San José – Gran Terminal del Caribe

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At Gran Terminal del Caribe you can find buses to: Puerto Viejo* , Río Frío, Guápiles, Guácimo, Cariari, Squirres, Pocora, Limón, Peñas Blancas. This terminal also has a website with all of the schedules. Check it out here: grupocaribenos.

Note that the Puerto Viejo destination here is not the popular caribean beach location near the Panama border. This bus leaves from the Terminal MEPE.


San Jose to Peñas Blancas (Border)

Buses leave from here for the border to Nicaragua, Peñas Blancas  – for years this ran out of the Deldu station and is why you may read that online. Buses go at 3am, 5am, 6am, 8:30am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4:45pm, 7pm. Price is ¢4625 (May 2017)

Peñas Blancas to San José: 3am, 4am, 6am, 8:30am, 10am, 12pm, 330pm, 5:30pm

A recent photo (May 2017) of the schedule is in the photos below.


To the Caribbean

San José to Limón, Siquirres, and Guapiles.

To get to Puerto Viejo, the popular caribean location near the Panama border from San José you need the MEPE station. The Groupo Caribeños does provide service to Puerto Viejo but only from that region. Buses leave for Puerto Viejo from Guápiles.

We will be further updating this page soon.


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Full Schedule
Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017


7 travel tips for San José – Gran Terminal del Caribe - share your tips below!

  1. Alicia

    Hello,i need to go to Samara beach in february,my fligth arrive at 1pm to SJO,where i can catch a bus to Samara beach,and ,since the airport how can i go to the autobus station?How much icost taxi from SJO to bus satation…terminal?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Alicia, you will need to go to the 7-10 station to get the bus to Samara. It goes direct 2 times per day.

      It’s been a little while since I have taken a taxi to the station from the airport but it usually depends on traffic and time of day. You’re probably going to pay between 25-40 dollars. Uber is also an option though I’ve never done Uber.

      Please be sure to double check your bus time closer to your travel date. The 7-10 station also has a website now so good to check there. Search for Guanacaste

  2. John

    Hi, I’m flying into San Jose in a few weeks. I’ll be landing around noon and I wanted to take a bus to the NIcaragua border at Penas Blancas… Seems like I should take a taxi from the airport to Gran Terminal del Caribe, where I will hop on the 2pm bus to the border that is run by Grupocaribenos. Will it all be ok if I just show up with cash (colons)? Their website is I just wanted to make sure all of their schedule info is up to date. I’m sure they’ll have up to date stuff on hand when I arrive.

    • Patrick

      hey there,

      colones are the country currency, so you’ll be AOK.

      USD is accepted in some places as well but, you should only pay with $20.00 notes.

    • centrocoasting

      Hey John! Thanks for the help with this one, Patrick. Yes colones is best to have. In my experience, USD gets you a bad exchange anyway. There are some cases where having a bit of USD is helpful, though not necessary – I have sometimes paid border crossing fees in USD and in this case it’s helpful to have smaller notes too. I haven’t checked the Groupo Carribenos schedule in a bit but this one usually doesn’t change too much. It should be the same or very close. It’s a very nice terminal and lots of people to help you there if you need it!

  3. Catrin

    This is more of a general question… my friends and I plan on travelling back from Tortuguero via La Pavona and Cariari on the day of our flight from SJO at 15:05. From the information we have received it appears that we can return back to San Jose for 11am and will then get a taxi straight to the airport. I want to know how reliable the buses are and if this is an advisable thing to do? We will be doing the journey early in July so are aware it will be rainy season.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Catrin, buses are reliable and not reliable. It’s really a hard question to answer. Much of the time for really common routes the bus times are pretty close to what you expect, but there are also times where they are not. I would ask your hotel when you are there, or even some locals to get a feel for if that route is regular and on time in. Sorry, can’t be more helpful than that. Have a great trip.

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