San José – Terminal 7-10

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The new bus Terminal 7-10 in San José is now the hub for six different companies: Transportes Jacó, Transportes Cóbano, Empresa Alfaro, Transportes Arsa, Transportes Venecia de San Carlos, and Transportes Unidos. This mega station is now three stories and is almost like a shopping mall. Anything you could ever need can be found inside. Tickets are sold on the second and third floor.


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If you are still planning some of the details for your upcoming trip, I am told this Trip Planner is quite useful to help you prioritize where you want to spend your time! So much to do and see in this beautiful country.


San Jose to Jacó

Service with Transportes Jacó. Cost is 2395₡ and takes about 3hrs. For extra info, have a read through this great Blog post by the Costa Rica travel experts: Taking the bus from San José to Playa Jaco. But, have a look at the updated schedule in the photos below on this page.


San José to Cobanó, Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Montezuma

Service with Transportes Cobanó. Bus leaves twice per day to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Montezuma, Cobanó. The cost is 7020₡ and includes ferry and takes about 5.5hrs. See photo of Schedule.


San José to Samara, Nosara, Nicoya

Service with Empresa Alfaro: Samara, Nosara, Nicoya, Santa Cruz. See photo of Schedule below. To Samara it’s about 5.5hrs and costs 4265₡ and to Nosara it’s about 6hrs and costs 4585₡ (prices May 2017)


San José to Tamarindo

Service by Empresa Alfaro has buses from San José to Tamarindo at 11:30am and 3:30pm.

From Tamarindo to San José buses leave at 3:30am (via Liberia) and 5:30am (via Puente la Amistad) and on Sundays there is an extra bus at 1pm (via Liberia).

This bus costs 5635₡ as of Feb 2019 and takes about 6hrs. The bus via Puente la Amistad is about 1/2 hr faster. Have a look at the Tamarindo page to see where you end up.

There is also bus service to Tamarindo from another company. Have a look at the Terminal Tralapa page for this information.


San José to La Fortuna

Service with Venicia de San Carlos to La Fortuna. The price is 2495₡ and takes about 4hrs. 6:15am, 8:40am, 11:50am See photos of schedule and prices below. **there used to be a 5am bus but a recent update on the 7-10 website shows that the 5am bus no longer exists.

From La Fortuna to San José: There has been a bus schedule change that we are still confirming but we were told there is now only one direct bus all the way to San Jose at 2:45pm. The price is about 2495₡ and takes about 4hrs. The other buses route through Ciudad Quesada though we aren’t 100% sure of the schedule but it used to be 9:10am, 12:45pm, 4:10pm. The cost from La Fortuna to Ciudad Quesada is 1915₡ and the expresso from Ciudad Quesada to San Jose is 1245₡. The expresso leaves frequently when full.


San José to Monteverde

Service with Transportes Monteverde  has buses twice per day at 5:30am and 2:30pm, both ways. The price is 3035₡ (Dec 2018).   The trip takes about 4.5hrs. See photo of schedule below and have a look at the Monteverde/Santa Elena to see where you end up.


Want to go from Monteverde to Arenal? This may be the coolest way to go, check it out: Monteverde to Arenal – by horseback!


Not your station?

If you are travelling to Liberia you need the Pulmitan Station. If you are looking for Quepos, Dominical, Uvita, Paso Canoas or David (Panama) you need the Tracopa Station.


Empresarios Unidos with service to Puntarenas is listed as a company that operates within this station however it appears they are still at Calle 16 and avenida 12 which is about 10 blocks south.

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


Headed to Nicaragua? You have a few options. There is the bus to the border from the Gran Terminal del Caribe or you can use Tica Bus, Transnica, Nicabus, or Central Line.


Help your fellow traveller

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!




Shedule for Jacó
Photo taken May 2017

Schedule for Monteverde (*now 5:30am and 2:30pm)
Photo taken 2016

Cóbano, Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais

Photo taken May 2017

Empresa Alfaro - service to Nicoya, Nosara, Samara.

