Take the public bus

SHUTTLES from many places in Costa Rica to Hacienda Barú Lodge

We recommend Easy Ride shuttle service. You can book online at: www.easyridecr.com. They charge about $50 per person from San José to Dominical (Hacienda Barú). They will pick you up in San José and let you off in front of our reception office.

PUBLIC BUSES

From San José to Uvita (Collectivo)

There is a bus that comes all the way from San José to Hacienda Barú and stops every so often to let people on and off, but the ride is long and not very comfortable. This service is called “collectivo”. The buses leave from the TRACOPA bus terminal, and the bus line is called Delio Morales. You will have to buy a ticket to Uvita, but you can get off anywhere. There are two buses each day. Each bus stops briefly at Orotina and Quepos before arriving at Hacienda Barú. After the bus stops in Quepos, the ride to Hacienda Barú is about an hour. The bus will stop at the entrance to Hacienda Barú if you ask the driver to let you off there. However, don’t trust the driver to remember. We are about two kilometers past the the Hatillo Viejo River. Watch for our sign on the right and ring the buzzer to alert the driver. There is a gas station immediately after our entrance.

Leave San Jose Arrive Hacienda Barú Final Destination
06:00 11:00 11:45 Uvita
15:00 20:00 20:45 Uvita

From San José to Paso Canoas, San Vito, or David, Panama (Directo)

This service is called “directo” because it won’t stop to let people on the bus, although it will stop to let you off. For that reason it only takes three hours. It leaves from the TRACOPA bus terminal. When you buy your ticket be sure to specify that you want the coastal route. The cost of this bus is more because you have to buy your ticket to the final destination, and Hacienda Barú is only about halfway. There are three buses each day. Each bus usually (but not always) stops briefly right after Orotina, about 90 minutes before arriving at Hacienda Barú. The bus will stop at the entrance to Hacienda Barú but you have to ring the buzzer to let the driver know where to let you off. We are about two kilometers past the Hatillo Viejo River. Watch for our sign on the right and ring the buzzer to alert the driver. There is a gas station immediately after our entrance.

Leave San Jose Ticket to Cost of ticket approx. Arrive Hacienda Baru Final Destination
7:20 David $22 10:35 David, Panama
10:15 Palmar $13 13:30 Paso Canoas
12:05 San Vito $14 15:30 San Vito

From San José by combination of Bus and Taxi

Another option for getting to Hacienda Barú by public transportation is a combination of Bus and Taxi. There is a very good bus service (MUSOC) from San José to San Isidro that leaves every hour on the half hour between 05:30 and 17:30. The journey takes around 3 hours and is a direct service. It is advisable to take a taxi to the “MUSOC” bus terminal in San José. Get there at least half an hour before the bus leaves, as they fill up fast. You can buy tickets a day or two in advance but only from the bus station.

Once you arrive in San Isidro, the most convenient way to Hacienda Barú is by taxi. A taxi from San Isidro to Hacienda Barú should cost about $45.

If you want to take the bus from San Isidro ask for the bus stop for Dominical, Uvita or Quepos.

Buses that are headed towards Quepos go past the entrance to Hacienda Barú after making a detour into Dominical. Just stay on the bus while they go to Dominical, after you come back across the bridge over the Barú River, the bus will continue straight ahead on a paved highway. In less than five minutes you will see a gas station on the left hand side of the road. Get off the bus about 50 meters past the gas station. You will see the sign for Hacienda Barú; walk 100 meters down the road to our reception office.

If you come from San Isidro on the bus that is going to Uvita you will need to get off in Dominical and take a cab to Hacienda Barú, which should cost you no more than $8.

The bus schedule is as follows:

Leave San Isidro Arrive Hacienda Barú Final Destination
05:00 06:15 Quepos  07:15
11:30 13:15 Quepos  14:15
15:30 17:15 Quepos  18:15
09:00 Dominical 10:30 Uvita  11:30
16:00 Dominical 17:30 Uvita  18:30

Public Bus from Quepos

The bus ride takes about an hour. The bus will stop at the entrance to Hacienda Baru if you ask the driver to let you off there. However, don’t trust the driver to remember. Watch for our sign on the right and ring the buzzer. There is a gas station immediately after our entrance. The bus schedule is as follows:

Leave Quepos Arrive Hacienda Barú Final Destination
05:00 06:10 San Isidro 7:30
06:00 07:00 Uvita  07:30
09:30 10:30 Uvita 11:00
10:00 11:00 Uvita  11:30
11:30 12:30 San Isidro  14:45
15:30 16:30 San Isidro  18:45
17:30 18:30 Uvita  19:30
19:00 20:00 Uvita  21:30

 From Uvita to Quepos

Depart Uvita Arrive Hacienda Barú Final Destination
05:00 05:45 Quepos 07:45
05:30 06:00 San José 11:30 (Vía Quepos)
11:30 12:00 Quepos 12:45
13:00 13:45 San Jose 20:30 (Vía Quepos)
16:00 16:45 Quepos  17:45

Local bus schedules are available in all the local English language newspapers.

Please be vigilant with your belongings on all buses in Costa Rica. If you have large bags in the hold, keep a good eye on what goes on and off the buses when it makes stops. Unfortunately petty theft is common.

It is a good idea to have a good road map with you when traveling by public bus.

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