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Buses in Costa Rica

Numerous private and public buses run from San José to outlying destinations around the country. Of the privately operated companies, Grayline (011-506-220-2126; www.graylinecostarica.com) and Interbus (011-506-283-5573; www.interbusonline.com) have the most comfortable service (clean, air-conditioned coaches that run more or less on time); one-way fares to most places are less than $50. Public buses are shabbier (many are converted school buses) and slower (since they make more stops) but are the preferred mode of travel for most locals. The website of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (www.visitcostarica.com) has a comprehensive schedule of public bus routes.

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