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

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 11:49 am

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How To Get From Tamarindo To La Fortuna – You can go by bus, van, taxi and private transfer. The distance from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is 208 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time by taxi from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around 3 hours and 30 minutes. The taxi fare from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around $200 USD. Read here how to get from La Fortuna to Tamarindo the reverse way.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tamarindo to La Fortuna?

The cheapest way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is by bus for $11 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 8 hours from Tamarindo to La Fortuna.

What Is The Best Way From Tamarindo to La Fortuna?

The best way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna by shared van for $47 USD per person and 5 hours travel time and you can book online.

You can rent a car at Tamarindo or private transportation prices will be around $200 USD.

Read how to get from La Fortuna to Puerto ViejoLa Fortuna to MonteverdeManuel Antonio to La Fortuna and La Fortuna to San Jose airport

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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 TAMARINDO TO ARENAL LA FORTUNA

BUS FROM TAMARINDO TO LA FORTUNA (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going from Tamarindo to Liberia, Cañas, Tilaran and La Fortuna.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM TAMARINDO TO LIBERIA

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The bus schedule from Tamarindo to Liberia is starting 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 to San Jose) going from Tamarindo to Liberia.

The bus fare from Tamarindo to Liberia city center is $3 USD. The travel time is around 2 hours and it can be longer to reach to Liberia.

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 running 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 running 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 is $1 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE TILARAN TO LA FORTUNA

Once you are in Tilaran. You will have to take a second bus from Tilaran to La Fortuna. The bus schedule from Tilaran to La Fortuna is starting at 7 am, 12 15 pm and 3 30 pm. It will take 2 hours travel time from Tilaran to La Fortuna and the bus fare is around $4 USD.

The total travel time from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around 8 hours. The total bus fare from Tamarindo to La Fortuna by public buses is around $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 start your day around 4-5 am from Tamarindo to get to La Fortuna around 2-3 pm depending on the transfers and waiting time as we mentioned above.

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SHARED VAN FROM TAMARINDO TO LA FORTUNA (BEST WAY)

The best way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is 5 hours.

The van fare from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is $47 USD and you can book online.

TAXI FROM TAMARINDO TO LA FORTUNA

If you go from Tamarindo to La Fortuna by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

The taxi fare from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around $200 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TAMARINDO 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 going from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around $200 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 La Fortuna or if you would love to move around. It will take you 3 hours and 30 minutes to get to La Fortuna from Tamarindo in a private car. A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM TAMARINDO 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. Prices are around $220 USD and you will be able to fit up to 5 people. It could be 45 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM TAMARINDO TO LA FORTUNA

BUS VS VAN PROS AND CONS

The best way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna 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 all the buses.

The best way from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is by van for $47 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel in 5 hours without any other transfer.

If you wish for more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tamarindo to La Fortuna is around $200 USD and 3 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 little 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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