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How To Get From Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 09:05 pm

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How To Get From Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca – You can go by bus, van, taxi and private transfer. The distance from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is 206 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time by taxi from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is around 4 hours and 30 minutes (with the ferry included to Pavona). The taxi fare from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is around $250-350 USD. Read here how to get from Puerto Viejo to Tortuguero the reverse way.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo?

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is by bus for $15 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 9-10 hours from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo.

What Is The Best Way From Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo?

The best way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is by shared van for $36 USD per person and 4 hours travel time and you can book online.

You can rent a car at Tortuguero or private transportation prices will be around $250-350 USD depending on the people that are joining.

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

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 Puerto Viejo. 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 TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

BOAT PLUS BUS FROM TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (CHEAPEST WAY)

BOAT FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA

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The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is by bus plus boat. First you will have to ride the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona. The boat departure schedule from Tortuguero to La Pavona is starting at starting at 5 30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 2 45 pm. The boat fare from Tortuguero to La Pavona is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.

The boat ride from Tortuguero to La Pavona will take around 1 hour (it can be less or more). Outside these boats schedule (estimated time not fixed). There are also private boats (more expensive) going from Tortuguero to La Pavona.

BUS FROM LA PAVONA TO CARIARI SCHEDULE AND FARE

There are only 4 daily buses leaving from La Pavona to Cariari starting at 7 30 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm and 4 30 pm. The bus from La Pavona to Cariari will take around 2 hours and the bus fare from La Pavona to Cariari is around $2 USD.

BUS FROM CARIARI TO GUAPILES SCHEDULE AND FARE

Once in Cariari you will have to take a bus from Cariari to Guapiles running every 15 minutes. The bus travel time from Cariari to Guapiles is around 45 minutes and the bus fare from Cariari to Guapiles is around $1 USD.

BUS FROM GUAPILES TO LIMON SCHEDULE AND FARE

Once in Guapiles you will have to take a bus from Guapiles to Limon which is around 2 hours travel time. The bus fare from Guapiles to Limon is around $4 USD and buses are leaving every 2-3 hours.

BUS FROM LIMON TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA SCHEDULE AND FARE

The bus is going from Limon to Puerto Viejo travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus fare from Limon to Puerto Viejo is $3 USD. The buses are running every hour from 5 30 am to 8 pm. The bus will stop at Cahuita (short stop) 15 minutes before arriving to Puerto Viejo. Check here bus schedule from Limon to Puerto Viejo!

The total travel time from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is 9-10 hours including boat, buses and waiting time. And the total fare from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is $15 USD boat plus public buses. You will have to ride the 5 am boat from Tortuguero if you want to make sure you arrive in the same day to Puerto Viejo.

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SHARED VAN FROM TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO (BEST WAY)

The best way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is 4 hours. The van fare from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is $36 USD and you can book online.

TAXI FROM TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

If you go from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 4 hours and 30 minutes including the boat to Pavona (you will have to get to Pavona on your own).

The taxi fare from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo is around $250 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO

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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 Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo for around $250 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT TORTUGUERO

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There are many options for renting a car in Tortuguero. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Puerto Viejo or if you would love to move around. It will take you 4 hours and 30 minutes to get to Puerto Viejo from Tortuguero with a private car including the ferry ride. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO

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. Prices are around $380 USD and you will be able to fit up to 9 people. It could be $45 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM TORTUGUERO TO PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

The best way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 9-10 hours including boat, bus and waiting time. You will pay around $15 USD including the boat and bus coming from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo.

The best way from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is by van for $36 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel in 4 hours without any other transfer.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is around $250 USD and 4 hours and 30 minutes travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

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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. 

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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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