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Options for getting to/from Puerto Viejo from San Jose, Arenal and Bocas del Toro

Getting to the Puerto Viejo area is pretty easy. There are a number of different options for getting here. Most people come here from San Jose so we'll cover those options first:

Public Bus

The bus is the most economical option. Seven daily express buses leave from San Jose.

View Bus Schedule and Info

Shared Ride Van Shuttles

Shared ride van services have door to door service from hotels and major points. They have several daily departures from San Jose, Arenal and Bocas del Toro to Puerto Viejo.

View Shuttle Schedule from San Jose and Arenal

For shuttle transport to/from Bocas view our Bocas transport page.

Private Transfers

You can also get a private transfer that will take you directly from San Jose Airport or any other location to Puerto Viejo at your schedule.

View private transfer information

Adventure Connections

If you book a Rafting Trip they can pick you up in San Jose and leave you in Puerto Viejo at the end of the day (or vice-versa)! Kind of like getting your transportation for free. It also works to/from Arenal.

View Adventure Connections

Driving

Driving from San José takes 4 to 5 hours (via the faster route) and there are two different routes possible. There is also information there about driving to/from Arenal or Tortuguero.

See our driving and car rental page

Flying

Puerto Viejo has no airport, but it is possible to fly to Limon, about 45 minutes north, where a shuttle will take you to Puerto Viejo.

See flying information

Bocas del Toro and Tortuguero

If you're coming here from Bocas del Toro or Tortuguero there are specific instructions not covered by the above so we've created some specific information for coming from or going to those destinations:

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro in Panama is just across the border but because of the border and that it is islands some extra instructions are useful.

Transport to/from Bocas del Toro

Tortuguero

Tortuguero is a national park and village on the north side of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Because there are no roads in, the trip also takes some extra time and advance planning so please check out our page with detailed instructions.

Transport to/from Tortuguero

More Information

I have made every attempt to make sure this information is current and correct. But schedules do change as do road conditions and weather so please confirm information if it's important (e.g. you'll miss your flight). Please email info@puertoviejosatellite.com with any corrections or additional information that you think would be helpful.

Additional comments from our visitors about Transportation to Puerto Viejo

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Michael Barton

I am arriving Dec 27 st San Jose going to Puerto viejo. Is the shuttle at the airport or do I just grab a taxi to bus station? How much should I expect to pay for taxi? Do I book ahead for shuttle? Thank you.

October 09, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Airport Express transfers are at the airport terminal, the other companies such as interbus are a 3 minute taxi ride away. All shuttles must be booked in advance. For the public bus, you would take a 30 minute taxi to bus station near downtown San Jose.

October 09, 2019

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Michael Barton

Great. Would you suggest airport Express or internus?

October 09, 2019

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Stephen

We’re getting into San Jose around 8PM so we know that driving to PV is not recommended this late. We’ll stay the night in San Jose and then leave for PV in the morning (rental car). Would you recommend we rent the car the night we land and drive to our hotel near the airport or do you suggest we take a taxi to our hotel the night we land and rent the car the next day? Safety is our main concern and we’re not concerned with added expense.

August 06, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I don't think there's really a safety concern either way. Some of the hotels around the airport include transport so that might be easier after a long day but then you'll just have to go back to the airport to get the car so I'd just get it right away. On the other hand if you were staying in central San José where I prefer rather than near the airport you could wait and not deal with traffic and directions in San José at night. Then it's easiest enough to pick up a car in San José the next day as all the major rental companies have offices in San José (mostly to the west of the city, near Parque Sabana). Also note that highway 32 to the Caribbean is close by downtown San Jose so it's actually easier/closer to the Caribbean coast from downtown.

August 06, 2019

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John

Hi there! I'm planning to come to Puerto Viejo in mid-February. My flight lands at SJO at 11:30am. Wondering if you think I'll have enough time to get a private taxi to PV and drive there safely? I hear driving at night is inadvisable and it takes 5 hours. Not sure how long it takes to get through customs, etc. Thanks for any help!

