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Bus schedules and information

Please note that bus schedules are subject to change. Kindly call either the San Jose or Sámara phone numbers for the current schedule times.

Name of company offering San Jose / Samara daily bus service
Empresa Alfaro Ltda. - email:more info
Telephone: +506 2222-2666, 2223-2160, 2222-2970

Sámara Agency
Telephone:  +506 2656-0261

Departure Times for Buses between San Jose and Samara and San Jose and other locations in the Province of Guanacaste

From San Jose 
to Guanacaste

From Guanacaste 
to San Jose

6:00AM   Nosara - By Bridge 1:00PM   Nosara to San Jose 
6:30AM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 2:30PM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 
8:00AM   Nicoya - By Bridge 5:20PM   San Jose - By Bridge
10:00AM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 5:00AM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 
10:30AM   Nicoya - By Bridge 3:00AM    San Jose - By Bridge
11:30AM   Tamarindo 3:00AM   Tamarindo
12:00PM   Samara - Carrillo 4:00AM   Carrillo/Samara
1:30PM   Nicoya - Filadelfia - Sta. Cruz 7:30AM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 
2:00PM   Nicoya - By Bridge 4:30AM   Nicoya - By Bridge
2:30PM   Mansion - Hojancha 7:30AM   Mansion - Hojancha
3:00PM   Nicoya - Filadelfia - Sta. Cruz 9:30AM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 
3:30PM   Tamarindo  5:45AM   Tamarindo 
4:00PM   Nicoya - By Bridge 8:30AM    San Jose - By Bridge
5:00PM   Filadelfia - Sta. Cruz - Nicoya  12:30PM   Nicoya - Sta. Cruz - Filadelfia 
6:00PM   Nicoya via Liberia 8:00AM   Nicoya

 San José to Sámara

  • Bus departs San Jose at 12:00 pm
  • Arrives in Sámara in about 4 hours and a half

The Bus from San Jose to Sámara leaves from the Alfaro bus station in San Jose, 150 meters northwest from the Coca Cola station- close to downtown San Jose.

Tracopa Alfaro Bus Lines - San Jose office
Street Address: Avenida 5, Calle 14 y 16,  San José
Telephone: +506 2221-4214, 2223-2160, 2222-2970
Fax: +506 2255-2981
email: more info

The cost of the one way ticket is about about US$ 8 per person and the trip takes about 4 and a half hours. We advise you to buy tickets one day in advance, if possible.

Sámara to San Jose

  • Monday ~ Saturday ~ Direct Bus departs Sámara at 4:30 am
  • Arrives in San Jose at about 9:30 am
  • Sundays ~ Direct Bus departs Sámara at 1:00 pm
  • Arrives in San Jose at 6:00 pm

San José to Nicoya

Buses run more often between San Jose and Nicoya. Nicoya is 37 km. from Samara and is on the road to San Jose. It is also the centre of bus transportation in Guanacaste.

  • Buses depart San Jose daily at:
    6:00 am, 6:30 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:30 md, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm,
    4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm and 6:30
  • The San Jose to Nicoya journey is about 4 hours.

Nicoya to San José

  • Buses depart Nicoya daily at:
    4:30 am, 5:00 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 12:30 md, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm,
    and 5:20 pm
  • The Nicoya to San Jose journey is about 5 and a half hours.

Nicoya to Sámara

Bus service between Nicoya and Sámara is offered by:

Impresa Rojas ~ Traroc
Telephone:  +506 2685-5032

One way fare between Nicoya and Samara is Colones 1,300 (about US$2.50).

From Nicoya to Samara From Samara to Nicoya
From Monday to Sunday From Monday to Sunday
5:30 am 5:30 am
8:00 am 6:30 am
10:00 am 8:00 am
11:30 am 10:00 am
12:30 pm 12:15 pm
2:00 pm 1:00 pm
3:00 pm 2:45 pm
4:30 4:15 pm
6:30 pm 5:00 pm
8:00 pm 6:45 pm

Bus Agency Phone Numbers

Coming to Samara from other parts of Costa Rica

Here are some local bus agency phone numbers.

Agua Buena 2734-0107
Barco Quebrado  -  2680-1266 2680-0466
Belen Carrillo 2688-8257
Belen Nicoya 2680-0822
Buenos Aires 2730-0205
Caimital 2680-0793
Cartagena  -  2675-0036 2680-0522
Chacarita 2783-3610
Copa Buena  -  2734-0103 2734-0101
Coto 47 2783-3275
Cuidad Cortes 2788-8105
Cuidad Neilly 2783-3227
Filadelfia 2688-8237
Garza 2680-0565
Golfito 2775-0365
Hojancha 2659-9167
Huacas 2680-0282
La Cuesta 2732-2083
Laurel  -  2775-0974 2780-0474
Mansion 2685-5660
Nicoya 2685-5032
Nosara  - 2680-0836 2682-0236
Palmar  -  2786-6511 2685-6511
Palmira   -  2688-4116 2688-8407
Paso Canoas 2732-2119
Portogolpe 2680-0285
Puerto Carrillo 2656-0047
Quebrada Honda 2685-5411
Rio Claro 2789-9392
Sabalito 2773-3120
Sabanilla 2773-3194
Samara 2656-0110
San Isidro 2771-0468
San Vito 2773-3410
Santa Ana  -  2688-8144 2688-8511
Santa Barbara 2680-0538
Santa Cruz 2680-0401
Santa Rita  -  2773-3238 2773-3228
Santa Rosa 2653-0443
Sierpe 2788-8111
Tamarindo  -  2653-0031 / 0032 2653-0167
Villarreal 2653-0053



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