Paso Canoas is your border town when crossing between Costa Rica and Panama. There isn’t much to do here past catch a bus, grab a coffee, have something to eat – then get out of town. If you need a pharmacy or an ATM you can find both here. Most buses headed to San Jose will arrive at the Tracopa Terminal.
Paso Canoas to San José
If you are heading north towards San José you can buy your ticket from a little Tracopa office ticket window. Then the busses leave from right at the exit immigration office. You will see people lined up to have their passports stamped and you can often see confused travellers thinking that this is where you purchase your bus ticket. Ticket price as of June 2017 is 7805₡.
The Tracopa bus company has their schedules listed here: Tracopa Schedules but you can also see a photo of the basic schedule below (June 2017).
From the border to Santa Teresa or Montezuma
Have a read through this route to give you the low down on how to get to the Nicoya Peninsula : Panama border to Santa Teresa or Montezuma
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!
BUONASERA, AVREI LA NECESSITA’ DI LASCIARE LA MACCHINA PRESA A NOLEGGIO A PANAMA, IN UN PARCHEGGIO CUSTODITO A PASO CANOAS, QUALCUNO SA DARMI QUALCHE INDICAZIONE?
Lo siento, no tenemos este typo de informacion. Buena suerte
ciao, siamo una coppia di italiani in vacanza a panama nel mese di gennaio, vorremmo visitare il parco corcovado in costa rica, dobbiamo lasciare l’auto a paso canoas per motivi assicurativi, ci sono corse per puerto jimenez? è possibile lasciare la macchina in un parcheggio custodito per qualche giorno a paso canoas?
Hello, my gf and I will trip to CR and Panama next month. We are looking how to reach Manuel Antonio from Paso Canoas, any idea?
Hi there. You can get a bus from the border at Paso Canoas that heads to San Jose and will pass Quepos. Just be sure you are getting the coastal route. I think I used to take one around 8-8:30am, but there are several coastal routes. You are looking for buses with Tracopa. You can check the page here for more info https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/san-jose-tracopa-terminal/ or you can check their website as well https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/san-jose-tracopa-terminal/. Once you get to Quepos, there are buses all day to Manuel Antonio. Its about 700 colones and takes about 20 mins.
Hello we are a family of 6 and currently are in Pedasi Panama. We are looking for info on how to get from Pedasi Panama to the Paso Canoas border. We have 2 large suitcase 1 small some backpacks and 6’0 surfboard bag. Does anybody have a current bus schedule possible leaving Las Tablas or Chitre? Or an affordable shuttle service. Any info would be greatly appreciated thank you!
Hi Jeff! Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of info for Panama yet (hopefully next year!). Your hotel should know the best route for this trip though. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.
We traveled from Perez Zeledon to Paso Canoas for a rate of CRC 4880.00 per person. It was very helpful that we were able to purchase our ticket a few days before since we’d be leaving at 8am. We took the Tracopa bus that left out of Perez Zeledon (San Isidro de General). There were lots of busses arriving at the time we left, so be sure to ask the driver where he’s going! Our ticket was for 8am but I think we left closer to 830 and arrived at border around 2.
Bus from paso canoa – golfito (one or two stops earlier you can go from the bus to take the ferry to Puerto Jimenez.)
Several bus in the day, the correct hours I don’t know, we took him at 11:30.
3 dollar or 1500 CRC