[google_maps id=”3462″]

Tag us on instagram @centrocoasting! We will regram your travels and show others what your bus travels look like.

When coming or going by bus from Jacó you are most likely taking the direct bus to San José or you are grabbing a bus north towards Quepos or south towards Puntarenas. Let us explain…


Jacó to San José

(You can now buy your ticket online on the Transportes Jaco Website.)

The main terminal for busses headed to San José is located at the Plaza. This is across the street from the Best Western hotel on the north end of the main street that parallels the beach (indicated on the map). There is a ticket window inside where you can purchase tickets as well as a couple of spots to grab something to eat and drink. Schedule photo below. The price is aprox 3000₡, 5am to 5pm (see photo below), 2.5hrs. You end up at the Terminal 7-10 in downtown San José

San José to Jacó: You will see when booking a ticket online that the Villa Bonita station is an optional pickup location. Great for those not wanting to go all the way to the Terminal 7-10 in San José


Jacó to Quepos

For busses to Quepos you can basically stand on the beach side of the road and wait for the bus to pass. It will stop at any bus stop on that main street. You will find a lot of travellers congregating at the stop across from the Mas x Menos near the center of Jacó.  Buses run from 6am to 7pm. See the photo of schedule below.  As of Aug 2018 the price for a ticket is 1325₡. The trip takes about 2hrs


Jacó to Puntarenas

To head north towards Puntarenas just stand on the other side of the road (the non beach side) at a bus bench and wait. See photo of schedule below for buese to Jacó. ~ 1500₡, ~1.5hrs


Jacó to Playa Hermosa

To get to Playa Hermosa you need to get on the bus in Jacó and head towards Quepos for about 5 minutes. Ding the bell and get let off on the highway – it is only a short walk in.


Jacó to Uvita or further south

It is possible to get a Tracopa bus from the main highway, Carretera de Pacifico. It isn’t 100% certain that the bus will stop but they likely will. You need to flag it down though – a big pink bus with the Tracopa name on it. Thanks to a helpful traveller named Pawel for giving us the GPS location https://goo.gl/maps/okCNai2BWNx


Trip Planning

If you are still planning for your upcoming trip, I am told this Trip Planner from Gecko Trail is quite useful to help you prioritize where you want to spend your time! Gecko Trail is a ICT certified Travel Agency that has great core values and gives back to the community. So much to see and do in this beautiful country!


Help your fellow traveller

If you have taken any of the buses on this page, please drop us a comment below about how the trip went, what time you left, how long it took and what it cost. And, definitely let us know if we have anything wrong.

Lets help each other in our travels!



Add your comments in an update below
Check the comments from other travellers for updates
Share your travel knowledge with others in the comment section below


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!




The main schedule posted at the station for busses to San José. This is also the ticket window where you will purchase your ticket. If the bus happens to be full, ask if you can get on anyway and stand - the answer is most always, yes.

Photo taken: February 8, 2016

Outside the main terminal for busses headed to San José

Photo taken: February 8, 2016

The Best Western Hotel across from the main terminal - a good landmark to look for.

Photo taken: February 8, 2016

Jacó Beach

Photo taken: February 8, 2016

The bus heading from Jacó to Quepos.

Photo taken: February 8, 2016

Add Info

Update Image


12 travel tips for Jacó - share your tips below!

  1. dominique genelot

    is somebody do la fortuna quepos by bus? How many times is it easy? thank you for information
    we return to san jose from uvita on april 9th it s just before easter is there tracopa buses? and after jaco buses?

  2. b.


    I’ve just returned from a 3 week trip to Costa Rica and your site was very useful every now an then. I took pictures of most of the bus timetables along the trip and I’d be happy to share them with you to give something back: most of the info posted is correct on your site but there are quite a few timetables which need an update.

    Feel free to e-mail me if you’re interested..

    See ya..and thankyou,


  3. Dave

    The bus from Jaco will stop right outside the SJO airport before going to the 7-10 terminal in San Jose!

  4. Val

    Any Bus or shuttles from Esterillos Puntarenas to Liberia? Thx!

    • centrocoasting

      I have never done this route but I assume you would go to the highway and flag the bus down as it passes – using the bus schedule for buses going from Quepos – Jaco – Puntarenas (schedule found on each of these pages). How did the trip go, did you go stand on the highway?

  5. Joel serrano

    Buses from Jacó stop in Alajuela and SJO. So if you’re heading into town to be closer to the airport for your departure. You may be able to just spend a night more in Jacó. I unfortunately already had a hotel booked in San José and had to go there before finding out it stopped at the airport.

  6. Estelle

    Hello, do the buses from Jaco to Quépos work on sundays ? Thank you !

  7. Pawel

    You can take a direct bus from Jaco to Uvita and further south with a company Tracopa. Their buses are pink and can be hailed from a remote stop on the Carretera de Pacifico, not in th town centre. GPS location is the following:
    Taxi drivers will know where to get you. Remember, the bus won’t stop unless you hail it!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Pawel! I will add this to the info above. I have done this before but always worry the bus wont stop!

      • Mariya

        Does anyone know if I can pay for the ticket on the bus once I flag it down? Tracopa does not list Jaco as the seller of tickets. I need to find out where I can buy the ticket to go from Jaco to Paso Canoas.

  8. Celine

    Hi! One fresh info re the bus from Jaco to Quepos: the price is now at 1,325₡.
    Cheers, Céline

    • centrocoasting

      Cool, thanks for the update Celine!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.