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How to get from Bocas del Toro to Costa Rica
Admin
3 October 2017
When traveling from Bocas del Toro to different parts of Costa Rica there are a few options.

By Bus: The cheapest way to go from Bocas del Toro to Costa Rica is by public bus. First, you need to go from Bocas del Toro to Almirante via taxi boat: the cost is around $5pp, there are boats every 30′ from 6am to 6pm. When you arrive in Almirante you will need to take a bus to the border, keep in mind there are 3 border crossings:

Paso Canoas: Mon-Fri Open 7am to 11pm,  Sat & Sun 7am to 9pm  is located on the Pacific side of the country.

 

Rio Sereno: Open 7am to 11pm.  It is located it in the middle of the Pacific & Caribe borders, Being in the middle makes it convenient to both David and Bocas Del Toro as an alternative to the more crowded borders.

 

Sixaola -Guabito: Open 7am to 6pm It’s located on the Caribbean side. This is the best option if your final destination is Puerto Viejo or anywhere on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

 

To learn more about immigration requirement at the time of crossing: read our blog post: Important information for a trouble-free border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama
Keep in mind the last boat from Almirante is at 6PM.

Once you cross the border, one of the best ways to travel within Costa Rica is by bus (check Tica Bus’ website for details), they offer destinations throughout Costa Rica, the buses are very comfortable, and the views out the window are stunning of course!

By plane:
Flights between Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica are not always an option, at the time of this writing, the only options are from Panama City to Jan Jose or from David to San Jose. During busier months there are more direct flights from Bocas directly to San Jose. Check AirPanama and Nature air for pricing and availability.

 

By private bus or shuttle:
A more direct option than the public bus is by daily shuttle or private transfer. We currently offer shuttles from Bocas del Toro to Puerto Viejo ($27), Cahuita ($34) or San Jose ($37).  Our service includes the boat transportation from Bocas to Almirante.
We hope you found this post helpful.
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