Liberia – Terminal de Buses Municipal


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This Liberia Municipal terminal can be a bit confusing. There are so many busses coming from and going to so many different places that it can feel chaotic. There is a ticket window where you can purchase tickets for Playa Tamarindo and Nicoya.  Tickets for other destinations can be purchased from the drivers of the bus. Looking for Playa del Coco? You need the Pulmitan station. Don’t stress, it is very close – about a 5 minute walk and you can almost see it from this station.

 

Watch your stuff closely at this station!! Thieves are known to hang out here looking for a chance to distract you from watching your bags. They work in teams and can snatch your bags faster and sneaker than you would think is possible!

 

If you have a bit of time to spend in Liberia, check the Santa Rosa National Park and Liberia city tour package with Gecko Trail.

 

Liberia Bus Terminal to the Airport

You can take a taxi for about $25 or you can take the bus. But buses to Tamarindo and Nicoya pass the airport along the way the trip takes about 20-30 minutes and costs about 500₡. Have a look at the Liberia Airport page to see where you end up.

 

Liberia to Tamarindo

Transportes La Pampa: From the Liberia Municipal Station

Purchase your ticket to Tamarindo from the ticket window at the Liberia Terminal de buses Municipal.  And from the driver if you are leaving Tamarindo. As of January 2018 the trip to costs 1400₡ and takes about 2.5hrs depending on time of day. We asked the ticket vender to write out the schedule and it is in the photos below (May 2016). Note that it is almost impossible to get 100% confirmation on the correct schedule. We emailed the transport company but they gave a different schedule than the person selling the tickets. We here at centrocoasting are going to assume the ticket vendor is correct. Good luck!

 

Liberia to Tamarindo: 3:50am, 4:30am, 5:15am , 6:10am*, 7:10am, 8:10am, 10:10am*(only Sat+Sun), 11:10am*, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 6:10pm*.

*longer route through Flamingo, Brasilito, Matapalo (~3hrs).

Tamarindo to Liberia: 3:30am, 4:30am, 5:45am, 7:30am, 9am, 10am, 11:30, 1pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 5pm. Likely also 6:30pm but we will confirm soon.

 

Playa Flamingo: One helpful traveller has submitted some extra info about Playa Flamingo in the comments on the Tamarindo page (thanks Jeremy!).

 

Liberia to Playa Grande

You can take the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo and get off in Huacas. From there take one of the two buses that will now get you there. We are still confirming the times but 12pm and 2pm is what one traveller thought. Or, grab a taxi but don’t pay more than $10.

Playa Grande to Liberia: Two buses per day from Playa Grande, one at 7:20am and one at 3:20pm. If you’ve taken one, let us know the price in the comments below!

 

Liberia to Hermosa

Liberia to Hermosa: 7:30am, 8:40am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Hermosa to Liberia: 6am, 7:30am, 8:40am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm, 7pm

~1200₡, ~2hrs

 

Liberia to Playa Panama

Liberia to Playa Panama: 4:30am, 4:40am, 4:50am, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Playa Panama to Liberia : 5am, 7:30am, 8:30am, 10am, 12:00pm, 2pm, 4pm 5pm, 7pm

 

Liberia to Nicoya

Purchase your ticket to Nicoya in advance from the ticket window. Buses leave about every 30 minutes between 4:30am to 8pm.  Check the Nicoya page to see where you will end up. As of May 2017 the price from Liberia to Nicoya is 1190₡  and the trip takes anywhere from 2-2.5hrs depending on the time of day.

 

Liberia to Nosara

From Liberia you first need to get to Nicoya and then from Nicoya you can then take the bus that is heading to Nosara. Be aware that the bus from Liberia to Nicoya can be anywhere from 1.75hrs to 2hrs+ so plan accordingly – you will often find the time listed online as around 1.5hrs. Check the Nicoya schedule here and know your connecting bus. To make the 12:30pm bus it is recommended to leave from Liberia at 10am. The station you arrive at and the station you leave from are different. Only 5 blocks apart but you need to factor that in along with bathroom breaks. Have a look at the Nicoya page for a map showing you where both stations are located.

 

Liberia to the Peñas Blancas (border)

The trip to Peñas Blancas takes about 2hrs and as of February 2018 the price is 1650₡.

Monday to Friday: 5am, 5:45am, 6am, 6:35am, 7:15am, 8am, 8:45am 9:30am – then every 30 mins until 5pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm 8:35pm.

