Puntarenas


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Buses leave the Puntarenas station for several destinations including: Liberia, Quepos, Jacó, MonteverdeSan JoséCobanóSanta Teresa Montezuma.

 

**STATION CHANGE : All of the bus stations are no longer grouped in one location. The TQP (Quepos, Puntarenas, Jaco) buses now arrive and depart from the Municipalidad de Puntarenas, which is about 4 blocks from the other station. (Jan 2017)

one helpful traveller has given this location as the new bus terminal (Aug 2018) https://goo.gl/maps/9JR2QhF81ep

 

UPDATE ON FERRY

Thanks to a helpful traveller for this info:

The Puntarenas-Paquera / Paquera-Puntarenas ferry is not working since 11/23/2018 until 12/3/2018 due to some repairs. In his replacement there are some boats with the following schedules:

Leaving Puntarenas:
7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Leaving Paquera:
5:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

The boats in Puntarenas leave behind the Municipal Market.

Bus station to the Ferry

The Puntarenas bus station is located about 15 blocks from the ferry terminal. A taxi between the two will cost you about 1500₡. You can walk but it is far when carrying your luggage and it shouldn’t be hard to find other travellers to share a taxi.

 

Puntarenas to Santa Teresa

Get from the bus station to the ferry and cross. In Paquera there will be a bus waiting for you to take you to Cóbano. This trip takes about a 1.5hr and will cost around 1800₡.  If you end up connecting with the bus coming from San José you may be able to stay on all the way to Santa Teresa. If not, you get off in Cobanó. The rest of the trip form Cobanó to Santa Teresa takes about 40min and costs 1000₡.

 

Puntarenas to Quepos

See photo of schedule below.  Price is 2415₡ as of May 2017 and it takes about 3hrs until you arrive in Quepos.

 

Puntarenas to Liberia

There are 10 buses per day to Libera between 5am and 5pm. The schedule is posted below. See photo of schedule below. As of February 2018 the price is 2875₡. The trip takes about 3hrs. Be early as buses can leave early.

 

Puntarenas to Monteverde

See photo of schedule below for buses to Monteverde. 1500₡, ~3hrs

Check out the route if you are coming from Santa Teresa: Santa Teresa to Monteverde

 

Puntarenas to Jacó

See photo of schedule below for buses to Jacó. ~ 1500₡, ~1.5hrs

 

Puntarenas to San José

There are both directo and indirecto buses to San José. We are told that only the indirecto buses pass the airport.

This bus does a few different routes (San Ramón, Alajuela, Esparza, El Roble). You can see them here on the Empresarios Unidos website and see which route number goes where.

The schedules are also listed on their website: Empresarios Unidos schedule. We hope their website is up to date! There is also a photo of the indirecto schedule below.

The trip from Puntarenas to San José costs 2585₡ as of May 2017 and takes about 3hrs.

 

Puntarenas to Cañas and Tilarán

One helpful traveller has told us that there is one bus per day at 11:45am to Cañas and onto Tilarán. Thanks, Doc!

 

Ferry to the bus station

Cost of a taxi: 1500₡, 5 minutes

 

Ferry Schedule

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.

 

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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.

 

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CONNECTING STATIONS

PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY

Indirecto bus to San José
Photo taken May 2017

Direct schedule for San José

Photo taken: February 20, 2016

Puntarenas - Jacó - Quepos

Photo from the bus station in Quepos. New bus stop is 4 blocks from the old one in front of the Municipalidad de Puntarenas.

Photo January 2018

Schedule for Monteverde
note - the 1:15pm bus is faster than the 1:30pm bus!

Photo taken: March 2018

Puntarenas - Liberia
Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

confirmed no change May 2017

confirmed no change May 2017

Price List for buses heading in the San José direction
Photo taken May 2017

Outside the station

Inside the station - nice and open. Toilets in the back.

Ticket window for San José

Inside the station - food... and games!

Across from the main station is the pick up point for busses to Liberia, Monteverde

Photo taken: February 20, 2016

The distance you need to walk from the ferry to the Puntarenas bus station.

The Ferry - heading to Paquera

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39 travel tips for Puntarenas - share your tips below!

  1. Svend Jepsen

    Great web, but there is no cheap bus from Paquera to Cobano, Costa Rica. Only shuttle, you can shuttle all the way to Santa Teresa, but I headed for Montezuma and got off in Cobano, I payed 10$ shuttle. Cheap bus from Cobano to Montezuma.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Svend. I will have to doublecheck this. There should be a bus – the locals don’t likely pay for a shuttle. The local bus should go Paquera to Cobano and then from there you switch to the bus going to Montezuma or to the one to Santa Teresa.

