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There are two stations in Nicoya which you will likely use in your travels. The Traroc is a main hub for several destinations and the other is where the bus heads back to Liberia (see map). The two stations are only about 5 blocks apart and connected to the same street. This means, for instance, if you are arriving from Liberia and heading to Samara or Nosara(Playa Guiones) you will need to walk those five blocks to the other station.


Nicoya to San José

Have a look at the schedule photo below to see when this bus heads to San José.  As of 2016 the cost is 4000₡ and it takes about 5.5hrs.

Nicoya to Liberia

Make sure you are at the right station (see map). This bus leaves every 30min from 4:30am to 8pm.


Nicoya to Nosara

From Nicoya to Nosara the bus leaves at: 4:45am (not Sunday), 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm (Sunday only), 5:30pm (not Sunday).

From Nosara to Nicoya the bus leaves at: 5:00am (not Sunday), 5:30am, 7:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm.

See photos below.

TIP: If you are heading to Nosara (Playa Guiones) from Liberia be aware that the bus from Liberia to Nicoya can be anywhere from 1.5hrs to 2hrs+. To make the 12:30pm bus leaving Nicoya to Nosara  it is recommended to leave from Liberia no later than 10am, or you will risk sitting in Nicoya waiting for the 3:30pm bus.  Note that 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.


Nicoya to Samara

There are several buses every day to Samara from Nicoya. Have a look at  the photo of the schedule below to check the times.  As of 2016 this bus was about 1800₡ and took about 1.5hrs.


Samara to Nicoya

For buses heading back to Nicoya you can wait at a covered bus stop right at the exit of town – about 20 meters away from the Alfaro office. Check the Samara page for the schedule. This bus will pass La Bomba – which is where you need to get off for buses to Nosara, see below. As of 2016 this bus was about 1800₡ and took about 1.5hrs.


Nicoya to Playa Naranjo

Check out the Transportes Arsa website for the schedule.


Liberia Airport to Nicoya

You are in luck! The bus from Liberia to Nicoya will pass right in front of the airport. It passes very frequently and you can have a look at the Liberia Airport page for more info.


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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!



Going to Nosara or Samara? Here is your schedule.

Photo taken: June 2018

Station for busses coming and going to Nicoya - Liberia

Photo taken: January 24, 2016

Inside the Nicoya - Liberia station. There is one ticket window where you must purchase your ticket before you get on the bus. Pretty basic station.

Photo taken: January 24, 2016

Taken from the entrance to the Nicoya - Liberia Station. In the distance you can see a blue building on the corner - a couple of doors to the right of that is a place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat if you need. They also have a toilet, but make sure you purchase something if you want to use it! Note the bank nearby if you need that also.

Photo taken: January 24, 2016

Outside of the main station where many busses leave to many different places. Popular for travellers are those busses going to Nosara, Samara and San José.

Photo taken: January 24, 2016

There are toilets located inside - 300 colones at the time of writing this.

Photo taken: January 24, 2016

Outside the main station looking up the street in the direction you need to walk if you are heading from Nicoya to Liberia. That station is located about ~5 blocks North of here.

Photo taken: January 24, 2016


31 travel tips for Nicoya - share your tips below!

  1. natascha

    took the ferry puntarenas – playa naranjo at 2:30pm and arrived at playa naranjo before 4pm. there was only one bus to nicoya and it took me more than 3 hours. price for the ferry: 1005 colones

  2. Lara Walklet

    Just took the bus last week from Nicoya to Nosara, and it left at 12:30, not 1 pm as listed above.

    I was coming from Liberia on the 10 am bus and had just enough time to walk to the other station to catch the 12:30 bus to Nosara (playa guiones).

  3. Brent

    Thank you again for the great information on this site.
    I just took the white bus from Liberia Airport to Nicoya (you can catch it right in front of the airport or out on the highway in front of the airport). It was 1,920 colones and took just over 2 hours. When you get to Nicoya (called Estacion de Buses on Google Maps), there are no signs or maps, but the bus terminal is just a few blocks away. Find the main road called 150, and follow it down the hill, past streets Av. Justo A. Flores, Av 2, and Av 4, and it’s just before the river and just past Av 4 on your left (called Estacion de Buses ALFARO on Google Maps). You pay on the bus and I believe it was 1,200 colones. Stood most of the way, but it was an easy ride. Took about 2 hours in early October from Nicoya to Guiones/Nosara.

  4. emily hargreaves

    Hi, anyone know how to get from Nicoya to Puntarenas as we are going to attempt tomorrow to do the mammoth Sámara to Santa Teresa trip with about 4-5 buses and a ferry!

  5. Dewi

    I am trying to get from Santa Elena to Sámara. Do you know the best way please? Thanks

  6. Will

    What is the best way to get from Nicoya to Playa Hermosa?

    • centrocoasting

      Hey there, which Playa Hermosa are you trying to get to?

