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How To Get From San Jose Airport to La Fortuna – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 08:49 am

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How To Get From San Jose Airport to La Fortuna – You can go by bus, taxi and private transfer. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to La Fortuna is 135 kilometers. Click here to book online La Fortuna activities and day trips

The travel time from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna is around 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 4-5 hours from San Jose to La Fortuna. Read here how to get from La Fortuna to San Jose airport, Liberia airport to San Jose airport and La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

What Is The Cheapest Way From San Jose To La Fortuna?

The cheapest way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by bus for $6 USD.

What Is The Best Way From San Jose To La Fortuna?

The best way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by shared van for $38 USD per person and 4 hours travel time and you can book online.

The taxi fare from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $150 USD. You can rent a car at San Jose airport too.

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WHERE TO STAY IN LA FORTUNA

There are dormitory rooms where you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in La Fortuna. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

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HOW TO GET FROM SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA

BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going to San Jose Transportes San Carlos where the buses are leaving to La Fortuna. There are two bus services running from San Jose airport to city TUASA (Red and white buses) and Station Wagon (Yellow and orange buses). The buses are running every 10 minutes starting from 4 am until 11 30 pm.

The total travel time from San José Juan Santamaría Airport to city is around 30-40 minutes. The bus fare is 675 CRC which is $1.10 USD for one way and you don’t have to pay extra for the luggage. You will have to walk outside to get the bus leaving from the main road outside the airport. You can buy the ticket direct from the bus driver.

The final destination for both bus companies is Tuasa Terminal which is on Second Avenue at Merced Park in San Jose Market where you can walk 5 minutes distance to San Jose Transportes San Carlos to get the bus to La Fortuna.

BUS FROM SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA (DIRECT BUS)

The bus from San Jose to La Fortuna is leaving every day from Terminal 7-10 with Transportes San Carlos. There is only one direct bus from San Jose to La Fortuna leaving at 8 40 am and getting to La Fortuna at 12 40 pm.

The bus fare is around $5 USD and the travel time from San Jose to La Fortuna is 4 hours or longer depending on the traffic and you can’t book the tickets online. Check here Transportes San Carlos Bus schedule and route!

The bus from San Jose to La Fortuna will stop at the city center where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation. If you were planning to go from San Jose to Arenal volcano will be also the best place to stay.

The total bus fare from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is $6 USD and the total travel time from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is around 5-6 hours and it can be longer.

BUS FROM SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA (INDIRECT)

If you can’t get the direct bus from San Jose to La Fortuna. You will have to get two buses from Terminal 7-10. You can also get a bus from San Jose to Quesada and transfer to a bus from Quesada to La Fortuna.

The buses are leaving from San Jose to La Fortuna every hour starting from 5 am to 6 pm from Terminal 7-10. The bus from San Jose to Ciudad Quesada will take around 4 hours travel time. The bus fare from San Jose to Quesada is around $3 USD.

Once in Ciudad Quesada buses are running during the daytime almost every hour. The bus travel time from Ciudad Quesada to La Fortuna is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus fare from Quesada to La Fortuna is around $3 USD.

The bus total bus fare from San Jose to La Fortuna will be around $6 USD. The travel time from San Jose to La Fortuna is around 5 hours or longer depending on the stop in La Quesada and how long it takes.

SHARED VAN FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA (BEST WAY)

The best way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is around 4 hours.

The van fare from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is $38 USD and you can book online.

TAXI FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA

If you go from San Jose airport to La Fortuna by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The taxi fare from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is around $150 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

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UBER FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect to go from San Jose airport to La Fortuna for around $150 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car at San Jose’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in La Fortuna or if you would love to move around. It will take you 2 hours and 30 minutes to get to La Fortuna from San Jose airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to San Jose. Prices are around $160 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be 40 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA (SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA)

The best way from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 5 hours travel time. You will pay around $6-7 USD including the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna.

The best way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by shared van for $38 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel.

BEST WAY SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA

BUS VS VAN PROS AND CONS

If you can get the direct bus from San Jose to La Fortuna for $5 USD and 4 hours of travel time at 8 40 am for sure is the best way to save a few dollars just make sure you stay around 8 am at the Bus Terminal.

But if you prefer the comfort of the shuttle van from San Jose airport will cost you $38 USD which can be totally worth it after a long flight and avoid transferring from the airport to the city.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to La Fortuna is around $150 USD and 2 hours and 30 minutes travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN LA FORTUNA

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There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb is also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA

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Breakfast will be the cheapest meal of the day and you can load up on Gallo Pinto, tortillas, eggs, fried plantains and some fresh fruit too for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $8-10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $3 USD.

You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more than enough decent meals. Costa Rica is a bit pricey compared to other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.

BEST TIME TO VISIT COSTA RICA

In Costa Rica their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), the rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport. 

Click here to know more about the weather in Costa Rica!

CASH AND ATMS IN COSTA RICA

The currency of Costa Rica is called Colòn and as of now, $1 USD is worth 600 Colòn. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Costa Rica no need to exchange them.

Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa RicaKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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