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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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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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20 travel tips for Samara - share your tips below!

  1. M&C

    Today, San José ( terminal 7 – 10) at 12am >>> Samara 5:15pm for 4435 colones. You can purchase the ticket on the second floor (be there early because the bus is quickly full, I traveled without a seat. I think some people had bought the ticket online)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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