Liberia – Pulmitan de Liberia

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Depending on where you want to go, there are two separate stations in Liberia.  The Pulmitan de Liberia station is the one you want if you are heading to San Jose, Playa del Coco, Upala, Aguas Claras, La Juntas. Photos of the most current schedules can be found below.


If you are heading to Nicoya, Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, Puntarenas or Peñas Blancas you need to head to the Municipal Station.  Both stations are located within two blocks of each other, so relax, don’t stress, if you end up at the wrong one it is only about a 5 minute walk to the other.


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.


It looks like the company has a new website: Groupos Caribeños –  and they have added a schedule. Finally!


Liberia to San José

We were back here May 2017 to update everything. The photo of the schedule below is a bit hard to read so here it is:

3am, 3:25am (only Monday), 4am, 4am (Playa del Coco), 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am, 8am (Playa del Coco), 10am, 11am (only Monday), 12pm, 1pm (only Fri, Sat, Sun), 2pm (Playa del Coco), 3pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), 4pm, 5pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), 6pm, 8pm

The price is 4225₡ (Dec 2018). The trip takes about 4.5 hrs. Directo buses are about 1/2hr shorter. This bus should pass the SJO airport in Alajuela. But always double-check with the driver when you get on.


San José to Liberia

6am, 7am(directo), 8am (Playa del Coco), 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm (directo), 1pm, 2pm (Playas del Coco), 3pm 4pm (Playa del Coco), 5pm (directo), 6pm, 8pm

The price is 4225₡ (Dec 2018). The trip takes about 4.5 hrs. Directo buses are about 1/2hr shorter. This bus should pass the SJO airport in Alajuela. But always double-check with the driver when you get on.


Liberia to Playa del Coco

Buses leave every half hour from 6am to 8pm both ways. The price as of May 2017 is 675₡ and the trip is about 1hr. This bus does not pass the Liberia Airport. Only buses leaving the Municipal station pass the airport.


Liberia to Aguas Claras


Photo of the schedule below.


Liberia to La Juntas

One per day at 2:15pm


Liberia to Upala

Two buses there and two back. To Upala they go at 12:30pm and 3:30pm and back they go at 5:45am and 7:45am.


San José to Playa del Coco

Three buses there and 3 buses back.  8am, 2pm and 4pm. Returning from Playa del Coco to San José at 4am, 8am and 2am. The price as of May 2017 is 4665₡. This bus should pass the SJO airport in Alajuela. But always double-check with the driver when you get on.


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Liberia – Municipal   San José – Pulmitan

Playa del Coco, Upala, Aguas Claras, La Juntas


Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

Liberia to San José schedule posted in the Pulmitan station in San José
Photo May 2017

Liberia to Aguas Claras
Photo taken May 2017

Price list for Liberia Pulmitan Station
Photo taken May 2017

The Terminal

Ticket windows are to your right. Toilet inside. Clean and organized station.

Photo is taken on from the road heading toward the Municipal station. If you arrive at the wrong station, have no fear, ask around and someone will point you in the right direction. 5 minute walk or less.

There are two food counters full of delicious treats.

If you need to hit a more major supermarket before your trip, there is a Pali only a couple of blocks from the station. Just ask and someone will point you in the right direction.

Don't be late, busses more or less leave on time.

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60 travel tips for Liberia – Pulmitan de Liberia - share your tips below!

  1. Joanne

    Liberia Pulmitan terminal to Playa del Coco 740 colones as of Jan 13 2020

  2. Aubrey

    Hello, I am planning a biking trip that ends in Liberia. We need to get back down to San Jose to fly out. Can we take bicycles on the buses or is there storage for that? Thank you!

  3. Rosie

    They have an updated timetable but I can’t seem to be able to upload the photo. Buses to Playa Del coco only run on the hour from 8am to 12pm and then every hour and half hour from then (except 1.30pm). Fare is 740c

  4. Tes

    Liberia to Playa Coco 745 colones one way. I left at 1pm and arrived at 2:15pm. I will take a photo of the most recent timetables when I return to Liberia.

  5. Kim Roberts

    How do you get from Liberia to Monteverde please? Is there a direct route for transfer routes? Thanks!

  6. Lucy

    Can you tell me where the stop is in San Jose, or the San Jose airport, that’s going to Libera? I only see the station in Liberia on the map.

      • Jacques Arongaus

        Now you can buy online your tickets @ :

        You choose where you depart from and make sure to TYPE your destination. Then choose day and time and go from there !
        It is easy and convenient. You pay with your credit card and they send your ticket(s) to your email with all details, seats #s and a QR code for each seat ! I just did mine !

  7. Alvaro

    Hello, I´m planning on taking the bus from Liberia to San Jose, exactly where does the bus will arrive in San Jose?

