Samara has two main spots to wait for the bus depending on where you are going. Lots of information below but here is a website we found to check out schedules. https://www.samarainfocenter.com/local-bus-schedule
Samara to San José
If you are going to San José there is a direct bus, it will stop across from the Empresa Alfaro office in town. This location is indicated on the map above and the schedule for this bus can be found below. This is a really nice a/c bus. As of Aprils 2017 the price is 4265₡ and the trip takes about 5hrs.
San José to Samara
There is a bus that leaves the Terminal 7-10 two times per day: 12pm and 5pm. To Samara it’s about 5.5hrs and costs 4265₡ (2017).
Samara to Nicoya
For buses heading back to Nicoya you can wait at a covered bus stop right at the exit of town – about 20 meters away from the Alfaro office. Have a look at the photos below to see this stop. This bus will pass La Bomba – which is where you need to get off for buses to Nosara, see below. As of 2016 the price is about 1800₡ and the trip takes 1.5hrs.
To go between Samara and Nosara you need to head to “La Bomba” a few miles outside of Samara. This is basically a junction between Samara and Nosara. When leaving Samara you can take the Nicoya bus and ask the driver to let you off here. Or, grab a taxi. There is a covered bus stop there where you can wait for the bus to pass. There is a chance you will have to wait a bit here for a connecting bus and you can check the schedule posted on the Nicoya page to get a sense of when the respective bus will pass. La Bomba is about an hour away from Nicoya.
Liberia Airport to Samara
In Liberia the bus to Nicoya will pass by the airport very regularly. You can grab this bus to Nicoya and then from there you can switch to the bus to Samara. Have a look at the Nicoya page for the schedule to Samara.
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