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Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

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Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Hi,

What time does the earliest public bus leave Cahuita heading to downtown San Jose. I believe it is the mepe bus that takes you there? I want to try and catch another bus from San Jose to La Fortuna at 11:30am so want to aim to be back to San Jose with plenty of time to spare.

Thanks so much for any advice

Dan

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1. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

There’s a 5 am departure according to multiple sources: www.cahuitainfo.com/transport/public-bus/ It’s roughly a 3.5-4 hour trip by car, so I’d assume 4.5 hours minimum by bus.

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2. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Yes, the bus you will be taking is a Mepe bus. On their website they say the earliest bus is at 5:10 am. But that time is approximate as the bus will be coming from Sixaola (it leaves there at 4 am). So it could arrive later but it should not be much later than 5:30 am. They say it takes 4 hours to San Jose. When we took it it was closer to 4.5 hours.

http://www.mepecr.com/HorarioS_C.html

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3. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Transportation page of this site https:/…bus-to-puerto-viejo.php shows the schedule from the Mepe terminal in SJ city TO S. Caribbean, as well as 3 local phone numbers for Mepe. Consider phoning them to double check. In Cahuita, I think you purchase your bus ticket in advance.

While it is more expensive, once you add the costs of 2 buses, getting in between the bus stations and getting to the bus terminal at the beginning and from the bus to your Arenal accommodations at the end, it might not be such a big difference - you can also take a shared shuttle between your accommodations in Cahuita and in La Fortuna area. We used a prepaid Interbus van, door to door, from our Cahuita hotel to a hotel near Arenal volcano. Their site shows current rate of US$64 per adult, incl. luggage. Total travel time in our case was over 6 hrs, with 2 stops, one almost an HR long (the itinerary we had received when we booked said the stop would be 15 min long), and we were not going to La Fortuna, but about 22 km past it, to AOL. So it could have been a shorter time on the road. There were only 2 families, incl. us, lots of space, a/c, the luggage was inside, right behind our seats, so we thought it was worth the $$. https://www.interbusonline.com/rates.php . - Just a thought.

Edited: 11 June 2018, 07:54
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4. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

If you are staying in downtown Cahuita you can walk to the bus terminal. The Mepe bus terminal in San Jose (San Carlos, also called Atlantico Norte) is very close to terminal 7-10 where you would have to go for the bus to La Fortuna so you could walk. By the way, the bus leaves at 11:50 am:

terminal7-10.com/en/rutas/san-carlos-2/

The bus from Cahuita to San Jose should not be more than $10 and the bus from San Jose to La Fortuna $5. So a shuttle is definitely more expensive but is faster.

A fun way to get from Cahuita to Arenal would be the rafting trip on the Rio Pacuare with drop-off in Arenal but that would be $99.

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5. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Do buy your bus ticket the day before as the ticket office will not be open. This is a popular bus for people from the area who want to go to the capital and back in one day so have some patience. The last time my daughter got it, it arrived in Cahuita closer to 6 than 5.

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6. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Thankyou all for your responses! Do you think we will be able to purchase a ticket from San Jose to La Fortuna on the same day once we arrive from Cahuita? Or is this a ticket that would need to be purchased in advance also?

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7. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

I think it would be fine to buy a ticket when you arrive. I have not taken that bus but we never had a problem buying tickets on the spot on normal days. Also, if for some reason you miss that bus or can't get tickets there is a bus to Ciudad Quesada (also called San Carlos) from the same 7-10 terminal at 3:15 pm. From Ciudad Quesada you can then take a bus to La Fortuna.

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8. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

The time for the 2nd leg bus (SJ to La Fortuna) shown here, incl. on the photos below, is 11:50 am, which is better than 11:30 in your case: https:/… . Hopefully, you won't need the Plan B, but it is good to know Sonia's advice on the other option!

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9. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

It all sounds very management then! Thanks Sonia for the contingency plan as well (hopefully we won’t need it). I think we will definitely go for the public buses instead of a shuttle.

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10. Re: Public bus to San Jose from Cahuita

Good luck! It never hurts to review Bus travel and safety rules: https:/… .

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