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How to get from San Jose to Quepos, Costa Rica

There are different ways to travel from San Jose to Quepos. From public buses to shared shuttle vans to private transfers or even Uber.

I will share the best ways to travel from San Jose to Quepos. To make your trip stress-free, I recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance!

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How far is Quepos from San Jose

The distance from San Jose to Quepos is about 164 kilometers or 102 miles by car.

Transportation Options from San Jose to Quepos

The following table outlines all transportation options from San Jose to Quepos:

MethodTravel timePrice
Public Bus from San Jose to Quepos~4 hours 30 minutes~USD 8
Shared Shuttle from San Jose to Quepos4 hoursUSD 54
Private Transfer from San Jose to Quepos3 hoursUSD 253-USD 480
Taxi from San Jose to Quepos3 hoursUSD 150
Flight from San Jose to Quepos17 minutes
Rental Car3 hours

Getting to Quepos from San Jose

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1. Public Bus from San Jose to Quepos

Journey Duration: Around 4.5 hours

There are daily direct buses from San Jose to Quepos, Costa Rica, with Terminal Transportes.

This company offers direct connections and a Colectivo, which means the bus will make many stops from San Jose to Quepos.

The prices are about 5.000 Costa Rican Colones, depending on your chosen connection.

Busses depart from the terminal at Calle 5, Ave 18/20.

Schedule direct connection:

  • 06:00 AM
  • 09:00 AM (Monday to Saturday)
  • 12:00 PM
  • 02:30 PM (Monday to Saturday)
  • 06:00 PM
  • 07:30 PM

Schedule Colectivo:

  • 07:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 02:00 PM
  • 04:00 PM
  • 05:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

How To Get From San Jose To Quepos Costa Rica
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2. San Jose to Quepos Shared Shuttle

Journey Duration: 4 hours

Another great way to travel from San Jose to Quepos is by shared shuttle van.

Gray Line offers two daily shared shuttles at 06:15 AM and 02:30 PM. You will get picked up at your hotel in San Jose and dropped off at your accommodation in Quepos. The price for this service is USD 54.

Alternatively, Caribe Shuttle offers one daily trip from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to the bus terminal in Quepos at 09:30 AM.

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3. Private Transfer from San Jose to Quepos

Journey Duration: 3 hours

If you are traveling in a group and want to be more flexible regarding the departure time, a private transfer may be the best option!

You can book shuttles for up to 14 persons on Bookaway.

Prices for a private shuttle from San Jose to Quepos

  • Private transfer up to 5 passengers: USD 253
  • Private transfer up to 14 passengers: USD 480
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4. Driving with Rental Car from San Jose to Quepos

Journey Duration: 3 hours

A rental car may be a good option if you want to travel independently to Quepos. The travel distance from San Jose is 164 kilometers or 102 miles.

5. Uber or Taxi from San Jose to Quepos

Journey Duration: 1 hour

Uber is available in Costa Rica, and a trip from San Jose to Quepos costs around 37.000 Costa Rican Colones (about USD 60) outside peak times. Note; however, that the price can increase drastically due to traffic.

A taxi from San Jose to Quepos costs around USD 150.

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6. Flight from San Jose to Quepos

Journey Duration: 17 minutes

Sansa Air offers daily flights between San Jose Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Quepos Airport.

The average flight time is just 17 minutes.

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Best day tours in Quepos, Costa Rica

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Here you can find some of the best tours in Quepos, Costa Rica.

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