Saturday and Sunday:  every 45min from 5am until 8:45pm

 

Liberia to Cañas

We have a photo below of the schedule posted inside the bus.The also have the schedule listed on their website: Reina del Campo.

Shedule as of May 2017 is: every day from 5:25 am to 9:30pm. And 4:30am to 8pm the other way, from Cañas to Liberia.  The trip takes about 1.5hrs and as of 2016 costs about 1200₡.

 

Liberia to San Juan del Sur

Head to the Peñas Blancas (see above) and cross to the other side. Nicaragua you can either take a taxi or very easily grab a local bus. Make sure you change your colones to cordobas as this is the currency used in Nicaragua – I recommend to figure out the rate before you ask. Most money changers are honest, but some are not! Buses from the border will leave every 15 minutes for Rivas. To get to San Juan del Sur, you can either go all the way to Rivas and then get the bus from Rivas to San Juan del Sur or you can be let off about mid way at a spot called La Virgin. From here you wait on the highway for the bus coming from Rivas to pass. Have a look at the San Juan del Sur page where it will explain this step in more detail.

 

Liberia to Puntarenas

There are 10 buses per day to Puntarenas between 5am and 5pm. The schedule is posted below. As of August 2018 the price is 2975₡. The trip takes about 3hrs.

 

Liberia to La Fortuna

We haven’t done this route but were told this is what you do to get from Liberia to La Fortuna: “In Liberia take the bus to Cañas (~$3), from Cañas straight on the bus to Tilaran at 12pm (~$1.50), from Tilaran straight on the bus to La Fortuna at 12:30pm ($4) and arrive around 2pm. The next one is at 3:30pm and you will arrive around 5”.

 

Liberia to Santa Teresa

Grab the Puntarenas bus, in Puntarenas get to the ferry and cross to Paquera, from Paquera take the bus to Cobanó, from Cobanó take the bus to Santa Teresa. All of the linked pages above will give you the information you need for each connection and information about each station.

 

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!

 

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There is no schedule posted at the Liberia station - but this one is posted in Puntarenas.

Photo May 2017

Posted and told by driver it is correct.
Photo May 2017

Liberia - Playa Hermosa schedule. Had the ticket guy write it out.
Photo May 2017

Liberia - Tamarindo schedule. Had the ticket guy write it out.
Photo May 2017

Food and coffee inside for purchase.

Toilets at the station - 350 Colones!

Buses for La Pampa - ticket office

If you need to hit a more major supermarket before your trip, there is a Pali only a couple of blocks from the station.

Submitted by a helpful traveller named Jeremy, here is a bus schedule posted in Playa Flamingo.
Photo: February 2018

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41 travel tips for Liberia – Terminal de Buses Municipal - share your tips below!

  1. Blake McMurdo

    Travelling from La Cruz to Monteverde. What is the best route, how much and link for times? Want to arrive around 3-4 pm

  2. Edu

    Hello, do you know when is the latest I can catch a bus from the airport to Liberia? My flight arrives at 10:00 p.m. on a Wednesday. Thank you very much for your help!

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Edu, I am not 100% sure how late the last bus is but I think it is closer to between 8-9pm. You’ll likely have to take a taxi since by the time you get through customs it will be pretty late.

  3. Terry

    Just a general question: is there any kind of pass for riding all day on the local buses, or transfering to another bus? Thanks!

  4. Soon

    I just need to take a public bus from the Liberia airport to Hotel Javy in town. Is there a bus from the airport going anywhere near the hotel or I need to find my way from the Municipal bus terminal? Thanks

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Soon, you’ll have to walk or take a taxi to your hotel from the bus station. Have a great trip.

  5. Drew

    Hello. What’s the best way by bus from Nicoya to playa coco? Can I get off in Filadelfia and take a bus instead of going all the way to Liberia? Thanks.

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Drew, I am actually not sure about this one. I guess since the bus will pass at some point from Liberia to Playa del Coco and if you can position yourself in the spot where it passes then that would likely work. Usually when I want to do something but not sure about the bus situation, I leave a little early in case I have to do the long way but ask the bus driver and locals as soon as I start how to go the short way. Let us know how it works out!

