We will tell you how to get from San Jose airport to La Fortuna. The distance from Juan Santamaría Airport to La Fortuna is 135 kilometers.
The travel time from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna is around 2 hour 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.
The cheapest way from San Jose airport to La Fortuna is by bus $7 USD. If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $150 USD. Click here to book online San Jose Day Trip
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WHERE TO STAY IN LA FORTUNA
There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in La Fortuna. A double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.
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SAN JOSE TO LA FORTUNA
BUS FROM SAN JOSE AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA (CHEAPEST WAY)
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 to the bus driver.
The final destination for both bus companies is Tuasa Terminal which is on the 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 SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO LA FORTUNA
The bus from San Jose to La Fortuna is leaving from San Jose Transportes San Carlos. There is only one direct bus from San Jose Costa Rica to La Fortuna leaving at 6 15 am and getting to La Fortuna at 11 30 pm. On the way back from La Fortuna is leaving at 2 45 pm and getting to San Jose at 6 45 pm.
The bus fare is around $6 USD and the travel time from San Jose to La Fortuna is 5 hours. 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 $7 USD and the total travel time is around 5-6 hours and it can be longer.
You can also get a bus to Quesada from San Jose and transfer a bus from Quesada to La Fortuna. The bus fare will be around $5-6 USD and the travel time is around 5 hours or longer depending on the stop in La Quesada how long it takes.
The bus from San Jose to La Quesada is leaving around 12 pm and getting to La Fortuna around 6 pm!
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 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.
UBER FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT TO LA FORTUNA
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fare than taxis. You can expect going from San Jose airport to La Fortuna around $150 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.
CAR RENTAL AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in San Jose’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in La Fortuna or you would love to move around. It will take you 2 hour 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.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION 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 is 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.
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 $7 USD included the bus coming from San Jose Costa Rica airport to La Fortuna.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to La Fortuna is around $150 USD and 2 hour and 30 minutes travel time.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN LA FORTUNA
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 are also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA
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 then enough decent meals. Costa Rica is little bit pricey comparing to the 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), rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport.
CASH AND ATM 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 Rica. Know real-time currency exchange here!
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