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Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

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Calgary, Canada
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Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

We are heading to Santa Teresa for six weeks in June/July. What is the best way to get from SJO to Santa Teresa? We are two travellers, on a budget, with one heavy-ish bag each.

Is the bus/ferry option reliable given that it is rainy season? Safe? How long does it take?

We do not want to rent a car for the entire time so have opted to not drive ourselves.

Are there other options?

Thanks in advance!!

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

I think the public bus can be a good option...San Jose or Alajuela to Puntarenas...ferry...at the other end always buses waiting to take passengers to Santa Tereza or Mal Pais...

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Calgary, Canada
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2. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

Thanks for the response!

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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for Mal Pais, Santa Teresa
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3. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

Try the Direct Bus to Santa Teresa, costs $12, stows your bags safely in the luggage compartment under the bus, you take the same bus all the way from San Jose to Santa Teresa.

It leaves from the Atlantic Bus Station also known as the San Carlos Station at 6 AM and 2 PM.

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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4. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

the direct bus is actually around $15 now :)

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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5. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

Wow! It went up again!! I was on it in Nov. and I think it was $12, maybe 13 , but certainly not $15!!! It is still less than a shuttle and more comfortable and secure than the public bus.

Tijuana, Mexico
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6. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

How long does it trip take from San Jose to Santa Teresa using the bus?

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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7. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

Approx. 6 hrs.

2 hrs. to get to the ferry, 2 hrs by the time you get on the ferry and then get off and board the bus on the other side, 2 hrs. to Santa Teresa from the ferry dock with a short stop in Cobano.

If you catch the 14:00 from San Jose, you get into Santa Teresa around 20:00.

Tijuana, Mexico
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8. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

Thanks! Do you know if there is a direct bus from Santa Teresa/surrounding area to La Fortuna?

Tijuana, Mexico
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9. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

And how long that would take? THANKS

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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10. Re: Getting to Santa Teresa from SJO for two

There is no direct bus to the Arenal area from Santa Teresa.

Shuttle companies in the Santa Teresa area usually have schedules to run that route. (this would take about 6-10 hrs depending on which route they take). Check Tropical Tours web site, Interbus, and Montezuma Expeditions for shuttle prices and schedules.

To drive the route north, across the Friendship bridge, to Tilaran, around Lake Arenal and into La Fortuna will take about 6 hrs. more or less depending on if you make any stops or not.

If you were to take a direct bus, you would have to take the same bus line you take from San Jose, get off the bus at the airport and catch a cab or regular bus into downtown Alajuela and then get on the direct bus to La Fortuna/Arenal from there. This would likely take about a day (10-12 hrs)

Edited: 4:02 pm, May 21, 2013
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