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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


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 is2605₡ as of Jan 2019 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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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!




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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57 travel tips for Puntarenas - share your tips below!

  1. Armin

    Due to construction works at the coast side in Puntarenas the bus to Monteverde now departs from just around the corner in Calle 4.
    At this location you’ll spot the kiosk with the timetables like in the pictures shown above on this page.
    But I don’t know for how long it’ll last like that. After finishing the construction works they may change it back to the old bus stop.

  2. Laura Stevens

    We took the 1.15pm bus on 03rd July from Puntarenas to Santa Elena and all as per bus schedule. The price was circa 1,600 colones

  3. Tanya


    Has anyone taken them ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera lately? Since they’ve done the updates on it? I’m travelling there this weekend and wondering if the schedule is current. Thanks!

  4. Katrina

    What bus should I take from San Jose to Puntarenas to make it on time for the 11 am ferry? Thank you!

    • Katrina

      What bus should I take from San Jose to Puntarenas to make it on time for the 11 am ferry on a Saturday? Thank you!

  5. Elizabeth

    Am going from Santa Teresa – Monteverde today. In Puntarenas there was a local bus that picked up at the ferry terminal right after the 9am ferry and dropped off a block from the bus station, price 265 colones. Good way to save on a taxi.

  6. Andrew

    The price from Puntarenas to Quepos was 2605₡ on 1/2/19.

  7. Sunny

    Thanks for this information, this was very helpful for me to find my way from Puntarenas to Playa Del Coco. Note that the latest price for the bus from Puntarenas to Liberia is 730 colones as of today – I have a photo of the ticket if you need.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Sunny! Thanks for the price update. That would be great if you could send us the photo (facebook msg). That is a significant reduction in cost! Did you mean Playa del Coco to Liberia?

  8. 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.

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