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Bus travel in and out of Uvita is pretty straightforward.


Uvita to Dominical

Several buses back and forth every day for Dominical. Have a look at the schedule below. The trip takes about 20 minutes and the buses these days are quite comfortable! You grab the bus from the side of the road at one of the bus stops. There is one obvious one right across from the Tracopa station and the tourist information centre. If you are looking for things to do in the area check out this awesome hike to the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Lots of fun things to do!


Uvita to San José

In Uvita there is a nice, big, clean and comfortable Tracopa bus station for buses heading to San José. This terminal has great bathrooms and pretty good food too. A photo of the schedule is posted below. Or, when you are at the station in Uvita you can find it posted right where you purchase your tickets. Uvita to San José : 5035₡, 5hrs

San José to Uvita: There are two buses per day from the Tracopa in station in San José that go all the way here. They leave at 5:30am and 3pm. You can double check the schedule and price here on the Tracopa website. Note that the Tracopa website is pretty limited as it only shows major routs in and out of San José. When searching leave either the destination or the origin portion as ‘any’ or you may not get any results.


Uvita to Quepos

If you are heading by local bus from Uvita towards Ciudad Neily or from Uvita to Quepos then you can find covered bus stops right on the main road.  There is one bus stop directly across from the Tracopa Station for buses heading north, as well as another bus stop next to the Hertz car rental office for buses heading south. Have a look at the map as these stops are indicated there for you.


Quepos to Uvita

See photo of schedule below. Price is 1500₡ . Trip takes about 2hrs. 


Uvita to Jacó

Going from Uvita to Jacó? You can take the bus Tracopa to San José if you like.  But be aware that they will charge you full fare and drop you on the side of the highway in front of a large Pali supermarket – not in the town of Jacó.  From the highway you can take a taxi to town or walk – it’s about 25 minutes. The plus side to this trip is that the Tracopa bus is quick and you will arrive in Jacó faster than if you had just taken the regular bus.

Other option – go to Quepos and switch to bus to Jacó.


Tourist information centre

Next to the Tracopa station is the tourist information centre where you can find local bus schedules. If you are looking for things to do in the area check out this awesome hike to the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Lots of fun things to do!


Uvita to Puerto Jimenez

Thanks to Callum for this info:

5am Uvita to Chacarita (or 4.45am from Dominical) – 2 hours

8am Chacarita – Puerto Jiménez – 2 hours
Catch from bus stop/shelter next to gas station along the T road (not the main highway you were just on).


Uvita to Cataratas Nauyaca Waterfalls

Thanks to Callum again for this one:

“It’s bit difficult, it just requires early starts which is actually pretty good given how hot it gets quickly.
Getting out there was easy. From Uvita, you can simply catch the 6AM bus headed to San Isidro and get off at the Nauyaca Office-driver will know where. Then simply walk in. Took us about 1hr 15 to hike in as wasn’t difficult at all. From Domical, the same bus that goes through Uvita stops in Dominical at around 6.30AM. Getting back is a little more work. Firstly the hike is a little harder as we came back around 11 o’clock and although it took the same amount of time (most of the way back is down hill), the last section (about 1.5km) is uphill, rather steep and rather sweaty! But the 11.30AM bus that leaves San Isidro, should pass by the Nauyaca office around 12pm and get you in to Dominical at 12.15pm. But it continues on to Quepos. If you need to get back to Uvita, there is a 12.30pm Bus from Dominical. For us, this Uvita bound bus did actually wait for our Quepos bound bus which was running about 25 minutes late and didn’t get us in to Dominical until 12.40. I don’t know if this is the norm but it worked out for us. Alternatively, you can spend all day at the falls and then be back out on the highway opposite the Nauyaca office at around 3.50pm to go back to Quepos (via Dominical) or 4.20 to go back to Uvita (via Dominical). Hope this helps come people out there because most other people at the falls had cars, but it is definitely doable by bus. This is all outlined on the timetable, but thought I’d step it out for some of your users.”


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San José Quepos Dominical Jacó Ciudad Neily


Local Bus Schedule
From the Uvita information center
Photo taken May 2018

San José to Uvita and other connecting spots with Tracopa
Taken at the Tracopa Station in Uvita
Photo taken May 2017

This is telling you that the times listed on the previous schedule are not always exact
Taken at the Tracopa Station in Uvita
Photo taken May 2017

Taken at the Tracopa Station in Uvita
Photo taken May 2017

Uvita to Dominical
Posted at the tourist information center in Dominical
Photo taken May 2017

Dominical to Uvita
Posted at the tourist information center in Dominical
Photo taken May 2017

The Tracopa Station in Uvita

The main street in Uvita, you can see the information center

Inside the Tracopa Station. Nice clean bathrooms (free!) and excellent food options.

Bus stop bench (I'm standing inside) located next to the Hertz car rental. This is where you can wait for local busses heading south. There is a bank across the street if you need one.

Bus stop in front of the Tracopa station. This is where you will wait for local busses heading North.

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9 travel tips for Uvita - share your tips below!

  1. Adams

    Are there any buses daily from San Jose to Uvita or only on specific weekdays?

    • AJ

      If you check the Tracopa page on this website and also the Tracopa bus company website you’ll find your answer. All buses on the coastal route heading to the border or Golfito will pass Uvita. There are several each day.

  2. Sean

    The tracopa staion in san jose really got us bad. The cashier told us to pay $30 usd for me ,my wife, and child, to get to manuel antonio. So we payed $90usd to get there where a tour guide taught us we got screwed. Watch out.

    • centrocoasting

      Wow, I have never heard of a ticket agent overcharging like this! It should cost less than $30 for all of you. The ticket price is about 4630 Colones per person from San Jose to Manuel Antonio. I would report this to the tourism bureau.

  3. Vianney Lintanf

    Uvita – David : 11:30 a.m ou 3:30p.m. Tracopa bus, climatisé.
    12000 colones. (21$)
    4h de trajet, douane comprise.
    (taxe de sortie 8$)
    Attention au décalage horaire ! Il faut rajouter 1 heure en arrivant au Panama !
    Ensuite pour aller à Boquete, c’est au même terminal, il suffit de chercher un bus avec écrit Boquete en gros à l’avant.
    1,75$, 45min – 1h.

    • centrocoasting

      Merci, Vianney!

  4. Eileen

    The 2.30pm bus Quepos to Dominical also goes to Uvita.
    There are fairly regular bus service between Quepos /Dominical /Uvita, but not listed online

  5. Tobey VanRoon

    It looks like (from the above photos) that there is a bus that leaves San Jose for paso canoa at 640 pm that stops in uvita. But if you go to the tracopa website it doesn’t tell you that. It says there are only 2 trips per day to uvita.

    • centrocoasting

      Yes, the Tracopa website is quite user unfriendly. It only lists the departure time for buses heading south from San Jose. I am not sure why it only shows 2 to Uvita but perhaps it is that they are the most direct route and end in Uvita, not sure. The photo above is from the Tracopa terminal in Uvita. It gives you the full list of buses that pass Uvita after leaving San Jose and where they are going to. I can’t guarantee anything but this is literally posted on the wall at the ticket office in Uvita and when I asked if it was accurate they said yes.

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