Public bus from La Fortuna to Samara
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jan 25, 2012 10:56 AM Last Post By: Mengelaus
Jan 22, 2012 6:49 AM
Public bus from La Fortuna to SamaraHello again everybody! I was wondering if there is any public bus on this route, not necessarly direct bus, a connecting one should also be ok. I saw there is a bus from La Fortuna to San Ramon. Do you know if there is one from San Ramon to Samara? Any help would be much apreciated. Cheers!
P.s I tried to use www.thebusschedule.com but the site seems to be down.
Jan 22, 2012 7:38 AM
1You could take the San Jose bus from La fortuna to Naranjo. Then in Naranjo take the Samara bus that will be coming from San Jose or any bus going to Nicoya. There are buses all day from Nicoya to Samara.
I haven't done this route yet but I am pretty sure there is a bus from La fortuna straight to San Jose. I have gotten on an hour further south in San Carlos. In Naranjo you would get off at the major highway that all buses go by going to the beach. You could look up online the Samara bus schedule and estimate when it would be coming by that part of the highway. If you are wrong, there are many buses to Nicoya.
Like I say, I haven't done this but I have taken the bus San Carlos to Naranjo and I have taken the bus both ways to and from San Jose and Samara. It seems like this could work. Maybe someone else could verify or give more details. If you decide to do a shutle from La Fortuna to Samara I like INterbus and buying tickets is easier from The Costa Rica Shuttle Bus www.shuttlebus.co.cr. You also get a 5 percent discount.
In Naranjo the bus may already be full and you may be standing.
Jan 22, 2012 7:49 AM
2One more thing - I have found the busschedule.com to be wrong most of the time on the times. What I like is that it tells you of the routes and about how often they run. Times have been real wrong. When they are working they tell you the name of the bus company and you can go to their website and check the schedule.
For now you could do a google search for La fortuna to Naranjo public bus and one from SJ to Samara. Also try Naranjo to Samara. you may get schedule that way. I think they samara bus is run by Alfaro.
Jan 22, 2012 8:16 AM
3take the bus from la fortuna to canas via tilaran. then the bus from canas to nicoya where you will change (always) for samara. this is the best way and most direct (although it's not that direct).
the bus schedule website is the most accurate and complete - but not always 100%. i don't know why it is not working - i hope it's just because they are upgrading it or something and not because it's no longer available.
your best resource for bus travel is local people. when you are in la fortuna, ask about the bus times to canas and from canas to nicoya.
this is a very helpful website -- http://www.samarabeach.com/businfo.htm
if you go towards san ramon or naranjo, this is absolutely the long way to go.
Edited by: wiremu
Jan 22, 2012 8:26 AM
Jan 22, 2012 9:18 AM
5it's around 1.5 hours from la fortuna to tilaran and then around half an hour from tilaran to canas. it's about 2 1/2 hours from canas to samara - but you have to change in nicoya so it depends on how that works out.
i think this is the current schedule from nicoya to samara
SAMARA AND CARRILLO BEACHES from Nicoya - DEP.daily 3 blocks east of Nicoya Park 8:00, 15:00, 16:00; RET. 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 13:30, 16:30; Samara 45 km.
Jan 22, 2012 6:12 PM
6thebusschedule.com is back up. They have a route from La Fortuna to San Ramon. Then San Ramon to Samara. If you do the early bus it is 5 hours and 45 minutes and you only change buses once. It may be a longer but there is only one change.
Jan 22, 2012 6:49 PM
i would suggest you take a look at the map. if you go from la fortuna to san ramon, you will go basically south and then catch the bus and go north again. if this makes sense to you, then go for it.
the changes really aren't a big deal and in fact give you a chance to get out, walk around, have something to eat and visit the bathroom.
Jan 23, 2012 4:06 AM
8Thank you very much for the help guys. It makes sense what you're both saying but I think only one bus change it may advantage me, because I don't speak spanish( yet). If it's a difference of only one hour I will certainly prefer the easier route. But If I manage to learn some spanish 'till march( I'm taking some courses now) I'll take the shorter and complicated route :) I know it would be easier with Interbus but I wan't to save as much money as possible.
Again, thanks for the help!
Jan 23, 2012 5:14 AM
Jan 23, 2012 6:48 AM
Jan 23, 2012 7:06 AM
11be sure to look carefully at that san ramon connection. you will go from la fortuna to san ramon and then you might go to nicoya to change buses for samara or you might go direct.
anyway - i'm sure you can figure it out and if you have more questions, ask away.
Jan 23, 2012 12:37 PM
Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM
Just a quick note--there aren't any buses direct from Cañas to Nicoya anymore--you have to go to Liberia, then Nicoya. In Nicoya there are 2 bus stations so you'd have to walk from the Liberia station, down the hill to the "local/Alfaro" station--about 3 blocks. There you can get a bus to Sámara. The current schedule Nicoya to Sámara is: 5am, 5:45, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16:30, 18:30 20:00. On Sundays the schedule isn't as broad. I think it's easier to get a direct Alfaro bus to Sámara if possible from San Ramon if you can.
Jan 23, 2012 2:45 PM
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