San José – Pulmitan de Liberia

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The Pulmitan de Liberia bus station in San José has several buses per day heading to Liberia, Playa del Coco,  Cañas, Tilarán, Aguas Claras, Upala, Las Juntas, Santa Cecilia.


It looks like the company has a new website: Groupos Caribeños –  and they have added a schedule. Finally!


San José to Liberia

See schedule below. Directo buses are about 30minutes faster. Time to Liberia: 4.5hrs. Price 4225₡ (Feb 2019). This bus should pass the SJO airport in Alajuela. But always double-check with the driver when you get on.


San José to Upala

See schedule below.  Time to Upala: 5hrs. Price 4610₡. *told the 5:15am bus is now at 5am.

San José to Cañas

See schedule below.  Time to Cañas: 3.5hrs. Price 2915₡.


San José to Playa del Coco

Three buses there and 3 buses back:  8am, 2pm and 4pm. Returning from Playa del Coco to San José at 4am, 8am and 2am. The price as of May 2017 is 4665₡. Travel time 5hrs. Also have a read through this great blog post by the Costa Rica travel experts, Mytanfeet for a play by play of their trip from San José to Playa del Coco. This bus should pass the SJO airport in Alajuela. But always double-check with the driver when you get on.


San José to Tilarán

See schedule below. Directo buses are about 30minutes faster. Time to Tilarán: 5hrs. Price 4020₡. 2017.

From Tilarán you can switch buses to one that heads to La Fortuna. The bus to Tilarán is 5hrs and, although it looks close on the map, the onward bus to La Fortuna is also a few hours.  If you are heading from San José to La Fortuna, the better option is to go to the 7-10 Station and get the direct bus to La Fortuna.


San José to Agua Claras

See schedule below.  Time to Agua Claras: 5hrs. Price 3650₡.


San José to Las Juntas

See schedule below.  Time to Las Juntas: 3.5hrs. Price 1845₡.


San José to Santa Cecilia

See schedule below.  Time to Santa Cecilia: 5hrs. Price 3935₡.


Trip Planning

If you are still planning for your upcoming trip, I am told this Trip Planner from Gecko Trail is quite useful to help you prioritize where you want to spend your time! Gecko Trail is a ICT certified Travel Agency that has great core values and gives back to the community. So much to see and do in this beautiful country!


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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!



Liberia – Pulmitan Station

Tilarán, Cañas, Aguas Claras, Upala, Playas del Coco, Las Juntas, Santa Cecelia


Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

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37 travel tips for San José – Pulmitan de Liberia - share your tips below!

  1. Nuria

    parada por el camino*

  2. Nuria

    Hola! El bus San Jose – Las Juntas donde hace camino por el camino? Sabe si me podria dejar en Limonal? O hay alguna ruta que pare en Limonal?


  3. Jhousiry

    Horarios de los buses de san José a cañas

  4. Fabian

    Donde quedan las paradas de quebrada grande de Liberia

  5. Fernanda

    Donde puedo agarrar el bus que va para Liberia en Alajuela que no tenga que ir a San José?

    • centrocoasting

      Hola, necesita preguntar la empresa si que le pasa por el aeropuerto en routa a San Jose.

  6. JP

    Hi, thanks for running this site! The cost of the San Jose – Liberia route is now 4225C (18/02/19). Also the time for the Upala – San Jose route has changed from 5:15am to 5:00am. Can send updated photos of the time boards if you like.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks! We would love the current schedule. You can make a post on our Facebook Page.

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