    • Terry

      We took the bus from Liberia to Playa Hermosa, and there is a “T” intersection near Filadelfia where you can either turn towards Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa, or you can continue going straight onto Nicoya. So if you’re coming from Nicoya just get off at the T (which will be on your left) and wait there. There are several buses that turn there, heading towards the ocean, and they will say either Playas del Coco (that’s the one you want) or Sardinal (where all the buses go through) or Playa Panama. There may be others, but those are the ones I noticed. Sardinal is the hub in that area, so if you take any of those buses you can at least make it as far as Sardinal, then take a taxi if for some reason you’ve missed the Playas del Coco bus. I assume you can flag down the bus if there isn’t a designated stop there, but we saw a lot of people getting off there, so there should be.

  6. Travis

    We just took the Liberia to Puntarenas bus today. It was 2975 per person and took about 2.75 hours. We left at 7:45am on the dot and arrived to Puntarenas around 10:30am. Thanks for all the great bus info on your site. It’s been immensely helpful us!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for all of the great info you shared!

  7. Everett

    The schedule from Liberia to Penas Blancas (with stops in La Cruz) are every 45 minutes and not every 30 minutes (as of 5.6.18). I couldn’t figure out how to attach a picture. We stopped by yesterday because we are taking it on Tuesday. Thanks for the great site!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Everett! Was it an old sign right where the bus stops? That schedule was wrong the last time I went through. Liberia is famous for not taking down old bus signs! Before I make the change on the site, did you check the time with the driver or just see the sign? Thanks so much!

  8. Sebastien gingras

    Hi! I took the Liberia – Penas blancas bus this morning at 10h30. The price as of February 2018 is now 1650 c. Thank you !

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you! I have updated the information.

  9. alexandra

    excellent tips thanks very much for your trouble

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for the nice words, Alexandra!

  10. alexandra

    excellent helpful site, thanks

  11. Ruben

    I just took the bus to Tamarindo at 2:10pm although the sign said 2:15pm, so I think the schedule is accurate. Just be there on time, because the bus leaves when the driver doesn’t see any people in line anymore.

  12. Mike

    My partner and I are going from Liberia to La Fortuna on Tuesday this week. I see the note above from a contributor about changing at Cañas and Tilaran. My question is, do the connecting buses leave from where you get off the previous bus?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Mike, I haven’t done this route so I can not say 100% but from what I have read the buses with the company Reina del Campo will arrive at a bus station in Cañas from where buses to Tilaran leave from. Let us know how it goes!

  13. Madison

    I asked the ticket seller at the Transportes La Pampa desk. She provided the same schedule as you have listed above.

    Yesterday (Sunday) I took a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia. There was no bus at 4pm or 4:15pm, however one did come around 5:10pm. I didn’t stick around to see if one was coming at 6:30pm.

    Good to know there are other buses departing from Tamarindo to Liberia on Sundays! Thanks!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks Madison! The buses to and from Tamarindo may just be one of the most difficult schedules to get confirmation on. And schedules seem to be the most inconsistent! It’s such a popular route that I am surprised there are so many issues in getting correct info from the company. I appreciate you helping figure it all out!

  14. Madison

    I’ve taken the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo and back several times on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. It’s important to note the ONLY bus that goes from Tamarindo to Liberia on Saturdays and Sundays is at 10:10am.

    If you miss the bus you’ll need to take a taxi to another nearby town. I’ve taken one from Tamarindo to Matapalo ($10) then took a bus to Belen and switched there to go to Liberia. It took be 4+ hours to get back versus 2.5-3 hours.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Madison, thanks for sending us some info! I was under the impression from the ticket guy that it was an extra bus at 10:10am. I will update, thank you. Definitely don’t want to be missing the only bus! What time does the bus go on Sat and Sun from Tamarindo to Liberia?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Madison! I was wondering if you could do centrocoasting a favour? On your next trip to Liberia, could you ask the ticket seller for the schedule from Tamarindo to Liberia? Ask him to write it out and then take a photo and send it to us in an email centrocoasting@gmail I asked the driver when I was there but I am not sure he gave me the correct schedule!

      • Madison

        Yes, I am actually going to Liberia tomorrow. I will try to ask for the schedule. I believe yours is pretty accurate. The last bus is definitely at 6:10p during the week (I’ve taken that one before). I asked the bus driver for the bus times on Sunday and he said only 10:10a. There are other buses that pass through Tamarindo going to Santa Cruz very frequently on Sundays, but there is only one leaving Tamarindo going to Liberia and it’s at 10:10a. I took that one a few weeks ago. I believe it is the same on Saturdays but I will check.

        I love your website. It’s helped me so much traveling through Costa Rica.