Confirmed correct May 2017

Empresa Alfaro contact information

Schedule for La Fortuna

Photo taken May 2017

Full Schedule for Venicia de San Carlos

Photo taken 2016

Contact info for Venicia de San Carlos

Photo taken 2016

Company: Venicia de San Carlos

Confirmed correct May 2017

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56 travel tips for San José – Terminal 7-10 - share your tips below!

  1. Linda

    We are traveling today 22nd of March, 2019 from San Jose to La Fortuna.
    There is just one bus left – 8:40!
    And you have to be at Terminal 7-10 at about 7:30 better to be sure you will get ticket! Bus is full!
    There is one stop for wc at Ciudad Quesada if im correct.
    Price was 1700 colones / person!

  2. Natalie Hughes

    Hi! I will be travelling from San Jose to the NEXUS Yoga institute in Playa Guiones and I would assume I would take the one and only 5:30am bus from San Jose to Nosara is that correct? Also do I need to reserve a head of time or just buy a ticket the day of?
    Thanks in advance for any and all advice 🙂

  3. Shauna

    We are trying to go from San Jose to Ciudad Quesada. It looks like there’s a direct bus, but I’ve seen 2 different schedules. How do we find the correct one? And does anyone know if the bus has air conditioning? Does the San Carlos / Ciudad Quesada station have WiFi so that we can get an Uber?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Shauna, the schedule is posted on the 7-10 website. I can’t 100% confirm if it’s correct as I haven’t been there in a bit. You can also check the La Fortuna page on centrocoasting. Travellers write about their experience and one woman just did the 8:40 bus. The bus has a/c but I don’t know if the terminal in Ciudad Quesada has wifi.

    • Celina

      The direct bus from San Jose to La Fortuna departs from Terminal 7-10, at 5:30, 8:0 am and one at 12:00pm. I intended to take the 12:00 pm and went to the Terminal one hour ahead. That particular bus was old out but we were able to buy tickets to Ciudad Quesada and once there found the bus to La Fortuna. It’s a bit confusing because for one bus you have to buy or reserve seats ahed, way ahead. For other like the one Quesada – La Fortuna, you pay on the bus.

  4. Taya

    Took a bus from San Jose to Tamarindo. The online schedule said one was leaving at 10 am. Turns out it was leaving at 11:30 am. It took 6 and a half hours and cost C5635

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Taya, thanks. I just had a look a their website and it says 11:30 online now. 🙂

  5. Romina

    Hola ! que opcion existe para llegar del aeropuerto de san jose hasta la fortuna a las 5 pm ?

  6. Mary Oseroff

    Bus leaves Monteverde for San Jose at 5:30 am now, instead of 6:30 am.
    Try the app Moovit for information on local busses.
    Tricopa Bus from Quepos (Manual Antonio) to San Jose was air conditioned.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for catching that incorrect time for Monteverde, Mary. We had changed it on the Monteverde page but forgot to here!

      • Daniel

        San Jose to Monteverde is 6:30am. I took this bus on 3rd Jan.

        It’s just the Monteverde to San Jose bus that is 5:30am.

  7. Bryan

    Man, this site is so helpful, thanks very much for all of this information. I’m planning on taking the Alfaro bus from 7-10 to Nosara on Tuesday morning, and I see that you’ve mentioned that surfboards are ok on this bus, but just wanted to ask – does that generally include longer boards? Mine is 7’6″. Thanks again!

    • centrocoasting

      HI Bryan! Sorry for the slow reply. I am assuming you have already made the trip. Let us know if there were any issues with the board so we no for future travellers. I am not sure if they have a length limit or not. I’ve always travelled with 5’10 or less! Thanks for the nice words about the site 🙂

  8. Heather

    We are arriving at the San Jose airport at 1:30p and are planning to go to La Fortuna. Is this too late to get a bus to La Fortuna?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Heather, you will be too late for buses from San Jose to La Fortuna but there should still be a bus going that way from a terminal near the airport – Terminal Del Norte (aka Terminal de la Radial). You can go from Alajuela to Ciudad Quesada and from there you can get a bus to La Fortuna. There should be a bus at 4pm. I have not done this route but it is one that travellers tell me about often. You can take a bus here in Alajuela. It is not necessary to go to San Jose. You’re best to confirm this with a taxi drive who will take you to the bus terminal.

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