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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 and is very inexpensive. Five daily directo 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 60 minutes north.

See flying information

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.

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Hakan

Are there no ways to travel bu buss or shuttle in the evening (or overnight) from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. This would be a interesting service to be offered......

October 03, 2017

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Bailey

Hello, I'll be taking the bus from San Jose to puerto Viejo tomorrow. I'm wondering what the best way to get to my hotel is, it is near punta uva. Do you have a suggestion? Thanks!

August 18, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The local transport page goes into detail on all your options.

First if you take the noon bus from San José this one goes down the coastal road to Manzanillo so will stop in Punta Uva (ask the driver). The other buses only go to downtown PV in which case you have the options of:
- taxi
- local buses
- rent a bike
Details are all on the local transport page.

August 18, 2017

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Rebecca PEARSALL

Hi, I am going to Costa Rica for 15 days and I wanted to start out in Manuel Antonio park area, then go to visit Monteverde. My question is, Is there a transportation route by plane to go from Monteverde to puerto viejo?

Thank you so much for your help!

August 12, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Neither Puerto Viejo or Monteverde has an airport! Your easiest option would be to book a private van transport for your group. Alternatively you could book a shared shuttle to Arenal or to San Jose and then onto Puerto Viejo. Finally if you did want to fly you could fly to Limon from San Jose and then book transport to Puerto Viejo from there (about 45-60 min). All these options can be booked on these pages or you can contact our tour partner Gecko Trail and ask them to organize it for you.

August 12, 2017

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D Woodall

Hello! I just wanted to make sure buses run on sundays as well! I don't see any information about specific days. Thanks.

July 25, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Yes, bus schedules are 7 days a week except in the rare cases indicated on the schedules. Christmas Day and Easter Sunday are the only days where service is sometimes reduced (but never eliminated).

July 25, 2017

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Authrene Ashton

If I take a bus to puerto viejo from san jose from the terminal atlantico norte where do I get dropped off in puerto viejo?

April 23, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The main bus station in Puerto Viejo is right downtown here. There are a few earlier stops you can request though. And if you're taking the noon bus it goes all the way to Manzanillo so will stop at various points along the route such as at Cocles, Punta Uva etc.

April 24, 2017

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Fatima

Hello.... Can you help please? How can I reach Puerto viejo from Tortuguero by public transport or shuttle. Thank you. Fatima

December 15, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Detailed instructions are there on our Tortuguero page.

December 15, 2016

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Tanis

Hello. I am trying to decide if I want to stay in PV or divide between there and Coahuila. Is the frequent local buses between the two towns? Thanks

November 06, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Local buses which travel between Puerto Viejo and Cahuita run more or less hourly or it is 15-20 minutes by taxi. The local transport page has schedules.

November 06, 2016

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Beverly McGodrick

Hi,
I am staying about 3.5 km North of puerto Viejo de Limon from May 1-8 2016. It seems like there are no cars available to rent at this time.
Any suggestions of an economical way to transport groceries, etc from PV town that distance.? ....are there any private cars for sharing, or would I have to cab it all the time?
Thanks..don't want to be " up the creek"!!,

April 11, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Well the bus schedule between PV and Hone Creek is actually very frequent, much more so than the buses which go south of town. All the buses going to Limon or BriBri will stop there. See the local transport page for schedules.

And then there are bike and scooter rentals.

April 11, 2016

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Bettina Maul

Hi, I need to go frm Puerto Viejo to La Fortune. Is there a direct connection or do I need to go via San Jose? Manny thanks,

March 17, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

To travel from Puerto Viejo to Arenal via public bus requires a change of bus in San Jose. The easier option is to book a door-to-door shuttle; there are two daily services direct between Puerto Viejo and Arenal. Check the shuttle page for schedules, rates and booking.

March 17, 2016

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Patti Mangrum

We leave on the 6:30 am Nature Air flight out of Limon to SJO. What would be the best way to get there from our hotel in Punta Cocles. I am assuming we would have to leave at like 4:30-5:00 am. Would a cab take us up there? if so, how much?

February 21, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Yes, a taxi or private transfer is your best option at that hour. You can get a private transfer quote on our shuttle page, just scroll to private transfers and you'll get an instant estimate.

February 22, 2016

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Chris Lewis

Is the Sunday bus schedule any different from the listed schedule or is the listed schedule a 7 day schedule? Are buses likely to be full in June and is there a luggage restriction?

February 19, 2016

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