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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.


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/from Nosara:

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.


What to do in Samara?

Lots to do around here: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling, Night Time Turtle Watching, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and much, much more!


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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!



The main schedule posted at the bus stop heading to Nicoya.

Photo: October 2018

Schedule posted in Nicoya.
Photo June 2018

The main schedule for the bus heading to San Jose. Notice the different days on Sundays!

Photo taken: January 29, 2016
*note this is over two years old now - can you send us an updated one?

The Alfaro office. The direct bus heading to San José will pull up in front of here. See map.

The ticket office for buses headed to San José can be found along side of the Alfaro office.

Bus stop for buses heading to Nicoya. This stop is right at the exit of Samara. See map.

The junction where busses either head to Samara or Nosara (La Bomba). You can see the covered bus stop where you can sit and wait.

The junction where busses either head to Samara or Nosara. Here the bus is leaving Nosara and heading to Nicoya - dropping passengers off that want to head to Samara.

Inside the bus to San Jose. Not sure if they are all like this but it was so clean and new and had a/c!

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19 travel tips for Samara - share your tips below!

  1. Roza Pardali

    Took bus with direction to Nicoya and got down to La Bomba. Paid 1000 colones.
    Samara is 5 km from there. Hitchiked but there is bus.
    Bus Nosara to Nicoya:
    Weekdays and Sat: 5am, 6 am, 7am, 12, 3:30 pm
    Sunday: 6,7,12 and 3 pm

  2. MWZ

    Samara –> San José earlier this week. Departed at 9am (well, 9:15 in the end) and was at 7-10 by 14:30. Good trip. Most of the information above is still accurate, just a couple of points to note:
    -The front of the ticket office looks different and is now an Italian shop called ‘Salumi y formaggi’. The Alfaro agency on the side is still there and opens at 8am.
    -Departure times to San José are the same.
    -Alfaro uses the MiBus platform, but two passengers who purchased online never received QR code tickets. They weren’t allowed to board until they purchased new tickets. I purchased a ticket in dollars at the agency without issue.
    -Cost is higher than 4295 but still less than 5000.
    -The A/C is great until the bus fills past capacity at Nicoya! 🙂

    Keep up the great work, Centrocoasting.

  3. Peter Bailey

    As of 25 April 2019 there are two MiBus buses daily from Samara to San Jose with a short stop in Nicoya. Leaving Samara Monday to Saturday at 4:00am and 9:00am and Sunday at 9:00am and 1:00pm. We caught the 9:00am and it took about 5 hours. The cost was 4,470 per person. (I’ve got a picture of timetable and Samara office opening hours but haven’t been able to attach or copy into this message – email if you’d like me to forward).
    Keep up the great work Centrocoasting

  4. Taylor

    Hey im trying to get from samara to playas del coco. Do i need to go back to liberia? Or maybe a bus from santa cruz goes near there? Thanks

    • centrocoasting

      Hey there, we are slow to reply but will add info here in case anyone else needs to know. Yes, you need to go back to Liberia and then get the bus to Playa Del Coco. How did your trip go? Can you share any advice?

  5. Carey

    Hola! Thank you for this information, it helped us during our trip to Samara! To update you, the bus schedule for Samara to San Jose is still accurate as of December 2018!

    • centrocoasting

      Awesomeness thanks for the update and schedule confirmation!!

  6. Sam.

    New Bus Times board up in Samara. Have a picture here but don’t know how to post it? I can email it over or something?

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you for sending the updated schedule!

  7. Sony

    Hey. So because this site really helps me a lot with my travels, I wanna share something too now. Its how to get from SÁMARA to TAMARINDO.
    Take the bus to Nicoya (1.200 Cólones). Get off in Nicoya and walk 5 mins to another busstation (in Google Maps its just called „estación de buses“). Dont listen to the Taxi drivers. Its really just 5 mins away.
    There you have to buy the ticket before you get on the bus heading to Liberia. But you just go to Santa Cruz (375 Cólones). Get off at the main station in Santa Cruz (not on the main road, there will come a little bigger bus station). After that you have to walk again 5-10 mins („Estación de buses municipal“). There you buy a ticket to tamarindo (1.090 Cólones) and get on the bus.
    Sounds like a lot of walking and switching busses but its really easy!!
    Save travels to everyone!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Sony!

    • Sony

      Oh and: I took the bus at 10am in Samara it took about an hour, the bus to Liberia came right away in Nicoya and took around 30-40 minutes. And the bus in Santa Cruz left at 1pm. I arrived in Tamarindo around 2pm 🙂

  8. Marion

    My experience from SJDS to Santa Teresa:

    6:30 am chicken bus from SJDL to Rivas. They will probably charge you double the price ifyou have luaggage. The guy also tried to charge a couple who wanted to go to Managua 300 instead of 160. I had to pay 60 instead of 30, and he tried to not give me a ticket.
    Bus had 30 min delay and left after 7. In Rivas I went across the street and 100 m back to catch the bus to the border. Again was charged the double price. No arguing and he tried to also cheat me with my change. So if you have some extra cash I would suggest sharing a taxi from SJDS to the borderas this was the most annoying and time consuming part.
    Arrived short before 9 at border. Ignore everyone trying to sell you something. Bring exact change for the 1 and 2 dollar charges at border.
    To Costa Rica was no line but they asked everyone for onward ticket so be prepared. The bus to Liberia was already waiting outside and cost me around 1.800 colones or something like that. It took 90 min to Liberia. Right on time to catch the 10:30 bus from Liberia to Puntarenas. Fare is 2800 but got charged 1500 more for luaggage. Bus arrived at 1:30 pm close to ferry. Took a taxi for 1.000 to ferry terminal. 810 for ferry at 2pm. On the other side the bus was waiting to Cobano. Around 1.400 and then Cobano to Santa Teresa for 1000.
    Arrived in Santa Teresa by sunset.

    • Marion

      Sorry i posted that on the wrong topic

      • centrocoasting

        Thanks, Marion. I will post it on the right page. 🙂

  9. Maria

    After taking the Empresa Alfaro bus to Samara and picking up some groceries, we continued on to our final destination of Playa Camaronal. If you need to get to this area, take the Traroc bus towards Estrada. Then you’ll have to walk about 2miles to get to the Playa Camaronal area.

    Also when we left, we were able to pick up the Empresa Alfaro bus in Estrada to go to San Jose. The sign said no cash tickets available but they did let us pay cash. We left Estrada at 8am and it took about 6.5 hours to arrive in San Jose.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you!!

  10. GG

    Thanks so much for this incredible site! If you are taking the 5 pm bus to Samara from SJO the current price is 4.265 colones as of 15 April 2017!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, GG! I will get that updated above. So glad centrocoasting has been helpful to you!

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