direct bus to/from San José

The direct bus from San José leaves from the Terminal 7-10. This bus takes about 6hrs and leaves San José at 6am and 2pm. This is one of the more expensive buses in Costa Rica and as of 2017 the cost is 7020₡, which includes the cost of your ferry ticket of about 800₡. The trip takes about 5.5hrs.

Surfers, you will pay an extra 2000₡ for your surfboard.


We have a photo of the schedule below which is current as of May 2017 but here it is in writing:

  • Cóbano  to  San José: 7:00am / 3:00pm
  • San José  to  Cóbano/Montezuma: 6:00am / 2:00pm
  • Santa Teresa/Mal Pais  to  San José:  6:00am  (take local bus at 2pm local bus to connect in Cóbano with the 2:30pm. extra 1000₡)
  • San José  to  Santa Teresa/Mal Pais: 6:00am / 2:00pm
  • Montezuma  to  San José:  6:30am / 2:30pm

** you have to pay the whole fare to San José even if you want to only go part way.

** October 26th, 2018: There has been a temporary change in Ferry hours and the bus from San Jose to Santa Teresa/Montezuma now departs at 7:30am and 3:30pm. 


Cóbano Local Bus Schedule (2017)

  • Cóbano to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais: 06:50am, 10:30am, 11:30am*, 2:30pm, 5pm:00, 7:30pm*
  • Santa Teresa/Mal Pais to Cóbano: 5:50am, 06:00am*, 7:55am, 11:55am, 2:00pm*, 4:00pm

* connection with the direct bus to/from San José

*be on time. This bus starts from the far end of Santa Teresa and may take 5-20+minutes to reach you depending on where you are standing.

1000₡, 45 minutes

  • Cóbano to Montezuma: 5:30am, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:50pm, 7:45pm
  • Montezuma to Cóbano: 6:20am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2:20pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8pm

400₡, 25 minutes *see photo of schedule below

  • Paquera to Cobano: 6:15am, 8:15am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm
  • Cobano to Paquera:4am, 6:45am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm

1800₡, 1.5hrs *see photo of schedule below


Ferry Schedule

Puntarenas to Paquera

  • 05:00, 09:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:30*

(*no connecting bus heading all the way to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Montezuma)

Paquera to Puntarenas

  • 05:30, 09:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:00

***here is an extremely useful number = call tel: 26612084 (then press 4) and you can get the current ferry schedule.


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We do not 100% guarantee that all schedules, times and prices are exact. The information in this website is based on personal experience and by information submitted by other travellers. Information has been gathered from station schedules, station managers, bus drivers and driver helpers. We have done our best to get as much accurate up to date information as possible, but prices and times change. Also, remember that you are responsible for your own health and safety. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!




Here is the ferry schedule - for reference if you are trying to connect

Photo taken: February 10, 2016

If you have found this sign beside the vegetable store then you have found the bus stop!

Photo taken: February 10, 2016

Transportes Cobanó bus to and from San José
Photo from the 7-10 Station
Photo taken May 2017

Schedule for buses going between:
Cóbano and Montezuma
Cóbano and the Ferry
Photo from the Transportes Cóbano office
Photo: June 2017

The main bus stop across from the Transportes Cobano office. This is where you wait for the bus to San José.

Photo taken: February 9, 2016

The bus heading to Montezuma. Sometimes this bus is yellow.

Photo taken: February 9, 2016

The bus heading to Santa Teresa. Sometimes this bus is brown.

Photo taken: February 9, 201

The bus heading to Santa Teresa

Photo taken: February 9, 201

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8 travel tips for Cóbano - share your tips below!

  1. Simon

    The Schedule of the bus from Cobano to Paquera has changed from the 7th of Match 2022.
    It’s is now
    Cóbano – Paquera (ferry)
    4:00 a.m.
    7:00 a.m.
    10:00 a.m.
    01:00 p.m.
    4:15 p.m.

    Paquera (ferry)-Cóbano

    06:45 a.m.
    10:30 a.m.
    01:30 p.m.
    04:30 p.m.
    07:30 p.m.

    I took a picture if needed.

  2. Alex

    The local bus from Cobano to Mal Pais / Santa Teresa charges 1000₡ for a surfboard (as of August 2019).

  3. MARIE

    3 Jan 2019.There is no bus service past Rio Grande going north. Apparently the road is too bad. But we were told by a local they are fixing and paving all the way from Paquera to Playa Naranjo and should be ready in 2 yrs.

  4. MARIE

    Jan 3 2019. We took a bus for 600 colones from Paquera to Rio Grande to check out some local beaches, Mango and Pajaros. The bus came from the ferry so it follows the ferry arrival schedule. Had a nice lunch at the Soda by the store then walked half hr to Mango passing 7 howlers in a tree. The return schedule said last bus was 5:00pm but it didn’t show. The store clerk called a local guy and drove us back to Paquera for 6000 colones…about $10us. Great day!

  5. David

    On a Thursday morning 12.13.18: We (2 adults) took a bus from Santa Teresa @ 8am to Cobano @ 2000 colones. Arrived in Cobano at 8:50am.
    Bus to the Paquera ferry was waiting in Cobano. Cost a little under 1500 colones total for 2 adults. The bus left right away @ 8:55am.
    Not sure if this bus from Cobano to the Ferry is normal leaving when it did, but, Hell Yeah! We thought that we would be waiting until 10:30 from Cobano to Paqeura.

  6. marina speich

    Do you know if the 11th june 2018 the bus from San José to Cobano leaves at 6am, from Terminal 7-10?
    Does it arrive in Cobano around 12am?
    Is it possible to buy the tickets in advance?
    thank you

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Marina, we can’t say for sure what a bus schedule will be like in the future. You can book your ticket online with laterminalcostarica. The trip from San Jose to Cobano takes a while with the ferry. I can’t remember exactly when it gets to Cobano if you take the 6am bus but it is around 12pm-1pm.

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