San José – Terminal MEPE

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The Terminal MEPE was once called the San Carlos. If you are reading travel blogs or travel tips on other websites that mention the San Carlos station then there is a chance your bus leaves from either here or from the larger Terminal 7-10, which is quite close (see maps).

This Terminal finally has it’s own website with schedule and prices! Have a look here to double check prices and times MEPE Website.


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!


San José to Puerto Viejo and Sixaola

From here you can find the bus to Puerto Viejo and on to the Panama border (Sixaola) leaving at 6am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm 6pm.  Buses fill up fast in the busy season and it’s not a bad idea to go to the station at least the day before to purchase your tickets if you want to be guaranteed a seat. To Puerto Viejo it takes 4.5hrs and costs ¢5960(Feb 2019) . To Sixaola it takes 5.5hrs and costs ¢7310 (Feb 2019).


San José to Puerto Jiménez

The bus to Puerto Jiménez leaves from here twice per day at 8am and 12pm and costs ¢7600 and takes 8hrs. We are told that some of the buses have a/c but usually only the one at 8am.


International bus to Nicaragua

Nice high quality buses with the company Central Line leave out of this station. Check the photos below. Central Line provides a similar kind of service you would get with Tica Bus and TransNica and for a similar kind of price. You can now book your tickets online in advance with a company called La Terminal. Here is their website: You can book all the way to Managua or stop along the way.


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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!




Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

Photo taken May 2017

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11 travel tips for San José – Terminal MEPE - share your tips below!

  1. Belen

    Se puede pagar con tarjeta de credito? Muchas gracias

  2. Juliet

    Hey, this is a great site? Does anyone know if there is WIFI to call an Uber in MEPE terminal in San Jose? Thank you so much.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks! I do not believe there is WIFI at this terminal. It has been a few months since I have been there and so this could have changed.

  3. Amber

    Price from Puerto Viejo to San Jose is different, only cost us ¢5960 today 🙂

  4. Éirinn go Brách

    Price of bus San Jose – Puerto Viejo in July 2018 is 7230 colones.

  5. Elena

    Price of bus San Jose – Puerto Viejo in June 2018 is 5785 colones. Many homeless and sketchy looking people around the terminal

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, I updated that price. And yes, not a nice area of town to be in at night.

    • Ward

      We took the bus to Puerto Viejo today. Price to puerto viejo is 6065 colones (11th of July)

  6. Jamie

    The bus to Puerto Viejo is $5590 colones – Feb. 2018.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you for the update, Jamie!

  7. Chaffin

    This is amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

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