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How To Get From Tamarindo To Monteverde – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 09:42 am

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How To Get From Tamarindo To Monteverde – You can go by bus, van, taxi and private transfer. The distance from Tamarindo to Monteverde is 163 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time by taxi from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around 3 hours. The taxi fare from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around $160 USD. Read here how to get from Monteverde to Tamarindo the reverse way

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tamarindo to Monteverde?

The cheapest way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by bus for $11 USD. The bus travel time from Tamarindo to Monteverde could be around 10 hours depending on the waiting time and bus transfers.

What Is The Best Way From Tamarindo to Monteverde?

The best way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by shared van for $45 USD per person and 3 hours travel time and you can book online

You can rent a car at Tamarindo or private transportation prices will be around $160 USD.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MONTEVERDE

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 Monteverde. 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 TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE

BUS FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by bus. You will have to get the Autobuses La Pampa bus from Tamarindo to Liberia, Cañas, Tilaran and Monteverde. We recommend you start your day around 4-5 am from Tamarindo to get to Monteverde around 3-4 pm.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM TAMARINDO TO LIBERIA

The bus schedule from Tamarindo to Liberia starts at 3 30 am, 4 30 am, 5 45 am, 7 30 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 30 am, 1 pm, 2 15 pm, 4 15 pm, 5 pm and 6 30 pm. There are buses (Autobuses La Pampa and Empresa Alfaro Buses) going from Tamarindo to Liberia.

The bus fare from Tamarindo to Liberia is $3 USD. The travel time is around 2 hours and it can be longer to reach to Liberia city center. Click here schedule and route with Empresa Alfaro!

BUS SCHEDULE FROM LIBERIA TO CAÑAS

Once in Liberia you will have to get the bus from Liberia to Cañas. The bus schedule from Liberia to Cañas is leaving every hour starting from 5 am to 7 30 pm. The bus travel time from Liberia to Cañas is around 1 hour and the bus fare is $3 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM CAÑAS TO TILARAN

Once in Cañas you will have to ride the bus from Cañas to Tilaran. The bus schedule from Cañas to Tilaran is leaving every hour starting from 5 am to 7 30 pm. The bus travel time from Tilaran to Cañas is less than an hour and the bus fare from Cañas to Tilaran is $1 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM TILARAN TO MONTEVERDE

Once you are in Tilaran you will have to take the bus from Tilaran to Monteverde. The bus schedule from Tilaran to Monteverde is starting at 4 am, 8 30 am, 12 30 pm and 5 pm. You will not reach at 4 am and 8 30 am coming from Tamarindo.

But you can get the bus from Tilaran to Monteverde at 12 30 pm or get the last bus leaving at 5 pm. It will take 2 hours travel time from Tilaran to Monteverde and the bus fare from Tilaran to Monteverde is around $4 USD.

The total travel time from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around 8-10 hours. The total bus fare from Tamarindo to Monteverde is $11 USD.

Apart from the bus ride you will have to add the waiting time every time that you transfer the buses. We recommend you to start your day around 4-5 am from Tamarindo to get to Monteverde around 3 pm.

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SHARED VAN FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE (BEST WAY)

The best way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from Tamarindo to Monteverde is 3 hours.

The van fare from Tamarindo to Monteverde is $45 USD and you can book online

TAXI FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE

If you go from Tamarindo to Monteverde by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 3 hours.

The taxi fare from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around $160 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE


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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect going from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around $160 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT TAMARINDO

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There are many options for renting a car in Tamarindo. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Monteverde or if you would love to move around. It will take you 3 hours to get to Liberia airport from Monteverde in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis and Centauro available for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE

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. Prices are around $180 USD and you will be able to fit up to 5 people. It could be 35 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM TAMARINDO TO MONTEVERDE

BUS VS VAN PROS AND CONS

The best way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 8 hours travel time since you have to take 4 buses. You will pay around $11 USD including the bus coming from Tamarindo.

The best way from Tamarindo to Monteverde is by van for $45 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel and you will be in 3 hours without any other transfer.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tamarindo to Monteverde is around $160 USD and 3 hours travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MONTEVERDE

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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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