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Public buses in central america

The main international destinations in Central America by bus are: Panama City in Panama. San Jose in Costa Rica. Managua, Jinotepe and Granada in Nicaragua. San Salvador in El Salvador. San Pedro de Sula and Tegucigalpa in Honduras. Guatemala City in Guatemala. Tapachula in México.

In order to reserve tickets in companies such as Tica Bus, Trans Nica and King Quality you must present an ID card or the respective passport. The passenger has the freedom to stop and stay in each country as long as he or she wishes. Equally, you are free to continue your trip whenever you wish as long as you have a prior and confirmed booking. You can reserve bus tickets no more than 6 months in advance. The border crossing paperwork differs from border to border and depends on the nationality of the passengers. On average you will need between $5 to $7 per crossed border.

Reserve international bus tickets in Central America with Pay Pal.

Public buses in Costa Rica.

Traveling by public bus is a good choice; buses in general are efficient, safe and comfortable. Moreover they offer a unique option to learn more about the culture of Costa Rica.

Public transportation in Costa Rica is the most economical option to shuttle between two points. Depending on the route, you may take direct buses, as they will make very few stops on the road and will save you some time. The indirect buses are those that will stop very often to pick up passengers along the way.

The transportation by bus from Costa Rica offers routes to the main tourists’ destinations, small towns and international destinations of Central America, Panama and Mexico.

Schedule of public buses in Costa Rica.

Local buses in Costa Rica.

In order to reach the majority of the regions, the most common, it is to start at the capital city San José, which is the center of the public transportation. The most advisable in order to assure yourselves a space and seat, it is to buy the ticket in advance. Otherwise you lose an entire day since you will have to go and buy the tickets one day and come back the next one to travel.

Some companies will charge an extra fee if you need to change the time or date of the ticket. Usually the tickets are not refundable.

Usually the companies will begin selling the tickets at their windows around 8 days prior to the date of travel. None of the companies offers the online ticket sales service, but do not worry because we will help you to make the reservations.

Advance booking.

Choose a fast and safe way of reserving your public bus tickets in Costa Rica. We reserve the bus tickets in advance, so you can enjoy your time and take the best of your trip without worrying about details. Just available in bus routes departing from San José. For bookings within 48 hours or less, call us to our office to coordinate the service.

How to reserve local bus tickets?

We will send our messenger to buy them; therefore there is no space guarantee. But it is very common to find spaces, especially when there is a booking with 8 days in advance.

The service is available just in routes departing from the capital city San Jose. Check the bus schedules here.

Send us by e-mail your name, travel route to be reserved, schedule and number of people. Indicate the place to deliver the tickets: hotel name and address.


How the payment is made?

We accept Visa and Master Card credit cards. Once your service has been confirmed, a link will be sent to you ( with a secure server) where you can pay safely.

How many days in advance may I purchase the bus tickets?

Usually the local bus companies will start to sell the tickets 8-15 days prior to the date of the travel.

How do I receive my bus ticket?

Options include:

1. We can take it to your hotel.
3. If you reserve the ground transportation of the international airport, our driver will give you the bus ticket.

Is it possible to change the day and time of the purchased ticket?

On local routes some companies will charge additional fees, most of the companies will not make changes and usually the bus tickets are not refundable.

Is it possible to buy a roundtrip ticket at the same time?

On local routes it is not possible, with the exception of the following destinations: Manuel Antonio and Jaco.

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