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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. 

There is one main bus stop in Montezuma where the bus parks and picks up the majority of it’s passengers. Montezuma is quite small so anything you need is right there. The local bus schedule can change often, but for travellers coming from and going to San José the bus times don’t change much since they are timed with the Ferry.


Cóbano Local Bus Schedule (2017)

  • Cóbano to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais: 6:50am, 10:30am, 11:30am*, 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm*
  • Santa Teresa/Mal Pais to Cóbano: 5:50am, 6am*, 7:55am, 11:55am, 2:00pm*, 4pm

* connection with the direct bus to/from San José

*In Santa Teresa 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


Direct bus to and from San José

The direct bus from San José leaves from the Terminal 7-10. This bus takes about 6hrs. This is one of the most expensive buses in Costa Rica and as of July 2017 the cost is 7320₡, which includes the cost of your ferry ticket of about 800₡. The trip takes about 5.5hrs.

If you are near the Airport you don’t have to head all the way to the 7-10 Terminal. Instead, have a taxi take you to the Villa Bonita Bridge in Alajuela. The bus to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais/Montezuma passes this spot about 6:20am and 2:20pm – or basically however long it takes to get there after leaving downtown so this time could be a bit longer. Have a look a the Villa Bonita page to see what this spot looks like and more info on how to get there.


We have a photo of the schedule below (May 2017), but here it is in writing:

Transportes Cóbano Schedule:

From Montezuma to San José:  6:30am and 2:30pm

San José  to Montezuma: 6am and 2pm

Cóbano to San José: 7am and 3pm

** 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. 


Cheaper option with non-direct bus:

Local Buses from Montezuma to San José

Take the local bus to Cóbano. Bus takes about 30-40mins and costs 1000₡. It will pass around 6am and 2pm. When you arrive there will be a bus going to Paquera at 7am and 3pm (to connect with the 9am and 5pm ferry) which costs ~1800₡. Buy your ferry ticket, get on and cross, 810₡. Then make your way to the Puntarenas bus terminal (1500₡ taxi) and buy your ticket to San José with Transportes Unidos for 2585₡. Check the Puntarenas page for more info on schedules. All of the indirecto buses from Puntarenas to San José bus pass the airport on the way. That’s 6195₡ plus the taxi, which you could share.



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.


We are told it is possible to take a bicycle with you. Both wheels need to be off and it costs 3000₡ (Jan 2018).


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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!




This schedule is painted right into the bus stop. Be on time for your bus and don't stress if the bus is 20-40 minutes late.

Photo taken: February 16, 2016

Schedule for busses to Cabo Blanco National Park. Also painted right into the bus stop.

Photo taken: February 16, 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 bus stop

The bus stop

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25 travel tips for Montezuma - share your tips below!

  1. Shell

    Catching the 9am ferry from Puntarenas (810Cs), arriving around 10:30am. There is a direct bus to Montezuma waiting at the ferry port for 2150Cs. Goes through Cobano but don’t get off, it will continue on.

  2. Pierre-Louis

    I took a picture of the new schedule board in Montezuma.
    We tried the mini-van to cabo blanco at 10am (if leaves in reality when the bus from cobano arrives) with a return at 3:20 (3:18 in reality, we had to run a little).
    Thanks for what you do.

  3. Rob the Blob

    We just left Montezuma on our way to San Jose. The officials say the bus departs at 0615h. The panel at the bus stop says 0620h and when i asked the driver he said its 0630h 😀 pura vida
    We didnt pay in the bus from Montezuma, but had to get a ticket for the connecting travelbus to san jose in cóbano at the office. The bus waits for all passengers. From cóbano to the ferry and further to S.J.

    I took a picture of the newly designed schedules in Montezuma.
    @centrocoasting contact me

  4. Michael

    Anyone know how to take public transport to Montezuma from Nicoya?

  5. Jenna

    Hi there.
    I am trying to find an update bus schedule for traveling from Montezuma to the Paquera Ferry. Thank you!

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