  8. Amber

    Updated price San Jose – Liberia = ¢4225

    Updated price Liberia – Peñas Blanca = ¢1750

    18 & 19 dec.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you!

  9. Janelle

    Looking to take this bus from Liberia airport to San Jose a couple days after Christmas this year. What is the luggage space like? Would we be able to bring a carry-on size suitcase plus a small backpack? Thanks in advance.

    • centrocoasting

      Hey there. There is no bus passing the Liberia Airport going to San Jose, you’ll have to head into Liberia and go to the Pulmitan Station. These buses are larger and have a luggage compartment below. Since it is close to xmas it is unlikely they will let you bring your suitcase onboard with you since it will be a full bus, but you can try. It really depends on how big the bag is.

  10. Drew

    Hello. What are the times for playa coco to Liberia please

    • AJ

      All of the bus times and information are written above.

  11. Robert Bruce Auerbach

    where di i catch the bus in playa del cocc headed for san jose

  12. Danny

    Hello, we have purchased bus tickets from Liberia to San-Jose. We want to get off in San Ramon. We were advised that the bus will drop us off in San Ramon. Is there any information available as to where we will be let off? Anywhere we want or at a bus terminal, if so which one? Having known that the bus to San Jose can be taken from Playas del Coco at certain time we would have taken that one instead. Can someone confirm that the San-Jose bus from Playas del Coco can also drop us off in San Ramon? Thanks very much.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Danny, I am not familiar with the San Ramon stations and I don’t know if the bus from Playa del Coco will pass through. This is a good questionf or this Facebook group Good luck!

      • Danny

        OK thanks. We will try that group. All the best.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks! Yes, they finally do have a website. It’s already linked above.

  13. Henri Bisson

    Does the Pulmitan bus going from Liberia to San José stop in Atenas?

  14. Danny

    Hello, do we need to purchase tickets in advance or can we pay the driver directly? If so, do we need the exact amounts? If we need tickets, do you know where to buy them in Playas del Coco? Thanks mate, excellent site!!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Danny, you can purchase tickets in advance at the station only in Liberia. Its the busy season so if you don’t be sure to arrive about 1hr early for your bus. You pay for the bus at the station. You don’t need exact amounts, there is a ticket seller that can give you change. In playa del coco there is a marked bus stop. If you check google maps you can see where it is. I have not done this trip in a while but if there is no formal location to buy tickets (ask a local or your hotel if you are there currently) then you will likely be able to buy from the driver and he will be able to make you change. Have a great trip!

      • Danny

        Great, thanks mate! Pura Vida!

    • jack

      You can buy the tickets a day or two ahead of time and that way you are sure to get a seat. There is a Pulmitan station. Any cab driver can get you there.

  15. Juliet

    What time does the Pulmitan station closes in SJ? I’d like to buy my 6am bus ticket the day before.

    • centrocoasting

      Sorry Juliet, I don’t know the office hours.

  16. Corina

    Two busses from Liberia to Upala. One 12,30 pm and the other one 3,30 pm. The above is not correct.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you, Corina! I will make the change above.

  17. Jermy

    A que hora es el primer bus para san jose

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Jermy, the schedule is written above. There is also a photo of the schedule above. El primero bus de libera a San José es las 3 en la mañana.

  18. Melinda

    Thank you for posting this information! I am planning on taking the bus from San Jose to Liberia in a few weeks and you made it easy.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Melinda! Thanks for the nice comment. I hope your trip goes well. Please let us know if anything on the schedule changes as we want to keep the best most up-to-date info possible! 🙂


    Thanks for the answer. I have another question.

    The bus that runs from Bagaces to Guayabo: where does it stop ?

    My hotel is 8 km in the north of Guayabo, I am afraid to walk that much.

    • centrocoasting

      I’m sorry, Marie-France, I don’t have information about the Guayabo bus stop.

  20. marie-france

    Hello. I want to take the bus from Liberia airport to playa del coco on december 25, around 2 pm. It seems possible from this page and the pictures (those are great!). Is it really ? and I wonder on the way back, is there a way to know the time when the bus come by playa del coco coming from San Jose and going to Liberia airport ?

    Thank you so much, muchas gracias 😉

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Marie-France! Yes there are several buses to Playa Del Coco from Liberia (about every half hour). On Christmas day these times should be the same but I can’t 100% guarantee that. The bus between Liberia and Playa del Coco does not pass the Liberia Airport. You need to come all the way back to Liberia and then switch to the Municipal Station and get the bus from there. Any bus to/from Tamarindo or Nicoya will pass the Airport. BUT always ask the driver when you get on the bus! There are 3 buses to Playa del Coco from San José and 3 buses back. You can check out the San Jose terminal and they pass SJO airport in Alajuela. Here is the station in San Jose.

