San José – Tracopa Terminal

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The San José Tracopa Terminal is where you find buses heading South. Major destinations include: David (Panama), Paso Canoas, Golfito, Uvita, Dominical, Quepos and Manuel Antonio.


Tracopa Terminal is a nice, clean, open station with two spots for food and coffee, and has nice clean bathrooms. We have a recent photo of the schedule below (May 2017). If you want to double check times and prices, have a look at the Tracopa website.  Although the website only shows you the main routes and times and wont break it down to when buses pass stops along the way. In general with Tracopa however, even if you are getting off half way enroute, you pay full fare.
Surfers, you will pay an extra 2000₡ for your board.


I have had it recommended to me in the past to purchase tickets one day in advance during the busy season. I have never done this and have always managed to get a ticket on my day of travel. But be warned – if it is a very busy time of year and you are taking a popular bus route then it is definitely a good idea to show up at least an hour early in the morning to make sure you get a seat. If seats are full, ask if you can stand.


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If you need some vacation inspiration, check out some of the activities and tours offered for the Manuel Antonio and Central Pacific area. 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!



Photo Taken: May 2017

Photo Taken: May 2017

Coffee, soda, rice, beans, etc.

Ticket windows are along the wall on the left in front of the buses

Toilets - 200 colones!

Lots of seating and even a electrical outlet somewhere on one of the walls.

Another coffee spot

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  1. Devon

    I’m Getting into SJO at 2:35 pm & I’m trying to make it to Dominical. I can’t find a shared shuttle, so I’d like to take the bus as an alternate plan. A few questions…
    1) does anyone know how Covid has impacted the busses?
    2) how much is a taxi from SJO to the tracopa bus station and how ling does it take?
    3) what’s the latest bus out of San Jose to Dominical/Quepos?
    I’m guessing it’ll take at least an hour to get out of customs and another 30 to the bus station. So I need a bus after 4:30 probably? Looking for any tips 🙂 thanks in advance!

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