Here I’m waiting in line to board a bus to Atenas from Alajuela. 23 km, 15 miles. Buses go everywhere cheaply, just don’t be in a hurry! This one is $1.43 USD, or 715 Colones, and as a “collectivo” making local stops, takes about 45 minutes. Nice vehicles, made in China, window for air & curtain to shield the sunshine. One trip I had a large package and driver put it under the bus at no extra charge.
If I go to Alajuela to pick up mail at Aerocasillas or shop at Walmart, that is one day’s activity, usually just one or two things accomplished per day. That trip is usually a half day or more if I eat lunch in Alajuela. San Jose trips can take longer and I have combined the two cities for most of a day. Below is photo of bus schedule in Atenas for Alajuela & San Jose. I have this printed and on my refrigerator to check for when the next bus leaves:
Bus Schedule from Atenas to San Jose & Alajuela. First column is Mon-Fri, Second Saturdays & Holidays, Third Sundays Most buses are packed full to standing room only. The most popular way to travel.