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).


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 the Panama border (Sixaola). 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 ¢7230 (June 2018). To Sixaola it takes 5.5hrs and costs a bit more.


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.


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

  1. Éirinn go Brách

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

  2. 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.

  3. Jamie

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

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you for the update, Jamie!

  4. Chaffin

    This is amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

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