Puerto Viejo Travel                                       Puerto Viejo   Costa Rica

   The following Puerto Viejo travel info is based on traveling from San Jose international airport (SJO) also known as the Juan Santamaria International Airport, as this is the location most people enter the country.

                                                 

Driving

   The following Puerto Viejo travel information is based on Approximate driving times. The road conditions in Costa Rica can very greatly, be sure to leave your selves plenty of time to avoid having to drive at night! Night driving in Costa Rica is a challenge at the best of times, many animals, huge potholes, mud slides and incredible rain storms can make it hazardous, please don't rush. Not that you shouldn't drive in Costa Rica, the scenery alone is worth it.

                              
Puerto Viejo travel times and distances.
                 From -  To
     Miles
      kms
     Time
   San Jose  -  Puerto Viejo
     140
      220
     4.5 hrs
   Arenal      -  Puerto Viejo
     208
      332
      5 hrs
   Puerto Limon  -  Puerto Viejo
      30
       50
   1 -1.5 hrs
   Jaco        -  Puerto Viejo
     213
      340
   6 - 6.5
hrs
   Liberia      -  Pueto Viejo
     275
      440
   7 - 8  hrs
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          Buses

   Buses for Puerto Viejo travel leave from the Caribe Sur Bus Terminal located on Calle Central about 8 blocks North of the Parque Central.
Note: There are two towns called Puerto Viejo that you can catch a bus to from this terminal. You want Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (also known as Puerto Viejo de Limon). The bus company that goes there is Transportes Mepe and their ticket office is at the end of the terminal. Ticket prices are currently 4,535 colones (about $9 US) for this, an approximately 5 hour trip and the bus makes one 20 minute stop in Limon for a bathroom break and something to eat. The trip to Cahuita from San Jose is 3,900 colones (about $8 US) and takes 4 1/2 hours. Schedule is below.

   If the express bus schedule does not meet your Puerto Viejo travel needs, you can also take one of the very frequent buses to Limon (2 1/2 hours) and then transfer there to a bus heading to Puerto Viejo which will take another 1 1/2 hours or so. Before you head to Limon though, make sure there will be a connecting bus to Puerto Viejo otherwise you'll be stuck in Limon overnight or taking a taxi.
Note: In Limon you will need to transfer from the main bus terminal where the San José buses arrive to the Puerto Viejo terminal which is a few blocks away. If you have a lot of luggage grab a taxi for 1-2$.
               
San Jose to, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Bribri, Sixaola, or Manzanillo.
  San Jose
    ----->
  
   Cahuita
    Puerto
     Viejo

     Bribri

    Sixaola
    06:00
    09:45
    10:15
    10:45
    12:15
    10:00
    13:45
    14:15
    14:45
    16:15
    14:00
    17:45
    18:15
    18:45
    20:15
    16:00
    19:45
    20:15
    20:45
    22:15
     San Jose
     ------>
     Cahuita
       Puerto
        Viejo
    Manzanillo
      12:00
      16:00
       16:30
       17:00
    Sixaola
    ----->
  
     Bribri
    Puerto
     Viejo

   Cahuita

   San Jose
    06:00
    06:30
    -----
    07:00
    11:00
    08:00
    08:30
    09:00
    09:30
    13:30
    10:00
    10:30
    11:00
    11:30
    15:30
    15:00
    15:30
    16:00
    16:30
    20:30
Sixaola to, Bribri, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, San Jose.
   Manzanillo
     ------>
      Puerto
       Viejo
      Cahuita
    San Jose
      07:00
      07:30
       08:00
      12:00
   These buses do sometimes sell out at peak times so you should purchase or reserve your tickets in advance if at all possible.

   Tickets for Transportes Mepe buses are only available at the Bus Terminals. In San Jose at the Caribe Sur, in Puerto Viejo and Cahuita at the bus stops. For buses from San Jose to Puerto Viejo or Cahuita, except the 6 a.m departure, you can call the Transportes Mepe office in San José to reserve a ticket the day before or the day of but note they will generally only speak Spanish. No credit card number or deposit is required but you must show up at the ticket office at least 30 minutes prior to departure to pay and collect your reserved ticket.

Transportes Mepe Phone Numbers:
San José :      (506) 2257-8129
Limón :          (506) 2758-1572
Puerto Viejo : (506) 2750-0023

   Schedules are subject to change and do change sometimes based on weather conditions and demand. Confirm the schedule when purchasing your ticket or call ahead.

   From San José to Puerto Viejo, seats are reserved so please look for your assigned seat number on your ticket.  On the way back, seats are not reserved.
puerto viejo travel by bus, getting to puerto viejo
Puerto Viejo travel by share ride vans
          Share Ride Vans

   For $35 US, transport is available in an air-conditioned van or mini-bus from San Jose.

   Interbus and Grayline each make one daily trip from San Jose to Puerto Viejo and there are two Interbus trips daily back to San Jose. They will pick you up at your San José hotel or at an off-airport location and let you off directly at your hotel (almost) anywhere between Cahuita and Manzanillo.

Visit Interbus online
Interbus San José
De la Fuente de la Hispanidad, 100 E y 25 N,
San Pedro, Montes de Oca
Phone (506) 2-283-5573
Fax    (506) 2-283-7655
Email:  reservations@interbusonline.com

Visit Greyline online
e-mail:  info@graylinecostarica.com
Ph. (506) 2220-2126
Fax. (506) 2220-2393

*If you are dialing from USA or Canada please dial 011 first. From others countries dial overseas code and then the above numbers. If you are in Costa Rica just dial last 8 digits.

Share Ride Vans Schedule
 
 
  San Jose

   Cahuita
   Puerto
    Viejo

Manzanillo

    Price

  Interbus

   07:50

   11:50

   12:25

   12:55

    $35 us

  Grayline

   10:30

    14:30

    15:00

    15:20

    $35 us
 
 
Manzanillo
   Puerto
    Viejo
 
   Cahuita

  San Jose

    Price

  Interbus

   06:15

   06:50

    07:20

   11:20

    $35 us

  Interbus

   13:30

    14:30

    15:15

    18:20

    $35 us
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          Flying to Limon, the closet airport to Puerto Viejo.

There is no airport in Puerto Viejo but one can fly from San Jose to Limon and then continue on via bus or Taxi to Puerto Viejo (a little more than an hour further).  The two Costa Rican domestic airlines use small turbo prop planes.

Nature Air flies from both San José's Pavas Airport (this is NOT the main international airport) and Bocas del Toro, Panama to Limon. Flights are not always daily though so check the Nature Air website for current schedules.

The other domestic airline, Sansa, flies from a separate terminal at the main international airport. Although their route map shows San José to Limon flights, no flights have been scheduled yet but check the Sansa website for current information.
 
 
 
 
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