Whether you wish to go to Manuel Antonio Park and/or to the Manuel Antonio Village area, there are several ways to get there by bus.
Manuel Antonio Local Bus
There is a local bus that exclusively services the Manuel Antonio area. This bus runs from the Quepos Bus Terminal, along route 618, all the way to the end. Route 618 is a dead-end road, which ends with a loop pretty much at Manuel Antonio Park.
The bus has many designated stops, which can drop you off or pick you up at various hotels or restaurants in the area. It will sometimes pick people up who signal for it at non-designated stops along its path.
The fare for this bus is 295 colones. This is a flat, one-way fee, regardless of distance travelled. Drivers do provide change, but for the easiest experience it is best to pay with an amount as close to the fare as possible.
The trip from Quepos all the way to the end takes roughly 25 minutes.
The bus runs roughly every half hour from the early morning (around 6am) through the evening. You will need to inquire at the Quepos bus terminal if you need a more exact bus time, or need to know the time of the last bus leaving the Manuel Antonio area, as the schedules are set to change.
San Jose to Manuel Antonio Bus
If you are coming from a location serviced by the San Jose to Manuel Antonio bus, then you also have this direct option of getting to Manuel Antonio.
For exact times and prices, you will need to inquire at the appropriate bus terminal in San Jose. In general, this ride will take about 3 hours and cost around 2500 CRC or $5 USD per person from San Jose. Note, that this is a direct bus that will not stop at many locations along the way, if you’d like to catch it along its path.
If you miss or cannot conveniently get the direct Manuel Antonio bus from San Jose, you can also catch a direct or non-direct bus from San Jose to Quepos, and then take the Manuel Antonio bus from Quepos (as shared above).
Other Bus Options to Manuel Antonio
If you’d like to go to Manuel Antonio from another location that lies along the path of the San Jose to Manuel Antonio bus line, you have two alternative options:
For destinations along highways 27 and/or 34, you can catch a non-direct bus from San Jose to Quepos at designated bus stops, and then take the Manuel Antonio bus from Quepos (as shared above).
For destinations along highway 34 (ie. Herradura, Jaco, Esterillos, Parrita), in addition to the bus option above, you can catch the Puntarenas to Quepos bus, and then take the Manuel Antonio bus from Quepos (as shared above). This will be a slightly cheaper option than the San Jose to Quepos bus.
From Puntarenas, catch the Puntarenas to Quepos bus, and then take the Manuel Antonio bus from Quepos (as shared above).
From Uvita or Dominical, take a bus to Quepos, and then take the Manuel Antonio bus from Quepos (as shared above).