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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.

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

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal.

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How far is La Fortuna from Monteverde?

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

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The main transportation options to get from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal are:

  • Shared Shuttle
  • Shared Shuttle + Activity
  • Private Transfer
  • Public Bus
  • Taxi

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Monteverde To La Fortuna

Getting to La Fortuna Arenal from Monteverde

1. Shared Shuttle from Monteverde to La Fortuna Arenal

Journey Duration: 3+ hours

If you want to travel economically, a shared shuttle bus is always a good option.

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

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

Another option is to combine your shared shuttle to La Fortuna with an 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 will 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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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 economic way to reach La Fortuna is by public bus.

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

From Monteverde, you first have to 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 that there is no direct bus!

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