November 27, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

If you're not planning to drive yourself the warning about driving at night really doesn't apply; when hiring a private driver the stress of all that is gone. But even if you were driving yourself the timing is fine. If you're on the road at 12:30 you would be arriving Puerto Viejo about 16:30 more or less depending on stops and traffic.

December 03, 2018

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julieta

buenos dias en breve estaremos viajando con unas amigas, nuestra idea es ir desde la fortuna / arenal en auto , el camino como es? tiene mucha montana? que camino recomendas que no tenga mucho precipicio y sea mejor para manejar

May 08, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hay instrucciones para conducir entre La Fortuna y Puerto Viejo en página de manejar. Pasará para Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

May 08, 2018

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Marta

Hola :)
Estoy planificando mi viaje a Costa Rica desde Colombia sin tener que cruzar por Panamá. Existe la opcion de llegar desde Colombia en barco hasta Puerto Viajo?
Gracias :)
Abrazo,
Marta

March 21, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

No, no hay servicio en barco entre el Caribe de Costa Rica y Colombia (ni Panama, ni otros lugares tampoco). Lo único manera para llegar en barco al Caribe es en crucero a Limón.

March 21, 2018

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jomarie

we are staying in punta uva and have a 7:30 am flight out of Limon. Is there any option for transportation that morning to the airport that will get us there by 7 am?

February 06, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Yes, there are shared ride shuttles that pickup in all of the South Caribbean zone to meet at the flights out of Limon. You can book it here

February 06, 2018

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caine

Hi, My partner and i will get the bus from puerto viejo to san jose on saturday and need to get to the airport. is there another bus from atlantico norte terminal we can take to the airport if the times link up? or even a local bus if we have to walk a few blocks first? Thanks...

January 02, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

There is no airport express bus or anything like that. Most people take a taxi from the San Jose to the airport; Uber or a taxi will cost you about $15 USD. The public bus that services the airport is run by TUASA so if you do want to do that you would take the TUASA San Jose-Alajuela express service but the bus service is about a 10 min walk away in what can not always be a great area of town. To walk is about 10 minutes but if you elect to do this you might want to take a taxi to that stop. You can ask Google map for directions from Terminal Atlantico Norte to Parada Alajuela if you want to see the route.

January 02, 2018

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Coral

Hey, Im going to land at SJO at 12:40 pm, and from there will be trying to get to Cahuita. Was wondering if there is a direct bus I could take, or if its worth getting a personal driver, or staying the night in San Jose for a shuttle early.

December 27, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

No need to spend the night in SJ for a 12:40pm arrival unless you want to. There's a shared shuttle, the Airport Express, that leaves the airport at 2:30pm. There are also public buses which leave at 4pm and 6pm from the Terminal Atlantido in downtown San Jose (allow at least an hour to get from the airport there). For those you might consider the taxi/bus service in which the taxi driver gets your bus ticket in advance and the picks you up at the airport for your bus. All three of those services can be booked right here at this link.

December 27, 2017

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Petra

Hi,

as I would like to take the bus from San José to Puerto Viejo de la Talamanca on December 24th, 2017: Is it necessary to make reservations in advance due to the holidays? Or maybe go very early on the day I want to leave for Puerto Viejo?

Unfortunately, today (December 15th) I can't get a hold of anyone over the phone. Has the number changed?

Thank you very much in advance for your help!

December 15, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

It's nice to have a reservation but most of the time it isn't possible. Hard to predict the traffic on Christmas Eve. They do add extra buses when it's really busy so it's not generally a problem. You could go to the bus station earlier or the day before and get your ticket. Or you can purchase the taxi and bus service if you like here which is another option. In this case, the driver picks up your ticket in advance then picks you up at the airport or your hotel and delivers you to the bus station.

I've tried that number myself recently and no one picked up after many rings; I don't think it has changed but not entirely sure. Getting an answer out of MEPE isn't easy...If you find a different number let us know!

December 16, 2017

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