  7. Tamara

    Hey, I just thought I’d let you know that you can buy tickets online at, it’s super convenient and haven’t seen you post about it, and as someone traveling I found it more convenient than finding out where do they sell the tickets in town, they charge a 590 colones fee, but is totally worth it and it works in all Guanacaste and San Jose busses

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you!

  8. Susan

    Is there a way to go by bus from San Jose to Nambi de Nicoya? Does Nambi even have a bus station ?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Susan, I don’t know if Nambi has a bus station but I am guessing the bus just stops along the main road in town somewhere. There are buses that go from the 7-10 Terminal to Nicoya each day. Have a look at the schedule and info on this page I can’t say for 100% sure if the bus will pas Nambi, but if it doesn’t you could always get the bus to Nicoya and then taxi to Nambi (15mins) or get a local bus from Nicoya headed that way. Have a great trip!

  9. Melissa

    Are large suitcases allowed on the bus from Nicoya to Samara? I’m hearing different things… Thanks!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Melissa, that always depends on size and which bus, larger buses originating in San Jose and passing Nicoya to Samara will have a luggage compartment below. You can also try asking the Samara Info Center I personally have taken some larger bags (and a surfboard) on buses between Nicoya and Samara and it hasn’t been a problem. Though, it doesn’t mean the rules are the same as my experience. Costa Rica is always changing!

  10. Mal

    Also would love to know if there is a bus from the San Jose airport to Nicoya? Trying to get to Norasa and know there is a bus line from Nicoya to Norasa.
    Thank you in advance:)

    • centrocoasting

      No bus from SJO to Nicoya. You will have to go into the city to get a bus that way. There is a bus from San Jose city (7-10) station that goes all the way to Nosara. Check both the 7-10 page and the Nosara page for more info.

  11. Anna


    I am traveling from the Liberia Airport to Samara, via Nicoya. I see that there are two bus stops, and you need to walk from one to the other to make the connection. Just to be clear, which bus stop in Nicoya do I use to go to and from Liberia Airport, and which bus stop goes to and from Samara? There is a mention of Trarac bus stop, but it is not marked by name on the map.

    Thank you,

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Anna, if you click the little red map marker they are labelled. The Trarac is also the one labeled for Alfaro. You will see the photo of the schedule which has all of the buses from that station and their schedules. Hope this clears it up. Basically if you are coming from Liberia, you need to change. The Samara station is bigger and you’ll see more activity and buses. The pictures above of the stations should help. Have a great trip.

  12. Anna

    We like to take the bus from Monteverde to Tamarindo or anywhere on the coast, any recommendations for a beginner surfer and a seasoned surfer(in 1 place)?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Anna, I’d take the bus from Monteverde to Puntarenas and then head out to your next spot from there. Lots of bus options to different spots on the coast. You can go direct to Santa Teresa, or head towards Dominical or head to Liberia and then onward to Nosara or Tamarindo etc.

  13. Naomi

    Hiya ~ trying to get from Nosara to La fortuna. Do I catch a connecting bus in Nicoya? Any idea how long the trip would take? Thanks in advance for this awesome site and service.

    • centrocoasting

      Sorry we were slow on this, things are busy lately! If you have a moment please let us know how your trip went and what you did!

  14. El

    Do you know if the Nicoya to San Jose public bus stops at the airport?

    Many thanks,


    • centrocoasting

      Sorry for such a slow reply. I am not 100% sure if it does. Did you take it? Can you confirm here for future travellers? Thanks!

  15. Doro

    I have a new timetable from today – times are still the same, but there are more destinations now. (write me an email, that I can send it to you)
    And another thing – if you come from Tamarindo/Santa Cruz you arrive at another bus station than the busses to Sámara go. It is not far away – so just ask somebody and the will help you.
    I made the trip today from Tamarindo to Samara and all in all it costs me about 4 hours (because i missed one bus because another one was too late 😉 ) and it costs be about 3000 Colónes (the first and the last bus are payed directly in the bus)

  16. Briarne

    Do you know if you can get a bus from Nicoya to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi, there is no bus direct to Santa Teresa from Nicoya. The easiest way to do this is to get on the bus to Liberia and then switch to the bus to Puntarenas and then get to the ferry. I know it may seem crazy to go all the way back to Liberia but there just aren’t regular buses the other direction. Tons of nice buses leaving Liberia for Puntarenas. This trip is a long day and the only way to avoid it is by taking a $60+ shuttle! Have a great trip!

  17. Lorena

    Stay with this guys, you’re hepling a lot of people.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Lorena. Glad we could help you out. I hope you have a great time in Costa Rica!

  18. Christy B

    This is super helpful! I was looking around online and found conflicting information. Thankyou!!

    • centrocoasting

      You are very welcome, Christy! Thanks for using the site. Let us know if you have any extra travel tips or advice you can leave for other travellers. Bien Viaje!

      • Christy B

        I am pretty sure this page covers everything you need to know. great job great info 🙂


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