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How to get from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal, Costa Rica

La Fortuna is one of the top destinations to visit in Costa Rica. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal.

La Fortuna is one of the most visited destinations in Costa Rica and is especially popular amongst adventure travelers.

Therefore, La Fortuna is well connected and can be reached from Monteverde by shared shuttle, private transfer, bus, rental car, or taxi.

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  • Get Your Guide helps you find the best tours wherever you are heading to.

Do you already have plans for your stay? We highly recommend this Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour.

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  3. The best la Fortuna hotels in Costa Rica

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal. Here you can find more information about transportation in Costa Rica.

How far is La Fortuna from Monteverde?

The distance from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal is 75 miles or 121 kilometers.

Transportation Options from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

The following table outlines all transportation options from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal:

MethodTravel timePrice
Public Bus from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal9 hours
Shared Shuttle from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal+3 hoursUSD 42-USD 55
Shared Shuttle + Tour from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal6 hoursUSD 106
Private Transfer from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal3 hours
Taxi from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal3 hours

Getting to La Fortuna Arenal from Monteverde

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1. Shared Shuttle from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

Journey Duration: 3+ hours

A shared shuttle bus is always a good option if you want to travel economically.

You can choose between several providers and departure times. All provide direct transportation from and to your hotel!

Interbus Shared Shuttle from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

  • 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM: Shared shuttle to La Fortuna, Pick up and Drop off at your hotel.
    • Total price: USD 55

Desafio Shared Shuttle from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

  • 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Shared shuttle to La Fortuna, Pick up and Drop off at your hotel.
    • Total price: USD 42

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Monteverde To La Fortuna

2. Desafio Shuttle + Activity from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

Journey Duration: 6 hours

Another option is to combine your shared shuttle to La Fortuna with activity, and Desafio Shuttles offers a super cool Horseback Riding tour at lake Arenal.

Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal Shuttle + Activity Schedule 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM: Shared shuttle to La Fortuna, including a Horseback Riding tour at Lake Arenal.

Total price: USD 106

How To Get From Monteverde To La Fortuna Arenal, Costa Rica
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3. Private Transfer

Journey Duration: 3 hours

Another option is to book a private transfer to La Fortuna. The driver will pick you up at your hotel at your preferred departure time and drop you off at your hotel in La Fortuna.

This transport option is especially convenient for groups, families with kids, and anyone who wants the ease of simply relaxing in a comfortable seat without worrying about road conditions and departure schedules.

The van provided has room for up to 13 passengers. The journey duration of this tour is about 3 hours.

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On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

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4. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 3 hours

Traveling by rental car is also an excellent choice since La Fortuna is only 75 miles or 121 kilometers away from Monteverde.

By renting a car, you can stop for lunch and visit places on the way, all without worrying about luggage limitations (as long as it fits in the vehicle).

5. Public bus

Journey Duration: 9 hours

The most economical way to reach La Fortuna is by public bus.

However, be aware that this option takes 9+ hours, and no direct bus exists!

From Monteverde, you must take a bus to Tilarán at 07:00 AM. From Tilarán departs at 12:30 PM, another bus to La Fortuna.

6. Taxi

Journey Duration: 3 hours

You can also hire a taxi to get to La Fortuna. It is important to note that taxis in the Monteverde area do not use meters – a list of set prices (according to destination) is displayed in each vehicle, though you should negotiate the price when you get in.

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Best day tours in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Get Your Guide helps you find the best tours wherever you are heading to. It’s usually the first website I check when I plan a trip to a new place.

The following widget shows some of the best tours in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Protect your trip: With all our travel experience, we highly recommend you hit the road with travel insurance. SafetyWing offers flexible & reliable Digital Nomads Travel Medical Insurance at just a third of the price of similar competitor plans.

What is the cheapest way to get from Monteverde to La Fortuna?

The cheapest way to get from Monteverde to La Fortuna is by public bus. Be aware that it takes more than eight hours and no direct bus exists!

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