        • centrocoasting

          Great, thanks for any clarification you can provide. I did email Transportes La Pampa and they told me the schedule was the same on the weekends as it is on weekdays. My guess then is that the 10:10am is just an extra bus that only operates on Sat and Sun. Quite frustrating how many schedules are out there for this route!

  15. Simon Peter Groebner

    Excellent site. I just returned from z Liberia which was my jumpoff point to Nicaragua. It should be noted that you can get between the Liberia airport and the Municipal bus terminal on the bus. I believe I boarded a bus to Nosara/Nicosia and asked if it stopped at the airport. Previously I had spent $25 on a taxi from the airport to town, which was unnecessary.

    • Simon Peter Groebner

      Correction: Nosara/Nicoya.

      • centrocoasting

        Thank you, Simon! I will make sure I add this information to this page. I have it written on this page https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/liberia-airport/ but didn’t realize I am missing it here. Thanks for the heads up! So glad this site could help you in your travels 🙂

  16. Loren Alexander

    Please help me! 🙂 I am currently in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste region) and I need to be in Esterillos Este by 3 pm tomorrow (Thursday). I am okay with getting as close to Esterillos Este as possible and then taking a taxi from there. Thank you so much! I am told to take a bus from Playas del Coco (Guanacaste region) to Liberia, then Liberia to Puntarenas or Quepo. I do now know where exactly the buses stop and what the schedules are. Thanks again!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Loren! There is a bus early in the morning. I believe they start at 5am. You will need to get on an early one! This bus will take you to from Playa del Coco to Liberia. When in Liberia you need to change bus stations. They are only about 2 blocks apart and you can see on the map above where they are. From Liberia you can change to a bus heading to Puntarenas. They leave almost every hour. Once in Puntarenas you can switch to a bus heading to Quepos/Jaco. https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/puntarenas/ There is a ticket window and you can ask where to find this bus. I don’t know if you will make it by 3pm but it is possible if you start early! Have a great trip!

  17. Lynn Brower

    I need a bus from Terminal de Buses Municipal de Liberia to Playas del Coco. What is the schedule?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi! You need the other station in Liberia. Have a look at the map and you will see two red markers. They are about 2 blocks apart. From the Pulmitan de Liberia station you can get a bus to Playa deal Coco. There are several leaving every day. Have a great trip! https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/pulmitan-de-liberia

  18. valeria susanina

    I arrive at Liberia Airport on 4/13 at noon. Do I need to go to the bus station to purchase my ticket? I would like to go to Tamarindo or Play Flamingo. Do you know the schedule and are?
    Thank you

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Valeria! You can purchase your ticket from the bus driver, you don’t have to go to the station. When you arrive you can go outside the front doors of the airport and look to your left where you will see a bus stop sign. Have a look here to see what it looks like https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/liberia-airport/ Buses headed to Tamarindo will pass on average every 1-1.5hrs and the bus will be labeled Tamarindo so you will know you have the right one! Your best option is to go outside the airport and wait for the next bus to pass. Have a great trip!

  19. Bridger

    Hey there,

    First……this site is amazing. It is exactly what people need to help navigate Costa Rica by bus!
    Second….my wife and I are flying into Liberia in April arriving 1:50 pm (13:50) and are hoping to get a bus to Puntarenas that evening. I have only flown into San Jose so I’m unsure how much time is required to clear customs. I see there is a bus at 3:30 that seems like a guaranteed departure and a 5:00 bus that was recently added. Do you know if the 5:00 departure from Liberia to Puntarenas is still running? If not, will it be possible to make the 3:30 if we arrive at 1:50?

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks so much for the positive words on this site! As far as I know that 5pm bus is still running. It has been on the schedule for a while. I will be there to check on bus times and update info in the next two months so I can post another comment here when I do to confirm. Clearing customs in Liberia can really slow or fairly quick if you are lucky. It really depends on how many flights are arriving at the same time as you and who gets in first. It’s a quick cab ride from the airport to the station so you may be able to make the 3:30pm. You’ll have to just play it by ear. Are you staying overnight in Puntarenas?

      • Bridger

        Awesome! That’s great to hear. I’m sure I will be checking the site regularly so its unlikely i will miss an update. Yes we are hoping to stay in Puntarenas that night and catch the ferry to Paquera early in the morning the following day.

        • centrocoasting

          I am happy to know the site will help you along the way! If you end up deciding to stay the night in Liberia instead. I have stayed a few times at Hotel Liberia. It’s a nice place.

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