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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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!


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

  1. Robert Reed

    I took the Pulmitan Liberia-Playa del Coco bus today. The price is currently 760 colones.
    The price for the bathroom is 150 colones.

  2. les houston

    What is the phone number ? Ive tried all the bus companies in San Jose and no answer. I need the one that goes from San Jose to Playas de Coco to find out the schedules and price of ticket

  3. Joanne

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Kim Roberts

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

  8. 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 !

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