Costa Rica has a very efficient and expansive bus system. World Headquarters'
website has this to say about it:
"Costa Rica's efficient and elaborate bus system provides the most inexpensive
and popular method of travel throughout the country. The vast road system makes
virtually every region of Costa Rica accessible by bus. Recently, several
transportation companies have acquired more modern, air conditioned buses for
use on long trips, or for the most frequently traveled routes. Most bus service
in downtown San Josť, as well as in the countryside itself, however, relies on
older more conventional style school buses. For the most accurate bus
information, visit the ICT office in San Jose, as detailed bus schedules and
maps are readily available.
From San Josť, all buses depart either from terminals or from streetside.
Depending on your destination and time of travel, we recommend that you arrive
early to purchase your tickets, particularly during weekend travel. The most
popular destinations have hourly departures. The newer, more modern buses have
concealed storage space, along with compartments overhead. Older buses provide
little, if any, storage space for your belongings, aside from your lap. As
always, travel lightly and keep an eye on your belongings, especially during
rest stops and scheduled stops.
Generally speaking, the bus system is quite organized and runs close to
schedule. However, cramped seats, pot-hole littered highways, dusty dirt roads
and the unanticipated breakdown should be expected."
Costa Rican Bus Schedule
For information about hotels, transportation and National Parks, visit
For information about hotels, visit
For more breadth of information about Costa Rica, please also visit
And of course, the official tourist board has a wealth of information,