Instructions to get to Tirimbina by bus, from the centre of San Jose:
Step 1: Take a taxi from the airport or the center of San Jose, to the "Gran Terminal del Caribe" bus station, which is located at” Barrio Tournón” right behind the Children’s Museum.
Step 2: At the bus station, buy a ticket to PUERTO VIEJO DE SARAPIQUÍ (do not confused with Puerto Viejo de Limon).You can choose between ROUTE 32 (Braulio Carrillo, 2 hour trip), or ROUTE 126 & 4 (Heredia-Vara Blanca, 3 ½ hour trip).
Step 3: If you chose ROUTE 32 the bus from San Jose only goes as far as Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, so from here you will need to take another bus or taxi to reach La Virgen located 15km (10.5mi) away. By taxi the trip will take 20 minutes. You can also take another bus to La Virgen de Sarapiquí, which leaves Puerto Viejo every hour and takes about 45 minutes. Either you come by taxi or bus; you will see the sign for the Reserve on the right & left hand side of the road, there is a bus stop right in front of the Tirimbina parking area. If you chose ROUTE 126 & 4 go to Step 4.
Step 4: ROUTE 126 & 4 goes to Puerto Viejo as well, however this route passes by the front of the Tirimbina parking area. This trip takes from 3 to 4 hours, the Reserve sigh will be right after you pass La Virgen main town. Ask the bus driver for assistance.