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Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

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Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

We are planning to take a bus to the Osa Penninsula in January. Our current itinerary has us getting into San Jose from Arenal around 9-10am, returning a rental car at the airport (SJO) and then getting into San Jose to catch the noon bus to Puerto Jimenez.

We are trying to decide if we should try to buy tickets before we leave for Arenal (about 4 days before the bus trip to Puerto Jimenez) or if we can assume there will be room on the bus if we wait to buy an hour before departure.

Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

If you can buy the tkts ahead of time and without any extra charges...go fo it..

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2. Re: Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

I agree. Buy ahead if you can. Cost is the same (except for the extra time effort and perhaps cabfare to get to the bus station an extra time. But the real trade-off is the risk you wind up being late and missing the bus, thereby wasting the cost of your prepaid tickets vs.getting there on time and not being able to get on the bus if you don't buy in advance, It seems to me the cost and relative risk of the former is relatively minor compared to the "cost" of the possible disruption to your travel plans if the latter situation winds up happening. I'd play it safe.

One other tip, you can probably return your car at an agency office downtown (most of them are on Paseo Colon) for no extra charge, and you will save yourself the cabfare you'd have to pay if you returned your car near the airport (the guys at the rental office downtown might even drive you to the bus station).

3. Re: Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

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