There are a number of different options for getting to El Encanto Hotel in Cahuita:

The public bus is the most economical (about $9 per person) and is quite easy. It leaves 5 times daily from the "Atlántico Norte" (MEPE) Bus Terminal in San Jose at 6am, 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm. And there are also additional frequent buses as well that go to Limon where you can transfer to Cahuita. Please note that during peak periods these buses do sometimes sell out and you can only buy tickets in person at the bus terminal so if you can get there the day before to get your tickets, that is best.

If you're coming straight down to the coast from your international flight and would prefer not to spend the first night in San Jose, the best option is often a private driver that meets your flight and will bring you directly to El Encanto. There's no waiting for a scheduled departure, no luggage restrictions (they use a roomy 10 passenger van and even bigger vehicles are available if you've got a big group) and no stopping along the way for other passengers. They also can take you from any other place in Costa Rica (e.g. Arenal to Cahuita or vice-versa).

Shared ride van services are comfortable and pick you up right at your hotel and will bring you right to El Encanto. They travel around Costa Rica on a scheduled basis. We find the most reliable to be Interbus. They will not transport pets, you will need the private driver option for that.

Map Route : San José Airport to Cahuita

Bus : San José Bus Station: "Atlántico Norte" (MEPE)

Terminal Atlántico Norte (B point on map)
New Address: Avenida 9, Calle 12, Barrio México

Map shows how to go from old bus station "Los Caribeños" (A) to the new bus station "Atlántico Norte" (B)


Schedule (San José - Cahuita) Schedule (Cahuita - San José)
  • 06:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 m.d.
  • 02:00 p.m.
  • 04:00 p.m.
  • 07:00 a.m.
  • 08:00 a.m.
  • 09:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 04:30 p.m.

Price: 4.670 (San José - Cahuita) colones (aprox: $ 9 USD | 7,00 Euros)

San José bus info: (+506) 2257-81-29 | Puerto Viejo bus info: (+506) 2750-00-23

Interbus Shuttle Service

interbus shuttle service
From Hotels & Airport → El Encanto
To or From Hotels in A.M. P.M.
Departure Price Departure Price
San José & Airport 6:30 $ 49 13:45 $ 49
Fortuna 9:30 $ 59 -- --

* Kids = 50% only.

* Rates may change without notice. These prices are approximate and must be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are regularly adjusted according to changes in fuel prices. These variations can be up to $ 2. Updated April 2014.

Get in touch

Give us a call at
(+506) 2755.01.13

Email us at

You are here: Home Transport