  21. Rita

    I will arrive in Liberia by bus from San Jose and was wondering if there is any transportation service from there to the Riu Guanacaste.

  22. Mamta

    Does anyone know what the bus schedule is like for Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and Dec. 26 from Liberia to San Jose? Do buses not operate at all or are there just fewer than normal? And is there a way to purchase tickets online?

    Thanks so much!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi! Your best bet is to check closer to those dates. Bus schedules are never set in stone in Costa Rica and never certain this far in advance. There isn’t currently a way to buy tickets online for the Liberia to San Jose bus, but there are several each day. Once you’re here you can buy your ticket in advance when you get to Liberia and that way you can also know the schedule on that day.

  23. Anni

    Hi, it’s me again! 🙂
    So happy you also offer advice on bus travel in Costa Rica after your site has been helpful for us in Nicaragua!

    I would like to include a journey that is often neglected (despite it being easy and beautiful) and there is barely any info about it online.
    Bijagua is a great place to stay for trips to Rio Celeste, but the info provided online for trips from Liberia to Bijagua mostly include a two-leg-trip via Cañas.
    Today (July 17, 2017), we took the bus from Liberia to Bijagua directly.
    The bus direction is Upala (so there’s another bus to Upala earlier than the ones you mentioned).
    Just say you want to get off in Bijagua when you board the bus.
    The bus left Pulmitan station at 12:30pm on time and took about an hour (the driver was racing ;)) to Bijagua. The trip costs 1860₡.

    Disclaimer: We barely speak any Spanish and we mastered the route without any issues.

    • Anni

      oh I almost forgot: please be beware that if you want to sit, make sure to arrive early enough to get in line. We only bought our tickets 15mins or so before departure and only got in line then, so we had to stand in the back of the bus. But at least it’s likely that your backpack will fit in the overhead storage (mine is 66L and fit).

    • centrocoasting

      Very cool, Anni! Thank you for this! And I’m super stoked that we get to help you in more both Nicaragua and Costa Rica! Just so I am clear, you too a bus at 12:30pm heading Direct to Upala and got off in Bijagua? Did the bus say Upala on it? Just checking so I know if I should add it to the Upala section above. I really appreciate you taking the time to add some info to this page and great job mastering your first buses in Costa Rica. Also, since we have been helpful, would you consider rating us on Facebook? 🙂

      • Anni

        Of course, will do so later!
        Yes, the bus is directly going to Upala and had it written on it. We just had to tell that we’d like to get off in Bijagua.

  24. Brian

    Holà ! Quiero tomar mi bicicleta en el bus de Liberia a San José, esta possible ? Tengo de pagar por la bicicleta ? Gracias
    Pura vida

    • centrocoasting

      Hola Brian, no sé si este es posible. Tendría que preguntar a la empressa de autobús. Creo que dependerá de si hay espacio debajo del autobús. Este es el número en la página de Facebook. 22220610.

  25. LaGringaTica

    Hi, I’m looking to see if there’s a time estimate of trip duration between Liberia and Aguas Claras. Thank you!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi LaGringaTica! I don’t have a duration for this one but I would think between 2 and 3hrs. There are several Aguas Claras in Costa Rica and this one is the one closest to Liberia. Have a great trip!

      • Jermy

        Hola aque hora es el primer bus para liberia

  26. Joanne Bruner

    Please consider adding a “English translation” link for the comments section. Thank you!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks Joanne, I will look into that. I think this may be one of the only pages with Spanish comments! Is there anything I can help with?



    Buenos dias, una consulta.

    Deseo saber que tiempo dura el viaje desde Liberia a San Jose; cuales son los horaios y cual es el precio en dolares.

    Se puede comprar los pasajes con anticipacion??.
    Gracias su atencion.

    • centrocoasting

      Hola Cesar, el precio en 2016 fue 2900 colones. Y este es mas o menos $5 in USD. El viaje es aproximadamente 4.5hrs. Y tal vez mas ahorita porque hay construcion con una puento en la cuidad. Hay un photo de el horario arriba. Y, yo creo que puedes comprar un boleto del estacion antes, pero yo nuca pruebo. Bien viaje!

  28. Celia

    Yo puedo comprar mi tiquete anticipado, para viajar a cualquiera de los destinos que ustedes tiene y abordar el bus de camino para no desplazarme a las presas de San José

    • centrocoasting

      Yo he nunca comprado un boleto antes de viajando. Pero pienso puedes comprar de la estacion. Este sitio web es independiente y no está conectado a la empresa. Puedes llamar la empresa +506 2222 0610

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