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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. Six 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 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.

Additional comments from our visitors about Transportation to Puerto Viejo

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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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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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