  2. Francisco Sanchez

    The Puntarenas-Paquera / Paquera-Puntarenas ferry is not working since 11/23/2018 until 12/3/2018 due to some repairs. In his replacement there are some boats with the following schedules:

    Leaving Puntarenas:
    7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

    Leaving Paquera:
    5:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

    The boats in Puntarenas leave behind the Municipal Market.

    I know all this because I’m right here waiting for the boat at 11:00 am!

    • centrocoasting

      Awesome, thanks so much for the update!

  3. Lana

    Hi,

    I am traveling to Costa Rica this week (August 23-September 1st) I want to ask how reliable the buses are at coming? Do buses ever not show up? My plan is to take the 4:30am bus from Quepos to Puntarenas. Then catch the bus from Puntarenas to Monteverde. From Monteverde, I want to take the jeep-boat-jeep to La Fortuna. The last jeep-boat-jeep leaves at 2pm in Monteverde to La Fortuna. Do you think I will make it? Are there early bus times from Puntarenas to Monteverde? Around 8am? 9am? 10am? I just need to be in Monteverde by 2pm the latest.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi, buses are fairly reliable. Though not 100%. I see my schedule photo for buses to Monteverde isn’t above anymore. There used to be an 8am bus. Im assuming there still is, I just havent been through on this route in a little while. I cant say for sure if you will be there before 2pm though!

  4. Travis

    Today we took the Puntarenas to Quepos bus. The fare was 2530 per person. We left at 11am sharp and arrived in Quepos about 2pm. You have to buy your ticket from the ticket window and cannot buy it from the bus driver at this terminal (he sent us to the window when we tried to pay him).

    We had a little trouble finding the bus terminal, but we did eventually. It’s little more than a small store front area with buses parked out front. Perhaps you can post this map somehow to help your readers. The bus terminal is at this pin: https://goo.gl/maps/9JR2QhF81ep

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Travis! Super helpful. I put the link above.

  5. Ashwin

    Hi my daughter is travelling from Jaco to Monteverde. She knows she has to change at Puntarenas but not sure where the bus departing to Monteverde is in relation to where the bus from Jaco will drop her off. Can you advise please?

      • centrocoasting

        Maps doesnt want to save the pin on the Monteverde bus location I sent. You can find the buses across the street from the station marked as the Puntarenas Bus Station (old station).

  6. Sille

    Hi!
    I want to go from Santa Teresa to Quepos. I can leave with a bus 6am to catch the ferry at 9, but is there a bus I can take from Puntarenas at that time? I can’t see it on the schedule 🙁
    Thanks!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Sille, if you catch the 9am ferry from Paquera to Puntarenas you will be there about 10:30am. Then you need to get to the bus station and so you should look for the bus leaving to Quepos at 11am.

      • Sille

        Thank you! There is a bus leaving from Santa Teresa at 6am – then I can make it to the ferry at 9am 🙂

  7. Chloe

    Hello! I need help deciding the cheapest method to get from the Liberia airport to Santa Teresa Beach. I arrive in the airport around 12:30PM so I feel like I should have enough time to be able to get there that day. A few options would be nice! Thanks in advance!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Chloe! From Liberia airport you will need to get to Liberia the Municipal Station in Liberia (take the bus headed to town that passes the airport) and get on a bus to Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you can get a taxi to the ferry terminal and then cross. Don’t doddle as you need to be on the 5pm ferry at the latest to make connecting buses to Santa Teresa. All the info you need is on the site on each station page. Have a great trip!

  8. Nico

    Hola! Como lo hago para ir de Puntarenas a Manuel Antonio? Saludos!

    • centrocoasting

      Hola, Nico. Hay un horario por Puntarenas – Qupeos ^^ arriba. Cuando llega a Quepos, toma un bus a Manuel Antonio, hay muchos cada 20 min.

  9. Jeremy

    Just arrived a few days ago in Puntarenas (from Quepos) and our bus stopped about four blocks away from the actual bus terminal in front of City Hall (Municipalidad de Puntarenas) on Calle 3 and Avenida 2. On exiting the bus we were mobbed by men trying to take us to the ferry or tours or something. After pushing our way out of the crowd, we had one young man approach and ask where we were going. When we said Liberia, he told us that the next bus wasn’t until 5pm and would take a long time. When I asked about the 3:20pm bus which is listed on the schedule at the actual stop (as seen in your photo) he lied and said that there wasn’t a bus at that time. He told us he could get us a taxi to take us to catch the bus from San Jose, and it would only be a 20 min drive away. It was clear to us that it was a scam so we told him no and walked away. It was a rather unpleasant experience and just wanted to let others know not to necessarily trust those guys. Also, the cost of the trip to Liberia was only 2875 colones, not 3875. The 3:20pm bus actually left around 3:15pm and took about 3 hours to get there. The bathroom in the Puntarenas bus terminal was free but they do charge for toilet paper (I forgot to ask how much). And lastly, I think the sign with times for buses to Monteverde is mostly gone as I saw what looked like about 1/3 of what’s pictured above.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Jeremy. Lots of great advice for travellers here in your comment.

