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Bus service runs regularly between Quepos and San Jose (from San Jose's Coca Cola bus terminal), as well as from Dominical/San Isidro de General, Puntarenas and other, lesser visited areas. The "direct" buses are generally clean, comfortable, and on-time. Fares are about $6 per person. The Coca Cola terminal is in the red-light district and tourists can be a target for theft. Watch your belongings closely.
Buses in Costa Rica are run by small companies that bid for established routes with the government. There is no nationalized public transit system.
The only way to assure a seat, especially at busy times, is to buy your tickets in advance in person (or have someone do it for you). You cannot reserve a seat by phone or the internet.
There is a service for having your bus tickets ready and waiting when you arrive: CostaRicaBusTickets.com. They charge $15 for one ticket, or $25 for two tickets. They only purchase tickets twice a week so you need to make your reservations at least 8 days. Visit them at their website for more information.
Buses leave from the San Jose Coca Cola Terminal at 7:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 2:20, p.m., and 4:20 p.m., and 5:20 p.m. (times subject to change). The trip takes about 3 1/2 hours.
Return tickets can be purchased at the bus terminal in Quepos. It is best to purchase your return tickets a couple of days in advance to assure a seat. This is especially true for travel on Sundays.
There are several services now offering larger buses to escort you and your group. With capacities up to 54 people, with luggage, they can make group travel easier, comfortable and much more flexible.
These services will pick you up at your hotel or at the airport and take you wherever you need to go. The cost of a bus, when split between a group, becomes a very economical alternative.
Contact us for more information or to get a quote on chartered bus travel.
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