  10. Richard Arkle

    Tomorrow, 26th Jan 2018, I am travelling from La Playa Hermosa (near Jaco) to Bijagua by public bus. I think I am OK to get to a bus direct from La Playa Hermosa to Puntarenas to arrive at 11.00am. I believe there is just one bus per day from Puntarenas to Cañas leaving at 11.45 am. Is this correct?
    How frequent are the buses from Cañas to Bijagua and how long does this take?
    Many thanks for your help.
    Richard

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Richard, I am not 100% sure I understand your questions but I will try to answer the best I can! There are several buses per day from Puntarenas to Liberia, passing through Cañas. You can have a look at the schedule above of the one posted online with the bus company Reina del Campo http://www.reinadelcampo.com/horarios.html. To get to Puntarenas from Playa Hermosa you can catch one of the TQP buses going from Quepos to Puntarenas and passing through Jaco. There are several. The schedules again are above and online. Hope this helps!

      • Richard Arkle

        Many thanks for your quick response. You have answered my concerns perfectly. I was a little worried when elsewhere on this site it is reported that there is only one bus per day from Puntarenas to Cañas. I am much happier now that I know there are several that stop at Cañas on the way to Liberia.

        • centrocoasting

          Thanks Richard, let me know where it’s mentioned that there’s only one bus per day and I can fix it! Thanks!

          • Richard Arkle

            Above it reads:
            Puntarenas to Cañas and Tilarán
            One helpful traveller has told us that there is one bus per day at 11:45am to Cañas and onto Tilarán. Thanks, Doc!

            I guess I may have misread this to mean one bus per day from Puntarenas to Cañas when it actually means to Tilarán. My error!

  11. Kate

    How long is the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera?

    • centrocoasting

      Hey there. The ferry is about 50 minutes.

  12. Daniel

    Doing a trip from Puntarenas to Jaco this November and wanted to know what the bus ride is like, where the station is in both cities, and also if the schedule posted above is still valid. I appreciate all the help , thanks !

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Daniel! The bus ride is really easy and uneventful for the most part for the 1.5hr trip. The bus leaves from the Puntarenas station which is indicated in the map above and the bus arrives in Jaco near the beach. The Jaco page shows where the station is. https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/jaco/ The schedule above was accurate as of the date indicated above and likely hasn’t changed much. I can’t guarantee it will be the same but if there is any change it will be small and there will still be the same number of buses per day. Hope this helps!

  13. Andrea

    Buenos días, me interesa ir de Puntarenas a Guanacaste. Que opciones tengo?? Gracias x la info.

    • centrocoasting

      Guanacaste es una región. ¿Necesita algún lugar específico? Los autobuses van de Puntarenas a Liberia. Desde los autobuses de Liberia la mayor parte de la región de Guanacaste.

  14. Doc

    There is one bus per day which leaves Puntarenas for Canas and Tiliran . The bus departs Puntarenas at 11:45 AM . Very handy for those going to Los Chiles for a visa run .

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Doc! I have added that in.

      • centrocoasting

        Also, do you know how long the trip is from Puntarenas to Tilaran? Thanks!

  15. Jan

    Needing directions from Puntarenas to Monteverde. And, is it direct or do I change buses mid way?

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Jan! It is really easy to get to Monteverde from Puntarenas. It is a direct bus and you don’t have to change along the way. You get the bus from the location indicated on the map. There is a big blue bus station there and the bus for Puntarenas will pick you up across the street (ocean side) in front of the outside food venders. There is a large covered bench in shade. You can’t miss it.

      In the photos above you will see a schedule for buses from Puntarenas to Monteverde. It is the one stuck to a tree. If you travel mid day take the 1:15bus, not the 1:30 as it is faster.

      As of February this year the bus was about 1500C and took about 3hrs. The bus is comfortable although likely not a/c.

      Have a great trip!

  16. Raquel

    The indirecto buses from Puntarenas to San Jose make several stops including San Ramon, La Radial station in Alajuela and the airport
    Ther also appears to be direct service but for some reason I was not able to find a schedule posted in the Puntarenas bus station.

  17. Steph

    Bus from Puntarenas to Liberia left on time at 11am 🙂 You will wait across from the bus station on the water side and pay the bus driver instead of buying a ticket beforehand. It costs around 2800 colones and takes around 3hrs.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Steph! I will be sure to update the cost of the trip in the information above. Thanks for contributing and helping fellow travellers!

      Enjoy Nicaragua!

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